Looking Back at July 26

Swimming in Lake Michigan was just as fun in the 1950s as it is today.

Swimming in Lake Michigan was just as fun in the 1950s as it is today.

20 YEARS AGO

New bed and breakfast

The Ivy Inn which is Manistee’s newest bed and breakfast, celebrated their grand opening at 522 Harvard Lane. The new owners were given a welcome to the Manistee area by the local Chamber of Commerce ambassadors.

40 YEARS AGO

Meeting room at senior center

The Manistee County Senior Center under the auspices of the Manistee Council on Aging, is fast approaching its goal – an attractive, homelike, flexible, multipurpose meeting place for the County’s Senior Citizens.

60 YEARS AGO

Forest are becoming dry

Because of the Manistee area has received no appreciable rainfall since July 10 when .78 of an inch fell, the forests are becoming dry and berry pickers and fishermen are urged by U.S. Forestry officials to use extreme caution in the woods. Bob Harper, district forest ranger, stated that yesterday’s burning index registered 49 which is just short of the extreme range which begins with a 50 recording.

Cawthorne takes titles

Ken Cawthorne, Manistee’s outstanding young tennis player, added more honors to his tennis reputation when he won the singles title Sunday at Beulah during the Water Festival tennis tournament held there the past two weekends. The Manistee youth who graduated from Manistee High in June, then teamed up with Dean Kidder of Cadillac and won the tournament doubles title.

80 YEARS AGO

Circus posters are eyesores

Considerable comment has been heard lately on the circus posters which were plastered throughout the city before recent performances here. The Board of Commerce, emphasizing that the posters are eyesores, detracting from the appearance of the property as well as the city at large, believes that residents should be only too glad to remove them from their buildings at once.

Too many pike

Mac Guzikowski, Eighth Street, was arrested by Conservation Officer Roy Wolters for having more than the limit of five wall-eyed pike in his possession, was arraigned yesterday before Justice John Kruse. He was ordered to pay a fine of $5 and costs of $6.85, or serve ten days. He took the jail term.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum