Looking Back for Dec. 7

40 YEARS AGO

This picture from the 1930s gives a view of much newer Memorial Bridge.

This picture from the 1930s gives a view of much newer Memorial Bridge.

Skiera named clerk

Gerald J. Skiera was appointed Manistee City Clerk, effective Nov. 19, by Manistee City Council last night. Skiera was one of a number of candidates interviewed to replace Margaret Fett, who is retiring from the position she held for more than 28 years. Mrs. Fett will remain on the job for “as long as it takes” to familiarize the new clerk with his duties. Skiera is a former editor of the Manistee News Advocate where he worked for 16 years.

City denies cable TV hike

Manistee City Council last night denied a request from Manistee Cable TV for a $1.50 increase in monthly cable rates. The council took the action on a unanimous vote after studying figures indicating that the increase would have left Manistee Cable subscribers paying considerably higher rates than cable users in Ludington and Traverse City.

60 YEARS AGO

Arcadia team honored

Members of Arcadia’s championship basketball team were honored guests at a dinner in the school gym on Wednesday night, November 20. The trophy of the Manistee County basketball league was officially presented to the team. Short speeches were given by Supt. Hoeh, Coach Tim Quinn, Captain Roger Beilfuss, and Ken Olsen, captain of the team. Arcadia had an impressive record of five wins and no losses.

80 YEARS AGO

WPA shop is in need of lathe

Although several power tools are now in use at the woodshop being conducted by the WPA recreational division in the basement of the Rotary Hall, there is a pressing need for a lathe, according to LaVerne Williams, one of those in charge. From 40 to 50 boys use the facilities of the shop every afternoon and evening and their work would be made much more interesting if they could have the benefit of a wood lathe.

First to buy Christmas seals

First in Manistee to buy 1937 tuberculosis Christmas seals is W.J. Gregory, the Michigan Tuberculosis Association announces. The 31st annual appeal for the purchase of the tiny health seals began on Thanksgiving Day and will continue through to Christmas.

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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