Looking Back for Nov. 13

The J.J. Newberry Store is shown on River Street in this photograph from the 1940s.

The J.J. Newberry Store is shown on River Street in this photograph from the 1940s.

20 YEARS AGO

New owner for Briny

The Briny Building has a new owner who plans to convert it into office, retail and possibly residential space and hopes, someday, to add a porch to the building’s facade to match one that was there years ago. Traverse City builder Eric Gerstner bought the Briny on Friday.

40 YEARS AGO

Laker boy’s hoops

This year, for the first time in two years, Bear Lake will field a team that is not comprised mainly of freshman and sophomores. The Lakers have six returning lettermen: Chris Ware, Jack Ledford, Ken Overla, Brian Timmons, Randy Meister, and Jim Miller. The Varsity team is coached by Mike Matesich.

80 YEARS AGO

National Forest signs

Through the cooperation of Forest Supervisor A.F. Miller, two signs designating the direction to the entrance of the Manistee National Forest (2 miles east) to tourists going north and south on US-31, will soon be erected at the junction of US-31 and M-55 outside the city limits.

Toy to be here

A surprise announcement came last night from the entertainment committee of the Rotary Club at its weekly meeting at Hotel Chippewa with the completion of plans for a big inter-city meeting on November 26 when Harry S. Toy, former attorney general and newly appointed justice of the state supreme court, will be the principal speaker.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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