2013-08-29 / News

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50 Years Ago August 29, 1963

• Tourist registrations at the Top O’ Lake Michigan Chamber of Commerce office in Manistique are up by 18 percent over last year, Chamber Secretary Carl Graves said this week. Last week 451 persons from 17 states registered. Michigan visitors lead the list of those registering, he said, but Wisconsin has taken over second place for the first time, replacing Illinois, which has dropped to third. Ohio has moved up to a close fourth, he added.

• Are the whitefish staging a comeback in Lake Michigan? A day’s catch of 600 pounds of the tasty lake dweller was reported Monday night by local fisherman Melvin R. (Bob) Sellman, as he appeared before City Council. Sellman was there to seek a long-term lease on some land in the harbor area. He wants to build a fish market there.

• Edwin E. Wuehle of Escanaba will be Manistique’s new superintendent of schools. The 38-year-old assistant to the superintendent of the Escanaba Area Public Schools was released from his contract there Tuesday evening to accept the superintendent’s job in Manistique. Wuehle is expected to sign a three year contract with a starting salary of $11,000 a year, with boosts to $11,500 and $12,000 on succeeding years when the contract is reviewed.

• Sgt. Dolor LaFoille, former Manistique resident, has been named head coach for the second year of the 1958 Communications Squadron “Reigners”, of the Guam Inter Service Football League. Sgt. LaFoille’s team in 1962 won the league title with a record of 11 wins and no losses.

• This week end marks the third anniversary for Lakeview Lanes, one of Manistique’s newest and most popular businesses. Owner Ray Krusic opened the lanes for business Sept. 2, 1960, as one of the most modern and automated bowling alleys in the Upper Peninsula. Brunswick automatic pinsetters and Brunswick Gold Crown lanes and furnishings combine to make bowling on any of the eight lanes a real pleasure.

• Dean R. Rhoads, 4-H Club agent in Presque Isle County, has been recommended to fill the position of Schoolcraft County Extension Director for Michigan State University.

35 Years Ago August 31, 1978

• Despite heavy rains on Sunday, attendance at this year’s Schoolcraft County fair was well above last year’s according to fair officials. “It was beautiful,” said Bob Archambeau, fair association president. “We were really surprised at the big turnout Sunday.” Archambeau attributed Sunday’s attendance to the new fair building, which replaced four tents that were used in 1977.

• Doctor T. Boyd Bolitho has joined the Medical Staff of the Schoolcraft Hospital and will practice in the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Department in association with John M. Clark, M.D.

• The Thunder Lake Division I Horseshoe team captured first place for the 1978 season with a record of 286 wins and 98 losses. The team played a 16-match schedule with 24 games played at each match. Out of the 16 matches, the team compiled 14 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Team players are: John Demers, Tom Halvorsen, Lloyd Johnson, Jim McDonough, Pete Nelli, Jack Nigh, Mike Oas, Kirk Peterson, Jim Wood and Joe Wood, Sr. The team’s Golden Arm Award went to Mike Oas. The team sponsors are Wanda and Gary Burkholder of the Thunder Lake Bar.

• Motorists may be traveling through Manistique on a new four-lane U.S. 2 highway by the fall of 1982, state highway officials said this week. The state currently plans to let bids on relocation of 1.8 miles of U.S. 2 through the city in the spring of 1981, according to state engineer Donald Rush. The highway, Rush Said, will be expanded to four lanes from approximately the west city limits to Range St. The highway will probably remain two lanes from Manistique to Rapid River and from Manistique to about St. Ignace, Rush said.

20 Years Ago September 2, 1993

• A spokesman for Manistique Department of Public Safety said the pharmacy of the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital was broken into and $2,000 worth of narcotics were taken sometime Saturday afternoon. Lt. David Peterson said between two and four people broke into the pharmacy between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. when nurses discovered the break-in and called the department of public safety.

• He likes roller coasters, rock-n-roll and Nintendo. He hates corn and carrots. Sound like the description of a average teenager? It is. The only difference is Yutaka is a 16-year-old exchange student from Japan who will be attending Manistique High School this fall. Yutaka arrived in the United States from his home in Gunma, Japan on Aug. 12 as part of the 1993-94 Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The Manistique Rotary Club tries to host a student from a foreign country each year.

• The Gulliver Historical Society’s future looks bright, thanks to the acquisition of a historical channel marker light pole and a grant to restore the historic lighthouse at Seul Choix Point. The $23,000 grant is federal money distributed through the state and will be used to paint the lighthouse and put in new furnaces.

10 Years Ago September 4, 2003

• Members of the Hiawatha Township Volunteer Fire Department are inviting the community to help them celebrate several big occasions. This Saturday, Sept. 6, the department will be observing the 20th anniversary and officially unveiling its newest fire truck. Many people have already seen the new Smeal ladder-pumper, which was brought to downtown Manistique and set up at Folk Fest July 12, just hours after it had arrived from Nebraska.

• The local summer festival season wrapped up in grand style last Saturday, with the annual Manistique Merchants Association Car and Antique Vintage Snowmobile Show and first ever Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce Motorcycle Show. Thanks to sunny skies and extremely mild temperatures, the combined events drew a large crowd to downtown Manistique throughout the day.

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