Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 27, 2011

A year ago, the City Council rescinded an ordinance requiring the city to keep an inventory of, and regularly inspect, rental properties. The rescinding of the ordinance, decided in a 5-2 vote, was one of several issues that led to the eventual recall of four of the five councilmen who voted in favor of tossing out the ordinance. That ordinance will be reviewed by the Davison Planning Commission at its Feb. 8 meeting, but not at the request of the current council.

“We just took it upon ourselves to re-look at the ordinance,” said Councilman Don Csutoras, who sits on the planning commission, during the Jan. 24 council meeting. “No one directed us specifically. We felt it was our responsibility to look at it again, chew it apart a little bit. I can’t guarantee we’ll come back with (a recommendation), I can’t guarantee we won’t.”

This year the Davison High School Drama Club decided to try a production that would showcase their talents as young adults. So, they chose the classic dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which they will perform Jan. 28-30 at the DHS auditorium at 7 p.m. all three nights, with an in-school presentation on Jan. 31. Staff adviser Beth Walsh said they chose the 1939 Joseph Kesselring play because it gave the students a chance to try something other than standard teenage material and because the play has a number of male leads — something the Drama Club has plenty of actors to fill.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 24, 1996

Davison city officials thought they had solved a major traffic problem with a new service drive behind Mill Street businesses, along the right-of-way owned by Grand Trunk Western Railroad. But new problems, combined with previously voiced concerns about other downtown inspections, have caused a sort of administrative gridlock. The Davison City Council on Monday sent a proposed traffic resolution back to staff with expanded questions and issues needing solutions.

As the Davison Cardinals wrestling team continues to rack up mat time to gain experience, they managed to win their first meet against Beecher, Jan. 19. Traveling to Clio, the Cards met the Mustangs first and were able to win three of their 12 matches. Jeremy LaBar (275 pounds) pinned his man in 36 seconds, while Joe Streeter (140) took a decision by 17-0. Pete McCrandall (119) took his man by a fall at 1:24.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 27, 1971

Construction of the $3 million senior citizens apartment building on Village Commons is expected to start about June 1. The Rev. Robert Sorenson, pastor of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, sponsor of the project, said the 192-unit structure could be completed by June 1972. Sorenson explained the building will be called Glastonbury Manor.

The Davison City Council Monday night studied, discussed and tabled the only solution to the area’s ambulance problem that has thus far been presented. No alternative plan is in sight, the Index is advised. The plan, drafted by Russell Stephens, realtor and former school board member, proposed free ambulance service to all residents of Davison, Davison Township and Richfield Township.

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 21, 1921

Henry Siple was the recipient of a beautiful bouquet of carnations from the Enterprise Grange, Monday. Also, a nice bunch of fruit from his teacher and schoolmates, which he appreciates very much.

The Richfield band secured 12 new members at their banquet, Tuesday evening. They have secured the services of a band leader from Flint. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of The Davison Index