100 Years Ago

Muesum picThe following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending March 18, 1916 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:

“[Headline] Invasion of Mexico Ordered by Wilson; Raids Continued.

“WASHINGTON, March 10.—American troops are going into Mexico after Villa. President Wilson made this positive announcement this afternoon following a meeting of the cabinet at which it was decided to send a punitive force across the border.

“At least 8,000 troops will form the original force of invasion, the war department stated today.

“The White House statement follows:

“’An adequate force will be sent immediately in pursuit of Villa with the single object of capturing him and putting an end to his forays.

“’This can be done and will be done early, in the aid of constituted authorities in Mexico and with scrupulous respect for the sovereignty of that republic.’

“This statement indicates that Carranza has consented to the aid of the United States in the operations against Villa.

“Robert R. Ramsdell last evening was elected exalted ruler of the local Elk lodge to serve during the ensuing fiscal year. Mr. Ramsdell has long been a leading figure in the lodge and is one of the most active men of the local membership.

“A report completed by City Treasurer Thorwald Andresen this morning showed a total collection of $169,590.85 on the 1915 tax roll. The amount was the largest collected by Treasurer Andresen any spring of his four years in office.

“Immediately after completing his report, Treasurer Andresen surrendered the list of uncollected taxes to the county treasurer. The list showed a total of $15,853.49 still unpaid. This amount is the smallest of any season during Andresen’s tenure.

“BEEFSTEAK AND ONION LUNCH was enjoyed by the ‘Sons of Rest’ last night at their meeting in Castle hall. The ‘Sons of Rest’ is a club formed from members of the Knights of Pythias lodge, who have nothing else to do but play pinochle.

“THROUGH THE PUBLICITY of the death of Frank Oakley, ‘Slivers’ the world famous clown with Barnum & Bailey circus, it has just been learned that he was formerly a Maniseean. It seems that many years ago when the circus played in this city a Frank Oakley was reported missing and it was thought he had joined the company.

“A delightful function was given at the Carrie Filer home Thursday evening at 6 o’clock. A five-course dinner was served in the spacious dining room to the official board of trustees and their escorts. The menu was exceptionally fine. The decorations were mainly in green in the dining room. Vases of fragrant sweet peas relieved by sprays of asparagus sprengeri and drooping vines pf smilax graced the individual tables. The center table at which 14 were seated was lovely with the same vines and flowers. Place cards were dainty and nut cups of green were part of the details of each cover. The affair was altogether enjoyable and the unanimous verdict of the honored guests and their entertainers was that it might ‘happen again.’

“The piano formerly in Miss Stele’s room has been moved to the gymnasium. This will make it possible to hold general sessions of the whole high school more frequently. Instead of short 10-minute programs in the morning, fewer but longer general sessions will be held. The Parents’-Teachers’ meeting of the Central school has also taken advantage of the piano by meeting in the gymnasium.

“Next Tuesday after school all the students who intend to write the Harvest Bread essay will be allowed to visit the Hornkohl Bakery for the purpose of learning the method for manufacture of this bread.

“In recognition of St. Patrick’s day and as a benefit for the church, supper will be served at Ramsdell Hall Saturday evening by the ladies of the Guardian Angel church. It is believed that between 350 and 400 people will attend this supper.

“With the exception of last year, the St. Patrick’s supper has been an annual event for several seasons. Two years ago nearly 400 people were seated. The affair has become popular with townspeople not affiliated with the church and is now one of the biggest benefit suppers of the year.

“To aid the movement recently inaugurated for better babies and as one of the features of ‘Better Babies Week,’ two meetings were held yesterday afternoon at which local physicians gave advice to secure healthier infants.

“Teachers and parents of the various schools have entered the movement with enthusiasm. In connection with the Parents’ and Teachers’ meeting yesterday afternoon in the Central school, Dr. L. S. Ramsdell spoke on ’The Feeding of Babies.’ He explained the modification of milk and causes of indigestion among infants.

“OLAF TODT, drug clerk in the W. H. Kinsley store, who last week was a victim of ptomaine poisoning from eating candy, is reported to be improving in health.

“DID YOU REALIZE that last night was the coldest of the winter? Even zero figures were reached during the still watches. March’s lion act seems booked for a long run.

