Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

L’ANSE — The Hilltop Restaurant, famous across the Upper Peninsula for its huge cinnamon rolls, has moved into a new building immediately south of the old one, which has been razed to make room for a larger parking lot. Judy Jaeger, 47, owner of the business, said she’s been planning the new 60-by-110-foot structure for two years. Between 500 and 1,000 hungry people eat at the restaurant each day, which caused some crowding in the old 120-seat facility. The new building features a 100-seat dining room and a 50-seat coffee shop. Along with the expansion, Jaeger increased her employee roster from 35 to 50 and added several pieces of specialty kitchen equipment. Since the outdoors is such a big part of life in Superiorland, Jaeger said she concentrated on making the new dining rooms look like they fit in to the local lifestyle. The new structure features a northwoods style that includes lots of wood, light colors and outdoors motifs. The menu remains the same, and still features those chewy sweet rolls that travelers look forward to. Customers consume an average of 30 to 50 dozen sweet rolls a day, but they once ate a whopping 200 dozen — that’s 2,400 rolls — in a day.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Robert Anthony broke 24 out of 25 targets on each of his two rounds last night to place first in this week’s shoot at the Marquette Skeet Club. Sharing honors with Anthony was Kenneth Lowe, who fired a perfect round of skeet and placed second. Lowe broke 22 out of 25 targets on his first round and hit 25 straight on his second round for a 47 total. It was the third perfect round fired at the skeet range this year. The other two were fired by Dr. W. J. Saari and Ed Gibbs. Two shooters were tied for third last night with totals of 44. They were Dr. D. P. Hornbogen and Berwick Miller. Other shooters who posted scores above 40 were Chet Anderson, 42, and William DeRocher and Bill Flynn, 41 each.