Looking Back for March 19

20 YEARS AGO

A large group of people showed up at the docks on to watch one of the Pere Marquette steams leaving the Manistee area with a load of passengers in the 1890s.

Angled parking a no go

A streetscape plan passed by the Downtown Development Authority Thursday would retain parallel parking on River Street. Streetscape 2000 is a plan to redesign and landscape River Street in the summer of 2000 when River Street is torn up during the city’s sewer separation project. Streetscape has received general support from downtown merchants, residents and community officials, although some key components – such as switching from parallel to angled parking – have sparked debate.

40 YEARS AGO

Brennan is “Outstanding Citizen”

Manistee educator and community activist Neil Brennan was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Saturday for his work with the community’s youth. Brennan was named “Outstanding Citizen” for 1979. This is the 28th year the local VFW has so honored a local citizen. Brennan, a teacher at MHS, was cited for his activities with youth, “above and beyond the normal extent of his work.” Brennan received a commemorative plaque from master of ceremonies Floyd Clement and Post Commander Leonard Sielski.

Skocelas in Brethren

Stanley Skocelas, Jr., Brethren’s new postmaster has been a postal clerk and carrier in Manistee since 1972. He assumed his new position in Brethren on March 10.

60 YEARS AGO

Hewitt to head bank

Marshall Hewitt, who has been executive vice-president of the Kaleva State Bank during 1958, has been elected president of the Bank of Rolling Meadow in Illinois. It is a new suburb of Chicago on the the northwest side adjacent to Arlington Heights. This is a new bank with a capital of $400,000.

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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