Looking Back at May 18

The steamer Manitou coming through Maple Street Bridge.

20 YEARS AGO

Athlete of the Month

The Sports World Athlete of the Month for April was Manistee High School softball player Shelley Cabot. Cabot batted .565 with five doubles and one triple included in her 13 hits. She also scored 13 runs and drove home 10 more, besides compiling a 3-1 pitching record.

Oleniczak a winner

The Northern Michigan Dragway held its first race of the 1991 season on Sunday, May 12. The opening day featured a “Top Eliminator All Run” bracket and regular trophy action. In the “Eliminator” final, Bob Oleniczak, driving a supercharged rail dragster, came in second place.

40 YEARS AGO

Standard Lime

On strike are 128 employees of Standard Lime and Refectories Manistee plant who are members of Local No. 14450 and represented by the International Union of District 50, Allied and Technical Workers of the United States and Canada. The workers failed to ratify a new proposed contract and are on strike which was effective Saturday midnight.

60 YEARS AGO

Filer firemen

The newly organized Filer City Fire Department, with its new truck, was called to its first big fire last night when a blaze broke out in an Oak Hill home. The city fire department no longer attends outside fires unless it is called on by the request of the Filer chief. A new siren is now on order and will be installed at the American Box Board Company. It will be used strictly to call volunteer fireman in case of emergency.

80 YEARS AGO

Rotary meeting

The first of a series of elaborate decorations for welcoming the 700 to 800 Rotary Club members in their 35th District conference here are now in the process of being placed on River Street businesses. Some 70 local business places including stores, hotels, filling stations, factories, and restaurants will be decked in festive attire for the occasion. The Rotary emblem, flags, drapes, bunting, and welcome signs will be adorned by the businesses. The arches at both the north and south entrances to the city will be fittingly decorated with streamers of welcome.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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