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50 Years Ago

JANUARY 21, 1966



Stepped up draft calls resulted in the induction of seven Osceola County men in December and the departure in January of 22 more for final physical exams and induction.

Inducted in December were: Marvin E. Engler, Dwight I. Cole, John H. Heuker and Roy Alberts of Marion, and Gerald A. Denslow, Roger V. Clark and Frank L. Henry, of Evart.

Going for final physicals and induction this month are:

Reed City – Noel J. Couture, Karl A. Jonsson, Gerald T. Phipps, Larry A. Remus and Luin J. Mitchell.

Evart – Dickie D. Moot, Vernon L. Phenix and Arthur J. Schmidt.

Marion – Lee Schepers, Larry Schepers, Bruce R. Warner, Arnold J. Dodde, Gerald Louis Johnson, Peter E. Sikkema and Gerald M. Argue.

Hersey – James A. Wein.

Tustin – Richard A. Tuttle, Swen P. Samuelson, Keith J. Holmes and Geo. S. Vokes.

LeRoy – Keith D. Ruppert and James R. Benscoter.



Three boys, all 1964 Evart High School graduates, left from Big Rapids in December, 1965 for the Armed Services and are now stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky for their basic training until Feb. 12, 1966.

They spent a six day leave with their families over Christmas, returning December 28th.

The boys are Nedro Carmichael, John Bowman and Gary A. Walters.

69 Years Ago

JANUARY 17, 1947

(1946 microfilm missing from library)


For Sale

2-COAL HEATERS and 1 all enamel kitchen range. Inquire of Sydney Shore. Phone 166F5.

4-Burner modern GAS STOVE, in good condition. Ben Logic, 1 mile north of Evart.

SEASONED POPLAR WOOD for sale. $3.00 per cord delivered in 6 cord lots. Truey Marsh, phone 168F33.

1939 D30 International TRUCK. Motor, transmission, differential in excellent condition, Can be seen at Leach Farm Equipment.

INSULATE your home with Home Guard insulation. We can prove that it is fireproof and moisture proof. Will save from 25 to 50% on your fuel. Phone Claud Church, 165F14 or Walter Reedy, 226R


POULTRY WANTED – Paying ceiling prices on heavy breeds. We pick up every Monday. Call 166F33 or write Rob’t. L. Thompson, Hersey.

I WISH TO EMPLOY a young man interested in general farm work, also the care of registered cattle, and if would be interested in the set-up. Either Dutch, Danish or German descent preferred. M. A. Heckert, Evart, Mich., Rt. 1.

Wanted – TWO GIRLS for general house work. Between the ages of 16 and 45. If interested in quire at the Osceola County Infirmary or telephone 152F31, Sears, Michigan.

90 Years Ago

JANUARY 7, 1926


W. J. Beck was a weekend guest of his son, Will, and family at Grand Rapids.

Arthur Fleming, of Clare, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Fleming.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Somers are in Brown City, visiting their daughter, Mrs. Preston McCummons and family.

Miss Ruth Davis entertained Friday evening with a taffy pull for Miss Pearl Bigge, former County Normal teacher and several of her County Normal classmates who had come home for the occasion.

Mrs. Minnie Mills, Mrs. J. W. Davis, Mrs. A. A. Welch and Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Mansfield spent Wednesday in Grand Rapids.

Stanley and Vera Addison and Fred Hooker, of Jackson, were home for the weekend.

Arthur Fleming, of Clare, and Clarence Fleming, of Ypsilanti, spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Fleming.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilcox, of Greenbush, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Ballantyne Thursday evening.

George A. Glerum and William Allswede, of Hersey, left Wednesday for Alpena, expecting to be absent several days.

Mr. and Mrs. David Bretz will leave tomorrow for Detroit to spend the remainder of the winter with their daughter, Mrs. Roy E. Smith and family.

110 Years Ago

JANUARY 18, 1906


This is the season when all men and women make new resolutions, and this is a good idea.

Start the year with fresh ambition, fresh hopes, and a determination to do your best this year.

That is the resolution we have made, and we are going to put forth every effort to live up to it.



Evart - During the past year, Evart probably had as many auto machines as any town in the state, there being as many as eight owned here during the year. Earl Davis sent his machine to Jacksonville, Fla., Louis Klesner, to Iowa, James Postal, to Hartford, Conn., and Dr. Wells to eastern Michigan. Each plans to buy a new machine in the spring.

Married, on Wednesday afternoon, December 13, Mr. Seymour D. Barker, of Emerald and Miss Ettie May Henry, of Evart. Congratulations are extended.

Sears – W. D. Clapp, carrier on R.F.D. No. 1, out of Sears, distributed 5,822 pieces of mail during the past month. A good showing for one small office.

Orient – While Omer Huff and Will Flickinger were out hunting last week, Will’s gun was accidently discharged, the charge passing through his left hand. Dr. Lewis, of Sears, dressed the wound.

Route 3 – The two eldest children of Mr. and Mrs. Tilman Adams will spend the weekend with their grandmother.

130 Years Ago

JANUARY 15, 1886


Mr. and Mrs. John N. Allen have gone to New York State on a visit.

John Finch has traded his ox team for a horse.

Sears – Amos Tennant was in town Thursday, the guest of W. H. Howe.

Mrs. W. A. Morris, (Minnie Jeffs) of Telluride, Colo., is visiting friends and relatives in Evart.

Harry Thompson, of Lowell, is visiting his brothers, E. C. and Verne, in Evart.

C. H. Rose was over in Clare County last week securing the right of way for Wait’s new logging road.

The Roving John took twenty tons of supplies up to Gerrish’s bridge, starting Saturday night and arriving back Tuesday night.

There will be a social at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Dumon Tuesday evening for the benefit of the Ladies Aid Society of the M. E. Church.

Skating and walking match between Miss Jennie Griffith and Mr. Johnny McPhee, both of Evart, on Tuesday evening at Armory Roller Rink. Miss Griffith will walk one mile while Mr. McPhee skates two, The winner takes the cash.