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Arenac County Dateline

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 spring.


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 the factory.

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.


January 26, 1911: The Standish telephone exchange is growing rapidly. About 180 phones are installed at present.

February 28, 1911: A. A. Geister is figuring on building an elevator at Alger this year.

March 9, 1911: Greanya's ice cream parlor and soda fountain will open tomorrow.

March 16, 1911: Miss Alice Reeves is the new telephone operator in Standish.

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 basement.

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.

April 17, 1913: Charles Whipple has made over 200 gallons of maple syrup this spring at his maple Ridge farm.


January 15, 1914: The Elm Grove Telephone and Roading Company, operating in eastern Arenac, elected George Koven as president for this year.

February 19, 1914: Maple Grove Farmers and Standish Businessmen combined to purchase the Bell Telephone line serving that area which ended the long telephone debate.

April 2, 1914: Standish school district is voting today on a $20,000 bonding issue for a new school.

October 12, 1914: The old Welles Factory buildings in Standish are being torn down. At various times they housed a tub and pail factory, the Central Implement Co. and the Michigan Cooperage.

October 22, 1914: The International Milk Products Co. is putting a new smoke stack at the Standish Factory.

October 22, 1914: The Arenac School burned to the ground yesterday morning.

December 10, 1914: Fire destroyed the store, house and contents of Jacob Blumberg in Melita last Thursday.

December 24, 1914: Bill Thoms has bought out Sam Sanford's interest in William's Barber Shop.

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.


March 28, 1915: The Omer School District voted to borrow $6,000 to rebuild the school destroyed by fire.

April 1, 1915: The county will vote on the proposed $10,000 sheriff's residence and jail Monday.

April 1, 1915: Holden & Fry have purchased the J.S. Elwell undertaking business in Standish.

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.

June 3, 1915: A road building bee has been called for by Standish businessmen for June 10, in fact all communities of the Lake Huron Shore Lines roads will participate.

June 3, 1915: W. A. Forsyth and R. J. Burr are offering new Overland Automobiles for $750.00.

July 1, 1915: Detroit prospectors claim to have found a good coal vein near the pinnacle hill on the Rifle River.

July 1, 1915: The blacksmith shop of A. Jacobs at Turner burned to the ground last week.

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 in Standish.

October 28, 1915: Fred Defoe is working Jim William's Fishery near the cut.

November 18, 1915: Hunting licenses were fewer this year as veteran hunters refused to buy following the new law limiting each man to one deer.

November 25, 1915: The Board of Supervisors voted to install a steam heating plant and proper toilet facilities in the Courthouse.

December 9, 1915: It has been discovered that Standish City still has an active ordinance prohibiting chickens from running at large.


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 supper Friday.

January 25, 1917: Arenac County farmers are standing firm on their demand for $8.00 per ton or they will not raise sugar beets next year.

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 ready.

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.

May 3, 1917: Bread has gone up again to seven and 13 cents a loaf.

May 17, 1917: M. E. Osborne was elected president of the Arenac National Farm Loan Association. Paul Mosciski is Vice President and W. A. Forsyth, secretary-treasurer. Loans totaling about $50,000 have been applied for.

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 grades.

June 19, 1917: Uncle Sam will begin drafting young men in a few days.

June 28, 1917: Tom Williams and Joe Pero have raised hair cut prices to 35 cents.

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 4, 1917: The "Air Line" Road between Standish and Omer has been declared a federal road so now the county and the State will finance one quarter each and the federal government half of construction costs.

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.

November 22, 1917: This Friday 23 more Arenac county boys will leave for Fort Custer.


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.

March 7, 1918: Candidates in the Sterling village election are Adelbert Scott, president; Hiram Brundage, Clerk; Amos Jackson, Treasurer; James Adams, assessor; Harry Shearer, John Adams, Earl Abbot, Clark Pomeroy, Mathais Vogel and James Mann Trustees.

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 rate.

June 26, 1918: Tom Lamoria of Saganing arrived home from overseas last week with a second lieutenant's commission and a winsome French bride, both won overseas.

July 4, 1918: Owen Glover of Omer has rented the Lentz Fishery at Timber Island and will have all the necessities for bathers and boaters.

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 year.

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 2, 1919: F. J. Conrad is remodeling his planing mill and lumber sheds in Standish.

January 16, 1919: Women voters must register this month if they wish to vote in the spring election.

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.

January 22, 1919: Charley Cuttle has purchased the Pine River Store from Jesse Hamlin.

February 20, 1919: Sgt. R.F. Dunn of Alger has won both French and English honors.

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.

May 22, 1919: Speed limits in Standish City limits and business section is 10 miles per hour and 15 miles per hour in the residence section.

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 ten cents.

July 10, 1919: The Omer-Twining road should be started as soon as possible, according to the State Highway Department in a letter to the Independent.

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.

August 14, 1919: Two old Independents were found, one dated December 6, 1883, and one September 24, 1894. The 1883 was apparently the first to be printed in Standish. The paper formerly had been printed in Bay City.

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 Pine River.

October 23, 1919: Pero and Weishuhn, Standish, have added an electric hair clipping machine to their "up to date" barber shop.

