2004-12-11 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Lisa Zyble

Compiled by Lisa Zyble


OCTOBER 29, 1914

Mr. and Mrs. George Hoban and their daughter, Frances, of St. Ignace, spent a few days on the Island last week.

Miss Margaret Mather left Friday for her home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Miss Mather, while on the Island, was the guest of Mrs. Thomas Gallagher and daughters.

The weather took a change this week, getting much colder and calling to our attention that winter was at hand. There was a slight fall of snow Monday morning.

NOVEMBER 5, 1914

Wallace Wendell, representing the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., spent a few days here last week.

W.D. Chambers, J.R. Cudahy, R.R. Stewart, and Harry Cable returned Monday from a week’s hunting trip at the Mackinac Lodge on the Pine River.

Captain John McCarty, Master of the Eugene C. Hart, arrived home Saturday after a successful season on the lakes.

NOVEMBER 12, 1914

A number of Island inhabitants are taking to the woods these days, all hoping for a crack at a deer.

James Chambers returned from West Baden last week after taking a course of baths.

George T. Arnold left last week on a business trip to Lower Michigan points.

NOVEMBER 19, 1914

Robert Bailey, Martin Bourisaw, and Charles Metvier left Monday for Les Cheneaux for a week’s hunt.

The steamer Huron City came into port Saturday for shelter, leaving Monday for DeTour and Georgian Bay. Captain Reynolds said that he expected to take on lumber for his trip down the lakes and return this fall with a cargo of oil.

The steamer Uberly, of Cleveland, laden with iron ore, ran aground on a sand bar between Round Island and Mackinac Island early Monday morning.

NOVEMBER 26, 1914

Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Chambers and son, Arthur, and Mrs. P. Doud returned Friday from a visit to Chicago and Milwaukee.

Mrs. M.T. Cameron and Miss Jean Foley left on the City of Mackinac II Wednesday for Kalamazoo.

Gunn Chambers arrived Saturday to spend Thanksgiving on the Island.

DECEMBER 3, 1914

The Arnold Line boats, Chippewa, Islander, and Mackinac, have gone into winter quarters at Cheboygan.

Judge and Mrs. Lachance returned home Saturday after spending several weeks with their daughter, Mrs. W. Lyman, at Gould City.

School reopened Monday morning, the teachers returning after spending Thanksgiving at their homes.


OCTOBER 10, 1974

Frances and Richard Hadden returned to their Island home today from Virginia, where they gave talks to six colleges in four days on “Excursions in Music and Diplomacy.”

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Shayne closed the Chippewa Hotel for the season, leaving on Friday for their home in Arizona.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ryba left Saturday for a week touring Canada.

OCTOBER 17, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Sam McIntire are enjoying a two-week vacation in lower Michigan. They will return to the Island in late October.

Lights at Grand Hotel were turned off October 8. The Straits Transit Co. and Sheplers blew their farewell to us, closing the 1974 season.

OCTOBER 24, 1974

Victor Callewaert spent the weekend with his family in Fraser.

Wes Maurer returned from Ann Arbor Friday and will devote his time, along with the Wes Maurer Jr’s, to the Christmas edition of the Town Crier.

Paul Wandrie left Friday for Detroit, where he will visit his brothers and family.

NOVEMBER 7, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Musser spent some time on the Island, leaving Friday for their home in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nephew and family left Friday for their Detroit home.

William Gough came up from Lansing Wednesday to attend the City Council meeting.

Mrs. Morton Bourisaw and son, Frank, left Friday for Buffalo, New York, where they will visit the George Schadell family.

NOVEMBER 14, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. T. Sweeney spent Friday on the Island inspecting their summer home at the Annex.

Mr. and Mrs. James McGreevy left Thursday for Daytona Beach, Florida, where they will make their winter home.

Our Indian summer finally arrived at Mackinac. We’ve had one of the most beautiful weeks, with sun and no high winds.

NOVEMBER 21, 1974

Many Islanders are away at the present time, all going to their various hunting camps. Many of them are hunting on Bois Blanc Island.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Rudolph arrived home Monday from a 10-day vacation in Spain.

On Thursday evening, old man winter visited us, with a snowfall of about two inches. The snowmobiles were in operation on Friday.

NOVEMBER 28, 1974

Mackinac Island Girls Capture Class D District: The team pushed Grand Marais out of the competition with a 33-29 victory Monday evening. They will now advance to regional state tournament play.

