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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

COPPER HARBOR–The U.S. Coast Guard says it will decommission the grounded cutter Mesquite on Jan. 31, officially writing off the crippled ship. Petty Officer Bruce Billow said Friday from Cleveland that the decommissioning is purely an administrative move so they can reassign the ship’s crew, dispose of equipment, and relocate ships to take care of the Mesquite’s duties. “It’s written off as far as to refloating, re-doing, and re-using the ship at this point.” Billow said. “We will look at the ship again in the spring to see what salvage efforts can be made.” The 180-foot cutter ran aground Dec. 4 in Lake Superior off Keweenaw Point. Within a week, waves bashed the ship beyond repair. Investigators have blamed the grounding on navigational error.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — A program of promotional events was drawn up at a meeting of a special committee of the Ishpeming Retail Division Thursday morning. The committee, appointed at a division session the preceding day, is comprised of Bernard Dubinsky chairman; Ed Mahon, William McLaughlin, and Louis Lang. Dubinsky said that members of the division would be notified next week of detailed plans for the year-long promotion program. In the past, such events have been more or less conducted at various times throughout the year, without long-range planning. The change, Retail Division members believe, will prove of more benefit to retailers as well as to residents of the community.