2017-10-05 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO October 4, 2012

The developer of The Homestead resort in Glen Arbor Township has acquired much of the former Leelanau Hills development in the Village of Suttons Bay. The price was $123,000. Robert Kuras, president of The Homestead, was one of five people who bid on the property during a regional tax forfeiture auction in Manistee held Friday, according to Leelanau County Treasurer Chelly Roush.

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Members of the nonprofit Sugar Loaf Mountain Club are once again trying to convince Sugar Loaf Resort owner Kate Wickstrom to allow them to lease her property for cross country skiing this winter and let them fix a ski lift so some downhill skiing might be offered there as well. “Most of the residents I’ve heard from want somebody to ‘do something’ about Sugar Loaf,” said county administrator Chet Janik.

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The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners appears on the verge of approving a 2013 county budget that expects to dig into the county’s well-endowed savings account to balance expenses for the second straight year. A public hearing has been set for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the county governmental center for more input into the budget.

10 YEARS AGO October 4, 2007

Tribal officials have unveiled plans to build a 129- to 135-slip municipal marina in Peshawbestown that could be open for business as early as the 2008 boating season. Preliminary estimates put the project’s overall pricetag at somewhere between $5 million and $6 million.

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The number of students attending Leelanau County public schools appears to be rebounding a bit based on preliminary tallies in the state fourth Wednesday count held last week. Some 2,381 students were enumerated in the head count. Twelve fewer, 2,369, were counted on the peninsula on the same date last year.

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Use of the word “Leelanau” by companies marketing and producing wines in Leelanau County is permissible, a federal Appeals Court panel ruled last week. A seven year-old legal dispute between two Leelanau County wineries was resolved on Sept. 24 when judges upheld an earlier federal court judgment in a trademark dispute between Chateau de Leelanau of Suttons Bay and Leelanau Wine Cellars of Omena.

35 YEARS AGO October 7, 1982

The just-repaired Leland Dam has sprung a little leak. Nobody’s quite sure just how much it’s going to cost to repair it – but because the dam is still “under warranty”, officials say the county won’t be footing the bill. Roger Gaugler of Ayres, Lewis, Norris and May, the Ann Arbor engineering firm that supervised the dam repairs, said the fix could be compared to warranty work on a car.

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Changes in the boundaries and management of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore park will begin when President Ronald Reagan signs a compromise bill hurriedly pushed through Congress late last week. Reagan is expected to sign the bill within two weeks, marking the end of a long struggle by local residents who felt threatened from an alleged National Park Service takeover of the entire Glen Lake area.

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The Village of Suttons Bay should trade its Hose House, seat of village government and the community library, for property across M-22 now owned by Continental Telephone Co, the Village Planning Commission recommended last week. The commission recommended that “serious negotiations” begin for a “fair exchange” of the Hose House property and the Continental property.

60 YEARS AGO October 3, 1957

Lumbering is booming again in Leland Harbor after almost a full century of inactivity. The Lake Michigan Hardwood Company, owned and operated by Pete Jurica and Merle Day is shipping loads of maple, beech, hemlock, basswood and black cherry into the harbor almost daily.

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Speed restrictions became effective in a mile-long zone at Cedar Saturday with the erection of speed limit signs in the control area. The restricted zone was authorized by the Solon Township Board which has requested the sheriff’s department to enforce the 25 mile per hour limit.

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Applications for the position of postmaster at Empire will be received until Tuesday, Oct. 22, according to an announcement by the Civil Service Commission at Washington, D.C. The position pays a salary of $4,530, the announcement states.

120 YEARS AGO September 23, 1897

Donny Brook. The baseball match Sunday afternoon in Jack Murray’s field was a kind of failure on account of the rain. Mr. Chas. Smith, of Smith’s dock visits Donny Brook real often the past five weeks, but we think he will visit Milwaukee hereafter.

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Suttons Bay. Rufli and Kehl had a picture taken of their building and the 75 head of cattle, that they drove to Traverse last week. Conat the tent photographer took the picture. One of the young cattle gave out in Elmwood and some one has preempted it. A search was made but without avail.

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Berhard Steimel will open up a meat market at Suttons Bay, in the building formerly occupied by Henry Snohr.

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Julius Prause is building an addition to his residence in this village.

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C. Tellgard and family of Northport called on friends here on Sunday last.

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