Jean and Helen Bogan closed their summer home on Lakeshore Drive, leaving Saturday for Daytona Beach, Florida.


OCTOBER 12, 1989

Guests on Mackinac Island last weekend couldn’t believe that our marigolds and geraniums were still beautiful. In the lower part of the state, following several hard frosts, their flowers were a thing of the past.

On October 8, Nancy Pfeiffelman received a phone call from her son, Edson, on Bois Blanc Island. Edson, age 13, had bagged his very first deer with a bow and arrow.

Demolition of the old power plant, on the east end of the Island, continues. Everyone is sad to part with this piece of history, which has meant so very much to the residents of Mackinac Island.

OCTOBER 19, 1989

“Pea Soup” fog settled in over our Island on the weekend, making the weather most disagreeable. Ferries and freighters in the Straits of Mackinac could be heard for miles as they sounded their horns.

Melinda and Matthew Porter of Mackinac Island are the proud parents of a son, Levi Miles. Levi was born October 15 in Cheboygan. Grandparents are Shirley and Armand Horn and Lornie and Bill Porter, all of Mackinac Island.

Demolition has begun on the LaSalle Block following the devastating fire. Reports are that it will take at least 16 days to remove all the wood and rubble from the area. It’s sad to see the removal of the historic old building that has been such a landmark on our Main Street for so many years.

OCTOBER 26, 1989

Gradually, Main Street is becoming calmer each day. The open shops are becoming fewer and fewer as owners close after a busy summer.

Loads of pipe can be seen in front of the Island House for the installation of the new sprinkler system.

Jackie and Jim Bogan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this week. They were guests of honor at a dinner party given by their family at Grand Hotel.

NOVEMBER 2, 1989

On Mackinac Island High School’s honor roll for the first marking period are Shellee Brown, Eileen Cowell, Marion Bunker, and Bobby Green.

The John Chambers family of St. Ignace were guests at the Patrick Chambers residence on Mahoney Avenue last weekend.

The big topic in town this week is the glorious, summer-like weather we’re enjoying. Temperatures are staying in the 60s and 70s and flowers continue to thrive and bloom.

Candi and Brian Dunnigan have closed their Donnybrook Cottage and returned to their winter home in Lewiston, New York.

NOVEMBER 9, 1989

The Ron Dufinas and Patti Bynoe are attending the annual gift show in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Dray loads of red bricks are going for the new addition to the Mackinac Island Public Library.

Steve and Jessie Doud are enjoying a vacation in Las Vegas.

The pansies have survived the snowstorm and have poked their heads up once again in yellow, deep blues, and lavenders.

NOVEMBER 16, 1989

Lornie and Bill Porter spent a week in Grosse Pointe, their former home. The highlight of their vacation was seeing the play “Les Miserables.”

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Slater of Minneapolis, Minnesota, were recent guests of their daughter, Joan, who resides on Mackinac Island year-around.

Irene King has moved from her summer quarters at Twilight Inn to her winter residence in the former Parker Apartments.

NOVEMBER 23, 1989

Margaret McIntire and her daughter, Mary K., enjoyed a recent trip to Chicago.

The Frank Bloswicks have moved from their LaChance Cottage to their winter quarters at Grand Hotel.

On Monday afternoon, November 20, winds reached a velocity of 60 miles per hour. A harsh winter storm was predicted for our area.

NOVEMBER 30, 1989

November 24 was an exciting evening for Captain Paul Allers and his crew of the MV Huron. Leaving Mackinac Island at 4:30 p.m., the ferry became disabled and lost power near Devil’s Kitchen. Captain Paul alerted the U.S. Coast Guard that the Huron was drifting toward shore. They immediately dispatched help and were followed by the tug Barbara Lynn. The Barbara Lynn was able to attach a line to the Huron, enabling them to tow her to the Arnold dock at Mackinac Island, arriving at 5:45 p.m.

Julye and Jeannine McGreevy spent several days in Manistee with Mary Kate McGreevy.

Debra Orr was in Harbor Springs visiting her college roommate for the holiday. Sandy was in Cincinnati, Ohio.

DECEMBER 7, 1989

The Marvin Suratos of Chicago are enjoying their annual winter visit at Stonecliffe. They never miss our Christmas bazaar.

Barry BeDour and Betty Smith returned home after an enjoyable vacation in Florida as guests of the Doug Rearicks.

Brian and Frank Bloswick Jr. visited their parents, the Frank Bloswicks, this week. Brian is a student at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey and Frank is attending Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie.

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