A Look Back at the...
50 Years Ago
June 28, 1962
• A report that one of the FBI’s “10 most wanted” criminals had been spotted on the streets of Manistique had local law enforcement officers alerted Tuesday morning – but it turned out to be a false alarm. State Police received a report from an area resident that he thought he had spotted Albert Nussbaum , a notorious bank robber wanted in the east for three bank jobs, including one in which a bank guard was slain. A woman answering the description of Jacqueline Rose, Nussbaum’s girl friend, was also spotted with the man here, on a street downtown. FBI agent Robert Bangeley of Marquette came down to investigate the report, but established that the person who was seen was merely a new resident who had moved to Manistique several months ago. Nussbaum and his accomplice, Bobby Randell Wilcoxon, are at large with a large amount of stolen money and a formidable arsenal that includes sawedoff shotguns, several sub-machine guns, and an ant-tank gun.
• The City Recreation Department’s swimming program got underway Monday, with a turnout of 142 youngsters reporting. The schedule calls for the bus to leave the Central School at 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. It will also stop at the Lincoln School on its way out to Indian Lake State Park. Georgia Strable is lifeguard at the beach, while Bob McNamara is waterfront director and bus driver.
• Pointing out that Michigan water accidents on a recent June weekend claimed 17 lives, the State Police are urging swimmers during the July Fourth holiday and at other summer outings to use only supervised, authorized areas where there is provision for rescue in the event of trouble.
35 Years Ago
June 30, 1977
• Twenty six students currently are registered to attend the first classes of the Bethel Baptist Christian Day School, scheduled to open for the first time on Sept. 7. Sessions for Kindergarten through the sixth grade will be housed in the gymnasium adjacent to the church on Elk Street.
• An unspecified amount of waste oil leaked into the Garden Creek last week and flowed approximately three quarters of a mile to the mouth of the creek before officials could contain the spill. The leakage was attributed to vandalism. According to MKI Henry Ducommun, Coast Guard Officer, out of Sault Ste. Marie, in charge of on-the-scene operations, a small amount of the oil seeped into the Big Bay de Noc from the creek but caused no environmental damage. It is not known where the oil leaked from.
• Units of government and school districts in Schoolcraft County would receive a total of $416,300 if a bill providing for payments in lieu of taxes on federal lands is passed by the state legislature. According to State Representative Russell Hellman (D-Dollar Bay), a sponsor of the bill, said the payment would compensate local units and schools for the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. A news release by Hellman said Allison Green, state treasurer, determined the payment based on a valuation of $100 per acre.
25 Years Ago
July 2, 1987
• Area residents interested in employment at the two new state prison facilities being planned for the Central Upper Peninsula area are invited to attend a special one-day employment seminar Thursday, July 16, in the Manistique High School auditorium. The session is being planned because of the recent announcement that the State Department of Corrections has recommended Manistique as the site for a new Shock Incarceration Unit pilot program, and Munising as the site for a new state prison.
• Two Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital representatives were among hospital officials from around the Upper Peninsula who met at Marquette General Hospital recently to develop plans for a mobile computed tomography (CT) scanning network. Representing Schoolcraft Memorial were Hospital Administrator David Jahn and Director of Radiology Bill Carlson. Seven U.P. hospitals have bonded together to offer the mobile CT scanning service.
• Local manager Bob Claycomb invites everyone to try “the best pizza in town” at Main Street Pizza. Assisting him at the Grand Opening were Craig Smith, Mark Barrows and owner Timothy Glowney. Main Street Pizza is one of six restaurants owned by Glowney. Others are located downstate in Ovid, Ithaca, Edmore and Durand and in Kendalville, Ind.
10 Years Ago
June 27, 2002
• Local officials, friends and family gathered last Thursday for the dedication of the renovated baseball field and neighborhood park located at the corner of West Elk and South Fifth streets. In a move that organizers kept a secret for over a year, the facility was dedicated to local resident Denton Nelson.
• Last year’s third grade class at Lincoln School was the winner in a contest conducted in schools all around the U.P., to see which class could raise the most money for Project New Horizon, a campaign to purchase a new highperformance aircraft for Northwoods AirLifeLine. To beat out the other U.P. schools and win the contest, Lincoln students raised $1050. As a reward for winning the contest, all of the students will receive a free flight with Northwoods’ pilots.