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Superior History

History quiz

Q: Which is not a name previously used for Marquette? A) Worcester B) Carp River C) Iron Bay D) Burtsville Answer: D, Burtsville was not used but Worcester, Carp River and Iron Bay were.

St. Clair tragedy, Part I

In the mid- to late-19th century, men had land and mineral interests in more than one region of the Upper Peninsula. Among those men was Marquette resident Judge Joseph Edwards. Edwards came to the Upper Peninsula from Youngstown, Ohio in 1851 for his health, first settling in Ontonagon, he ...

When Spanish flu came to Marquette County, part 2

MARQUETTE — Last week we discussed the spread of Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 and Marquette County’s preparations before it arrived. The first case appeared in Marquette on October 17, 1918 reportedly brought to the city by healthcare workers who had gone to help with the outbreak in ...

When Spanish flu came to Marquette County

In light of recent events with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, comparisons are being made with a similar worldwide pandemic from just over a century ago. The accepted origins of the so-called Spanish flu were at Camp Funston (now Fort Riley) in central Kansas in March 1918. Over the course of ...

Big Bay life in 1922

MARQUETTE — Erwin Hedrick moved to Big Bay in 1922 to work at the bowling pin mill owned by J. B. Deutsch. His surviving letters to his mother in Grand Rapids, Michigan are from March through May of 1922, plus one from a return visit in 1924. It appears he went to work at the mill for three ...

Icon of downtown Marquette

MARQUETTE — Two years ago this month Marquette lost a gentleman who was beloved by downtown business owners and residents, window washer and man about town Phil Niemisto. Few people, though, may realize Phil's death was in many ways a replay of what occurred 70 years earlier, when another ...

Elmwood: Only documented African-American logging camp in the U.P.

MARQUETTE — In 1893, a community called Paint River, after a nearby stream, was established as a fueling and water stop for the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company’s railroad in what is now Stambaugh Township. By 1898, local users were calling the unincorporated community ...

The many inaugurations of George Romney

MARQUETTE — Marquette. Early February 1967. Michigan’s Republican Governor, 59-year-old George Romney (the father of the current senator and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney), was about to get inaugurated for the seventh time — in four years! How was this possible? When ...

Superior History: Learn about George Shiras III

By Adam Berger Marquette Regional History Center Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — In 1849, a group of pioneering businessmen established the Marquette Iron Company near the mouth of the Carp River on Lake Superior. They came to the central Upper Peninsula to make money exploiting ...

Remie’s rich in history

MARQUETTE — Federal Prohibition began 100 years ago on Jan. 17, 1920, when the Volstead Act went into effect. This law created a process for enforcing the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which banned the production, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United ...

Marquette suffragist: Abby Beecher Longyear Roberts

“The time is coming when women will stand up as a unit and…they will be able to develop themselves just as men do, and stand for something as individuals.” - Abby Longyear Roberts at first Upper Peninsula Mothers/Daughters Banquet, Gwinn, 1916 Developing herself and her children was ...

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 ...