Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

K.I. SAWYER — The state police recognized Mrs. Bunker Monday afternoon by giving her the department’s Distinguished Citizen Award “for assisting the Michigan Department of State Police through her extraordinary action” at the Negaunee post. What Bunker did was save the left arm of a 14-year-old base resident who was shot with a .44 magnum handgun in a dispute with another 14-year-old. After he was shot, the youth ran from his friend’s house and attempted to flag down passing cars, but no one stopped. Bunker, who was out in her yard at the time, was the one person who rendered assistance. She wrapped a towel around his arm to stop the bleeding and had him lay down until an ambulance arrived to take him to the base hospital. “I don’t think I’m a hero,” said Bunker, “I really didn’t have time to think.” Capt. David D. Smith, the doctor who treated the youth at the base hospital, credited Bunker’s actions with saving the boy’s arm, according to Lt. James Skaja, who presented Bunker with her award.

60 years ago

LITTLE LAKE — Two water color paintings of Marquette scenes by Leonard P. Johnson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Johnson, former Marquette residents now living at Little Lake, are published in the August issue of Ford Times magazine, along with an article about Presque Isle by his wife, Helen R. Johnson. One of Johnson’s paintings depicts a scene from Presque Isle. The other portrays a freighter taking on a cargo at the Marquette docks. He will show these two paintings and others he has done in the Upper Peninsula when he appears at the Marquette Women’s Club summer festival. A 1940 graduate of Northern Michigan College, Johnson is now an instructor at the Cass Institute of Technology, Detroit.