2012-12-06 / News

A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago December 6, 1962

• A 14-year-old youth, Patrick Thompson, of 730 Garden Ave., is in Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital with injuries suffered in a Saturday accident on US-2 five miles east of town , on a fog-shrouded curve near the Duck Inn road. State Police say that Thompson was the driver of a car stolen earlier that night from William Hubble, about a mile from the scene of the accident. The car had apparently stalled in the middle of a U-turn, and was sideways in the road when hit by a truck driven by Edward Largenberg, 43, of Green Bay. Largenberg said he came upon the dark car in the road suddenly, and swerved to the right to miss it. As he did he saw the youth running towards the side of the road, and swerved again to try and miss him. The truck hit both, however and then rolled on its side. Thompson, who suffered back and hip injuries, plus cuts and bruises was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital by Public Safety ambulance.

• Wayne Michael Ryerse, 24, of 139 S. 4th St., took a ride on the railroad early Monday morning, and his night trip along the rails ended with a completely smashed car and an appearance in Justice Court this morning on a charge of trespassing. Ryerse told State Police that he and his companion, Gary Tufnell, of N. 4th Str. decided to se if their car would fit on the rails after they left a tavern about 2:30 Monday morning. They put their 1955 model car on the Soo Line tracks where they cross the road to the city dump, just west of town. It worked fine, so the two of them drove down the tracks to Cooks, turned around, and started back. They told officers they cruised along at 30 miles an hour, zipped right through town and across the trestle over the Manistique River. The wheels finally slipped off the tracks just west of the viaduct, they said, and they were working to get the car off the tracks when along came Old 66, headed east at 30 miles an hour with Engineer Carl Sundling, 62, of Gladstone, at the controls. He threw the emergency when he spotted the car on the tracks, but it was too late, and Old 66 reduced the Ryerse car to scrap metal with a resounding bang. Ryerse and Tufnell witnessing the crash, decided the best thing to do was to get along home. The truth finally came out Tuesday afternoon, after State Police matched boot prints at the scene of the crash with a pair of boots worn by Ryerse.

35 Years Ago December 8, 1977

• The Gulliver Branch of the State Savings Bank is holding grand opening activities through this Saturday. The new facility opened last Thursday. A wide range of banking services, including a drive-in teller window, is available at the new branch, located in the west end of a building that also houses Bowman Gas & Oil in Gulliver.

• A 21-year-old Gulliver man was injured in a truck-train collision at the Soo Line Railroad Crossing on County Road 432 south of Gulliver about noon Saturday. Douglas E. Jones, of Rt. 1, Monday was listed in critical condition at Marquette General Hospital North following a transfer from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Witnesses to the accident say Jones was headed in a northbound direction at 15-20 miles per hour, approaching the crossing at a slowing rate, when he was hit by the train, according to state police. Police also say the crossing light at the track was operating when they arrived at the scene. However, they say the northside bell was not ringing and the southside bell rang only weakly.

• Lakeside School will hold a Christmas gift shop beginning on Dec. 19. All of the Lakeside students will be able to purchase gifts which will range in price from 5 to 50 cents.

25 Years Ago December 10, 1987

• Whoever is next in line for the position of Seney Township Clerk will have some mighty big shoes to fill. After 64 consecutive years as clerk of Seney Township Jennie Nelson retired Dec. 1. Nelson is thought to hold the record for the longest time in public office in the United States -- maybe the world. Nelson was first elected to office in 1921 as township treasurer. The following year she lost that post in an election, but her opponent resigned after six months. Nelson was appointed to fill the remainder of the term. In 1923 Nelson, a democrat, ran for township clerk, and did not let go of that position until this month.

• Four years ago a group of freshman girls started out their high school basketball career. Led by Bette Jahn, Cheryl Casey, Julie Walters and Angie LaVigne, the class of ‘88 set in their minds a goal. That goal was to become the best they could be and go as far as they could their senior year. As the season progressed, they began to realize their potential. They knew they were good - at least good enough to get to Marquette and play in regional action. They reset their sights to advance past Westwood and play for the Class C Championship. Their dreams were made of getting past Calumet and crossing the bridge to play downstate. On Saturday afternoon at Hedgecock Fieldhouse on the campus of Northern Michigan University, that dream became a reality.

10 Years Ago December 5, 2002

• Manistique Middle School students who have done well under the school’s new Honor Level discipline system received a special treat this week. On Tuesday, all the students who have stayed at the highest level, Honor Level One, got out of class for a few hours to attend a showing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Cinema One. The reward was just the latest in a series of treats given at irregular intervals to students who follow school rules and maintain the best behavior.

• The public is being asked to help out with the third annual Schoolcraft County Service Club Food War, which culminates this week. The “battle” is a combined effort of the Manistique Rotary Club, Manistique Lions Club and Manistique Area Kiwanis Club, who get together each year to collect cans and boxes of food for the Community Christmas Basket program. While the three groups share the goal of helping fill the holiday baskets for families in need, they also use the project as a chance to engage in some good-natured competition - seeing which organization can collect the most food.

• Many local children stopped by the Santa Train when it visited the Manistique depot last Friday. The train’s yearly stops in communities all around the central Upper Peninsula are sponsored by the Wisconsin Central Division of the Canadian National Railway Along with the Manistique Merchants Christmas Parade, also held on Friday, the train helped kids of all ages welcome in the holiday season.

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