Local AARP learns about Osceola County history

REED CITY -- The local chapter No. 2418 of AARP was held at noon March 11 at the United Methodist Church in Reed City with 15 members present.

Attendees listened to a presentation by Osceola County Commissioner Roger Elkins on Osceola County's Sesquicentennial (1869 to 2019), and the impact Delos Blodgett had on Osceola County and the State of Michigan.

Elkins informed the group that the first crop in the area was potatoes, that the first school was located on the Gooch Farm and started in 1860, and that the census in 1860 showed a population of 27 in the county.

He said the lumber industry was called "green gold" and made a larger economic impact by a billion dollars than the California gold rush.

Elkins covered additional interesting information about Osceola County, and ended the presentation with a question and answer period.

During the business meeting, it was decided to change the dates and locations of the next two meetings.

• The next meeting will be held April 22nd, at the Mecosta Osceola ISD Career Center culinary restaurant, 15760 190th Ave., Big Rapids.

• The May meeting will be held May 13, at the Osceola Commission On Aging Evart meal site, 732 W. 7th St., Evart.

Both of these events will require reservations. To sign up, call Mary Lou Proefrock at (231) 832-4938.

The June meeting will be at noon June 10 at the United Methodist Church in Reed City. All are invited to attend. The meeting is potluck and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass.