100 Years Ago: Oct. 4, 1914

The following news items, compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum, are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending Oct. 4, 1913.

“Onekama – ‘Belle,’ Richard Hoffman’s horse which won first place last year at the Manistee County fair races, yesterday duplicated the performance against a field of five horses. The time in the first heat was 2:55, in the second 2:58. Last year the time was 2:39.

“Second money went to a horse belonging to Will Smith of Onekama, and third money to a horse belonging to Fred Briske of Onekama. The other entries were two from Frankfort and one from Bear Lake.

“F.W. Cron’s condition is reported by the attending physician as being about the same. Mr. Cron was kicked in the abdomen by a horse at Duncan Gillis’ farm near High Bridge last Friday afternoon.

“Mrs. John A. Higgins, 432 Fourth Street, was one of the winners in the allotment of land on Peck’s reservation, Montana, according to a notification which she received this morning from the interior department of the national government. The reservation, which was open for applications from Sept. 1 to Sept. 20, lies in Sheridan and Valley counties in the Northeastern portion of Montana and is on the Great Northern Railway. The land consists of 160 acres.

“‘The Compassion of Jesus’ will be the subject tomorrow morning at the Maple Street Baptist Church. Bible school at 11:45; B.Y.P.U. at 6:30; in the evening at 7:30 the subject will be ‘What Has Become of Hell?’

“Frank Manthei, who has been employed as blacksmith by S.C. Overpack for many years, has gone into business for himself at the corner of Van Buren and Cleveland streets. He will do horseshoeing and general wagon repair.

“Preliminary estimates on the city budget for the coming year show a probable increase of $7,000 in all. This increase is occasioned by a $15,000 increase in the school appropriation to cover previous deficits and indebtedness, the city administration itself having brought about an $8,000 reduction, according to the estimates. This reduction is spread throughout the departments, but is most noticeable in the fire, contingent, street, sewer, sinking and library funds.

“The city council meets this evening to pass upon the budget and a full evening’s program is in store for the alderman, straightening out the figures and passing upon further petitions for appropriations. The chief request to be taken up tonight is that for $5,000 for a city tuberculosis hospital. This sum is not included in the budget as it now stands, and it is not generally felt today that he council will be willing to make the appropriations asked for. Petitions for paving, etc., also lie upon the clerk’s desk.

“The paving of Fourth Street has now been completed, according to City Engineer L.G. Quigley, and work on Cypress Street will probably begin immediately, as a cargo of stone is expected in tonight. Maple Street between Ninth and Eleventh is being improved with a cobble stone gutter. The road on Fifth Avenue to the proposed park is being improved by the engineering squad, and Mr. Quigley announces that persons can already drive almost to the lake.

“A new cable to replace the old Michigan State Telephone cable to the Northside arrived by express Saturday night and all day yesterday the company’s men were at work laying it. All that remains to be done this afternoon is the splicing at either shore of the river. This will take until late this evening, but J.M. Clifford, manager of the telephone company, believes that the lines will be in operation again tomorrow morning.

“After a peaceful secret session last evening, the city council passed an annual budget of $90,846.53, about $7,000 less than last year’s city budget of $97,768. The actual city taxes, however, will show an increase because the school district appropriation was raised from $35,710 to $47,300, the increase being due to paying off $7,500 on the school indebtedness and to the construction of a coal building at the Central School and various repairs inside and out in all the schools of the city.

“Six commanderies of the Knights Templar, representing Manistee, Ludington, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Traverse City and Petoskey, will hold a Field Day in Manistee on Oct. 7. It is expected that at least 200 Knights Templar will be in attendance. The local organization is now endeavoring to get the co-operation of merchants along River Street in displaying the national colors and also the Black and White of the Knights Templar.

“‘You’re on the wrong side of the street,’ said little 11 year old Roy Kieft just before he was struck and run over by an automobile driven by Herman Merrill, at the corner of Poplar and River streets this noon. Roy was coming down Poplar Street on his bicycle when the Merrills turned up Poplar, driving an International Harvester automobile. According to spectators and to the Merrills, the auto started to turn all right, but the driver became confused when the boy’s wheel swerved and the car crashed into him.

“The auto, which is a high-wheeled affair with hard rubber tire and iron rims, passed over the little fellow’s right leg near the crotch, inflicting a cut about two inches long. He was taken to Dr. Ramsdell’s office where he was placed under chloroform and attended by Drs. A.S. Payne and H. D. Robinson. The boy was later removed to his home, 298 Third Street.”

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