December 1, 2023

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Onekama gains a tent colony at Portage Lake, 100 years ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week June 9-15, 1922 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

“Days of the aboriginal citizenry of Manistee were recalled yesterday by the finding at the foot of Arthur Street hill of six skeletons, two Indian clay pipes, one quite elaborate, and a number of flat stones.

“The sand between the sidewalk and curb at the home of Otto Anderson, of the Michigan Lumber company, was being dug for the purpose of laying down a lawn when the relics came into view about a foot and a half below the surface.  The pipes and flint were in a good state of preservation, but the skeletons were broken and decayed. 

“Four or five years ago Mr. Anderson found another skeleton about 50 feet from yesterday’s find.  Other relics were found from time to time, which suggested various theories as to how they all came to be in that spot.  The fact that Indians had camped along the lake shore is well established.

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“What a Night!  They came from everywhere — east, west, north, south — they blocked traffic — they stormed the box office — they jammed the theater and they all paid tribute to the world’s mightiest production with words of highest praise.  

“Absolutely the greatest picture ever presented in the city of Manistee.  


The full 100 Years Ago section can be found online at

“Carl Laemmle’s Stupendous Success.  ‘Foolish Wives.’  The Most Marvelous Picture Ever Produced.

“At The Lyric Theatre Today and Tomorrow … .

“Annual Apron Sale Saturday ONLY.  Our entire stock of Bungalow Aprons … E. E. WELLMAN THE FAMOUS 99 DEPARTMENT STORE … .

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“For the first time in the history of the salt plants in Manistee, nitro-glycerin is being used at the Ruggles and Rademaker plant for reclaiming a salt well … 

“A shot of 20 quarts was exploded yesterday and another, of 120 quarts, was exploded this morning at about 9:45.  The ‘soup’ was put into a steel shell and then let down into the shaft on a steel wire to the bottom, 1925 feet below the surface of the ground.  The shot when exploded deepened the well from 1,925 feet to about 2,000 feet.  It was felt but very slightly on the ground above. 

“The purpose of using nitro-glycerin is to break up the old drilling tools, so that they may be removed and replaced.  The advantage of doing the work this way is that it takes about one-third the time.  Without the use of nitro-glycerin, it takes about 30 days, whereas the new method takes only about ten days. 

“This is the fifth well being reclaimed …