Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

HARVEY — Pleasant hours of boating on the Chocolay River through Harvey are easier to obtain since the conclusion of the dredging project at the township marina. Hundreds of cubic yards of muck have been hoisted out of the snug little marina, which reopened today, with most of the funding for the $9,850 project coming from a state grant. Larry Gould, director of public works for the township, said the water depth was down to about a foot prior to the dredging, which made launching anything more than a rubber raft, canoe or very small boat nearly impossible. The new channel has a depth of five to six feet now and provides uninhibited access to the river for just about any small craft the river will accommodate.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — A decorated station wagon featuring the discovery of iron ore in Negaunee in 1844, appeared in the Fourth of July parade in Marquette. Frank Matthews Sr., driver and originator of the float, has been invited to enter it in the Michan State Fair parade in Detroit in August. A gold cross half-raised over a grave of green ferns, carrying the word “Peace” brought first place honors to the “Hope of the World” float, sponsored by the Marquette Veterans’ Council. This float was one of many in the parade here yesterday that included city and school bands, military and organizational marching units and clowns. Presentation of trophies took place at the bandshell at Presque Isle. Mayor Richard Bur awarded the first-place parade trophy to Russell Chrest, Veterans Council representative. Sgt. Carl Malmberg, NCO Council president; Sgt. Phil White, NCO Council secretary; and Dennis Bernier accepted the second-place trophy for Knights of Columbus float. The third-place trophy went to Mrs. Joyce Turenne for Soo Hardware Co.