December 18. 1919: Summary of the report to Game Warden John Baird of deer killed this year includes the following: Largest buck killed weighed 276 pounds, smallest weighted 26 pounds. Three albino deer were killed.

December 18, 1919: The local K. of C. are planning on opening their new large hall here to the public on New Year's night with a big dance and chicken supper.


January 8, 1920: Over too people attended the opening of the new K. of C. Hall here New Year's night.

January 22, 1920: The Secretary of State has notified Sheriffs and other officials throughout the state that there will be no laxity in the manner of securing 1920 license plates.

January 22, 1920: J.R. Putman sold a hog to William Carrol of Omer that weighed 600 pounds, for which Mr. Putman received $75.00. This was surely some hog!

February 5, 1920: Pelton and Austin of Bentley were here Tuesday. They are buying several carloads of horses.

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 burned.

March 18, 1920: Last Wednesday afternoon, the Gibson School teacher and pupils took a pleasant sleigh ride to the Pine River School.

March 25, 1920: On the evening of March 17th was held a very large and enthusiastic meeting of the "Friends of Irish Freedom" in the Turner Opera House.

May 13, 1920: Lost. One driving glove. Finder, please return to J. W. Dunn, Standish.

May 20, 1920: The Abbott Drug Store and the Johnson & Griffith Garage in Sterling were robbed last Friday night.

June 3, 1920: Miss Carrie Swaffield is the new telephone operator at the Bell Telephone office.

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 were destroyed.

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 1, 1920: Miss Genevieve Angers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Angers, and Byron Cardinal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cardinal, were married Monday morning.

July 22, 1920: The general store at Delano, owned by S. Underwood, burned down Thursday.

July 22, 1920: A great Big Black Bear was seen crossing the Courthouse yard Wednesday afternoon.

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 for $600.00

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. Crandell.

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.

August 26, 1920: The M.C. Depot park to be beautified and kept in good condition, Standish Board of Commerce decided last night.

September 9, 1920: Omer loses Northeastern Michigan League pennant to Standish after keeping it for three years.

November 11, 1920: G.A. Burnside, manager of the Turner Hardware co. is preparing to move into the new building.

November 18, 1920: W. A. Armstrong and D. A. Foley will open a general store at Turner in the building formerly occupied by Roy Eymer.


January 6, 1921: George L. 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 20, 1921: Will Lentz of Pine River has consented to put up and deliver ice for the business men and residents of the City of Standish.

January 27, 1921: Nearly 800 miles of state trunk line roads have been completed since 1917

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 Bukman's Garage in Omer.

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.

March 10, 1921: The Kimball-Martindale elevator at Twining, together with six carloads of beans, was totally destroyed by fire last Friday.

April 8, 1920: Pelton & Austin shipped out a carload of horses from Standish yesterday.

April 8, 1920: On next Monday evening, April 12, another of those popular balls will be given at the Turner Opera House.

April 29, 1920: Melita claims to be in the lead yet and proves it thusly: R. Dennis has a ewe that gave birth to five lambs last week.

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 4, 1921: Sheriff Donnelly discovered a 30 gallon still in Whitney Township Monday. It's one of the largest he has ever found.

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.

August 25, 1921: Thirty five miles per hour is the legal speed limit on county roads beginning August 18.

September 1, 1921: S. H. Graves of Saginaw has opened a watch and jewelry repair shop in Standish.

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.

December 15, 1921: A Ford touring car driven by Henry Cardinal was struck by a two ton Nash truck Thursday night about half a mile south of Pinconning.


January 12, 1922: In the future the Twining bank will be known as the Twining Bank of Sleeper, Merrick, and Company.

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.

October 19, 1922: The tall smoke stack on the Standish light and power plant was blown down Monday by heavy winds.

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, died Monday.


February 8, 1923: William Bell and John McGillivary have opened the Dixie Garage in Sterling.

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.

February 15, 1923: Welcome Garage announces that 50 new Chevrolets will be sold in Arenac County in 1923.

March 9, 1923: A capacity crowd attended the land clearing school sponsored by E. J. Leenhouts of the M. C. C. R. last week.

March 21, 1923: A carload of purebred Guernseys is being shipped into Arenac County.

March 21, 1923: S. J. O'Keepe has sold his hardware store in Standish to Kiley & Shannon.

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 10, 1923: New ford prices just announced list Runabouts at $269.00

October 17, 1923: Mr. Townsend of Flint and George Campbell of Twining have traded stores.

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 Friday.

November 14, 1923: The William Schaiberger store at Au Gres was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

December 19, 1923: About 3,000 people crowded the streets of Standish last Saturday to see Glenn Gray of Gibson Township win a new car.


January 9, 1924:Sugar beet farmers have been guaranteed $6.00 per ton for their 1925 crop.

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.

February 15, 1924: Ernest LaBarge, Albert Gibson, Pete Gibson and Charles Gawne have made a combined purchase of the first pure bred Guernsey bull in Arenac County.

February 27, 1924: The Ketchum Hill School burned last Thursday.

May 7, 1924: Unknown persons burned a Klu Klux Klan cross in the Standish Depot Park Saturday.

