Looking Back for Jan. 12

20 YEARS AGO

The Manistee Post Office building, circa 1920s, later became the City Hall for Manistee.

Wrzesinski is Athlete of the Week

This week’s Manistee News Advocate Athlete of the Week is Manistee High School senior Jesse Wrzesinski. Wrzesinski led the MHS girls ski team to a victory over Cadillac last Thursday at Caberfae Peaks. She placed first in the giant slalom and second in the slalom for the Chippewas. Jesse has been All-State for three years running. She also finished in sixth place in the giant slalom event at the Petoskey/Harbor Springs Invitational last Tuesday.

40 YEARS AGO

The Mercyaires

The Mercyaires of Our Lady of Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Detroit, wowed elementary school children today with their performance in the Manistee High School Auditorium. The Mercyaires, a group of 20 junior and senior high school women, performed songs ranging from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to John Denver’s soft love song, “Lady”.

“Up in Smoke” with “Pinocchio”

Now playing at the Vogue Theatre is Cheech & Chong’s comedy, “Up in Smoke”. Showtimes are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. this week. Also showing is the non-Disney animated version of “The Adventures of Pinocchio” which will play on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

60 YEARS AGO

County students beats Canadian champ

Robert Erickson Jr., a sophomore at Western Michigan and a former football star at Manistee High School as well as a letterman in football at Western last year, is now taking part in wrestling. Last Saturday he defeated the Canadian scholastic champion by pinning him in the third round in two minutes and 14 seconds.

80 YEARS AGO

Job insurance

According to figures released for the Michigan Unemployment Compensation commission at Detroit, the sum of $111,711.19 was distributed in Manistee County as unemployment compensation through Dec. 31. Compensation claims totaled 9,781 with 9,645 checks being issued. The average amount of each check was $11.58.

Center to hold party tonight

A “little red schoolhouse” party will be held in the Manistee Recreation Center tonight at 7:30 under the auspices of Mrs. Leona Jacobs, WPA leader. The party will feature a spelling bee and old-fashioned games and songs. Parents are urged to bring their children to the party and to attend themselves, for the first aim of the gathering is parent participation.

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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