Looking Back at April 17

A 1940s photo of the Cooley Bridge, on M-55 over the Pine River just east of Wellston. (Courtesy Photo/Manistee County Historical Society)

40 YEARS AGO

Onekama pharmacy announces winners

Winners of the Easter coloring contest at Verne’s Onekama Pharmacy were, in their order of winning, James Welch, 5, Brethren; Tom Miller, 11, Onekama; Laura LaSarge, Kaleva; and receiving honorable mention was Greg Bradford, 9, Bear Lake.

60 YEARS AGO

High winds cause short

The strong, high winds here last night caused a shortage of a fuse at the First Street water well which resulted in lower water pressure throughout the Third District between midnight and 8 a.m.

Prison Group making plans

The Prison Project Committee of the Board of Commerce is going ahead with plans to stress and make every possible effort to have a new proposed penal institution constructed in Manistee County. At a meeting called last night, resolutions were adopted for the construction of the institution on land east of the city and donated by the City of Manistee. The committee plans to go to Lansing in the near future to meet with state officials.

80 YEARS AGO

Back to school

As Easter bells pealed out the end of the Lenten season and those who had been devoutly eschewing the ways of the world returning to their pleasures, so will the less joyous clanging of the school bell tomorrow morning call back to the class routine the school students who have been enjoying the freedom of spring vacation.

Enters harbor

The freighter Covalt, owned by the Morton Salt Company, entered the harbor Saturday noon for a load of salt. It is expected to leave tonight. The steamer Nevada also entered for a load of salt Saturday evening, leaving Sunday morning at 1:30.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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