EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
30 years ago
MARQUETTE – On the heels of spring flood warnings two weeks ago, wildfires are breaking out on the Upper Peninsula and the DNR has canceled weekend burning permits. DNR battled nine fires on Wednesday, including two in Chippewa County that burned more than 80 acres each. All fires were human-caused. Citations have been issued or are being considered for improperly burned debris. Hiawatha National Forest firefighters raced through two wildfires on Wednesday, Forestry Dispatcher Roger Humpula said. Both fires were extinguished and cleaned up this morning, Humpula said. The cause of the fires is not known, but investigators are investigating human-related causes. Fires fought by MNR personnel on Wednesday included those near Sault Ste. Marie and Manistique. Heavy snowfall and a late spring melt this year created flood and flood warnings two weeks ago, but those conditions have changed drastically in recent days, said Greg Lusk, DNR deputy regional director of forests. . “Historically, this week is the peak of the spring fire season,” Lusk said. “The vegetation under the snow cover has healed, it is dead and has no moisture.” Unfortunately, fire starts are “99.9%” human-related, Lusk said. “Once a beaver ate a tree, hit a power line and started a fire. Once a cow brushed against an electric fence and caused another, but those are the only two in 20 years. which were unrelated to man. To help reduce the risk of wildfires, the DNR and U.S. Forest Service have halted issuance of open burning permits.
90 years ago
IRONWOOD — John H. Hearding, who began his mining career at Ironwood in 1887 as a clerk and who was well identified with the industry in the Lake Superior region for 45 years, voluntarily retired this week from the post assistant general manager of the Oliver Iron Mining Company, according to information received from Duluth, where he has made his home since 1909.
Hearing holds the record for the longest uninterrupted service by any general officer in the company.