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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

NEGAUNEE — Power supply in the eastern end of Negaunee was off for about 18 hours Saturday when ice-laden tree limbs downed power lines. City crews worked through the night cutting trees from lines and restored electrical power to the downtown area by 3 a.m. Saturday, said Bob Johnson. The city’s electric crew leader. But because of the ice storm, the transmission line from Upper Peninsula Power Co., which feeds power into the city, also was lost, Johnson said. In some sections of town, power was out for only about 3¢ hours. Power was restored throughout the city by 4 p.m. No similar incidences were reported in the area and local police reported no accidents due to slippery roads.

60 years ago

MACKINAC ISLAND — The Coast Guard watched for a break in the fog today so it could send a helicopter on a mercy mission to this isolated, weather-bound resort island. Residents were out of bread, milk, and produce and Dr. Joseph Solomon, the only physician on the island, said an elderly woman patient, Ella Chambers, 76, should be in a mainland hospital. Fog has shrouded the island for three days. A helicopter sent out from the Traverse City Coast Guard station early today ran into heavy fog en route and was forced to land at mainland Pellston and await a break in the weather.

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