Looking Back at April 16

The former Methodist Church building that stood in Manistee just east of the Ramsdell Theatre. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

20 YEARS AGO

Maue is math winner

Ryan Maue, a sixth grader at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Manistee, has qualified for the state finals of the Michigan Council of Teachers Mathematics competition. He won the honor after taking a third place finish at the regional competition in Gaylord.

Buildings demolished

This week, several old buildings behind the Manistee Heights Care Center were demolished in coordination with a Housing and Development project. According to Heights administrator Shannon Strol, the buildings had not been used in 30 to 40 years and were a potential safety hazard.

60 YEARS AGO

Decision on Armory site delayed

The city commission last night delayed a final decision on deeding to the State Military Board a tract of city owned land for use as a site for a new National Guard Armory. Upon hearing some time ago that the state contemplates such construction if the proper site were to be made available, the city made a formal offer of a four acre tract along First Street Beach Road. Included in the offer was the stipulation that if the armory were not built in five years the land should revert to the city.

J.C. Penney Company anniversary

20 employees of the J.C. Penney Company Store will attend a dinner tonight at Hotel Chippewa in celebration of the formal opening tomorrow of the company’s Golden Jubilee, Charles W. McCorkle, local manager announced today.

80 YEARS AGO

Benefit ticket sale is high

More than 500 tickets have already been sold for the benefit show which will be held next Thursday and Friday under auspices of Northside Improvement Association at the Lyric Theater to raise the money necessary for the purchase of floodlights and equipment for Fifth Avenue Beach. The association hopes to sell 1,000 tickets and they ask that all people interested in the improvement of the beach get in touch with members now selling tickets.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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