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      Bill signed 115 years ago allowed creation of NMU

      Monday marked 115 years since former Michigan Governor Hazen Pingree signed a bill authorizing Northern State Normal School, now known as Northern Michigan University.

      The legislation signed allowed purchasing of land, building construction and the hiring of faculty in the Upper Peninsula.

      NMU says that Michigan's then State Superintendent of Public Instruction noted pleas of prominent Marquette citizens like Peter White, Dwight Waldo and John Longyear. Their stressed the need for a normal school in Marquette.

      On this day in 1899, automobiles were still novelty items and mining was a booming industry in the Upper Peninsula.