100 years ago – 1916
It will be lawful to use ferrets in hunting rabbits in Hartford Township when the rabbit hunting season opens next Sunday. Under state law the use of ferrets in hunting rabbits is prohibited but various townships have the right to vote on the proposition at a general election and if a majority of voters favor the use of ferrets they may be used. The open meeting of the Hartford Woman’s club held yesterday was very interesting and well attended. Miss Mamie Howes gave a solo, “April Blossoms” with “Song of Chimes” as the encore. Mrs. Edna Danieus acted as accompanist. Mrs. Chamberlin gave a talk on Jennie June, founder and for years president and founder of the general federation. Mrs. Heald spoke of the work of the W.C.T.U. and urged club women to help roll up a big dry vote in Van Buren County.
75 years ago – 1941
Last Thursday’s windstorm, which reached tornado proportions for a little more than one minute in Hartford, bowled over several shade trees in the village and along rural highways, while lawns about town were littered with broken tree limbs and branches. Attacked as he essayed the role of peacemaker when a roughneck from a carnival company at the fair started a melee in Chamberlin’s Drug Store last night, James Knight, is confined to his south Center Street home today with a blackened eye and cuts about the face. The carnival hanger-on, who apparently had been drinking, took a seat at the drug store fountain and was insulting and abusive to the ladies in charge of the fountain. Rex Chamberlin, proprietor of the store, sought to quiet the stranger, but was greeted by a blow from the fellow’s fist. At that juncture, Mr. Knight, a bystander, interposed with the advice “I wouldn’t start anything here.” The stranger’s reply was a series of blows at Mr. Knight’s face. The carnival bad man was arrested and taken to the county jail.
50 years ago – 1966
Rodney Dale Winkel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arden C. Winkel, has recently won admission to the honors college at Michigan State University. Miss Karen Drake, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Drake, has been enrolled as a freshman at Taylor University at Upland, IN. Some 60 trailers owned by members of the Blossomland chapter of the Midwest Travel Trailer club spent the weekend at Melody Ranch Park north of Hartford. About 250 persons attended the camp.
90 Years Ago – 1926
A carload of paper that was being switched into the yards of the Watervliet Paper Company derailed on October 12, 1926, when the trucks struck some loose brick on the track. The car of stock partly overturned and a work crew had to be sent here with jacks and other equipment to get it back on the rails. The only damage was to the railroad equipment. George Ray has completed during the week of October 15, 1926, a sidewalk improvement in front of the McKenney Auto Service station on St. Joseph St., raising the walk which will do away with a bad condition in wet weather. Mayor F. W. Brown of this city, who by virtue of this office is also a member of the county Board of Supervisors, is not satisfied with the Forest Beach section of the new Watervliet road improvement that is practically completed and he registered a vigorous kick at the session of the board. The county road commission promised to give the road a careful inspection before it is accepted. The surface of road is rough and unfinished in appearance.
60 years ago – 1956
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Robbins quietly celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary at their home on Elm Street on October 3, 1956. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ketchum are the proud parents of their baby girl, Terry Lee, born September 27, 1956 and weighed in at 7 pounds 13-1/2 ounces. Specialist Clark D. Shimmer, 19, was recently promoted to specialist third class while a member of the 11th Airborne Division in Germany. Clark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shimer, Watervliet.
30 years ago – 1986
The 1986 Watervliet Homecoming Queen and King were Miss Carla Horton and Mr. Troy McKinney. Linda Anderson, a sophomore at Central Michigan University, is a member of the Army ROTC rifle team there. She is a 1984 WHS graduate. Patrick Doyle is proud of the first-place finish for the junior class in the October 1, 1986, WHS Homecoming float competition.
100 years ago – 1916
The practice of packing choicest fruit on top, decayed fruit and even leaves in the bottom has diminished. Consumers are, once again, seeking out Berrien County fruit. Rev. Reed of St. Joseph, former pastor of the African M.E. church, will speak at the Methodist church. He is appointed to do missionary work. The Robinson Cider Vinegar & Pickle Factory is now ready to receive cider apples.