EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
30 years ago
CHRISTMAS — Train traffic resumed Tuesday after crews righted two Wisconsin Central engines and three empty freight cars that popped off their track Saturday night. John Belsky, division manager of Wisconsin Central Ltd. In Gladstone, said the rails were repaired at noon Tuesday, and the first two trains to use the repaired section traveled the line by 1:30 p.m. The derailed train was bound from Trout Lake to Marquette near midnight on Saturday when the train’s 16 cars and two engines started to cross a snowmobile trail southwest of Christmas, Belsky said. Alternately warm and cold weather, coupled with snow machine traffic, had covered the rails with a cap of packed ice and snow, lifting the train off the track, where it jackknifed into the snow.
90 years ago
LANSING — Michigan will turn over 2,200 acres for national park purposes. At the request of Governor Wilber M. Brucker, the state conservation commission today voted to give the federal government 2,200 acres of island on Isle Royale for the proposed national park there. The executive, as well as the commission expressed pleasure over the designation of the Lake Superior island as a part of the national park system. The commission also accepted the offer from Alger County of the 24-acre scenic spot known as Miner’s Castle on the Pictured Rocks near Munising, one of the beauty marks of the Upper Peninsula.