Bygone Days: A look at the past in NE Allegan County

(Taken from the archives at the Then & Now Historical Library in downtown Dorr)

25 Years Ago — May 8, 1996

South Main Street where the Chevrolet dealer was located by the Bee Hive Lunch and Gift Shop.

We apologize most sincerely to readers that the edition of the Penasee Globe was not available for publication.

The 25 Years Ago section will resume next week.



50 Years Ago — May 5, 1971

The top 10 academic seniors for the Wayland High School, Class of 1971 have been announced. They arePaul Calkins, Douglas Door, Teresa Dunsmore, Janie Johnson, Patti Krup, Tom Lanning, Tom Marks, Cathy Siefert, David Smith, Virginia Sooy and Louise Sykes.

The graduating class held an honors banquet with 1966 WHS grad William Conwell III as guest speaker. Conwell, son of William Jr. and Joy Conwell, recently graduated from General Motors Institute.

Area residents are being warned about “gypsy paving projects,” which promise quick and cheap driveway projects, but the materials used are worthless.

A front-page photo showed County Commissioner John L. Gurney, citizen Bill Biesbrock, habitat biologist John Schrouder and fisheries biologist Dave Johnson discussing chemical treatments for the Rabbit River to rid the stream of “trash fish” and promote increased populations of brown trout.

Cecil Robart and Dale Craner have applied for licenses to sell liquor by the glass from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission after voters citywide approved a referendum on the issue in the November 1970 election.

Richard M. Church, a graduate of Hopkins High School, has been awarded a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan.

City Manager John Hefner wrote a column telling residents things they need to do in preparation for installation of the sanitary sewer system.

Daisy Mae’s of Gun Lake, formerly the Lakeview Tavern, is featuring the weekend live music of Bill Johnson and the Playboys and Mor-ee-fra.

Hopkins members of the Future Homemakers of America Judy Kaminski, Carolyn Guy, Sarah Reinart, Laurie Fifelski, Bev Kloska and Barb Williams attended the silver anniversary convention of the FHA at Western Michigan University.

The Wayland High School tennis team is 4-0 in the O-K Blue Conference, led by Jim Hendrixson, Rex Andringa, Mike Comrie, Boyd Heckert, Alan Kupres, Paul Heckert, Jack Lehocky and Jerry Kuper.

Former Wayland High School tennis standout Bob Ayers has won two recent matches as a member of the Ferris State College squad.

The Wayland High School baseball team is 6-3 overall, but dropped a couple of games in the O-K Blue Conference to Hamilton and Wyoming Lee. Joe Koperski, Larry Tolan and Mike Damveld have handled most of the pitching chores.

Elwyne Powers remains undefeated in the mile run for the Wildcats in track and Brent Irwin has been winning in the hurdles and Wayne Thomas in the sprints.

The local Masonic Lodge is planning a forum on the issue of gun control, featuring a representative from the Sportsmen’s Alliance of Michigan.

75 Years Ago — May 10, 1946

Clayton Blue of the Wayland Village Council and Glenn Zumbrink of the Chamber of Commerce were in Lansing to lobby for establishment of an airport.

Editor-Publisher Rollo G. Mosher, Harvey Zeerip, Harold Reinart and Marvin Brower. He said sa, but did not catch, the biggest trout he’d ever seen.

The local tax rate for the village has been established at 10 mills, with two for contingency, six and a half for streets, and a half mill for library, the park and the community band.

Mosher acknowledged his anger with a Life magazine editorial accusing American farmers of hoarding grain sorely needed in Europe after the world war. He maintained Wayland Township has only 400 bushels in reserve.

Joseph Panyrek has been discharged from the Army and is coming home after a stint in a hospital in Chacago. He was injured in the last of his three battles overseas, which included Normandy, northern France and Germany. RGM said, “Joe will soon open a grocery store and gas station” in the old Robbins School near the county line west of Bradley.

Jay Emmons, Elton Calkins, William Dewey, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Brenner and Mrs. Emmons will present a program on housecleaning to the Grange.

Frank Morgenstern died at his farm home west of the village. He was 74.

The Wayland High School baseball team will attend a baseball clinic in Detroit Saturday and then take in a Tigers’ game.

Delores Pawloski is a member of the committee planning a special tea for wives of veterans who attend Western Normal College.

Gordon Cole, who was injured in January 1945 in a battle along the Siegfried Line, has finally come home after discharge by the U.S. Army.

Now showing at the Wayland Theatre:

  • George Raft and Claire Trevor in “Johnny Angel.”
  • Leon Errol in “Mama Loves Papa.”
  • Alan Ladd, William Bendix and Veronica Lake in “The Blue Dahlia.”
  • Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck in “Spellbound.”



100 Years Ago — May 6, 1921

Edmund H. Noble, a longtime resident of Martin, Shelbyville and Wayland, and area railroad station manager, died at his home. He was 56. “Mr. Noble was respected by all and was held in the highest esteem by all those with whom he associated.”

A number of wives of Caledonia businessmen joined their spouses for a social gathering the Wayland home of Ivan Hunsberger.

Fay C. Wing has announced he is selling his cut flower and plant business to the Clark Floral Co.

A new state law that takes effect on July 1 requires all motorists to register their vehicles and obtain a certificate of ownership.

Members of the “R” side of the Ladies Library Club are asked to bring their needles and thimbles to their next meeting at the homes of Mrs. Warren Rankin.

Dale Rankin was included on a list of speeding motorists who were pulled over in Grand Rapids and fined $15. Then, on his way home, he was apprehended for speeding again and was fined $20.

The Allegan News, a Democratic Party supporting newspaper, has been sold by Publisher John J. Firestone to F.H Gallegher of Cleveland, who promises it will become more independent politically.

The Globe has purchased a new typesetting machine to better take care of late breaking news copy and advertising material in a timely manner.

Now showing at the Regent downtown: Enid Bennett in “Stepping Out,” Jack London’s “The Mutiny of the Elsinore” and the documentary “Out of the Snows.”

Friday, May 13, will be the final community meeting of the academic year with a discussion about the local schools’ needs and “How can we remedy the unsatisfactory housing accommodations?”

Mrs. Margaret Welfare died at her home two miles north of Dorr. She was 84.

“The cold snap following the Warm spell has increased attendance of the Hot Air Club at Ed’s Store in Moline.

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