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40 Years Ago

OCTOBER 7, 1976



The 30th annual FFA & 4-H Osceola County Youth Fair was held this year at Evart in front of an old grandstand that will soon be torn down.

The Tom Smith Memorial Stadium will soon replace the creaky, old structure that has served Osceola County and the community of Evart so well over the decades, whether it be for fairs, football games or other outdoor events.


-Bob’s Heating and Cooling Service – 24 hour service, installation & repair. Certified by the County and Licensed by the State. Serving this area for over 7 years. Robert Zinger.

-Schofield Insurance Agency – Auto, home, business, life – 8953 Lake Station Ave., Lake, Michigan.

-Corey Funeral Home – Evart, Michigan.

60 Years Ago

OCTOBER 4, 1956



Spudding operations at the I. W. Hartman well No. 1 reached into the Traverse formation at 3,187 feet Tuesday afternoon without a sign of oil, gas or brine. Plans are to continue to the Dundee formation at 3,700 feet and below if nothing if found higher.

The well is on the Anna Shearer Estate lease, just across the Muskegon River from Evart’s Riverside Park.

The well was drilled to 1,750 feet with a rotary drill and a seven inch casing dropped in to avoid water. Spudding started at that level.



Deputy Sheriff Walter Bodany replaced Martin Wolverton as Missaukee County Sheriff when the latter resigned to become manager and caretaker for the Missaukee Lakes and Land Company.

80 Years Ago

OCTOBER 8, 1936

TALK of the TOWN

Rev. and Mrs. William Agnew, of Deerfield, Illinois, returned Monday after spending the weekend with Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Erskine and other relatives. They were accompanied home by their daughter Jane, who has been visiting here for the past two weeks and her grandfather, William Ardis. Mrs. Agnew has been for 22 years superintendent of the Dorcas home, at Deerfield. The home for children consists of three buildings, a hospital, boys’ and girls’ dormitories, and is situated on a beautifully landscaped eight acre farm two and a half miles from Highland Park, Chicago.

Mr. and Mrs. W. W. McCord and children, Herbert and Mary, of Detroit, are spending the week with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Latta.

Betty Joyce Barker visited her cousin, Beverly Jean Sutliff, Wednesday afternoon.

Charles Henry visited relatives in Flint several days last week.

Miss Waunita Frantz and Miss Parker, of Big Rapids, were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Disbrow.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Richardson and family, and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Richardson, of Evart, and Judson E. Richardson, Jr., and family, of Kalamazoo, attended the Richardson family reunion at Birmingham Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Mart5in and daughter, Jean and Marilyn Lucne, left Tuesday to visit their parents at Gobles.

100 Years Ago

OCTOBER 7, 1916


-Clayton Updike, a Sturgis baker, lost two fingers, his arm broken in two places and his shoulder dislocated when he tried to clean a moving bread mixer.

-The smallpox epidemic is considerably improved; several quarantines being lifted. Only one new case has been reported at Hudson.

-Mrs. Shaw, of Blissfield, has won the first legal step towards the recovery of a $220,000 fortune left by her mother.

Another Big


Men’s and Boys’ Low Cut Mule Shoes, bellows tongues, good soles. Some sizes gone. $1 per pair.

All Men’s Straw Hats, Soft and Senate Braids. Values up to $3.00. $1 your choice.

Men’s $1.25 and $1.50 Pants in Dark Strips and Tans. Some with Belts. $1 per pair.

Men’s White Duck Oxfords, Leather or Rubber Soles. $1.75 value for just $1 per pair.

50 Pairs Women’s and Misses’ Patent Leather and Dull Kid Pumps and Oxfords, high and low heels. Values up to $4.00. $1 per pair.

25 Pairs Ladies’ High Cut Shoes some with Fancy Cloth Tops. Gypsy Cuts and Patent Leather. Most all sizes. $1 per pair.

Men’s, Women’s Boys’ Tennis Shoes, Black or White, Our Price per Pair – 48 cents.


120 Years Ago

OCTOBER 2, 1896


A large acreage has been sown to wheat this year in this area.

School begins in No. 3 next Wednesday.

Mrs. Frank Hoffmeyer was calling on old acquaintances in South Sylvan, Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. David Parker, of Osceola, were visiting friends here a couple of days this week.


Mr. Snider and Clyde Osmer are building new houses.

Robbie Allen, of Sears, was a guest of his cousin, Jay Allan, last week.

The farmers are hurriedly cutting their corn for fear of heavy frost which they have been spared thus far.

Cattle buyers are more plenty than fat cattle and those who are lucky enough to have them are in no hurry to sell. That’s right, comrades, hold on to your beef until after McKinley gets there November 4th.


Joseph Wigglesworth is on the sick list.

Mr. and Mrs. John Adams are on the sick list.

J. W. Finch and wife intend to start for Montgomery Ala., next Tuesday.

Mrs. Eugene Wigglesworth went to Branch Co., last Tuesday to visit her parents.

140 Years Ago

OCTOBER 6 1876


-We are indebted to Dr. H. B. Peck, of Reed City, for a quantity of as fine tomatoes as has been our privilege to see for many a day.

-Work has commenced on the new Hayes and Wheeler pole, to be erected on the public square. It will be eight square and stand 150 feet above ground. Due notice will be given of the time and speakers.

-The Michigan Conference of the M. E. Church will convene at Niles, Mich. on the 10th inst.

-The social supper last Friday evening for the benefit of the Rev. N. Saunders was a very pleasant affair; from which was realized $37.45, net.


The following Lumber contracts have been let and the contractors have commenced work:

Peter McFarlane has a contract with Eldred & Co. for putting in three million feet at the elbow.

Barton & Deizeil have a contract with same parties for putting in five million feet. They will bank their logs at the big rollway just no rth of this village.

D. & E. Laboeuf have a contract with Beidler & Co. for putting in five or six million feet. They will also bank their logs at the big rollway just above the village.