Most dateline items are quoted from the Arenac County Independent
January 23, 1890: An expert had to be called to open the safe in the Arenac County
Clerks office as George W. Brown, the County Register of Deeds, who was found dead in his
bed, was the only one who knew the combination.
August 26, 1904: Twining will have the Pioneer Picnic this year. Frank Mahoney's store,
operated by Dave Dumond, at Pine River was destroyed by fire Sunday. Alex Page will open a
bowling alley in Standish next week.
April 4, 1907: A train left the rails at Alger and 16 cars
plunged through the depot. The depot and cars were destroyed by fire
that followed the wreck. The Geister store was also destroyed.
April 4, 1907: Lentz Brothers are operating five fisheries this
April 28, 1910: H.M. Schmidt, owner of the County Line Cheese
Factory, in Gibson Township, announces that the factory will start up
again on Monday, May 2. There is a grocery store in connection with
October 27, 1910: Week's market prices: butter 25 cents, eggs 25
cents, and new wheat 83 cents.
November 10, 1910: C. E. Hammond, Standish, announces that he has purchased the W. C.
Gottenmeyer Meat Market.
November 17, 1910: Albert Hagley raised a bumper crop of beans
this year. He got 752 bushels from 80 acres.
February 28, 1911: A. A. Geister is figuring on building an elevator at Alger this
March 9, 1911: Greanya's ice cream parlor and soda fountain will
March 16, 1911: Miss Alice Reeves is the new telephone operator
May 25, 1911: John Caton of Arenac is now paying cash for rags. Jack Milne will pitch
for the Masonic ball team as Charlie Honey is working afternoons at the depot.
May 25, 1911: John Milne will pitch for the Masonic ball team as Charlie Honey is
working afternoons at the depot.
June 2, 1921: The Liberty Garage in Turner, owned and operated by Emil Kevresian, was
destroyed by fire Thursday morning.
June 15, 1911: W. S. Kimberlin has purchased the J. C. Howard furniture store and the
Fred Menzer undertaking business. Howard is retaining the Singer Sewing Machine agency.
July 20, 1911: The Standish barbers have decided to charge five cents for neck shaves.
July 20, 1911: The State proposes to abolish the public drinking cup.
July 27, 1911: J.C. Howard has re-purchased the furniture and undertaking business from
W. S. Kimberlin and also bought the Fred Menzer undertaking business in Omer.
July 27, 1911: The New York Central Lines is advertising its
annual excursion to Niagara Falls.
August 3, 1911: Fred Neeley of Standish announces that his thresher is now equipped
with a self feeder and that he is now scheduling jobs.
November 21, 1911: Rev. A. E. Hill is the new Congregational minister in Standish.
December 14, 1911: The Arenac Telephone Company and the J. H. Kennedy drug store are
now in their new locations in the Hamlin block in Sterling.
January 25, 1912: International Milk Products Company in Standish is now paying $1.60
per cwt. for milk. C. Lonsberry is the new manager of the plant.
May 23, 1912: Pt Lookout will be serviced by the Steamer, City of Holland this summer.
June 6, 1912: The Episcopals will start building their church in
Standish this summer. It will be a one story brick structure with a
July 25, 1912: The Standish Elevator Co is going to build a 30 x
80 hay shed just north of Kiley's coal sheds.
October 10. 1912: After a month of squabbles the telephone
situation is becoming normal in Standish as both sides are agreeing
on the rates.
January 2, 1913: New faces in the courthouse this year are County Clerk Asa Whiting and
County Treasurer John Perrin.
April 3, 1913: Eleanor Gilbert and Archie M. Knight, Sterling,
were married Wednesday.
December 3, 1914: H. Morley of near Twining had a top bean crop this year. From 13
acres he threshed 472 bushels and sold them for a little over $900.00.
April 29, 1915: Robert Armstrong was the first Arenac County farmer to use an oil mogul
International tractor engine weighing 4,800 pounds. The tractor cost $675.00 and was sold
by W. N. Pomeroy & Son.
September 2, 1915: Joe Pendhayn, who will appear at the fair with his airplane this
year, recently broke a flight record in California by traveling 14 1/4 miles in 12 minutes
and 32 seconds.
September 9, 1915: Pomeroy & Son will have a big oil tractor giving actual plowing
demonstration at the fair this year. Another top attraction will be the first airplane
ever in Arenac County. The pilot will make two flights on two different days.
October 7, 1915: AuGres merchants have discontinued the practice of deliverying goods
to their custmers. The new Omer School is now being used.
October 14, 1915: Jack Ryland's two horses, Viola R. and Sidwood, have been placing
first and second in several area county fair races.
October 21, 1915: Dr. J. M. MacVicar is announcing the opening of a new dental office
February 1, 1916: Sam Good expects to ship another carload of horses from Standish next
Tuesday by express. He ships to Chicago where they are reshipped to Europe for use in the
war. The express charges on a car load of horses from here to Chicago is $50.00.
February 3, 1916: The Air Line Roadway Co. has been organized and
now has 10 telephones between Chris Wolf's and Standish. Wm Curry is
president and Bert Sivier secretary-treasurer.
February 13, 1916: Research reports that the log product of the
AuGres River in 1881 was 75,000,000 feet.
February 17, 1916: Mrs. Paul Lutron who started the publication of a paper in Prescott
for two weeks, has disappeared.
February 17, 1916: News print prices are going up 30 percent,
Mrs. Paul Lutron who started the publication of a paper in Prescott
for two weeks, has disappeared.
April 27. 1916: Buggies and Fords were advertised on the same
page in this week's Independent.
November 9, 1916: With early returns in, the GOP is carrying the State but Wilson is
defeating Hughes in the Nation. He also won by a small margin in Arenac.
January 11, 1917: Robert Hunter of near Maple Ridge has purchased the implement
business of Percy Crawford at Twining. The Maple Ridge Grange is sponsoring an oyster
January 26, 1917: Mr. Albert Badour will soon be engaged in his usual winter occupation
of ice harvesting, and wishes the Enterprise to notify customers to get their ice houses
February 11, 1917: The Maple Ridge Grange is sponsoring an oyster supper on Friday.
April 23, 1917: Three towns, Turner, Twining and Whittemore were served last week with
electricity for the first time.
June 15, 1917: For the first time in many years, farmers are
getting $2.00 per bushel for potatoes at this time of the season.
June 19, 1917: At their annual meeting Turner voted to increase their school to 12
June 19, 1917: Uncle Sam will begin drafting young men in a few
August 30, 1917: A stack of hay 62 feet long, 18 feet wide and 20 feet high at the M.
C. Harding farm is evidence that Arenac crops are a success this year.
September 6, 1917: The county's first draft soldiers, Richard
Stock of Lincoln, Art McLean of AuGres, James Moore of Twining and
Leo LaBarge of Standish leave for the army next week.
October 25, 1917: The State and Federal governments are cooperating to build a 16 foot
gravel road from Omer to Standish with the county paying only 30% or about $20,000.
November 1, 1917: Another train wreck at Alger last night made a total of four near the
same location in the past month.
November 9, 1917: Prohibition carried in the County by two to one. James Glasure was
elected Sheriff over Bill Hasty.
November 15, 1917: The third regiment of Arenac County soldier
boys, totaling 23, will report to Camp Custer next week.
