Looking Back for Jan. 16

20 YEARS AGO

A group of children gather at the end of the pier at Fifth Avenue beach in this 1950s picture. The pier was shaped different at that time from what exists today.

A group of children gather at the end of the pier at Fifth Avenue beach in this 1950s picture. The pier was shaped different at that time from what exists today.

Channel 2 may find home at city hall

Local public access Channel 2 may have found a new home. A subcommittee of the Public Education Government Commission, which oversees the channel, suggested that the channel may be located at Manistee City Hall. However, before the PEG Channel could move, it would first to have clear the PEG Commission, the Manistee City Council and the Filer Township Board.

40 YEARS AGO

Chairman hopes to turn Manistee into 1800s boom town

Sounds of the steady meeting of quick steel and hardwood have been reverberating in Manistee County where lumber was once king for over 100 years. Now those sounds, along with the cheering of a lumberjack who fells his tree and the jingling of harnesses as powerful 4,000 pound teams of horses pull logs out of the woods. “This was Manistee, said Ron Steinberg, chairman of the 1978 Forest Festival committee, speaking of the lumber heritage that made Manistee a boomtown. Steinberg would like to see tours of the old mansions, beard contests, tobacco spitting and pipe smoking contests and lumberjacks dressed around town.

Sabers beat Frankfort

The Manistee Catholic Central Sabers upset the Frankfort Panthers last night 69-59. Craig Krusniak was the leading scorer with 17 points while Dave Zajac had his best night of the season with 16.

60 YEARS AGO

Plowman passes

Miss Mary Josephine Plowman, 81, beloved resident and nurse of the Copemish area, passed away the evening of January 13 at the Osteopathic Hospital in Traverse City where she had been admitted Saturday evening. Miss Plowman was born in Marilla Township in 1876. Her good sense, a keen sense of humor, and unselfish love for people made her an outstanding nurse, and there are very few homes that have not been touched by her service.

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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