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 – It happened again. Thomas LaPenna, an employee of Detroit and Northern Savings and Loan, apparently won $2.95 million in the state’s Lotto game. That makes him the second Marquette man to win big in state lottery drawings this year. In March, Douglas Simpson of Marquette won $2 million – $100,000 per year for the next 20 years – in Michigan’s “Instant Lotto” game.

BARAGA – Three hundred fifty acres of land originally purchased by the famous Bishop Frederic Baraga to ensure Baraga-area Indians would always have a place to live has been transferred by the Diocese of Marquette to the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Community. The acreage in question surrounds the tribal community center, an eight-acre site previously deeded to the tribe by the diocese. The expanded property is located about two-and-one-half miles north of Baraga. It is now available to the tribe for economic development.

60 Years Ago

MARQUETTE – Appointment of John L. Kohjek, Marquette, as a crew leader for the 1954 Census of Agriculture was announced today by Field Supervisor Norman D. McKindles. Kohjek will direct a force of enumerators who will canvas all farms in Marquette and Baraga counties.

MUNISING – Cliff Liberty, manager of Bay Shore Recreation, has announced the opening of the alleys for bowling tonight. The six alleys, pits, and approaches have undergone extensive repairs and resurfacing, and new linoleum has been laid in the score-board area.