09-08-2016 Tri-City Area History Page

rolling back the years


100 years ago – 1916

The Ladies Social Union of the Congregational Church will be entertained at the home of Mrs. C. Vogt at Cottage Hill farm in North Coloma. Ed Soper, manager of the Fruit Belt Canning factory is something of a farmer. His alfalfa has yielded an average three tons to the acre. Residents were shocked when news spread of the sudden death of Solon Ingraham, aged 67. He is survived by his widow; one brother, Lyman; and one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Lockwood.

60 years ago – 1956

A record number of 571 students registered in Coloma High School. The junior high grades have a total of 60 students. The elementary grand total is 195. Finally, 362 registered at Washington School. Workers of the John Yerington Construction firm have been resurfacing Logan Street and Paw Paw Street south of Center Street. Racing activities at the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club ended and trophies were awarded. Police arrested five men following a brawl at the Town Tavern. The fight broke out after Mrs. Richard Skelly asked to see identification.

30 years ago – 1986

New in the Tri-City Record: Look for the “TV Record” Television Viewing Guide. Norma Somers appointed to Coloma School Board. She will hold the office until the annual school election. Sewage Treatment Plant Superintendent, James Carpenter, resigns. In a letter written by Carpenter, he suggests the Board “be taken to the woodshed.” Water samples collected from Paw Paw Lake reveal very low bacteria counts. Several calls from concerned residents prompted the late summer survey. The Coloma Lions and Lioness Club and the Aid Association for Lutherans present checks to the Rory Becht fund. The money will help defray medical expenses in his fight against cancer. A benefit wrestling show is being planned.


100 years ago – 1916

Labor Day was generally observed in Hartford for the first time last Monday. A majority of the stores, the banks, the post office and other business places were closed after nine o’clock in the morning and a large crowd of local folk went to St. Joseph for the Labor Day celebration. The new brick paving on Main Street, from Haver Street west to the Pere Marquette tracks, will be completed and opened to traffic this week if the weather permits. The paving is now open west from Center Street, a distance of nearly four blocks. During the electric storm of Monday night lightning struck a hog house at the Charles Anderson farm northeast of town and killed twenty shoats. The building was badly splintered by the bolt, but no fire resulted.

75 years ago – 1941

Miss Marilyn DuBois, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. DuBois who reside five miles northwest of Hartford, was the first occupant of the new iron lung purchased last Wednesday by the Van Buren County Board of Supervisors. The new lung was delivered Friday at New Borgess hospital, where Miss DuBois has been a patient since last January 20. Miss DuBois was stricken with infantile paralysis last January while a member of the senior class at Hartford High School. At commencement time in May Superintendent B.W. Robinson and other school representatives and friends went to the hospital and conducted special graduation exercises for Marilyn, presenting her with a diploma at the same time that her 46 classmates received theirs. The first mishap among the members of Hartford High School’s football squad occurred yesterday as practice opened at the athletic field. Harlan Fredericks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Fredericks of north Center Street, sustained a dislocated shoulder. He was attended by Dr. F.N. Williams and his injury is not considered serious, although it may keep him out of the first scheduled game on September 19. Miss Dorothy Warren, member of the Hartford High School Class of 1941, will represent this community as a member of the queen’s court during the Paw Paw Grape Festival September 18 to 21. She will attend the queen’s dinner and ball and will have a part in the pageantry on Maple Lake.

50 years ago – 1966

The Hartford Jaycees, in cooperation with the state police, Conservation department and Hartford police, will present a gun safety program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at the high school. There will be discussions of gun safety, both new and old hunting laws, steps to take if someone is injured while hunting, and a safety film. Stanley Hayes, district conservation officer, will give a safety demonstration with a bow and arrow. The program is for all members of the family who hunt or use firearms.


90 years ago – 1926

Three generations eagerly awaited the birth of Marion Elizabeth, born Sep. 18, 1926; her mother, Mrs. Woodbury Austin; her grandmother, Mrs. Anna Deuel; and her great grandmother, Mrs. Mary Treder. Watervliet students leaving the week of Sep. 24, 1926, to enter Western State Normal include the following:  Raymond Moody, Keith Elliot, Rex Clark, Frank Runyan, Evelyn Brown, Retha Chamber, Ethel Callard, Irene Ray, and Elma Maikowski.  All but the last two mentioned are former students at the Normal.  Clark and Elliot are members of Men’s Glee Club and Miss Callard and Miss Brown the Girls’ Glee Club. On Sep. 22, 1926, Mrs. F. W. Brown was surprised by her daughter, Miss Evelyn Brown, when she made a three-course