A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago October 11, 1962
• A balanced 1963 budget totaling $204,322.10 was approved Monday by the Schoolcraft County Board of Supervisors at their October meeting in the Courthouse. This is slightly higher than the 1961 figure of $198,806.32. Largest increases are found in $1,000 boosts for the Sheriff’s Department and the Tax Department - the Sheriff’s budget going from $16,000 to $17,000, and the Tax Department’s from $10,000 to $11,000. Most of the other items remain the same.
• Workers have started stringing cables on the east side of town, and home TV cable hook-ups should be possible in some areas within two weeks, M.N. Renk, president of the Manistique TV Cable Co., Inc., announced this week. The cable service will provide local reception from five stations, plus FM music, for a fixed fee.
• A contract has been awarded to Cooks Postmast Peter V. Thelander to build and rent a new Post Office building at Cooks. Thelander will construct the new building on Elisabeth Street, about a quarter-mile southwest of the present post office building.
• Anton Weber, Jr., 31, of N. Fifth St., was jailed by State Police Monday for violation of his restricted weapons permit. Troopers arrested Weber in a local bar, where he was carrying a loaded .22 revolver in a shoulder holster. His permit for the gun covered only target purposes and hunting.
35 Years Ago October 13, 1977
• The Mnaistique City Council Tuesday granted a short reprieve to landmark figure Paul Bunyon after passing a motion to provide temporary repairs to the 17-year-old structure. City manager Robert Risik proposed to the council that until such time when it is determined exactly where the new US-2 will be located, the figure should be maintained and a final decision postponed.
• Gov. William J. Milliken announced last Thursday that Schoolcraft County will receive payments totaling more than $66,000 from the federal government to replace tax revenue lost due to federal ownership of lands within the county.
• State Police apprehended a youth from the Starr-Commonwealth Home for delinquent boys in Albion in Manistique on Tuesday. Along with the youth, 17-year-old Allen L. Pierce, of Rt. 1, Trauntk, was apprehended and charged with possession of marijuana. Police say the two met while hitchhiking and stayed together. However, tha pair ran into trouble when the youth’s feet began hurting. The two went to the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for medical attention. The youth then decided to run out of the building when a nurse called his father. This was the second time within a month that police have apprehended a runaway from the home in the Manistique area. Police caught a 16-year-old youth at a restaraunt near Thompson on Sept. 26. He too had hitchhiked up from the lower peninsula.
• Mrs. Elmer (Muriel) Hamiel, of 313 N. Maple has received a $1,000 check for winning a Bingo game at the Manistique A&P grocery store. She is one of two $1,000 winners in the Upper Peninsula. Other winners in the $100 category at the store were Mrs. Joanne Fagan of Rte. 1 and Svea Vixner of Gulliver.
25 Years Ago October 15, 1987
• Any decision regarding Superintendent Her Harroun’s contract was deferred to the Manistique Board of Education’s Oct. 27 meeting after four people voiced concern at the board meeting Tuesday evening. Parents asked board members how the public should let them know its views on Harroun’s contract, and asked whether any opinions could be anonymous or confidential. They also expressed concern over whether his contract or a raise would be approved that night.
• The Manistique City Council Tuesday night approved its contract with City Manager Charlie Varnum that will be in effect from Jan.1, 1986 to Dec. 31, 1988. The contract calls for an increase in salary of $7,000 over three years, retroactive to the beginning of the contract.
• A house belongong to Herb Lupton, located on U.S. Highway 2, was burned to the ground on October 8 as a training exercise for the Manistique Voluinteer Fire Department.
• Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, are continuing their investigation of a fatal accident on CR 438 on Sunday, Oct. 11. Police said a vehicle driven by Lonne Edwards, 21, collided with a vehicle driven by Walter T. Schram, Jr., 34, at 12:05 a.m. According to police, Schram’s vehicle was parked on the roadway facing north in the southbound lane without any headlights on.
• Helen davenport of Mansitique and Myrtle St. Martin of Seney attended a reception and reunion of Senior Intern Alumni and the 1987 Senior Interns in Lansing on Sept. 28. The women also visited Senator Mitch Irwin’s office and the office of Representative Dominic Jacobetti. In addition they met with legislative analyst Francis Bernier. Davenport was Irwin’s 1986 Senior Intern. St. Martin is Schoolcraft County’s Sesquicentennial Woman of the Year.
• Coach Ron Rubick and his Manitowoc “Ships” played their 45th undefeated game last Saturday in Sheboygan, Wisc. Manitowoc defeated Sheboygan by a score of 44-6.
10 Years Ago October 10, 2002
• Overcoming more obstacles than most riders face in a lifetime, Donald “Skinny” Benish of Manistique recently became a national barrel racing champion. Competing in Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 29, Benish won the fourth division of the senior competition at the Mid South Nationals, sponsored by the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA). The senior division is open to all riders 50 and older. A total of 123 riders took part in that division at the Mid South event, which was held at Memphis’s Shelby Farms Show Place Arena.
• From the time the candidates first declared their intentions last spring, one of the most closely watched local election contests has been the race for the 93rd District Court in Schoolcraft and Alger counties. Incumbent Judge Bruce Plakowski of Manistique is seeking a third six-year term on the bench. He is being challenged by current Alger County Prosecutor Mark Luoma.
• Long-anticipated repairs to Manistique’s historic water tower are finally underway. Last week, students from the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District building trades classes began work on the structure’s lower windows. This week, a crew from the Markell Company of Iron Mountain was at the site to start repairing the structure’s unique domed roof. The total price of the work is estimated to be about $68,000. Most of that is being funded by a $26,200 grant received late last year from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs(MCACA), along with an equal match from the Manistique Downtown Development Authority.