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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

SAULT STE MARIE — The upper Great Lakes shipping season has a month to run as ice advances south from Duluth Harbor in Lake Superior’s western end. The National Weather Service warned Tuesday that ice accumulations are expected in the lower St. Marys River, Escanaba, Green Bay, and in restricted channels further south. Lower-powered commercial vessels could need ice-breaking assistance on the Straits of Mackinac between Lakes Huron and Michigan this week, the agency said. The U.S. Coast Guard ice-breaking fleet is somewhat scattered, with the largest ship, the Mackinaw, still in a shipyard for repairs and two other ships, the Katmai Bay and Mobile Bay, assisting salvage operations on the grounded cutter Mesquite in Lake Superior. As many as 40 U.S.-registered vessels plan to continue sailing the lakes into the first week of January.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — “The post office department would appreciate the co-operation of Marquette residents in cleaning off their house steps for the remainder of the winter,” L. W. Biegler, postmaster, said yesterday. Slippery steps are the bane of the mailmen’s existence, he said, and if the number of accidents caused by icy steps continues to grow, the delivery force will be crippled and mail service will be impaired. Water drips and freezes on steps and the mailmen, caught unaware, are subjected to bad “spills.” Early in the week Edward Homeier, oldest carrier on the force in service and age, fell on icy steps, sustaining a broken arm which will keep him at home during the Christmas rush. Other carries have reported similar accidents but have escaped injuries serious enough to prevent them from continuing their work. If scraping the ice from the steps is too arduous a task, residents who expect first-class mail service should at least sprinkle sand, ashes, or salt on the ice,” Mr. Biegler declares.