11-07-2019 Tri-City Area History Page

The Paw Paw River Journal

Am I Blue! You bet! That is, Maize and Blue… because I’m a University of Michigan fan. Marion and I and our family lived in Ann Arbor for sixteen years. I spent a lot of time on the campus, took classes, got a degree and taught there. Even though I went back to the public school system eventually, I maintained faculty status and helped their School of Education by training many student teachers. Marion joined Faculty Wives and formed friendships there. My Michigan Alumnus magazine for fall arrived this time with a picture of Bo Schembechler on the cover and the heading, “Bo’s First Game (the 50th anniversary).” In that story was some information on one of his team members I knew… Garvie Craw, a blocking fullback. He was one of the student teachers I trained for the U of M! Garvie was graduated in 1972 with an English major. He tried out with the New England Patriots but didn’t make the team. He tried various jobs and then he decided he needed to go back to school and really acquire some skills. One of those was getting a teaching certificate. That’s when we met. He came to me for a semester of student teaching, and we became friends. An affable young man, he had a knack for getting acquainted with kids. I knew his background would be a plus in the classroom, especially with the boys! We spent the semester together, and he became skilled in the craft of teaching. We lost track of each other after that… until I opened my magazine and there was a story of Bo’s first game. He was a hard taskmaster and had a sign over the locker room door that read: THOSE WHO STAY WILL BE CHAMPIONS! Garvie told me stories of their fabled practice sessions… probably designed to weed out all but the toughest. And it did. They were running plays on the new U of M artificial turf. It was hard and unforgiving. Somebody said to Dick Calderazzo (senior guard), “Go ahead, ask Coach if we can have some water. He likes you!” Calderazzo, who was Italian, said, “Please, Coach, it’s so hot, could we have a drink?” Bo replied, “Next you’ll be wanting candles and Chianti wine… get back to work!” This was 1969 and Bo’s first year. The training paid off! They beat Vanderbilt and then played Ohio State. It was another victory which was especially sweet because Bo had coached under the famed Woody Hayes. They were invited to the Rose Bowl and were on a roll. Then tragedy struck! December 31… New Year’s Eve. They were in California and ready for action. Bo suffered a massive coronary and was rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery. Of course the team was demoralized. They lost! And came home without that crowning glory. But Bo was recovering. Garvie Craw was married and had a growing family. So he decided he had to come back to school and get some skills. That’s when he came to me as a student teacher, working on his teaching certificate. All that semester we worked together as I introduced him to the world of teaching and he honed his skills. We would have conferences and talk about techniques and we would talk about other things too. He told me stories about his days playing for Bo. I also got stories from Michigan Alumnus and the story by Richard Johnson. Garvie said when he went back in addition to his classes he did some scouting for Bo. One player of interest was at a high school in Brooklyn, New York. The school was so poor they didn’t have a practice field. They ran football plays right out in the street beside the school. And they could only play “away” games. I’ll admit it was kind of fun having a celebrity for a student teacher. But Garvie never forgot why he was there. Teachers who were U of M fans would ask him about certain games, but he would gently turn them off and get back to the subject at hand. After he left, we lost touch. I learned from the magazine that he died in Florida in 2007. Later they had a ceremony on the U of M campus and planted a tree in his name. That first year, 1969, while Bo Schembechler was establishing his reputation, Garvie had scored 13 touchdowns, mostly short-yardage. But his place in the annals of history really rest on what his teammate, Dick Calderazzo, said, “(he was) one of the greatest blocking fullbacks ever to play in the Big Ten.” And I feel he was really weaving some golden threads into the Great Tapestry of Life in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River!

The identity of this young lady is unknown from a Riverside Hagar #6 School District album of photos. Anyone that recognizes her should contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 269-468-3330, office@northberrienhistory.org, or stop by Tues-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., they would love to hear your stories. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma

Coloma Library News

Preschool Storytime Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschool-aged children is on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Registration is not required to participate in this weekly interactive experience that includes theme books, music, and a hands-on activity with Miss Alicia. International Games Day The library is celebrating International Games Day on Saturday, Nov. 9. Bring a friend and drop in to play games such as Dots, Sorry, Trouble, Uno, or Fairytale Flux. Participants can enter into a drawing to win a $5 gift certificate to the library’s bookstore. Games will be available all day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Book Club The Coloma Public Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman. Depending on demand there may be titles available for check out at the front desk. The book club regularly meets every other Thursday. New members are always welcome. Local author Rosanne Bittner To celebrate the release of her newest title, “Ride the High Lonesome”, award-winning, Coloma author, Rosanne Bittner will be at the Coloma Public Library Thursday, Nov. 14 to sign books starting at 5:00 p.m. Immediately following the regular Book Club meeting from 5:30-6:30, Bittner will discuss her books and answer questions until 7:30 p.m.

Watervliet District Library News

Story Hour

Story Hour for ages 3 – 5 is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. (choose one) for the months of October to April. Picture books, crafts & fun designed to inspire the love of reading! STEM Kit Programs Snap Circuits – LEGO Robotics – Little Bits Electronic Inventions STEM kit programs for 8 years and up are designed for small groups to work together to make an endless number of inventions. New groups are set up with participants’ schedule in mind. Interested? Sign up at the desk! In Stitches Knitting Group Nov. 8, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Bring a current project or the interest; they’ll help you get started! Arm knitting supplies & 1-on-1 instruction, too! Author visit Rosanne Bittner On Monday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m. nationally renowned author Rosanne Bittner of Coloma shares her latest work celebrating the American west, plus details of the book-biz. Book purchases and signings available. Refreshments, too! Sensory Bin Blast Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10:30 – 11:30 is the perfect time for 0 – 5 year olds and their families to make a perfect mess! Third Monday Book Club Nov. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. – The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah Yoga Mondays 9 – 10 a.m.; Wednesdays 7 – 8 p.m.; Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga – Wednesdays 6 – 6:30 p.m.


