100 Years Ago

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The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending Nov. 28, 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:

“Axel Wieding, police officer, was attacked and knocked unconscious at the corner of Taylor and Washington streets shortly after 11 o’clock last evening. Ernest and Harold Hanson were arrested, charged with assault and battery, by sheriff­ elect Morris Waal, pleaded not guilty in Justice E. J. Richmond’s court this morning, and are now in jail in default of securing a bond of $500 apiece. No other arrests will be made in the case, Chief of Police Grady stated today.

“Wieding was returning from the evening P. M. train on the street car, when, at the corner of Lincoln street, he saw a man lying in the snow. He got off the car and went to assist him. At the same time Ernest and Harold Hanson came up and said they would take care of the man. Wieding started to leave when they talked back at him, and after a few sharp words he arrested them.

“The two went with the officer to the corner of Taylor and Washington streets, when he was suddenly attacked and instantly knocked unconscious. According to his story, he did not provoke the attack in any manner. He has no idea today what weapon or instrument was used, but his nose is broken, several teeth are knocked out, one eye is closed, and his entire face is swollen almost beyond recognition. His face has the appearance of being kicked. There are several bruises on it.

“The two young men then dragged Wieding to his home on Sixth Avenue and notified Chief of Police Grady that they had gotten into trouble with Wieding. Justice Richmond made the complaint and Morris Waal arrested the two men.

“City Manager Charles Ruger has figured out the total taxes for the city of Manistee and finds that the rate will be $32.04 on a thousand dollar valuation, a decided reduction from the $38.15 of last year. The city’s valuation is practically $6,000,000.

“At a meeting of the various classes of the high school Thursday, the students voted unanimously to request the installment of a gymnasium in what is now the physical and chemical laboratory rooms rather wait with the vague expectation if getting a separate building for it next year.

“This matter has been agitated for some time and now apparently is reaching a crisis. The plan is to lower the basement floor several feet and take out some of the partitions, thus giving a large gymnasium floor.

It will cost only a few thousand dollars, and those interested in the athletic training of the high school students believe it would be a wise expense in spite of the fact that the school tax is excessive.

“Another scheme underway is a Y. M. C. A. organization to use Ramsdell hall as it was used by Aza club last winter, before that organization became defunct. Dr. Werner, the physical director in the Manistee schools, is now seeing the representative men of the town and getting the signatures of those who will back the movement and become charter members.

He already has over 40 names and is increasing the number rapidly. The school has already expressed its willingness to have Dr. Werner take part in the Y. M. C.A. movement.

“Athletic training is receiving more attention in the schools of Manistee than ever before. Baskets for basketball have been arranged in several school yards and for the past month the pupils have had the benefit of games of basketball every day. In the grade schools the children are put through regular drills under the direction of Dr. Werner.

“It will be remembered that the physical director was hired at the first of the school year in compliance with a Michigan state law providing that cities with a population of over 10,000 hire a physical director and medical inspector.

“THANKSGIVING. You Ought To Be Thankful That You Are a Citizen of a Nation That is Not At War. You ought to get some comfort, in such times as these, by contrasting your good fortune in this respect with the sorrows of our fellow men across the sea. We should be thankful for prosperity, for bountiful crops, for our ability to help the homeless ones. We ought to be cheerful over our better lot. Considering everything, we’re all of us pretty well off.

“We must go on doing our own work; the duty of this store is to supply the men of this community with Hart, Schaffner & Marx Fine Clothes. We’re doing it. HARRY J. AARONS. Up­to­now Clothier On The Corner.

“During the past few months many timely books have been published which have more or less direct bearing in the European crisis. It is something of a surprise to learn that while we had been so unconscious of any impending catastrophe so many authors had seemingly been looking forward to such an occurrence.

“The following books on the war of 1914 have just been placed in circulation.

“Photographs For Christmas. There is more of the true spirit of Christmas in a photograph of yourself than in any other gift you could purchase. Then, too, photographs are economical, and always apprecialted.

Please make an appointment and come forenoons. We do not take pictures after 3 o’clock p. m. Chicago Studio, Jennie E. Smith, Walter, Conat Bros. Hanselman.

“Mr. and Mrs. William R. Magoon, 208 Maple street, yesterday quietly celebrated the 58 of their marriage. For Mr. Magoon the celebration was also for his 82nd birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Magoon had their dinner at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Thomas Jones. Another daughter, Mrs. J. B. MacIntosh of Traverse City, also took part in the reunion.

“Mrs. Magoon has undoubtedly lived in Manistee longer than any other person now here. She came in 1851, and Mr. Magoon came three years later. Both have been through the difficulties and labors of pioneer life. The couple have had seven children of whom three are living, have seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A son, William W. Magoon, is living at Huntington, West Virginia.

