Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council voted Thursday to offer the vacant city manager position to John Korhonen, the city’s engineer and acting city manager. “They’ve given me an offer and we are in negotiations regarding that offer,” Korhonen said Friday. In a special meeting, the council voted 4-1 to extend the offer to Korhonen, who would keep his engineer title. Councilman Kenneth Olson cast the lone dissenting vote. He declined to comment Friday. “His job performance has been excellent and the majority of the council is in favor of offering the job to him,” Mayor Angelo Bosio said of Korhonen. The council did not interview other candidates for the job. “We looked at other candidates, but then there is the additional expense of taxpayers to conduct interviews,” Bosio said. The Ishpeming City Council had received more than 50 applications for the vacant position, but feels Korhonen, with engineering and management experience, is the best qualified, Bosio said.

60 years go

ISHPEMING — An explosive fire bomb was thrown at a car in a parking lot here last night, the Ishpeming Police Department reported today. Flames from the bomb, which apparently contained gasoline, were extinguished before the vehicle was damaged. The incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Leffler Service Station at Fourth and Division streets. A witness told police he saw four young persons get out of their car, which was parked on Fourth Street, and walk over to the car in the parking lot. The witness told officers they threw a bottle at the car and the “bomb” burst into flames. He told police that the four persons — two young men and two young women — ran back to their car and drove toward Negaunee on Highway M-28 in a 1949 or 1950 blue hardtop Chevrolet in poor condition. Investigating officers found fragments of a beer bottle and pieces of lamp wick at the scene. They said the fragments smelled of gasoline. Police did not reveal the name of the owner of the car in the parking lot. Officers were at a loss to explain whether the throwing of the fire bomb was a prank or possibly an act of revenge.


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