Photos courtesy of Paul Walker
Schoolcraft Historical Society
In this photo taken in the late 1800s or early 1900s is the Central School Building. The building was built in 1881 and had 76 students when it opened for classes. The picture shows a parade of pioneer relatives carrying flags and marching on “Decoration Day” (Memorial Day). Also pictured on the left side of the picture is a photographer’s booth which captures the true essence of how photography played a role in major civic events. Men in the photo were dressed in suits or military uniforms, and the women pictured are all wearing dresses.
New recruits who were drafted for World War II march across the Siphon Bridge in Manistique. Recruiters would lead recruits as they marched through Manistique’s downtown area as most young men wanted to go and fight the Germans and the Japanese during the war.
The J.C. Penney Store that was located in downtown Manistique had two storefront windows filled with pictures of World War II soldiers and Airmen who served during that time. This photo was dated around 1942.
Decoration Day is the former name of Memorial Day in the United States. Memorial Day began as "Decoration Day" in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by General John A. Logan, leader for Northern Civil War Veterans. This picture was taken at the Manistique Emeralds Football Field dated 1949. Pictured to the right is the Manistique High School Band and Majorette Corps led by Mr. Giovannini "Mr. G" who taught history and band in the Manistique School district for 30 years. The Manistique City Band is pictured at left with all Military Color Guard. Speaking at the microphone is Reverend Sobel from the Presbyterian Church along with area clergy. Another interesting fact in the background (center) is a look-out tower that was manned by the Boy Scouts 24 hours a day. Their job was to look for enemy aircraft with binoculars for protection of the Sault Locks. Also, during World War II, the city of Manistique had black outs which meant there could be no light seen from the sky. Resident needed good curtains to keep lights contained within their respective homes. Also, Manistique Schools was one of the first schools in the U.P. That had lights on the field and could play football on Friday nights.