100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending September 8, 1917 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:Muesum pic

“There will be little of the dramatic in the departure of the first contingent of selective service men for their cantonments on Wednesday, Sept. 5, according to the revised order of Provost Marshal-General Crowder, which has been received by the local exemption board.

“Instead of 30 per cent, as originally scheduled, only five per cent of the men are to be summoned to be mobilized. Furthermore, this five per cent is not to be mobilized in a body, but in equal groups on five successive days. In this city, where the first contingent consists of but 10 men, this leaves only two men each day for the first mobilization.

“Several reasons prompt the war department’s change of plan. One is that it avoids congestion of traffic at a time when the railroads are pushing to the limit for rolling stock. Under the new plan the men can go on regular trains, the local boards can attend to all notification, arrangement for provisions, lodging and transportation without making it necessary for a member of the state adjutant-general’s department to send a man to supervise things. Routings are also made by the local board, the men being sent by the shortest traveled route.

“Another reason is that the small contingents can, after their arrival at the cantonment, be formed into a skeleton organization to assist in receiving and assimilating the large contingents that are to follow. Confusion at the training camp will thus be avoided.

“In calling the first 5 per cent the local board is not compelled to call the men in the order in which they were drawn. General Crowder’s order provides, however, that only white men can be sent and it also urges that men be dispatched who have had previous military experience.

“The Manistee agency of the Buick Automobile company will shortly pass into the hands of Louis Gamache, proprietor of the Manistee Tire & Repair company, according to a statement authorized today. Failure of the present Buick agent to sell the required number of cars to retain the Buick interests here is said to be responsible for the change.

“A full line of late model Buicks will be handled under the new management. Gamache announced that he would also retain the Oakland and Republic truck agency in addition to the new acquisition.

“After the many exhibitions given here by Lyman H. Howe’s Travel Festival all lovers of clean, clever and wholesome entertainment know that there is a distinction about it that is not approached by any other exhibition. Therefore it is a pleasure to welcome its return engagement at the Ramsdell Theater Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 3 and 4, with an entirely new production, foremost of which is an elaborate feature of national importance. It comes direct from ‘Somewhere in the Atlantic’ with Uncle Sam’s new navy and shows our Titans of the deep, alert and aligned for instant action.

“There is something indescribably fascinating about them, stimulated, no doubt, by the sense of portentious power of these formidable floating fortresses with their giant guns ready every moment to defend democracy to the utmost. Closely related to this subject is another film which shows in detail the rigorous training and rigid discipline of midshipmen at the U. S. Naval academy at Annapolis, which develops them into such splendid naval officers.

“Another film that is not only reminiscent of the great world war in which we are engaged, but comes as a graphic portrayal of its grim reality, shows in ‘trick’ photography an imaginary conflict in the clouds above London between a British airman and a raiding Zeppelin which ends in disaster for the latter.

“Dr. Aubrey F. Hess, new pastor of the Congregational church, Mrs. Hess and three of their four children, arrived in Manistee Wednesday, to become residents and active workers in this community.

“With no fanfaronade of their coming, Dr. Hess and family met what to less optimistic spirits might have seemed a chilly welcome. The reception committee at the dingy depot consisted of a hackman, who asked them where they wanted to go. Having shipped their furniture here ahead of them, they wanted to go to the church parsonage, The Manse, on Third street. There they found locked doors and a house full of furniture. The Manse has been occupied by the family of Lewis Torrent during the pastorate of Donald Brodie, who having no family, required no house.

“Then they sought out an official of the church, only to find he had gone fishing. Mr. Brodie and a member of the church were finally reached, and arrangements were made whereby Dr. Hess and his family are established at the Hotel Chippewa until The Manse is vacated for their occupancy.

“Notwithstanding the incidents of their arrival, both Dr. and Mrs. Hess and the young Hesses, express themselves as highly pleased with Manistee, and feel certain they are going to like our town. They were entertained at a dinner at the church yesterday by the Red Cross workers of the church, and are fast becoming acquainted here.

“’I come here first in the capacity of a citizen of Manistee,’ said Dr. Hess to the News-Advocate today, ‘and second as pastor of the Congregational church. But I hope to be useful in other ways, in civic and communal improvements and welfare movements. I am greatly impressed with the possibilities of this city, and trust I may fit into some useful niche as a common soldier for the general good of this city, and shall shirk no call to duty at any time.’

“TWELVE ARRESTS were made today for violation of the dog license ordinance.

“GERMAN WORKINGMEN’S SOCIETY of Manistee will observe thee 52nd anniversary of the local branch, the oldest society in the city, next Sunday. A hundred or more will come from Ludington and some of the state officers will also be present.

