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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

Sea lamprey caught, sold in Ontario. Ontario’s lamprey fishery is a small one. It keeps two men busy for about a month and a half each year. The interesting fact is that it exists at all, because lampreys are usually not considered edible, at least by native born inhabitants of Michigan and Ontario. In some other parts of the world, however, they are a delicacy (indeed some Europeans find that lamprey and schnapps make a fine breakfast). There are in Ontario enough Canadians from the Baltic countries, where lampreys are eaten with gusto, to make lamprey fishing profitable.

60 years ago

HARVEY — Ray Erdman, 70, of Harvey, worked on jacking up the old First of America Bank building in Harvey Monday in preparation of its move to the Marquette County Fairgrounds in Sands Township. Erdmann was part of a group that volunteered its labor to help move the structure, which the bank donated for use as the main office at the fairgrounds. It took seven days of hard work by the volunteers to ready the building for its ride to Sands, which was accommodated by a truck from L. Blondeau and Sons Trucking of Harvey. The bank built a new branch office at the same site as the old at the intersection of U.S. 41 and M-28.

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