A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago November 7, 1963
• A total of $91.23 was raised by members of George A. Shaw chapter of the Order of DeMolay in their houe-to-house canvass on Halloween. The money has been turned over to Judge of Probate John Faketty, couple with a $30 donation given several years ago by a local doctor, to be used to finance dental care for needy area children. Judge Faketty will be trustee of the fund, which will be known as the DeMolay Dental Fund.
• Ray Hughson has been named chairman of the Armory Steering committee appointed recently by the City Council to start the groundwork on the new building planned here. Secretary of the group is Lt. Ron Patrick.
• Thirteen sixth graders were winners in the recent VFW essay contest on the topic, “What I Must Do to Stay Healthy.” Winners include: Cheryl Orr, Diana Boyd, Ann Marie Weber, Sheila Lamirand, Karlene Smith, JoAnn Blowers, Richard Ekstrom, Jim Frans, Mary Kay Berger, Sandra Hubble, Sara Brandstrom, Jon Orhanen and Eddie Lancour.
• Fran Weber, leading scorer for the Emeralds as they completed a 4-4 record this year, was named as a first team end on the All-Great Lakes conference football squad last week. Weber was also the leading pass receiver, and handled the extra point kicking chores for the Emeralds. Tackle Mike Sheppard, guard Rich Hoholik and halfback Murray Patz were all named to the second team, while center Paul Harris received honorable mention.
• Senior halfback Kenny Blowers was the leading ground-gainer for the Manistique Emeralds this year, statistics compiled by student manager John Wood revealed this week. Blowers gained 455 yards in 77 attempts for a 5.91 yard average, and score one touchdown.
• Coach Rudie Brandstrom’s Emerald cagers will open a 16-game basketball season next Friday night. Hopes are high that the locals will be a strong contender for league honors this year, as eight lettermen return from the squad that posted a 7-6 conference mark last season, and was 10-8 for the season. Brandstrom will put a tall squad on the floor, as nine members of the 13-man varsity squad measure six feet or more.
35 Years Ago November 9, 1978
• Manistique will have a hockey and skating rink this winter, or at least that was the conclusion at the meeting of the County Board of Commissioners last Monday night. Elvin Hepker, speaking before the board, reaffirmed the City of Manistique’s intention to pay an equal share of the costs of installation of water lines to the County Fair Building. He stated he had assurance from City Manager Bob Risik that this was still the case. The confusion over funding the project started when the original location of the Fair building was moved from in back of the county Medical care Facility to a spot farther back on the lot. This put the expenses of running water and sewer lines to the building considerably higher than had been originally estimated.
• “I’m pretty elated,” admits Donald Ott of Intake Park Rd. Ott, who is personnel supervisor at Inland Lime and Stone, won $15,000 in the Michigame lottery last Friday. “It didn’t have much impact right then it was like it’s unreal,” said his wife Lois. The couple won $50 in the lottery “long ago” and got a Michigame subscription form at that time. Ott decided to use the form with part of his social security number for luck. They won nothing that year, so the next year Lois decided to try part of her social security number. That decision was worth $15,000.
• The first perfect score of 300 bowled in the 18-year history of Lakeview Lanes was recorded last Thursday by Terry Chartier. Chartier, who was bowling for the Maytag team in his first night of league action, bowled a 685 series for the night, while his team finished with 2,897. The last perfect game in Manistique came in 1940 by Fran Kasun at the Elks Club.
20 Years Ago November 11, 1993
• Napolean LaVake joined the United States Naval reserve on July 9, 1918 just three days after his twety-first birthday. LaVake served in World War I and is the last surviving WWI veteran in Schoolcraft County. LaVake, 96, will be honored today during Manistique’s Veteran’s day celebration, commemorating the 75th anniversary of WWI.
• Dynamite is being used to blast away rock at the State Savings Bank. One stray rock sailed through the window of Fred Tyrrell’s Ford Escort parked at the Pioneer-Tribune office. Several other calls were received about minor damage to vehicles.
• Construction is underway on the remodeling of the obstetrics and lab at the Schoolcraft County Memorial Hospital. The project is expected to cost the hospital approximately $720,000.
• The Manistique City Council voted unanimously Monday to draft an ordinance that will require property owners to keep their sidewalks clear of snow. The city has been studying the issue since February when citizens came to the council to express concerns about school children having to walk in the streets because the sidewalks were not cleared. The motion calls for the city attorney and city manager to work out the legal details.
10 Years Ago November 6, 2003
• An increase in the millage rate for the Manistique Senior Citizens Center was easily approved Tuesday, as Schoolcraft County voters supported the issue 728-220 - a margin of more than three-to-one. With passage of the millage, the Senior Center’s tax levy will be continued for another five years, and the tax rate will double from it’s current quarter-mill to a half-mill. The millage is expected to generate $111,500 the first year - money that will be used to support general operations of the center.
• Five members of Manistique’s varsity cheer team recently traveled downstate to compete in the MCAA Fall Championships. Team members Megan Videtich, Savannah Rosebush, Ashley Bosanic , Danielle Lancour and Nicki White competed in the Class C, five -person stunt round. After an exceptional performance the girls were awarded first place.