Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

ISHPEMING – Still looking as fit as when he played football, basketball and baseball under C.C. Watson, broadcasting executive Ward L. Quaal will be among the distinguished alumni returning for Ishpeming High School’s centennial reunion. A 1937 graduate of HIS, Quaal took early retirement from the presidency of WGN Broadcasting Co. and now operates his own company, an international broadcast management counseling service with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. Now 65, Quaal says “I don’t suppose I’ll ever retire. I’m involved in all the new electronics revolutionizing this industry. I feel we’re living in the most exciting period of the electronics industry with a whole new age on the horizon.”

ISHPEMING – There’s a gold rush going on in Ishpeming Township, a rush to get the Ropes Gold Mine back into production, that is. Callahan Mining Co., which owns the Ropes, has set the spring of 1985 as the date it would like to reopen the property, which last produced gold in the late 1880s. The 40 or so workers currently at the site have constructed a new portal, or decline, into the mine. They are also taking core samples to determine the quality of the ore and are opening the remaining three and a half levels at the underground site.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE – A scientist once said that everyone, “to some extent” is an amateur astronomer.” That certainly was the case this morning in Marquette, when hundreds of persons rose before dawn to view the solar eclipse. Persons in bathrobes, pajamas and others lightly clad broke out into the fresh air to gaze at one of the astronomical phenomenons of the century.

ISHPEMING – Lake Superior iron ore shipments continued to edge forward the week ending June 21, reaching a cumulative total of 18,562,094 tons, or 59 percent of the shipping at this time last year, according to Lake Superior Iron Ore association figures. This compared with 53.6 percent as of June 7 and 51.4 June 21, reaching a cumulative total of 18,562,094 tons, or 59 percent of the shipping at this time last year.