A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
July 19, 1962
• State Police are investigating the theft of $110 from the VFW Hall in Germfask. Intruders who pulled a door open on the south side of the building and went down the basement, where they forced another door, are being sought. The incident occurred sometime between Tuesday night and Friday night of last week.
• It is axiomatic in politics that the greatest asset a candidate can have, besides his character and record, is an articulate and attractive wife. Thus it figures that Mrs. George (Lenore) Romney is touring Michigan to familiarize the people of the State with her husband’s qualifications as Governor. She will beinManistiquenextTuesdayfora7p.m.dinnerattheLibertyHall.
• The Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps has slated practice sessions to prepare for their participation Aug. 5 in the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at Fayette. The buglers and color guard will practice Saturday at 2 p.m. at the stadium, while the entire unit will practice Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the same place.
• Mr. and Mrs. John Florence of Cincinnati, Ohio, aren’t convinced that Friday the 13th is unlucky. They came in off Indian Lake last Friday with a fine catch of fish including a big 8 ½ pound 32-inch pike. They are staying at Leibrock’s resort.
• The Blue Spruce Motel has added a beautiful new swimming pool for the enjoyment of their guests. It is a pre-stressed pool built by National, and employs the best obtainable in design and quality, and can be relied upon for long-term structural soundness. The overall size of the patio and pool is 35 feet by 60 feet. The shallow end of the pool is three feet deep, graduating to 10 feet and is equipped with a 10 foot glass diving board.
35 Years Ago
July 21, 1977
• Pickets have been demonstrating at entrances to the Ramada Inn on highway US-2 east on behalf of the Service Employees’ International Union, in advance of a union election by employees at the motel-restaurant. Frank J. Andler, organizer for Local 79 of the union, a branch of the AFL-CIO, said an election to unionize Ramada employees will be held from 2-3 and 5:30-6 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Inn. Hired pickets began demonstrating Friday and continued throughout the weekend. Andler said this was the first attempt to unionize motel-restaurant employees in the U.P., but that his union would file against the Holiday Inn in Marquette and also work in the Ironwood, Sault Ste. Marie and Menominee area.
• W. Ted Tyler, 38, of Marshall has been named president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Manistique, Manistique Lakes Bank and First Manistique Corporation. The boards of directors of the bank holding company and each financial institution announced the appointment at their board meeting held on July 6. Tyler will succeed Fred H. Hahne, who has served as an officer of the bank since it opened for business on Oct. 1, 1934.
• A 27-foot Chris Craft boat, owned by an Illinois man ran aground 75 yards off the shore at Lakeview Park at 6:30 p.m., Manistique Public safety Officers reported. Officers say the “Jondee” owned by John A. Wickom of Evanston, Ill., sustained minor damage to the hull. The boat was turned around into the waves and pushed off the bottom into deep water Monday night after the driver and his wife, the only two persons on the boat at the time, apparently got lost in heavy fog and low visibility conditions. Public safety officers towed the disabled boat into the Manistique Harbor using an 18-foot open steel boat owned by Peterson Fisheries of Manistique.
• The bracing waters of the quarry in central Park may look inviting, but swimmers in the polluted pond are cooling off at their own risk. The area has been fenced off and signs declare no trespassing, yet youngsters on Saturday sought relief from the 80-degree temperatures by jumping into the 30-foot deep waters. Parents are advised to help their children find a safer place to swim.
25 Years Ago
July 23, 1987
• A fleet-footed prisoner who took off running while being returned to his cell at the Schoolcraft County jail was recaptured after only an hour of freedom around noon Wednesday. The prisoner was being escorted from District Court to the jail when he suddenly bolted and ran. Handcuffed in front, he was wearing only jeans, a T-shirt and tennis shoes at the time. He was first spotted in the yard of a home on Lake Street, and then as he dashed across US-2 and into the woods behind Hardee’s. Public Safety officers, State Police, a DNR officer and six National Guardsmen called away from their open house at the Armory participated in the search that followed. The Guardsmen had completed one sweep and were starting another towards the breakwater, and a tracking dog had been called for, when Public safety Officer Ken Golat found the fugitive in the woods by the base of the east breakwater and brought him out. It was the second recent escape from the jail. On July 11, a prison, serving a six month sentence for breaking and entering, escaped over the fence in the exercise yard. He was apprehended by Sheriff Gary Maddox 25 minutes later on Otter St., neat the paper mill.
• Area residents will have the opportunity to inspect the new mobile CT scanner at an Open House Friday, July 31, at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. On display will be the GE model 9000 CT scanner, one of the newest models produced by GE, and the specially-designed truck that will take it to each of the six Upper Peninsula hospitals participating in the U.P. Mobile CT Scanning Network, based at Marquette General Hospital.
• Gary Tomiko of Manistique has earned a special fishing honor. Tomiko was awarded a Mepps Master Angler Award for using Mepps spinners to catch fish which met certain size requirements. To earn his trophy awards, Tomiko caught a one pound, five ounce bluegill on Little Bass Lake; a one pound, ten ounce brook trout on Twilight Lake; and an 18 pound carp and a five pound small mouth bass on Little Summer Island.
10 Years Ago
July 18, 2002
• Plans for Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s new assisted living center are still moving forward. At last week’s hospital board meeting, trustees reviewed final plans for the facility, which should be under construction by late summer on a parcel of land along Intake Park Road/Riverview Drive in Hiawatha Township.
• For the second time in just a few months, a heavy rainfall has overwhelmed the city of Manistique’s sewer system. It happened during a storm early Sunday morning. The City Council discussed the matter at its regular meeting Monday night. In an interview Tuesday, City Manager Al Housler said the rainfall was measured at 3.3 inches, which fell in a 90-minute period between 5 and 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
• Fifty-four golfers took part in the fifth annual Manistique High School football program golf outing at the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club. The annual fundraiser brought golfers and alumni from as far away as Traverse City, Chicago and San Diego. Winning the scramble was the team of Andy Bruce, David Winkel, Adam Taylor and Deb Taylor. They edged out the team of Don St. John, Donnie St. John, Russ St. John and David Jahn on a count back. Both teams shot a 63.