Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

May 5, 2011

Voters sent a clear message to Davison Community Schools in Tuesday’s millage renewal election — keep up the good work. Two millage renewal proposals were approved by voters — one a renewal of the Headlee rollback on non-homestead property and the other a renewal of the district’s building and site sinking fund millage. The Non-Homestead ballot provides more than $3.5 million per year to the district’s general fund and its renewal passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 2,411-767. This renewal does not mean a tax increase for residents, but it will affect non-Homestead property, like businesses. The sinking fund is considered critical in helping Davison schools maintain its 10 buildings as well as providing instructional technology for its students. The renewal was approved 2,183-1,001.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the installation of the Arch will be held May 12 at 5 p.m. at Jack N. Abernathy Regional Park in Davison and the community is welcome to attend. The idea for an Arch was sparked by members of the Davison Community Fund Advisory Committee interested in commemorating the connection where the Davison Area Recreation Trail and the Black Creek Nature Trail meet at Abernathy Regional Park.

25 YEARS AGO

May 1, 1996

It almost got stopped before it got going, but the Davison Township Police Department persevered and lived to realize its 30th anniversary, March 15. A special meeting of the township board was convened on Jan. 24, 1966 for the purpose of setting up the department, initially with a chief and one assistant. The board had approved the purchase of a new Plymouth patrol car at a cost of $2,380 plus an additional $120 for disc brakes. But at a meeting Feb. 21, 1966 two of the board members opposed the formation of the department, saying the first year’s $20,447 budget was too high for the township. Once the department was formed (with one dissenting vote in the end) they named Edwin Boyce chief with an annual salary of $7,300.

Four athletes from the Davison High School track team qualified for the largest invitational meet for young men east of the Mississippi, the Mansfield Mehock Relays on Mansfield, OH, April 19-20. Senior Troy Kelts, juniors Chad Conover and Mike Sams and sophomore Tom Heusted qualified for the relay team in the 4X100-meter relay event.

50 YEARS AGO

May 5, 1971

Preparation for the 25th Anniversary “Parade of Flags” which will take place August 2 this summer are underway. Tom Finck of Finck’s Market and Chuck Myers of the Fabric Shop have been selected as parade chairman and assistant parade chairman. They are both busy putting plans together now and are trying to get organizations to sponsor floats in this year’s parade.

The musical “South Pacific” will be presented May 6, 7 and 9 by the Davison High School Varsity Choir in the high school cafetorium. Curtain time is 8 p.m. It stars Debbie Karolle, Terry Conrad, John Scofield, Ted Scofield, Bridget Newton and Carol Gazso.

100 YEARS AGO

April 29, 1921

Owing to an attack of laryngitis, Rev. Andrew Wood was unable to deliver a sermon to the Odd Fellows Sunday morning and the event has been postponed to next Sunday at the same hour.

“I wish to publicly contradict reports that I have retired from the practice of my profession. The reports are false, and I will be glad to serve the public when needed.” – F.E. Woolley, V.S. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index