January 3, 1918: Arenac County farmers are now endeavoring to form a Gleaners
Association with capital stock of $10,000.
January 31, 1918: To save fuel the electric lights in Standish
will be turned off at 10:30 p.m.
April 4, 1918: Walter Kelly of Turner has been appointed County Treasurer to replace
Daniel Perrin, who resigned.
April 11, 1918: Capt. Bert Payea leaves Standish this week to take command of his Great
Lakes Boat. John Serens will sail with him this year.
April 18, 1918. In order to supply the Allies with the necessary
wheat the United States must cut its use in half. The ration per
person will be one and one half pounds of wheat products a week
until the harvest.
May 30, 1918: Otto Herman and Harry Frank will use their new
$5,500 dredge on the Whitney drain.
June 13, 1918: Last Saturday day electric power in Standish would
have ceased had not the business places voluntarily tripled their
July 4, 1918: Owen Glover of Omer has rented the Lentz Fishery at
Timber Island and will have all the necessities for bathers and
August 15, 1918: E.H. Chamberlain, Civil War Veteran died
Wednesday morning. Twenty four Arenac County boys are scheduled to
go to Camp Custer this month.
September 19, 1918: George Costello has sold his farm in Melita
to Archie Knight.
October 10, 1918: County dogs killed sheep valued at $2103 last
October 24, 1918: A costly balze in Turner Sunday night wiped out
four business places with damages near $50,000. The buildings were
Kelly & Whitehouse, M. O. Collins & Son Hardware, Hunt's Pool Hall
and the bank. Kelly & Whitehouse plan to reopen at once, possibly in
the Foot & Miller building.
November 14, 1918: Jack Ryland has given his fast race horse "Viola R", to
the County Patriotic War Fund to be sold at auction, with proceeds going to the fund.
November 14, 1918: The East Michigan Farmers elevator Co. purchased the Omer Mill
Tuesday from J. E. Martindale. Burt Reid will be the manager.
November 17, 1918: Unless the flu epidemic becomes worse the Standish school will
reopen next Monday. The buildings have all been thoroughly fumigated.
November 28, 1918: Ireland Auto Co. announces that the Ford
company is being released from some governmentt contracts and is
again making cars.
December 5, 1918: The sugar beet price for next year will be
$10.00 per ton.
December 19, 1918: The Arenac Red Cross has received a quota of
132 sweaters that must be completed by February; so more volunteer
knitters are required.
December 26, 1918; The Red Cross campaign is moving slowly with
only 431 people contributing the $1.00 membership fee.
January 16, 1919: Women voters must register this month if they wish to vote in the
January 16, 1919: The F. J. Fuehr and Co. of Twining is going out of business.
January 16, 1919: The flu ban has been recinded and schools are
now open again.
January 16, 1919: Women voters must register this month if they
wish to vote in the spring election.
April 13, 1919: The W. W. Britt auction sale at Turner Thursday went well over $10,000
with cows going as high as $154.00.
May 18, 1919: The Alger town well has been completed.
June 15, 1919: On and after this date all autos driven in Arenac
County without 1919 license plates will be arrested and prosecuted.
June 19, 1919: While driving the other day Joe Martin had a
chicken strike his machine high enough to strike the windshield with
such force it broke into a hundred pieces. "That sure must have been
a tough old bird", remarked Joe.
July 10, 1919: The bounty on rats has been doubled from five to
August 1, 1919: All drivers are required to have a drivers
license effective August 14. Until now, anyone could drive,
regardless of qualifications. Age 14 will be the limit on age.
September 18, 1919: Two "Aces" who flew in France will be at the
Arenac County Fair to demonstrate and offer rides if you have the
nerve for it.
September 18, 1919: The Standish School will close Wednesday for
the balance of the week because of the fair.
October 19, 1919: Ed Kiley is the new manager of the Kimball Martindale Elevator at
October 23, 1919: Pero and Weishuhn, Standish, have added an electric hair clipping
machine to their "up to date" barber shop.
February 6, 1920: Fred Deford of Maple Ridge has sold his store and
residence to Percy Hull.
February 12, 1920: The Proulx Opera House in Au Gres has been
bought by the proposed Amusement Company.
February 26, 1920: The Standish School opened Monday after being
closed for a week due to the coal shortage.
March 11, 1920: The Joseph Pocquette house in Omer was destroyed
by fire Thursday night. All household effects except one chair were
May 20, 1920: The Abbott Drug Store and the Johnson & Griffith Garage in Sterling
were robbed last Friday night.
June 7, 1920: The Standish Baking Company has installed a new oven which has a capacity
of 340 loaves of bread.
June 10, 1920: Omer had a $16,000 fire loss last Wednesday, in a blaze that threatened
the whole City. William Carroll's house and contents and barn and the Arenac township Hall
June 10, 1920: Fire originating in William Carroll's barn in Omer spread to his
residence and the Township Hall caused a $16,000 loss.
June 17, 1920: The Standish Baking Company have installed another oven in their bakery.
The Middleby-Marshall oven has a capacity of 340 loaves of bread.
June 7, 1920: The Ireland auto Company has started construction of the 42 x 100
addition to the present garage.
July 22, 1920: The general store at Delano, owned by S. Underwood, burned down
July 26, 1920: Percy Hull of Maple Ridge has a Mitchell Light Six
touring car for sale for $600.00
July 29, 1920: Percy Hull of Maple Ridge has a Mitchell Light Six Touring Car for sale
July 29, 1920: The Tonkey Road Handicraft Club won third honors in the state.
August 5, 1920: The local American Legion post will soon receive
its permanent charter. The first officers of the post are G.A.
Welcome, Clark Pomeroy, Glenn Beardsley, Otis Mutch and R. J.
August 26, 1920: The Standish Board of Commeerce decided last night that the M. C.
depot park will be beautified and kept in good condition.
January 6, 1921: George Smith of Sterling has been appointed truant officer by School
Commissioner Lena Herman to fill vacancy caused by resignation of John Donnelly who began
his term as Sheriff this week.
January 13, 1921: Sheriff John Donnelly is taking the "bull by its horns" and
will endeavor to enforce certain laws and ordinances governing pool rooms, punch boards
and slot machines throughout Arenac County.
January 27, 1921: Nearly 800 miles of state trunk line roads have been completed since
February 3, 1921: Indian Pete, trapper and reputed to be 112, died near Alger recently.
February 10, 1921: Ed Biskner has opened a blacksmith shop at Bukmans Garage in
February 10, 1921: All sleighs and cutters manufactured after 1921 must be of a
standard gauge, 56" from centers of treads.
March 3, 1921: Undersheriff James Munro arrested another hootch manufacturer last week.
He had a barrel of wheat mash in his possession.
May 26, 1921: A new state law calls for all owners to register their cars with the
Secretary of States Office.
June 6, 1921: Mike Wilk has purchased the garage buisiness in
AuGres from Alex Willett. He will replace the present building with
a new 50 x 100 foot one.
June 16, 1921: The Standish City Band furnished an excellent outdoor concert in the
depot park last Wednesday evening.
June 16, 1921: The new elevator in Twining, being rebuilt by the Kimball Martindale
Company of Bay City, will be one of the most up to date in Northern Michigan, storage
capacity 25,000 bushels.
