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50 years ago

July 4, 1968

At least nine former Schoolcraft County queens are returning to participate in the July Fourth “Old Fashioned Days” parade today (Thursday), the local queen committee has reported. The group will also be honored tonight in ceremonies at the stadium. Those who have signified they will attend are: The 1939 First Blueberry Festival Queen, Ann Gorsche, now Mrs. Ann Gorsche Marusick of Crystal Falls. Mildred Beaudoin, the 1949 Blueberry Festival Queen, now Mrs. Mildred Beaudoin Gray of Cedarburg, Wis. Arvella Bauers, 1947 Blueberry Festival Queen, now Mrs. Arvella Bauers Gorsche of Saginaw. The 1948 Blueberry Festival Queen, Peggy Bauers, now Mrs. Marvin Anderson of Wayland, Mich. Joyce McNamara, 1950 County Homecoming Queen, now Mrs. Joyce McNamara Butler of Sheppard, Mich. Mary Ann Walters, the 1955 V.F.W. Water Festival Queen, now Mrs. Mary Ann Rhynard of Auburn, Mich. Maureen Popish, Miss Schoolcraft County of 1958, now Mrs. Maureen McNamara of Manitowoc, Wis. Miss Joan Nelson. of Troy, Mich., the 1963 Miss Schoolcraft County. And, Miss Diane Beaudre, last year’s queen for the July Fourth Homecoming.

Retail business in Schoolcraft County totaled almost $14 million during 1967, figures released by the Michigan Department of Treasury showed last week. Based on sales tax collections totaling $557,849.05, sales totaled $13,946,251, which means that with exemptions and non-taxable items total sales in the county certainly exceeded the $14 million figure. The totals are a substantial increase over 1966, which reported sales tax collections of $525,854.55 and total retail sales of $13,166,363. In 1965 sales tax collections for the year were $500,736.90, with total sales of $12,518,412. June, July and August continued to be the top months in retail sales volume in the county. August sales last year totaled $1,536,121, July totaled $1,466,581, while June was $1,366,295. December also held its place as one of the top business months of the year, with collections of $52,574.50, and sales of $1,314,362 --- not quite 10 percent of the year’s total.

The Manistique Community Schools received a check for $2,000 from the Mott Foundation Monday as the first payment of their $5,000 grant to help finance the Community School program in town. Dr. Eldin Koplin, Mott intern advisor at Northern Michigan University and Ted Morris, Community School consultant at NMU, made the presentation to Robert Kanerva, school business manager, and Richard Bonifas, Community School Director.

35 years ago

July 7, 1983

Another Fourth of July weekend has come and gone. And reports indicate the weather, along with increased camping fees kept some campers from the Manistique area during the 1983 Fourth of July weekend. Motel attendance, however, was up for the most part, according to Best Western Motel owner, Frank Warner, visitors to his motel increased from last year’s figure. Warner estimated 95 percent of the area motels were filled over the weekend. Ramada Inn reported receiving approximately the same number of visitors as the 1982 Fourth of July weekend. Indian Lake State Park was not so well attended. Park Manager Gordon Archer reported. The park recently raised its overnight camping fees from $6 to $7, which Archer contributed to the decrease in campers. For the week extending from June 27 to July, camping was down three percent and day use of the park was down eight percent as compared to the same time last year.

A letter of complaint written by Department of Social Services employees has prompted DSS administrators to take action. The petition, signed by 11 of 14 employees, was delivered to DSS Director Doug Kraatz, contained a request for new work quarters. The complaint listed 13 reasons of inadequacy concerning DSS offices currently located in the Schoolcraft County Courthouse. Kraatz, DSS board member Rick Pawley, Building and Grounds Committee members Lindsley Frenette and Ernest Hoholik, along with County Building Inspector Ed Daunt met last week to discuss possible solutions to the complaints. The request listed such complaints as inadequate heating and ventilation systems, lack of confidentiality and privacy, high rent and a degree of animosity between DSS employees and county employees. Those attending the meeting took the complaints one by one and discussed ways to rectify each.

20 years ago

July 9, 1998

The City of Manistique Recreation Board hired former intern superintendent Phil Hinkson of Manistique as the recreation department’s full-time superintendent during it’s Tuesday, July 7, meeting. Hinkson, who served as the department’s inter superintendent for 30 weeks through a Central Michigan University program, was one of two candidates to apply for the position, Board President Sally Gerometta said. Hinkson and Frank Holmberg of Newberry both were interviewed by three board members last month, and the full board unanimously accepted the interview committee’s recommendation of Hinkson Tuesday night.

Players from the Manistique Little League’s minor, major and senior leagues have been selected to the city’s three all-star teams. Manistique’s 11- and 12-year old all stars are Steve Burnis, Cole Goudreau, Danny Goudreau, Jake Goudreau, Brad Landis, Brandon McNeil, Louis Miller, Steve Nagy, Andrew Olsen, Terry Porter, Tyler Rehn, Matt Selling, Ryan Swagart and Mandy Wood. Members of the senior league all-star team are Brian Barton, Jeremiah Beckman, Andy Bruce, Jeremy Cain, Leo Cameron, Jeff Jenerou, David Kaiser, Bryan Landis, Bob Latterman, Derek Main, Brandon Selling, Trent Smith, Ryan Snyder and Kory Weber. Members of the 9- and 10-year-old all-star team are Kyle Babington, Ross Burrell, Scott Cain, Chad Gould, Eric Janes, Brian Jenerou, Adam Jewett, Brad Kleeman, Sam Miller, Mike Olsen, Dennis Rumrill, Josh Snyder, Brett Swanson and Chris Takala.

10 years ago

July 10, 2008

Perfect weather, huge crowds and a large number of entries were the highlights of last Saturday’s Schoolcraft County Independence Day Parade. The annual event, dedicated to the memory of former county commissioner and July Fourth Committee member Lindsley Frenette, was led by the All-Vets Color Guard and included six bands, entries ranging from solemn and patriotic to downright silly, and of course, lots of candy tossed to eager children lining the route.

It was something of a landmark on Manistique’s east side, but it was hard to find anyone feeling too sentimental as it disappeared. On Monday, the decrepit building at the corner of Oak and Lake streets was demolished. The structure held several different businesses during its long life, but most recently housed the St. Vincent de Paul store. It was vacated last year when the new St. Vinnie’s service center opened on Cedar Street. The property was acquired by St. Francis de Sales Parish, which will put in extra parking and a small religious shrine on the site.

Members of two local outdoor groups hope they’ve found a solution to a serious problem - before that problem results in closure of a key local trail. The Schoolcraft County Snowmobile Association and SORVA, the area’s ORV-user group, have placed three large concrete blocks at the south end of the bridge over the Indian River at Intake Park. The heavy blocks are designed to stop pickup trucks from crossing the bridge illegally and traveling on the Enbridge pipeline.

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