100 Years Ago

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The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending October 24, 1914 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum. Read more of her 100 Years Ago column at www.manisteenews.com:

“Chief, Oct. 16—Successful in her second attempt, a young woman, twenty-two years of age, committed suicide yesterday by shooting herself with a shot-gun. It is believed that she pulled the trigger with her toe. She lived for 15 minutes.

“The young woman had been mentally unbalanced since early in August, her condition being due, it is believed, to an illness which confined her for a long time. She had been watched closely by her relatives.

“The shot-gun with which she killed herself had been kept unloaded as a precaution. Only a short time before the tragedy it had been cleaned and it is known that no shells were in it. As a precaution a cork was inserted in the gun to make sure that even if she tried to use it she would not be successful.

“With considerable cunning, however, the young woman found a shell, took out the cork, and loaded the shot-gun. Evidently she placed the butt of the gun on the ground and discharged the trigger with her toe. Her mother-in-law, with whom she had been living, had gone out for a few moments. She returned when she heard the shot, but the young woman was already dying. She was still holding the gun.

“Only a month ago the young woman gave birth to a baby boy. She is survived by this child, a father and mother, seven sisters and five brothers, and a husband.

“The latest charitable undertaking of the Elks’ lodge—and they seem to come thick and fast these days—is a B. P. O. E. charity ball to be held on Oct. 27 at Ramsdell hall. This ball will not in the least conflict with the annual charity ball of the Associated Charities.

“For the Elks the ball is an innovation. The money derived from it will be used for the poor at Manistee.

“Traverse City, Oct. 16—Passengers arriving over the Manistee and Northeastern railroad Tuesday morning, reported seeing snow along the tracks near Copemish. This is the first so far known.

“FOR SALE CHEAP—Harley-Davidson motor cycle in good running order. Thos. Haw, Jr., contractor and builder.

“Miss Morris, manager of an employment bureau, has her troubles supplying her clients with competent help. At one time she has no one available for service but a slum girl from Plum Alley, sent her by a social settlement worker. Marry is delighted to go out to work where she can sleep in a real bed, have three ‘squares’ a day, and watch her mistress ride around in a ‘limburgerzene.’ She is disgusted with the demands of the other girls and demands, ‘Say, what do yous bunch want? De earth with de moon on de side? Yous in on der ground floor and yous can’t see it.’

“Mrs. Charles Dovel is Marry, and Mrs. Jim Anderson, Miss Morris in ‘The New Crusade,’ a two act farce with a cast of twelve to be put on under the direction of Mrs. George Dunham at the New Royal theatre, Saturday eve, Oct. 17, at 8:15. Proceeds will be used to aid in founding a club for the boys and girls of our city. Tickets 5 cents can be obtained from Mrs. Chas. Russell, 430 First street, Mrs. Madge McLarty, 441 second street. Reservations made Friday afternoon from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Mrs. Seeley’s millinery store.

“Hugh McKenzie, proprietor of the Boston store in Manistee, will sell out his stock starting Saturday, Oct. 24, after running the department store for 22 years. He has engaged a force of experienced advertisers who are now scouring the country and who will arrange the stock so as to handle the crowds in regular Chicago department store style. Harry Laudauer of Chicago is in charge of the sale.

“Mr. J. H, Schorer, a professional dancing teacher, will be at the Elks’ temple next Tuesday evening and will give dancing lessons to those who wish to learn the new dances.

“About 35 young people attended Miss Helen Seymour’s dancing school last evening. The second lesson will be given on Thursday evening, Oct. 22nd.

About 20 friends of Mr. and Mrs.Wm. H. Markle dropped in on them at their home on Spruce street Friday night by way of a surprise and to impress upon them the fact that it was their wedding anniversary. Knowing the present high cost of living and consequently the condition of the Markle larder, also the resultant appetite of a couple hours of progressive pinochle, the crowd went laden with baskets filled with toothsome refreshments.

These disappeared at a rapid rate when the bunch lined up and executed a center rush under the able captaincy of Harry Bickell. After wishing the Markles many happy returns of the day, the company dispersed at an hour not advocated by the health experts as conducive to health and longevity.

“James Kenny, a pioneer of Manistee County, died at his home in Brown Township, Oct. 12. He was born in county Kildare, Ireland, September 13, 1833. He came to America when a boy and, after spending some years in Philadelphia and New York, came to the then wilds of Manistee county, where he has since lived and raised a family of three boys and four girls to maturity. The eldest son, Gerald, is in Argentine, South America, and James is in Rome, Italy.

“He was buried from St. Joseph’s church, Onekama, with solemn high mass, in the cemetery of that place.

“The Lakeside club gave a brilliant performance of ‘The New Crusade’ Saturday evening at the New Royal theatre to provide a fund which will probably be used to keep the school gymnasiums open evenings. Financially as well as artistically the show was a decided success, though the exact figures were not obtainable. The theatre was well-filled and the applause was general.

“Between the two acts Mrs. Miriam Kitzinger-Kann, accompanied by piano and violin, very charmingly rendered a Berceuse from Jocelyn by Godard. Mrs. Kann’s temperament is admirably suited to French music and she excels in it. Her success Saturday evening was merited.

“Although an old play and one of the regular ‘amateur’ plays, ‘The New Crusade’ actually proved very successful in the hands of the Lakeside club ladies. By the insertion of local remarks the play was livened up, and it has humorous enough situations to make it a good medium. But what really made it a success was the remarkably competent way in which the parts were taken by the Lakeside ladies.

