A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 16, 1962
• Purchase of a used ambulance for the Public safety department was discussed Monday night at the regular meeting of the Manistique City Council. A committee from the council has approved to fly to Flint to inspect an ambulance that is available there. Councilman Larry Boyd will serve as the pilot. A 1957 Cadillac at a price of $3,800 has been offered the council by Dennis Distributers of Flint. There is currently $3,800 in the city ambulance fund. The council also took formal steps to change the name of the old Trailer Park to Lakeview Park. This will include all of the lakefront area east from the Benjamin Gero property to the city limits.
• A Gould City youth who was busy holding notes up in the windshield of his car while his companion steered was ticketed for reckless driving Friday evening by State Police. Officers said the Leon Lesatz, 21, was writing brief notes of greeting and holding them to attract the attention of some girls in the car ahead. His companion Everet Anderson, 17, Germfask, would steer. The Lesatz car went over the centerline of US-2 in Manistique Township and hit a boat trailer being towed by Phillip Schwab of Oshkosh, Wis.
• Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a four section barn, a grain shed, machine shop, two car garage, and two other buildings late Friday morning at the Harley Dalgord farm in Fairbanks Township south of Fayette. Firemen from Garden responded to the first alarm, and at 11:20 a.m. the Manistique department was called to assist. Fireman managed to save the home and a 300 gallon gasoline tank. The loss was partially covered by insurance. The Dalgord farm, a beef feeder operation, is located on County Road 483, two and a half miles south of Fayette State Park. The barn was one of the largest in the area.
• More people cross into the United States from Canada at Detroit than any other port of entry along the thousands of miles of peaceful border. Secretary of State James M. Hare, whose weight tax enforcement officers check truck licenses at all Michigan – Ontario border points, reveals that 9,067,238 of the 56,624,149 crossings recorded last year by Federal officials were made in the Detroit-Windsor area. During a routine 24-hour day, Department of State officers will check more than 12,000 vehicles using the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.
35 Years Ago August 18, 1977
• “We really cleaned up.” Those are the words of Schoolcraft County Extension Director El Hepker as he described the steer judging competition at the Upper Peninsula state Fair Tuesday. The county was represented by 16 entrants in the cattle division and all 16 took home awards, including Tom Lee of Gulliver whose steer captured the highest honor of the day, Grand Champion. And Lecia Prieskorn of Germfask took home honors for the county with her 1180-pound steer by capturing the reserved grand champion title.
• Members of the Manistique Public Safety Department were in training on Tuesday as part of new requirements listed in their contract with the city. Under the requirements, requested by the public safety department when negotiating the contract, officers in all phases of the safety department undergo training in the operation associated with other phases of the department. On Tuesday, officers received training , for the third month, on hooking up and operating both fire trucks housed at city hall. One truck belongs to the city, the other belongs to the county.
• A three-year old Howard City youth was injured Friday, Aug. 12, when he was run over by a pop-up camper being towed by his father. According to State Police, Dennis A. Hess of Howard City, was pulling away from the service island at the West Shore campground when he noticed that the rear door was open and his son was not in the car. Police say Hess stopped the car, and found that Jonathan Hess had fallen from the car and had been run over by the trailer. The young Hess was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and was discharged on Sunday, Aug. 14.
• By a vote of 23-8 last Thursday, employees of the Ramada Inn decided against affiliation with Local 79 of the Service Employees’ International Union, AFL-CIO. Employees turned down a union offer to represent them in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board and held at the restaurant motel.
25 Years Ago August 20, 1987
• While the rest of us have been tanning at the beach, a group of volunteers have been working on a project to increase winter tourism. The goal of the group is to create a 100 mile snowmobile trail which circles from Alger County through Schoolcraft County and back to Alger. They are concentrating on a loop to connect the 22 mile long Big Spring Trail with the 36 mile Haywire Trail. Saturday volunteers Jerry Renk, George Danko, Dan Schnurer, Dan Horringa, Gary Gasco, Butch Deloria Bill Hackney and Dan Smith worked on rebuilding the Intake Park bridge which is an important part of the route.
• Debbie did it! In just seven minutes, contest winner Debbie Griffiths filled 11 grocery carts with more than $1,500 worth of items at Dick’s Super Valu last Thursday morning. Griffiths won the shopping spree in a national contest sponsored by the Oscar Mayer Company.
• Unless something totally unforeseen happens, construction will begin next spring on the shock unit in Schoolcraft County according to Economic Development Director Jack Krueger.
• Taking first place in the Manistique Women’s Softball for both league and tournament play was the Manistique Papers team. Members of the winning team are Karen Behrend, Kris Snyder, Sandy Kraatz, Cheryl Selling, Glenda Francis, Debbie Vaughn, Jackie Krusic, Linda Burns, Nancy Krusic, Mary Brulla, Amy Hastings, Amy Klarich, Sue Videtich and Coach Joe Francis.
10 Years Ago August 15, 2002
• Rental rates on the community building on Maple Street were a major topic of discussion at Monday night’s Manistique City Council meeting. Council signed a $500 a month lease with Michigan Works for the brick portion of the building then talked about the fact that the Manistique Co-op Nursery School is paying only $65 a month to rent the other portion. A possible rent increase is under consideration, although nursery school representatives say that could force them to shut down.
• Paquin’s Sand & Gravel recently completed a perfect softball season, finishing first in the Delta County Women’s Slo-pitch League with a 23-0 record. Five members of the squad from the Manistique area include Kate Steider, Barb Landis, Wendy Burnis, Brenda Madden and Gail Sulander. Paquin’s finished the regular season with an 18-0 record. They went on to capture the league tournament trophy this past weekend with a 5-0 record. The team will head to Midland this weekend for the State Women’s Slo-pitch Championship.
• Nearly eight months after announcing his candidacy for the Michigan Senate in the recently-realigned 38th District, Manistique physician David Schoenow finally knows who his opposition will be. Schoenow, a Republican who was unopposed in last week’s primary, will be facing Democrat Mike Prusi of Ishpeming. Prusi defeated Doug Bovin by nearly 8,000 votes in the primary, becoming his party’s official nominee.