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40 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 13, 1975


Marine Lance Corporal William J. Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Armstrong of Reed City, Michigan, has been promoted to his present rank while serving with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa.



In a very short meeting of the Reed City City Council two citizens were appointed to two vacant positions within the city council’s jurisdiction.

Colin Hayward was appointed to the Planning Commission to replace his father, Paul Hayward, who has recently passed away. Councilman Robert Perry recommended Mr. Hayward.

To fill a vacancy for the position of Citizen-at-large for the Community School Program which has been vacated by Mrs. Joyce Worcester, Mr. David Bonzel was recommended by Councilwoman Mrs. Marjorie White and the Board approved the recommendation.

60 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 17, 1955



Prospects of another new industry in Evart were still somewhat nebulous, John Rose told the Chamber of Commerce at their meeting last Wednesday night. Backers of the plant had looked over the available buildings, but had expressed some doubts as to whether the Rose Sales building offered sufficient floor space. Additional information regarding freight rates and service had also been requested.

President Miller asked for a progress report on the installation of flasher signals at the Main Street railroad crossing. Mayor Elder stated that the order for the installation had been made by the Public Service Commission and the railroad company had nine months to comply.

Dr. Guinand suggested that the Chamber of Commerce supply plastic discs for the new dial phones which would list the phone numbers of the fire department and the sheriff or state police, stating that such discs had been distributed in Clare by a bank. The Chamber voted to authorize the Community Service Commission to purchase and distribute such discs after checking on costs.

Acting secretary Talhelm read a request from the Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. for information concerning available buildings for industry to be published in a brochure planned by the company. Such information was reported available from the files of the civic development committee and will be forwarded to the gas company.

80 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 21, 1935


Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Mort and family and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Hicks were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Lindsay at Crystal Sunday.

Miss Ann Iben, superintendent of the Big Rapids Hospital, was the guest of Mrs. C. L. Rose Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Martin and daughters, Joyce and Jean, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Arnold in Bay City.

Mrs. W. H. Lloyd and daughter, Alta, of Port Huron, Mrs. E. W. Cheadle, of Weidman, Misses Verna Campbell, Mildred Sheffold and Pearl Johnson, of Mount Pleasant, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. James Elder over the weekend.

G. W. Fry, of Chicago, spent a few days last week in Evart and community looking after his farm property.

Mrs. Stanley Ager and daughter, Mildred, and Mrs. Allen Quick and children, of Scottville, spent Friday with their sister and aunt, Mrs. W. T. French.

Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Potts and Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Madsen spent Sunday in Saginaw and Frankenmuth.

Sears – Mrs. Loomis, Mrs. Frank Ferguson, and Colen Hillier, of Big Lake, Mrs. May Seeley and Mrs. Hattie Richardson drove to Frankfort on Friday and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jeffs.

Leonard Maddern and Clyde Gairns went to Flint last week where they have employment.

100 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 19, 1915


Miss Jennie Wheeler, of Martin, Mich., and Mrs. O. M. Grant, of Utica, N. Y., are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Glerum this week.

Mrs. Elmer Jankowski, of Reed City, was agreeably surprised Tuesday afternoon when a group of friends and neighbors called to remind her of her birthday.

Mrs. C. H. Rose returned home Monday after a visit at Oberlin, Ohio and Detroit.

Spencer Postal, Tom Parker, N. B. Horton and Will Turner have been at Houghton Lake this week to fish. They will return down the river in canoes.

Ray Arndt, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Arndt, of Avondale, was severely injured last Saturday when assisting in filling silo at Fred Jenkin’s place, when the hood of the silo fell, striking him on the head. He was attended by Dr. Conover and is recovering at the home of his uncle, F. E. Turner, in the village.

Route 3 – Miss Nina Deahnan returned from Kalkaska last Saturday, accompanied by her grandmother, Mrs. Carrill, who will spend the winter with the family here.

Maple Grove (Sylvan) – Lawton Reedy and family and Ray McLachlan autoed to the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lemon Reedy, Sunday evening.

Avondale – Miss Adreana Nussbaumer is spending her vacation in Grand Rapids.

120 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 15, 1895


Dist. 1 Evart – Joseph Alexander has raised 550 bushels of mangel-wurzel on one half acre of ground, some of them weighing 35 pounds. Who can beat that?

Miss Marion Shaw will spend Sunday with Miss Edna Chase in Big Rapids.

Alfred Nelson, of Reed City, Peter Nelson, of Evart, and Charles Nelson, of Chase, visited over Wednesday night in Coleman with their brother, Gus and family. The four brothers are railroad men, each being a section foreman at their respective points for the F. & P. M. Company.

Irvin Chase went to Grand Rapids Monday, where he will serve as traverse juror in the U.S. Court.

Little Alice Nichols lost her new black mittens yesterday afternoon. Finder please leave them at this office.

A party of young people assisted Miss Lillian Hazelton, of Reed City, to celebrate her 10th birthday on Saturday last.

The Evart Planing Mill has made over a thousand potato crates this fall.

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Cox are at Lansing this week attending the grand lodge I. O. O. F., as delegates of Evart and Bertha Rebekah lodges.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Johnson, Lincoln Township, Tuesday morning, a son.

140 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 20, 1875


-B. B. Chadwick is talking of putting up a shingle at Reed City.

-The County Treasurer says that the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railway Company will shortly pay their taxes for 1873 and perhaps for 1874.

-Charles Clark, the register of deeds, is one of the best looking county officers in Hersey – so say the ladies.


-Try that 80 cent Japan Tea at Ponsford’s. Best for the price in the county.

-Sewing Machine Needles of all kinds sold by J. Eastwood.

-All kinds of Canned Goods at the lowest prices to be had at Ponsford’s.

-A very fine stock of Clocks just received at Wightman’s.

-There are still a few Croquet Sets left at Wigleman’s. Think ahead for family enjoyment next summer.