100 YEARS AGO: A boyhood dream of adventure, the attraction, the dazzling lights and Babylonian glamour of the far-fetched animals and men of the “Big Top” had a strong attraction for Dallas Allen, 14, son of G.W. Allen, a carpenter of Livingston, Mont. A month ago, Al G. Barnes circus, which played in Menominee Monday, visited the city of Miles, Mont. Dallas, having seen the circus and longing for the adventure of picturesque life of the circus, took French leave from his home and joined with the working crew. He stuck with the company for a month in spite of homesickness and the shattering of his dreams by the hard work which soon took off some of the allurements of the arena. Upon arriving in Menominee Sunday, his longing for home overmastered his determination to stick it out at all costs. A telegram was dispatched by him to his father asking him to aid him in returning to his home. The telegram was immediately answered by his father who requested Sheriff Duqaine to take care of his son until he was able to send money to Menominee for the boy’s transportation back home. 

50 YEARS AGO: Disappointed but not discouraged, the Menominee Board of Education and its supporters turned their attention to a fourth millage attempt Aug. 26 after suffering a third straight defeat at the polls Monday. The millage proposal called for 4.05 mills for one year for school operation. It was defeated 1,635 to 1,256. This is a margin of 379 votes. In the first election the millage request was whipped two and a half to one while the second time the issue was knocked down by a 533 vote margin. “We are disappointed but we will try again,” said Supt. William M. Bocks during a brief recess at Monday night’s school board meeting. The board held a special session Monday night to process board business and to review the election returns. “If you listen to only the ‘no’ voters you are not giving every opportunity to the school children of the district,” commented Dr. Roger P. Seidl. “I can’t see why we should short-change the children. We represent all of the children.” 

25 YEARS AGO: A replica of the Nina, one of the three ships that sailed with Christopher Columbus when he discovered America in 1492, will be sailing in the marina between 8 and 9 a.m. Wednesday under the direction of Capt. Morgan P. Sanger. “It’s neat,” said alderman Scott Ecker, who traveled to Escanaba Tuesday to view the ship. Upon it’s arrival, the Nina will be docked at the end of the swimming pier at the Marina. The area will be roped off. Interested persons will be able to tour the floating museum for an admission of $3 for adults, $2 for students. Children 4 and under get in free. The city will be providing electricity for the ship’s night lights and water for drinking. The vessel is equipped with pumps, so water from the bay can be pumped in to wash the deck.  

FIVE YEARS AGO: A new piece of history has found its home at the Marinette County Logging Museum on Stephenson Island. Tyco recently donated a replica of the City of Grand Haven, a schooner-barge abandoned in 1936 at the Sixth Street Slip in Marinette, to the Marinette County Historical Society recently. The finished replica was unveiled Wednesday during a private ceremony at the museum. “This means a whole lot to us,” said Colleen Repplier, president of Tyco. “The Marinette operations are such an integral part of the City of Marinette, the community is comprised of a lot of our families of employees that work there. So we have a very special and deep connection with Marinette and to be able to uncover and bring this piece of history for the whole public to enjoy is a special feeling.” Tyco came across the barge in 2013 while dredging a part of the Menominee River and removed the remains from the river.