Looking Back Sept. 8

A view of Red Park in Onekama circa early 1900s.

A view of Red Park in Onekama circa early 1900s.

20 YEARS AGO

Picketers return

Picketers were back walking the lines in front of the Manistee Heights Care Center on Thursday afternoon. Approximately 800 nursing home worker members of the Service Employees International Union Local 79 were holding demonstrations against eight nursing homes across the state. Workers have been negotiating for a new contract which expired on May 1.

40 YEARS AGO

Marilla School reunion

About 80 attended the Marilla School Centennial reunion this past weekend. After a bountiful feast, several told of interesting happenings from their school days. Sharon Grossnickle acted as chairman. A special thanks was given to the volunteer committee in charge of arrangements. The oldest alumni, who had attended in the early 1900s, were Mrs. Arlene Danville Johnson of Manistee and Mrs. Letitla Danville Warren of Detroit.

60 YEARS AGO

Laskey cotton

Mrs. Frank J. Laskey of 109 Short Street is pleased with the progress of the cotton plant that she grew from seeds given her last February. The plant is nearly three feet tall and now bears three fleecy white cotton bolls. Mrs. Laskey stated that she moved the plant outside early this year and feels that the recent warm weather played a big part in the plant’s growth, since cotton plants rarely can withstand Michigan weather.

Permits up

Building permits totaling $88,500 of tax assessable property were issued during the month of August, 1955, City Assessor Harold Bates revealed today. The figure is a large increase over the $34,300 total of August, 1954.

More students at high school

An increase of 46 students over last year was reported as of noon today by Principal Norbert Radtke as 642 students were enrolled this morning at Manistee High School. The breakdown of the classes at MHS revealed that there are 131 Seniors, 133 Juniors, 146 Sophomores, 144 Freshmen and 88 Eighth Graders.

Kid’s Day at Fair

With today’s opening of the four-day Manistee Count Fair limited to the entering of exhibits, a full program of entertainment is scheduled for tomorrow which is “Kids Day” and hundreds of students from the six county high schools will attend the fait at the Onekama grounds.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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