100 Years Ago

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The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending December 11, 1915 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

“Manistee Knights Templar and their ladies, to the number of 90, last night at Masonic Temple enjoyed a sumptuous spread and pleasant social evening. These monthly functions, given by the wives of the commandery members, are proving increasingly delightful with each recurrence.

“While the Knights attended regular session and took part in practice drill, the ladies indulged in card games and sewing stunts. Music for dancing later in the evening was furnished by an orchestra composed of Arnold Peterson, Edward Schewe, and Macquorn Nuttall. Miss Clara Louise Nuttall contributed some pleasant solo numbers to the entertainment.

“Did you go to the cradle roll party at the Congregational church? Well, you sure missed a pretty sight.

“There were 20 little lads and lassies that responded to their little invitations for Thursday afternoon from 3 to 4:30.

“Little Audrey Eble was so enthusiastic and crowed so hard at Dorothy Amy Allen that Miss Allen burst into tears at such a hearty welcome.

“Master Lewis Daniels when asked if he was one of the babies quite indignantly said, ‘No, I ain’t a baby; I wear trousers.’ Little Drew Bradford was quite a ‘beau’ for he greeted all the children he went near with a ‘brotherly’ kiss of affection.

“The first sale of the holiday season will be held at the Congregational church next Wednesday afternoon in the church parlors by the Ladies’ Social union. At 4 o’clock there will be an apron sale conducted by two of the ladies. There will also be a candy booth at which all sorts of homemade candies will be sold. At 6 o’clock a chicken pie supper will be served by the ladies of the union to which everybody is invited.

“The acetylene beacon light on the summit of a steel tower in the breakwater piers has been installed and is now being successfully operated.

“This light is of the most intricate construction. The igniting and shutting off of the light is controlled by a delicately made sun-dial, in which is a sensitive crystal, its action being caused by daylight and night.

“When the dark of the night comes on the crystal releases a valve forcing the gas into the beacon, which is at once ignited. Every third second a .3 flash is brilliantly thrown out a distance of between 12 and 15 miles. The intermittent eclipse is of 2.7 seconds.

“At the break of day when the sun’s rays strike the peculiarly sensitive instrument, the light is automatically shut off, and remains so until the evening.

“MANISTEE LAKE was frozen clear across at the northern end, and stones thrown upon it this morning failed to crack the crust.

“MISPRINT in Rev. Ebert’s statement last night made it appear that $9,500 had been expended, whereas it should have read $7,500. Couple of thousands isn’t much difference in some cases, and again it’s a whole heap.

“SHOW WINDOWS in which toys are displayed attract the attention of young and old these days. Mechanical toys are especially catchy.

“CHARGED WITH being a disorderly person and deserting her family, Anna Kosprowicz, aged 45 years of Ramsdell street, appeared before Justice Erb yesterday afternoon on complaint of her husband. She pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to serve 20 days in jail.

“IT IS SAID CONGRESS is going to increase the income tax. What we’re looking for is something that will increase the incomes.

“Accompanied by his widow, Mrs. Flora Hanson Fowler, and son Richard, the remains of Frank L. Fowler, former well-beloved resident of Manistee, who died two years ago last May, will arrive in Manistee Wednesday noon, to be placed in the family vault in Oak Grove cemetery.

“Word was received here today that the remains which have reposed in Chicago since Mr. Fowler’s demise will be disinterred tomorrow. Mr. Fowler for years was one of Manistee’s most public-spirited citizens, and one whose death was deeply deplored, and while no public ceremonies have been planned in connection with the return of his remains, it will not pass unnoticed by a community in which he was held in the highest regard.

“If the stirring enthusiasm that pervaded the atmosphere of the public mass meeting held in the library last night is a criterion of what the newly organized charity society is going to do this winter to alleviate the annual visit of hardships to the poor and destitute of Manistee, there will be absolutely no need for the suffering to fear that they will not receive the same care that in former years has proven a god-send.

Little letters that would touch the heart of the crustiest old grouch in Manistee are being received daily by the News-Advocate from children in this locality who have little in the way of yuletide cheer to look forward to in this glad season.

“We can help some of them, but we need assistance. Most of the letters received have been addressed to ‘Santa Claus,’ care ‘News-Advocate.’ The letters are all in the same vein, expressing a wish that Santa Claus make a visit at the home and naming a huge list of presents for him to pick from. One little fellow wants a fire department ‘that runs on a track’ and please, Santa Claus, he says, bring my little sister a stuffed cat. Another little girl beseeches Santa to ‘bring a new baby girl like our little Corrie Louise was.’

“There are many societies and individuals in Manistee who are looking out for the happiness of the poor this holiday season. The News-Advocate is with such a purpose body and soul. Call at our office and we will assist you in any manner possible in locating the really needy people of the city.

“Health Officer Ellis’ report to the city has disclosed that there have been an extraordinary number of communicable diseases in Manistee during the past month.

“Out of the 19 contagious diseases reported, four were typhoid fever, nine were whooping cough, one was pneumonia, two were chicken pox, one erysipelas and two were tuberculosis. Two deaths were reported as due to tuberculosis.

“With the approaching of the holiday season, the local post office is feeling the increase in mails, and the clerks are taking on an aspect of very busy bodies. Packages destined for distant points are going into the mails, many of the parcels being sent to friends and relatives in the war-scathed countries. There is also an increased demand for money orders and registration.

“’CHRUSTMASY’ WEATHER, this. Looks like a regular visitation of Mr. Old Fashioned Winter.

“FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS Manistee public schools will close Thursday, Dec. 23.

“IF THE SNOWFALL continues Santa Claus may have good sledding for visiting us in the approved manner, by reindeer and sledge, instead of requisitioning a 1916 model automobile.”

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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