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20 Years Ago — JANUARY 20, 1993


REED CITY – A CEO with a strong background in Michigan community hospitals has been chosen as head of Reed City Hospital. David M. Coates was named Administrator by the hospital Board of Trustees and assumed the position January 6.

Coates, 53, recently served as president and CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Monmouth, Illinois, and has nineteen years as a rural hospital and long-term-care facility administrator.

The community’s attitude toward the hospital pleased Coates. “I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the Reed City people I’ve met. The unity exhibited by the hospital board, the medical staff and the community was an important factor in my coming to Reed City.

The hospital’s recent problems are not unusual for a community hospital. What’s unique is the attitude shared by everyone to do what’s necessary to make the hospital viable.”

One of Coates’ first goals is to begin working with the board and medical staff to develop a long-range strategic plan.

Coates has a graduate degree in hospital administration from the University of Central California. He is married and has two grown daughters.

60 Years Ago — JANUARY 15, 1953


Mrs. Ray Curtis, who teaches in Belding, visited her home here last weekend.

Mrs. Ed Palmatier spent from Monday until Wednesday in Detroit with her husband. Ed spent the holiday weekend at home.

Mrs. Ray Warden and Yvonne, Mrs. Chas McNeilly, Mrs. Pete Krider and Bernard were in Grand Rapids, Friday.

Cpl. VanAssche was a guest of his mother, Mrs. Edna Roberts during the holiday season, returning to California on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert George and family of Ionia were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dible.

Davy & Co. – Every woman takes pride in her household. That’s why women just naturally ask for Foxcroft when they buy their sheets and pillow cases. Foxcroft sheets and cases: 72x99, $2.33 – 72x108, $2.47 – 81x99, $2.37 – 81x108, $2.57. 42x36 cases 54 cents. Guaranteed for not less than 100 washings. –adv.

Sunday evening visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Palmatier were Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Patten.

Mrs. Jacob Bruggema drove her daughter, Rachel and friend, Barbara Cowls back to Grand Rapids Sunday.

80 Years Ago — JANUARY 12, 1933


W. T. French left Tuesday for Ludington, where he will resume his insurance work.

Robert Rossiter is repairing cars at his home, three blocks west of Main Street, just off U.S. 10. –adv.

Arlene Roberts, of Reed City, spent the day Saturday and overnight with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Roberts, also of Reed City.

Mr. and Mrs. James Borden, Jr., spent the weekend in Roscommon, visiting Mrs. Borden’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Comstock.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davy and Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Decker, drove to Grand Rapids last Thursday.

Mrs. E. B. Wise and daughter, May Irene, Darrel Booher and Virgie Booher, were Reed City callers Saturday.

A splendid hosiery value – Lucky Circle pure silk, full fashioned, service weight, long wearing. Only 69 cents a pair. Davy & Co. -adv.

Protect what you have. You’ll be surprised at the number of safeguards that you can put around your home and belongings by means of insurance. You can protect your house with Fire, Windstorm and Explosion Insurance. Taylor Insurance Agency. Phone 68-F2, Evart. –adv.

100 Years Ago — JANUARY 10, 1913


J. W. Finch, “Uncle John,” writes and sends a dollar for next year’s Review. His home is now at Seminary, Miss. He says he has been ill since October 25, but thanks the good Lord he is as well as he is. The good old man sends greetings to his friends, of whom he has many in these parts.

The post office department inaugurated the new parcel post January 1. The first package to be sent from the Evart office was by Andrew J. Gordon; the first received was by Mrs. James H. Voller, from Saginaw. Much confusion will be experienced by the public for a time, but with patience on the part of the public and postal employees all will soon be made plain. The post office people will be glad to give all assistance in their power.

120 Years Ago — JANUARY 6, 1893


Chas Mixer shot a silver gray fox while hunting last Friday. Owing to their rarity, the fur is very expensive. This one was a beautiful specimen. There is to be a new hardware store in Reed City, so says a little bird in our ear.

E. M. Beeman has sold a part of his livery stock to John Clark, of Evart and Charles Brooks, of Sylvan, who will carry on a livery business under the name of John Clark & Co. using the Evart House barn.

140 Years Ago — JANUARY 16, 1873


On Seventh Street, east of the Evart House, where will be found all kinds of:


Give us a look and see for yourself.