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20 Years Ago — OCTOBER 14, 1992


MARION – Thirty-one Michigan farms, including one in Osceola County, have been certified by the Michigan Historical Commission as centennial farms, Secretary of State Richard H. Austin, the state’s official historian, announced today.

The 69-acre farm owned by Max Sneary, located in Marion, is a newly certified Michigan centennial farm. The farm has been continuously owned by the same family since July 1892.

“I am pleased to recognize Max Sneary as his farm joins the ranks of Michigan’s approximately 6,000 centennial farms,” Secretary Austin said. “Moreover, I thank all centennial farm owners for their efforts to preserve Michigan’s heritage, and for reminding us of the important role agriculture and family farms play in Michigan’s economic growth.”

The Centennial Farm Program was begun by the Michigan Historical Commission in 1948, with support from Detroit-Edison Company, Consumers Power Company, local electrical cooperatives and farm groups. It is intended to recognize farms that have remained in the same family for generations and highlight the family farm’s contributions to Michigan’s development.

51 Years Ago — OCTOBER 12, 1961

(All 1962 microfilm files are missing from the library)


Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Smith were Sunday dinner guests of the Roethlesbergers at Chippewa Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Collins have been visiting relatives and friends at Port Huron, Pontiac, Milford, and Auburn Heights the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McCallum were Monday callers at the Frank Church home.

Mr. and Mrs. John Benscoter, of Marion, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Benscoter, of Birmingham, were Saturday evening callers at the Rex Young home.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Hoffmeyer and children, of Flint, called on their aunt, Mrs. Robert Strait, Saturday.

70 Years Ago — OCTOBER 15, 1942


Lloyd Rohdy, who is working at the Willow Run bomber plant, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rohdy and Donald.

To the Voters of Osceola and Clare Counties: Having decided not to make the run for State Representative, I have asked the Secretary of State to keep my name off the ballot. The request reached him too late, so it will appear on the ballot. Now I am asking the voters not to vote for me. In my opinion, the candidate best fitted for the office is Frank White, of Marion. Respectfully, Frank McIntyre.

For the sake of those who like cookies and cake, Michigan is to have a new white wheat. Farmers and millers in the area have been seeking word of the progress and testing of a variety known as Yorkwin, a beardless white wheat developed in plant breeding work at Cornell University in New York State.

Mrs. Noble, Mrs. Mable Elder, Mrs. John Brooks, Anne Becker, and Mrs. Dominick Rohen were in Grand Rapids, recently, stopping in Reed City on their way home to visit with friends.

Freda Brooks, Mae Huston, Mrs. John Dage and daughter, Donna, were in Cadillac, Monday.

80 Years Ago — OCTOBER 13, 1932


Geo. Johnson, who lately purchased the McGovern farm, has been changing the appearance of the buildings with a coat of paint.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Horace, of North Carolina, visited their parents over the weekend, bring good cheer to everyone they saw.

Wm. Seberry and family have moved to their new house, which was built on the site of the one that burned last April.

The Y.P.S.C.E. business meeting was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Haust on Tuesday evening, with Willard Colley as host.

Last week Ray Zimmerman enjoyed a vacation, part of which was spent at Holland and South Haven.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Hill, of Lansing, will open a new grocery store in the east half of the old Crittenden building, in Sears. They will carry a complete line of groceries and dry goods and have completely remodeled and redecorated the interior of the store.

120 Years Ago — OCTOBER 14, 1892


A. B. Perrin, for years the proficient superintendent of the Reed City schools, is now in charge of the schools at Frankfort. Mr. Perrin is greatly interested in Osceola County affairs, and to keep posted thereon will hereafter receive The Review regularly.

Miss Belle Snyder, of Marion, while on her way to Virginia, visited in town this week.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Larson, of Reed City, a girl, last Tuesday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mangold, of Hersey, on October 6, a nine pound boy, to be called after his father, Henry Chester.

Rev. Wm. Parker has been engaged as pastor of the Presbyterian Church.

The W. R. C. dance Friday evening was largely attended.