Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

REPUBLIC — The ELF transmitter near Republic will go to half-power July 13. The announcement follows completion of maintenance contracts with eight local utility companies this week, said Lt. Cmdr. C. Wiley Cress, commanding officer of the Extremely Low Frequency transmission center at Sawyer Air Force Base. After going fully on line in the fall of 1989, the ELF transmitter will enable Navy communication with submerged submarines throughout the world. Maintenance contracts signed this week outline the utilities and Navy’s responsibilities in upkeep of the hundreds of miles of utility lines and equipment and residential fences that had to be adjusted over the past two years to offset potential voltage inducement. Half-power testing, according to Cress, will take place until spring when the transmitter will be prepared for full-power testing. The transmitter is expected to be fully operational by Sept. 30, 1989. Residents near the transmitter should notice no changes from the current testing program, Cress said.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — Several hundred men and women including many out-of-town guests, visited the Marquette Golf and Country club’s new course Saturday on the occasion of its formal opening. The afternoon’s program included exhibitions of golf shots by Percy Cook, the club’s professional, a match between Ralph R. Eldredge, Mr. Cook and E.G. Amos, a horseshoe pitching contest, and an informal reception on the proposed club house site at which a committee of women served refreshments. Among the visitors was Miss Janet Crowell of Iron Mountain, woman golf champion of the upper peninsula, who played the course and declared it was one of the finest she had ever seen. Another visitor was Roy A. Young, governor of the federal reserve board, who has played on the course nearly every day since he came to Marquette for his summer vacation. Several hundred feet of moving pictures were “shot” by the Delft theater camera man and will be shown in the Delft later.