A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
September 6, 1962
• A resolution calling for a one mill tax levy for a 20-year period, to finance a $220,000 bond issue as the county’s share of the proposed $400,000 Medical care facility, was passed last Thursday evening by the County Board of Supervisors at a special meeting. Explaining the bond issue, County Prosecutor William Sheahan told the board it was set for 20 years, based on a 80 percent tax collection, and using a five percent interest rate. In reality, he said, collections will be well over 95 percent, the interest rate could well be under four percent, and the bonds could be paid off in 10-11 years.
• A recipe for bake-in-batter hot dogs has brought Mrs. Russell Brault , 606 Range St., a host of prizes. Mrs. Brault was named one of 100 finalists in Pillsbury’s 14th Grand National Bake-off. Prizes already won by Mrs. Brault include a General Electric range and mixer, $100, a complete set of Corning Ware and an expense paid trip to New York. Mrs. Brault will compete with the 99 outstanding bakers for the $25,000 grand prize in the $100,000 baking classic. She will bake her winning recipe in the the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria.
• Elementary enrollment in Manistique’s three grade schools Wednesday totaled 491 - a drop of eight from last year’s figure of 499.
• Now that school has started again, Gov. John B. Swanson won’t have to worry about a reception committee at the east side of town when he arrives here Friday. That;’s where the “Romney Club” has set up headquarters, and that’s where they’ve been conducting their “Toot Your Horn for Romney” survey. Big signs urging passing motorists to give a toot for the GOP gubernatorial candidate were erected on both sides of US-2, near the City Hall. One day 269 toots were counted, and the next day, 280. The club is composed of about 25 area youngsters of assorted ages and sizes. President is Mike Wood, while Bill Orr is vice president, Secretary is Mike Orr, and treasurer is Bob Hood. Bob Ekstrom is the sergeant at arms, while Chuck Hansen and Chris Orr were given the title of official sign painters.
• Most stores in the downtowwn area of Manistique will close at 8 p.m. Friday night because of the opening of the football season here against Munising.
35 Years Ago
September 8, 1977
• Opposition to a 20-acre lot size agricultural district that is to be included in the new Schoolcraft County Planning and Zoning report was heard at the regular meeting of the commission recently. Several townships officials attended the meeting on Aug. 23 to voice their objections to the lot size. Supervisors contended that such a restriction infringrd upon a person’s right to buy and sell property as hesaw fit. Commissioners argued that the 20-acre lot size would insure the protection of the agricultural industry within the county from sprawling housing developments.
• The Big Bay de Noc Black Bears had their season delayed one week because the team lacked one week of contact practice before their scheduled opener with Baraga on Sept. 3. Coach Paul Babladelis explained that his Black bears started practice one week late, holding conditioning training for one week and full uniform opractice for the following two weeks. State athletic regulations require three consecutive weeks of contact practice before the first game.
• The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has found the Barnes Hotel in violation of liquor laws. According to a press release from the commission, Arthur W. Hough, owner of the Barnes Hotel was fined $100 and given a warning for possessing adulterated or misbranded spirits.
• A total of 40 Cub Scouts attended Pack 402’s Bike Rodeo, Wednesday, Aug. 24th at the St. Francis parking lot. The rodeo consisted of each cub, in his own age group, riding a bike between two lines six inches apart without touching either line; coasting as far as he could, and going in and out of 12 pylons set at five feet apart.
25 Years Ago
September 10, 1987
• Saying “I think we blew it last year,” Trustee Jack reque urged fellow Manistique Area Schools Board of Education members to reopen talks with Germfask residents about alternatives for educatinng Germfask children. He made his plea at the regular meeting of the board Tuesday night. One year ago the board voted to close the school in Germfask and to bus all kindergarten through high school students to Manistique.
• Fighting fires in Manistique Township will be easier because of the combined efforts of the township and the Manistique Public safety Department. Two 10,000 gallon water tanks donated by Manistique Rentals have been buried in the township to provide a source of water for fighting fires. Prior to this the only water available to fight fires in the township was 1200 gallons in the tanker truck and 750 gallons in the fire truck. One tank is buried on River Rd., near the township hall and one is buried near the softball field on River Rd. They also hope to bury one in an area on the Townline Rd. The tanks act just like fire hydrants and have been tested four times to ensure they are working.
• DNR officers will check the environmental consequences of a fuel oil spill from a 1987 semi-trailer truck which was destroyed in an accident on Tuesday. According to State Police, Roy G. Balhoff was driving a truck loaded with 500 pounds of whitefish on M-183 when he lost control of the truck. The vehicle went into a ditch and then hit a concreteand blacktop driveway.
10 Years Ago
September 5, 2002
• Scott Grouleau, president of Tri-Star EMS recently presented Garden resident Michael Ansell with a certificate of recognition for the quick action he took when he came upon a personal injury accident on the Garden Peninsula. The subject was pinned underneath the vehicle when Ansell happened upon the scene. Using tools he had with him, Ansell proceeded to free the injured person from the weight of the vehicle prior to the arrival of any EMS personnel.
• With construction of a brand new, $1.8 million A.F. Hall stadium slated to begin in a few months, Manistique Area Schools has announced a slate of special events to commemorate the original complex, which has hosted athletic competition since 1937.
• New Manistique Area Schools Band Director George McClinchy made his official debut in front of a huge A.F. Hall Stadium crowd during last Friday’s varsity football game between the Emeralds and the Negaunee Miners. He was hired this summer to replace long-time band director Sue White.