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Superior History

History quiz

QUESTION: This keeper of the Marquette Lighthouse drowned in a small squall in 1898. A. William Wheatley B. Nelson Truckey C. Henry Cleary D. Patrick McGuire Answer: A, William Wheatley.

Walk on the snow and back in time

MARQUETTE — Taking a step in a snowshoe is like taking a step back in time. Along with the wheel, snowshoes are one of the oldest inventions. Imagine life without the creation of snowshoes; much of our northern landscape would have been left unexplored. Our ancestors relied heavily on ...

E.J. Longyear and Diamond Drill

MARQUETTE — Edmund J. Longyear was a pioneer in the opening of the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota who enhanced its development by introducing the diamond drill in 1890. His company E.J. Longyear was an international mineral exploration and drilling company in the early 20th century. The ...

History quiz

QUESTION: What local team did the Green Bay Packers play for the very first away game in October 1919? A. Marquette Millionaires B. Ishpeming-Negaunee Twin City Eleven C. Negaunee Pick Axes D. Ishpeming Iron Men ANSWER: B. The Green Bay Packers played the undefeated Ishpeming-Negaunee ...

Mosier’s Christmas Trees: Business started small, grew over the years

The harvesting and sale of Christmas trees was big business in the Upper Peninsula and provided income to hundreds of forest owners, tree cutters, truckers and tree handlers. In the 1800s, trees were taken from the wilderness for Christmas celebrations. By the 20th century, they became a ...

Holiday lights a family tradition

MARQUETTE — Joseph Mercure, a French-Canadian immigrant from Quebec, came to Upper Michigan in the later half of the 1800s to seek work. He worked as a teamster for the railroads, skidding logs out of the woods for railroad ties and bridge construction. Joseph was back and forth between the ...

History quiz

QUESTION: Which Marquette native is known for writing Christmas carols including “Caroling, Caroling,” “Some Children See Him” and “The Star Carol?” A. Will Adams B. Alfred Burt C. D. F. Charlton D. Abby Longyear Answer: B, Alfred Burt.

Marquette’s day of infamy

MARQUETTE — Dec. 7, at least for the United States as a whole, has gone down in history as a “day of infamy.” For the city of Marquette, there’s another December day that may be remembered in much the same way, although for very different reasons. There haven’t been too many days in ...

History quiz

QUESTION: Where was the last reported passenger pigeon sighting in Marquette County? A. Presque Isle B. Harlow Park C. Huron Mountain Club D. Presque Isle Answer: C, the Huron Mountain Club.

Wildlife photog Scot Stewart

MARQUETTE — History is often reduced to the first man to do something—the first to settle an area, the first to invent something. History is much more than that. Many individuals and communities lead to the development of an idea. The history of outdoor recreation in Marquette County is a ...

Monitoring marine radio traffic on Grand Island, part 2

MARQUETTE — The first part of the story about monitoring marine radio on Grand Island talked about the ribbons Loren Graham received for his assistance with Coast Guard operations and the fun encounter he had with a gentleman wearing a different sort of award at a prestigious event in ...

Zoom book release for Kawbawgam biography

MARQUETTE — Local Ojibwa Chief Charles Kawbawgam, was rumored to have lived in three centuries from 1799-1902. Kawbawgam is well known for having lived at Presque Isle Park in Marquette and being buried there, as well as for his friendship with Peter White and for his wife, Charlotte’s ...

History quiz

QUESTION: This couple was abandoned on Isle Royale without supplies over the winter of 1845-46 while protecting a mining claim. The man died but the woman survived. There was a film about her ordeal released in 2018. Answer: Angelique and Charlie Mott

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 ...