Looking Back for March 14

40 YEARS AGO

Local residents are shown in this photograph from the 1890s gathering around the bells at Guardian Angels Church in Manistee prior to the bells being installed.

Onekama in State Band finals

An extremely distinguishing performance was given by the Onekama High School Band at the District Contest held this past Saturday at Reed City High School. James Atwood conductor of bands states, “The band was just superb in displaying its musicianship. Most likely the finest performance ever for our group.”

Kindergarten class wins cash

Mrs. Margaret Johnson’s Washington School kindergarten class won the cash prize at the school’s talent show last night. The prize was awarded to the class for having the most number of participants in the show. The kindergarteners entertained their audience with a melodic rendition of “A Little Grey Squirrel”, and recited two poems.

60 YEARS AGO

“Around the World” dinner

Approximately 90 parents, teachers, and students attended an “Around the World” potluck dinner at the Onekama School on the evening of March 10. Each girl brought a foreign dish characteristic of different nationalities. Table decorations featured a globe surrounded by flags of different countries. This dinner helped the chapter to accomplish two of the national goals of the organization: to help understand our neighbors, both home and abroad, and to promote better family living.

80 YEARS AGO

Captains meet to talk city beauty plans

Miss Ethel Larsen, chairman of the Beautify Manistee Committee of the civic department of Manistee’s Lakeside Club announced today that a meeting of captains was held at her home yesterday afternoon for the purpose of discussing further arrangements for the coming campaign to beautify Manistee. Chief target of the club women at present is the course of highway US-31 as it winds its way through the city from the south to the north entrance to Manistee.

Country Club plans okayed by new board

A plan which is designed to allow continuation of the Manistee Golf and Country Club as a Manistee asset was given approval last night at a joint meeting of the club’s old and new boards of directors. The plan was evolved by the old board and was formally approved by the new directors. The board members agreed that necessary funds must be secured before work is started on the golf course and before the clubhouse is opened for the season.

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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