2014-02-06 / News

A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago February 6, 1964

• The Manistique Pioneer-Tribune has been named as the best weekly newspaper in its size classification in the general excellence competition of the Michigan Press Association. The Pioneer-Tribune too first place in Class C, for weeklies of 2,500 to 4,000 circulation, in competition last week end at the MPA convention in East Lansing. The Fenton Independent placed second, while the Ogemaw County Herald of West Branch was third.

• The First Baptist Church in Manistique has a new pastor. Rev. Roy A. Pitts began his ministry there Sunday, after moving into the parsonage last week. Rev. and Mrs. Pitts have a daughter, Marilyn, a student in high school, and a son, Kenneth, a student at Lawrence Institute of Technology in Detroit.

• The Schoolcraft County general fund deficit has been cut to $8,279.95, County Treasurer William Cowman announced this week. “If we can ease up on spending and continue to be free of tuberculosis patients, as we were this year, we should be able to get the county in the black for the first time in 20 years,” Cowman said. The last time the county was in the black was in 1945, with a $13,506.43 credit.

• A Manistique boy who made good in the rough and tumble competition of modern fashion retailing was featured in a special article in the Sunday Detroit Free Press. Isadore Winkelman left Manistique when he was 20, and today is president of the largest chain of women’s fashion stores in the Midwest. His genius for making the right move, placing each store in the right place, has won him national respect...and the high esteem of the men with whom he works at company headquarters.

• Delivery of currency by Brink’s armored cars has been started to banks in the Upper Peninsula by the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. The first local deliveries were made Wednesday.

• Clifford Barber, 330 Schoolcraft Ave., opened the sturgeon season with a bang Saturday, spearing a five foot, 71 pounder on Indian Lake.

• The Soo Blue Devils put a major crimp in the Great Lakes title hopes of Manistique Tuesday night, defeating the Emeralds 78-59 on the Soo floor. The loss dropped Manistique into a third-place tie with Negaunee. Each has a 6-3 record. Soo leads the league with a 7-2 mark, followed by Ishpeming with an 8-3 record.

35 Years Ago February 8, 1979

• Offering “something for everyone,” Manistique’s First Annual Winter Carnival will be taking off next Thursday for a four-day flight. The carnival is sponsored by WTIQ and the Manistique-Schoolcraft Chamber of Commerce to encourage the community and tourists to involve themselves in the winter fun to be had in the Upper Peninsula. The whole weekend’s fun will cost only $3 per adult. That’s the cost of the Winter Carnival button on sale now from 44 merchants throughout the community.

• Manistique’s newest teacher is a music man. Keith Polkinghorne, a native of Mohawk, Mich., will be the choral teacher for the junior and senior high school choirs. He will also lead the swing choir called “The Naturals” and assist band leader Dan White with the junior high school and jazz bands. In addition to those duties, Polkinghorne will teach beginning band and choir at the elementary school level.

• The cause of a fire in the Department of Social Services at the Schoolcraft County Courthouse on Jan. 31 is still a matter of speculation, according to the department’s director, Douglas Kraatz. The fire was discovered by night custodian Audrey Swan in a wastebasket in the Social Services office at about 6:05 p.m. Swan and another night worker, Jay Pelon, grabbed the wastebasket and carried it outside the courthouse where it was put out, according to County Clerk Fred Lesica.

• Manistique’s wrestlers came up short in Tuesday’s 36-30 match here against Westwood despite five pins by Emerald team members. “The young men wrestled well,” said Coach Jim Hunter. “There were a few tough breaks that we just couldn’t overcome.” Making pins in the match were Tony Klarich, Conrad Letson, Paul Swanson, Kurt Jahn and Ed Roddy.

20 Years Ago February 10, 1994

• Pumps at the Holiday Station Store on River St. were closed Saturday until further notice because of a gas leak. The pumps were shut down by Lt. David Peterson, of the Manistique Public Safety Department, after he received a phone call from Holiday about the problem, until the problem could be assessed. Peterson inspected the apartment building on 101 Main St. and out of health and safety concerns for the residents he ordered them to be evacuated. Kenneth Kortz, media relations spokesman for Holiday Companies said that the company identified the problem as a faulty O-Ring in a submerged pump.

• The Manistique Merchants Association urged the Downtown Development Authority to make revitalization of the business district on South Cedar St. its top priority in 1994. “Our downtown is slowly dying because the vital ingredients, imperative to attracting new businesses and retaining current ones, are in a state of disrepair. It is essential to correct this situation and the time is now” the merchants said in a letter to the DDA.

• The freshman football team was eliminated starting next season due to the lack of participation. The Manistique Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to cut the freshman football program at its regular meeting on Tuesday night at Lincoln school.

10 Years Ago February 5, 2004

• As expected, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital finished 2003 in strong financial shape. At the Jan. 26 meeting, trustees reviewed preliminary year-end figures showing $18.4 million in gross revenue, with net revenue of $14.4 million. After subtracting $14.1 million in expenses, SMH was left with a 2003 profit of approximately $285,000.

• Members of Manistique Boy Scout Troop 400 competed in the annual Klondike Derby Jan. 31 at Pioneer Park in Escanaba. Led by Scoutmaster Jim Barr, leaders Ed Klumpp and Linda Mason and other parent volunteers,Troop 400’s Confederate Patrol (Corey VanAmberg, Kyle Dubois, Casey Dubois, Ryan Peterson, Brad Landis and Chris Pawley) finished third in the overall competition. The X-File Patrol (Steve Young, Trevor Birr, Billy Jenerou, and Kyle Loup) also did an excellent job in the day’s events.

• The mystery of ice fishing is wondering exactly what might be nibbling on your hook. For Joel Peterson of Germfask, the mystery was solved when he discovered a 46-inch Northern Pike at the end of his line while fishing Big Manistique Lake on Jan. 24. The pike weighed in at 23 pounds.

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