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Rolling Mill Mine disaster Part 2

Editor’s note: This article was adapted from one that was originally published in the USW Local 4974’s The Miners’ Voice, August 1982 NEGAUNEE — Last week’s article described a free-falling mine cage at the Rolling Mill Mine in Negaunee on Sept. 20, 1907. Several of the victims ...

Rolling Mill Mine disaster Part 1

Editor’s note: This article was adapted from one that was originally published in the USW Local 4974’s The Miners’ Voice, August 1982 NEGAUNEE — “A mining accident attended by the greatest loss of life in the history of the Marquette Range occurred at the Rolling Mill mine, located ...

S.S. Maryland’s moment in time

Some historical changes happen slowly, unnoticeably. Other times we can identify an exact moment of change. One of those changes came on Sept. 12, 1953, when an ore boat, the S.S. Maryland, ran aground east of Marquette between Lakewood and Gordon, near the current Ojibwa Casino. Built in ...

Marquette’s fresh air school

MARQUETTE — As children are heading back to school in the coming days, let’s take a moment to look back at a rather unique school that once operated in Marquette. The Fresh Air School, named because the windows were left open year round, was part of a nationwide movement attempting to ...

Brewing locally has great history

MARQUETTE — The local brewing scene is currently undergoing a powerful revival. New breweries are producing quality beers for an increasingly discerning consumer base. As we enjoy the renaissance of Marquette County's brewing industry, we should look back at its past, and appreciate that good ...

Marquette’s ‘Line in the Sand’

MARQUETTE — The Berlin Wall, the DMZ between the two Koreas, and other no-man's-lands may stand out in world history, but it’s possible they could pale in comparison to another that tore a city apart, Marquette's Champion Street Bridge. The bridge, the first in the city to span the ...

History at Pine and Ridge

MARQUETTE — The fire at Pine Ridge Apartments this past week was not the first fire at that site, although luckily in both fires no one was injured. The location has a long history, serving as the home for three separate high schools over the span of 100 years, including one that burned ...

Resisting Prohibition in Upper Peninsula

National Prohibition came about through two main acts of government. The first was the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, banning the commercial manufacture, transportation and sale, but not possession, consumption or home manufacture of intoxicating beverages. The amendment was ratified Jan. ...

Will Bradley: Typographer and illustrator

Traveling around the Upper Peninsula will lead you to a wide range of art galleries and local art displays. Many talented people live and work in the U.P. A little research opens the door to the fact that talented artists have lived and worked in the U.P. from its early days. One such artist ...

Bus to the past

MARQUETTE — Do you love local history? Would you like to learn more about our city's past? Will you have summer guests who would enjoy discovering our region's historical roots? The Marquette Regional History Center is hosting its eighth season of Historic Marquette Bus Tours. These ...

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 Negaunee High School Orchestra left Tuesday for a long bus ride to Chicago, followed by a long flight to Frankfurt, West Germany, where the ...

LaJoie’s (Jail)house in Negaunee

NEGAUNEE — In 1992, Negaunee native, Steve LaJoie purchased a historic home at 218 W. Case Street in Negaunee. For a few years, he and his family living in the home with it remaining in the same condition as when he acquired it. Then in 1998, he began to remodel portions of the building and ...

‘They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot’

MARQUETTE — Schools, churches, bars, stores, hospitals, and even an entire city street. When you're looking at parking lots in downtown Marquette, you’re looking at more than a place to store your car while you work or shop. You're also looking at a piece of the city’s history. To ...

Marquette has rich art heritage

MARQUETTE — As summer finally arrives in Marquette, our city is gearing up toward Art Week June 23-29. While this festival is only in its fifth year, Marquette and the natural beauty of the surrounding region has a long history of attracting artists to the area. Art historian, Edgar ...

Blemhuber family was agricultural innovators

Street signs are more than just geographical markers. Read right, they are portals into a community’s past. Consider Blemhuber Avenue, an east/west street south of Highway 41 in Marquette. This avenue honors a pioneering Marquette County family that helped to shape agriculture in the Upper ...

Part 2: Backward glance at the 1911 Hartford Mine disaster

Adapted from an article originally published in the USW Local 4974’s The Miners’ Voice, January 1983. Last week’s article discussed a fire at Negaunee’s Hartford Mine on Friday, May 5, 1911. As the situation was brought under control, they were finally able to obtain an accurate ...

Part 1: Backward glance at the 1911 Hartford Mine disaster

Adapted from an article originally published in the USW Local 4974’s The Miners’ Voice, January 1983 Friday, May 5, 1911, began like any other workday for Edward Puske of Negaunee. A recent immigrant from Finland, young Puske felt fortunate that he had finally secured employment as a ...

It was quite a week! Part 2

Last week’s article discussed the visits of Governor George Wallace and activist Abbie Hoffman on May 10th before Michigan’s May 1972 Presidential Primary. But they weren’t the only famous visitors to Marquette that week. On Friday afternoon, May 12, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Lyndon ...

It was quite a week! (Part 1)

By JOHN CEBALO Marquette Regional History Center Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — There was one week in May 1972, the week prior to the Democratic Presidential primary election, when four figures of national political significance converged on the city of Marquette. Three of them ...

Legacy workshop coming up

MARQUETTE — From 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Heritage Room, the Peter White Public Library will be hosting a Personal Legacy Workshop with Heather Mlsna. If you have a writing project you’ve been meaning to start, this workshop is for you. Learn an easy method of organizing your thoughts so ...