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60 Years Ago

AUGUST 7, 1952


Osceola County received more rain on July 18 than in April, May and June combined, so the weatherman said this week. This record rainfall was one and seven-tenths inches with almost continued rain from 4:00 o’clock in the morning until 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

After several weeks of dry weather, it rained on July 8, and since then we have had five and nine-tenths inches of rain, which is an all-time high for the month of July.

Temperatures have run from a night-time low of 51 degrees to a high of 95 degrees, with two highs of 95 on July 12 and 13. At no time in July has the temperature gone under 76 degrees for the day’s high, and we have had eight days with over 90 degrees.

Tuesday night’s rainstorm accompanied by a wind reaching gale proportions in some places is expected to add to farmers’ woes, especially those with corn and grain. All crops took a terrific lashing and ripened grain awaiting a drying period before harvesting will yield considerably less.

80 Years Ago

AUGUST 6, 1942


The Christmas seal you bought last December is still working to protect Osceola County from tuberculosis. Its latest report reveals that two suspect cases of tuberculosis in Osceola County were discovered by the recent X-ray clinic held in Reed City by the Michigan Tuberculosis Association in cooperation with Dr. Clifton Hall, director of the Osceola County Health Department.

Among the 20 persons x-rayed, one was an “arrested” case – a person who had had the disease and recovered.

Five cases of primary infection were also shown. A person with “primary infection” has caught the germs from someone who has active tuberculosis. However, by observing general health rules he may avoid ever breaking down with the disease. Pamphlets on the care necessary for primary infection cases are available upon request from the Michigan Tuberculosis Association, Lansing, or Miss Nelson, Osceola County Nurse.

Last January the Michigan Tuberculosis Association also x-rayed 20 Osceola County residents, finding one suspect case, one arrested case, and five with primary infection.

Every five hours someone in Michigan dies from tuberculosis. To save those lives is the purpose of the x-ray clinics which are made possible by the Christmas seals.

90 Years Ago

AUGUST 11, 1922


Susan Bobo, of Tustin and Omer F. Hall, of Marion, were married Thursday, June 22, at the M. E. parsonage at Cadillac by Rev. J. Brownlow. They returned to Marion Sunday and will reside in the house on the corner of Third and Pickard streets, which Omer purchased last fall. Their many friends extend congratulations.

Nellie Dickinson, who has been teaching at Fort Wayne, Indiana, and sister, Mrs. Walter Benscoter, of St. Catherines, Ont., came Friday to visit their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Dickinson.

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hall, Jennie and Glenn spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. George M. Disbrow, of Evart.


Miss Evelyn Jacobs returned to finish the summer term at Mount Pleasant. Her father took her by auto on Sunday. Thelma Johnson, Velora Faist, Marjorie LaFrance, and Adolph Haist also attend school in Mount Pleasant.

Miss Zora Hilderly has returned from visiting Ypsilanti where she had been attending the State Normal for the past year and was among the number to graduate. She motored there and back with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Hilderly. They report a very nice visit.

John Finkbeiner, Sr., has returned from Marion and is at the home of his son, John. He will remain for some time. His granddaughter, Dorothy, accompanied him so as to visit her sister, Margaret.

Harry Millard and family are visiting with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edd. Woodward.

100 Years Ago

AUGUST 9, 1912


Charles A. L. Smith, a prominent grain miller and elevator man of Evart and Mrs. Nellie Meredith, of Reed City, gave their hosts of the weekend a complete surprise last Friday when they learned that they had been married in Reed City the previous evening. The wedding took place at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. William Horner and was a very quiet affair, only the immediate relatives being present. The bride has been teaching in Evart and one of Mr. Smith’s friends who passed him while he was enroute to Reed City in an auto Thursday evening did not think that he was on so important a mission.

110 Years Ago

AUGUST 7, 1902


Kodaks – from $1 to $15. Cameras and supplies. Also eyes examined and eyeglasses fitted by an Optician – O. C. Bath, The Jeweler. –adv.

Howard Peel is stepping as if on air all on account of a ten pound boy at his home.

C. E. Bell has added two phones to his local telephone exchange, making 87 on the system.

Evart Juvenile Band has been organized to consist of the following: Stacy Mansfield, Floyd Allen, Wallie Smith, Iden Simons, Don Savage, Wm. Chase, Elmer Forton, Robt. Seaton, Leo Cowly, Bert Ward, Jr. They are receiving instructions under the very capable leadership of Prof. Beeman.

120 Years Ago

AUGUST 5, 1892


The most elegant line of pants, ranging from $1 to $1.50, can be found at our store. Wildberg & Co. Clothiers.

H. A. Tibbits has disposed of considerable of his property, and leased the balance, and has gone to seek other fields. Mrs. Tibbits will visit in Mt. Morris for a time. Mr. Tibbits and family have been residents of this area for over twenty years, have been good citizens and we are sorry to lose them.

The Evart Hardware Co. will close their store at 8 o’clock every evening excepting Saturday, from this time forward.

130 Years Ago

AUGUST 10, 1882


Messrs. Sayles and Postal are now sailing on the waters of Lake Superior, in the vicinity of Duluth. Joe weighs 325 and Frank 208, the latter on the gain and the former on the down grade. They are having lots of fun, and say that Evart people need not look for them before September 1st.

When Reed City says it has the most beautiful young ladies in the county, it may very well be true. A collection of such lovelies from the several villages of Osceola County were gathered for a soiree in Reed City on Saturday last and were seen strolling down the main street in all their collective loveliness.

The millinery and dress making establishment of Mrs. Warren and Baurier has been moved from Sixth Street to the store opposite the Review building.

E. C. Thompson is putting a fine large barn on the back end of his lot on Cherry Street.