A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
July 12, 1962
• Seven local youths, charged with malicious destruction of the city band shell at Central Park, appeared with their parents at a Probate Court hearing on Tuesday. Although the hearing was adjourned until Aug. 10 to allow further investigation to determine other youths who may have been involved, and to secure an estimate of the amount of damages, the youths were instructed to appear at the band shell on Friday morning to help spread a load of crushed gravel, to mop the floor and clean the inside and to pull weeds. Appearing at the hearing before Probate Judge John Faketty were Public Safety officer John McDonough, Safety Director Roy Anderson, City Councilman Adam Heinz and Juvenile Officer Jimmie H. DuBois.
• Tickets are now on sale for the July 24 dinner and visit of Mrs. Lenore Romney, wife of GOP gubernatorial candidate George Romney, to Manistique. Both men and women are invited to the 7 p.m. affair in the Liberty Hall. Tickets are on sale at the Tribune, Males Pharmacy, and the Liberty Café, or by phoning Mrs. George Wood at 916. Mrs. Maxine Heath has been named to sell the tickets in the Germfask area, and other township ticket chairman will be announced next week. A decorations committee, headed by Mrs. George Schweikert includes Mrs. Fred Cayia, Jr., Mrs. Richard Bonifas, Mrs. Jack Quick and Mrs. Matt Stram. Other committees will be announced next week.
• A booster button baseball drive starting Thursday will last a week, with a goal of $200 being set. Little Leaguers Recreation players and boosters will distribute the buttons to those donating. Funds will be used for site improvement on a new regulation Little League diamond. Top soil, backstops, fencing and seating are needed. Recreation Director Richard Bonifas pointed out that the diamond is needed so that Little League will have a “home” of its own; Recreation teams will have a regulation diamond for games and practice; softball players will have an easier job of scheduling games, with less lighting costs; slow pitch softball players will be able to make some use of the present softball field; and girls softball teams will have a field for their use at the hospital diamond, measured off in proper dimensions.
35 Years Ago
July 14, 1977
• Noted trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey will not be appearing in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court to defend a Newberry man who had been charged several counts of arson. Gifford Smith, attorney for Robert J. Somers Jr. of Newberry, said this week that Somers has pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious destruction under $100, a misdemeanor. The charges each carry a maximum of 90 days in jail and-or $100. Smith said the reduced charges are the result of plea bargaining by attorney James Merbeig, an associate in Bailey’s firm. Somers originally was 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 that burned three houses belonging to Clifford Erickson of Newberry. The fires were allegedly set because vacant houses were reportedly blocking federal aid sought by Somers for a low income housing project in Newberry.
• The State Savings Bank of Manistique is finalizing plans for a branch office in Gulliver, Clyde Strasler, president of the bank has announced. The new branch will be located in a portion of the present Bowman Gas and Oil Co. office building on highway U.S. 2. The State Savings Bank maintains one other branch bank on the west side of Manistique. It is expected that final plans will be ready within two to three weeks and that work will start shortly thereafter.
• Objections over the firing of David Rood as editor of the Escanaba Daily Press have been carried to nationally televised news. Rood, former editor and co-publisher of the Manistique Pioneer-Tribune, was fired last month after he refused to print two stories from Panax New York bureau chief George Bernard. Panax Corp. owns the Escanaba paper. The stories alleged that President Carter was grooming his wife to become vice president and that he encouraged sexual promiscuity among his male staff members. By today or Friday, a CBS news report was expected to be aired about an Escanaba petition drive to reinstate Rood. Also, Dorothy Kahler, of 531 Oak St., said she received a call Monday from CBS in New York, asking for more information after she sent them a Mailgram suggesting a news investigation.
25 Years Ago
July 16, 1987
• Where was the Manistique High School Band for the Fourth of July parade? They didn’t march, and it was a parade without music (except for a lone piper) and School Board member Billie Doyle wanted to know why. She said she’d gotten a lot of complaints. Supt. Herb Harroun explained that under the contract with the teachers, summer band is part of the voluntary extra duty schedule, and is strictly voluntary. There were no volunteers to direct summer band, he said, and thus no music for the parade. The problem could be corrected by making it part of the teaching contract, he said. The contract is currently being negotiated, and the question of summer band will be made part of that contract, he said. Wait until next year.
• The Germfask Feasibility Study conducted by the State Department of Education points out that finances are a basic part of the problem. All of the alternatives studied by Dr. Allen Ahola show it would be necessary to levy 32.6365 mills in order to provide the estimated $2,800 per pupil spending level needed to provide a basic program. If the operation is continued as a private school, the figures show 35 families have students in school, with an estimated total enrollment of 71 students K-8. To provide the $2,800 per student level it would be necessary for each family to pay $473.33 per month. Because Germfask is still legally part of the Manistique Area Schools District, it would be necessary to find a resolution of the 30 operational and 4.5 debt retirement millage obligations to Manistique. “Since there is a 50 mill limitation requirement, all alternatives except to remain status quo, far exceed this rule,” the report says.
• Lt. William Reno was named as acting director of Manistique’s Public Safety Department at Monday night’s City Council meeting. The appointment is effective Aug. 3 and is for a six-month period. Reno will succeed Jim St. Louis, who resigned last week to take a similar position with the city of Greenville downstate.
• Michigan Department of Natural resources wildlife biologists have found 19 more calves after checking 16 of the remaining 27 radio-collared cow moose translocated from Ontario to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 1985 and 1987. These new additions boost the population to 93 moose. The biologists noted that they recently saw a calf with each of three cows who had not produced calves last year, and saw twin calves with a fourth such cow. A 2-year old bull that was struck by an automobile near Skanee, in Baraga County, has traveled 10 miles south to Mt. Curwood vicinity. He appears to be okay.
10 Years Ago
July 11, 2002
• The Manistique High school Marching Band helped lead off last Saturday’s Independence Day parade. The band was led for the final time by Director Sue White, who retired at the end of the school year.
• Manistique Public safety officers and Michigan State Police troopers were called to the scene of vandalism on the city’s west side Sunday morning, July 7. Damaged overnight was the building in Pioneer Park, which houses the city’s historical hook and ladder truck. The nearby Imogene Herbert Historical Museum was also damaged in what appears to have been an attempted breaking and entering. Across Deer St. from the park, a temporary sales tent on the former Rainbow’s End site was burned, and there was damage at Manistique Oil. Arrests in the case were made and a suspect lodged in the Schoolcraft County Jail. However, the Public Safety Department declined to issue any more information until after press time for this week’s issue.
• A challenge to local golfers apparently turned out to be a little too challenging. As a result, the Tee94 Golf Shoot-Off has been extended and the feat necessary to qualify for the finals has been simplified. The Shoot-Off got involved hitting a golf ball into a brightly colored sandbox located about 120 yards downrange. Everyone who did that between June 7 and July 3 would automatically qualify for the finals. It sounded like a great idea, but there was just one problem. By the time July 3 rolled around, no one had knocked a ball into the box. The original plan was to have July 3 finals serve as the conclusion of the first round, then to begin a second round of qualifying that would run through the summer, with another final shoot-off on Labor Day weekend. Instead, the initial qualifying round will now run straight through to Sept. 1.