2006-07-29 / Looking Back

Looking Back

115 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Saturday, July 25, 1891

An exchange very correctly remarks: "The prosperity of a town is not gauged by the wealth of its inhabitants but by the uniformity with which they pull together when an important undertaking is to be accomplished. A man with a thousand dollars at his command and a love for his own town in his heart can do more for building up and improving it than the millionaire who locks up his capital and snaps his finger at home progress."

The hotels at the Island are not enjoying as good a trade as they did last year at this time. They expect a rush after the Detroit encampment.

The Musical 4, Johnson, Singleton, Brooks, and Wharton, the Grand Hotel quartet, will give an entertainment in Fenton's Opera House, Mackinac Island, Thursday evening, August 6th. The Grand Hotel orchestra will furnish music. See bills and programs.

To keep flies from horses, bruise a bunch of smart weed until the juice exudes, and then rub the animal with the bruised weed, paying special attention to the legs, neck, and ears. When it is cold, apply with a sponge.

90 Years Ago The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, July 27, 1916

The first shot in Mackinac County in connection with the campaign to make Michigan dry at the election on November 7, 1916, was fired yesterday at Hessel with the appearance there of a team of speakers from the University of Michigan. The team will also speak at St. Ignace, Cedarville, Rexton, Garnet, Gilchrist, Engadine, and Gould City.

The steamer Hazel of the Point Aux Pins Transit Co. commenced running on the Cheboygan, Point Aux Pins, and Mackinac Island route Sunday, giving her first excursion that day.A

Chicago news dispatch of Saturday says: Eight boats are ready today for the signal, which will start them toward Mackinac Island on the 13th annual cruise of the Chicago Yacht Club. By Tuesday, it is expected that one of them will have won the Mackinac trophy. The squadron will include five sloops, two yawls, and one schooner.

50 Years Ago The Republican News and

St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, July 26, 1956

Lights illuminate the expanse of the Mackinac Straits Bridge. The lights went on Monday evening. As the lights illuminated the Straits' scene for miles, an elderly lady at Pte. LaBarbe, straining to see the magnificent sight, fell from the porch of her cottage and suffered a broken ankle.

Gaiety and activity prevailed at Mackinac over last weekend with the Port Huron to Mackinac racers.

35 Years Ago The Republican-News &

St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, July 29, 1971

Plans for the annual presentation of "The Black Gown Tree" were discussed at a meeting of the Pere Marquette Pageant Association on Monday, July 26 at the Mackinac Bridge Authority office. President P.M. Brown Jr. announced that this year's production would be directed by John McCabe, director of Communication Arts at Lake Superior State College.

10 Years Ago Mackinac Island Town Crier

July 20 to July 27, 1996 Emerging from the thick fog bank with two other boats, Earth Voyager won the mad dash to the finish line in the 72nd Bayview Port Huron-toMackinac Island Race Sunday morning.

Clearly identifying each road and dwelling in Mackinac County is the next phase in planning for 9-1-1 emergency services. It is expected to cost about $90,000.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mackinac Island 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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