A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago January 3, 1963
• Are there any gay blades missing from New Year’s Eve? State Police figure that some woodsman will have to spare that tree when the time comes to throw another log on the fire this winter - unless he’s got another ax in reserve. Troopers from the Manistique post have recovered a two-bladed ax that’s apparently strayed from somebody’s woodshed, and will return it to the owner if he can identify it.
• The next time you read a news story about a Saturn missile blazing its way into space, from Cape Canaveral you’ll know that a Manistique man has played a vital role in getting it there. Gary Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Richards, told of his work with closed circuit television and communications in the missile program, while spending the holiday here with his parents.
• Manuel J. Kaner, D.D.S., is opening an office for the practice of dentistry at 214 S. Maple St., in Manistique. For the past two and one half years Dr. and Mrs. Kaner resided in Mackinaw City, where he has conducted his practice in general dentistry. Dr. and Mrs. Kaner and their two-year-old daughter, Phyllis will also reside at 214 S. Maple St.
• A Nahma Township youth was wounded in a shooting accident Sunday while he and a companion were hunting sparrows in a granary on his farm. Wendell Sundling, 18, was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for treatment of a wound in his right leg after the mishap at 10:35 a.m. State Police said Sundling and Marvin Larson, 15, were sitting on a partition in the granary. The gun was dropped to the floor and discharged as Larson was passing it to Sundling.
• Mrs. Eleanor Schnurer has assumed the job as Gulliver correspondent for the Pioneer Tribune. News items may be phoned to her home. Your cooperation in helping Mrs. Schnurer gather the news will be appreciated.
• Resolutions authorizing a request for Federal grants to pay half the cost of a proposed $171,000 water tank and water system improvements for the city were approved at a special meeting of the City Council. The request, signed by Mayor Harold Carlson, will be sent to the Housing and Home Finance agency office in Chicago, clearinghouse for projects eligible for Accelerated Public Works funds.
35 Years Ago January 5, 1978
• It’s against the law, and its health affects are not yet fully determined but more than 15 million Americans are estimated to use marijuana regularly by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal agency. That’s a lot of people. And Washington D.C. is a long way away. But the statistic touches home when one knows that more than 38 persons have been arrested in Schoolcraft County in the last year for possession of the drug. More than 21 of those arrests were county residents. An exact number of marijuana users in Schoolcraft County is not known. However, persons who deal with enforcement of drug laws say the percentage is not out of keeping with national levels. One thing seems to be certain in efforts to enforce drug laws in the community -- the job is made difficult by the lack of public cooperation. School officials, the county prosecutor and state police all acknowledge a resistance of the public to provide information on drug activity.
• One person has posted bond and another was lodged in Schoolcraft County Jail Wednesday morning in connection with arson charges stemming from the burning of the Knotty Pine Restaurant on US-2 Dec. 27. Allan Smith, 20, posted a $2,000 bond Tuesday to be released from jail where he had been held since his arrest on Dec. 28. Richard Jager, 19, has been held since Thursday pending the posting of a $2,000 bond. County prosecutor John Thompson, said Tuesday that a preliminary examination on the case has been scheduled for Jan. 9 at the courthouse. He said that the Circuit Court exam will allow the prosecutor to present evidence to show two things: proof that a crime was committed, and proof that the two defendants committed the crime.
20 Years Ago January 7, 1993
• In the 41 years that Ted Hentschell Sr. has owned and operated the Top O’ Lake Sport and Gift Shop, it has always been a family affair. Ted Sr. and his wife Doris have seen each of their six children work at the store at one time or another. Even though Ted Sr., 65, retired on Jan. 1, the store on South Cedar Street in downtown Manistique will stay in the family, as the Hentschell’s youngest son, Ted II, has taken over.
• Divers Mike Gray and Randy Savage helped “Jelco” Joe Van Dyck to pull a Chevrolet pick up from the icy waters of Indian Lake last Saturday. The truck was out on the lake Friday during an ice fishing expedition when its left front wheel went through the ice. While it was being towed to safety, the ice broke and the truck became submerged. Paul Gerlach, who was in the truck while it was being towed, escaped without injury through the passenger side window. On Saturday, Van Dyck and the divers were hired to recover the truck.
• At 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, a caravan of four Michigan Department of Corrections vehicles left Camp Manistique. The vans were transporting Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) trainees to Cassidy Lake SAI facility in downstate Chelsea. Next week Camp Manistique will begin to function as a staging facility, receiving inmates that meet SAI criteria but are awaiting court approval before entering the 90 day “boot camp” program.
10 Years Ago January 2, 2003
• Today, Thursday, Jan. 2, marks a changing of the guard on the local political landscape. In just a few hours this afternoon, Schoolcraft County will see a new commissioner start work, a new County Board chairman elected, and a new District Court judge take office.
• The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners says it won’t stand in the way if a compromise can be worked out, allowing Manistique Rentals, Inc. to haul stone away from their former quarry site on M-94 in Hiawatha Township.
• The weather certainly hasn’t been cooperating, but the Schoolcraft County Snowmobile Association’s three groomers are ready to go into action for another season. The local association grooms 136 miles of trails on a daily basis, entirely with volunteer help.
• Mary Gollakner’s third grade class at Big Bay de Noc School has made another donation to Project New Horizons, the effort to raise enough money to buy a new high-performance aircraft for Northwoods AirLifeLine. Last year, students in Gollakner’s class raised $800 for the campaign. This fall, they collected another $250 as part of their Make A Difference Day project, which also saw them “adopting” a hospitality room at MGH and recognizing staff members.