Larceny reported at Kaleva, Onekama garages

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week of June 17-23, 1921 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum. Read more of the 100 Years Ago column at

June 17, pg. 1

“High compliments to Orchard Beach state park as a place of beauty that should be a joy forever were paid last night by a party … numbering seven members and the chief official of the Michigan conservation commission, which includes the state park commission, … expressing satisfaction with the present fine condition and ordering some extensive improvements at once … They were greatly impressed by its natural beauty and the possibilities for its use … The visit could not have been more happily timed … as dozens of automobiles were parked on the high bluffs, while on the picnic terrace a number of happy picnic parties were in session.

“The appointment of Al Magnan as park superintendent has been officially confirmed, and Mr. Magnan and his sister will operate the Lake View Inn and the refreshment pavilion … “Among the improvements ordered were repainting all the buildings, reroofing where necessary, installation of additional bathhouses, … construction of a driveway skirting the high bluff, … all necessary work on the baseball diamond, and the erection of a grandstand facing it.

“‘This park simply knocks all the others cold,’ declared Chairman Pantlind, ‘and the more I see it the more I admire it. And, oh boy! When we get through with the improvements there will not be a place of its nature in the country to touch it.’

“Mr. Millen, of Ann Arbor, also declared himself ‘sold’ on the proposition, and plans to camp out there himself for a few days sometime this summer. ‘I have never seen a more beautiful spot,’ he said. ‘If you knew how we who live away from the lake appreciate what opportunities we too rarely have to enjoy its tonic effects, I believe you would have a deeper realization of the extent to which you are blessed in having these advantages at your very door.’

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“One of the important problems of the past month for social service work was the taking care of transients, according to the report of Miss (Ida M.) Brownrigg. The beginning of navigation together with the coming of the circus and the carnival brought a large influx of homeless men into the city, who either drifted into the Red Cross office or were sent to it. The cases were handled as constructively as possible.