“PREPARATIONS by local fishermen are being made for the opening of the commercial fishing season. Local crews are replacing their nets and other equipment and are looking forward to the day when they will resume their usual summer’s occupation. Fishing has been going on quite industriously this winter, but the ice and storms have played havoc with the sailing.

“CRISP WHITE FROST last night was highly invigorating. March is continuing its drive like a German offensive.

“Following a series of skirmishes in various of the city churches yesterday morning, the ’dry’ forces in the campaign for local option in Manistee county were mobilized last night at a largely attended union meeting in the First Methodist church, and the heavy artillery was unlimbered for the assault on the fortifications of the ‘wets.’

“’Maggie Thorp’ hill, as the big heap of sand at the western end of First avenue is known to residents of that region, this winter this winter has taken on a great accretion of sand, which is piled up in a monumental ridge on the summit of the great dune.

“Enough sand to bury a pretty sizeable city, it is said, has been heaped up there. Whether it has worked up from below or has been wafted there on the wings of frequent gales not figured out. It is known that it is there, and its presence is construed as a menace unless something is done to pinion it down.

“It has been suggested by interested parties that locusts and poplars, which will take root in light soil and prevent its being blown away, should be planted there immediately.

“Home-Made Peanut Butter. I have just installed a Hobart Peanut Butter Machine and can supply you with butter made from fresh peanuts and salt. 100 per cent pure. Made while you wait. It’s delicious. Try it. F. J. Johnson. Grocer.

“No dispensation for a mixed marriage will be permitted by Fr. James Steffes of the Guardian Angel church, hereafter until at least three months after a request has been made to him. This announcement was made by Fr. Steffes in connection with his Sunday morning sermon on ‘Mixed Marriages.’

“A mixed marriage is a nuptial union between a member of the Catholic church and a non-Catholic. Fr. Steffes, like all priests of the faith, hopes to discourage these unions. As a means of insuring participants in mixed marriages against the unhappiness that often results from lack of a religious harmony, Fr. Steffes has determined to insist upon the 90-day notice before granting dispensation.

“GOING ANYWHERE in the city is very soggy. A hydroaeroplane would be the most suitable means of conveyance. Swift currents course down the sidehill streets, and there is a genuine hint of spring in the atmosphere.

“MICHIGAN RABBITS have again become protected by the state game laws, the season closing last week.

“SLEIGHING WAS HAZARDOUS today on some of the sharp downtown corners, not because of lack of snow but because of the excessive amount. The turn at River and Maple streets was particularly dangerous early this morning, being especially conducive to tipping over, and kept Chief of Police Tom Grady busy admonishing drivers to round it with care.

“OFFICER WIDING reports that last week he found on Maple street a large bag of potatoes, which he desires to dispose of. The spuds at present are in police headquarters. The owner may claim the same by applying at headquarters.

“SPECIAL SESSION of the council will be held tonight for the purpose of further consideration of charges preferred against the Board of Assessors and taking necessary action in the matter. Notices were sent to the commissioners Saturday.

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“Max Baumann, John Hellesvig and F. J. Zielinski will not levy the tax assessments for 1916.

“Their resignations as members of the board of assessors were presented to the council in special session last night, and were by that body accepted without demur or comment. All of the commissioners were present, and voted aye on the question. None of the resigned officials attended.

“Following charges of discrimination in assessments, with allegations of other official shortcomings preferred against them by Probate Judge Stacy C. Thompson, which had long gone unchallenged by the officials under fire, the resignations were the obvious and logical answer. The public will accept them with as much satisfaction as did the council, to which body the assessors were beholden for their appointments.

“Realizing that the time is not far distant, as considered in years, when state or national health regulations will prohibit the dumping of city sewage into rivers and lakes from which other nearby cities are compelled to take their water supplies, City Manager Charles E. Ruger, a member of the civic committee of the Manistee Board of Commerce, believes that the civic board should anticipate such a contingency and prepare to meet it.

“Mr. Ruger advises the board to consider the advisability of securing an incineration plant for the disposal of garbage and all hard matter of city sewage. Though Mr. Ruger realizes that the sewage-disposal situation in Manistee is not as critical as in certain other cities, he believes that the Board of Commerce at least should devote sufficient attention to the matter to be able to intelligently and expediently meet any condition that later may arise.

“Captain John E. Hanson of the United States Coast Guard Station here yesterday received an order from the coast guard department at Washington to open the local station tomorrow morning. He has been busy informing his men of the opening date, and ordering them to be on hand for the 1916 season tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock.

