100 YEARS AGO: Michigan may take the lead in the latest line of legislation concerning aviation. Speaker Thomas Reed is considering the proposition of putting before the house a change in rules to provide for a committee on air or on airships. To Meredith P. Sawyer, member of the house from Menominee, takes credit for initiating something new. He has interested himself with the possibilities of aircraft legislation to such an extent that legislators are now of the opinion that something should be done to curb airships. “While it may seem silly to some people,” says Sawyer, “There will undoubtedly be plenty of airships in Michigan within the next twelve months. A year from now all sorts of problems will have arisen regarding their control, and use and abuse. There are several places in our laws where airships will make a difference. Deer can be shot from an airship understanding present law, although I don’t suppose many persons will hunt that way.” 

50 YEARS AGO: Despite the threat of sub-zero temperatures officials of area government units and transportation firms welcomed the clearing skies and end of the snowfall shortly before noon today (Jan. 9). Official Eagle-Star measurements for the U.S. Weather Bureau reveal 4.5 inches of snow fell on Marinette-Menominee Wednesday. During the night and early today, more than an additional inch of flakes were dropped on the area. The latest storm brought to 32 inches the average ground cover in the Twin City vicinity. It also played havoc with both public and private transportation. 

25 YEARS AGO: Employees at Emerson voted Thursday (Wednesday, Jan. 6) to accept a labor contract which assures the company will remain in Menominee, The official total vote was not made available, but Linda Nerat, president of Boilermakers International Local 699, said the vote went over well. Jim Orso, a company spokesman from Emerson’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis, said today that the divisions contingency planning involving a possible relocation of the Menominee plant to North Carolina has been abandoned in light of the union’s passage of the agreement. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Because of the generosity of the community, no one will have to go without a warm hat, mittens or jacket this winter. Judy Alwin, manager of Marinette Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center, said a mitten campaign that started three years ago in January and continued last year has grown into more than just mittens. Alwin said it was unbelievable how many mittens and gloves were donated the first year and how many items of warm clothing has been donated since the campaign began. Travel Wisconsin’s Big Bundle Up charity collection for this winter season began Nov. 18 and ended Jan. 3. The Marinette Welcome Center was the main location for collection. Collection boxes were also set up by Bay City Radio Stations at the Pine Tree Mall, the Marinette Civic Center, Marinette County Employees Credit Union and The Stephenson Public Library. Donated items include brand-new or gently used jackets, sweaters, snow pants, boots, sweatshirts, children’s snowsuits, hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, pillows and other winter accessories.