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70 Years Ago

MARCH 18, 1943

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War is bringing many new-type utensils into the kitchen of Mrs. Michigan. Soon she may have skillets of heat-resistant glass, dustpans of molded fibre and clothes hangers of corrugated paperboard.

As such articles made of critical steel and other materials run short, substitutes will step in to save the day. Glass, bone and non-critical plastics will take the front seat.

Michigan played a significant role in the record Great Lakes shipping tonnage during 1942. Bulk freight commerce on the lakes for past year reached the staggering total of 178,577,828 net tons, despite unfavorable weather last April and during the last 45 days of the navigation season.

The outstanding feature of the shipping record, in which Michigan’s part was prominent, was the movement of iron ore. Originally scheduled to reach 80 million gross tons, the actual total was 92 million.

To this achievement must be given much of the credit for helping the steel industry maintain uninterrupted operations at a monthly rate of more than 7 million ingot tons of steel for war.

80 Years Ago

MARCH 16, 1933


Miss Josephine Roe visited friends in Farmington over the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. James Deacey are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Miles in Detroit.

Mike Spano visited friends in Pontiac and Birmingham over the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Thomas and family had Sunday dinner with Mrs. Thomas’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brackett, Sr.

Bernard Ardis, of McBain, visited his grandfather, William Ardis, over the weekend.

90 Years Ago

MARCH 23 1923


Mrs. Genevieve Hubbard is absent from school for a few days on account of illness of the prevailing lagrippe.

Randall Liscomb was in Reed City on business from Tuesday to Thursday of last week.

Dean Richardson won first honors in the arithmetic match Friday afternoon at the Sears School.

The Scout Mothers’ Club will meet Tuesday evening with Mrs. Homer Chase. Mothers, we want you all there.

Hersey – Robert Bregenzer left Wednesday morning for Grand Rapids, where he will attend the gathering of the Retail Hardware Dealers Association.

Hinkley & Cruikshank shipped five carloads of mixed stock Tuesday.

The circuit court will convene on Monday; a list of cases on the calendar is printed on another page.

100 Years Ago

MARCH 14, 1913


W. E. Davis has bought a Ford Model T touring car.

J. C. Houghton was confined to his home by the grip several days last week but is now able to attend to business.

Mrs. John Glerum and Mrs. E. Glerum, of LeRoy, are here to visit the families of George A. Glerum and W. F. Umphrey.

Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Davy left Monday morning for a ten days’ trip to the south and will visit at New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama.

Sears – Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Munson, of Reed City, were the guests last week of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kurtz.

Born, March 4, to Mr. and Mrs. David Cruthers, of rural Reed City, a ten pound son. We congratulate Mr. Cruthers on his good luck.

Sears – Mrs. E. C. June and son, Glen, returned from a ten weeks’ stay in New York City Wednesday afternoon, where Mrs. June has been receiving medical treatment.

110 Years Ago

MARCH 19, 1903


Orono – William Murphy and Miss Sarah Ainsworth were married at Reed City on Tuesday last.

Sylvan – E. Washburn has sold his place to John Reedy. Earnest expects to go to Reed City to live soon.

Jay Allan has been helping his brother Orville, to put up a new windmill this week.

J. C. Arndt is attending the farmer’s institute at LeRoy.

The Prohibition Alliance will hold a parlor meeting at the home of O. M. Brownson Tuesday evening at 7:30 o’clock. All are invited, the members specially.

Mrs. Fred Mills is visiting at Saginaw.

20 Years Ago

MARCH 17, 1893


Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ransom visited Sam Courtright and family on Monday last.

Myrtie Foster was down from school in Hartwick Saturday and Sunday.

Reed City will have a concert on Saturday next. Be sure to see it, the band is in top form.

Shore Bros. are operating the Eckle mill in Middle Branch cutting shingles.

Mrs. Parkinson has gone to California for her health. She will return to Michigan in the Summer.

V. R. Davy and Wm. Rogers were in Detroit on business this week.

130 Years Ago

MARCH 16, 1883


Mrs. Ephriam Marsh has gone to Akron, Ohio, to visit friends. She will remain a couple of months.

Cameron Madison and lady arrived home from Canada on Tuesday night, and have settle down to life’s duties surrounded by peace, prosperity, plenty and hosts of friends. They make their home just north of Reed City on Mr. Madison’s farm.

Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Cannon entertained some forty couples of young people at their home last evening.

J. J. Reik has just purchased a new ice plow – a very useful implement. Mr. R. proposes to supply all parties with ice, or will rent the plow for a reasonable compensation.

140 Years Ago

MARCH 21, 1873


Go and see those Poplins and Plaids at Adderley’s.

Baldwin Meat Market – The undersigned desire to announce to the citizens of Baldwin that they have opened a meat market in that village and will keep all kinds of fresh and salt meats for sale. Give us a call. McCafrey & Sweet.

Ten Ton of choice Dried Apples at Cannon Bros.

Mark Ardis has got the largest stock of Boots and Shoes in the village.

It has been admitted by all that there has been a reduction in prices since Adderley opened his fine stock.


The terrible scenes of this winter and the long list of deaths on the prairies are having the effect of suggesting some means by which they need not be repeated another winter.

In Minnesota it is proposed to plant a line of trees along all the roads, which would not only furnish shelter, but would so distinctly mark the road that no one, however cold and bemused, need lose it.

This would be one of surest and cheapest protections that could be given, and early spring should, everywhere in the West, see the work begin.