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60 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 4, 1954



Pierson Corners

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Sickels and family, of Lansing, were Monday supper guests of Joseph and Florence Stipek. Tuesday, Mrs. Sickels and Janet took Joseph and Florence Stipek to Grand Rapids and Wednesday afternoon Mr. Sickels and Ronnie brought them home.

Mary Ann Brooker spent from Friday to Saturday with Alice Cornell.

We are thankful for the good rain Friday night. It was much needed. We are also thankful that it was rain and not snow.

Ogilvie Corners

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Theibaut and Vernice Johns from Manton were guests at the Russell Brigner home Sunday.

Rev. and Mrs. Dean and children had dinner Sunday at Big Lake with Leonard and Valla Davenport.

80 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 8, 1934


South Evart

Charles Pratt is at his home again.

Guests at Mrs. Clara McCain’s Sunday were Percy Robson, Miss Addie Custer and Mrs. Laura Elder, Earl McCain, Homer Berg and Mrs. Susie Mapes.

Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Guyton spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Smith.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Barker and daughter, Betty, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard White and baby, spent the weekend at Woodland, Barry County with Mr. and Mrs. Eber Waters.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Kenyon and children, of Ionia, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Finkbeiner Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Barnum, of Holland, were Sunday guests of their aunt, Mrs. Martha Pierson.

Rolland Blanchard, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blanchard, has received a call from the Navy Department, and will report at North Hope, West Virginia.

The Junior Choir of the Congregational Church accompanied Rev. D. Alex Holman to Big Prairie Sunday afternoon.

Gerald Luek, of the CCC camp at Munising, was a weekend guest of his sister, Mrs. Stuart Oehrli.


Laurel Sawyer, of Birmingham, is spending a few days with his parents.

Mrs. Hudson visited friends and relatives in Lansing last week.

Mrs. Dan Shanafelt is still ill.

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Shadley visited in Flint and Lansing last week. Mr. Shadley attended the State Farm Bureau meeting at Lansing.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Clark visited their daughter in Lansing over the weekend.

100 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 6, 1914



Funeral Services for

Philanthropist Held Monday

Mrs. Fred A. Diggins, of Cadillac, died early Friday morning. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Jacob Cummer, and two daughters. Her husband died last July.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at two o’clock. The business places and schools were closed as a tribute to the high regard in which she was held by all of Cadillac’s citizens.

Mrs. Diggins was one of Cadillac’s most valued citizens because of the great good she had done in many ways along philanthropic lines. In addition to being an extensive contributor for the general good of the city, she had made several benefactions of a lasting character. Her latest good deed was the establishing of the Young Women’s League, an organization akin to the Y.W.C.A., established in a large residence near the business section, where business girls and girls who have no home in the city can find rest and refreshment, and for a certain number, a home. It is believed Mrs. Diggins made arrangements for the permanent maintenance of the home.


Born, to Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Willet, Thursday, Oct. 29, a little baby girl. Mother and babe are doing fine. Mrs. Willet will be remembered as Miss Lulu Titus, formerly of this place.

Reed City Clarion: Married, at the home of John A. Shufelt, on Saturday, Oct. 31, by Rev. George Bullen, John Kurtz of Evart, and Mrs. Jennie Watrous of Cadillac.

120 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 9, 1894


A game and sporting club is about to be organized in Evart for the protection of game.

For the first time in history, Republicans carried every township in Osceola County Tuesday.

A son was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Clark at Hersey.

-A. Grover of Sherman Township, sold to E. C. Cannon, Tuesday, a load of washed wool, 287 pounds at 16 ½ cents. Evart is the best wool market in Northern Michigan.

-The citizens of Osceola County are very cordially invited to attend the meeting of the County Teachers’ Association, to be held in the High School room tomorrow. Hon. Perry F. Powers will address the meeting at 2:30 p.m., subject, “The Home and the School.”

-Dr. Daunders, he of Sears fame, is again in trouble, according to a press dispatch, and he languishes in the jail at Ionia, charged with horse stealing, the specified case being he borrowed a horse of an Ionia County farmer, driving it to Chippewa Lake, where it died.

-Retail grocers recently organized at Clare, what is to be known as the Northern Michigan Retail Grocers’ Association. The general purpose of the organization is to reform certain trade abuses, especially the profitless cutting of prices, to obtain equitable insurance and freight rates, to protect themselves against dead beats, etc.

J. F. Tatman, of Clare, was chosen president; E. A. Shaw, of Grand Rapids, secretary; and Frank Smith, of LeRoy, treasurer.

-George Ardis, Treasurer of Evart Township, turned in his tax roll to the County Treasurer yesterday. The amount uncollected taxes returned was $603.18.

140 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 6, 1874


Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Wightman who have been visiting friends at Galesburgh the past few weeks, returned home Monday.

Mr. C. L. Lull has purchased the interest of Mr. Marshall in the Everett House, East Saginaw and took possession of that popular house on Monday last. We feel assured the new landlord will retain for Everett House the excellent name it has among the traveling community.

The rails on the F. & P. M. Ry. are now laid as far west as Baldwin city and it is stated that the road will be open to the public to that place early next month.

Mr. H. Cherrie has removed his barber shop to over Ed. Shaw’s boot and shoe store, opposite the post office.


The Democrats of the Eighth Congressional District talk of nominating Hon. W. L. Webber.

At Mystic Park, Boston, on Wednesday, Goldsmith Maid trotted a mile in 2:14.

The Big Rapids Pioneer says: “Dr. Hendryx, of Orient, will soon remove to this place to practice his profession in partnership with Dr. Wood.”

The brick store now being erected on the corner of Main and Sixth streets, by Mr. Poppleton, will, when completed, be one of the finest structures of this kind in this part of the country. It is being pushed forward rapidly.

Mr. Barlow Davis has placed a shingle machine in his lumber mill and commenced making shingles.