Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — Missy VanDamme has made a habit out of being ranked among the best girl basketball players in the Upper Peninsula. For the second straight season, the 6-0 senior forward from Gwinn High School has been selected to the 1992 All-Class “Dream Team” as picked by members of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association at a meeting in Marquette Tuesday. Van Damme, the Class A-B-C Player of the Year, joins 5-10 senior forward Kris Blahnik of Carney-Nadeau as a repeat All-Class selection. Van Damme pumped in 382 points in 19 games for a 20.1 average for the 16-4 Model Towners. She shot 43 percent from the field, 70 percent from the free throw line; averaged 9.7 rebounds; and led the team in steals with 54. “We found no one who could stop her,” Model Towners Coach Mike Forgette said. “She is a premier all-around player.”

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — A county plat book, first of its kind in Marquette County, goes on sale this week. The 76-page plat book is sponsored by the Marquette county 4-H Council and has been endorsed by the county board of supervisors. The plat book contains detailed maps of land ownership with acreage indicated in the 19 political townships in the county. The maps also show highways and roads, railroads, lakes, rivers, buildings and political boundaries. A large demand for the plat books from hunters and fishermen, land owners, lawyers and real estate dealers is anticipated. About 20 were sold even before their availability was announced, Melvin N. Nyquist, Marquette, Michigan State University County extension director, said. Proceeds from the sale of the plat books will be used by the 4-H Council for the 4-H student Loan Fund and for other projects such as Sawyer Lake Camp and Camp Shaw. Plat books are available at the county treasurer’s office and the MSU extension office.


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