Back in Time

20 Years Ago

OCTOBER 12, 1994


Reed City Hospital will provide a hospital-based full time internal medicine specialist beginning this month.

Bobby Scales, M.D. will leave his private practice at 225 North State Street to assume full time responsibilities as a hospital-based physician serving the inpatients at Reed City Hospital as well as services in the hospital’s emergency room. Dr. Scales will continue to provide consultation to physicians needing his internal medicine services.

“Dr. Scales and the administration of Reed City Hospital see this as a good move for the hospital and the direction healthcare is taking,” said David Coates, Administrator of Reed City Hospital. “Community hospitals are developing a better balance of inpatient and outpatient services and they are doing that with the services of hospital-based physicians. Dr. Scales would like to focus his practice on inpatient care and that fits with Reed City Hospital’s plans as well. We look forward to having him join us as our in-hospital internist,” added Coates.

Reed City currently has two internal medicine specialists and eight family practice physicians. Patients currently seeing Dr. Scales are being referred to other physicians in the area. Letters notifying patients of the change with a list of area physicians have been sent to his patients.

40 Years Ago

OCTOBER 10, 1974


Back in the late 1930s, William Richardson let some friends hunt and fish on his 320 acre farm as a neighborly gesture.

Today, his granddaughter, Helen Ann Seger and her husband, Lyle, are doing the same thing for a profit having turned the old farm into the Strawberry Lake Resort, eight miles northwest of Evart.

Richardson’s father, Austin, had originally purchased the land in 1883 and used it as a timber mill. Strawberry Lake was used as a mill pond for floating the cut trees to the sawmill.

The mill closed shortly after the turn of the century and William turned the land to farm use. The old farmhouse where the Segers now live was built in 1915.

In 1963 the Segers moved into the old farmhouse, Helen Ann having inherited one-fourth of the property and the Segers buying the rest.

Since that time, the campground has grown considerably. Immediately 50 more campsites were put in with electrical hook ups to accommodate trailers in addition to 25 tent sites. Today there are 165 campsites.

The old barn was remodeled in 1972 and turned into a large recreation hall where there is a small general store, Ping-Pong tables, pinball machines, pool tables and other games. “Just this year, we built a miniature golf course outside the barn,” says Mr. Seger.

“We don’t really have any major problems running the campground. People have changed though. Today, campers expect to be entertained, not just accommodated,” explains Mrs. Seger.

The Segers report another successful camping season this year.