Looking Back at Nov. 12

During Manistee’s sand mining days, freighters were loaded on the north side of the Manistee River Channel near the mouth of the river. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

20 YEARS AGO

Weddle wins

Ross Weddle, winner of the local Knights of Columbus spelling bee, recently took first place trophy at the Diocesan Championship competition in Gaylord on Nov. 1. “Ridiculous” was the word Weddle’s challenger missed after which Weddle correctly spelled that word, then the word “commodities,” to win the title. The Kennedy Elementary student will now advance to the state finals held in Fenton, Michigan on Dec. 13.

60 YEARS AGO

Modernizing school will be studied

The Manistee Board of Education plans to make a survey of the Woodrow Wilson building as soon as possible to see what can be done in providing better room lighting and equipment, it was decided at the monthly meeting of the board last night at the Manistee High School.

Prepares for winter months

The Manistee U.S. Coast Guard Station is now being readied for the winter months, Chief Coney Schrader announced today. The usual procedure of putting the navigation equipment away is underway, and all breakwater lights are now being checked and new batteries installed.

80 YEARS AGO

Quiet Armistice Day observed

Manistee quietly observed Armistice Day as fitting ceremonies were held throughout the city schools and Manistee offices, factories, schools observed a two minute silence period this morning. As sirens and whistles blew at 11 o’clock activities stopped for the two minute period until 11:02 a.m.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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