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.

June 27, 1924: Another summer resort, Huron Heights, will soon be open to tourists at the former Robert Lee homestead in Whitney Township.

July 2, 1924: The 120 foot Omer Bridge will be let to contractors July 9.

July 16, 1924: The state has ordered a bible installed in every school.

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.

November 24, 1924: The largest vote, 2,818 cast in the county was registered at yesterday's election. S.J. O'Keef lost the sheriff's race to Frank Warren and Judge Dunn, a slip candidate, defeated Roy Crandell by 30 votes. E. E. Hayes was elected prosecuting attorney and W. R. Gridley treasurer.


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.

May 29, 1925: 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 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, the 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 for Twining.

December 23, 1925: George Freehling of Au Gres realized $2,800 off 1/4 acres of peppermint.


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.

January 27, 1926: Turner Village will bote Monday on raising $3,100 to construct a new community building.

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.

March 17, 1926: The Bernthal Company will replace the building destroyed by fire. The Standish Lumber and Coal Co. will start the building at once.

April 7, 1926: Standish High School basketball team had an 11 – 6 record for the year.

April 7, 1926: The Red Star Stove and Red Star Auto are being advertised in The Independent.

April 7, 1926: In just 17 years Arenac County has provided over 121 miles of improved roads.

April 8, 1926: The Pt. Lookout hotel, operated by Byron Brackenbury, was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

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 Station.

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 track.

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.

June 16, 1926: Harold "Doc" Reeves of Standish won a 12 inning pitchers' battle over Harry Matuzak of Omer by the score of 5 to 4 last Sunday.

June 30, 1926: The route for new US23 has been definitely announced. It will break off old US-10 one and one half miles south of Standish and form a S-Curve. It will follow the route of Main Street through Standish.

June 30, 1926: B.S. Holland and H. C. Macy are constructing new buildings in Omer.

July 7, 1926: Stanley's Service Station was opened at the Y in Standish Thursday.

July 7, 1926: A traffic count Friday showed that traveling is way over the 1925 level. Fifty five cars per minute were counted in Standish.

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 structure.

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.

September 15, 1926: An official traffic count at Standish during Labor Day traffic reports 23 horse drawn vehicles competing with 7,353 cars.

September 29, 1926: State Highway M-10, which runs from Detroit to Mackinaw City, carries the heaviest traffic in the state.

October 26, 1926: Earl Ousterhout is expanding his poultry farm at Sterling.

November 17, 1926: To date 185 deer hunters have purchased licenses in Arenac county.

November 24, 1926: The current census shows 3,332 school children in the County.

December 1, 1926: The new 32 x 80 Turner Community House has been completed. It has a 30x60 auditorium, plenty large enough for basketball and a stage across the south end.

December 15, 1926: Arenac County growers shipped out 586 carloads of sugar beets.


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 Gres.

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.

November 9, 1927: Gus Fuehr has just received his appointment as a conservation officer. He will be stationed in Arenac County.

December 14, 1927: J. D. McIntosh heads the local Masonic Lodge.

December 21, 1927: Arenac County has sold 2,119 license plates this year.


January 4, 1928: Charles Jones has retired as a Sterling rural mail carrier after 20 years service.

January 4, 1928: Ice fishing with five lines is now being permitted.

January 26, 1928: On account of the flu epidemic the dances at the Proulx hall will be discontinued until February.

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 Omer.

March 28, 1928: Standish is embarking on a program to make the city more attractive to tourists. Projects include improvements in the campgrounds, investigation of a possible airport and more courteous service.

May 9, 1928: Judge John Dunn traded 560 acres of his large Alger farm last week for real estate in Detroit.

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 15, 1928: Plans are being made for a Lake Shore road from Omer to Pt. Lookout, and then north along the shore. Contracts for the US23 road between Standish and Omer will be let September 6.

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 Grounds."

October 24, 1928: During August, September and October, 119 people visited the fire tower in Alger.

October 31, 1928: "I will give $5.00 reward for the finding of my hound dog lost west of Bentley." Notify John Kucera, Pinconning. R. 4. Mich.

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.


January 23, 1929: In Chicago a barrel of beer costs $3.00 to make and sells for $60.00 leaving $57.00 for ammunition..

February 27, 1929: Tuesday. The deal was completed whereby the meat market owned by B. J. Senske was sold to Keller & Martin, local grocer dealers.

March 13, 1929: William Tulloch, Omer, has been notified that he has won and has been awarded the State Championship in 4-H potato club work.

March 13, 1929: Mrs. H. G. Smith won on the sixth ballot to be elected the first woman supervisor in Arenac County.

March 18, 1929: Ollie Porter, six foot three inch ace of the Golden Arrows, capped off three brilliant years of basketball by earning a position on the Class C. all state team named Sunday by the Detroit Times.

March 27, 1929: Dr. Walter Lenehan announces that he will return to Standish to again take up his practice.

April 3, 1929: The longest survey ever attempted by the Michigan State Highway Department has been practically completed. The route leaves U.S.23 at a point about two miles east of Omer, cuts across country to AuGres, thence northward along the Huron lake shores to Cheboygan.

