A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago March 21, 1963
• A deer feeding program has drawn broad support in the Engadine-Naubinway area, where residents have contributed money, hay, grain and salt in an effort to maintain the sizable concentration of deer. Ed Schmidt, who lives just north of Engadine, started the project and collections this year. A total of $51.25 in cash has been collected, seven farmers donated hay, and several hundred pounds of corn plus some salt blocks were collected. One purpose of the feeding is to help keep the deer off the roads. Cecil Prater of Naubinway reports that last year 95 deer were killed in a 22-mile stretch of M-95, and 11 of these in one night.
• A proposal for reorganization of the Manistique School and Public Library was adopted Monday at a special meeting of the Manistique Board of Education. Mrs. Nelle Raredon, who has worked at the library for the last 18 years, will retire Sept. 18. A new schedule will divide the work between Mrs. Carla McKilligan, head librarian and Mrs. Katherine LeBrasseur assistant librarian.
• An abandoned car found on County Road 441 near Indian Lake was towed away following its discovery by State Police Friday. The car’s license was registered to Bennett Russell of Manistique.
• At a recent medical meeting held at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital the following officers were elected: Dr. A.B. Bernier, chief of staff, Dr. James Fyvie, vice chairman and Dr. Merle Wehner, secretary.
• State Police are investigating the larceny of a can of gas and a tire and wheel, reported Friday morning by Frank Provo of 206 N. Cedar St. Provo said the items were taken from the truck as it was parked along County Road 441 near Indian Lake.
• A drive to collect old magazines and comic books for the Newberry State Hospital will be held by Girl scout Troop this Saturday. Items to be donated may be left on the front porch for pick up. Leaders are Mrs. Edward Doyle and Mrs. Raymond Billings.
• Senior center Mike Dissinger ended his basketball career at Manistique High School this year by taking team scoring honors this year with 292 points.
35 Years Ago March 23, 1978
• The 1978 CBC Radio telethon had an unexpected money maker at their activities Sunday, March 19, as Jay Mitchell slept and workers charged 10 cents a peek at the WTIQ disc jockey who holds the current world record for continuous broadcasting. Mitchell began his shift on Friday, March 10 and ended it on Sunday, March 19 - 224 hours and 10 minutes later. That amounts to nine days, eight hours and 10 minutes.
• The 11th annual CBC Drive has netted $12,108.79 in pledges and proceeds, exceeding its goal of $12,000 for 1978. Drive officials reported the total Monday following an eight-hour radio telethon and activities day Sunday at Manistique High School. Several hundred people turned out for the annual event that featured local entertainment, sales of artwork, snacks and auction of various items.
• Bob and Ellen Flynn, owners of Flynn’s Friendly Grocery in Gulliver were honored Sunday evening as “Citizens of the Year” at a potluck dinner party at the Doyle Township Hall. Persons from Doyle, Mueller and Manistique townships and the City of Manistique filled the township hall with an overflowing crowd of more than 200. The couple was presented with a plaque in honor of the occasion, a corsage and boutonniere, a dozen red roses and a monetary gift from the group.
• A new boiler for the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has been tested and will be running shortly, according to a spokesperson at the hospital. The boiler, a $44,000 investment, has been a project of the hospital board for over a year to help relieve some of the workloads of the older boilers. It is felt that the new unit will help to prolong the life of the existing boilers and alleviate some of the coolness some hospital wings have experienced on cold days. The boilers will also heat hospital water, run air conditioning units and provide steam for the laundry units.
20 Years Ago March 25, 1993
• Area residents are being warned about a phone scam designed by people seeking access to bank accounts. Three First Northern National Bank customers have already been victimized by phone scam artists, who claim that the bank patrons have won new automobiles or other prizes. The fraudulent callers then ask for the “winner’s” bank account number, so that a $200 contest “processing fee” can be withdrawn.
• Given the choice between closing or changing Camp Manistique to a level one minimum security facility, City Council unanimously supported what may be, economically, the lesser of two evils. “The prosperity of the city and county is directly linked to the job base, and to think about throwing away jobs--I can’t imagine that,” said Mayor John Stewart, who initiated the motion to support the level one option.
• Behind the driving of J.T. Edwards, Richard Autterson, and Robert Taylor, Team Pennzoil of Germfask won their first Pro-Enduro Snowmobile Race at the Raber Bay 250, Goetzville, Mich. on Feb. 28. Along with this first place finish, the team had four other top ten finishes to secure a fourth place in the Midwest International Racing Association’s point total for the 1993 season.
10 Years Ago March 20, 2003
• The Manistique Downtown Development Authority has agreed to supply matching funds for a state grant that will pay for phase two repairs at the city’s historic water tower. The grant is the second received in as many years from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
• The American Angus Association has announced that Bill and Terri Reid, owners of Reidoca Angus of Cooks, have been nationally recognized by having two of their registered Angus cows included in the association’s 2003 Pathfinder Report. According to John Crouch, the executive vice president of the Missouri-based organization, only 1971 of the more than 35,000 members are represented this year.
• The choice was easy. That’s what members of the Manistique Area Kiwanis Club say about their selection of Roger Irie to receive the Schoolcraft County Person of the Year Award. The club, which took over sponsorship of the annual award this year, presented the award at the Chamber Banquet.