Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Feb. 24, 2011

Davison elected a new mayor and three council members, Tuesday, to fill seats vacated in November after a recall election. Elected as mayor was Tim Bishop and to the three open council seats were Jack Abernathy, Alex Fabian and Joan Snyder. Bishop, the current mayor pro-tem, was elected to the mayor’s seat over planning commissioner Richard Fridline. Bishop received 275 to Fridline’s 197 votes.

Original plans to have the new Menard’s store on Irish Road at Court Street open in March have been pushed back a month. Township Zoning and Building Administrator Randy Stewart said the store is expected to take possession of the building from the contractor by March, with plans to have the shelves stocked and be ready for an April 1 grand opening. The store is being built on a 203,000-square-foot site just east of Wojo’s garden center. Menard’s has planned a store there since 2008 and will be the largest commercial operation in the township.

25 YEARS AGO

Feb. 21, 1996

Elected officials in Richfield Township will see an increase in salary for the upcoming budget year, keeping them in line with other township employees. The township board voted Feb. 13 to raise the salaries of the supervisor, clerk and treasurer by three percent and increase the two trustees’ salaries to $5,000. Supervisor Jeff Houston will make $23,340, while Clerk Peggy Proffitt and Treasurer Ginger Spencer will earn $21,218. The pay raises become effective April 1, the beginning of the township’s fiscal year.

The 1995-96 basketball season has been one to remember for the Davison Cardinals, and the victory over visiting Clio, Feb. 16, could well be the hallmark. Following a disappointing, last seconds loss to Beecher Feb. 8, the Cards traveled to Powers Feb. 13 to defeat the Chargers. Having lost their principal post man, Chris Franca, with a shoulder injury in the Beecher game, Coach Dick MacLachlan said the team has rallied the last two games.

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 24, 1971

A military funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon in St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church for Air Force Lt. David B. Osborn, who died Wednesday in the flaming crash of a jet plane in the Arizona desert. Participating in the service were a contingent of officers from Selfridge Air Force Base. With them was Air Force Staff Sgt. Bruce Hartfelter of Davison, Osborn’s roommate for 2 ½ years at the University of Michigan.

Three Davison wrestlers, led by captain Rick Ferguson, head into regional competition this week following the district tournament held at Southwester last Saturday. Ferguson, a 133-pounder, defeated Owosso’s Gary Crandall in the title bout 2-1 to capture the crown. The match was almost an instant replay of last week’s Big Nine title match where Ferguson also beat Crandall, 2-1.

100 YEARS AGO

Feb. 18, 1921

For sale – 100 bushells of carrots for feed. 50 cents a bushel. Roy Jones, 3 ½ miles west of Richfield Center.

Conrad Gottenmyer has a new phone. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index.