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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 — Richard Ryan, director of debate and forensics at Marquette Senior High School, has been inducted into the Michigan High School Speech Coaches Hall of Fame. Ryan is noted for his Class A state championship debate team in 1976, his semi-finalist team of 1980 and numerous individual winners in forensics. The induction came during the Michigan Speech Coaches Association annual fall meeting and workshop at the Boyne Mountain Resort on Oct. 5.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — Prices on material for construction of an extension of the city’s water system to the LS&I shops and Presque Isle have been asked for by the city purchasing agent and, weather permitting, the work will be done this fall, it was stated yesterday by W. J. Johnston, superintendent of the water department. The present water main into north Marquette terminates at the old Schneider and Brown lumber yard on Dead River, and in the past the LS&I has been pumping its own water. On the island, water can be obtained only by pumping from the lake. From the South side of Dead River to the LS&I dock, a distance of about 3,200 feet, the work will be done by the railway company, with the city furnishing the materials. From the dock to the island, about 2,000 feet, the main will be installed by the city. Because a special type of flexible joint pipe is required for part of the job, the purchase of materials has been delayed. Between six and seven hundred feet of the main, which will be six-incher in diameter, will be laid on the bottom of Dead River and ordinary pipe cannot be used under water on an uneven bottom. It is hoped to get the job underway as soon as possible so the work will not be interfered with by cold weather. However, if weather conditions are unfavorable for the remainder of the fall, the work will be postponed until next summer. If the weather remains favorable it is planned to extend the main to the island this fall and if not, only to the railroad shops.

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