A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
February 21, 1963
• Charles Musselman, Commander of the Germfask VFW post, pleaded guilty to a charge of engaging in an illegal occupation or business when arraigned before Justice Howard Magoon Saturday. The charge was based on the fact that two slot machines were in use at the post last year. The machines were stolen in a break-in, and later recovered by State Police skin divers from the Manistique River. Musselman paid a $10 fine and $4.30 costs, and was placed on probation for one year.
• An Escanaba youth, wounded last month in a shooting accident south of Thompson, has had his injured leg amputated above the knee, State Police reported this week. George T. Sairs, 17, underwent surgery last week at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was wounded Jan. 4 when the trigger of a gun carried by Jan K. Morin, 19, also of Escanaba, caught on some brush. The charge hit Sairs in the left leg. He was flown to Rochester from Manistique last week in an Air Force ambulance plane.
• College costs, now ranging from $800 to $5,800 a year, will jump to a range of $2,000 to $14,800 a year by 1975, according to new Changing Times, the Kiplinger Magazine. “High as college costs are now, they’re going to jump drastically in the years ahead,” reports an article in the magazine. The article is basing its figures on a steady annual rise of about five percent in educational costs and 2 1/2 percent in living costs.
• Firemen were called to the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. Tuesday at 4:10 a.m., when fire a started below the back of the paper machine. Oil igniting on asbestos covered pipes caused the alarm, firemen said.
• The Maroons continued their one game lead in the Grade School League last Saturday by beating the win less Orange, while the Green, Red and White teams kept pace by winning their contests. The Maroons walked away from the Orange squad, 35-6, Jay Brunner and William Mott each scored their first points of the season, and Dennis Barton was high with 29 points. Ronald Bouchard had four points for the Orange.
• Public Safety policemen answered 127 calls during January, the monthly report of Director Roy Anderson showed last week. The report included 165 parking violations, 18 arrests, 15 accidents investigated, five doors found unlocked, five dogs disposed of, and 204 parking tickets issued.
35 Years Ago
February 23, 1978
• City Attorney Michael Brooks said Tuesday about six Manistique youths may be charged with vandalism of 26 of the city’s parking meters. Public safety Officer Don Bellville, who has made an inventory of the vandalism, said total costs may top $1,900. Damages may total $1,130 for repairs and replacement. Loss of meter revenue was estimated at $800. Brooks said an action against the minors’ parents may be started in probate court in March. Bellville said the meters are thought to have been damaged by youths with hammers and screwdrivers to get the money or to maliciously destroy the devices.
• A “vial of life” will be placed in the refrigerator in the homes of many senior citizens in Schoolcraft County. The vial, a small plastic container strapped beneath an upper right shelf, will contain neither food nor medicine, only a message on a sheet of paper. Listed is such pertinent data as the occupant’s name, family doctor, next of kin, hospital preference, any particular handicaps or ailments such as allergies, and special types of medicine or treatments needed. Donna Hentschell, the new vial of life programmer will be canvassing door-to-door to people 60 years or older to place the vial in their homes. The program is scheduled to end after one year. The program is intended to help ambulance personnel and the hospital should a senior citizen become ill.
• A 24-year-old Manistique man won’t need to doubt his luck after winning the $5,000 Michigan Instant Lottery Tuesday. Joseph P. Jackson, of 519 Manistique Ave., was playing the new Tic Tac Dough instant lottery in Freddie’s Bar at the time. Jackson said he plans to put the money into a bank account to let it draw interest. He will need to go to Marquette to cash the ticket in.
• City Champs in the Women’s City Bowling Tournament held recently are Sylvia Raredon, Diane Nigh, Kristina Anderson, Sally DuFour and Dorothy Jenerou. Their team, the Saturday Nighters, collected a total of 2766 total pins to win the championship and a $48 check.
20 Years Ago
February 25, 1993
• The low-flying aircraft that has been buzzing over the area is not a spy plane, nor is it going to crash, according to Schoolcraft County Airport manager operator Bruce Hoffman. The plane is conducting a magnetometer survey. By flying low over the area, a six and a half foot pipe on the back of the plane picks up variations in the earth’s magnetic field which help to map mineral deposits, oil deposits, and similar geographic features. A private corporation is conducting the survey for the federal government.
• An East Jordan woman was trapped in her car for almost three hours as officers attempted to extricate her using the Jaws of Life following a collision on US-2 on Feb. 21. Michigan State Police said that Judy J. Dennis was westbound on US-2 when her vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a semi-trailer truck driven by William A. Moser of Escanaba. Moser told police he attempted to avoid the accident when he saw the vehicle swerve by trying to drive onto the eastbound shoulder. Dennis was taken by ambulance to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Petoskey.
10 Years Ago
February 20, 2003
• Bacco Construction began demolition of the original A.F. Hall Stadium grandstand Tuesday morning. The structure is being removed to make way for a brand new grandstand, track and football field.
• The Manistique Schools will lose several decades of leadership experience, with the retirements of High School Principal Mike Jarski and Elementary Supervisor Rick Wodzinski. Both administrators submitted their resignations at Monday night’s school board meeting. They will be stepping down at the end of the school year, June 30.
• The Royal Rose Bed and Breakfast in Manistique recently received a national award in the Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal’s Inn Traveler magazine. Establishment owners Gilbert and Rosemary Sablack were recognized as the “Friendliest Innkeepers” in the publication’ winter 2003 edition.
• Eight Emerald swimmers were named to the Mid-Peninsula Conference Swim and Dive teams for the 2003 season. Included in that honor were Molly Weber, Katie Weber, Aaron Hoholik, Bob Wright, Eric Hamill, Jim Abrams, Brad Bouchard and Adam Bauer.