Looking Back for Jan. 5

20 YEARS AGO

The Canfield home home of lumberman John Canfield is shown in this photograph from the late 1890s.

The Canfield home home of lumberman John Canfield is shown in this photograph from the late 1890s.

Brewery hookups to snarl River Street

River Street travelers should be aware that part of the street will be torn up and temporarily closed to traffic on Tuesday. Crews from Seng’s Crane will be digging up the pavement and making a hole at the behest of Lighthouse Brewery owner Jim Picardat as part of preparing the new business at 312 River Street for its underground hookups.

40 YEARS AGO

Consultants study “public safety”

At some time in their lives, just about every youngster dreams of growing up to become a policeman or fireman. Depending on the results of a study now underway, Manistee residents may someday have have the chance to be both at once. Manistee City Council voted Oct. 18 of last year to spend $5,100 on a study to determine if consolidation of city police and fire departments into a single unit would be feasible. Total consolidation of the two departments, if the consultants and the council decide it is possible in Manistee, would mean that police officers and firefighters would become “public safety officers” with training in both law enforcement and firefighting and the ability to respond to emergencies of either type.

Hockey registration

Manistee Amateur Hockey Association is holding registration for this winter’s hockey program on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sands Park hockey rink. Association President Jim Davis says the ice on the rink is ready and league play is expected to begin in about a week.

80 YEARS AGO

Impairment of local mail service

Petitions already bearing the names of more than 65 businesses and industrial firms of the city are being circulated in an effort to prevent the proposed substitution of truck service in carrying mail between Manistee and Kaleva, Pere Marquette and M. & N.E. railway junction.

Game tonight

The Northside Improvement Association benefit three-feature basketball card at Rotary Hall tonight will start at 7 p.m. with the Thorsen team playing Bear Lake. At 8 o’clock the Maple Tavern five will take on Ludington, while in the windup, the Elks team will play the Bennett Pump Company at Muskegon. A dance will follow the three games, with music being furnished by Arnie Johnson’s orchestra.

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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