A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago May 7, 1964
• The annual Tax Sale was held Tuesday in the office of County Treasurer William Cowman, with 84 parcels of land being sold for a total of $1,380.41. There were 561 property descriptions originally listed for sale, but a large percentage of these were redeemed prior to the sale deadline. Cowman said he would hold the sale open through Thursday to allow any late bidders to participate.
• For a while there Tuesday morning, it was just like the Wild West. State Police received a report of a man wearing a gun on his hip and seen running out of the Post Office, leaping into an old car and driving away rapidly. A check with the Post Office showed that all was fine there. Then came a report from the school of a young man wearing a gun in a holster, who was seen running out of the school, leaping into and old car, and driving rapidly away. This time police had the license number, and a check finally led to a 15-year-old youth who has been under Probate Court jurisdiction. The boy was found in the back yard of his home, raking leaves - with a gun in a holster on his hip. It was a gas powered pellet gun - legal but lethal looking. The case was closed.
• The Inland Lime and Stone Co. has been given the Award of Merit by the National Safety Council for its outstanding safety record. Howard Pyle, president of the Council, said the local quarry and plant qualified for the award because of its injury-free period at 1,854,290 man-hours from Nov. 4, 1960 through Dec. 31. The award is presented only where the accomplishment passes rigid requirements laid down in the Council’s award plan for recognizing good industrial safety records.
• One sure sign of Spring in this vacationland is the re-opening of the many restaurants and bars in the area that operate during the summer season. This year, two new operators join the list of those who have in years past provided top-notch eating facilities of a wide variety in this area. New this season are Mr. and Mrs. Everett Gostnell at the Pines, three mile east of Manistique, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Callihan, the new owners of the old Black Angus Steak House, at the west edge of Manistique.
• The Hammerheads defeated the State Savings Bank in the championship roll-off of the Wednesday Night Ladies bowling league, 2131 to 1986. Members of the winning team are Verna Blowers, Lois Eimerman, Jerry Sleeper, Patt Harvey, Claire Sangraw and Cubby Olson.
35 Years Ago May 10, 1979
• Residents of Schoolcraft County had a spendable income in 1977 that was just about half the average for the state as a whole. The average consumer spendable income that year was $10,748, about 44 percent below the state average of $19,170. The 1977 figures are the latest ones available. The figures were listed in a report prepared by attorney Russell Behrens and forwarded to Merwin White, chairman of the county board of commissioners. White, who had requested the study, presented the findings to the county board last week. According to the report, only Keweenaw County at $10,037 had a lower household spendable income in the Upper Peninsula. Keweenaw County’s population is 74 percent below Schoolcraft County’s. The report also noted that Schoolcraft County is 31 percent below the state’s average per capita income. White requested the figures in order to show that an “economic factor” should be applied to tax rates in counties that have poorer economic conditions.
• The county board of commissioners last week approved the 1979 tax equalization report that shows an increase in the total equalized value of Schoolcraft County of about 9.3 percent. The report lists the county’s equalized value at $74,573,659, up about $6.3 million from 1978.
• The Manistique Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to begin a campaign to convince the Department of Natural resources to take steps to improve local fishing, chamber officials have reported. About 250 letters are expected to be mailed to local businessmen and other residents this week asking that they contact the DNR to encourage them to increase local fish plantings. The letters also ask that they write to Gov. William Milliken, who expressed concern over local economic conditions on his recent trip to the Upper Peninsula. Chamber officials believe improved fishing would stimulate the local economy.
20 Years Ago May 12, 1994
• The city received a check from the state for $26,000 to reimburse a portion of the cost of damage to the water system caused by the cold weather, the City council learned at its regular meeting Monday. Typically state and local governments each assume 12.5 percent of the cost of federal disaster assistant payments, with the federal government assuming 75 percent of the cost. In this case, Gov. John Engler directed that the state pick up the costs to local governments.
• On Saturday, April 30, the Knights of Columbus held a party to honor Gilbert Sablack and his family as “Family of the Year” and also to honor Larry Savoie as retiring financial secretary. The council in selecting “Family of the Year” must show the entire family is involved in council, church and community activities.
• Manistique Senior Swinger’s Band received a $300 mini-grant to help fund performances around the central Upper Peninsula. The award was given by the CUPPAD Regional Commission. A local arts review committee reviewed 11 grant proposals, which had requested funding of $15,038. Six organizations were awarded with the grants equaling $4,123.
10 Years Ago May 6, 2004
• The Michigan Department of Transportation will not immediately install a temporary traffic signal at US-2 and Chippewa Avenue. Instead it will take a “wait and see” approach, hoping reduced speed limits will resolve concerns about traffic safety during the upcoming Siphon Bridge reconstruction. The project is slated to begin early next week, completely closing the historic bridge over the Manistique River for as long as five months.
• The search to replace retiring Superintendent Ken Groh may be entering its final stages. At their latest special meeting Monday night, the Manistique Area Schools Board of Education voted 7-0 to negotiate a contract with Esther Mudge, currently the superintendent at the Whitefish Township School in Paradise.
• Big Bay de Noc School came up “clean” during an unannounced drug search Friday, April 30. The routine sweep was coordinated by school officials and conducted by a K-9 unit from the Delta County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Michigan State Police Troopers from the Manistique Post.