Back in Time

50 Years Ago

MARCH 18, 1965


The Evart Public Library has over 100 new and different books of all kinds, from the Mid-Michigan Library League, for you to choose from.

Any person who is ill and would like books to read please get in touch with the Library and state your requests. The girl scouts will deliver your books to you.


Michigan’s 136 traffic deaths in January were 34 or 20 percent less than the 170 in the same month a year ago, according to State Police provisional figures.

This was the third month in a row showing a reduction compared with the corresponding months a year earlier. There was a decrease of 19 deaths in November and 12 in December, the latest counts show.

The January toll was 13 more than the month’s average of 123 for the five years of 1960-64, and 16 greater than the average of 120 for the 10 years of 1955-64.

The highest January death toll was 189 in 1937 while the low was 59 in a war year, 1942.

Michigan finished 1964 with a provisional toll of 2,096. Delayed deaths have now raised this figure to 2,121.

70 Years Ago

MARCH 15, 1945


Reed City

Harrison Bowen of Reed City is visiting his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dykema.

Thomas Sanders, living east of Reed City, passed away at his home Monday night, following an illness of several weeks.

Keith Blanchard of Reed City spent last weekend with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Milo Blanchard.

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Haist of Reed City called on Mrs. Laura Steinhoff, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dykema and mother, Mrs. Jennie Bowen, went to Ashton on Wednesday.

Mrs. Norma Jean Lancaster and baby, Nancy Diane, came home from the Reed City Hospital Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Karl Emerson and children, of Pigeon, accompanied her brother, Russell Drodt, of Clio, here to spend the weekend with the Misses Mary Farrer and Margaret Haist.

Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Finkbeiner and son, Kenneth, spent Wednesday and Thursday in Ionia with his sister, Mrs. Harry Kenyon and children and his mother, Mrs. Jacob Finkbeiner.

Hear From Son

in German Prison

Following is the telegram received by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zimmerman of Hersey from their son, 2nd Lt. Leon J. Zimmerman, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.

“Dear Folks: I am very much O. K. I wasn’t hurt. Letters are rationed so don’t expect too much. We are being treated O. K. We can study while here. I have plenty to be thankful for. 2nd Lt. Leon J. Zimmerman.”

90 Years Ago

MARCH 20, 1925


South Sylvan

Mr. and Mrs. David Bretz, Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Dake and Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Stanton were among those who attended the Gleaner meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Scherlitz last Friday. Those who were not there missed a fine time. The next meeting will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smith.

Walter Dake is assisting with the chores at the M. P. Wood farm during Mr. Wood’s absence.

Miss Gertrude Woods, who has been the guest of her cousin, Bessie Woods, for some time, left for her home in Indiana Saturday.

Vernal Hansen is working in Owosso.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl VanKeuren and little daughter, Mildred, were Sunday visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. Hansen. Earl returned home Sunday night. Mary and baby remained for a longer visit.


Washington – Brigadier General William Mitchell, assistant chief of the army air service, and at present the subject of a bitter attack by navy officials because of his sensational testimony before the house military affairs committee in favor of a separate air service, has been called upon by Secretary of War Weeks to submit an accurate account of his testimony before the committee. This action on the part of the secretary of war is preliminary to a removal of General Mitchell from his present office, army officials believe.

110 Years Ago

MARCH 16, 1905


Central Hartwick

Ben Davis is visiting a cousin in Iowa.

The Gleaners had an oyster supper at the town hall Friday.

Ruben Sawyer’s family in on the gain with the small pox.

The quarterly meeting begins at Avondale Friday evening and lasts over Sunday.

Elder Owens, of Carson City, is here to help Elder Brass in meetings at the Baptist Church.

Rural Route No. 3

Mrs. Jacob Kennel, is among the sick ones this week.

Geo. H. Selby is getting material on the ground for a barn.

George Metz and Will Morgan are making a quite pretentious mill yard on Albert Sowles’ place.

The scarlet fever patients in the Sawyer District are all convalescing.

Mrs. Sam Kelley is visiting with the family of D. W. Kelley at St. Johns, Mich.

North Sylvan

Chas. Moot, of Osceola, lost a horse this morning.

The dance at the Gleaner hall last evening was quite well attended, all seeming to enjoy themselves.

As Saturday was the birthday of Pearl Mansfield a large number of her schoolmates and a few older friends surprised her at her home, all reporting a gay time.

130 Years Ago

MARCH 20, 1885


The Independent Hose Co.’s club dance last Friday was well attended.

M. B. Church, of Grand Rapids, an Evart boy, recently sold a bed patent for $145,000.

Luke Hooker will start a roller rink at Chippewa Lake.

The Evart Land Co. has been reorganized and now consists of F. S. Postal and J. C. Creith.


Large Stock Woolen

and Merino Hosiery

And as the Season is somewhat advanced, we have marked down our entire Stock of

Ladies’, Gents’

and Children’s’ Hosiery

And have made prices so low that it will pay you to purchase at once.

In Gents’ Hose:

We will sell an all wool Hose at 25 cents, worth 40; also a lot of Extra Heavy Hand Knit at half Price.

Do Not Fail to See the Ladies’ Hose. We have reduced to 25 cents.

~Now is the time to Buy~

Cloaks, Circular

or Dolman Cheap.

We have a large lot of these Garments which we will sell at a Great Sacrifice rather than keep them over until another season.

Reductions in our clothing

and Shoe Department

Worthy of Your Attention!

All are respectfully requested to call and examine these Goods, whether they wish to purchase or not.