40 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 12, 1976

Gary Siler

CHEVROLET

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60 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 15, 1956

VIOLENT THUNDERSTORM

FLOODS CREEK and ROADS

Over five inches of rain fell in Saturday morning’s violent thunderstorm, enough to do considerable damage to the land. It  sent placid Twin Creek rampaging through Evart, endangering a gas main, flooding gardens, yards and basements and stranding one of Ernie Rohen’s roosters on a block of wood for several hours.

Part of M-66 north of U.S. 10 was undermined, and throughout Osceola County, gravel roads were washed out at the shoulder.

Saturday and Sunday, 50 men, 20 gravel trucks, four power graders and three shovels repaired the county’s rain-cut roads, said Burr Hicks, deputy clerk.

In the northwest corner of the county, a wooden bridge just floated away, he said.

In Evart, Herb Sebring and a crew of city workers removed an abutment from the small bridge over Twin Creek at Fifth Street, after it had been undermined, before it could break a gas line which crosses the creek.

Splash boards from the dam below the Community Pool were removed as were those at Forrest Alexander’s pond further downstream.

Lightening damage in Evart, the Taylor Insurance Agency reports, was light, with only a few clocks and television sets found hurt by the flashes.

A rain gauge on the Wilson Church farm near Sparks Corners recorded 4.5 inches in 13 hours. Ernie Rohen’s gauge said 5.25 inches. The rain gauge of Prof. Karl F. Zeisler behind the Legion Hall blew over in the storm and no reading was available.

80 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 12, 1936

AREA NOTES

Middle Branch

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Disbrow and Miss Velma Howe called on Mrs. Allen Sunday and also at the Hugh Disbrow home.

Middle Branch School has been repaired. The building has been enlarged, more seats installed and an extra window put in the front. Arthur Blackledge and William Cogler did the work.

School has now reopened  in the Gormer School in Middle Branch. Burl Bodery is the teacher.

Mrs. Harry Johnson entertained Mrs. Anderson at dinner Sunday and Sunday evening they were guests at a chicken supper at the home of Mrs. Allen.

 A Home Economics Club is being organized. The first lesson will be Home Management. We wish to add many new members. Watch for particulars.

Mrs. Hesselsweet and granddaughter are visiting at the E. J. Hall home until Tuesday.

The Ed Anderson and McCormick barns are nearly enclosed and just in time it seems.

George Radabaugh is working on the road.

Leon Hulliberger, of Flint, spent the weekend with his family at the home of their parents.

100 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 18, 1916

N. W. OSCEOLA COUNTY

Mrs. John Iler, of Sturgis, came Tuesday evening for a visit with her son, Harve Iler and family.

Mrs. Louisa Forbes, of Grand Rapids, came Wednesday for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Forbes.

Miss Beatrice Johnson, Mrs. Phoebe Harmer, Lou Fenner and Albert Swanson were Big Rapids visitors Sunday.

MARION ITEMS

Fred O’Donnell was in Reed City on business Monday.

Miss Bessie Hale left Sunday to return to her school near Sylvan.

Mrs. J. A. Johnson is in Detroit buying new millinery stock.

Misses Irene and Marie Chadwick are visiting relatives in Lansing.

Ralph Jones, of Pontiac, came Friday for a short visit with his family.

Frank Cole returned Saturday from a month’s visit with relatives in Ohio.

Mrs. George Anderson and daughter spent Friday with relatives in Manistee.

Ray Kent and family autoed to Weidman Saturday to visit friends in that area.

George Wilson, of Leota, visited over Sunday with Marion relatives and friends.

George Piper, of Toledo, came Monday to visit his brother, J. F. Piper and family

120 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 18, 1896

COUNTY-WIDE NEWS

Wm. Wilson lost a hog the other day. The symptoms of the disease from which it died were those of cholera.

Willie Watson, of Vassar, Tuscola County, has been in this locality during the past week taking photographs of farm buildings and the several schools of the county.

The Barryton M. E. ladies meet at the home of F. H. Lee the last Tuesday of the month.

Corn husking continues to be the business at hand for farmers.

The Disciple Church is about completed excepting the seats, which will be put in as soon as may be.

The Gibbs family have moved on his father’s farm and are engaged in organizing the place inside and out.

Mr. Jones and son started this afternoon for Eaton County to get the balance of their household good.

F. H. Lee has let the job of husking his 17 acres of corn to Loren Moore. He commenced work on it last week.

Frank Bark and wife, and Miss Lund, were visiting in this part of the country last week. As usual there was a scarcity of fresh fruit while he was down here. They returned home Sunday.

James Bearly is convalescing quite rapidly from his hurt.

140 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 17, 1876

TID - BITS

-How have the election returns affected you so far?

-Repairs are being made on the M. E. parsonage.

-“Uncle” Ben is on the war path, and wants taxes to be paid up.

-There will be Catholic services in this village next Sunday.

-Get your wood piles in shape to be got at and your stoves in order.

PERSONAL

Mr. D. Rice, of Croton, called in yesterday.

Mrs. Robt. Ponsford and daughter are visiting at Mount Morris.

Mrs. Spencer returned Wednesday from a visit to Chicago.

Mr. Robt Sharmau returned Tuesday evening after a short trip to Canada.

W. W. Quigley and son, returned last night from an extended visit to his father in Chautauqua Co., N. Y.

Mrs. John Manning, who has been spending a few days here visiting with her friends, returned to her fathers at Mount Morris last Tuesday.