Looking Back

The Morton Salt Company is shown in this 1940 photograph.

The Morton Salt Company is shown in this 1940 photograph.

40 YEARS AGO

Michigan Bell limits directories

Michigan Bell announced that it began mailing its 1974 Manistee area telephone directories on Wednesday, May 1. John Courtney, local manager, said one new directory will be mailed to each household in Manistee, Fountain, Freesoil, Onekama, and Scottville. Because of a paper shortage, Michigan Bell is limiting only one to each customer.

60 YEARS AGO

Would use vacant stores

At the last meeting of the Retail Merchants Committee of the Board of Commerce, it was decided to contact the owners of all vacant stores on River Street and seek their permission to use the vacant windows as auxiliary display windows for merchandise. Since that decision, fine cooperation has been received by the owners of the unused stores. Not only will the business district have a neater appearance, but the vacant stores may become rented by merchants if this program becomes a reality.

80 YEARS AGO

Plans to open store

Announcement is made today that Vernon Gamache has purchased the grocery store at 325 Third Street, operated by Miss Anna Anderson, and will be open for business tomorrow. The store has been completely redecorated. Mr. Gamache, former Consumer Power Company employee, stated that he will carry a greatly increased stock of groceries and will also carry cold meats and beer. His wife will assist him in the store.

Last of the coal pullers gone

For 14 years Joseph Jozwiak swore by the horses as the best means of delivering coal, and although other coal dealers replaced the animals by trucks, the horses of the South Side Coal Yard continued to be a familiar sight as they delivered coal about the city. But now, Mr. Jozwiak has disposed of his team in favor of a truck and the last of the coal pullers is gone.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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