Back in Time

50 Years Ago

JUNE 5, 1964


Fanned by gale force winds, a fire that started on the Arthur Gibson place, south of the airport, raced along the road, leapfrogging roads and railroad tracks until it threatened the Evart Products Co. plant and came all the way to Oak Street in Evart before it was stopped.

The Gibson house was destroyed and firemen fought the fire for about four hours before the danger was over.

All tankers from the Northland Dairy were pressed into service to replenish water supplies, and a tanker was sent from Reed City. In addition, dozens of volunteer fire fighters helped in the fight.

Firemen were hampered by inability to communicate between units scattered along the two miles covered by the fire, a difficulty that will be remedied with the installation of two-way radio.

One blaze advanced to the edge of Evart Products Co. storage yards and threatened equipment and supplies. Fire department efforts were backed up by the plant’s own hoses, plus additional hose borrowed from the Northland Dairy to contain the threat.


The whine of saws will be heard again, after a lapse of almost half a century, in the neighborhood of Strawberry Lake, according to plans announced this week by Lyle Seger – but the mill will be located over a hill and about a quarter of a mile away from the lake instead of at the old location on the lakeshore.

The whine of the saws and the chugging of trucks will be kept at a discreet distance from the lake to avoid annoyance to campers and the growing trailer population.

Seger stated that a partnership has been formed with Ronald Shanahan, of South Evart, who will be in charge of logging operations.

70 Years Ago

JUNE 7, 1944


Word of the fate of Ronald D. Stewart, T-5, of Reed City, was received this week when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stewart, of Reed City, received a letter he had sent from a prisoner of war camp in Germany.

T-5 Stewart had been reported missing in action in Italy, January 30, and the letter was the first word from him since. He stated that he was in good health and said that Pvt. Wayne Auten, formerly of Reed City, who had been reported missing since February 5, was in the same camp.


Fred E. Fleming, prominent Evart merchant and lifelong resident of the city died at his home at 9:30 o’clock Friday evening of coronary thrombosis. He had been ill for the past year and several times confined to his home for a while. Death came suddenly at the close of a day spent at his Evart place of business.

From 1916 to 1919 he was in charge of the shoe department of the Davy & Co. stores, the Fleming Shoe Co. being formed and incorporated in 1919 with stores at Evart, Clare and St. Louis. He developed a shoe business considered one of the largest in this part of Michigan.

90 Years Ago

JUNE 10, 1924


Mrs. O. J. Glerum returned from Grand Rapids last Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Lena B. Sowles left Wednesday for a visit with her daughters in Owosso.

Floyd Bovay, son of William Bovay, is home from Saginaw, where he is employed.

Mr. and Mrs. Warner B. Atkinson were guests of their niece, Mrs. Floyd Woodward at Flint, and Mrs. Atkinson’s sister, Mrs. Manley, at Saginaw, over the weekend.

John Blue, who has been at the home of his sister, Mrs. W. B. Atkinson, during the winter and spring, left Tuesday for Detroit, where he plans to stay this summer.

Mrs. J. J. Reik went to Detroit Wednesday morning to visit her sister, Mrs. Tuttle, who is very ill.

Mrs. Oren, of Croswell, came Wednesday to visit with her son, Robert A., and family.

Mrs. James Najar and little daughter, Alice, went to Detroit Monday for a few days visit.

Classified Ads

For Sale – a large Bronze Gobbler, one year old. Vern Lambert, Route 4, Evart.

For Sale – Pure bred R. C. Rhode Island Red Cockerels. Mrs. Roscoe Page, Phone 208-F4.

For Sale – My farm of 100 or 140 acres, as desired in Evart Township. Will give time on part, if party wishes. Special bargain if sold soon. James Henry, R. 1.

110 Years Ago

JUNE 9, 1904


Albert Allen has been spending some time at home this week. He will return to Sand Lake next Monday.

Plenty of games, a short program and refreshments at the L.O. T. M. social next Friday evening. Come out and enjoy a pleasant evening. Admission 10 cents.

The regular monthly meeting of the W. F. M. S. will meet with Mrs. G. Bowley on Tuesday, at 2 p.m. Important business on hand.

Pearl Turner has been absent from the high school for the past week on account of sickness.

Don’t forget the L.O. T. M. Apron and Necktie social Friday evening, at their hall.

The Baptist Aid Society will serve meals in the G. A. R. Hall Monday.

Mrs. W. M. Davis entertained eight couples at a card party Monday evening.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Delbertson, Thursday night, a twelve pound boy.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Milhoffer will remove to a Reed City farm this coming week. Their farm, near Sears, has been purchased by an as yet unknown party.