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60 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 18, 1954


Sylvan No. 2

Oscar Roan, wife and two sons, of Flint, were at the James Sinkler home over the weekend.

Mrs. Ray Diehlman and daughter, Ann, accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Claude Defreese and sons to Cadillac on business Tuesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert VanAssche and sons called at the Ray Diehlman home Sunday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Elton Blackledge and daughter Sally Ann were dinner guests of her parents, the Myles Schooleys, Sunday and spent the afternoon with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Blackledge of Marion.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Orwig visited his brother Homer and wife in Grand Rapids Friday and Saturday. Mrs. Fern Cole stayed with Onda and helped with the chores.


The Melvin Wein family attended an O. & A. meeting at White Cloud last Thursday.

Miss Patty Bluhm is visiting her aunt, Elsie Luesby of Reed City for a few days.

The Ladies Aid and WSCS of the Evangelical United Brethren Church will meet Thursday afternoon at the parish house with Mrs. Hazel Klump as hostess.

80 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 15, 1934


Marion, Route 1

Little Jennnie Pearl Orvis was taken seriously ill Saturday with throat trouble.

Mr. and Mrs. E. McNaughton entertained at their home Sunday. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. Parris Ketrow, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mitchell, of Flint, Claud and Rosco Sharp, Frank, Carl, Lester, Herbert and Dorothy Brocht, Melvie Weller, Maxine and Joe Phelps, L. D., R. D. and Herbert Orvis.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benscoter were dinner guests of their daughter, Mrs. Ed Anderson Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lew Berdoff, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Berdoff and baby of Lansing, were weekend guests at the home of Elder and Mrs. Amos Burge.

Hartwick, Dist. No. 2

Georgia Hilliker spent Saturday night at the home of Miss Lois Youngs at Dighton.

Visitors at the Lobdell home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sherman and daughter Paula, and Joseph James, of Grand Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Cusick, A. E. Cusick, Mrs. Anna Feighner and son, Robert, Dean Adams, Georgia Hilliker and Ernest Perry.

The Neuman children spent Saturday in Evart.

Mrs. Dunn and son and mother called at the Crain home Monday.

Marjorie Nash, of Dighton, called at the Hilliker home Monday.

Everyone is interested in the large beaver dam being built near Hay Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Hilliker and daughter, Georgia, were Sunday guests of Mrs. Youngs and daughter, Lois, of Dighton.

100 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 20, 1914


The Evart Woman’s Club met at the home of Mrs. McDonald Nov. 2, at 2:30 o’clock. The meeting was called to order by the acting president, Mrs. Richardson, by reading the Twenty-fourth Psalm, after which she conducted the business session.

The papers for the day were as follows:

The New Agricultural Movement

(a) Agriculture in our Schools, Mrs. Selby

(b) Education of the Farmer, Mrs. Roxburgh

New Phases of the Temperance Question, Mrs. Allured

A Talk on Prohibition from Observation, Mrs. Evans

Current Events, Mrs. Irma Smith

Music – Duet, Misses Geneva Postal and Marjory Cook.

The meeting adjourned to meet with Mrs. E. C. Cannon in two weeks. At this meeting subjects should be recommended for next year’s study.


Mr. and Mrs. James R. Postal returned home from New York on Wednesday afternoon.

Conrad Gruber and Charlie Freeman are in North Sylvan building a residence for W. H. McCall, to replace the one destroyed by fire.

Earl and Glenn Davis autoed up from Lansing, arriving Sunday night for the purpose of visiting their parents, returning Wednesday afternoon.

The Epworth League of the M. E. Church began Nov. 8 and through Nov. 15 observed “Win-My-Chum” week.

120 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 16, 1894


Persons having insurance upon their property should get a permit from their agent to use electric lights in their buildings.

Last evening the Baptist Church gave a unanimous vote of thanks to all those who contributed toward the furnishing of their edifice with electric lights.

Hartwick, by some known as Davis’ Store, is said to be about to have a boom. Matt. McDougall is about to build a shingle mill; a blacksmith shop and several residences will be built also, and business bids to be fair from all this new ‘enlarging’ activity.

Mr. O. M. Brownson has been making some valuable improvements in this house, including a bedroom on the north end, and a furnace in the cellar.

The cemetery commissioners are having the avenues of the cemetery graded and other needed improvements made for beautifying the grounds. Improvement is their watch word.

Mrs. John Fleming and daughter, having rented their house to Mr. Frederick’s, left Wednesday evening for Cedar Springs.

S. Tyndal, the maker of cement wells, walks and floors, is putting a well on the fairgrounds. He invites inspection.

E. C. Thompson is having a foundation placed under the store building recently purchased of John Allen.

140 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 20, 1874


There is a great deal of talk at present among politicians about the financial interests of the country. When they are seeking re-election the question of currency and finance is always in order, but the country looked in vain all through last Congress for some substantial measure of relief from the disorganized currency under which we are staggering. All the country got, and it watched the contribution with amazement, was an additional 26 millions of paper money, where we should have contracted at least as much. This country has not witnessed an act of financial ignorance and folly equal to that. The grasshoppers are disastrous, but not half so detrimental to our industries as these professional politicians. Is it not time to make a political burial of the whole lot?


The McFarlane block is being fitted up for the approaching Catholic fair, which will undoubtedly be carried out in the successful manner promised.

On Wednesday, the noon mail from the East, to which we referred a few weeks ago, went into operation, and in consequence Evart will have two mails per day from the East.

The work of building the new planing mill is going forward bravely, and there is now probability that it will be ready for business in a short time.

Operations in the lumber woods will shortly commence. Gangs of men have already passed through here into the woods.

Mr. Raymond F. Dunning was elected Trustee to fill the vacancy in the Village Board. There was no opposition to Mr. Dunning.