2006-06-10 / Looking Back

Looking Back

115 Years Ago The St. Ignace News Saturday, June 6, 1891

Soldiers pose atop Arch Rock July 12, 1888, when the Michigan National Guard was camped on Mackinac Island. Soldiers pose atop Arch Rock July 12, 1888, when the Michigan National Guard was camped on Mackinac Island. A painful accident occurred to Willie Kirby at Mackinac Island last Wednesday morning. He was employed on the steamer Chas. West, and while making the boat line's fast to the dock, his right leg was caught in the lines in such a way that when it tightened it cut the leg off below the knee. He was immediately taken to the Fort hospital, where he still is. It was found necessary to amputate the leg four inches above the rope cut. The sufferer is having the best of care and treatment and will likely pull through, for he is possessed of more than ordinary grit and a good constitution. The shock was too much for his mother and she has been very ill the past three days.

Farm lands in the United States, taking the country as a whole, occupy only 289 acres to every 1,000.

Memorial services in Fenton's Hall, Mackinac Island, were well attended last Saturday afternoon, and of an interesting character.

90 Years Ago The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, June 8, 1916

The steamer Lotus went on the Mackinaw City-Mackinac Island run Saturday afternoon and Sunday while the Islander went to the Soo with D&C freight.

Mackinaw City suffered one of the worst fires in its history Tuesday morning when several of the principal business blocks and private residences were destroyed by a blaze which started in private rooms over Zimmerman's furniture store and rapidly spread to surrounding buildings. The estimated loss is placed at $30,000. There is only $700 insurance on the entire property which was destroyed. This is held by Coffman's drug store.

S.B. Chamberlain, aged owner of the Chamberlain block, one of those destroyed, dropped dead in the street from excitement. Several others narrowly escaped death in the flames. So far as can be learned, it is supposed that the fire started from an explosion of a gasoline stove in the private rooms over Zimmerman's


Coast Guard crews on the

lakes will wear army olive uniforms this summer. The clothes will be cut on the order of those worn in the army, with the exception of long trousers. Leggings will be worn only when the crew are on the hike. In addition to one suit of olive drab, a new blue uniform for dress purposes will also be worn. This outfit will also have a military cut with color decorations.

Policewomen are now employed in 26 cities in the United States.

An excellent game of ball was played here Sunday between Levering and Mackinac Island. The game was exciting, the score being 8 to 9, in favor of the Island.

The entire Island is in mourning today over the death of one of its most prominent and most beloved citizens Captain John McCarty who passed peacefully away at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning after a prolonged illness. As a commander of lake craft, Captain McCarty had a record that perhaps has never been equaled. He sailed the lakes as captain for a period of 50 years and never met with an accident.

50 Years Ago

The Republican News and St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, June 7, 1956

Two men plunged nearly 400 feet from the Straits of Mackinac Bridge into the icy and deep waters of the Straits at three o'clock yesterday afternoon after snubbing lines let go on a catwalk and the mesh slid out along the cable like down a ski-slide. Two companions managed to cling to the catwalk mesh and make their way to safety on the north tower of the bridge. The body of one of the accident victims was recovered at 6 o'clock last night. Police continue to search for the other.

The Ignatius Palermo family arrived Tuesday from St. Clair Shores and have opened the Chatter Box restaurant for the summer.

Mrs. Don Hogue arrived Sunday from Pleasant Ridge and will again open the Carriage Lantern Tea Room.

35 Years Ago

The Republican-News

and St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, June 10, 1971

Dorothy Gillespie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Gillespie, will reign as Queen of Mackinac Island Lilac Festival June 12-19. A sophomore at Mackinac Island High School, Dorothy will be crowned at the Lilac Ball Saturday, June 12. The lilacs were brought to the Island from Quebec from stock originally imported from France.

Receiving graduation diplomas at Mackinac Island Public School for the Class of 1971 were Bonnie Bodwin, Laurie Cowell, William Fisher, George Francis, Dwight LaPine, Mary Perault, Joseph St. Onge, and Edith Therrien. Valedictorian was Dwight LaPine and salutatorian is Laurie Cowell.

10 Years Ago Mackinac Island Town Crier June 8 through June 14,


Mackinac Island Public School's Class of 1996 graduates include Meghan Weber, Tawna Urman, Dayna Fisher, Gabe Cowell, Nate St. Onge, Jack Dehring III, and Bele Cereno.

Patti Ann and Steve Moskwa opened their new restaurant this weekend, the Yankee Rebel Tavern.

U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Elizabeth Dole, wife of presidential hopeful Bob Dole, Michigan Governor John Engler, and U.S. Senator Carl Levin were among the many who participated in the threeday Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce's Mackinac Conference last weekend.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Town Crier is seeking original prints or reprints of old photographs depicting areas in the Eastern Upper Peninsula to be scanned into its archives and for the Looking Back column. Photographs to be loaned or donated to the Michilimackinac Historical Society can also be dropped off at the Town Crier or The St. Ignace News.

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