Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — A former Marquette resident who is a writing professor at the University of Michigan will lecture on writing in March. Sharon Dilworth, a graduate of Northern Michigan University and author of the award-winning book “The Long White,” will present an informal writer’s workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 20 at NMU. She plans to meet with students to answer questions and discuss writing. That evening, Dilworth will present a public lecture about writing and publishing. Admission is free to NMU students and $2 for non-students. The site of the lecture will be announced. Dilworth’s visit is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society on campus.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — Movie pictures were shown by Walter Gries, county school commissioner, and L. R. Walker, county agricultural agent, during the last two weeks to 1,687 school children in the following schools: Marquette township, Green Garden, West Ishpeming, North Lake, Diorite, Skandia, Carlshend, Yalmer, West Branch, Palmer, Republic and Michigamme. Three reels were shown in each school. One reel, “How Jimmie Won the Game,” was a safety first picture and story on carefulness with dynamite caps. Three boys saw the pictures who had played with caps and had lost fingers or eyes by the explosion. Another picture was an automobile safety picture and the third on the use of milk by children. Last November movie pictures were shown in nearly all the other rural schools of the county. The commissioner and county agent carry a complete movie outfit, including enough black window shades to cover the windows of the school room so that pictures can be shown in the day time. Wherever the school building was not wired for electricity, a 12-volt battery was used to produce the necessary light for the movie machine. Many boys and girls of the rural districts have no opportunity to see movies unless brought to them. The films are educational and the teachers make use of them in their regular school work. Stories are written and the best ones are sent to the school commissioner’s office. It is the plan of the commissioner and country agricultural agent to show pictures at least once each year to all the rural schools of the county.