Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Sept. 1, 2011

After months of anticipation by area pet lovers, the Davison Dog Park finally has a grand opening date. Denice Wagner, a resident who has spearheaded the Dog Park effort, said the park at 1285 N. Gale Rd., adjacent to the township’s Black Creek Trail, will open Oct. 2. The grand opening will follow a fundraiser for the park called the Dog Park Dash, which starts at 11 a.m. at the dog park.

For Sydney Wheeler, 16, much of her life has revolved in some way around Hill Elementary School. Sydney, a senior at Davison High School, was among the first kindergartners to attend Hill’s Year-Round School. But she will find herself spending part of her senior year working as a Teacher Cadet at her former elementary school. “I’ve wanted to do it since I heard about the program,” said Sydney, regarding the Teacher Cadet program. “But I was going to do it at Hill and nowhere else.” Teacher Cadets are essentially students who work alongside teachers in the classroom. The program is intended for students who want to go on to college and become teachers themselves.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 4, 1996

Familiar to the community as a businessman, Phil Becker will be serving in an unfamiliar role as director of the Davison Area Chamber of Commerce starting Sept. 3. Becker explained he is serving in a part-time capacity, the Davison chamber having contracted his services from his employer, the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce. “They’re trying to solidify the chambers in the surrounding communities,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that (the Flint chamber) can offer.”

The Davison Cardinal girls’ basketball team is playing under some “unsettling” circumstances perhaps leading to their losses at Clarkson and Lapeer East last week. Dick MacLachlan, who serves as boy’ varsity coach, and has been acting as the for the girls’ team while Coach Greg Moriartey has been coping with back problems said the situation has been difficult. “It’s been unsettling for them,” he said. “(Moriartey’s) a new coach; they just get used to him and I come into the picture.” In the 44-38 loss at Clarkston, Aug. 27, Davison’s scoring was led by Meghan Aho, who put up nine. Nicole Lane added seven. And Merri Christner and Holly Mitchell put up six.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 8, 1971

About 110 children who expected to start kindergarten at Cottrell School today found themselves “graduated” to the Junior High School. The move is the result of the fire last week that did extensive damage inside the front wall and smoke-water damage throughout the building. As of Tuesday, noon, Donald Green, business administrator, had not been advised of the extent of the damage nor how soon the building would be ready for occupancy again.

About 280 golfers, including about 70 pros representing Michigan golf clubs, will tee off starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Davison Country Club in the 50th annual Pro-Am and PGA tournaments. On Monday, 100 pros will start teeing off at 11:30 a.m. continuing through Tuesday.

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 2, 1921

Davison’s new recreation center was opened last Tuesday night with an estimated crowd of 500 persons enjoying the free dance furnished by the owners, Barney Smith, Harry Greene and Arthur Webb. Roller skating officially began Wednesday, though many tried out the rink while the building was being completed.

A good crowd from Elba attended the Davison Fair daily. – Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index