Looking Back for June 7

40 YEARS AGO

This boy was ready to celebrate the Fourth of July in Manistee by decorating his  bike to look like an airplane  this photograph from the 1930s.

This boy was ready to celebrate the Fourth of July in Manistee by decorating his bike to look like an airplane this photograph from the 1930s.

City approves cable TV rate hike

Cable television subscribers in Manistee will be paying 75 cents more each month for service as the result of action taken at last night’s meeting of the Manistee City Council. The council, on a 5-2 vote, agreed to allow Manistee TV Cable Inc. to hike its price from the present basic rate of $6.25 a month to $7. The company had requested a boost of $1.50 to $7.75.

MHS bands honored

A Monday evening awards banquet concluded a successful year for the Manistee High School Band Boosters. The banquet was held at the Manistee Armory with more than 600 people attending. Linda Strouf was recognized for earning a Blue medal for a Flute Proficiency II at the state solo and ensemble competition. David Solberg was awarded the “Distinguished Musician’s Certificate”. Lynette VanDrie, President of the Manistee High School Student Senate honored band director Paul Cramer with a plaque.

60 YEARS AGO

Lightning destroys farm buildings

The barn and outbuildings on the farm of Virgil Johnson near Bar Lake were destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. A lightning bolt had struck the barn and the fire spread to the other buildings. The stock was led to safety. Both the Manistee and Onekama fire departments responded to the call.

80 YEARS AGO

Armstrong pens book on relief

Reviewed in the June 5 issue of the New York Times Book Review is a book, “We Too Are the People,” written by Mrs. Louise V. Armstrong, 536 Fourth Street, former Manistee County Emergency Relief Administrator. The book deals with the relief situation in “a district in Northern Michigan” presumably that in this county, with which the writer is familiar because of her service in the ERA post. In conclusion the review states: “…But no one can question the value of this book, not just as a sociological report, but as a great human document. Everyone ought to read it, or something like it, before he talks authoritatively about relief. It ought be in the hands of every legislator who has to vote for or against a relief plan or a relief appropriation, federal, state or local.”

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

 

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