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60 Years Ago — AUGUST 21, 1952

The 25th reunion of the Blanchard family was held at the Paris Grove Sunday, with 101 members attending. Every reunion, with the exception of two, has been held at the Paris Grove, and only twice have they had rain on that day. During the reunion the following officers were elected: vice-president, Dean Reichow; secretary-treasurer, Hilda Lofgren; recreation, Delaine Reed and Donna McMillan. Distant relatives attending were John Blanchard, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blanchard and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Blanchard. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Morse and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Morse of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Clark of Birmingham, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Morse and Virgie of Pontiac, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phillips and family of Battle Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wilson, daughter and a friend, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Reichow and daughter of Grand Rapids. The oldest member present was Leonard Morse, and the youngest was one-month-old Janice Marie Park. The first Blanchard reunion, consisting of the descendants of Elijah and Rhoda Tyler Blanchard, was held in 1928 at Paris Grove. Milo Blanchard was acting president and Nancy Reichow was secretary and treasurer. There were 92 members present.  

80 Years Ago — AUGUST 24, 1942

EVART SCHOOLS TO OPEN EARLY Evart Schools will reopen Monday, August 31, according to Superintendent Martin. The faculty is nearly complete and there will be no curtailment in the courses offered. The early opening of school will permit a full two-week potato digging vacation to help alleviate the labor shortage in the community due to the war. WOMEN COMPLETE HOME NURSING COURSE Sixteen Evart women have completed the home nursing course given under the auspices of the Osceola Chapter of the American Red Cross. They are: Mrs. Bertha Trowbridge, Mrs. Irene Davy, Mrs. Elizabeth Bathrick, Mrs. Christena Watson, Mrs. Charline Shore, Mrs. Ruby Noble, Beatrice Montague, Mrs. Maud McLachlan, Mrs. Marguerite King, Mrs. Mary Huff, Eleanor Hagenbuch, Mrs. Hazel Gorthy, Mrs. Phyllis Gardner, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Zelma Dodge and Mrs. Rose Deacey.  

90 Years Ago — AUGUST 25, 1922

COUNTY SEAT NEWS Mrs. F. D. Faist has returned from a trip to Elkhart, Indiana, where she visited Mrs. F. C. Berger and at West Mendon, where she attended the State Convention of the W.M.S. Sunday evening at the Evangelical Church she will give a report of the latter. Tom Donahue has his new barn ready for the hay crop that is piled alongside, and a good barn it is. James Vance did the carpenter work. Jim builds good barns. As her guest, Mrs. Clyde Slade is entertaining her daughter, Mrs. J. Stefanski and two boys of Saginaw. The Hersey Gravel Co. stockholders met Thursday and purchased the French property southeast of the Muskegon Bridge. A. A. Geiger, of Manton, was calling on friends in town Thursday. William Thompson and family and John Paine and family took Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Ray Broh. Church at Johnson Schoolhouse every Sunday night. We are fortunate to have Rev. Ainslee with us again. East Hersey Gleaners Ruth Degree team went to LeRoy June 15 to assist in the Rally. They received much praise in the manner in which they conducted the work.  

100 Years Ago — AUGUST 23, 1912

NOTES and NEWS of OSCEOLA COUNTY There will be no German service in the Council room Sundays, for the next two Sundays on account of the camp meeting at Albright Park, one mile west of Hersey. Dr. Conover started with his auto for Detroit Sunday. Accompanying him were O. C. Bath, Thos. Brandon, W. E. Davis, Fred Smith, Charles Mills and Geo. W. Bennett. They are expected home today. Edward Rohen arrived in Evart Monday afternoon from Wales to visit his nephews and nieces, the Rohens. He may make up his mind to remain in America if he likes it. J. M. White left Thursday afternoon for Victory, B. C., where he will engage in the lumber business. Judson W. Roe – we have snappy new styles in men’s hats. Ask to see the Jordon, Renova and Homer, and get the latest in men’s headgear. Also, smart summer shoes, for men who care – we have some really new styles in men’s tans just in. The latest toes, newest lasts. Stop in and try us.  

110 Years Ago — AUGUST 21, 1902

PERSONAL and SOCIAL George B. Selby – Grocer – Hot weather goods, we have the largest line of cookies and crackers, everything fresh; Granulated sugar, 5 ? cents; Celery, 2 for 5 cents; New potatoes, 25 cents per peck; Special brand corn, 8 cans for 25 cents; Meat Market: We are doing a nice business in this line. Why? Good Stock, Fresh Stock, Large Stock. Stop in or phone no. 5. A group of ladies will leave Reed City early on Saturday next in search of late summer fruit for the making of preserves. If you wish to join this industrious gathering please be in contact with Bethel Manton. Opera House – Don’t miss Mr. Lane’s illustrated trip from Michigan to California tonight and Saturday night. In addition we will show two films of pictures. Complete change every night. Admission 10 cents. S. Bowker, a prominent farmer of Rose Lake, was in Reed City Wednesday on business. He bought a Champion reaper of the hardware folks.  

120 Years Ago — AUGUST 19, 1892

COUNTY LOCALS A constitution has been adopted for the local dairy association which provides that the company shall be known as “The Evart Cooperative Butter and Cheese Association of Evart, Mich.” Mr. Will McCrimmon, of Luther, was the guest of Miss Mary Alexander Sunday and Monday. Fires have visited several towns and cities of the state this week, which should warn us. Be careful of fire, and should an alarm be given, see that all faucets and garden hoses are shut off. Davy & Co. – Men’s fine worsted suits, nicely bound and trimmed, $10; Men’s corkscrew suits at $5; Children’s knee pant suits at $1; Best values in hosiery in Evart, Seamless half hose, up to 50 cents; Misses straw hats reduced to 15 cents to 35 cents; Summer weight underwear, from 35 cents to $1.00. Regular examination of teachers at Hersey next Thursday and Friday. Teachers should bear this in mind. H. Starkey has sent his horse “Monteo” to Grand Rapids where he will be put to work on the track, under charge of a first class trainer.