Looking Back for July 11

The intersection of Maple and River streets bustles with activity circa 1895. (Courtesy photo)

The intersection of Maple and River streets bustles with activity circa 1895. (Courtesy photo)

20 YEARS AGO

Radioactivity forces family out of home

Radioactive contamination has forced a Bear Lake couple and their daughter out of their lakeside home on South Shore Drive. And the federal government may have to spend as much as $700,000 to clean up the house, which has radioactive dust levels that are 6,500 times higher than safe levels.

40 YEARS AGO

Strawberry Auction brings returns

Manistee Bank and Trust of Manistee and Rengo Brothers of Kaleva maintained their long history of being among the high bidders at the 1975 National Strawberry Festival Auction. Manistee Bank and Trust bough the Best Overall 16 Quart Case of berries grown by Larry Malkowski for $180.00 and Rengo Brothers bought the Best 8 Quart Case of berries also grown by Malkowski for $85.00.

60 YEARS AGO

Retired worker gives windmill to plant

William Sharpe, retired American Box Board Company employee, presented his former employer with a miniature windmill weathervane that he made and donated to the local concern. Standing nearly five feet tall, the windmill is gaily trimmed in red, white, and green and has been permanently mounted on the lawn just north of the general offices of the Filer City plant.

Local guards home

Tired and happy to be home again, National Guardsmen of Battery A returned to Manistee last night following two weeks of field training at Camp Haven, Wis. The unit is comprised of more than 100 officers and men.

80 YEARS AGO

State police report

30 arrests were made by the state police during June, the monthly report of Sergeant Colburn Munger shows. Fines totaled $284 and costs $102.75. In all 52 complaints were received and answered.

Dealers meet here

Some 100 dealers and service station attendants are expected at the district meeting of the Standard Oil Company at the Hotel Chippewa this evening. Following the business meeting at 7:45 a buffet lunch will be served.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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