Superiorland Yesterdays

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — When Louis Getz opened his clothing and dry goods store in downtown Marquette 108 years ago, he called it the Bee Hive. “He intends to make this store swarm with customers, by treating them to the honey of low prices.” The Mining Journal reported in a Feb. 2 story that year about the store’s opening. Before that, the store operated for eight years in Michigamme. Located in a renovated antique building on the corner of Front and Spring streets, it reflects the history and tastes of Marquette and its citizens. Robert Getz, grandson of the store’s founder and son of former manager Theodore Getz, now runs the business along with Richard Caden. “I’ve been working at this business since I was 12 years old,” said Getz. Getz’s experience paid off in January when the store won the 1993 Marquette Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Business of the year Award. Ambassador President Steve Balbierz said the group’s annual award goes to businesses that are representative of stability, growth and community service.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — The Pauhu male chorus, directed by John T. Lehtonen, will present its annual concert at 8 o’clock Sunday night in the Kaleva hall, Negaunee. Several vocalists, an instrumental trio, and a pianist will appear with the chorus. The program begins with “Lippulaulu” and “Solta Somer” by the Pauhu chorus, followed by an instrumental trio composed of The Misses F. Ree, J. Steele, and H. Raatikainen. A vocal solo by Dewey Hansen will follow a piano solo by Aulia Taekila and vocal duet by E. Palola and A. Raatikainen. Miss Florence Ree will perform a violin solo of “The Old Spinning Wheel” and the Pauhu chorus will finish up with “Insanmaani” and “Suviyona.” These concerts have always drawn large crowds, as the organization is recognized as one of the best musical groups in the county.


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