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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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February 23, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Fall bond issue likely for new school" School board reached a consensus to request a bond to construct a new elementary school. Increasing student population meant 10 more teachers and portable classrooms that year.

"King Roger, Queen Jeanie" Clarkston High School let off some winter steam with its Snowcoming games. With a "Camelot" theme, Jeanie Lamreaux and Roger Bower were crowned queen and king. Students wrapped each other in aluminum foil, built castles out of marshmallows, and competed in tug of war and other games.

25 years ago - 1986

"Adults will be blamed if minors drink" Adults were the focus of a new ordinance aimed at controlling drinking and drug abuse among minors in Independence Township. It made adults responsible for liquor or drugs served to minors at house parties.

"Schools won't sponsor trips" Clarkston schools Superintendent Milford Mason said the district doesn't sponsor overseas travel by students due to the threat of terrorism. The superintendent said that includes restrictions on fund raising by students.

"Henry Ford's Clarkston connection" Henry Ford purchased a farm off Holcomb Road north of Deer Lake around 1935, where employees tested the new Ford tractor. An "experimental farm," they grew soybeans and other food. Visitors from around the world came to Clarkston to learn about the tractor and its accessories.

50 years ago - 1961

"Sheriff's patrol gets emergency breathing tubes" Emergency mouth-to-mouth breathing tubes became standard equipment in deputy patrol cars, donated by Keith Hallman, Clarkston druggist. The Resusitube, made of soft, flexible plastic, was inserted into the victim's throat to open the airway.

"B&PW combine fashions and cards" The Waterford-Clarkston Business and Professional Women's club planned a fashion show, "Introduction to Spring." Featured were casual daytime wear to evening "high fashion." It also included a card party.

"Clarkston locals" Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jyleen spent the previous Tuesday in Lansing. Mrs. Jyleen went shopping, while Mr. Jyleen attended a board meeting.

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