A Look At Our Past 1/28/2021

23 Years Ago
January 29, 1998
“These kinds of accidents rarely occur,” remarked Jim Briney manager of the Road Commission for Crawford County.
The accident he was referring to occurred around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, when a county salt truck was travelling east on M-72, just west of Lake Margrethe.
Jeff Scott, driver of the truck, had the underbody blade lowered to clear snow from the shoulder of the road. The blade lodged itself in the shoulder, causing the truck to roll over into the ditch.
As Crawford-AuSable School officials deal with an aging facility and rising student numbers, an architectural plan is taking shape to relieve most of the irritating congestion at Grayling High School. Classroom and storage space in the building are at a premium too, and the plan aims to address these problems, as well.
School officials are aiming toward a vote in a few more months on remodeling and expanding the Grayling High School.
The Citizen’s Bank free race clinic at Hanson Hills was a big score with race fans on Super Bowl Sunday, (Jan. 24). Snow conditions were good and temperatures mild for a day of racing. Race director John Alef said, “The  kids ran a giant slalom course this week, and seemed to enjoy the speed of the GS course.” Alef went on to say, “We had 35 kids participate in the various age groups and still expect more in the weeks to come.”
Grayling high school wrestler Dave Shepherd reached a personal goal last week (Jan. 24) when he notched his 100th high school victory at the Whittemore-Prescott invitational tournament.
46 Years Ago
January 25, 1975
Bear Archery, the largest industry in Grayling, will have a workforce of 470 following the elimination of the third shift. It should be noted that the firm employed 547 on Feb. 1, 1974. 
Grayling to celebrate the 50th annual winter sports festival Feb. 7-8-9.
Nineteenth century outlaws, train robbers, shoot-outs and desperados are usually connected with the wild west. Not necessarily so, says Roy L. Dodge, of St. Johns, author of the popular series of Michigan Ghost Town books. Michigan had its share of outlaws and fighting heros during the logging days of the 1800’s and the story is told in his book entitled, Ticket to Hell - A Saga of Michigan Badmen.
69 Years Ago
January 24, 1952
Martha Stillwagon and Claudette Long with the assistance of Mrs. Jean Brown were hostessess at a surprise birthday party for Martha’s mother, Mrs. Louis Stillwagon on Jan. 14. Ten ladies were present. Bunco was played. Mrs. Ed Gierke held high score and Miss Jean Rasmussen received consolation prize. A tasty lunch was served and Mrs. Stillwagon received many lovely gifts.
Allen Leng left Frederic Sunday night for Detroit to drive home a new pickup.
92 Years Ago
January 24, 1929
Miss Ferne Armstrong had the misfortune to suffer a dislocation of her hip in a toboggan mishap at Lake Margrethe slide last Saturday night. 
Mrs. Hanine Hanson is having extensive repairs made on her building on Cedar Street formerly occupied as the Huber Meat Market.
116 Years Ago
January 25, 1906
Sylvester Brott of Beaver Creek has been granted a pension for disabilities following his service in the Cuban War. 

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806
E-Mail: information@crawfordcountyavalanche.com

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