2008-08-09 / Columnists

Looking Back

Patricia Campbell of Calumet, a longtime subscriber to the Mackinac Island Town Crier, submitted this photograph of her mother, Betty Leiby (right), visiting Grand Hotel with friends around 1941. Her mother joined the American Red Cross a few years thereafter, serving overseas, where she was in charge of recruitment and placement during World War II. Mrs. Leiby retired as secretary to the general manager in GMC's Oldsmobile Division in 1982 and is now 86. Patricia Campbell of Calumet, a longtime subscriber to the Mackinac Island Town Crier, submitted this photograph of her mother, Betty Leiby (right), visiting Grand Hotel with friends around 1941. Her mother joined the American Red Cross a few years thereafter, serving overseas, where she was in charge of recruitment and placement during World War II. Mrs. Leiby retired as secretary to the general manager in GMC's Oldsmobile Division in 1982 and is now 86. 90 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Thursday, August 8, 1918

D. McIntosh, who has been under the care of physicians for the past two weeks with an aggravated attack of sciatica rheumatism, is reported somewhat better. Drs. Darby and Webster of St. Ignace and Dr. Bogan of Mackinac Island were called.

Tuesday and yesterday were soldiers letters days for the parents and friends of our boys in service. Hundreds of letters were received, some telling of the safe arrival of members of the 85th Division in France, and other general news from the front and cantonments. No casualties were reported in any of them and thus far Mackinac county has cause for great rejoicing.

The Chief Wawatam leaves Tuesday to go into the Detroit dry dock for repairs. The Sainte Marie will be placed in commission during the Chief's absence.

Sheriff Robert J. Benjamin spent the weekend at the Island.

50 Years Ago

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, August 7, 1958

New all-time records were established by the Mackinac Bridge during July as 307,838 motor vehicles crossed the span during the 31-day period, bringing in gross revenues totaling $1,082,885.

The tenth annual Father Marquette Day Pageant will begin at 12:00 noon, Sunday, August 10, opposite Father Marquette Park and museum on the shores of Moran Bay [St. Ignace] with the traditional Indian ceremonies that precede the landing of the famous Jesuit missionary priest and explorer as it happened in the year 1671.

Lt. Governor and Mrs. Philip Hart and family arrived Tuesday from Lansing and are established at their summer home on the East Bluff.

Daisy Day has been set as of Tuesday, August 19. Headquarters will be in the lobby of the Murray Hotel.

Mrs. G. Mennen Williams and children have returned to the Governor's home at Fort Mackinac.

Our summer weather this past two weeks has increased our daily tourist trade. All boats coming to the Island are capacity filled. It has been an ideal summer for the thousands of tourists who daily visit the Island.

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

Thursday, August 9, 1973

Mackinac Island supports its Health Center, so important to the Island's half million tourists, through its annual appeal for funds on Daisy Day. This year features a weekend for two at Grand Hotel as one of the prizes, contributed by Mr. Dan Musser, and a tandem bicycle, contributed by Harry Ryba, and a decoupage handbag made by Mrs. Kitty Bond. Also, a needlepoint depicting a Ft. Mackinac scene, made by Mrs. W.F. Doyle. The drawing will take place Thursday, August 9, at 5 p.m. Miss Lynne Tellefson is chairman of Daisy Day.

The Annual House Tour will take place on Friday, August 10, in the Annex. Houses will include the Warps, Goodwins, Cranes, the Pillared Burnham mansion, Sweeneys, and, the last stop, the Bennetts.

15 Years Ago

The St. Ignace News

Thursday, August 5, 1993

Pete Reicheldorfer's Cynosure and Ed Bayer's Phoenix took the honor of winning the first Mackinac Invitational Yacht Race Wednesday, July 28, as onlookers enjoyed the rare opportunity to view the start of a race. Eight participating yachts competed in two divisions on a race course that took sailors from the starting line off Mission Point, around Goose Island Shoal, then around the western side of the Island and back to Mission Point.

Governor John Engler cut a red ribbon dedicating St. Ignace's new Michigan State Police Post on Friday, July 30, one of the two progressive Straits of Mackinac facilities for which ribbons were cut within a one-hour period.

It is now official that Mackinac Straits Hospital broke even in the fiscal year ending March 31 - the first time it has not suffered heavy losses in at least six years.

With finishing sweeps in both the Chicago and Port Huron races by the new maxi boats Windquest, Renegade, and Trader, it appears the beginning of a new ear - or at least the end of an old one - has occurred in Great Lakes sailing technology. The heyday of the Santa Cruz 70s - boats like Pied Piper, Stripes, and Cynosure, that have dominated the Mackinac races for years - may be over.

Hilt and Barb Fraser from Sarnia are visiting Dennis Brodeur. Hilt can be heard nightly entertaining folks with his music at the Mustang Lounge, as usual. A warm welcome back home to Mackinac Island to Barb and Hilt!

EDITOR'S NOTE: The 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 sent or dropped off at The Town Crier.

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