History Archive

100 Years Ago

100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending Aug. 1, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum: “The street car company this afternoon is laying out a grass tennis court and croquet grounds at Orchard Beach, so that […]

The future of the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse

The future of the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse

We might say “One small step for man, one giant step” for the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse.  On June 28, Ken Czapski, architect, and Cheryl Early, engineer, spent the day at the Lighthouse in a first step leading to everything that follows for the restoration and preservation of the lighthouse. The Manistee County Historical Museum is responsible for […]

Looking Back July 31

Looking Back July 31

JULY 31 40 YEARS AGO Kaleva Lions’ Bulb and Broom sale The Kaleva Lions Club will have their annual bulb and broom sale Monday, Aug. 5, beginning at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Sight Conservation and Help for the Blind programs. During the fiscal year 1973-74 the Kaleva Lions expended […]

July 30 Looking Back

July 30 Looking Back

JULY 30 40 YEARS AGO At the recent Onekama Lions dinner held at the fairgrounds, Col. Reg. Richards offered his services as auctioneer for the White Elephant Sale to be held at 5160 Main St., Onekama, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 60 YEARS AGO Show goes on regardless Hamlet’s blood was spilled […]

July 29 Looking Back

July 29 Looking Back

JULY 29 20 YEARS AGO VFW dedicates Tautog gun Gray and majestic, the 40 mm anti-aircraft gun gleamed in the early evening sunshine as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Walsh Post 4499 Color Guard stepped proudly forward. The Tad Bottrell Filer Township Fire Department band played at special dedication ceremonies for the gun which now […]

Looking Back at July 28

Looking Back at July 28

20 YEARS AGO Tag Day The Manistee Civic Players will hold a Tag Day on Friday, July 29 in conjunction with Manistee Merchants annual Sidewalk Sale. Volunteers will be at various locations throughout the city on Tag Day and will ask for your generous donations in return for a MCP tag. All money raised will […]

Looking Back at July 26

Looking Back at July 26

20 YEARS AGO New bed and breakfast The Ivy Inn which is Manistee’s newest bed and breakfast, celebrated their grand opening at 522 Harvard Lane. The new owners were given a welcome to the Manistee area by the local Chamber of Commerce ambassadors. 40 YEARS AGO Meeting room at senior center The Manistee County Senior […]

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 […]