Looking Back for June 23

20 YEARS AGO

This picture shows the view from above High Street looking down on the Maxwelltown and Manistee Lake area in the1890s.

This picture shows the view from above High Street looking down on the Maxwelltown and Manistee Lake area in the1890s.

KND receives grant

Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools is among nine school districts in the state that will share $4 million in federal grant money. The grant, which was announced by President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, is designed to create 21st Century Community Learning Centers in urban and rural school districts. It includes 315 school districts around the nation, for a total of $40 million.

40 YEARS AGO

Former theater being readied for the future

The doors may not be open but that does not mean there’s no action inside. The first sign of progress in turning the Cub Theatre from a movie house into a useful hall to serve community needs was to fill dirt being put in at the east end of the building. This was built up load by load on the sloping base until now it reaches almost to the rear of the 90 foot long structure. The owners of the approximately 40 ft x 90 ft building are amazed at the quality of its construction and its trueness to form after many years of use and some neglect.

60 YEARS AGO

Crampton to retire

Retirement of Wanye I. Crampton, veteran employee of the Michigan Cooperative Extension Service, was approved by the State Board of Agriculture, governing body of Michigan State University on June 19. His retirement is effective July 31.

80 YEARS AGO

Kirster passes

Death yesterday afternoon at 5:15 came to Joseph Kirster, prominent in the affairs of Manistee for almost 60 years and the city’s leading cigar manufacturer. He died at Mercy Hospital after a heart attack induced by injuries he suffered an in automobile accident in Mason County last Saturday. Mr. Kirster at the time of his death was chairman of the board of directors of the Manistee County Savings Bank. He would have been 82 years old in September.

Water is warm

According to the first persons taking to the city beaches, water is fine, being quite warm for this time of the season. Between 50 and 60 persons were swimming and many more on the beach at Fifth Ave. on a recent afternoon it is reported.

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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