A Look At Our Past 2/4/2021

23 Years Ago
February 5, 1998
Snowmobilers need to be on their best behavior in Crawford County. The sheriff’s department’s Snowmobile Patrol officers are out there and they mean business.
Officers Dave Krug and Matt Lyons put in a total of 60 hours per week patrolling area trails and creating the high visibility the Crawford sheriff’s department needs to deter snowmobilers from breaking laws that may result in serious injuries, or even death. 
Jim and Hank Abney of Grayling were loaned to Niagara Mohawk Electric in New York State, for two weeks to help restore power in eight towns, including Gouverneur, Edwards, and Canton in New York.
It was quite an experience for both of them. They went into Canada driving a bucket truck, along with about 20 crews from Local 17, joining up with over 800 crews in New York alone. They went into Buffalo, then Syracuse and on to Canton where they slept on a mattress on the gym floor at St. Lawrence College, and ate in a soup line.
The kickoff of the Winter Carnival season in Grayling for over 60 years has meant a new queen will be chosen for the coming year to represent the community. The name of the contest has been altered over the years, but the annual quest for a superior candidate has not.
46 Years Ago
January 30, 1975
Klondike Canoe Race as a part of the Grayling Winter Festival. The race runs from Burton’s Landing to Stephan Bridge. The Klondike Canoe Race was started in 1970 by the Michigan Canoe Racing Association, who thought it would be a challenge to try to race on the Main Stream of the AuSable during the dead of winter. This section of the river never freezes because of the fast current and numerous springs that flow into the river.  
Lloyd Crawford of Grayling landed a prize Northern Pike on Sunday, Jan. 19 in an area lake. The pike measured 42 inches long with a 19 1/4 inch  girth and weighed 22 pounds. Crawford had to use two spears to haul in the monster.
69 Years Ago
January 31, 1952
Mrs. Algot Johnson is entertaining the Danish Reading Circle at her home this Thursday afternoon.
Harold Riggs, who joined the Marines a short time ago is home for a six day leave and will then be transferred to S. Carolina.
92 Years Ago
January 31, 1929
Petitions are being signed asking the village council to pass such legislation as is deemed necessary to enforce the elimination of radio interference. 
Emil Kraus suffered painful, though not serious injury to muscles and tendons in his leg Sunday at the slide when his toboggan overturned.
They boys and girls of Grayling High School were given the responsibility of selecting a queen for the Winter Carnival to be held here Saturday and Miss Dorothy May was the lucky girl to receive the honors.
116 Years Ago
January 30, 1906
C. J. Hathaway, jeweler and optician, will open a jewelry shop in Miss Williams millinery shop on or about Feb. 5. 
Dr. H.W. Knapp is now nicely located in his new office rooms over the drug store in the Michelson brick block in Johannesburg.

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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