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 — Several families in the Marquette area have offered to host two foreign exchange students who’ve found themselves without a place to stay. Howard Moore, area representative for the American Study Program for Educational and Cultural Training, said he has received eight calls from prospective hosts since Thursday’s appeal in the The Mining Journal, and expects more today. Moore expected that the students will be placed with permanent hosts sometime next week after families are interviewed. The students — Tristan Bohringer, 19, of Switzerland, and Kenko Owaki, 17, of Japan — traveled to Marquette this month as participants in the ASPECT foreign exchange program. When they arrived, they found they had no hosts. They are temporarily staying with a Marquette family. Bohringer found himself hostless after the family he planned to stay with cancelled due to a job transfer. Moore had agreed at the last minute to find hosts for Owaki, but was unable to place him anywhere. Without Moore’s commitment, Owaki would not have been able to come to the United States.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — Employees of the Michigan Gas & Electric company Saturday completed installation of underground cables for new streetlights on Pearl, First, and Second streets. Today the men will be busy setting up the light posts, after which electricians will wire them and it is probably that Ishpeming’s new “white way” will be in operation Saturday night. As soon as the workmen finish laying cable to the post locations, a concrete crew, in the employ of Al Swanson, will make concrete bases for the lamps. When the work, which is under supervision of George A. Donald, is finished, Ishpeming’s downtown district will be one of the best lighted in the Upper Peninsula. The lamps are being put in staggered so that all dark spots will be lighted.