Looking Back at March 1

This post card was titled “Stronach Cows,” no doubt a photo of a pastoral scene from the Stronach area. (Courtesy Photo/Manistee County Historical Museum)

40 YEARS AGO

Easter Seal letters sent out

Mailing 7,000 letters containing Easter Seals and a request for contributions to help crippled children and adults is Richard G. Knechtges, Easter Seal chairman for the Manistee Rotary Club. Easter Seal funds go to provide wheelchairs, hospital beds, hydraulic lifts, walkers, crutches in the community.

60 YEARS AGO

Chilly March

March made a chilly but clear start today in Manistee with the temperature around the 20 degree mark and a brisk breeze blowing in off of Lake Michigan. Today’s weather is a continuation of the ideal winter conditions that prevailed during most of February.

Fruit session

The special all day fruit session in Manistee is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 and is expected to attract a large gathering of persons from throughout this section of Michigan. The one day meeting will have the effect on the city as a good size convention usually does.

80 YEARS AGO

Colds cut down attendance in local schools

Although the “flu” situation in Manistee is not alarming, according to City Health Officer Ernest C. Hansen, there are many people, especially school students, confined with colds. City schools are running about 10 percent in absentees, Supt. Ben Klager stated today, with 75 students on the sick list in the high school and eighth grade.

50 percent of license quota

Despite the fact that the last hour for drivers to use 1931 automobile license passed at midnight, the Board of Commerce disposed of approximately 175 today. Out of an allotment of 4,450 issued to the local office by the state, a little over 50 percent have been sold.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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