Looking Back for Dec. 16

20 YEARS AGO

A printer from the Manistee News Advocate works on preparing the next day's paper in this 1940s photograph.

A printer from the Manistee News Advocate works on preparing the next day’s paper in this 1940s photograph.

Community supports food drive

Many local residents and businesses are taking time out from their own holiday plans to get behind the Salvation Army’s Christmas Basket preparation. Monday and Tuesday the volunteers will put together 316 baskets which will be distributed Wednesday through Friday at the Manistee National Guard Armory. Some of the larger donators of labors and commodities were: 20 student volunteers from MHS, 20 volunteers from Lake Bluff Academy, Morton Salt, Manistee Kiwanis, Manistee County and Arcadia Lions, and the American Legion.

40 YEARS AGO

Contest winners

Nancy and Susan Bowling, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bowling, are first prize winners of Triginta Club’s annual Christmas window decorating contest in Bear Lake. Their scenes of angels announcing Christ’s birth originally were measured to fit the Security National Bank windows. Because of insurance regulations they were unable to use that site, but have instead placed them in Boyer Insurance Agency windows.

MHS choirs to sing

Manistee High School Senior and Junior High School Choirs will present their annual Christmas concert in the high school auditorium at 8 p.m. Monday. A wide range of songs will be sung from the old traditional Christmas carols such as “Away in a Manger” and “Holly and the Ivy” ro recent Christmas compositions such as “What Month Was Jesus Born”. Solo and trio passages in some of the songs will be sung by Joyce Schmeling, Mikaleen Roskoskey, Linda Strouf, Jean Franckowiak and Torrin Bottrell.

60 YEARS AGO

Dance

The first dance of the Onekama “Teenage Moderns” will be held Dec. 14 at Farr Center sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Dancing is from 8 until 12. Admission is 25 cents and refreshments will be sold. Onekama Junior and Senior High School students and their friends are invited.

80 YEARS AGO

Santa due here

Santa Claus is scheduled to make his appearance on the streets of Manistee tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock. He will remain until 5:30 and from now until Christmas will make a daily visit to the city. Saturday he will be here in the afternoon and evening during the weekdays in the afternoon ad on Thursday he will be on River Street in the evening as well.

More aid in yule party

The Northside Improvement Association will cooperate with the Salvation Army, in the children’s Christmas party to be held on Dec. 22, by donating the use of the gymnasium in Rotary Hall in which the party is to be staged. The Manistee Garment Company through Herman G. Brandau has volunteered to provide the Christmas tree and decorations for the hall. Miss Bettye Kruger will act as chairman of the garment plant committee.

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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