A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 8, 1963
• Rumors that the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. is being sold and that the mill would be closed down were discounted Wednesday by Russell Stewart, Field Enterprises official who is chairman of the board of the local firm. Stewart said such speculation may well have arisen from the fact that executives of Field Enterprises, Inc. have been engaged recently in discussions with several U.S. and Canadian newsprint manufacturers relating to long-term paper contracts for its newspapers, the Chicago-Sun Times and the Chicago daily News. The two newspapers this year will use about 140,000 tons of newsprint, of which around 10,000 tons will come from Manistique. The balance of the Manistique paper is sold to other long time customers of the mill.
• The Bread and Butter Bandit has struck again! Public Safety officers reported that a bag of groceries was taken from the car of Mrs. Roland Jackson of Manistique sometime Friday night, as the car was parked in an alley in the downtown district. Several similar thefts were reported two weeks ago.
• The first father-son combination in the history of the local National Guard unit was formed last week, when Maj. Edward Doyle swore in his son, William Doyle, and two other recruits, Fred Modders and Allen Grimm. Three other recruits, William Goldi, James Moulds and Dennis Cotey, joined the unit last month as part of the current enlistment campaign.
• A $200,000 project to repair and improve Manistique’s breakwaters is just about at the halfway mark. A crew of 11 men from the Army Corp of Engineers has been at work this summer on the project, and have completed all but a few minor touches on the west breakwater. Purpose of the program is to provide stone protection on the shore ends of both breakwaters, and to rebuild what is termed the “west pier,” that single little light set in a crib in the middle of the harbor. The project also calls for resurfacing both breakwaters with new concrete slabs.
• After two years of work, the members of the Emerald City Motor Club finally have their own Go-Kart track. Paving of the one-seventh mile track was completed last week, and the club members were busy over the weekend making test runs on the 17-foot wide surface.
35 Years Ago August 10, 1978
• The Manistique Area Schools Board of Education agreed Tuesday night to send five reduced program plans to the state, but it also decided to refuse to operate under any of them. The vote was unanimous on the motion made by board member Bruce Steinfeldt and seconded by member John Mincoff.
• Neil T. Bougie, Manistique A&P manager, will be traveling to Nashville with Reg. B. Christensen to cut a record. The two plan to leave Tuesday. Bougie will sing “He was Always There,” a Gary Paxton grammy award winning song, and “Dvorak,” from the New York Symphony. The 45 r.p.m. record will be released world-wide. Bougie has considerable choir background experience and has had offers to attend major universities in Michigan and Wisconsin for his singing abilities. He is a graduate of Escanaba High School.
• League champions and runner ups in tournament action in Manistique girls’ softball is Flodin’s Inc. Members of the team are Nancy Jessick, Jan Flodin, Debbie Kaiser, Sharon McNamara, Jamie Redeker, Jill Brulla, Karla Reque, Amy Heinz, Kris Reque, Mary Walters, Sue Clement, Ceryl Turan and Coach Sandy Kratz.
• “Future,” a single rose submitted by Sherry Varnum, was the grand prize winner at the Flower Show and Tea sponsored by the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
• Almost 84,000 persons have visited Indian Lake State Park so far this year, while another 44,000 persons have stopped at Palms Book State Park, according to the park weekly reports prepared by assistant park manager, Robert S. Comstock.
20 Years Ago August 13, 1993
• Common sense would tell you not to play with a shark, but Schoolcraft County Hospital Administrator David Jahn did just that Wednesday, Aug. 4 in Grand Blanc, Mich. near Detroit. Jahn played golf with professional golfer Greg Norman, known around the game as “The Shark”, at the Buick Open’s pro-am tournament held at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. According to Jahn, he was chosen to play by the Service Corporation, which is part of the Michigan Hospital Association. The Service Corporation is a “Silver Patron” to the tournament. They are allowed to choose one golfer to play in the pro-am and Jahn was chosen. “I wasn’t chosen because of my golf scores,” he said. “Someone different gets to play every year.”
• Manistique Papers, Inc. held a Community Appreciation Day Saturday, Aug. 7. Curious residents and visitors got the chance to tour the paper mill and visit with employees. “The Community Appreciation Day is something Kruger, Inc. instituted in all its Mills,” said President and General Manager of Manistique Papers Leif Christensen. “We think it’s and excellent idea.
• Roy’s Place won some battles, but Marley’s Bar and Grill won the war and took home first-place in Marley’s Bar and Grill Second Annual Slo-pitch Mens Softball Tournament held Aug. 7 and 8 in Manistique.
10 Years Ago August 14, 2003
• More than 400 people attended last Saturday’s performance by the 126 Army Band in Manistique. The band played a wide-ranging concert that covered everything from marches and military music to show tunes, movie themes and modern swing. The event, the latest in the new Music in Manistique summer series, was the first full-scale concert held at the recently renovated band shell since the days of the old City Band.
• Members of the Manistique High School cheer teams recently attended Champion Cheerleading’s “Beast” summer camp at Alma College. While at camp, the Emerald girls received the Sportsmanship Award and also received four- and five-star ratings, out of a possible five stars, for their performances. In honor of their abilities and sportsmanship the squad was selected to participate in the half-time show at the Capital One Bowl on Jan.1