A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago November 1, 1962
• Have they found the Mueller Township “mystery cat?” A 27-pound female lynx was shot and killed Sunday near Green School by Paul Perry, Jr., of 220 N. Cedar St. Perry spotted the animal as it crossed the road in front of him as he was bird hunting, and dropped it with three shots from his 16 gauge shotgun, using fine shot more suitable for birds than for bobcats. Conservation officer Ernest Derwin tentatively identified the animal as a lynx, extremely rare in these parts. Mrs. Perry took the animal to the Cusino Conservation headquarters near Shingleton Monday, where its identity was verified. The animal may be the one that was sighted numerous times last year in the Gulliver and Green School areas. It has extremely large legs and long claws, and would make and extremely large track for its size.
• Schoolcraft County will receive $12,468 in state Snow Removal Funds according to an announcement from the State Highway Department. The county’s average snowfall for the winter totaled 128 inches, according to highway department figures.
• Public Safety officers were called to the Spur gas station at Deer and New Delta streets Monday at 4:32 p.m. to flush away some fuel oil that had spilled on the road.
• State Police are investigating the theft of 13 bags of cement from a construction project in Mueller Township. The loss was reported by Alton Brown of Newberry on Monday. The bags had been stacked alongside the road by the Goldthorpe Construction Co.
• Members of the Manistique Emerald Freshman football squad include: Dave Beaudry, Paul Klarich, Jerry Shepherd, Walter Norton, Joe VanDyck, Pierre LaFoille, Greg Soukup, Frank Kelly, Dan Tufnell, Skip Smith, Ernie Haas, Chris Curran, Mike LeBrausser, Gerald Baker, Rudy Evonich, Tom Tiglas, Randy Busch, Ron Lynts, Gilbert Baker, Ed Wright, Art Grimm, Larry LaLonde, Dave Eck, John Carlson, Ron Asp, John Jackson, Steve Flodin, Terry Selling, Greg Pike and Mike Tennyson. Coaches for the team are Charles Varnum, Rudy Brandstrom and Earl Williamson.
35 Years Ago November 3, 1977
• The Manistique High School Marching Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 featuring selections from the football shows and Band day at Northern Michigan University. “Theme from Rocky,” “Send in the Clowns,” and “Boogie Fever” will be among the compositions performed. Also, the pom-pon girls and majorettes will be featured in special routines.
• Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has received accreditation by a commission which represents the hospital as being of a quality higher than governmental licensure alone. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals of Chicago recently made an on-site survey with its field representatives of the hospital. Commission representatives determined that the hospital met the standards of the commission. The accreditation covers a period from August 1977 to August 1979. The hospital is one of about 4,800 general hospitals throughout the United States to have earned this recognition.
• Some 160 area residents recently held a grand opening for Community Action senior citizens nutrition program sit at the Mueller Township Hall. With a Harvest Dinner theme, the grand opening featured a ribbon cutting ceremony by Schoolcraft County Commissioner Earl LeBrasseur and a turkey dinner that followed. He is also the chairman of the CAA’s Executive Board.
25 Years Ago October 5, 1987
• Circuit Judge William F. Hood announced this week that he will retire in January, 1988, after 18 years on the circuit bench. Hood is judge of Michigan’s 11th Judicial Circuit which includes Alger, Luce and Schoolcraft counties. He took office Aug. 1, 1969. He was appointed by Gov. William Milliken to succeed the late George Baldwin who died in office.
• Acting Public Safety director William Reno complimented area young people for “excellent behavior” last weekend. He said there were only a few minor incidents on “Devil’s Night” involving minor damage to cars parked at the fair building for a teen dance and involving painting “words” on two area buildings with green paint.
• Coached by “Storm’n Norman” Jahn the Emerald All-stars will take to the floor against Canada’s Harlem Diplomats on Monday night at 7 p.m. Team members include: Kevin “Flash” Swanson, Eric “Little Giant” Erskin, Diane “Lady Di” Stimac, Kevin “Mad Dog” Miller, David “Three Point” Jahn, Sandy “Dandy” Histed, Guy “Sky High” Thorrell, Bonnie “Bon Bon” Hoedel, Calvin “The Leaper” Quist, Paul “Oscar” Meyers, Mark “Hit Man” Hughes and Jackie “Special K” Krusic.
• Gail LaCroix of the First National Bank recently presented John Miller, owner of the Peoples Store, a check for $100 for his favorite charity. The decorated windows at his store won first prize in a community Halloween contest sponsored by the bank. Miller will be donating the money to the Manistique Recreational Building Fund.
10 Years Ago October 31, 2002
• In a span of less than three days, Schoolcraft County firefighters were called to the scene of two separate blazes on Manistique’s west side. There were no injuries in either incident. The first fire destroyed the main sawmill building at Manistique Saw and Planing,, located at 184 South Front St. It was reported at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The business owned by Martin Behrend and Dale Gerlach was closed at the time. Manistique Public safety Director David Peterson says the sawmill building is considered a total loss. early estimates place the amount of damage somewhere between $1 million and $2 million. On Monday, Oct. 28, at 5:42 p.m. officers were called to the scene of a house fire at the Stan Woodruff residence located on Chippewa Ave. Woodruff reported that he was asleep in the living room, then woke up and saw smoke coming from the basement. Firefighters entered the basement and found the ceiling area engulfed in flames. The blaze was extinguished and damage has been estimated at somewhere between $10,00 and $20,00.
• An eighth grade student at Big Bay de Noc has been expelled for bringing a knife to school in early October. In a special meeting Oct. 24, the board of education discussed the issue during executive session, then returned to open session and voted unanimously to expel the student under the terms of Michigan’s weapons free school law.