100 YEARS AGO

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week of Oct. 14, 1911:

“At the city council last night Health Officer Szudrawski reported the following cases of contagious disease in September: Scarlet fever 12, typhoid fever 3, and pneumonia 2. He disinfected 20 places. Milk Inspector Nelsson reported that samples of milk had averaged 3.70 per cent of butter fat and temperatures ranged from 54 to 86.

“A movement is underway looking to the improvement of the road south from the city which is a continuation of Maple Street. The plan is to begin the improvement near the Lutheran Cemetery, half a mile south of the city, and to continue it to the county line, a distance of three and three-fourth miles. Grant Township now has a road which would meet with Maple Street on the county line with an offset of only an eighth on a mile.

“If Manistee County takes advantage of the opportunity presented this fine agricultural region will become tributary to this city. Manistee is the best point for these people to visit as it is the best market for their produce. But at present the condition of Maple Street for three miles south of the city keeps them from coming this way.

“The Christian Science church has secured the use of Unity Church and expects to begin occupancy next Sunday. At present the interior is being decorated and the time required for the work is a little uncertain. Unity church will suit the needs of the Christian Scientists very well.

“Steps are being taken to provide rooms in the public schools for the pupils of St. Mary’s parochial school. Various rooms were looked at this afternoon by Superintendent Baker and Rev. Prud’homme. An attempt was made to continue St. Mary’s school in the old quarters but the bad weather has made it impossible. A report will be made to the school board Monday evening.

“Work has begun to repair the novelty works on the north bank of the river to fit it for the uses of the A. T. Hallock Company, which will begin manufacturing as soon as possible.

“The plant will be used for manufacturing a wide variety of articles, some patented, and most of them chiefly of wood. The parent concern is located at Two Rivers, Wis., where a great success has been made in a few years.

“Considerable repair will have to be done to this property and then it will be a first class factory with room for employment of a large force. The contract which the projectors are to sign with the city will provide for employment of 150 men for a period of seven years out of ten.

“The prospects for making a busy place out of this plant has already stimulated real estate in the Fifth Ward. Board of Trade officials believe that they are dealing with highly responsible persons who evidently have shown a great deal of enterprise in this business.

“Yesterday was the fortieth anniversary of the great fire which swept in from the woods and destroyed the city of Manistee. The date never passes without being remembered by citizens who were then residents of this city. The second crushing blow fell ten days later when they learned that the Chicago fire had bankrupted the insurance companies.

“Today the Boston Store is being moved to the Engelmann block, where the new building affords exceptionally fine quarters. Business progresses at the new place while the goods are being placed on the shelves and by tomorrow evening the new store will be in good order. Tomorrow morning the windows will be trimmed for the first time.

“Joseph Allen, while trying to stop a leak in a gas main on Third and Sibben streets yesterday afternoon, was overcome by gas and for an hour was unconscious. He appears to have had a narrow escape from asphyxiation. He is employed by the light and traction concern.

“Bert Cunningham of Oak Hill, who has been in Jackson prison for connection with burglary committed at the William Douglas home, is reported to be seriously affected with tuberculosis. Gov. Osborn has just paroled him in order that he may go to Colorado. It is said that prison officials doubt whether he can recover.

“C. B. Shuman arrived in the city today from Colorado Springs on a business trip of a few days. He has gained in weight and appears to be in much better health, but will remain longer in the west before coming back here to live.

“A wealth of good things is in store for Manistee people according to Manager R. R. Ramsdell’s announcements of theater engagements for the next few weeks. A number of the newest and best attractions have been booked and the selections show variety enough to suit all tastes. This strong list of bookings may be said to begin next Monday with the ever popular Lyman Howe moving pictures. Wednesday we will see Madame Sherry, a musical hit which Manistee has not had before. Friday evening of next week Vena Endos will be at the Ramsdell in Camille. The Aviator, a delightful comedy, will be presented Oct. 24 and two days later Get Rick Quick Wallingford will come. Little Girl He Forgot is booked for Oct. 29 and the month closes with Baby Mine on the 31st. On Nov. 15 we will have The Squaw Man, on Nov. 25 Graustark, and on Nov. 29 White Squaw. Surely everybody will be pleased with this list.

“The post office appeared to be in distress this afternoon, the flag having been hoisted with the field down. It was feared for a time that the P. M. railroad had finally succeeded in throttling the post office and great relief was felt when the janitor corrected the flag.”

Compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Musuem.

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