A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
May 16, 1963
• Banker Fred Hahne was re-elected president of the Top O’ Lake Michigan Chamber of Commerce at the annual directors’ meeting last Thursday at the Surf. Hahne, president of the First National Bank, had completed a one-year term. Clyde Strasler, cashier of the State Savings Bank, was named as vicepresident. Secretary-Manager Carl Graves was chosen for another term, as was Treasurer Alex Creighton.
• Denton Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Nelson, has been named valedictorian of the Class of 1963 at Manistique High School. Salutatorian is Paul Berger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berger.
• A delegation from Manistique representing business, industry and government is in Chicago today touring installations of Field Enterprises and the Inland Steel Company. The tour was arranged by the two firms, parent companies of the county’s two leading industries, as a follow up to last year’s Industrial Appreciation Day, staged during Michigan Week. Making the trip are Mayor Harold Carlson, Councilmen, Larry Boyd, Art Demers and Orson Livermore, Supervisor Harold Peters of Germfask, J. Mauritz Carlson, representing the First National Bank. Clyde Strasler of the State Savings Bank; Chamber of Commerce Secretary Carl Graves and Frank Hoholik, president of the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co.
• Mrs. Justin Nelson was honored as the Catholic Mother of the Year Sunday at St. Francis de sales Church. She is the former Kathleen Rubick. The Nelson have eight children: Patrick, Paulette, Justine, Rose Marie, Lawrence, James, Roland and Frank.
• There’s a 300 in bowling, batting “a thousand” or retiring 27 straight batters in baseball, scoring on every shot you take in basketball or hitting the bull’s-eye on every try in rifle or shotgun sports. You can’t do any better than “a perfect game”. And in high school track, you can’t do any better than Mike Dissinger of Manistique High did in the Great Lakes Conference track meet. The boys are limited to four events, and “Hacker” took home four first place medals.
• Cooks Tavern took the Thursday night bowling honors this year by defeating C-L Hardware. Included on the Tavern team were Orville Olsen, Sam Coe, Milty Williams, Ray Lausten, Bud Munson and Bill Haindl.
35 Years Ago May 18, 1978
• Blaney Park, former northland playground of the rich, will be so;d June 7 at 10 a.m. on the Schoolcraft County Courthouse steps. The land will be sold to the highest bidders, but the current owners are expected to strongly vie for the property. Not all the park is being offered for sale - only those portions involved in land contracts with a Hermansville man.
• General Telephone’s customers in the Manistique area can expect nearly normal dial service during the strike by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 1106, said Dave Bloom, installation and maintenance supervisor for the area. However, he did say that repair and installation service would be slowed by the strike.
• Pioneer Kitchens of Escanaba announced the opening Monday of a new showroom and office in Manistique at 321 Deer Street. The new store, in the building formerly occupied by Roemer Electric, will be staffed by salesman Larry Deming of Escanaba and Joan Kriesch of Manistique.
• Champions of the Women’s City Roll-Off Monday night at Lakeview Lanes was the Midway Resort Team of Monnie Curtis, Kristin Anderson, Donna Stemen, Barb Reno and Lois Murdock. Runners up was the Bowman Gas and Oil of Gulliver team of Virgina Adams, Tanya Roddy, Mariann Adams, Orla Chartier, Doris Carlson and Pauline Miller. Bowman’s finished as Monday Night League champs in the regular season.
• Cribbage champ for 1978 at the Manistique Senior Citizens Center is Frank Provo. Provo finished first in a tournament that began in October and was completed by the end of April.
20 Years Ago
May 20, 1993
• While many Schoolcraft County deer hunters only gather at their hunting camps during the season, they may soon have a reason to gather throughout the year, as an area chapter of U.P. Whitetails is being formed. According to chapter president William Malloch, the group will offer year-round financial and volunteer support to “help the deer herd out.” Schoolcraft Whitetails members will work with the DNR and the forest services on projects.
• The Manistique Kruz-In Fever Car Club began August of 1992 with six local car enthusiasts deciding to hold a “Kruz-In” at Big Springs Inn. Less than a year later, the club has a membership of 40 car owners and enthusiasts and has planned two events for this summer, a “Poker Run” scheduled for May 22; and the club’s first annual car show on July 24 at the Pines Park.
• In the second phase of local earth day activities, some 45 volunteers assisted with tree planting Saturday. The planting took place along CR 449, where the “Eight Mile Fire” burned over 4,000 acres of forested land in May 1987. The volunteers planted over 3,000 seedlings on five acres. The U.S. Forest Service, which helped to organize the event, contributed 2,000 barerooted red pine and prepared the site for planting.
10 Years Ago
May 15, 2003
• Will it stay or will it go? For two years the city has been removing sand from around the ski hill. At Monday nights city council meeting they stopped excavating sand from the site until a study can be done on the future use of the property. If the site is to be developed for recreation purposes, sand from the ski hill may be needed to level the property. City council members are asking the recreation board for input before any more sand is removed.
• Several students in Robin Mulligan’s Manistique High School art class recently finished painting Michigan scenes on antique saw blades, which were donated to the Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce by Michael Burkholder. The blades will be displayed in the chamber office on US-2. Three of the students participating were Casey Henry, Erin Buckett and Desiree Downing.
• Olivet College soccer player Shannon McHugh was caught in action on the front cover of a rival school’s newsletter, the Calvin College “Knight Fire” Winter 2003 edition. McHugh is the daughter of Charles and Betsy McHugh of Manistique.