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20 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 10, 1993



An insurance hoax that first appeared more than 40 years ago continues to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this time with a new target – active duty military personnel.

VA’s Regional Office and Insurance Center in Philadelphia reports that requests from military personnel for a non-existent insurance dividend have increased since the Persian Gulf War.

For many years the principal victims of the rumor were World War II and Korean Conflict veterans who were told that VA was sending a check for hundreds of dollars – a so-called insurance dividend – to any veteran who requested it. In more recent years, however, bogus brochures have been targeting veterans of the Vietnam Era. The current hoax focuses on holders of Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance.

VA’s legitimate insurance dividends are paid annually to current policyholders, usually on the anniversary date of the policy. Some 3.5 million veterans share in an annual dividend distribution. Payments are automatic to those who continue to pay premiums, and no application is needed.

70 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 11, 1943



Your favorite home-town newspaper may cost you 1 cent more a week, if it is a weekly publication, or 5 cents more a week if it is a daily, before next Dec. 31.

Cost of newsprint is due to rise, while revenue from sale of advertising has been steadily declining. Like the Saturday Evening Post which cost only 5 cents as long as advertising revenue could be maintained, the hometown newspaper must adjust its circulation rates if it expects to keep out of the red.

In Chicago the Tribune and Sun have gone to 3 cents; the other dailies have gone to 4 cents. In Michigan more than 50 percent of the daily papers increased circulation rates in 1942, while only a few weekly newspapers did so.


George Tomlinson, of Grand Rapids, state director for victory gardens, Michigan Council of Defense, is trying to convert every idle acre and lot of land into food-growing gardens.

Auditor General Vernon J. Brown announces that a special man will be assigned in Detroit to making arrangements for use of state-owned land for gardens.

The day of “Potato” Pingree, Detroit commoner in the Gay Nineties who went from the mayor’s chair to the Governor’s chair all because of potato patches and kindred reforms, may return to Michigan in 1943.

Tomlinson adds: Get your vegetable seeds early!

90 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 9, 1923


Mamma’s pet grows up a poor bet.

The newly constructed M. E. Church is nearing completion. The work has been greatly delayed because of inability to secure material.

Reed City was the scene of a lovely wedding on Thursday last when Mr. Ed. Glaster and Miss Eleanor Baxter tied the marital knot. A fine meal was served after the happy event.

Lyric Theatre – Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry in “The Conquering Power.” It is a metro-picture produced by Rex. Ingram. Admission 10 cents and 25 cents. –adv.

Legal Advertisement – T. M. Huddle offers a liberal reward for the conviction of persons who wrote him and his wife three letters of threats. I give them a chance to fix it up personally; otherwise the law will have to take its course. Sears, Mich.

Mr. and Mrs. George Niergarth and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Becker and family motored to Big Rapids last Friday, stopping at Reed City on their way home.

Harry Oyster has opened a blacksmith shop in the livery barn south of the railway.

110 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 12, 1903


Mrs. Dr. Sovereen and mother, Mrs. Spincey, are at Reed City today.

Born, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Head, a son. Five daughters have come to bring sunshine into the Head home, now a son is born. What a future that boy has before him!

Mr. George Tummonds, who is a prominent candidate for Village Clerk this spring, is a competent stenographer, typewriter and book-keeper. He is a graduate of the Toronto and Port Huron high schools and the International Business College of Port Huron. He came to Evart five years ago, was book-keeper and stenographer for the Birdsall Hardware Co., for two years and for the past three years has served in the same capacity for the Champion Tool & Handle Works. He is very energetic and his business characteristics are promptness and accuracy.

A treat for the people of Sears. Historical exhibition of the assassination of President McKinley and the war with Spain, in fact a complete history of the most terrible tragedy of the present century will be given at Brady Hall, Sears, Friday evening. Also a little promenade for the boys at the close of the exhibition.

130 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 9, 1883



Jug Concert Feb. 13.

Dance at the hall tonight.

There was no January thaw this year.

A lady’s fur cape awaits the owner at The Review office.

Mrs. Jasper Smith is having a severe time with neuralgia.

A report came down from the upriver country yesterday to the effect that two men had frozen to death the night previous while on their way home from Evart but later reports failed to ratify the declaration.

140 Years Ago

FEBRUARY 13, 1873


Prussia is throwing out unfriendly hints about the soundness of England’s foreign policy, and rather laughs at the way in which the “queen of ocean” has been left behind by the United States and Russia. The German Cabinet in its imperial strength seems to think the time will never come when there will be any danger of stones being throwed back at it, but “Le bon temps viendra.”


The village of Buchanan has hit upon a cheap method of saving sidewalks. It keeps them covered with ice and snow.

A joint stock company, with a paid-up capital of $30,000, has opened a cigar factory at Coldwater, employing fifty men.

A female darkey, 102 years of age, who claimed to have been a servant of Gen. Washington, died at Ypsilanti a few days since.

The wife of a citizen of Watervleit has assessed the saloonists $10 and the hotel keeper $5 for selling her husband whiskey.

Kalkaska is the name of a new village on the Grand Rapids and Indiana railroad and on the north bank of the Boardman River.

Dr. J. E. Selfe, of Jackson, accidentally poisoned himself on Saturday last. He lived only a few hours after taking the dose.

A son of Simeon Bellinger, who lives below Watervleit, was killed one day last week near White Hall, by the falling of a tree.