BACK IN TIME — May 17, 2017

20 Years Ago

MAY 16, 1997


School News Bytes

A couple of important dates for you to remember – or perhaps mark on your calendar – if you have children, or children of friends or relatives, who attend Marion Schools:

-Marion Schools Awards Assembly will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 22nd, in the high school gymnasium.

Parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors are invited to attend and watch their favorite students receive the accolades they have worked for all year long.

-Marion High School Graduation will be held the next day, Friday, May 23rd. This ceremony is also open to all who wish to attend.

Visitors to the Mill Pond

Reports have it that the Marion Mill Pond has had, and continues to have, lots of visitors.

The winged guests are in the form of Canada Geese and a wide assortment of ducks and other flying critters.

We humans may be wrong – but - when the animals say so, by moving north, there is no question about it, summer is definitely on the way.

40 Years Ago

MAY 19, 1977



Max Cooper, of the Ferris State College public relations department, was the featured speaker at the Evart Chamber of Commerce meeting at Spring Hill Camps.

Cooper’s speech was entitled, “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Cry.” However after the cry he suggested you keep on trying. His talk was scattered with examples of famous people who overcame personal failure.

Cooper discussed the career of one professional baseball player who had considerable difficulty hitting a ball. In fact he was so bad at it he still holds the all-time record for most strikeouts. His name - Babe Ruth. Of course, Ruth went on to establish the all-time home run record which stood up for a number of decades.

The FSC representative also spoke of a 19th century lawyer who had as very difficult time getting into state-level politics. The person was spurned by women, finally marrying his third choice for a wife. He suffered two nervous breakdowns - - but he kept on plugging and eventually earned quite a degree of success.

His name - Abraham Lincoln.

Cooper, who was a journalist in newspapers for 20 years, is a lay speaker in the Methodist Church. His responsibilities in this line take him into the Evart area.

60 Years Ago

MAY 16, 1957



  1. J. McDonald, from Baldwin, entered the Evart Hotel on Monday night, helped himself to a room, and departed without paying for the night’s lodging. Mr. and Mrs. Steven Toth, the owners of the hotel, waited until Wednesday and then notified the State Police in Reed City who picked up the culprit.

McDonald was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Harold Anderson, of Reed City, on Thursday, charged with defrauding an inn keeper. He was fined $25.00, including costs, and ordered to make restitution to the hotel owners.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Wills accompanied their grandson, William Lape, back to Midland Sunday. They will visit the latter’s home and the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lape for a week.

80 Years Ago

MAY 6, 1937




Forrest Washburn, of Reed City, has been named Public Administrator for Osceola County by Attorney General Raymond W. Starr.

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Hartwick Town Hall, Saturday, sponsored by Farm Union for benefit of Red Cross – Oyster Soup, 10 cents per bowl. Come and bring your baskets and friends.

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The Student Council of Evart High School will present the Elias Tamburitz Serenaders in “A Night in Croatia,” at the high school on May 22nd.

These musicians are featuring a native instrument, the tamburitza, and are appearing in native costumes. The program will be composed of songs, instrumental numbers and dances.

100 Years Ago

MAY 18, 1917



South Sylvan

The family of D. A. Bretz left last Friday for their new home in Hersey, where their friends wish them success.

One of Charles McCord’s horses had its leg broken Monday in some way while standing in the stable and had to be killed.

North Hartwick

Mrs. L. C. Winslow, who has been ill for some time, was successfully operated upon Tuesday at the Big Rapids hospital. At present she is getting on nicely.

The Hartwick Farmer’s Club will hold its next meeting at the Davis schoolhouse on Friday next. A good program is being prepared. Everybody come.



120 Years Ago

MAY 21, 1897



Hartwick and Highland

Samuel George is visiting in Reed City.

  1. J. Emory was in Marion Wednesday.

Mr. Geo. Ransom will grind feed on Saturdays.

Mr. Chas. Lewis did business at LeRoy this week.

Mrs. C. J. Emory is a guest of Mrs. Hoop, of Marion.

Central Chippewa

At the wood bee for the church last week the participants succeeded in cutting and delivering about 12 cords of wood for next winter’s needs.

Mrs. Lester Mansfield presented her husband with a fine boy baby Wednesday last.

Will Morford and family, of Evart, spent the weekend with relatives in Chippewa.

140 Years Ago

MAY 19, 1877



Mr. A. G. Tennant, of Orient, who has for the past few weeks been traveling throughout the State, says that in no hotel where he stopped did he find the proprietors any more genial or take into consideration the welfare of their patrons as do the proprietors of the Evart House located in the village for which it was named.

The New York Family Story Paper, published by N. D. Munro & Co., 74 Beekman Street, offer as a premium to each purchaser of that paper Shakespeare’s complete works, in weekly parts, a part being given each week. The edition is in Royal Octavo Form (about 9 x 12) finely illustrated, and printed on good thick paper, with new, clear type. If you want a first class paper, and the works of W. Shakespeare, now is the time to avail yourself of the opportunity. Subscription price of paper only $3 per annum. This is the most liberal gift ever offered by any publisher.

The many friends of H. G. Franklin, of Philadelphia, formerly of this county, will regret to learn of the death of his child, which occurred Thursday forenoon last, at his residence.