2009-05-30 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

A 1955 postcard of Grand Hotel's 880-foot-long porch, which once was featured on the television show "Ripley's Believe It or Not." On the back of the postcard, the unidentified sender writes, "This porch was very beautiful. It really looked this long. The view of the lake from here was marvelous. The hotel swimming pool was so pretty and so modern." The writer dated it August 20, 1957. (Photograph courtesy of Bob Brobst of Hessel and Pickerington, Ohio) A 1955 postcard of Grand Hotel's 880-foot-long porch, which once was featured on the television show "Ripley's Believe It or Not." On the back of the postcard, the unidentified sender writes, "This porch was very beautiful. It really looked this long. The view of the lake from here was marvelous. The hotel swimming pool was so pretty and so modern." The writer dated it August 20, 1957. (Photograph courtesy of Bob Brobst of Hessel and Pickerington, Ohio) 90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 29, 1919

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Poole arrived on the steamer Alpena Saturday.

A tablet has been ordered to mark old Michilimackinac where the Indian massacre occurred, and which will be placed this summer.

While surveying the Mulcrone property recently purchased by the park association, Will Cetus, one of the employees, picked up an old canister that was undoubtedly used by the English in their war with the United States, as it was in a dense growth.

Mandel Bros., Chicago, have been awarded the contract for decorating the lobby of the Grand hotel. The new owners are sparing no expense to make the Grand one of the show places of the country, thereby showing their faith in the Island's future as a business proposition.

The steamer Perry, flagship of the Arnold Transit Co. fleet, made her first trip to St. Ignace Sunday. The steamer, which had an entirely new rebuild and was made wider at the "Hog Island ship yards" during the winter, was launched last week, and took to the water like a duck amid the cheers of those assembled to watch the ceremonies. The steamer is well fitted for the Mackinac-St. Ignace run, making the first trip between the two cities in 29 minutes.

Frank Kenyon, superintendent of the state park, left Tuesday evening for Lansing, via Detroit, where he will attend a meeting of the park commissioners. Before starting on his trip he informed The Enterprise correspondent that a playground was to be established at the post and would be ready for this season. A steel playground equipment has been ordered from A.G. Spalding & Co., and its arrival is expected early in June. A small equipment of swings and slide will also be established at the park at Mackinaw City and there will be accommodations for automobile tourists, camping, and picnic parties.

50 YEARS AGO

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, May 28, 1959

W.S. Woodfill, chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, will open a series of Sunday afternoon broadcasts over radio WHAK, Rogers City, designed to present the plans for advancing the future of the Straits area. He will relate the advertising that has been accomplished and advance plans to promote the resort business here. People of Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, and Mackinac Island will be interested to hear Mr. Woodfill and of the plans which are being considered. He will talk three successive Sundays.

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