A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago April 9, 1964
• Merwin White, Charles Varnum and Leo DeMars led the field of 10 City Council candidates in voting Monday, as almost 70 percent of the city’s electors turned out to cast their ballots. A total vote of 1,631 was cast for the day. Mr. White head of the meter department at Edison Sault Electric Co. here, led the field with a total of 811 votes. Varnum was close behind with 795, while DeMars totaled 685.
• Although Spring is officially here, the weather Sunday afternoon did not favor some 20 Cub Scouts who braved the chilly winds to enter their kites in the annual kite flying contest held at the recreation field east of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Kites of all sizes and shapes were entered. The rules were that kites had to be home made and have not more than 1,000 feet of string and were judged according to construction, handling and height. Winners were David Waters, Gary Brawley and Stephen Tufnell. They will enter the Red Buck District contest to be held in Escanaba in May.
• A $4 million overhaul and rebuilding for the carferry Ann Arbor No. 7 is in the works for this summer. John E. Schlosser of Frankfort, general superintendent of the railroad, told the Menominee Herald-Leader last week that the venerable car carrier is scheduled to go into the shipyards this summer to be converted from coal to diesel and oil, and to have the superstructure rebuilt. This will be the third carferry rebuilt by the Ann Arbor in recent years.
• The Thompson Fish Hatchery will soon be experimenting in a project to raise muskies for game fishing, hatchery manager Martin Miller told the Manistique Lions Club Tuesday night. Appropriation of $20,000 to cover the cost of nine new ponds has spurred the project, he said. The new ponds, which will almost be “small lakes,” will cover nine acres, he said. The muskies, or muskellunge, is a large pike valued as a top game fish in the northern midwest, and sometimes reaches a weight of 60 to 80 pounds.
• Jean Flodin of Manistique moved into the top spot in the singles standings of the U.P. Womens Bowling Tournament at Escanaba last week end, with a score of 626. She took over from Marie Males of Manistique, who held first with a 616 score, Mrs. Males still ranks first in the All-Events division, with handicap score of 1722. Barbara Chartier and Marcella Quick currently rank fifth in the doubles standing with a score of 1124.
35 Years Ago April 12, 1979
• Attracting the most interest at the CBC Radio Telethon was the bidding for the MSU basketball, which was signed by all the members of the NCAA championship team, including Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The ball, secured through efforts of Rep. Charles Varnum of Manistique, is one of only two in existence; the other is possessed by Gov. Milliken. Fourteen bids were made for the ball, starting at $105. The bidders were Mike Brooks, Judy Favier and Freddies Bar. Brooks and Favier are MSU alumni. Brooks took the ball home with a $1,000 bid, which was $200 above Favier’s last offer. Brooks is an attorney in Manistique. Sparked by the $1,000 bid for the basketball, the drive ended CBC drive ended at 9 p.m. with pledges and donations totaling $15,684, well above the $12,000 goal set by drive organizers earlier this year.
• Two teenage boys fought intense flames and dense smoke early Saturday to rescue their unconscious father from their burning home northeast of Gulliver. The boys, Jim Price, 16, and his brother Lawrence, 14, had escaped the blaze, but then returned inside the one-story home to rescue their father, Richard Price, 46. State Police said Price and his wife Bernice, awoke at 6:15 a.m. to discover flames and smoke. Price arose the couple’s five children, but was overcome by smoke before he could escape the house. Price was badly burned and was taken to the burn center at the University of Michigan. Jim and Lawrence received cuts from the incident, as did their brother George,13. Their two sisters, Lisa, 15, and Brenda, 9, escaped injury. Police said the fire apparently started from a woodstove. The house and garage were completely destroyed.
• The Manistique Booster Club donated an $800 leaping machine to the Manistique Area Schools Athletic department this week. The machine is designed to aid participants in all sports. It can improve vertical jumping ability as much as six inches in just a few weeks.
20 Years Ago April 14, 1994
• A parking lot for 55 cars will be built on South Houghton street. The Downtown Development Authority approved the project at its regular meeting Tuesday. The total cost of the project will be about $30,000. The DDA paid $10,000 for the property, $8,500 to have the house torn down that was on the property, $2,000 in legal fees, $3,000 in subgrade work and $7,000 to blacktop it. There will be a 7-inch layer of blacktop that will be laid, so semi-trucks can park on it and not damage it, Director Wally Leggett said.
• Big Bay de Noc basketball player Bruce Spaulding holds the record for the longest basket in Manistique’s gym. He made the basket from between the 3-point line and the free throw line in the opposite court.
• No open burning will be allowed in the city between April 15 and May 15 by order of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Manistique Public Safety Director Bill Reno said that violators will be issued a summons. He added that burning will be allowed in containers with proper screening.
• The 1994 Science Fair Regional Qualifiers are Emily Plackowski, Adam Taylor, Chloe Forstner, Erin Peterson, Caleb Varoni, Troy Sherman, John Osterhout and Melanie Barker.
10 Years Ago April 8, 2004
• The City of Manistique received some good news from the state last week, when it was learned the Downtown Development Authority will not have to repay nearly $850,000 in school taxes captured since 1994. The decision puts to rest an issue that had strained DDA finances and limited the authority’s ability to fund projects for more than two years.
• Local law enforcement officers once again squared off against the Manistique High School senior class in a hotly-contested game of basketball Monday night. Playing for the officer’s team were Mark Russell, Tim Russell,Darren Smith, Kevin Smith,Charlie Willour, Tim Noble, Kevin Denecke, Bob Madden Mark Giannunzio, Dennis Kleeman, Dianna Herlick, Chris Hayward, Mike Hamill and Brenda Madden. Over $380 was raised for year-end senior activities.
• Manistique winners from the district Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship took part in regional competition in Negaunee on March 14. Placing first in their age divisions were Brodie Strasser, Ashley Vaughn, Melanie Neddow, Chelsey Wright and Lynelle Tallman.