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30 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 25, 1986



At a recent School Board meeting Superintendent Mike Weiler discussed the increase in the High School and Elementary School student enrollment. It was pointed out that the enrollment of K-5 was up by 45 students over last year. This puts the total enrollment of the Elementary School at 657 children. Mr. Weiler also stated that every nook and cranny was being utilized to its fullest at the Elementary School.

Enrollment at the High School is up by approximately 25 over last year. A total of 645 students are currently attending the High School. This is reported to be the largest enrollment in the Evart School District.

Board member, Bob Foster, announced the Building Committees’ selection for an Architect. Selected were Don Mortlidge and associate Dave Edly. Mr. Mortlidge was on hand for the announcement and personally thanked the board on their selection. Mr. Mortlidge said he was looking forward to working on the new building and working in this community. Current plans include the construction of a new High School and refurbishing the present building for a Middle School. To help finance this project, it was suggested that there be a Bo

nd Issue of $2,000.

50 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 17, 1966



American Lutheran Church Women of St. Paul’s in Evart have elected as their Executive Board for 1967: president, Carol Roberts; vice president, Pat Gerber; secretary, Judy Knuth; treasurer, Juanita Hiner; secretary of stewardship, Dot Cruikshank; secretary of education, Josephine Witt and activity chairman, Vivian Hinkley.



Tickets are now on sale for the annual “Candlelight Buffet” sponsored by the Reed City Hospital Guild, with the event set for a week from Saturday at Miller Auditorium.

At the meeting of the organization held on Tuesday, president Mrs. Lawrence Cushman, Jr., announced her committee chairmen for the dinner-dance. Mrs. Clyde Crane, Jr., will serve as general chairman, assisted by other members of the group.

Proceeds from the evening are earmarked for purchase of a transcart or surgilift, described as a complete patient handling system.

Tickets are available at $2.50 each from Mrs. Ross Babb, Mrs. Don Pattee, Mrs. A. K. Ball, Mrs. J. N. Orr, or another other member of the guild.

69 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 20, 1947

(1946 microfilm missing from library)


The salary of Herbert Sebring was set at $225 per month for the balance of the fiscal year and $150 was turned over to the Park Commission to finance their programs.

The Council also approved a lease on quarters in the hose house to the Soil Conservation District at a nominal rental of $1.00 per year for an indefinite time.

Headquarters of that organization will be transferred to Evart from Marion next month, it is understood.


by Bess Williams

Gerald Brooks took his mother, Mrs. Ollie Brooks, for her first airplane ride a few weeks ago. Mrs. Brooks is 70 years old. He also took for rides, Mrs. Norman McLachlan and her three youngest sons, and Mrs. Ralph Hunt and son, Larry.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kroupa and family of Traverse City and Mr. and Mrs. Burl MacKersie and son of Barryton, were dinner guests Sunday at the Orlo Belleville home.

Mrs. Irene C. Dresser, who has been a guest in the R. A. Whitehead home for the past five weeks, left Thursday for her home in New York City.

90 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 17, 1926


Friday & Saturday

Leon Errol in “Clothes Make the Pirate.” Also, Charles Chase in a two act comedy, “Innocent Husbands.” Admission 15 & 30 cents.

Sunday and Monday

Natacha Rambova (Mrs. Rudolph Valentino) in Laura Jean Libbey’s famous story, “When Love Grows Cold.” Bobby Vernon furnishes the comedy entitled “Air Tight.” Admission 15 & 30 cents.


Mrs. Theodore Leonard and daughter, Mrs. Ethel Campolio, of Detroit, are visiting their cousins, Dr. A. C. and Edward Lewis.

Rev. W. H. Bailey filled the pulpit of the Baptist Church at LeRoy, Sunday night.


The Evart Co-operative Live Stock Shipping Association will hold their annual meeting at the Farmers’ Warehouse on Saturday, at 2 o’clock.

110 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 23, 1906


Sawyerville Rural Route No. 2

Lou Smith called on Ella Bransell Sunday.

Henry Kaufman was a LeRoy visitor Sunday.

Chas. Dean, of Cadillac, visited one day last week with his parents here.

Nearly everyone around here attended the festivities at LeRoy Friday evening.

Miss Mildred Knapp, of Cedar, and Miss Ella Smith were LeRoy callers on Tuesday.

Mrs. W. Strail, of Mancelona, is visiting with her parents here, Mr. and Mrs. J. Pantz.

Sylvan No. 4

Lester Morton’s little girl has diphtheria.

Mrs. Mand McCarn is quite sick. Dr. Conover is attending her.

The Evart Hardware Co. is putting a new Majestic furnace in the M. E. Church. Mr. Jenkins, of Avondale is the mason.

Rev. James Hamilton, D. D., of Grand Rapids, will preach at Sylvan next Sunday morning and at Avondale in the evening.

130 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 19, 1886


Matters in Brief

John Howden, of Reed City, advertises that he will fill orders for pork by mail, if the order is accompanied by cash.

Luther Russell has started agents who will sell his patent stove pipe fasteners. They are simple, reliable and cheap.

L. X. Gaulet, formerly of the Imlay City Optic, has now purchased an interest in the Reed City Democrat.

H.  J. Hind is the father of a bouncing boy. See the smile on his face.

Mr. R. Z. Chandler has moved his mother from Milford to this place and will occupy the Egan house on Fifth Street.

South Orient

“It never rains but it pours,” is what John Edgett thought last Saturday morning when all his men turned out to save the dam across the Chippewa River at his mill. The oldest inhabitant never saw the river so high before. No damage done save the breaking of the boom and letting a few logs down the river.

John Ward has moved to Gratiot County to work his father’s farm.

School will commence once again next Monday in District No. 4, with Bert Smith as teacher.

Reports say that twice as much wheat was sown this fall as was sown last year.

Mike Keegan, of Sylvester, Mecosta County, was in town Saturday looking for pine for a winter’s job. He lumbered off the pine on sections 31 and 32 last season.