A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
June 4, 1964
• The State Police night patrol received a distress call from Blaney Park Tuesday night about 10:30. “There’s a woman having a baby in a car here,” reported Jack Earle, and Troopers Dale DeCoe and Bob Pollman sped to the scene. They arrived at the Blaney store as Jack officiated at the delivery of a son, born to Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Propst of Grand Marais. Mother and son were then sped to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. “Baby normal. No complications,” said the State Police report. DeCoe, Pollman, Earle and the father are all doing fine, too.
• The Pro Deo Et Patria Award, the highest Lutheran Scouting award, was presented to Eagle Scout Lawrence A. Carlson and Life Scout Clifford Cool at the morning worship service of the Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday. This marks the first time in the history of the Lutheran church in this area that this award has been made. Both Scouts are members of Troop 402, sponsored by the Zion Lutheran Churchmen. Nalbert Gerber, Scoutmaster of Troop 402, presented the Scouts for the award.
• Diplomas will be awarded to 124 members of the Class of 1964 of Manistique High School at Commencement exercises tonight at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Valedictorian Christine Mathson and Salutatorian Thomas Carlson will deliver addresses to the parents and graduates, under a plan started this year to encourage student participation in the Commencement process. The boys’ quartet of Darryl Carlson, Peter Denman, Marvin Schmucker and Lawrence Weaver will present several selections. The invocation will be given by Fr. Terrance F. Donnelly, and the processional and recessional will be Elgar’s traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.” The diplomas will be presented to the graduates by Robert B. Orr, president of the board of education.
• The 1964-65 city budget submitted by Manager Sam Gesko last Friday night - and described by him as “not spectacular, but balanced” - still contains its share of surprises. Although the proposed budget total of $273,300 is under last year’s expenditures of $276,198.93, a major increase in spending for streets is proposed. The proposed budget also apparently calls for elimination of a $1,000 annual subsidy to the Manistique City Band; reduction in Christmas decoration expenditures from $1,652.95 to $800 and no provision for Christmas turkeys for city employees, which last year cost $243.20.
35 Years Ago June 7, 1979
• A 30-year-old Harbor Beach, Mich., man has been offered the job as new city manager of Manistique, replacing Bob Risik who resigned earlier this year.. Ron M. Howell, a graduate of Northern Michigan University, was selected for the position from more than 30 applicants. The city council voted unanimously to offer the job to Howell at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.
• “Perfect Little Angel” performed by Dawn Fritz, Jennifer Brooks, Lori Urban,Kim Bourdo, and Britt Gray was one of eight presentations performed as part of the Spring Dance Recital by Ellaine Ballas’ dance class. Thirty-six members of the group presented their performances in eight dance presentations on Saturday afternoon at the high school before an audience of parents and friends. The recital was a culmination of dance class instruction for this school year. Following the recital, Miss Ballas was presented roses in appreciation for her work with the children’s dance class.
• Manistique High School will graduate 132 seniors Friday in commencement exercises that begin at 8 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The main address will be presented by Robert Ryan, a teacher and coach at the school who was selected by the seniors. Also addressing will be class valedictorian, Alan Barr and salutatorian Jackie Krusic.
• The Manistique water tower at Pioneer Park will have to wait a while longer before being designated a historical site. The State Historical Preservation Committee in Lansing had been expected to recommend Tuesday that the structure be listed in the National Register of Historical Sites. The committee was presented the nomination at the Tuesday meeting, but was unable to act on it because there was not a quorum. Five of nine members attended the meeting, but one was forced to leave before the nomination was presented.
20 Years Ago
June 9, 1994
• The apartment building at 110 Main Street that was evacuated in February due to a gas leak at the former Holiday gas station has had some recent activity. “The current activity at the apartment building site involves the removal of the vapor extraction system to Holiday’s property. This is being done at the request of the building’s owner,” Ken Kortz, media relations spokesman for Holiday Companies said. The residents of the building have not been allowed to move back in. No decision has been made as to when they will be allowed to return.
• Dr. Herb Harroun, Superintendent for Manistique Area Schools, has resigned and will leave his position in mid-July. Harroun is leaving Manistique to go to Maryville Community Schools in the lower peninsula. Harroun has been superintendent in Manistique for the past nine years.
• Girl Scout Troop 339 recently saw Olympic and World Champions from the figure skating world on May 14 in Milwaukee. The following scouts traveled with their leaders, moms and friends to see all the champions perform: Trish and Maggie Sherman, Chloe and Regan Forstner, Lindsay McCune, Nicole Lovay, Julies Richey, Toni Larch and Ariana Jeske.
10 Years Ago
June 3, 2004
• For only the second time in 10 years, rainy weather forced the annual Schoolcraft County Memorial day program to move indoors to the Manistique National Guard Armory. Among those participating in Monday’s event were Sandy DeRousha of VFW Auxiliary 4420, World War II veteran Lars Olson representing the World War I Barracks, Ed Wild of American Legion Post 83, Noel Hastings of VFW Post 4420, Peter Gorsche of DAV Chapter 26 and Rev. Dr. Jay Martin, pastor of the First Baptist Church, who was the day’s guest speaker.
• The mortarboards flew at the conclusion of Manistique High School commencement ceremonies, held in the Richard Bonifas Gymnasium. Eighty members of the Class of 2004 celebrated the occasion with laughter, tears and hugs. The evening featured addresses by Co-Valedictorians Deanna Barton, Laura Kayser and Jacole Martin, Salutatorian Megan Videtich, and guest speaker Erik Mason. The 1993 graduate, now the dean of students at downsate Imlay City Middle School, spoke to the class about success.