Back in Time
20 Years Ago
MARCH 20, 1996
AREA ROADWAYS STILL
SLATED FOR RENOVATION
Evart – Throughout the winter, surveying crews have been seen along both U.S. 10 and 80th Avenue; a sign that plans for much needed renovations along these roads haven’t been shelved.
Three sections of road that constitute the 80th Avenue project have recently been graded on a list of priority work for 1996.
While the three sections – one in Highland Township, one in Osceola Township, and the third within the Evart city limits – are not listed successively, this does not necessarily mean construction work would be patchy or sporadic.
The High Street section of the 80th Avenue renovation scheme was listed in only ninth place out of ten priority projects determined by a task force which created the list for Mason, Lake and Osceola counties. High Street was given a lower priority since it is only about 2,100 feet long.
The portion of 80th Avenue passing through Osceola Township was given a third place priority since it is the longest section of road before the M-115 junction (approximately five miles in length), and is in most need of improvement.
Although High Street is only a small part of the project, it is an important link to the U.S. 10 – M-115 connection.
“If the state were to repair all of 80th Avenue, and didn’t touch High Street, it would be a very bad situation,” said Evart City Manager Mike Freer. “This section of the road is in bad shape – real bad shape.”
40 Years Ago
MARCH 18, 1976
GOING DOWN WELL
Reed City – Business is steadily growing for Yoplait Yogurt and Ed Johnston, plant manager of the Reed City plant which employs 47 workers, says, “Sales are three times what we expected.”
Right now, Yoplait Yogurt is marketed in five states: Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan. Johnston isn’t willing to give out trade secrets about how it’s made. However, he does say it takes a different type of bacteria to make it.
Today, Michigan Cottage Cheese is making 250,000 units of Yoplait Yogurt per week. The Reed City company also makes seven other types of yogurt.
“We hope to sell our Yoplait Yogurt all over the nation,” says Johnston, “but that will be in several years from now.”
Distribution of this yogurt is sparce in the northland, with most of it being trucked downstate and out of state.
71 AT CMU
A recent count reports that 71 students from Osceola County are attending Central Michigan University this semester.
As usual, CMUs student body is nearly an all-Michigan group, with every county represented with the exception of Keweenaw at the northernmost tip of the Upper Peninsula.
60 Years Ago
MARCH 22, 1956
NEWS and NOTES
Mrs. Paul Robinson and two children, Jan and David, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., arrived Monday to visit her aunt, Mrs. Clyde Proctor and other relatives. Mrs. Robinson visited her cousins, the Walter Robbs, in Granville, Ohio; the William Proctors, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and an uncle, William Klein, in Grand Rapids.
This week members of the Seventh Day Adventist Churches of Reed City, Evart and Bristol will join in union services at the Reed City Church. Mr. Wicks from Bristol will take Elder Kachenmeister’s place during his absence.
Robert Scherlitz and friend, Dick Lane, of Detroit, were Sunday callers at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Scherlitz.
Mrs. William Delemarter and daughter, Ruth, called on Mrs. F. Murray and Mrs. C. V. Dearing on Saturday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar, of Mount Pleasant, spent Saturday with Mrs. Dunbar’s mother and sister, Mrs. Bertha Youngs and Dorothy.
80 Years Ago
MARCH 19, 1936
HERSEY GRAVEL CO.
GIVEN U.S. 10 JOB
The contract for the grading and drainage structures on 3.676 miles on U.S. 10 from Evart to Sears was awarded last week to the Hersey Gravel Co., at a cost of $57,184.51.
It is expected that work on the project will begin in the next few weeks, as soon as the necessary technicalities of the contract are ironed out.
The U.S. 10 project was among 11 for which contracts were let last week by Highway Commissioner Murray D. Van Wagoner. The total value of the projects was $865,792.
ADDED BY EWC
Welcoming of eight new members into the club was a feature of the last meeting of the Evart Woman’s Club.
The new members are: Mesdames Richard Larimer, Frank Church, C. H. Nickel, William Cockerton, Jacob Bruggema, Orlo Belleville, P. D. McLaughlin, and Miss Howe.
A one-act play, directed by Mrs. W. B. Turner, with Mrs.
T. J. Coster, Mrs. C. W. Decker, Mrs. F. S. Mansfield and Mrs. Turner playing the roles, proved the entertainment hit of the meeting.
Other features of the entertainment were the singing of songs by boys and girls of the third and ninth grades, directed by Miss Barritt.
100 Years Ago
MARCH 24, 1916
ALONG THE COUNTY LINE
Ben Anderson dug out two fine skunks on B. E. Palmer’s place Monday, and everyone in the entire neighborhood is aware that something has happened.
Flory Palmer came up from Grand Rapids last Thursday to assist her mother in celebrating her birthday.
Darwin Burton spent a week in Swartz Creek.
John Schooley is reported to be ill.
Our old neighbor, Frank Borst, now of Swartz Creek, lost his house and most of its contents by fire recently.
Of All Winter Goods
For Thirty Days our Large Assortment of Winter Goods will be offered at prices that will sell them – if wanted.
All STAPLE GOODS – Coats, Shirts, Sweaters, Mittens, Rubbers, Sox, Blankets.
Davis Cut Price Store
120 Years Ago
MARCH 20, 1896
-The physiology class is struggling with the subject “The Nervous System.” The work done in this class is very satisfactory, although it is difficult.
-High School classes have done unusually heavy work this year. The algebra work is three-quarters completed and the class will have the remainder of the year to complete the last quarter and for review.
Remember that our Trimmed Hats are going at $4, $2, and even $1.
If You have time to stop in, perhaps a few Grocery Bargains will Interest You.
5 cans of Standard Corn – 25 cents
7 lbs. Good Raisins – 25 cents
London Layer Raisins – 7 cents lb.
4 lbs. Prunes – 25 cents.
FRESH CELERY and BULK OYSTERS Always on Hand.
JAMES H. THOMPSON
(Successor to Mark Ardis.)