Out of the past


July 15, 2010

A country concert, a pizza eating contest and a Strongman competition will all be part of next week’s 2010 Festival of Flags. Many of the old, familiar events will continue to take center stage at the festival – like the parade, the carnival and the fireworks – but the Davison Chamber of Commerce said to look for a few new features this year.

The Shovelbyrds, OEM and Yooz Guyz will perform at the Davison Eagle Riders Prostate Cancer Charity Ride, Aug. 14. The trio of bands will be part of the benefit motorcycle ride, which leaves from the Davison Eagles Club, 3270 N. State Rd., and makes stops at the Eagles Clubs in Vassar, Mayville, Imlay City and Lapeer.


July 12, 1995

Some action to correct the concrete problems in the city of Davison was undertaken b the council on Monday, addressing city streets and sidewalks. City voters will decide whether or not they’ll pay for nearly $1 million in street improvements in November’s general election. But, following the advice of bonding attorney Dennis Neiman, the proposal will not specify the length of time for payback of the bonds. The council decided to put the $995,000 question to residents, asking to issue general obligation bonds for street improvements at their last meeting, June 26.

Davison Community Schools will spend $1,500 to cover the expense of a Flint volunteer group which will help the school district with a “strategic planning process.” The board of education on Monday approved an agreement with he Flint Executive Service Corps for assistance with the project, which is intended to integrate all of the school district’s various long-range plans.


July 15, 1970

Last December there was a referendum in Davison Township on the rezoning of property on Oak Road for mobile homes. Davison voters voted no on the referendum 609-379 to remove the rezoning. A long battle had come before the referendum after the board gave approval 3-2 for rezoning. Monday night at the Davison Township Board meeting the subject of the Oak Road development came to the surface again when the township was served notice of a civil suit by property owners Francis and Nina Brokaw for the current zoning.

Construction of an apartment complex with six or seven buildings, with 98 living units, is scheduled to start within six or seven weeks. The project was presented to the Davison City Council for final rezoning approval April 28 and included four buildings with 124 living units. The rezoning was okayed at that time. Plans have since been revised and approval recently by the FHA assured the early start of the development. Original plans project a $1,700,000 investment.


July 9, 1920

A telephone was installed in the home of George Burt, Wednesday.

A crock of butter was unearthed Saturday by workmen while digging a trench for a sewer from Smith’s Livery to Main Street sewer. The butter was doubtless part of a stock of a grocery which was located near that place and which was buried in the debris during the big fire of 1894. The butter was re-interred when the sewer was filled in. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index