2009-05-16 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 15, 1919

The fine weather of the past week has caused a general activity among [Mackinac] Island folks and they are all busy preparing for an unusually busy season. The hotels will be ready to receive the first guests and the boarding and rooming houses are making many bookings.

Edward G. Chambers of the Island visited in the city [St. Ignace] Friday, returning from St. Helene Light, where he was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hall for a few days.

Postmaster Michael Hoban of St. Ignace spent Saturday on the Island.

City Clerk and Mrs. A.J. Chapman are home from Manistique, where she had been receiving medical treatment.

Col. Henry Davis of Springfield arrived Tuesday for a few days' stay to see about getting his summer home ready for occupation.

A pleasant feature of the Victory Song Sunday evening was a talk on the war by Lieut. Julius Neuhasel, who has but recently returned from service in France. Although the lieutenant was wounded three times and had seen service in some of the biggest battles of the war, he modestly refrained from mentioning his personal experiences, but gave his comrades and the American army in general praise for their grand record. The song was very much enjoyed, an unusually fine program being rendered with Arthur Truscott and Miss Mildred Davis as soloists.


The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 14, 1959

Mackinac Island voters went to the polls Monday in a special school district election and approved a proposition designed to issue bonds in the amount of $265,000 to provide a new school. The vote was yes, 101; no, 62.

Our hailstorm as of May 2, 1959, at the time news was written, had not time to hear of the damage done: Sawyer's Greenhouse had heavy loss of glass and glass had to be shipped from Illinois, and the glass is being placed. The MRA greenhouse and some of their buildings lost considerable glass. Heavy damage was done to the Island windows and roofs were lost. In places the hail came through the roofs. Anyone having any doubt as to the size and hardness of the hail stones can stop into Little Bob's, as he froze some for proof.

Now open, Chippewa Hotel Beauty Salon; Helen Marr, Director; Telephone Viking 7- 3902.

Attorney James J. Brown came in Tuesday morning with the nicest catch of perch seen here this spring. They ranged up to some weighing more than a pound and were caught near the Chief's dock.

[St. Ignace] Mayor France read a letter from the historical society regarding the proposed plans of the Mackinac Island State Park commission for Fort DuBuade with suggestions of the appointment of a committee to further study this project for the best interest of the city. The mayor appointed Aldermen Morin, Carlson, Krause as a committee for this purpose. - Council meeting May 4, 1959

Margaret Doud arrived home Thursday from St. Mary's at Monroe to spend the weekend visiting her folks, the Robert Douds.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brodeur arrived Friday from Detroit. Mrs. Brodeur will remain for the summer and has the LaSalle rooming house open above the post office.

Mrs. Z. DuBois arrived Thursday from Iron Mountain and is busily preparing for the opening of the popular Chuck Wagon lunch room.

Jay Parker, manager of the Michigan State Liquor Store, was called home Thursday to Manistique by the death of his father.

Ferry Dock No. 2 is commencing to look more barren with only two left of the four state ferries moored there. First went the Straits of Mackinac to Cheboygan on her own power. Then on Sunday morning just before eight o'clock, the City of Cheboygan left under tow, bound for Sturgeon Bay. Remaining at the pier are the City of Munising and City of Petoskey, awaiting transfer to Ludington to be fitted out for hauling trucks across Lake Michigan. The Cheboygan is to be used as a potato warehouse while the Straits will ply the Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island run.


The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 16, 1974

Restoration started May 8 on the "Save a Lighthouse" project with the Durocher Dock and Dredge Company of Cheboygan bringing barges of rock to begin construction of the breakwater. The Mackinac Island Historical Society, with Mrs. Marcia Haynes of Port Huron as fundraising coordinator, started the drive to save the lighthouse late last fall. The estimated cost to restore the lighthouse, which was abandoned and has been unoccupied since 1948, is approximately $75,000 and the completion date will depend upon how soon funds can be raised.

The Michigan Public Service Commission today approved a "Tourist Gasoline Availability Plan" to direct available gasoline supplies to stations staying open on major routes for tourist travel this summer.

Dial phone service comes to St. Ignace Saturday, May 18th.

Sault Ste. Marie, established in 1668, is the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies.

Work has commenced on State Ferry Dock 2, the City of St. Ignace, in accordance with contracts awarded in March by the State Waterways Commission. Repairs and improvements in the amount of $49,400 will be made to the old ferry dock.

Marvin May arrived home Friday from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He will re-open the May Candy Shops this week.

Stand anywhere in Michigan and you are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.

When Michigan first talked about lowering its legal drinking age from 21 to 18, some lawmakers opposed the move because they said it could lead to more traffic accidents involving young people. A new research report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety appears to bear out those fears.


The St. Ignace News

Thursday, May 12, 1994

Mackinac County and other hard-hit northern Michigan counties apparently will get enough federal and state assistance money to cover their $7.1 million in frost-damage expenses.

Gary Kiracofe has moved his Island Schrimshander shop from Memory Lane Mall to a new shop in the lobby of the Chippewa Hotel.

We welcome back Carl Nold, director of Mackinac State Historic Parks, who spends the winter months in Lansing. All parks under Carl's jurisdiction will be open this weekend.

Grand Hotel consultant Margaret Kappa came from her home in West Virginia this past week to be on hand for the big opening of the beautiful hotel May 13.

Rosie and Duke Charnes are comfortably settled back in their summer cottage, having come from their winter home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tawna Urman of Mackinac Island was a triple winner at a quadrangular meet in Cedarville Tuesday, May 3. She finished first in the 200-meterdash, the 400-meter, and the long jump.

Doug Yoder has opened his Bay View Cottage at the Mission.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The St. Ignace News 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.

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