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50 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 18, 1965


Northland Dairy of Evart compiled a remarkable three-year record of not a single disabling accident during the period starting December 26, 1961 and ending December 31, 1964 to earn the commendation of the National Safety Council and recognition by the huge General Foods Corporation.

A plaque from the National Safety Council, signed by the president, Howard Pyle, is in the form of a certificate of commendation for the 278,660 man hours worked without a disabling accident. It was received by plant Superintendent Robert P. Mears on Monday.

The safety record was also recognized by General Foods with the gift of a flashlight-red blinker light combination to each employee working the Evart firm on December 31st.

Northland Dairy is a part of the Jell-O Division of General Foods.


Sale of what remains of an early Evart landmark by Fred E. Davy to Ralph Hinkley was announced last week.

The Main Street property, extending north from the Public Library to the parking lot on the west side of the street, is now occupied by the offices of Dr. Halfmann, Lee’s Barber Shop and a second-hand store. The building was once a wing of the old Evart House, which was situated at the present location of the First National Bank. The old hotel was the center of Evart’s social life in the lumbering days. Rooms on the second floor of the old wing have no entrance and have been unused for many years.

Mr. Hinkley stated that his plans were not yet complete, but his ultimate goal was to build a new store building, possibly with one unit to rent.

70 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 15, 1945


Mr. and Mrs. Carl Holmgren of Reed City spent Sunday afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. Myrl French and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bowen and son and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ford of Reed City, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ruhl and family of LeRoy, and Frank Peterson were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dykema and mother, Mrs. Bowen.

Miss Bernice Echlin, who had spent some time in Reed City, returned to Stockbridge on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McInness and family and Mrs. John Wilson and family, of Reed City, and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Morris were Sunday afternoon callers of Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Morris.

Miss Edith Durham of Reed City spent from Wednesday to Friday with Mrs. Gerald Sprague.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wicks spent the weekend with relatives and friends in Pontiac.

Mrs. William Seagraves, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Zimmerman, and Mr. and Mrs. F. Finucane and Sharon went to Detroit Friday night to spend the weekend with relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Allswede and Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Allswede and Marilyn spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wirth and family of Evart.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Phillips spent Sunday afternoon at the John Wickett home.

Miss Bernice Echlin and mother, spent last Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Cockerton of Evart.

Mrs. Jack Clark and sons went to Alma on Friday to spend the weekend with relatives.

90 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 20, 1925


A ceremonial meeting was held at Tahootonakees, February 10. Miss Lott not being able to take charge, the assistant guardian, Miss Sima, acted. Minnie Bell Moden was taken in as a new member afterwards, a short business meeting was held.

Plans were discussed for a contest which will start March 10 and ending May 12. This contest will cover such items as scholarship, church attendance. Daily health chart, honors, ranks, etc. The losing side will then entertain the winning side.

The meeting of February 17 was held at Kootima’s. Louise Hubbard and Lucille Kneisel dressed as old fashioned ladies and received the guests at the door. Further plans were discussed for the advancement of our summer camp.


Remember the birds! Also remember that the same howling winds that cause you to turn up your coat collar makes it practically impossible at this time of the year for these feathered friends to obtain much food. Ground that is frozen and barren, shrubbery that is bare of berries and bird baths and pools that are now firm ice offer little in the way of food or drink for these associates who help save our crops and our grain and spread their song so cheerfully.

Why not scatter a few bread crumbs in some sheltered spot in the yard? Why not set out a pan of water now and then? An apple or a piece of suet tied to a shrub would be welcome. You will feel amply repaid when you see the little fellows feast on your refreshment. Remember the birds!

110 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 16, 1905


After a business career of over twenty years, Evart’s most famous manufacturing institution, the Champion Tool & Handle Works, has been incorporated under the name and title of the Champion Tool & Handle Company, of Evart, Mich., and Cairo, Ill., and capitalized at $100,000. The officers are: F. S. Postal, president; Benj. Wolf, vice president; Wm. Latta, secretary and treasurer; W. E. Davis, factory superintendent.

This Company, which is unquestionably the largest institution in the world manufacturing exclusively lumbering tools, is the successor of M. Belanger, original maker of lumbering tools whose workmanship was famous where Michigan men were engaged in timber operations as far back as 1872. In 1884 Messrs. Postal, D. and B. Wolf, took interest and the partnership of the Champion Tool & Handle Works was established.

Good business management and strict attention to trade requirements has built the business to its present proportions, manufacturing nearly 400 different tools. Its products are known and used in all parts of the American continent and several foreign countries.

The Pacific Lumber Trade Journal says: “The Champion Tool & Handle Works, of Evart, Mich., has issued a catalogue covering a long line of their manufactures and which will be found of much interest to those engaged in lumber manufacturing and logging. This company has been for 35 years engaged in the exclusive manufacture of tools and handles for use in the mills and camps, and this is the strongest evidence that they have met with deserved success.”

130 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 13, 1885


Business Locals

Pupils: beginning, or advanced, in music, desiring instruction on the Piano or Organ are invited to join Mrs. Bellow’s class, held each week. German fingering thoroughly taught. Mrs. W. E. Bellows, Reed City.

Our Mackinaw Shirts and Drawers must go as our prices on them are lower than the lowest.

Wildberg & Co., Clothiers

I have secured the services of C. E. Davis to run my mill this season, and will do custom work for $2.25 per M. during the next sixty days. First-class custom work guaranteed. Bring along your logs.

James Tripp

To the Housekeeper – Insist on getting DeLand’s Saleratus and Soda, and don’t let your grocer argue you out of it. It will pay you in the end, and you will use no other.