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.

April 26, 1929: Erwin Major, selling in a district contest, completed a record of 54 sales of new Buick automobiles, delivering 16 new cars Thursday.

May 8, 1929: Arenac County's birth and death record for January is nine births and six deaths.

May 15, 1929: Miss Reta Biskner attended the annual LufKin Rule J. Hop in Saginaw last week.

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.

June 12, 1929: Kathryn White of Turner, a graduate of the Standish High School, has not missed a day in her two years of high school work here. She also won high honors by being named valedictorian of her class.

July 3, 1929: Miss Margaret Garrish 16, saved Misses Hazel Houch and Alice Provoast from downing.

July 3, 1929: Robbers, disguised as the State Police, took the slot machine from Earl Foster's general store of Arenac recently.

July 17, 1929: Wheeler's Confectionery, located in the Standish Baking Company building was partially gutted by fire at 2:00 a.m. Monday.

July 17, 1929: The recent legislature passed a law making it lawful to kill skunks at any time during the year.

August 28, 1929: Sterling, for the first time in the history of the 13 years of the North-Eastern Michigan League, became a pennant winner Saturday by defeating Omer, the challenger, 9 - 5.

September 18, 1929: A small town is one where the newspaper prints a short story about the death of one of the leading drayman's workhorses!

October 2, 1929: Back in 1885 there were eight passenger trains passing through Standish. Now in 1929 there are only half that number and there is some talk of discontinuing two of these.

October 2, 1929: For the first time in many years rain failed to fall during the time of the Arenac County Fair and as a result the association shows a profit of $1,000.00.

October 9, 1929: Ed Kiley is the new manager of the Kimball-Martindale Elevator at Pine River.

November 20, 1929: Andrew L. Dupius of Deep River shot and killed a large black bear while deer hunting near St. Helen last Saturday.

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 Monday noon.

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 State Land.

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 larger plant.

February 26, 1930: Benjamin Frost 87, Civil War veteran presented to our readers this week, is of foreign birth, coming to America from England in a sail boat...

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.

April 30, 1930: There are still several who do not observe the new traffic light at the intersection of US23 and M61, at the bank corner and who carelessly "go through" the red light.

May 21, 1930: The new Suburban Oil Co. Station is now being constructed at the intersection of M-65 and US-23.

June 4, 1930: Miss Grace DuFort, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry DuFort of Standish, graduated from the Mercy Hospital School of nursing at Bay City last Tuesday.

June 4, 1930: Mrs. Mary Ann McTaggart celebrated her 90th birthday on May 15.

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 Thursday.

June 11, 1930: The contract for the road from Omer to Au Gres will be let June 25, 1930.

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 9, 1930: The proposition to grant the Southern Light & Power Co. a franchise to erect light and power lines in Sims and AuGres Townships was passed.

July 9, 1930: The contract for the construction of the Omer-AuGres road has been let for $326,000.00.

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 13, 1930: Charles Hamlin, our last Civil War Veteran, died July 22.

August 20, 1930: Seven young people brought high 4-H honors to Arenac. Among them, Dorothy Hasselbring, Myrtle Wyatt, Helen Joley, Verna Tulloch and William Tulloch, Roland Kaven and Gerald Wyatt.

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.

November 12, 1930: The Lumberman's Monument which is to be erected on the AuSable River at a cost of $50,000, will be financed by descendants of the original Michigan lumber operators.

November 19, 1930: Miss Bay Munro has been appointed postmaster at Omer.


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.

July 29, 1931: Floyd Greanya, formerly of Flint, has opened a confectionary store and lunch room in Bentley.

July 29, 1931: Ed Stiehle has completed construction of a 46 X100 red brick garage building in AuGres.

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 Sunday.

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 14, 1931: Arenac has 504.7 miles of town roads.

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 percent mark.

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.


January 13, 1932: The AuGres postoffice has been moved from the building on Michigan Avenue to the new structure on the new pavement.

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.

February 10, 1932: Frederick L. Vincent, 88, Civil War veteran died Tuesday morning.

February 10, 1932: An interesting note: three thousand carloads of ice will be harvested off Lake Margrethe near Gaylord. Solid trains of ice on flat cars pass through Standish daily.

March 9, 1932: Burglars who broke into the Jennings and Proulx stores in AuGres Saturday night made off with $150.00 and some merchandise.

April 13, 1932: Mrs. Rachel Warren of Delano has been appointed County School examiner.

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 City….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 Tuesday.


January 4, 1933: John Johannes was sworn in as Arenac County’s 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 next Saturday.

February 8, 1933: Because of cancellation of train service, due to trains being snowbound, Sterling did not get mail for four days last week.

February 22, 1933: The Citizens Military Training Camps of which Arenac has three will open July 5.

March 22, 1933: Newly elected village presidents in the county are George Glasure, Twining, Jay Ames, Sterling, and Harry Hollenbeck, Turner.

October 18, 1933: A new Hi-Speed Station, owned by Joseph Pauquette and operated by Jess Clairmont, will open Thursday in Standish.