“MR. AND MRS. LESTER C. BATDORFF in specialty dancing numbers are billed as the extra attraction at the Lyric theatre this evening. ‘The Duchess of Doubt’ featuring Emmy Whelen, and the Pathe Weekly News are on the program as the screen bill of fare.

“HERE IT IS THE LAST DAY of August, and where’s our summer gone to? We only got one fleeting glimpse of it as it hurried through.

“ALL INDICATIONS POINT toward a quiet and restful Labor Day here. The big pavement dance in the evening will be the main feature.

“MEN BETTER GET barbered enough Saturday to carry them over three days. Shops will be closed all day Monday, Labor Day, it is announced. There’ll be some tough-looking mugs in town Tuesday morning, we anticipate.

“Upholders of Manistee’s speed regulations are no respecters of people. It makes no difference who you are, governor, president, senator or just ordinary traveler.

“Then again there is no excuse for the party of automobilists speeding through Manistee just at supper time in a mad rush to get to Ludington for the evening meal.

“These things were apparent last evening when State’s Attorney Maclay Hoyne of Chicago and his party were stopped by the motorcycle cop while driving faster than the law permits through Oak Hill. Thomas Hoyne, 24-year-old son of the official, was driving the machine and was the one to pay the fine of $5 and costs imposed by Justice Erb. His father dug down for the necessary wherewithal, however.

“The local magistrate was not aware he had such a distinguished prisoner before him until the fine was paid.

“The NEWS-Advocate Monday, Labor Day, will publish one edition, at noon, giving its readers all the news available up to the hour of going to press—12 o’clock.

“By this compromise our force of loyal workpeople will be afforded opportunity to enjoy a portion of the holiday to which all are entitled, without denying the public the news to which it is no less entitled.

“The happy season of the disciples of Izaak Walton is over. Anglers wont to nip the slippery trout from their shady and difficult habitats can do so no more until next May 1. In other words, the trout season closed at midnight last night, according to Deputy Game Warden James R. Maynard.

“This year has not been as good a season for trout as many years gone past. The weather has been cold and unpleasant, keeping many of the old-timers housed in the city instead of haunting their usual streams. Many, however, have stuck valiantly to their duties of getting their full quota.

“The season is open now for all kinds of fish excepting the trout. Anglers are free to ply the streams in quest of different species, but, gentlemen, beware: the trout season is closed today.

“Five men selected in the first call for the new national army volunteered to be among the 10 in the first contingent, which will be mobilized on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

“Their willingness to go at once, though some of them at least could legitimately ask for extension of time until later mobilizations, speaks volumes for the boys. It also cuts in half the local board’s task of selecting the first men who are to go.

“THAT HALF OF THE WORLD that stays home nights has no idea how rapidly the other half travels.

“ONE OF THE JOYS of having planted a patriotic garden in a distant vacant lot is going there and discovering that thieves have harvested your crop.

“U. S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT complains of a shortage of two-dollar bills. Well, they’re inconvenient and unpopular things, anyhow, and it is probable that people have deliberately been destroying them rather than being bothered with them any more.

“THINGS ARE APPARENTLY getting set for a rainy week-end. As usual.

“VERSATILITY IS REQUIRED to keep one’s nose to the grindstone during the hay fever period.

“MANY MANISTEEANS are planning on spending Labor Day in Ludington, where a celebration and carnival will be held Monday.

“War is not to have any effect on the local high school athletics this year. The first football practice will be held on the old circus grounds Tuesday afternoon.

“For the first time in the history of the school, the athletic association opens the fall activities with money in the treasury. The neat little sum of $58.50 is credited to the athletic fund as the proceeds left over from last season’s baseball, football and basketball games. All teams of the school have been equipped with uniforms.

“CHICAGO, Sept. 3.—State troops and federalized militia were mobilized in Chicago today, and Mayor Thompson faced criminal prosecution or impeachment as a result of the conference of the People’s council [a pacifist group], held here yesterday.

“The city is practically under martial law, so far as pacifist meetings are concerned.

“’BIG Bill’ defies governor: Yesterday’s peace conference was made possible through orders of Mayor Thompson, issued in defiance of Gov. Lowden, who has forbidden the holding of the council’s peace meetings in Illinois.

“PACIFISTS STILL IN CHICAGO: Despite the presence of troops, a majority of the pacifists are still in Chicago, and it is believed another meeting would be attempted today.

“PETROGRAD, Sept. 3.—Dispatches today indicated a complete cleanup of all internal plotters who schemed to overthrow the provisional government. Scores of arrests were made.

