Bygone Days: A look at the history of NE Allegan County

25 Years Ago — Nov. 25, 1992

Lt. Stephen DeBoer, commander of the Wayland post of the Michigan State Police, sent a letter to the editor reporting the success of the MSP’s Travel Advisory Network relaying road conditions to motorists during the winter.

Kathy Stebbins of Dorr penned a letter supporting embattled Hopkins Board of Education member Christine Schwartz, maintaining, “If the public didn’t want her on the school board, they wouldn’t have voted for her.”

Dorr Township officials are considering implementation of a Neighborhood Watch program.

The Wayland Area Emergency Services-sponsored Fun Fest, an alcohol-free celebration at Wayland High School during New Year’s Eve, has been put on hold for the first since it was launched in 1987. Ambulance service officials said a shortage of volunteers is the cause of the problem.

Stephen Lawrence of Gun Lake was handed a life sentence in Barry County Circuit Court in connection with the arson-murder of his father, Willard, former president of the Felpausch Food Stores.

Anthony Broder, attorney for Mary Martin of Moline, officially issues a request to Probate Judge George Greig to reconsider his decision not to remove the feeding tube for Martin’s husband, Mike, who has been in a vegetative state in a nursing center.

The Wayland Community Choir will present “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” and selection from Handel’s “The Messiah” at the Wayland High School auditorium, under the direction of Helen Gambee.

Linden Steeby, 54, of Leighton Township, has been charged with embezzlement while working as manager at Three Rivers Savings and Loan in Wayland.

The Wayland High School Student Council has launched its annual holiday food drive to benefit the Christian Neighbors food pantry.

The Hopkins girls’ varsity basketball team, coached by Tom MacArthur, has won its first district title since 1975 with a 54-48 victory over Muskegon Catholic Central. The Lady Vikings, now 9-14 overall, will face Hart in the Class C regionals.

Wayland suffered an unusual early exit from the Class B girls’ basketball tournament with a 45-41 loss to Hastings in the semifinals. Coach Zack Moushegian’s Lady Wildcats finished the campaign with an overall record of 11-11.

Hopkins High School graduate Kelly Reynolds has received West Michigan Officials award.

50 Years Ago — Nov. 22, 1967

Bernardo Javelly of Mexico was winding down his foreign exchange student stay with the Fred Schwartz family in Wayland. He was picture on the front page with his American brother, Bruce Schwartz.

Bonnie Schrier of Wayland has begun training as a VISTA program nurse in new Have, Conn., and will begin serving afterward in the Virgin Islands.

Students teachers this fall from Western Michigan University include Joan Lyons and Bruce Wyatt at Wayland schools, Robert Iciek of Hopkins and Joanne Clawson of Martin.

With Alan Baugh as chairman and Gene Weber choir director, the Wayland Community Caroling program is making the rounds for the holiday season.

A traffic crash near the Shelbyville exit on U.S.-131 took the lives of Gordon Evans, 42, of Wayland, Jill Morse, 18, of Kalamazoo and Cindy VanWerkin, 16, of Portage.

Mrs. Stewart Brazil wrote a letter to the editor outlining the charitable activities of the Wayland VFW and Auxiliary.

The Globe published a front page photo and feature story about Mrs. O.H. VanBrussel, whose hobby is crocheting afghans. Her husband is a longtime retired veterinarian.

Hopkins and Wayland will tip off the basketball season Saturday night at the Vikings’ gym.

The Wayland Girls’ Athletic Association basketball team lost 10-8 to Martin on two free throws made in the last four seconds. Players from both teams gathered for doughnuts and punch to discuss the game afterward.

Ron Kraai, Jerry Shoemaker, Jim Brenner and John Anderson of Martin and Don Walker of Hopkins were named to the first team of the Al-Van Conference all-star football squad.

The Terrible Troubadors, featuring Irv Helmey on the saxophone, were scheduled to play Saturday night, Dec. 2, for the Firemen’s Ball at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hilliards.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Carpenter entertained members of the Brown Streaks rocket football team after the conclusion of their first-ever season.

In an era in which musical groups began to take on unusual names, the Strawberry Alarm Clock hit No. 1 this week with “Incense and Peppermints.”

75 Years Ago — Nov. 27, 1942

Lt. Col. Leon Schuh of Wayland penned a letter to the editor in which he bemoaned not being paid for more than two months while serving in the military in Cairo, Egypt.

Editor-Publisher Rollo G. Mosher noted positively that coffee will be rationed soon, but warned, “Few peaople in these parts realize just how seriously the gasoline rationing program is going to affect their ways of living… If anyone needs extra mileage coupons, it’s the folks who live in rural villages and on farms.”

Glenn Zumbrink has received a Minuteman Award issued by U.S. Secretary Henry Morganthau for his service as chairman of the local War Bonds Savings Committee.

Mosher, also in his column, noted there is a shortage of butter and other dairy products because of the war overseas.

The Anti-Can’t Society and the Pegaways were planning a cafeteria supper at the Congregational Church as part of the annual church bazaar.

Mrs. Raymond Wykoski has resigned her teaching position at the Richter school to join her husband in Mississippi.

Fred Nelson, a graduate of Martin High School and deacon of the Church of Christ and a member of the Masonic Lodge, died at age 72.

Now showing at the Wayland Theatre:

  • William Wright, Marguerite Chapman and Larry parks in “A Man’s World.”
  • Jinx Falkenburg, Leslie Brooks and Kay Harris in “Lucky Legs.”
  • Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson in “Wings for the Eagle.”
  • Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello and Anne Baxter in “The Magnificent Ambersons,” directed by Orson Welles.

100 Years Ago — Nov. 23, 1917

Bessie May Morris, 28, a native of Wayland Township, died of “acute dilation of the stomach.” She leaves a daughter, Flossie, and her husband to mourn her.

Fred Rounds Atwater, a Hopkins native, died at the age of 47. He has been a Grand Rapids businessman for the past 18 years.

Botany class at Wayland High School has been studying parasitic fungi such as mildew, blights, rusts and and smuts.

Juniors and eighth-graders, led by the feats of Myro0n Oetman, defeated the sophomores and freshmen in an intra-school football game 30-18.

German musicians are refusing to play the Star Spangled Banner at a time when “the Kaiser is fighting hard to spread his Kultur over the earth.”

The Congregational Church will have a rededication service with a message from the Rev. J.D. Sutherland of Lansing.

Now showing at Frank’s Opera House downtown — “The River of Pomace” and “A Wife on Trial.” The continuing series, “The Mystery of the Double Cross,” continues Wednesday evenings.

Fred Wade of Saugatuck stopping at the Globe office. He is running for state representative next year.

Several local carpenters are preparing to go to Virginia to work on the new government buildings at the training camp.

Wayland business owner A.D. Hughes has been granted a patent for a device to do away with eccentric on grain cleaner purifiers with a simpler and more efficient method in millinery machinery.

Harry Ehle was brought to Wayland recently at the home of William Boyce. He is suffering from Bright’s Disease and will be confined to his bedside for at least two weeks.

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