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 – State Rep. Dominic Jacobetti confirmed this morning that Small Cities grants from the Michigan Department of Commerce had been approved for Marquette’s downtown improvement plan and for Negaunee’s water supply project.

Marquette’s grant will be used toward a proposed two-level parking ramp between Bluff and Washington streets. The structure would be designed to accommodate a future third level of additional parking or a large retail store.

Negaunee is under state order to either filter its current water supply, which is Teal Lake, or find alternative sources by July 1, 1985. The grant will be used for engineering and testing work which has been on-going.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING – A Ladies’ Home Journal article on the naming of cities describes the legend of the naming of Ishpeming as follows: “Many years ago, a noted chief of the Chippewa Indians, while hunting, wounded a deer and followed it for miles. The chase was long and severe and the Indian was in the last stages of exhaustion and lack of food or water when he found himself on top of a mountain at the foot of which nestled a crystal clear lake. From the surface of the lake, trout leaped and upon the shore lay the deer he had hunted. Here were food, water, fish, and fuel for cooking.

Raising his hands and facing the setting sun, the exhausted chief exclaimed, “Ish-pem-ing” which, in the Chippewa tongue, means “Heaven” or “The Place on High.”

The story was remembered and the name was adopted by the white settlers when the present city of Ishpeming was formed.