Bygone Days: A brief look at Wayland area’s past, Part 155

Wayland grade school

25 Years Ago — March 7, 1990

The Wayland boys’ varsity basketball team lost its district tournament opener at home to Allegan 76-52, and even worse, the game was played in an empty gym because of fears of a measles outbreak. The Allegan County Health Department issued the ban after 11-year-old Tammy Bowman, daughter of Ben and Diane Bowman, died of measles at Detroit Children’s Hospital. Officials said 220 cases have been reported in Michigan this year, 30 from Wayland and Dorr.

Dennis Noble, a member of the Wayland Board of Education, accused Globe Sports Editor Paul Jackson of yellow journalism after he wrote a column the previous week, suggesting the school board suspended wrestler Ken Klump for only six days for threatening a teacher while another student-athlete has been banned from playing a sport for the rest

of his career for smoking.

Barbara Sprik, in a letter to the editor about Channel One coming to Wayland High School, wrote, “…we as parents are not discussing the news in front of our children, let alone with them, so they can learn from us, not commercials during educational hours.” She opposed Whittle Communications installing a $100,000 satellite system in classrooms free of charge.

Wayland teachers, however, are suggesting that the benefits from the technological equipment could outweigh the negatives.

Roxie Muczynski, former owner of Wayland Cleaners and parent of three children in the district, was appointed to a seat on the Wayland Board of Education in the wake of the resignation of Treasurer Mike Ekkel.

Petitions bearing about 700 signatures have been presented to the Wayland Township Board, support

ing the paving of four-foot shoulders on 10th Street between Bradley and Wayland.

The Windsor Woods Estate residential development is now reporting 100% occupancy at the end of phase one of its project, counting 167 homes.

The Wayland High School volleyball team, fresh from winning its sixth straight O-K Gold Conference championship, captured the Class B district title and will take on Stevensville Lakeshore in the opening round of the regional tournament at Delton.

Earning medals at the O-K Rainbow Conference meet for Wayland were Steve VanRavensway, Chris Black, Terry Chlebana, Dave Estefan and Keith Nickels. The Wildcats, coached by Bill Fritz, catured the league championship.

Hopkins finished its basketball season with a 12-8 record, losing in the Class C district tourney opener to Kelloggsville. Playing his last game for the Vikings was Mike Rynearson.

Martin’s basketball team scored consecutive victories over Bloomingdale and Decatur to take the championship crown in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

 50 Years Ago — March 3, 1965

 The Village of Wayland’s 1965-66 fiscal year budget was set at $101,482, with an adopted local tax rate of 13.5 mills.

Lt. Gov. William Milliken was to be the guest speaker at the upcoming meeting of the Young Republicans group at the Griswold Auditorium in Allegan.

Due to lack of interest, The Wayland Chamber of Commerce’s “Cash Day” program has been discontinued.

The Hopkins Village Council is discussing plans for a public water system, at a cost of $165,000.

A front page photo

in the Globe showed Fire Chief Pat Brocker with firefighter Bob Hendrixson donning a lightweight asbestos suit used for fighting fires.

Mrs. Dena Oetman game a demonstration and lesson on pillow smocking to the Young Homemakers organization in Dorr.

Cecil Kincaid, owner of the Wayland Theatre, announced the local movie house will be showing three films nominated this year for Oscars, including “My Fair Lady, “Beckett” and “Mary Poppins.”

Msgr. Adalbert Radowski gave the invocation, the Rev. Fred Dunbar the benediction and Dr. John White, assisted by Wayne Leonardson, gave out awards at the Cub Scouts’ annual Blue and Gold Banquet.

Wayland ended its regular season in basketball with an overall record of 3-13 after a 76-65 defeat at the hands of Caledonia. The Wildcats held high-scoring Tom Benedict to just six points, but Rex Weaver and Jack Applegate both dropped in 18. Gordon Hudson scored 20 for Wayland. Scott Hilbert had 19, Terry Parks nine and Steve Cla

ck eight.

Elvis Presley was starring in “Roustabout” at the Wayland Theatre this weekend.

Hopkins won the FFA regional contest. Winning Gold awards were the demonstration team of John Merbs, Tom Morris and Dennis Olson and the ag forum team of Mike Ignatowski, Russell Hansen, Steve Wrobleski, Doug Mann, Dennis Brenner and Ron Miller.

The Temptations took over the No. 1 slot for the nation’s top 40 tunes with “My Girl.”

 75 Years Ago — March 1, 1940

 This is a leap year and today is the “one day more we add each year in four.”

Have you 1940 license plates on your car? Most of us have, because the local garage has been busy making out applica­tions for the new tags at a great rate for the past few days. Mrs. Arlene Anderson

of the Eding garage tells the Globe that they have been sending over to Allegan for an average of about 40 plates per day and for some time they have handled over $2,000 for their customers.

At the school election held last Mon­day, there were 159 votes cast and all ex­cept three were in favor of consolidation.

W.D. Bencher, expert Technician from Pathometric Laboratories, Chicago, comes to Wayland for one week, beginn­ing March 4, to introduce to this com­munity a great new scientific achieve­ment in diagnosis and treatment of disease.

This new instrument, called the Pathoclast, is to be demonstrated upon certain actual interesting cases which have heretofore baffled doctors.

Additional unusual or stubbornly chronic cases are invited. Get particulars or make appointments through Dr. T.C. Story, local chiropractor, 203 W. Superior St. No charge for demonstra­tion. Minimum charge for complete diagnosis.


Peter Van Ideking has sold his farm to a man from Grand Rapids.

Mrs. Charity Edwards is getting along nicely with her broken arm.

Mrs. Leah Mclntyre taught in the Primary department during the absence of Miss Wilson.

Peter DeVries has sold his farm to Grand Rapids parties for $3,000, and will sell his personal property at an auction soon.

The interior of the post office at Dorr has been remodeled and put in more convenient shape for the new Postmistress, Miss Nina Adams.

Brookdale Farm, Tuesday evening, March 9.

The interurban trains will soon commence to run on regular time about the middle of the month, so says the latest wag.


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