Back in Time

50 Years Ago

OCTOBER 21, 1965


North Cedar

Verle Loop, Sonia, and Darlene visited Mrs. Ron Truman, son Mark, and mother, Mrs. William Caber, Saturday. Picking Alma up later they attended the Ferris State College homecoming in Big Rapids. Later in the afternoon, they had lunch with Alma’s mother, Mrs. Lee and son, Chas. Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester VanWeiren and two children of Reed City visited their mother, Bessie Kenney on Sunday evening.


Sunday, October 31 at the close of the morning worship service, weather being favorable, the Calvaary Bapitst Church will lay the cornerstone for the new sanctuary now being erected.

Assisting Pastor John H. Kleis and building contractor William E. Pederson in the placing of the cornerstone will be Rev. Frank E. Cooper, Mrs. Maude McDougall and Viola Belleville.

70 Years Ago

OCTOBER 11, 1945

Tidbits: The United States Forest Service has over 2,000,000 acres under administration in Michigan, all of which are open to the public for hunting and other outdoor recreation.


There Must Be a Better Way

With a wave of strikes sweeping over the country it begins to look as though there must be a better way of settling those differences - or if no better way exists, one had better be worked out before long.

After all, who gets hurt in a strike? Take that Kelsey-Hayes strike in Detroit. Who is getting hurt there? The “labor-baiting” management or the 50,000 men who were laid off by Ford when essential parts for the new Fords failed to arrive on schedule. Who is the heavy loser, Ford or Kelsey-Hayes, in that instance? A lot of people who have no dispute with labor or with the management in question suffer. Every Ford dealer loses profit from the cars he might have sold. Every Ford salesman loses commissions. Every Ford laborer loses wages he might have earned if a dispute that didn’t concern him had not ended in a strike. Every citizen of Michigan loses, for who foots the bill for unemployment compensation for the men who are laid off?

A strike is a powerful weapon but it can’t be aimed any more accurately than those Jap bomb balloons that floated across the Pacific to this country.

Strikes that hold up reconversion hold up jobs for returning veterans. Add that to the way some of the boys feel about those wartime strikes in war plants and you have all the makings of an economic atomic bomb.

90 Years Ago

OCTOBER 16, 1925


Superintendent S. J. Martin, Coach C. E. Nickel, Mrs. Nickle, Allen Cox, Richard Larimer, Miss Gene Millen, Miss Margaret Welch, Berkeley Smith and Fred Smith, attended the Michigan-Michigan State football game at Ann Arbor Saturday, taking members of the Evart High School football squad with them.

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Coster, Mr. and Mrs. James Roxburgh and Mrs. Ruth Richardson attended the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James Soper of Barryton, Thursday week.

At the M. E. parsonage in Marion on Saturday, Oct. 5, Miss Virgie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Booher, was united in marriage to Wilbur Smith.

Miss Caroline Ballantyne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Ballantyne, of Evart and Samuel Cline, of West Branch, were married at the Church of Christ parsonage at Mount Pleasant, October 3.

Miss Martha Stein is home from Michigan Agricultural College for a visit.

Earl Gillette is enjoying a few days visit with his parents at Clio.

110 Years Ago

OCTOBER 20, 1905



Ed Sleezer, who has been in the employ of the Union Match Co., of Duluth, for the past year, has accepted the position of time keeper with Johnson Wentworth Lumber Co., of Cloqueh, Minn.

Route 1 – School closed in the Peter White district this week and in the Alexander district last week “Tater Diggin” time, you know.

Route 3 – The veneering of C. R. Niergarth’s house is completed and the effect produced by the red brick ornamental work around the windows, doors, corners and gables is quite artistic.

R. F. D. 2 – Miss Sarah Cowley, of Evart, spent Saturday with Miss Essie McMullen.

South Sylvan – a “bee” under the supervision of Wymer and McCord was held Saturday to cut down the grade, ready for graveling, the England hill. Those who didn’t help with the grading are invited to respond when the call comes for graveling.

Charles Robinson and Miss Clara Boyce, both of this village, were married Tuesday.

Evart friends have received announcements of the marriage of Miss Clara, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Chase, of Detroit, to Mr. Robert Walter Ritchie, of the same city, Tuesday, October 17.

W. C. King, of Wayland, Mich., has bought the photographic business of G. B. Wilson & Co. and took possession last Thursday.

130 Years Ago

OCTOBER 23, 1885


The frost of Friday night, as a killing medium, was a decided success throughout the state.

W. W. Quigley and family are about to move to Big Rapids.

Mrs. John England died last Saturday night and was buried on Tuesday p.m. in Forest Hill Cemetery, Rev. Smith of the M. E. Church conducted the service.

John Birdsall is having a stoop built on his house on Pine Street, which will improve the appearance of the property very much.

Mrs. Shaw, of Columbia City, Ind., is paying her brother, Moses Jerome, a visit.

Will Davis is now holding down a chair in Postal & Creith’s real estate office.

Miss Jennie Sutton, of Naples, N. Y., is visiting at E. M. Beeman’s.

Pine Street between Sixth and Seventh, has been graded.

Mrs. Carrie Ramsey, of Kalkaska, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Charles Bell.

James Tripp has commenced to lay a stone foundation under his store building, corner Main and Sixth streets.

Lyman Newell is the name of the gentleman who is now operator at the depot. His family will occupy part of the Quigley house.

E. O. Taylor goes to work for Cox & Forton, blacksmiths and wagon makers next week, taking charge of the wood working part of the business.