A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago April 5, 1962
• Grand Rapids pilot Ralph Cattein used M-77 at Blaney Park as an emergency landing strip Wednesday morning when his plane, bound for Manistique, ran out of gas. He landed successfully, refueled at Blaney, and with State Police Trooper William Rucinski controlling traffic, took off again, landing moments later at Schoolcraft County Airport.
• Schoolcraft County voters turned down a one mill, three year tax levy for a new armory. The armory proposal lost in the county-wide balloting 1541-1110. It passed in the city by the narrow margin of 805-759, but failed to hold the lead as the township returns came in.
• Anybody with some spare time and the ability to add, subtract and multiply can come up with some interesting figures on the total number of campers and visitors at the two area state parks, Indian Lake and Palms Book, better known as the Big Spring. Attendance figures show more than 100,000 visitors at the two parks last year: 72,379 at Indian Lake, and 35,612 at Palms Book. Many area motel and restaurant owners are concerned at the increasing number of campers, who bring their own food and lodging with them in the form of trailers, tents and cabins mounted on the back of their pickup trucks. We can appreciate their concern, but we should value such visitors for what they bring. Of the total visitors at Indian Lake last year, camping permits were issued to 4,259 visitors. A survey taken shows that campers stay an average of 1.7 days, and the average camper or camping family will spend $9.60 per day.
• Plans are being made to form Manistique’s first scratch bowling league for the 1962-63 season. Up until now, all leagues operated on a handicap basis. The new league will bowl Friday nights at Lakeview Lanes and will be called the Manistique Classic League.
35 Years Ago April 7, 1977
• Schoolcraft County residents Wednesday continued to dig out from under a spring snowstorm dumping more than nine inches of snow before easing its grip on the area.
• Starting with a $3,000 base, collected from local businesses and industry, the CBC radio telethon netted a total of $10,758.96, including a $1,300 donation of money raised during the second annual bowling tournament. The goal this year was $12,000. The American Red Cross will receive $4,920; Bay Cliff Health Camp will receive #3,930; and Easter Seals will receive $3,150.
• The Delta Abstract and Title Company of Escanaba opened a branch office in Manistique. The new office, located above Nelson’s Shoes, will offer complete real estate title insurance, title research and closing services.
• Michigan State University scientists, testifying before U.S. Senate subcommittee hearings on PBB, maintained that there is nothing wrong with Michigan’s present food supply, and that the federal guideline of 0.3 parts per million (ppm) in animals is safe. They also discounted any serious threat of PBBs causing cancer in humans and proposed a new state facility to rapidly cope with any similar pollution problems that might occur in the future.
25 Years Ago April 10, 1987
• A Manistique man was transferred to MGH for treatment of injuries received in an unusual train accident. According to Michigan State Police, the victim was a passenger in a truck which stalled on a two track which crossed the Soo Line Railroad tracks near the Valley Nursery. The driver and others went for help leaving the victim with the truck. According to police, he started a fire in the middle of the tracks and was standing near it when the train approached. The engineer sounded his horn and then attempted to stop. The victim was either hit by the train or by the truck when it was struck by the train.
• Westside residents shared showers and taps with eastsiders who were without water for as long as four days this week. Low water pressure, first noticed on Wednesday, fell to near non-existant levels before it was corrected on Monday.
• Larry Hedberg and Dana Demers received Master Angler Awards. The Michigan DNR presents awards annually to anglers who land one or more of the top five musky and Menominee whitefish, by weight, in Michigan.
10 Years Ago April 4, 2002
• Agreeing that they would probably never receive the money anyway, the Manistique City Council voted to forgive nearly $87,000 owed by the recreation fund to the general fund. The action was part of a deficit reduction plan approved in a special meeting.
• According to current estimates, there 1060 military veterans in Schoolcraft County and nearly $1.5 million in veterans’ benefits has been expended locally.
• Lakeview Lanes recently held their annual Ray Krusic Memorial Bowling Tournament. The event raised a total of $2,850 for CBC. Top pledge collectors for the fund-raising tournament were Tracy LaFoille and David Ozanich.