Looking Back for March 13

20 YEARS AGO

This photograph shows the entrance to the Manistee Harbor in the late 1890s.

This photograph shows the entrance to the Manistee Harbor in the late 1890s.

Streetscape plan for downtown unveiled

What would River Street look like if it had one-sided angle parking, pedestrian curb extenders, decorative walls here and there and a black iron fountain with a park at River and Pine? The public had a chance to find out Thursday night when M.C. Smith and Associates previewed a streetscaping proposal for the downtown area at 5 p.m. in the Manistee Inn. The firm had won a contract from the Downtown Development Authority to produce such a proposal.

40 YEARS AGO

Band and Orchestra Festival

Six Manistee County bands were among participants in a day-long band and orchestra festival Saturday. The festival, hosted by MHS and MCC, featured bands from District One of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. Manistee High School’s symphonic band, the only Class B rated band among those representing the local schools, received ratings of two, two and one in performance and one in sight reading for a final rating of one.

Fashion Show

Last week’s sunny days and hints of spring were just what was needed to put shoppers in the mood for Friday evening’s fashion show at K-Mart which featured the latest in Easter outfits that will provide a dressy look throughout the warm weather seasons, and a sampling of that yearned for summer casual look.

60 YEARS AGO

Forensic winners at Bear Lake

The local forensic contest was enjoyed last week at Bear Lake High School. In oratorical declamation, Miss Mary Anne Pruyne placed first and John Goodreau second. In interpretative reading Nancy Graham and Evelyn Zalud were first and second place winners. In the humorous reading division, Marjorie Churchill was first and Barbara Buckner second. Carol Bennett and Robert Hullinger were the top two in original oratory. Tom Mallison was first and Raymond Eldridge second in extempore speaking.

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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