Looking Back at May 23

Workers at the Buckley and Douglas Company bag salt. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

40 YEARS AGO

Meeting on trunk line

Approximately 40 persons attended the first of four public meetings being conducted by the Michigan Department of State Highways in Northwest Michigan here last night at Manistee High School. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss factors relating to future transportation needs of the area north of M-55 and west of I-75.

School board approves site

Manistee Area Board of Education last night approved the purchase of a lot on Locust Street off Eighth Street as the site for the Manistee High School residential construction project. Supt. Thomas E. Culbert and Ken Jilbert, instructor for the course to be instituted next year to teach building skills, looked over five lots, all within walking distance from Manistee High School and ranging in price from $1,800 to $3,500.

60 YEARS AGO

Park plans are feasible

Representatives of the Board of Education and the city commission met last night and heard a report from Robert Wilson, member of the Sam Walker Associates firm of engineering, that plans for turning Sands Park into a school and city wide sports area were feasible. Wilson stated that by proper planning and arrangement the field is large enough to hold a track, football field and softball diamond and still have room for permanent bleachers on either side of the gridiron to hold 2,000 to 3,000 persons.

80 YEARS AGO

Playgrounds open next week

Following cleanup work at the playgrounds at First Street and Fifth Avenue beaches, equipment will be placed by the beginning of next week to furnish recreational needs for the many children that gather during the summer months. The same variety of trapezes, swings, and slides will be placed at both beaches and with the added floodlights which will light the Northside beach, playgrounds should again prove popular.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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