A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago May 10, 1962
• Manistique has a built in fan club for young trio of singing sisters currently making a top bid for national recognition with their recordings. “The Johnson Sisters” daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Johnson, former local residents, have recorded two songs on the Swan record label, “Should I Believe Him” and “Take My Heart,” and each are gaining wide acceptance by disc jockeys and radio stations across the land. The record can also be found on many juke boxes throughout this area, as Harry LaFoille, local juke box distributer, is doing his bit to help make the song a hit. Music Billboard magazine has given the record a “three-star” rating, the highest possible. The Johnsons are now living in Somerville, N.J., where he is a building contractor. Watching their progress from Manistique are their grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Joe Markham of the Big Spring “Stockade” and their grandmother, Mrs. Ida Johnson; their aunts, Mrs. Ed Armstrong and Mrs. Joe Van Dyke and their uncles Wilfred Johnson and Al Markham.
• A fractured jaw has sidelined Manistique’s Ron Rubick in spring football drills at Michigan State University. Rubick, a junior, had been turning in an outstanding job in his bid for a staring backfield berth this fall until the injury, incurred while making a tackle, sidelined him. The injury will not prevent him from playing this fall, however. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Seb Rubick.
35 Years Ago May 12, 1977
• Are city residents in line for a property tax break? Councilman Doug Rose says they are. Other council members aren’t so sure. But the City Council will be taking a longer look at Rose’s proposed budget, which is intended to cut the current operating millage levy from 20 to 16.975 mills. Rose told council members of his proposal at the public hearing on City Manager Robert Risik’s recommended balanced budget of $925,750 Monday night. The councilmember proposed a total balanced budget of $885,230, achieved by “Making a few changes to represent what I feel are more accurate estimations on our revenues and removing what I would term as ‘slop’ in our expenditures.” Rose said millage savings could be realized by not transferring $54,500 to the water-sewer fund. Rose believes that the water-sewer funds should be supported primarily through revenues generated from water and sewer bills. The $54,500 mentioned is being provided by ad velorem taxes and therefore the taxpayers are paying 2.77 mills to support the water and sewer fund, not including the $27,000 hydrant fee. As an alternative Rose proposed raising the water and sewer bills to “make the water and sewer fund self-sufficient.” Rose’s proposal would not increase the water rate of the minimum user, it would raise the sewer rate and thus the total bill $2.40 per quarter or 80 cents per month. City Manager Risik responded that watersewer bills already are likely to be increased to help cover a $500,000 storm sewer separation project beginning in the fall. “If we adjust the rates now and again for the storm sewers, they could go between $60 and $75, said Risik. “As it is we face the possibility of going as high as $50.
• A tournament of champions roll-off was held Monday at Lakeview Lanes, between winners of the women’s league bowling teams. Taking first place was Dr. Pepper, consisting of Capt. Judy Gould, Carol Neeson, Phyllis Nedeau, Janice McKenzie and Roberta Weinert. The team was named city champs after rolling a score of 2759. Second place honors went to Manistique Pulp and Paper with a score of 2731.
• Three Manistique men were recently honored at the annual meeting of Hiawathaland Council, Boy Scouts of America. Receiving the Woodbadge award for Scout Leadership was Wallen Godlewski of Manistique. Ted Hentschell of Manistique received the St. George Award, the highest award in scouting presented by the Catholic Church. Also honored during the meeting was Frank Hentschell for his lifetime work in scouting.
25 Years Ago May 14, 1987
• A little bit of rain Sunday night and a lot of hard work over the weekend by firefighters combined to bring a number of forest fires in the Central Upper Peninsula under control. The most serious blaze burned over 4,300 acres at two sites along M-94 north of Manistique, and was reported as confined on Monday. Seven fires burned 921 acres on Lake Superior State Forest land over the weekend in Schoolcraft, Luce and Chippewa counties, and three incendiary fires resulted in the burning of 800 acres on state forest land north of Seney along the Fox River Rd. More than 150 firefighters from as far away as Arizona and Maine, plus numerous local organizations, helped to battle the blaze along M-94. The first severe outbreak was just north of Stoney Cut, by the Sturgeon Hole Creek, on Friday. Saturday the fight was concentrated along the 8-mile Cutacross Road between the Indian River and the Jack Pine Lodge. Both M-94 and the 8-Mile were closed to traffic for some time on Saturday as the blaze jumped the highway briefly before being halted. No one was injured in the fires, and although several outbuildings burned, no major camps were reported as badly damaged.
• Fairview school will be closed and the recommendations of a faculty committee on elementary staffing will be adopted, Manistique Area Schools Board of Education decided at their regular meeting Tuesday night. That recommendation uses the guidelines of 20 elementary teachers at the three remaining schools, Hiawatha, Lincoln and Lakeside, plus one staff member for the state-funded four –year-old program. It recommends that the readiness kindergartens and the two special education classrooms operate where they presently do at Lincoln and Lakeside schools. The four-year-old program, if funded, would move to Hiawatha, and grades 1-6 will operate at all three schools.
• Darren Young took first place in statewide competition in Grand Rapids recently for Vocational-Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) students in Michigan, winning the residential wiring category. He will represent the state in the national VICA competition in Wichita, Kansas.
10 Years Ago May 9, 2002
• Local voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected funding for a possible expansion project at the Schoolcraft Medical care Facility. By a vote of 493 “yes” to 779 “no” they turned down a proposal to issue up to $6 million in bonds. The money would have financed construction of up to 20 new Alzheimer’s beds and a kitchen. “It was decisive,” MCF Administrator Dennis Boyd said. “When you see numbers like this it is pretty clear how the voters felt.” Boyd said he was surprised and disappointed by the results. It was the first time that voters have ever turned down a MCF millage request.
• Officials at Manistique Papers, Inc. couldn’t be happier with the installation of their new “fifth press.” The critical piece of equipment went into place last month, faster than expected and under budget. According to Leif Christensen, MPI’s president and general manager, the need for a fifth press was evident for quite some time, as problems with the existing unit were causing a decrease in quality and an increase in costly breakdowns. MPI’s existing fifth press had been installed as part of a $22 million improvement project back in 1986. At that time, the mills papermaking machine ran at approximately 2,800 feet per minute. At that speed problems were few. As the years went by, however, speeds increased, eventually reaching 4,300 to 4,400 feet per minute.