A Look At Our Past 1/7/2021

From the pages of the Crawford County Avalanche
23 Years Ago
January 8, 1998
“This county should be very proud. The players - the sheriff’s department, the prosecutor’s office, the courts, the various private agencies - have all worked hard to improve the welfare of its residents,” said Robert A. Porter, long-time director of the Crawford and Ostego  County Family Independence Agency (FIA), who is transferring to Traverse City.
As director of the FIA for Crawford County for the past 20 years, Porter also has served in an equal capacity in Otsego County. The selection of an interim director for the agency will be done by Charles Bryant, zone manager of the FIA, until such time as a permanent placement is made.
Former Auburn Hills resident, Michelle Smith, figured that Grayling was the place to start her new business - truck and auto repair.
“I found the opportunity and had a chance to purchase the necessary equipment at the right price. And here we are,” she said, showing of a new office and shop in the Grayling Industrial Park, AuSable Auto Repair & Sound.
On Friday, Dec. 12, Robert Kimball presented a $2,000 check on behalf of the Weyerhauser  Company Foundation to Hospice of Michigan in Roscommon for their Children’s Grief program. The Foundation responded to a grant request made by Hospice of Michigan. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence.
The Grayling High School Ninth Grade basketball team is off and running at a high pace in the 1997-98 season.
Coach Doug Simons’s freshman squad has run up three straight wins, all by comfortable margins.
46 Years Ago
January 2, 1975
The six counties in the AuSable Valley have 76 percent of their combined land area in commercial forests. Crawford County is 86 percent, Roscommon is 81 percent, Alcona 75 percent, Iosco 69 percent, and Ogemaw 65 percent.
The forest industry harvested 186,500 cords of pulpwood in 1973. If the pulpwood was piled in one continuous pile four feet high, it would stretch for 141 miles - or the distance along I-75 from West Branch to Rochester, Michigan. 
Woman applicants aged 21 to 30 inclusive are again being sought by the Michigan State Police as candidates for the position of state police woman 07.  
69 Years Ago
January 3, 1952
Petitions are being circulated in Grayling calling on the City to establish a traffic light at the corner of Lake and Cedar streets. The petition was ordered by Robert Jackson of Grayling but their cost is being underwritten by Grayling businessmen who donated for their printing. 
92 Years Ago
January 3, 1929
The first newcomers of the new year to Crawford County are twin daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Custer of Riverview, this morning. 
Misses Mildred Ostrander and “Boots” LaMotte accompanied Bill Cald and John Kellog to Lovells Wednesday and attended a party.
116 Years Ago
January 4, 1905
The Electric Company has installed new lamps in the streets so that the lights are now eminently satisfactory and claimed to be as good as in any town in the state.

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806
E-Mail: information@crawfordcountyavalanche.com

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