Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Feb. 17, 2011

City Manager Michael Hart said he hopes a new water rate schedule he’s recommending to City Council will clear up ongoing billing issues many residents have complained about for more than a year. City Council authorized the staff to revisit the existing water fee schedule ordinance, Feb. 14, after Hart presented it with several proposals to improve the way the city is billing. Hart is proposing three potential remedies to help residents better understand the billing process and to make the process dependent on actual reads of water meters rather than partially on estimates. Residents have deluged city hall, staff and elected officials about water billing for many months since the city reduced staff and began basing many bills on estimates of previous billings.

The Cardinals hosted the individual district tournament on Saturday and advanced 12 of their wrestlers to the regional tournament. They were led by four district champions including Justin Oliver at 112 lbs., Terry Turner at 130 lbs., Jordan Cooks at 145 lbs., and Jared Labelle at 189 lbs.

Oliver started the tournament with a pin of Bay City Western’s Zach Davis at :45 and followed that with a fall over Bay City Central’s Tyler Imker at 1:35. In the finals, Oliver bested Keegan Cantera of Oxford, 5- 3. Turner defeated Nate Bremer of Bay City Central in 2:57 and Tyer Balderstone of Saginaw Heritage, 16- 6, to advance to the finals. Turner pinned Swartz Creek’s Alex Donoho in 1:40 for the district championship.

25 YEARS AGO

Feb. 14, 1996

Bob Ross doesn’t mince words. Some may believe that the 25-year veteran of the Davison Police Department can afford to be outspoken now that he has retired. But those who know him know he has never had a problem speaking his mind. He seems to already have an answer for every question. All except why he wanted to pursue police work. “I wanted to be a policeman ever since I was old enough to walk,” he said. “No real reason, I just wanted to be one.”

Davison area officials will meet with state and Lapeer County representatives March 4 to get more information about a proposed sewage lagoon for Potter’s Lake residents. The proposed lagoon in Elba Township was met with some questions by Genesee County officials during an Inter-County Drain Board meeting Feb. 7. Don Parks, Davison Township supervisor; Jeff Houston, Richfield Township supervisor and Jack Abernathy, Davison City Manager; raised some concerns about the project.

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 17, 1971

A transaction which had become common knowledge in downtown Davison became official knowledge Tuesday when the sale of Swartz Funeral Home was announced. Harry Swartz founded the business here 19 years ago. Erwood C. Raysin, whop for 20 years has been associated with Brown Funeral Home in Flint, is the purchaser. Mr. Raysin was graduated from the Wayne State College of Mortuary Service in 1951. Prior to that he attended Kearsley High School and Flint Junior College.

Davison’s Girls’ Basketball team reigns as undisputed champion in the Big Nine following a 55-32 slashing of Mt. Morris last Thursday night at Mt. Morris. The Cardinalettes Leslie Siple busted loose for a career high of 29 points with 21 of her total coming in the second half when Davison turned the game into a rout. Siple, with 121 points in eight games, is the team’s leading scorer with a 15.1 average.

100 YEARS AGO

Feb. 11, 1921

I.W. Cole, Charles Warner, Moses Hall, J.H, Walterhouse, Earl Alexander, Frank Taylor, Frank Dunn and George Fromwiler have arranged with the Lapeer Gas and Electric Co. to have a transformer put in and electric power and light furnished to their respective homes. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index.