Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

June 30, 2011

Riley Carpenter, a 16-year-old junior at Davison High School, was named Miss Davison 2011 during the 73rd annual pageant held June 23. Carpenter was selected from a field of 14 young women vying for the title of Miss Davison — and the $500 in scholarship money given to the winner. The runners up — Jenna Marden, 17, and Lauren Crane, 17 — each receive $250 scholarships. The girls will represent Davison at various events in and around their hometown. Other contestants included: Megan Kechner, Kaitlynn Wirth, Eden Matsoukis, Sydni Sheathelm, Sierra McDowell, Alyssa Moriartey, Brittney Groulx, Kathryn Hazel, Brittany Crowder, Parke Yearry and Roxanne Sullivan.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander greeted and posed for pictures with hundreds of fans who came to see him June 23 at Jim Waldron Buick GMC, 1146 S. State Rd. Verlander met with the general public for pictures and autographs starting at 1:30 p.m. The line to see him stretched out of the dealership and around the lot, some people waiting more than three hours for a chance to see Verlander. Lorene Ayers, 77, or Swartz Creek brought her grandchildren, Tristian and Seth Blackledge, to see Verlander. But Ayers said the visit wasn’t just for her grandsons’ benefit. “It was worth it!” she explained, moments after having her picture taken with the Tigers pitcher.

25 YEARS AGO

June 26, 1996

Take your choice. Davison Community Schools will present three proposals to voters in September, hoping to get taxpayer blessing of at least part of a facilities improvement package that has failed twice in the past three years. The board of education on Monday approved the proposal for a special election on either Monday, Sept. 16 or Tuesday, Sept. 17, depending on approval by the county election commission. Tow of the three questions concern bond issues which, if approved, would generate a total of $13.8 million. The third is a new proposal for a straight millage to begin saving money for building and facility needs.

A distinctive interest in local history was a major factor in Anita Stephens becoming a part of it, as she was given the 1996 Ida Goodrich award as Senior Citizen of the Year. Her family heard stories and histories about pictures, dishes, clothes and heirlooms as they were gathered at family functions, according to her grand-daughter Lori Tallman.

50 YEARS AGO

June 30, 1971

Outside the traffic congestion during school hours in front of the present Junior High School building, probably the intersection which affords the most problems here is the one at M-15 and Lapeer Road, just south of the city limit. During rush hours it is virtually impossible to get across M-15 and often there is a long line of waiting cars. The Michigan Auto Club survey of Davison traffic offered suggestions for easing traffic at that intersection includes reconstruction of the intersection to include left turn lanes and installation of a traffic signal.

Candidates for the title of Miss Davison Chamber of Commerce Homecoming Queen have completed their first week of competition. Seventeen girls from the Davison area are competing for the title: Christine Williams, Cindy Byers, Denyce Davis, Penny Heal, Debbie Hurturt, Sabrina Ketterer, Debbie Kieffer, Debbie Liesen, Mary Jo Madore, Pam Powell, Cindy Pigeon, Esther Rood, Debbie Smith, Linda Shurter, Kathy Stein, Annette Michel, Regina Van Gilder, Nadine Sheraski, Kathy Moody and Sharon Mann.

100 YEARS AGO

June 26, 1921

The good rain Monday was welcomed by all the farmer…Mr. Tower’s barn burned down Monday, after the rain.

Health Officer W.J. Wall assures The Davison Index that the water from the Black Creek has now no harmful affects whatsoever, as a certain amount of disinfectant is used with every load. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index