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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

ASSININS–The Keweenaw Bay Tribal Council has donated $1,000 to help the financially struggling Baraga County Shelter Home in L’Anse. The council and other groups received a letter requesting help because the home has experienced a 286 percent increase in demand since it opened in 1988. The home, which gives shelter to abused women and their children, helped 106 families in 1990, up from 37 in 1988 and 57 in 1989. In 1990 at least half of the families seeking help were Native Americans, said shelter home administrators Mary Kauppila and Fran Osterman.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Beginning Sunday, the Upper Peninsula will have the singular number designation of “906” in the Bell System’s nationwide direct distance dialing network, it was announced today by the Michigan Bell Telephone Co. John C. Gerling, manager of the Marquette Exchange for Michigan Bell, said the new number will replace the present 616 in the U.P., which also defines the western portion of the Lower Peninsula as a calling area. Gerling said that by giving the Upper Peninsula such definite numbering recognition, it will facilitate direct dialing to this entire region above the Straits. Beginning March 19, Michigan will be divided into four geographical numbering areas instead of the present three.

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