Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board of Commissioners will meet with city of Houghton officials to discuss the operation of a section of railroad track in the county. The board decided to meet with the city after acknowledging that it has received a contract offer for a one-year option period from the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad Company. Commissioner Gerald Perreault, chairman of the railroad committee, said the section of track opened under the E and LS proposal would be from Arnheim to the Houghton Sands area. Acknowledging that the Houghton City Council has gone on record opposing the project because of planned development near the track area, Perreault said the agreement with the state Department of Transportation and E and LS has good possibilities.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — State Rep. Dominic J. Jacobetti, D-Negaunee, Marquette County District, today announced he has filed a written request with the bill drafting department of the Michigan Legislature, which would change the status of Northern Michigan College to Northern Michigan University. Rep. Jacobetti said he has been working with Dr. Edgar L. Harden, president of Northern, on the name change since 1959. “In 1959 we did not feel that Northern was ready to assume university status for several reasons, which have now been remedied,” Rep. Jacobetti and Dr. Harden said. Northern now has its own graduate program, where formerly it was a cooperating school with the University of Michigan. Three years ago NMC’s program was lacking in both breadth and depth of curriculum offerings. Northern has since made “substantial progress in correcting this situation, “even though much remains to be done.” Northern has people who are spending a predominant part of their time in research activities. As the college grows in its financial support, an increasing number of such people will be operating on the NMC campus, and these people will further distinguish NMC in attaining recognition as a university. Three years ago the college had not been organized for university status. During the past year the college created the structure within which a university should function. “We now have two vice presidents,” the NMC spokesman said. “We have established four schools headed by appropriate deans and we have the other administrative supports a university needs.”


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