History Archive

Looking Back for Oct. 24

Looking Back for Oct. 24

20 YEARS AGO Tower repairs begin The Manistee National Forest is home to the last big fire lookout tower in the lower peninsula, and the Forest Service has started repairing it and hopes in the next few years to get enough funding to open it to the public. Phase one of the Udell Hills Tower […]

Dovel and Dovel

Dovel and Dovel

In every community around the world there are last names that, over time, become synonymous with a certain profession. For over 80 years father and son Andrew and Charles Dovel practiced law in Manistee and with them a long standing record of service to the public. Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Dovel was born in Pickerington, Ohio […]

100 Years Ago

100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending October 24, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum. Read more of her 100 Years Ago column at www.manisteenews.com: “Chief, Oct. 16—Successful in her second attempt, a young woman, twenty-two […]

Looking Back for Oct. 23

Looking Back for Oct. 23

40 YEARS AGO Mobile home blaze A mobile home on Erickson Road owned by a Bear Lake woman was a total loss from fire that apparently started through the fuel oil furnace Thursday morning. The Bear Lake Fire Department was called about 10 p.m. at night and returned about an hour later. 60 YEARS AGO […]

Looking Back for Oct. 22

Looking Back for Oct. 22

40 YEARS AGO Piotrowski passes Maximilian Piotrowski, 88, who retired two years ago after owning and operating Piotrowski Shoe Repair Shop here for 58 years, died yesterday at Pontiac General Hospital. His expert workmanship good life and friendliness made him well-known throughout the county. 60 YEARS AGO Lt. Picardat in new post Lt. Dale L. […]

Look Back for Oct. 21

Look Back for Oct. 21

20 YEARS AGO Commercial affects business Manistee’s River Street was shut down on October 13 for the filming of a commercial advertising a medical insurance company. While some River Street businesses had outstanding sales during the day, others saw very few customers. Some business owners were upset that filming caused less traffic in their stores. […]

Looking Back for Oct. 20

Looking Back for Oct. 20

  20 YEARS AGO Mungia honored The Manistee City Council honored Nick Mungia this week for his “outstanding act of extraordinary heroism” when he made an effort to save the life of a Manistee man who drowned in Manistee Lake on September 20. 60 YEARS AGO Halloween window painting The fifth annual Halloween window painting […]

Looking Back for Oct. 18

Looking Back for Oct. 18

20 YEARS AGO WSSC adopts no smoking policy If you’ve got an urge to smoke, the place to do it isn’t at West Shore Community College. Beginning in January, the college will have a policy which prohibits smoking in all college-owned facilities and vehicles. 40 YEARS AGO “Trick or Treat” for UNICEF On Halloween, the […]

Adolph Johnson returns home

Adolph Johnson returns home

Leafing through Manistee newspapers throughout decades it is interesting to note the kinds of things that were mentioned and reported on as up until recently, the newspaper business was one of the only forms of “social media” available to people. With that said, often times the newspaper would mention who was admitted to the hospital […]

100 Years Ago

100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending October 17, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum. Read more of her 100 Years Ago column at www.manisteenews.com: “Forty-three years ago yesterday Manistee was practically wiped out by a […]