Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 2010

Roberta Sparks, fondly known in the Davison area as “Aunt Bert”, remains on a mission to send care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas. Aiding her in the cost of that mission will be the Eagle Riders Aerie No. 629, who will hold a bike run Sept. 18 starting at the Eagles Club, 2149 N. Dort Hwy. and travelling more than 140 miles to Eagles posts in Durand, Owosso, Vassar, Mayville and Davison before returning to the Flint post.

The Davison Township Downtown Development Authority is considering $37 million in improvements to the Irish and Lapeer road corridors as a way to attract more businesses to the township. The DDA was presented with a proposed plan by Wade Trim planning and Kraft Engineering Tuesday which, if implemented, would cost the DDA about $37 million over 15-20 years.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 6, 1995

Although some have already begun to focus on the 1996 national political campaign, residents I the city of Davison have more immediate election concerns. Tuesday, Nov. 7 is the semi-annual city council election and a new sidewalk financing proposal is also on the ballot. The two-year position of mayor, currently held by Kay Ann Adair, will be on the ballot. In addition, three of the six council seats will be up for election. Incumbents with terms set to expire are Ron Emery, Fred Rappuhn and Kirk Richardson.

Predicting school enrollment is never an exact science, and sometimes it comes with surprises. Such is the case this fall at Thomson Elementary School, where officials have witnessed the pitter-patter of more little feet than expected. Official school enrollment will not be measured until the first Friday in October, and enrollment estimates at Davison schools were not available last Friday.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1970

School taxes here, starting with the December collection, will be a bit lower. The Davison Community Schools Board of Education Tuesday night approved a reduction in the school levy by .88 mill. Superintendent Robert Amble told the Index this was made possible by two factors, a cut from 8.2 mills to 8.1 mills by the County Tax Allocation Board, and by an increased valuation in local property easing the burden by .78 mills.

The Oak Road railroad crossing will have new flashing signals in time for the opening of the new Davison High School next year and the road will be graded up to a level approach by that time. The Board of Education was informed Tuesday that the railroad was given 240 days (from Aug. 10) to install the signals, and the County Highway Department was ordered to build up the road at that point.

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 3, 1920

All users of motors in this village are urged to get their alternating current motors at once , as it is the expectation that the new current will be in force in that portion of town south of the Grand Truck Railroad tracks next Tuesday when current is furnished to the fairgrounds, and the whole town in 10 to 12 days.

Our schools opened Monday, Aug. 31 with an enrollment of 215. This is the largest number in several years. The high school has 64 compared to 52 last year. Every seat is now taken, and more pupils are expected. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index.