Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 12, 2012

Deputy Police Chief Rick Freeman will replace retiring Larry Hrinik as the township’s chief of police. Freeman, 41, a 16-year veteran of the Davison Township Police Department, was unanimously approved as chief by the township board at its Jan. 9 meeting. Hrinik, 56, who has been chief for 18 years, announced Dec. 19 he will retire Feb. 29. He said he is pleased to have Freeman take over the department as he ends his 37 years in law enforcement. “I guess I can sum it up best by quoting my favorite author, John Maxwell, who said ‘success is not really success without a successor’,” said Hrinik. “I feel successful today in having a successor like Richard Freeman Jr. He’s well-educated and well-versed in the operation of the police department.”

A sluggish third quarter made all the difference when Davison faced Flint Northwestern on Tuesday, as the Cards were ahead by a slim 22-19 lead at the half after a strong 12-5 first quarter. That disintegrated after Northwestern poured in 19 points to Davison’s four in the third. Davison shook off the cobwebs with a 19-12 final stanza, but the damage had already been done to the tune of a 50-45 win for Northwestern. Lance Arnold led with 27 points and Joe Thwing reached double digits with 10.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 15, 1997

Following some questions and disagreement regarding procedure, the Davison Township Board on Monday filled remaining vacancies on various boards and commissions. Seats of five panels were filled with suggestions made by Supervisor Don Parks, despite a motion by Trustee Kurt Soper to table those appointments. Parks had suggested Ron Stanko be appointed to the planning commission, Jeff Church to the zoning board of appeals, Phil Becker to the Davison Area Fire Authority, Kevin Hammer to the Davison Area Parks and Recreation Commission and Soper to the Metropolitan Alliance.

With their record at 1-5, the Davison Cardinal wrestlers are preparing to face the most critical time of the season, according to coach Ron Whitman. “Now we start the busy month,” said Whitman. We’ve got nine (conference) opponents all this month,” starting with Clio, Friday, Jan. 17 when they meet the Mustangs and Beecher.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 19, 1972

The Davison City Council, Monday night, gingerly approached the bull and nearly grabbed it by the horns. But discretion proved the better part of valor and the councilmen retreated to toss the bull another day, namely next Monday. The bull was the question of whether to go ahead with a 130- acre park for which it had already received a huge state grant, which would lie adjacent to the city, but in Davison Township. Urging the council to get busy and “tie up” the acreage west of the present high school and south to the Black Creek were Kenneth Smithee and Edgar A. Latham of the Genesee County Parks Commission and County Commissioner Donald C. Ruschman of Davison. Opposing such action was Rollo Kellogg, who questioned the need and desire for such a park.

The top of the Big Nine Conference Basketball race was just a wee bit crowded this week after Clio handed Davison their first setback after seven straight season and four straight Big Nine victories Friday night at the Card court.

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 13, 1922

Dodge Bros. will announce Feb. 22 a substantial reduction in the price of their wears effective from Jan. 1.

Elba farmers are busy getting ice up this week. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the archives of the Davison Index