30 Years Ago FEBRUARY 10, 1987 NEW COMMISSION HOLDS FIRST MEETING Reed City – An organizational meeting was held Friday for the newly elected Osceola County Commission. Five new board members and four returning members took the oath of office from county clerk Carl Wyman at 9:30 a.m. at the special meeting. By a unanimous voice vote, first year commissioner Patrick Kailing of Reed City was elected to chair the board, and 15 year commission veteran Ed Kirkby was elected vice-chair. Commissioner Ned Seath, also a new commissioner, was nominated for both positions, but declined, saying he “appreciated the nominations” but favored Kailing and Kirkby for the positions. Commissioners were given board and committee assignments for the coming term. On the advice of Kailing, commissioners agreed to consolidate some of the county’s 25-plus committee and board assignments. “We can look towards consolidation, and if there are some that we don’t have an immediate need for, we can leave them on the back burner until we do need them,” Kailing said. 50 Years Ago FEBRUARY 16, 1967 EASE HOUSING CREDIT IN OSCEOLA COUNTY The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Home Administration is better equipped to handle the housing credit needs of low and moderate income Mecosta and Osceola County families as a result of legislation recently signed into law, according to Fred E. Winebarger, Farmer’s Home Administration County Supervisor. Winebarger said the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act, signed in December by President Johnson, makes it possible for a broader range of Mecosta and Osceola County families to qualify for housing credit under expanded housing loan authorities of the Farmers Home Administration. The new legislation, Winebarger continued, makes more mortgage credit available to low and moderate income families in Mecosta and Osceola Counties by increasing the level of activity of the agency’s rural housing loan program. Another change in the rural housing loan program administered by Mecosta and Osceola County Farmers Home Administration is: many families who had to go the long road of planning, contracting and building a house can now buy newly constructed buildings. Before the new legislation these families could only purchase previously occupied buildings. Applications for Farmers Home Administration rural housing loans may be made at the Mecosta Co. office, 206 S. Third Ave., Big Rapids, or at the Evart part-time office open each Thurs. morning. 69 Years Ago FEBRUARY 5, 1947 STATE LANDS GO “LIKE HOT CAKES” Map Stock Depleted as Interest in Resort Country Grows The tremendous demand for information about state lands for sale in northern Michigan has so depleted current stocks of land lists and county land maps that the conservation department is asking inquirers to be more specific. Prospective purchasers are being asked to specify a single county whenever possible and to inquire only about lands they are genuinely interested in buying. Limiting individual requests will speed replies to all, the conservation department’s lands division says, reporting some delays are inevitable at the rate inquiries about northern state lands are being received. Requests for information are now coming in from all parts of the state at the rate of more than 200 daily. 90 Years Ago FEBRUARY 4, 1927 COUNTY ITEMS Mr. and Mrs. Harley Comer, of Evart, spent Sunday with Mrs. Comer’s mother, Mrs. James Millen and sister, Nellie. Miss Margaret Richardson spent Sunday at home. Mrs. J. J. Coon, is much better at this writing. Mrs. Stearns, of Deerfield, Ohio, returned Saturday to her home after ten days visit with her daughter and family, Mrs. A. Bragg. Mark Sheardy, of Lake, spent over Sunday with his daughter and husband Mr. and Mrs. Orville Martin. Marion News Miss Irene White, who teaches in the Reed City School, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank White. Omer Hall made a business trip to Owosso, Monday. The first number of the Lyceum Course sponsored by the Senior class, will be given at the M. E. Church Friday evening. Dr. A. Brennan is resuming his duties after a leave of fourteen days. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis and family have gone on a week’s vacation. Mrs. Clara Manning, Mrs. J. M. McPhail and Mr. and Mrs. James Conklin went to Shelby Saturday. 110 Years Ago FEBRUARY 15, 1907 MISCELLANEOUS COUNTY NOTES County Clerk Cowley is busy with county business, going to Tustin, Reed City and Evart. Miss Agnes Hines, who is fourth grade teacher in the Reed City schools, spent Sunday at home. Mrs. S. G. Kincaid has had hardwood floors placed in the Kincaid Hotel throughout the first floor. Chas. Bowers, of Cat Creek, visited his daughter, Mrs. W. W. Mann, at Big Rapids, Friday. There was a regular meeting of the Masonic lodge Tuesday night. Work in the first. Thomas Hardman left Saturday evening for Colorado, where he will engage in milling. Homer Howard, of Evart, was in town Tuesday in the interest of The Review. Miss Clara Beardsley has been engaged to teach music in the Reed City schools. John Truman, of Manton, visited his sister, Mrs. William Woodward, last Friday. County Clerk Cowley took advantage of the storm Monday and visited his farm. 130 Years Ago FEBRUARY 11, 1887 AREA NEWS Four Townships Chas. Fellows, of Cass Co., Mich., is reported as getting his saw mill in readiness to ship to Evart. He will erect in or near our section of the county. Collin Peters lost a two year old child on Saturday last. The poor little one fell into a tub of nearly boiling water and lived but two hours hence and that with great suffering. S. Shadley returned Thursday from Lake city. He reports business quite lively in the woods. Rev. Fore, of Avondale, is absent in the central part of the state on business. B. Meyers, of Adrian, has arrived and has commenced operations on his late purchase. He came through by team. Sears Augers’ well diggers have drilled down some 130 feet, and now all the machinery is fast in some way, possibly of ice, and they are making arrangements to withdraw the tubing, etc., with a stump machine. George Tuttle’s new horse concluded George was too long in getting around after he was ready to start, and so went off on a stiff run when George’s gentle voice opened up in the rear.