Looking Back

Shown in this 1910 photograph is the new post office being constructed in the City of Manistee. Today it serves as the Manistee City Hall.

Shown in this 1910 photograph is the new post office being constructed in the City of Manistee. Today it serves as the Manistee City Hall.

40 YEARS AGO

Portagers beat Elk Rapids

The Onekama Portagers blew hot in the first half of their game with Elk Rapids last Friday night, winning 67 to 55. The Portagers are fine rebounders and that is a strong contributor to their good league record this year. Harry Baldaccini had 17 to his credit, Bill Clark had 15, while Dave Milarch and Dan Oleniczak had nine each.

60 YEARS AGO

Christmas observance

The Manistee Commandery Knights Templar No. 32 will conduct its annual Christmas observance tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Masonic Temple. The Rev. J.H. Perschbacher will be the speaker and the public is cordially invited to attend.

80 YEARS AGO

Local children fare well at parties

Manistee children fared well around the community Christmas tree Saturday evening and at the Lyric Theater party Saturday morning. Santa was generous with his 4,000 gifts to the children, 3,700 of these being given out at the tree and the remainder going to the homes of children who had attended the Lyric party. This latter distribution was made yesterday by eight Rotary Club members.

Yule buying best in years

Manistee merchants re-arranged their stocks, surveyed their counters and shelves today and termed the Christmas buying rush staged Friday and Saturday the best in years, far surpassing last year’s level. The peak reached on the last two days before the holidays was presaged by a News Advocate survey earlier this month which indicated that retail business was running from 5 to 25 percent above that in 1932.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

 

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