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 — Business is going well for four businesses that recently moved into new buildings here, substantially expanding the commercial backbone of Harvey. At the intersection of U.S.41 and M-28, Jack’s IGA moved into a building double the size of its old adjacent facility on Carmen Drive. Snyder Drug and Holiday Station Stores each opened a new Harvey outlet this fall. The two new stores are located next door to each other on U.S. 41 just north of its intersection with M-28. A bit farther north on U.S. 41, ABC True Value Hardware, an established downtown Marquette business, opened a branch in a remodeled former furniture store. Eileen Urbaniak, owner of Jack’s IGA said, “I’ve had so many people come over and thank me for the new store. We’ve had nothing but compliments from people.” Mike St. Arnauld, manager of the 19-employee Snyder Drug said, “Customers appreciate having stores so close by. Tom McLain, manager of the Harvey ABC said, “So far, so good. People keep saying they’re happy we’re out here; it’s more convenient for them.” Russ Bengry, manager of the Harvey Holiday store said that sales were pretty steady as “people are just becoming aware of us.”

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — “Old Ish” the metal Indian statue guarding the city square, has been padlocked to his pedestal after Mayor Marcus Willey swore out a verbal complaint against the chief for disturbing the peace — specifically for not speaking up on behalf of the March of Dimes. Police chief Frank Sarvello served the warrant and arrested “Old Ish,” but because of the circumstances — mainly the weight of the statue — the chief was chained to his pedestal rather than given a berth in the city jail. The time-honored (Native American) will be kept in custody at the city square until Ishpeming area residents bail him out by filling the two red pots at Cleveland and Main and at the Miners’ First National Bank. When the pots are full, “Old Ish” will go free — symbolizing Ishpeming on the warpath against polio, arthritis, rheumatism, birth defects and disorders of the central nervous system. According to Robert Burke, director of the 1959 March of Dimes campaign, collection will end Jan. 31.