Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

March 24, 2011

The Knights of Columbus have recruited more than 30 area World War II veterans for a trip to Washington, D.C. Now they just have to raise enough money to send the vets on the one-day journey to the nation’s capital so they can see the World War II Memorial. Rudy Bolf, a member of the Davison Knights of Columbus and an organizer of the trip, tentatively scheduled for June 18, said he expects about 38 veterans for the trip and 11 guardians — volunteers who will go along to assist some of the veterans who may have mobility issues.

Jon Reader became the third Davison High wrestler to win an NCAA championship— and the first to post an undefeated season—when he captured the 174-pound title at last weekend’s Div. I tournament at the Wells Fargo Center. The Iowa State senior beat Stanford’s Nick Amuchastegui, 10-3, in Saturday’s final to finish 39-0 and join former Davison teammates Brent Metcalf (Iowa, 2008, 2010) and Paul Donahoe (Nebraska, 2007) as NCAA champs. Reader ended his college career with a 124-23 record, tying for eighth place on the Iowa State’s all-time victories list.

25 YEARS AGO

March 20, 1996

The first step toward establishing a 324-site residential in Davison Township was accomplished at the planning commission meeting on Wednesday, March 15. A planned unit development (PUD), named the Village of Wicklow, would be established on the west side of S. Irish Road, south of Lippincott Boulevard in an area already zoned RU-1 (single-family residential). The east boundary of the site is almost directly across the street from gate Elementary Schools, while the west boundary is near existing homes in the Vassar Park and Brandywine subdivisions.

A traffic signal has been approved for what many believe is one of the city of Davison’s worst intersections. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) told City Manager Jack Abernathy last week a signal will be installed sometime this summer at State Street (M-15) and Colonial Boulevard, the entrance to Continental Estates mobile home park.

50 YEARS AGO

March 24, 1971

Thanks to a check for $1,300, Davison Ambulance Service will stay in business for a while, at least. The check was presented March 17 to Less Ishmall, operator of the ambulance, by Davison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4087 after he told the vets of an urgent need; that would be to pay for the insurance on a brand new $1,100 ambulance which he had just acquired and without the insurance he could not operate it.

The estimated $4,361 cost of landscaping at the Davison Civic Center has already been reduced more than half by contributions of money and materials. The city officials are hoping to have the work completed by Arbor Day, April 22, under the direction of the beautification committee.

100 YEARS AGO

March 18, 1921

NOTICE: Bread now 12 cents. Buy your bread at the White Front Bakery where you can get it direct and for a reasonable price. You will find it cheaper to buy than bake.

A cat has nine lives, so has dancing. Get out Friday night, March 18, that’s tonight, and put Davison on the map again. Good music and a good time assured. Ask your neighbor about it, he was there the last time! — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index