A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
June 11, 1964
• Application for a license to operate a commercial radio station in Manistique has been made by two Detroit-area men. The request was filed May 26 with the Federal Communications Commission, and seeks a permit for a “Class IV AM station to operate 1490 kilocycles, with 1,000 watts during daylight hours and 250 watts at night.” The request also lists an antenna height of 159 feet and says that the studio and transmitter both would be located in town. The closest radio stations at present are located in Escanaba, where there are two, and in Munising. No indication was made as to when the station would start operating, if approval is granted. Once FCC permission is given, it would be necessary to bring in transmitter equipment and to erect the proposed tower.
• An expansion program by the Manistique Tool and Manufacturing Co. that will take over the old Lundstrom garage building and create five to seven new jobs in the community was outlined to the City Council Monday night by Charles Rusiecki, a partner in the local firm. Rusiecki said the company needed extra floor space to assemble a machine for a “well-known manufacturer,” and would start as soon as possible.
• A plan to “share” shop and home economics classes with students from St. Francis de Sales school met with general approval at the regular meeting of the Board of Education Tuesday night. Msgr. F. M. Scheringer, pastor of the St. Francis church and head of its school, had asked that consideration be given to offering instruction to parochial students in the seventh and eighth grades. There are 18 boys and 22 girls in the seventh grade group, and 18 boys and 21 girls in the eighth grade group. The local school would receive a pro-rated portion of state aid from the pupils enrolled.
• The popular Sault Ste. Marie Pipe Band from the Canadian Soo will be here for Manistique’s Fourth of July parade, it was announced this week. The kilted drum and bagpipe marchers were named as North American champions in Class B competition at Ottawa, Canada, last August and will provide a colorful highlight for the celebration. Legion Post 83 is again sponsoring the annual parade and program, with Emery Barnes as chairman. Other chairmen include J. Earl Cousineau, master of ceremonies at the stadium evening program; Alex Creighton, street sports; Mrs. J. P. Quick and Mrs. Ed Doyle, kiddies parade; William Cowman and Don Martin, parade; William Cook, public address system.
35 Years Ago June 14, 1979
• Nearly 40 years of educational experience will come to an end later this month with the retirement of Manistique High School Principal Marvin Frederickson. Beginning with a country school in 1940 at a salary of $900 a year, Frederickson’s career has spanned a period of tumultuous changes in American education and in the student and teachers that have been a part of it.
• The Manistique City Council and Detroit and Northern Savings and Loan reached formal agreement Monday on the sale of the Triangle Park. Detroit and Northern had purchased the property several months ago, but the two sides had been unable to reach agreement on how a proposed branch office would be situated on the parcel. The council Monday voted to accept a final buy-sell agreement with the firm after studying blueprints of the facility. The 30 by 43 foot branch office will face Cedar Street. The entrance to a drive-up facility will be on Oak Street, near the Arbutus intersection, and the exit will be on Arbutus.
• The City Council Monday night accepted a bid a $133,000 bid from Manistique Rentals for collecting garbage in the city during the next three years. The city currently provides the service. The council awarded the contract to the company after studying bids for the purchase of a new garbage truck. “We feel it’s more economical to go this way,” said Mary Moffat. Residents will continue to be billed through the city.
• Hiawatha Elementary girls’ softball team recently won the tournament trophy by defeating the Fairview girls’ team to secure the championship. Members of the Hiawatha team are: Brenda Pawley, Tonya Herro, Bonnie Tallman, Amy Turek, Diane Hoffmeyer, Laurie Spencer, Laurie Baker, Rhonda Tallman, Susan Walters, Bonnie Casteel, Jody Gould, Danielle Olsen and Wanda Gwaltney. The Hiawatha team, coached by Romayne Dewey, was undefeated in regular season.
20 Years Ago
June 16, 1994
• Lakeside student Sarah Hughson created the winning name “Lighthouse Clubhouse” for the future playground that will be built in the community. All Manistique and Big Bay de Noc elementary students thought of names for the future playground. The top six names were chosen and then each student voted on one favorite name from those six. Other top names included: “Great Lake Getaway” by Danielle Smith, “Land of the Logs” by Emily Plackowski, “Blue Ox Play Box” by Amanda Studinger, “Boardwalk Bungalow” by Nina Vincent, and “Sailors Shanty” by Sam Whorley-Ekstrom.
• Former Manistique resident Karen Behrend Satmary of Petoskey has been selected to go to the Olympic Referee Training Camp at Lake Placid in July. She will referee women’s hockey. Women’s hockey will be an Olympic event for the first time in 1998 in Japan. In April, she refereed a game at the Woman’s National Tournament in which Manistique hockey player Jenny Gerometta competed. The game was held in Southfield, Mich. Satmary is the daughter of summer resident Sally Winn.
• On Saturday, a kids fishing day was held at Camp 7. Over 600 people attended and 314 children registered.
10 Years Ago
June 10, 2004
• Local residents and visitors considered themselves fortunate when they saw a flyover by an F-117A stealth fighter before last year’s Independence Day Parade. This year they will double their luck, as the area is treated to a special “Heritage Flight,” featuring modern and vintage aircraft flying wingtipto wingtip above Manistique. The event once again has been arranged with the help of U.S. Air Force Maj. Lawrence Leny, the son of Bob and Carol Leny, a 1983 graduate of Manistique High School.
• The flags at the Schoolcraft County veterans’ memorial flew at half staff in memory of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, Reagan died Saturday, June 5, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 93. President George W. Busuh declared this Friday, June 11, as a national day of morning.
• The fishing pier at Camp 7 Lake was a busy place last weekend, as more than 400 people turned out to enjoy the 13th annual Kid’s Fishing Day. Over 240 children attended with their families, one of the best turnouts ever.