A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago July 18, 1963
• A review and evaluation of 20 applications for the job of superintendent was held by the Manistique Board of Education at their meeting Tuesday night. No action was taken, but the meeting served as the first screening of the large number of applications. The board went into executive session to discuss the applications.
• State Police are investigating the breaking and entering of the Calvin Richards market in Garden, reported Saturday morning. A small amount of cash, assorted food and cigarettes were taken by the intruders, who gained entry through a shed at the rear of the building.
• Four local high school students are enjoying a week’s boat trip down the Manistique River. Leaving last Sunday in two boats from the Germfask bridge were Mike Christensen, Pierre LaFoille, David Eck and Greg Soukup. They plan to arrive near the city sheds sometime Saturday.
• Donald Vesser, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Vesser of Alpha, who has been science and mathematics teacher at Powers-Spaulding High School for the past five years, has resigned to accept a position under civil service with the Michigan State Health Department. He will be county sanitarian for Alger and Schoolcraft Counties.
• The Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps has been invited to appear at the seventh annual White Way Days celebration at Hurley, Wis., Sunday. They will march in the 1:30 p.m. parade and participate in the field demonstration that follows. On Aug. 14 the Lancers will appear in Menominee for a Centennial parade and celebration. Daily rehearsals are being held at 6:30 p.m. on the high school grounds.
• Boy Scout Troop 402 of the Zion Lutheran Church returned from Camp Red Buck after a successful week reported Scout Master Nalbert Gerber. Boys passing first class requirements were Jamie Moffat, Ronald Pawley, Chris Orr, Robert Davidson, Robert Males, Nick Wehner, William Multhaupt, Jack Magoon, Jeff Mattlin and Mike Demers. Richard Eckstrom and Tony Ebli passed second class requirements and Robert Bontekoe, Ronald Lynts, Larry Carlson, Clifford Cool and Gary Thompson won lifeguard badges.
35 Years Ago July 20, 1978
• If there was such a thing as a good time for your house to catch on fire, it probably would be late next week. More than 1500 firemen from 58 departments across the Upper Peninsula will gather in Manistique Thursday and Friday for the 84th Annual U.P. Firemen’s Tournament. The two day event will include a dress parade Thursday, followed by actual tournament competition Friday morning.
• You may be forced to deliver your own mail for awhile if the threatened postal strike takes place at midnight Thursday. Manistique Postmaster Clarence Bramer said the post office would continue operations “as best they can,” but that it may necessary to cease home deliveries. “Everyone would probably have to come to us and pick up their mail,” Bramer said.
• Rep. Charles Varnum of Manistique said Tuesday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment that would shift much of the burden for school funding from property taxes to the state income tax. The six-term Republican also said he preferred the so-called Headlee Amendment for tax limitation over the more drastic Tisch Amendment, which he said, would “gut educational systems and local governments.”
• For the second straight year, Coach Jim Marks has guided his State Savings Bank Team to the local Little League Championship. In the game played Saturday between the two Divisional winners, State savings and Local 4302, State Savings came out on top by a score of 10-6.
• A new priest has assumed duties as assistant pastor at St. Francis de Sales Church. Father Darryl Pepin arrived at the church last week.
20 Years Ago July 22, 1993
• Schoolcraft county commissioners and area law enforcement officials are looking at ways to bring enhanced 911 service to the county. County commissioners Keith Aldrich and Jack Hughson, along with state police Lt. Greg Aha and sheriff Gary Maddox met with officials in Negaunee to discuss a plan in which counties in the Upper Peninsula would share the cost of 911 service.
• Manistique Papers Inc installed stop blocks in the discharge area of the plant to try to eliminate some of the foam accumulating along the river’s edge. Eric Bourdo of Manistique Papers said he has received several calls from people concerned about the foam build-up in the river. “People think it is pollution from the mill,” he said, “That’s just not true.” The foam occurs naturally as it goes out of the flume. It occurs where the river flows out of the mill and where it empties from the flume and does not go through the mill. Bourdo said stop blocks have been installed to prevent some of the foam from building up and they just want the public to know that is not pollution.
• The economic Development Corporation is working hard to attract a Canadian utility pole business to the county. One problem with the plan identified at Monday’s EDC meeting is that the industrial park only has about 11 acres left. The new business would need at least 15 acres.
10 Years Ago July 17, 2003
• The Manistique City Council has approved a new policy to cover sewer maintenance costs. The policy, which was adopted Monday night and goes into effect immediately, will see homeowners paying for sewer repairs on their property while the city covers repairs under the street. The new policy says the city is responsible for maintaining sewer service lines, or laterals, that lie within the road right of way.
• Later in the day last Saturday, as Folk Fest activities on South Cedar Street were starting to wind down, several local law enforcement officers climbed to the top of the ladder on the Hiawatha Township Volunteer Fire Department’s brand new truck, which was stationed at the festival throughout the day. Department members had just arrived home with it on Friday and decided to bring it downtown to let everyone see the impressive piece of machinery, which drew quite a bit of attention with its flag-flying ladder towering high above the town. The truck, which was purchased with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, will be used to fight fires throughout the county.