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 — For the first time in years, Marquette Council 689 Knights of Columbus will host the Second and Third Degrees of the Order Saturday at noon in St. Peter’s Cathedral Hall. A women’s program, including a coffee social and fashion show, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at J.J. O’Berglund’s on South Front Street in Marquette. A mass is scheduled for 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s. In keeping with the national theme, “Share the Spirit — Honor the Clergy,” the Knights will honor retired Msgr. Nolan B. McKevitt, who has been chaplain of the council for many years and was state chaplain from 1964 to 1966. An Ironwood native, McKevitt was ordained in 1935. He served in Bessemer, Escanaba, Garden Peninsula and St. Ignace parishes before becoming cathedral rector in 1950. He served four years as vicar general of the diocese. An evening cocktail hour, banquet and short program at the Marquette Golf & Country Club will round out the day’s activities. Marquette Council Grand Knight Travis Martin and his fellow officers are in charge of the events.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — Spring cleanup operations have been finished at Presque Isle and yesterday Robert Hume, caretaker of Marquette’s famous park, pronounced everything ready for the summer season. The road around the island has been repaired and put in good condition by the street department. Gravel was used to fill holes in the driveway and the surface was dragged and smoothed. The ground in areas used for picnic and recreation purposes have been cleaned up and raked and a large part of the wooded portion of the island has been brushed out. Yesterday Mr. Hume’s men started to pump out the Shiras swimming pool. When all of the water is out, the bottom of the pool will be thoroughly cleaned. The bath houses have been cleaned and minor repairs made and diving apparatus and other pool equipment put in shape for use. Picnic parties at Presque Isle this summer will find additional facilities for cooking. Mr. Hume has ordered eight new picnic stoves, which are being made at the Lake shore Engine Works. These will replace old stoves which have been used so long that they are not in good condition. In addition to the outdoor stoves, Mr. Hume has made arrangements with the light and power department for installation of several electric hot plates in the pavilion. They will be the same kind as those used at the tourist camp grounds at the Powder Mill location. They will be handy for picnic cooking, especially in inclement weather.