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50 years ago

January 9, 1969

Two local families are “picking up the pieces” this week after being routed from their duplex home last Friday morning by fire of undetermined origin. Sent fleeting into the near zero cold and biting wind were the families of State Trooper and Mrs. William Carlson and their three children and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Daust and two children. They resided in the house at 519 Manistique Ave., owned by Clarence McNamara of 635 Park Ave. The fire call was reported at 10:55 a.m. Mrs. Carlson was in the kitchen in the downstairs apartment when she smelled smoke. In checking the front bedroom she found it in flames. She took her three children and fled, alerting Mrs. Daust in the upstairs apartment. Mrs. Daust and her two children just made it down the stairs before flames engulfed the area. Most of the fire damage was concentrated in the front downstairs part of the house, but there was extensive damage in the upstairs area from water, smoke and heat.

The city’s ambulance was involved in a three-car accident Tuesday morning at 8:55 on US-2 just east of town, but all the drivers involved escaped injury. There was no patient in the ambulance at the time. State police reported that a car driven by Arthur D. Hyde, 34, of Saginaw, attempted to pass a snowplow, forcing the oncoming ambulance to swerve to miss him. The Hyde car went into the snow bank, but the ambulance and a third car, driven by Herbert E. Ziehl, 29, of Saginaw, collided. Hyde was ticketed for violation of the basic speed law, too fast for conditions.

Preliminary engineering drawings of the proposed improvement project for the Manistique Harbor have pegged the estimated cost at $285,000. Kenneth Buckland of Northern Michigan Engineers in Escanaba presented the preliminary report to the city council at a special meeting last Friday afternoon. The report is also being submitted to the Michigan Waterways Commission in Lansing. If this department gives preliminary approval, then detailed plans are drawn up and work started. Plans call for the city to pay 10 percent of the cost, with the remainder being paid by the federal Economic Development Administration and the state’s Waterways Commission. The preliminary plans call for enlarging the existing basin by excavating inland for about 20 feet, use of rip rap instead of binwall and putting in stationary piers for docking. It is estimated there would be room for 26 boats under this plan. Also included is a building housing toilets and showers and a small office, new gasoline pumps and tanks and a seal coated parking lot, plus clearing out of several existing buildings.

35 years ago

January 12, 1984

Kristi Marie Wood took the honors as Schoolcraft County’s First Baby of 1984. The daughter of Gail and Everett Wood of Manistique was born New Year’s Day at 1:45 a.m., weighing 9 pounds 6 ounces and at 23 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Everett and Faye Wood of Manistique, while maternal grandparents are Richard and Barbara Bedard of Vulcan.

Fran Bernard marked her 10th anniversary as Schoolcraft County’s “weather voice” on Sunday. A licensed Supplementary Aviation Weather Observer, Fran receives forecasts from the Marquette office of the National Weather Service and broadcasts that, along with current weather data, over WTIQ radio at 12:15 and 5:15 p.m. daily, Mondays through Fridays. Her first broadcast was Jan. 8, 1974, at the request of then-manager Don Thompson of WTIQ, and she’s been a popular fixture ever since. She and her husband Vern are operators of the Schoolcraft County Airport, and Vern fills in whenever Fran is not available.

There’s a familiar face back at the Pioneer-Tribune. Former editor and co-publisher Dave Rood, now of Gladstone, is now assisting publisher Leanne Trebilcock in the news department of the paper. Rood, who is also a contributing editor for the Delta Reporter in Gladstone and a free lance writer, will be working as a consultant on a part-time basis. The Roods own a cottage at Sunset Beach at Indian Lake and spend much of the summer there. Their daughter, Kathy White, resides with her husband Michael at 406 Alger Ave. in Manistique. The Roods lived in Manistique from 1961 to 1972. Former Pioneer-Tribune news editor Mary Detwiler has left Manistique to take a position as a photo-journalist with the Saginaw News.

20 years ago

January 14, 1999

The Manistique Post of the Michigan State Police has a new trooper and a Manistique native has joined the Wayland State Police Post. Trooper Grel M. Rousseau joined the Manistique Post Monday, Jan. 10, and Trooper Scott O. Sholander joined the Wayland Post this week. Both are recent graduates of the 117th Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School in Lansing. A total of 96 new troopers graduated from the school and were honored in a Jan. 8 ceremony. Rousseau, a native of Midland, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Central Michigan University. He is the son of Ron and Judy Rousseau of Sandford, Mich., and is married to Amy, who works in Midland as a corrections officer. Sholander, the son of Oliver and Linda Sholander of Manistique, is a graduate of Manistique High School and Lake Superior State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in public safety.

Heather Bryant of Engadine holds her new daughter, Taylor Marie Bryant, in the obstetrics department of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. The nine-pound, three ounce baby girl was born to Heather and Frederick Bryant Thursday, Jan. 7. She was the first baby born in Schoolcraft County for 1999.

10 years ago

January 15, 2009

Schoolcraft County has officially declared its intention to take over Camp Manistique at their Jan. 8 audit-finance committee meeting, the County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution of intent, stating that they want to acquire the former prison and turn it into a county jail. The resolution was the latest step in a long process that began not long after Camp Manistique was closed by the Michigan Department of Corrections in October 2007. At that time, a multi-jurisdictional task force made up of local and state officials began looking at other uses for the prison property, including a possible sale to the private sector. When those efforts yielded several expressions of interest but no buyers, the focus began to shift. Rather than looking at possible industrial uses, interest grew in using the building to replace the county’s aging, deteriorating jail.

The seventh grade class at St. Francis de Sales School made gingerbread houses in December and auctioned them off during a silent auction held during the school’s annual Christmas program. The event raised $275 which was donated to the local St. Vincent de Paul Service Center. Accepting the donation on behalf of the center was Bonnie Garvin. Students participating were Vanessa McNamara, Jennifer Carlson, Leah Cook, Courtney LaLonde, Dylan Fox, Matthew Michaels, Kyle Hoezee, Joey Brazda, P.J. Birr, Tyler Henry and Ryan Ramey.

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