July 28, 1921: The schedule of the better sire and dairy train to be run by the
Michigan Central in August shows two stops in Arenac County.
August 18, 1921: The D & M Railroad is building a new trestle bridge across the
river at Au Gres and plans to extend the spur to Alabaster.
September 1, 1921: S. H. Graves of Saginaw has opened a watch and jewelry repair shop
September 8, 1921: Charles Chaplin's super production, "The kid" which took
the comedian a year to make, has been booked for the Temple Theatre Saturday and Sunday.
It is six reels, full feature length.
December 1, 1921: The farm house and contents of George Canadan, six miles east of
Turner burned to the ground last week. Also Emil Larko's house on the Burnside Road burned
last Monday afternoon.
May 4, 1922: F.M. Hunt of Turner has installed a radio outfit in the pool room and is
receiving programs from both Detroit and Pittsburgh broadcasting stations.
August 10, 1922: The City of Standish is building a new dam to replace the one washed
out as a result of last spring's heavy down pour of rain.
October 5, 1922: The elevator of the L. Wolfe & Company at Turner was burned to the
ground Friday evening.
November 23, 1922: Automobile speed laws broadened by the 1921 legislature and
prescribing the limit at 35 miles per hour are held dangerous and may undergo a still more
liberal modification in the 1923 legislature.
December 21, 1922: Arenac County's oldest pioneer, 83 year old Bernard Frank Bourassa,
February 15, 1923: Ireland Auto Co., in a Ford ad stated that 105,799 Ford cars and
trucks were sold in December 1923.
February 15, 1923: Cow testing associations are now being urged for Arenac County.
Ernest Labarge, Albert Gibson, Pete Gibson and Charles Gawne have cooperated in purchasing
the first purebred Guernsey bull in Arenac County.
March 9, 1923: A capacity crowd attended the land clearing school sponsored by E. J.
Leenhouts of the M. C. C. R. last week.
May 2, 1923: The AuGres Garage announces the price of the Star Touring Car at $487.00.
May 16, 1923: An exploding gasoline engine caused a fire which destroyed the Au Gres
Elevator Saturday afternoon.
June 6, 1923: Peter Sagatoo, one of the remaining Chippewa Indians of Arenac County,
died in the Newberry hospital May 24.
October 31, 1923: Abbott's Pharmacy in Sterling will celebrate its 10th anniversary
this week. Mr. and Mrs. Calvin have sold the Twining ice cream parlor to Mr. Hunt. F. N.
Hunt of Turner has purchased the Pool Room in Twining from Robert Rhyndress.
November 7, 1923: One of Frank Nowak's large barns in Arenac burned to the ground
November 14, 1923: The William Schaiberger store at Au Gres was destroyed by fire
January 9, 1924:Sugar beet farmers have been guaranteed $6.00 per ton for their 1925
January 23, 1924: Omer business men will give away a Ford car Saturday.
February 13, 1924: Because of cancellation of train service due to trains being
snowbound, Sterling did not get mail for 4 days last week.
May 7, 1924: Unknown persons burned a Klu Klux Klan cross in the Standish Depot Park
May 14, 1924: John McKenzie, 84, of Maple Grove shook hands with president Abraham
Lincoln in 1861.
May 21, 1924: Paul Miller of Standish was attacked by a rattlesnake while fishing on
Spring Creek in Ogemaw County.
August 27, 1924: Eleven Standish business-places were affected by the early Monday
morning fire which destroyed an entire block with losses amounting to $51,250. Store
buildings owned or operated by William Arnold, Thomas Goodman and Son and George Grier
were leveled to the ground. Only two walls remain of the Glover block and the front
portion of Grier's Grocery.
November 19, 1924: The D&M railroad set a new record for the Bay City to Alpena
run. The train averaged better than 48 miles per hour.
February 4, 1925: Turner stockholders elected H. A. Chamberlain,
president of the State Savings Bank.
February 11, 1925: Standish schools have been closed for a week
to prevent an epidemic of scarlet fever.
February 11, 1925: Tawas-Bay City Bus began to operate two
complete round trip schedules last Saturday.
April 1, 1925: Claude Forshee has sold his Twining Variety store to the S. N. Weinberg
Co. and the Dixie Commissary Stores. As soon as his remodeling is completed he will
establish a funeral home.
June 23, 1925: Sterling will be the starting point for the Michigan National Guard
march to Grayling, 700 men will be in the march.
July 1, 1925: Remember Indian gasoline? Ireland Auto Co. has taken over its
distribution in the local area.
July 8, 1925: A. E. Ardis has been hired as superintendent of the Standish schools., he
is now at Roscommon.
July 29, 1925: One thousand soldiers will detrain at Sterling on August 5th
soldiers will train along the Rifle River north of Sterling.
September 16, 1925: Mr. And Mrs. Ed Gillis have started a fox
farm near Twining.
October 14, 1925: While transporting the Independent to Twining, the mail sack
containing the Twining papers fell from the back of the Ford Coupe, un-noticed by the
driver, was dragged until all the papers were destroyed
a special edition was printed
December 23, 1925: George Freehling of Au Gres realized $2,800 off ¼ acres of
January 2, 1926: M-10 will be open for winter traffic as far as Standish.
January 10, 1926: Dr. D. T. Smith is completing the hospital in
Omer, the county's only regularly equipped hospital.
January 13, 1926: Last Wednesday, the Belle Isle Creamery at
Standish was purchased by the United Milk Products Co. of Cleveland.
The plant had been purchased by Belle Isle from International Milk
Products Co. in 1919.
February 17, 1926: Over 1,000 people in the area attended the meetings at the
conservation "white car" provided by the M.C.R.R.
February 17, 1926: Seven business places were destroyed by fire in Standish last
Wednesday night causing a loss of over $100,000.
February 24, 1926: A fire prevention train will visit Turner and Omer March 8 and 9.
February 24, 1926: People of Turner voted to build a new community house.
February 27, 1926: Workmen started construction of the new Wheeler's Restaurant Monday
morning to be located on Main Street.
March 10, 1926: Whittemore voted for electric lights last week.
April 7, 1926: Standish High School basketball team had an 11 6 record for the
April 7, 1926: The Red Star Stove and Red Star Auto are being advertised in The
April 14, 1926: S. W. Packard of AuGres township has been elected chairman of the Board
of Supervisors for the eighth consecutive year.
April 21, 1926: The D.& M. R.R. has made application to close its Pine River
April 21, 1926: The opening of the bakery and restaurant in Standish last Saturday was
attended by 2,749 people and over 1,500 cups of coffee were served.
April 28, 1926: Point Lookout Hotel burned Saturday night.
May 5, 1926: The M.C.R.R. train into Bentley was wrecked when two cars jumped the
May 18, 1926: The storm loss of May 9 has grown as reports are
completed. Losses in Arenac are believed over $75,000 with more that
10 barns leveled. The storm hit all areas of the county.
July 7, 1926: Stanley's Service Station was opened at the Y in
July 7, 1926: A traffic count Friday showed that traveling is way
over the 1925 level. Fifty five cars per minute were counted in
July 14, 1926: Carl Fox, Standish Veterinarian, has been awarded
a contract to furnish 275 horses for the Army's use at Grayling.
August 11, 1926: John Selka, over in Alger has a fine tobacco patch.
