2009-07-04 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, July 3, 1919

Miss Charlotte Chambers has accepted a position in the post office.

The Wisconsin bankers who are holding their convention on board the Str. South America were here this week.

The Str. Huronic, with the Ohio Bankers' convention on board, was here last Wednesday and spent the day.

The Grand Hotel, New Murray, Island House, and Lake View hotels opened July 1st.

Speculation is rife in marine circles over the proposed consolidation of the United States Coast Guard Service with the Navy.

C. Brake, former superintendent of the Mackinac Island schools and for the past year instructor and director of laboratories in the science department of the Iron Mountain schools, is now at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he writes he has a fine position and intends staying there for the coming year at least.

The state of war existing between the United States and Germany came to an end Saturday at 3:45 p.m. when the German delegates signed the treaty of peace as dictated by the allies. The surrender was complete and no changes were made in the document.

50 YEARS AGO

The Republican-News & St. Ignace Enterprise

Thursday, July 2, 1959

According to Keith Wilson, director of the Michigan Waterways commission, a five-year plan for a million dollar harbor development program at Mackinac Island is being considered.

Herbert Chapman, 55, passed away at 2 a.m. Monday in Mackinac Straits Hospital, St. Ignace, as the result of a heart disability. Mr. Chapman was born at the Island on Aug. 16, 1903, and for years operated a taxi line here.

Little Stone church held the first service Sunday. Rev. J.W. Claxton officiates and is from Lansing.

Mrs. James Bond and son, James, and Mrs. Mike McDonnell of Detroit, have arrived and have opened the Cloghaun for the summer.

Prentiss M. Brown, Jr. and his committee designed to draft a constitution and bylaws for the new tourist association in the upper peninsula will meet at the bridge offices here [St. Ignace] today. Stewart Woodfill, who served as a study committee to recommend reorganization procedures, said the U.P. has tremendous potential in operating a peninsula-wide tourist association because of the constantly growing importance of the area to tourists.

35 YEARS AGO Mackinac Island Town Crier

June 29 to July 6, 1974

A new nighttime passenger service between Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City by the Keewaydin, owned by Amos, Ed, and Mike Perry. They purchased the boat from Rex Humbard Cathedral of Tomorrow.

A new ice cream parlor will open this week on Astor Street in the former barber shop building. It will be operated by Eugene Arbib.

15 YEARS AGO Mackinac Island Town Crier

June 25 to July 1, 1994

Stone Brook Partnership and the Mackinac Island State Park Commission are expected to leap at least two major hurdles in the coming weeks toward allowing the 27-lot Stone Brook site condominium development to hook into City utilities.

Emergency Medical Technician and Island resident Jason St. Onge is one of a shrinking number of EMTs on the Island as Life Link, the Island's emergency response unit, is faced with a dilemma, as the number of technicians are shrinking while the Island's population is increasing with arrival of summer tourists.

From now until Labor Day, the Island will be home to Boy and Girl Scout troops from across Michigan as they par- ticipate in Scout Service Camp at Fort Mackinac, a tradition in 1929.

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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