A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 1, 1963
• The new Manistique Township fire truck arrived last week. Ray Schmidt, who headed up the drive to raise $1,100 to purchase the vehicle, drove it up from Lansing. Volunteer firemen are now being sought for the Township Department.
• Four miles of I-75 freeway between Rudyard and Kinross in Chippewa County was opened to traffic recently. Nearly 22 miles of I-75 Freeway are now opened to traffic between St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie and the remaining 29 miles is under construction and will be opened to traffic by the end of the year. Completion of the 50-mile freeway will provide a continuos 380-mile superhighway from the Michigan-Ohio state line near Toledo to Sault Ste. Marie.
• Ed Ekdahl is almost dwarfed by his giant blue delphinium, which has grown to a height of more than 11 feet this year. The retired accountant has one of the city’s outstanding gardens at his home at 508 Park Ave.
• Paving of the new four-lane entrance to the city along Chippewa Avenue from the old Paul Bunyan restaurant to Deer Street was completed last week.
• City Councilmen got some strong reaction at their last meeting from people who found old water bills tacked on their summer tax statement. Folks weren’t incensed about the water charge itself, but rather because the addition on the tax bill was the first notice they had received about the delinquency. The water bill owing on one couple’s house was incurred before they purchased it two years ago. One landlady, who received bills for water dating back to 1957, said this was her first notice of her tenant’s delinquency. The water ordinance clearly states that the owner shall be liable, and that the amount may be added to the tax bill.
• Four fishing sites in Schoolcraft County are scheduled for development this year under the Accelerated Public Works program. The sites include one at Snyder Lake, two on the Manistique River, and one on Ashford Lake. They are among 15 sites scheduled for completion this fiscal year under the program, at a cost of $48,667, all are in the U.P. Manpower for the projects will be hired from the counties in which the work is being done.
35 Years Ago August 3, 1978
• Owners and suppliers of Hoholik’s Inc. new home center, “The Plumbery”, celebrated a grand opening by cutting a pipe Friday. Those present for the cutting ceremony were Richard Van Antwerp of Stanley Tools, Jeff Gill of Wittock Supply Co., Roman Pierce of Wittock, Conrad Hoholik, Don Hoholik, Tom Hoholik, Roland Hoholik, and Tom Anderson and Jack Wittock of Wittock.
• St. Anne’s Altar Society is hosting a farewell reception in honor of Father Frank Lenz on Saturday after 5:30 Mass. He will be leaving Aug. 8 to take over the Pastorate at Nahma, Isabella and Cooks.
• Picnickers at Big Springs are being joined by some uninvited -- and unwanted -- dinner guests, Park Manager Gordon Archer reported this week. In his weekly report, Archer said an “abundance of skunks continue to be a nuisance as they parade through the picnic area during the day causing visitors to leave their picnic lunches on their tables while they head for safe confines of their cars.” Park officials are attempting to catch the skunks and relocate them to a non-eating area.
• Schoolcraft County will be receiving over $226,898 in additional monies for swamp tax payments, according to county treasurer, Bill Cowman. Gov. William Milliken signed into law Friday a bill to increase state payments to local governments in lieu of taxes on tax-reverted, recreation and forest land from the former 58 cents per acre to $1.50. In Schoolcraft County, over 246,629 acres of land are state-owned. At the new payment rate, the county will be receiving a total of $369,943.55. The monies will be divided among school systems and county and township government.
20 Years Ago August 5, 1993
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants immediate action to remove PCB’s in Manistique Harbor after reviewing preliminary test results that show PCB levels in the harbor as high as 720 parts per million (ppm). The study paid for by Manistique Papers and Edison Sault Electric Company shows several “hot spots” where PCB contamination is greater than the 50 ppm allowable before the EPA initiates clean-up.
• The 92-foot, twin masted schooner, Madeline, will be dockside in Manistique on Aug. 10 sponsored by the Manistique Merchants Association and WTIQ-WCMM radio. The ship will be docked and open at dockside for free tours. The Madeline, a replica of the original Madeline that sailed the Great Lakes 150 years ago, was built in Traverse City by a cadre of volunteers over a five-year period beginning in 1985, and was officially christened in the summer of 1990.
• Snyder Drug girl’s softball team took first place for the season with a record of 8-1. They also took first place in the tournament. Members of the team are Erin Demers, Kelly Spettel, Regan Cole, Cindi Burge, Marissa Sholander, Sue Fleck, Mandy males, Renee LaFleur, Andrea Troyer, Renee Boynton, Stephanie Pierce, Cory St. Pierre, Jamie St. Pierre and Coach Tom Burge.
10 Years Ago August 7, 2003
• Among the highlights of last week’s Schoolcraft County Fair were the annual pageants. On Thursday night, Ashley Jones was crowned Miss Schoolcraft County 2003. First runner up was Jennifer Price and Miss Congeniality went to Shannon Tillman. The 2003 Little Prince crown went to Mac Englehart, Jr. and Harley MacGregor was crowned Little Miss.
• Paquin’s Sand and Gravel took first place in the Germfask Lion’s Invitational Softball Tournament for the second year in a row, finishing with a 5-0 record. Members of the team are Candy Swetkis, Anne Okonek, Wendy Burnis, Wendy Mattson, Brenda Madden, Eva Casperson, Barb Landis, Gail Sulander, Kate Steider, Lorrie Botruff, Judy Skradski and Tammy Connor.
• Manistique firefighters responded to a blaze that destroyed a rented garage on N. Houghton Ave. on Sunday. Origin of the fire was determined to be accidental.