100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending January 17, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum:

“Hamburg steak at less than 20 cents a pound is likely to be a thing of the past in Manistee as a result of William J. Mickel’s inspection of meat markets, for butchers say that if they are not allowed to use preservatives they will not be able to use scraps, as has been the custom in the past, and therefore only round steak can be chopped up into hamburg steak. Meat run through a chopper turns black within an hour or so unless a preservative is used and must be chopped up as used if no preservatives are used. This will increase the cost of the meat.

“Because it is understood that nearly every butcher in Manistee has been in the habit of using preservatives, the Daily News believes that it would be unfair to give the names of the four who were arrested today on warrants sworn out by Mr. Mickel. All four paid fines in justice courts today. Practically every one of them claims to have been in ignorance as to his breaking the state law.

“Mr. Mickel admits that other butchers than those arrested may have used preservatives, but he is compelled to depend upon the reports of the analysis of samples sent to the state dairy an food department in order to get a prosecution.

“Butchers take exception to Mr. Mickel’s statement that butchers who embalm their meat keep a ‘dog box’ for collecting scraps. Scraps thus saved for dogs, it is claimed, are not used for making hamburg steak.

“The year 1913, which closed a reasonably successful engagement recently, will go down in history as one of the most hostile years of modern times.

“The late year began depressingly, with the thermometer sulking in the bulb for much of the first three months. It then warmed up by easy stages until by July, citizens were saving fuel by frying steaks on the sidewalk and ice boxes were being fitted with steam gauges in all parts of the country. In November, the year distinguished itself once more meteorologically by blowing the shipping off of Lake Michigan instead of allowing it to withdraw by easy stages.

“A quarter of a million new automobiles were dumped out among pedestrians last year, but large numbers of the latter still survive. Food went up and aeroplanes came down as usual and owing to the introduction of the tango in the American home, no one had time to get shocked at the stage last year.

“Thomas ford’s coal team made a pretty run down River street this afternoon and it was almost a miracle that no damage resulted. The team, which was driven by William Good, was tied up at the Manistee Iron Works and became frightened for some unknown reason and broke loose. They were stopped near the corner of Cedar and First streets with no damage to the team or wagon.

“The heirs of Louis Sands, in a letter received by Mayor Kirster today, make a gift to the city of fifteen acres of land lying north of Eighth street and west of Maple street to be used for a public playground and park. The gift will be taken up by the city council at its next meeting.

“The park is to be known as the ‘Louis Sands Park.’ The only string attached to the gift is that the property will revert to the Sands estate in case it ceases to be used by the city as a park.

“According to the report of the local Anti-Tuberculosis society, 12,849 seals were sold during the last Christmas holidays, bringing in $128.49.

“The sixth annual poultry show of the Manistee County Poultry association opened at Roller hall on Sunday and will continue through Wednesday.

“There are 450 birds in all, a slight increase on last year’s display. The quality of the birds is reported as being better than last year, and some of the varieties are better represented than in most shows of the state.

“Among the rare birds is a cage of Sicilian buttercups owned by Robert Miller and Otto Anderson. Father Bieniawski has put on display a talking crow and two golden pheasants.

“After vaccinating 56 residents of Williamsburg, a small town of 300 near Traverse City, Dr. S. Szudrawski has returned to Manistee, reporting that when he left there were 18 cases of smallpox in the town. The epidemic has been going on for a month, and Dr. Szudrawski was sent there a few days ago by the state in his capacity as state medical inspector for the district.

“Despondent over long continued ill health a woman, living at the dam in Stronach Township drank a quantity of carbolic acid and turpentine last Saturday afternoon, with suicidal intent. Her husband, who is employed at the am, was absent at the time, but his mother was in another part of the house and called assistance.

“Dr. Homer Ramsdell started immediately for the dam in an automobile, arriving late in the evening. Meanwhile, acting under advice received from the physician on the phone, antidote had been administered and the effects of the poison counteracted. Today the woman is reported out of danger.

“Winter time is toilet time, so don’t forget the many toilet requisites that you need for faces, hands, general toilet uses an bath purposes. City Drug Store has them and they’re rightly priced.

“Following a secret session last evening, the city council voted to deed the American Woodenware property to Coleman Du Pont in return for his installing in the plant an approved automatic sprinkler system and paying up to date the taxes assessed against the property. Mr. Du Pont also agrees to put $50,000 additional capital into the concern.

“When the American Woodenware company started an agreement was made by which the property, bought by a bonus from the city, was to be deeded to the company after a certain number of years, providing a certain number of men were employed each year. A mutual release from this agreement will be secured.

“Harold Hanson, 21 years of age, the son of Capt. John E. Hanson of the lifesaving station, and Frank Bureau, 34 years of age, who lives on the north side, had narrow escapes from death while attempting to fasten a lantern on the end of the north pier.

“The two went out on the pier in a small skiff from the lifesaving station at 10 o’clock this morning. Hanson was climbing a ladder at the end of the pier when a wave caught him and washed him off into the water. About the same time a large wave caught the boat, in which Bureau had remained, and capsized it. Bureau clung to the bottom of the boat, and Hanson swam to it.

“Emily Hanson, a daughter of the captain, who had been watching the progress of the men from the lifesaving watch tower, gave the alarm when she discovered the accident, and Capt. Hanson and another son, Arthur, went out in another boat and rescued the men. The capsized skiff floated out into the lake unrecovered. The captain will make an effort to recapture it sometime late today.

“Hanson and Bureau were in the water for half an hour and were close to death because of the cold. Dr. L. S. Ramsdell was called and found the men in bad shape. He stated that had the rescue been made 10 minutes later both men would probably have been dead. It is said at the lifesaving station that both the victims were recovering rapidly.

“Yesterday afternoon Mrs. A. J. Dovel an Mrs.. Charles Dovel very delightfully entertained 40 ladies at the home of Mrs. A. J. Dovel. Decorations were pink carnations and ferns. During the afternoon Miss Marie Sweetnam very charmingly gave a violin solo. Mrs. Jack Kann sang in her usual delightful manner and Mrs. Christine Harlan Libby, who acted as accompanist, also very beautifully played a piano solo. At 5 o’clock a delicious luncheon was served.

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