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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

NEGAUNEE — A festival of old-fashioned crafts, music and other events is planned for Iron Heritage Day on Saturday on the grounds of the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. Activities during the inaugural event will include performances of by the Feltliners, a traditional folk music group, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Also appearing at the festival will be Marquette locomotive expert Roy Paananen, who will speak at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Throughout the day craftsmen will exhibit blacksmithing, quilting, basket weaving, leather work, spinning, rug weaving and other old time crafts. The museum itself will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., which are the regular summer hours, seven days a week through Oct. 31. Entry to the museum is free of charge, and there will be no charge to attend the festival. The museum is off County Road 492 on Forge Road.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Marquette’s observance of the Fourth of July will begin tomorrow morning with the help of the Michigan Engineers Drill Team here, with continuous events planned. A 50-gun salute and flag-raising ceremonies will be held at Memorial Field at 8 a.m., with special tribute paid to the 49th and 50th states, Alaska and Hawaii. Dairy Princess Marjorie Smith of Eben will lead the parade. Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming city bands will also be among the marchers. Floats, clowns, bands and marching units will begin assembling at 9 a.m. for what the drill team has called “one of the largest parades ever to be staged in Marquette.” At 11 a.m., a firefighting battle between the Marquette city and K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base fire departments will be held at the National Guard Armory here. The Pompo Trophy, won last year by Marquette, will again be at stake.