A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago
March 8, 1962
• The burglars who broke into Warshawsky Brothers fur and metal garage sometime Sunday evening were only seeking the tools of their trade. A portable cutting outfit, including tanks, hose and torch, were found missing when Public Safety Officers investigated Monday morning-and moments later, in Escanaba, the lost was found, as officers investigating a safe job at the Fair Store discovered the missing equipment, left behind by the thieves. The equipment was identified by numbers on the tanks. The safe crackers got approximately $4,700 from the Escanaba store.
• Traffic along U.S.-2 west of town was blocked briefly about 6 p.m. Tuesday when an engine of Manistique and Lake Superior railroad climbed a rail at a switch, with one truck of the engine becoming derailed. The crossing, just north of the Black Angus Steak House, was cleared when Chartier’s wrecker pulled three of the four cars back from the engine. Railroad work crews had the 100-ton engine back on the rails by noon today, and it has been taken to the local shop for repairs.
• The guided auto tours through the Seney National Wildlife Refuge will start Friday, and continue through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The tours will leave the Refuge Headquarters promptly at 6 p.m. each evening, including weekends and holidays. The tour leader will stop at various locations to explain items of interest and refuge management practices. Ducks, geese, deer and other species of wildlife are usually seen during the tour.
• Alvid Snellenberger, 20, of Manistique, was arrested by State Police Friday on a charge of malicious destruction of property. He was charged with taking the jungle gym from the Cooks school playground and putting it on the east roof of the school building, causing minor damage to the roof. A minor with him at the time of the incident was remanded to the care of the Probate Court. Snellenberger paid a fine of $10 plus $4.30 costs to Justice Howard Magoon Tuesday.
35 Years Ago
June 16, 1977
• Noted trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey will appear in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court to defend a Newberry man who has been charged with several counts of arson. A motion for appearance has been filed by local attorney Gifford Smith on behalf of Bailey for the July 11 trial of Robert J. Somers, Jr. of Newberry. Smith has received a letter of authorization indicating that Bailey will appear for the defense. Somers is charged with three counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson in connection with a series of fires in Newberry last year.
• Standard bearers included the old and young Saturday for the second annual Roll Call of Colors in front of the Elks Lodge 632. Attendance included a World War I veteran and a cub scout that held organizational and state flags to 21 local organizations and government units that showed colors. Representatives of the Manistique presicionettes participated along with Tom Hoholik who sang the national anthem acapella.
25 Years Ago
June 18, 1987
• The state site selection committee has recommended Manistique as the location for the new Shock Incarceration Unit to be built by the Department of Corrections. Department of Public Safety Director Jim St. Louis, a member of the site election committee, reported Monday from Lansing that the local site won out over alternative sites being offered in Delta, Marquette and Gogebic counties.
• “Closed” says the sign on the wall, and that’s the story with Denton Nelson, getting a chance to sit down and relax after closing his gas station after 27 years of service to the public.
• Two local businesses were good Samaritans this week. A wallet was found on the floor at Norden’s by an employee and turned over to police. The wallet was returned to the grateful owner. A bank envelop with money was found at Ben Franklin Store and given to police. Again a happy owner was found. “We are fortunate to live in a community with such fine business owners. Customers who are treated with such consideration are certain to continue to shop in our area,” said Jim St. Louis, Public Safety Director.
10 Years Ago
June 13, 2002
• The memory of a former Manistique resident will be honored this Saturday at a special ceremony in northern Schoolcraft County. That’s when the USDA Forest Service will cut the ribbon on a new fishing pier and hiking trail at Colwell Lake. The handi-capped accessible facilities are dedicated to former Forest Service employee Bryan Barnett, who worked at the Manistique District office until his death from cancer in September 1995 at the age of 47.
• Members of the Manistique Education Association recently presented their annual summer scholarships to local elementary and middle school students. Lincoln Elementary fifth graders Kelly Aldrich, Jake Shampine and Ashlee Gould all received art lessons from local instructor Robin Mulligan. Manistique Middle School student Jim Abrams received money to attend swim camp at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
• A group of local golfers were invited to the Tee-94 driving range last Friday to officially launch the new Golf Shoot-Off, a cooperative fund raiser for the local Fourth of July Committee and Hiawatha Behavioral Health.