August 25, 1926: Dominic Miller of Saganing has just completed
construction for an 80 by 32 barn with a basement under the entire
September 8, 1926: Work on the MCRR Depot Park in Standish recalls the construction of
the Depot 38 years ago. (1888) Through the efforts of C. L. Judd of Saginaw, the Standish
Bank and area farmers, the stone building was constructed to be an outstanding depot in
the north. The attractive park was also part of the original plan.
April 6, 1927: Bill Baikie and John Nowak will build a new garage
and gas station near the river in Omer.
April 13, 1927: Only one person voted against the Northern Power Company proposal to
give electrical service to Sterling.
May 25, 1927: Twining, Turner and Whittemore will vote June 7 on
the question of electrifying their towns.
June 8, 1927: The electric light propositions voted on yesterday
at Turner, Twining and Whittemore carried, and construction work
will begin at once.
June 29, 1927: George Taylor will carry the mail from Omer to Au
July 27, 1927: An unknown man threatening Miss Alma Nehls, local
telephone operator, hastily withdrew when sheriff's officers came
upon the scene.
September 13, 1927: A big treat will be in store for Arenac fair
patrons next week when a radio broadcasting station will be
installed at the grandstand.
September 21, 1927: Fire destroyed the farm home of Mr. And Mrs.
Wallace Edmonds at Kitchum Hill Thursday.
October 5, 1927: A new fur farm has been installed at the Frank
black farm, east of Maple Ridge by H.H. Gilbert of Detroit.
November 2, 1927: Col. Charles Lindbergh will visit Camp Skeel at
Oscoda next where 60 enlisted men and 20 officers are encamped.
November 9, 1927: Milo Squires of Turner had a chickory harvest of 15 tons per acre.
December 14, 1927: J. D. McIntosh heads the local Masonic Lodge.
December 21, 1927: Arenac County has sold 2,119 license plates this year.
March 21, 1928: U.S. 23 from Standish to Omer will be paved this year.
March 21, 1928: The Deep River School construction job will be let to R. A. Warren of
May 30, 1928: Last week's road census showed 11,524 cars passed
over Arenac county trunk-line roads.
June 13, 1928: From the A&P Grocery ad… Grandmother's Bread,
large loaf 9 cents, Pure Cane Sugar 100# bag $6.40, Shredded Wheat
pkg 19 cents.
August 22, 1928: A new sign put up outside of Standish welcomes
travelers to the city where the summer trail divides.
September 19, 1928: The fame of the powdered milk made by the
Freeman Dairy Co at Standish has carried far. Last week a barrel was
shipped to Mt. McKinley National Park, Alaska, to be used by the
rangers and their families.
September 25, 1928: A new American Legion Post has been organized
in Arenac County.
September 26, 1928: A new welcome sign at Standish, erected at the south entrance of
the city, states: "Welcome to Standish, Where the Summer Trail Divides, Free Camping
December 26, 1928: Sheriff W. H. Hasty and Deputy Gus Templin rounded up two men last
week and after considerable questioning the two confessed to stealing several bushels of
beans in Clayton and Lincoln Townships.
December 26, 1928: Special Holiday Brick ice cream is available
at Wheeler's Confectionery.
March 27, 1929: Dr. Walter Lenehan announces that he will return to Standish to again
take up his practice.
April 10, 1929: Mrs. H. G. Smith, Standish Ward I Supervisor is the first woman to have
a seat on the Board.
April 24, 1929: The "Work to Win Potato Club" will hold its organization
meeting at the Omer Community Hall Friday.
May 29, 1929: The Hilding Construction Co. started the pouring of cement Monday morning
on the west end of the new portion of the US-23 highway between Standish and Omer.
June 5, 1929: The M. C. R. R. water tank and pumping station, which have been landmarks
at Alger since 1883, are being torn down.
June 5, 1929: Cupid is losing his grip in Arenac County. During 1928, cupid persuaded
only 34 couples to agree to live together.
October 9, 1929: Ed Kiley is the new manager of the
Kimball-Martindale Elevator at Pine River.
December 11, 1929: Undismayed by an estimate that a bridge across the Straits of
Mackinac will cost at least $40,000,000 Governor Fred W. Green said last week he will not
abandon his hope of making a definite start on this long dreamed of project before
quitting his office as chief executive.
January 8, 1930: Jake Coon, one of Saganing's oldest Indians, passed away at his house
January 15, 1930: Last six years has seen over million dollar gain in State Fish
Industry: 3,195,541 pounds from Sagainaw Bay in 1928. Squadron of airplanes roar over the
city on long journey to Spokane, Wash. Made a pretty sight.
January 22, 1930: The people of the city of Omer granted the Southern Light & Power
Co. a 30 year franchise for lighting and furnishing electric power to the city at a
special election held last Tuesday.
February 5, 1930: Arenac County now has nearly 28,600 acres of
February 12, 1930: Henry Hibner, Standish, 90 year old Civil War Veteran and his wife
went to school with Thomas A. Edison.
February 26, 1930: Forward & O'Keefe have wrecked their old
garage building in Standish and are now constructing a new and
February 26, 1930: "Dangerous Curves" starring Clara Bow is
playing at the Temple Theatre this week.
March 5, 1930: Last Sunday night at the Temple Theatre the film of the comedy reel
caught fire and was partially burned. While there was no actual damage, some one in the
audience called "fire" and caused quite a commotion.
March 12, 1930: The Plymouth car prices have been cut $65.00. With prices now ranging
from $590 to $675 the cars are in direct competition with the Ford, Chevrolet and Whittet.
March 12, 1930: Standish lost to East Tawas in the cage tourney
Saturday. It was the last game for three members of the local squad;
Jack Sivier, Wallace Jennings and Clinton Selle.
March 19, 1930: Miss Alice Tulloch, Raymond Joley and Gerald
Wyatt have been presented awards for their outstanding 4-H work.
May 21, 1930: The new Suburban Oil Co. Station is now being constructed at the
intersection of M-65 and US-23.
June 11, 1930: Official notice of the letting of the contract for the construction of
the Omer to Au Gres road was received from the State Highway Department for publication
June 11, 1930: The contract for the road from Omer to Au Gres will be let June 25,
June 18, 1930: Nelson Ireland, former publisher of The Independent and pioneer salesman
of Ford cars in Arenac County, died Wednesday.
June 19, 1930: Miss Helen Ellis, for several years the home economics teacher of the
Standish schools, was wedded to Robert Savage at the parsonage of the St. John the Baptist
Church Saturday morning.
July 23, 1930: New physician at Omer is Dr. John J. McManus who is now an associate of
Dr. D. T. Smith at the Omer Hospital.
July 23, 1930: The Temple Theatre in Standish will soon install
equipment for talking pictures.
August 6, 1930: Teams from Beaverton and Crump have joined the
Northeastern Michigan Baseball League.
August 27, 1930: The first school in Standish was built in 1871 at a cost of $1,000.
1930 census of school children in Arenac was 3,170.
January 28, 1931: F. J. Buzaw is acting as relief agent at the D&M station in Omer.
July 15, 1931: J. C. Howard & Son have installed a unique machine
for testing radio tubes.
August 12, 1931: The Frank Kolinski home and farm buildings at Maple Grove were
entirely destroyed by fire a week ago Monday.
