Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Sept. 8, 2011

Former Superintendent Clay Perkins has returned to help school district officials get things off to a smooth start for the 2011-12 school year. Perkins, who retired last year, will fill in part-time for Assistant Superintendent Kevin Brown as interim human resources director. Brown, meanwhile, has returned temporarily to his former post as principal of Davison High School following the departure of Martha Morris after just one year. Morris resigned Aug. 16 to take another job out of the district.

Defense has been buying time for the offense in Lapeer West football so far this season. Thursday night, that ‘D’ got a victory for the Panthers. West held Davison scoreless until the fourth quarter, then stopped the Cardinals with a dramatic goal-line stand in the closing minutes to preserve a 10-6, non-league victory at Fitzpatrick Field. Chad Ferguson scored the winning touchdown with 5:32 left and the defense held Davison four times inside the five to get the ball back with two minutes left. West then squeezed out a first down on third-and-1 to clinch it and even its record at 1-1.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 11, 1996

A low-key, “talk from the heart” strategy is being used by proponents of a scaled back school facilities financing package. The Sept. 16 special election will present voters with three separate proposals. If all are approved, taxpayers will pay a maximum of 3.7 additional mills at the beginning of the bond issue. Because of the nature of bond indebtedness, the actual tax levy will increase over time, and school officials note the existing debt retirement levy has been reduced from 1.25 mills to 0.25 mills for the 1996-97 fiscal year.

After a 21-7 loss to visiting Flushing, Sept. 6 to open their season, the Davison Cardinal football team is looking ahead to better things. Davison turned over the ball six times, compared to the Raiders two fumbles, and Coach Dick DeLoge said that was an important element in the loss.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 15, 1971

Davison is growing too fast. So fast, in fact, that City Superintendent Donald Smith Monday argued the City Council to put the brakes on building permits until something can be done. That something, Smith said, is to erect another water tower and lay perimeter water lines around the city. He declared the present rate of growth is far beyond the predictions of 1968. The council has instructed him to go ahead with the preliminaries for a bond issue amounting to $450,000, which would cover most of a million-gallon storage tank at the site of the new high school, plus a 12-inch line from the present pump house to the extension of Rising Street to the east city limit, and a six-inch line from the east city limit on Rising to South Davison Street.

Davison’s 1971 varsity football edition will swing into the season Friday night in a non-league encounter with a tough Lakeville club in the old-fashioned way. Eight of the Cardinals will do double duty, going both ways. Head coach Ed Shears is optimistic about the Cardinals, but not entirely happy with starting a season with only 30 men on the squad.

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1921

Alex Burgess, proprietor of the White Front Bakery, has purchased an entire new outfit and will open a restaurant and bakery lunch in the room formerly occupied by Dr. McDonald. An arch will be cut in the wall and the room fitted with the most sanitary style for the comfort of the public. Announcement of opening will soon be made. Harvey McAley drove to Flushing one day last week to have Albert Armstrong shoe his fine driving horse. — Compiled from the archives of the Davison Index by Gary Gould