“The play opens in the Intelligence office, divided into two rooms, one used for the girls seeking positions and the other for the office itself. This method resulted in keeping most of the company on the stage during the better part of the first act. The idea of the play is simply that the leading society lights of the city, disgusted with the high-handed methods of the servants, start co-operative housekeeping, at which they are a miserable failure, and finally take the servants back, who are humbled by six weeks out of a position. It ends happily all around, after an exciting act in the co-operative kitchen.

“Today is National Apple Day, and is being celebrated as such in many parts of the Western Michigan region. Many places of business have displays of the King of Fruits. Five thousand copies of the Housekeepers’ Apple Book issued by the International Apple Shippers Association are being distributed among the best cooks in Western Michigan that apples may in the future have a more important place in our daily life.

“On these days and at these ‘moving picture’ theatres will the proceeds be given to the Elks’ lodge of this city to be transferred to the Chicago Herald as a donation to be used for helping the orphans of Europe through the Christmas ship. Neither the moving picture theatres nor the Elks will profit in the least from these evenings, when the regular pictures will be run, and the public may know that attendance on these nights will mean so much for the suffering children of Europe.

“The use of the theatres for the collection of money for the Christmas Ship is only one phase of the work of the Elks’ lodge. More important is the direct collection of gifts to be sent by the lodge to New York, where the ship is being loaded.

“Additional aid in the movement is being given by the schools, where the school children are collecting gifts.

“Merchants are joining in the movement, and the lodge has already received a large number of shoes, hats, caps and gloves.

“Kaleva, Oct. 20—Taking as a clue a suspicious case in the north-west corner of Maple Grove township referred to him for investigation early last week, Health Officer Dr. W. E. Coates has located to date 19 mild cases of small-pox scattered through the north end of the township. The cases so far have been among children and young adults, most of whom have never been vaccinated. Few of the cases have been severe enough to call medical attendance, the supposition being that the disease was chicken pox.

“The schools in Districts No. 1 and 2 have been closed. As yet no cases have been found in Kaleva village.

“Chicago, Oct. 20—Cotton–or washable—petticoats and wider skirts will be the vogue for well dressed women the coming season, according to suggestions in a bulletin of ‘Styles of America’ from its headquarters in the Auditorium hotel yesterday.

“’Encouragement is given to wearing cotton petticoats as a means of vastly increasing the cotton consumption, owing to the European war, and will go a long way toward solving the problem of finding an immediate market for the south’s over-supply of cotton.’

“Mayor Frank Mitchell announced at the council meeting last night that the Board of Trade directors would hold a conference at the council chamber Friday at one o’clock for the purpose of discussing the feasibility of establishing a city market for the farmers. It is the desire of the board of trade to have as many members of the council and others interested present as can possibly attend.

“An excellent performance of ‘Bringing Up Father was given at Ramsdell theatre last evening. The musical comedy was a welcome change and was so well done that the audience, which practically filled the theatre, applauded continually. There were plenty of laughs for everyone.

“There will be a meeting of the Parents’ and Teachers’ association of the Union school Friday, Oct. 23, at 3:15 p.m. The program will consist of the following numbers: Music by pupils of third and fourth grades; talk on Physical culture by Dr. Weiner; paper, ‘Responsibility of the Home by Mabel Stansell; vocal solo, Mayme Steadman. Refreshments and a social hour will follow.

“There will be an apron sale in the school hall of the St. Paul’s German Lutheran church, corner of Fourth and McKee streets, Thursday afternoon and evening. A number of beautiful handmade articles have been completed by the ladies of the church and will be put on sale. Refreshments will also be served. The public is cordially invited.

“A warning to boys who use Halloween as an excuse for lawlessness was issued today by City Manager Chas. Ruger, who says that cases will be dealt with severely by the police. In the past many complaints have been made by merchants who had windows broken and other damage done by boys out for a ‘lark,’ and the city authorities are determined that order will be preserved this year. Halloween is on Oct. 31.

“The wanton destruction of property is what the authorities object to.

“The proceeds of the New Royal tonight will be given to the Elks for the Christmas ship of the Chicago Herald. The Electric performance, the proceeds of which will be used for the same purpose, has been postponed until Monday evening. The Scenic will donate its receipts on Monday and the Bijou on Tuesday.

“Contributions for the Christmas ship are pouring in on the Elks, merchants sending a large amount of clothing. Cast-off clothing from residents of the city will be gladly accepted by the lodge and that which cannot be sent on the Christmas ship will be used for the poor of Manistee.

“The Elks’ charity ball will be held next Tuesday.

“The young ladies of the Guardian church have organized basketball teams. The first practice will be this evening in the school hall. All the young ladies of the parish are requested to be present. Those who are not interested in basketball may bring their sewing and join the thimble party which will add much to the evening enjoyment.

“The barge MUELLER is in port after the old rails from Peters’ logging road for Drummond Island. She also has a large quantity of crude oil aboard. This oil will be used for making steam. Our old friend, Thomas Green, a former resident of Manistee, is cook on the boat and Henry Erbe, another Manistee man, is mate.

“As a sequel to the Lakeside play, ‘The New Crusade,’ ‘Merry’ charmingly entertained her mistresses and fellow maids at a luncheon yesterday. The menu was the one of the luncheon so disastrously served by the co-operative housekeeping society on Saturday last, at the Royal. ‘Merry’ has, however, profited by her experiences and a charming luncheon was daintily served. The mistresses and maids spent a delightful afternoon on ‘Merry’s’ porch and certainly the ‘spirit of the New Crusade’ seemed to be working admirably.

 

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