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40 Years Ago

JANUARY 9, 1975



At a special meeting Monday the Evart City Council, shifted two of its employees from a salary to an hourly basis in an attempt to study the effects of such a change on expenditures before deciding whether to shift all salaried employees to an hourly basis.

The change came about as a result of new Federal minimum wage laws and guidelines which severely restrict exceptions to overtime pay requirements. Under old laws, all salaried personnel were exempt from overtime pay, but the new law restricts that exemption severely. The law also applies to municipalities for the first time. Some city officials were concerned about the impact of the law’s changes on local personnel budgets and recommended the city shift all salaried personnel to hourly wages.

Under Monday’s decision, City Superintendent Robert Staats’ $9,800 annual salary will be converted to an hourly rate along with the $9,500 annual salary of Waste Disposal Plant Superintendent Fay Sebring. Police Chief Raymond “Bucky” Walters and Administrative Assistant to the Chief John Jakubowski will both continue on salaries for the present.

60 Years Ago

JANUARY 13, 1955




New Ford tractors will be on display at the Reed City Ford Tractor Sales showroom on US-10 near Hersey this week Friday, with five new models and two power series featured.

An open house is planned for the occasion with the salesroom open during the day and in the evening. Refreshments will be served.



Firemen have completed the removal of Christmas tree decorations from the light poles on Main Street and they will be piled with trees collected from all over town for the annual Burning of the Greens ceremony on the Public Square tonight.

In case of inclement weather, Chairman Ray Whitehead states that the program will be held in the high school auditorium.

80 Years Ago

JANUARY 10, 1935


Miss Jean White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. White, returned home Sunday after completing her course at Butterworth Hospital training school in Grand Rapids. She received her R. N. degree from the state board.

Miss Lucile Derby and Miss Irene Kay, of Flint, were guests Friday at the Rhoy Adams home.

Maxine Ardis, Alice Rohen, Beatrice Belleville, Walter Huffman, Charles Sherlock and Charles Brooks, attended a B.Y.P.U. conference at Pontiac last weekend.

Twenty seven years of service as a rural carrier out of Evart Post Office were completed by Rhoy Adams, dean of Evart mail carriers, Saturday noon. He estimates travel in service 250,000 miles. The first six years were with horse and cart.

Ogilvie Corners – Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Koster are visiting at the Henry Booher and Homer Stein homes while “Joe” is doing some trapping.

100 Years Ago

JANUARY 8, 1915


Miss Florence Elliott, of Escanaba, is a guest of her uncle, Walter Leman, and family, this week.

Commissioner George F. Roxburgh will be visiting schools in the eastern Osceola County in the next few weeks.

Fortunately, Osceola County has thus far escaped the terrible scourge that is causing thousands of dollars loss in stock in Michigan and other states, the foot and mouth disease. The embargo placed upon shipment of cattle affects some, also the shipment of hay and straw which must be disinfected before delivered to railway.

Mr. and Mrs. Park Shearer, of New York, are guests this week of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Croxall, of Los Angeles, California, are visiting their relatives, the Shore families, this week. Mr. and Mrs. Croxall will be remembered as former residents of this area.


For Sale – Black Percheron Mare with Colt. Enquire E. F. Birdsall, J. A. Blanchard or William Eddy.

For Sale – Thirteen milch cows. Ten grade Holsteins, three grade Durhams. Six will be winter milkers. Balance fresh in spring. C. E. Duesler, Hersey, R. 1, Bell Phone 31-12.

Found - Beagle hound. Call at my place and pay charges. W. R. Davis, Route 1, Sears.

Gun For Sale – Remington Pump Gun, nearly new. George A. Bancroft, Route 3, Evart.

Lost – Hound dog, white with black spots. Answers to name of “Sport.” Finder please return to Dr. J. W. Hoverter.

120 Years Ago

JANUARY 11, 1895


The Senior class has organized and elected Dea Kelley president. Bertha Youngs is president of the Junior class.

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Clark, of Middle Branch, will leave for California today to spend the remainder of the winter.

Very strange weather this. There appears to be but little frost in the ground and considerable plowing is being done.

A telephone line is being put up between the stores and residences of E. F. Birdsall and V. R. Davy.

Frank Gates is home from Toledo on a visit.

Park Shearer, who has finished a three months term of school in Dist. No. 1, has engaged to finish the nine months of the school year in that district.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Durnham, of Reed City, on January 6, a boy.

South Sylvan – School in Dist. No. 3 frl., Sylvan and Orient, will commence Monday for the spring term. J. Faust Gardner, of Newaygo, has been retained as teacher.

Hartwick – William Shore has tired of country life and is preparing to move to town. Sorry to lose him and his family.

140 Years Ago

JANUARY 2, 1875


The I.O.O.F. Lodge, organized in this village a short time ago, is now in a prosperous condition.

The bridge across the Muskegon at the foot of Seventh Street is completed and is now being used by teams.

Mr. John Giberson has built a sidewalk from his store to the railroad track, for the accommodation of his customers.

There is an effort being made to separate the two towns now comprising the township of Middle Branch, for the purpose of forming a new one. A petition is being circulated among the residents of the town but it has not yet the requisite number of signatures. The name for the new town is not yet decided.

Mr. John Chase of this village has in almost constant operation a knitting machine which does some of the best work in the way of knitting stockings for ladies, socks, gloves and everything in that line. Those desiring any of these things can be supplied in any quantity and they can always rely upon getting a superior article.