A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
February 14, 1963
• A fire that started in a barrel stove used by workmen who were tearing down the structure caused considerable damage to a vacant house at 745 Garden Ave., Sunday night. The home, owned by Mrs. Claudia Chandanais, had been the cause of neighbors appearing before the City Council seeking its condemnation. Mrs. Chandanais agreed to have it torn down after the council started condemnation proceedings.
• Sharon Renk, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bus Renk, was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital by Public Safety ambulance late Monday afternoon following an accident at the city ski hill. State Police said that the girl twisted her leg going off a small ski jump. Scout Executive John Schmitt and State Trooper Dale DeCoe, who were at the scene, applied first aid, and a passing State Police car driven by Trooper Hugh Fish summoned the ambulance. The girl suffered a minor break and some torn ligaments in the mishap.
• Sidewalks in the “busy” parts of town will continue to be plowed, but lightly traveled walks in other areas will not, the City Council decided Monday night at their regular meeting. A letter had been received from Local 1586, National Association of Lettercarriers, asking that the sidewalks be plowed. Plowing had been dropped as an economy measure several weeks ago when councilmen decided the walks were not being used.
• Forty youngsters competed in cross-country and slalom races over the weekend at the city ski hill, Recreation Director Dick Bonifas reported. The greatest interest was shown by the boys in grades 7-9, with 18 registered. Results of the cross-country race: Grades 1-6: Dennis Beaudry, the only entry in this age group, posted a time of 12 minutes, 12 seconds. Grades 7-9: Douglas Nelson, first , in a time of 10 minutes, 28 seconds; Mike Wilson second; Terry Selling, third. Grades 10-12: Allen LaVigne, first, nine minutes, two seconds; Raymond Maynard, second; Jim Bonner, third. Girls: Susan Bosanic was the only entry, completing the course in 12 minutes, 20 seconds. Results of the slalom races: Grades 1-6: Dennis Beaudry first, 13.6 seconds; David Haranda, second; Robert Smith, third. Grades 7-9: Dave Beaudry, 12 seconds, first; Gilbert Baker, second; Dave Brooks and Tom Tiglas, tied for third. Grades 10-12: Allen LaVigne, 11.6 seconds, first; Raymond Maynard, second. Girls: Susan Bosanic, 12.6 seconds, first; Sandra Jones, second.
35 Years Ago
February 16, 1978
• At least on deserted building in Manistique will have an occupant by late March as the Limestone Federal Credit Union will occupy the old Wehner Clinic Building at 131 River St. Ness Contractors of Escanaba started reconstructing the front of the building on Jan. 17. The move is being made because the old building at 220 Walnut was not supplying enough space, said Betty Flodin, assistant credit union manager.
• Manistique Area Schools Superintendent Richard Bonifas was resting comfortably Wednesday after suffering a heart attack Saturday. Bonifas’ wife, Barbara, said he was in stable condition at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. The 57-year old administrator was admitted to the hospital Saturday. School board member Ginger Stark said Tuesday that board members were filling in for Bonifas by attending some of the meetings he normally attends.
• Ronald Rubick, Manistique High School graduate, all-state football player and a star on the Michigan State University grid team, will be inducted into the U.P. Hall of Fame at an annual awards banquet on March 11. Ray Ebli of Green Bay, formerly a football player for Notre Dame and in the pro ranks, also will be inducted. He is a brother of Bob Ebli, assistant principal at Manistique High School, and Jack Ebli, formerly stationed here in the Michigan State Police.
• A former president of the Detroit City Council was at the Fireside Inn Sunday to meet with area Democrats. Carl Levin, a 40-year-old Harvard lawyer, called the Pioneer-Tribune upon his arrival but was not able to arrange for an interview with the press. Levin has been considered as a potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.
• A Manistique man was sentenced last Thursday to four months in jail and five years probation on a charge of attempted arson in the Dec. 27 fire of the Knotty Pine Cafe in Thompson, receiving credit for 40 days already served.
20 Years Ago
February 18, 1993
• Two Escanaba women were injured when the wheels of the trailer of a semi-trailer truck drove over their vehicle on US-2 near Isabella, on Feb. 11. Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, said that Ida E. Campbell was attempting to make a U-turn on US-2 to go east when she failed to see a westbound semi-trailer truck driven by John H. Browning of Naubinway. Browning told police he attempted to drive around the vehicle but the wheels of his trailer drove over it. The trailer overturned, spilling its load of sawdust. Campbell and her passenger, Esther Longhurst were taken by Garden ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. The driver of the truck which is owned by Zellar Trucking of McMillan was not injured.
• Former Manistique High School basketball standout Darrin Weber earned MIAA Player of the Week honors for his recent contributions during a pair of Olivet College victories. In two games he scored 45 points and pulled in 21 rebounds. Nine games into the season, Weber led the MIAA field goal percentage (66 percent) and was third in rebounding, averaging 6.1 boards per game.
10 Years Ago
February 13, 2003
• It won’t be much longer now. Since last fall, area residents have been waiting to see what will go into the former Ken’s Fairway Foods location at 200 Deer Street. Their curiosity will be satisfied in April, the scheduled date for the opening of Manistique’s new Save-A-Lot grocery store.
• Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) served a search warrant on a home in Germfask Tuesday, Feb. 11. Found in the search was approximately three-quarters of a pound of marijuana. Detectives say most of the marijuana was packaged for sale. Also found was growing equipment, scales, several handguns, long guns (several of which were loaded), a surveillance camera and several other items detectives say is used in marijuana use and sale. UPSET is seeking drug and weapons charges against several subjects in the home. Their names are not being released, pending a review of the case by Schoolcraft County Prosecutor Peter Hollenbeck.
• For the third consecutive year, the Manistique High School boy’s swimming team entered town with a police escort Feb. 5, after capturing the crown at the Mid-Pen Conference meet in Negaunee.