Back in Time

20 Years Ago

MAY 15, 1996



Traverse City – John Clemens of the Evart Lions Club was recently honored at the Lions District 11-E1 Convention held in Traverse City. Clemens was cited for his years of humanitarian work and dedicated service to the district and to the International Association of Lions Clubs. He is past district governor of this service organization.

Also recognized at the convention was Wayne Knight of the Frankfort Lions Club. The two were awarded certificates of appreciation.

Two other Lions were recognized with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Ed Smith of the Traverse City Lions Club and Harry Johnson, Jr. of the Baldwin Lions Club were both recognized for their years of service.

The Lions support district projects such as the Mobile Ear Lab from Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, and the Lions of Michigan Foundation.

At the convention, speakers stressed the Lions Club commitment fighting curable and preventable blindness worldwide.

40 Years Ago

MAY 20, 1976


There’s going to be a new bridge over the Muskegon River at Hersey after all.

The county commissioners have given the road commission revenue sharing money to the tune of $65,000 so the road commission can use its weight and gas tax money to finance their portion of the bridge.

The large revenue sharing package was made known at the last meeting of the county commissioners.

Total cost of the Hersey Bridge is estimated at $305,000. This is broken down into $280,000 for the actual bridge, $5,000 for the purchase of necessary land and $20,000 for the approaches to the bridge.

It will cost $30,000 to take down the 70 year old existing bridge. Construction may start as early as this fall.

60 Years Ago

MAY 17, 1956


Where the Bargains are Best

Maine Potatoes – 10 lbs., 39 cents.

Florida Oranges – 8 lbs., 49 cents.

Silverbrook Butter – 39 cents lb.

Iona Cut Green Beans – 10 cents per can.

Jello – 3 pkgs. / 25 cents.

Chunk Pineapple in heavy syrup – 20 oz. cans, 27 cents.

Large Angel Food Ring – 39 cents.

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Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Martin visited Mr. and Mrs. Tom Plett, of Cadillac Sunday.

Mrs. F. A. Barkdoll, Mrs. Merton Holmes, Norma and Julie Holmes, Mrs. Jack Arndt, Miss Zelma Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Ershal Dage, Gail, Janet and Beth, were callers Saturday at the John Dage home.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Klock and family of Sparta called on his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Klock Saturday.

80 Years Ago

MAY 14, 1936


Normal Students Give

All High Assembly

The Normal gave the all high assembly Friday of last week.

We opened our program with group singing led by Ilene Lutz. We had a piano solo by Robert McLaughlin, a freshman, playing “Melody in F,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and “Follow the Gleam.”

Vivian Sorensen as Mrs. Clark and George Keller as Mr. Clark, presented a one-act comedy, “Please Pass the Cream.”

The normal sextet, Muriel Vance, Margaret Jean Bobo, Phylis Proctor, Alice Morgan, Jean Thompson and Adeline Bathrick, with Miss Barrit accompanying, sang a group of songs.

Sixth Grade News

The sixth grade has been studying for the past weeks about the middle ages.

Whey they were reading about the knights and ladies, they decided that they would like to build a castle with the knights around it.

The castle was finished this week, with the following people working on committees: Moss for yard, Ralph, Watson, Henry, Bob and Gerald; fence, Czerny and Byron; mote, Henry and Lloyd; clothing for ladies, Joyce and Mary; clothing for men, Bruce and Melvin; castle, Dorothy, Ethel, Ellen, Mildred, Byron and Gerald.

100 Years Ago

MAY 5, 1916


A light vote was cast in Osceola Co. last Monday, the contests being purely local. The Republicans have “come back” with the old time majorities.

The vote on Superintendent of Instruction as compiled by County Clerk Will West, is as follows: Progressive, 174; Republican, 1,798; Democratic, 365; Socialist, 67; Prohibition, 77.

Roxburgh for Commissioner, 1807; Leach 369.