2013-09-19 / News

A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago September 19, 1963

• Alice Modders became the first woman to score a hole-in-one at Indian Lake Golf and Country Club when she aced the 96-yard fourth hole Wednesday afternoon. Playing with Olive Smits and Kay McKilligan, she used a five iron to score the first hole-in-one on the local course since 1957, when Vern DuFour shot one.

• Kenneth Muzzy has sold his Gambles Store in Manistique to Earl Doyle and his son John of Ontonagon. The change in ownership was effective Monday. Earl Doyle has been in the life insurance field for the last 32 years. His son, who will be actively managing the store, has been a heavy equipment maintenance mechanic for the White Pine Copper Co. Muzzy, who has operated the Gambles Store here for the last eight years, has purchased the Iron Mountain store.

• A hard-running Marquette football squad spoiled Manistique’s home grid opener at A.F. Hall stadium Friday night, trimming the Emeralds by a 27 - 13 margin before a capacity crowd.

• Motorists may now obtain replacements for faded or rusted license plates at a cost of only $1, the local office of the Secretary of State reports. To get this service, the car owner must surrender both faded or rusted plates at the time the new plates are issued.

• Penney’s in Manistique brings another first to our community - and another service to make shopping easier for their Penney customer. Mrs. Ellen Dyer, catalog Desk Manager, has been trained to assist in making catalog purchases.

• The early bear season evidently scared at least one Bruin out of the woods. A young cub, weighing about 50 pounds, was spotted by Cecil Taylor last Thursday night, ambling along Main Street. The bear took refuge in a tree by the George Nicholson home, and attracted a large crowd of visitors before darkness fell. Some youngsters eventually climbed the tree and shook the branches until the cub fell out, and he disappeared in the darkness, evidently heading back to the quieter life in the woods.

35 Years Ago September 21, 1978

• Students returned to classes yesterday in Manistique Area Schools, but how long they will remain in classes will not be decided for another month. In a long, emotional meeting Thursday night, the board of education voted 4-3 to open schools with a full program this week instead of withholding classes until after the next millage election, Oct. 23. The decision to open schools came following pleas by Supt. Richard Bonifas and several members of the audience, who urged the board to “have faith” that district voters will approve the latest millage request, which was trimmed from 19.64 mills to 19.

• Joe Pruchnicki, 30, has been hired as new head football coach at Manistique High School. He took over the position Monday, the first day of practice. The Emeralds will play five and possibly six games this season, after losing four playing dates because of the millage setbacks.

• School administrators from Manistique and Big Bay de Noc are among the 69 administrators across the Upper Peninsula who have been graduated from Northern Michigan University. They include Supt. Richard Bonifas and Principal Marv Frederickson of Manistique and Principal George Babledelis of Big Bay. The Upper Peninsula’s school districts and Northern Michigan University have had a partnership in education for over three-quarters of a century as NMU has trained thousands of teachers and administrators for schools from Sault Ste. Marie to Ironwood. This face was highlighted in a recent report compiled by NMU administrators which listed Northern graduates who are currently serving as superintendents and high school principals in U.P. school districts. All but six of the 52 U.P. districts have NMU alumnus in those positions.

20 Years Ago September 23, 1993

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin temporarily capping one “hotspot” in the Manistique Harbor without the support of Manistique Papers or Edison Sault. Larry Leveque spokesperson for the EPA on Manistique Harbor said that although the EPA is continuing to negotiate with Manistique Papers and Edison Sault, the EPA feels something needs to be done. In a letter explaining the position of the agency, the EPA says, “...One of these “hotspots”... poses potential problems that require immediate attention.

• The Manistique JV Football Team beat Gwinn at Gwinn Thursday to improve their record to 3-0 on the season. JV Head Coach Matt Peters said he was very pleased with the way the team played. “The most pleasing part of the game was the play of the five interior linemen,” he said. “Mike Peters, Corey Malloch, Josh Carlson, Brandon Winsor and Dick Ekstrom did an outstanding job.”

• Jim Anderson III is the new director of the Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corporation, Anderson replaces Linda Armock who took the job as Manistique City Clerk.

• Michigan State Police Officers eradicated 30 marijuana plants near the Village of Garden on Sept. 19. The plants were 5 ft. tall.

10 Years Ago September 25, 2003

• Miles Behrend, administrator of the Leonard A. and Helen G. LaFave Trust recently presented a check for $49,745.77 to Margaret Cain of the Manistique Area Schools Foundation. The money represents the proceeds from the sale of the LaFave’s home on Gulliver Lake. The money will support the foundation’s mission of providing scholarships to students graduating from Manistique High School.

• Department of Natural Resources workers planted 3,046 bluegills averaging seven inches in length in the Manistique Quarry last week. The fish came from the fall “clean out” of the DNR’s Pocket Park, and were donated by the state. The planting was just the latest step in turning the quarry into a topnotch fishery. Earlier this year the Schoolcraft County Sport Fishing Association purchased and planted 300 bluegills at the site.

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