August 26, 1931: George Bessinger pitched a no-hitter for Omer against National City
August 26, 1931: Construction work is now underway for erection of a 41 x 40 office and
shop building by the Arenac county Independent.
September 16, 1931: There is now located in Weishuhn's shop, a hair dressing and beauty
specialist, Miss Ruby Gunther.
September 16, 1931: Silver Fox Farming is one of Arenac County's newest industries.
October 21, 1931: The Arenac County Board of Supervisors took the first step to reduce
expenses of the county be reducing their own pay.
December 2, 1931: The proposition for the improvement of Pt. Lookout Harbor has been
made and rejected on the claim that the waters are not of enough importance.
December 2, 1931: Train service from Gladwin to Pinconning will give daily service.
December 9, 1931: Laundrie led Arenac Schools in the attendance record with a 99.8
December 23, 1931: The Sterling Hospital, owned and operated by Dr. C. S. Tarter,
closed Thursday for an indefinite period.
December 30, 1931: Only four of Arenac County's 40 schools had attendance records of
under 90 percent in November.
February 3, 1932: Oscar Dhyse of Turner led the state in 1931 sugar beet production
with 28.72 tons per acre on a five acre tract.
April 20, 1932: Twelve year old Bryan Moat saved playment Newton Stevens Friday after a
raft fell apart in the Twining Brick yard.
April 20, 1932: Weishuhn's Barber Shop in Standish announced shaves will now cost 20
cents, haircuts 35 cents, finger waving 50 cents and permanent waving $4.00 - $7.50.
June 8, 1932: Roland Humerickhouse of Turner, 14 years old, won a trip to the State
Fair because he was high pupil in the eighth grade examination.
October 19, 1932: Andrew Metevia, 93, Pine River, died Tuesday
He had Indian
children as playmates.
October 19, 1932: The Shore Line Road, now US-23, was opened Sunday from Omer to Tawas
.There will be no county or township road tax spread this fall in Arenac County.
October 26, 1932: A runaway team caused the death of Philip Maser, 24, of AuGres last
January 4, 1933: John Johannes was sworn in as Arenac Countys sheriff, reported
to be the youngest in the state at 32 years.
January 18, 1933: Ernest Rupp and R. J. Shurlow will open a new creamery in Standish
February 8, 1933: Because of cancellation of train service, due to trains being
snowbound, Sterling did not get mail for four days last week.
October 18, 1933: A new Hi-Speed Station, owned by Joseph Pauquette and operated by
Jess Clairmont, will open Thursday in Standish.
October 25, 1933: The big stock barns on C. H. Rossman's Maple Tree Stock Farm near
Omer burned Friday causing a $10,000 loss.
November 1, 1933: The State has approved a $25,000. bridge to replace the 35 year old
bridge crossing the Rifle River on M70. A regulation hockey rink will be constructed south
of Hall's Mill in Sterling and a league organized for scheduled games.
January 10, 1934: Monday evening, by unanimous vote, the City council granted the right
to A. G. Forward to sell liquor by the glass in Standish.
January 17, 1934: People of the Union School District at Twining voted 54-23 to proceed
with plans whereby they may be successful in having a new school built with CWA funds.
January 17, 1934: Chevrolet's newest creation, a coach featuring knee action and longer
than last year's model by four inches, is now on display at the Pomeroy auto Sales Co. in
May 2, 1934: The S. N. Weinberg & Co. has announced that they will close the Omer
June 13, 1934: Henry Hibner, 94, Standish is Arenac Countys only Civil War
June 13, 1934: The Independent published a picture this week of Harry Matuzak of Omer
conversing with Manager Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics.
June 13, 1934: John Shaffer, 90, Turner, father of Sheriff Edgar Shaffer, died at the
Omer Hospital Sunday.
July 4, 1934: Art Server removed from his home in Standish, the two cupolas that have
adorned his home for several years.
July 4, 1934: M. J. Rappel has opened a cheese factory in Saganing.
July 11, 1934: Evalyn Reinhart, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Reinhart of
Arenac, proved herself a heroine when she saved the life of Earl Langdon who had fallen
off the bridge at "The Cut". Earl was going down the third time when she swam to
him and pulled him out of the water.
October 3, 1934: Bill Hoyt has opened a tavern in Sterling. A freshman college may be
established in Standish as a part of the Federal Government's Emergency Educational
October 31, 1934: Twelve people in Arenac County are now receiving old age pensions of
$10.0 per month.
October 31, 1934: The Martin Major building, an old Sterling landmark, was damaged by
November 14, 1934: Last Thursday the Standish Methodist Church Choir under the
leadership of Forrest Rinehart, won top honors in a singing contest at Gaylord.
December 22, 1934: Arenac will receive $36,000 from the state for construction of the
bridge at Omer over the Rifle River.
March 6, 1935: Calvin Ennes was returned victor for school commissioner over Owen
Noffsinger by one vote in Monday's primary election.
March 6, 1935: Plans are complete to have a county library in Standish with branches in
eight different communities in the county.
April 24, 1935: Dennis O'Keefe has been named manager of the Standish Baseball League
June 26, 1935: Quality Chiffon hose is selling for .59c per pair at a Standish store.
September 18, 1935: A. H. Townsend has been appointed receiver of the Twining Bank to
succeed W. G. Anderson.
September 18, 1935: The Northern Power Co. is offering a trial
rental plan on electric ranges.
November 13, 1935: An oil railroad car was derailed in Standish
last week near the main crossing. It took the company derrick six
hours to clear the tracks. Construction work has started on M65 east
January 15, 1936: Charles Gehringer will speak at a banquet in Turner next week,
arrangements were made by his Uncle, Matt Hahn.
January 15, 1936: Last week Ernest Rupp sold his interest in the
Standish Creamery to R. J. Shurlow, a former partner. Albert Harland
is the new manager of the Standish milk plant.
March 18, 1936: The Twining Bank will make a 20 percent payoff to its depositors this
July 8, 1936: The AuGres Airport was formally dedicated last
week-end. Miss Laura Steihl of Omer was chosen AuGres
October 14, 1936: Turner will have a pheasant festival and homecoming this week end.
November 18, 1936: The Signors No. 1 oil well in Clayton Township has attracted
statewide attention with its flow of 900 barrels an hour. A mad scramble is on by oil men
throughout the county to secure leases and acreage not under lease to McClanahan Oil Co.
January 6, 1937: Tuesday morning Joseph Kolevar took over the
management of the Standish Bakery Restaurant for B.G. Hasselbring.
January 27, 1937: H. A. Proulx will open the new Au Gres Theater Saturday evening.
February 17, 1937: "Here Comes Carter" is now being shown at the AuGres
February 17, 1937: Harold Greanya, Harriet Williams, Alma Oliver and Lincoln Ennes will
appear in Arenac County Normal's production of "Cheerio my Deario" next week.
February 24, 1937: Bernard DuFort purchased the Northern Dry Cleaners business from
February 24, 1937: The Department of Agriculture is urging all county residents to be
prompt in returning their milk bottles to avoid shortages.
March 10, 1937: The Pt. Au Gres school was destroyed by fire Monday evening.
March 10, 1937: Village presidents elected Monday were J. O. Mutch in Sterling, G. B.
