A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago
July 30, 1964
• The First National Bank at Manistique will mark the opening of their new banking quarters with a three-day Open House that starts today. The 60-year old building at the corner of Cedar and Walnut streets, in the heart of the Manistique business district, has undergone a complete face-lifting inside and out, and is now one of the most modern bank buildings in the state. The front of the new bank is mostly glass with a four foot canopy at the top of the facing topped by a new slimline high output plastic sign of blue and gold. New fluorescent lighting, a lowered ceiling, thick carpeting and new drapes, plus completely new fixtures and furniture have also been included.
• The Inland Lime and Stone Co. will reach a historic milestone this week when it reaches the mark of having shipped one hundred million tons of high calcium limestone since opening in 1930. In a statement tracing the history of the operation, John Moffat, vice president and general manager said: “The Inland Lime and Stone Co. started its operations at Port Inland, Mich., in the fall of 1930. The first cargo to be shipped was loaded in the steamer Joseph Block on Nov. 14, 1930. That was the beginning of an operation which on July 30, 1964, has shipped one hundred million tons of high calcium limestone in 10,823 boatloads and 70,500 rail carloads.”
• Construction of a new Chamber of Commerce building located somewhere along the highway was proposed Wednesday morning by Chamber President Fred H. Hahne at the monthly board of directors meeting. Hahne said he felt a highway site was necessary so that it could be seen easily by the large number of tourists driving through. “I would guess that less than 10 percent of our visitors now stop at the Chamber of Commerce office,” he said. The present office is located in a stone building in Triangle Park across from the post office.
• A “children’s march” that will find local youngsters conducting a doorstep campaign for contributions this week end will kick off Schoolcraft County’s efforts to raise funds to aid in the support of the U.P.’s Bay Cliff Health Camp. There are six children from this county at Bay Cliff this year, compared to eight for several previous years, and all are receiving excellent care and training to help them overcome their physical handicaps. The local fund-raising effort is aimed at helping to pay Schoolcraft County’s share of the cost of running the non-profit, non-denominational summer therapy center.
35 Years Ago August 2, 1979
• The “back to basics” movement that is sweeping education in America is apparently having an impact on city administrators as well. That, at least, is the impression one receives from new City Manager Ron Howell, who has set as the primary goal of his administration the renewal of emphasis on the “very fundamental services” a city provides its residents. “My first impression is that the city is involved in many, many different programs,” said Howell, who as of tomorrow will have served one month in office.
• Tourism may be slower than normal locally this season, but it is not because of bad publicity. This has been a good year for the Manistique area in receiving favorable reviews from travel and recreation magazines and newsletters. Earlier this summer the Automotive Club of Michigan published a complementary article on the City of Manistique, Snail Shell Harbor at Fayette received praise in an article in a national selling magazine and the Schoolcraft County Airport recently was complimented in an Illinois flyers’ newsletter. The most recent example to come to light is an appraisal of the Manistique Marina in the 1979 edition of the “Great Lakes Cruising Club.” In a three page article, writer George W. Smith described the marina as “excellent.”
• Some visitors to Indian Lake State Park this summer are discovering - much to their dismay - that they are taking home more than just fond remembrances of their trip. The south shore of Indian Lake is experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of Swimmer’s Itch in recent years, and the affliction has been particularly prevalent this past week. “The itch seems to be on the increase this year nationwide. It is not just Indian Lake. There are about 500 lakes in the state that are having problems with it,” said Dr. Dave Harvey Blankespoor, associate professor of biology at Hope College in Holland, Mich.
20 Years Ago
July 28, 1994
• First Northern Bank and Trust will celebrate the grand opening of its $1.3 million dollar expanded Manistique office and corporate headquarters from Aug. 8-13. The bank doubled the size of its facility with the 10,000 square foot addition. The expansion includes adding a second story to the building at the corner of S. Cedar and Walnut streets. The present facility was built in 1980 on the site of the original bank building constructed in 1934.
• August 1 kicked off the “Citizen Action Mandate” which has a goal of 2,000 signatures to support the capping of the Manistique Harbor. Organizer Roy Pitts said over 1,500 signatures have already been secured. The petitions have been placed in 60 locations in Manistique. Pitts said anyone can sign. The person does not have to be a register voter, but has to be at least 16 years old. Pitts said summer visitors can sign too.
• The 9-10 year old Manistique All-Stars team members were Keith Proctor, Brandon Selling, Adam Beckman, Brett Fox, Bob Utter, Tim Swanson, Greg Nelson, Brian Barton, Derek Main, Justin Beckman, Ben Kieffer, Bryan Landis, Mike Casey, Andy Bruce, Troy Sherman and Trevor Rochefort. The team was coached by Bryan Landis and Dave Barton.
10 Years Ago
July 29, 2004
• Shattering all previous records, last weekend’s annual Manistique Salmon and Trout Derby drew 272 anglers. That easily topped 2003, when 144 people entered the competition. The year before that 141 people took part. With good weather, great fishing and more prize money on the line, 70-plus boats ventured out of the Manistique Harbor into Lake Michigan for the event. Competitors came not only from Schoolcraft County but all over Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and as far away as North Carolina. Boosting the numbers for this year was increased funding for prizes and advertising and the addition of several days of “pre-fishing” competition, requiring people to enter early rather than wait for weather.
• The Big Bay de Noc girl’s varsity basketball team recently attended a team camp at Central Michigan University, where they took first place in the Pool C bracket and brought home a trophy presented to them by CMU women’s head basketball coach Eileen Kleinfelter. Attending were Randi, Ferrebee, Sara Henry, Kristi Starkweather, Chelsea Grouleau, Lacey Peterson, Cassie Nelson, Rachel Carley and Angie Leckson. The girls were accompanied by Jane Laux and coaches Angie LaLonde and Jacki Knoph.