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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

HOUGHTON — Northern Michigan University juniors Jason Cornell and Ed Vopal have been named to the 1989 GLIAC All-Academic football team. Cornell, a repeat selection, is a management major who posted a 3.68 grade point average. He was the Wildcats’ most valuable player this past season. The quarterback completed 168 of 333 passes for 2, 037 yards and 13 touchdowns. Vopal, an offensive tackle, is majoring in English and carries a 3.18 GPA. A GLIAC All-Academic pick in 1899, he was named Northern’s most valuable lineman for 1989.

60 years ago

MUNISING — Trooper Joel Wood of the state police, in line of routine duty, helped extinguish a blaze at 2:30 p.m. Friday in a logging truck owned by Gordon Bivens, Deerton. Wood went to Bivens’ home to notify them that a tire they had lost was at the Munising post. Bivens had purchased a new truck tire in Marquette and lost it on his way home. It was found by Paul Cowling, Marquette, and turned over to the police, who traced its ownership through the brand name and serial number. When Wood arrived at the Bivens home, the family was in the process of trying to extinguish the truck fire with snow, and he went to their assistance. When the place was finally put out, the entire cab and all electrical wiring was burned. The fire was discovered by Bivens’ sister, Charlotte, 17, as she was leaving the house on an errand. It apparently started from a short in the electrical wiring to the two-speed rear axle. No estimate of the dollar value of the damage is available, but the entire loss is covered by insurance.