A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago May 2, 1963
• Manistique Boy Scouts swept the first four places in the annual Red Buck District First Aid contest held here last Saturday. Scouts from Escanaba, Gladstone, Perkins and Bark River competed with the local troops. First place was won by the Blackhawk Patrol, led by Ernest Smith, and composed of Steve Fish, Nick Wehner, David Wood, William Multhaupt, Kenneth Davis,Robert Davidson, Ron Pawley and Mike Wilson. Judges were Mrs. Margaret Cain, Mrs. Irene Burley, Ed Carlson, William Graff and Jack van Brocklin.
• A shooting accident in Germfask Tuesday night sent two children, ages six and three, to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds in their legs. The accident occurred about 8:30 p.m., in the children’s bedroom, where they were playing with the loaded pistol when it discharged. The children’s father told State Police that the six year old had pushed a chair up to a cabinet to get at the .22 calibre gun. The bullet hit the six year old in the left leg below the knee and the three year old in the right leg just below the knee.
• More than 400 walleyes and 50 Northern pike were netted in Manistique’s harbor last week and planted in Indian Lake. The project was carried out the Conservation Department in cooperation with the Sportsmen’s Club and the Indian Lake Property Owner’s Association. The walleye averaged 17 inches in length, and the Northern averaged 25 inches.
• Michigan State’s football team suffered its first loss Wednesday when halfback Ron Rubick of Manistique underwent knee surgery at Olin Health Center. He first injured the knee last fall prior to the Purdue game. It continued to hamper him this spring, so it was decided to perform corrective surgery now in the hope Rubick will be ready to return to the lineup by fall. For the second season in a row, Rubick was knocked out of spring practice by an injury. Last year it was a fractured jaw.
• A city-wide campaign to Clean Up, Paint Up and Fix Up was launched this morning by the Retail Division of the Top O’ Lake Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees. Two city crews will start washing down the streets and sidewalks with pressure hoses on both the east and west sides of town this morning. All merchants are being asked to clean up around their buildings and in the alleys. City crews will pick up the collected debris.
35 Years Ago May 4, 1978
• The Manistique Area Schools Audio-Visual Center may need to erase more than 100 video tapes if the center is determined to be in copyright violation. Lawyers for the school system are in the process of interpreting the copyright law as it may apply to the center’s operation. The school’s A-V Center has not taped a television program since a controversy started two weeks ago. However, the center has about 100 video tapes of Public Broadcasting Service television shows in its files and an undetermined amount of private network shows.
• Members of the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s department diving team recently completed a two-day under the ice search and recovery law enforcement training program at Northern Michigan University, in Marquette. Completing the program were Mike Gray, Diving Instructor George Tomasi and Jerry Renk.
• Grady Steele of Clarkston, who along with his wife Mary Ellen own a farm in the Kate’s Bay area, has welcomed the arrival of his starting stock of Beefalo heifers and bull. The Beefalo is a cross between Angus and Buffalo, and as far as he knows of, outside of Germfask, his are the first to arrive in Delta County and the U.P. The animals came from Evant, Tex. from the Lone Star Beefalo Ranch there. They have some Hereford stock but decided to try a new breed here.
• Students at St. Francis de Sales School got into the spirit of spring cleanup Friday when entire classes raked and picked up refuse on the school grounds.
20 Years Ago May 6, 1993
• Camp Manistique’s transformation into a level one minimum security prison will take 45 to 60 days. Michigan department of Corrections officials told local government and law enforcement representatives during a meeting at the courthouse Friday. To prepare the former Special Alternative Incarceration “boot camp” facility for level one inmates, the DOC has agreed to raise the earth berm that surrounds the camp, add more razor wire to the fences, and place security bars over all living unit windows. Additional alterations also were discussed to limit interaction between prisoners and the community.
• Former Manistique resident Wayne Spaulding, an amateur radio operator, is receiving credit for foiling an apparent plot by two teens to poison a classmate and a teacher. Spaulding overheard a cordless telephone conversation on his scanner March 10 in which thew poisoning was mentioned. After taping the conversation, Spaulding called the police. Police played the tape for a Mesa High School track coach, who identified the voices on the tape as two students in his homeroom. The students allegedly plotting the crime were 16 and 17 years old, and were apparently targeting the coach and a 15-year-old girl.
10 Years Ago May 1, 2003
• How do you top a trip to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals? For the Manistique High School OM Team, you return to the finals for the second year in a row - and this time, you take a local middle school team along with you. At last weekend’s OM State Finals in Grand Rapids, the MHS team captured second place, which qualified them for a trip to world-level competition to be held at Iowa State University in Ames.
• The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners is standing firm in its refusal to comply with an auditor’s recommendation. At their April 24 auditfinance committee meeting, commissioners voted 4-0 to not set any more money aside for covering accumulated sick and vacation time - the second time in six months they rejected the idea.
• The VFW. Auxiliary recently honored the staff and students of Lakeside Elementary School for a project they’ve conducted for the last several years - sending cards and miniature candy bars to veterans at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. This year alone, 800 cards were sent for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s day and Easter.