A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago October 25, 1962
• The home of Mr. and Mrs. James Jacobs, located at Richardson’s Mill a half mile north of the Big Spring, was destroyed by fire early Friday afternoon. Public Safety firemen responded to the alarm at 12:30 p.m., and were joined by U.S. Forest Service fire fighters later as the blaze threatened to spread to the nearby wooded areas. Destroyed completely was the 15 by 20 foot frame building, along with about 1,200 board feet of lumber. An outside oil tank exploded while firemen were fighting the blaze, but no one was injured in the blast. Firemen said there was no insurance on the structure.
• White Christmas? It looks like a White Halloween. An early fall snowstorm whipped through Tuesday, dumping more than four inches of snow on the ground. The Intake Park pumping station registered 3.9 inches at 7 a.m. Wednesday, and snow continued to fall for several hours intermittently.
• The three top scorers in the Postmaster examination for Manistique have been announced by the Civil Service Commission. Sagwald A. Carlson, John W. Kelly and Lawrence E. Carlson were the three top candidates, finishing in that order in the scoring of the tests. The Post Office Department may select any one of the three for nomination to the job. The actual nomination is done by the President, who sends the name to the Senate for confirmation. Kelly is currently Acting Postmaster, Sagwald Carlson is his assistant, while Eugene Carlson is a clerk.
• Work is now in full swing on the Manistique Go-Kart Raceway, and ground work is progressing nicely. The track will be approximately 715 feet per lap. The straightaways will be 16 feet wide, and the track will widen to 20 feet on the more difficult turns. The track is located just north of the Soo Line railroad tracks at the end of Cedar Street. Completion of the work is expected by early next spring.
35 Years Ago October 27, 1977
• David Vaughan and Patrick Moberg were sworn in Monday night as appointed council members to fill two vacant seats on the Manistique City Council. Vaughan, 28, owns Cinema I and II and Moberg teaches English at Manistique High School. They were the only candidates to submit 50-signature petitions by the noon deadline last Thursday to succeed Council members Bob White and Doug Rose.
• Manistique City Council Monday night authorized the transfer of a piece of property near the entrance to the municipal marina to the state highway department in preparation for a new highway U.S.-2 route through the city.
• The trial of two men on charges of assault and armed robbery in Presque Isle County will begin in the Schoolcraft County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 31. The trial is being moved from Presque Isle on a change of venue. Darrel L. Jarvis, 21, of Millersburg, and James E. Siebert, 21, of Pontiac, are charged with the Nov. 5 assault and armed robbery of a Case Township store owner and her son.
• Schoolcraft county would receive an estimated $185,000 this fiscal year under a recommended $1 million program to reimburse local units of government for taxes lost as a result of the transfer of land to the federal government.
25 Years Ago October 29, 1987
• The Prison Impact Task Force of the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Commission is compiling a list of U.P. contractors and suppliers who are interested in making bids on a $42 million Maximum Security Prison. Construction of the proposed prison, which will be located near Munising, will begin in April, 1988.
• Talk about airmail! A third grade girl from Brooklyn Park, Minn., will soon get a letter from a local 8-year-old in response to a note attached to a red balloon. The note, which was dated Oct. 14, travelled 400 miles before it was found Oct. 19. Mike Sheppard and his father Delbert found the message in some bushes when they were hunting about 20 miles north of Manistique. The postcard, wrapped in a sandwich bag, describes the sender as Sheila Williams, an 8-year-old third grader who lives in a green house and likes to read. Martha Sheppard said her son Mike brought the balloon and letter to his daughter Erin, who is also eight and in the third grade. Mrs. Sheppard said her granddaughter was delighted with the note, and took it and the balloon to her school to show her teacher and classmates. Erin will write to Sheila and send her this clipping.
• A Manistique man swam to shore on Seul Choix Point after his boat capsized while fishing in five to six feet of water. Tom Boynton, 26, was wet but safe when deputies from the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department arrived in response to a phone call about an overturned boat in Lake Michigan near Seul Choix Point. The call was received at 2:14 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.
• Three Mile Supper Club won the Division I Horseshoe Tournament and League Championship for 1987. Members of the championship team are Bob White, Manny Wolfe, Clyde Lynts, Don Mickelson, Pete Gorsche, Arvid Larson, Dick Berger and Ken Wolfe.
10 Years Ago October 24, 2002
• The financial turnaround that began at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital almost three years ago is expected to continue. According to the budget adopted at last week’s hospital board meeting. SMH should finish 2003 with a net income of more than $300,000. The change in the hospital’s financial fortunes began in January 2000, when SMH was designated as a critical access facility, allowing it to be reimbursed by Medicare for the actual costs of providing services and treatment.
• For those who have been following his career, it was no surprise. In fact, when Bret Widdis of Manistique was recently crowned 2002 Kinross Speedway Soo Automotive Pure Stock Champion, it seemed inevitable. This was, after all, the same Bret Widdis who was junior champion at the Chippewa County track just a few years ago, the same Bret Widdis who moved up to adult racing at the tender age of 15, the same Bret Widdis who was two-time adult champ at the go-kart track in Escanaba-titles he won in 2000 and 2001.
• Manistique artist Dietmar Krumrey recently won the 2003 Waterfowl Stamp Contest sponsored by the Michigan Duck Hunters Association. His painting of redhead ducks earned 201 out of a possible 210 points to claim first place in the competition. It was Krumrey’s fifth victory, following wins in 1981, 1989, 1998 and 1999.