EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
30 years ago
MARQUETTE — The bronze bell that once called firemen to duty has found itself again in need of a home. The bell originally hung at the fire hall on Spring Street. But when the station was razed in 1970, the 135-year-old bell was spared and moved to the new fire station on Third Street. Its home there didn’t last long. It was soon moved to Father Marquette Park and eventually to Memorial Field at Northern Michigan University where the two-ton bell tolled for each Wildcat touchdown. But now that NMU has the new sports dome, the old bell isn’t needed. The city reclaimed it but doesn’t know what to do with it. While the bell’s fate is being determined, it sits behind the fire station on Third Street, waiting in a snowbank. The Heritage Preservation Task Force is now working on a plan. The task force, established in late summer by the city commission in an effect to preserve historical landmarks in Marquette, will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 to hear public input.
60 years ago
ISHPEMING — The Christmas shopping season will start here Monday night, when the stores will stay open until 9. Street and some store decorations for the holiday shopping season also are being put up here. Starting Nov. 3., two blocks of Main St., between Division and Pearl St, and Cleveland Ave, will be closed to traffic to create the “snow mall.” Sidewalks of the two blocks will be allowed to accumulate snow that falls will be allowed to accumulate in the street for the remainder of the shopping season.