A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
December 20, 1962
• They held a “turkey shoot” last Friday night at Lakeview Lanes. Bowlers in the Businessmen’s League rolled for the poultry prizes that handed out at the end of the evening. John Potvin, with a score of 682 including handicap, was the grand prize winner of a 26 pound turkey, presented by secretary Mike Shaw. Individual team winners received live 15-pound Toalouse geese, brought to the lanes by Vice President Jake Toennessen. The winners and there scores including handicaps, were: Ace Ritter 628, Schoolcraft Insurance; Fred Christensen, 640, Christy’s Classics; Junior Tufnell, 600, Hack’s Sales; Jake Nettleton, 612, General Telephone; Ernie Hoholik, 649, Carlings; Pat Rice, 634, Strohs; and Tim Schneider, 636, Miller’s Bar.
• A nine-member ski patrol has been organized for duty at Thunder Bowl ski area during the season. Carl Freiberg, manager of the Fayette State Park, is serving as advisor to the group and giving first aid lessons and tips on toboggan handling. Fred Modders has been named as patrol captain, with John Wood as his assistant. At least six members of the patrol will be on duty at the hill during ski times, Freiberg said.
• A ‘home talent’ benefit show Sunday night, sponsored by the local veterans of Foreign Wars, raised $190 to help brighten the Christmas of the Gerald Weber family, routed from their River Road home in a pre-Thanksgiving fire.
• State Police are investigating the theft of two radiators and a car heater from the home of Gerald Cole, near Germfask, sometime Sunday or Monday.
• Adoption of a new county food ordinance and a change in the method of issuing building permits were discussed by the county Board of Supervisors last Thursday night at their December meeting. Alger-Schoolcraft Health Department Sanitarian Richard Lake appeared before the board to discuss both proposals. Approved by the board of health, the proposed new food ordinance, controlling food handling and preparation in food establishments, has also been introduced in Alger County, Lake told the board.
• A Kentucky hunter, severely wounded in a shooting accident here during the 1961 deer season, has sent a Christmas card thank you to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for his treatment here. J.C. Harper was shot in the arm by another hunter in Doyle Township and rushed to the hospital, where Dr. James Fyvie administered emergency treatment.
35 Years Ago
December 22, 1977
• “Manistique’s chances for placement of an Upper Peninsula veterans facility look just about as good as other cities vying for it.” That was an opinion given by Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioner Ed Way, at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday night. Recently, members of the veterans facility committee of Schoolcraft County received a state survey report comparing pros and cons of all the U.P. cities vying for the 125-bed facility. Way, chairman of the county committee, told commissioners that he had reviewed the survey and felt Manistique’s chances were still good.
• The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners tabled a request by the city of Manistique for financial help with the county-wide ambulance service at the board’s meeting Tuesday night. The board’s members agreed that more information would be needed if the request was to be acted on. Included in the information requested was a full financial report from the last year, total number of runs with a breakdown of county and out-of-county runs, projected cost for the ensuing year, and a listing of the contributions from the county and revenue derived from the service billed for.
• If the city of Manistique could separate its storm and sanitary sewers, it could save taxpayers $28,000 in operating costs of its sewage treatment plant. This savings is based on estimates of the excess water treated yearly by the treatment plant by the city’s engineering consultants. The city processed last year 766.5 million gallons of wastewater. Consultants estimate that 566 million gallons of that total came from storm sewers.
25 Years Ago
December 24, 1987
• Cooperation between an off-duty state trooper and the Manistique Public safety Department led to the arrest of a couple in downtown Manistique on Tuesday. Police said the off-duty trooper who was shopping was told by employees in several stores that a man was trying to return items for cash without a sales slip. The employees said they did not remember selling any items to the man. The suspicious trooper called city police for assistance. Officers observed the man carrying a shopping bag and later his wife leaving a local bar. The couple was then arrested. The man was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny from a building and possession of stolen property; the woman was charged with larceny from a building and possession of stolen property.
• A Minnesota man was killed in a head-on collision at Garden Corners last Friday afternoon. Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, said Harold A. Reif, 79, was attempting to pass several vehicles when the vehicle he was driving hit an oncoming truck driven by Duane J. Zdrock. Reif was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Francis hospital, his wife Margaret, 74, who was a passenger in the car was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Marquette General Hospital.
• Circuit Court Judge William F. Hood was “placed on trial” at his retirement dinner Saturday night, to the delight of the 250 persons attending.
10 Years Ago
December 19, 2002
• Tuesday, Dec. 17, marked the end of an era, as Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ernest Hoholik presided over his last board meeting. Hoholik, who was defeated by Dale DuFour in August’s Democratic primary election, will be leaving the board at the end of this month, after serving for 34 years. During Tuesdays meeting, Hoholik’s colleagues presented him with a plaque, thanking him for his years of service to the county. The presentation was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience in the courtroom. Hoholik said he enjoyed his time on the board, and thanked all the people who made it possible.
• Troopers from the Manistique Post of the Michigan State Police continue to investigate two cases involving trailers missing from the area. In October troopers received a report of a missing 20-foot white Holiday Rambler trailer with a gold stripe, which was being stored at the Jack Pine Lodge, located approximately 20 miles north of Manistique on M-94. On Dec. 10, they received another report from an individual who was storing his trailer at the same location, stating that his 18-foot white Jubilee travel trailer with a gold stripe was also missing.