Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

May 19, 2011

At the border of the City of Davison and Davison Township, where the trail in Jack N. Abernathy Park connects with the Black Creek Trail, there now stands an arch considered a symbol of the unity between the two communities. The Davison Arch was dedicated during a ceremony May 12 attended by local leaders, business owners and residents. The metal structure, which spans the trail, was purchased for $10,000 by the Davison Community Fund and given to the community as a gift. The project was paid for entirely through private funds.

If every dog has its day, then Monday was it. Dogs and their owners came together May 16 to mark the start of construction on the three-acre, $54,000 privately funded Davison Area Dog Park. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the proposed dog park on Gale Road, west of the Riegle Press building and Davison Airport on Gale Road, adjacent to the township’s Black Creek Trail. In attendance were supporters of the dog park, township and city employees and dog owners and their pets. Denice Wagner, a resident of Davison Township, and the Davison Environmental Team together have spearheaded the movement to build the dog park. They have raised more than half of the money needed for the project — which will involve no taxpayer money.

25 YEARS AGO

May 15, 1996

Call it the difference between fixing a really old house and building a new one. The Davison City Council recommends the latter. Sometime this year, city voters will be asked whether to pursue an entirely new city charter rather than attempt a process of amendments which officials said would take “forever.” With the council’s vote on Monday, city staff will now explore the possible timing of a vote on the charter question and, if that is successful, the election of a nine member Davison Charter Commission.

Although they had two losses in make up games at home, the Davison Cardinals Softball team traveled to Carman-Ainsworth for a pair of wins May 13. Tuesday, May 7, the Cards hosted Flushing for a pair originally scheduled for Monday, April 29, and lost the opener 12-2 by allowing hits and not hitting.

50 YEARS AGO

May 19, 1971

Michigan’s First Lady, Mrs. William Milliken, came to Davison last Friday as an honored guest on the occasion of Environmental & Beautification Day. She spoke to students at Davison High School and she presented the school with a maple tree. Incidentally, for the fashion minded, Mrs. Milliken wore a bright red dress with the newest just below the knee length.

Davison got off to a good start in the Flint Invitational Baseball Tourney by edging Fenton 2-1 behind the five hit pitching of Doug Tozer and extra hits by Brad DeWitt and Al Coon. Tozer spotted Fenton a run in the first inning and then shut the door for good, allowing five hits while striking out nine and walking two. It was his seventh win of the year. He has three losses.

100 YEARS AGO

May 15, 1921

Some thieves removed a barrel of vinegar from the premises of George Herron.

Work has started on Flint- Lapeer Road.

Archie Forsyth is having a modern refrigerating plant installed in his market. The new method does away with the old method of icing and provides an automatic continuous degree of temperature which ensures that meat is kept in a fresh and sanitary condition all the time. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index