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 — Richard Absolon of Crystal Falls carefully lifted away the lucite-and-brass embosser being used to leave graphic impressions in the new tan-colored sidewalk along Third Street. Workmen began pouring the new sidewalk Tuesday, which marks the beginning of final finishing work on the reconstructed street. The embosser, handmade by metallurgist Kurt Fosburg of Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, measures 7-by-6 inches and leaves an impression that reads “The Village” and displays the shopping district’s tree symbol. The image will be pressed into fresh concrete in front of many businesses along the street. It will be placed every 1/10 of a mile as a distance-measuring device for walkers and runners. Fosburg, who constructed a prototype of the embosser of wood and lucite, spent a total of more than 50 hours developing and producing it.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Few motorists who drive along M-28 south of the Maas Mine know that just beyond the shaft house to the north lies as beautiful a bit of landscape gardening as could be found anywhere in the district. Vines cover the sides of the mine buildings, flowers bloom along the hedgerows, and weeping willow trees wave gently in the wind. To one who had never visited one of the Cleveland-Cliff Iron company properties in this district, such beauty around an iron mine might appear out of place. No tourist who moves through the city on a trunk line highway sees any of these things, because the Negaunee and Athens mines are off the highway and the road passing the Maas Mine runs along the south side where the stockpiles obstruct a view of the gardening. All landscape gardening at Cleveland-Cliffs mines is under supervision of Warren G. Manning, of Cambridge, who recently was assigned to make a complete topographical and recreational survey of the Upper Peninsula for major land holding companies of the region.

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