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Today in History: Reagan greets former hostages

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2020. There are 339 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1981, President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House. On ...

Two neighborhoods, two schools

MARQUETTE — The buildings which housed two of Marquette’s earliest elementary schools, one located on the city’s south side, the other on the north side, are still standing. The fact that they played a role in educating several generations of children from Marquette's working class ...

ARCH ROCK TUMBLED INTO LAKE SUPERIOR

MARQUETTE — As Marquette deals with ongoing erosion along the Lake Superior shoreline, let’s take a look back at a rock formation that was lost to the lake more than a century ago. One of the most noted attractions at Presque Isle and a popular picnic location during the 1890s, Arch Rock ...

Fire at First Baptist Church

MARQUETTE — An historic Marquette sandstone building met its end by fire 55 years ago this past Sunday, a few days after the new year of 1965. A crowd estimated by one observer at almost 1,000 people gathered to watch the structure burn. Some even brought a picnic lunch. The First ...

History quiz

Q: This Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner was born in Ishpeming. Answer: Glenn T. Seaborg was an American chemist whose involvement in the synthesis, discovery and investigation of 10 transuranium elements earned him a share of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was born in Ishpeming on ...

Henry Hobart’s Christmas in Clifton

In 1862 during the Keweenaw copper boom, Henry Hobart of Vermont, a young school teacher and active member of the temperance movement, came to Clifton. The remote frontier mining community located just south of Eagle River was the company town for the Cliff Mine. When Henry arrived in ...

He was man of God

By Beth Gruber Marquette Regional History Center Special to the Journal Nah-ben-ay-ash, who also went by the English name Thomas Cornelius Thomas, was a man who moved between two worlds. Born on March 15, 1859, most likely in the Munising area, he was a full-blooded Chippewa. His ...

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 COUNTY—Three winter tourism concerns—snowmobiling, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing—have joined forces in a comprehensive push to ...

How did Marquette get its name?

In its early history as part of the state of Michigan, the area that is now Marquette had several names in a short period of time. While we have good information about the chronology of these names, their origins are not completely understood. Further research is merited and ...

Marquette’s ship fever epidemic, 1849

The specter of disease hung over Marquette even before it was founded. In 1849, when members of the Marquette Iron Mining Company travelled west from Worcester, Massachusetts, on their way to set up operations near the Carp River, they stopped in Detroit to wait for their machinery to arrive. ...

Own a piece of Voelker history

John D. Voelker (1903-1991) is best known for his novel “Anatomy of a Murder,” published in 1958. This gripping courtroom drama was made into a movie by the same name in 1959. Director Otto Preminger (1905-1986), famed for his censorship-defying and edgy style, brought Voelker’s story ...

Building bricks of early Marquette County

MARQUETTE — Marquette is known for its sandstone architecture but bricks were also manufactured in Marquette for many years. The first recorded venture dates to around 1865. Two local men, Cornelius Donkersley and Samuel Ely, established and financed a sand brick factory based on a plan ...

Thread, paper, needle

When early Jesuits such as Father Claude Dablon and Father Claude-Jean Allouez travelled to what is now Michigan, they recorded their journeys in hand bound books. These journals recorded their observations and encounters during their travels, enough for Dablon to produce many reports in ...

Marquette’s forgotten war hero

MARQUETTE — Over the years there have been monuments erected and memorials built for Marquette residents who have died fighting for their country. The name of one of Marquette’s biggest war heroes, though, is not on them. Calvin “Jimmy” Bleau was born in Detroit in 1926, the son ...

Marquette’s 1878 diphtheria epidemic

MARQUETTE — Called the “strangling angel of children,” diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae and usually affecting the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. It typically causes a sore throat, fever, a barking cough like croup, swollen ...

When Ishpeming/Negaunee played Green Bay Packers

ISHPEMING — On Oct. 19, 1919, a crisp fall day was unfolding at Union Park in Ishpeming. The newly formed Green Bay Packers were in town for their first away game, but things were not looking bright. They were playing the Ishpeming-Negaunee Twin City Eleven, known to be formidable around ...

Mah-je-ge-zhik was remarkable man

Though he played a central role in shaping Marquette County history, we know relatively little about Mah-je-ge-zhik (died circa 1857). A respected member of the local Ojibwe community, he helped put into motion events that resulted in the iron boom that made Marquette County a destination for ...

Great American archaeologist from Marquette

MARQUETTE — Alfred Vincent Kidder was one of the most influential archaeologists of the twentieth century. During his lifetime he was regarded as the preeminent American archaeology scholar. Specializing in prehistoric cultures of the southwestern United States, Kidder pioneered the use of ...

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 ...