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Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — A local bank will loan the Marquette County Airport Commission $100,000 to build a new fuel tank farm at the airport. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the loan from First of America Bank of Marquette Tuesday. The bank loan will be combined with a $100,000 loan from the state Bureau of Aeronautics. The airport committee was notified of the state loan in February. The new tank farm will be located about 500 yards southwest of the existing tank farm near a sand storage barn, Hohman said. Two new 20,000 gallon fiberglass tanks will be built below ground, surrounded by wells monitored by computers to detect leakage. The old farm is 27 years old and is still functional. But because of its age, Hohman said, the committee wanted to have it removed.

90 years ago

MANISTIQUE — Operations at the rushing plant of the Inland Lime and Stone Company at Port Inland commenced, according to A.J Cayla, plant superintendent. The opening marks the first activity of the plant when it closed last fall just prior to the close of navigation on the Great Lakes. About 130 men are now employed at the plant and indications are that no more men will be added to the payroll as the force is now complete. At the present time only the day shift is working, but later on there will be both a day and a night crew. The first steamer to anchor at the Inland’s docks, the Joseph Block, is expected to put in its appearance soon. Later on in the season it is expected that steamers will average one per day. Preliminary to the opening of operations, 200,000 tons of crushed stone was stored on the docks. A week ago, 1,500,000 tons of rock were freed in the largest well drilled blast in history.

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