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50 Years Ago June 24, 1965

• Clyde Strasler has been named as vice president of the State Savings Bank of Manistique, succeeding Leonard Males who is retiring June 30. H. Keith Bundy, president of the bank, made the announcement this week. Mr. Strasler will also retain his job as cashier of the bank. Mr. Strasler joined the bank staff in 1949. He served two years with the Army during the Korean War, then was promoted to assistant cashier in June, 1955. He was promoted to cashier in January, 1961. Peter Widdis has joined the bank as a teller, Mr. Bundy also announced this week. Mr. Widdis was formerly employed by the local A&P store.

• Miss Schoolcraft County for 1965 will be chosen tonight in judging scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The local International Club, composed of foreign brides, will sponsor and judge the event, aimed at picking a queen to reign over the city’s “Spirit of ‘76” Fourth of July celebration, and also to represent the city in beauty competition at the U.P. State Fair in Escanaba later this summer. A list of 16 candidates has been announced. Seeking to succeed Miss Christine Mathson, the 1964 queen, will be Sherri Walters, Irene Archey, Paulette LaPorte, Carol Carlson, Linda Demers, Annette Binder, Margo Nygard, Terri Cain, Donna Loyd, Barbara Taylor, Nora Nelson, Mary Klarich, Sherri Becks, Cathy Jahn, Candice Becks and Roseann Fleck. The queen will be chosen on the basis of natural beauty, poise, manner of speech and originality of the theme, “The Spirit of ‘76.” They will wear street dress or a costume, plus formal wear.

• A young man who has a talent for art and a keen interest in science is the 1965 grand prize winner of the U.P. State Fair premium book cover contest sponsored jointly by the Fair and Bancroft Dairy. He is Dietmar Krumrey, 11th grade student in Manistique High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Krumrey of Route One. Winning attention with his art work is not new to Dietmar, who is a member of the Indian Lake Art Club. He won top place in the Fair premium book cover contest in 1962 and was a runner-up in 1963.

• The public hearing on the city’s 1965-66 budget will be held at 7:30 tonight at city hall. The proposed reorganization of the city’s Public Safety Department, which is included in the budget, is expected to draw the most attention at tonight’s meeting. The plan calls to reduce the number of firemen from six to three, and to rely largely on volunteer help to man the fire trucks and ambulance. The plan would also increase the number of policemen from five to six. Salary and wage increases along with the start of a pension plan for employees are also included in the budget.

35 Years Ago June 26, 1980

• At least 10 beautiful women who have been chosen as queens of various Schoolcraft County events during the past 45 years will take part in this year’s July 4 parade, according to Linda Missler of the parade’s planning committee. The bevy of beauties scheduled to appear and the year they became queen are: Sis (LaVigne) Hoholik, 1935; Arvela Bauers (Blueberry Queen), 1947; Joyce McNamara (Fourth of July Queen), 1950; Mary Ann Walters (VFW Water Festival Queen), 1955; Toota Beaudry, 1967; Linda (Hanson) Harrison, 1972; Virginia (Henry) Boyd (Miss Schoolcraft County), 1978; Colleen Peterson (who replaced Virginia after she was married), 1978; and Robin LaFleur and Barbara Bontekoe (Winter Carnival Hostesses), 1979. Any former queens who have not been contacted can get in touch with Missler. There are 32 units to take part in this year’s parade.

• The proposed construction of a 1,300 square foot Detroit and Northern Savings and Loan branch in Manistique will be postponed “about a year,” according to Paul Mabry, vice president of the Upper Peninsula operations for Detroit and Northern at their Hancock office. The branch was to have been built on Triangle Park across Cedar Street from the post office and would have employed four persons. “It’s still in our planning. It could be started at the end of the year, but probably in the spring of 1981. The economy isn’t what it should be, so we are laying back for awhile. We’re being a little cautious, but it’s still in the planning. It’s still a go.” Mabry said.

• Disappointment followed eager anticipation last Thursday as the cornerstone of the Free Methodist Church, laid in 1910, was removed and opened. Water had seeped through the metal box at the top of the cornerstone during its 70 year internment. Contents of the lock box were severely damaged. Contents included a church hymnal, several newspapers and an offering envelope with two 1910 pennies.

20 Years Ago June 29, 1995

• Ed Havitz, the president of the newly-incorporated Schoolcraft County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, recently completed the first leg of a marathon walk to raise money for the local affiliate. Havitz walked through three Upper Peninsula counties and one county in Wisconsin to gather local match money to begin funding of the Schoolcraft County Habitat. Havitz completed 76 of this year’s 300-mile trek in five days. He has walked for the Lansing affiliate three different times, and estimates that by completion of this year’s effort he will have logged a total of 1,000 miles in the four walks. Camping on church lawns along the way, Havitz says he spoke to hundreds of people, creating increased awareness of habitat for Humanity’s mission.

• When students in Manistique’s Lakeside Elementary School learned recently that students from McCann Elementary School in St. Ignace had lost their enrichment of reading books in a fire, they pitched in to share their own favorite stories. Merle Randolph, manager of First Northern Bank and Trust’s St. Ignace Branch phone Betty LaPointe in Manistique, who in turn called Lakeside’s Lead Teacher Michael Flynn. Within days, students in grades K-5 brought in their favorite reading books to share with the St. Ignace students they had never met.

10 Years Ago June 30, 2005

• After years of discussions and several months of negotiation, the chance of bringing the Warshawsky property under public ownership appears closer than ever. At last week’s Manistique Downtown development Authority meeting, the board discussed the purchaser in a brief executive session. Upon returning to open session, they voted 8-0 to accept a $177,500 price for the land, which includes roughly 16 acres at the west end of Main Street, near the river, and a small parcel along North Cedar Street, near the city industrial park. The purchase must still clear at least one hurdle: a covenant in which the state of Michigan would promise not to sue Warshawsky in the event that significant environmental contamination is found on the property at some time in the future.

• Tuesday marked a transition from one era to the next, as workers removed the old North Country Bank and Trust sign from the Cedar Street branch and replaced it with a sign bearing the company’s new name, mBank. The change was the latest for an institution that began in 1934 as the First National Bank at Manistique. The North Country title was unveiled in August 1996, when the name was changed from First Northern Bank and Trust. The company officially became mBank last month.

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