Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Dec. 9, 2010

“Home for the Holidays” continues in downtown Davison this weekend as the Davison Downtown Development Authority and Davison merchants host the Chili for Charity cook-off. The chili cook-off and other holiday festivities will take place Saturday, Dec. 11 with a visit by Santa Claus to the former Davison Senior Center on Main Street. There will also be crafts and activities for children attending the event.

Davison and Kearsley rekindled their rivalry on Tuesday when the schools met on opening night for both basketball teams. The Hornets used a strong second and third quarters and a career night by Paul Adas to put the game out of reach for the Cardinals. In a high scoring first quarter, the Hornet’s led by only two, 24-22, entering into the second quarter. Kearsley put on a scoring display while making enough stops to outscore Davison 26-18, and take a 50-40 lead into the half.

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 6, 1995

Davison Community Schools will take steps to organize an educational foundation, but officials are still cautious concerning how the fund will be administered and how fund-raising will be conducted. The Board of Education on Monday authorized administrators to enter negotiations with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF), which in November offered to help the district. The board opted to establish an “operational fund,” in which both principal and interest would be in control of the fund’s board of directors, as opposed to an endowment in which only earned interest would be available for spending.

The return of what was an annual Davison tradition is planned by the Davison Dramatic Theater on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16. “Once in Time” will be presented at 7 p.m. both evenings at the Davison Regional Park. There is no admission charge. The production comes from the same group which presents the annual Passion Play during the Easter season. Producer/director Joe Brown estimates that it has been more than 15 years since the Christmas production appeared in the park.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 9, 1970

Robert C. Amble, Davison superintendent of schools, Monday night presented a budget for the current fiscal year which he said, “We can live with. The budget is balanced,” he said, “in contrast to the deficit of $27,053 last year. We hope to get our district back in the black this fiscal year. In the new budget, the expected expenditures for the year will total $3,565,148, against anticipated revenue of $3,613,930.

Drawn and quartered? About 5,000 head of cattle are drawn (driven or trucked) into Davison, butchered, quartered and then marketed throughout this area on a wholesale basis. Gerding Packing Co. is a father-son partnership operating at 105 S. Davison St. The father, Edwin C. Gerding, who lives in Flint, leased the plant, along with ex-Sheriff Thomas Wolcott from Charles Crandall at the start of 1949. Wolcott left the firm after about five years and in 1960 Gerding bough Crandall’s interest. About five years ago his son, Blake F. Gerding, became a partner with his father. The plant here butchers up to 26 animals a day, 5,000 a year, by shooting them. But on Dec. 15 a new law will go into effect making the killing instrument will be a stunning hammer, considered more humane than the old boradaxe.

100 YEARS AGO

Dec. 3, 1920

While fishing in one of the canals in Lake Worth, Fla., Prescott Stimson, one of our Davison High School boys, hooked an alligator and after a struggle, succeeded in landing him. After fastening a wire around the gator, the same was attached to the car and carried to town. The gator measures three and a half feet long and will be mounted and brought to Michigan in the spring. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the records of the Davison Index.