IT HAPPENED THIS WEEK
NEW LOOK FOR HOUGHTON LAKE BUSINESSMEN
All but two of 17 Houghton Lake business men who attended a weekly luncheon at Johnson's Dining Hall accepted a challenge to break with tradition and wear shorts or "be chicken."
60 YEARS AGO-AUG. 1, 1947
"The Protestant Episcopal Church has just completed purchase of a large tract of highway property for the creation of a church and community building." It was the first property sold on an undeveloped stretch of US-27 (now M-55) between the main business district of Prudenville and what would later become the Houghton Lake Playhouse.
40 YEARS AGO-AUG. 3, 1967
"James Ritchie, elementary supervisor at Houghton Lake during the last school year, accepted Tuesday night an appointment as superintendent of schools in DeWitt, north of Lansing."
30 YEARS AGO-AUG. 4, 1977
"Walter McNeil, St. Helen, was appointed interim Roscommon County Commissioner for Dist 1 (Au Sable, Backus, Nester and Richfield Townships) following the death of Commissioner Garnet Eddy."
20 YEARS AGO-JULY 30, 1987
"The Michigan Water Festival, which began with Houghton Lake's Tip-up Town, USA, last January, reaches a climax in Traverse City Saturday as the schooner Ernestina, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinac and some 150 other ships participate in the Parade of Sails, part of the state's sesquicentennial celebration."