“Orders have been issued for commandeering all corn stocks in Russian provinces bordering on the southwestern and Rumanian fronts, the newspaper Vestnike announced today.

“The action is taken because of the shortage of wheat flour.

“’I want to hear from a soldier in France,’ said Helen Perrin of 380 Second street as she donated 25 cents to the tobacco fund Saturday night.

“’Are you sure one will write to me if I get him some tobacco?’ she wanted to know.

“We have no doubt that you will hear from him in a reasonable length of time, Helen. Your 25 cents will buy some soldier over there 45 cents worth of tobacco, and if we’re any judge of human nature he’ll be so glad that he’ll lose no time in sending you his acknowledgements on the postcard addressed to you that he will find in the package.

“A. A. Anderson, cashier of the Hastings City Savings bank, was arrested by Ludington officers Saturday night and held for local authorities on complaint of Motorcycle Officer Jacob Olk after the speed cop had chased him from Oak Hill three miles into Mason county and firing four revolver shots over his head after ordering him to stop late Saturday afternoon.

“Officer Olk saw Anderson in Oak Hill traveling in excess of the speed limit. He gave chase and followed the Anderson machine for miles. His orders to the driver to stop were unheeded and finally he drew his revolver and fired over the car. The rough roads and dust forced Olk to abandon the chase after getting three miles into Mason county. He returned here and swore out a warrant for Anderson’s arrest and notified Ludington authorities to apprehend him.

“Olk went to Ludington yesterday morning after Anderson. He found on his arrival that he had been arrested by Mason county authorities on the charge of speeding. The case against Anderson in Ludington was disposed of and Olk returned here with him in the afternoon.

“Arraigned here before Justice Erb, Anderson pleaded guilty and was fined $25 and costs, amounting to $38.70. He paid and was released.

“With joyous toll the school bell will ring out tomorrow morning in its annual first call to classes of Manistee’s aspiring youths.

“The local schools will start this year with several new and pertinent changes. Many of the boys and girls who were regular attendants last year will not be seen in the class rooms at the beginning of the fall term. Some have moved away to other places, others have graduated while still others have had the courage to take up the pursuits of life’s struggle in preference to gaining further education.

“In the Union and Central classes especially have changes been made. The domestic science department has been augmented by the installation of a modern laundry equipment and other new courses of study have been inaugurated.

“MANY OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION have tears in their eyes today just from thinking of the miseries of having to go to school again tomorrow.

“WOULDN’T ONE OF THOSE old time ‘full dinner pail’ workingmen’s ‘prosperity’ parades look good today amid all this war activity and strife?

“FOLKS, DON’T FORGET THAT big farewell feed to the selective service boys tomorrow night. Every selected man in Manistee county has been invited to attend. Turn out, boys, the ‘doings’ are in honor to you.

“HEARD FREQUENTLY nowadays: ‘They are from our own garden.’

“Left largely to their own devices during the day, Manistee citizens nevertheless extracted a maximum amount of pleasure from Labor day, for it enabled them to point their activities to an exhilarating close at the municipal pavement dance on East River street in the evening.

“After the opening dance there were never less than 200 couples in action. Dancers and spectators alike enjoyed themselves. Everybody that dances has a good time, even when the pet corn is now and then ruthlessly stepped upon. The looker-on gets his share, too, in sizing up the participants and comparing the wide divergence of movement and wiggles of the expert and inexpert. There is pleasurable satisfaction in seeing the skilled young dancers put on all the latest down-to-the-minute glides and ballroom twists. There’s a bit of grim satisfaction, also, in wondering how many foot-tons of energy are expended by those who bob up and down like a Ford and seem to require a jerking of every muscle to carry them from step to step.

“The theaters drew their quotas as usual. At the Ramsdell they accompanied Lyman Howe in a thousand miles a minute jaunts through America and Europe.

“The C. A. C. and Independents fought it out at Orchard Beach for the amateur baseball championship of the city. At the Country club the golf and tennis enthusiasts swung their clubs and wielded their rackets with all the zest of children at recess.

“The schools of Manistee will begin their work for the year 1917-18 by a splendid patriotic service.

“Under the direction of Supt. S. W. Baker of the Manistee public schools and of the principals of the parochial schools, co-operating with the women’s committee of the Council of National Defense, every woman in Manistee will be urged to enlist in the service of her country on Wednesday, Sept. 5, by signing the Hoover pledge card, issued by the food administration department of the United States federal government.

“This card constitutes a pledge that the signer will do her share toward conserving the food supply of the nation by economy in her own home.

