2009-06-13 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, June 12, 1919

Everything is in readiness for the rush of summer business. Quite a number of cottagers have already arrived and the hotels will soon be opened.

Sergeant and Mrs. Westley Richards arrived from Washington D.C. Saturday and will spend the summer on the Island.

Dr. John Vandervan arrived from Grand Rapids last week and resumed his position with Bogan Bros. as pharmacist.

Mrs. Rose Melchers spent Sunday on the Island, leaving for Les Cheneaux Monday, where she will soon open her attractive hotel, the Islington.

The steamer Algomah of the Island Transportation Co. will open the season's run between Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Monday.

50 YEARS AGO

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, June 11, 1959

Representation of Thomas F. Grand Post 62, American Legion at a hearing of the Mackinac Island State Park commission and the Island city council scheduled for Wednesday was asked by a representation of independent carriage operators from Mackinac Island at the regular Legion meeting Monday night.

Garrett Chapman, principal spokesman for the Island group, asked that the Legion have a representative present "to determine if there is prejudice in operation of independent carriage operators and Carriage Tours, Inc. operators." Chapman indicated that independent operators frown upon the regulations of the state park commission.

The annual Lilac Festival at Mackinac Island will be celebrated June 12-14. John Bloswick, chairman of the parade, said that floats are being arranged for the parade which will exemplify Indians, historic dress, fur traders, soldiers, voyageurs, transportation, and historic carriages.

The Knights of Columbus of Michigan will hold their annual 59th State convention at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, June 11-13, 1959, states Joseph J. Mainolfi, State Deputy for the society's 60,000 members throughout the upper and lower peninsula. Honored guests will be His Excellency, Most Rev. Joseph H. Albers, Bishop of Lansing Diocese; Luke E. Hart, of New Haven, Connecticut, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; and G. Mennen Williams, Governor of Michigan.

35 YEARS AGO Mackinac Island Town Crier

June 15 to June 21, 1974

Mayor Clem Gunn noted that the City Charter contained several faults that should be corrected and indicated that he would appoint a charter revision committee comprised of councilmen and other members of the community.

The Lake Construction Company Inc., of Indian River, one of Michigan's largest highway builders, will soon be moving a portable asphalt plant to the Island in preparation for a complete asphalt paving of main Island roadways and of the airport.

William B. Kreiger, superintendent of Mackinac Island schools since 1970, has resigned.

At the school board meeting of June 10 at which Superintendent William B. Krieger's resignation was accepted, Krieger's recommendation that high school teacher Jack Dehring be the new school principal was accepted.

A three-mill school operating levy to replace the expiring five-mill levy was voted down 87 to 64 in the Mackinac Island school district election June 10. The levy would have provided the same amount of money as the expiring levy owing to the increase in the state equalized valuation.

Patrick James Pulte and Robert Collins of Ann Arbor were named this past February in a deal with Rex Humbard, Akron, Ohio, as possible purchasers of the Mackinac Island College and Stonecliffe at a firm price of $4,200,000.

The Michigan Senate at its Monday night session, June 10, in a resolution passed unanimously, commended Harry Ryba and the Mackinac Island State Park Commission for their work in restoring historic Island House.

15 YEARS AGO Mackinac Island Town Crier

June 4 to June 10, 1994

Mackinac Island ferry services likely will be exempt from a new law requiring all children six and under to wear life preservers while on a boat.

Creation of a panel to review and oversee conformity to Mackinac Island's architectural character moved one step closer as a joint Planning Commission and city Council committee laid out an initial agenda last week for tightening aesthetic restrictions across all of Mackinac Island.

On a horse-and-buggy island, it would seem natural that the police force patrols on horseback. Yet Mackinac Island has not had a regularlymounted officer in more than 30 years. Mick Benjamin, a Michigan State Police Trooper in his second summer of duty on the Island, has changed that.

Mark Keibel will be back this season as Grand Hotel Jewel golf professional at both the Jewel Grand Nine and the new Jewel Woods Nine course, now acclaimed as one of the most spectacular golf courses in the Midwest.

Bob Andress won the first Island Shootout golf tournament sponsored by Wawashkamo Golf Club Sunday, May 29.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The St. Ignace News is seeking original prints or reprints of old photographs depicting areas in the Eastern Upper Peninsula to e 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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