A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 9, 1962
• A light turnout of approximately 2,000 voters in Schoolcraft County Tuesday turned down a one mill, three year Armory Proposal while choosing candidates for both major political parties. The Armory proposal, submitted for the second time this year, carried by a 3-1 margin in the city, but light turnout in town failed to build up a big enough margin to offset the heavy “no” vote from the rural areas. The proposal passed, 613-406 in the three city precincts, but lost by a total count of 907-1,052, with Hiawatha the only rural precinct voting in favor of the project. The bid of Lindsley Frenette of Gulliver for the Democratic nomination for State Senator from the 30th District apparently fell short by about 270 votes at the same time.
• At least five business places east of Manistique have received letters from State Highway Commissioner John Mackie regarding the removal of their signs from the right-of-way in front of their establishments. Total cost of removing or replacing the five signs has been figured at approximately $7,000 by the owners involved. All of the owners say that they originally received permission from the Highway Department to erect the signs in their present location. The signs involved are large, lighted, and in most cases built into a brick or stone foundation. The places involved include the Surf and Fireside restaurants, and the Manistique, Blue Spruce and Breakers Motels.
• Public safety officers are investigating two Sunday break-ins at Manistique that netted intruders only $51 for their efforts. A large safe at the office of Herbert, Wood and Hood, local attorneys, was broken open sometime Sunday evening or Monday morning officers said. The intruders, entering through a rear stairway, wheeled the safe into the private office of George Wood, knocked off the lock and pried the door open. All that was taken was $51. The same intruders also broke into the office of the Matthews Accounting Service, but were unable to open the safe there.
• The Cooks Little League made a clean sweep in the Bay de Noc League this summer, ending the year undefeated. Members of the team include: T. Carley, P. Carley, W. Hartman, C. Thelander, J. Caldwell, L. Miller, M. Lund, N. Hartman, R. Savage, A. Landis, W. Leveille, C. Carley, T. Miller, A. Coe, J. Fox and Coach O. Olsen.
35 Years Ago August 11, 1977
• Heavy fog last week caused three planes to make emergency landings and temporarily lake-locked two boats from a downtown fishery. Three planes from the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh made safe landings Thursday of last week on open fields owned by Joseph Bosanic, John and Joseph Faketty, and James Hoholik. Faketty’s and Bosanic’s fields are located northwest of town, while Hoholik’s field is in Thompson. All three aircraft took off safely early Friday morning, reported Fran Bernard, co-manager of the Schoolcraft County Airport. They landed at the airport a short time later for gas and were again bound over because of weather. Bernard reported that all planes were able to leave Saturday morning. On Lake Michigan, the Amy-Jo, a fishing tug owned by Peterson’s Fisheries of Manistique was reported lost in the heavy fog Friday afternoon. According to reports, when the tug failed to return to harbor on schedule, the Richard E., a radar equipped tug, also from Peterson’s, went to locate it. The boat was found and accompanied to the harbor with an unidentified sail boat that also had experienced difficulties in the fog. No injuries or damages to crafts were reported.
• An estimated 10 pounds of marijuana have been confiscated by Manistique State Police after they received a tip describing the location of the small pot plantation. The pot had and estimated street value of $3,000. Officers reported that they seized the pot from a 10-foot square patch on the west side of Indian Lake in Thompson Township. The plants were described as six-foot tall. Police report that they have no idea who the plants belong to but one officer was quoted as saying: “Anyone who would like to claim them we would be glad to oblige them.” The case remains under investigation.
• The annual Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s flower show held at Indian Lake Golf & Country Club, was well attended on Aug. 8. Some 107 arrangements and bouquets in 10 categories were entered in this year’s show. A healthy Christmas Holly raised by Mrs. Mary Chartier, was the grand prize winner.
25 Years Ago August 13, 1987
• It was “Wally Leggett Night” at the Manistique City Council meeting held Monday evening. The council’s first order of business was to select a new mayor to fill the vacancy created when former mayor David Vaughan moved to a new home outside the city limits. The only name placed in nomination for the position was that of council member Wally Leggett. He was elected mayor by a unanimous vote with one abstention - his own. Later, Leggett received an award from acting Public Safety Director Bill Reno for assisting an officer in a “potentially dangerous situation.” Reno explained on August 5 at about 7:15 p.m., Leggett drove past an officer who was attempting to arrest an individual who was allegedly resisting the officer. Leggett stopped his vehicle and went to help the officer “in a potentially dangerous situation.” “I appreciate the award very much but I just did what I view as something any responsible citizen would have done,” said Leggett.
• City Manager Charles Varnum assured council members at the regular meeting of the Manistique City Council Monday evening that no city funds had been spent on the improvements to the park located on privately owned land at the intersections of Main, River and N. Cedar Streets. Varnum added Manistique Papers Charities had given the city $500 to be spent on improving the property several years ago.
• The verdict is in on the Thompson Township special election held last Tuesday. The township was waiting for the state elections commission to rule on whether the 28 to 28 vote on the proposition to authorize the township to levy one and a half mills for three years to purchase a pumper fire truck for the volunteer fire department was a victory or defeat. Schoolcraft County Clerk Sigrid Doyle said Monday, “We knew a tie vote on a proposition meant a defeat but we weren’t certain of the statute which stated it. The state said today that they can’t give us a statute number but that it is definitely a defeat.”
10 Years Ago August 8, 2002
• For years it’s just been known as “the arena” or “the ring.” Now for the first time, the horse arena at the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds has a real name. In a brief ceremony last Saturday, it was dedicated in honor of local residents and riding enthusiasts Marilyn and Don “Skinny” Benish. The surprise announcement was made by fair board member Dave Andersen. Ironically, to do it, he had to commander the microphone from Marilyn Benish, who was fulfilling her traditional role as announcer of the annual county fair horse show.
• Employees of Northland Outfitters are preparing for the upcoming “Germfask Wet and Wild 10-Curves River Run,” a canoe race slated for August 17. The event is the first of its kind, but organizers hope to make it an annual affair. They are encouraging a race “just for the fun of it.” Prizes will be awarded for best decorated canoe, best costume and other categories.
• Limited resources, increased vaccine prices and vaccine supply shortages have resulted in fewer doses of vaccines available for low-income children through the federally funded Vaccines For Children (VCF) and Michigan Vaccines For Children (MI-VFC) programs. To stretch limited vaccine dollars as far as possible, Michigan and other states are doubling their efforts to assure that the vaccines are targeted at eligible children.