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Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — A Marquette paratrooper found disturbing evidence Wednesday that Iraqi troops were using schools and other civilian areas as bases for military operations, according to “pool” news reports from Iraq. After the 82nd Airborne Division and French armored units captured the town of Al Salman 70 miles inside Iraq, soldiers searched the buildings to hunt for prisoners, snipers and abandoned weapons. First Sgt. James Petrociik, 38, of Marquette sent his squad into the one-story schoolhouse. Walking carefully to avoid settling off booby-traps, the paratroopers found spent mortar casings in the school’s courtyard, signs the building had been used as a mortar pit at some point in the Iraqi defense network. Petrocik has grown accustomed to coming in the front door while the enemy is going out the back. He was among the 82nd paratroopers that dropped into Panama to oust Manuel Noriega and stormed the dictator’s headquarters.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Dr. E. R. Huffman, an internal medicine physician from Marquette, will have an active part on the post graduate training program of the Michigan Clinical institute in Detroit nest week. Dr. Huffman will appear on the closed circuit color television scientific presentations of the clinical institute on Friday, March 10. The three days will be devoted to postgraduate study and lectures on the year’s developments in medical science which can be used by practicing doctors of medicine. Over 2,500 to attend, the institute is co-sponsored by the Michigan State Medical Society and 10 other medical and health organizations.

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