Looking Back for Aug. 11

20 YEARS AGO

The Manistee High School building that was constructed in 1927 is shown in this photograph. The building is vacant now and sits right behind the current Kennedy Elementary School.

The Manistee High School building that was constructed in 1927 is shown in this photograph. The building is vacant now and sits right behind the current Kennedy Elementary School.

Storms put paving of several city streets on hold

Heavy rains held up paving projects on streets undergoing sewer construction last week, and contractors have reset paving dates in most cases. Paving was supposed to happen every day last week but rains soaked down the gravel that is supposed to be used in making the roads and contractors found they had to wait for it to dry.

40 YEARS AGO

New building for Mental Health

The Manistee-Benzie Mental Health Services Board gave its blessing to the construction of a new building yesterday as it wrapped up its fiscal year budget request to the state. The board unanimously approved the leasing of a new structure to be built by a private investor and to provide much-needed room for the overcrowded counseling center which has outgrown its offices at Fourth and Maple with administrative offices now stationed at 110 Maple Street.

60 YEARS AGO

Public boat ramp in Bear Lake

A public boat ramp has been recently constructed in the east end of Hopkins Park. This was done as a joint project between the village, which furnished the material, and the Bear Lake Boating Club, which furnished the labor. This ramp has been a much needed asset to the park, and the public is encouraged to use it freely when launching their boats.

80 YEARS AGO

Cleaning up after storm

City workers were busy today cleaning up debris about the city resulting from the lashing rainstorm which hit the area yesterday afternoon. Cinders on many streets were washed down and had to be removed, basements on the northside were flooded by the rains which spoiled all cement work done by the paving crews in the morning. Third Street from Oak to Pine, which is being leveled preparatory to paving, was flooded to such an extent that it was necessary to pump the water out this morning to resume operations.

Preparing for license rush

Branch managers throughout the state are preparing for the rush to purchase license plates, when some 600,000 motorists will trade their black and white half year plates for the black and green full year plates. In the past, more plates have been sold in the last three days period before the deadline than in the whole period allotted for the sale of license plates at half price.

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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