Looking Back for March 19

Members of The Manistee Summer Theatre perform a stage production of “The Crucible” at the Ramsdell Theatre in early 1960s.

Members of The Manistee Summer Theatre perform a stage production of “The Crucible” at the Ramsdell Theatre in early 1960s.

20 YEARS AGO

Baseball clinic

A baseball clinic for the Manistee Junior Baseball League was held at Manistee High School this past weekend. The Chippewas will start practicing for the 1996 spring season soon with Coach George Edmonson at the helm.

40 YEARS AGO

Spring to arrive

Spring arrives officially at 6:50 a.m. tomorrow. That is the time when the sun will be directly above the equator, and on Saturday, there should be exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. Pessimists or realists in the Manistee area may expect at least a little more winter before warm weather comes for good, but the next few days at least are going to be decidedly springy.

60 YEARS AGO

Roof fire

City firemen were called out at 9:50 a.m. today to 230 Ninth St., occupied by Frank Tetzlaff, to extinguish a roof fire that was caused by sparks from the chimney. Estimated $25 damage was done to the wooden shingles and tarpaper roof.

Easter Lily sale

Rotarians are in the midst of planning for the 1956 Easter Lily sale that will be conducted locally this Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The lilies sold by Manistee Rotarians on River Street as part of their regular activity to raise funds for crippled children, one of the club’s annual projects.

80 YEARS AGO

First Rademaker well is completed

A new Rademaker Chemical Company well, first to be drilled in an expanse on program that will increase capacity of the Eastlake bromine plant many-fold, was completed today. Workers of the Lupher Drilling Company of Mt. Pleasant, under Mac Ackerman, this morning were gouging out a pocket just below the 2,500 foot level where the chemical containing slat brine is found.

New hardware store opens

A cordial invitation to attend the opening Saturday of the Manistee Hardware, 369 River Street, in the building formerly occupied by Krogers, is extended by the owner, F.L. Bristol. A complete line of hardware, sporting goods, paints and wallpaper will be carried. Mr. Bristol comes to Manistee from Fremont where for the past 12 years he has successfully operated like a store.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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