A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 30, 1962
• Intruders who broke into Laurerman’s department Store late Monday or early Tuesday morning were forced to leave before they could complete their job of cutting open the safe with an acetylene torch. Public Safety officers said the thieves were only inches away from cracking the safe, which held more than $2,000, when they either ran out of gas or were frightened away. Entry to the building was gained through a small side window. The intruders then broke a hole in a fiber board ceiling to gain access to the main floor where the safe was located. The break-in was discovered Tuesday morning by Leonard Harbick, manager of the store. The thieves apparently did make off with about eight pair of shoes, leaving three others in the attic as they left by the same route entered.
• The Wyandotte steamer Conneaut docked in Manistique Monday morning, bringing the first bulk cargo of the season. The ship, skippered by Capt. Clement Morreau, was several hours late in arriving, having been delayed by heavy mists at the top of the lake. The Conneaut brought cargo of 5,700 tons of both industrial and domestic coal, having loaded in Toledo. The ship left about 5:15 p.m. Monday.
• Bumps and bruises are the order of the day at the football practice field as the third week of practice moves into heavier contact work. Center Ed Leonard is out for the season with a fractured tibia, coach Dick Bonifas reports, and the flu bug has kept six to eight players sidelined daily.
• Deer hunting regulations designed for fall harvest of some 60,000 bucks and 37,000 antlerless whitetails in Michigan have been approved by the Conservation Commission. In a major change from last years regulations, the Commission voted to resume antlerless hunting concurrent with the regular firearm season in 32 food-shortage areas.
• Firemen answered an alarm at Ayotte’s Tavern on Deer Street Saturday at 12:06 a.m., where there was a short in the neon light on the building.
35 Years Ago August 30, 1977
• The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has fined the Benevolent Protective Order of Elk’s Lodge 632, of Manistique with $100 for having gambling devices on the premises. The charges were made on February 11 after a representative of the commission discovered the one-arm bandit on the premises. The machine was to be presented as an award and was reported in non-working condition. In addition, the commission charged the club with the same offense on February 18, one week later. A $100 fine on that charge was waived by the commission.
• Telephone service to Gulliver toll users was interrupted Sunday night at approximately 7:30 p.m., General Telephone officials and State Police reported. In addition, FAA lines were also out. The FAA lines are serviced to the airport. Service was restored by 9:30 a.m. Monday. The service was reported interrupted after telephone wires on the Tannery Road were shot out. State Police indicated that a double barreled shotgun and rifle were believed to have been used. No suspects have been taken into custody.
• It’s a monster, but it’s going to do a good job of cleaning city streets. City crews are working with a new $21,000 street sweeper, recently purchased from Bark River Equipment. Mike Faketty, city DPW supervisor, said that the machine will be on the streets eight hours a day “until the snow flies.” The city streets have not been swept all summer.
• The Three-Mile Supper Club posted both league and tournaments championships recently in horseshoe competition. Members of the team include John Potvin, Don Mickelson, Barney Way, Dan Roddy, Dick Berger, Manny Wolfe, Lyle Demers, Arv Larson, Ken Wolfe and Mickey Mickelson. The Three-Mile finished their regular season play with 219 points, 15-0 matches. Tournament play, held at the Jackpine this past weekend saw the Three-Mile defeat, first Jackpine in semi-finals, 13-8; and then Big Springs in the finals, 12-9.
25 Years Ago September 3, 1987
• A new service will be offered by the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. The plan to use empty hospital beds was explained to the hospital board of trustees at its regular meeting last Wednesday night. “Schoolcraft Respite Care” is a program designed to care for people who cannot be left on their own because they require supervision and assistance. The hospital requires “guests” health status to be stable though they may be suffering from a chronic disease or functional disability. The “guest” is given a private room and all meals and snacks are provided, including special diets if required. Charge for the program is $70 per day. A “guest” may stay for a maximum of two weeks.
• Varsity Emerald Girls Coach Bob Ryan says that after practicing, the girls have no trouble differentiating between the new lines on the floor of the high school gymnasium. This is the first year for the three point score on a high school level.
• Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, pulled more marijuana plants in Garden Township last week. Following a record harvest of 4,000 plants, an off duty state trooper and his friend pulled eleven plants, four to six feet tall. The two were checking bear habitat prior to the opening of bear season. They found the plants growing in an old creek bed and covered with chicken wire to prevent animals from eating them. Warrants have not been issued in Monday’s confiscation, investigation is continuing.
10 Years Ago August 29, 2002
• Eleven months after being enacted, the “trial” provision of Schoolcraft County’s off-road vehicle (ORV) ordinance has been removed. At the Aug. 22 County Board meeting, commissioners voted to remove the clause, but not to change another part of the ordinance requiring machines to be used during daylight hours only.
• The members of the Schoolcraft County Family Independence Agency/ Medical Care facility Board have their work cut out for them, as their two top managers prepare to leave. At the Aug. 26 board meeting, Administrator Dennis Boyd and Director of Nursing Lila Panek both announced their intentions to retire at the end of the year.
• The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution supporting the use of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The resolution was presented by Commissioner Doug Erickson at the Aug. 22 board meeting. It was approved unanimously.