A Look Back for March 20, 2024

From The Clarkston News archives

25 years ago – 1999
Teen finds man stranded in area lake:
Thirteen-year-old Cameron Banworth saw Douglas Williams, 56, in the icy waters of Walters Lake, 40 feet off the shore and told his parents, Sue and Jeff Banworth, who ended up calling 9-1-1. Independence Township Fire Engineer Bob Cesario said the fire department got a call at 6:03 p.m., a man had fallen through the ice while chasing a fire pit cover. “He got stuck n the muck up to his shoulders,” he said.
Youths and adults find common ground at second annual Task Force Town Meeting: The second annual “Town Meeting” hosted by Clarkston Community Task Force for Youth was deemed a success with 140 adults and youths, in eighth grade and up, interacting with each other for four hours at the Clarkston Christian Association youth center at Sashabaw and Maybee roads.
Council members clash over retail presence in Clarkston: The possibility of a downtown building being leased for office use instead of retail sparked more revitalization disagreement between members of the Clarkston City Council. Councilmen Walt Gamble and David Savage disagreed over the way the city should go about filling vacant buildings downtown. Savage believed in doing everything possible to get a retail establishment into downtown while Gamble said the current business cycle dictated there was a greater demand for office space downtown.

50 years ago – 1974
New foal:
Moka Dot, the foal, made her appearance on March 12 and confirmed the coming of spring for Lynn Race, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Race of Allen Road, and her horse, Mrs. Sojourn.
Cougar wrestlers unbeaten: The Cougars of Sashabaw Junior High School finished their wrestling season with a 13-0 record. Joel Humphrey, wrestling at 90 pounds, ended the season 13-0; and Rick Smith finished 15-0 in heavyweight. Both had two first place finishes in tournaments. Dan Smith (118) finished with a 12-0 record, ten of which were pins.
The mill stream: Back home after two beautiful weeks in Hawaii was Mrs. Jenny Wichert of Madison Court. Her daughters, Roberta Allen, Shirley Pursley, Audrey Keyser, Phyllis Sancher, and son, Lyle Wichert missed her and were anxiously awaiting news of Hawaii. Mrs. Wichert traveled with several ladies from Pontiac. The previous year they went to Europe.
75 years ago – 1949
New school approved by votes:
The voters of Sashabaw School District No. 1 approved by a vote of 164-28 proposals to enable the district to build a new eight room school at Pine Knob and Maybee roads. The tax would rise $80,000 to be applied to the building fund through an additional 15 mill tax for a period of 20 years.
Couple honored on 50th anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Waggener entertained at their home on Waldon Road, honoring her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. Gregg, who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. About 75 guests from Dearborn, Almont, Romeo, Detroit, Highland and Clarkston helped the day a happy one.
The Hilltopper: In sixth grade news, Neil Thomack brought a crab to school on Monday. The class was studying crabs to find out what they eat and how they live. The class was also studying adjectives and adverbs in English.

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