Looking Back for Feb. 2

20 YEARS AGO

The office of the Pere Marquette Steamers is shown in this photograph as it appeared in the 1890s when many local residents used the steamers to travel on the Great Lakes.

The office of the Pere Marquette Steamers is shown in this photograph as it appeared in the 1890s when many local residents used the steamers to travel on the Great Lakes.

Derby

Excitement was in the air on Cedar Street Hill as the cardboard box derby sponsored by the Manistee Jaycees during the Winterfest weekend got underway. There were 24 entries in all and competing for the big trophy was Boy Scout Troop 167 and 269. Taking the trophy for the seventh year in a row was Troop 167.

40 YEARS AGO

Eastlake water bonding may not exceed limit

The Village of Eastlake may not have to go into debt beyond the state’s maximum allowed bonding to construct a municipal water system, according to a letter read at yesterday’s village council meeting. The letter from Robert C. Bendzinski, a municipal finance advisor from Detroit, said Eastlake’s state equalized value is $2,534,475 in 1977. The debt incurred for construction of the water system will total $187,000.

Carnival

The annual Lincoln School Carni-Fair will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 with activities planned throughout the building. Games planned are candy bar spin, ring the pop bottle, roll a score, raise the pop bottle, clown toss, bingo, and cake walk.

80 YEARS AGO

Sees shadow here

As is usually the case when those Manisteeans who have faith in the groundhog legend peer anxiously at the sky, hoping for heavy clouds so that the four-footed weather prognosticator will not be able to glimpse his shadow, the sun today gave them the go-by.

City ready to draw up WPA project

Indicating that the stage has been reached where the city is ready to feel out a WPA project request for construction of a new drive and parkway along the north bank of the Manistee River between Maple St. and Memorial Bridges.

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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