A Look Back for March 13, 2024

From The Clarkston News archives

25 years ago – 1999
Planners say ‘do not disturb’ to Holiday Inn:
Following more than two hours of discussion, which drew a packed crowd of over 100 residents at the Carriage House, the Independence Township Planning Commission nixed first plans for a Holiday Inn on M-15. The commissioners voted 4-2 to deny a request from Steve Flemming, owner and developer of Eagle Investment of Mid-Michigan, to build an 80-room hotel on two commercially zoned acres north of the I-75 interchange.
Are you ready to Rock ‘n’ Read?: Andersonville Elementary students kicked off March is Reading Month with a big celebration of the district’s school-wide reading program. They were introduced to the school’s “Rockin’ and Reading” theme with a skit performed by staff members.
A decade of districts: Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball defeated Romeo in the district finals, giving the Wolves its ninth district title in ten years, their only district loss was in 1993.

50 years ago – 1974
Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day:
Wishing all a Happy St. Patrick’s day was the trio of leprechauns, Nancy Line, Tenya Battishill and Steve Kent. They were among the South Sashabaw first graders who entertained at the school’s Monday night PTA meeting. Mrs. Anne Robinson’s class enacted “A Tour Through Ireland.”
84 voters endorse village council: Some 84 Clarkston village voters – 30 more than the previous year – endorsed the candidacies of eight for the village council in an election. None of the candidates were opposed.
The mill stream: Vera Hubbard of Buffalo Street returned from Ludington where she was introduced to her grandson, Stephen Fredrick, born to her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Doucette.

75 years ago – 1949
Robert Waters made village president:
At the village election with 63 votes cast Robert Waters was elected president; Russell Coltson, village clerk; Mary Baldwin, village treasurer; Edward O’Roark, Charles Rockwell, and Lloyd Megee, trustees for two years; Roderick Muma, trustee for one year and Lloyd Sibley, assessor.
New hat from old interested many: The Clarkston Home Extension group met at the home of Mrs. Robert Beattie. Mrs. George Perry and Mrs. Max Soulby were in charge of the lesson on “New Hats from Old.” The leaders demonstrated cleaning, steaming and blocking felt hats, how to restore veils, types of trimming and smart little tricks to make dressy hats from tailored hats.
The Hilltopper: The fifth graders were busy painting western scenes on their blackboards. One blackboard depicted the westbound movement with three covered wagons pulled by oxen. Another board showed animals they encountered in the west and another showed one of the small ranches where one family had chosen a spot in the valley with mountains in the background.

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