October 11, 1933: The Mt. Forest Community Church was dedicated Sunday.

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.

October 25, 1933: William Hasty has been named Poor Agent for Arenac county.

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 Standish.

March 7, 1934: Russel Carruthers of Standish and Edwin Christie of AuGres has leased the Stiehl garage in AuGres.

March 21, 1934: The question of selling liquor in Standish will be decided at the April 2 election.

May 2, 1934: The S. N. Weinberg & Co. has announced that they will close the Omer store.

June 13, 1934: Henry Hibner, 94, Standish is Arenac County’s only Civil War veteran.

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.

June 27, 1934: The county stone crusher is in full operation on the Vaughn property east of Omer and provides employment for 80 men.

June 30, 1934: Lawrence Kiley announces the opening of a grocery store in Omer.

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.

July 18, 1934: Will Rogers and Zasu Pitts are staring in "Mr. Skitch" at the Temple Theater in Standish this week.

September 5, 1934: The Rifle Range Gun Club has been organized with Edwin W. Sim, Jr. as the president. The location of the range is planned for Steven's Point, north to Omer.

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 program.

October 10, 1934: Lawrence Kiley has sold the Lone Star Station in Omer to Regionald Lesperance of Bay City.

October 17, 1934: The State Bank of Standish will re-open in the near future with 40 percent available to former depositors at that time and the balance later.

October 24, 1934: The 27th annual Sims Ranch hunt will be staged this weekend.

October 31, 1934: Twelve people in Arenac County are now receiving old age pensions of $10.00 per month.

October 31, 1934: The Martin Major building, an old Sterling landmark, was damaged by fire Sunday.

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 for 1926.

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 of Omer.


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.

January 22, 1936: CCC workers have moved the fire tower from near Prescott to Omer.

March 18, 1936: The Twining Bank will make a 20 percent payoff to its depositors this week.

June 10, 1936: An Oldsmobile Six sold for $665.00 at this time.

June 24, 1936: Miss Rose Thaut will reign as the AuGres Onion Queen. The AuGres Airport will be dedicated during the July 4 celebration.

June 24, 1936: Workmen started pouring concrete Tuesday on the new US-23 between Bay City and Standish.

July 8, 1936: The AuGres Airport was formally dedicated last week-end.   Miss Laura Steihl of Omer was chosen AuGres Onion Queen.

September 16, 1936: Nominated at the county level Tuesday were John Johannes and Philip Compau for the sheriff race and Harry Converse who defeated Roy Crandell as judge of probate.

October 14, 1936: Turner will have a pheasant festival and homecoming this week end.

November 18, 1936: The Signor's 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 Theatre.

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 Frank Nuttall.

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 17, 1937: The Peavy no. 1 well came in Tuesday at 200 barrels per day.

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.

May 30, 1937: Henry Hibner, 94, only Civil War Veteran, in Arenac county, was honored in the Memorial Day Festivities.

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 Tavern.

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 weekend.

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 this week.

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 Bronson.

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.

December 29, 1937: Norman Sibley of Whittemore has been granted permit by the state to collect birds'eggs.


January 5, 1938: B. G. Hasselbring has sold the Standish Bakery to Leslie Rancourt and Joseph Kolevar.

February 22, 1938: The Arenac County P. T. A. was organized last Saturday with Clark Kerr selected as president.

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 Baltimore Orioles.

May 11, 1938: Dr. Harry Berman left Omer last week to practice medicine in Detroit.

June 8, 1938: The Pinconning Pickling and Canning Co. will operate four pickle stations in Arenac County this year.

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 PWA project.

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 Standish.

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 21, 1938: Louis Gorsheim is home from sailing on the Great Lakes to spend Christmas with his father and family.

December 21, 1938: Arenac county has eight students enrolled at Michigan State College for the 1938 fall term. The students are, Catherine Howard, Lois Major, Chester Orr, Thurlow Berry, Roland Humerickhouse, Kenneth Etchison, Pat Kelly and Wellington Pomeroy.

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.


January 11, 1939: Hugh O. Staley, M.D. of Richmond, VA. has taken charge of the Smith Hospital in Omer.

January 22, 1939: J.R. Putman sold a hog to William Carrol at Omer that weighed 600 pounds for which Mr. Putman received $75.00. This was surely some hog!

January 29, 1939: Deep River, still the top field in oil production in Michigan, produced 140,696 barrels in November.

February 1, 1939: Datus Moore, instructor of music of the Standish schools, announced this morning that Warren Darby and Dickie Cardinal will be entered in the baton twirling contest at MSC to be staged Thursday.

March 1, 1939: The Standish landing field is one of the 37 recognized fields in the state.

March 15, 1939: Miss Mouise Gorsline, senior of the Standish High School, won a $100.00 prize Sunday in a professor quiz contest sponsored over WBCM in Bay City.

March 22, 1939: Fire in the walls of the M. E. church above the furnace did some damage to that portion of the building as well as smoke damage to the gym walls.

March 22, 1939: Raymond Templin has signed up with the St. Louis Cardinals as second baseman and is in training camp in Georgia.

May 10, 1939: The Independent is now on the local news stand at the drug store of Seator & McCready.

