A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago
March 8, 1962
• A special meeting has been set for 7:30 p.m. Monday for the City Council in an effort to reach an agreement with city workers on a new contract for the coming year. Preliminary requests were presented to the council last Monday night by Marcel Laprade, of Lansing, international representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who is representing Local 1196 in the negotiations. These requests included a ten cent an hour pay increase, creation of a pension plan for all city workers, and variety of other smaller benefits. Mayor Harold Carlson, in replying to the requests said he saw scant hope of granting either a pay increase or a pension plan. He explained that the city was already taking the full millage tax levy allowed, and that anticipated state revenues, in the form of gasoline and weight taxes and sales tax monies, has decreased in the past several years.
• The new and modern Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, a 55-bed structure representing an investment of almost $700,000, is a far cry from the early clinics that first served this area. Manistique’s first hospital was built by the Chicago Lumber Company in the 1880’s, and was operated by a Doctor Scott. This pioneer clinic, located at 342 Schoolcraft Avenue, is now the home of Mr. Hector Popour. Other early “hospitals” include one at 165 River Street, next to what is now the Linderoth garage, operated first by Doctor Nelson and later by Doctor Stevens; one at the corner of Park and Range Streets, operated by Doctor Nelson until he left for Iron Mountain early in the 1920’s; and another at 119 Lake Street, across from the Courthouse, operated by Doctor Thompson during the 20’s, but discontinued after his death. Another “hospital” or clinic was operated by Doctor Ruttledge in rooms above the A.S. Putnam drug store, where Dr. James Fyvie and Dr. Duane Waters now have offices. This operation was taken over by Dr. George Shaw in the 20’s and later moved to another location on the corner of Range and Cherry Streets.
• The Doyle Township board of education held a special meeting Monday night with the bus drivers and janitors to discuss the necessity of having only one bus driver and one combined driver/janitor for the coming school year. The board decided to ask for bids for these jobs. Bids are restricted to male residents of Doyle Township over 25 years of age, and must be received by Eva Burrell, secretary of the board, by June 1.
35 Years Ago
May 19, 1977
• It won’t be here for Memorial Day Services, but the World War I Memorial that was broken last week can be repaired according to George Danko, bi-centennial commander of the VFW post here. The monument has been transported to the Peninsula Granite and Stone Co. of Iron Mountain, where officials say it is repairable and will be refurbished. But, a backlog of pending business will keep the company from working on the memorial until at least June1. The memorial was broken after it fell off a fork-lift moving it to its final resting place at the All Vets Memorial site at the county courthouse. Danko said a rut in the lawn, possibly caused by a cement truck that had poured the foundation for the memorial earlier in the week, caused the fork-lift to bounce knocking the memorial off the lifts.
• A new occupant has moved into the former state liquor store quarters to offer yet another reason for Manistique residents to “shop at home.” Terry’s Clothing, located at the corner of Walnut and Cedar Streets, officially opened its doors this past week. The store offers national brand clothing at discount prices.
• A questionnaire sent out by Representative Charles H. Varnum revealed that a majority (77 percent) of the constituents of the 107th House District are for repealing the ban of the death penalty for murder in Michigan. About 800 people responded to Varnum’s questionnaire. The questionnaire also revealed that a majority (96 percent) feel that prisoners should be required to serve the minimum sentence imposed by the trial judge before they are eligible for parole. A majority (79 percent) favor using adult detention facilities instead of youth homes for some juvenile offenders, provided that the juveniles are separated from adult offenders. A majority (74 percent) are in favor of reducing the property tax and increasing the personal income tax to finance local schools. A majority (91 percent) feel that individuals who voluntarily quit their jobs should not be entitled to unemployment payments. A majority (80 percent) favor a system of co-payments requiring Medicaid patients to pay a small fee when they go to the doctor, as a means of controlling over use of the Medicaid program. Finally, a slight majority (56 percent) do not favor the establishment of a single transportation trust fund to finance all forms of transportation in the state instead of only highway construction.
25 Years Ago
May 21, 1987
• A discussion on Manistique’s chances of being named as the location for the proposed State Shock Incarceration Unit took up most of the time at the meeting of the City Council Monday evening. City Manager Charles Varnum, noted that members of the shock incarceration unit site selection committee visited Manistique Monday morning, reported that they seemed very impressed with the town and the proposed sight. That site is the 20-acre parcel north of the city’s industrial park, where the old go-kart track used to be located. The city has offered to sell the site for a token $1 and to extend water and sewer lines to the location.
• Woodsy Owl from the U.S. Forest Service was among the visitors at “Terrific
Thursday” held at Big Bay de Noc Elementary School. The day began with a clown delivering each child a helium-filled balloon with the school’s name attached. The 200 balloons were then released as the kick-off for this enrichment activity. All students participated in three special classes of their choice.
There were 48 classes in all, taught by various community businesses, volunteers and staff members.
Department of Natural Resources Hazardous Material experts are on their way to Manistique to investigate material leaking from two barrels found on West US-2. The barrels were discovered by Department of Public safety Officers who called the DNR for assistance. Officials will also attempt to discover who dropped the barrels next to the roadway.
10 Years Ago
May 16, 2002
• Citing a desire to bring services closer to members, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians broke ground on a new health and community center in Manistique. The 28,840 square foot facility will be built on land located west of the Kewadin Casino on US-2. The Manistique facility will cost around $4.4
• Million, an amount being financed with a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency.
• Author Johnathon Rand, author of the “Michigan Chillers” and “American Chillers” book series, visited Schoolcraft County this week. He met with students at Lincoln, Lakeside and Fairview schools, then stopped by the Manistique Middle School for a visit. Some of Rand’s more popular titles include Mayhem on Mackinac Island, Terror Stalks Traverse City, Poltergeists of Petoskey and Gargoyles of Gaylord. Ran lives in the northern Lower Peninsula town of Topinabee, near Cheboygan.