Looking Back for March 21

40 YEARS AGO

This 1930s photograph shows several residents on a snowy River Street after a late winter storm hit the area.

Circus

Elephants, weight-lifters, clowns and even Zorro made appearances at the Head Start Circus held this morning at Jefferson School. The three-ring event featured 19 children under the direction of ringmaster Mrs. Ruth Wickstrom and her assistant Kathy Bottrell. The Head Start group meets regularly at the Jefferson School.

Larcenies reported

Two larcenies were reported yesterday to troopers at the Manistee post of the Michigan State Police post. Someone entered a pickup truck parked at the Phillips 66 station in Parkdale and stole a tape player and a fire extinguisher. Approximately seven cords of firewood were also stolen from a site off County Road 669 in Springdale Township.

60 YEARS AGO

Snow in Bear Lake

How many inches of snow do you think fell from November to March 16? Did you guess more or less than the 158 inches reported by the Clerk of the Manistee County Road Commission Thursday morning? By months the snow down is as follows: November – 8 inches, December – 48.5 inches, January – 57.5 inches, February – 30 inches, and up to March 16 – 14 inches.

80 YEARS AGO

Country Club drive begins

Signalizing the start of an intensive drive to secure new members of the Manistee Golf and Country Club so the club may be retained as an asset to the community, hundreds of letters have been sent out to local residents, soliciting memberships at the new reduced rate of $25 for an entire family. The outcome of the campaign will decide whether the club will open this summer, the letters emphasize.

Pays fine and costs

A Grand Rapids man was arrested by city police officers early this morning and charged with disregarding a stop sign at the corner of River and Maple streets. He was arraigned immediately after the arrest before Justice John D. Kruse. He pleaded guilty to the charge and paid a fine of $1 and costs of $5.15.

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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