(Taken from the archives at the Then & Now Historical Library in downtown Dorr)
25 Years Ago — March 27, 1996
Hopkins’ memorable and unusual basketball season was concluded in the state Class semifinals at the Breslin Center, Michigan State University, in a loss to Manton. The Vikings broke the state record for most overtime games with nine. It was the first time Hopkins made it this far since 1949.
Hoeksema Hardware in downtown Dorr was spared serious damage from a fire because the local department happened to be located a half a block away.
A suspected drug abuser is being interrogated in connection with six robberies, one of which was reported at a Wayland liquor store.
State Rep. Paul Hillegonds has announced he will retire from his seat in the Legislature, 88th District, because of term limits. At one time, he was co-Speaker of the House.
David Britten will take over next year as principal at Steeby Elementary, succeeding Holly Lear. Britten has an extensive military background.
The Hopkins chapter of Students Against Drunken Driving sponsored a special appearance of crash dummies.
State Senator Alma Wheeler Smith penned the Soapbox, promoting the idea of voting by mail as a more efficient and inclusive system for democracy.
The lively City Council race has three candidates for mayor — Mary Reno, David Miller and Don Shafer.
Walter Blue and Lori Mead asked the Martin Board of Education to release their children from the local schools, but will have to await the state’s decision on “Schools of Choice.”
50 Years Ago — March 24, 1971
The Wayland Board of Education will present a 6.8-mill renewal request in a special election Monday, March 29.
The school board approved a list of teachers for tenure recommended by their immediate supervisors. Resignations were received for Mrs. Mary Mahalek, Mrs. Linda Stratton, Mrs. Olive Halloran, Wayne Keyzer and James Stewart.
Language arts instructor Eugene Washchuck asked the board for permission to take a group of students to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.
Jack Dendel was chosen Michigan Dairyman of the Year and James Gilder and Son of Hopkins was honored for having an efficient dairy farm operation. David Leep & Sons copped top honors for highest crop value per tillable acre and Gerald Fenner of Martin earned highest milk sales per cow.
City of Wayland sewer bonds have been sold for sanitary sewer collection and treatment system though First of Michigan Corp.
The Wayland Chamber of Commerce annual dinner will be held at the VFW, featuring music by John Dunsmore and an unusual German band.
Wayland High School graduate Joan Lautenschleger, a student at Hope College, is competing in debate and interpretive reading and Phi Delta Kappa tourney.
J.E. Hudson, father of Wayland High School graduates Tom, Dick and Harry Hudson and Mrs. Marie Hall, died at St. Mary’s Hospital at age 67. He had been a longtime employee of the Allegan County Road Commission.
Now showing at the Wayland Theatre: Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis in “The Out-of-Towners.”
Editor-Publisher Irvin P. Helmey urged a “yes” vote on the 6.8-mill renewal for the Wayland school district.
Clifford Holbrook of Shelbyville took part in a ceremony honoring Neil Holbrook (no relation) for saving him from drowning May 2, 1970, in the Pine River.
Airman Mick Mutschler, a 1967 Wayland High graduate, graduated from Air Force missile analysis school.
Randy Kuiper, son of Dr. and Mrs. Dale W. Kuiper, earned a bronze medal in a giant slalom race in Aspen, Colo.
WHS track standout Elwyn Powers copped a second place in the mile run at an indoor meet at East Kentwood.
75 Years Ago — March 29, 1946
Sally J. Haywood, who came to Wayland as a baby and lived here for 78 years, died at the home of her daughter in Kalamazoo. She was 92.
Lynn Marshall, formerly of Wayland and son of the Rev. C. W. Marshall of the Methodist Church, died at Fort Worth, Texas, where he was a banker.
Editor-Publisher Rollo G. Mosher complained about the condition of muddy roads after taking a country drive and almost getting stuck on one of them. “The big eyesore of the countryside is in the number of unsightly places where tins and rubbish of all kinds has been dumped along the roadside.”
RGM also reported, “Wayland is in the middle of a building boom that will help in some way with the housing shortage. About a dozen houses are under construction.”
The Globe announced it wants to publish a photo of every boy and girl in this trade territory. Woltz Studios of Des Moines, Iowa, is conducting the picture sessions April 3, at the American Legion Hall.
A local agency for Kaiser-Frazer is being constructed near North Main and Forrest Street. Charles Andringa is building Wayland Feed & Coal and an International Harvester dealership is going in on the west side of South Main Street.
Edward Alflen & Sons, just north of the village, is bringing in a a new Plymouth-DeSoto dealership.
Maud Schad has been elected president of the Anti-Can’t Club of the Congregational Church.
Now showing at the Wayland Theatre:
• James Craig and Signe Hasse in “Dangerous Partners.
• Sunset Carson and Peggy Stewart in “Oregon Trail.”
• Robert Walker, Keenan Wynne and Jean Porter in “What Next, Cpl. Hargrove?”
• Gary Cooper and Loretta Young in “Along Came Jones.”
100 Years Ago — March 25, 1921
Leona Rankins’ division of girls will have a candy sale, with proceeds going toward purchase of a Victrola for the school.
The junior class secured the services of the Grand Rapids Men’s Glee Club to perform here Friday evening.
Republican Samuel Hanna was elected supervisor, William Fry clerk and William Schad treasurer in Leighton Township.
The Ladies Library Club will have a “choclataire” reception at the home of Mrs. Mrs. Charles Yeakey.
Amelia D. Moffat, who came to the Wayland area with her husband, George Truax, in 1869, died at age 77. She had been a member of the Christian Church for 45 years.
The Rev. Rood gave a presentation to the Wayland Grange on “The Value of a High School Education.” There was a discussion about whether teachers’ pay should be increased.
Several farmers in Ohio Corners have sold their potatoes and “are drawing them to Hopkins.”
“Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde” is showing at the Regent downtown in the village.
The Wayland Commercial Club has invited several prominent farmers to its next meeting.
George Opperman of Hopkins was assessed a $15 fine and 60 days in jail to taking a skunk’s stench gland and inserting it into the air ducts at the school house, which had to be closed for a week.
Rollo G. Mosher was a special guest of the NE Hopkins Community Club meeting at the farm of A. Groskopf.
Robert Williamson, supervisor, Clarence Buer, clerk, and William Graczyk, treasurer, were Republican candidates in Dorr Township. Democrats were Joseph Bartz, supervisor, Fred Weaker, clerk and Richard Worm, treasurer.