Looking Back at Sept. 23

River Street circa 1965. (Courtesy Photo/Manistee County Historical Society)

20 YEARS AGO

New trolley route

A new trolley route is planned for the Victorian Port City Festival this year. The trolley route will circle from the Memorial Street parking lot across Maple to Water Street, west on Water to Douglas First Street Beach parking lot, then east on First Street to the Armory, south on Water to Division, north on Division to River Street, to Maple, to Memorial Drive parking lot and back again.

Chips lose

The Manistee High School Chippewas lost to the Cadillac Vikings in Saturday afternoon’s game at Saber Stadium. The Chips had just 77 yards rushing in losing to the Vikings 23-0.

40 YEARS AGO

New industry to open here

A new industry, Nor-Wear Inc., will begin operations here in another week employing 10 people initially and anticipating expansion to a force of 40. David Bowman and Thomas Engel described their products, including snowmobile suits and insulated jackets from size 2 through size XX, at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Development Co. yesterday. They have purchased the former Wolverine plant on Washington Street which will act as their base of operations.

Bradford to head festival

Larry J. Bradford of Kaleva, Manistee County Extension Director, was elected president of the National Strawberry Festival Inc., during the annual meeting last night at Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. Bradford is past vice president of National Strawberry Festival Inc., and is a trustee of West Shore Community College and treasurer of the Onekama School Board of Education.

80 YEARS AGO

Paper bags at Filer Fibre Co.

An additional unit to the Filer Fibre Co. plant has been added in a special sack manufacturing department. Six extra men are now being employed in the unit, which marks the entry of the Filer Fibre Co. into a new field. Paper craft sack valve bags are being manufactured for the use of shippers or lime and similar products. A total of 35,000 sacks can be manufactured in the local plant within one day.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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