Moat in Twining and Harry Hollenbeck in Turner.
March 10, 1937: Lyle Orr, Ernest Courneya, Ed Bukoski, Albert Raynak, Vic Galazin, Herb
Lee, and Bill Martin are the regulars on the Standish High School Varsity Team, winning 16
straight games this year.
March 17, 1937: Ray L. Williams has been named superintendent of the Standish schools
to replace H. A. Beutler who resigned to take over the Standish Lumber & Coal Yard.
March 24, 1937: Arenac, Iosco and Ogemaw counties were without power and unable to use
the roads due to a huge snowstorm that swept the state Tuesday.
April 7, 1937: Steve Youngs will become Superintendent at the Sterling School in the
fall, succeeding M. G. Burdick.
April 21, 1937: Oil shipments out of Arenac County are nearly 100
tank cars a week.
June 2, 1937: A big day is planned for Au Gres Saturday as three
U.S. 23 business places plan a joint grand opening. The three are H.
C. Noggle and C.H. Jennings Stores and Roland Roe\'s Sun Set Inn
June 9, 1937: Robert L. Gillingham, owner of Charity Island announced yesterday that he
will organize fishing parties to the island this summer as his contribution to the
community's new recreation campaign.
July 7, 1937: Seven planes used the AuGres airport over the
September 1, 1937: Turner, Twining and Sterling are all in the
process of having hard surfaced streets under construction.
October 20, 1937: Theater of Otto Rahl and Norman Staebler opens
October 27, 1937: Mr. And Mrs. A. G. Forward have sold the Summer
Trail Inn at Standish to Clyde Ransier of Bay City.
November 10, 1937: Harry Hollenbeck has sold his barber shop in Turner to Elwood
November 17, 1937: S. H. Graves is remodeling the interior of his Standish Store.
December 8, 1937: The road from M65 through Turner has now been
blacktopped through a WPA project.
December 22, 1937: Junior Bourgeois trapped an albino squirrel in
Melita last week.
January 5, 1938: B. G. Hasselbring has sold the Standish Bakery to Leslie Rancourt and
March 23, 1938: The state will complete the three lane highway
from Pinny to Standish this year.
April 6, 1938: Harry Matuzak of Omer has reported for spring baseball practice with the
June 15, 1938: A fine crowd attended the first concert given by
the high school on the courthouse lawn last Wednesday evening.
June 22, 1938: B. S. Holland of Omer has taken his son into partnership. Their store
will be known as B. S. Holland and Son.
July 27, 1938: A lighthouse is to be built off Pt. Lookout as a
August 10, 1938: Joyce Noggle was saved from drowning in the
Rifle River at the Omer bridge by Frank Brabo.
September 28, 1938: The county banks have adopted new banking
hours effective October 3rd. All banks will remain open during the
noon hour and remain open until 3:00 in the afternoon.
October 12, 1938: Bentley Methodist Church will commerate its
60th anniversary with a homecoming this Sunday Oct 12.
October 12, 1938: Undersheriff Jess Clairmont was all decked out
in a new uniform Sunday while directing traffic at the light in
November 16, 1938: Bert Withey will have on display at the
national Onion Show, several bags of onions grown on the Wheeler
Farm east of Omer.
November 23, 1938: The Omer High School has been closed so
teachers and pupils may participate in deer hunting.
December 28, 1938: Last Thursday night while the George Harts
were enjoying the Christmas program at the Jarvis Center School,
thieves entered their home and helped themselves to the contents of
the ice box, Mrs. Hart's fruit cakes, and a couple quarts of "cheer"
that were on hand to celebrate the holidays.
May 17, 1939: Because of increased demand for its product, the Arenac Salt Co. last
week installed another drying unit at its plant in Clayton Township.
July 19, 1939: Dr. Hugh Staley announces in another column of The Independent that he
purchased the Omer Hospital at Omer last February and is sole owner. At the first of July
there were 278 telephones in service in the Standish exchange.
August 9 1939: Some new auto traffic regulations passed most important being the
amendment clause which legalizes punishment of persons driving cars under the influence of
barbital or any of its derivatives.
August 16, 1939: A diamond back rattlesnake was killed in Omer Friday.
November 22, 1939: Fire completely destroyed the First Methodist church, Standish, and
its contents Sunday morning, losses incurred at $15,000. This was one of Northeastern
Michigan's largest community church buildings.
December 6, 1939: The serving of hot lunches to Au Gres students began last Tuesday
under the direction of Mrs. Lydia E. Meyer of Omer, assisted by Miss Ida Mae McCaluey.
June 12, 1940: Miss Miriam J. Pomeroy and Miss Muriel E. Schmitz both to receive
diplomas in nursing from U of M.
June 26, 1940: Standish's newest gasoline station on US-23, the Fletcher Oil Company's
new Texaco station, is now open.
June 26, 1940: There have been 2275 books of adult readying, 1135 books of junior
reading and 754 magazines circulated through the Turner library in the past year.
December 24, 1941: Ted B. Southerland, former superintendent and this year part time
teacher of the Au Gres Schools, has resigned his position for the National Defense in
December 31, 1941: Fire has destroyed the Alabaster Gypsum Store and an office.
January 7, 1942: Supervisor William Perry of AuGres Township died Friday from a heart
attack. Harry Ullman will succeed him as supervisor.
January 28, 1942: Unnaturalized residents from Germany, Italy and Japan were instructed
to turn in their radio transmitters, short wave radios and cameras to Sheriff John
February 4, 1942: Six Arenac County boys left for Fort Custer in Battle Creek last
April 8, 1942: Harold Duby, Bryan Moat, Theodore Reichle, Conner Smith and Melvin
Mueller are new members of the County Board of Supervisors.
July 18, 1942: In the past 25 years the number of homes and
cottages at White's Beach has increased from about a dozen to 75.
September 16, 1942: Mr. & Mrs. Alex Willette of AuGres celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary last week.
September 16, 1942: Thirty-five miles per hour is the speed limit for automobile
driving because of war restrictions.
February 10, 1943: Mary Ann Kolevar, Independent bookkeeper, is the first Arenac County
young woman to enlist in the WAAC's.
February 10, 1943: The Standish Senior Class sent three of their members, Jim Cardinal,
Harlan Shotwell and Alan Perlberg, away in the service of their country with a farewell
party Wednesday evening.
February 17, 1943: The O.P.A. ( Office of price Administration) limits each person to
three pair of shoes in a year.
February 17, 1943: Standish, Au Gres and Sterling are switching back to Central War
Time. (slow time) Turner and Twining are staying on Eastern War Time, and Omer is
April 7, 1943: The Sturman home in Saganing was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon.
April 21, 1943: After 30 years in business in Sterling, Earl
Abbott has sold his building to Gus Proulx, who will remodel it for
grocery store, and offers his entire stock for sale.
July 7, 1943: Area residents have been warned that they may shoot rabbits, but only if
they are molesting Victory Gardens and only then by a special permit.
August 18, 1943: Bob Savage has passed the State exam to become a
November 3, 1943: The green stamps of the new War Ration Book Four will be used to buy
fruits and vegetables beginning November 1st.
November 10, 1943: Over 1400 bags of milkweed pods have been
collected in the county and shipped to Petoskey.
