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60 Years Ago

AUGUST 26, 1954


Lydia Vance of Grayling and friend, Miss Zelma Ferguson, of Harbor Springs spent Friday and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. James Vance.

Weekend visitors at the Wayne Ryan and George Compton homes were: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Compton, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mark and son Dale and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Caiger and family, all of Detroit. Other guests through the week were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Riggs and son and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Connolly and family of Detroit. Mrs. Tom Mark and granddaughter are staying a few days with her brother and sister.

Mr. and Mrs. Osterling with Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hoitenga of Redford were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lumbert.

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Collins and Jerry were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Eickenberg in Big Rapids.

The E.U.B. youth fellowship will meet with Alice Paine at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Paine Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Bion Jacobs has as their guests, a brother, Bud Schodrof, a sister, Mrs. Ray Stirn and daughter Joan and daughter-in-law Mrs. Kenneth Stirn and Mrs. Millford Janic all of Chicago.

Miss Phylliss Brannan spent the weekend at the farm near Boyne City with her brothers Sam and Jim.

80 Years Ago

AUGUST 30, 1934


Middle Branch

The Jolly Workers spent Thursday with Mrs. Rev. Reed. Dinner was served the large group present. The next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Anson Williams. Two quilts will be tied.

Mrs. Riba Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Roose were in Reed City Saturday.

Mrs. Arthur Hurbart, of rural Reed City, was the guest Saturday of Mrs. Lyle Manford. They are old school chums.


Rev. and Mrs. Pinch, of Newaygo, made a business trip to Hersey Saturday and also called on their friend, Rev. and Mrs. D. Alex Holman.

John Ladd, of Tecumseh, and Wales W. Ladd, of Ann Arbor, called on their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jacobs, Sunday on their way to LeRoy to visit their sister, Mrs. Frank Johnson.


Nearly 150 teachers in the county attended the Osceola County Teachers Institute at the high school auditorium here today.

According to reports this was one of the largest institutes ever held in years, practically all schools in the county being represented.

Giving impersonations of Abraham Lincoln as he talked, R. E. Bendell, Redpath lecturer, spoke on the “Humanness of Lincoln.”

Dr. Marvin S. Pittman, of Michigan State Normal College, was also on the program.

100 Years Ago

AUGUST 31, 1914


V. R. Davy and family are sojourning at Epworth Heights, Ludington, this week.

A gathering of young people traveled from Sears to Reed City Tuesday to say they had crossed nearly the entire county. They were all home by supper time.

Mrs. Alice McCord, of Detroit is again visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Latta.

Notice – J. W. Davis Co. want Hand Picked Apples and New potatoes. –adv.

T & M – The Clean Grocery and Home of Pure Foods. We have new Cabbage, hot house Cucumbers, Georgia Watermelons, Arizona Cantaloupes, Texas Onions, Bermuda Onions, Sunkist Oranges, Pride of Corona Lemons, Port Limon Bananas.

We also have Heinz Sweet Mixed, Sweet Gherkins and Chow Chow, Regular price 15 cents per bottle – Special – 10 cents per bottle while they last. –adv.

Big Lake

The following were at Big Lake last week.

At the Country Club: Fred E. Davy, Earl Cox, Helen Andrus, Irene Jenkins and Janet Renwick, of Mount Pleasant.

At the Smith cottage: Jerry Houghton, Miss Andrew, of Detroit, Miss Davy, of Clare.

At ‘A’thegither cottage (Birdsall’s): Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bush, of Lansing, Neil Bush, of Oscoda.

120 Years Ago

AUGUST 31, 1894


John Horsfall is nursing a very bad hand, caused by straw poisoning.

A.J. Mapes is building a new house.

Blackberry pickers are numerous and more coming.

Iden Simons has buckwheat five feet one and one-half inches tall.

Mrs. R. Johnson and family, of Evart, are visiting among friends in Hartwick.

Henry Horsfall is home on a visit from Ionia.

C. H. Simons is making some big improvements on his farm this summer.

Iden Simons found a large swarm of bees in the woods a few days ago. Al. Havens has also found several swarms this summer.


Orville Allen, Benj. Eddy and Geo. McLauchlin, drove over to Reed City on Tuesday, to attend the Prohibition county convention.

From reports some parties at the S. S. picnic failed to get their desserts.

Mr. Rolph, of Evart, has bought the Blue forty of C. H. Rose and is building a house.

Rev. Mr. Austin of Rose Lake preached three times during the quarterly services here last Sunday, making many friends among his hearers.