Looking Back for July 15

20 YEARS AGO

Life savers from the Manistee Station prepare to launch their boat in the this 1890s photograph.

Life savers from the Manistee Station prepare to launch their boat in the this 1890s photograph.

10th Street separation project begins

The City of Manistee opened bids Monday for the service separation project for 10th Street. The Manistee City Council will probably select the company at its regular meeting on Aug. 19, said City Manager Ben Bifoss. Bids came in about 9 percent less than the engineer, Abonmarche Consultants Inc., estimated or the project, he said.

40 YEARS AGO

Retiring mail carriers

Retired mail carriers Martin Frederickson and Francis Rockwell were honored recently at a retirement party in the Manistee Post Office. Frederickson also received a certificate honoring him for his 31 years of service.

60 YEARS AGO

Guardsmen in second week in camp

The 78 enlisted men and five officers of Manistee’s National Guard unit today began their final phase of the annual two-week training period at Camp Haven, Wisconsin.

Golfing event attracts many

A two-ball foursome attracted a record participation of 32 couples to the Manistee Golf and Country Club course yesterday afternoon and with other members joining the golfers for a 6 o’clock buffet supper, the crowd increased to more than 100.

80 YEARS AGO

Damage done by cloudburst

Considerable damage was reported throughout the city as a about an inch and a half of rain of the result of the cloudburst last night, fell and many persons reported flooded basements and clogged sewers this morning. The curb and gutter work on Hancock Street, which had taken a day and half to lay, was loosened and has dropped in many places. Street sewers were unable to carry off the large amounts of water and huge puddles were formed. Cinders and dirt on the unpaved streets were also washed off, leaving ruts in the road.

Beach classes to start

Starting July 19, classes in swimming for beginners, juniors and seniors, will be held at the city’s beaches. Louis Haidt, life-saving examiner, and his two assistants, will be in charge of the work.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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Mark Fedder is the executive director of the Manistee County Historical Musuem. He can be reached at (231) 723-5531 ormanisteemuseum@yahoo.com.

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