Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

June 24, 2010

The Davison Board of Education bid farewell to both retiring Superintendent Clay Perkins and outgoing board member Carol Dowsett at the June 21 budget hearing. Perkins, who is retiring after 36 years with the district, the past eight of which he has been superintendent, said he’ll miss the district, staff and administration – but doesn’t regret his decision to retire. Dowsett, who leaves the board after four years, said while she is no longer a trustee, she’ll still be active in the community.

Today is the final day of the Davison boys’ basketball skills camp that boys’ varsity coach Shane Alderson has hosted along with the varsity players and girls’ coach TJ Fischhaber and several of his players. Ab excellent turnout of 90 campers made up of kids in grades 4-10 was broken down daily into a morning session for the 4th-7th graders, while the 8th-10th graders took the floor during the afternoon.

25 YEARS AGO

June 21, 1995

A new fire sub-station in Richfield Township will become reality only after about 20 yet-to-be-hired firefighters prove their commitment by completing a state-certified training program. Tri-Unit representatives on Monday approved a recommendation from the Davison Area Fire Authority to allow for financing and changes in bylaws and procedures connected with opening the substation.

For the newest face on the Davison Community Schools Board of Education, it wasn’t a question of if he would serve, only a question of when. “At some point, you have to take responsibility in the community and be a leader,” said Kevin Leffler, and he decided he’d come to that point. Having been a certified public accountant for 14 years, and a professor in accounting and business at Baker College for five, he did some soul searching.

50 YEARS AGO

June 24, 1970

Although the plans for downtown redevelopment, which call for additional parking space, acquiring some property and removing structures, have been at a standstill for some months, the project is still very much alive. Much of the program hinges on Davison Oils & Gas Co. whose property on Mill Street, between State Road and Main Street, would have to be cleared. The firm, as well as the city, had appraisals on the firm’s sites on both sides of Mill Street. The firm, however, is seeking to determine such costs as may be needed in relocation of its facilities.

All signs now point to a Davison Township referendum on rezoning, probably next November. Township Clerk Mary McAra, Sunday night, received petitions bearing 853 signatures asking for the referendum, which aims to block a condominium housing proposal at the Glen Walters Farm, 2201 N. Irish Rd.

100 YEARS AGO

June 8, 1920

A horseman, who at present is in charge of some fast horses at the local track, voice his sentiment of the improvements being made for the Short Ship races in the following manner: “I have been all over the tracks in Michigan, and you can take it from me that Davison’s new race track, when completed, will be the best in the state. The heavy rain we had Friday night was just the thing needed to pack the earth down and your track here is one you are going to be proud of.” When the gong rings the week of July 12-17 the track will be in tip-top condition and the barns filled with more than 100 of the fastest horses in the U.S.A.

Word was received Wednesday that all of the eighth graders from our school who wrote on the county eighth grade examination have passed. There were 13 who wrote. The class, and especially their teacher, Miss Warner, are to be commended for this fine record. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index