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60 Years Ago

JANUARY 28, 1954



Paul Doane stopped at the Elmer Bell home with some pictures. He had his mother and two brothers and they were going for a ride in his new car.

Mr. and Mrs. Montie McMillan and Sherlie spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hinkley.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Opper of Lansing, Lyle Opper and Marilyn Reedy were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pritchard and Lois and Jack last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Moore and son Calvin motored to Pentwater last week to spend the day with their son and brother, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Moore and children.

Mrs. Aubrey Foster and son were Monday guests at the Roy and Elmer Bells.

Mr. and Mrs. Loren Bell and children of Whitehall were on their way to Boyne Falls and were dinner guests at the Roy and Elmer Bells.

80 Years Ago

JANUARY 25, 1934


Dry Goods Specials

-One lot of sheer curtain materials, voiles and challies, close out, 10 cents a yard.

-Silk Georgettes, pastel shades, close out price, 39 cents per yard.

-Women’s Puerto Rican gowns made of good quality Nainsook, hand embroidered, 29 cents.

-Women’s outing gowns, full cut, double yoke, long sleeves, 69 cents.

-Axminster rugs, 22 ½ x 45 inches, all wool, deep pile, rich colors, $1.49.


One win and one defeat were chalked up by the Evart regulars in a weekend of basket ball.

At Clare the team carried off first honors by a score of 29-11. Most of the points were piled up during the first half. Lack of practice was all that kept the Evart men from piling up a larger score. Individual play was good during the first periods, but teamwork suffered somewhat.

Hawkins, McCullum, Church, Connor, Hinkley and Morgan comprised the team.

90 Years Ago

JANUARY 30, 1924


An opportunity has come to the people of Evart and the surrounding community to attend a series of real live Bible lectures. They will be given each evening of the week except Saturday and Monday, beginning Sunday evening, at 7 o’clock, in the S. A. D. Chapel.

These lectures will be of intense interest to the hearer for they will be based upon the greatest book of all ages and not upon “Doctrines of Men.” As you read over the following subjects you will see that you cannot afford to miss even one.

“The Worst Man in Evart.”

“What Think Ye of Christ?”

“The Crisis of the Ages.”

“God’s Method of Advertising.”

“The Heavenly Messengers.”

C. M. Gruesbeck, Pastor


Henry Head left Saturday afternoon for his work in Flint.

Miss Dorothy Waffle left Monday for her school at Ypsilanti.

Special Guest – A beautiful dinner was given Thursday evening in honor of Miss Mae Rood, now of Evart, but who teaches in Minneapolis, by Mrs. Alice Griswold and Mrs. W. W. Laraway at their home. Covers were laid for twelve, and the dinner was served in three courses.

Miss Rood formerly taught school here and is a special friend of several Big Rapids folk. This is the third year that her friends have remembered Miss Rood in this manner, Mesdames Griswold and Laraway being the hostesses each time. The evening was spent in playing cards and other pleasant pastimes.

120 Years Ago

JANUARY 26, 1894



The fire whistle shrieked forth its harsh alarm about 9 o’clock Sunday morning. The fire was found to be in the house of Mrs. Helen Ross, and was caused by a defective chimney. Hose Co. No. 3 responded and succeeded in putting out the fire before much damage was done.

The Reed City newspaper is improving of late and has much of interest to be read.

Not knowing what else to do, a stranger to this area who had lost his way slipped inside the church at Hersey and spent the night sleeping on one of the benches. He reported it not so warm but at least out of the wind.

The country lying between Evart and Marion, and Marion itself, has made great progress in way of improvements during the past few years and is fast taking on the appearance of the older settled portions of our state. Osceola County is one of the best counties in the State, as time will develop.

130 Years Ago

JANUARY 25, 1884



Thermometer registered 13 degrees below zero at six o’clock this morning. Mrs. Carrie Palmer and son, Willie, of Genesee County, are on a visit here with her mother, Mrs. Turner and brothers, J. W., H. D., Frank, and her sister, Miss Rose.

Will Latta, formerly of this county, and recently with E. and C. Eldred at Knife Falls, Minn., returned yesterday and we learn will make this place his home.

A J. Sheridan has sold his property here to James H. Voller and will move to Toledo, O., to establish headquarters for his clothes washer business.

Club Hop this evening.

Mrs. M. C. Williams and son arrived from St. Paul, Minn., yesterday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Bennett and daughter, Lydia, are visiting their daughter and sister, Mrs. George W. Minchin.

Yesterday was a day of blizzards and there was no school today.

School commences again Monday if the way can be cleared.

Moses Jerome has been quite sick.

Very unhandy week it has been trying to keep the walkways clear.

D. S. Thomas was down from Nirvana Monday.