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 — The assistant chief of the Marquette Fire Department has been named Fireman of the Year, announced officials from the Marquette Kiwanis Club. Charles “Charlie” Maki, 54, a firefighter and department administrator for the past 30 years, was selected as the Marquette Kiwanis Club Fireman of the Year by his fellow workers for outstanding service and performance. The award also recognized Maki’s efforts to bring back the city’s first motorized fire truck, “Old Jerry,” and restore it to original condition. The truck, which was used by city firemen from 1926-62, will be used as an historical exhibit. Maki joined the city fire department in 1959 as a firefighter and ambulance attendant. During the past 30 years, Maki has served the department in many capacities. He has participated in several professional development courses, including firefighter training, arson investigation and hazardous materials seminars. He is a charter member of the NMY Fire Science Advisory Board. Maki is originally from Deerton and graduated from Eben High School. He and his wife, Pat, reside on Neidhart Street in Marquette.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — The menace of tuberculosis bacillus is in the waters of Morgan Creek and will finally be removed with installation of a new system of sewage disposal at the Morgan Heights sanatorium, under supervision of a state board of health engineers, it was learned yesterday. The new system, authorized by the Marquette County board of supervisors, upon recommendation of the Morgan Heights committee, “will employ a series of chemical tanks to which the sewage is to be treated before it is allowed to seep away into a gravel bed north of the institution and in the opposite direction from the creek.” The new system was recommended and is being installed under supervision of R.J. Faust and Edwin D. Rich from the bureau of engineers, state department of health. When the new system is in operation, the old sewer, emptying into Morgan creek, will be abandoned. Members of the Morgan Heights committee are Dr. Paul Van Riper, F.E. Keefe, A.J. Yungbluth, H. S. Nightingale, William Wiseman and Myron J. Sherwood.