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Superior History

The Jones Furnace and the New Process Metal Company

Have you ever noticed the rubble stone and concrete monoliths at the east end of Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Center parking lot? They are the remains the Jones Furnace owned by the New Process Metals Company. It was the last of four experimental forges built by John Tyler Jones ...

Women’s snowshoe clubs in the U.P.

In December the Marquette Regional History Center shared an image to our Facebook page titled “It’s a Marshmallow World in the Winter.” Look at these ladies enjoying the outdoors! Women’s Snowshoe Club circa 1880s, compliments of the John M. Longyear Library” which was viewed around ...

Seymour Avenue and a strange love story

Place names are the best windows into local history. The mundane hides outrageous stories. A family that once occupied the upper echelon of high society in Marquette is remembered with a short road that runs north from West Washington Street to West Ridge Street. Seymour Avenue is named for ...

The Lake Superior Ice Company

Milk box, coal chute, ice box, mail box, paper box ... two of these remain. Some people vaguely recall the first three and certainly check the fourth and fifth frequently. After last week’s brush with arctic weather we may still be thinking about snow and ice. Historically, having ice to ...

30 years since tragic plane crash

The front page of The Mining Journal on Feb. 1, 1989 had shocking photos of a plane crash, one with smoke still billowing from the wreckage. The headline read “Tanker crash kills 19.” Although the crash happened in Abilene, Texas, the other headline explained why it was front page news in ...

Remember the Adams family

MARQUETTE — Adams Street, which runs north from West Hampton Street and terminates in a dead end just past Blemhuber Avenue, is named for Sidney Adams (1831-1906), an early Marquette pioneer. Born in Herkimer County, New York, Adams’ parents brought him to Rochester, Michigan, when he was ...

1902 Negaunee Mine disaster

There was no mine in the whole Lake Superior mining district which worried the miners more than the Negaunee, located in the city bearing the same name. When opening the shaft in the late 1880s, it was soon discovered that the ore body was beneath a great bowl-shaped basin of quicksand into ...

Spear family shaped harbor history

MARQUETTE — Lake Superior defines Marquette. Our city began as a safe harbor on the south shore of the largest of the Great Lakes. Iron Bay, as our port came to be known, shipped hundreds of millions of tons of iron ore to a rapidly industrializing America. One family arguably did more than ...

Water treatment in Marquette

Early water supply, sanitary waste disposal MARQUETTE — Prior to municipal water, wastewater systems, and indoor plumbing, water use in the home was facilitated through the use of water pitchers and chamber pots. A water pitcher and basin would have been used on a washstand in a bedroom. ...

The story of Christmas

CHRISTMAS — Christmas is a small town in Alger County along M-28, approximately three miles west of Munising. It wasn’t always called Christmas. Ojibwe people used the land that would one day become Christmas as a favorite camping ground in the summer as they migrated to Grand Island ...

Christmas tree ships

Today, there is no more potent symbol of the Christmas holiday than an ornamented evergreen tree. However, the use of Christmas trees was not widespread in America’s earliest days. Decorating trees for the holiday came into fashion as America’s cities swelled with German immigrants in the ...

Meet Mr. St. Luke’s — Frank Stolpe

One cannot study the history of Marquette’s St. Luke’s Hospital without noticing numerous references to a man named Frank Stolpe. In the Women’s Edition of the Marquette Mining Journal in January 1897, the recently formed Marquette City Hospital, soon after to be renamed St. Luke’s, was ...

Max Bielenberg and J.M. Longyear

MARQUETTE — At a time when the concept of social class divided people in America, two Marquette men formed an authentic friendship that transcended economic status. One was John Munro Longyear, the wealthy land speculator who founded the exclusive Huron Mountain Club. His friends knew him as ...

Heating help available

LANSING — Residents are reminded there may be assistance available for those struggling to keep their homes warm this winter season. The Winter Protection Plan is a deferment plan that is designed to ease the burden of high winter utility bills. It helps protect seniors and low-income gas ...

History Quiz

Q: In 1891 John Longyear submitted plans to the Army to create a harbor of refuge, including two breakwaters of a combined length of 3,300 feet. Where was this? a. Au Train Bay b. Big Bay c. Partridge Bay d. Middle Bay A. C

‘An Enduring Christmas’ in pioneer Marquette

MARQUETTE — As we get tucked in for another winter here in the north woods, most of us are fortunate enough to have heat in our home and food in the cupboard. For those who do not have either, the community of the Upper Peninsula is very strong and supportive through multiple charitable ...

UP Centenarians’ Club recognizes: Brynhild Oas Mitchell

By ROSEMARY MICHELIN Marquette Regional History Center MARQUETTE — As part of the Marquette Regional History Center’s 100th birthday celebrations, we’re recognizing people who have also joined the “U.P. Centenarians’ Club” by reaching that milestone birthday. This ...

NARFE meeting scheduled

MARQUETTE — Members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1900 will hear a presentation by Marquette-area journalist Brian Cabell at their next regular meeting at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28. Members will also elect 2019 chapter officers. Brian Cabell is a career ...

New Swanzy’s beginnings Part 2

EDITOR'S NOTE: Republished from the Forsyth Sagas, April 2004 Last week, we discussed the founding of New Swanzy by John Q. Adams, his son, Eugene W. Adams and a business partner, Henry E. Sorenson, in 1908. To find out what happened in the nascent village, read on. The only restriction that ...

New Swanzy’s beginnings, Part 1

The year was 1908 and Teddy Roosevelt was President. Orville and Wilbur Wright had made their historic flight at Kitty Hawk only five years earlier, and the world was still six years away from the beginning of World War I. Locally, the new town of Gwinn was well underway with its construction ...