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 — Members of the Keeweenaw Bay Community soon will receive a second payment from the federal government in a land deal involving their forebears in 1854. Checks for $792 were sent last October to 2,074 tribal members, said enrollment clerk Myrtle Tolonen. The latest checks are for $608 and will be sent to 2,459 eligible members, she said. The payments represent the difference in what the Keweenaw Bay Indians received in 1854 and the actual value of the land they sold, Tolonen said.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING- The city’s blacktopping program for this summer was supposed to start Monday, but it didn’t. There was no blacktopping material available, according to City Manager Thomas R. McNabb. The city manager said that Payne and Dolan of Wisconsin, Inc., which has the contract to finish the blacktop ping for the program, was scheduled to have its plant set up and operation here by July 31. However, that did not happen, and city workmen, who were all set to start paving the streets, turned to other repair jobs instead. McNabb, who returned to city hall Monday after a week’s vacation, meanwhile was attempting to contact Payne and Dolan headquarters to learn about what was causing the delay. He said that he hoped that the blacktop plant would be moved to Ishpeming sometime this week so that the delayed program could get underway no later than next Monday.


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