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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

NEGAUNEE–The inaugural Midwest Luge Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday at the new Negaunee Luge Track. Competition, which begins at 10 a.m. both days, will consist of three classes–Youth I, Youth II, and Junior for those lugers 19 years of age and younger. The Negaunee Irontown Association will operate a concession stand both days. The race, free to spectators, is sponsored by the Superiorland Kiwanis, the Marquette Luge Association, and the Negaunee Luge Association. An awards ceremony will be held at the Lucy Luge Track Sunday at 1 p.m. Public sledding will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. The cost is $1 for children under 11 and $3 for those over 12.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING–Third grade students at Birch View School have come up with a refreshing new way to observe St. Valentine’s Day this year. Twenty-nine students in the class and their teacher, Mrs. Ann McDonnell, elected not to exchange valentines, as is the custom. Instead they pooled the pennies which they would have spent on the cards and donated to the polio ward at St. Luke’s Hospital here. In a letter to the children’s polio ward, they said; “Dear Children, We gave up exchanging Valentines this year so that you could have the money we would have spent for them. We hope this money will help toward paying for medicine or equipment for some child in your ward. Your Friends.” The letter was signed by each member in the class and accompanied by a $10 check. Howard B. Lehwald, administrator at the hospital, revealed there are six children in the ward. Outlet for the donation has not yet been determined.

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