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Rolling Back the Years

News from the Coloma Courier

100 years ago – 1923

It is a rare privilege for the Courier to present a series of pictures of the Tomb of King Tut-Ankh-Amen.

The republicans of Coloma Township will hold their annual caucus. A special invitation is extended the ladies of the township to be present.

A complete overhauling of the inter-urban cars has concluded. The newly adorned cars were put on the Coloma- Watervliet run last Saturday.

Buy Wall Paper Now! Lahr’s Drug Store has stock on hand to select from. Lowest Prices.

Bring your Kodak film here to be developed. Scott’s Pharmacy

60 years ago – 1963

Crystal Palace was completely destroyed by fire of unknown origin. Frank Hruska, a school bus driver, discovered the fire at 7:15 a.m. Possible cause is fumes from a chemical previously applied to the floor.

Comet Cheerleaders are all set to cheer the Comets on to wins at the District tournament. Bonnie Ferguson, June Krenek, Sandy Moser and Anne Schreiber are varsity cheerleaders. Go Comets!

Marie Antoinette and Michele Geralyn Cubbage entertained 30 of their girl friends at a Valentine party.

30 years ago – 1993

The Coloma Watervliet Area Economic Development Corporation has unveiled a plan for the Paw Paw River. Funds have been requested to make a water trail for canoeists and fishermen.

Michael E. Mayle, D.O. is pleased to welcome Michael A. Brown to his family practice. Both doctors specialize in total health care for all members of the family.

State Bank of Coloma President Joe Appel announces the appointment of Frank E. Callender as Assistant Vice President. Also, Jeff Edmunds, Gordon Noack and Matt Moser have been appointed as Directors.

LOMA in Coloma – Current show times for: ‘Home Alone 2’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Alive’ – Daily 7pm. Admission $3 – BYOB Thursday

Submitted by volunteer Sandi Musick Munchow at Coloma Public Library from the Coloma Courier newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record.

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News from the Hartford Day Spring


100 years ago - 1923

The Kiwanis Minstrels have selected March 9 as the date for their program of music and fun at the high school auditorium. It has been some time since Hartford had a real, old-fashion minstrel show, and the Kiwanis showmen declare they have evolved a program of rollicking fun that will dispel all semblances of dull moments. Proceeds will go toward the erection of suitable signs on the main roads calling the attention of travelers to the advantages of Hartford.

80 years ago - 1943

Through the cooperation of the women’s clubs and many individuals in Hartford the quota of rompers for the fall and winter has been completed and delivered to Paw Paw, according to Mrs. Caroline Elder, production chairman. The 168 children’s rompers, sizes 1 to 2 years, were cut out and made by the following clubs: Southwest Hartford, Jolly, Needlecraft, and Young Mother’s club, Methodist Women’s Society and Van Auken Pleasure Club.

Co-operating with the efforts of the Van Buren County council of defense to provide farm workers this summer 25 boys registered for work during the survey taken at the Hartford school.

60 years ago - 1963

The coldest weather of the winter was recorded here when thermometers read 10 to 12 degrees below zero. Lowest reading reported was by George Edmonds, who said an outdoor thermometer at his house registered 31 degrees below zero at 7 a.m. A neighbor, Donald Woodward, reported 30 below at the same time. While the temperature rose above zero yesterday, a fresh snowfall began and five to seven inches more of the white stuff was predicted by today. Most cold temperatures also were forecast for the rest of the week.

The Hartford Woman’s Club will meet at the home of Mrs. George Tyrrell, with Mrs. William Spaulding co-hostess. Donald Brown, Kalamazoo, will speak on “Midwest Miracle.”

Director, William Achterberg will take the junior band to Niles Saturday where it will compete for the first time in a Class C district festival. There are 62 seventh and eighth graders in the junior band.

Submitted by Librarian Stephanie Daniels at Hartford Public Library from microfilm copies of the Hartford Day Spring.

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News from the Watervliet Record


90 years ago - 1933

The Watervliet bank was one of the first in the county to receive permission to re-open on a 100-percent basis. The officers and directors were immensely pleased when the order came permitting reopening after being closed since March 6, 1933, when the President’s proclamation closed every bank and trust company in the United States and its insular possessions.

Mr. and Mrs. William Carter are celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary in a quiet way at their home in North Watervliet. Mr. and Mrs. Carter were married on March 10, 1870, and have spent their entire wedded life in or near Watervliet.

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Herron, who reside on Paw Paw Avenue, have been residents in that neighborhood longer than any other living person. Mrs. Herron commented on an article published in this newspaper earlier regarding the 100th anniversary of Watervliet and remembers in 1847, her uncle opened a store here called “Shingle Diggings.”

60 Years Ago - 1963

Watervliet Cub Scouts of Pack 62 had their annual Blue and Gold Banquet recently. Awards were given to all ranks of Cub Scouts by Cubmaster Frank Simanton. First was the Bobcat rank earned by Randy Gregg. Next rank was Wolf, with the following boys receiving their badge: Kevin Daly, Carlysle Brown, and David Bianchi. James Hunt, Steve Keer, and Wayne Dillenbeck received a Silver arrow under the Wolf; and Gary Harper, Gold Arrow under the Wolf.

Mr. and Mrs. Richardson are the proud parents of an 8-pound 14-ounce baby boy, David Wayne, on Feb. 26, 1963.

30 years ago - 1993

Neil D. Brinker, a student at WHS, recently enlisted in the United States Army’s Delayed Entry Program for a 3-year, 14-week tour of duty in the Infantry.

WHS proudly announces senior Holly Emhoff as “Student of the Week.” She has been a cheerleading squad member for the past four years. She has participated in various shows, plays, musicals, and the Miss Watervliet contest. She is presently serving as secretary of the senior class. Holly plans to pursue a career in dance and attend Western Michigan University.

Submitted by Sally Q. Gonzalez from files at Watervliet District Library of the Watervliet Record newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record.

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