“There are no fees or dues of any kind to be paid by those who take the pledge.

“Every student in the City of Manistee will be made a committee of one on Wednesday, to see that these cards get into every home in the city. They are to be signed by the housewives no later than Sept. 5 and returned to the schools. These cards will be expressed direct to Washington. In return, every signer will receive the Hoover Kitchen Card, a very valuable set of directions, telling each woman exactly what and how to save in order to best help the government and to further the interest of their own home. In addition to this first card giving definite directions to housewives, from time to time new directions will be sent to those who have signed the pledge, thus giving American women some definite plan to work upon.

“’We believe that the response in Manistee will be immediate and complete,’ said the local chairman of the Council of National Defense. ‘The food administration card will soon hang in every Manistee kitchen, and we know its directions will be followed with scrupulous care. Manistee has responded to every demand made upon her and we know the women of this city will gladly respond to this one.’

“ACCORDING TO the weather-wise, now that September is here we may expect a little August weather.

“FOR SWATTING PURPOSES there are flies, mosquitoes and weeds. The swatting is good and the motives are abundant.

“THE ‘SMILING MORNING FACE’ was strikingly in evidence this morning as the kids more or less cheerfully trudged the long-neglected paths to school.

“BOOKSTORES WERE SOME busy places today.

“MANISTEE BUSINESS COLLEGE opened for the fall term yesterday with a good enrollment.

“Manistee is to have an advantage that few cities of similar size can boast of, when the landscape and portrait paintings of Joseph Trevitts are put on display tomorrow, in the center room of the second story of the public library.

“Mr. Trevitts has been in Manistee nearly a year, but during that short period he has become popularly known among his friends as one who possesses original and genuine talent, which has won him much admiration and success.

“CHICAGO, Sept. 5.—Soldiers, sailors and civilians joined in a demonstration against Mayor Thompson today as his parade of 50 automobiles passed Grant park en route to the Kankakee county fair.

“Jeers and hisses were flung at the mayor and his party. Thompson sat hunched in his seat, only the top of his hat being visible.

“Not one oration in the list, no verbal flourish, no studied rhetoric or spread-eagle effort, but withal the best program of earnest talks that ever featured a banquet in Manistee, that is the truthful characterization of the luncheon and smoker given last night at Masonic Temple in honor of the men selected to join the new national army, the finest body of troops that ever defended the colors.

“Simplicity, sincerity, a full realization of the import and gravity of the moment, an air of seriousness, yet cheerful acceptance of whatever fate might apportion each man in the great world struggle pervaded the proceedings at every stage. It is a debatable question as to which profited the most, those soon to leave for the army camp or those to remain behind to perform the duties that fall upon the general citizenry so that those at the front may best fight their battles. Both received deep inspiration to greater willingness for sacrifice, greater determination to play a man’s part to put duty before self-interest.

“The steamer MINNESOTA, a little scarred and with her white coat of paint somewhat dirtied by a season of traffic over the lakes, docked at the Seymour dock this morning and stands now awaiting instructions from Chicago.

“The season for tourists has been a disastrous one from many standpoints, not only to lake passenger steamers wont to annually carry thousands of passengers, but to resort hotels and recreation centers.

“Manistee High School may be forced to abandon the 1917 football season unless a place upon which to play can be secured.

“The Sands park athletic field will be seeded down tomorrow and everything kept off the grounds until next spring, when it is expected to have an excellent grassy plot and athletic field on the site.

“Coach Ellsworth Krantz is now looking for a place where his pigskin chasers may play. The preliminary practice is being held on the old circus grounds, but the field is not in condition for playing a regular game.

“City Street Superintendent John Shields offered to scrape and level down the field and put it in condition for playing, but the owner of the property put a veto on the proposition.

“As a result Manistee may not be represented in football athletics this year unless a suitable place can be secured for playing the regular schedule.

“CLEVELAND, Sept. 6.—C. E. Ruthenberg, the Socialist leader, who is attacking the constitutionality of the selective service law, precipitated a riot last night when he addressed a meeting of 5,000 persons.

“He criticized the president and proudly spoke of his Supreme Court case. Ruthenberg escaped unhurt, but a man who looked like him was badly bruised.

“A GOOD THING TO REMEMBER is that it is easier to keep well than to get well.

“NICE OCTOBER DAY AT THAT. Folks will have to wait until another year for the delinquent summer.

“’TOWERING ELMS,’ a beautiful painting done by Joseph Trevitts from a life scene at Reading, Pa., is included in the fine collection of art exhibits being shown in the public library. The painting has been purchased by the library and will remain permanently on the walls there.

