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40 Years Ago

DECEMBER 4, 1975



Seventeen new members were inducted into the National Honor Society when they held their tapping ceremony Thursday in the auditorium of the Evart High School.

Opening the ceremony was President Terry Dake, who told a story of King Honor and his Scholars. Then Linda Wilder, Kim Pattee, Collene Robert and Judy Sebring each read one of the qualifications to become a member. These are Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership.

Fourteen seniors were honored in the tapping which followed. Roger Bingaman, Jim Brown, Randy Burson, Diane Davis, Cindy Dimos and Julie Marsh were all called to the stage. Also included were Randy McKay, Jim McLauchlan, Susie Michell, Jeff Neuman, Teri Rink, Renee Stevens, Sandy Trayer and Kim Waldron.

The three juniors were Teresa Davis, Pam Kitchen and Cheryl McMillen.


By Brion ‘Rusty’ Smith

--The cheers, this week, go to the FHA gals. For a “donation” these young ladies cleaned windows up and down Main Street and other places. A good way to get out of the housekeeping chores for the office staff.

60 Years Ago

DECEMBER 1, 1955



Pierson Corners

Rev. and Mrs. Frank and LeRoy, of Hart, were Friday dinner guests of Mrs. Julia Wilcox.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morgan were Monday dinner guests at the Wm. Stipek home.

Our fall weather has been nice a long time. Monday it snowed a little to remind us winter is coming.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ledy of Drummond Isle called Thursday at the Wm. Stipek home and at the Charles Morgan home.

Monday Mrs. Arthur Keelean and son Mark, of Lake City, brought Mrs. John Keelean to the home of her son, Stanley Keelean and family, at Strawberry Lake for an extended visit.

Mrs. John Converse, of Evart, was a Tuesday guest of Mrs. Charles Morgan and guest, Miss Edith Riggs, who was an old acquaintance of Mrs. Converse. Miss Riggs returned to Detroit Wednesday after spending two weeks with Mrs. Charles Morgan.

80 Years Ago

DECEMBER 5, 1935


Mrs. Walter Matzinger, of Santa Monica, Calif., joined her father, W. E. Reardon, who has been a guest at the G. A. Glerum home for the past two months, and left for California Tuesday.

Miss Winifred Davy has returned to Chicago after spending the summer and autumn with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Davy.

Mrs. C. H. Nickel and Mrs. Clarence Crothers have taken over the leadership of the Girl Scout troop.

Miss Doris Wilkins returned to her home at Hopkins Sunday after spending the past week with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Larimer.

Belated announcement has been received of the birth of a daughter on November 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Maddern of Detroit.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gould and children, of St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. James Gould, of Muskegon, spent Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. O. J. North.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Larimer, Allen Cox and Miss Lwellyn Cox attended the Michigan State – Marquette football game at East Lansing Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mort and son, Jimmy, of Lima, Ohio, are guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Mort this week.

E. B. Wise and Fred Barnes left Wednesday for a trip to the north.

100 Years Ago

DECEMBER 3, 1915


Misses Sprietsma, Christensen, Heap, Kilby, Brown, Emings, Towsley and Youngs and Mrs. Smith, of the Evart schools, are in attendance at the State Teacher’s Association meeting in Saginaw this week.

Mrs. E. S. Wells spent last week with the family of her son, Dr. B. W. Wells and returned to her home in Saginaw Monday morning.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson, of Reed City, a 12 pound son.

Mrs. James H. Thompson and little daughter, Charlotte Anne, are spending the week in the village as guests of Mrs. Thompson’s father, Mark Ardis. Mr. Thompson is expected Saturday.

Miss Mabel Franks and Frank Gregory were quietly married on Thursday last at the M. E. parsonage.

James Postal, N. B. Horton, Dr. Rowe, W. F. Umphrey and Arthur Rose were among the Evartites who witnessed the slaughter of the U. of M. football team at the hands of the farmers of the M. A. C., last Friday.

Mrs. Dan Youngs and Mrs. Judson E. Richardson returned Saturday, from Lansing, where they had attended the State Federation of Woman’s clubs.

120 Years Ago

DECEMBER 6, 1895


Johnny McCormick, of Chippewa Township, fell from a tree last Sunday and broke one of his arms. Dr. Wilkinson reduced the fracture.

Robert Seath will open a meat market in the building in the rear of the Lacy block on Seventh Street. At present and for some time past he has supplied and delivered meat on orders only.

The market for potatoes has not settled yet. An outside buyer in town today is offering 13 cents per bushel.

The large barn on the W. J. McIlwain farm in Evart Township was destroyed by fire early yesterday morning from an overheated lantern being used by Mr. McIlwain. Hay, grain and implements were burned, the livestock was rescued. Insurance of $2,500 still leaves Mr. McIlwain with a loss of $1,500 or more.

Hartwick – W. H. Hammond now has 5,000 bushels of potatoes taken care of and has 15 acres more to dig. He is most fortunate the ground has not frozen hard as yet.

Sears – Mike Weisansell loaded his household goods on the cars today and will hereafter live in Oakland County.

140 Years Ago

DECEMBER 4, 1875


-There is a young lady in town who says she will never marry a man who is so tall but what she can reach his hair. Parties need not come to us to get the name, as it was entrusted to us as a secret and not intended for those calling with serious intentions.

-The Pioneer is an exceedingly prosperous paper and has a large advertising patronage. Mr. Barrows attends to the editorial department, but the genial soul of the office is Charlie Gay.


A few scattering flakes of snow were floating through the air last Tuesday.

The school census gives Hersey 178, Reed City 185, and Evart 240 children entitled to draw school money.

C. E. Bell returned from Grand Rapids Monday.

Supervisor Borland, and Justice Snyder, of Orient, have been rambling through Ohio the past week.

The girls will soon commence presenting the boys with mittens.