Superior History

Fire in Shaft No. 3: The Osceola Mine Fire Part 2

Last week's article examined a major fire at the Osceola Copper Mine near Calumet on Sept. 7, 1895, which killed 30 men and boys, leaving behind 19 widows and approximately 54 children. It wasn't until Thursday, Sept. 12 that the mine officials were able to safely enter the mine. They found ...

Fire in Shaft No. 3: The Osceola Mine Fire Part 1

The Osceola Mine, owned by a Boston mining company, was located just outside Calumet, and was one of the more productive and profitable copper mines in the Copper Country, producing over 190 million pounds of copper and paying over $14 million in dividends to its investors (estimated at over ...

Tai Chi Chuan workshop set

MARQUETTE — An introductory workshop to the mind/body practice of Tai Chi Chuan will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Marquette Hope Connection Center, 927 W. Fair Ave. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that improves balance, body awareness, regulates the immune system, and increases ...

Rock, mineral club to meet

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club will be meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cliff Shaft Mine Museum, 501 W. Euclid St. in Ishpeming. Doors open at 1 p.m. to allow visitors time to view the club’s extensive mineral collection. The program for September will be “A Review ...

PWPL to host genealogy classes

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library announces two Beginning Genealogy Workshops on Monday and repeated on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shiras Room. The beginning workshop will cover pedigree charts, family groups, census records, and organizational techniques. This workshop ...

Longyear’s landlooking

By JO WITTLER adapted from the MRHC’s 2013 Longyear Legacy exhibit John Munro Longyear is one of Marquette’s more famous residents. Many people know the story of his grand mansion that overlooked Lake Superior from Arch Street. It was the “house that rode on a train” when he had it ...

Treasure sale

MARQUETTE — Are you a fan of estate sales and auctions? Drop by the Peter White Public Library to take advantage of the Library Treasure Sale and Silent Auction taking place this month. The Peter White Public Library has been cleaning closets and will be offering items for sale. The ...

Cleveland Cliffs experiments in farming

Under the leadership of President William G. Mather, CCI began to expand their footprint to include lumbering, charcoal iron production, quarrying, tourism and yes, farming. Mather’s justification for creating farmland came from the creation of cutover cordwood lands. Mather stated in ...

SNOW’S LEGACY

If you live in the Marquette area, you might have seen one of the albino deer and wondered where it came from and what caused its white coloring. Albinism is a recessive trait found in many animals (and even plants), where they lack the genes for normal coloration and do not produce the enzyme ...

Summer season extended

HERMANSVILLE — The IXL Historical Museum in Hermansville has decided to extend the summer season to include Labor Day giving visitors a few extra days to see this historic treasure. The days and times are 12:30-4 p.m. CDT Thursday through Monday. The museum is the home of the former ...

The bridges of Houghton/Hancock

Before the first bridge was built in 1875, the only way to cross Portage Lake was by boat. Captain Samuel Estes came to Portage Lake in about 1853 along with his yawl, a small sailboat which could also be rowed. He immediately started a business taking people across and as the sole ferry ...

‘Iron Ore and the Civil War’

NEGAUNEE — The Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Road, Negaunee, will host “Iron Ore and the Civil War” Sept 28-30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. School groups will be at the museum Sept. 28 and 29, while the general public is welcome Sept. 30. Set up at the museum will be a Civil War ...

Preserving Presque Isle as pristine park

“The young folks made up a party in the morning for Presque Isle and Partridge Island and gave me an invitation to accompany them.” — Amos Harlow, July 4, 1851 MARQUETTE — A favorite picnic spot since the settlement of Marquette in 1849, Presque Isle was reserved as a lighthouse site ...

In brief

MRHC to show Longyear photo package MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents “21 Pictures — An Outdoor Evening Program Featuring Great Historical Photos from the John M. Longyear Research Library” will take place from 10 to 11 p.m. Aug. 18 in the MRHC Greenspace ...

Early farming in Marquette County

Finally, with a little warmth, our gardens are starting to take off, so it’s a good time to talk about farming. As soon as European settlers arrived to work in the mines and forges, they immediately began to grow foods crops and manage livestock. The supply boats were few and far between. ...

Solar eclipse to be discussed by astro society

MARQUETTE — At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Marquette Astronomical Society in conjunction with the Peter White Public Library will be presenting “What’s Out There? Solar Eclipse.” Held in the library’s community room, this program will prepare the public for the upcoming solar eclipse on ...

Sky pieces: If you lose them, you lose a lot

In genealogy, we strive to remember. We take pieces of an infinite puzzle and struggle to fit them together into a picture that reveals something of our heritage. We write down names and dates and connect people with one another. If we’re really good, we may connect faces in photographs, as ...

Powell Township art camp set

MARQUETTE — Liberty Children’s Art Project will teach a four-day drop-in art camp in August for children going into first to ninth grades this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage. The camp will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10. In “Express Yourself! Painting, Printmaking ...

Powell Township art camp set

MARQUETTE — Liberty Children’s Art Project will teach a four-day drop-in art camp in August for children going into first to ninth grades this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage. The camp will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10. In “Express Yourself! Painting, Printmaking ...

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Our busy world is taken up by so many needs which demand our immediate attention. We often don’t give a thought to the chain of events which brought us to this moment in time. I sometimes like to think just on a local level, of all the personal sacrifices, municipal decisions, new inventions, ...