Looking Back at May 4

This post card shows the Manistee High School building that was constructed in 1927. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

20 YEARS AGO

Reading to quilting

The 25 students of the fourth grade-inclusive room at James Madison Elementary are currently putting the finishing touches on a large, patchwork quilt – the next logical step after reading a series of stories about “quilting bees,” and studying measurement, geometry and graphing in class. Each student designed, graphed, sewed, and quilted individual squares for the quilt. Teachers of the class are Mrs. Kruse and Mr. Glocheski.

Kapus sets record

Brethren sophomore Greg Kapus set a new meet record when he clipped off a time of 15.4 seconds in the high hurdles during the preliminary round of Saturday’s Onekama Ward Invitational track meet.

40 YEARS AGO

Candidates for National Strawberry Queen

This year’s candidates for the National Strawberry Queen, which will be decided this Saturday, are Elizabeth Carmody, Marie Eckhardt, Mary Szpliet, Nancy Erdmann, Debbie Boots, Mary Hoag, Sylvia Kudla, Kellie Jach, Joy Pennell, Sally Zupin, Debra Gilbert and Marianne Toczynski.

Damage to Marina

Approximately $300 damage was done to the City Marina off River Street some time since January. The windows on the north and west side of the buildings has been shot out with pellet guns. City Police report that three light fixtures on the west side of the building have been broken. A nameplate on the women’s restroom also is missing from the door.

80 YEARS AGO

Mertens is Mayor

Mayor Henry F. Mertens began his third term in office last night following his unanimous re-election by the new city commission in its first session. The veteran official was praised by his fellow commissioners as they voted and commended his past service. The meeting was also marked by the appearance of three new commissioners, Joseph Nowack from the Seventh District, Harold Hill from the Third and Ernest Christiansen from the Fifth.

Wellston draws many fishermen

Not content with being a busy town filled with construction workers on the M-55 Highway, Wellston drew a still larger crowd of fisherman Sunday. Many anglers got the limit catch of brook trout and good catches of rainbow trout were also reported.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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