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20 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 11, 1992


Flames gutted the office building of Gene’s Bottle Gas early Saturday. The blaze, which started at 2:45 a.m. kept Evart firefighters busy until 4:30 p.m.

“The guys did a good job of controlling the fire,” Fire Chief Leo Harkert said, “especially with bottle gas sitting around.”

The business is located on the corner of Lauman and Five Mile Roads.


It is possible that Evart Products may be sold.

According to Chrysler Corporation Public Relations Official Lee Sechler, “We are considering the sale of the plastic operation of AcuStar, which includes Evart Products, in Evart; McConald Molding, in New Baltimore; Rantool Products in Illinois and a production facility in Guelph, Canada. Nothing, however, has been decided, at this time.”

40 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 9, 1972


The Osceola County Unit of the American Cancer Society reports a very successful fund drive for 1972. The goal was $5450, and a total of $5732.19 was reported at the drive’s end.

This goal was reached by approximately 150 volunteers canvassing most of the County. A total of $1633.75 was given as memorial gifts.

60 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 13, 1952


Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith, of Grand Rapids, were guests Wednesday of Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Bruggema. An aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Stonehouse called there Friday.

Alice Kinney, polio patient, is convalescing at the Mary Free Bed Guild Convalescent Home and Orthopedic Center, Grand Rapids 6, where she is now able to sit up in bed.

Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Martin and Marilyn spent the weekend in White Pigeon.

Mr. and Mrs. John Pegram and Charles Schuler spent Saturday evening with Mr. Schuler’s parents at Lake where the Schulers were spending a vacation weekend.

Jan Dible spent the weekend as a guest of Helen Curtis of Belding.

80 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 12, 1942


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oren and Mrs. J. M. Oren stopped in Greenville Thursday to be dinner guests of Jane Oren, while on their way to Grand Rapids, where Mr. Oren’s mother boarded an evening train for St. Petersburg, Florida. The Robert Orens spent Friday in the city.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Chester, of Reed City, have a new eight pound son, Ronald Paul, born November 2.

Miss Biddie Houston, who has spent the last several months at her home here, left Monday for Detroit.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Comer and daughter, Sandra Lynn, spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Comer, and took their household goods back to Plymouth Monday.

90 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 10, 1922


There is much talk of a new store to be opened quite soon in Reed City.

Lyric Theatre – Elmo Lincoln in “The Adventures of Tarzan.” Brownie, the Wonderful Dog in a good two act comedy. The White Messenger, a two act western, featuring Art Acord. Extra at night show – Shoe lacing contest by eight boys. A barrel of shoes and a barrel of fun. Admission 15 cents and 25 cents.

Dancing at Auditorium Hall, Evart, Monday. Music by the Tunesters 7-Piece Orchestra direct from Bay City. Bill $1.25 per couple. Extra ladies 50 cents. Spectators 25 cents. –adv.

Work for the excavations for the walls of the new school building has been commenced.

100 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 8, 1912


Mrs. John Jenkins and Mrs. S. E. Huff are spending a few days this week visiting old time friends at Hersey.

Mr. and Mrs. John K. Heimbecker, of Sears, visited their mother, Mrs. Phoebe Heimbecker, in Evart, Sunday.

The social at Cherry Grove school house on Friday night was an enjoyable affair and the receipts were more than twenty dollars.

Notice – Will the party who took two vases from May and Ray McDonald’s grave please return them to said lot and avoid further trouble.

The high school basketball team will hold a bake day at Turner & McLachlan store Saturday. They are working at new uniforms.

Rev. J. C. Cook, the new M. E. minister, and daughter arrived Saturday and Mr. Cook occupied the pulpit at his church Sunday morning and evening.

120 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 11, 1892


One of the most perfect and useful inventions which has come to our notice recently, is the new patented hay press, called the Champion, which has been invented, patented and placed in the market by Messrs. S. & H. M. Hollenbeck of this township.

In order to introduce this invention to those who may not have seen it already, the proprietors will have one on exhibit at the fairgrounds for the next two weeks. All farmers are invited to come and look it over.

The machine will press from eight to fourteen tons per day.

130 Years Ago — NOVEMBER 9, 1882


Money to loan – in sums of $100 and upwards, on real estate security, at reasonable rates. –Irvin Chase.

For Sale – a large winter cow. –M. L. Devanna, Evart.

For Sale – 40 acre farm, northwest of Reed City. Includes corn still in the field, six cows, house and small barn. Will trade for house and two spare lots in any town. Contact J. T. Cushing with offers.


The report of Evart schools published this week shows a total enrollment of 381. First month last year showed 351, an increase this year over last of 30, and the largest number ever enrolled in our schools.

The school opened in good working order under the best corps of teachers ever engaged in any school of this section of Michigan; all of whom carry first grade certificates, seven of them have Normal School certificates, and all have received Normal School training.