History Archive

100 Years Ago on July 25

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending July 25, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum: “The board of park commissioners has made numerous repairs at Reitz Park, where a band concert will be given tonight by […]

Victorian Era summer excursions

Victorian Era summer excursions

In the Victorian era excursions, either by boat or rail were popular for summer outings.  A transportation firm would offer a special rate for a trip several hours to a nearby community. On many occasions these trips were sponsored by local churches or other groups as special fundraising events. In the heat of the summer, […]

Looking Back at July 25

Looking Back at July 25

20 YEARS AGO Electrical storm One of the worst electrical storms of 1994 hit the Manistee area on Saturday evening. The storm produced heavy rains and some strong wind, but little damage was reported. However the storm did produce quite a light show around the area. 40 YEARS AGO Brethren Days Brethren Days such a […]

Looking Back at July 24

Looking Back at July 24

40 YEARS AGO Reunion of Kaleva Class of ‘44 Members of the graduating class of 1944 of Kaleva High School met for their 30th class reunion at the Crystal Mountain Lodge in Thompsonville, Saturday evening for a banquet. Martin Marin gave the invocation and a moment of silence was for a departed member, Mrs. Leslie […]

Looking Back at July 23

Looking Back at July 23

40 YEARS AGO Play at Marilla Church The play “A Time So Urgent” will be presented at the Marilla Church of the Brethren on Sunday ay 7:30 p.m. The play will be presented by a group of California college students. It portrays the spiritual struggle of Alexander Mack which led to the founding of the […]

Looking Back

Looking Back

20 YEARS AGO Custom Packaging among leaders For the second year in a row, Manistee-based Custom Packaging Systems ranks among state leaders in annual growth, placing 39th in an elite categorical poll. The Outstate Michigan Private 50 is a statewide survey that ranks Michigan’s fastest growing, privately held companies by five-year compound annual rates of […]

Looking Back

Looking Back

20 YEARS AGO Chamber welcomes Bureau The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the Manistee Credit Bureau to downtown Manistee. Owners Dale and Barb Brockelbank from Jension have 40 years of experience in credit and finances. 60 YEARS AGO Sands Circus tonight Manistee area circus fans will be out in full force tonight at […]

Looking Back

Looking Back

20 YEARS AGO Volunteers unite for dam cleanup Over 300 outdoor enthusiasts gathered near the Manistee River just below Tippy Dam this weekend to conduct a clean-up of fishing debris from the waters which has collected from extensive use over the last several years. Several groups banded together to conduct this clean-up which proved to […]

Looking Back

Looking Back

20 YEARS AGO Volunteers unite for dam cleanup Over 300 outdoor enthusiasts gathered near the Manistee River just below Tippy Dam this weekend to conduct a clean-up of fishing debris from the waters which has collected from extensive use over the last several years. Several groups banded together to conduct this clean-up which proved to […]

The investigation of the Fourth of July streetcar accident

The investigation of the Fourth of July streetcar accident

The following article is a continuation of last week’s article on the tragic streetcar accident which occurred on the Fourth of July, 1917.  On July 4, 1917, a train belonging to the Manistee and Northeastern Railroad collided with a streetcar from the Manistee, Filer City, and Eastlake Street Railway which was coming back into town […]