A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago
March 8, 1962
• Work on clearing the new runway at the Schoolcraft County Airport will start next week with the arrival of the D-7 diesel bulldozer from the Baraga National Guard unit. Members of Co. D, 107th Engineer Battalion, Manistique, will start a training project on clearing the wooded area at the west end of the runway May 20. Lt. Ronald Patrick and Lt. William Bauman of the local unit spent last Thursday with state aeronautics officials at the airport, mapping the area and outlining the project. Construction plans and specifications for the project have been submitted in Lansing for approval by the Federal Aviation Agency and the State Department of Aeronautics. Bids for the project will be advertised in mid-June, the county’s airport committee has decided.
• Review of budgets and hearings of delegates from schools and townships were scheduled Wednesday night by the Schoolcraft County Tax Allocation Board along with the possibility of arriving at a preliminary allocation. A.W. Heitman is serving as chairman of the board, which meets annually to divide the 15 tax mills levied in the county, between the county, township units and local school districts. Other members are County School Superintendent, Beda Hough, County Treasurer, William Cowman, Lawrence I. Boyd, William Rodman and Donald MacLean.
• The medical profession’s opposition to the King-Anderson bill, which would provide health care for the aged in a compulsory government-controlled program, was explained to the Manistique Rotary Club Monday by Dr. Duane Waters. Dr. Waters explained how socialized medicine in England has proved unsatisfactory and pointed out that government-controlled medicine would affect the quality of medical care. He presented a film which outlined the American Medical Association’s arguments against the bill and which explained the Kerr-Mills Law guarantee of help to aged persons who need health care.
• Firemen were called three times last week to Warshawsky’s salvage yard at the west end of Main Street to fight a fire burning in old battery cases. They were called Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., Thursday at 8:20 a.m. and Thursday at 1:35 p.m.
35 Years Ago
March 10, 1977
• Should a homeowner be protected against a carpenter who does not build a home up to today’s standards? Should the majority of people be covered by such protection at the objection of a minority? And should a taxpayer in one part of the county be taxed for building permit costs in another area of the county? These were just some of the questions that were heard at a meeting of the building code permit fee schedule committee, Tuesday. The meeting held with the initial objective of determining whether permit fees now levied are too high, ended with a recommendation that the county board representatives will take back to the next meeting of the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners. In that recommendation, Edward Way, chairman of the committee, will ask the county to consider eliminating all building permit fees. At least one committee member questioned the need for a building code at all.
• Residential property owners will continue to pay most of Schoolcraft County’s property taxes, if the recently accepted 1977 county equalization report is any indication. However, residential real property cuts a slightly smaller piece of the property valuation pie than it did in 1976. Assessed valuation figures are a key element in determining the amount of tax bills for the coming year. The report, which County Equalization Director Robert Dawson presented to the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday night of last week, showed that residential property would account for 68 percent of the total real property assessed valuation. The corresponding figure for last year was 69 percent. Meanwhile, industrial real property went from 6.3 percent in 1976 to 8.1 percent this year, accounting for more of the real property valuations.
• The 1976-77 4-H Spring Achievement was held Saturday, April 30. Open House was from 12 to 6 p.m. with public, parents, friends and relatives admiring the work of 800 4-H’ers from Schoolcraft County.
25 Years Ago
March 13, 1987
• Schoolcraft County’s jobless rate showed a slight decline in March this year, according to figures released this week by the Michigan Employment Security Commission. The March rate was set at 23.8 percent compared to 24.1 percent for February, and 27.2 percent for March of a year ago. That’s based on a civilian labor force of 3,575—up 25 from February—with 2,725 employed and 850 jobless. In February there were 2,700 employed and 850 jobless. The Upper Peninsula jobless rate remained at 14.1 percent for March while Michigan’s rate was 8.4 percent and the national rate was 6.9 percent. In February Michigan’s rate was 8.9 percent and the national rate 7.2 percent.
• An “After-Prom Party” has been scheduled for the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club this Saturday night. It will follow the annual Junior-Senior Prom at Manistique High School. Movies, music, videos, trivia and scruples games will be featured, along with free food. The event is being sponsored by the local chapter of SARTA, the youth drug abuse organization, with Judi Sands and Carla Kotchon, advisors to the local group, in charge.
• Dr. Daniel M. Pontius, 44, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been invited to join the staff at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital as surgeon. He will replace Dr. Jose Espinosa, who announced Tuesday he will be leaving the community June 1.
• Erickson and Son’s Trucking of Manistique won the Class D championship of the 23rd annual Miller Lite Negaunee Invitational Tournament (NIT) held in Negaunee March 21-April 12. The team was composed of Doug Erickson, player-coach, plus Greg Turan, Guy Thorell, John Nelson, Jim Nelson, Joe Vaughn, Lee Vaughn, Kevin Swanson and Mike Asp.
10 Years Ago
May 2, 2002
• City of Manistique officials say they’re pleased with the way the municipal sewer system handled what turned out to be an extraordinary rain event on Wednesday, April 24, an event that dumped nearly four inches of rain on the city in a matter of a few hours. According to Water/Wastewater Supervisor Randy Sanville, the precise rainfall total was 3.86 inches. At its peak, water was flowing through the wastewater treatment plant at a rate of 5.74 million gallons a day, a record for the facility. “Our average daily flow is about oneand a-half million gallons,” Sanville said. “The flow last week was by far the highest we’ve ever had.” In fact, he notes that a flow rate like last week’s wouldn’t have even been possible before the plant renovation. Prior to that work, the facility’s pumps could handle a peak flow of about five million gallons a day. Now they can pump up to six million.
• They say you can’t surprise reporters because they have seen it all. But the people who say that clearly weren’t at last Saturday’s Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce spring banquet, when Pioneer-Tribune Editor Paul Olson received Person of the Year Award from North Country Bank & Trust. Olson who has only lived in Manistique for seven years, was honored for his work in reporting local news and a lengthy list of volunteer activities.
• The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new tribal health center, next door to the Kewadin Casino in Manistique. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin this summer and take 12 to 15 months to complete.