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50 Years Ago November 15, 1962
• The first shooting accident of the 1962 deer season marred the opening day last Saturday, as a Carson City man was seriously wounded when accidentally shot by his brother. Lyle J. Sorrell, 30, was rushed to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital by his hunting companions after a bullet from the 30-30 Marlin rifle of his brother, Gordon, 37, went through his back on the left side and hit his left arm as it left his body in front. Gordon told State Police the gun fired as he was ejecting shells from it after returning to their camp about 5:15 p.m. One shell fell in a wash basin, and as he swerved to retrieve it, the gun discharged. The bullet struck Lyle Sorrell as he sat in the tent nearby, taking his boots off. Sorrell received emergency treatment at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, but was transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba when further surgery was needed. The Public Safety ambulance was used to transport him, with Mrs. Bernard Grace accompanying him as nurse. He received blood transfusions during the trip. State Police said no charges would be made.
• A false alarm was turned into the Public Safety fire department Tuesday at 2:25 a.m. The alarm came from 244 N. Cedar Street, where a group of girls having a party thought it would be “fun” to call in the alarm. The operator became suspicious when she heard giggling in the background when the call was made, and a police officer was sent to investigate. He reprimanded the girls.
• Announcement was made this week of the purchase of Evelyn’s Apparel Shop by Lillian and Vern Linderoth from Mrs. O. B. Peterson. Mrs. Peterson has operated the store for nine years. The shop will now be known as the Vogue. Mr. and Mrs. Linderoth in February from their home in Florida in order for Mrs. Linderoth to manage the shop until their purchase. They had lived in Florida for three years and formerly were in the photography business here for 20 years. They are the former owners of Mincoff Photo Studio. Mrs. Dan (Myrtle) Estren, who has been with the shop since Mrs. Linderoth’s return, will now be working full time and in the new capacity as store manager. The Linderoths plan to expand the store extensively and add a new modern junior line plus other features.
35 Years Ago November 17, 1977
• Manistique City Council accepted $65,000 bid for the operation of the City- County landfill for 1978 and 1979 at its regular meeting Monday night. Upon the recommendation of City Manager Robert Risik, the council approved a two-year contract with Manistique Rentals. According to Risik, the amount will be paid monthly in equal installments. The city and the county share payment for the operation on a 50-50 basis.
• More than 400 tickets were sold to the first annual Lakeside Fashion Show held Thursday, Nov. 10. Students in grades 1-6 at Lakeside modeled the clothes loaned by Manistique businesses for the event. Everything from sleepwear to formal wear was presented. For many of the kids it was the first time on stage and some were just a little bit shy about it. Narrators for the event were Julie Frenette and Betty Multhaupt from the Manistique Area Schools central school. Chairperson for the event was Sarah Bignall.
• President Carter has signed legislation raising the federal minimum wage annually for the next four years, until it reaches $3.35 an hour in 1981. The first increase, effective Jan. 1, 1978, established the minimum at $2.65 an hour. It will increase the pay of 4.5 million workers by a total of $2.2 billion.
25 Years Ago November 19, 1987
• Superintendent of Wyman Nursery Dick Johnson said last week he suspected faulty wiring caused the fire that gutted the warehouse building on the evening of Nov. 11, although officially the cause stands “undetermined.” The nursery fire was one of two recent area fires. Monday afternoon up to $15,000 worth of baled paper were lost to a blaze at Manistique Papers, Inc. No injuries were reported in either fire.
• Public safety Officer Vic Schuetter is a very lucky man. As he stopped his patrol car with the lights flashing to help a motorist who had spun out of control on the US-2 bridge, a loaded semi-trailer truck hit the rear end of the car. Major damage was done to the patrol car but Schuetter reported no injuries.
• Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, found an Inkster man who became lost while hunting in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Police said Gene Lemans was reported missing at 5:27 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. Police used sirens and searchlights to help the hunter find his way out of the woods. At midnight Lemans walked out to officers. He said he wasn’t hurt but was tired after walking through the woods without a flashlight.
• Germfask Township has taken steps to create its own school district according to Township Supervisor Maxine Edwards. Edwards said that the state education department conducted a feasibility study to find out whether such redistricting would be possible. Edwards said township representatives will meet with representatives from the state education department and obtain more information the first part of December.
10 Years Ago November 14, 2002
• An expected recount of the votes in last week’s 93rd District Court judge’s election will likely take place during the first or second week in December. Incumbent Judge Bruce Plackowski of Manistique announced this week that he will seek a recount of the vote totals, which showed him losing the Nov. 5 election to Alger County Prosecutor Mark Luoma. When the ballots in that race were originally counted, Plackowski had lost by just 22 votes, 3,151 to 3, 129. Plackowski won the race in Alger County, 1,612 to 1,560, but lost in his home territory of Schoolcraft County, 1,591 to 1,517. Plackowski said many of his supporters have been urging him to seek a recount.
• The law enforcement career of a local resident recently came full circle that encompassed his family in a rather unusual way. In a special ceremony last week, retiring Michigan State Police Trooper Dan McDonough was “debadged” by his 81-year-old father, Joe. The event took place almost 25 years to the day after his father first pinned that badge on his son’s shirt.
• Earlier this week, the members of the Manistique Yacht Club presented a check to Manistique Public Safety Department officials to keep some important emergency equipment operating. Several years ago, the club had donated a life-saving portable defibrillator. This time, the money will purchase two defibrillator battery packs and a battery for the department’s thermal imaging camera.