A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
March 22, 1962
• Fritzy, the familiar white German Shepherd dog that’s made so many friends with area children at the Oak Theatre, has gone away to school. Owned by Jan LeDuc, the dog has been donated to the Leader Dog School for the Blind at Rochester, Mich., and arrangements for shipping the dog to lower Michigan have been made by the local Lions club. The dog has been a fixture at the theatre, owned by the LeDucs, and made friends with many children and patrons of the theatre.
• Warren Arrowood of Manistique is busy with a tape measure as he tries to figure out how to get his rebuilt antique car out of the basement and into the garage. The car, a 1914 Model T Ford “brass radiator” model, was rebuilt from scrap parts during the winter, but now Warren figures he’ll have to take it apart again to move it through the narrow doorway and out into the open.
• Manistique firemen were called to the Lawrence Brown Service Station in Gulliver after gas fumes had exploded and caused a fire in a house directly adjacent to the station. Officers said the Bernard Rogers of Gulliver had just finished filling the station’s bulk tanks when the explosion occurred. Fumes from the gas evidently had seeped into the house through an open window and were ignited.
• A top-notch show of prime boxing talent, featuring Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin Golden Gloves champions and a delegation of highly regarded fighters from Milwaukee, will be presented by the Manistique Jaycees Saturday night at their seventh annual boxing show in the high school gymnasium.
35 Years Ago
March 10, 1977
• The Open Meetings Act P.A. 267, which goes into effect March 31, is bound to cause some changes in the way public meetings are conducted in Schoolcraft County. According to an opinion by Attorney General Frank J. Kelley distributed this week, there a numerous complexities in the act. But basically, the act provides that all meetings of a public body shall be open to the public and shall be held in a place that is available to the general public.
• Nursery children have been getting a lot of attention this year as Manistique High School utilizes a hands on experience approach to teaching high school students child care. The nursery is housed in the Manistique High School this year, adjacent to the child care classroom. A one-way mirror between the rooms allows the teacher to observe the students and how well they relate to the children.
• Representative Charles Varnum announced that many people who have already filed their property tax credit for 1976 have over-estimated their household income and are eligible for reimbursement from the Treasury Department. Employer-paid health, accident and life insurance premiums, as well as amounts deducted from monthly social security or railroad retirement benefits for medicare premiums, are not considered household income a newly enacted law.
25 Years Ago
March 13, 1987
• Duane MacGregor was picked up from and delivered to the Schoolcraft County Airport by Governor Blanchard’s private jet. MacGregor attended a meeting of the Task Force in Lansing. MacGregor, who lives in Gulliver, was selected to serve on the task force committee as he has a special link to the future of the bridge because he was directly involved in the construction of Big Mac.
• Jon Haindl is one of three Michigan men, and the only farmer, who will receive the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Awards. The awards are made annually to people who have contributed significantly to the advancement of Michigan agriculture.
• The possibility of developing a charter fishing industry which would operate out of the Manistique Harbor drew strong public support at the regular meeting of Manistique City Council.
10 Years Ago
March 7, 2002
• At their regular meeting the Manistique Area Schools Board of Education heard first of what promises to be many updates on the renovation of the A.F. Hall Stadium. The project was approved by voters in the special February bond issue election and should be completed by 2004.
• Upper Peninsula swimming coaches voted Emeralds coach Barb Landis the U.P. Coach of the Year. The honor for Landis and the All-U.P. HONORS FOR Aaron Hoholik, Alan Weber, C.J. Jenerou, Eric Hamill, Mary Hickey and Adam Bauer, capped a strong season for the MHS squad.