100 Years Ago Today: Sept. 20, 1913

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending Sept. 20, 1913 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum.

“At the auction of the Manistee and Grand Rapids Railroad, held at 2 o’clock this afternoon in the court house, the road was sold to the principal stockholders of the former company, David E. Joyce, James Stanley and Frank Leffingwell. The figure paid was $250,000, the minimum bid allowed, and the parties buying the road were the only ones to bid in at the sale.

“No announcement as yet has been made as to how the road will be run in the future, but it is believed that the purchase will make little difference in the actual operation of the road, which runs between Manistee and Marion.

“The M. and G. R. was organized in 1889 as a logging road, and rapidly extended its scope to freight and some passenger service.

“Announcing the high school lyceum entertainments for the coming winter, the ‘Manistee Lyceum Herald’ was published today at the high school and copies of the publication will be placed in all the homes of this city. The course is under the auspices of the Manistee public schools, Supt. S. W. Baker being the manager, and it will be held in Ramsdell Theatre during the winter.

“The course comprises eight numbers, three of which will be musicals. There will also be an evening with the Ben Greet Players in a Shakespearean production, and four lectures.

“With the opening of this varied program, the Lyceum course becomes a fixture in Manistee that is annually one of the features of the winter.

“In your issue of Wednesday there appeared an article over the signature ‘A Fan for Fair Play,’ which we consider an unjustified reflection on our sportsmanship and our honesty and we ask your permission to reply through your columns.

“It is pretty generally recognized that a ‘fan’ is about the hardest person in the world to please and in his eyes a ball player is a hero one day and the worst kind of bonehead the next. For the honest, fair-minded fan who pays his good money to see the games because he enjoys them we have nothing but respect and appreciation and we realize that it is this class that makes baseball possible.

“Three weeks ago when it was apparent that we had practically cinched the third pennant it was but natural that we should relax a little from the strain of the preceding month of hard work. We do not mean by ‘relax’ that we ‘laid down,’ ‘threw games away,’ or anything of the sort. We have played ball all the time and tried to give the people a good exhibition.

“We appreciate the very generous treatment that has been shown us in Manistee and in winning three pennants we believe we have shown our appreciation in the best way we could. We have just as high a sense of honor as the man who accuses others of dishonesty but who has not the courage to sign his own name. We shall continue to play right up to the final inning next Sunday and when the last man is out we will go back home feeling that we have played fair to ourselves and the city we have the honor to represent.

“(Signed by the Members of the Manistee Baseball Club, Three Time Pennant Winners.)

“For the past few weeks the Daily News has continued with marked success a daily telegraph bulletin in the window of the Racket Store and we now wish to call the reader’s attention in detail to this progressive feature of the paper’s activities. In addition to posting a daily bulletin at about 2 o’clock, which is a summary of the more important dispatches reaching the News office up to that time, we post immediately upon receipt significant pieces of news, either local, state, or national. If anything important happens you can find out about it at the Racket Store window—make it a habit to look at the bulletin as you go by.

“Possibly it is not generally known that the Daily News, printing at 4 p. m., contains a record of events occurring from 12 to 14 hours after the morning papers have gone to press.

“You can’t keep posted on the news of the world unless you take a local paper carrying telegraph service and there is only one — The Manistee Daily News. We give in brief and readable form all the important news of the world.

“William Huth of Chicago attacked Bartender Leonard Smith at the Northside Park saloon late last night with a revolver. Arraigned in Justice A. J. Erb’s court today, Huth was fined $100 and costs of $8, and jailed in default of payment.

“Huth, who is 27 years of age, went into the saloon with his wife at 10 o’clock last evening and asked for a drink. Bartender Smith offered him the use of a side room, took his orders, prepared the drinks, and was starting for the room, when Huth sprang to his feet and came into the saloon, swearing and calling the bartender names.

“He ordered him to put down the tray of drinks. ‘If you don’t put that down, I’ll shoot you,’ he cried. Then he staggered toward the bar and pulled out the revolver. In the confusion the revolver went off, but some of the eye-witnesses are prepared to swear that Huth aimed it at Smith or pulled the trigger. At all events, the shot went wild and did no damage.

“At this moment Frank Jurkowski, proprietor, drove up to the saloon in an automobile, and broke into the room in time to grab Huth from behind and take the pistol from the man’s hand. Deputy Sheriff Morris Waal was called, who arrested Huth and took him to jail for the night. An effort is being made this afternoon to secure the amount of the fine.

“To Justice Erb this morning Huth’s wife, a daughter of Paul Bauchan, living north of Manistee, gave intoxication as the reason for her husband’s attack on the bartender. She explained the presence of the revolver by saying that Huth had threatened to kill his brother-in-law, Louis Bauchan, who was in Manistee a short time ago, but has recently returned to Detroit. Huth alleged that Bauchan got his sister into trouble and then refused to marry her. Mrs. Huth stated that her husband had taken several drinks before they went into the Northside Park saloon.

“Paris is not the largest city in the world but it is the most contented. A Parisian wouldn’t live anywhere else on earth and when he dies he does so with grave doubts.

“Paris is the capital of France, fashion, gaiety, the cabaret business, fancy cooking and the tourist trade. Paris is 1,800 years old, but got its great start in business in 1870, when it cleaned out some of its old quarters and built a few straight streets with trees on them. All Europe flocked to see the wonderful sight, and Paris got advertised so extensively that no tourist now considers his work finished until he has inhaled gasoline vapors on the Champs Elysees and has eaten supper on the sidewalk of the Avenue de l’Opera.

“Paris is not growing as fast as New York, nor building as many factories. But she doesn’t care. So long as New York turns out a new millionaire every week and ships him to Paris for a trial trip around the shops that city will be content and its bank deposits will continue to grow.

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

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