A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago
June 7, 1962
• Art Fountain, Jr., secretary-treasurer of the Manistique Municipal Band, gave an explanation this week of why the band was not able to participate in the Memorial Day parade. The reasons included: 1) The band is small and with some members being out of town over the holiday, some of our sections would be depleted. 2) During the summer season we are aided by returning college students and high school students, but on Memorial Day we are without their services. 3) We did not feel that a 11 or 12 piece band, especially since several sections were outbalanced, would be a credit to the organization or the town…or to the hard core members who would be out and have always been out for these occasions.
• The Michigan Civil Service Commission does not recommend any civil service “coaching” or “training” school for candidates for state employment who must take competitive examinations. It is the policy of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction that no such school can be licensed to do business in Michigan but a number of these schools domiciled in other states, are selling and advertising such services in Michigan on a mail order basis. Formal education at accredited institutions of higher learning is frequently required for applicants for positions in the State Civil Service, but there are no requirements which would credit special mail order civil service coaching or training schools..
• A Manistique man paid a fine of $50 plus $4.30 costs after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor before Justice Howard Magoon Monday. The man was ticketed by Public Safety officers Saturday following an accident Saturday at 4:20 p.m. when his car struck two parked cars on Deer St., near Second St. His license was also picked up by the court.
35 Years Ago
June 9, 1977
• Schoolcraft County Sheriff Lloyd Gray soon will be doing something he hasn’t done for 23 years. He’ll be driving to and from his job at the county courthouse on a permanent basis. Sheriff Gray will vacate the present sheriff facilities connected with the jail sometime before June 20 for a more leisurely retirement home on Indian Lake. Sheriff Gray isn’t thinking of retirement at this point. But he feels he must prepare for it. Sheriff Gray will also receive a $200 pay raise for leaving the present facilities under the program, the county board of commissioners established last year. Under the terms of the program set up by William Olesak, then chairman of the finance committee, Gray was scheduled to receive a $200 raise. Instead, the county voted to charge Gray $200 a month rent for the facilities. Since that money is part of Gray’s salary, it will go with him when he moves.
• It’s official. Six acres of the Seul Choix Point Light Station no longer belong to the federal government. On June 7, the designated surplus federal land was turned over to the State of Michigan free of charge to be used for public recreation.
• State Police report that they arrested two persons at Indian Lake State Park early Monday morning as the pair attempted to take a boat for a ride. Police report that an Inkster man and a Muskegan juvenile were attempting to take a boat when campers in the park surprised the pair and held them until state police could arrive. The youth is reportedly in connection with a stolen car from the Muskegon area. The Inkster man was charged with larceny over $100 and lodged in the county jail. The youth was held pending word from Muskegon authorities.
25 Years Ago
June 11, 1987
• A Cheboygan County man who wanted his second trial for murder moved to Schoolcraft County ended up with the same result as the first trial---a guilty verdict. Robert Vieau had successfully sought a change in venue after an appeals court granted his motion for a new trial on the charge of murdering his wife’s lover several years ago. Judge, Robert C. Livo of Cheboygan, 53rd Circuit Judge, heard the case here before a local jury. That jury returned Saturday with the guilty verdict after hearing a week’s worth of testimony.
• The Hoholik family commitment to the Manistique area is continuing with the second generation to own Hoholik’s Plumbery and Ace Hardware. Owners Connie and Tom Hoholik announced this week the expansion of their plumbing and hardware business at 226 Deer Street on Manistique’s west side. Hoholiks plan to add 4500 square feet to their present building. Construction of the one story metal addition will begin July 1. The Nelson’s Standard Station on the corner of Deer and Houghton will be demolished to make room for the addition.
10 Years Ago
June 6, 2002
• “To be perfectly honest, there were times I thought we’d never see this day.” Those were the words of Manistique City Manager, Al Housler last week, as he watched men and equipment from Oberstar excavating, Inc. moving earth at the old M-94 landfill. Ten years to the month after the State of Michigan ordered the former dump closed, the actual capping project is finally underway.
• The team finishes could have been better, but it was the individual performances that made the day for the Manistique Emeralds’ track teams at last Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Finals in Kingsford. The day was especially bright for the girls’ team, which produced three U.P. champions. Melanie Barker claimed the crown in the shot put, with a toss of 35-5. Tara Bjorne grabbed the title in the 100-meter dash (12.9) and the 200-meter (27.53). Her 200-meter time also tied her own recent school record.