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20 Years Ago

SEPTEMBER 15, 1993


A near lifetime of service to the community of Evart is about to change directions for Evart City Treasurer Ann Pattee.

Evart Mayer roger Elkins read a letter at the city council meeting on Tuesday, from Pattee, stating that she will resign her post as city treasurer on December 31 of this year. She has already resigned her position on the Evart Planning Commission.

“It has been very rewarding,” Pattee said of her work for the city. “I’ve enjoyed working with the city and the people of Evart. I haven’t regretted a minute of it, but I think it’s time for a change.”

Besides performing the duties of city treasurer for the past 13 years, Pattee has held a number of other posts:

Evart City Council member from 1973-1977.

Evart Mayor from 1977-1979.

Evart Planning Commission from 1973-1993.

Evart City Clerk from 1980-April, 1993.

Evart City Treasurer from 1980-December 31, 1993.

Past member of the Community Business Women.

50 Years Ago

SEPTEMBER 12, 1963


The fire department made three more quick runs Saturday, with the second alarm coming just as the firemen were putting the trucks back into their stalls. The first call came from Evart Products Co., where a fork truck had caught fire. The second alarm came from the vicinity of the locker plant, where a grass fire had started at a campsite near the river. Alarm No. 3 was from Big Lake in Orient Township, where a small grass fire was quickly extinguished.

Stockholders in the American Logging Tool Corp., who voted last month to approve the sale of the firm to Norval Morey of Winn, have received six percent dividends on their holdings this week. The dividends, the first since the concern was acquired from Bascom and Broderick, of St. Louis, Mo., two years ago, was approved by the Board of Directors at their last meeting.

70 Years Ago



Mrs. Harry Johnson had the misfortune to fall from a load of hay this week, breaking her arm just above the wrist.

Mrs. John Ardis Erskine has been engaged to teach the German language to cadets at Michigan State College, where coursed in central European languages are being given in preparation for the day when U.S. Troops will occupy that territory.

  • Evart Milling Company
  • Rye, bu - $.75
  • Beans, white cwt - $5.30
  • Wheat, bu - $1.40
  • Buckwheat, cwt - $2.00
  • Oats, bu - $.75

Riverside Park May Close

Evart’s Riverside Park may be closed to tourists beginning next year as a result of new and stringent health department requirements it was learned this week. Installation of additional toilet and shower facilities would be required, plus the purchase of a number of garbage disposal containers and provision for sewage disposal.

City officials did not feel that patronage of the park at this time justifies the expanse involved and notified the state department of health that they would be unable to carry out the recommendations. The same situation is faced by practically every municipally-operated trailer park in the county.

90 Years Ago



Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Roe motored to Detroit Sunday, returning home Tuesday.

Hinkley & Cruikshank shipped three car loads of mixed stock Tuesday.

Charles Bark left Tuesday afternoon to enter the Ferris Institute at Big Rapids.

The Evart Public School opened with a record enrollment in all departments. The school is much handicapped due to lack of room, but with the prospect of better quarters, all teachers and pupils go into their work with a will. A detailed report will be given next week when enrollments will be reported to the office.

The Normal has an enrollment exceeding that of any year in its history to date, sixteen are enrolled.

Evart then may reasonably expect to graduate next June, Thirty-four seniors and sixteen Normal people making a total of Fifty graduates, which far exceeds the number of graduates in any previous year.

110 Years Ago

SEPTEMBER 13, 1903


Mr. Bert Chase, who left Evart as a small boy nine years ago, now living in Detroit, is visiting his cousin, F. W.


Evart Chapter O. E. S., elected officers Tuesday evening as follows: Worthy Matron, Mrs. Geo. W. Minchin; Worthy Patron, W. H. Bennett; Associate Matron, Mrs. F. S. Postal; Conductress, Mrs. C. A. Smith; Associate Conductress, Mrs. G. F. Andrus; Secretary, Mrs. Wm. Elder; Treasurer, Mrs. C. H. Rose.

Heavy frost last night. Anything not covered is most certainly lost.

The city of Clare suffered a $12,000 fire in its business portion two weeks since and reconstruction has now begun in earnest.

Willie Means had his collar bone broken at Barryton, Monday, and is detained there until able to be brought home.

The Racket – Where lowest prices always prevail. Ax handles, 10 cents; chair bottoms, 6, 7 and 8 cents; 1,000 parlor matches, 5 cents; palm leaf fans, one cent; curry combs, 5 cents; single tube tire, $4.25; inner tubes, 95 cents.

Do not forget to call and look over our lamps and water sets, the finest in the county. It is not always the low price that makes the Bargain – it’s what you get for the price.

To see a bargain you must use both your eyes, keep one on the quality and the other on the price ticket. C. L. Elwood, (Successor to The Derby Co.) –adv.

140 Years Ago

SEPTEMBER 11, 1873


Dermont & Co. – wholesale and retail dealers in flour, feed, hay, oats, pork and beef, dry goods, groceries, boots, shoes, hats and caps. Also carry gents’ furnishing goods, domestic and imported liquors and cigars. Call and see our stock of goods and prices before purchasing elsewhere. –adv.

Notice of Dissolution of Partnership – The partnership heretofore existing between James G. Farwell and John W. Spinner, under the firm name of Farwell & Spinner, is this day dissolved by mutual consent, all claims and demands against the firm must be presented to Mr. C. J. Perley for settlement, and the said Perley is hereby alone, authorized to collect all demands in favor of said firm. –adv.

Evart Market:

  • Apples, dried per lb., 10 cents.
  • Beans per bu., $3.00.
  • Butter per lb., 25 cents.
  • Cheese per lb., 18 cents.
  • Chickens, dressed per lb., 18 cents.
  • Corn per bu., 60 cents.
  • Eggs per doz., 20 cents.
  • Hay per ton, $30.00.

O’Hare the Clothier – We have 3,000 dollars’ worth of dry goods, Yankee notions, boots and shoes, crockery, etc., just received which must be sold during the next thirty days, regardless of cost. If there is anything wanted in any line of goods, call on O’Hare the Clothier. His stock is composed of everything, from a cambric needle to a steam saw mill, all of which he will sell way down BELOW COST to make room for more fall stock. –adv.