Today in History: Two Retail Stores Will Relocate to Cadillac | New

July 28, 1922

The documents were signed today as part of a significant business development regarding a change in location of two of Cadillac’s main retail facilities. The Webber-Ashworth Co., the furniture store now located at 104 South Mitchell St., and the JW Harvey Co. department store at 117 North Mitchell St., will swap locations around August 1. The change is the result of the recently announced purchase of the Kramer Building, now occupied by the Harvey Institution, by the Webber Ashworth Co. The Webber Block in which the other store is now located is owned by Mrs. Lucie Webber, now from California. Mr Harvey held a lease on the Kramer building until the end of the year, but as the summer is considered a much better time to move the two stores, he struck a deal with Mr Ashworth for a change soon. “We are very pleased to complete this arrangement,” Mr Ashworth said today, discussing the plan, “Although it was a complete surprise. If we had planned to move so soon, we could have delayed an amount considerable purchases, especially on seasonal lines for the coming months, and save considerable expense We have just received two truckloads of bedroom furniture and have a mattress wagon on the way, for example, which would have everything We might as well have been blocked for a few weeks if we had considered this move now. We will now have to reduce our stock as much as possible by selling off.”

June 28, 1972

A request by the Cadillac Planning Commission to release part of Kenwood Road was filed Monday night until the July 24 meeting to give new commission members time to review the route of the road. Similar demands were made to planners in and before September 1968, City Manager Donald Mason said. Planners also gave approval to a site plan for a Kraft Foods expansion plan that would include a 20ft by 90ft addition to the south side of the company’s building on Lake Street. To facilitate the expansion, Kraft requested the release of the portion of West Pine Street that runs west of Lake Street to the railroad tracks. Site plan approval was given pending the results of a public hearing on July 17 during the holidays. A form to be used in rezoning applications has been reviewed by planners who will review it again during a working session on July 10.

June 28, 1997

Investor Jim Spragg spent $33,202 to buy the Missaukee Sentinel on Tuesday. Her daughter, Amy Spragg, will direct it. Spragg was the sole bidder for the newspaper, which was seized a few weeks ago by the Internal Revenue Service and put up for sale. The inability to pay internal income taxes forced investors in Advest Communications, Inc. to put the newspaper up for sale. The Spraggs’ Missaukee Review, Inc. is “a company we set up” to purchase the newspaper, Spragg said. “The operations officer is going to be Amy.” Spragg said he and Amy’s finance Keith Helsel would not be involved in the newspaper’s operations. The “takeover” happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Missaukee Review, Inc. has taken possession of the entire journal, including its name, telephone number, post office box number, office equipment and supplies, as well as subscription lists and contracts associated with subscriptions. Spragg said “we will honor all existing subscriptions”. There are no immediate change plans, Spragg said. “Existing staff are likely to stay at this stage,” he said. The paper’s current editor, Pat Trofatter, sees some changes in the future. “We have an agreement in principle that I will be here for a short time, helping with the transition,” Trofatter said. “It is to facilitate the change of ownership. There will also be no changes to layout or paper size, Trofatter and Spragg added. “We’re going to put out a newspaper on Friday,” Spragg said. “We’re just going to be a little county newspaper. We will take the news from the community.