Looking Back for May 24

20 YEARS AGO

Johnson wins high jump

The Montgomery Ward Store that was located in downtown Manistee is shown in this 1950s picture. The building is currently the home of the Happy Owl Bookstore.

Onekama High School’s boys track team finished eighth out of 20 schools at the Class C regional on Saturday with 31.5 points. Mesick won the title. Jeff Johnson was an individual regional champion for the Portagers with a first place in the high jump at a height of 6 feet. Ted Brown finished third in the pole vault at 11 feet 2 inches while Chris Pearson took fifth at a personal best 11-2.

40 YEARS AGO

Accident causes power outage

Consumers Power workmen made repairs on a powerline at Ninth and Ramsdell Streets after what police believe was a semi tractor hit a power pole at Fifth and Sycamore Streets. The impact caused a surge of electricity to burn some wires, causing primary lines to go down and putting the Vine Street substation out of commission.

Bear Lake top students

Joy Spalenka and Mark Iverson have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Bear Lake High School. Rated on a four point scale, Joy has maintained a 3.89 GPA during four years of high school. Mark’s very successful four years in high school has accumulated a 3.79 GPA.

80 YEARS AGO

Many trees planted

Approximately 1,123,560 trees were planted in the Manistee district of the national forest under the auspices of the local Forest Service this spring. Ranger B.M. Stout, in charge of the local office and the Manistee district, said today that, at the figure of 1,200 trees per acre, this number translates itself into 936.3 acres planted.

Tea Room changes hands

The Blue Bird Tea Room changed hands yesterday. It was sold by Mrs. Lillian Ingles to Mrs. Alice Smith, proprietor of Smith’s dining hall, Second Ave.

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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