A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 23, 1962
• Schoolcraft County recorded its first traffic fatality of 1962 this week when LaVale D. Herbolsheimer, 30, of Bloomfield, Neb., died early Tuesday in Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Herbolsheimer was injured shortly after midnight Monday when his car, traveling at a high rate of speed, left highway M-94 a mile north of the Manistique city limits. The car went 150 yards over a ditch and across a field, turning over three times before hitting a house owned by Mrs. Alma Matchinski. State Police said the Herbolsheimer, who was employed by the Automatic Electrical Co. and had been working in the Manistique area for the past three weeks, was driving a 1962 model car, and drag racing with another driver in a sports car. The other driver, Darrell L. McHough, 22, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, told State Police that the two were traveling at about 90 miles an hour when they approached the curve in the highway. He said he lost control of his vehicle momentarily while making the turn, but recovered. He was ticketed for reckless driving.
• Schoolcraft County was one of 50 counties in Michigan showing a decrease in the number of active tuberculosis cases detected last year, it was reported today. Statistics provided by the Michigan Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association based on Michigan Department of Health records show, however, that active tuberculosis increased throughout the state. But in Schoolcraft County, the number of new active cases detected decreased slightly from three to two the state’s Christmas Seal agency said.
• A warning to parents and youngsters on the use of BB guns and slingshots was issued this week. County Juvenile Jimmie DuBois said a number of complaints have been received that area youngsters are using the weapons carelessly. One homeowner has also reported the killing of four grey squirrels and a number of song birds. A city ordinance prohibits such use of BB guns and slingshots, DuBois said, and reminded parents that youngsters could also suffer serious injuries from such weapons.
35 Years Ago August 23, 1977
• Activity will abound at Central Park this weekend with the opening of the Schoolcraft County Fair, the first in 44 years. Youngsters, adults and 4-H members will be entering their exhibits with hopes of collecting top prize in their respective categories. In addition, a Schoolcraft County Queen will be chosen and a modeling show will be held Saturday evening.
• A larger building for the Manistique Senior Citizens Center moved closer to reality Friday with the announcement that the local center will receive a $90,000 grant for the renovation of a former DNR office and garage on Main Street.
• Members of the Indian Lake Property Owners Association are circulating a petition that will in effect, force the Schoolcraft Board of Commissioners to take action in replacing the Indian River Hieght’s dam. According to the association, the dam is near collapse and can no longer adequately control the level of Indian Lake and Indian River. Elmer Garvin, secretary of the association, told some 60 property owners gathered at the annual meeting of the Association that the county commissioners could go ahead on repairs or replacement but, have so far chosen not to. A petition with signatures of twothirds of the property owners would require, by law, that the commissioners take steps towards alleviating the dam problem.
• Christy’s Men’s Softball team recently earned the title of Upper Peninsula Class “B” Slow Pitch Champions. Members of the team include: John Kopecky, Ralph Miller, Chuck Hinkson, Harry Tennyson, Dave DeMars, Mark Masters, Jim Tennyson, Dale DuFour, Rod Weber, Joe Peterson, Larry Lambert, Skip Lee, Terry Demers and Bill Lee.
25 Years Ago August 27, 1987
• The largest seizure of cultivated marijuana plants in the state this summer took place on in Garden Township on Monday. Acting on a tip received on the H.E.M.P. (Help Eliminate Marijuana Planting) hotline, Michigan State police flew over an area of the Garden Peninsula hoping to spot the reported marijuana field. Troopers from the Manistique Post were directed from the air to an area just north of CR436, near CR438. Detective/Sgt. Leon Wildley, who was in the plane, said, “We could see from the air it was fairly large planting.” Troopers found three fields of plants. One field had alternating rows of corn and marijuana plants; the largest most remote field was “a sea of marijuana.” Plants ranged from three feet high to over six feet. After four hours of work by seven people, 4,000 plants were confiscated. DNR officers assisted. Value of the plants is at $100 per plant for a total of $400,000.
• The proposed 100 mile snowmobile trail linking Alger and Schoolcraft Counties is one step closer to completion as the result of action taken by the Manistique City Council at its regular meeting Monday night. Council members approved the idea of a route for snowmachines through the city provided the route is approved by Acting Public Safety Director William Reno.
• Ignoring dire predictions from the State Department of Education, the Germfask Private School will begin its second year of operation on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Earlier in the summer department representatives had presented a study which said it would be financially impossible for the school to continue to operate. Karen Musselman, a member of the township committee which raises funds for the school, said Friday the school had broken even last year and anticipated being able to pay all its bills this year.
10 Years Ago August 22, 2002
• Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has supplied information requested by the County Board of Commissioners-although it remains to be seen if that board will be satisfied with the data. The issue arose last month, at a meeting of the County Board’s audit-finance committee, when Commissioner Lindsley Frenette said he wanted SMH to supply information about an early July trip to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association convention on Mackinac Island. The information shows that 72 local residents attended the convention, - 49 adults and 23 children and the hospital’s final “out of pocket” cost for the trip was $10,118.60.
• With the start of the school year just days away, parents in Michigan are being reminded about a change to the state’s vaccination laws. Under legislation passed earlier this year, all children entering preschool, daycare, or kindergarten through 12th grade must have earlier proof of vaccination against chickenpox or a medical record to indicate they’ve had the disease.
• After a six month investigation into a string of arsons to deer blinds and a trailer, Michigan State Police troopers from the Manistique Post were called to the scene of a hay bale fire in Manistique Township on Monday, Aug. 19. After additional investigation, troopers apprehended a 13-year-old suspect, who was turned over to Probate Court. Troopers say another arrest is pending.
• Paquin’s Sand and Gravel slo-pitch softball team finished their season taking eighth place in Midland at the Women’s Class E State Softball Tournament held this past weekend. In a field of 29 teams, they finished the tournament 3-2.