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50 Years Ago December 5, 1963
• First prize in the “Biggest Buck” campaign staged this fall by the Retail Division of the Top O’ Lake Michigan Chamber of Commerce has gone to a Detroit resident. Bernard Hanlan, 100 Rinloch, Detroit, entered a buck weighing 250 pounds. Second place went to Sylvester Leny of Gulliver with a 225 pounder, third place was won by a 210 pound buck shot by Wayne Schaffer of N. 4th St., and fourth place went to Donald Popour of Pontiac, Mich., with a 205 pound buck. All deer were weighed on the city scales. Hanlan will receive a $25 savings bond for his winning entry.
• Schoolcraft County was blanketed under a foot of snow this week as the winter’s first heavy snowfall made an appearance. The snow started Monday afternoon, and by 3 p.m. Tuesday there was 6.7 inches recorded on the gauge at the city pumping station at Intake Park. Continuing at intervals Tuesday evening and Wednesday, the blizzard made driving hazardous both in town and on the highways. By 3 p.m. Wednesday close to a foot of snow was recorded on the ground.
• Inland Lime and Stone Co. will close its 1963 operations this week, according to John Moffat, vice president and general manager of the Gulliver firm. Production this year is about 10 percent over 1962, Moffat said, with one of the best shipping years since 1957. The plant opened operations April 22 this year. Last year Inland opened April 17 and closed down Dec. 6.
• Ready for fun again? The rollicking Harlem Stars touring basketball team is returning to Manistique for another exhibition game. Sponsored by the local Knights of Columbus, the Stars will play a fun-filled contest against a squad of local All-Stars at 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Last year the touring basketball magicians played to a packed house in the local gym.
• Firemen fought a stubborn blaze in 15-degree weather Monday morning at the Wilfred Johnson residence on N. Maple St. The fire was confined to the front portion of the large structure, which is the former Hewitt Grocery warehouse. The alarm was sounded at 7:41 a.m., and firemen fought the blaze for more than two hours. The fire is believed to have started near the chimney of the structure.
35 Years Ago December 7, 1978
• The Manistique River State Forest no longer exists, at least in name. The Forest recently was merged with five other Eastern U.P. state forests to form the Lake Superior State Forest, according to Department of Natural Resources personnel. The new forest, which does not include the acquisition of any new state land, contains all state forest property from Garden Corners eastward. The Manistique River State Forest area now is officially known as the Thompson Forest Area of the Lake Superior State Forest with area headquarters at Thompson. Headquarters for the entire forest is at Newberry. The Thompson Forest Area also includes the Garden Peninsula, which had been a part of the Escanaba River State Forest. The six forests that merged to form the Lake Superior State Forest were the Manistique River, Grand Sable, Mackinac, Tahquamenon, Lake Superior and Munuscong.
• Manistique’s newest high school teacher is Jim Hubbard, a mathematics and physics teacher whose most recent post was Kiowa, Colo. Hubbard hails from Menominee originally and so welcomed the chance to come back to the Upper Peninsula.
• Bill Shust of Manistique finished in the top five percent of Michigan high school students who were tested recently in the 22nd Annual Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition. The Manistique High School junior joined 1175 other students across the state who competed in the final examination.\
• An estimated crowd of 650 persons watched Saturday night as the Manistique National Guard Boxing Club won nine out of 17 bouts in its first showing of the season. The club, in its second year, hosted clubs from eight communities. There were 27 bouts in all.
20 Years Ago December 9, 1993
• Gas prices in Manistique are among the lowest in the State of Michigan according to the Weekly Fuel Gauge Report conducted by AAA Michigan. Prices plunged to 89 cents across the city this week. The report has gasoline prices down 2.2 per gallon on average. Gas prices are at their lowest point since March of 1992. Area service station owners did not want to comment on the price wars.
• Firearm deer season is over and according to a Department of Natural Resources biologist, it was a good season for Michigan hunters. Greg Soulliere from the DNR Sault Ste. Marie office said approximately 215,000 deer were taken this year statewide by firearm deer hunters. “We had a variety of weather conditions including still nights and mornings that made hunting easier,” he said. “The season was average or above average.” Soulliere stressed that one in four hunters bags a buck during the season. There were approximately 800,000 hunters in the woods this season.
• Brian Larson recently earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank: Eagle Scout. The award was presented by Pastor Ingmar Levin and Jim Barr. For his Eagle Scout project, Larson repaired and painted a section of the basement at the Zion Lutheran Church.
10 Years Ago December 4, 2003
• Schoolcraft County welcomed the holiday season in style last Friday with the Manistique Merchants Association Christmas Parade. The annual spectacle was bigger than ever, with more floats, walkers, decorated vehicles and other entries. One of the highlights, of course, was the traditional appearance by the honorary grand marshal, Santa Claus, who waved to young and old alike from atop a city fire truck. Christmas spirit was in the air in more ways than one, as a light snow fell off and on throughout the evening.
• Officials at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital are looking forward to another good year. At their Nov. 25 meeting the board of trustees adopted a budget that forecasts a profit of $334,000 in 2004. If those figures hold up, it would mark the fifth consecutive year of profits, continuing a financial turnaround that began in January 2000, when SMH was designated as a critical access facility. That designation allows the hospital to be reimbursed by Medicare for the actual costs of providing services and treatment.