Looking Back for Sept. 26

Looking west down River Street while on the roof of the Manistee Iron Works circa 1900.

Looking west down River Street while on the roof of the Manistee Iron Works circa 1900.

20 YEARS AGO

Engler signs gaming contact with tribe

The Manistee based Little River Band of Ottawa Indians moved a step closer Monday toward opening a casino, but still has hurdles to clear. Gov. John Engler and leaders of the Little River Band and two other tribes planning casinos signed a compact Monday to cover casino operations. The next step for the tribes is getting the state legislature to approve the gaming contract.

40 YEARS AGO

Colors here and there

The colorful season has arrived in Manistee County. Most of the “color” is still a beautiful green, but the brakes are brown in the fields, yellow is beginning to sneak in on the aspens, the sumac is showing crimson on the fields and hills, and the maples are billowing above in scarlet splendor.

60 YEARS AGO

Students tour Museum

The summer hours for touring the Manistee County Historical Museum located in the old water works building on First Street have been terminated because of the lack of a heating plant during the winter months. The museum will be visited during the remainder of September and all of October by school children of city, county and parochial schools

Takes over post

Albert C. Morley today began his duties in the U.S. Forest Ranger office here as assistant district forest ranger to Robert Harper. The new district ranger assistant is married and is the father of three children.

80 YEARS AGO

Many trees planted

Of the 45,000,000 young trees that will be taken from the Chittenden Nursery within the next few weeks and planted in national forests in Michigan and Wisconsin, more than 4,000,000 have already been lifted from beds and planted in the Manistee National Forest. In Manistee County alone more than 700,000 of the infant trees have been planted. The lifting and planting work is keeping 220 CCC boys and ERA workmen busy in this county.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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