Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

July 22, 2010

Thanks to a two-day symposium June 9-10, the City of Davison and Davison Township has a new name and a vision. Unveiled July 20 during a press conference at the Davison Township Municipal Center, the plan is called “Build Davison 48423” and was the outcome of more than 80 individuals representing government, non-profit organizations, academia, residents and other stakeholders who took part in the symposium.

A ribbon-cutting will be held July 27 to mark the official opening of the Black Creek Trail extension. Officials will meet at 2 p.m. at the new bridge on the west side of Gale Road across from the Riegle Press. The extension officially connects the Black Creek Trail, which starts behind the township offices on Irish Road, to the Jack Abernathy Regional Park’s trail system in Davison.

25 YEARS AGO

July 19, 1995

Professional baseball is still a possibility in Davison, even without beer. League organizers have apparently softened their stance about the necessity of beer sales, but say time is of the essence if the first pitch is to be thrown out in 1996. Separate but related developments last week indicate that the “reorganized” central league may be able to field a Class A minor league team at Davison High School baseball diamond if a lease can be negotiated with Davison Community Schools.

The somewhat good news is last Thursday’s severe storm took down some trees in the city of Davison. The bad news is they weren’t any of the problem trees. Keith Skellenger, director of the Department of Public Works, said crews had to remove several trees since Thursday, but none had Dutch elm disease or the unknown malady affecting black locusts.

50 YEARS AGO

July 22, 1970

The City of Davison now has 5,173 residents. Ten years ago, it only had 3,761. Rate of increase, 37.5 percent. Davison Township’s population is now 8,155; in 1960 it was 4,948. The rate of increase was 64 percent. Richfield Township’s 1970 population is 5,543, compared to 4,147 in 1960. Rate of gain 33.7 percent. These statistics appear in a report released today by the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Plans are already shaping up for what appears to be one of the finest Davison Homecomings ever staged. The event, this year titled the Davison Festival of Flags, will open on the evening of Aug. 3 with a parade that will feature come of the finest bands in Michigan, as well as some from Canada.

100 YEARS AGO

July 16, 1920

Notice to citizens: Will those who have a spare room or rooms in their homes which they care to rent during Race Week, July 12-17, notify the undersigned as soon as possible? Also, if you have room for one of more horses in your barn, please let me know. W.R. Mathews, race sec.

The Goodrich team will play ball with the Davison team at the local ground Sunday afternoon, July 11. The game will be called at 3 eastern time. The Goodrich team has been playing great baseball. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index