Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Oct. 28, 2010

Michael Hart was hired and sworn in as the new city manager after his contract was approved unanimously by the city council, Oct. 25. Hart, 46, started his new responsibilities at the helm of the City of Davison, Tuesday. Council approved a $62,500 a year contract for Hart at Monday’s council meeting. He was previously city manager for Watersvliet, near Kalamazoo.

The Lady Cardinals will roll out the red carpet to host the No. 9-A volleyball district that opens play on Monday, Nov. 1. The heavily Flint Metro League loaded district features Flint Kearsley, now 4-4 Metro, Clio, 0-8 Metro, Lapeer East, 6-2 Metro, Lapeer West, 7-1 Metro and Flint Northwestern. Kearsley will take on Clio in the opener at 5 p.m., followed by Flint vs. Davison at 7 p.m.

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 25, 1995

The price of progress sometimes includes patience. Those attempting to telephone Davison Community Schools in recent days – and those who answers the phones – have learned that lesson the hard way. Work to add extra lines to the school district telephone system have resulted in fewer lines being available over the past couple weeks, according to Gary Kelley, assistant superintendent of fiscal affairs. As a result, busy signals tend to be more frequent for those calling the district switchboard.

Dial-a-Ride employees will enjoy a 4 percent wage increase, retroactive to July 1, in a new one-year contract ratified Monday by the Davison City Council. Members of Council 25, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 1918, Chapter H, had already ratified the agreement. The pact has a few major changes, but one is a new provision which can hold drivers accountable if the contents of the fare boxes do not balance with tallies on the rider records.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 28, 1970

Dope is here! The whispered talk of how much dope is being spread and used around the Davison area by Davison youths can no longer be whispers. After a narcotics raid by the local police agencies of Genesee County, under the direction of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Squad of the county prosecutor showed actual use. Saturday night police raided a house in the eastern part of Burton Township, less than a mile from Davison Township, and arrested 17 persons ranging in age from 23 to 16 years old. Five of those arrested were Davison youths, some of the others were from Bentley and schools close by. The problem cannot be ignored. It is serious.

The Davison City Council, Monday night, took another step toward providing water for the new high school when it authorized the city superintendent to advertise for bids on a water tower and laying the necessary lines. At the same time, it heard Flint Bonding Attorney John Thomas urge immediate publication of “intent” to bond the city for $400,000 to finance the work.

100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 22, 1920

Commencing next Monday night, the Davison stores will close at 6 o’clock every night with the exception of Saturday nights.

Although the night was wet and stormy, and the roads bad, Congressman Patrick H. Kelley faced a full house at the auditorium Wednesday night. The Index would be glad to publish a verbatim report of Mr. Kelley’s speech, but time forbids, and this report must of necessity remain superficial and touch only the main points. Otto Graff made a short speech in which he pleaded for a return to power of the Republican Party. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index