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 — Robert Olson plans to do more than study under Northern Michigan University’s Study Abroad Program. When he recently left for Austria under the program, the junior from Niagara Falls, N.Y., had two objectives in mind–to gain a better understanding of the country’s language and culture and to take an Austrian bride. Olson met his fiancée, Regina Rahmer, while she was working this past year in Marquette. The two have been apart for four months. “It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to live and study in Austria,” he said. “I’m also anxious to see my fiancée. Olson, an English major minoring in German, will spend the current semester with a family in Vienna, the nation’s capital. His fiancee, an elementary school teacher, lives 60 miles east of Vienna. “I want to immerse myself in the German language,” Olson said. “I was in Germany this past summer with the Campus Crusade for Christ and I fell in love with the people of this region and their culture.” He also was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Air Force for three years. Olson’s last military duty was at Sawyer Air Force Base and the location convinced him to choose NMU. “It was a choice of going to school at Northern Michigan or the State University of New York at Buffalo and I opted for Michigan,” he said. Olson receives a stipend from the NMU German Club to assist with his expenses.

60 years ago

K. I. SAWYER — Public gatherings were banned at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base today due to an epidemic of influenza. Military operations are not affected. Col. Philip N. Loring, base commander, issued the order, suspending all public gatherings through Sunday, when the situation will be re-evaluated. Included in the order is the suspension of Protestant Sunday School classes, Catholic instructions for children, and the base theater movies. People also have been warned to keep their children out of the base commissary and base exchange. A talent show scheduled for Friday night has been canceled. During the past 10 days, 122 military personnel and 95 dependent children have been treated for respiratory infections and gastritis (suspected flu), it was reported. Compared with a like period in December, this is an increase of 100 percent for military personnel and 35 percent for children. There are almost 1,300 military personnel on the base.