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50 Years Ago April 18, 1963
• The departure of City Manager Clarence Motz after a frantic three-week tussle with the job in Manistique brings to mind the story about the airline pilot who was flying his giant airliner over the mountains when one motor stopped, another fell off and the other two caught fire. Taking the planes only parachute, he calmly walked through the passenger cabin towards the exit, and said, “Now don’t anyone panic, I’m going for help.”
• Councilman Orson Livermore, former street superintendent and ex-city manager, has volunteered to fill in briefly while the city council tries to fill the vacancy left by the departure of City Manager Clarence A. Motz.
• The retail division of the Chamber of Commerce was busy discussing their plans for a spring Paint-Up, Clean-Up, Fix-Up promotion, and the thought was advanced that perhaps the merchants could give away brooms as prizes to shoppers. Thus it would suggest the slogan, “Let’s change Sleepy Hollow to Sweepy Hollow.”
• Bill Phillion has agreed to act as promoter for the first annual International Long Handled Squeegee Window Washing Championship, to be held in Manistique. Time trials will be held at the Old City Hall soon, he promised. City employes are automatically barred from competing.
• Normie Jahn, the poet laureate of Schoolcraft County, was busy Tuesday morning composing a song marking the occasion of City Manager Motz leaving. The first verse went: “Mr. Motz is leaving, Our pretty little city, Before the work is started, It really is a pity.” He is still hard at work on the second verse.
• Union hopes for a pension plan for city employees received scant encouragement Monday night when members of the City Council met with workers to discuss their contract requests for the coming year. The pension request was the key item in a list of eight proposals submitted to the council, but union staff representative S. A. Grzenda of Lansing made little headway with any of the proposals.
• Two Gulliver women were fined on charges of simple larceny by Justice Howard Magoon last Friday. State Police said the women took a coffee pot from a home in Doyle Township last week.
35 Years Ago April 20, 1978
• Although a cold wind has prevented divers from working on damaged Manistique marina piers, they should complete work in about one day, Mike Faketty, city superintendent of street said Tuesday. The piers were left in the harbor last fall. Faketty estimated that repair costs would be less than the cost of taking the piers out of the water. The piers are being repaired by replacing them onto pedestals in which the docks are made to fit. However, one dock had enough ice pressure on it to pull it about three inches away from the harbor wall. Faketty said he would leave it up to the city council whether or not to leave the piers in the harbor again this fall.
• Survey teams from the Michigan Department of Highways this week have been gathering final details for a construction design for a new bridge across the Manistique River. The study of the proposed bridge, approved by the Manistique City Council for placement just north of the municipal marina, includes data on roadway approaches east and west of the river.
• The Schoolcraft County Fair Association has endorsed a new Homemaker of the Year Award for outstanding achievement by women in community leadership. Out-of-county judges will select the finalists and the Homemaker of the Year. She will be crowned at the Schoolcraft County Fair.
• Manistique’s first franchise family restaurant opened last Thursday morning with a breakfast for more than 50 area businessmen and officials at the new Elias Brothers Big Boy Restaurant on East Lakeshore Drive. On hand for the activities including a ribbon-cutting ceremony were Mayor Mary Moffat, Manager of the new restaurant, Marie Patton; Phil Stein of Ishpeming; Larry Stein and Aaron Stein of Escanaba. The Stein brothers own franchises for 10 of the 11 Big Boy Restaurants in the U.P.
20 Years Ago April 22, 1993
• Though the local Rotary Club has been in existence since 1923, it was not until last week that a woman attended a Rotary meeting as a member. Manistique Pioneer-Tribune Owner-Publisher Leanne Trebilcock was the first woman invited to join the service organization.
• Camp Manistique will be transformed into a level I minimum security prison late this spring, according to information the facility’s officials have received from the Michigan department of Corrections.
• The Schoolcraft County Abstract Office, which has been open since 1933, will close its doors due to declining business and a lack of county revenue. The county resolved at their Tuesday meeting to close the office on May 31, with no new orders accepted after May 1.
• As a result of the City-County Department of Public Works action, Manistique Rentals, Inc. will remain the exclusive type II solid waste hauler in Schoolcraft County for an additional five months beyond the May 4 contract expiration date. The CCDPW passed the contract extension even though the contract is officially an agreement between six individual municipalities of Schoolcraft County and MRI.
10 Years Ago April 17, 2003
• Since the early 1990’s as local officials worked toward the implementation of an enhanced 911 emergency dispatch system in Schoolcraft County, that question has come up again and again. When will the work be finished? When will the system be activated? While there’s still no firm answer, it now appears increasingly likely that enhanced 911 will finally become a reality this year, perhaps as early as July.
• Officials at the U.S. Post Office in Manistique are reminding residents that they should begin using their new rural addresses as soon as possible. The post office will continue to forward mail to your old address for one year, after that, mail to the old address will be returned.
• The annual shipping season at an icy Michigan Limestone Operations Port Inland Plant in Gulliver began April 9, as the first vessel of the season pulled into port. The steamer Wilfred Sykes, owned by Central Marine Logistics, was loaded with 16,984 tons of pellet flux to be delivered to the C. Reiss Coal Dock in Escanaba for Cleveland Cliffs’ Empire Mine in Palmer.