May 17, 1939: Mayor Martin Shannon will throw the first ball for the opening of the NorthEastern Michigan League baseball season.

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.

May 31, 1939: Miss Carolyn Seator, a member of the Standish High School band was a student at Interlochen last summer and plans to attend again this year.

June 14, 1939: Miss Alma Oliver of Clayton Township had the good fortune to be in Washington and see the King and Queen of England, who were guests of President and Mrs. Roosevelt.

July 5, 1939: And. unto Standish a hospital is born, planned by Dr. Robert Gunn and built by Lee Haddix & Sons.

July 5, 1939: First birth in the new Standish Hospital is Larry Jean, son of Mr & Mrs Howard Gould of Sterling.

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.

July 19, 1939: At the first of July there were 278 telephones in service in the Standish Exchange.

July 23, 1939: Misses Marion Kelly, Nellie LaBrosse and Cassie Nolbock took Arenac County queen honors and will compete at the Bay city water carnival.

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.

September 27, 1939: Standish High School opened its 1939 football schedule with a 25 to 0 victory over its ancient grid rival, West Branch.

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.


January 24, 1940: Five thousand Fins have been evacuated to the Western part of Finland in weather as cold as 40 degrees below zero to escape the fury of Russian bombs.

March 13, 1940: William B. Cardinal, son of Mr. And Mrs. W. B. Cardinal of this city, (Standish) is studying in Chicago aeronautical school.

May 8, 1940: Maurice "Mose" Winslow and his orchestra will play at the Sterling Senior Prom this Friday night. This will be the second school dance at which he and his orchestra have appeared at Sterling.

May 8, 1940: Floyd Wyatt, son of Mr. & Mrs Maurice Wyatt of Arenac, is making good in a big way in the United States Navy.

June 5, 1940: New building and dial service to be introduced in Standish by Michigan Bell Telephone, who will also spend $236,400.00 for 40 mile cable north of Saginaw and Bay City to Standish. This will make Standish an important long distance center.

June 12, 1940: Miss Miriam J. Pomeroy and Miss Muriel E. Schmitz both to receive diplomas in nursing from U of M.

June 19, 1940: Miss Helen Ellis, for several years the home economic teacher of the Standish Schools, was wedded to Robert Savage at the parsonage of the St John the Baptist Chursh Saturday morning.

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.

July 17, 1940: Smoke belched forth from the Hall Milling Company just before an inside explosion of the grain bins. The smoke rolled many feet above the doomed building and was as black as coal.

July 24, 1940: Ralph McCready, Orion Johannes and Dennis Kiley went to East Tawas Monday to compete in the Bay city Times novice tennis tournament.

August 14, 1940: The Standish Library, that has been located in the council rooms of the water works building the past four years, is being moved to the C. M. Schoerpf Building on Cedar Street.

August 21, 1940: Last Friday evening the businessmen of AuGres met and organized a Chamber of Commerce with Theodore Reichle being elected as president.

November 27, 1940: The Night NYC passenger train was wrecked south of Standish.


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 Detroit.

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 7, 1942: There were 13 active oil wells listed in the weekly drilling reports.

January 20, 1942: Mr. and Mrs. Neil Peters, Pinconning, announce the birth of the third set of twins in their family.

January 21, 1942: Automobile rationing will start in February.

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 Johannes.

February 4, 1942: Six Arenac County boys left for Fort Custer in Battle Creek last Friday morning.

February 11, 1942: Harry Wright's (Standish) herd of lambs placed third in a showing at Michigan State College in East Lansing last week.

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 undecided.

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 recognized embalmer.

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.


January 12, 1944: Pete's Market Basket in Standish will be closed after this weekend since Pete Butch, the owner, will enter the armed services.

January 19, 1944: Mike Davis has received permission from the city council to build a fish market in Standish.

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 substantial lunches.

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 of production.

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 office.

May 31, 1944: Mrs. Clarice Shannon is the new chief rationing clerk of the local OPA board.

June 7, 1944: Adams Township has erected the first out-of-doors honor roll in the county.

July 12, 1944: J. M. Horvath announces the opening of a new dress shop in Au Gres this Saturday.

July 26, 1944: Mr. & Mrs. Owen Reid announce the opening of their new grocery store in Twining.

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.

November 22, 1944: Three business changes have taken place in Sterling. Durkee's Grocery, a new store, has been opened in the Ames Building. Dick Eyner has purchased the Proulx Geneeral Store and Gus Proulx is operating the Abbott Drug Store.

December 6, 1944: Omer Telephone Co. has switched over to the dial system.

December 31, 1944: The new Adams Township Hall was opened last week.


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 Tuesday afternoon.

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 Supervisors.

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 on Monday.

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.

April 3, 1946: Chester white announces the establishment of the Turner Oil Col, which will distribute Leonard products.

April 3, 1946: Last Saturday 47 more county men and women received discharges from the armed services.


January 18, 1947: The Turner Sportsmen's Club has a Fox Chase scheduled for next Sunday.

January 19, 1947: The Lock Joint Pipe Co. in Pinconning has begun turning out 48" pipe for the $11,500,000 Whitestone Point water project.

