Back in Time — April 19, 2017

40 Years Ago

APRIL 14, 1977



REED CITY - The Osceola County Chapter of the American Red Cross is trying to raise $7,200 by holding a fund drive; the reason being to make up for the financial deficit of the county chapter. The Lansing regional blood center assesses 7 cents for each person in Osceola County.

This charge is around $1,200 for the county over the last several years.

The $7,200 breaks down to $4,000 for the blood program, $100 for first aid and water safety, $500 for service to military families and veterans, $400 for Red Cross phoning, $200 for disaster and $2,000 for the National Emergency Fund.

Through the Red Cross blood is made available to all residents of Osceola County because a chapter exists in this county. In the last year 660 pints of blood were collected in Osceola County; Reed City 296, Evart 273 and Marion 92.

Here are the members of the county chapter: Board members: Chairman, Rev. Steven E. Wardwell, Reed City; Treasurer, Mrs. Bev Zielinski, Evart; Blood, Mrs. Mary Lou Zimmerman, Hersey; Water Safety, Mrs. Madelyn Barto, Reed City; First Aid, Mrs. Ruth Rathbun, Reed City; Service to Military Families, Rev. Steven E. Wardwell, Reed City; Fund Campaign Co-Chairman, Lynn Mauck, Evart, Laane Hocquard, Hersey; Evart Campaign, Evart Jaycees; Reed City Campaign, Residential – Hospital Guild; Business – Robert Harrison; Industry, Henry Irwin; Hersey, Mrs. Janet Brinker.

60 Years Ago

APRIL 18, 1957



Johnson Dist.

The family of Maro Hodges were all home over the weekend except Frank, who is in the Navy and is counting the months until he can be home again. Present were Duane and family, of Conklin, Ruth Elaine and family, of Reed City, and Roberta and family and Robert, at home.

Pogy Farm Bureau will be held Thursday evening at the Pogy School house. Everyone is welcome and members are reminded that Blue Cross is due.

Mr. and Mrs. Eldon McLachlan spent a couple of days last week at their farm here. Dwight and friend, Jack, also spent the weekend here.

Ines Johnson called last week in Pogy to visit Aunt Anna

Corey and found her feeling some better.

Pogy extension class is to be held this week Wednesday afternoon at the Ruth Walters home.

80 Years Ago

APRIL 15, 1937


There isn’t an article of food that means so much from a health standpoint as does milk. Milk has often been referred to as our most perfect food, and it is our cheapest food, too.

The control of the purity of milk is only an item in this industry, but it is a very important item. Health departments spend more for inspecting milk than for any other food.

In both Mecosta and Osceola Counties, it is required that cows be cleaned before milking, that the milker’s hands are clean, that utensils are sterilized, and that the milk is chilled and kept cold until it is shipped.

During the survey of the dairy farms that is being made at the present time, farmers have been found to be very interested and cooperative. They are particularly desirous in producing as low a count in bacteria in their milk as possible before it is delivered to the dairy.

100 Years Ago

APRIL 20, 1917


South Sylvan

Farmers are taking advantage of the fine weather to get caught up on their work.

George Gardner made a business trip to Coleman between trains Monday.

Orson Dyer, of Saginaw, is the guest of his brother-in-law, Earl Martin and family.

Warren Gregg has been out of school the past week on account of an attack of neuralgia.

The Helping Hand Society will meet with Mrs. Marvin Viets Wednesday, for an all-day session, with potluck dinner at noon. Ladies please bring thimbles and come prepared to sew.

North Hartwick

John and William Porter have gone to Lansing to work.

A large number attended the sale at Mr. Samuels Monday. Most of the goods sold at a fair price.

Eileen Rogers, who had nearly recovered from a severe attack of tonsillitis, is not quite so well this week.

120 Years Ago

APRIL 16, 1897



Measles are still raging in Marion and surrounding country.

Officer Frank Turner, of Evart, seems to be scouting in these parts; but perhaps he knows where he’s at!

Stone & Son are making considerable improvements around their mill. By the way, they are doing an extensive business in the way of lumbering hardwood from their land on section 23.

Park Lake seems to be booming, notwithstanding the hard times. We can hardly understand the cause, but suppose it to be confidence. To be sure, “Billy” Eichenbirg has lately embarked in the general trade at that place, which of itself is sufficient cause for a general rejoicing of the people. Both the Bradford and Duroy mills are being stocked larger and a number of lots have been sold during the last few weeks to parties who expect to build.

Hartwick and Highland

Mr. Robinson, of Sherman, did business at Park Lake, Thursday.

Mrs. Binnie Baker was a guest of Mrs. Raymond Beebe, Thursday.

G. Frantz and B. Wing transacted business at Marion Wednesday.

Miss Nettie Graff will spend the weekend at the home in Reed City.

140 Years Ago

APRIL 13, 1877


-The council held a meeting last Monday evening.

-About $20,000,000 is the gold yield of California for the 12 months.

-M. Anderson & Co. have opened an exchange and collection Bank at Middle Branch.

-As a result of the Moody-Sankey meetings in Chicago, a nicely dressed lady stopped a boy trudging along with a basket and asked: “My boy, have you got religion?” “No Ma’am,” said the innocent, “I’ve got potatoes.”

-Big Rapids – Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, delivers her lecture on Mormonism at this place on the 19th inst.

-House plants feel the effects of sudden cold weather about as much as the average family.

-The Register says a foundery and machine shop are to be opened at Clare.

Some miscreant without fear of man, woman or devil, has confiscated the entire wood pile belonging to the Editor of the Register, and now the Editor would like to have that fellow come around. He would undoubtedly immediately hand him over to the hell box, to be submitted to a thorough “bulldozing.” The Editor says: somebody has purloined our wood, and the wretch who perpetrated such should be eternally bamboozled and everlastingly boonswaggled on general principals. Let him read and tremble:

“The man who beats the printer

Out of a single cent,

Shall never reach that heavenly land

Where Old Elijah went.”