2013-06-13 / Community

A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago June 13, 1963

• Burglars who broke into Smitty’s IGA store late Friday night or early Saturday morning made off with “a considerable amount” of cash after breaking open the store’s safe. Public Safety officers and State Police are investigating the theft. The intruders gained entry to the building by prying open the front door. They then chiseled off the door to the safe, located in the office at the rear of the building. Owner Ossie Smits discovered the theft when he opened the store at 6:30 Saturday morning. Cash, checks, receipts, deeds, insurance policies and other valuable papers were all taken. The exact amount of money taken was not tabulated. Smits said the store had closed after Friday night shopping about 9:15. Public Safety officers checked both front and back doors at 11:15 p.m. and found both of them locked.

• An unauthorized walkout at the Inland Lime and Stone Co. ended the same day it began Monday. Quarry workers and railroad crews stayed home when the first work shift was due to start at midnight Sunday, because they were unhappy with a new work schedule drawn up by the company. Union President Harold Carlson of Local 4302 emphasized that the walkout was unauthorized, and worked during the day Monday urging members to return to work International Union representative Jack Powell of Negaunee had told union members at a meeting Saturday night that any walkout would be in violation of their contract signed a year ago for a two-year period. The work schedule in question involves having workers take a day off in the middle of the week, and then working Saturday, giving them a five-day week and giving Inland a six-day operation. About 50 men were involved in the walkout.

• Chairman Don Martin has contracted with the M&M Display Co. of Fon du Lac, Wis., to build a float for the City of Manistique for the Escanaba Centennial parade, he reported Wednesday. Cost of the float will be about $350, he said, and he added he would be soliciting in the business district for donations to finance the entry.

• Two Escanaba youths publicizing that city’s Centennial celebration with a 900-mile bicycle trip, stopped in Manistique Saturday morning on the first leg of their three-week journey. Pat Quinn, 16, and War Zeno, 16, plan to stop at cities along the way and pass out information on the upcoming celebration.

35 Years Ago June 15, 1978

• Ten new members in ten days was a goal achieved by the Schoolcraft County Historical Society recently. Members were both local and out-of-towners who had read about the Pioneer Park project in the Society’s newsletter. The Society has CETA workers who are working on the Pioneer Park and preparing for the erection of the authentic log cabin which has been donated to the group.

• Protests were voiced at this week’s city council meeting over traffic backups caused by construction work now underway on the siphon bridge. Several city residents said they were concerned that ambulances or fire trucks would be unable to cross the bridge quickly in an emergency. The work is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, and all lanes of the bridge will be open during the July 4 weekend.

• The City of Manistique does not have money in this year’s budget to repair or replace a footbridge over Indian River, the city council said Monday. Several Westside residents have been urging the council to replace the bridge, which is adjacent to the city’s water plant just off Intake Park Road. The bridge was damaged by an ice flow in the fall of 1976 and has remained unrepaired. “I don’t see how we can do anything about it this budget year,” said Mayor Mary Moffat. The City’s fiscal year starts July 1, so the earliest that funds could be budgeted for a bridge would be July 1, 1979, Moffat said. The residents have presented petitions to the council asking that the bridge be repaired.

20 Years Ago June 17, 1993

• Residents of Manistique probably thought they were seeing double as more than 50 silver recreational vehicles streamed into town Monday and Tuesday. The Wally Byam Caravan Club International made a stop at Manistique fairgrounds as they completed the first leg of the group’s trip from Traverse City, MI to Bismark ND, the site of the club’s international meeting.

• Offered the choice between quick Portage Township or inexpensive citycounty ambulance service, Germfask residents decided to go with both. “The can call who they want,” said Germfask Township Supervisor Omer Doran Tuesday. “There is a time difference of about 15 minutes, with Portage being quicker. If it isn’t an emergency, they can call Manistique which is less than half the charge.” For a Germfask resident to be transferred to Manistique by the city-county ambulance, it would cost approximately $175, while Portage Township service can surpass the $400 mark, according to Doran.

• Schoolcraft County zoning administrator duties, currently performed by county building code administrator Bill Hackney, may soon be taken over by Paul Wood, the county tax assessor. The county board of commissioners approved the switch at Tuesday’s regular meeting by a vote of 3-0, with Louis “Sparky Lauzon and Jack Hughson absent. Compensation for Hackney and Wood will be negotiated at a future county finance meeting.

10 Years Ago June 12, 2003

• Voters in the Manistique Area Schools Monday overwhelmingly approved a 10-year renewal of the 18-mill tax levy on non-homestead property. The measure passed 308 to 74. Since the passage of Proposal A in 1994, all public school districts in the state have been required to levy the 18-mills on nonhomestead property, which includes camps, cottages, vacant land and other property that does not serve as a primary residence. The original levy was set to expire after this year. The renewal will keep it in place through 2013.

• Officials from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and the staff of the new Woodland Meadows Assisted Living Center held an open house Sunday, giving members of the public a chance to check out the apartments and amenities of the 20-unit facility located on Riverview Drive.

• Local resident Bibi Duquette is getting ready for an annual trip to the Copper Country, where she will once again take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Duquette says she receives strong support for her fund raising effort from her friends and neighbors in Schoolcraft County.

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