February 12, 1947: Bill's Hi-Speed Service Station in Standish has been purchased by Stan Fill and Ted Senter.

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 and 8.

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.

October 8, 1947: Omer plans to celebrate the opening of the new pavement this Friday evening.

October 15, 1947: Over 1,300 spectators saw the Detroit tigers play at Standish last Wednesday.


February 18, 1948: Joe Schinko has opened a real estate office in Standish.

March 10, 1948: The attempted bank robbery at AuGres Friday failed when the four robbers were captured the same day.

March 10, 1948: Mrs. William Patterson was elected president of the Standish Woman\'s Club this year.

July 28, 1948: Roy Holland and Bob Stiehl are holding the grand opening of the H & S Recreation (Bowling Alley) in Au Gres Saturday.

August 4, 1948: The AuGres Onion Festival opens this Friday.

August 18, 1948: Fire destroyed the barn and four out-buildings Thursday on the Thomas Bryan farm in Adams Township.

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 13, 1948: Dr. C.D. Smith has installed the first mobile telephone unit in the area in his service truck.

October 20, 1948: Elmer Britt was reappointed as chairman, of the losco County Road Commission last week.

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.

October 27, 1948: Construction has started of the new Johnson Bar in AuGres.

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 telephone.

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 Omer Friday.

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.

December 8, 1948: Plans to begin construction of a divided four lane highway between Bay City and Standish have been announced.


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.

January 25, 1950: Tom and Steve Pavelka have purchased the Trading Post restaurant.

January 25, 1950: Ervin Major's Maday No. 1 well in Adams Township is flowing 15 barrels an hour.

November 22, 1950: Over 4,000 deer licenses have been sold in the county so far this year.

November 22, 1950: Sunday over 25,000 cars passed through Standish from the north in 12 hours.

May 25, 1950: Standish city has been warned that pollution of the stream in the city must end in 1952.

June 14, 1950: Whittemore has opened its auto racing season with a schedule of top flight races.

June 28, 1950: The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to switch the road commission to an appointive office.

June 28, 1950: Edgar Shaffer, Fred Netzlaff and Edward Bessinger have all filed to run for sheriff on the Republican ticket.

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.

October 4, 1950: Jim and Velma Anderjeski opened Vel's Grill south of Standish.

October 18, 1950: Calvin Ennes was appointed to the county road commission yesterday.

October 25, 1950: Rudy Dittenber has purchased Ed Christie Sales & Service in AuGres.

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.

November 29, 1950: Mr. And Mrs. George O'Brien of Detroit have taken over the Au Gres Theatre.


January 17, 1951: The recently remodeled Grace Episcopal Church in Standish will be dedicated Sunday by Bishop Emerich.

March 21, 1951: The newly formed Paul Bunyan Boy Scout council will include Arenac.

March 21, 1951: Work started last week on the new $125,000 St. Florian Church in Standish.

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 Standish.

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 Sterling’s game with Arenac Eastern.

December 26, 1951: Six days of work by county crews have cleared the roads of snow.


January 2, 1952: The S.N. Weinberg store in Turner closed Dec 23 after operating for 30 years.

January 16, 1952: George Tulloch of Arenac and Charles Dittenber of Sims are new supervisors this year.

January 16, 1952: Phil Kelly, Turner's senior citizen, arrived at his 91st birthday January 7.

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.

February 13, 1952: Familiar plea..we need more donors for blood clinic.

February 20, 1952: Charles Dittenber has been named Sims Township supervisor.

February 27, 1952: The local sugar beet crop in 1951 was valued at $154,000.

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 18, 1952: Ollie Porter, six foot three inch ace of the Golden Arrows, capped off three brilliant years of basketball by earning a position on the Class C all state team nemed Sunday by the Detroit Times.

March 19, 1952: The Holstein herd of the Pihaylic Brothers sold at auction for an average of $475 to $500 each.

March 19, 1952: Mr. and Mrs. Earl Foster have opened the Swap Show in Omer.

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.

April 30, 1952: Joe Gee will open his new grocery store in Turner this week.

May 7, 1952: Work started last week to rebuild the Pine River road.

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.

September 17, 1952: A local boy, Arthur Pula, won $500 with his prize winning essay, "How I Think the Restaurant Industry Can Best Serve The Public Interest".

September 23, 1952: Mrs. Anne Beaton, 78 years young, saw the first football game she has ever seen in her life at the Standish lighted field last Friday night. Another seeing his first football game was Frank Bachleda

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 24, 1952: The Ralph McCready home won top honors in the second annual home decorator's contest in Standish.

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 1, 1953: One hundred and seventy railroad cars of pipe have been shipped into Standish for this segment of the gigantic Canadian pipeline that will be built through Michigan this summer.

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.

May 13, 1953: Cletus Vallad, young Worth baseball hurler, is going great guns with the Camp Pendleton, California team.

June 3, 1953: Len Gulvas, who caught fire at the Michigan State bowling Association ournament in Detroit last winter, ended up in 21st place in the important all-events class while competing with over 4,000 bowlers.

