Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 2010

Richfield Township recently joined Davison and Davison Township in taking no action on the new state law for alcohol sales. The new law, which went into effect Dec. 1, allows stores, bars, restaurants and other establishments to sell alcohol starting at 7 a.m. on Sundays. It will also allow alcohol to be sold up until 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve and after noon Christmas Day.

James and Brooks Taylor started out the night of Oct. 8 with an evening campfire and it ended in an event they will both remember for the rest of their lives. The father and son had just come inside from the evening when they heard a loud crash outside their house at Richfield and Irish roads in Richfield Township. Looking outside they saw a car had crashed into the neighbor’s yard and the two went to see if they could help. With the help of an onlooker, the father and son managed to pull a woman from the burning wreck, saving her life. For their bravery they were honored recently by the Richfield Township Police Department.

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 20, 1995

Construction is expected to begin in the spring, following the final site plan approval of a new building for the VGs Food Center on Davison Road. The Davison Township Planning Commission Dec. 13 gave the nod for 46,000 square-foot structure, to be located approximately six acres to the east of its present site. As they’re nearly doubling the size of the building currently in use, company president Russ VanGilder said there wasn’t much choice about the construction except when it was to take place.

With some stipulations, the Davison Township Planning Commission has approved the final site plan for a Davison eatery to relocate. John’s Pizzeria, 9013 E. Davison Rd., is making plans for a nearly 3,600-square-foot building on the southeast corner of Gale and Davison roads. On Dec. 13, the commission approved plans, provided owner Joe Persi ties into the township’s sewer and water service.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 23, 1970

Unless help is forthcoming from Davison, Davison Township and Richfield Township, the Davison Ambulance Service may go out of business within 30 days. Leslie Ishmael, who operates the ambulance from his home at 322 E. Third St., says he is getting planet of calls. “There’s business enough,” he told the Index, Tuesday, “but people won’t pay for it.” Ishmael declared he has talked with Davison Superintendent Donald Smith and Davison Township Supervisor Donald Parks, but has yet to be able to contact the Richfield supervisor.

The Davison Cardinals gave their coach, Lonnie Brunswick, an early Christmas present with five straight victories and top spot in the Big Nine along with Flushing with a 3-0 mark. The two wins last week over Owosso and Kearsley weren’t spectacular but nevertheless wins. Against Owosso, the Cards and the Trojans were both hampered by slow starts and the first quarter ended in a 10-10 tie. Had either team been hot in the first quarter the game could have been a rout. Davison gained the upper hand in the second quarter as Todd Scrima and Jim Dean led the way and the score at the half was Davison 30, Owosso 24.

100 YEARS AGO

Dec. 17, 1920

House for sale on Davison Street, 9 rooms, $5,000. House on Flint Street, 9 rooms, barn, woodshed and good well, $5,000.

The Davison High School debating team drove over to Fenton, Friday evening to debate the question of “Compulsory Arbitration in Labor Disputes,” Davison taking the negative side. Notwithstanding the fact the neutral judges must be appointed, the Fenton team succeeded in giving the Davison team the rawest deal we have heard of in a long time by appointing three Fenton men in that capacity. Of course, Fenton got the decision. The Davison team did nobly and many of the Fenton people agreed they had outclassed Fenton on every point. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index.