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70 Years Ago

MARCH 11, 1943


Mrs. Rex Lloyd


Mrs. Arnold Wills is spending some time in Midland and Flint.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Comstock and family, of Pontiac, called at the Joe Clark home Saturday evening.

Clarence Walter returned to this work in Flint, Sunday, after spending the last two weeks at home because of illness.

Ralph Earle and daughters, of Barryton, called at the E. H. Earle home Saturday afternoon.

James Rohen, of Flint, spent the weekend with his family here. Because of the storm the Tule Mission Circle meeting of last week was held over and will be held this week at the Carlton Scherlitz home. Kathryn Foster spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. Foster.


Mrs. Dan Miller


Sterling McLachlan spent the weekend with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell McLachlan south of Evart.

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Egloff, of Evart and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sorenson and son, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Egloff.

Mrs. Ross Lloyd spent Saturday at the Joe Lloyd home.

90 Years Ago

MARCH 9, 1923


A large bunch of Evart men turned out Sunday and cleared the roads between Evart and Reed City, which had become badly blocked by the storm of Saturday.

About half way there they met up with the bunch from Reed City who were working in the reverse direction to accomplish the same objective.

The Evart group turned out again on Wednesday and cleared the road as far south as Emerald Lake.

Hugh A. Kitson, of the agricultural department of the schools accompanied by Floyd Lippert, Arthur Fleming, Lawrence Cox, Forest Mikle and John Erskine are attending the Farmers’ Week programs at M. A. C. this week.

Mrs. Erskine’s class of sixth graders enjoyed a coasting party on the “Flying Dutchman” hill south of the village Thursday afternoon, as a climax of the recent contest. The losing side entertained the winners by serving weenies and marshmallows.

Nelson Torrey, of Cadillac Marble Works, was in Evart during the first of the week on business.

Mr. and Mrs. Torrey were among the Evart popular young folks thirty years ago, and retain their love for the old town.

The Lord’s Supper will be observed at the Baptist Church Sunday morning next.

Mrs. B. W. Wells has gone to Pontiac where she will visit her brother, James Harris and family.

100 Years Ago

MARCH 14, 1913


From the Evart Review of 30 years ago: “From a little acorn an oak has grown” in our village.

We had this to say of what was the nucleus of the American Logging Tool Co. of today (1913) – “Mr. Bellanger received an order, Monday, from Hurd, Hotchkiss and McFarlane, of St. Regis Falls, N. Y., for 100 of his celebrated canthooks.

He has 600 complete tools on hand and expects to manufacture 1,000 this year.”

Compare that with the loads of finished product shipped almost daily from the plant at the present time.


Rev. John Erskine has returned from Nappanee, Ind., and on Saturday will go to Saginaw.

Reed City – Miss Mary Gilder, who was visiting her friend, Miss Cruthers, at LeRoy, was called home by the illness of her mother.

Sears — B. L. Dake has been confined to his home by illness a portion of this week. E. York, of Evart, has been assisting at the Davy elevator.

Rt. 2 — Raymond Norton had the misfortune to have his foot hurt by being run over by the wheel of a wagon loaded with gravel.

Marion — Ralph Disbrow left Sunday on business to Grand Rapids and Ionia. He also will visit relatives near Ionia.

110 Years Ago

MARCH 12, 1903


C. L. Arndt, of Marion, stopped over at Evart Tuesday night while returning from the Republican County Convention. Con’s old time friends are always glad to greet him with the glad hand.

Rev. A. F. Niles, R. S. Covert, Mrs. Lena Whitney and Mrs. L. Dage went to Reed City Wednesday evening to attend the Worker’s Conference of the Osceola Baptist Association, which began yesterday and will close today.

The Maccabees oyster supper will be held Tuesday evening next. All Maccabees and their wives and all Lady Maccabees and their husbands are cordially invited to attend.

Mr. and Mrs. David Rorison entertained forty friends at a progressive Pedro party Tuesday evening, and later light refreshments were served. Mrs. C. A. Smith was awarded the first ladies prize, and Reg. Tummonds the gentlemen’s.

120 Years Ago

MARCH 10, 1893


Fred Postal has moved back into the Evart House, and now has personal supervision of the house again.

Mrs. Allan McLaughlin visited friends in Evart this week.

Leonard Cooper was in Reed City Wednesday on business.

W. H. Hammond was at Evart on Wednesday.

Albert Lemon is to make the railroad ties for W. G. Davis, over on the Marion township farm.

Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Rollins were in the metropolis of Reed City.

Mr. and Mrs. Alva Vanderhoof also Miss Ella Vanderhoof, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ransom on Tuesday.

140 Years Ago

MARCH 14, 1873


Shrewd housekeepers have commenced hunting houses, in a quiet way although the season is not fairly open.

Tuesday was another of those eventful days. The day opened with a fire alarm, followed by exciting scenes at the poles – three tickets in the field.

We learn that the residence of W. Bostwick caught fire one day this week but was fortunately noticed and extinguished before much damage was done.

Always keep to the right. Driving in the streets, walking the sidewalk, or wherever you chance to navigate, keep to the right and avoid collisions. Some there are who think it etiquette to give a lady the inside of the walk. This is not etiquette, not a safe custom.

Installation and Ball – By invitations out we see that a grand ball is to be given at Hersey on the evening of the 21st inst. The entertainment is to be given to aid the order in paying their indebtedness, and it is hoped there will be a good turn-out.

New Store – A few days since, by a cordial invitation from the proprietors, we stepped into the new and well stocked establishment of Messrs.

Loch & Gels, which has just been opened in this place, and were really astonished to see such a large stock of dry goods and clothing. This establishment is probably without an exception, the largest west of Saginaw. Go and examine the goods and prices at the old stand of Jas. Kennedy.