40 Years Ago

DECEMBER 5, 1974

COUNTY ADOPTS ‘75 BUDGET

Reed City – After a morning of debates and public input, the Osceola County Board of Commissioners gave their final approval to the county’s 1975 budget Monday, allowing a total of $849,523.95 to be spent on county services in the next fiscal year.

The increase of $119,333.46 over last year’s budget represents, in most instances, an eight to ten percent salary increase for county employees and increased operating costs in all county departments.

Some controversy arose over the proposed salary increase for commissioners. In a brief meeting before the public hearing, commissioners denied themselves a suggested increase of $200 per year. The plan would have raised their salaries from the current $1,000 to $1,200 per year.

In an afternoon session, the Commission finally settled on a figure of $1,100 annual salary. In addition each member will receive $25 per diem pay, an increase of $5 over the present $20 received for each regular meeting.

The budget includes a pay raise to $12,250 for the Equalization Director and a salary of $110 for the county Road Commission director.

To a quip from the audience that Commissioners receive too much reimbursement for mileage, Commissioner Charles Trimner replied, “If anybody thinks this is a ‘gravy train,’ just get your name on the ballot and try being on the board.”

Some of the larger allotments in the budget are to the Sheriff’s Department ($116,378), Social Welfare ($70,280), and the county ambulance service ($53,860).

60 Years Ago

DECEMBER 2, 1954

LOGGING TOOL SOLD TO ST. LOUIS, MO. FIRM

Stockholders of the American Logging Tool Company, pioneer Evart industry and one of the few remaining manufacturers of logging tools, met and voted to accept the offer of the Broderick and Bascom Rope Co., of St. Louis, Mo., to purchase the assets of the firm. The new owners will continue to produce the logging tools that have made Evart known wherever lumbering exists.

Robert A. Oren, in charge of the company’s business here, said that all present personnel would continue in their present capacities.

The American Logging Tool Co., now employing about 35 men, was organized in 1912 to consolidate the Champion Tool and Handle Co. and the Evart Tool Co. The Champion firm developed from the Bellanger blacksmith shop, located near the site of the present city office, where it was established to serve the lumbering that was Evart’s only industry when the town was laid out.