A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago January 23, 1964
• Mrs. Alphonse Lavigne of Saginaw St. received an unexpected dividend last week. A letter from a former Garden resident, with $25 enclosed, was received with this explanation: “One notation which was lost and completely forgotten was a debt I contracted while your husband (Alphonse) had a candy and tobacco store in Garden (1908). Believe me, the knowledge of this neglect has not made me very happy. The amount is a little vague, but if you will accept the enclosed certified check, my best wishes to you will go with it.”
• The Upper Peninsula Weekly Newspaper Association will hold its annual winter meeting Saturday in the new Tribune building in Manistique. Publishers and representatives from the 14 community newspapers in the U.P. are expected to attend, as well as information officials from Northern Michigan University, Michigan Tech, and Michigan State University. A tour of the new Tribune building is included in the program.
• Donald D. Ott of Intake Park was elected a director of the State Savings Bank at the annual stockholders meeting Tuesday afternoon. The 44-yearold Ott, who came to Manistique in 1933, has been employed at Inland Lime and Stone Co. as personnel supervisor since 1941. At the directors meeting immediately following the stockholder session, H.K. Bundy was re-elected as president, with A.W. Hartman as vice president, Clyde Strasler as cashier and Marie J. Sablack as assistant cashier.
• This week’s spring-like January thaw has not only brought rising temperatures, but a report on the robin of spring. Otto Johnson of Marblehead reported spotting four robins on his lawn Sunday. Now who has the first crocus?
• Players in the Grade School League, sponsored by the City Recreation Commission, received new shirts this week. The presentation was made by Ted Hentschell, Exalted Ruler of the local Elks, who purchased the shirts as part of their youth activities program.
• Pins fell at a record rate at Lakeview Lanes Tuesday night, when the Inland bowling squad set a new lanes record for a five man squad with a 2800 pin total. Bowling on the team are Walter Peterson, Lawrence Tennant, Dino Pirolo, Howard Hanson and Lee Belcik. The three game series included 66 strikes and 62 spares.
35 Years Ago January 25, 1979
• Curriculum changes for the Manistique Area Schools junior high grades and the intended retirement of High School Principal Marvin Frederickson were among the scheduled items for discussion and possible action by the Board of Education at its meeting last night. Frederickson, who has been teaching since 1940 except for his four-year stint in the Army, requested that the board approve his retirement as of the expiration of his current contract on June 31.
• The A & P Store in downtown Manistique closed its doors to the public for the last time yesterday at 6 p.m. The store was scheduled to close on Saturday, but manager Neil Bougie, Jr. said the lack of stock made the earlier closing necessary. At least two of the stores employees, Bougie and meat department head Robert Weber, have been transferred to A & P’s Ishpeming store.
• The snowfall the Manistique area did not receive in December has apparently decided to make a January appearance. The area so far has received about 16 inches since last Friday and more was falling as of this writing on Wednesday afternoon. Altogether, we have received 55 inches of snow this winter, Schoolcraft County had 140 inches of snowfall last winter. As the snowfall clogs city streets, Manistique officials are reminding residents that beginning Feb. 1, parking will be restricted to even numbered sides of the streets. The restriction is in force 24 hours a day and does not affect the city’s current ban on parking on any street from 2 to 7 a.m. The new law affects all residential neighborhoods.
• Den 9 emerged as the “Pack Champs” in the annual Cub Scout Basketball Tournament for Pack 402 by defeating Den 4. Members of the winning team were Phil Berger, Eric Bourdo, Robert Clement, Dean Deloria and David Taylor, assisted by Den Leader Connie Deloria and Coach George Danko.
20 Years Ago January 27, 1994
• People were the only species that had real trouble with last week’s severe cold temperatures according to Department of Natural Resources biologist Craig Albright. If the remainder of the winter is normal, the white tail deer should winter well according to the department’s winter severity index. The index which is quantitative measures how much energy the animal would expend going through the snow and maintaining body temperatures.
• Schoolcraft County Hospital Administrator David Jahn recently gave a tour of the new construction at the hospital. The obstetrics department is being remodeled and will include two birthing rooms. The laboratory which is an area of revenue growth is being expanded. Completion of the project is expected in late April.
• The number of entries was down but the size of the walleye was up at the Eighth Annual Indian Lake Ice Fishing Derby held last weekend. Approximately 200 anglers competed in the two day event, down 100 from 1993. First place winner was Pat Jeske who caught a 23 5/8 inch, 4 pound 8 ounce walleye on Saturday morning. Kyle Larson was the big winner in the perch division. His 11 inch 13 ounce perch was 1/8 inch longer and 2 ounces heavier than the one caught by second place winner Morgan Farley.
10 Years Ago January 22, 2004
• Beginning next year, Manistique High School students may have to work just a little harder to graduate. The MAS Board of Education Monday heard a proposal to increase the number of credits required for graduation, and is expected to approve the plan next month. The proposal would raise the number of credits needed to graduate from 21 to 23 - at least 22 of which would have to be academic in nature.
• The work put in last year by members of the Schoolcraft County 4-H Computer Club will now pay dividends for other 4-H participants. The club recently donated the profits from its first ever family harvest carnival to the area 4-H council. The $767.60 contribution will be used for scholarships to help 4-H’ers attend trainings and workshops.
• The Super Bowl is not until Feb. 1, but members of the Manistique Rotary Club have been planning for the event for quite some time. That’s because the day will begin with the club’s 9th annual Super Pancake Breakfast at the Elks Lodge.