Looking Back at Oct. 22

A passenger/mail ship moves out of Manistee Harbor in the early 1900s. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

A passenger/mail ship moves out of Manistee Harbor in the early 1900s. (Courtesy Photo/Dale Picardat)

20 YEARS AGO

Prison flooded with sewage

The Oaks Prison was overflowing with problems Wednesday afternoon — literally. There is “continuing confusion” as to whether a series of unfortunate events with the city sewer system were or were not related, according to both city and prison officials. But one thing is certain: inmates in all five cell blocks first had to contend for several hours without water, and then so much they didn’t know what to do with it. The incident forced the system to back up, flooding cell floors with sewage.

40 YEARS AGO

Della Pia, Batdorff are chamber directors

At the regular Manistee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting held Oct. 17, board approval was given the appointment of Carolyn Della Pia and Cris Batdorff to serve as two year and one year directors respectively on the Manistee County Chamber of Commerce.

60 YEARS AGO

Queen and court

Presenting the Manistee High School homecoming queen and the members of her court during halftime coronation ceremonies at the football game between Manistee and Cadillac are Barbara Konopa, representing the junior class; Pat Peterson, sophomore; and Mary Ellen Zimmerman of the senior class, Edith Carlson of the eighth grade; queen Audrey Bernatche, senior; and Rosalyn Thompson of the freshman class.

80 YEARS AGO

Wind holds ships here

Yesterday’s high wind, which attracted many persons to the beaches to watch the waves break over the pier and breakwater, also caused three boats to lay in the harbor until the wind and waves subsided. The boats, the tanker Hartford Soccony; the freighters, Robert G. Paisley and the William Nelson, cleared the harbor this morning.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

 

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