Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

July 8, 2010

For a while it looked like the future of the Davison Farmers Market was in jeopardy. But with the hiring of a market master the 2010 season is ready to get underway. The market will open July 9 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and will last 11 weeks, ending July 17. It will be held in the north end of Shopper’s Alley parking lot, at the base of Second Street. The layoff of the community development director by the city left a void where management of the Farmers Market was concerned. The Davison Downtown Development Authority hired Leigh Gauthier as market master last month, getting the annual market back on track for the season.

An exchange of barbs by some people visiting the city’s Facebook page prompted a warning recently by the City Council – if people can’t play nice, the site will be shut down. Several unsavory remarks made by people posting on the city of Davison’s Facebook page were discussed at the council’s June 28 meeting. City Manage Dale Martin said he had been forced to remove the comments, which he said amounted to name-calling.

25 YEARS AGO

July 5, 1995

An ongoing problem for residents of Potters Lake Park subdivision in Elba Township could be draining into the Black Creek by the end of next year. The 77 property owners on the southeast corner of the lake have been experiencing increasing sanitary sewer difficulties for two decades, according to Lapeer County Commissioner John Cousins. He said the county is proposing the construction of a sanitary sewage lagoon on the northeast corner of the lake with a drainage point at the creek, just south of Washburn Road.

With an upswing in the overall economy, the Davison area seems to be weathering well, if local construction is used as a barometer. All three units of government are seeing an increase in new construction, as well as building permits for renovation and remodeling of existing dwellings. Lee Whalen, who shares his time as building inspector for Richfield Township and the City of Davison, said residential development is strong I the area.

50 YEARS AGO

July 8, 1970

The Davison Board of Education, before approving any new expenditures, is awaiting definite information, in-detail, on the provisions of the state aid bill as recently approved by the legislature. When the Index asked Robert Hill, business manager, whether the new budget was set up to provide for reduced aid, he said, “Well, it could be tight.” With that situation in mind, the board tabled a suggestion by Superintendent Dr. Robert Amble to provide four, portable air conditioning units for the high school administrative offices at a cost of $900 to $1,000. Amble had told the board the temperature in these rooms often hits 80 before school open in the morning and rises into the 90s before the day is over.

The Davison Jaycees are starting a new campaign to promote Davison as “The City of Flags.” For years the Jaycees have sold flags and have had a project of putting up large flags toi fly over business places in the Davison area. The new project is the selling of four by twelve-inch plates which have a United States flag in full color with the City of Flags inscribed on the plate. These plates will go on the front grill or above or below the license plate.

100 YEARS AGO

July 2, 1920

A deal was made Tuesday whereby the Hotel Davison became the property of David Switzer of Flint and Frank Spaulding of Greenville, the new owners taking immediate possession. The new firm promises the citizens of this section and the travelling public generally the fullest measure of courtesy and service. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index.