100 years ago – 1919

Our community leaders are planning a fitting memorial for our town and the fighting men of the Great War. It is thought that a community building is a visible and useful symbol, as the statue idea has become obsolete. A contract has been awarded for building the road from Washington Street in the village to the county line. Henry Kibler, who has been farming the Wakefield Shock farm, has sold that farm. He purchased Mrs. N. Fletcher’s twenty acre farm. 60 years ago – 1959 The Methodist church ladies will serve their annual chop suey dinner. Mrs. Roger Carter will be in charge of the kitchen. Dinner tickets are $1.35. “Pixies” are in the window at Reinhardt’s IGA Foodliner. High School girls Sidney Carlson, Fiona Pitcher, Pamela DeFields and Ruby Howard did this “first place” painting. The UNICEF drive Halloween Eve netted $120. Following the drive, a party was given at the Congregational church. A meeting will be held concerning the safety on Paw Paw Lake. The citizen’s committee, township officials and Atty. Robert Small will discuss possible township regulations. 30 years ago – 1989 August Pupedis Jr., Lois Quigley and Anita Hirsch have been elected to serve on the Commission. Other contenders were Thomas Tullio, Robert Wooley, Galen Blough and Charles Owen. The Orchard Hill Sanitation Landfill now has a recycling center. This community service came about through meetings between concerned residents, The Pines ‘n’ Needles Garden Club and Dan Batts, Manager of the Landfill. Alice Vacanti, Chairman of the Coloma Vietnam Memorial Fund, announced that the $5,000 goal has been reached. The stone has been ordered and will be erected in Baker Park. Those honored by this memorial are Rick Herndon, Doyle Harris, Tom Pruiett Jr., Philip Johnson, James Townley, Don Wood and Allan Persicke. Submitted by volunteer Sandi Musick Munchow at Coloma Public Library from the Coloma Courier newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Fri, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tue, Wed & Thur, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sat, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Phone: 269-468-3431


100 years ago – 1919 Halloween passed quietly in Hartford with a minimum of harmless fun for the youth of the village. The principle damage was caused by the overturning of several outbuildings. For the most part youths contented themselves with the smearing of windows, which caused a general furbishing of window glass the next morning. Many moveable objects were also toted to unaccustomed places. No children, unless he is so old he has forgotten his youth, begrudges the youngsters the enjoyment derived from Halloween pranks. 75 years ago – 1944 The Art Study class met with Mrs. Walter Markillie. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Anderson showed moving pictures which were taken by Miss Marcia Corbyn during her travels to Europe several years ago. The Hartford Woman’s club met Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Myrtle Hammond. The hostess greeted her guests attired in an old-fashioned full, hoop-skirted dress. The home was decorated with the national colors in recognition of Election Day. The Hartford garden club will meet at the home of Mrs. Paul Richter. The subject for the day will be “evergreens”. Roll call will be a vase contest of winter bouquets. 50 years ago – 1969 A citizens’ advisory committee was organized by the Board of Education to help plan a school building program. Harold Jackson was named general chairman of the committee and Mrs. John Van Lierop was named secretary. John Laman will head a group to study growth and enrollment. Mr. Russell Richmond will direct a study of present and future curriculum. John Babcock will head a sub-committee on school facilities and John Olds was named chairman of school finance. A concert recognizing the 100th anniversary of football in the United States will be presented by the Hartford high school junior and senior bands. Under the direction of Dale Kooi, the band also is planning a football anniversary halftime show for the Hartford-Eau Claire game Friday night. Submitted by Librarian Stephanie Daniels at Hartford Public Library from microfilm copies of the Hartford Day Spring. Hours: Mon, Tue & Wed, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thur & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 269-621-3408


90 years ago – 1929 The first entry of land made in what is now the township of Watervliet was 150 acres in section 21, in 1832 by Job Davis from Cass County. This land is on the south side of Paw Paw Ave., one mile west of the paper mill. Davis laid out a town site there, got out the timber for the frame of a sawmill, and had the pit and tall race dug when he sold out to B.C. Hoyt, Nathaniel Griffith and a Mr. Hatch. The purchasers were about to begin operations when Hoyt sued a man named Sumner for a grocery bill, complications resulted thus ending the project. 60 years ago – 1959 On Oct. 29, 1959 at the regular meeting of the Watervliet library board, the Memorial Roll was dedicated. This roll contains the names of all persons in whose memory donations have been made to the Library Building Fund. The roll is artistically designed and beautifully lettered in modern and Old English, suitably framed. It was made and presented to the library by Mr. J. Ersman of Ersman Graphic Arts. Two Watervliet scouts were among those recognized for advancements at the district court of honor. Star Scout awards were presented to Mike Lewis and Steven Crocker. Carol Martin was declared first prize winner in the Poinsettia poster contest sponsored by the Mothers of World War II. 30 years ago – 1989 The barrels are gone and once again motorists can travel through downtown Watervliet without the aid of flagmen, on a street smoother and more beautiful than ever. The Watervliet Downtown Renovation Project, sponsored by the Watervliet Downtown Development Authority and financed through grants and DDA funding, has been ongoing since late August. It included paving of M-140 from Red Arrow Highway to the Paw Paw River bridge at the paper mill, sidewalk removal and repair, curb and gutter work, nostalgic-style light poles, utility pole removal, 19 trees, trash receptacles and benches. The final asphalt paving was the final stop in the project. Submitted by Sally Q. Gonzalez from files at Watervliet District Library of the Watervliet Record newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Wed, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tue, Thur & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: 269-463-6382


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