A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago August 22, 1963
• Local Boy Scouts Tom Flodin and Paul Babladelis, accompanied by Scoutmaster Nalbert Gerber of Troop 402, will leave at 10 Saturday morning for
a week’s stay at Mackinac Island where they will be part of the Governor’s
Honor Guard. The two scouts were selected by drawing of local boys interested in attending. The Honor Guard is composed of Scouts from the Red
• Population explosion? Not here in Schoolcraft County, anyway. It has been
10 days since a baby was born at the local hospital, which sets some sort of
record. The last baby born here was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald DuFour,
127 S. Fourth St., on Aug. 11.
• The bears are on the prowl out around Seul Choix. That’s the word from
the lighthouse keeper Bill Goudreau, who said Wednesday the hungry bruins
were damaging the red willow trees in the area as they fed on the white berries on the trees. He also reported that the bears had scratched their backs on
a freshly painted paint shop by the lighthouse, leaving some fur in the fresh
• An Indiana plane made a forced landing at the Schoolcraft County Airport
Tuesday afternoon after its engine failed five miles northeast of Gulliver Lake.
Pilot of the plane was a Kokimo Ind. man. Passengers were his wife and
another couple from Milwaukee, Wis. The group was enroute from Gore Bay,
Canada to Kokimo when their I75 Cessna engine quit on them. They radioed
to the Manistique airport unicom system, manned by Mr. and Mrs. Vern Bernard, to stand by as they were coming in. After a safe landing, they were met
at the airport by Mr. Bernard, and told him “it sure felt good to have contact
with ground radio when in distress.” The plane was left here for major repairs,
and the occupants called Kokimo for another plane to come pick them up.
They will return to Manistique later in the week to pick up the repaired aircraft.
• A bright spot in the downtown area is provided by the colorful flower bed in
front of the Dipper Motel. Flowers are in bloom most of the summer season in
the bed, tended by Mrs. Malcolm Nelson.
35 Years Ago August 24, 1978
• The Manistique Boat Marina is having a record-setting summer this year
in the number of visiting boats that are stopping at the harbor, according to
Harbor Master Dan Faketty. Faketty said Tuesday 180 transient crafts had so
far moored at the harbor at least one night, well above the 150 total craft registered for last summer. “I’m pretty sure we’ll hit 200,” he said. The 200th boat
is expected in the harbor sometime during the Labor Day weekend.
• The Escanaba River Rollers will perform at the Schoolcraft County Fair
Saturday. For the past three years the team has won the World Championship
at the Internationally recognized competition held at Hayward, Wis. Members
of the group are Micheline and Fred Sayklly, Jr. and Brent and Bruce Belanger.
• Rod Blanchard of Engadine is the first Engadine High School athlete to be
chosen to the first team of the Upper Peninsula Conference All-conference
team in basketball, football and baseball. Also selected to first team was Le-
Roy Frazioer of Engadine.
• Although small in number, the Schoolcraft County 4-H “Pork Pushers” distinguished themselves by bringing back the majority of the ribbons, premiums,
and trophies for the Swine classes at the Upper Peninsula State Fair. Individual achievements went to Heather Ross-Reserve Grand Champion Market
Hog (Trophy) and Scott Troxler-Championship Fitting and Showing (Trophy).
The eight youngsters, Todd and Scott Troxler, Heather Ross, Donna, Stacy
and Tommy Gagnon, and Cheryl and Diana Norris brought home a total of
16 ribbons and two large trophies. All trophies and ribbons are now being
displayed at the Dreamland Restaurant near Blaney.
20 Years Ago August 26, 1993
• High winds and waves washed a pair of Manistique teenagers off the break
wall of the pier Monday around 10 p.m. according to Manistique Department
of Public Safety. Officer Dave Peterson said the two 16 year old girls, who
suffered minor cuts and bruises were sitting on the pier on the other side of
the lighthouse when a wave crashed over the wall and swept them into the
harbor. “They spent the better part of an hour in the water,” he said. The two
were caught in the current from the river and the incoming waves. They tried
to get back on to the pier, but were unsuccessful and had to swim all the way
to the rocks where the pier connects with the beach. When they reached the
shoreline, they were battered against the rocks by the waves. Peterson said
the girls were not aware of the shift in wind that caused the waves to begin
breaking over the pier.
• Responding to numerous complaints about gasoline smell, the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources began drilling this week around U.S. 2 and
Maple St. to determine the cause of the odor. A geologist for the DNR said
the monitoring wells are being drilled to determine the extent of the gasoline
contamination. There was a confirmed release around the site of Nifty 50’s in
the mid to late ‘80s where there used to be a gas station.
10 Years Ago August 28, 2003
• It might not be noticeable to the casual observer, but Manistique’s historic
water tower is in much better shape now than it was last year at this time.
Work is winding down this week on summer repairs to the tower, concluding
the second phase of what officials hope will be at least a three-phase renovation program. Saving the 1922 Roman Revival structure has been a key local
topic for many years. The effort began in the early 1990s, nearly 30 years after
the tower last held the municipal water supply and many years after it was last
used as the local “hall of justice” and later the chamber of commerce.
• With the construction of the new athletic field scheduled for substantial
completion this fall, the Manistique Emeralds football program has been preparing for a season on the road. Nicknamed the Road Warriors, Manistique
will start the 2003 season at Negaunee.