100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending of Sept 14, 1912:

“William Halliday of Chicago, who is the moving spirit in one of the biggest summer resort projects yet tackled around Manistee, is expected in town next week.

“Halliday has purchased about 500 acres of land, mostly fronting on Lake Michigan, around Bar Lake and north of there for a distance of two miles.

“A. C. Christenson, who has handles a great deal of local business for Halliday, said today, ‘In fact I don’t believe they have decided themselves whether they will build cottages and rent them or whether they will sell the property outright.

“It is reported that Halliday will dredge out Bar Lake and construct a channel into Lake Michigan so that the lake may be used as a port for yachtsmen.

“The body of Edwin Johnson, a woodsman employed at one of the Sands’ Lumber camps, will be buried here Sunday afternoon. The man was instantly killed Wednesday morning when a tree fell on his head.

“All over town windows are sticking, floors are sticking, drawers won’t open. Mold forms on everything from books to bread.

“It is caused by the humidity in the atmosphere.

“Relief isn’t in sight, either.

“Rollo Britten of Boston arrived last night to take the position of editor of the Daily News, succeeding Dudley A. Siddall, who on Sept. 22, will take the telegraph desk of the Grand Rapids Evening News. Bitten is a nephew of Herbert L. Harley.

“It cost $8,000 more to run the city schools during the year 1911-12 than it did the previous year, according to a report made by the finance committee lf the board of education at the board meeting last evening.

“The increase was explained as due to extensive repairs in the schools and to the fact that the primary fund issue now paid in only at the end of the year, instead of twice a year as formerly.

“It was voted to open each school not oftener than once a month to the Parents’ and Teachers’ association for evening meetings.

“‘The board recognizes the good of these meetings in bringing school and public closer together,’ said one of the members, ‘but feels that if meetings are held more frequently lighting and janitor expenses will be excessive.’

“Supt. S.W. Baker of the city schools stated today that the high school enrollment this year will be the largest in the history of the school. According to Baker figures, 335 students are now taking the courses in the high school.

“Apparently students in the high school intend to take advantage of the agricultural course, which was added to the curriculum this year. Thirty-two were on the enrollment yesterday. Baker expects that this number will be increased to 40 before next week is over.

“W. H. Graham and Roy Overpack left this noon for Lansing to represent the Manistee board of trade before the state railroad commission tomorrow when the matter of the recent raise in local telephone rates will be taken up.

“Manistee spectators at yesterday’s game at Ludington in which the Champs trimmed the Mariners 7 to 2, are raving mad today as the result of a one-sided battle with about 25 Ludington hoodlums who lined the dock and heaved vegetables and fruits of unpleasant age and odor at the PERE MARQUETTE steamer NO. 4 as she backed away from the dock after the game.

“The scrap was a repetition of previous ones that have occurred between residents and ardent fans of the two towns in past years. A number of dresses were badly soiled. One or two men were struck with hunks of coal.

“Supt. Baker made public for the first time today the list of pupils who were neither tardy nor absent in the Manistee public schools during the school-year 1911-1912. There are 119 pupils in the list.

“Manistee shivered today, in spite of the cloudless sky. But news dispatches from other parts of the state indicate that this section of the country is getting all the best if it at the hands of the weather man.

“In Grand Rapids several have died from the heat within the last 48 hours while many others have prostrated.

“Overcoats made their appearance in large numbers on local streets today. Mittens’ll be in style before long.

“Signs of the time are appearing in local clothing store windows, where the fuzzy fall hat has taken the place of the straw and Panama.

“Well, the crucial day is here.

“Promptly at 1:45 o’clock this afternoon the Champs and the Resorters lined up for the opening game of a series that promises to decide the Michigan State league pennant.

“Weather conditions aren’t bad, although a day made to order would have been a bit warmer.

“More than 200 Traverse City fans came in on the noon train for the doubleheader this afternoon.

“‘WANTED–Boy for delivering. Thos. Andresen, 321 Sixth Street.’

“That little Daily News ad appeared for the first time last night. This morning Thorwald E. Andresen called up.

“‘Say! Take that as out of the paper will you? I know it’s three times for a quarter, but — take it out!’

“He was tickles, pleased, charmed, and delighted.

“We’ve been looking for help for three weeks,’ said Andresen. ‘Couldn’t get a boy anywhere. We tried the ad and before 8 o’clock this morning about 15 lads showed up to pick from. The ads work alright.’

“Roy Overpack and W.J. Graham, who day before yesterday appeared before the state railroad commission to present Manistee’s side in the battle with the Bell Telephone company over the raise in rates, have returned home. The case will be taken up again on Sept. 30.

“G.M. Wilde was the first witness for the Michigan State Telephone company. He gave the history of the telephone business in Manistee, saying the first telephone was established in 1877 at an annual rental of $48.

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

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