100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending June 6, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum:

     “In a collision at 4:30 yesterday afternoon between Ellis Hansen, on a bicycle, and a Ford car driven by R. F. Wendell of Onekama, Hansen received some bad cuts about the face and a bruised and cut shoulder. Hansen struck the automobile squarely in front and dove through the windshield. Had the machine been moving there is no doubt that he would have been killed.

     “Wendell was coming from Onekama when Hansen and his companion, Robert Wellman, were crossing the bridge going north. A wagon was in front of Wendell’s machine and Wellman crossed behind it and brushed the auto. Wendell immediately threw on his brakes and stopped the car. Hansen, following Wellman, did not see the car and struck it squarely in the center. He dove through the windshield and fainted. The boy, bleeding badly, was taken into the bridge house and Dr. Homer Ramsdell, who was summoned, took the boy to his office and dressed his wounds. He was able to walk to his home.

     “Ellis Hansen is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Hansen, 384 Third Street. His bicycle, which he purchased only two weeks ago, was broken in two. He is at his home today pretty badly battered but not suffering much except from the shoulder, which was severely cut and bruised.

     “With band concerts Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening Orchard Beach will be formally opened to the public this week. For the past three weeks a crew of men have been getting everything in readiness at the park and today the resort is probably the most beautiful spot on Lake Michigan.

     “Manistee Country Club will be formally opened tomorrow with a picnic supper, at which a large attendance is expected. The golf grounds have been in use for a month and the tennis courts for one week and the club house itself has been open under the direction of Louis Larsen and his wife for some time.

     “Quite a few repairs are being made to the club house, which will be in shape for tomorrow night.

     “In case golf enthusiasts go out to the course either tomorrow morning or afternoon, a golf tournament will be pulled off. Many of the players who have been using the course during the past few weeks are anxious to see what they can accomplish as early in the season in a regular match game. Outside of the fact that a large number of dandelions make it rather difficult to locate the golf ball, the course is in fine shape. The tennis courts are also in ‘midsummer form.’

     “Liverpool, May 29.—The giant Cunarder AQUITANIA , Britain’s largest liner and the world’s most luxurious ship, sails tomorrow on her maiden voyage to New York. The liner cost roughly $10,000,000 to build. Although she will share the mail service with the MAURETANIA and the LUSITANIA, the AQUITANIA will not try to beat the records of her speedy sisters but will content herself with a comparatively modest 23 knots an hour.

     “Accommodation is provided for 3,500 passengers and a crew of 1,000. Warned by the TITANIC disaster the designers have allotted boats for all. A new feature is the provision of two powerful motor launches which if necessary can tow the ordinary lifeboats. Each is fitted with a 300 mile range wireless installation is case of accident to the liner’s main apparatus. The AQUITANIA is two ships in one, for the inner shell is separated from the outer shell by 15 feet.

     “Manistee’s population was increased by the arrival of five babies today.

     “Linking the nation’s past as represented by the veterans with its destinies of the future as seen in several hundred school children, Memorial day was fittingly observed Saturday afternoon at Ramsdell Theater and Oak Grove cemetery. To those who appreciated the significance of the exercises and were inclined to give serious thought to the country’s purpose and its problems, the contrast between the gray haired survivors of ’61-65’ and the bright faced children gaily waving their flags in time to the music was prophetic.

     “Of that great army that answered Lincoln’s call in ’61 to determine whether or not this nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are created free and equal, but a remnant now remains. And yet those ranks, woefully thinned by time and rapidly approaching the day when the last survivor shall have answered the final roll call, still serve to emphasize the sublime patriotism that rose to save the nation in its hour of peril.

     “From a letter received Saturday it has just been learned that among the wounded at Vera Cruz was Mark Peltier, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Peltier of 16 Magill Street and a former carrier of the Daily News. Mark enlisted in the marines three years ago and has been assigned to the battleship MINNESOTA, flagship of one of the Atlantic squadrons. Mark was in one of the first boats to land when the order went out to seize the city and was in the thick of the fighting from the start. From his letter he escaped injury in the engagements in the city but was shot in the leg during the fighting after the Mexicans had been driven out of Vera Cruz. The Manistee boy speaks of the weather as being very hot and is looking forward to his return north, having been in the south for five months now.

     “Pleasant weather contributed to a very successful opening of the Country club Saturday. The tennis courts and golf course were well patronized and the dinner in the evening was attended by a large crowd. Two delightful solos by Mrs. Charles Bigge added much to the evening.

     “About 100 members of the Eagles and their friends attended one of the most successful fishing trips ever given in Manistee yesterday. The lodge chartered a special train on the Michigan East and West railroad and went to the ‘Pines’ where camp was made. A fine dinner was served and everybody had a good time. Those who went fishing report good catches of trout.

     “W. H. Markle entertained at a Stag party in honor of his birthday last Wednesday evening at his home on Spruce Street. A four course dinner was served at 7 o’clock. The dining room and table were decorated in red and yellow. A large bouquet of red and yellow tulips formed the center piece and the host’s initials appeared on the table in candles of the same colors and in a number corresponding to the number of mile posts he has succeeded in passing thus far on life’s journey. The favors, which were articles suggestive of each guest’s business, were found by following up a ribbon from several plates to a basket suspended from the chandelier. The evening was rounded out with a motor boat ride on Lake Michigan, which was shared by the families of the guests.

     “Thomas J., son of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Ramsdell, fell off John Rademaker’s barn today and broke his left arm at the elbow.

     “Miss Helen Ramsdell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ramsdell, Fourth Street, who has been ill for a few days, is reported as much better today.

     “A real old fashioned minstrel show was staged at the Star Theater [in Eastlake] on Friday evening, May 27. The play was given by local talent and was a success from every point of view.

     “The surprise of the evening was Edwin Staff’s impersonation of the Irish character, Patrick McGinnis. While we have known our townsman, Mr. Staff, intimately for years, we never suspected he had so much latent ability along the lines of a real actor.

     “A chorus of over 20 young ladies and gentlemen, dressed as dairy maids and hay makers, played a prominent part in the show and their singing was enjoyed very much by the audience.

     “California Muskmelons. Season is just starting. These early melons are about the best of any that come until we get home grown. C. N. RUSSELL.

     “Stupid baseball, errors of omission and slow thinking cost the Champs the opening game with the Boosters yesterday after they had got away to a four run lead. With a start like that the crowd, if you can call yesterday’s attendance a crowd, [had] settled back in their seats feeling the game was fairly safe.

     “While there is little satisfaction in reviewing a game that is lost after having it apparently sewed up, credit should be given to Haidt for his effective work at the bat and Hoffman’s fielding.

     “The Manistee county eighth grade commencement will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock in the Congregational church. One hundred and forty students have successfully passed the state’s examinations and will receive diplomas. After the program the teachers and students will spend the day at Orchard Beach. A large attendance from rural districts is expected.

     “Tomorrow will be ‘Ladies’ Day’ at League Park. Ladies will be admitted without charge. The opponents will be Ludington.

     “Deputy Game Warden James Maynard was at Brethren and vicinity this morning looking for fish poachers.

 

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