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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

MARQUETTE — John Okonkowski, an associate vice president of investments of Prudential-Bache Securities Inc., has received the Superior Service award. Okonkowski handles all types of investment business including CDs, insurance annuities, IRAs, retirement planning, tax free municipal bonds, government securities, stocks, corporate bonds, and mutual funds. He joined Prudential-Bache in 1988, previously with Paine Webber for eight years. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He resides in Harvey with his three sons.

60 years ago

MICHIGAMME — Lauri Niemela, of the Northern Michigan College geography department, addressed the Spurr Township Parent-Teacher Association at its meeting this week. He showed slides of Finland and spoke on geographical facets of that country, basing his talk partly on his experiences while teaching at the University of Finland under a Fulbright grant. Niemela’s audience, largely of Finnish extraction, expressed appreciation of the slides and narration. Lunch was served by members of the PTA following the program.