2013-10-24 / News

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50 Years Ago October 24, 1963

• The hazy beauty of Indian Summer continued in Schoolcraft County and across the Upper Peninsula this week. Long range forecasts by the U.S. Weather Bureau cautiously predicted even more of the same. The 30-day prediction for the Upper Great Lakes area called for temperatures several degrees above normal, with highs in the 50’s and 60’s.

• The new Post Office at Cooks will be dedicated with an open house Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Postmaster Peter V. Thelander will act as host for the open house. Area postal workers and officials have all been invited.

• John Moffat, vice president and general manager of the Inland Lime and Stone Co., will be the featured speaker tonight at the annual President’s Night dinner on the campus of Michigan College of Mining and Technology at Houghton. Moffat, a graduate of the school and member of the board of managers of the school’s alumni association, will speak on the value of participation in extra-curricular activities on campus.

• An investigation was underway this week to determine the cause of an early-morning accident last Friday near Port Inland that derailed and damaged an Inland electric locomotive and a stone car. The engine, pushing a load of empty cars back to the quarry from Port Inland, was standing on a passing track when it was rammed by the front car of another train of empties coming onto the passing track from the main line. The weather was dark and foggy at the time. The cab end of the locomotive was extensively damaged, and it will be out of service for some time while repairs are being made. Four crewmen, two on each train , were shaken up in the mishap, but not injured. All workers were back to work for their next shift.

• Two Manistique athletes are on the Michigan Tech varsity football team this fall. They are sophomore Jim Malloch, a halfback majoring in chemical engineering; and freshman Dave Corson, majoring in civil engineering. Malloch lettered last year, and was the co-winner of the Terry Wilson Outstanding Freshman award, Corson is playing his first year for the Huskies and is rated a fine prospect by coach Bill Lucier.

35 Years Ago October 26, 1978

• The Senior Class of Manistique High School came out on top of the annual Homecoming float contest again this year with their entry. The Homecoming was spoiled, however, by the Westwood Patriots, who managed to pull off a one-point victory over the Emeralds.

• The millage election is over. The millage is passed. “Now we can get down to business,” said Robert Ebli, acting assistant high school principal and transportation director. An unusually heavy voter registration was forewarning for the heaviest voter turnout perhaps in school history. Voting was heavy in all precincts and generally much stronger than was expected. Of the 3,255 total votes cast, 2,018 were for the millage, and 1,231 were against it. There were six invalid votes.

• Beginning Nov. 15, it will be unlawful for children under the age of 17 to be in public in the City of Manistique between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to action taken Monday night by the city council. The council unanimously adopted those restrictions in a curfew ordinance that does allow certain exceptions. A child caught violating the ordinance will be taken to police headquarters in City Hall and his parents will be contacted to come pick him up. The first violation shall result in a $25 fine for the parents, and subsequent violations will carry $100 fines.

• Work began last week on an addition to Ollie’s Red Owl. The addition will enable the store to expand its line of frozen foods and to add more bakery items and a delicatessen section. If weather permits, work will be done on the expansion by Christmas.

20 Years Ago October 28, 1993

• Starting next spring, area golfers will have a new course in Garden to test their skills. Tri Valley Golf and Country Club is being built by John and Lana Lucas and will eventually feature 18 holes of challenging golf including an island hole, where the golfer will test their accuracy by trying to land their shot on a green surrounded by water.

• Poachers beware! The officers of the area U.P. Whitetails Association presented the DNR Conservation Unit with “Robodeer”, a deer decoy that will be used to catch poachers.

• Two men claiming to be roofers stole approximately $2,400 from an elderly Gulliver woman on the afternoon of Oct. 21. Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, said that the woman who uses a walker asked the men in before getting to the door because she thought is was the telephone repair man. While one man talked to her about problems with her roof, the other slipped into her bedroom pried open a cash box, emptied its contents and returned to his accomplice. The two then left.

• The Manistique Junior Varsity Football Team took the Mid Peninsula Conference title last Thursday night after they defeated the Westwood Patriots 36-17.

10 Years Ago October 23, 2003

• Mark Ozoga is this year’s “giant pumpkin champion” at Manistique Papers Inc. Ozoga won the title by growing a pumpkin that weighed a whopping 621 pounds. Each year, a half-dozen or so mill employees take part in the friendly competition to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin.

• The Lady Emeralds varsity dug a big hole in the first quarter against Big Bay de Noc Tuesday and couldn’t climb out. Big Bay won the game 67-41, sweeping the season series between the long-time rivals. The Lady Bears had beaten the Emeralds 54-40 Sept. 9 in Manistique.

• At Newberry’s request, this Friday will be the last football meeting between Manistique and Newberry, ending one of the Emeralds oldest rivalries. The winner of this game will retain the Ford Cup for life. The trophy was created back in 1997 as a challenge between Rahilly Motors and Creighton Ford.

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