November 24, 1943: Louie Proulx of Pt Augres has been proudly displaying a 206 pound,
nine point buck he shot just east of Omer.
November 24, 1943: No more alcoholic beverages will be served to men and women between
the ages of 21 and 25 inclusive, without an identification card issued by the county
clerk, announced a spokesman for the State Legislature.
November 24, 1943: Beginning January 1 next year everyone between
the ages of 21 and 25 must have a liquor card.
December 1, 1943: In an attempt to double the collection of kitchen fats the Office of
Price Administration has authorized retail meat dealers to give two meat ration points for
every pound of fats turned in by housewives.
December 22, 1943: Bob Turner, Ed Kiley and Dick Miller and dick
Weishuhn were named on the football all conference eleven.
February 4, 1944: Miss Catherine Staebler of Turnere was announced as the winner of the
"Miss Central Michigan" contest in Mt. Pleasant last Friday.
February 4, 1944: Due to OPA regulations affecting prices to be charged, it has been
necessary for the Standish Bakery Restaurant to discontinue the serving of meals and
February 9, 1944: Standish High School youngsters sold $25,660 in
War Savings Bonds to meet its quota.
February 23, 1944: Carl Reichle of AuGres has taken Henry
Heinrich in as a partner in the lumber company.
February 23, 1944: Draft boards Thursday were ordered to review immediately the cases
of all deferred farm workers and cancel deferments of those not contributing their share
March 1, 1944: Arenac county's quota in the Red Cross Fund Drive
is $6,200. Thirty nine selectees leave Thursday for their medical
exams. Five boys leave Saturday for induction. Discharged veterans
of World War II are now entitled to mustering out pay.
April 5, 1944: Dick Weishuhn, of Standish High School, has been named to the Eastern
Michigan All conference Basketball team.
May 17, 1944: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Converse have purchased the Arenac county Abstract
May 17, 1944: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Converse have purchased the Arenac County Abstract
May 31, 1944: Mrs. Clarice Shannon is the new chief rationing clerk of the local OPA
June 7, 1944: Adams Township has erected the first out-of-doors honor roll in the
July 12, 1944: J. M. Horvath announces the opening of a new dress shop in Au Gres this
July 26, 1944: Mr. & Mrs. Owen Reid announce the opening of their new grocery store
August 2, 1944: H. C. Noggle of AuGres has sold his grocery store to Wines &
Prescher of Detroit, he had been in business here 22 years.
December 6, 1944: Omer Telephone Co. has switched over to the dial system.
January 3, 1945: Mrs. Charlotte Smith, the only woman to hold office as supervisor in
Arenac County, died Sunday at her home in Standish at the age of 82 years.
January 3, 1945: The Lawrence Janish home in Maple Ridge was destroyed by fire last
February 7, 1945: Draft boards have been notified that farmers
will be drafted.
February 14, 1945: Greyhound Bus Co. has established a terminal at Standish.
February 21, 1945: The War Department has decreed that all places of entertainment be
closed at midnight
for conservation purposes.
February 28, 1945: Twenty seven Arenac County boys leave for service March 6.
April 11, 1945: Felix Meyette of Standish Township is the new chairman of the board of
April 18, 1945: Holland's Grocery of Omer joined the IGA group last week.
April 25, 1945: The Ulman Tavern and Sterling Hotel have been sold, the former to James
Gardner of Detroit and the latter to Tom Solomon of Sterling.
May 16, 1945: Omer City will dedicate its new community building
May 16, 1945: Omer will dedicate its new recreational building on May 21st.
June 6, 1945: John Michaels has purchased the Standish Bakery
from Leslie Rancourt.
March 27, 1946: Al Gulvas of Standish High School, has been selected to the Eastern
Michigan Conference Basketball All Star Team.
March 5, 1947: Adams Township is leading the county in reforestation work.
March 19, 1947: Fifty feet of wire clothesline is on sale for 59 cents at the Standish
Hardware, a claw hammer is $1.60.
March 24: 1947: Adams Township is preparing for construction of a Township Hall as soon
as plans can be completed.
April 30, 1947: The new Greyhound Post House located at the Y in Standish will have a
formal opening tomorrow.
April 30, 1947: Entry blanks are now being accepted for participants in the AuGres
Onion Queen Pageant, the Onion Festival will be held July 28-30.
June 4, 1947: The Lone Ranger will appear in person at the Standish Fairgrounds June 7
June 11, 1947: An unknown party or parties broke into the Omer fire Tower Monday night,
damaging radio equipment.
June 25, 1947: The Standish Baking Company is having a new and up to date oven
installed this week.
September 3, 1947: Dick Fish of Standish counted 7,789 cars passing through Standish
between one and six p.m. on Labor Day.
September 10, 1947: Emmet Beach, well known author, was found dead at his cottage at
Point Lookout last Wednesday.
September 10, 1947: A Standish man escaped serious injury when the car he was driving
hit a freight train on the curves South of Standish late Monday night.
July 28, 1948: Roy Holland and Bob Stiehl are holding the grand
opening of the H & S Recreation (Bowling Alley) in Au Gres Saturday.
September 29, 1948: Construction of curb and gutter in Twining, preliminary work to the
paving of M-65 is underway.
October 6, 1948: Greorge Kell's Tigers will play the NEM All Stars at Standish Monday.
The new Dawn theatre in Sterling will open tomorrow.
October 27, 1948: Construction has started of the new Johnson Bar in Au Gres.
October 27, 1948: The new Saginaw-Midland pipeline is now in use.
November 3, 1948: The Republicans were trounced in yesterday\'s election throughout the
nation. In the top local contest Earl Foster defeated Dr. C. D. Smith in the battle for
the road commission. The Independent covered the county election with Dr. Smith's mobile
November 10, 1948: Dr. R. V. Humerickhouse has returned to Arenac
County to set up a veterinarian practice.
November 24, 1948: Traveler's Inn will hold the grand opening of its new building at
December 8, 1948: Beginning this week auto license plates in Arenac County will be sold
at the Reno Dairy in Standish instead of the county clerk's office.
February 9, 1949: Rev Fr. Glenn Cronkite heads the newly formed
St. James parish to consist of the Whittemore and Turner churches.
January 19, 1950: Mr. and Mrs. Earl Foster have opened Foster
Recreation in Omer.
June 28, 1950: The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to switch the road commission to
an appointive office.
August 9, 1950: Seven girls have entered the AuGres Onion Queen
Contest, Misses Opal Weishuhn, Dorothy Munroe, Inez Erickson, Eunice
White, Mary Jo Eichsteadt, Arelene Derus and Betty Schutte.
November 1, 1950: B. J. Senski in Standish has been announced as a new Ferguson dealer.
November 22, 1950: Over 4,000 deer licenses have been sold in the county so far this
year. Sunday over 25,000 cars passed through Standish from the north in 12 hours. Red
Beaton of Standish shot a doe with horns last Sunday.
January 17, 1951: The recently remodeled Grace Episcopal Church in Standish will be
dedicated Sunday by Bishop Emerich.
March 21, 1951: Work started last week on the new $125,000 St Florian Church in
April 11, 1951: Louis Duby has been appointed rural mail carrier at Au Gres.
April 11, 1951: The "perch run" is on in the Pine River east of
May 9, 1951: Twining dropped out of the NEM baseball circuit this
year and Bentley entered a team.
