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20 Years Ago — JULY 20, 1994


Cotton candy, elephant ears, hot dogs and carnival rides are just a few reasons to look forward to the fair.

County fairs are an American tradition for families and for kids of all ages. The Osceola County Fair is a tradition in the area for not just fair goers but also competitors.

Becky Mitchell, 18, of Reed City, has made area fairs a tradition by showing here dairy cattle.

“It’s the only opportunity I have to spend time with other 4-H kids,” said Mitchell as her outlook for the upcoming fair.

Herb Phelps, president of the Osceola County fairgrounds, said, “It’s a fair that caters to the youth and to families and we hope they (the community) come and support them (the fair participants).”

The fair will include something for the whole family from animal and craft exhibits to carnival rides to “fair food” and a variety of entertainments in front of the grandstand.


Jeffrey Carmichael and Kendra Parsons, from Evart High School, were recently awarded the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award.

This prestigious award is presented annually by the U.S. Army Reserve to high school students who have shown outstanding ability in both academics and athletics.

Awardees are nominated by school officials, selecting those with an excellent grade point average while excelling in varsity sports. The Olympic-style Scholar/Athlete medallions and personalized certificates are presented during a school ceremony.

40 Years Ago — JULY 11, 1974


Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Gray, of Detroit, were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold White.

Nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Belding and family, of Reed City, visited the Everett Kitelinger family Sunday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. James Sabisch, of Lake Station, called on sister, Anna Collins on Friday.

Al and Darlene Page were in Pontiac a week ago visiting friends, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Watson.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Henry and children, of Jenison, spent Sunday with Mother and Grandmother Frances Gibson. Also visiting was granddaughter, Mrs. Krondonchi and great-granddaughter, Machell of Grand Rapids.

Callers of Mrs. Hayes Ellsworth last week were Mrs. Louis Cook, Myrtal Bell, Ruth Bell, and Frances Martin.

On Sunday, Mrs. Hazel Cook and children, of Cadillac, and Mrs. Betty Line and children visited Mr. and Mrs. Fred VanderMey.

Mr. Coeda Hoffmeyer, of Flint, called on his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hoffmeyer over the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hoffmeyer were dinner guests Sunday of sister, Mr. and Mrs. John Earnest of Reed City.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold White were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul White.

60 Years Ago — JULY 15, 1954


Reed City - John Trustdorf, conservationist with the Osceola Soil Conservation District, reports that white pine weevil damage in pine trees is on the increase in the county. Last week end considerable damage was discovered in several pine plantations, to both Scotch and jack pine. Larvae of the weevil were found in new growth and even in last year’s growth.

The white pine weevil will attack white pine, jack pine, pitch pine, Scotch pine, red spruce and Norway spruce. Attacks are rare on red pine, blue spruce, white spruce and Douglas fir.

The adult stage winters in the organic litter on the ground and resumes its activity from May to June. The eggs, which are placed in small punctures in the bark of the leader, hatch in a week to ten days and the grubs, boring downward, feed on the inner bark as they girdle and kill the shoot. By August of the same year, the larvae become full grown, change to the pupal stage and then to adult weevils. The adult weevils spread to new areas by flight.

While the attacks of the weevil are not usually fatal, they cause poorly formed trees. Tiny drops of resin on the stem are the first evidence of attack.

Dusting and spraying schedules for pine trees are available at the County Agent’s office in Reed City.

If pines are infected, the only control at this time is removing and burning the infested tips.

100 Years Ago — JULY 13, 1914


Mrs. Kent, of Dodge City, Minn., who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. William Line, and family, returned to her home Wednesday.

Miss Maye Knowles is home from Jackson for her summer vacation.

Miss Gertrude Martin came up from Saginaw Wednesday to assist her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Martin, who are moving to their new home in Sears.

Mrs. Ward J. Hill went to Flint Wednesday to visit friends for a few days.

Remember the Sunday School convention to be held in the M.E. Church Sunday. Those who can and are interested in Sears Sunday School are requested to help furnish eatables.

Bruce’s Drug Store – the Place to Buy: Pure Paris Green, (the Most Reliable Potato Bug Destroyer), Insect Powder and Sabedella for Lice and Insects, Whit Hellebore for the Currant Worm, Fly Scoot and sprays for horses and cattle. Corner Lacy Block. –adv.

140 Years Ago — JULY 12, 1874

From the editor of the Fireside Friend:

Mrs. A. W. Kilburn, our enterprising agent of Evart has received her agency for our popular and interesting paper for the present campaign and we thank her for her past efforts as she has canvassed a large territory, Osceola and Clinton counties, and her success as an agent is unequaled.

We cordially invite those who wish to subscribe for the Fireside Friend to enlarge her list for the coming year, which is at present quite extensive. The opportunity offered subscribers is far superior to the past. The chrome is elegant. She will call upon all lovers of fine literature and judges of art, and exhibit to them the most superb combination extant.


At a meeting of some of the singing people of the village on Tuesday evening, at the Evart House, an organization was formed to be styled a Sing Social, with Rev. A. Badger as director. They will hold their meetings once in every two weeks, the next one to be held at the residence of Rev. Mr. Badger, two weeks from tomorrow evening.


Weather pleasant again.

One of our carpenters has a wonderful faculty of pitching stoves down cellar. How is it young man?

Flesh-colored gloves are the latest fashion. The advantage is that at a little distance no one notices that you’ve got them on.

Persons say and do many foolish things when their temper is up. And we may as well add, feel ashamed of themselves afterwards.

Poultry has been plenty in the market the present week. The prices ranging from twenty-five to thirty cents per pound, according to quality.