A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago March 12, 1964
• The latest score on Council candidates shows nine in the race with two more undecided. Latest entry is Elmer Richey, whose announcement appears in this week’s issue of the Pioneer-Tribune. Added to the list after last week were Herbert Burns, 159 N. Maple, and Robert Walters, owner of the Harbor Bar. Burns said Wednesday he was still undecided. A heart attack a year ago has slowed him down, he reported. Mr. Burns served as Manistique Township supervisor for 12 years. The other undecided candidate is incumbent William Olesak, Monday night he said he would and would not be a candidate. He has taken out petitions but has not circulated or filed them yet. Other candidates for the three vacant seats are incumbent Lawrence Boyd, Leo DeMars, Katherine LeBrasseur, Arvid Nelson, Jack Phillips, Merwin White and Charles Varnum.
• An election to decide the future of the Cooks High school has been scheduled for Monday, March 23. Voters in the Cooks School Districts will ballot that day on the question of discontinuing the ninth through 12th grades, and sending the 56 students to Manistique High School on a tuition basis. Manistique’s board of education passed a resolution at their meeting Tuesday night, saying they would accept the students on a tuition basis. Manistique currently takes in tuition students from all other districts in the county except Seney, which sends its youngsters to Newberry.
• Four of the Cooks 4-H girls that will appear in the talent show March 17 at Cooks will appear on the Darby O’Six show March 20. Invited are Peggy Wickwire, Geraldine Neadow, Jean Neadow and Elizabeth Coe. The girls will pantomime the Beatles.
• The Mighty Mites of Cooks staged one of the year’s most stunning upsets in Upper Peninsula cage play last Friday night when they defeated defending champion Nahma in the finals of District Class D tournament play in Manistique 72-66. Members of the winning team include Walt Roberts, Bill Donovan, Dave Hill, Lennie Caldwell, Gilbert Carley, Bruce Swagart, Phil Hartman and Larry Swagart. Coaching the District Champs is Normie Jahn.
• It was hard work with frozen ground, but formal ceremonies marking the start of work on the new water storage tank were held Monday at the site east of the hospital. Paul Olson of Manistique Builders along with Mayor Harold Carlson wielded shovels while Jack Roemer of Roemer Electric bravely held the stake.
35 Years Ago March 15, 1979
• Heard the rumor that the City of Manistique is preparing to demolish the old water tower? Several residents had, and they went to city council Monday night to state their objections. The council, however, informed the residents that instead of tearing down the structure it was attempting to acquire approval to have it designated a water monument. “There’s never been any discussion as far as I know about demolishing it,” said Mayor Mary Moffat. The water tower was built in 1922.
• Strasler Tire Service in Manistique will be among the service stations in Michigan that will be affected by Texaco Inc.’s decision earlier this month to discontinue its operations in the state. Strasler Tire, 103 River, is privately owned and will continue in business despite the Texaco phase-out. “We’ll continue to sell gas but it will be under a private name,” said Heman Strasler, station owner. The Texaco pull-out will affect 591 service stations in Michigan and 2,200 stations over a seven-state area.
• The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners reconsidered its earlier decision to build proposed senior citizen housing itself and voted instead Thursday to turn the project over to private developers. The commissioners voted 6-1 to rescind action they took last July when it was decided the county should build and operate the 64-unit complex.
• The Manistique Area Schools department of music is announcing the rejuvenation recently of a not so old group, “The Naturals”. This highly select group consisting of 13 young musicians (10th-12th grade), is under the direction of Manistique’s newest faculty member, Keith Polkinghorn. They feature the “Now Sound” in their music, which includes Pop, Top 40, Jazz/Rock, Soul, Disco, Standards, music from the 40’s, and some novelty tunes.
20 Years Ago March 17, 1994
• Proposal A has been voted in overwhelmingly by Schoolcraft County and Michigan voters. Out of the 2262 people who voted in Schoolcraft, 1670 voted for and 592 voted against. The single issue ballot will forever change the way schools are funded in Michigan. To raise the money the state sales tax will be raised from 4 to 6 percent. Even though there will be funding through sales tax and 15 other taxes, there will still be some millage. Proposal A is a constitutional amendment and can’t be changed without 3/4 vote by the Legislature.
• Former Manistique resident Ralph Boudreau was recently named Trooper of the Year. Boudreau is the son of Catherine and the late Ralph Boudreau of Manistique. His mother is retired from teaching at Emerald Elementary School.
• The Mid Peninsula Conference coaches met recently to choose their all conference teams. Ben Carlson, sophomore guard for the Manistique Emeralds was named to the all-confernce First Team. Carlson led the conference in 3 pointers with 40 of them, his free throw percentage was .862 (50-58) and was second in scoring with 256 points. Two other Emerald players ended up in the top ten in conference statistics. Donnie St. John was second in rebounding 122 and ninth in 3 pointers with 13. Mike Kraatz was fifth in rebounding with 104.
10 Years Ago March 11, 2004
• In a move that caught much of the community off guard, the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that David Jahn, the hospital’s long-time administrator and chief executive officer, was retiring. In a memo posted to employees, Chairman Rick Demers said the board “has come to an agreement in principal with Mr. David Jahn that will accommodate his request to retire from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and its board.” Jahn, a Manistique native, has served as SMH administrator for more than 21 years.
• After the M-94 Siphon Bridge is rebuilt this summer, it will look much like it did when it opened 85 years ago - right down to the ornate multiple globe streetlights illuminating the span. At Monday night’s meeting, the Manistique City Council approved a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation, through which the state will pay to install the lights and the city will cover the ongoing maintenance.
• For the second year in a row, the Michigan Snow X Racing Association held its season finals at the Kewadin Casino in Manistique. The event drew a large amount of spectators and many competitors, including a number of local racers including Jon Carlson, Eric Zellar and Emily Zellar.