June 3, 1953: Miss Susan Schaffer will be one of the graduating seniors at the University of Michigan this week.

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 10, 1953: M. E. Fisk, a Sterling lad, is hitting his stride while playing with the Tongue Point Navy Team.

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. That's somewhat of a record for fishing trips involving the trio.

June 17, 1953: Little Bobby Charbonneau, classy young chucker for Eli's Drive In, tossed the softball season's first no-hitter to pitch his team into first place.

July 8, 1953: After a forty year effort, natives of the village of Detour have finally convinced the post office department to changes its name from Detour to DeTour.

July 29, 1953: The trench is being dug about seven miles west of Standish for a 30 inch pipeline that will carry crude oil all the way from Alberta, Canada to Sarnia, across the St Clair River from Port Huron.

August 5, 1953: Parking meters in Standish are now being enforced.

August 26, 1953: John Tremble had their nine day old daughter, Pauline on the fair grounds Saturday afternoon.

October 7, 1953: Mrs. Grace Proulx, Au Gres, had three ripe raspberries off her vines Oct 3.

October 15, 1953: This fall Mrs. Charles Molineaux begins her 25th year of coaching in girls basketball at Sterling.

November 25, 1953: Arrows place for men on NEM All Conference Team: Joe Trombley, Don Thorner, Ronnie Mahoney and Dave Converse.

December 6, 1953: The serving of hot lunches to AuGres students began last Tuesday under the direction of Mrs. Lydia E. Meyer of Omer, assisted by Miss Ida Mae McCauley.

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 of Pinconning.

February 3, 1954: Cpl. George Doran, Twining soldier, makes a 20 day tour of Europe.

February 3, 1954: Dial phone scheduled for Omer in 1954.

February 17, 1954: Fire completely destroyed the Kozlow Brothers lumber yard and saw mill at the Standish south city limits around midnight Saturday.

March 17, 1954: Water meter installation in Standish is underway.

April 7, 1954: Cletus Vallad asked for his release from the New York Giants because of a sore arm, and is returning to Standish, railroading and pitching for Worth.

April 14, 1954: The Standish library committee is increasing its efforts to raise the necessary funds to finance a branch library in the community. AuGres to have library, council votes to pay librarian for coming year.

April 14, 1954: Coffee Wholesalers predict the price for vacuum packed coffee will be $1.50 to $1.60 a pound by the end of the month.

April 28, 1954: Standish now has stret signs, just like the big cities (and surrounding townships that have been similarly equipped for years). AuGres and Standish libraries are open. Open house at both this weekend.

May 19, 1954: The new Whipple Studio is the biggest business building to go up in Standish's downtown district in nearly 50 years. At the corner of Cedar & Forest, Proulx and LeVert Plumbing has completely renovated the old Blumenthal Building and will move into the modern show room and plumbing shop early next month.

May 26, 1954: A Brooklin Dodger scout was at the Standish-Gladwin championship baseball game Monday afternoon to look over Bill Page and George Pestrue.

May 26, 1954: German librarian, Mrs. Kate Seibicke, looks over supply of books in Standish branch library with state library consultant, Miss Muriel Fuller.

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.

August 18, 1954: The completion of the new Point AuGres Hotel just west and south of AuGres is on an important sept in attracting summer visitors to that section of the county.

September 1, 1954: Bill's Super Market in Turner has scheduled a big sale to celebrate its grand opening.

December 1, 1954: Four outstanding stars from the Detroit Lions professional football team, lead by the brilliant Bobby Layne, and the Detroit Tigers ace pitcher, Steve Gromek, will come here with Dizzy Trout for a noon luncheon with the Kiwanis club and an afternoon program in the Standish High School gymnasium with athletes from the county's four 12 grade high schools in attendance.

December 1, 1954: Leon Treichel, the Standish Golden Arrows ace, pass catching end, made Standish football history today by being named to the Associated Press, First Team Class C-D All State.

December 8, 1954: Diz Trout, former Tiger ace, and two Detroit lion stars, Harley Sewell and Torgy Tergeson, made the trip from the Trading post to the high school in antique cars at yesterday's Diz Trout Day, sponsored by the Standish Kiwanis club. Over 400 greeted the baseball delegates.

December 29, 1954: The Michigan Bell Telephone Company is laying a cable between Saginaw and Standish.

December 29, 1954: AuGres Telephone Company unveils building program. During the last five years, the number of telephones in service at AuGres have more than doubled, increasing from 154 to 345.


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 County.

April 6, 1955: Arenac County voters cast 1,551 votes for and 1,142 against the county library.

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 Arenac Eastern.

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.

October 12, 1955: The first issue of "Highlights" from Arenac Eastern High School was published this week.

October 19, 1955: The Northern pipeline co. may extend gas lines in Arenac county.

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.


March 1, 1956: Alfred LaPorte has opened an insurance agency in Standish.


May 8 1957: Whipple Studio has purchased a piece of equipment that will develop color film automatically.

July 3, 1957: A tune that Mose Winslow wrote in India during WWII has been recorded by Coral Records.

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 week.


June 28, 1967: Turner Village has purchased a new $9,000 fire truck.

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