2017-11-09 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO November 8, 2012

Enthusiasm for election results seemed to move west to east Tuesday night across the Peninsula. Republicans, who gathered at Dick’s Pour House in Lake Leelanau, had high hopes of capturing the White House and a few more Senate seats early on Tuesday evening. But as states were called and more votes were counted, their smiles turned upside down.

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For the first time ever, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will be dominated by women. Five seats, three of which were in play Tuesday, will be occupied by females beginning in January. Republicans retained control of the body by a 6-1 majority over Democrats. Neither candidate running without party affiliation was elected.

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Now there are 111, as another name has been added to the list of Leelanau County warriors who died in combat. He is Thomas Yagle, a big guy from Elmwood Township who signed up for the Army during the Vietnam War partially out of a need to find steady employment, and partially as a way to serve his country.

10 YEARS AGO November 8, 2007

Election inspectors throughout the county had more cooperation from voters than they did Mother Nature during Tuesday’s general election. Election inspectors in Cleveland Township used flashlights and headlamps to examine IDs much of the day after power went out at 10:40 a.m. Electrical service had not yet been restored when ballots were delivered to the county Clerk’s office in Leland about 9:30 p.m. “We got through it, but there was no heat,” election worker Ruth Shaffran said.

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Attorney Bill Rastetter figured he and other representatives of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians had better attend the biennial meeting of the Conservation Resource Alliance in Traverse City for a couple reasons. First, tribal members wanted to show support for natural resources. And secondly, they wanted to hear what just-appointed Michigan United Conservation Club executive director Dennis C. Muchmore had to say about the recently released consent decree acknowledging inland rights to hunt and fish within property defined by an 1937 treaty.

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Wind gusts of up to 47 mph buffeted the county this week, contributing to a four-car pile-up on M-22 south of M-204 and destroying a seasonal home on Lake Leelanau.

35 YEARS AGO November 11, 1982

Will the Empire Air Base go up for public sale? The National Park Service has learned that to include the abandoned former Air Force installation in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park it must pay the full market price. And Park Supt. Richard Peterson said the Park Service doesn’t have the money.

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County commissioners dug in their heels at the extra cost of repairing the leaky Leland Dam Tuesday, refusing to pay extra engineering bills and preparing to deduct other charges from the contractor’s final payment. Ann Arbor engineers Ayres, Lewis, Norris and May asked for another $2,357 for extra work on the dam leaks, which were discovered in late September.

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Traverse City Canning Co. has slipped into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, probably leaving empty-handed some 63 Leelanau County growers who are owed more than $1.5 million for past years’ crops. County Agricultural Agent James Nugent predicted the bankruptcy will “have a fairly traumatic effect” on the growers involved, some of whom are owed more than $100,000.

60 YEARS AGO November 7, 1957

The U.S. Navy Department this week called on Karl Detzer of Leland to advise it in the installation of new fire and police communications systems at Norlfolk Navy Base, Norfolk, Va. Mr. Detzer had just returned from Washington D.C. where he served as consultant on fire department matters at a national conference of municipal officials.

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The first eye-witness account of anyone in the county seeing the second Russian earth satellite was given to the Enteprise Wednesday by Mr. Chet McGlothlin of Perrins Landing. He spotted Sputnik II at 6:45 a.m., Wednesday morning and he and his wife were able to observe the satellite as it arched high over their home.

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Churches of Keswick, Suttons Bay, Leland and Northport will present a cooperative Thanksgiving Eve Service, according to Rev. Raymond Broadway, president of the Leelanau Ministerial Association. Thanksgiving services this year will be held at the Omena Presbyterian church at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 27.

119 YEARS AGO November 3, 1898

Ledwig Seelig, the Northport butcher and owner of the only meat market in town, retired on Oct. 31st. For the next few years he will engage in farming, hunting and fishing and in improving the beautiful resort property formerly known as Smith’s Grove.

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Burke & McQueer are manufacturing cider every Wednesday and Saturday in Maple City. And Maple City is to have a furniture and undertaking establishment in the near future.

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Not a guilty person has escaped the long arm of Sheriff Bellinger during the past two years, and every one of them received the punishment they deserved. He has had only one term and his splendid record certainly entitles him to another.

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