Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MICHIGAMME–Planting trees in Michigamme may seem a bit redundant, but the Michigan Department of Transportation says it’s a symbolic effort to enhance the beauty of the entire state. Young people from the Summer Youth Employment Program four trees in an otherwise treeless section of the Townsend Ely Roadside Park near Michigamme Thursday. The trees are part of Gov. James Blanchard’s program to plant a million trees in Michigan, said Valerie Novak, a forester with the Michigan Department of Transportation. The statewide program was designed to enhance the beauty of Michigan’s highways with flowering trees, shrubs, and flowers. Funding comes from the MDOT and involves summer jobs for youths 18-21. The Michigan Youth Corps workers are employed by the city of Negaunee. While the two Hawthorne trees, a Serviceberry, and a flowering crab were the only state tree-planting planned for Marquette county, Negaunee Employment site coordinator and Summer Training staff Jamie Moody said the city may plant additional trees itself.

90 years ago

SAULT STE MARIE–From Tampa, Florida, to the Soo, the entire length of the Dixie highway, in 48 hours. This is the record made by Simon Shunk, 70, former resident of the Soo, and his grandson, George Oblinger, 19, of Tampa. With Oblinger driving, Shunk left Tampa last Wednesday. The first night was spent in Perryville, Georgia. The second night they were in Winchester, Tenn., and the third in South Bend, Indiana. They reached the Soo Saturday night.