Back in Time

60 Years Ago – AUGUST 14, 1952

At a public showing of the new John Deere models “50” and “60” at the Geo. H. Tice Co. last Saturday, over 300 people registered for the door prizes. Nelson (Ike) Brigham, Evart, won the 1st prize, a John Deere umbrella and second price, an alemite grease gun loader, was won by Carl Ballantyne of Evart. Third prize, a 12-inch crescent wrench went to Colin Drake of Barryton. Rex Roethlisberger, of the Tice Company, said these two models take the place of the old A and B models. And they feature new advancements, such as: duplex carburation, “live” power shaft, “live” high-pressure power trol, quick-change wheel tread, effortless steering and new, more practical styling.   SEARS W.S.C.S. MEETS AT HOUGHTON LAKE HOME Ten members of the Sears W.S.C.S. and six visitors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Westfall and Mrs. Florence Pease at Houghton Lake for an all-day meeting. A potluck dinner was served at noon, but due to the frequent thunder-storms it had to be eaten inside. A letter was read from a missionary in Africa who asked for sponge rubber balls; new or good used games; colored hankies and felt blackboard erasers. We decided to bring our gifts to the next meeting so they can reach them in time for Christmas since shipping to Africa takes quite a while.  

80 Years Ago— AUGUST 13, 1942

PHONE CO. OPENS AD CAMPAIGN The Michigan Bell Telephone Company has launched an unprecedented advertising campaign urging greater efficiency in the civilian use of the telephone as an aid to victory. Pointing out that wires are so congested as to jeopardize the speedy handling of military and war-production calls, George M. Welch, president of the company has suggested a voluntary program of wartime restraint in telephone usage, highlighted by the suggestion that only the most necessary long distance calls be made during the business day and that brevity be used in both long distance and local telephone conversations. In the words of President Welch, “In the past, easy, unhampered telephone service has been taken for granted, and properly so. “Now there is a war to win, and each of us has a patriotic duty to see that our use of the telephone does not interfere with war calls. Though your own line may never be used for war messages, every call you make must pass through a central office switchboard. Many switchboards are crowded with military or industrial calls.” Welch said the company is handling a record average of 5,390,000 calls a day, with long distance calls up 51 percent over 1939. Long haul long distance calls are averaging 2,000 more daily than just six months ago.  

90 Years Ago — AUGUST 11, 1922

  WOLVERINE News Brevities Mt. Clemens – The city of Mt. Clemens is facing damage suits aggregating several thousand dollars as the result of oil used on city streets being allowed to run into the river, causing damage to engines of motorboats. Pontiac – Pontiac firemen, policemen and electrical department employees have circulated petitions addressed to the city commission, asking that a 10 percent cut in salaries set for next month be not put into effect. Grand Rapids – Margaret Springer, 59 years old, of Rockford, is dead, due to mistaking Paris Green for medicine. Muskegon – Nine lives have been saved by Miss Gladys McCarty, pretty Ypsilanti Normal college student, who is a guard at the board of education municipal bathing beach here. Mt. Clemens – Women will actually be selected on the jury panel for the next term of the circuit court in Macomb County. Ann Arbor – Owing to the coal shortage, night tourist service for summer resorters has been curtailed on the Ann Arbor Railroad. Albion – New gas mains with a length of nearly one mile have been built in the foreign section of the city within the past few weeks.  

110 Years Ago — AUGUST 14, 1902

PERSONAL and SOCIAL Mrs. Jennie Creith accompanied her son to Detroit Wednesday. Bert Proctor is confined to the house this week with an aggravated attack of quinsy. Messers. Will Turner, C. A. Smith, Frank Reed, Orville Farrington and Dr. B. W. Wells are on a ten days fishing trip to Houghton Lake. They will return in a boat down the Muskegon River. Mrs. Irvin Chase left Tuesday for Mt. Clemens, where she will take treatment at the baths for rheumatism. The Twentieth Century Club will give an invitation dance at Beeman’s Opera House tonight. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Will Robinson, Mrs. F. S. Vahue and Mrs. Geo. Trumble enjoyed a day’s outing and fishing at Saddle Bag Lake yesterday. Through some inadvertence, no reference in print has been made to the marriage of Dr. Fred Stafford to Miss Jessie Dowd, of Toledo, Ohio, which occurred at the home of the bride’s parents on Wednesday, June 25. Dr. Frederick Allen Stafford is the full name of the groom as given in the marriage announcement, but it will be just Fred Stafford to the end of time, perhaps, with his Cadillac area friends who have noted his professional advance with sincere pride and will wish for him the most desirable blessings of life in his recently added relations as husband of a most desirable Ohio girl.  

130 Years Ago — AUGUST 10, 1882

COUNTY LOCALS OF INTEREST The camp meeting people will now go from Reed City to Big Rapids. The wrestlers who were to exhibit here in Reed City on Saturday night, failed to connect. Farmers work harder and more steadily than almost any other class of business men, and yet none take so little rest.   Advertisements: · The Centre of Attraction is at Mrs. E. A. Kline’s Fashion Emporium – The fine line of hair goods is sure to please. That coquet is complete! All the latest styles in millinery. Madam McGee’s corsets are the best in the market. · J. T. Peter & Co. – If you want drugs fresh and pure, at reasonable prices, or prescriptions prepared quickly and correctly by experienced druggists, call on J. T. Peter & Co. · For Sale – A good farm of 120 acres, located four miles from Evart, twenty acres cleared, with log house and barn. Will sell cheap on time, or will exchange for Village Property. Also one pair of matched four year old ponies and one good side spring buggy. Call E. M. Beeman. · O. M. Bush – The Leading Grocery – The new choice family grocery is now open and ready for business. Everything fresh and neat, new and cheap. They invite everybody to call and inspect the stock and give them a trial. Goods delivered FREE to any locality. · For Sale – Small farm two miles east of Reed City. Forty acres, five cleared. Wish to trade for lot with house in Reed City.