100 years ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week of Nov. 25, 2011.

“The toll lines of the Michigan State Telephone Company to the south, embracing the most important part of the company’s long distance service for Manistee, went down in the sleet storm of last night for a distance of nearly half a mile.

“The wires became coated with ice to such an extent that the poles were greatly over weighted, and the wind from the southeast blew down a section from Tenth street on Maple south to Mt. Carmel cemetery. A portion of the line carrying the same wires, and extending one and one half miles north from Scottville was also reported down this morning.

“The M. and G. R. morning train, crossing Maple street before daylight, ran over the line and cut about 30 wires. This is a small factor, however, in the greater trouble.

“No such serious loss to a phone company from sleet has ever occurred in this vicinity. We seldom have here the icy storms which often visit Southern Michigan in winter, creating havoc with phone lines.

“Harry J. Aarons has issued to patrons of his store a very attractive Thanksgiving card. A cut-out on the cover shows the face of a girl carrying a Turkey gobbler, the cut having been executed in colors by the American Printing company of this city.

“Two teeth broke from the defective gear wheel which operated the north lift of the Maple Street Bridge last evening and the bridge will not be in service for several days. The Manistee Iron Works is to make repairs as speedily as possible.

“The sleet this morning iced up the hands on the clock towers of the Congregational and Guardian Angels’ churches, stopping these timepieces for the first time since they were installed.

“A French circle has been formed, which meets Monday afternoons for study and conversation. Mrs. Winnogene Scott is the leader and the members are Mmes. Wilbur Gregory, Kitzinger, Harry Combs, Lewis Ramsdell, George Dunham and the Misses Marion Larsen, Eleanor Carey and Lyda Marsh.

“A force of carpenters and clerks are busy this week preparing for the opening of the J. W. Carkner and Co.’s new five and ten cent store in the Engelmann block. L. F. Morris, the manager, expects to have everything ready for a formal opening Friday, at which time the public will be invited to inspect the firm’s offerings.

“The amount of stock carried by this store is amazing. Besides the first floor two basements are well filled and additional goods are arriving daily. Among the lines handled are candies, toilet articles, stationery, books, kitchen hardware, and novelties of all kinds. The store has been splendidly decorated and presents a very handsome appearance.

“Today S. C. Thompson, real estate broker, sold to Max Baumann and F. E. Burke the northwest quarter of section 24 in Pleasanton township and belonging to C. D. Stanley and Eva M. Nuttal. The tract contains nearly a million feet of hardwood timber, and the consideration is not given, but it is several times what it sold for a few years ago. This fully illustrates the rapid advance in real estate and timber values. It is one of the few remaining tracts of hardwood timber in that locality.

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

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