2014-03-27 / News

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

50 Years Ago March 26, 1964

• The firm of Drew and Skidmore, Landscape Architects, Lansing, has been engaged by the Parks and Recreation Division of the Department of Conservation to be in charge of the development of the west shore section at Indian Lake State Park, it was announced this week. The development project, announced earlier, will double the size of the state park, providing approximately 160 new campsites on the 284-acre site acquired on the west shore of Indian Lake, several miles from the existing park. The park now covers 285 acres on the south shore, and has 165 campsites.

• They were almost hanging from the rafters at the City Council meeting Monday night, when more than 100 persons jammed the City Hall to hear the council give its approval to the sale of the old City Hall building. The sale, at a price of $20,000, was to the Greenwood Co., Inc., a Green Bay development firm that intends to erect a supermarket on the site and the adjoining property.

• Voters in the Cooks School district turned down a proposal to close the top four grades and send students to Manistique in a tuition plan, in voting in the township Monday. The vote was 130 against the proposal, and 63 in favor. The vote resulted from a petition presented to the board by a group of more than 50 parents, asking the election.

• State Police are investigating the theft of 400 to 500 bales of hay from the Sid Lucas farm just north of Garden. The theft occurred sometime Saturday night, and the hay was valued at 50 cents a bale.

• The grass fire season is with us again, and Public Safety firemen answered a rash of calls during the past week. At 11:46 a.m. Saturday they were called the Edward J. Doyle residence at 329 Lake St. At 6:05 p.m. they were called to the Sunny Shores Restaurant on east US-2 where a fire was blazing in a field. Sunday at 2:05 p.m. they were called to a fire near the Lakehead Pipeline office, and at 6:58 p.m. answered another grass fire alarm near the old Slining Handle factory. Monday at 8:21 p.m. they were back at Doyle’s home again for another blaze. Tuesday at 12:18 p.m. firemen were called to a vacant lot at Garden and Range streets for another grass fire.

• Photographs by John Mincoff of Manistique won prizes at the annual convention of Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association last week. Two photos won blue ribbons and will be entered at the national convention.

35 Years Ago March 29, 1979

• The old C&L Hardware building at Cedar and River was the topic of conversation at Monday’s city council meeting, as the councilmembers try to work out an arrangement to have the building demolished. The council has instructed city development Director John Matthews to investigate the possibility of using HUD funds to finance the venture. It was reported Monday that a snag has apparently developed over who will be responsible for any liability during the demolition. The council agreed to continue studying the problem.

• The city council Monday approved the appointment of a 32-year-old Sault Ste. Marie man to replace Howard Benson as city assessor. David Huddleston, now deputy city assessor at the Soo, was chosen to succeed Benson, who resigned earlier to take a position with the City of Escanaba. Huddleston worked as an appraiser with the Schoolcraft County Equalization Department from 1972-73.

• How would you like to own a basketball autographed by Earvin “Magic” Johnson and the other members of the just-crowned NCAA national championship basketball team from Michigan State University? Somebody will within the next two weeks, for such a basketball is one of the items that will be auctioned during the annual C.B.C. Radio Telethon on Sunday afternoon, April 8. The MSU Spartans don’t usually autograph balls, but the C.B.C. Committee managed to acquire this one through the help of acting university president Edgar Harden--with an assist from Rep. Charles Varnum of Manistique. There is only one other ball of its kind, according to committee members.

• Schoolcraft County’s first fuzzbuster bust was made by the Sheriff’s department on March 27 at 11:45 a.m. The fuzzbuster was confiscated from semi-trailer truck driver George Barry Jr. of Arkansas. He was also ticketed for having expired plates on his truck.

20 Years Ago March 31, 1994

• Dr. Herb Harroun, Superintendent of Manistique Area Schools announced his resignation Monday. He will be leaving in July with details yet to be announced. Harroun has accepted a position downstate at Mayville Community Schools, in Tuscola County.

• The CBC Radio Telethon on Sunday had $27,050 in pledges when it went off the air, John Lindroth, Chairperson for 1994 said. “It’s a CBC record. We had a good day,” Lindroth said. The previous record was $22,006.

• Starting with the April water bill there will be some increases. The first increase comes from the annual five percent increase that happens every April by ordinance. The second increase comes from the imposed fee to pay for the landfill closure study which also takes effect April 1 and will be charged for 13 months.

• The City Council election will be held April 4. The candidates are Robert Fisk, Ronald Ford, Lennart Nygren, and George Slining, Jr. Two out of the four candidates will be elected to four-year terms.

• Clay Potvin of Garden, has been named to the first team of the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association All-State basketball squad. Potvin tied Don Frisch of UW-Manitowac as the leading vote getter in Region II.

10 Years Ago March 25, 2004

• In recent weeks, Schoolcraft Habitat for Humanity has received several sizeable contributions, including the donation of a home and property on Manistique’s west side. The two lots and vacant home on H Street were presented to the local chapter of the international home-building organization by former owner Ed Smith. Habitat volunteers will begin work at the site in August. Since last year, they have also acquired two condemned homes, which were demolished to clear the way for new Habitat Houses. In February, the group received a donation from the local Pamida Store, which presented them with a 13-inch Magnavox television and VCR to be used in training of volunteers.

• Enjoying spring break but still learning, the members of the Schoolcraft County 4-H Photography Club took a tour of the Pioneer-Tribune Monday. The students got a close-up look at how the paper is produced each week and learned how newspaper photography has changed over the years, from the days of film to the digital era. The Tribune has been using digital photography for more than three years and last used the darkroom to develop weekly newspaper photos in late 2001.

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