100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending April 11, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum:

“Dr. L. S. Ramsdell will speak tonight at the library before the local Boy Scout organization upon ‘First Aid to the Injured.’ The lecture commences at 7:30. All boys who desire to join the Boy Scout movement are invited to attend.

“The Scouts now have about 50 members and are becoming rapidly organized. They are under the national organization known as the American Boy Scouts.

“William Wente, chosen as candidate for two-year commissioner while abroad, will reach Manistee April 15. He sails today from Bologna with his wife and is due in New York on April 13. He will, therefore, be here long before his term as commissioner, should he be elected, will commence.

“Manistee’s spring election, the most interesting feature of which is the fact that it will be the first election under the new commission form of government, will be held on Monday, the hours being from 7 a. m. to 5 p. m. The taxpayers of Manistee County, including women who own property or hold property jointly with their husbands, will also vote upon bonding Manistee County for $8,000 for the construction of a bridge over Manistee River near the Pere Marquette railroad bridge known as Nigh Bridge.

“Editor Daily News. Dear Sir:–Permit me to say a few words through your valued paper regarding the election of our new city commissioners, which will be held next Monday.

“I think that the time has arrived when we would turn for relief to good sound business judgment and leadership, if we expect to see a change for the better in this city. We are offered such leadership in the candidates who were selected by the citizens’ mass meeting several weeks ago, and upon whom it would indeed be hard to improve.

“These men have not been engaged in politics, and do not seek the office of commissioner, but have been attending strictly to their own affairs, with the result that each has attained success in his particular line. If elected, they will bring to the city business judgment and efficiency, which will surely mean better city government and therefore lower taxes.

“The mass meeting which selected a list of candidates for your approval was a representative gathering, and was made up of all classes of our citizenship. They chose men who have been successful in these various lines of business and who have thereby demonstrated that they possess good sound business judgment.

“We should indeed considerate a privilege to be able to cast our ballots for men of this type to handle the affairs of our city. Their election will mean a better and greater Manistee. [Signed] CITIZEN.

“The teachers of the Fourth ward school entertained at a thimble party on Thursday afternoon at the home of Miss Rose Reynolds in honor of Miss Hannah Mortenson. An elaborate luncheon was served with decorations in green and white. Miss Mortenson was presented with a dozen hand-painted plates.

“The Machinists’ union entertained Saturday night in honor of their new band. A band of 18 pieces has been formed, and the boys gave a concert following a fish supper, that would put to shame the work of some of our old bands. The band has been in existence only two months and is under the direction of Charles O’Donnell.

“After the banquet and concert by the band Albert Guhse and Hans Hansen repeated their success at the Eagles’ blowout with their German comedy skit. The boys have a bunch of crossfire and some really funny parodies and they put their act over like professionals.

“There were over 60 members of the Machinists’ union present and the affair was a most enjoyable one. It will be a treat to hear the Machinists’ band in a concert sometime during the summer when they have had time to get up on a few more selections. Those rendered Saturday night were fine.

“Bert Anderson, son of Charles Anderson, 262 Fourth Street, was seriously injured yesterday afternoon while wrestling with a companion. As the boys fell Bert struck on his groin on his opponent’s knee, rupturing himself and starting internal bleeding. He was taken to King’s General hospital where an operation was performed last evening. He is resting easily today.

“Frank A. Mitchell, Joseph Baur, H. W. Nordhouse, H. D. Bradford, and Thomas Kieft were elected commissioners of Manistee at the election held yesterday.

“The vote was very light throughout the city. The feature of the election was the defeat of three of the five candidates nominated at a mass meeting held several weeks ago. Frank Mitchell and H. D. Bradford were the two mass meeting candidates who were victorious; Mitchell had no opposition, Bradford won by 16 votes.

“The bridge proposition carried by 372 votes in Manistee and, although complete returns are not in, it is believed to have carried over the county by about 150 votes. The same proposition, which was for bonding the county for $8,000 for the construction of a bridge across the Manistee River near High Bridge, was defeated a year ago.

“Following a serious injury received while wrestling with a companion Sunday, Bert Anderson, son of Charles Anderson, 262 Fourth Street, dies about noon today in his 19th year. According to reports Bert while wrestling fell and struck his abdomen on his opponent’s knee, causing an internal rupture and internal bleeding. He was taken to King’s General hospital where an operation was performed Sunday evening. He rallied from the operation, but not for long and last night he was not expected to live. The funeral announcement will be given tomorrow.

“No additional resolutions for paving were introduced at last night’s meeting of the city council, but the aldermen made no effort to retract the four pieces of paving authorized at the previous meeting.

“Despite the fact that public sentiment is absolutely against this paving, the aldermen did not even bring up the question of curtailing the expenditures planned at the previous meeting.

“If no further paving is authorized by the present council, there will still be considerable money left in the ward street repair funds to be used by the new commission.

“NOTICE. At the present time there is an epidemic of measles of a mild form on the Northside. I wish to warn the people that measles, however mild, is always dangerous and the quarantine should always be kept strictly. A very mild case of measles when given to someone else may develop into a very serious case. According to a late ruling received from the state board of health, the case should be reported at once and the house placarded and the patient isolated for not less than two weeks. Fumigation is not required after measles, but the law expressly states that children from a quarantined house should not be allowed to play with those not quarantined. DR. HARLEN M’MULLEN, City Health Officer.

“Marilla cast a vote of 28 for the bridge and 77 against, a majority of 49 against. This gives a total vote of 2,159 in favor to 1,969 against throughout the county, carrying the bridge proposition by a majority of 190 votes.

“’Big Dick’ apparently continues in the delusion that President Bigge is going up to a peace fest in Traverse City for the purpose of bringing that wandering club back into the league. President Bigge denies that he ever said he would go to Traverse City and that he has no intention of going.

“Thirty-five thousand ties will be laid by the Michigan East and West railway, formerly the Manistee and Grand Rapids, for the purpose of rehabilitating the roadway and putting it in shape for passenger service between Marion and Manistee. Many of the ties are now deposited along the right of way, but the work of laying them has not commenced. The cost of the ties will amount to about $18,000. The new passenger service will not be started until July, when the repairs will be completed.

“HOT CROSS BUNS FOR GOOD FRIDAY. TELEPHONE YOUR ORDERS EARLY OR ORDER FROM WAGON. HORNKOHL’S BAKERY. PHONE 81-W.

“CUT FLOWERS AND FLOWERING PLANTS FOR EASTER AT NUNGESSER’S. PHONE 115-W.

“Get your egg dyes now. Plain colors and transfer pictures at City Drug Store.

“EASTER CARDS AND BOOKLETS. In German and English. An especially fine assortment, at Kinsley’s drug store.

“Entire new line of Easter cards at Somerville’s.

“Beautiful Easter post cards handsomely designed and illustrated can be purchased at City Drug Store.

“Have the children’s pictures taken with the egg and chick for Easter cards. They are cute and only $1 per dozen. The Hanselman Studio.

“For Your Easter Goodies Visit The Palace Of Sweets. We have a complete line of Easter CANDIES and SPECIALTIES; also chocolate and vanilla ICE CREAM. Try some for your EASTER DINNER—It will make it more enjoyable. PALACE OF SWEETS.

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