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51 Years Ago — AUGUST 23, 1961

(All 1962 microfilm files are missing from the library)
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED BY SMITHS Mr. and Mrs. Ola Smith of South Evart celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary Sunday, August 6th. The Smiths have one son, Harry of Evart, three grandsons, Ronald of Lansing, Keith and Norman at home. Relatives, neighbors and friends attended the open house to make a very festive occasion of the day.

60 Years Ago— AUGUST 28, 1952

TEN OSCEOLANS AT CENT. MICH. COLLEGE Sixty-three of Michigan’s 83 counties, five states and one foreign country represent 975 students enrolled at Central Michigan College for the 1952 summer session which is about to close. Counties with the highest enrollment include Isabella 121, Saginaw 73, Montcalm 40, Midland and Gratiot 39 and Bay 96. The five states and foreign country represented are Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Honduras, respectively. A break-down of the total enrollment figures shows 821 undergraduate students and 154 graduate students. Women outnumber the men on campus 717 to 258. Osceola County students and their respective home towns are: Evart, William V. Payne LeRoy, Ada Marie Hanson. Marion, Coral A. Cadwell, Louise Grice Case, Hazel Ellen Crozier, Zella M. Hotchkiss, Bertha M. McClain. Reed City, Bernice R. Echlin. Sears, Lynn V. Adams, Ada Belle Porter.  

70 Years Ago — AUGUST 30, 1942

GOVERNOR APPOINTED COMMISSION MEETS A commission, appointed by Governor VanWagoner, and comprised almost entirely of men from the Detroit area, and only a couple from rural Michigan, has come up with a preliminary report of their recommendations. “Substantial increases in salaries for state officials were recommended,” says a Farm Bureau leader, one of the few rural representatives on the commission. “For instance, the salary of the governor would be raised to not less than $15,000 annually, instead of $5,000 a year, plus there would be $5,000 expenses per year. Other administrative state officials such as Lieut. governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, auditor general, attorney general, etc., from $5,000 to not less than $10,000. “The commission also urged raising the pay of state senators and representatives from $3.00 a day to $3,000 a year.” Terms of most elective state and local officers would be doubled. The governor, lieutenant governor, auditor general and state highway commissioner would be elected to serve four-year terms, and the governor would appoint the secretary of state, state treasurer, and attorney general.  

80 Years Ago — AUGUST 25, 1932

LOCALS OF NOTE We will pay a long price for a few fat cattle. Shipping all kinds of stock, Saturday next. Hinkley & Cruikshank. – adv. Certain conditions over which I have no control have entered into this campaign making it expedient for me to withdraw my name from nomination as sheriff on the Republican ticket. I wish to thank those who have helped me with their support and to release them from further consideration during this campaign. Fay Manley. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pepplemeier and daughter, Theodora, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pepplemeier and daughters, Evelyn and Ruth, of Norwood, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pepplemeier and daughter, Dorothy, Mr. and Mrs. John Nock and Mrs. Clara Cooper, of Dayton, Ohio, who have been occupying Whip-Poor-Will cottage at Strawberry Lake, returned to their homes Friday.  

90 Years Ago — AUGUST 25, 1922

WOLVERINE News Brevities Big Rapids – Mrs. Mary Cavanaugh, pioneer mother of Mecosta County, died here at the age of 95 years. More than 20 descendants live in Detroit. She leaves seven children out of a family of 12, an adopted son, 50 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren. Ironwood – City council here voted to buy two motor busses to operate a municipal bus line to outlying districts, despite the fact that the street car company, several weeks ago threatened to cease operation of cars here. Action will increase the total number of busses on the range to seven. Hastings – Fred C. Brown, stock and bond salesman, will be arraigned in Circuit Court here on a charge of swindling Orson Hagar, 78-year-old Woodland farmer, out of oil stock worth $22,500 at its face value. Adrian – Harold Edward Miller, 4 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. George F. J. Miller, of Finch Street, bled to death as the result of the extraction of two teeth. Sault Ste. Marie – Robert Marshall, 104 years old, died here of natural causes. He was a bachelor and lived on a farm near here for the last 50 years. He was discovered by his neighbor, Mrs. Emma Larson, who stopped to check on him every day. On this day she found him still abed, and for good reason.  

100 Years Ago — AUGUST 30, 1912

PERSONAL and SOCIAL First State Savings Bank – Drifting will never land you in the harbor of a financial competence. By eliminating the little, wasteful expenditures and depositing your savings here, you will before long have a thrift fund which will carry you ahead without laborious effort. $1.00 opens an interest-bearing account with this strong institution. Start today and watch it grow. –adv. Be on the lookout for a man traveling the area selling patent medicines. These medicines are nothing but whiskey in fancy bottles. Do not be fooled. He has already passed through LeRoy.  

110 Years Ago — AUGUST 28, 1902

PERSONAL and SOCIAL All Companion Foresters are requested to be present at the regular meeting Sept. 22, as there will be no meeting Sept. 8. Myron Jerome and Rev. G. R. Brown will represent the Epworth League at the state convention at Ludington this week. Master Ray Turner accompanied them. H. T. Lewis, of Hersey, and R. L. Lewis, of Tustin, took in the Tustin-Evart base ball game last Friday.  

120 Years Ago — AUGUST 26, 1892

COUNTY LOCALS OF INTEREST Geo. Wells had his left hand badly cut in Hooker’s mill near Avondale on Wednesday, and Dr. Dumon was kind enough to remove three fingers for him. The flouring mill is enclosed and ready for the machinery, which is expected in a few days. The dry weather causes a great use of water and over two cords of wood are used a day at the waterworks. Citizens should be as careful as possible and not waste more water than can be helped. A trial of corn binders was held at the farm of Jacob Niergarth Monday week. We understand that the Champion binder, sold by hardwares of the area, came out ahead, and that Mr. Neirgarth has purchased one of these machines, at Evart Hardware Co., to be used on his fine farm hereafter.