Looking Back for May 15

40 YEARS AGO

Sand gets loaded on to a freighter in the Manistee River Channel from Sand Products in this 1960s photograph.

Trash

Tons of trash is being toted to the city’s curbs and alleys, awaiting pickup by the city’s annual spring pickup crew. Huge piles of debris are making this year’s task very difficult, according to City Manager Chester Glocheski. Residents are not sticking to the one truckload per residence limit, he noted, and the crew has been working overtime to haul it all away. The city has to pay landfills to dump the trash he noted, and the expenses are mounting. Glocheski said that a study will have to be made to determine whether the city can continue the program, if the pickup privilege continues to create problems.

Tackle football requested in JH

A report on the junior high athletics by Manistee Junior High School athletic coordinator, Jeanne Bolle, triggered a lengthy discussion on flag football at the Manistee Board of Education meeting last night. It is apparently the wish of both parents and students to incorporate tackle football for boys into the junior high athletic curriculum, noted junior high principal Hank Minster. Flag football, sponsored this past by the MRA, held little interest for the boys, it was noted.

60 YEARS AGO

Consolidation meeting

On May 19 trhere will be a meeting on consolidation at 8 p.m. at Onekama High School. George Schutt of the State Department of Public Instruction will be the speaker. He represented the department in the Glen Lake consolidation experience in northern Michigan consolidation. The meeting in Onekama is for everyone, especially all interested in school matters, in the rural part of the county.

80 YEARS AGO

Block House at Rietz Park will be booth

The north bound tourist will see a unique tourist information booth on US-31 at the south city limit of Manistee this summer. A frontier block house, constructed by the National Youth Administration, will be placed at the entrance to Rietz Park and will also serve as a small museum featuring articles pertaining to the logging and lumbering industry of which Manistee was formerly an important and thriving center.

Supermarket to open

Manistee’s A & P supermarket will open its doors to the public at 351-355 River Street on May 16 at 8 a.m. This A & P super store with 7,000 square feet of floor space will be operated on the self-service plan, patrons being allowed to walk through displays of merchandise and make their own selections. The store offers a most modern interior throughout with new display equipment and fixtures. A complete line of meats and seafoods, as well as staple and fancy groceries, fresh fruit, and vegetables will be carried.

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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