A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago September 12, 1963
• Enrollment in all grades in the Manistique public schools this fall totaled 1,213 students. Grade school enrollment declined, but the total of high school pupils reached an all-time high of 621 students, a substantial increase over last year’s total of 569. Late registrations during the past week pushed the elementary total to 447, with 252 students at Lincoln, 83 at Central and 112 at Lakeside. Registration of 7th and 8th graders at Central totaled 145 students this year. The high school enrollment has 174 students in the 9th grade, 151 in the 10th, 171 in the 11th and 125 seniors. St. Francis de Sales parochial school has an enrollment this year of 350 students.
• Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for a fat man with a stomach ache! The Bread and Butter Burglar has struck again! This time he really loaded up with groceries, entering John’s Market at 222 Oak St. sometime Monday night by forcing the back door. Police said a check showed the following items missing: One half gallon of maraschino cherries, a jar of dilled onion rings, a jar of sour chow, two jars of olives, a five pound pail of honey, two five pound arm roasts, a slice of round steak, three pounds of pork loaf, two pounds of wieners and two pound of salami. Earlier thefts of groceries in the downtown area during the past month have been confined to bags of food taken from parked cars. Calling all cars! Check the drug stores for any big sales of bicarbonate of soda!
• A.S. Putnam & Co. is one of the oldest business establishments in Manistique. There has been a drug store on the corner of Cedar and Walnut at least since 1882, and possibly earlier. The first prescription record on file at the store is Jan. 2, 1882, a prescription for boils that cost 45 cents. Since that time more than half a million new prescriptions have been filled at the drug store on the corner. Later the store was known as Thompson and Putnam, then Putnam bought out Thompson and A.S. Putnam & Co. has been retained since as the company name. The present owners are Jack Quick, John Paul Quick, and Edwin J. Thompson.
• Fran Weber caught the only pass of the day for Manistique, good for seven yards, in the season opener against Munising Friday night.
35 Years Ago September 14, 1978
• When the doors to the new Senior Citizens Center open next week it will culminate more than eight years of work by hundreds of individuals. That work included raising more than $70,000 in private contributions. “People are amazed that a county with 8,226 people can raise approximately $70,000 of their own money,” said Eileen Males, the center’s director. “The people feel this is their building and they are proud of it.” The rand opening for the center will be Sept. 21.
• The rash of recent break ins and burglaries in Manistique has prompted the city council to take another look at a possible curfew ordinance. The council had considered such an ordinance earlier this year, but never brought the proposal to a vote. Such an ordinance would restrict youngsters 17 years old and younger from being outside from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. except under specific circumstances. The council has instructed City Atty. Mike Brooks to bring the ordinance back to the council for consideration.
• The West Shore campground of Indian Lake State Park closed last Thursday for the season, according to Park Manager Gordon Archer. A total of 34,000 persons visited the West Shore campground this year.
• If the number of registrants at the tourist information center in the water tower is any indication, tourism was up this summer over last year. The Chamber of Commerce reports that 2323 registrants visited the center in 1978 as compared to 1200 in 1977. The actual number of individuals stopping at the center is greater than the number of registrants since persons often register for an entire family.
20 Years Ago September 16, 1993
• The Directors of State Savings Bank in Manistique have announced the plans to begin construction on a new 11,269 square foot building, which will be located at the corner of Cedar and Main Streets. Clyde Strasler, president and CEO of State Savings said the bank has simply outgrown its present location. “There are constantly new and more machines being introduced, along with the need for more storage,” he said. Strasler said they hope to start within five to six weeks with the demolition of the Maytag & Furniture Store, which the bank purchased for the expansion.
• The Manistique City Council voted 3-2 Monday to extend Manistique Rentals’ exclusive contract with the city for the next year and seven months, the maximum time period before the contract must be renegotiated.
• Hallmark Cards, Inc., recently announced that they have purchased several photographs from Maria Lenon of Nature’s Reflections Studio in Gulliver. Lenon is known for her wildlife photography and pet portraits. Her photos can be seen on First Northern Bank and Trust Fifty or Better Club greeting cards and on a variety of calendars. She has also done work for a division of Colgate Palmolive and for International Posters. Lenon’s work can be seen at her Studio in Gulliver.
10 Years Ago September 18, 2003
• As work continued last week on the new A.F. Hall Stadium grandstand and press box, crews also began laying sod on the football field. The project is now targeted for substantial completion by the middle of October.
• The 2003 Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club champions are Harry Toennessen, Jon Johnson, Pat Braun, Rich Aldrich, Mike Lund, Bob Hannah, Jake Verbunker, Rudy Evonich, Russ Johnson, Jim Creighton, Dan Vaughan and Kevin Demers.
• There were some tense moments, but the Manistique Emeralds managed to preserve a 20-0 halftime lead to record their first victory of the season last Friday defeating the Gwinn Modeltowners 20-14. The Mid-Pen Conference win , took place in front of a Parent’s Night crowd at a substitute home field in Munising.