Back in Time


Following is a list of a few of the early arrivals who helped to settle Osceola County:

W. A. Gould, Hersey, 1866

L. T. Rosser, 1881

Chester Warren, Reed City, 1869

Fred B. Smith, Evart, 1872

Mrs. Grace Ewing, Marion, 1873

Sarah M. Pier, Evart, 1872

August Wekenmen, Reed City, 1870

Mrs. August Wekenmen, Reed City, 1871

J. C. Arndt, Evart, 1869

W. J. Twiss, Sears, 1875

Gideon Bowley, Evart, 1873

G. J. Gingrich, Reed City, 1873

Harvey & Lashua Parker, Evart, 1872

Mr. Cody, 1869

60 Years Ago

SEPT. 9, 1954


Reed City - Dedication of the Old Rugged Cross, and site bordering U.S. 131 at the rural home of the famous hymn’s composer, the Rev. George Bennard, six miles north of Reed City, has been set for the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 19.

Rev. Frank E. Arthur of Muskegon, evangelist and Bible teacher, and long-time friend of the Rev. Mr. Bennard, will give the principal address.

Short talks will be given by pastors of this vicinity and Mr. and Mrs. Bennard will sing during the informal program. Songs and hymns to be sung will center around the Cross and the program will close with singing by the audience of “The Old Rugged Cross.”

The Reed City Chamber of Commerce erected a large wooden cross at the site last summer and the site has been beautified this summer with plantings, a seat and gravel.


The Matador B-61, America’s first operational pilotless bomber of the USAF, now in service in Germany, will be one of the features that the public will see at the Seventh International Aviation Exposition and Air Show, sponsored by the Aero Club of Michigan, at the Detroit-Wayne Major Airport Saturday and Sunday next.

The Matador leaps from a standstill, on a launching platform to 250 miles per hour within two seconds. It can be controlled from its starting point, from flying aircraft or from stations along it route on a 1,000 missile range.

Exact means of control is secret, and although the Air Force has not disclosed what type of warhead the Matador carries there is little question but what it can carry an atomic warhead.

80 Years Ago

SEPT. 13, 1934


Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hubbard and children, Katherine Ann and Floyd Jr., left Tuesday for Chicago to attend the World’s Fair.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morgan entertained at a family reunion Saturday at their home in Sears with 75 direct descendants and 21 visitors present. One feature of the day’s entertainment was a ride in a wagon drawn by an ox team, recalling the mode of transportation when the Morgan family settled here nearly 70 years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. James Chase and children, of La Porte, Ind., who are staying at Long Lake near Walhalla, visited Mr. and Mrs. Arthur McLachlan Sunday.

Miss Fern Sheick, chief educational director of Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, is a guest at the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Alley.

Willis Lippert, of Seattle, Wash., arrived Saturday evening to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Lippert.

So. Sylvan – Mrs. Hugh Crawford is spending a week with her sister, Mrs. Ora Huff, at Swartz Creek.

Marion – Dr. H. R. Willett is locating in Marion this week. He is a former Marion boy and Mrs. Willett is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clare Sible.

100 Years Ago

SEPT. 11, 1914


Miss Helen Scott, of Battle Creek, is the guest of Mrs. W. J. Conover and Mrs. Spencer Postal for a few days.

Mrs. Elzora Hardy returned last Monday from a nine weeks visit with brothers and other relatives in Ypsilanti and Detroit.

Mrs. J. W. Turner gave a birthday party Thursday afternoon, week, when twelve little playmates assisted her granddaughter, Leah Thomas, in celebrating her fourth birthday.

Dr. Conover has gone to Detroit to drive home a new Olds machine. Mrs. Conover, daughter Ellen Jean and Mrs. James Postal accompanied him.

Rev. Andrew Caldwell has assumed his duties as pastor of the Presbyterian Church.

C. B. Sanderson and wife, of Flint, the latter a sister of Dr. J. M. Wilkinson, are guests at the Wilkinson home for a few days this week.

Miss Vera Gitchell left Sunday for Dighton, where she will teach during the coming year, her school getting a bit of a late start.

120 Years Ago

SEPT. 14, 1894


Mark Bentley received the job of building the fence at the fairgrounds.

Miss Kate Mariaty, of Saginaw, has been the guest of Miss Maggie McCallum during the week.

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Hooker, of Sturgis, have been visiting Mr. Hooker’s mother and brothers in the city.

V. R. Davy is making extensive repairs on the house he recently bought of his brother, on North Main Street.

Ed. Seath was home over Sunday. He is at present engaged with M. Walker, putting in a water works at Manton.

Misses Flora and Lillie Quigley, of Grand Rapids, are expected here this afternoon to visit Miss Hattie Ponsford.

F. W. Elliot, of Elliot and Bath, the new milling firm, arrived from Hillsdale Saturday evening, having driven overland.

Thomas Brandon and Charles Mills and ladies and Miss Eliza Tuteur, enjoyed a day’s outing at Big Stone Lake, Friday and caught a lot of fish, one of which was a four pound bass.

140 Years Ago

SEPT. 12, 1874


H. A. Blinn, formerly employed in the tin shop of L. E. Cone, has returned to his old post.

Miss Annie McFarlane now presides at the organ at the M. E. Church.

The frame of M. G. Sleezer’s new house is up.

Pigeons are plenty in the woods north and east.

One of our county businessmen, who has been quietly looking about him for some time has found another heart to beat with his. He was married Monday night. See if you can tell who he is by the large smile upon his face.

Miss May Reik closed her school in Hartwick and returned to the village last week.

Two houses on the river in Hersey were destroyed by fire on Tuesday and Wednesday last.