A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 2, 1962
• Matt Jensen, Manistique commercial fisherman, lost his life last weekend when drowned after the fish tug, Captain Edward, went aground on rocks near the shore, three miles east of Manistique. State Police said that Jensen had started out alone in the tug Saturday afternoon from Naubinway, bound for Manistique. He was last seen about 4 p.m. Saturday, off Seul Choix Pointe. The wrecked tug was reported to State Police by Lawrence Gardner of Manistique about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
• A big two-engine amphibian staggered like a stricken seagull between the shifting sands of the beach and the soggy sawdust of shallow waters by the Coast Guard signal station at Manistique for three days last week, attracting larger crowds than a basketball tournament, and causing more commotion than a cow on a bicycle at the corner of Walnut and Cedar. Hundreds of onlookers thronged the beach to watch the strange proceedings, that started shortly after noon on Friday when the plane landed on the calm waters of the lake, just outside the breakwater. Pilot Doug Holland, looking for a spot to debark his passengers, who had come to visit the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. tried to run the plane up on what looked like a sandy beach, right at the base of the eastern breakwater. Splurk! The wheels of the heavy German Mallard lurched right into the soft sawdust that lines the waterfront, and there it sat.
• Six-year old, James Gould of Hiawatha Township is in “extremely critical” condition at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital after being shot by a neighbor who mistook him for a raccoon, State Police report. The youth was in surgery for several hours as doctors sought to repair the damage done when a .22 rifle bullet, fired from a range of 30 feet, hit him in the upper right chest. Leo Minor, 58, the next door neighbor of the youth’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gould, fired the shot. Minor told State Police he had been bothered by a raccoon around his home. When he spotted the noise and rustling in the grass behind the woodpile, he went to get his rifle, and shot at the noise. The boy was rushed to the hospital by Minor’s son-in-law, police said.
• Voting machines, with sample ballots are currently on display in the lobbies of both local banks. Members of the local Jaycees and other interested persons are demonstrating the use of the machines to anyone interested.
35 Years Ago August 4, 1977
• The Manistique City Council’s attempt to sell Triangle Park may be blocked. The council last week approved advertising for bids to sell the land bordered by Cedar and Oak Streets and Arbutus Avenue, with $20,000 being a minimum acceptable bid. However, a deed agreement recorded with the Schoolcraft County Register of Deeds on March 11, 1930 states that the land will revert to the former owner or his heirs if the property is not maintained as a park.
• Over the years, many lost items have been turned in to the concession stand at Palms-Book State Park, usually consisting of the traditional wallets, sunglasses and cameras. However, Sunday, July 31, workers behind the counter got an unusual surprise when a visitor turned in a pair of-- what else – false teeth. The teeth were picked up later that day by the embarrassed owner, who evidently got all the way home before realizing his plate was missing. Natalie Olson, concessionaire theorized that the man, described as “youngish under thirty,” took the teeth out after they started to bother him and set them down on a bench.
• The latest delay in the construction of a multipurpose building to house the Schoolcraft County Fair and indoor ice rink has done little service to the community. The fair board has requested that the city council deed over a 300 by 300 foot area of city-controlled land near Cardinal Field in Central Park for the building, after surmounting numerous obstacles in planning the structure. After hours of discussion at fair board meetings, plus work behind the scenes in arranging for 100 percent funding of the project by the state and CETA, the council has postponed action pending a legal description and study of the proposed use of the building. The council delay poses a final major hurdle that must be overcome before allocation of CETA money runs out on Sept. 22. It’s possible that allocation period could be extended, but time has already expired on chances to complete the building in time for the county fair on Aug. 27-28.
25 Years Ago August 6, 1987
• They aren’t quite sure which way to go now in Thompson Township. The special election Tuesday seeking one and one half mills for three years to purchase a pumper truck for the fire department indeed in a tie, with 28 yes and 28 no votes. Township Clerk Ilene Pierce said such a situation was new to local officials, and as of Wednesday afternoon they were waiting to get a ruling from the state.
• Additional studies are needed in order to map a plan of action aimed at cleaning up pollution in the Manistique River. The Manistique River has been listed as one of Michigan’s 14 “Areas of Concern” representing the worst sources of Great Lakes pollution. It specifically involves the river below the dam and into the harbor, a distance of about a mile and a half. The river’s problems, as noted in the 1985 report on Great Lakes Water Quality, are sediments contaminated with PCBs and heavy metals, a fish consumption advisory, and impact on the flora and fauna.
• Is it possible to scoop up $1,500 worth of groceries in seven minutes? Debbie Griffiths will find out next Thursday at Dick’s Super Valu. Debbie was the only Midwestern winner in a sweepstakes shopping contest sponsored by meat packer, Oscar Mayer, and her prize is the shopping spree in the store of her choice. She’ll only be allowed to push one cart at a time, and must return it to the starting line for an empty one whenever it is full.
• Bob Harrison of the Village Pub told police that someone had taken a large amount of money from a floor safe sometime during working hours on Saturday, Aug. 2. Harrison discovered the theft when he went to work the following day. Police are still investigating the incident.
10 Years Ago August 1, 2002
• Next year there will be a changing of the guard and a new chairman on the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners. After 34 years on the board, more than half of that as chair, Democrat Ernest Hoholik will no longer represent District 5, which includes Inwood and Thompson Townships and District 1 in the city of Manistique. Hoholik was defeated by fellow Democrat Dale DuFour in the Tuesday, Aug. 6 primary election.
• After six years, the day-to-day working relationship between Michigan Works and the Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corporation is coming to an end. In a special meeting Monday, the EDC board approved an estimated expenditure of nearly $7,039 to purchase computer and office equipment that will be needed after Michigan Works vacates the EDC’s Deer Street headquarters. According to EDC Director, Ilene Kotajarvi, Michigan Works will be moving out of the building sometime this month, because the parties failed to achieve a signed lease.
• In a 13-page opinion issued Aug. 1, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Enslen rejected a voluntary compliance plan submitted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) in the “gender equity” case involving high school sports in the state. In rejecting the plan, Enslen ordered that volleyball and girls’ basketball seasons be switched, with volleyball moving to the fall and basketball to the winter. The MHSAA was also given until Oct. 30 to choose one of three options for realignment of other sports seasons.