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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

ISHPEMING — With the Upper Peninsula prep tennis finals less than a week away, the Iron Mountain High School boys’ team won all four singles matches and captured the Mid-Peninsula Conference championship. The host Hematites, who played without No. 1 singles player Chris Magnuson, finished second. Negaunee was third, while Gwinn placed fourth. Leading the winners was I.M’s No. 1 singles player Mike Andrews over Negaunee’s Dan Skewis by 6-3, 6-0. Also picking up singles wins for the Mountaineers were Dave Van Holla, Eddie Theissen and Chris Vincenzi. Ishpeming kept it close by winning two of three doubles matches. The No. 2 team of Jim O-Brien-Mike Bath and No. 3 team of Rich Doucette-Brian Parkkonen rallied to defeat their opponents. “Iron Mountain is always strong,” said Hematites coach Erl Langness.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Michigan Gas & Electric Co. workmen have begun installing a new cast iron gas main on the east side of N. Front St., which will run from Ridge St. to Fair Ave. City Manager George T. Meholick Jr. said the company is installing the new main in preparation for work on the street by city crews. When the job is finished, a new surface will be put on N. Front St. He pointed out that in the past crews of the company had to tear up streets, repair its mains, and patch the street again whenever trouble occurred. Though the five-year street improvement plan, Meholick explained, the city knows ahead of time where repairs will be made. Cost of the gas company project is $10,000. When the city is through with the repairs, the total project on N. Front St. will cost a combined sum of $30,000. “I would like to commend the company for its action and foresight, and for cooperating with the city,” Meholick said. He especially cited Fred Garceau, Negaunee area general manager, for his cooperation with city officials.

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