Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Aug. 18, 2011

If all goes as planned, by this time next year residents will be harvesting produce from a proposed community garden. Work is under way to start a community garden on vacant property at W. Rising Street and S. Genesee Street, just west of M-15, owned by the city’s Local Development Finance Authority. The project was proposed by the LDFA, but resident Jim Theolet has taken up the cause, with City Manager Michael Hart, and is working to organize volunteers to ready the site for the next growing season.

They came into adulthood at the end of a turbulent decade, the first graduating class in several years at Davison High School that did not have to send its young men off to fight in World War II. The Davison High School Class of 1946, according to Pauline (Marchino) Minto, who organized the class’ recent 65th reunion, remembers the time as one of family stability — even though times were hard. Approximately 40 people (23 graduates) attended the reunion, held at the Player’s Inn in Davison on Aug. 13. Some brought spouses and some brought children. They all brought memories.

25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 21, 1996

With the trend “going away from more farmers (and) going to farmers doing more farming,” Bill Hunt of Hunt Farms, Inc. wants to avoid confusion. “We’re definitely not giving up farming.” Hunt received final preliminary plan approval from the Richfield Township Board of Trustees, Aug. 13 for the initial phase of Hunt Farms Estates off N. State Road.

The Davison Cardinals golf team teed off on the season at the Lapeer Tune Up Friday, Aug. 16, winning with a 319 and four medalists on the squad. Senior Brent Carlson led the competition with a 77, followed by fellow senior Phil Provost shooting a 78. Junior Dave Vernier matched that score and Junior Matt Lobban medaled with an 86.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 25, 1971

Two Davison area merchants were flooded out by a storm that hit Davison Friday night. Hurd V&S Hardware in the downtown Davison area suffered a loss of between $20-25,000 when their basement warehouse flooded. Water in the basement section reached around 1 ½ feet at its height. There was no insurance covering the loss. Friends and helpers helped Ed Hurd try and clean up the mess left by the flood. Oren Minto, at the Davison Country Club, told the Index there was about three feet of standing water outside the clubhouse. The pro shops was flooded in about 6 inches of water and the lounge had half as much.

Since June 1, until Monday night, there have been 76 local Fire Department alarms. The Davison-Richfield Fire Department’s new grass fire truck has answered 43 of them. The new unit, with all its firefighting equipment installed, cost $7,300 and local firemen think it is worth much more.

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 19, 1921

The Davison M.E. Church after an efficient service of 50 years, will celebrate its semi-centennial anniversary on Monday, Sept. 4, with an all-day jubilee service.

Mrs. Elsie Stephens is in receipt of her commission as postmaster of Davison, the appointment having been made by the President and confirmed by the Senate. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index