Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

EBEN — Sheep ranching may evoke memories of Little Bo Peep, but for local farmers, it means a baa-baa black bottom line. The Marquette Extension office sponsored a tour of three local sheep operations because of interest in raising sheep as business, rather than a hobby. The tour reviewed three distinctly different sheep raising operations in Marquette and Alger counties and outlined how sheep can fit into other farm activities. Mike and Theresa Aho bought a dairy farm in Trenary and converted it to sheep. They’ve been practicing the fine art of sheep midwifery in February and selling the lambs later in June. Ben and Denise Bartlett have about 450 ewes on their farm, keeping sheep grass-fed over the summer and selling in the fall. Carol Sherbinow of Skandia concentrates on raising purebred Montadales. She sells to other purebred breeders and commercial operations wanting to improve their stock. The tour attracted 55 farmers from all over the U.P.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Thirty-five rounds of fighting, one of the best scheduled cards arranged for a U.P. show, will be offered followers of the padded mitt game by Richard M. Jopling post, American Legion, in the opera house here. Eddie Betts of Marquette will meet Charlie Crocker of Iron Mountain in the first match. The feature bout will be between a Detroit boy, Jack Scarton and Curley Nelson of the American Soo. Nelson packs a terrific punch. In his last fight here, he broke his arm while hitting Marquette’s Andy Anderson in the head.