Back in Time

30 Years Ago

Aug. 5, 1986


Additional downtown parking moved a step closer at the last City Council meeting with the award of a demolition bid for the Deacy house on Pine Street.

Earlier the council had purchased the home as a part of the DDA plans for the downtown. The demolition bid was awarded to Triple “C” Contracting of Evart, owned by Sandy Cataldo. The bid award was not to exceed $3,500 and for the purpose of adequate liability insurance Cataldo will be hired as a city employee for an estimated 50 hours and will furnish the equipment and trucking for the job.

The city approved the closing of Fifth Street between the ball diamonds for the Pro Shop & Trophy Center 2nd Annual Softball Tournament. The request was made for safety of the participants and spectators of the tournament.

Discussion of salary and wages for city employees for the 1986-87 fiscal year was discussed. After a period of discussion the increases were tabled for action at a later date.

50 Years Ago

AUGUST 4, 1966


Charles Brinker Takes Over Business, Will Handle Wilson Dairy Line

Ted Witbeck has announced the sale of his Evart and Reed City dairies to Charles Brinker, of Hersey, Sealtest milk distributor in this area for the past 14 years. Brinker will continue all the Ted’s Dairy routes serving both sets of customers with Wilson’s Dairy Products.

The sale marks the end of 20 years in business here for Mr. Witbeck. He started working for the Evart Dairy in October 1945, after completing four years of service in the navy. The dairy had been started by William Fleming in 1916 and was sold to Witbeck in 1950.

He expanded the business in 1955, building the Dairy Whip, and in 1956 purchased the Reed City Dairy.

The Witbecks plan an indefinite vacation traveling through the western states.


The election of officers meeting of the Osceola County Historical Society will be held at the Town Hall in LeRoy next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

Calvin Leach and Mrs. Sutherland will speak on the subject “Historical Highlights of LeRoy and Doings.”

Mrs. Wm. Gay is in charge of refreshments. All persons in the area are cordially invited to attend.

69 Years Ago

AUGUST 7, 1947

(1946 microfilm missing from library)


Miss Ruth Toman is in the Reed City Hospital where she underwent a tonsillectomy.

Mrs. Mabel Horton of Clare was a caller Saturday at the L. Albertson home.

Mrs. Bertha Martin and daughter, Mrs. Glenn Comfort and family, called at the Jack Arndt home at Avondale one day last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Albertson and children and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown of Bay City visited Sunday at the L. E. Albertson home.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reetz of Grand Rapids came to spend the weekend with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Thiel and on Sunday to attend the Thiel reunion at Rose Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Woodward and daughter, Ruth Ann, and the latter’s mother, Mrs. Root, attended the Thompson reunion at Eight Point Lake Sunday.

90 Years Ago

AUGUST 6, 1926


An interesting camp meeting season just closed at Albright Park. Fine fellowship and a good attendance was noticed throughout the services.

Fred F. Haist left on Thursday evening for Detroit to return with a new car.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Woodward are very happy over the event of a little son, Monday, July 26th.

Saturday, Dr. G. A. Vail was called to Sears at the birth of a baby to Mr. and Mrs. Buyson.

Thursday the doctor was also at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Doremire where a baby girl arrived.

Lately Mrs. A. L. Beardsley received a visit from her brother, Ed Foster and wife, of Clarkston and also from a cousin, Nol Bigalow, of Davisburg. Her sister, Miss Clara Foster, of Clarkston, is visiting her at the present time.

Miss Lena Faist is assisting in the Willis Restaurant during the illness of Miss Lucile Dryer.

Tuesday, Rev. W. H. Fowler and family motored to Big Rapids and Reed City on business.

Mrs. A. K. Mather left for New York City on Friday to accompany her husband to Ludington after being in the hospital in New York for the past two months. Mrs. J. Vance escorted the children of Mr. and Mrs. Mather to Ludington on Tuesday. Another sister, Mrs. E. G. Jacobson, leaves Chicago this Wednesday to assist in the arrangements at Ludington also.

110 Years Ago

AUGUST 3, 1906


Lost, Found, For Sale

For Sale – Nice young saddle pony, kind and sound. Robt. Head, Sears.

For Sale – One of the best 40 acre farms in Orient Township. Best of improvements and splendid soil. Terms to suit purchaser. Robt. Head, Sears.

Wanted – Washings from small families to do at home. Mrs. J. H. Brooks.

For Sale – Flock of Sheep. Thomas Dine, Marion, Mich.

For Sale – One horse wagon, nearly new, cheap. A. Crittenden, Sears, Mich.

Lost – South of Seventh Street, White Linen Sofa Pillow Case with Strawberry wreath worked on it. Leave at Review office.

Solicitors Wanted – Four solicitors to introduce our “New Census Illustrated Atlas of Michigan.” A 1906 publication containing halftone illustrations; historical and descriptive matter, special index to 3630 cities, towns and post offices. Special new maps. An absolutely new departure. Write for particulars. Rand, McNally & Company, Chicago, Ill.

For Sale – White and Buff Leghorn Hens, Young and laying. L. P. Price, Sears.

For Sale – The Thomas home, corner Oak and Seventh streets. Enquire of Daymer Thomas, Evart, Mich.

130 Years Ago

AUGUST 6, 1886


Born to Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Wymer, of Orient Township on Monday, Aug. 2, twin boys, weight 18 pounds.

J. P. Paddack, one of the new proprietors of the Mt. Vernon Mill, was in town a few hours last Saturday.

Mr. David Redmond left on Monday for New York, and it is expected he will sail for Europe tomorrow.

Just to keep up with the times Barlow Davis has built a new sidewalk in front of his premises on Third Street.

The Muskegon River main drive passed Evart on Wednesday morning. 120 men are engaged in the crew.

Died, Saturday, July 31st, Lewis Raymond, infant son of George and Matilda Sawyer, aged nine days. The funeral was held at Mr. Sawyer’s house in Osceola Township on Sunday, Aug. 1, and was largely attended. Services conducted by Rev. A. C. Henry.

Jas. Tripp lost between eight and ten tons of marsh hay by fire last Sunday. It was in cocks on what is known as the Upton Marsh.