Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

April 14, 2011

Ownership of the five-acre Russellville Ballroom property will soon be coming home. The Richfield Township Board of Trustees voted April 12 to purchase the property, located on N. Irish Road, north of Coldwater Road, from the Genesee County Land Bank for $40. In 2009 the township spent about $50,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to raze the abandoned Russellville Ballroom, which had once been a popular nightspot in the area. The building had fallen into a state of disrepair, becoming an eyesore and safety hazard when it was finally demolished.

The Davison baseball team was one of few that actually got a game in last week, but like most, continued with a full slate this week. Tuesday, it was a road trip to take on Bay City Western, with Davison edging Western, 5-3 in eighth innings in game one. Game two was called with Davison leading, 8-0, and is officially a suspended game, said coach Timm Rye. Maverick Prine and Cody Wangler shared the pitching duties fanning 10 while allowing just four hits. Prine sat down six and Wangler, four. At the plate, Mike Dolloff was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Warren Graham was 2-for- 4 and hitting singles were Josh Gray, Prine, Dolloff, Trevor Stevens and Wangler. Dolloff also had an RBI.

25 YEARS AGO

April 10, 1996

It has been several years since voters have had a wide variety of school board candidates from which to choose. Six local residents have filed nominating petitions for the June 10 Davison Community Schools annual election. Those filing petitions with the required number of signatures before Monday’s deadline were: Karen Conover, Michael Ewing, Tim Green, Michael Shayna, Brett Whalen and Kenneth Wood.

To city officials, it’s a matter of economics. To several city residents, it’s a matter of meeting a need. The two positions came into conflict at Monday’s Davison City Council meeting, with protests lodged over the recent suspension of a “swing” bus in the Davison Dial-A-Ride service. Residents Shelley and Roger Houghtaling said the elimination of the fifth bus has resulted in unreasonable delays – and sometimes refused service – because of a glut of school children using the door-to-door transportation service.

50 YEARS AGO

April 14, 1971

City Superintendent Donald R. Smith may have to play the Little Dutch Boy, and soon! There’s a hole in the dike. Smith reported to the Davison City Council that there is a pinhole leak in the bottom of the Aloha Street water tower, which should be immediately taken care of, least the leak gets bigger – and so forth.

Robert C. Amble, superintendent of Davison schools, informed the Index that the new high school will be open for inspection by the public this Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m.-noon. Amble cautioned persons wishing to tour the facilities to wear old clothing and footwear since there is a lot of dust, dirt and mud around the building site.

100 YEARS AGO

April 8, 1921

“Let’s Pull Davison Out of the Mud” should be the slogan of this village until the pavement on State and Main streets have been completed. That a beautiful village, such as we have, should be held back by a muddy Main Street is something that every resident of Davison should be ashamed of.

Three hundred tickets have been printed for the first annual Fireman’s Ball and Card Party to be held next Thursday at Liberty Hall. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index