2006-12-09 / Looking Back

Looking Back

115 Years Ago The St. Ignace News

December 1891 to

February 1892

"Tony" Corrigan of Mackinac Island, and well known in St. Ignace, was in St. Ignace the first of the week, shaking hands with his numerous friends.

Two Mackinac Islanders walked over from there to St. Ignace on Monday morning, on solid ice, and on Tuesday, the Straits between here and there was entirely clear.

The "Celtic" club of Mackinac Island consists of four members - Wm. Donnelly, Chas. Holden, Frank Lasley, and Jas. Murray. They visited St. Ignace Thursday on an ice boat.

Wm. McCarty is now carrying the mail between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.

Lieutenant Frazer of Fort Mackinac paid St. Ignace a visit Thursday, having walked over on the ice.

The first trip made with horse and cutter between St. Ignace and the Island was made Thursday by Will McCarty (January 30 issue of The St. Ignace News).

90 Years Ago The St. Ignace Enterprise

December 1916 to

February 1917

Miss Anna Marie Sullivan has accepted a position as assistant teacher in the primary department in the Union school.

Captain John Martino, who has sailed the steamer Islander of the Arnold Transit Company for the past several months, left for his home in Cheboygan Monday.

The steamer Algomah of the Island Transportation Company was in port Saturday. After taking aboard coal, she left for St. Ignace, from where she towed the steamer City of Cheboygan to Marine City. Captain Chas. McNally went down as master of the vessel.

Joseph Fitzpatrick of the Island Transportation Company, who was in the city in connection with the sale of the City of Cheboygan, returned home in Stanwood the first of the week.

The Ste. Marie will be the last boat to pass down the lakes this season, although she will not be the last to come up. It is believed the Great Lakes Engineering Works are finishing a car ferry for the Ann Arbor railroad, which they will endeavor to deliver to Lake Michigan sometime in January.

Customs officer James Doud of Mackinac Island spent Monday in St. Ignace.

The Mackinac Island high school boys gave a dance Saturday evening in the old Commissary building at the Fort. There were about 15 or 20 couples attending and all had a very good time.

Mr. and Mrs. Doherty delightfully entertained a number of young people at a dancing party Saturday evening.

The steamer Islander made her last trip to St. Ignace Sunday. Monday, Captain William and John McCarty took the mail to St. Ignace on the ice with a dog team. This is the earliest ice crossing in some years.

The M.I.H.S. girls will give a sleigh ride party Friday evening.

Eugene Lapine showed he possesses nerve by crossing the ice bridge to St. Ignace last week Wednesday with a heavy team. The ice was between four and five inches thick and the channel was open water a couple of days previous to his crossing. That he made the crossing safely, the earliest in several years, is due mostly to good luck, as the bridge went out Saturday. Mr. Lapine was accompanied by George Wagner and Segie Comstock (January 18 issue of The St. Ignace News).

50 Years Ago The Republican-News & St. Ignace Enterprise

December 1956 to

February 1957

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Brodeur have reached Florida and will be in Sarasota for the winter.

John Wellington, who is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard, Sault Ste. Marie, spent the weekend at the Island visiting his folks, the C.P. Wellingtons.

The firemen's annual Christmas party turkey dinner will be held Sunday, December 16, at Community Hall. The Mackinac Island Volunteer Fire Department each year puts on the annual party for all Island children, both young and old. After the dinner, a two-hour movie will be shown the group. Fire Chief James Chapman and his volunteers strive each year to make their annual children's day a gala event.

We still have no ice in the Island harbor but, according to Captain Belonga, there is skim ice in the bay at St. Ignace. Captain Cable had an interesting comment to make on Friday evening, viewing the freighters going through the Straits with all their Christmas decorations this time of year. The boats are decorated this year, signaling the birth of Christmas time.

Employees of the State of Michigan will receive an increase from five to 10 percent next July, but Michigan state ferry personnel, more than 400 strong, will get a March wage increase in the amount of eight percent.

Catherine Anne Welcher was born early in the morning of December 19 aboard a Coast Guard boat in the Straits of Mackinac, enroute from Mackinac Island to St. Ignace. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John MacMillan Welcher of Mackinac Island was rushed to Straits hospital after her birth at 1:30 a.m. The mother and baby both did nicely at the hospital.

The medical center was opened to the public Friday, December 21, with Dr. Joseph Solomon and Stella King, R.N., in charge. The Island's dream of years has become a reality with a modern, heated health center. The medical board is pleased to present the building to the medical profession of Mackinac Island and thank Arnold Visnaw and Paul Reykoff, who donated their time to move from the old medical center.

35 Years Ago

The Republican-News & St.

Ignace Enterprise December 1971 to February


Sometime this month (December), Mackinac College will begin its operations seriously, with a president and staff to employ faculty and to receive applications for the first year of college for its opening in September 1972. The president, Reverend Roger Kvam, who has been on the University of Akron faculty as assistant professor of political science, will take immediate charge.

Otto Wandrie is now the Island's chief of police, succeeding Dale Gallagher, who resigned last September.

Joann Bagbey, efficient and amiable Mackinac Island City Clerk, has just been appointed resident agent for Mackinac Island by the Michigan Employment Security Commission's branch office in St. Ignace.

The man the Mackinac Island Chamber of Commerce elected president for 1971-72 is Frank Nephew, who manages the Orpheum Theatre, bringing to town the best and latest movies he can get hold of.

Restoration of the Old Mackinac Point Light Station has begun, said David Armour, assistant director for Mackinac Island State Park Commission.

Emerson Dufina, postmaster for Mackinac Island's post office, announced his retirement after nearly 25 years of service. He was appointed by U.S. President Harry Truman April 23, 1947. He was the last Island postmaster to be appointed by a U.S. president. The U.S. Postal Commission now appoints postmasters.

15 Years Ago The St. Ignace News

December 1991 to

February 1992

Mackinac Island's new public library, next to the Iroquois Hotel, will open in January. All the books will be brought from the present library on Market Street to the new facility. Congressman Bob Traxler of Bay City assisted Congressman Bob Davis in securing a federal grant to build the new library.

Dr. Dave Pastoor of Pontiac is the new year-around resident physician for Mackinac Island Medical Center. He signed a contract for the next one-anda half years.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission's wholesale warehouse on Mackinac Island is slated to close in April and its inventory will be moved to the St. Ignace facility. The State Liquor Store, as it has been called since it first opened on the Island around 1933, warehouses the liquors for wholesale to licensed businesses. With 21 accounts, the outlet is Michigan's smallest.

Architect's plans for a remodeling of the clubhouse at Mackinac Island's historic Wawashkamo Golf Course have been approved by Mackinac State Historic Parks. Plans are based on 1919 drawings found in a trunk in the attic of the Windermere Hotel in the summer of 1990.

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