Looking back at March 23

A postcard of farm scenes near Manistee (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

20 YEARS AGO 

Bradury in Manistee

Prolific author Ray Bradbury was in Manistee to catch the Civic Players production of his popular play, “Dandelion Wine.” He later attended a reception in Ramsdell Hall to meet the public and sign autographs. Bradbury has published some 500 short stories, novels and plays and poems since his first short story appeared in Weird Tales when he was 20 years old.

Lions in Manistee

The Detroit Lions football team stormed into the Port City on Saturday to challenge area coaches in a game of basketball. Over 1,000 fans filled the Manistee High School gym for the fundraiser which was sponsored by the Manistee High School 350 Club.

40 YEARS AGO

WSCC to start Daycare

Beginning with the spring 1972 term, West Shore Community College will offer day care service for the children of any person wishing to take one or more classes. Our Child Development Center will be run by a trained Director, teacher, and volunteer help. It will allow for a nominal fee, individuals to attend classes who in the past could not because of the need for care of their pre-school children.

80 YEARS AGO 

Johnson tower clock a memory

In 1880, Manistee gained its first efficient public time service through Nels Johnson, who erected a tower clock near his machine shop on the business district. For 20 years the tower clock, with its predecessor, a smaller clock in a smaller tower provided the only public time service in the city. Now the tower clock has been torn down from its old site near the machine shop on First Street as an economy move following the recent death of August Johnson who carried on the business after his father, Nels, passed away in 1915.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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