A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
October 18, 1962
• Fire of undetermined origin late Tuesday afternoon gutted the upstairs of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Vickery, 416 Alger Ave., and caused a scare for a period when one of the Vickery youngsters turned up missing, and was feared to have been trapped in the house. Six-year-old Steve was found, however, lying in some tall grass several houses away, and crying fearfully. He was reunited with his grateful parents amidst the furniture that had been hauled to safety on the lawn.
• A fleet of double bottom 40-ton trucks owned by the Tri-County Trucking Co. of Detroit will start this morning hauling approximately 4,000 tons of salt from the Girvin dock in Manistique to State Highway Department centers throughout the peninsula. The salt was unloaded here last week from the steamer Conneaut, and will be trucked to points that include Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace to the east, and Iron Mountain and Menominee to the west, as well as other depots. The hauling project should be completed in a week to ten days.
• Howard Stewart and his son Stephen of Indian Lake and Peter Orhanen of Manistique returned home last week from a successful hunt in Wyoming. The trio bagged six mule deer and two antelope during three days of hunting.
• Marvin Frederickson, principal at Manistique High School, was elected president of the Upper Peninsula Principal’s Association for the coming year when that group met last Thursday and Friday at the annual MEA Institute meetings at Northern Michigan College in Marquette.
35 Years Ago
• Additional telephone lines designed to serve new customer growth and to make more private lines available are under construction in the Garden exchange, according to General telephone’s Manistique Exchange Manager, Jim Love. Construction crews are placing more than 26 miles of new cables throughout the Garden exchange.
• More than 25 persons have been arrested for taking fish illegally at Thompson Creek within the last two weeks. A DNR spokesman says the increase in arrests is because of the excellent coho and steelhead runs this year.
• Gerald Bax, commander of the Veteran’s Facility of Grand Rapids, Tuesday gave Manistique a chance to put in its bid for a new U.P. Veteran’s facility. Bax said he was reasonably sure the Michigan legislature was going to allocate funds for an Upper Peninsula veterans’ facility.
• Raindrops fell, snowflakes swirled, but the sunshine won out to help the Manistique Manor residents enjoy their day to the fullest on the annual color tour on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
• Carol Landis, Delta-Schoolcraft-Intermediate School District’s new attendance office, said she wants to work with kids, parents and social services. Mrs. Landis However, the 32-year-old mother of four said that legal methods would be used if all else fails. Mrs. Landis operates out of Assistant Principal Bob Ebli’s office on Tuesday and Thursday. The rest of the week she rotates time between schools in Delta County. She handles all cases of non-attendance in Schoolcraft County on a referral basis from Ebli.
25 Years Ago
October 22, 1987
• A vehicle which was stolen in Manistique in July was found last weekend in Bay City. Manistique Public Safety officers said that authorities from Bay City called them when they discovered the vehicle parked on a side road. The 1971 Ford Bronco is owned by Jim Bauman was taken from his home at 624 Park Ave. on July 20. Police said nothing had been taken from the truck.
• The U.S. Army “showed off a little” for Manistique High School students Monday morning when it sent a helicopter to the high school football field. The helicopter made a few passes over the high school, landed, took off and then returned to hover 80 feet above the field. After an army repelling team spent several minutes untangling ropes, team members swooped down by rope onto the field to the hoots and cheers of the students.
• Three youths have received honors through Boy Scout Troop 400, Scoutmaster Jim Barr announced recently. Rudy Evonich, 13, and Erik Mason, 12, were inducted into the Order of the Arrow, scoutings honor society. Merle Sellers, 14, advanced to the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow.
• Anonymous tips to the Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, continue to lead to the discovery of marijuana plants. Wednesday, Oct. 14, police pulled plants valued at $1,500 from land in Sec. 32 of Garden Township. The case remains under investigation.
• Alert police officers noticed smoke coming from a roof vent at the Garden Bay Motel at garden Corners as they drove past. The Garden Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to extinguish the fire which centered in the boiler room area. The motel is owned by Don and Ruth Miller. The fire occurred Saturday evening. No estimate of damage is available at this time.
• This Saturday should be super for some 300 grade school students from Manistique and Bay de Noc schools. “Super Saturday,” in which students participate in workshops from computers to cake decorating, taught by local experts, will be held on Manistique High School’s ground floor.
10 Years Ago
October 17, 2002
• An era will come to an end this Friday night, when Manistique High School varsity football team runs out of the locker room and onto the grass of the A.F. Hall Stadium for the very last time. The game between the Emeralds and the Westwood Patriots will be the final varsity contest played in the original stadium. The last game at the facility will be the Oct. 24 junior varsity match between Manistique and Newberry.
• The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners has decided not to follow its auditor’s recommendations to set aside money to cover accumulated sick and vacation time. At their audit-finance committee meeting Oct. 10, commissioners voted 5-0 to reject the advice - even if it means a negative management comment on next year’s audit. The issue first came to light several years ago, with representatives of the accounting firm Anderson Tackman told the board they should increase the amount of money they had placed into a restricted account, where it can be used to pay sick and vacation time for all county employees, in the event that every worker is terminated simultaneously. While no one disputes that it would be nice to have money set aside to cover the sick and vacation payments, there is a question about whether a fully-funded account is a necessity or a luxury.
• Weather permitting this year’s Michigan deer harvest should exceed 500,00 animals. To put it into perspective, 500,000 was approximately the size of the state’s entire deer herd in 1970.