Looking Back for Dec. 14


This is a 1960s view of what the Manistee Harbor looked like at that time.

This is a 1960s view of what the Manistee Harbor looked like at that time.

Hundreds attend groundbreaking

Hundreds of supporters attended a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ casino to be built at the corner of M-22 and US-31. The Michigan House and Senate approved the casino compact by a slim margin early Friday morning. Construction of the Class III gaming facility is expected to begin within the next two weeks.


Coal dumped in Big Manistee

Consumers Power Company has launched an investigation into the dumping of approximately 45 tons of coal into the Manistee River at Tippy Dam. The issue came to light yesterday when the Cadillac Evening News, in a copyrighted story, quoted Dan Darnell, water quality specialist with the DNR, as saying the coal was dumped into the river during four days last week. A spot investigation of the site Tuesday, the newspaper said, showed coal scattered in the water and along the north bank of the river.

Winds of December

The winds of December unleashed angry, churning waves yesterday on Lake Michigan. Chilling wet weather is in the forecast for Manistee for the remainder of this week and an extended outlook calls for a chance of rain and snow this weekend.


Local store closing hours

Although two or three stores will remain open until 9 p.m. starting tomorrow evening, all other local establishments will observe the holiday closing hours starting on Dec. 19. From that date until Dec. 24, they will remain open until 9 p.m. On the 24th, all stores will close at 6 p.m. remaining closed all day the 26th. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 27th, regular closing hours will be in effect again.

Bids rejected

Bids on the new Onekama High School addition were opened last night, but all were rejected because they were above the original estimates and the school district will advertise for new bids. Bonds for the PWA projects were sold, however, the successful bidder being the Michigan Trust Company.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum



Posted by Mark Fedder

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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