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50 Years Ago May 23, 1963
• Schoolcraft County has paid off the “mortgage” on the new jail. A check totaling $66,174.50 was sent to the Detroit Bank and Trust Co. as final payment on the last of the $150,000 bonds issued in 1957. A two mill levy was collected from 1957 through 1960, and one-half mill in 1961, bringing in $173,339.17. The bonds were paid off as rapidly as possible, with the last of them becoming callable after June 1 this year. The early payment will save the county $2,275 in interest, County Treasurer William Cowman said. The county has a balance of $4,676.08 in the jail fund that may be used for special jail projects or maintenance.
• The freighter Orefax, stranded on a shoal in Lake Michigan several weeks ago, is back in service. Vern Bernard of Manistique, who assisted in the repair work on the vessel after it was freed, heard this week from S.G. Wilkinson, the engineer who was in charge of the repairs and who had flown here from Montreal to supervise the job.
• Two Canadian carnival workers waived examination and were bound over to Circuit Court when they were arraigned Tuesday before Justice Howard Magoon on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime. The two were charged with the burglary of Lauerman’s store last Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. State and city police worked together to solve the case. Clothing worth more than $400, and a small amount of silver were taken. The men were wearing some of the missing clothes when arrested Friday in Sault Ste. Marie. They were taken to Marquette for a lie detector test Saturday, and the abandoned loot was discovered Sunday by the Russell Vanderville family as they were picking mushrooms. The stolen goods had been hidden under moss in the woods just south of US-2 by the railroad overpass east of town.
• The recount in Schoolcraft County on the proposed new Constitution will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, it was announced this week by State Elections Director Robert Montgomery. The recounting will be done at the Court House, and it is estimated it will take half a day to complete. Three precincts will be recounted: Precincts 2 and 3 in the City of Manistique, both machine precincts, and Doyle Township.
• A five-man delegation will represent Manistique in the U.P. track finals this Saturday at Marquette. Making the trip will be Mike Dissinger, Bill Lee, Murray Patz, Paul Harris and Ray Maynard.
35 Years Ago May 25, 1978
• Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is having problems of a major proportion with the new Michigan public drunkeness law, Administrator James Gardner told the hospital board of trustees last Wednesday. The new law decriminalizes public intoxication, and recommends medical care over the drunk tank for some public drunkeness cases. If the person is so sick as to be unconscious or a threat to his own or someone else’s health and safety, the person is to be considered for medical treatment. Gardner said the hospital has been having problems with transients and tourists who have been referred to the hospital under the law by police. “To provide a clean bed and breakfast for a drunk is not the proper use of a hospital,” Gardner said. “Most drunks would be better to sleep it off in a hotel for $10.” Gardner said he didn’t think the problem would continue because alternatives are being worked out with police.
• A private developer proposed this week that a new housing complex containing both senior citizen and multi-family units be constructed just east of Harbor View Towers on U.S. 2 in Manistique. The developer, Tempo Inc. of Ada, Mich., would begin construction of the complex, if approved, “about this time next year,” according to Tempo representative Bob Dolbie. The complex would contain 60 units for the elderly and 30 multiple family units.
• John Leny, a native of Gulliver and a graduate of Manistique High School, recently was honored by the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation of Cleveland. Leny received a plaque and $500 from the foundation for designing a special hydraulic powered welding platform for Harnischfeger Corp. of Escanaba.
20 Years Ago May 27, 1993
• A train of seven horse-drawn wagons will stop in Manistique next Thursday evening to rest before they complete their 650 mile trek to raise money for diabetes research. Don Strahl, the organizer of the wagon train that left Ironton, Minn. on May 7 for Kalkaska, Mich., is a resident of Wilson.
• The grand opening of Tee-94 golf driving range will take place Friday, May 28. The official opening will be commemorated by a 12 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.
• “In the interest of providing the citizens of Manistique with environmental protection that is cost effective and scientifically sound.” City Council approved a resolution asking the U.S. Environmental Agency to suspend proposed “time critical” clean-up activities at the mouth of the Manistique River. This summer, the EPA plans to use a dredging technique to remove PCB contamination from the river, a plan that has already received opposition from businesses that might be required to fund the clean up. The city urged EPA to seek public input, conduct further scientific studies to determine the extent, source(s), and possible movement of PCB contamination in the harbor, and to develop a cost effective plan for remedial action.
10 Years Ago May 22, 2003
• Schoolcraft County Public Transit is still looking for a new home. At Tuesday night’s County Board meeting, commissioners authorized the agency to approach the Manistique City Council about obtaining land for a new garage and office in the undeveloped industrial park on North Cedar Street. The search for a new transit headquarters has been underway for several years.
• Local law enforcement officials gathered at the Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce office Monday morning for the official kickoff of the annual “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement campaign. This year’s effort features a new slogan - “Buckle Up or Pay Up” - and a new twist. As part of a pilot project, officers will be staging several high-profile patrol periods in designated “enforcement zones”.
• Manistique Fire fighters were called to the scene of a garage fire at the Raymond Reid residence on North Fifth Street Monday morning. The cause of the fire is believed to have been an overheated extension cord. There were no injuries. The structure and its contents were completely destroyed.