Looking Back at May 17

An early 1900s view of the Aarons Building, which is still located at the intersection of River and Greenbush streets in Manistee. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

20 YEARS AGO

Bear Lake valedictorian and salutatorian

Brethren High School is proud to announce that Justin Shirley is the valedictorian for the class of 1993 while Heather Luebke was announced as salutatorian. The honor students who have a 3.0 grade point average or above are as follows: Neill Wood, Carissa Fraly, Aimme Reed, Kim Wood, Dawn Gabbard, Bruce Holzmann and Joanne Brock.

40 YEARS AGO

Sprawka, Ulman lead Onekama seniors

The Onekama High School announces the valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduate class of 1973. Loree Sprawka is this year’s valedictorian and has a grade point average of 3.8. Dexter Ulman was named salutatorian and has a grade point average of 3.6.

80 YEARS AGO

Blue racer in Stronach

A large snake, presumably a blue racer, was reported seen yesterday by George Landis, Manistee Street and Fred Johnson, Seventeenth Street. The reptile, according to reports, was about seven or eight feet long and about four to five inches in diameter. Landis, who has spent many years on a farm and has seen many different kinds of snakes, said that this one was the largest he has ever seen near Manistee.

Band concert a success

Financially and as musical entertainment of a high class, the concert given by the Iron Works Band proved a success at the high school auditorium last evening. Although officials of the band believe that enough money will be raised to pay the expenses of the trip, a complete report shows that the $200 has not been raised.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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