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50 Years Ago December 19, 1963
• Making extra effort to help curb Michigan’s mounting traffic toll, the State Police will operate special 36-hour road patrols during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods, Commissioner Joseph A. Childs reports. Twenty-two persons died in accidents during the Christmas holiday period last year while another 20 were victims over New Year’s. For the five years of 1958 to 1962 deaths averaged one every three hours and 12 minutes for the Christmas period and one every four hours and 30 minutes for New Year’s.
• Baskets filled with Christmas food, clothing and gifts for 60 area families will be packed Monday morning at the Armory. Packing will start at 9:30, and will be done by members of the welfare committee of the Manistique Women’s Club, with Mrs. Howard Ryan as chairman. The baskets will help to make a happy Christmas for 237 children and 103 adults. Toys for the baskets have been donated by the Order of the Eastern Star, the Rotary Club, Lions Club and Cliff Lewis of the North Shore Gift Shop in Curtis. Money has been donated by the Jaycees, the Elks, the State Savings Bank, Knights of Columbus, Inland Lime and Stone Co., and Lakehead Pipeline. A Christmas “mitten tree” established by county extension clubs at Creighton’s garage has helped to collect mittens for the baskets. J.L. LeDuc provided the use of the Oak Theater for a children’s “canned goods” cartoon show, which has helped to provide food for the baskets.
• Ron Rubick, halfback star of the Michigan State University Spartans, will be playing this Saturday afternoon in the annual North-South All-Star game at Miami, Fla. Rubick and two other Spartan stars, Dewey Lincoln and Dave Herman, were picked for the North squad directed by Bump Elliot, head coach at the University of Michigan.
• A warning on the use of butane-fueled table and interior lamps was issued this week by Fire Chief Harry Durno. Durno said he had received notice from the State Fire Marshall warning that such lamps must be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, or be inspected and approved by local authorities.
35 Years Ago December 21, 1978
• Beginning at midnight Friday the legal drinking age in Michigan climbs to 21, but it is still not clear just what will happen to someone caught violating the law. No penalties were spelled out by the constitutional amendment approved by state voters in November that raised the legal age from 18 to 21.
• Manistique teachers are not the highest paid teachers in the state, but they are not the lowest paid either, as some reports indicated this week. Teachers’ salaries at Manistique rank 238th in Michigan out of 530 K-12 schools. With 837 pupils, Manistique ranks 301st in size and 349th in operating expenditures. The rankings are reported in the “Michigan Statistical Abstract” of Michigan State University.
• A 79-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital early Wednesday after she was struck by a car as she was walking to church. Public Safety officers report that the woman was walking north on Lake St. at 8 a.m. when a car backed out of a driveway and struck her. The driver of the vehicle was on his way to church also.
• Winners of the annual Elks Club Hoop Shoot competition held on Saturday, Dec. 16 were John Peter Senger, son of Leanne Trebilcock-Senger, 8-9 year old boys; Bob Brandstrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudie Brandstrom, 10-11 year old boys; Lori Barker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barker of Germfask, 8-9 year old girls; Nancy Krusic, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Krusic, 10-11 year old girls; Barbara Desjarden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Desjarden, 12-13 year old girls; and Corey Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, 12-13 year old boys. The winners will compete with other UP winners in Marquette on Jan. 6. Dick Ketcik chaired the local contest.
20 Years Ago December 23, 1993
• The true spirit of Christmas was alive as four girls from Manistique High School entertained a group of senior citizens at the Heritage House for the senior’s annual dinner Monday night. Kylie Norton, Kristin McDonough, Crystal Strasner and Shelly Boyd sang Christmas carols and played Christmas songs on flute, trumpet and the piano for the seniors. They have been entertaining the senior citizens since they were in second grade as part of the Girl Scouts. The four freshman from Manistique High School are not involved with Girl Scouts anymore, but they continue to bring cheer to the senior citizens of Manistique.
• Jason Hubble received his Eagle Award Nov. 30. He is the seventh Eagle from the Hentschell family to receive this award. Jason’s uncle Ted Hentschell, Jr. presented him with the award at a ceremony at the Zion Lutheran Church.
• Recycling has finally come to the Garden Peninsula. A special container is located next to the Garden Township Transfer Station on M-183 where residents and business owners can drop off their recyclable materials. The Garden drop off site accepts the same type of materials that is collected curbside in the Cities of Escanaba and Gladstone. Residents are to separate their recyclables and place them in the proper bin.
10 Years Ago December 18, 2003
• The winners of this year’s local holiday lighting contests have been announced. The winners were chosen by a vote of the public on Dec. 10. In the residential lighting contest sponsored by the Manistique Merchants Association, with support from Edison Sault Electric Company, winners were first place, Rob and Charlie Bingham; second place, Joe Ullom; and third place, Cal and Chery Trudell. The business contest, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, were first place, Big Boy; second place, Limestone Federal Credit Union; and third place, Peoples Store.
• With a sudden shift in the weather early Tuesday morning, a mild drizzle instantaneously switched to heavy snowfall - and within a matter of minutes downtown Manistique had turned into a slick but still beautiful holiday wonderland. The changeover from rain to snow turned out to be one of several. Over the next 24 hours, the precipitation switched back and forth from sleet to snow several times.