Looking Back for May 21


The Congregational Church looks today like it did in this photograph from the early 1900s.

The Congregational Church looks today like it did in this photograph from the early 1900s.

Local merchants vote to approve streetscape plan

The Downtown Merchants’ Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday morning to back a streetscape concept for River Street. Chair John Kaser told the group, “We have to make a decision. The streetscape committee needs a letter from this body.” He called for a straw vote and overwhelming majority of members in the audience voted in favor. Kaser stressed that the committee wasn’t voting for a streetscape plan submitted by M.C. Smith in all its details, but rather of the general concept “of redoing River Street, and sprucing it up.”


Norman-Dickson wins top honors

Norman-Dickson piled up 85 points in the Class D regional track meet at Ludington on Saturday. Its nearest rival was Baldwin with 26. Onekama was fifth with 10 points, Arcadia and Copemish tied for seventh with 8 points a piece and Bear Lake was 11th with 5 points.


Church session will close conference

The Michigan Congregational and Christian Conference here will be brought to a close tomorrow afternoon after special services during the day at the Congregational Church. 500 persons are in attendance for today’s session. Rev. W.R. Catton, host pastor, reported today that 356 out of town visitors have registered at the convention and in addition a number of residents from nearby cities drive here for the sessions each day and hence do not register.

Kiwanis show closes tonight

A full house greeted the Kiwanis Club WLS barn dance frolic players last night when the curtain was raised on the second performance of the home talent production. After a crowd of approximately 700 persons attended Thursday night’s performance despite the rain, the club enjoyed one of its best turnouts last night, with patrons being turned away at the door.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum


Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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