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50 Years Ago March 28, 1963
• Ronald Rosie, head keeper at the Seul Choix Point Coast Guard light station, retired March 18 after 22 years of service. William A. Goudreau, first assistant keeper, is now in charge of the station. Mr. Rosie entered the Coast Guard service September, 1936 as first assistant keeper on South Manitou Island. He was transferred to Seul Choix Oct. 29, 1941 as first assistant. He was made keeper in February 1945.
• The board of directors of the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. met in Chicago late Wednesday to discuss plans for improving and expanding the operation here. President Frank S. Hoholik said Wednesday noon that any announcement of the mill’s plans would be delayed until next week.
• “I hope that within six months I can present to this council a long-range program aims at solving some of this city’s problems,” said Clarence A. Motz, Manistique’s ne City Manager, who ended his first day on the job Monday by attending the regular council session. Motz said, “I accepted this position because of the challenge. I feel the potential is here and the job can be done. Please bear with us until we have time to organize a plan that can start finding some of the answers to streets and sewers and lights and water and all of our problems.”
• Fire that started from defective wiring caused “considerable” damage to a residence on old U.S. -2 just west of town last Thursday, Public Safety officers reported. The northeastern portion of the upper floor of the frame house was damaged by the blaze. The loss was covered by insurance. The alarm sounded at 12:40 p.m. and the truck returned from the scene at 2:01 p.m.
• Ted Hentschell was elected Exhaulted Ruler of the Elks club at their meeting last week. J.P. Quick is the retiring ruler. The new officers will be installed next Wednesday. Fred Hahne is in charge of the installation. The meeting willbeginwitha6p.m.smorgasbord. Otherofficerselectedwere:Leading Knight, K.W. Eimerman; Loyal Knight, John W. Larson; Lecturing Knight, David Heinz; Tiler, Robert E. Hawn; secretary, William A. Moreau; treasurer, Gerald Graphos and trustee, J.P. Quick.
35 Years Ago March 30, 1978
• Although gallantly trying, WTIQ broadcaster John Ramsey fell three days short of surpassing comrade Jay Mitchell’s continuous broadcasting world record. He fell asleep Sunday in the process of taking a shower, General Manager of WTIQ Mike Younce said, and couldn’t be wakened.
• Manistique will have a series of firsts this Friday when it hosts the world premiere of “Angry Joe Bass,” an adventure movie written by a local man. Richard Forstner of Manistique wrote the script for the show, the first script he has written and produced. A little less than half the film was shot on location in Fairport and features several area men. Among those featured are Jan Farley, Buzzy Farley, Pat Ranguette, Ben Peterson, Randy McKay, Moe Hermes, Joe Herro and Jay DesJarden. “Angry Joe Bass,” which carries an R rating, is a 98 minute feature length film set in the turmoil of the Indian fishing rights controversy.
• Most of Manistique area amateur boxers will take part in a home show event Saturday at Manistique High School, and three will be in Lansing fighting for a state championship. Shad Holmberg, Brent Multhaupt and Lauren Edwards won a berth in the finals of the State A.A.U. Boxing Championships by defeating opponents last Saturday. At press time, local boxing organizers were investigating the possibility of flying the three down to Lansing and bringing them back in time for the home show which begins at 7 p.m. on the same day.
• Winner of the Pioneer-Tribune Easter Egg Coloring Contest is Jon Archambeau, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Archambeau of Manistique. He received four tickets to Cinema I and II as a prize. Other colorings gaining honorable mention came from Jennifer Hyland, four; Darrin Ranguette, five; and Russell Ellis, six.
20 Years Ago March 25, 1993
• Which Manistique eating establishment is more popular? With the variety of fast food, family dining , and carry out businesses in the area, that may be a difficult question for some to answer. Going strictly by number of meals served, the Manistique Area Schools kitchen would probably receive a very high rank in a popularity contest. Recently, the kitchen served its 100,000th meal since the beginning of the 1992-1993 School year--a feat it accomplished without waitresses, tablecloths, or bus boys. Only four cooks and two servers work in the school kitchen.
• Health care reform is currently a topic of debate at both the national and state levels. Last Friday, however, the issue came to a local level. State senator John D. Pridnia (R-Hubbard Lake), chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee, met with Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Administrator David Jahn Friday to discuss health care issues facing local residents.
• Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, are continuing their investigation of the theft of a vehicle which occurred in Gulliver at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The vehicle was later recovered in a ditch next to CR 432. Officers said a subject is in custody in connection with the incident.
10 Years Ago March 20, 2003
• It may have been a one-time thing, but the fact remains that 2002 was a very good year for Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Audit results released last week show SMH posting a profit of more than $1.2 million for the year - almost three times better than the previous record.
• For the second time in recent weeks, city of Manistique officials are urging residents to help prevent water line freeze-ups this spring. The message, stated by City Manager Al Housler at Monday night’s council meeting, was directed at homeowners who have already been authorized to let their water run to prevent ice problems. Two weeks ago, Housler had urged those with “let run” status not to shut the water off when outside temperatures reached 50 degrees. While it might seem as if the freeze threat is over at that point, he said it might actually be mid- to late-April before the threat has passed.
• As Operation Iraqi Freedom continued half a world away, more than 80 people attended a “Support Out Troops” rally, spearheaded by local teacher Tony Williams, at Triangle Park last Saturday.