A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago April 12, 1962
• A warning against playing with dam flood gates was issued by State Police this week, after three juveniles were discovered to have tampered with the Brewery Dam on Indian River Sunday. The trio dropped the flood gates down, closing off the flow of water for about three hours, officers said. Clyde Chartier, who operates the dam for the Indian Lake Property Owners Association, was notified and the gates were raised before any serious damage was done. Officers pointed out there was serious danger both in the machinery of the gate, and in the swift flowing water going through the dam.
• Mrs. Earl C. Williamson was elected commissioner of the Manistique Girl Scout Council at their annual meeting Monday evening. The meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Richard Bonifas. Mrs. Williamson succeeds Mrs. E. J. Doyle, who will remain on the council as membership chairman.
• The K of C Pinochle Tourney had a successful launching Monday night. Eighteen players clashed in the first round of three-handed (single deck) cut-throat competition. Emmett McNamara emerged as the leader with 327 points, followed closely by Jerome Gregurash with 324 points. The high point of the evening was the hand that Bill Putvin held in the first game of his three game series with Francis McNamara and Phil Villemure. Bill held a double run in hearts, including the nines. In single deck pinochle, a double run of this type is as rare, if not rarer than a 29 hand in cribbage.
35 Years Ago April 14, 1977
• Four major steps have been taken in the last week toward cleaning up the Manistique River. The river, regarded in recent years as a water quality problem area, will be receiving far less waste material as a result of actions taken by the City of Manistique and the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. on separate projects. These developments suggested a significantly cleaner river emptying into Lake Michigan within two and a half years.
• The Manistique City Council postponed action on a recommended 50-cent increase in monthly residential garbage collection fees, but authorized City Manager Robert Risik to adjust the fees charged to businesses in the city. Risik had recommended a hike in refuse collection rate from $1.50 to $2 a month and adjustment of rates charged businesses in order to meet rising costs in providing the service since current rates were set in 1973.
• General Telephone will begin offering dual directory listings, two first names with the same surname, beginning Monday, May 2, according to Bob Wellman, vice president of operations for the company. Applications for the service will not be accepted before that date.
• Manistique’s Kitch-iti-kipi spring and two local restaurants are highlighted in Automobile Club of Michigan’s April Motor News magazine. The April News is devoted to Michigan and highlights the state’s top restaurants, resorts, scenic attractions, natural and man-made wonders and scenic drives. A review of restaurants reports that at the Surf Restaurant, patrons choose from a large menu of good food in a dining room overlooking Lake Michigan. The Fireside Inn Supper Club offers a pleasant atmosphere, good food and service, according to the article.
• Our community was diminished this week by the death of Marvin Frederickson, long time community leader and educator, who passed away Friday at the age of 68. Most area residents remember Mr. Frederickson as the high school principal, and in that post he touched the lives of literally thousands of students who passed through the local school system; his involvement in community affairs also brought him in touch with thousands of others.
• A matching grant from Manistique Charities will provide a major boost for the Manistique Area Schools Scholarship Foundation this year, it was announced at the spring meeting of the Foundation last Wednesday. Manistique Charities is a division of Manistique Papers, Inc. They have agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all monies collected during 1987, up to $5,000, reported Foundation chairman Richard Bonifas, and Dan Malloy, chairman for business, industry and commercial solicitations.
• Area wrestling fans have a treat in store for them this week as the super stars of wrestling come to Manistique High School gym on Saturday night. There will be six bouts and one tag match. Also featured will be midget wrestling with Farmer Pete versus Little John.
10 Years Ago April 11, 2002
• A form of 911 emergency telephone service will be coming to Schoolcraft county this year. What wont be coming is the fully-enhanced version of 911 that local officials have been working toward for more than seven years. Implementation of that system is still a year or more away. The system that will be putting this year is known as Basic 911, where local residents dial the familiar three digits and the call is automatically transferred to a central answering point.
• The Manistique Public Safety Department is investigating numerous reports of windows being shot out of vehicles last weekend.. Officers say they received five such reports from all parts of the city. Public Safety Director David Peterson says the incidents apparently happened after dark on Friday and Saturday nights. They believe the windows were shot out by a person traveling around town in a vehicle, using a BB gun.