Hancock Sesquicentennial Gala Dinner set for Friday

HANCOCK – Hancock’s Sesquicentennial Gala Dinner is set for Friday at Michigan Tech University.

The dinner will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building ballroom.

John Haeussler, Hancock city council member and Sesquicentennial Committee chair, said the program will begin at 8 p.m. with a welcome from Mayor William Laitila, who will introduce city council members.

City Manager Glenn Anderson will then introduce past mayors who are in the audience.

Next, there will be comments by state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, state Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, and David Nyberg, director of Gov. Rick Snyder’s northern Michigan office.

Also speaking will be MTU archivist Erik Nordberg, who will speak about the importance of historical records for commemorations.

He will also speak about the importance of documents, such as the sesquicentennial publication, which will be given to those at the dinner, then available for purchase at city hall and local businesses.

There will be three speakers talking about articles in the sesquicentennial book, Haeussler said. These include Charles Eshbach, who will speak about Samuel Hill, who, among other positions, was a mining engineer and superintendent of the Quincy Mining Co.; Haeussler, who will speak about Daniel Ruggles, who built the first structure in Hancock and who became a member of the Confederate Army during the Civil War; and Corbin Eddy will speak about the Ryan family of Hancock, which became influential in various endeavors around the country.