Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

March 31, 2011

The City Council appointed two interim members at the March 28 meeting. Chris Hinkley, who recently finished a brief stint as a fill-in City Councilman, and Gary Peppin, who lost the recent council election to Jack Abernathy, were appointed to fill two vacant positions on the council.

Hinkley will fill the council seat vacated when Tim Bishop was elected mayor Feb. 22. He served an appointed position about six weeks prior to the Feb. 22 election, filling a seat vacated by the November recall. Peppin was the second highest vote getter in the Feb. 22 election for City Council. He lost to Abernathy, the former city manager, who won more than 75 percent of the vote. He will fill the seat vacated by Don Csutoras who is leaving the council after 5 1/2 years, April 1.

Cody may not be able to see, but as he makes his daily rounds through the offices at Davison Township, his keen sense of smell will tell him where employees with stashes of food can be found. Making his way through the offices of the township, he navigates around desks and office equipment just fine — as long as nothing is moved. Cody has the layout of the office space there memorized, as he spends his days at the side of his new owner. Karen Hillestad, assistant assessor for Davison Township, recently adopted Cody, a 5-year-old Golden Retriever born without sight. The dog has since become the township’s unofficial mascot.

25 YEARS AGO

March 27, 1996

Elizabeth Barnes of Davison High School finished first in the 10th grade spelling bee conducted by the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) on March 18. The final words spelled correctly was “litigator.” Meanwhile, Davison student Brie Clark finished third in the 11th grade spelling bee on March 19. The championship spelling bee for winners in grades 9-12 was scheduled for March 26.

Young, with a premium on varsity experience, but eager and ready to learn seem to be the characteristics of the Davison Cardinal baseball team for the 1996 season. With six seasons having varsity playing time and seven juniors and an equal number of sophomores, Coach Timm Rye is looking for his team to play into contention.

50 YEARS AGO

March 31, 1971

The Davison Community Schools Board of Education Monday night faced its moment of truth and came up with: We must have an additional 9-mill tax revenue to operate the new high school this fall. The levy is to run for three years. “If voters turn this down, there is no way we can open the new high school this fall. Furthermore, we will still have to heat, maintain and keep guard over the vacant $6,540,000 property.” Davison school district voters will go to the polls April 26 to approve or reject a 9-mill proposal, which will mean an additional $90 on a market-value $20,000 home. On a $30,000 home, the tax would go up $135.

Davison Community Schools has announced the top ten students of this year’s graduating class. Top scholar is Ted Robert Scofield with a 3.93 GPA. The others are Sandra Lee Wright, Cynthia Louise Boris, Candice Jeanette Ducap, Frank James Gaskill, Richard Thomas Carriere, William Bain Edgar, Richard Ruschman, Jill E. Blondin and Eric Melenbrink.

100 YEARS AGO

March 25, 1921

A mass meeting will be held in the Davison Auditorium next Tuesday night, March 29, commencing at 7:30 o’clock eastern standard time. Several prominent speakers will be on hand to discuss the $3,400,000 bonding proposition for good roads which will be voted on April 4th. Every taxpayer should be present and learn all the details.

Richfield Center: The Center school is closed this week on account of scarlet fever. Thelma Snyder is suffering from the disease. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index