2013-10-31 / News

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

50 Years Ago October 31, 1963

• Renewal of the nursing home license of Cloverland Lodge has been denied by the Michigan department of Health, and notice served that arrangements must be made for the transfer of all patients by Dec. 1. Victor Jonak, administrator of the nursing home licensing program of the department said renewal of the license, which expires Nov. 1, could not be made because the facility has not been certified by the state fire marshal, and all extensions of time allowable by law have been used. The county-owned facility at 906 W. Elk St. is operated privately by Walter Whitman. There are 36 patients in the lodge.

• It took more than an hour to make the decision, but the City Council approved the purchase of a new police car at their regular meeting Monday night. The bid of Hollenbeck Motors for a Plymouth “police Package” car was accepted, at a cost of $1,441 plus the trade-in of the present car. Discussion showed that the five year 50,000 mile guarantee with the Plymouth was the deciding factor.

• The new Shipman Library at Adrian College, named in honor of Dorothy Middlebrook Shipman of Manistique will be dedicated in ceremonies at the school this Saturday. More than 125,000 volumes will be available in the new $400,000 building, which was a gift to the college by an anonymous donor and is the newest facility in the college’s continuing building program. Dorothy Shipman, who maintains a home at 410 Walnut St., is a former local high school librarian. She has headed the Adrian College library since 1954.

• A bird in the garage may be worth two in the bush. At least that’s what Elmer Lundstrom is contending. He was home resting after a hard day of hunting last Wednesday, when his wife came in to report there was a partridge in the garage. Out went Elmer with his shotgun, and soon returned with the bird. Now he’s considering staying home during deer season and leaving the garage doors open.

• Workers at Inland Lime and Stone Co. chalked up a new all-time safety record at midnight last Thursday as they completed 1,085 days without a lost time injury.

35 Years Ago November 2, 1978

• The First National Bank at Manistique today announced plans to raze its present bank building at Cedar and Walnut streets and replace it with a onestory structure on the same site. The new facility is scheduled to be completed by November 1979, according to President W.T. Tyler.

• Proposal D on the Nov. 7 ballot is causing quite a stir among those it will affect most - high school and college-age young people. The proposal, which would make it illegal for people to drink until age 21, has almost no support in that age group.

• Cub Scout Pack 402 held their annual Father/Friend-Son Cake Bake on Oct. 25. Proud winners were Dan Anderson and his father, Dan, largest cake; Mark Halvorsen and his father, Jerome, First Judges Choice; John Senger and his friend, Tom Brzezinski, theme cake; Eric Johnson and his grandfather, Wilbert Rousse, most unusual cake; and Neil Freeman and his father, Will, Judges Choice, second place. Smokey Bear was on hand to show the cakes and help with the auction after the pot-luck dinner.

• Devil’s Night was busy in Manistique. “We had the usual amount of wax, eggs, and soap,” reported Officer David Neville of the Department of Public Safety. He reported no malicious destruction, but lots of missiles propelled by local devils including rotten tomatoes, plastic bags full of papermill sludge, and pumpkins. Another Devil’s Night prank resulted in a fender bender for Gerald A. Fisk, who ran into the automobile of Daniel W. Kelsey 224 Harrison Beach, when he “took his eyes off the road for a moment to see who threw an egg at the Kelsey car.”

20 Years Ago November 4, 1993

• The Manistique City Council approved the zoning change that will allow a Pamida retail store to be built on U.S.-2 near the Marathon Gas Station. The city council unanimously approved the zoning change recommended by the City Planning and Zoning Commission to change the zoning from Tourist-1 and Recreational-1 to Business-3.

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began work this week to partially cap PCB contamination in Manistique Harbor in an area the agency feels has the highest potential for migration into lake Michigan. The cap, which is costing $160,000 to install and is being paid for by the government’s Superfund, is being placed on an upstream “hotspot” in front of the old fish processing plant.

• The Manistique Varsity Football Team had an off year as far as record this season, but still had some outstanding players. Senior Mark Jarski was named first team flanker for the Mid Peninsula Conference. Senior Ben Armock was given honorable mention at the split end position. Junior Mike Kraatz was given honorable mention at the quarterback position. Senior Brian Larson was given honorable mention for offensive tackle and senior Scott Sholander was given honorable mention for defensive line.

10 Years Ago October 30, 2003

• The latest “drug dog” search of the Manistique Middle and High School yielded a pack of cigarettes but no marijuana or illegal narcotics. The locker sweep began around 9 a.m. Oct. 24. It was the third in a series of unannounced and irregularly scheduled searches that have been conducted over the past few years, none of which have yielded drugs.

• The city of Manistique has made significant strides in cleaning up its financial policies, adjusting accounting practices, and tightening internal controls. Those were the findings of the fiscal 2003 audit, presented Monday night. The report contained only five comments and recommendations to management - a far cry from the lengthy list of more than 20 problems noted just two years ago. In 2001, officials were still in the midst of investigating and correcting problems found in the wake of embezzlement by the former clerk/treasurer.

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