“THEY’RE OFF. Nearly all the children have secured their books and are getting set for the long school-year grind.

“As a result of the intensive campaign last spring for a greater crop yield, Manistee county will this fall show an increase of between 20 and 25 per cent in the total yield over last year.

“Farmers have come forward nobly in doing their bit and upholding the name of Manistee county to rank among the first in prosperity movements. Land that had been standing in unused pasture, abandoned farms and stretches of hitherto untilled soil, have been plowed up and converted into a remunerative crop yield that bespeaks well in comparison with some southern Michigan counties that have not heeded the call to ‘do their bit.’

“German spies!

“That was the expression on many lips when the fire department received a call at 10:30 this morning to the Manistee Shipbuilding Company, which began operations this week.

“However, the alarm was caused by nothing more sinister than some burning grass on the Manistee Iron Works property behind the Pere Marquette depot. It required 20 minutes to snuff out the blaze, because it had worked down to a depth of two feet into the accumulation of bark beneath the grass.

“WINTER OVERCOATS were the vogue today. Right smart weather for football though.

“THERE ARE TWO THINGS few men can be comfortable in—a silk hat and a dentist’s chair.

“A’ WEEL, THE KILTIES are coming to the Ramsdell theater September 14 with one of the greatest musical programs ever put out. Then, too, Griffith the mighty hypnotist is booked for an early date. Two good attractions in the near future.

“THAT MOTHBALLY SMELL pervading the atmosphere is the result of winter ‘heavies’ being dug out of the attics and hung in the back yards to greet the breeze.

“Who ever heard of a war garden being planted on water?

“Sounds foolish, doesn’t it?

“But H. C. Tysse, 61 years old, has one and it is perhaps the greenest and most prosperous garden in Michigan.

“Located on the Manistee river just back of the A. C. Christianson insurance offices on River street on a plot measuring 30 x 60 feet, Mr. Tysse has produced more real, live, healthy looking vegetables than many a dry-land farmer.

“The idea is unique and original. Just a lot of cinders, rubbish, rotten planks and refuse thrown into the river to build up a little plot of real, substantial ground, then a few shovelfuls of rich earth thrown over the place—and there you are.

“The garden stands from three to five feet up from the river surface and in addition to the REAL plot, a ‘squash patch’ is flourishing in rapid progress right out over the river. That’s true—right over the swishing waves, and there are 500 pounds of perfectly good squashes on the vines.

“From the little plot reclaimed from the depths of the river Mr. Tysse is raising enough vegetables to maintain his family, and a whole lot more. There are hundreds of tomatoes, there are parsnips, beets, cabbages, leeks, carrots, lettuce, radishes, parsley, and parsley roots, celery plants and quite a few flowers.

“Remember that the plot is only 30 x 60 feet in size. The place is built right on the water, with water just a few feet underneath. The ‘squash farm,’ for anything that produced 500 pounds of product is certainly a farm, is ‘built’ right out into the river.

“Just a minute, please. The story isn’t finished. No, sir, not by quite a few chickens, it isn’t. Just to give the impression of being a real, bonafide agriculturalist, Mr. Tysse has built a chicken run and is raising about 50 of the finest species of chickens abaft the war garden one could wish to eat.

“Quartered underneath the building, the fowls have the privilege of running loose (when they can find room, garden forbidden) during the day and roost in the basement for their sleeps.

“Twenty-five of the hens will be wintered and the roosters killed for Mr. and Mrs. Tysse’s dining room table during the season of raw blasts.

“Ministers are urged to preach on the importance of school attendance as a patriotic duty this year, and Sunday school superintendents and leaders of young peoples’ societies in the various churches are asked to make school attendance a special topic, in a letter addressed by the commissioner of education to churches and religious papers throughout the United States. “’It is of the greatest importance that the schools of the United States of all kinds and grades—public, private and parochial—be maintained during the war without any lowering of their standards or falling off in their attendance.

“’This is necessary for both the protection of our boys and girls against many unusual temptations to delinquencies of various kinds, and that they may have full opportunity for preparation for the work of life and for the duties and responsibilities of citizenship; all of which will require a higher degree of preparation because of the war.

“’For many reasons there will be need in this country for higher standards in average of ability, knowledge and virtue, when the boys and girls now in our schools have reached manhood and womanhood than we or any other people have yet attained to.

“’In the making of public opinion and popular sentiment necessary for the maintenance of standards of efficiency, to keep children in the schools, and to prevent their exploitation in the mills and shops, the churches may do much.

“’To do this is a patriotic duty which should be performed gladly, both for the present defense and for the future welfare of the country.”

 

 

Leave a Reply