“SNOW WE LOST yesterday we got back last night—and then some. It is variable weather indeed.

“CROCUS SEASON is here, but the crocuses have been unable to protrude themselves above the deep snow.

‘MISS ETHEL GEHRKE, 227 River Street, is suffering from inflammatory rheumatism as a result of a fall from an iceberg at the piers a week ago Sunday into the cold waters of Lake Michigan.

“LOUD NOISE YOU HEAR, gentle reader, is not the detonations of dynamite, as you may have surmised. It is instead caused by the colorful display of shirts in Harry Aarons’ River street window, which is some splotch of rainbow hues. Put the blinders on while you pass this corner.

“OWING TO THE DELAY of about 30 minutes of the incoming evening train, a special train was made up last night and left the city on time.

“’IRISH WINDOW’ AT city Drug Store, done in vivid green in token of approaching St. Patrick’s day, sure is an eye-catcher. It caused all passersby to stop, look and listen.

“Because of the extreme care which they desire to exercise in selecting the men who will serve, it is not probable that the city commissioners will be prepared to appoint successors to the three city assessors who resigned Monday evening before the next regular meeting which will be held the night of March 21.

“This announcement was made by City Manager Charles E. Ruger Wednesday morning.

“For many months past, certain duties of the assessors’ office have been discharged in a manner unsatisfactory to certain taxpayers. In view of this fact and in hope to remove the ill feeling that has been developed, the city commissioners are particularly desirous that the men whom they select to constitute the new assessing board be the most capable and sincere it is possible to find. That hasty action may in no way handicap the commissioners in making their selections, they have practically determined to defer their appointments until March 21. It is possible that the man will not be prepared to act even on that date.

“Svelt figures are on the wane.

“This is the message flashed here by Albert Malsin, famous caterer to extra size or stout women.

“’At least 50 per cent of the women of America are stout,’ is his message. ‘Their figures are not built in accordance with the arbitrary measurements adopted by designers and manufacturere.’

“To meet the situation Mr. Malsin has designed basic figures on which he builds garments studied to deceive the eye. As a result, he maintains that he can make any figure appear either slender or stout, tall or short.

“ANOTHER IDEA for preparedness would be to get in the season’s supply of fish worms right this month.

“THE VAMPIRE WOMAN has returned to Manistee and will do a little vampiring tonight on the Lyric screen. This time it will be in ‘Lady Audley’s Secret,’ said to be one of her best screen successes, although she does not excite men’s affections so terribly.

“BEN RUSSKY claims that he is the only person in Manistee who can pronounce the names of those places which have been taken by the Russians from the Turks. He claims that some of the names were never intended to be said out loud but should be softly sneezed to death.

“PERSONS DESIRING additional copies of last Saturday’s News-Advocate containing pictures of 68 local professional and business men, should make requests for them at once. Anticipating an additional demand, the publisher printed an extra edition and will be able to supply those making first requests.

“The sacred cantata of ‘Queen Esther’ was presented last evening to a packed house at the Scandinavian Methodist church. The choir of this progressive and active church had been preparing for several weeks for this entertainment, and the large audience which greeted them was a deserved tribute to their work. Owing to the fact that the church was not large enough to accommodate all who had purchased tickets, the entertainment will be repeated next Tuesday evening.

“’THEDA BARA’ in ‘the Galley Slave,’ is the caption on a poster in front of the Lyric. Our sympathies to Theda. We, too, are a ‘galley slave,’ as it takes much type to fill these columns.

“SUPERINTENDENT of Manistee Public Schools S. W. Baker left this noon for Joliet, Ill., where tomorrow afternoon and evening he will speak at meetings of the school board there on ‘The Value of the Kindergarten to the Public School System,’ Joliet is a city of 51,000 population, and its schools are without kindergarten.

“DURING THE WEEK the weatherman has provided samples of the different kinds of weather he has in stock. Doubtless he did this with the idea that the citizens would express a preference as to the kind they desired. A special election ought to be held at once so that the question can be decided. Why wouldn’t it be a good plan for the city to own its own weather plant.

“HARRY AARONS suggests that we print these columns in green ink tomorrow.

“ESPECTED RUSH at the county clerk’s office for marriage licenses during this leap year has failed to materialize. One or two are issued each week, but not as many as Gus had anticipated. The girls apparently have decided to wait another four years before proposing.

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