40 Years Ago JULY 8, 1976 The RUSTY RAZOR BLADE By Brion C. \u201cRusty\u201d Smith To talking politics with a friend the other night and coming up with the following descriptions of the various political views. Here we go: SOCIALISM \u2013 If you own two cows, the government tells you to give one to your neighbor. COMMUNISM \u2013 You own two cows, the governments takes both and gives you the milk. FASCISM \u2013 You own two cows, the government takes both and sells you the milk. NIZIISM \u2013 You own two cows, the government takes both and shoots you. NEW DEALISM \u2013 You own two cows, the government takes both, shoots one, milks the other and throws the milk away. CAPITALISM \u2013 You own two cows, you sell one and buy a bull! Then there is Osceola Countyism\u2013 You shoot both cows and then wonder why you don\u2019t have any milk. 60 Years Ago JULY 5, 1956 WELCOME NEW FARM BUREAU MEMBERS AT LeROY The \u201cWelcome to New Members\u201d party sponsored by the Osceola County Farm Bureau Women\u2019s Committee at the LeRoy Public School on Friday was well attended by more than 200 Farm Bureau members. The meeting was opened with the invocation given by the Rev. Kenneth Soderquist of Tustin. Mrs. Viola Shadley led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the entire group sang part of the Farm Bureau song, led by Mrs. Gladys Lindell with Violet Simonton at the piano. The various Farm Bureau groups provided entertainment which was varied and amusing. First prize of $10.00 went to the Hersey Township group for a skit \u201cThe Old Photo Shop,\u201d with Mr. and Mrs. Max Blanchard and Mr. and Mrs. Don Thiel as participants. Second prize of $5.00 went to the South East Richmond group for a parody on the song \u201cOld Black Joe\u201d with Stuart Oehrli, John Morlock, Uriah Zimmerman, Wayne Johnson and Wava Schwam participants.\u00a0 Third prize of $3.00 went to the Rose Lake group for a vocal duet by Mrs. James Lindquist and Mrs. Wm. Olson, Jr. Judges for the contest were: Miss Myrtle Shore of Evart, Earl Lickert of LeRoy and James Norman of the Osceola County Herald of Reed City. Mrs. Helen Seelhoff, chairman of the Women\u2019s Committee was introduced to the audience and spoke a few appropriate words. Wayne Johnson, County Farm Bureau President, was also introduced and spoke to the group. Rev. Marcel Elliott of Reed City closed the meeting with prayer. A bountiful potluck was then enjoyed by all. 80 Years Ago JULY 9, 1936 Business and Professional DIRECTORY OF EVART -Jacob Bruggema, M.D. \u2013\u00a0Physician and surgeon. Phone at office, 47F2. Phone at residence, 47F3. -Calvin Talhelm, Lawyer \u2013\u00a0Office over Fleming Shoe Store. NOTES OF INTEREST Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Lamoreaux, of Barryton, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Nickel. Mrs. J. B. Hamer and son, J. C., of Marion, spent Sunday with Mrs. L., A. Hamer and family. Miss Birdsall Bettis, who spent the weekend with Evart friends, returned to her school work at Big Rapids, where she is a student at the Ferris Institute. NEW ECHO STAFF Editor in Chief \u2013 Melvin Church Senior and Sports Reporter \u2013 Ershal Dage Junior \u2013 Ruth Hines Sophomore \u2013 Marian Trance Freshman \u2013 Frances Adams Eighth Grade \u2013 Helen Richardson Seventh Grade \u2013 Bob Glen Grade News \u2013 Cynthia Church Adviser \u2013 Mr. Cox 100 Years Ago JULY 7, 1916 PERSONAL and SOCIAL Miss Susan Johnson entertained several of her little friends to mark the occasion of her seventh birthday anniversary on Saturday last at the home of her parents north of Reed City. We hear that Samuel Perkins has taken unto himself a wife. Congratulations, Sam. Miss Nydia Minchin was a Grand Rapids visitor this past week. Mrs. Al Sandberg entertained her sister, Mrs. Noah Faist and Mrs. Will Curtis, both of Reed City\u00a0on Thursday\u00a0last. Another new house is going up in LeRoy and two in Reed City. Our county continues to grow. Sears \u2013 Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Pierson entertained their nephew and niece, Mr., and Mrs. Binkley, of Niagara Falls, from Friday until\u00a0Wednesday. Mrs. Binkley was formerly Miss Iva Ogden. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, Frank Carpenter and Jack Brunk were entertained at the Loudon home last Thursday at a\u00a0six o\u2019clock\u00a0dinner. 120 Years Ago JULY 10, 1896 OSCEOLA COUNTY NOTES Mrs. DuBois and daughter, of Newaygo, are visiting C. H. Rose\u2019s family. Miss Eva Stewart, who has been visiting Miss Cora Clarady, returned to her home in Port Huron\u00a0Tuesday. Sears \u2013 Wood is in good demand here: 16 in. worth 65 cents; two foot, 85 cents and four foot $1.40. Sears \u2013 Mrs. S. C. Mansfield and Miss Marion Maples attended the concert at Evart\u00a0Thursday\u00a0evening. Osceola Dist. 5 \u2013 Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Keith, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Perry and family and Mrs. G. W. Hicks were guests at the home of D. W. Parker on Sunday last. The Reed City\u00a0Clarion\u00a0mentions a fire which consumed one business and the attempt to burn a residence. Owners of both places have been active in complaints against liquor law violators and the dastardly work is attributed to friends of the liquor men. Frank Starkey, of Lucas, visited his brother Will last week. 140 Years Ago JULY 7, 1876 PHILIPPINES ISLANDS HIT AGAIN The Philippine Islands, which the cable reports were visited by a destructive hurricane on the 30th\u00a0of last month, have been repeatedly scourged by the elements. The islands were struck by an earthquake in 1863, Manila, where the Americans on the island mostly live, was laid in ruins, and a thousand lives were lost. Fire destroyed ten thousand of her huts in 1833, and many parts of the islands have suffered greatly from volcanic eruptions over the years. LOCAL NOTICES chool Books and Stationery at\u00a0Peter & Co\u2019s. Stores and Dwellings\u00a0to let. Enquire of\u00a0S. F. Dexter. The \u201cRifle Team\u201d\u00a0Hat, a new style of Hat, at\u00a0Cannon Bros. PERSONAL and SOCIAL A part of young people of this village will go to Hersey this evening to attend the Rosette Social given by the Good Templars of that place.