Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

TRAUNIK — Strawberry patches in Alger County appear to be flourishing because of the recent good weather including ample moisture. Mother Nature has provided enough rain and sunshine for the berries at the Pete Ostanek Strawberry Farm in Traunik.

Joan Ostanek said, “They’re ripening real nicely. We’ve had lots of people picking every day.”

The picking season came a little later this year because of the cooler spring weather. Strawberry lovers have also been busy plucking the berries at Johnson Berry Farm in Skandia since the farm opened to pickers Wednesday, said Elsie Johnson who runs the operation with her son, Rodney Johnson. Depending on the weather, picking will continue at the Skandia berry patch for the next couple of weeks. “The ideal weather recipe for strawberries is lots of water prior to ripening and then dry weather,” Johnson said.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Al Jandron was re-elected president of the Marquette State Prison Employees Union, Local 684, for the coming year. William Cherette was renamed vice president, and I.L. “Ike” Wood was re-elected recording secretary. The newly elected treasurer is Gerald Chambers. The group named Peter Blemberg and James Black to trustee posts, as well as re-electing Caesar J. Urbanski. Executive committee members are Charles Wiegel, Tom McGann and Sylvester Young.