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30 Years Ago

JULY 2, 1986


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated parts of Clare, Isabella and midland counties as high risk areas of gypsy moth infestation, Congressman Bill Schuette announced today.

In addition, the counties of Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Mecosta, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Shiawassee and parts of Clare, Isabella and Midland, have been declared low risk areas.

“What this means is that residents of the high risk areas are being asked to follow certain regulations in the interstate transportation of outdoor household articles,” Congressman Schuette said. “Specifically, the articles must be free from all life stages of the gypsy moth and be accompanied by an OHA document issued by a qualified applicator within five calendar days of the interstate move.”

“If residents of the affected areas use their good judgment and exercise the proper precautions, we can contain the further spread of the gypsy moth infestation and the devastation it causes,” said Congressman Schuette.

Those who have further inquiries are asked to contact the USDA’s local representative handling this matter.

50 Years Ago

JULY 7, 1966


David P. Wilkinson has been named personnel manager for Evart Products Company, Edward H. Schindler, plant manager, has announced.

Wilkinson comes to Evart from the American Motors parts plant in Milwaukee, Wis., where he had been personnel coordinator since April of last year.

He joined American Motors in 1963 after having previously been an insurance representative for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company.

Wilkinson holds bachelor degrees from Doras College, Dubuque, Iowa and Aquinas Institute, River Forest, Ill.


More cyclists than ever turned out for the Independence Day parade and bike decorating contest, with the contest winners named by the sponsoring Lions Club.

Pre-school and kindergarten winners were Jeff Miller and Rita Sue Thompson; 1st and 2nd grades, Kelly Galloup and Gloria Roberts; 3rd and 4th grades, Robert Marlatt and Ann Cruikshank; 5th and 6th grades, Lynn Mauck and Barb Chase; and 7th and 8th grades, Feike Feikema.

With no entries in the girls’ division of the 7th and 8th grades, an honorable mention was given to Barbara Ross.

69 Years Ago

JULY 3, 1947

(1946 microfilm missing from library)


Warson District

Mr. and Mrs. George Gugle called on friends in Reed City Thursday afternoon.

Glenn Schoenhals, of Roseville, spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. John Schoenhals.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morgan and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morgan, of Evart, were Sunday callers at the Earl Henry home.

Miss Patty Crawford, of Grand Rapids, is visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Dickinson.

Marie Henry was a Saturday night guest at the Homer Stein home.

Walter and Pete Dusendang and the latter’s son, Jim, of Grand Rapids were weekend guests at the Dusendang and Schmidt home.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Morlock, of Chase, were at the Carl Morlock home the latter part of the week. Louis did some tractor repair for his brother.


Reed City — The annual meeting of the Osceola Chapter of the American Red Cross was held Thursday evening in the banquet room of the Mackinaw Trail Restaurant in Reed City.

All of the officers who served the past year were re-elected and are as follows: Chairman, Rev. George Knauf, Reed City; first vice chairman, Mrs. John Hesselink, Marion; second vice chairman, Mrs. J. J. Rainey, Tustin; third vice chairman, Cecil T. Lauman, Evart; Sec., Mrs. Grace Witherell, Reed City; Treas., Chester Brown, Marion.

90 Years Ago

JULY 7, 1926


I wish to thank the Senior Class and all my other friends who remembered me with flowers and fruit during my recent illness.

Ethel Howell


It has been reported that a goodly number from the country schools have passed the eighth grade exams and will have the opportunity to enroll in the various high schools if they are able, not being needed at home.

Miss Millie Ardmore, third daughter of Mrs. Roland Ardmore, was married on June 23 at her mother’s home in Reed City to Dr. L. O. Jordan who is from Grand Rapids and where the couple will reside.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Molash, of rural LeRoy, a son who is to be called Arthur, Jr. He arrived on Thursday last.

110 Years Ago

JULY 6, 1906


Gruber and Niergarth are busy placing their portable saw mill in position on the Albert Sowles place, and expect to begin operations on Monday next.

Henry Schade’s team took advantage of a favorable opportunity yesterday and made a sprint. They reported a time in Jake Lenbenser’s barn yard, one horse on each side of a post in the shed facing the feed troughs.


About fifteen couples from McBain attended the dance at Jones pavilion Monday night.

Dale and Al. La Goe, of Cadillac, spent the weekend with their parents.

Mrs. McPhall, of Reese, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Manning.


Mr. and Mrs. Burchell will be “at home” to all members of the church and congregation at the Manse, this Saturday from seven to nine o’clock.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunnell drove down from Cadillac, the fore part of the week and visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bennett, Mrs. Bunnell’s parents.

130 Years Ago

JULY 1, 1886


Take HOPS & MALT BITTERS. It will cure any case of Liver and Kidney troubles when properly taken.

It is a perfect renovator and invigorator. It also cleanses the system.

Can be had wherever fine medicines are sold.


Davy & Co. have placed five new shades in their windows. The design and painting is by Lecroix.

Mr. Elmer J. Burke and Miss Nancy M. Wilson were married on June 19 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wilson at Hersey.