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Superior History

Marquette County trail marker trees, part 1

Among the illustrations in my 1948 Boy Scout handbook was a drawing of a strange-looking tree. It was referred to as an Indian trail marker. I never expected to actually see such a thing, but the drawing was unusual enough so that the memory of it stayed in my brain, to lie dormant there for ...

People and early days of the Peter White Library

MARQUETTE — In honor of National Library Week, let’s take a look at the early history of Peter White Library which began in 1871 when Peter White donated $5,000. The first library was located in City Hall on Superior St. This posed some practical problems. The building housed the Board of ...

Granot Loma boasts rich history

The recent proposal to build a vertical launch spaceport at Granot Loma has brought the lodge back to public awareness. Located 16 miles north of Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior, the lodge is one of the largest log cabins in the world (if not the largest). The lodge was built by ...

History quiz

Louis G. Kaufman was the president of which Marquette bank? a. Marquette County Savings Bank b. Marquette National Bank c. First National Bank of Marquette d. Peninsula Bank ANSWER: C. L.G. was president of the First National Bank of Marquette. His brother Nathan was president of the ...

French voyageurs in the U.P.

MARQUETTE — Bonjour. Bien venue. (Hello. Welcome.) This would be your greeting if you arrived in Sault Ste. Marie in the early 1700s. The French established themselves in Quebec, Canada starting in 1608. Their arrival in Michigan started with explorers still looking for the illusive route ...

No Place Like Home: A short story about the Maki family of Marquette

MARQUETTE — Being the 13th of 15 in my family (8 boys and 7 girls), I will talk or should say write about us growing up in the Marquette area. We lived up on the Hill, as we called it, which is above where Norlite Nursing Center is now. We had three acres of land. At that time it was mostly ...

History quiz

QUESTION: What grocery store was located where the Marquette Regional History Center is currently located? A. A&P B. Red Owl C. Piggly Wiggly D. Angeli’s Super Valu E. IGA ANSWER: A

The many lives of the Mesquite

MARQUETTE — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite ran aground off the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the early hours of December 4, 1989. Despite initial hopes of salvage, over the next several days, winter storms damaged the ship beyond repair. The Mesquite’s life as a buoy tender was ...

The mystery of Billy Powers

MARQUETTE — On a Wednesday afternoon, an 8-year old boy came home from school, changed his clothes, and went outside to play. His family never saw him alive again. While that may sound like a plot from a best-selling mystery or a ripped-from-the-headlines TV movie, it actually happened in ...

History quiz

QUESTION: On Kate’s Grade, south of Gwinn, there is a monument to Peter Trudell, Jr., longtime president of the Northern Michigan Sportsman’s Association, and a fierce advocate for effective management of hunting and fishing opportunities in the U.P. But his father, Peter Trudell, Sr., was ...

U.P. Moments in History

A portion of Main Street in Baraga is shown circa 1910. (Photo courtesy of Superior View Studio, Marquette)

In his own words: Marquette pioneer Timothy Patenaude Sr.

Editor’s note: Timothy Patenaude Sr. was one of Marquette’s early pioneer residents. Born in Canada to a family with 10 children, he left home to begin working when he was about 14 years old. During the winter of 1897 he told his daughter Rose about his circuitous path to Marquette and his ...

­­­Skating on the lake

MARQUETTE — People have been taking advantage of the ice left by the recent cold snap to skate on Marquette’s harbor. Although there are stories of various ice rinks around town, both indoor and outdoor, people have often taken advantage of the nature ice provided by the lake. With ...

Jeffrey, Preston families were pioneers

MARQUETTE — In the late 1840s and early 1850s, five Jeffrey brothers and their families arrived in Ontonagon. Born in Connecticut between 1812 and 1828, Asa, Richard, Josiah, Horace and Charles Jeffrey had African and Native American roots. In the east, the family had been active in the ...