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50 Years Ago
May 31, 1962
• The Michigan Department of Health chest x-ray mobile unit will come to Schoolcraft County June 6 and will be stationed at various locations around the county, through June 22, according to Dr. R.A. Tearnan, director of the Alger-Schoolcraft Health Department. Dr. Tearnan urged all eligible adults of Schoolcraft County to utilize the chest x-ray service as protection for themselves, their families and their community. “We are well aware of the dangers of the undiscovered tuberculosis case,” Dr. Tearnan stated. “Unhospitalized, the person with tuberculosis spreads the disease germ to others.” In addition to detecting TB, the chest x-ray may find lung cancer, pleurisy, enlarged heart or any other chest abnormality.
• Three Manistique Girl Scouts were awarded the Curved Bar, Scouting’s highest intermediate rank, at the recent Court of Awards held in the Lincoln School. Winning the bar were Sue Rae Bonner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Bonner; Margo LeBrasseur, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl LeBrasseur; and Barbara Thorell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thorell.
• Social Security benefits payments in Schoolcraft County total $74,132 a month, according to Carl L. Johnson, district manager of the Escanaba offices of the Social security Administration. This is an increase of about 17.89 percent over last year’s figures. While the benefits are intended primarily for the beneficiaries’ economic security, they help business in the community generally. Most of the money is spent immediately for food, clothing, and other necessities. The average old age benefit nationally for December 1961 was $74.04 for a retired worker. In the State of Michigan, the average benefit was $71.62.
35 Years Ago
June 2, 1977
• Success can beget success, and that’s just fine with the Schoolcraft County CBC Committee. The committee, which repeatedly has topped its annual goal, announced last week that it had exceeded its 1977 drive goal of $12,000 by more than $3,000, and officially divided the proceeds. After deducting $739.86 in expenses from the $15,107.04 total, the committee presented checks for the $14,367.18 net total as follows: $5,709.06 for the Cancer Society; $4,719.06 for Bay Cliff; and $3,939.06 for Easter Seals.
• Milt Herro bought his first shotgun at the age of 14 from a Western Auto Store in Freemont. Now, 26 years later, he is owner and manager of his own Western Auto store in Manistique. Herro has bought the former Ollie’s Red Owl building at 303 Deer Street, on the west side of Manistique and opened the store Monday, May 16.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold a baseball pre-draft tryout camp at Menominee on Sunday, June 5. The camp is open to boys age 16 to 21 years of age. If an entrant plays American Legion baseball, he must get approval from his coach to take part.
25 Years Ago
June 4, 1987
• Four Manistique area people were arrested by Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, in connection with several breaking and enteringas of cabins in the area. The break-ins occurred during the last month. Police were assisted by Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department divers Mike Gray and Tom Shampine in the recovery of several bags of stolen property from the Manistique River. Police are continuing their investigation of the break-ins.
• Volunteers from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies and 4-H joined with Hiawatha National Forest workers, the Manistique Women’s Club, and inmates at Camp Cusino, in the replanting of a burned over area along M-94 about 22 miles north of Manistique. The planting had to be delayed once because of a forest fire in the area.
• Area Fourth of July parades should get a boost from a new program being offered by the First National Bank offering a traveling trophy and cash prizes to the best organized youth group float entered into parades in Manistique, Newberry, Garden and Curtis. The awards are being arranged by the bank’s promotions committee, composed of employees from all four bank locations. Chairperson Sue Bellville said they are seeking entries from such groups as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Little Leaguers or similar organizations.
10 Years Ago
May 30, 2002
• The Manistique City Council has awarded a contract for engineering of the M-94 landfill closure – but it didn’t go to the company originally favored by the administration, nor did it go to the firm that had requested an open bidding process in the first place. By a vote of 5-0 Tuesday, the council awarded the contract to Bittner Engineering of Escanaba, for a price of $107,000.
• An official ground breaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at the site of the new Schoolcraft County Road Commission garage. The 37,000 square foot facility was designed by Bittner Engineering and will be built by Gundlach Champion, Inc. The building will be located just southeast of the existing garage, which will remain in use as a storage facility.
• For her last time as Manistique Area Schools Band Director, Sue White led the high school marching band up South Cedar Street in Monday morning’s annual Memorial Day parade. White is retiring this year.