2013-10-17 / News

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

50 Years Ago October 17, 1963

• Air Explorer Squadron 401, a Boy Scout unit sponsored by the local Air Search and Rescue Squadron, has obtained an emergency rescue ambulance unit from Inland Lime and Stone Co., and turned it over to the city for emergency use. Presentation of the unit was made Monday night at the regular City Council meeting. It will be housed in the Public Safety garage and used as a standby ambulance.

• A crackdown on youthful loitering and jaywalking in the downtown area was discussed by City Council members at their regular meeting Monday night. The discussion was triggered by a letter from Harrison LaFoille, proprietor of the popular school “hangout” on Cedar St., asking that groups of youngsters congregating in front of his place be broken up by police. Councilman Arthur Demers cited the jaywalking of youngsters in the area, particularly at the hours when school is excused.

• A State Health department mobile x-ray unit will be in Schoolcraft County Oct. 29 - Nov. 8 to offer free health screening tests, Dr. R.A. Tearnan of the Alger-Schoolcraft Health Department announced this week. The tests are designed to uncover cases of tuberculosis, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illness.

• A balanced budget totaling $203,965 was approved by the Schoolcraft County Board of Supervisors as they concluded their annual meeting Tuesday. The total is just under last year’s figure of $204,322.10. The largest single item in the budget is for welfare, at $45,000. Anticipated revenues include $191,715 from county taxes, $1,500 from rental of the county convalescent home, $2,500 from the county abstract office, $1,250 from commercial forest reserve lands, $2,500 from refunds from the state and $4,500 in miscellaneous receipts, including fees.

• Brunette, blue-eyed, Mary Markel, Manistique senior, and personable Don Keranen, Baraga senior, reigned as queen and king of Northern Michigan University’s homecoming celebration which ended Sunday. The royal couple was crowned Saturday afternoon during halftime of the football game.

35 Years Ago October 19, 1978

• Manistique residents have a new reason to be proud. The blood drive at the Elks Lodge Oct. 11 resulted in more blood donated than ever before in the Upper Peninsula. “It was such a turnout, I couldn’t believe it,” said John Wells of the Marquette Community Blood Bank. There could have been more donations than the 73 units taken by the team of workers, Wells said, but as the largest previous donations came to only 54 units, the team was not equipped to handle the crowd, running out of everything. The success of the drive was due to the hard work put in by Ed Doyle and John LaPointe said Wells. “Between the Elks and the school teachers, it was incredible,” he said.

• Manistique area merchants and members of the State Legislature are in agreement for a change -- both groups have mixed emotions about the Dec. 3 implementation of the ban on throwaway bottles. According to a survey of local outlets for beer and pop, the main concerns are lack of information on how the change will be handled by the various companies, and lack of storage space and personnel to handle the returned containers.

• The Manistique Department of Public Safety is currently investigating reports of theft from parking meters around the city, reports Officer David Neville. The matter is being looked into by surveillance and by following up leads.

• Schoolcraft County had two ambulance calls in the last week, bringing the total for the year to 242 calls.

• Local State Farm Agent Dick Ranguette and wife Jo Ann were honored recently at the company’s regional convention held at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Recognition was given for outstanding sales and service achievement.

20 Years Ago October 14, 1993

• A barge full of lumber was run aground in Manistique harbor Monday. The shipment of lumber was on route from Beaver Island when the captain of the tug, The American Girl, noticed the weight in the barge shifted, causing it to take on water and ran the barge into the break wall to keep it from sinking. The barge, owned by the Gillespe Bros. of Beaver Island, is still under repair in the harbor as crew members try to weld shut the holes in the hull. Manistique Public Safety and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in the situation.

• Omar Olsen discovered Wednesday that transplanting trees in Thompson Township can be hazardous. As Olsen tossed a tree which he had dug up for transplanting into the back of his pick-up truck, he heard a “clunk”. He checked the tree and found a hand grenade with the pin still in it entangled in the tree roots. Olsen contacted the Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, who in turn contacted the bomb squad at K.I. Sawyer Air Base. The squad picked up the grenade which they said was of World War II vintage. They hadn’t determined whether or not it was capable of causing damage.

• The Indian Lake Golf & Country Club golf course gave up four holes-in-one in the month of July, Don St. John (4th hole), Dan Hawn (8th hole), Zip Boyd (4th hole) and Jill Orr (4th hole) all aced holes during the month.

10 Years Ago October 16, 2003

• Forty-eight years of retailing tradition came to an end, and the Manistique community lost another landmark business as Males Snyder Drug Store closed its doors forever Oct. 10. Stepbrothers Bob Males and Jim Ostlund sold their business to the Pamida chain, which has opened its own pharmacy department. Males, Ostlund and the entire staff of the old store were “part of the deal” and began work at the local Pamida outlet this week.

• Junior Laura Hoholik set a new Manistique High School rebounding record, grabbing 24 boars in Tuesday night’s 48-42 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory at Munising.

• Manistique High School Varsity football players of the week are Matt Hooker, defensive player; Andy Herro, offensive player; and Brian Jenerou, Emerald player.

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