Looking Back at Aug. 1

From the time it was first built in the 1800s, Manisteeans have enjoyed walking on the north pier. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

40 YEARS AGO

Much building interest in Manistee Township

Supervisor Charles Schoedel said at a Manistee Township meeting last night that he had received more inquiries on building permits in the last month than in the last several years. He said the Parkdale Inn property had been sold to a doctor and that a Wesco filling station was tentatively scheduled to be built next to Sleepy Owl.

60 YEARS AGO

“Dollar Day” set for Aug. 7

The Retail Merchants Committee of the Board of Commerce is making final preparations for its summer promotion of “Dollar Days,” which will be held in local stores next Thursday, Aug. 7. Beginning Monday through closing time Wednesday afternoon, the merchants will pass out occasional silver dollars in giving change, which will be a reminder to the customer that “Dollar Day” is near.

July wettest in years

Manistee County had its wettest month in ten years during July with 8.04 inches of rain failing over the 31 day period, the U.S. Forest Service reported today. Not since September of 1945, when 7.86 inches of rain fell, has Manistee received such a large quantity of water in one month.

80 YEARS AGO

Grass fires

With the continued dry weather the city fire department is making an effort to keep grass fires from spreading. Two grass blazes were extinguished over the weekend. Saturday noon at 1:45 a grass fire on Ninth Street was put out and Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. another blaze on Eighth Street was extinguished. No damage was done.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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