A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago April 4, 1963
• New City manager Clarence A. Motz has set a fast pace during his first days on the job and is bubbling with enthusiasm and ambition as he starts to set up a program for our community. A city manager has no place running in a popularity contest, and it is inevitable that Mr. Motz will be stepping on a few toes as he wades into his job. Many of his decisions will be unpopular, and many of his plans will meet with resistance. Yet we hope that he and the council will not let quick-and often unfounded- criticism deter them from the job that obviously needs to be done. We should allow both Mr. Motz and the council ample time to organize their needs and make their plans, and we should give them every bit of backing possible in this thankless task. We should make every effort to work with them, not against them, for as they succeed, so shall our community.
• City voters gave a margin of better than 2 1/2 to 1 to a school millage proposal to finance a new elementary building in Monday’s voting. Two proposals were on the ballot, and both passed by wide margins in all three precincts.
• A 22 year old Manistique man was recovering in Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital this week after a narrow brush with death in a shooting accident. He was wounded in the forehead Sunday afternoon by a .22 caliber bullet fired by his friend during a target shooting session at a hunting camp on Trout Lake in Hiawatha Township. State Police said that the man, who was in front of the building, looked around the corner to see why his friends weren’t shooting, just as his friend fired. The bullet splintered as it hit the bone in the forehead, and was removed by surgery at the hospital Monday.
• All delinquent water bills must be paid by April 15, or service will be discontinued, City Manager Clarence A. Motz said this week. There will be no further notice, he warned, and urged those with delinquent bills to pay them promptly.
• Inland Lime and Stone Co. was cited for its contributions to the 4-H program at the annual Spring Achievement show. Vice President and General Manager John Moffat received the award from Extension Director Nelson Cushmon.
35 Years Ago April 6, 1978
• Collecting more votes than two other council candidates, tradition dictated that Mary Moffat was elected mayor of Manistique in city elections Monday. With only 12 1/2 percent of the eligible voters showing up at the polls, she received 272 votes. Other candidates, David Vaughan and Pat Moberg collected 231 and 177 votes respectively. The election of Vaughan and Moberg secures their positions as city council members. They had been appointed to the council in October 1977 when two seats were vacated.
• The Manistique Education Association last week voted to not work this fall if a teacher contract is not secure by Aug. 31. That date is when its present contract expires. The action could mean that if voters do not pass a millage request by then so that a contract can be ratified, a fall opening of school may be delayed.
• Manistique National Guard Boxing Club glovers won eight unanimous decisions and claimed over 65 percent of the victories in Saturday’s boxing action at the high school gym. The Manistique club walked away with the highest percentage of victories of any of the other clubs entered. Seventy percent of its 23 fighters won their bouts. Winning fights with unanimous decision for Manistique were Steve (Rocky) Weber, Bill Carney, Don Bosanic, Al Swanson, Bob Weber, Paul Gardner, Dan Selling, Tom Burns and Jerry Matchinski.
• Shad Holmberg of Manistique won a 125-pound state amateur boxing championship by taking a decision over Fernando Montalbo of Lansing. Holmberg competed in the Amateur Athletic Union tournaments at Lansing Community College Saturday morning. Two other Manistique boxers, Loren Edwards and Troy Herro lost in the finals, and one Manistique boxer, Brent Multhaupt, lost in the semi-finals. Edwards was awarded the Wally Dixon Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding boxer of the year.
20 Years Ago April 8, 1993
• The Public Transit System could make extracurricular activities more accessible to students from outlying areas during the 1993-94 school year. Tentatively, a bus leaving Manistique at 5:30 p.m. will provide transportation to students from Gulliver, Doyle, Mueller, and Germfask that stay after school for tutoring, computer access, sports, drivers education, yearbook committees, after school work programs, or similar activities. Individual cost per passenger and daily schedule have yet to be worked out, according to Judy sears, a Germfask parent helping to coordinate the route.
• An attempted abduction of a 45-year-old woman was reported to Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, on April 6 at 11:35 p.m. Police said the Mueller Township woman heard someone shouting in her front yard and went out of her home to investigate. A man grabbed her by the arm and attempted to drag her into a pick-up truck. As she struggled, her dog bit the attacker and she was able to escape. The man returned to his dark colored truck in which two companions waited. The woman said her assailant had long hair and was wearing a heavy winter coat. The police are continuing their investigation of the incident.
10 Years Ago April 3, 2003
• Area residents suffering the inconvenience and agony of constant pain now have a place to turn. A new clinic designed to treat chronic pain has opened at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. The clinic, which operates twice a month in the former rural health building just north of the main hospital facility, was launched March 21 by Dr. Joseph Glasheen, with assistance from Dr. Tom Miles and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Brian Hagemeister and Wayne Abel.
• Two Manistique High School students have qualified to take part in the national Health Occupations Students of America competition to be held in Atlanta. At the Michigan HOSA event held recently in Traverse City, senior Lynn McLaren received a gold medal in Extemporaneous Writing and junior Nicole Kleeman earned silver in Personal Care/Nursing Assisting. Both moved on to the national competition.
• The Manistique Men’s Basketball League recently wrapped up its 2002-03 season. Competitors say it was a very balance league this year, with the title once again going to U.P. Tire of Cooks.