A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago April 26, 1962
• There are 3,632 housing units in Schoolcraft County, the Bureau of the Census reports - but only 2,577 of these are occupied. Presumably, much of the difference between the totals is accounted for in the tabulation of summer homes and lake cottages, which would be included as unoccupied units. These and other figures were reported this week in a summary of the 1960 Census of Housing conducted in this county. Here are the other totals listed by the census: 1,901 of the units were in sound condition with all plumbing; 1,990 were occupied by the owner; $6,800 was the median value of owner occupied places; 587 units were occupied by renters; $55 a month was the median gross rent of rented places; 2,884 units had hot and cold running water; 2,419 had flush toilets, while 2318 had a bathtub or a shower; 1,406 of the units had basements; 31 of them were trailer homes; only 89 households had air conditioning; 2,031 had television, 2,357 had radio, and 1,821 had telephones; 2,181 had washing machines, but only 621 had dryers; 434 had one or more home food freezers; 1,607 households had one automobile, 377 had two automobiles and 109 had three or more automobiles.
• The Flying Eagle Patrol of Manistique’s Boy Scout Troop 402 took top honors last Saturday In the Scout District First Aid Rally held here in the old gym. The three other Manistique patrols - Timberwolf, Black Hawk and Wolverine – finished right behind the Flying Eagles in that order, to give Troop 402 a clean sweep of all the honors for the day. A total of ten patrols from four troops took part in the event. Other scouts participating were from Gladstone and Escanaba. Scouts were judged on their treatment of various injury situations, including gunshot wounds, amputations, compound fractures, lacerations, shock, bruises, veinous and arterial bleeding, slight cuts and heart attacks. A display of realistic wounds obtained from State Police headquarters in East Lansing lent authenticity to the event. Judging was based on diagnosis, treatment in order of severity, bandaging, application of tourniquets, stretcher transportation, splinting, materials, cleanliness and timing. Members of the winning patrol, which scored 567 points out of a possible 671, include patrol leader Larry Carlson, Peter Mathson, Mike Orr, Dan Doyle, David Carlson, Bob Ekstrom, Mike Fountain and Dan Thorell.
• A total of 65 coyotes, 16 bobcats and 80 foxes were taken in the Upper Peninsula during the month of March, according to B.A. Stephansky, regional supervisor, Department of Conservation, Marquette. This total compares with 49 coyotes, 47 bobcats and 67 foxes taken in 1961. District Four which is composed of Luce Mackinac, Schoolcraft, Chippewa and the east one-half of Alger Counties, had 37 coyotes, nine bobcats and 39 foxes taken during March.
35 Years Ago April 28, 1977
• A loss to Manistique of more than half of its industrial personal property tax base has left the city with only a small increase in tax revenues as city council members plan a budget for 1977-78. “Last year the city was able to raise nearly $120,000 over the previous year by instituting a 20-mill levy.” City Manager Robert Risik told the council at its regular meeting Monday night. “This year, despite increased valuation, the same 20 mills generated only an additional $14,000,” he continued. “Among other reasons, the tax incentive received by a plant rehabilitation district in the city was primarily responsible for a decrease to the city in personal property taxes. Coupled with a 1.55 factor, this explains the extremely small increase in revenue the city anticipates for this coming fiscal year.” Risik said that assessed valuation on industrial personal property dropped from $887,650 in 1976 to $420,000 this year. At the same time, industrial real property valuation rose slightly from $1,530,200 to $1,544,150. In November, the council approved an application of tax relief on a $5 million plant rehabilitation project by the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. The State Tax Commission granted the relief in February, in the form of a industrial facilities exemption certificate. The certificate enabled the company to make plant improvements to increase its output without sustaining higher assessments on the specified areas of investment for a 12 year period. However, City Attorney Mike Brooks told the Pioneer-Tribune that the certificate itself should not have caused a decrease in the overall industrial assessment.
• Two established memorials in Manistique will be moved to a new location by the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as part of a bicentennial project. The World War I Memorial at the corner of Elk and Cedar Streets and the Spanish – American War Memorial on Elk Street across from the Manistique High School, will be moved to the lawn of the Schoolcraft County Courthouse. According to a spokesman for the V.F.W., the exact placement on the Courthouse lawn has not been determined.
• Undefeated winners of the Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Manistique High School were the Fairview Women. The team members are Darinda Joslin, Sandy Benish, Helen Walters, Patty Baker, Susie Urban, Judie Provo, Carol Smith and Millie Johnson. Second place winners were Tina Anderson, Cathy Ellsworth, Connie Deloria, Pattie Ann Ozanich, Donna Hentschell and Sally DuFour of the Americans.
25 Years Ago April 30, 1987
• Closing of the Fairview School and further study of the possibility of an all day alternate kindergarten classes were the key points in recommendations of an elementary staff committee presented to the Manistique Area schools Board of Education at their regular meeting Tuesday night. The school board had asked the elementary staff for help in finding a solution to staffing problems anticipated for next fall, using the guidelines of 20 elementary teachers, plus one staff member for State funded four-year-old program. The committee was overwhelmingly (although not unanimously) in favor of closing Fairview in light of the current budget projections. Further the committee strongly recommended that staff investigate the feasibility of operating an all day alternate day kindergarten since Manistique is the only district in the immediate area still operating the more expensive half-day program.
• New members of the Manistique Woman’s Club were the guests of honor at a tea held last Thursday at the Ramada Inn. New members attending were Doris Alexander, Gwen Zimmerman, Therese Jacobs and Mildred Klarich, Phyllis Carlson and Carol Carlson. Unable to attend were Carol Perilloux, Mary King, Ellen Beach, Esther Levielle, Carol Ford and Rosemary Sablack.
10 Years Ago April 25, 2002
• Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is enjoying another strong financial year, the third consecutive year of positive numbers since its January 2000 designation as a critical access facility. At the April 16 board meeting, trustees reviewed figures showing that SMH has posted slightly over $4 million in gross revenue for the first three months of the year, compared to $3.75 million for the same period in 2001. Net revenue through March was $2.9 million, balanced against expenses of $2.8 million, for a three month profit of $127,000. Last year’s first quarter profit was just $30,000. Chief Executive Officer David Jahn said the financial picture appears to be following the trend set in recent years, with inpatient revenues declining but income from outpatient services and procedures on the rise.
• The Hiawatha Township Board took a break during its regular meeting last week to make a surprise presentation honoring township resident Mildred Mattson for her years of service to the township’s Goodwill Club. Mattson, who turned 90 earlier this month, received a special plaque and the thanks of the board members.