A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago
March 29, 1962
• The assessed valuation of the City of Manistique has been pegged at $6,021,375 by the Board of review. This is a decline of $72,225 from last year’s total of $6, 093,600. The largest single factor in the decline was the removing of the Inland Lime and Stone office building from the tax roll. Their real and personal assessed valuation was $37,150. The company gave the building to the city for use as a city hall when they moved their operations to Port Inland.
• Voters in Schoolcraft County will go to the polls Monday, and a turnout of over 2,500 is predicted by County Clerk Ferdinand Lesica. Approximately 1,500 of this would be in the City of Manistique where, five candidates are competing for two seats on the City Council and contests are offered in the voting for Justice of the Peace and Constable.
• The bears came out of hibernation Monday at the Big Spring Inn-only five days later than last year despite the fact that the winter just past was much more severe than in other recent years.
• A packed house turned out to witness the seventh annual Jaycee boxing show. Eleven fast bouts and two pee wee exhibitions delighted the fans. Larry Bosanic U.P. and Wisconsin 135 pound king punched out an easy decision over Tom Heesler in the windup bout. Menominee boxers dominated the shoe, winning all six of their bouts. Manistique won four and Trenary one. Milwaukee was shut out, losing all four bouts to Manistique. Pete Bosanic decisioned a tough Jodie James in the semi-windup bout.
35 Years Ago
March 31, 1977
• State Police are investigating a truck theft that happened on March 27. Police advise that a truck belonging to the Department of Natural Resources was taken from the DNR building on Main and Pearl Streets and found parked on Maple Street during the early morning. Police said that upon investigating they found that the DNR fire building had been broken into. The case remains under investigation.
• The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is launching a comprehensive study of the health care needs of Native Americans in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The study funded by a $55,000 grant from the Indian Health Service, will be conducted in conjunction with the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. One priority of the study is to review and assess existing health services available to all Native Americans in the area.
• Dr. Merle E. Wehner is among three Upper Peninsula residents who have been selected to receive Northern Michigan University’s “President’s Award for Distinguished Citizenship” at NMU’s Spring Commencement Luncheon.
• Congressman Phil Ruppe toured the new Manistique High School, concentrating mainly on the vocational education satellite center at the new center facility.
25 Years Ago
April 3, 1987
• Jennie Nelson will celebrate her 95th birthday this month, and more of her years have been spent in public office than out. She is the oldest known Democrat holding office in the United States for the longest continuous term of 66 years. As an elected official, Nelson has served Seney Township since 1921, when she was voted township treasurer.
• Questions and concerns regarding the location of a shock incarceration unit within Schoolcraft County will be addressed by a panel of resource specialists. Presentations will be made by several resource people, prepared to answer questions about possible negative effects of a prison facility on the community.
• Michigan’s five-year old child restraint law has dramatically reduced traffic fatalities and injuries to infants under one reports AAA of Michigan. Michigan State Police figures show that when 1981 and 1985 are compared, which are the year prior to the restraint law and the last year for which statistics are available, injuries and deaths for under one year olds declined 97 percent.
• Lonne Edwards and Mike Goudreau won the Wisconsin State Boxing Championship for Michigan and Wisconsin held in Milwaukee.
10 Years Ago
March 28, 2002
• The music played, the lights flashed, balloons and money dropped from the rafters, and tears flowed on stage, when the 35-year-old CBC fund drive surpassed the $1 million mark in total contributions. The magic moment came just after 4 p.m. Sunday, during the annual CBC Radio-Telethon at the Manistique High School.
• Two men were arrested last week and charged with burglary tools and attempted breaking and entering, after Manistique Public Safety Department officers received a report of suspicious activity at Lakeside Elementary School.
• AAA of Michigan says that an estimated 1.6 million of the state’s residents will be traveling over this weekend’s Easter holiday period. A recent auto club survey found that 16 percent will be taking trips, up from 13 percent in 2001.