Looking Back at March 26

A vintage post card showing the Old Fashioned Bar, once located on River Street in Manistee. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

40 YEARS AGO

Three celebrate 90 plus birthdays

Three patients at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility celebrated 90 plus years in the past week. Miss Josephine Smith celebrated her 95th birthday Friday, Mrs. Pauline Manthei was 92 years old yesterday, and Mrs. Emma Frederickson was 94 yesterday.

More snow, schools close

An average of 2 inches of snow fell in Manistee County last night and this morning according to the Manistee County Road Commission. Once again, all area city and county schools are closed. Manistee County has received 65 inches of snow this year to date.

60 YEARS AGO

Nine accepted for service

Nine Manistee County men have been accepted for the January draft, it was revealed today by the count selective service board which received official word of their acceptance in the armed forces. Seven of the men were from Manistee, and one each from Copemish and Arcadia. Accepted for the Army were Raymond Stepka, Eugene Kolanowski, Gerald Kalke, and Bernard Gauthier all of Manistee; William Becker of Copemish, and Julius Johnson of Arcadia. Taken into the Marine Corps from the group were Larry Hutchinson, Gerald Boyson, and Kenneth Gillespie.

80 YEARS AGO

Markers on Coates Road

Funds are being raised at Brethren for the purpose of placing seven bronze tablets along county highway 594, adjoining US-31 and US-131 which is to be designated as the “Dr. W.E. Coates Highway.” The road is one of natural beauty, passing through Potter’s Bridge, the Brethren Park, crossing the Manistee at Red Bridge, and passing the state fish hatchery at Harietta.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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