Looking Back for May 11

20 YEARS AGO

The Manistee Iron Works building was relatively new when it was shown in this 1920s photograph.

The Manistee Iron Works building was relatively new when it was shown in this 1920s photograph.

Chips split at Gladwin

It rained, but it didn’t pour for the Manistee High School baseball team Saturday. After routing host Gladwin in the first game of the tournament Saturday, 15-2, the Chips then fell to Standish Sterling, 11-3. Manistee dominated the first game with Gary Wilhelm, who threw a complete game. “It was Gary’s best game of the year. Got ahead of the batters the whole way,” said Coach George Edmonson.

40 YEARS AGO

Monday is final day for registration

Monday is the last day to register for persons wishing to vote in the annual schools elections to be held June 12. Two of the county’s school districts are asking for millages, two are not. Each of the districts will elect members to their boards of education. In the Manistee Public Schools, voters will be asked to renew 14 mills for operating expenses. They will also be asked for a half-mill transfer for the repair and maintenance at various schools in the district. At Onekama-Arcadia, voters are being asked for a three-mill tax increase designed to bring in $86,400.

Miss America here

For just a few minutes yesterday Manistee must have had more queens per capita than just about any city anywhere. The reigning Miss America, Susan Perkins of Middleton, Ohio, arrived at Manistee Blacker Airport en route to participate in last night’s Miss Ludington Pageant. Present to greet her at the airport were: Holly Schmidt, Miss Michigan; Mary Beth Marrison, Miss Ludington, and Miss Manistee, Janie VanLiere.

60 YEARS AGO

Irons CCC Camp to be moved

Foundations for buildings which will accommodate about 200 men are being laid in a site just west of the Chittenden Nursery on M-55 to which the Irons CCC camp will be transferred soon, Forest Service officials announce. The new camp, which is to be one of the finest in the nation and a model unit, will cover about five acres of ground and will be completed in a month or six weeks.

Bands being secured for festival

Arrangements for bands which will provide music during the third annual Manistee National Forest Festival are nearing completion, Ed Talbot, chairman of the band committee, announced today. The Manistee Iron Works unit, of course, will see the most service, playing all four days, for parades and concerts. The Boys Vocational Band of Lansing also will be here all four days of the celebration. The Mesick High School Band, a fine, 45-piece organization will join with the Manistee High School Band as well as the Ludington High School and Hart High School bands.

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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