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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

MARQUETTE — Eight bids on construction of Northern Michigan University’s proposed $21.8 million sports training complex were opened late Wednesday in the state Bureau of Facilities in Lansing. The bidding included two general, four mechanical, and two electrical contractors, said Lyle Shaw, NMU vice president for finance and administration. “The base bids, combined with other project costs, pushed the total over the budget,” Shaw said. “However, the bids include deductive alternates and we’re going to be analyzing them carefully and take a thorough look at the entire situation.” Shaw added that there wasn’t more bidding on the project.” R.E Dailey and Co. of Southfield submitted the lowest general bid at $15,650,000 followed by A.J. Etkin Construction Co. of Farmington Hills at $15,728,280. Among the mechanical contractors, the low bid of $2,789,000 came from ABI Mechanical Engineering and Contracting of Traverse City. The low electrical bidder was Swan Electric Co. of Lansing at $1,827,000.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — Angelo D. Lafkas, who has conducted the Lafkas Candy Kitchen in the Voelker block for several years, has purchased the fixtures of the Princess Candy Kitchen from C.H. Moss, who held a mortgage for the Miners National bank and has placed the establishment under the management of his nephew, Nick Tasaris, an experience confectionary and restaurant man. Mr. Lafkas obtained a lease on the building some time before Steve Dafnis, former proprietor of the Princess, left the city. At the auction sale held last week by the Miners National bank, C.H. Moss, cashier, bought them in for the bank. Mr. Tasaris and his assistants have been engaged for the past few days cleaning up the Princess and it is now ready for business under the new management. Mr. Lafkas has conducted his candy kitchen for 27 years. He intends to keep the two places of business open and will serve meals at the Princess.