2008-05-31 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

115 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Saturday, May 27, 1893

St. Ignace - Last Sunday one of the saddest drownings accidents that ever occurred here, being the lot of two young men employed as printers for this paper. Fred Todd of Cheboygan of H.J.A. Todd of that place and a companion, named WodtKiel, started from the office in a small flat bottom boat, which had been out of use for some time and was lying under this office with the ostensible purposes of going to the mill docks to fish. The boat was in bad condition and the young men were advised not to use it, but as the day was pleasant and there was but little sea, no danger was anticipated.

The young men never returned from the fishing trip and no one can be found who saw what became of them. The last known of their whereabouts was that they were some distance out in the straits with a sail up, and it is presumed they were struck with a squall and capsized and both drowned. The boat was found some time after the young men started out.

90 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Thursday, May 30, 1918

The young men of Mackinac county are rapidly being called to the colors, and members of the war board make the prediction that within the next two months all Class 1 men will have been exhausted. Thirtythree men left for Camp Custer Tuesday evening. Meeting at the Leclerc Hotel and headed by the Gateway City band and the G.A.R., the march was taken up at 8 o'clock and at the station in waiting were the great portion of the St. Ignace's population and a large number from other communities assembled for a last farewell with the departing honor men.

St. Ignace friends will welcome the news received by Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Racquet of Detroit, announcing the safe arrival of their son, Allen, of the Army Medical corps, in France. He was for a number of years in the employ of Major F.V. Pilson's drug department at Mackinac Island.

The steamer Stevenson was the first coal boat to arrive this season, unloading her cargo at the pumping station in St. Ignace this week.

The steamers General William Siemans and consort Manila went aground Sunday night in the dense fog.

Frank Breuckman, one of the most popular and beloved residents of Mackinac Island, died Sunday evening at the age of 56 years after a long illness. Mr. Breuckman was employed at Arnold Transit Co. as auditor and confidential man for Mr. Arnold, and continued in this capacity until a few months ago when his illness prevented his continuing the work.

50 Years Ago

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 29, 1958 Three men from troubled spots in the world are planning a revolution on Mackinac Island - but it's a bloodless revolution and they hope to change the thinking of their people. They will use ideas, rather than force. The three are some of the more than 5,000 expected to attend the all-summer Summit Conference of Moral Re- Armament, which gets underway Thursday. Dr. Frank Buchman, founder of M.R.A., will attend, and on June 4, will celebrate his 80th birthday.

Ed Sullivan, CBS star, and Ted Malone of NBC have been invited to be masters of ceremonies at the Mackinac Bridge dedication festival the evenings of June 27 and 28.

35 Years Ago

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 31, 1973

Mackinac Island Mayor and Mrs. Clemens Gunn and Mayor Pro Tem and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Horn spent Sunday and Monday, May 20th and 21st, in the City of Williamston in Mayor Exchange Day activities. They were treated royally while there.

Adult graduation was held Saturday evening, May 26, at Little Bob's. Guest speaker was Charles Shoenherr, vice president of Mackinac College.

Diplomas were awarded by the president of Mackinac Island School Board, John Bloswick, who also congratulated the group on attaining their goal.

15 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Thursday, May 27, 1993 In a special vote on an unaccustomed election day, Wednesday, June 2, Michigan and Mackinac County will decide the fate of Proposal A, the latest effort to reform the state's property tax and school funding formula.

A24-year-old Highland Park man has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old summer Mackinac Island employee in the early morning hours of May 19. Police said the man, also an Island worker, is accused of holding the woman against her will and sexually assaulting her in his Island room. He is facing charges of kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A contingent of U.S. Air Force Airborne Rangers will conduct Friday, May 28, services on Mackinac Island, conveying full military honors to Mackinac County native John Duane St. Onge. About 40 Airborne Rangers from throughout the U.S. are expected to attend. A paratrooper in the Korean War, Mr. St. Onge was just 20 years old when he was killed October 28, 1951, in Korea. This year is the 40th anniversary of that conflict.

Mackinac Island Public School's graduating seniors Larry Rickley, Jack Perault, Nicole Beaune, Shannon Knez, and Sara Cereno are enjoying their trip to Disney World in Florida.

A familiar voice can be heard over Mackinac Island scanners, and it is that of Captain Rollie McCready of Arnold Transit Company's MV Huron.

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