A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago January 30, 1964
• The first robin has already been reported, but another spring flash was received last week in the wake of the unusual January thaw. Port Inland’s harbor was reported completely free of ice - something that’s never happened in January before. There was no word as to when the first boat of the shipping season was expected, largely because it got cold again last weekend.
• Who’s going to run for City Council in the April 6 city election? “Not I!” says incumbent Arthur Demers. “Not I!” says incumbent Lawrence Boyd. “Maybe me,” says incumbent William Olesak. The terms of all three expire this year. Olesak is finishing out the unexpired term of the late Adam Heinz. Demers and Boyd were both emphatic about not running again. Olesak said he would probably circulate petitions, but had not definitely made up his mind. The terms at stake are for four years. Mayor Harold Carlson and Orson Livermore are the other members of the five-member council.
• Schoolcraft County motorists were urged to do their license plate shopping early this year by Mrs. Margaret Johnson, branch manager of the Secretary of State’s license office here. Sales this year are far below 1963, she said, and a last minute jam of buyers again seems assured.
• John Buzzo and Tom Mercier took first place in the Emerald City Motor Club rally held here Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shiner of Gladstone placed second, Lloyd Lindvall and son placed third, Mr. and Mrs. James Cook were fourth and two women drivers, Helen McNally and Mrs. Lloyd Lindvall, took fifth place.
• Ted Hentschell, Exalted Ruler of the Manistique Elks, recently presented $25 bonds to Christine Mathson and Fred Lesica, Jr., winners in the local Youth Leadership contest sponsored by the Elks.
• Thursday, Friday and Saturday are Coupon Days in Manistique! This week’s issue of the Pioneer-Tribune carries two special pages of valuable coupons that are worth big savings during the three-day sale. Sponsored by the Retail Division of the Top O’ Lake Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Coupon Days offers special discounts in a wide variety of merchandise.
• A four-year-old Nahma boy was injured last Wednesday when he was struck by a car on Deer St. Public Safety officers said the youngster pulled away from his father and ran into the path of a car. He was taken to the hospital by his father.
35 Years Ago February 1, 1979
• About 15 to 20 concerned Lakeside School parents attended last Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting to ask Board members for a gymnasium for the school. According to Jean Klus, president of the Lakeside P.T.O., Lakeside is the only elementary school in the system with no gymnasium and it has the highest enrollment. There are 181 students in the school as compared with 171 at Lincoln, the next largest elementary school.
• A new record player, PA and amplifier was donated recently by five local organizations and businesses for the community. The Manistique Pulp and Paper, the Manistique Women’s Club, the First National Bank, the State savings bank, and Rogers TV all gave money towards the system, valued roughly at $500. The system will be used for ice skating, County Fairs, and any other community programs at the Fair Building. It is equipped with four speakers, an amplifying system, a turntable and microphone stand.
• A braking and entering at Woods Distributing Co. on Chippewa Avenue early Monday morning resulted in the theft of about $550 from the company’s safe, according to a report from the Manistique Department of Public Safety. The robbery followed a breaking and entering last week at the McNally home on South Park in which several hundred dollars were stolen. Captain Joe Mc- Donough admitted that the two coming so closely together were “unusual” for Manistique but refused to speculate on whether or not the same burglar may have been involved in both incidents.
• The Manistique cheerleading squad is going downstate this Friday to compete in the state-wide Cheerleading Contest. The girls won regional Class C School competition last Saturday. Cheerleaders are Lana White, Karla Hamill, Jackie Krusic, Captain Valerie Wood, Kim Tufnell and Debbie Nagy.
20 Years Ago February 3, 1994
• Beginning on Feb. 13, all calls made to the Manistique Public Safety Department after 4 p.m. on week days and all day on weekends will be answered by the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department. The change is the result of action taken by the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners at its audit finance meeting last Friday. The sheriff’s department had already been dispatching all calls between midnight and 8 a.m. That change was approved eight months ago. Manistique Public Safety Director Bill Reno told commissioners he believed this would eliminate a duplication of services and would be a move in the direction of a central dispatch.
• Schoolcraft County had the second highest unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula for December 1993 according to figures released by the Michigan Employment Security Commission on Jan. 31. The county’s rate was 15.5 percent or 575 people looking for work of a workforce of 3,700. In 1992, the rate was 12 percent.
• Channel 6 weatherman Carl Bohnak talked about the art of weather predictions and other weather facts to an interested audience of fourth and fifth graders at the MHS auditorium last week. The program was funded by a grant from the Manistique Academic Booster Club.
10 Years Ago January 29, 2004
• If you could spend just five minutes of your time, push one button, and perhaps win a car, would you? Carl Less of Manistique decided to take that challenge and was rewarded in a big way, when he won a brand new Buick century. Less won the vehicle on Jan. 19 with a visit to Curran Chevrolet in Manistique. While there, he decided to take his shot at the GM Hot Button contest. To participate, a person had to visit a GM dealership and sit in a vehicle equipped with OnStar. He simply pushed the OnStar button, waited a minute or two, and found out he was the winner of the new GM vehicle.
• The National Honor Society chapter at Big Bay de Noc School recently made a donation to brighten the lives of younger patients at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Students Brooke Lucas and Josh Hermes presented Director of Nursing Kathy Tennyson with a Playstation unit and 18 games.
• With record of 7-0, the seventh and eighth grade basketball teams will attempt to continue their winning streak at Mid-Pen tonight. They will encounter Mid -Pen at home on Feb. 2