Back in Time — March 22, 2017

40 Years Ago

MARCH 17, 1977


Reed City Group Wants

Milliken Removed

Members of the Reed City based PBB Action Committee figure their months-long efforts are finally starting to pay off.

The group will soon circulate petitions about the state of Michigan asking for the recall of Governor William Milliken.

Pat Miller, of the Action Committee, says the group phoned Milliken’s office of their intentions and within a day the word was out from the top to drop the PBB (polybrominated biphenyls) tolerance level to the lowest detectable level.

"It’s funny they’re coming out with this now since they’ve only contacted two members of their panel,” says Mrs. Miller. “What level they’ll come up with is highly debatable.”

The group is after medical care for PBB related illnesses, for settlement of damage claims by farmers who have suffered financial loss, and for

the lowering of the tolerance level.

“Gov. Milliken has failed to protect the people of Michigan from PBB,” says Mrs. Miller, “He hasn’t taken steps to insure the health and welfare of the people he was elected to serve.”

The Reed City group isn’t about to stop now that one of their big demands has been met.

“We can’t stop now,” says Mrs. Miller, “We’ve learned a lot about how things are run, where to look and what to watch out for.”

60 Years Ago

MARCH 21, 1957



Sparks Corners

Mr. and Mrs. George Martiny and Mr. and Mrs. Orea Seamon made a trip to

Alden Sunday to visit Orea’s brother.

Robert Seamon, Jerry and Chester Clark and Glenn Holt returned Saturday from a two week trip.

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80 Years Ago

MARCH 25, 1937


Several flocks of geese were seen this week making their way north.

Many of the flocks were reported as having lighted in fields about the village and this section of the county and many hunters sallied forth with hopes of returning with a brace of geese. Some of them returned with geese, but many more returned empty handed because they tried to bring down the large birds with small game loads in their guns.

A large number of the birds spent most of Wednesday night circling the town at very low altitudes

and although federal law prohibits the shooting of waterfowl, between the hours of sunset and sunrise, guns were heard frequently in all sections of town at all hours of the day and night.


Mrs. Emma Corkins, of Evart, is spending a few days with her granddaughter, Mrs. Elmer McLachlan and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Cleon Thomas and daughter, Colleen, and Maurice Thomas went to Chicago Tuesday to attend the Livestock Show. Thursday they drove to Greene, Iowa to visit Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lindell, returning to Chicago Saturday to attend the W. L. S. Barn Dance and arriving home Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Cox, of Avondale, were Saturday callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cox.

100 Years Ago

MARCH 17, 1917


Mrs. Claude Gilmore, who has been ill with diphtheria at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. F. Carron, returned to her home in Detroit Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Gray, of McBain, were the guests of their friends, Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Sweet and Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Hale, Sunday afternoon.

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Lettuce, Celery, Green Onions, Radishes, Pineapples, Oranges, Lemons, Bananas, Grape Fruit.

Our line of Teas and Coffees is without doubt the finest in the County both in style and in cup quality.

Special for Saturday

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120 Years Ago

MARCH 19, 1897



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140 Years Ago

MARCH 23, 1877


-J. H. McLaughlin, the champion, won another match at New York.

-Catholic services on Sunday next at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Hall on Main Street. The Rev. Father Herbstrit will officiate.

-The county of Kal

kaskia proposes to have one of their townships divided in two. The county of Otsego will have one of her townships divided into three.

-The best matched pair in the world and the most popular to use are the Pat. Wood Box Stove Polish Paste and the Pat. Wood Box Shoe Blacking.

-Rev. H. Morgan, of Grand Rapids, will preach in the Methodist Hall next Sunday morning. Mr. Howe goes to attend a meeting for the presiding Elder.

-Rev. Calvin Clark, visiting at this place, will preach at Lancashire Hall Sunday morning at the usual hour.

-As big cuts, big logs, big loads and big days’ work are now in order we give the following from the Lakeview Citizen:

“L. Bush and Frederick Falling, working for Cutler & Savage at Spring Lake, Mt. Calm Co. cut, fell and sawed pine timber to the amount of twenty-seven thousand, eight hundred and sixty-two feet (27,862) in just ten and one half hours. These logs consisted of 16 twelve feet in length, 53 sixteen, 1 eighteen and 1 twenty feet, making a total of 71.”