Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MUNISING — The Marquette Township building and grounds caretaker got more than he bargained for when he requested the township buy a snowblower for his use. Instead of approving a $904 purchase as requested, the Marquette Township board approved Tuesday the purchase of a machine costing nearly $200 more. Caretaker Lou Hutchings has shoveled snow by hand the past couple of years, but this year’s heavy snow prompted a request for a snowblower, according to a written request presented to the board. Business Manager Kevin Hamann recommended the board buy the $904 model from Sears. Instead, the board opted to buy a John Deere machine from Honda of Marquette, with a more powerful engine, a wider path than the Sears model, and with an electric start. Hamann said the Honda shop’s location in the township played a role in the board’s decision.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — English Oak Leaf Lodge, Sons of St. George, will hold its annual past presidents’ night on Monday, with all former heads occupying the official chairs. There are 45 past presidents residing in the district, while a number of former heads have moved elsewhere. In addition to the past presidents, there are several past grand or state presidents in Negaunee, who also will be present at the meeting. A special program of entertainment is being arranged, a feature of which will be a talk by Clarence E. Lott. At the conclusion of the session, lunch will be served.