2012-09-27 / News

A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago

September 27, 1962

• Lief Christensen who was graduated from Houghton Tech. last spring, is attending Western University studying paper technology.

• Mrs. Earl H. LeBrasseur has received a Certificate of Library Experience from the Michigan State Board for Libraries which is valid until Sept. 1, 1965, and which was granted on the basis of academic work completed at Northern Michigan College of Education during 1960-61.

• Varsity football players will be hosts to their parents in this their last home game of the season. Sixteen seniors will appear before the home crows for the last time. They include Bill Lee, Paul Berger, Joe Davis, Bob Grace, Doug Demers, Bill Bosanic, Bob Hedberg, Mickey Arrowood, Bob Weber, Alvin Snellenberger, George Bernier, Mike Dissinger, Dave Corson, Jim Dyer, Jim Norton and Alan Walter.

• The Manistique Reserves continued unbeaten last Friday at Gladstone as they romped to a 41-0 decision over the Junior Braves. The Jayvees already own top heavy decisions over Newberry and Holy Name, and tied an unbeaten Escanaba Jayvees.

• State Police are investigating the break in of a cabin on the Hickey truck Trail, owned by Burton Anderson of Bay City. The break-in occured sometime during the summer, but only small items were missing.

35 Years Ago

September 29, 1977

• Excavation work has begun on a new Big Boy restaurant to be constructed on E. Lakeshore Drive on the north side of U.S.-2. Larry Stein, partner in the Stein Brothers firm owns Big Boy Restaurants in Escanaba, Menominee, Ironwood, Iron Mountain, Houghton, Sault Ste. Marie and Marquette, said the new restaurant should be open by the end of the year.

• A 50-year old unmarked grave has been exposed by erosion on the north side of Lakeview Cemetery. An official with the city’s department of public works said the grave was reported about two weeks ago. A portion of a wooden coffin was exposed. A sign was erected to keep persons from removing the hillside sand until repairs can be made.

• The elderly of Schoolcraft County are finding that it is cheaper and more convenient to ride Dial-A-Ride than to own and operate their own vehicle. The Schoolcraft County Commission on Aging sponsors the elderly and handicapped Dial-A-Ride program. It is under the direction of Schoolcraft County Transportation Coordinator, Eileen Males.

• Paul Bunyan is teetering, the Manistique City Council learned Monday night. And the council put off any decision on the plywood structure’s fate until it’s next meeting on Oct. 10. “If we don’t take it down, we’ll have to shore it up, “ City Manager Robert Risik told the council. Risik said that earlier efforts to repaint and repair the facade next to Lincoln School had all failed. The structure, erected in 1960 by the Manistique Centennial Committee, was turned over to the city.

• Manistique Emerald Varsity Football Players of the Week were John Pelon, for blocking a Minor punt that led to an Emerald score in the game against Negaunee; Ed Roddy, whose blocking from the guard slot opened up holes in the Negaunee line throughout the game; Kevin Beckman, who collected four tackles, three assists and recovered two Miner fumbles; Forrest Hedglen, center, whose blocks helped sustain Manistique’s 79-yard touchdown drive in the first half.

25 Years Ago

October 1, 1987

• As Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital faces a deficit for the first time in its history, employees from administrators to maintenance workers have agreed to a wage freeze to help control expenses. The contract with AFSCME ratified by the hospital board at its regular meeting Wednesday night calls for a wage freeze for licensed practical nurses, dietary staff, maintenance, laundry and physical therapy employees. Last year they received a 25 cent per hour increase. Hospital administrator David Jahn said the registered nurses are expected to agree to a similar contract.

• John Scott, Fisheries Division Chief of the Department of Natural Resources has been relieved of his duties. Scott is the man who ordered the Thompson Fish hatchery to bury more than 149,000 brook trout hybred fingerlings in the city’s landfill on Sept. 22.

• The area behind the stores on the west side of S. Cedar St. is going to have a new look if plans developed by the West Cedar Downtown Merchants Association proceed as anticipated. “We hope to be paving a 17,500 sq. ft. area behind our businesses by spring to provide parking for our customer,” said spokesperson Dan Malloy. He added that the association which had been formed four years ago had almost given up on the improvement project. The cost, according to Malloy will be paid by the private merchants. He said the city has agreed to repave the 20’ alley which runs behind the west side stores.

• Ron Rubick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Seb Rubick, Sr., of Manistique, and his undefeated Manitowac (Wisonsin) High School football team will be featured on ESPN this week. The team has the longest winning streak in the country, 42 games. Rubick’s team started it’s winning ways at the end of its 1983 season, winning its last two games. Since then the team has gone 12-0, 12-0, 12-0 and are 4-0 this season.

10 Years Ago

September 26, 2002

• The Manistique City Council Monday unanimously approved a request from Manistique Papers Inc. to pay its summer property taxes in installments, rather than one lump sum. The action means the mills $446,281 tax bill, which was due Sept. 15, will be settled in four monthly payments of more than $111,500 between now and December. No interest will be charged on those payments.

• After several years of delays and postponements, work finally began this week on the new sidewalk that will connect South Cedar Street to the footpath that runs underneath the US 2 bridge. The project funded by the Manistique Downtown Development Authority, is designed to make things easier for walkers who cross beneath the bridge to access the marina and boardwalk, and for people in the marina to get to the downtown business area, without having to walk on the shoulder of the highway or negotiate rough ground.

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