A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago May 30, 1963
• Manistique’s oldest business is building a new home. The Tribune Publishing Co. will move in late summer from the corner of Cedar and Walnut into new quarters now under construction at 212 Walnut St., directly opposite the Elks Temple. Details of the building project were announced this week by Bill Sonneborn and Dave Rood, partners in the firm, publishers of the Pioneer- Tribune. The new building, an 80 by 60 foot Inland Steel building with masonry and random redwood front, will include a 27 by 40 foot dental clinic leased to Dr. Robert Hawn and located in the southeast corner of the building.
• Sammuel C. Gesko, 35, personnel director of the City of Livonia, has accepted the job as City Manager in Manistique, Mayor Harold Carlson has announced. Gesko will replace Clarence A. Motz, who resigned more than a month ago after only three weeks on the job.
• In case you missed it, the circus was in town Saturday. It may have not been Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey, but it was big stuff to the kids up on North Fourth St. Mary Kay Berger, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Berger, and her cousin, JoAnne Berger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Berger, sponsored the big show at the Richard Berger home. Sideshows, special acts and popcorn were featured. At last reports, no wild animals had escaped from their circus cages.
• Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed a 50 by 50 frame potato warehouse in the village of Cooks early Saturday morning. Public Safety firemen from Manistique responded to the alarm at 3:10 a.m., and worked to keep the blaze from spreading next door to a gasoline bulk plant, where 50,000 gallons of gas and oil were stored. Officers said the warehouse was owned by Walter Linderoth of Manistique, and that a quantity of potatoes inside the warehouse were owned by Don Phillips of Gulliver. There was some insurance to cover the loss.
• Schoolcraft County is losing a big asset next month. Extension Director Nelson Cushman is leaving his post here to enter the Methodist ministry. He has been an effective worker for the Schoolcraft County area ever since he arrived here five years ago and will be difficult to replace. Yet we cannot but wish him well, as he will do a good job wherever he goes.
35 Years Ago June 1, 1978
• Nine flags and poles with a total value of nearly $400 were reported missing from the Schoolcraft County Courthouse lawn Saturday morning. Sheriff Lloyd Gray said the flags probably were taken from the lawn between 12:15 and 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The flags, part of the county’s Memorial Day display at the courthouse lawn memorial, were replicas of flags from different countries involved in World War conflicts. County Clerk Fred Lesica said the county was investigating the possibility of insurance to pay for the cost of replacing the flags. He said the average cost of the flags was about $35.
• The majority of this year’s graduating seniors at Manistique High School appear to be evenly split between going to college or going to work. About 34 percent of the class plan to attend college this fall, while about 30 percent plan to seek jobs, according to autobiographies supplied by each student.
• St. Francis de Sales fifth grader Andrea Ott of 220 Lake St. recently received honorable mention in a statewide poster contest depicting “The Importance of Transportation in Our Lives.” Fifth graders in 296 elementary schools submitted 874 entries in the contest.
• Dietmar Krumrey of Manistique is one of three Upper Peninsula artists who have advanced to the top 10 entries in the 1978 Michigan Waterfowl Stamp contest.
• Reigning royalty at the Junior-Senior prom at Manistique High School which was held on May 21 were D.J. Brady, Jackie Krusic, King Randy Schnurer, Queen Theresa Flynn, Theresa Corey and Jim Tiglas.
20 Years Ago June 3, 1993
• After testing their equipment Wednesday, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) divers cast off from the city marina Thursday morning to sample the Manistique harbor for PCB contamination. Lakeside Elementary students participated in the second annual Reading Carnival Friday. By reading books in their spare time, students earned tickets, which entitled students to a variety of awards.
• There has never been a faster 300 meter hurdler in Upper Peninsula high school competition than Manistique’s Richie Blowers. The senior set the U.P. record for the event at 39.99 seconds during Saturday’s U.P. Finals at Marquette High School, earning the Class C championship for the second consecutive year and surpassing his personal best by over a second. As if that wasn’t enough, Blowers returned to win the 200 meter dash in 23.1.
• Members of the Big Bay de Noc track team were successful in Class D competition during Saturday’s U.P. track finals in Marquette. In the 3,200 meter run, Black Bear distance runner Debbie Hermes beat all Class D competitors in 12:41.2 to take the U.P. championship. Hermes also took third in the 1,600 meter run. Black Bear J.C. Avery took third in Class D boys long jump competition on Saturday.
10 Years Ago May 29, 2003
• The process of planning Manistique High School’s first All-Class Reunion is continuing. The event is being coordinated by the city of Manistique’s recreation board.
• Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has posted strong financial numbers for the first four months of the year. At last week’s board meeting trustees reviewed figures showing the facility had a net profit of $328,000 through April, a big jump from the same period in 2002, when the profit was only $54,000.
• The Seney National Wildlife Refuge marked the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System with a variety of special events last Saturday, including the burying of a time capsule.
• Captain Daniel King will be speaking at Big Bay de Noc School next Monday, June 2. King, the son of the Rev. Robert and Catherine King of Garden Corners, flew an F-15E on many missions during the war in Iraq. King says the students at Big Bay de Noc were very supportive while he was overseas, sending cards and letters, he wanted to thank them in person.