Osceola County Michigan
Genealogy and History


Evart, MI - West Main St. (1927) - Contributed by Paul Petosky

Evart is the second village in the county both in size and thrift. It was first settled in 1871 and incorporated as a village during the following year. It is a progressive little place, bright and clean with well-laid cement walks, graded and graveled streets, nicely-kept lawns and two pretty parks. The village owns and operates a good system of water and electric lights, the Evart Light and Power Company having been recently organized with George A. Burley as president. In the educational lines, the village supports Union, High and County normal schools, and a public library (not Carnegie), while the religious sentiment of the community is represented by Baptist, Catholic, Free Methodist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches. As to Evart's industrial and commercial establishments, they include a planing mill, foundry and machine shop, flour roller mills, grain elevator and produce warehouse, tool and grain separator works, creamery, beanery and pickle factory.

At Evart are also the large and attractive fair grounds of the Osceola County Agricultural Society. This organization which has done so much for the entire county was founded at Hersey, in the month of April, 1875, with L. Swem as president, Henry Gerhardt, treasurer and E. J. Raymond, secretary. The first meeting was held at Hersey, September 29th of that year; in 1877 the fair grounds were located at Evart, since which the annual meeting of the society and the county fairs have been held at the later place. The association has twenty acres in grounds, a well-graded half mile track, grand stand, halls for assemblies and general exhibits, and building for livestock.


A History of Northern Michigan and its people;
Powers, Perry Francis 1857-1945, Cutler, Harry Gardner, 1856

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