2009-06-20 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, June 19, 1919

Mackinac Island's base ball team won its 4th straight victory Sunday, defeating Cedarville 12 to 7. The batteries were Shoman and Chapman; Hossack and Hamel.

The steamer Algomah begun her season between the Island and Mackinaw City Sunday, and it seems good to have again the excellent service rendered by the boat.

Business houses on the Island report an increase of a hundred per cent and more over last season's corresponding period, which they take as an omen of one of the best season's business ever enjoyed by Islanders.

Miss Evelyn Chambers, a teacher in the St. Paul schools, arrived Tuesday and will spend the summer on the Island, the guest of her sister, Mrs. F. Metevier.

Two-cent letter postage goes into effect again July 1st.

50 YEARS AGO

The Republican-News

& St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, June 18, 1959

Our Mackinac Island colorful Lilac Day parade was held Sunday at 2 p.m. Marshal of the parade was Claude Albright, CMB, of the Mackinac Island Life Boat Station, which also furnished a color guard. The U.S. Worland, in port at the time, added a group of their men. Lilac Queen Anna Joyce Andress reigned attired in a pale lavender gown and surrounded by her court of attractive Island girls attired in their pastel gowns.

The Rush Construction Co. of Detroit have arrived at the Island and have started preliminary work on the new U.S. Post Office which will be on Market street between Stuart House and the Mackinac Island medical center.

Cmdr. Mark L. Hocking of the U.S. Coast Guard marine office here [St. Ignace], has received a copy of the notice which says the Royal Yacht Brittania, ships of the Royal Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the U.S. Navy will be navigating the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes this summer.

The question of jurisdiction over certain Mackinac Island roads, the boundary of the state park and City of Mackinac Island, were matters of concern at a meeting held last week Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Sommer arrived Friday from Ann Arbor and have opened their summer home on the East Bluff and will open the dental office in the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Neil Downing, president of the Village of Mackinaw City, has resigned to devote his time to operate his newly acquired Hotel Windermere. He has been succeeded by Richard C. Welch, general manager of Straits Transit Company.

35 YEARS AGO Mackinac Island Town Crier

June 15 to June 21, 1974

John Van Antwerp of Derosher Dock and Dredge Co., Cheboygan, started rescue work of the tottering lighthouse, dropping 400 tons of boulders from a huge derrick to block further damage from the Straits' storms.

Advanced reservations at the Grand Hotel for this season is at a new peak in its history -- 73,000 guest nights already on the books and still growing.

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission passed unanimously two resolutions expressing regret at the passing of two respected friends of the commission, Richard "Dirk" Gringhuis and Prentiss M. Brown.

Mackinac Island's new Chief of Police William R. France brings to the position more than 33 years of distinguished service with State Police. He retired April 6 as Post Commander of the St. Ignace Police Post, where he had been post commander for the past 11 years.

School Superintendent William Krieger announced the school has received a bid for the position of cook from Mrs. June Brown. The former cook, Mrs. Roma Horn, resigned, terminating her contract at the end of the school year.

An assembly room is the newest addition to Island House.

15 YEARS AGO Mackinac Island Town Crier

June 11 to June 17, 1994

Four people have thrown their hats into the ring to become a member of Mackinac Island Public School board - Christine Pastoor, Kathi Wightman, Greg "Woody" Woodard, and Marc Bobinsky are all running for a first four-year term on the board.

For some participants in the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce's Mackinac convention, the weekend of June 4 was the first this year they put pleasure over business. Many important figures in the state were present, making this annual event one of the most influential parties on the Island. Staged at Grand Hotel, the convention brought to the Island business and community leaders from every part of Michigan's -- and more than a few on-lookers -- to relax, socialize, and do a little business. Names as familiar as Governor John Engler, Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Senator Donald Riegle, and more than 700 others met in honor of this year's theme, "Partnerships for Progress."

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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