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Superior History

Pioneers in SCUBA diving in the Central U.P.

MARQUETTE — Some of us may remember Jacques Cousteau in his TV shows and documentaries in the 1970s and 1980s. Today we hear of diving in Lake Superior, such as this summer’s lower harbor clean up. Some may know that you can take a credited course for diving at Northern Michigan ...

Bum’s Jungle much more than lore

MARQUETTE — On any given warm summer day, hundreds if not thousands of locals and tourists will make their way on bike or foot through Founder's Landing, perhaps stopping to walk the beach, swing over the Whetstone Creek, or climb Gaines’ Rock. What they may not know is that they're ...

History quiz

QUESTION: In September 1953, what boat ran aground off Chocolay beach attracting thousands of sightseers? Answer: The Maryland. It was the last use of the breeches buoy and the first helicopter rescue on Lake Superior.

Superior History: Stories from Division Street

MARQUETTE — Ray Shaw didn’t always live on Division Street in Marquette, but he moved to the neighborhood with his grandmother when he was two, owned a farm there, met his wife there, and was living there when he died last February at age 93. He was a great storyteller—we’ve already ...

Archaeology all around

What do you think of when you hear the word archaeology? Does it conjure images of dusty digs in Egypt, exploring pyramids and the search for royal mummies? Or perhaps excavating the collapsed remains of a castle in Europe? Maybe you think of the quest for El Dorado, the lost city of gold? Or ...

Negaunee pioneer: Medard Gauthier

At the time of his death, Negaunee pioneer Medard Gauthier was the city’s oldest citizen in both age and in length of continuous residence. When he died on December 22, 1923, he was 90 years old and had resided in Negaunee for 66 years. Medard was born to Antione and Sophie Gauthier on Sept. ...

Women in Michigan politics

One hundred and fifty-one years ago, on March 31, 1869, Harriet Tenney made history when she was appointed the first female state officer (the historical equivalent of a department director) in Michigan. Despite this accomplishment, women still lacked the right to vote. That same year, a ...

History Quiz

QUESTION: What was the name of the first steam powered vessel on Lake Superior? A. Julia Palmer B. Napoleon C. Griffon D. Independence Answer: D. The propeller-driven Independence was portaged around the rapids at Sault Ste. Marie in 1845.

The Coles Family Part 2

Last week I told you about how the Coles family traveled from England and eventually settled on what we know as Coles Hill near the corner of McClellan Avenue and Washington Street in the mid-1800s. You also learned that Jeffrey Coles helped supply food to the abolitionists in what was called ...

The Coles Family: Part one

MARQUETTE — What do the abolitionist movement, the Bleeding Kansas War, the Harlow Block, and Marquette’s earliest library all have in common? The Coles Family. Ever heard of Coles Drive in Marquette? That’s the little street that connects with McClellan near Washington Street, between ...

Gert Johnson: Legend of North Third Street

MARQUETTE — Over the years there have been many colorful personalities who have lived and worked up and down Third Street in Marquette. But there was only one Gert Johnson. Born in Munising, Gert was for many years the manager of the Tip Top Cafe on the 500 North block of Third. Opened in ...

History quiz

Question: Name the seven presidents (future, current and former) who have visited Marquette County? Answer: Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.