A Look At Our Past 3/11/2021

23 Years Ago
March 12, 1998
The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles is celebrating their 25th anniversary during the same year the order is celebrating 100 years of service.
Past Worthy President John Kuszak is very enthusiastic about this special year because, along with the aerie’s ongoing and annual projects, members have voted for a new snowmobile rescue sled for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
Northern Michigan took it on the chin when winter finally arrived March 9. Over 140 schools were closed and many businesses shut down early when travel became nearly impossible due to blizzard conditions.
Many Grayling Township residents will never forget how their lives were changed May 8, 1990 by the most expensive fire in Crawford County history.
Destroyed were 81 homes, 115 outbuildings and 37 motor vehicles in an area covering more than 5,000 acres of wooded land. Damages amounted to about $3.5 million.
The burning index on that Tuesday afternoon was at 17, prime conditions for a fire.
Scott McClain, owner of the Grayling-based business McClain Construction, has involved his company in a merger with the companies of Larry Tollstam of Gaylord and Jeff Kowatch to form McClain-Kowatch Construction.
The merger took place on July 1, 1997. According to Kowatch, the reason for the partnership is to respond to the increasing demand for building in the Grayling area.
The Grayling High School (GHS) Chamber Choir, under the direction of Karen Ross, scored straight I’s at district competition in Traverse City and is on their way to the State Finals in Kalamazoo at the end of April.  
46 Years Ago
March 6, 1975
Graying played host to nearly 1,400 students from 23 different bands last Saturday, and for the first time. Grayling Middle School Band took part. The event was the 1975 District II MSBOA Jr. High Band Festival and bands from as far away as Cheboygan and Benzonia took part. Grayling’s band earned a “I” at the festival. 
69 Years Ago
March 6, 1952
Barbara Fenton, Robert Lovely and Donald Thompson, all Grayling High School students, gave the program at the regular weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Grayling held Monday evening at the Lone Pine Inn.
92 Years Ago
March 6, 1929
A heavy windstorm on Wednesday crashed two large plate glass windows in Sorenson Bros. Furniture Store.
New lock boxes have been installed in the post office and the clerks have been kept busy explaining the combination to the boxes.
116 Years Ago
March 8, 1906
Electric lights were put in the hall over Connine and Co. grocery this week for the benefit of the Scandinavian Society.
E. McCracken lost a valuable cow by rat poison, also another is very sick with little hope of recovery. Poison was thrown in the street. 

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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