IT HAPPENED THIS WEEK
REPRINTED FROM HOUGHTON LAKE RESORTER AND ROSCOMMON COUNTY HERALD-NEWS BACK ISSUES 125 YEARS AGO-DEC.17, 1886
LOCAL ITEMS P. W. Pruden, of Prudenville, was in the village Thursday and took the noon train to Bay City. Don’t forget the lecture by the noted Colonel Tewksbury on the “Battle of Gettysburg” at the Opera House next Monday evening.
100- YEARS AGO - Dec. 14, 1911 The sparrow season opened December 1st and will continue for three months, the state paying a bounty of two cents per head for all sparrows killed. The dead birds are to be taken in to the township clerk who will issue an order on the county treasurer for the amount of the bounty.
75 YEARS AGO - Dec. 17, 1936 Houghton Lake News William Wickham has had to dispose of his pet bear which has been quite an attraction at his resort for the last couple of years. The animal was getting hard to manage. William Goudie, lead man at Higgins Lake CCC camp, employed with Earl F. Dutton on the construction of the new regional office building for the Conservation Department, located in the court house square, fell from a scaffold Monday and broke his right leg below the knee. He was taken to the hospital at Grayling, where he will likely be confined for some time.
55 YEARS AGO - Dec. 13, 1956 Ice Fishing Going Strong, Ski Bowl Ready For Snow The ice fishing season was in full swing at Houghton Lake this week-and the opening of the skiing sport at the new Snow Bowl only awaited a heavier fall of snow. Houghton Lake froze over Nov. 30 and there has been considerable fishing on the three to five-inch ice. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, however, the heavy movement of fish coops on to the lake started. This followed a night 8 degrees cold that deepened the ice and invited the fishermen.
25 YEARS AGO - Dec. 18, 1986 500,000 miles logged as driving instructor By Gayle B. Saxton Two generations of Houghton Lake students, numbering upwards of 3,500, have been taking driver training instruction under Wendell Pietchak for the past 21 years. Pietchak estimates that he has ridden more than 500,000 miles in the front seat with student drivers. That’s approximately 20 times around the world, yet has seldom been more than 50 miles from his home.