2008-04-12 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

A postcard dated August 5, 1949, of Mackinac Island's shoreline and Fort Mackinac. On the back, its description reads "Mackinac Island in its earliest days was the principal meeting place on the Great Lakes for Indians, trappers, fur-traders, and missionaries, and it was here that John Jacob Astor started his millions by establishing the America Fur Co. to trade with the Indians and trappers, who brought their furs through dense forests and by canoes to this point. The Island is now noted as a health resort, for its picturesque scenery, beautiful drives, fine hotels and its commanding position on the Great Lakes." (Postcard image courtesy of Pat Andress) A postcard dated August 5, 1949, of Mackinac Island's shoreline and Fort Mackinac. On the back, its description reads "Mackinac Island in its earliest days was the principal meeting place on the Great Lakes for Indians, trappers, fur-traders, and missionaries, and it was here that John Jacob Astor started his millions by establishing the America Fur Co. to trade with the Indians and trappers, who brought their furs through dense forests and by canoes to this point. The Island is now noted as a health resort, for its picturesque scenery, beautiful drives, fine hotels and its commanding position on the Great Lakes." (Postcard image courtesy of Pat Andress) 115 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Saturday, April 8, 1893

Reported that a man was seen to disappear through the ice between here and the Island Wednesday.

Over 100 ballots were thrown in this county on account of being wrongly marked or not marked at all.

90 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Thursday, April 11, 1918

Sheriff and Mrs. Benjamin spent Saturday and Sunday at the Island.

The Island mail did not come across yesterday, hence our correspondence was held up.

Sale of intoxicating liquors on all steamers of the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation company will be discontinued on May 1, A.A. Schantz, vice president and general manager of the company, announced Saturday.

The Chief Wawatam experienced her first serious trouble with the ice this year Sunday afternoon, being imprisoned from 4:30 until 10:30, when she succeeded in releasing herself. The steamer was coming from Mackinaw on a freight trip when she was caught in a field of ice that broke loose between the south shore and St. Helena island. Train 102 tied up on her arrival here, but everything was again normal Monday morning.

A special from Detroit arrived at 1 o'clock yesterday, having on board a detachment from Co. F, 41st infantry, enroute to Fort Brady, Soo, to strengthen the guard for the locks and canals.

50 Years Ago

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, April 10, 1958

In a close race for the mayoralty of Mackinac Island, John R. Gough defeated Mary Franks in Monday's election. The final tabulation was Gough 191 votes and Mrs. Franks 185. Two candidates, Ray Smith and Robert Doud, were chosen as aldermen from a field of four.

A tri-place plane ongoing to Harbor Springs from Mackinac Island had crashed on a flow about 13 feet from the State dock at British Landing. Word reached the Island of the mishap from Betty's Cab at St. Ignace. No lives were lost and no one was injured.

Spring officially arrived at Mackinac Friday afternoon, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. when the Huron made her first trip to St. Ignace.

One million invitations are being mailed out for the Mackinac Bridge dedication, to be held June 26-28.

35 Years Ago Mackinac Island Town Crier

Winter edition

December 1972 - May 1973

Wayne Zwolinski is the first nonpolitical appointment as postmaster since the Island Post Office was instituted April 14, 1819. He opens an entirely new era of post service administration. Emerson Dufina ended his 40-year service in the Island post office last January. He had served as postmaster for 24 years under appointment by President Harry Truman April 23, 1947, the 16-year service being the longest of any Island postmaster.

The first week of October saw fierce winds and high waves buffet the Straits of Mackinac, and before it was all over, a whole section of Round Island Lighthouse had been crumbled by the onslaught.

The 700-ton coal pile on the Arnold Dock, an eyesore on the waterfront and a "dead horse" as far as Otto Lang is concerned, is one-seventh smaller now. One hundred tons of coal, retailing at $22 a ton, was transported through a variety of means to an Indian community in the Upper Peninsula, Baraga County, as a gift from the Arnold Line. The community needing the coal is the Mission School on the L'anse Indian Reservation.

The Island House is in its second stage of reconstruction and refurbishing.

Despite recent efforts by the City of Mackinac Island to open up the Island to legalized snowmobile use, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission has adopted a resolution reaffirming its ban on the winter vehicles.

15 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Thursday, April 8, 1993

An ordinance setting up a seven-member harbor authority has been approved by the St. Ignace City Council, completing another step in a city takeover of the downtown marina.

Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud won her 19th consecutive term uncontested.

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