Looking Back at April 17

This vintage post card shows the Cozy Tavern, which existed at one time at 325 River St. in Manistee. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

20 YEARS AGO

Merchants want River Street one way

The Merchants Association has said it wants things to “stay the same” when the Maple Street Bridge closes for five months next year. After much discussion at a Wednesday meeting, chairman of the association, John Kaser, recommended to the bridge liaison committee Thursday that River and Clay Street remain one way streets and that parking and delivery schedules would present problems if the streets were two way.

40 YEARS AGO

Picketers at Milliken’s

Picketers from the Detroit area picketed at Manistee’s Milliken’s store here Saturday to protest what they said was Gov. William G. Milliken’s “breach of faith with the poor people of this state.” They said they were picketing the Traverse City, Cadillac, and Manistee Milliken’s stores instead of the capitol because demonstrations there had not brought desired results.

60 YEARS AGO

High water threatens Bar Lake Road

The usual low water of Bar Lake has risen to the extent where it now stands level with the bottom of the bridge. Workmen of the Manistee County Road Commission have dug a drainage canal in an effort to speed the flow of the lake’s water to Lake Michigan and in this way prevent any damage to the road in that area.

Yankovic in Manistee

The most popular polka band in the country will take over the bandstand of the Manistee Armory when Frank Yankovic, “America’s Polka King,” and his orchestra play a one night engagement there on Saturday, April 26.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

 

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