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50 Years Ago January 24, 1963
• A proposal to merge the Cooks, Nahma, Garden and Fairport school districts was defeated Tuesday when voters in two of the four districts turned it down. The proposal had to pass in all four districts to be effective. Voters in Cooks and Nahma failed to pass the proposal, while those in Garden and Fairport approved it. The merger plan would have involved construction of a new high school in the Garden Corners area.
• Three Cooks residents received fines and jail sentences Monday when arraigned before Justice Howard Magoon on charges of entering the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. Donal Carley, 37, Aldean Segerstrom, 35, and Jerome Segerstrom, 27, were charged with entering without breaking. State Police said they entered the building Thursday night. Each was fined $75 plus $4.30 costs, and given 30 days in jail. The three men were released later on bonds of $80 each when they claimed an appeal to circuit court, but because the appeal papers were made out improperly the appeal was quashed by County Prosecutor William Sheahan.
• Ice fishing can be an interesting sport, but even the hardiest tip-up tycoon must have blinked when Jim Ballas came back from a Saturday expedition to Indian Lake with two walleyes and one coyote. The walleyes were caught in the conventional manner, but it took some wild west round-up tactics to snare the wily coyote. Ballas spotted the animal crossing the frozen lake by the northwest end, north of the Big Spring. Accompanied by William Heinz, he chased it for 45 minutes with his jeep, always heading it away from shore. They hit the animal once with the jeep, but it was evidently unhurt. Gaye Swagart of Cooks came along with his jeep and joined in the chase, and he managed to hit the coyote once before sliding into a snowbank. Ballas and Heinz finally ran it down, ending what Ballas termed “the most exciting outdoors fun I’ve ever had.” He plans on having the coyote stuffed and mounted, and sent to relatives in Detroit.
• Homes on the east side of Indian Lake were without electric power for some four hours early Wednesday after a service line snapped in temperatures of about 24 below zero.
35 Years Ago January 19, 1978
• “If we get good gas, oil and tire bids, the school bus system looks good for the future,” Bob Ebli, Manistique Area Schools transportation director said recently. Low bids for last year were 39.9 cents per gallon for gas and 38.9 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. The supplier is Wood’s Distributing of Manistique. With a new school budget in the future and a school millage possibly in the forecast, Ebli says he hopes this year’s bids are as good as last year’s. Accumulated mileage each week for 10 bus drivers combined is 7,165 miles. That’s more than enough accumulated driving to equal having one bus travel round trip to Anchorage, Alaska, every week. The amount of bus use calls for a full time maintenance person to make repairs and keep the buses running. Every seven years, as required by the Michigan department of Education, one bus must be replaced.
• The final score was in dispute, but Big Bay de Noc emerged as a 58-57 victor over Bark River-Harris Tuesday night. “We won a half hour after the game.” Black Bear Coach Dave Pelletier said. The contest ended with Big Bay one point up, but a recount of points in the scorebook showed Bark River in front 59-58. A phone call was made to Al Bush, state athletic director, to settle the question. Bush ruled that the running score, which showed Big Bay on top, was official.
• If the attendance at Saturday night’s Upper Peninsula Golden Gloves Semi-final Boxing Tournament at Manistique High School gym was any indication, the sport of fisticuffs is well on its way in Manistique. All reserve and bleachers seats were sold-out and there were 100-200 persons standing to watch the fights. The total crowd was estimated at more than 1,200. Fight fans enjoyed a total of 17 bouts which matched pugilists from at least five different cities in the U.P. The fights marked the first time in 15 years boxing has been viewed in Manistique.
20 Years Ago January 28, 1993
• Tourists and area residents alike often visit the lakefront to stroll on the recently constructed boardwalk. If Bill Giles and his association have their way, those who enjoy that portion of the lakefront could soon have an opportunity to live there. Giles approached City Council at Monday’s regular meeting with a proposal to build a multi-family dwelling on Manistique’s increasingly popular waterfront. Giles did not offer specific details about the proposed project. He said that much of the area is already zoned multi family, and requested that the City take steps to offer lakefront property for sale. The City unanimously authorized City Manager Alan Housler to meet with Giles to establish an exact site for the proposed project.
• Sear and Roebuck Corporation, one of the nation’s largest retail chains, announced Monday that it will cut costs by discontinuing its catalog. As of Tuesday, however, it was still not known what effect the cut would have upon Manistique’s Sears Catalog Store. The store was notified by telegram Monday morning that the Chicago based company was doing away with catalog sales, according to store owner Paul Hoholik.
10 Years Ago January 16, 2003
• The process of bringing enhanced 911 emergency dispatch service to Schoolcraft County can be described as a series of numerous small steps taken over many years, then one of the biggest steps of all was taken last week. Sheriff Gary Maddox, the chairman of the E-911 Committee, and local Postmaster Linda Smith announced Jan. 16 that letters had finally gone out to rural residents, notifying them to begin using their new addresses. “This is a day we’ve all been waiting for so long,” Maddox said. “It’s not the last part of the process, but it’s an important part.” Work on the new addressing system has been underway for the past few years.
• A snowmobile accident claimed the life of a Wisconsin man on Wednesday, Jan. 15. According to the report from the Manistique Michigan State Police Post, the accident happened at 9:52 a.m., when Robert A. Rott, 28, of Slinger, Wis., was traveling south on County Road 445. He failed to negotiate a curve and ran off onto the east side of the road. He hit a stump causing his snowmobile to go airborne and strike several trees. Rott was ejected from his machine and thrown into another tree. Troopers say that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.