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50 Years Ago
• An indeterminate sentence, with a minimum of 14 years and a maximum of 30 years, was given to Gerald R. DuBois, 37, by Circuit Court Judge George S. Baldwin Wednesday afternoon. Du Bois had been found guilty of murder in the second degree, with Baldwin announcing his verdict last Thursday at 4 p.m., after hearing the case without a jury for three days. Included in the prison sentence was the recommendation that DuBois receive psychiatric help during his confinement.
• Many taxpayers in the various townships of Schoolcraft County will receive a note about their taxes this week. Henry Trippe, director of the county Tax Department, said that notices are being sent this year to all taxpayers whose valuations have been changed in the past year. The purpose of this notice is to enable the citizen to appear before the Board of Review this spring and present his case for any change in his assessment on next year’s taxes. The City of Manistique has used this procedure for several years now. If the notices were not sent, the taxpayer usually would have no knowledge of any increase or decrease in valuation until the end of the year, when his tax bill arrived. The unfairness of this arrangement is obvious. The taxpayer has the right to know whether his valuation has been increased or not, and the Boards of Review were created for the very purpose of protecting against abuses in the assessment system. The new system of notices should prove another welcome safeguard against any such abuses.
• Public Safety officers were called to the city shops at the north end of Cedar Street Tuesday at 11 a.m. to extinguish a fire in the bed of the city’s new garbage truck. The fire was started by hot ashes picked up by city workers during the trash pick up. No damage was done.
• The Jaycee’s have sponsored the Manistique Golden Gloves boxing team since 1956. We’d like to congratulate Jack Phillips, their trainer, for the fine job he has done for the past seven years. Jack’s fighters won 27 U.P. crowns and seven Wisconsin titles.
35 Years Ago
March 10, 1977
• If final working plans carry on as scheduled, then the Seul Choix Pointe will have a new owner , a new tenant, and a much improved look about it. According to Wells Bowers, Mueller Township supervisor, Mueller Township will lease the Seul Choix land from its future owners, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, to maintain the park and picnic facilities currently in operation and to improve those facilities at a later date. Mueller Township is currently leasing the land from the United States Coast Guard which operates a lighthouse on the point. Last August, the General Services Administration (GSA) of the federal government determined that the land was surplus and put it up for a disposal to interested groups. Among those making application for the land were the DNR and Mueller Township, applying for the land for recreational purposes, and two colleges, which requested the land for educational needs. According to Bowers, the two colleges were never really considered and it was just a matter of deciding between the DNR and the township. As yet, the final arrangements haven’t been decided by the GSA and the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, the two agencies in charge of the disposal. But the preliminary agreement calls for the DNR to gain deed to the land, with Mueller Township leasing it from the department.
• The sixth annual St. Francis de Sales carnival was held Sunday, March 6 and drew approximately 2,000 area people. The four hour event is part of a parish project to raise money for educational needs at St. Francis.
• In a report to the County Board by Sheriff Lloyd Gray, a total of 417 prisoners served a combined 5.8 years in the Schoolcraft County Jail in 1976. The prisoners, 353 adult male, 34 adult female, 28 male juveniles and two female juveniles served a total of 2,124 days in the pokey and managed to eat 5,919 meals.
25 Years Ago
March 13, 1987
• The Medical care Facility will add 18 beds and 12 full time positions if local boards authorize the agency to proceed with plans, according to Dennis Boyd, administrator of the facility. Boyd said preliminary blueprints including estimated costs are being considered by the Social Services Board and the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners. The facility currently has 75 beds which are 98-99 percent filled at all times, and normally has a waiting list for occupancy. Construction casts are estimated at $884,000 to be met by securing a millage bond issue.
• Peninsula Pine will provide at least 20 new jobs to Schoolcraft County residents, according to Mrs. Wayne Bjorkman. Peninsula Pine is a corporation being formed by Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bjorkman of Gulliver and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Baxma of River Grove, Ill., for the purpose of establishing a furniture production plant. The business will occupy the former Doyle Township School building. Renovations are expected to get underway this month. Pine furniture will be produced and supplied to retailers east of the Mississippi, Bjorkman said. Plans are to begin production by late summer.
• In the opening round game of the District No. 92 Tournament, the Manistique Emeralds did everything but scalp the Newberry Indians as they dominated play from the opening whistle to win easily 74-50.
10 Years Ago
March 7, 2002
• March 21 has been set as the sentencing date for Edward Allen Blankenship, who was convicted last week of first degree murder. Blankenship will be sentenced in Schoolcraft County’s 11th Judicial Circuit Courtroom, the same room where he stood trial for four days. The case went to the jury just after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. Four hours later, the buzzer sounded from the jury room, signaling that the 12 members had reached their verdicts.
• The final number’s for this year’s Schoolcraft County Walk For Warmth confirm that the event did surpass its goal of raising $5,000 for the home heating assistance fund. According to Jean Barber, the Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency, the Feb. 23 walk raised $5,838. Walkers turned in approximately $2,000 on the day of the event. In addition, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians contributed $3,000. A separate walk by Big Bay de Students held earlier raised more than $1,000, which was divided evenly through Schoolcraft and Delta counties.
• The Manistique Emeralds earned a berth in Friday night’s district finals, with a 72-43 pounding of the Rudyard Bulldogs in the opening round of competition.