Looking Back at March 22

A vintage postcard featuring the German Evangelical Lutheran School in Manistee. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

40 YEARS AGO

Johnson selected to All State Second Team

Each year the UPI has a polling of all coaches and sportswriters throughout the state to see who the outstanding basketball players are. To be named to the first or second team is always an honor and involves sportsmanship, dedication and ability on part of the athlete. This year, Bear Lake High School’s Mike Johnson was named to the second team, meaning he is one of the ten best players in the state. Johnson led the Western Michigan D League in scoring with 21.6 points per game average adding up to a total of 373 big points.

60 YEARS AGO

St. Joseph School wins Kiwanis Award

Students of St. Joseph’s School gathered yesterday at a regular assembly period and witnessed the presentation of the MRA basketball trophy. The trophy was won by their grade school team and makes them champs of the Junior League. Appearing on the stage at the school to receive the award from Don Olson, Kiwanis Club president were Phil Kuczynski, (coach of the team), and Bob Skiera and Ted Skiera (co-captains of the team).

“Streetcar” at Vogue

All of Manistee will be shouting “Hey, Stella!” when they see “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Vogue Theater this week. The film stars Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh and is based on “the Pulitzer Prize winning play of New Orleans’ Latin quarter and the girl who found escape in the arms of one man after another!”

80 YEARS AGO

City churches will observe Good Friday

Good Friday – the day which commemorates the Crucifixion of the Savior among Christian peoples everywhere – will be solemnly observed in Manistee with prayer and meditation exemplified in morning, afternoon and evening services. With the advent of Holy Week comes the announcement that most of the Protestant sects of the city will again unite in a community service which will be held Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Sermons interpreted in the seven sayings of Jesus from the Cross will be given by seven pastors.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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Posted by Dave Yarnell

Dave was formerly the News Advocate features writer and retired in November 2013.

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