July 18, 1951: The "Whistle Stop" has been selected as the name
for the former railroad depot that is now the headquarters for the
Sterling community Recreation Center.
July 18, 1951: Dennis Shannon of the summer Trail softball squad
hurled a no-hitter against City Lumber. It was the first no-hit game
in the league's history.
September 26, 1951: The George Viele home in Turner was
practically destroved by fire caused by lightening Saturday.
November 14, 1951: Carl Dewald of Arenac Eastern, Charles Rashotte, Morris Stelmach and
Tom Berglund of Standish were named to the NEM All conference Squad.
December 12, 1951: Barbara Burtch will be crowned Homecoming Queen during
Sterlings game with Arenac Eastern.
December 26, 1951: Six days of work by county crews have cleared the roads of snow.
January 16, 1952: George Tulloch of Arenac and Charles Dittenber of
Sims are new supervisors this year.
February 6, 1952: The Hasselbring Building has been sold to the Knights of Columbus and
Joseph Kolevar. The new Standish Hardware, under the management of Jack Sivier made its
announcement to the public this week.
March 5, 1952: Harvey Spencer, Gust Abel, Edward Kocot and Ed Lucas, all of Sterling
and Victor Senske, combined hunting skills in an effort to rid the county of foxes. The
hunting team killed eight grey dogs on a three day hunt.
March 12, 1952: Mr. And Mrs. George O'Brien have sold the AuGres
Theatre to John Booth.
March 19, 1952: The Holstein herd of the Pihaylic Brothers sold
at auction for an average of $475 to $500 each.
April 23, 1952: Martin & Lewis, Standish grocers, received a letter from the
comedian tean of Martin & Lewis, asking the local firm to keep up the good name.
May 21, 1952: Charlie Feller has purchased the Shurlow Building in Standish and will
convert it into a self serve department store.
June 25, 1952: Meeks' Cabins at AuGres were hit by high water last week when the water
rose over two feet to infest the cabins, it's hot
96 in the shade.
October 15, 1952: Over 500 people attended the dedication
services at St. Florian Catholic Church in Standish Sunday morning.
October 22, 1952: According to a story in the Independent written by Frank Black, Maple
Ridge was settled away back in 1865.
December 31, 1952: The Howard Funeral Chapel will in the future
be known as the R. O. Savage Funeral Chapel.
December 31, 1952: Clayton John Forshee, who has spent the past
10 months in Korea, left by boat December 14 and is expected to
arrive home soon.
February 11, 1953: G. B. Moat has purchased the D.& M. Railroad depot at Twining.
April 29, 1953: Four Arenac county boys were named on the Northeastern Michigan
Conference Basketball Conference All Star team. The boys were: Willard Badour and Ollie
Porter of Standish, Ralph McCormick of Arenac Eastern and Gene Senter of Sterling.
May 13, 1953: For the 35th time the NorthEastern Michigan league will pry off the lid
for the baseball season next Sunday. Cletus Vallad, youg Worth baseball hurler, is going
great guns with the Camp Pendleton, Calif. team.
June 10, 1953: Two former class mates of Sterling High School, Kenneth L. Miekle and
William B. Fegan, met unexpectedly while on the front lines in Korea.
June 17, 1953: Doc. Dolbee, Harry Baldwin and Walt Nowak went fishing and Walt made the
entire trip without falling in the water a single time. Thats somewhat of a record
for fishing trips involving the trio.
October 7, 1953: Mrs. Grace Proulx, Au Gres, had three ripe raspberries off her vines
October 15, 1953: This fall Mrs. Charles Molineaux begins her
25th year of coaching in girls basketball at Sterling.
December 9, 1953: Mr. and Mrs. Merritt McLavy of Au Gres will celebrate their golden
wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday afternoon.
January 13, 1954: Frank Lewis has sold his interest in Martin & Lewis to Owen Reed
February 17, 1954: Fire completely destroyed the Kozlow Brothers lumber yard and saw
mill at the Standish south city limits around midnight Saturday.
May 26, 1954: A Brooklyn Dodger scout was at the Standish Gladwin championship baseball
game Monday afternoon to look over Bill Page and George Pestrue.
August 4, 1954: Fred W. Whitehouse has sold his grocery store in Turner to William
Rahl, he had been in business there for 57 years.
September 1, 1954: Bill's Super Market in Turner has scheduled a big sale to celebrate
its grand opening.
February 16, 1955: Frank Sims, well known Chicago attorney in the AuGres area where he
maintained a large hunting and summer area, died Saturday.
February 23, 1955: Arthur Elwell was honored at his home last Sunday, he had retired
from the rural mail carrier service in 1942, but this was his 75th birthday.
March 2, 1955: Sterling's High School basketball team won its 16th championship title
with this years victories.
March 9, 1955: There are 13 oil wells in the course of drilling activities in Arenac
April 6, 1955: Arenac County voters cast 1,551 votes for and 1,142 against the county
April 20, 1955: Harold Sample, a first grader at Au Gres, became the first youngster in
the county to be inoculated with the Salk Vaccine Monday.
April 27, 1955: E. H. Borgioli, superintendent of the Standish Schools has resigned his
position here, he has been in the local system for 17 years.
May 4, 1955: Elaine Gregg and Marion Kevresian have earned co-valedictorian honors at
May 18, 1955: A 10 room addition is being added to the Standish Hospital.
August 10, 1955: Standish retail stores will close Thursday afternoon for the Arenac
County Fair as usual.
October 5, 1955: Arenac County receives polio vaccine for all nine year olds.
November 9, 1955: The Joe Blata, Sr. farm in Whitney Township burned to the ground
Sunday, just one day after a joint meeting between people of Sims and Whitney Township at
which the purchase of a fire truck was discussed.
November 16, 1955: Sheriff Edward Bessinger has received notice that the Arenac County
jail now carries one of the highest ratings in the state.
November 23, 1955: Polio vaccine ready for five and six year olds in Arenac County.
May 8 1957: Whipple Studio has purchased a piece of equipment that will develop color
July 3, 1957: A tune that Mose Winslow wrote in India during WWII has been recorded by
July 10, 1957: Sam Miscisin, Ellen Peppel, George Tulloch, and Catherine Kosmider, were
elected to Standish-Sterling School Board posts in Monday's election.
March 7, 1962: Residents of West Bradley School district voted to annex to the Standish
Sterling Community Schools yesterday.
January 30, 1963: Glenda Swartz of Arenac Eastern and Patricia Groszek of SS Central,
have been named "Homemakers of the Year" at their respective schools.
November 6, 1963: Andrew Kopaczewski, chairman of the Arenac County Board of
Supervisors, received the long awaited grant of $279,000 last weekend for the construction
of the new Arenac County Courthouse.
December 11, 1963: Ed Sawyer announced this week that he was opening Sawyer's Dairy Bar
and Coffee Shop next to the Holland IGA in Au Gres to begin his new business Saturday.
February 19, 1964: The Detroit & Mackinac Railway has petitioned the Interstate
Commerce Commission for permission to tear up the 7.9 miles of railroad tracks from Omer
to AuGres because of insufficient business.
February 26, 1964: Rifle River Canoe Livery will open a new livery in Sterling this
June 28, 1967: Turner Village has purchased a new $9,000 fire truck.