30 Years Ago

APRIL 4, 1985


Reed City – Ferris Leach of Hersey was the first president of the Osceola County Farm Bureau when it was organized on March 15, 1945.

Ferris will be the Toastmaster of the Farm Bureau Rural Urban Banquet to be held on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Reed City High School. He plans to reminisce and honor the 16 past county presidents. Come help us celebrate our 40th Birthday.


Osceola County doesn’t make the big city newspapers very often but Sunday scored twice. The Grand Rapids Press carried an interesting story on Orville Richardson of Marion. Richardson has been the Department of Public Works in Marion for 45 years. Richardson also serves the northeastern corner of the county as a Deputy Sheriff. The article quotes Sgt. Dallas Jenks and his praise of Richardson.

The biggest surprise in the article is Richardson’s quote, “Marion is a pretty quiet little community. Some folks go to Evart or Cadillac for excitement.” Who says Evart is a dull place.

Question 3 of the Michi-facts quiz in the Detroit News read: “The Rev. George Bernard copyrighted his famous gospel song in 1913. He began writing the song in Albion. He died in Reed City. (Clue: It is about a certain type of cross.)”

Even without the clue, everyone in the county could probably answer, “The Old Rugged Cross.”

50 Years Ago

APRIL 2, 1965


Miss Sarah Burley of Holton also Paul Derschied were Sunday dinner guests in the Joe Parsons home.

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Hillier were Thursday afternoon callers in the Ed Carmichael home.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Robinson and family have moved to the Hugh White farm and is working for Paul White.

The WSWS of the EUB Church will meet at the Parish House Thursday. Mrs. Wilma Johnson will be the hostess and Mrs. Hazel Klumpp the leader.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wirth spent Sunday with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ernst, at Fruitport.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lockwood are spending a few days at their home in Hersey.

Mrs. Florence French spent last Wednesday and Thursday with her uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Griff Hilderly, at Reed City.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Snyder spent Sunday with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Narther, at Lansing.

Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Young had Sunday dinner with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brissetts, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gould and her nephew, Tommy Genis, of Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, visited Mr. and Mrs. John Grazis and daughter Debbie Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cass of Rockford, and Miss Nelda Cass of Grand Rapids, spent the weekend with their folks, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cass.

70 Years Ago

APRIL 5, 1945


A large delegation of rural residents is expected to attend the Regional Conference on Rural Life to be held Friday.

The conference will be an all-day session divided into many discussion groups of particular interest to those living in rural Osceola County.

The tentative program as submitted calls for the conference to open at 9 o’clock in the morning with registration. This will be followed with introductions and talks on the background of the event. Organization of groups will take place prior to the luncheon hour and starting at 1:30 meetings of the various discussion groups will be held.

Rural Discussions

Some of the discussions to be held will pertain to Rural Education, The Rural Church and Rural Families, Standards of Living and Housing, Recreation in Rural Areas, Rural Education for Youths and Adults, and Health and Nutrition Needs in Rural Areas.

The steering committee in charge of the event includes: Dr. C. L. Anspach, President of Central Michigan College; Harry K. Wakefield, Isabella County Agent; James A. Knapp, Isabella County School Commissioner; Kenneth Bandeen of the County Health Unit; and Miss Helen Stenson of the Rural Education Department of the college.

Leading Speakers

Reverend C. W. Mackenzie of Mt. Pleasant, Dr. Rupert Koeniger of the college, and Mr. H. H. Wilcox, Osceola County Commissioner of Schools, are some of the speakers on the program.

90 Years Ago

APRIL 3, 1925


Columbus, O. – A deadly poison mixed with medicines at the free dispensary at Ohio State University, probably caused the death of two students and the serious illness of several others here, according to Dr. E. F. McCampbell of the School of Medicine.

The two deaths were at first attributed to epidemic cerebro-spinal meningitis, and a score of students who had come in contact with the victims were immediately isolated.

The poison clue appeared when Dr. McCampbell pumped out the stomach of George H. Thompson, of Canton, and found it contained deadly poison. Thompson was near death presumably from Meningitis.