Back in Time
PIONEER ARRIVALS IN OSCEOLA COUNTY
F. S. Mansfield, 1888
Fred Seath, 1878
Geo F. Roxburgh, Reed City, 1879
Marian Elder Mahar, 1895
W. M. Elder, 1882
Jas. H. Elder, 1890
Mrs. Cora Palmer, 1883
Mrs. Walter Allison, 1884
Mrs. Elizabeth Sanberg, 1884
50 Years Ago
APRIL 15, 1965
OSCEOLA COUNTY NEWS and NOTES
Wouldn’t it be a big surprise to pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV someday and have the headlines announcing some High School or College that was tops for intelligence, good citizenship, moral conduct, no discipline problems, instead of who stands highest in basketball, football, or other gymnastics.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sharlow of Reed City were supper guests Saturday evening of Mr. and Mrs. F. Barnes.
Johnson Dist. 1
Sorry no news…we have been rather busy here cleaning up after the fire while the weather was in our favor.
The furniture and clothing were removed from the remaining part of the house. Those helping them move into the house formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gladstone were Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Walters, Ronald Walters, Roy Stevens and Joe Smith. Others helping to clean up were Mr. and Mrs. Vern Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hodges and Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Dyer.
70 Years Ago
APRIL 12, 1945
With Our Sympathy
Our sincere sympathy goes out to the members of the Osceola County Selective Service Board right now.
Last week, acting on orders from higher up, they plucked well over 100 young men off the farms of Osceola County and sent them to Detroit for their pre-induction examinations. A concerted howl went up from all over and from the topmost authority in the land came the word that the order must have been “misinterpreted”; that the Tydings Amendment was still the law of the land and that essential farmers weren’t to be drafted unless replacements were available.
The men on the board were just following orders – but they are the ones who have to explain to a young farmer who is caring for 20 or 30 cows and a hundred or so acres of food producing land, that unless their orders are changed they have no choice but to send him on for induction.
And worse still, there’s another nasty job shaping up for them. Local draft boards may be given the task of calling men off those 8-hr, highly paid nonessential jobs and back to work on the farms. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” unless it’s a fellow who has been getting $1.50 per hour for 37 hours a week with time and a half for overtime and double time on Sundays and holidays, who is nudged into a job that calls for 12 hours or more a day for six days and a few hours of chores on Sundays.
If you think your part in the war effort is tough, think that over!
90 Years Ago
APRIL 16, 1925
Miss Margaret Esler, of Holly, one of Evart’s pioneer teachers, is spending a few weeks with her friends, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Reik.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Brown, of Reed City, a nine and one half pound baby boy, Robert Jeremiah.
Mrs. T. J. Coster and Master Tommy arrived home from their visit to Newark, Ohio, Monday morning week.
The boys of the E. H. S. have given the auditorium floor two coats of paint during the past two weeks and saved the district a whopping $50.00.
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. Schleritz Friday last.
After a thorough over-hauling and addition of new fixtures, the Deacey and Thompson market presents a very up to date appearance.
In the volley Ball tournament a week ago the East Main Street men defeated the West Main Street men, winning four games out of seven. The men’s club now has forty-two members and $69.25 in their treasury.
110 Years Ago
APRIL 13, 1905
PERSONAL and SOCIAL
W. C. Tower, of Barryton, has purchased the city laundry of O. L. Knapp and will take possession the first of the week.
Just one month ago was recorded the most severe weather of the winter, it being 28 degrees below zero. That was also the day your editor’s home burned and victory over the fire delayed as water, hose and all else froze in the instant. Today, just one month later, the temperature at its zenith was 67 degrees above zero. When spring wishes to arrive it seems nothing can stop her.
School – During chapel exercises Monday morning honors of the graduating class were announced. For the three and one half years work Miss Cora Shore has the highest average and Miss Gertrude Postal next high. The first honor carries a scholarship in Olivet College.
School Items – Maude Courtright of the eighth grade has left school.
Helen Andrus is absent from the third grade on account of sickness.
Born, Saturday, to Mr. and Mrs. Oren Johnson, a girl.
Born, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Brock, a strapping ten and a half pound boy, to be known henceforth as Johnathon Willard.
Mary Sleezer entertained a number of her young friends with a party at her home which included refreshments and games. A good time was reported.
130 Years Ago
APRIL 17, 1885
Vincent Seeley has been laid up with quinsy this week.
About forty of Miss May Tibbits young friends passed a very pleasant evening at her home on Saturday last.
Miss Anna Ross will hold a short term of school in Wexford County.
Squire Lemert now holds court in Russell’s shop.
Charles Waffle has made some neat new furniture for Postal and Creith’s land office. He will make the seats, doors and sash for the new M. E. Church in Sears.
Mr. C. F. and Miss Nellie Stout are visiting friends in Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs.
Some sixteen loads of supplies and camp fixtures from Doyle and McMahon’s camp, near Chippewa Lake passed through town yesterday on their way to the Houghton Lake district. The firm has a job on the Dead Stream.
Fire was discovered in the old bowling alley about two o’clock last Wednesday a.m. That building was consumed and also the upper story of the Leasia House before it was brought under control. Wesley and O’Brien’s saloon stock and fixtures and Antoine Duroncu’s barber shop fixtures were also badly damaged. The bowling alley was owned by Wolf Bros. and occupied by John Sheridan.
W. M. Davis has purchased the lot on which the bowling alley stood and is contemplating the erection of a brick building thereon, soon.