Plans were grand for the 1970 Almont Homecoming
July 14, 2010
Back to memories of former Homecomings. This week, thanks to the microfilm and the wonderful and helpful ladies at our Henry Stephens Library, we have Homecoming 1970 as reported in the Almont Herald. The following was the program:
Friday. . .10:00 a.m. Flag raising at Burley Park, West St by Boy Scout Troop #128. 10: 15 a.m The registration booth for visitors to Almont during these three Homecoming Days will remain open till 5 :00 p.m. each day. The booth will be located on Main St. 10:30 a.m. Children's games on School Grounds. The games will be conducted by the P.T.A. 3:00-5:00 p.m. Tea at Congregational Church will be served by the Women's Fellowship Circle. 9:00 till? —-Queen's Ball; in cafeteria at School. Semi-Formal. Music by the Altones. Donation $2.00 couple, $1.25 single. Everyone invited. Arrangements for this special dance were made by the Almont Student Council.
Saturday... 10:00 a.m Children's Parade (ages 13 yrs. and younger) featuring
OOPSIE from WWJ-TV, Detroit, and Mr. WHOODDINI of THE MAGIC SHOPPE from CKLW-TV, Windsor. 11 :30 a.m. OOPSIE and MR. WHOODINI will each put on a free performance for the children on the front lawn of the school. 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hobby Shows in rooms #117 and #119 at the school. This has been arranged by Larry Clouse. 12:00 noon-Lions Club Chicken Barbecue at Glover's Used Car Lot. 2:00 p.m.-Floral Parade It will start at the end of North Main St. and proceed south on Main to Water St. where it will disburse. 4:00 p.m. Fireman's Water Ball fight on Centennial. This will include Firemen from surrounding towns. 5 :30 p.m.
Class Reunions and Community Potluck at the school in the cafeteria. Coffee and tea will be furnished. The families attending are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service. A program is scheduled to follow the Potluck. 7:30 p.m Drill by The Essex and Kent Royal Pipe Band on the Football Field. 8:30 p.m. Fireworks Display behind the School. Sunday...Church of your choice. 1 :30 p.m.-Donkey Baseball Game. Firemen versus The American Legion at school. 2:00-5:00 p.m. Open House at the newly remodeled Lane-Swayze Clinic. 2:30 p.m. . . .Drawing for the Lions Club Mini-Bike and Community Hospital Auxiliary Quilt at Donkey Baseball game. 3:00-5:00 p.m. . .. Open House at the First Baptist Church. Refreshments served by the Ladies of the Church. 5:00 p.m. Lowering of the Flag (Flag to be kept up all night during the Homecoming celebration and lighted at night).
THEY'LL BE DAMP! Friday August 14, Almont businessmen and a fearless
fireman will get dampened in the Legion dunking machine. At 3 p.m. Friday, Dave Carl of Carl's Village Mart will be in the dunking machine. At 4 p.m. the target will be Jack Turri of the M-53 Bar, and Paul Wilcox will be dunked at 5 p.m. Ed Marshall of the Western Store will be the goat at 6 p.m., followed at 7 o'clock by Jack Schulte of Sally's Party Store, The eight, nine and ten o'clock terms will be taken up by Times-Herald Editor Tom Sadler, pharmacist Bob Bowman and bulldozing Pete Russell.
Any such shenanigans this Homecoming? It would be fun to watch.. .let's see. . . who would I like to see get dunked? Better not say or I might end up there myself.
"If You're 65... You Can Sit. Almonters and visitors who are 65 years or older, can watch the Saturday parades in comfort, committee member Narcia Wells announced this week. We'll have a limited number of chairs set up in front of Muir Brothers, on South Main Street. Senior citizens (anyone 65 or older) are invited to relax during the parade, Narcia said. ..
The Thursday, August 6, 1970 issue of the Almont Times Herald had as its headlines, "Homecoming- Aug. 14-15-16, Ask Area-Wide Cleanup. Almont's '70 Homecoming Committee, at a Monday night meeting, urged Almont Village and Township citizens to make a special "cleanup" effort during the coming weekend. Also under the headline: Parade Report. .. Committeemen heard an up-to-date parade report from Pete Bentz, in charge of the event. Mr. Bentz reported over 70 units now registered to parade. Tim Juhl is setting up a radio communication system to help us keep the
parade in orderly formation and smooth movement. Community Potluck. . . .Miss Gildreth Glover is in charge of a High School and Community Potluck event beginning at 5:30 Saturday, at the school." Remember Gildreth? She taught our children in grade school. . . and now they have grandchildren. WOW! Where has the time gone? Especially when I read under "Almont Memories" 5 YEARS AGO... Marcia Halsey left Tuesday morning for Michigan State University, East Lansing to attend 4-H Club week with other 4-H Club members from Lapeer County. 30 YEARS AGO... Robert Emmons is the new assistant in the Almont Savings Bank.. . .Mrs. William Abraham of Capac, took Marilyn Lawrence, Wilma Hamilton and Marlene Emmons to Bob-lo Tuesday:...and, that was Almont 40 years ago
Our 2010 Homecoming Committee is hard at work and I am sure they, along with Norm Hamilton as our Grand Marshal, are planning a Grand Celebration.
— Country Cousin
Gertie Brooks is a lifelong Almont area resident. A 'farm girl,' Gertie is the premier historian for the Almont area, and frequently offers her memories and first-hand accounts in her 'Country Cousin' columns.