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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 — Since 1983, Chris Crothers of Marquette has been a volunteer delivery driver for Home Delivered Meals, a program commonly known as Meals on Wheels. Crothers first exposure to the program came when she filled in for a friend a couple of times. She liked it so much, she decided to take on a route of her own. Five days a week, Crothers delivers meals to 31 senior citizens who qualify for the program by being homebound and unable to prepare meals. Although her time is limited because of other meals to deliver, Crothers often shares a word with the meal recipients, picks up their mail, or performs small chores to help out. The demand for the program can be seen in figures that show a growth of 54 percent in the past four years, from 50,831 meals delivered in 1984 to a projection of 79,048 in the coming year. 445 senior citizens in Alger and Marquette counties receive meals through the program. The food is prepared at the Jacobetti Michigan Veterans Facility by cook Patricia Bertucci and dietary aide Starr Poquette.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — The “red carpet” will be rolled out for 27 children from the Holy Family Orphans Home in Marquette by the Ishpeming rotary club April 23. The 27 boys and girls, accompanied by the Rev. Wilbur Gibbs, will be treated to a marshmallow roast, dinner and — as a special treat — a visit with Eve Arden, the “Miss Brooks” of television fame who is appearing in “Anatomy of a Murder” now being filmed in Marquette County. The entertainment program will include a number of magic acts to be presented by Vincent Malmstrom of Ishpeming. Serving as master of ceremonies will be Rolbert Stolle.