Bygone Days: A brief look at Wayland area’s past, Part 154

Horse and buggy25 Years Ago — Feb. 28, 1990

 Wayland High School senior Ken Klump pleaded not guilty in Allegan County District Court to making threatening and harassing phone calls to WHS teacher Denise Kling. Klump, who finished fourth in the state Class B wrestling tournament at 171 pounds, had been suspended for six days from school for spitting on a teacher, but he was reinstated by the Board of Education. In protest, a group of Wayland teachers were no-shows for a teachers’ in-service day.

Defenders of Klump said six of the seven phone calls were made to Kling by relatives and his was not threatening. There were letters to the editor of that edition of the Globe, most saying it was wrong for the board to reinstate Klump so he could wrestle in the state tournament.

A group of Wayland Township residents has been circulating petitions to have 10th Street between Wayland and Bradley widened. Work is scheduled to be done to repair the road later in the year.

Michigan State Police Trooper Terry Whitley commended the actions of Clarence Sprague of Dorr and Sherry Northouse of Green Lake for their actions in assisting victims of a two-vehicle traffic crash until emergency personnel arrived at the scene.

Barbara Chachuski of Dorr penned a letter of the editor warning parents about the introduction of the Michigan Model for sex education in local schools’ classrooms.

Mike Ekkel has announced that the press of business has forced him to resign his seat on the Wayland Board of Education.

The Wayland Union School District was anticipating 95 more students for the 1990-91 academic year because of increasing population.

The Wayland varsity volleyball team earned its sixth consecutive O-K Gold Conference championship, under the guidance of coach Dennis Angulim. Ket players on the squad were Jenny Ritz, Chris Gruver, Heidi Berends, Shelly Salisbury, Annette Tietsma, Julie Ainsworth and Hope Bonga.

The Wayland boys’ basketball team absorbed a 91-66 defeat at the hands of Coopersville and has only one more game for the regular season before tournaments. The Wildcats were led by Eric VandenBerg’s 17 points, Bill Brefke had 14 and Rick Merren 13.

Martin heavyweight Tom Salingue finished fifth in the state Class wrestling tournament.

The Wayland Board of Education was considering the expense of $26,000 to add a weight room at the high school.

Dave Ferber has been chosen executive director of the Allegan County United Way.

 50 Years Ago — Feb. 24, 1965

 Wayland High School graduate Caron Pinney will play the role of Dagmar in the College of St. Joseph (N.M) production of “I Remember Mama.”

Wayland High School choir members invited to the Michigan Solo & Ensemble Festival were Mary Lee Hayes, Kathy Overmore, Judy Morgenstern, Becky Wobma, Carol Griffith, Femmy Pols, Arlene Marquard, Valerie Jager, Ruth Klein, Mary Lou Eylander, Linda Frue and Bill Heyboer. They are under the direction of Mrs. Helen Gambee.

Wallace Wakeman has been selected as the Wayland Board of Education’s legislation representative.

The school board has agreed to a request from Mrs. George Devereaux to be released from her employment contract as secretary for the principal at Wayland High School.

Mrs. Ken Lawther penned a letter to the editor in which she said, “Already, the yellow fever of corruption is taking its toll. The malaria of immorality is weakening our youthful vigor. A high crime and divorce rate, disrespect for moral codes, slauther on the highways, a fervent for more ‘things’ — Are these signs of America’s doom? Will we do the way of great civilizations of the past?”

Former State Senator Fred Hilbert of Wayland has been selected as chairman of Michigan Week activities for Allegan County.

Sharon VanderWeide, Nancy Wykstra, Janet Kelsey, Connie Blacke and Susan Young all earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages at Martin for the first semester.

The Wayland boys’ basketball team led Hamilton 31-28 at the half, but eventually lost to the Hawkeyes 59-50, to see its overall season record slip to 3-12. Gordon Hudson scored 16 points, Scott Hilbert 15 and Lee Pepper eight. The ‘Cats have only a game at Caledonia left on the regular schedule before taking on Allegan in the districts.

Hopkins defeated neighboring rival Martin 53-43. Bill Nicolai scored 23 points, Jessie Goodrich 14 and Jim Gilder nine. Jim Pegg led the Clippers with 19 points and Dick Kraai added 10.

The Viking hoopsters were trounced, however, by Caledonia, 95-41. Tom Benedict dropped in 24 points and Rex Weaver 15. Nicolai had 11 and Gilder 10 for Hopkins.

Hopkins will face a very talented Middleville team in the districts and has to face Rob White, who is averaging 27.5 points per game.

The St. Therese School basketball team, coached by David VanEerden, won the Tri-City basketball league, besting Otsego St. Margaret’s and Blessed Sacrament of Allegan. Jerry LaValley was the leading scorer for the team during the season.

“A Boy Ten Feet Tall,” with Edward G. Robinson, was showing at the Wayland Theatre.

The top tune in the land for the second straight week was “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys.

 75 Years Ago — Feb. 23, 1940  

 There will be no third term presidential announcements today, we are sure.

Freezing nights and thawing daytimes will soon bring activity to the sugar camps in this vicinity.

Roads are in unusually good condition for this time of year.

Plenty of snow on the ground is good for the wheat and should enable the farmers to get at their spring work early, because of the small amount of frost on the ground.

Mrs. Orpha Herrington of Hopkins has opened a new beauty shop in the Hilbert building, formerly occupied by Vivian’s Beauty Shoppe, on West Superior Street. New equipment has been installed, the interior decorated, and is now open for business.

A number of friends and neighbors passed Tuesday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Russell. Cards and dancing furnished amusement and a fine lunch was served.

The Gun Lake store is receiving a fresh coat of paint on the interior and is being otherwise improved.

The Improvement League met with Mrs. Arthur Shoemaker Friday, with 16 members and 12 visitors present. A fine program was given. Roll call was responded to by “Men Famous in Revolu­tionary Times.”

Miss Gladys Olsen is attending the Teacher’s Institute in Allegan.

Village President Lem A. Garner was in Grand Rapids on business yesterday.

Mrs. Chas. R. Yeakey started a class in dancing at Hopkins last Wednesday with a large attendance.

The interior of the library is being refinished this week. Newton and Burlingame are doing the work.

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