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50 Years Ago January 18, 1968

• The quick thinking of a 15-year-old Cooks youth helped save his sister from serious injury and possible death recently. Hero of the episode was Dennis Segerstrom, whose alertness aided his 12-year-old sister, Tina. When a gas can in the basement of the Segerstrom home exploded about 9 a.m. Sunday on Jan. 7, Tina, standing nearby, was sprayed with burning gasoline. Unable to extinguish her blazing clothes, Dennis picked her up, took her outside and rolled her in the snow until the fire was out. After putting out the fire in the basement, he then hitched a ride in the 20 below zero weather to the home of his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Segerstrom, and they returned and took Tina to the hospital for treatment of what proved to be only minor burns. The attending physician praised the action of the youth and said his quick thinking prevented serious injuries. Parents of the children are Mr. and Mrs. Aldean Segerstrom.

• Clyde L. Strasler of Manistique was named to the board of directors of the State Savings Bank at the annual meeting of stockholders Tuesday morning. Mr. Strasler has been employed by the bank for 18 years. He has served the past five years as executive vice president and cashier, and will continue in these duties. Re-elected as directors were H.K. Bundy, August Carlson, E. G. Carlstrom, A. W. Heitman, Raymond L. Krusic, Donald E. Messier and Donald Ott. Officers re-elected by the board of directors were H. K. Bundy, president; A. W. Heitman, vice president; Clyde L. Straslker, executive vice president and cashier. Marie J. Sablack and Phillip J. Ott were elected assistant cashiers.

• Approximately $761 was taken by burglars from the Ron White Mobil Service station on Chippewa Ave. sometime between midnight and 7:10 a.m. Friday. Public Safety officers, assisted by members of the Manistique State Police post and Detective John Seppanen of St. Ignace, are investigating the theft. Entry was gained through a back door of the station, and the dial on the safe was knocked off, allowing the door to be opened. Tools from the station were used. Approximately $661 was taken from the safe, with another $100 taken from the cigarette machine. Evidence indicates that the intruder tried to break into the pop machine also, but failed.

• Betty Heinz of 321 Oak St. achieved the once-in-a-lifetime hand in cribbage --- you guessed it, 29 --- Friday morning, in a game at her home. Betty held the fives of diamonds, hearts and clubs, along with the jack of spades. Her opponent, Bill Heinz, cut the five of spades.

35 Years Ago January 20, 1983

• Surgeon and pro-life advocate Dr. Jose C. Espinosa began practice in Manistique this week. He joined the five doctor staff at the Manistique Medical Center. Espinosa is a graduate of the University of Madrid Medical School, one of the oldest medical schools in the world. For the past 18 years, he has been practicing medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in vascular surgery. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery and of the International College of Surgeons. Espinosa will have a strictly surgical practice. He will see patients on a referral basis only.

• Two Manistique High School musicians have played their way into a trip to Hawaii, with a little help from the Lions Club. Kathy Nelson and Jenny Godlewski will be spending two weeks in the sunny islands this summer as part of a band representing Michigan at an international Lions convention. The two were chosen after tryouts Jan. 15 in St. Johns, Mich. Out of 274 students seeking spots in the big band, 160 were selected, along with eight alternates. Competition was particularly tough in the flute category, where both girls got a spot. Only 16 out of 30 flutists were chosen. In all, 10 kids from the Upper Peninsula will take part in the Hawaiian trip.

• Former Manistique cager John Pistulka is enjoying a tremendous campaign in his senior year with the Soo Lakers at Lake Superior State College. The 6-6 center/forward has averages of 19.1 points per game and 12.5 rebounds. He has been the team’s top rebounder in the last 11 games with double digit efforts in 10 of those contests, according to figures from the LSSC sports information service. Pistulka led the team in scoring with 17 points in a recent game against Northwood and 22 versus Saginaw Valley. His season highs came against Northern Michigan University Dec. 18 when he grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 24 points.

20 Years Ago January 22, 1998

• Work has begun on the condominium and shopping development planned on the west side of Manistique Harbor. Manistique resident Bill Giles, one of six owners of the Manistique Industrial development Corporation which owns and is developing the site, discussed the project at the Monday, Jan. 19 Rotary Club meeting. Giles said Monday that workers have begun digging and soon will pour the concrete footings of the retail and condominium buildings.

• Representatives of the Beaver Island Boat Co. will visit Manistique next month to pursue an agreement that would establish a ferry route between the island and Manistique Harbor. Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corp. Director James Anderson discussed the ferry line’s plans at the EDC Board of Directors Tuesday Jan. 20 meeting. The company first approached Anderson and the EDC last summer about establishing daily service between Beaver Island and Manistique. Daily runs are proposed between the two ports during June, July and August, with as many as two or three trips a week possible during May and September.

• Manistique Area Schools Board of Education members James Anderson, Joan Ecclesine, Jan Jeffcott, Steve Latterman, Terry Savage, Debra Veltkamp and Ingmar Levin were honored Jan. 19, for School Board Member Recognition Month.

10 Years Ago January 17, 2008

• The City of Manistique could soon have a new west side park. At Monday night’s regular meeting, the City Council voted 5-0 to tentatively accept a donation of property adjacent to the former Lincoln Elementary School for use as a public park. The offer came from Joe and Thomas Blanchard, owners of A.A.F.B., the company that purchased the building and land from the Manistique Area Schools last fall, after students moved to Emerald Elementary and Lincoln was shut down.

• Chapter 1 of the Forgotten Eagles held their second annual chili cook off at the VFW Hall in Manistique last Saturday. Proceeds from the event will help the group with its ongoing support of veteran’s projects in Schoolcraft County, the Upper Peninsula and the state. A three-judge panel conducted a blind taste test to pick the top three chili entries. When the judging was over, last year’s first- and second- place winners had traded places and a newcomer hand finished in third. The 2008 winners were: First place,Dan Tope; second place, Duke Mayo; third place, Jerry LaFord.

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