A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
July 26, 1962
• The proposal of Kenneth Buckland of Northern Michigan Engineers, of Escanaba, to act as par-time city engineer was explained to the Manistique City Council Monday night by Buckland, at their regular meeting. He has offered to serve in this capacity for $50 a month retainer, plus a $7 an hour for work and meetings. Buckland told the council he would attend only necessary council sessions, and the job would include setting up policies for city departments, such as streets, water, sidewalks and drainage. He emphasized the value of long-range engineering planning in city projects.
• The Inland Lime and Stone Co. announced Tuesday that it had just received a Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Certificate of Honor. The award was given in recognition of the fact that Inland’s lime quarry had sustained no fatality or permanent disability during the period from Aug. 22, 1952 through Dec. 31, 1961, for a total of 5,986,705 man-hours, which is equivalent to 3,418 days.
• Patients at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital now have a menu to choose from. All patients except those on special diets receive a card after breakfast each morning, with the following day’s selection on them. They mark their choice and the card is returned to the kitchen so that the meals may be planned. Mrs. Charles Atwater, the hospital dietician, reports that patients are enthusiastic over the new program.
• One of the most recent jobs completed at the Manistique Tool plant was a finely-machined antenna to be used in space satellites.
• Firemen were called to the General telephone Co. office at 7:20 a.m. last Thursday to put out a fire in a wastebasket.
35 Years Ago
July 28, 1977
• Police agencies in Manistique are investigating two separate incidents of malicious destruction to heavy equipment over the weekend, allegedly involving labor disputes. Manistique Public safety officers report that metal shavings were put into the crankcases of a crane and backhoe owned by James Slining of Manistique Rental. Officers said the shavings were put in on the night of June 24, while the machines were parked near the sewage plant at the end of car ferry road. The case is still under investigation. According to officers, while the vandal’s identity is unknown, an organization is suspected to be behind the incidents.
• Carl Shunk is leaving the Manistique area to open a new store in Marquette, but the management of Shunk’s Home Appliance and Furniture will stay in family hands. Stanley Shunk, younger brother of Carl, will assume management duties of the store on east U.S. 2 when Carl and his wife Karen move by late August to establish the fourth outlet for the largest family-owned furniture store chain in the U.P.
• It was an action-packed weekend as the Manistique Senior Little League worked their way to retaining their Upper Peninsula District Champion title by defeating Marquette on a double elimination tournament. The defending U.P. champs host the Gaylord and Saginaw regional winners this weekend to determine a berth in the state tournament the following weekend in Grand Rapids.
25 Years Ago
July 30, 1987
• Mayor David Vaughan is resigning from the Manistique City Council, effective July 31. A Council member since Oct. 24, 1977, Vaughan is stepping down because he is moving into his new home at Sunset beach, outside of the city limits. He has served as Mayor for the past six years.
• Schoolcraft County has submitted its report on the expenditures of Revenue Sharing funds to the Bureau of the Census. The report lists $129,804 in receipts, and the same amount in expenditures, all for the Sheriff’s department and jail operations.
• Good Samaritans are alive and well in Manistique. A young newlywed couple, the Bipps of Highland Mich., came into the Public Safety Department last week looking for a purse which contained the money for the rest of their honeymoon. The couple couldn’t remember where they had left the purse. The dispatcher asked the woman’s name and was pleased to tell her that Mr. Zick of Grand Rapids, had found the purse at the Family Pride Laundromat and had turned it in to the local police. The couple were relieved and grateful and said they would not forget the kindness of the community.
• Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, report several tombstones were knocked over in a one car accident on July 28 at Fairview Cemetery. Police said as Genevieve A. Perilloux attempted to stop her car on a road in the cemetery, she hit the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal. Her vehicle knocked over several tombstones and hit a cedar tree. The gas tank of the vehicle ruptured, but Manistique Public Safety Officers washed the road before any further damage was done. Perilloux was not injured in the incident, which happened at 5 p.m.
10 Years Ago
July 25, 2002
• Over the past several years, the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees have disagreed, debated and even argued over a variety of issues, from billing practices and accounts receivable to the closure of the hospital’s obstetrics department. The latest dispute involves a recent hospital-sponsored trip to Mackinac Island. At last week’s meeting of the County Board’s audit finance committee, Commissioner Lindsley Frenette issued a formal request for SMH to supply information about the trip, which sent a number of hospital employees and their families to the annual convention of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA). SMH officials viewed the convention as a business trip, but also as a special occasion because it marked the end of Chief Executive Officer David Jahn’s year as the chairman of the MHA. For those reasons, the trustees voted to pay for themselves, department heads, physicians and their families to attend the gathering.
• A total of 141 anglers registered for last weekend’s annual Manistique Salmon and Trout Derby. That represents a substantial increase in participants over last year, when 116 people took part in the event. The registration fees paid by anglers generated $2,820 in prize money for the 100 percent payback tournament.