Tag: Ice Skating

Sunday Sunshine Smacks of Spring

Even a Few Pioneers Are Seen in Garb for Easter Wear

Approach of Skating Season’s End Draws Big Crowd to Belle Isle

“Winter lingered in the lap of spring” Sunday. Sunshine that smacked of April and blowing buds and bock beer, was Detroit’s portion most of the day. But the vernal aspect overheard was more than offset by the sluggish temperature and the keen breeze that swept the city, causing pedestrians to forget dreams of Easter clothes, and hoist their overcoat collars higher about their ears.

The brightness of the day brought forth a virtual summer Sunday automobile parade on Woodward avenue. Many of the women motorists flirted with the coming season to the extent of spring hats and modish spring suits. It was observed, though, that these hardy pioneers rode, mostly, in closed machines.

On Belle Isle, King Winter reigned indisputably. One of the largest crowds of the season visited the island to skate or walk. As early as 9 o’clock in the morning the skaters began to arrive. They continued to come until after dark. The canals and lagoons were alive all day with men and maidens taking their last taste of winter sports.

The temperature ranged Sunday from 14 to 32 degrees above zero. For the greater part of the day it hung between 22 and 25. A slight northwest wind persisted.

For Monday Detroit is promised a rise in temperature with unsettled weather and probably rain or snow. This weather comes from the northwest.

From The Detroit Free Press, 6 March 1916

Thompson Leads Skaters

Jim Thompson won the Senior Men’s Class A honors in a special ice-skating meet at Belle Isle that served as a warmup for Michigan indoor championship meet at Olympia March 2.

Mario Trafeli, North American titleholder, did not compete because of illness.

Following are Sunday’s other winners:

SENIOR WOMEN – Lorraine Sabbe.
SENIOR MEN’S CLASS B – Omer De Shepper.
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS – Delores Nicholson
JUNIOR BOYS – Bill Worley.
JUNIOR GIRLS – Doris Springer.
MIDGET BOYS – Dale Brochue and Chester Michalski, tied.
MIDGET GIRLS – Charlotte Mason.
CRADLE BOYS – Pat Stainsby.
CRADLE GIRLS – Joan Lowden.

From The Detroit Free Press, 3 March 1947