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40 Years Ago

JULY 26, 1973


Reed City - The Board of Trustees of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund hereby advises the reappointment of William L. Porteous, Jr., of Reed City, to continue serving on the Osceola County Veterans Trust Fund Committee as the American Legion representative, for a term ending 12-31.75.

Evart - The Osceola County Red Cross chapter hosted the regional Bloodmobile at the Evart High School cafeteria, Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m. Of the 116 people who came, nine were rejected for medical reasons and one prospective donor was unsuccessful, yet 106 pints were collected.

60 Years Ago

JULY 30, 1953



Mrs. Ines Johnson spent a few nights last week with Mrs. Anna Corey at Pogy who was ill and called at the Maro Hodges home Thursday morning; Mrs. Corey is much better at this time.

Milford Gray took his son, Pvt. Vail Gray, to Grand Rapids on Sunday where he left in the afternoon by bus for New Jersey. He is to report to Camp Kilmer on Monday. He forgot his ticket so his brother, Junior Gray, made a trip to Grand Rapids also to take it to him.

Mrs. Alice Beebe and children were Sunday dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gerberich.

It’s school days again for members of the Evart Volunteer Fire Department, who are learning tricks of their trade this month under the direction of Clifford W. Warner, for 30 years a fireman in Grand Rapids and now instructor in the 18-hour course given by the state department of public instruction and the University of Michigan Extension Service.


Evart school electors put their stamp of approval on the conduct of school affairs and financing methods for the new addition at the annual school meeting Monday night when all three retiring members of the board of education were reelected without opposition. John Orr was elected to fill the two-year unexpired part of the term to which he was appointed, and Curtis Collins and Keith Bregenzer were reelected to three year terms.

A greatly improved financial position was revealed by the annual report which showed a balance of more than $50,000 in the general fund, building and site fund and debt retirement fund, as compared to a balance of $19,520 in the same funds a year ago.

90 Years Ago

JULY 22, 1923


The annual celebration and homecoming day will occur at Marion next Tuesday. Various sports have been arranged including a league game of base ball between Evart and Marion teams of the Mesceola League. These clubs are very evenly matched and there is enough rivalry between them to cause them to do their level best to win to maintain or better their standing for the championship.

Members of the Exchange Club and their ladies are expected to meet at the Evart Club House at Big Lake, on Monday evening, for the regular dinner and business session. All members who cannot be there will please notify Judson W. Roe, not later than Saturday night, so that arrangement for their entertainment may be made.

Evart Woman’s Club – Through a torrent of rain the members of the Evart Woman’s Club drove to the Country Club on the afternoon of July 23rd. The gloom of the day harmonized with the object of the gathering – a farewell party for Mrs. B. W. Wells and her mother, Mrs. Harris, as associate member.


On Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. O. M. Brownson’s home was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic company of women of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Brownson, Mrs. Rose and Mrs. McPherson were hostesses. The special purpose of this gathering was the turning into the treasury of the Ladies’ Aid the dollars earned and donated by the ladies and their friends for the new carpet fund and to tell the story or experience of how it was done.

Mrs. Fred Alley’s final report of the day’s receipts of $77.22, which added to the amount already on hand totaled $150, brought a burst of applause and made everybody feel that this pleasant occasion had been well worth while.

110 Years Ago

JULY 24, 1903


The 20th annual meeting of the Osceola Baptist Association will be held at Scottville, August 11, 12 and 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther Abernathy of Grand Rapids were Sunday dinner and afternoon guests of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Butler of Reed City. The children all had a grand time taking their shoes off and playing in the puddles left by the recent rains.

Birdsall Hardware – Our motto: Not how cheap, but how GOOD goods we can give you” – Binder Twine, we have a liberal supply of first-class twine at the right price. Come to us for Pure Paris Green, any quantity. We also carry: scythes, snaths, rakes, grain cradles, washing machines and wringers, oil and gasoline stoves, cram separators, ice cream freezers and refrigerators. We are your headquarters for a complete stock of American field and hog fence, made of large, strong, high-grade steel wires, heavily galvanized. –adv.

Mrs. S. Crevia has rented rooms of Mrs. W. T. Seeley and will make her home there for the present.

Robt. Whiteside reports marketing 119 bushels of strawberries in the village this year as against 125 last year. He also brought in raspberries, but says it was a short crop.

H. E. Olmstead, who is principal of the Stucker, Ohio, Public School, returned home Saturday after a month’s visit with his father-in-law’s family, H. D. Bancroft. Mr. Olmstead is so well pleased with our country, especially with Evart, that he will invest in real estate as soon as he can find a suitable farm.

130 Years Ago

JULY 27, 1883


Jim Tripp’s new walk is a daisy. Trade dollars are now worth eighty cents.

New potatoes are bringing thirty-five cents per peck.

Strawberries are worth from 7 to 10 cents per quart.

There was a G. R. & L. smash up near Tustin last Friday.

Hersey village wants the running at large of cattle prohibited during certain hours of the day, and Trustees Clark and Root have been designated to draw an ordinance to that effect.

The ladies of the W.C.T.U. will serve ice cream and cake this evening and tomorrow afternoon and evening, at Seeley’s Hall in Farrand block. All are invited – bill 10 cents. –adv.


It was reported upon our streets yesterday that – Beckman, late Treasurer of Middle Branch Township, had left for parts unknown, being short in his accounting with the township some $500 to $700, these being the figures mentioned.

It appears that at the annual settlement with the Treasurer the town board found that officer was considerably mixed in his township affairs, and was given until this week to straighten up and pay over to his successor in office, Newton W. Schermerhorn, all funds belonging to the township. This he has failed to do. As the rumor seems to be well founded, we are afraid the above is

mainly true.