“Both Mr. and Mrs. Magoon are in excellent health and spirits. During the illness of a house­keeper, they are actually keeping house unassisted. This is quite remarkable in view of the fact that Mr. Magoon is 82 and his wife is nearly 76.

“E. H. Sherman has returned from Six ­Mile dam, where he has been hunting. He reports snow 20 inches deep.

“At the W. C. T. U. meeting to be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 p. m., at Union Hall, an entertaining demonstration of government laundry work will be given in which several ladies will take part. Rev. Cartland will speak. The program is in charge of Mrs. J. H. Lipe.

“The destruction of the British battleship AUDACIOUS will add point and force to the arguments of those contending that the expenditures of millions in wealth in the construction of great war vessels which have not justified their existence should go no further.

“There can now be little doubt that, whether the great battleship goes or stays, a large part of the future development of navies will be in the building of submarines and torpedo boats of other types. This government in particular should study all advances along lines of construction of such vessels. Vessels carrying great guns for siege work, whether battleships or cruisers, would find their difficulties multiplied if fleets of smaller craft and mines lining harbors were to be encountered.

“A distinguished volume of verse by a resident of Manistee has come to the attention of poetry ­lovers of the country in the publication recently by the Poet Lore Co., of Boston, of “Poems: Leonard Lanson Cline.’

“The volume contains a large number of short lyrics and a few more pretentious poems. Aside from its merit, it will be of deep interest to people of Manistee and especially to Michigan graduates, as Mr. Cline is now living here and wrote many of the poems while attending Michigan University.

A sentimental interest attaches to the poems from the fact that many are addressed, directly and indirectly, to Mary Louise Cline, the poet’s wife and the daughter of Thomas Smurthwaite. The book is dedicated to her.

“During Mild Weather Lawns Are Easily Damaged By Persons Walking Across Them. A Ruling of the Commission Has Abolished All Railings and this Leaves The Protection of Lawns Entirely to the Good Will and Care of the Neighbors. Won’t You Assist by Keeping off Other People’s Lawns and by Seeing That Your Children Keep off Them? The Railings Had to Be Taken Down, Despite the Hardship on a Few, Because the city, Under the state law, was liable for all Injuries sustained by persons tripping or falling over the railings.

“Gem Theater. Our extra special announcement. Thanksgiving Day Program. Thursday Matinee. Thursday Evening. And Friday Evening. The General Film Co. Inc. George Kleine’s MagnificentShakespearian Tragedy ‘OTHELLO’ or ‘The Moor of Venice’ in five parts. Every scene staged and photographed in Venice, Italy. As an added attraction for our Thursday and Friday specials we will have Will Daniels and his orchestra.

“GEM THEATRE. ‘The Perils of Pauline.’ The treasure hunting party having arrived safely in

Bermuda, they charter a yacht to carry them to the Treasure Island. Harry disguises himself as a cook and manages to secure employment on the yacht. Owen penetrates Harry’s disguise and at once plans with the aid of Hicks and the pirate to blow up the yacht. Harry and Pauline manage to escape, but with not a moment to spare. Plenty of action and thrills in this episode.

“The Knights Templar will hold a New Year’s Eve dance for the first time in years on Dec. 31. The dance for which extensive decorations are being planned, will be given at Ramsdell Hall as an invitation affair, and is expected to be one of the real events of the season. The committees in charge are making arrangements so that the dance will give more than usual enjoyment and will long be remembered.

“At eight o’clock tonight the Baptists will hold a Pound Service, at the Maple street church. All are welcome. After the service, the baskets will be filled and taken to the homes needed.

“The process by which Prohibition achievements are accomplished was entertainingly presented at the W. C. T. U. meeting Tuesday afternoon, by a little play arranged by Mrs. Jennie E. Lipe, the leader.

“The fourteen states with prohibition laws were first hung on the line to dry by the efficient laundries, Mrs. Mary Shults, whose remarks meanwhile, delivered in broken English, were highly edifying. For the help of the wash woman, returning diligently to her task of cleaning the remaining states, various washing compounds were presented by agents, eloquently setting forth their merits, such as ‘Knowledge of God’s Will and Prayer,’Education, Moral Suasion, Woman Suffrage, Distribution of Literature, Legislation, and the Ballot.

“The last compound, Gold Dust (money) was furnished by a collection, which will be sent to the National Prohibition Campaign fund.

“In order to supply the demand for the new books on the war which were recently purchased by the library, it is necessary to temporarily change the period of loan for these books from four weeks to two weeks.

“On Thanksgiving Day the reading rooms of the Library will be open from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

“On account of legal holiday tomorrow there will be only one delivery of mail by carriers, the general delivery window will also be open from 9 to 10 o’clock in the forenoon.“Mary Pickford Caps. The newest idea in velvet caps for winter weather and automobile in brown,navy and black at $1.48. H. B. LARSEN.

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