40 Years Ago OCTOBER 21, 1976


Mayor Fleming called the meeting to order and requested roll call. Present: Pattee, Rice and Elton. Absent: Schlaack.

Moved by Pattee, seconded by Elton to request that the Osceola County Board of Commissioners include the Evart Industrial Development Plan as a top priority in the Osceola County Overall Economic Development Plan. Passed.

Moved by Pattee, seconded by Elton to accept the bid from Morton Salt Co. for winter salt at a total price of $18.21 per ton. Passed

Moved by Rice, seconded by Elton to accept the bid from Gary’s Chevrolet for a new police car to be equipped with two new spotlights. Passed.

On motion meeting adjourned.

Richard W. Thalls

City Clerk

60 Years Ago OCTOBER 11, 1956



Dancers with undampened spirits dumped $44.12 into the wading pool at the Swim Fund Swing held Friday in the school gym to raise money for the newly opened Community Swimming Pool.

In addition, the Evart Community Chest pledged $100 to the pool fund, putting it over the top. The pool program is now assured, said Mrs. John Orr, since enough money now is available to pay instructor’s wages all next summer.

These and other contributions raised to $287.81 the total given by citizens and groups in support of the pool. Other donations not previously reported are: $10 from the American Legion Auxiliary; $10.72 from the “Plug the Pool” window display at Wade’s Drug Store; and $6.15 from gift posters in coffee shops around town.

As another addition to pool equipment, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Gale have donated an umbrella for the life guard tower.

All children who register at the pool are given a number on the Buddy Board at the pool’s edge. When they enter the water they move their washer to the “IN” side of the board, thus giving the safety director an instant check of who is swimming and who is out.

80 Years Ago OCTOBER 15, 1936


Mr. and Mrs. Ross Campbell and Mr. and Mrs. James Harrigan and son, of Toledo, Ohio, are visiting the former’s mother, Mrs. M. J. Adams, and Mr. and Mrs. Rhoy Adams. The Campbells are en route to California where they will make their home.

Dr. and Mrs. Blair Madsen, of Dundee, Ill., will arrive Friday to spend the week with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Madsen.

Mark Ardis and family, of Marion, and Sam Ardis and family, of McBain, spent Sunday afternoon with relatives in Evart.



Voters of Hersey Village will determine at a special election next Tuesday, whether the Consumers Power company shall be granted a franchise to erect electric light poles and wires and maintain service.

100 Years Ago OCTOBER 21, 1916


-Ann Arbor is experiencing a poisoning epidemic, a number of valuable dogs and pet cats being the victims.

-Fire destroyed the Milton Township town hall. It was one of the finest in any rural district in northern Michigan.

-Russell Cole, 18, was drowned in Chapin Lake when his horse stumbled in a hole, throwing the lad into the water.

-Jake Coos, of Monroe County, 17 years old, lost his right leg when he attempted to board a moving freight train.

-Fred Northway, 51 years old, one of the best known members of the Shiawassee County bar, died in Durand, where he had lived 21 years.

-James Allen, 18, is in a hospital at Bay City paralyzed as a result of a fractured vertebra sustained when he dove into shallow water on a dare.

-A. C. Kingman, former state senator from the ninth district and not long ago candidate for the Republican nomination for state treasurer, died of stomach trouble.


Miss Katie Garinger is attending the LeRoy High School.

120 Years Ago OCTOBER 16, 1896


Mr. and Mrs. V. Stein, and Mr. and Mrs. S. Stein and sons, of Osceola, called upon J. C. Arndt Wednesday and Thursday.

Rev. Vincent and wife, of Clare, attended W. M. quarterly meeting over Sunday in Highland. Rev. Bennet, of Hobart, was also there.

Mr. A. Havens has gone to Temple.

John Arndt, of Osceola, visited his son J. C. over Sunday.

John Cockerton and B. G. Moulton called on W. D. Welch, Monday.

L. F. Brown and son, Allie, have gone to Massachusetts on an extended visit.

E. Warren, of Evart, is controlling the pupils in district No. 1 for the current term.

Miss Maye Knowles and Miss Fanny Law called upon their many friends in Avondale last week.

N. W. Hall has sold his farm to E. Griffin of Hastings, Barry Co. Mr. H. thinks of going to Petoskey to live.


Mrs. Jessie Bartholomew and Mrs. Clyde Osmer attended the meeting at Hartwick Sunday.

Miss Eula Schermerhorn, of Lake Station, is a guest at N. A. Shermerhorn’s.

School meeting next Monday night.

140 Years Ago OCTOBER 12 1876


Its Location, Surroundings, Business Prospects, Etc.

Clam Lake, the village which we make the subject of this pencil sketch, is situated in Wexford County, 28 miles north of Reed City, on the G. R. & I Railroad, and on the margin of Little Clam Lake, a beautiful body of water lying just west of the village.

The soil is much the same as that which surrounds the Evart and Reed City areas, the surface of the country surrounding is very rolling, which prevents the village from appearing to the same advantage as it would were it located on a plain. Clam Lake was first settled in the year 1871, the same year that Evart was, and claims a population of 1,500. There are quite a number of mercantile houses, all claiming to do a fair business, several hotels, the most prominent one being the McKinnon House, which is first class in every respect, gentlemanly proprietors and obliging attachés, and sits an excellent table. To any one going to Clam Lake, we say stop at the McKinnon House.

There are three saw mills, one of which runs a gang saw, one planing mill, one church edifice, and a splendid school building just completed, a bank, a weekly newspaper, the News, a first-class local paper and a credit to the village, J. A. & O. Whiteside, publishers, Masonic and Odd Fellows societies, brass band, and a full quota of attorneys, doctors and preachers, as well as of saloons. The main streets are free from stumps but remain ungraded and sidewalks are bad to some extent. The businesses are all of wood. Go visit Clam Lake and see the village for yourself.