Link To Our Pioneer Past

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     Manistique’s rare 1914 Dodge Brother’s fire truck and the 1880s hook-and-ladder truck provide us with a present-day link to our pioneer past. The hook-and-ladder truck responded to almost all of Manistique’s historic fires, including the great fire of 1893.  It was rushed to the scene of these early blazes by a team of galloping horses.  Finally, in 1929, Manistique’s fire department became fully motorized when the Dodge Chemical Truck was converted to a ladder truck. Manistique city employees began the work of conversion in September of 1929 under the supervision of Manistique’s Fire Chief, Charles Underwood. Read More...

Armistice Day 1921

Mike Udell and Everett McCormick, 1917

Mike Udell and Everett McCormick, 1917

Source: Manistique Pioneer Tribune, November 17, 1921, p.1.


  The third anniversary of the armistice which ended the world war, November 11, 1918, was celebrated in Manistique last Friday by the presence of nearly three hundred ex-service men.

   The parade started shortly after one o’clock with over one hundred men in line. It was headed by the Legion band and made a very smart appearance as it followed the line of march to the Westside and back.

   The great feature of the day was the six-thirty banquet given to three hundred ex-service men, including many of their families. The luncheon, served at the gymnasium was an elaborate affair and required the assistance of nearly one hundred aides. Read More...

Thrills of Old Time Fire Department

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Source: Manistique Pioneer Tribune, Thursday, June 30, 1938, p.2


   Nothing was more exciting to youngsters in years gone by than to gaze with awe-filled eyes upon the dashes of the fire department in its mad effort to reach the scene of a blaze. Travel, then, was decided slower and fire fighting equipment was ill adapted and meager for the combating of huge conflagrations; but, at least, the wild and hurried trips of the fire heroes must have been picturesque, with the older fire engine drawn by a team of galloping bays, with sparks sprouting forth from its boiler, and being followed by the careening two-wheeled hose cart and hook-and-ladder, is a vivid picture which is indelibly impressed upon the mind of the average boy and girl in those days. Excitement was more intense, and many a heart beat faster in hopes of seeing their idols battle a real honest-to-goodness blaze. Fires then were real events; now they are mere occurrences. Read More...