A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago October 4, 1962
• Work on drilling a well at the Manistique Township Park was started last week, and should be completed by the end of the month. Drilling the well is Elwyn Anderson, and safe and pure water will be provided for cooking and drinking once completed. Six new tables, refuse cans, a new toilet, repairing and painting of the big picnic table and cutting of brush have all been completed recently by the Township board. Employment of a caretaker and park police is also a recent accomplishment.
• The court Monday set the level of McDonald Lake at 608.5 feet above sea level in summer and 608 feet in winter. The summer height takes effect not later than June 1, or when high water recedes. The winter level starts before freeze up. Hathaway J. Hanes of the Michigan Conservation Department was the chief witness. The level will be maintained with a dam to be constructed on Bulldog Creek by Mueller Township.
• A search was started last Thursday for two walkaways from the Cusino Prison Camp. George Wolfe, 28 and Phillip Douglas, 34, were last seen at 1:30 p.m. last Thursday on the Fox River near Seney.
• A trailer with 11,000 board feet of lumber burned on M-94 about 15 miles north of Manistique Friday, about 10:30 p.m. Charles Hutchison, driver of the truck, pulled the cab away from the trailer and drove towards town for help when he noticed the blaze. The fire was too advanced, however, to allow Manistique firemen to salvage anything. The blaze damaged the blacktop surface of the road somewhat, firemen reported.
35 Years Ago October 6, 1977
• If the clear liquid you’re drawing from a city water tap looks and tastes like the real stuff, there’s a good reason. The City of Manistique has completed a $3 million project to expand and upgrade its water filtration plant. And the result is supposed to mean better quality water and more of it for the city’s future.
• Manistique High School’s official enrollment has decreased by 32 students, changing the school’s athletic competition rating from Class B to Class C. This was one of the many facts revealed by the annual fourth Friday enrollment counts of the Manistique Area Schools Friday. Compared to last year’s count, total enrollment decreased again--this year by 13 students. Last year’s total was 1,830 students, a drop of 100 from the previous year.
• Police report that the two boys kidnapped from the Big Bay de Noc High School were not found as of Wednesday. Robert Mason, 12, and Rodney Mason, 9, were said to have been forced into a car by four bearded men early Friday. Police are presuming the father is behind the kidnapping as, according to the mother, he has done it before. Police are waiting for word from Oakland County court offices as to the determination of who has legal custody of the boys. The father and mother of the boys filed for divorce in that county.
• Members of the 1977 Emeralds Girls’ basketball team are Mary Goudreau, Cheryl Turan, Jan Creeden, Linda Kaiser, Wendy Rogers, Mary Gregurash, Terri Gould, Jackie Krusic, Robbin Larson, Karen Krusic, Kris Krusic, Kathy Pistulka, Manager, Nancy Englund and Coach Diane Stimac.
25 Years Ago October 8, 1987
• The second time produced a winner in Thompson Township. A millage request for one and one half mills for three years to be used to purchase a pumper truck for the township’s volunteer fire department passed by a vote of 57 to 38 on Monday. A previous vote on the request in August had resulted in a 28 to 28 tie which meant a defeat according to the state elections committee.
• There was a big winner at Barney’s Grocery on Oak St. last week. Mrs. Celina Kaiser of Michigan Ave. won $1,000 in the “Greenbacks” Michigan Lottery game. Owner Jim Sangraw sold her the winning ticket.
• “We got the grant,” said a jubilant Economic Development Corporation Director Dan Smith. The Department of Natural Resources grant was the one for which the local snowmobile trail group has been hoping for months. The announcement was made in Newberry last Friday, following a presentation by Smith and group members, Gary Gasco, Dan Horringa and Jerry Renk of the need for funding. The grant will provide $1,610 for grooming snowmobile trails, $400 for special grooming which includes removing brush, cutting undergrowth, etc., signs for trails and the reimbursement of liability costs which are estimated to be under $1,000.
• The Manistique High School vocal music group, The Naturals, are getting ready for another busy year. Members of the 1987-88 cast are seniors- Lorie Barker, Cynthia Harroun, Kimberly Koski, Howard Masters and Jessica Vanderville; juniors-Jason Arnold, Troy Baker and Janet Cole; sophmores- Kayleen Archey, Kim Coats and Julie Erickson; freshmen-Melissa Jack and Lon Young. The group under new director Laura Woolard are selecting new costumes and music. Tentatively scheduled activities include: Rent-A-Naturals Day, singing telegram service, Christmas Concert and the annual Spring Spectacular.
• Reigning royalty at the Manistique High School Homecoming festivities were King Rob Bosanic and Queen Rae Ann Gould. They were crowned during half-time of the Emerald varsity football game against Stephenson Friday night. The game marked the first win of the season.
10 Years Ago October 3, 2002
• The closure of the old M-94 landfill is proceeding on budget and very close to schedule, meaning it should be finished by the end of this month. The construction project comes 10 years after the State of Michigan ordered the old dump to be closed and capped.
• According to officials with the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department, autopsy results indicate that a downstate man killed last week in a bear hunting accident died from internal bleeding, after falling approximately 20 feet from his elevated hunting platform.
• With Schoolcraft County’s budget as tight as ever, the County Board of Commissioners is planning a serious look at one possible cost-saving measure. At last week’s audit-finance committee meeting, the board agreed to investigate hiring a public defender to represent defendants who cannot afford their own counsel. Currently, defendants in the county are represented by court-appointed attorneys, and the amount of money the county pays those lawyers has been increasing steadily. Last year, the figure was approximately $89,000. The idea of hiring a single public defender has been discussed by the board several times in the past. What brought the issue back to the front burner was recent news out of Baraga County, which contracts with a local attorney to provide public defender services for a flat fee. Baraga County recently approved an attorney’s bid of $17,500 to serve as public defender for the coming year.