2007-05-19 / Columnists

Looking Back

Members of the Harrison and Knoy family of St. Ignace enjoy an August day on Mackinac Island in 1957, sitting in front of Fort Mackinac in Marquette Park. The pathways behind the women are no longer there. To the right is the Father Marquette statue. Pictured are five generations of the Harrison-Knoy family including (from left) Vera Harrison, holding her oneyear old daughter, Lynne, Ruth Knoy, Gladys Sullivan, and Vera Bolin. Mrs. Knoy and her parents worked on the Island and her husband was a bridge construction worker. The baby, Lynne Piippo, is now the director of the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau. Members of the Harrison and Knoy family of St. Ignace enjoy an August day on Mackinac Island in 1957, sitting in front of Fort Mackinac in Marquette Park. The pathways behind the women are no longer there. To the right is the Father Marquette statue. Pictured are five generations of the Harrison-Knoy family including (from left) Vera Harrison, holding her oneyear old daughter, Lynne, Ruth Knoy, Gladys Sullivan, and Vera Bolin. Mrs. Knoy and her parents worked on the Island and her husband was a bridge construction worker. The baby, Lynne Piippo, is now the director of the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau. 115 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Saturday, May 14, 1892

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How many woman who fondly love the golden symbol of the wedding vow know why they wear it on the third finger of the left hand? That particular digit was chosen because it was believed by the Egyptians to be connected by a slender nerve with the heart itself. And these ancient worshippers of Isis held this finger sacred to Apollo and the sun, and therefore gold was the metal for the ring.

There is nothing mossy about the farmers of Luce, Chippewa, and Mackinac counties. They will band together and organize a Mutual Insurance Company organization. The headquarters will go to St. Ignace. - L'Anse Sentinel

90 Years Ago The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 17, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Poole of Ann Arbor arrived Saturday and are getting the Hotel Iroquois in shape for the opening season.

The Islander started on her regular run to the Soo Wednesday.

The first D&C steamer to arrive was the City of Mackinac, making this port Tuesday evening.

Herbert Benjamin spent Sunday at the home of his parents, Sheriff and Mrs. Benjamin, St. Ignace.

Miss Adeline DePore delightfully entertained the pupils of the fifth grade at a marshmallow roast at Devil's Kitchen Thursday evening.

Mr. Luck, who occupied one of the Hawley cottages two years ago, visited with Island friends Saturday. While here, he was the guest of Park Supt. Kenyon.

The Misses Edith and Tillie Bird of Cheboygan arrived Saturday and have begun work of putting the Orpheum theatre in readiness for the coming season.

The Woman's Club delightfully entertained a number of friends at the Lakeview House Saturday evening at a card party.

Michigan is preparing for war and war conditions by raising troops for the United States Army and a corps of mounted men for preservation of order within the state and by promoting food production.

50 Years Ago

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 16, 1957

Mackinac Island, its resorts and scenic beauty, will be featured in a new industrial film which is to be released soon by the Michigan Economic Development department. The movie "Michigan Means Business" is the first of its kind ever produced by the state and is devoted to the promotion and development of Michigan industry and its communities.

The Western Union, which formerly was in the Lasley block building, has moved to the Hitching Post, which will be the Western Union agency office, with Mrs. Lenore Goodheart as manager.

A gift of 5,000 photographic negatives from the Library of Congress has provided Michigan residents with some oldtime views of Mackinac Island.

The negatives, stored in the state archives center of the Michigan Historical commission, include more than a score dealing with Mackinac Island scenes between 1890 and 1925. Some show historic buildings of the early 19th century which have been allowed to deteriorate and were ultimately razed, hence are valuable - particularly in view of possible restoration.

One shot shows cannon on the ramparts of Fort Mackinac (they are no longer there). Another shows Fort Holmes before it was restored in the 1930s, and all that is visible is a part of the original blockhouse which had been roofed over with a modern roof, and the earthen outline of the ramparts. Steam yachts, old-time carriages, and a boardwalk in front of Grand Hotel are also shown.

The Library of Congress negatives were acquired from the Albertype Postcard Company of Brooklyn, New York. The library exchanged their duplicates with the Michigan Historical commission's collection of duplicates of Michigan scenes.

Mackinac Island's first Babe Ruth league baseball team, the Devils, defeated a St. Ignace team last Sunday by a score of 16-8 in their first game of the season. Larry Parel of the Island was the winning pitcher. Other players were George Lapine, Jerry Green, Milton Bazinaw, Richard Andress, Oscar Bodwin, Edward Pero, Roger Horn, Tom Visnaw, Stephen Doud, David Wightman, Jack Parel, and Frank Lapine. Coach is Don Lancaster.

The Island team plans to play throughout the summer against teams from Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, Moran, and Petoskey in a junior baseball league.

35 Years Ago

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 18, 1972

Ed Claxton, a junior at Lake Superior State College and a native of Mackinac Island, won the 123-pound division of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national collegiate weight-lifting championships held at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, recently. The LSSC athlete bench-pressed 225 pounds, made a dead lift of 350 pounds, and a squat lift of 240 pounds, for a total lift of 815 pounds. Athletes from throughout the United States competed in the championships.

Nearly 25 percent of the Mackinac Bridge debt has been paid off and the remainder should be liquidated some nine or 10 years ahead of schedule, according to Prentiss M. Brown, chairman of the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

In the spring of 1954 the Mackinac Bridge Authority sold $99,800,000 worth of bonds backed solely by the revenues of the Bridge.

"As of May 1, 1972, the par value of bonds retired was $24,242,000, leaving a balance of $75,558,000 still outstanding," said Mr. Brown. "Barring unforeseen circumstances, our projections, based on very conservative assumptions, indicate that all bonds should be retired by mid-1985. The bond maturity date is January 1, 1994."

Leo Kompsi, who has been at Fort Mackinac for the past 27 years, has been transferred to the State Garage in Gaylord. The employees of the Mackinac Island State Park and the Mackinac Island Fire Department gave Mr. and Mrs. Kompsi a farewell banquet at the Chippewa Hotel Friday night.

Dr. and Mrs. E.T. Petersen have arrived from Lansing and have opened the Fort Mackinac offices for the summer.

15 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Thursday, May 21, 1992

Academic awards for the 1991-92 school year were presented to the following: Student of the Year - James Chambers; Little Stone Church scholarship - Jason St. Onge; valedictorian - Jason St. Onge; honor roll for entire year - James Chambers, Jack Dehring III, Jason St. Onge, Tawna Urman.

Mrs. O.J. Golden of Monroe and her son, John, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, are busy getting McNally Cottage open for the 1992 season.

The Mackinac Island Cribbage League will host its annual banquet at Little Bob's Restaurant May 27.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Mackinac Island Town Crier is seeking original prints or reprints of old photographs depicting areas in the Eastern Upper Peninsula to be scanned into the 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 St. Ignace News office in St. Ignace.

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