Looking Back for March 20

40 YEARS AGO

The railroad bridge of the Manistee and Northeastern Railroad over the Manistee River Channel is shown in this photograph from the early 1920s.

Van Buren solution delayed

City plans for resolving a traffic and use conflict on the northside’s Van Buren Street will be delayed a month pending a request last night that they city not implement one solution – the extension of nearby streets to connect with Van Buren. The request was made to the city council by Don Olson of the Olson Lumber Company, who last year had asked that the city take some steps to prevent traffic from using his lumberyard for a thoroughfare.

Olson’s problem consisted of motorist who would exit from US-31 onto Van Buren and find themselves on a street that ended in his lumberyard. Motorists were then faced with the choice of turning around and returning to US-31 or cutting south through the lumberyard to Harrison Street. Motorists invariably chose the easier route and went through the lumberyard.

Spring?

Crocuses at the home of Jeannie Oleniczak at 604 Pine St seem to have heard that tomorrow marks the first day of spring. With robins now a fairly regular sight in the county and the Manistee River mostly free of ice, it just might be true that winter has decided to release its bird.

60 YEARS AGO

Onekama’s post office will be in new quarters

Onekama’s new post office opens March 23. The building was ready for it January 1, but equipment has been late in arriving and bad weather has delayed the installation. The installer arrived here this past Wednesday evening and he and two carpenters will have the set up complete for Monday’s opening. The new location is between Anderson’s store and Rhuel Miller’s baber shop. The building was built by Otto Anderson and has been leased by the U.S. Post Office Department.

80 YEARS AGO

Indecent language

A Sibben Street woman was arrested by local police last Thursday evening on a warrant signed by a Fourth Street woman and charged with using indecent language. She pleaded guilty to the charge when arraigned before Justice John D. Kruse last week and paid a fine of $1 and costs of $5.15.

Provides for school loans

Provision for securing loans to carry the local public school system through the full term were made by the Manistee Board of Education at a special meeting last Friday. The school trustees met to pass the required resolutions that will enable the state local board to pass upon local requests for permission to borrow additional funds.

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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