100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending October 6, 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

“WASHINGTON, Sept. 28.—Representative Heflin has withdrawn charges against the integrity of congressmen and chairman, the House Rules committee announced today.

“The rules committee voted to suppress the inquiry into the use of German funds to influence congress or to sift the truth of Heflin’s charges against certain members.

“Manistee must raise $110,929.64 for municipal and library purposes for 1917, according to the annual appropriation ordinance passed by the city council last night.

“The great advance in the cost of materials, together with other unavoidable factors, caused some of the 1916 estimates to fall short of the amounts actually required. This left estimated deficits if $8,000 in the general street fund, $3,000 in the police department fund and $500 in the public health fund, which must be made up the coming year. Revenues from sources are less than a year ago.

“STOCKHOLM, Sept. 28.—The court martial of General Korniloff will probably result in tragedy. Korniloff will be judged by those whose scheme of making the army subject to civilian control stung him to revolt.

“Men under the domination of the Soviet, or workman and soldiers, will constitute the court martial to try the former Commander in Chief. It was the Soviet which Kornlioff, a soldier and fighter unskilled in politics, feared was crumbling Russia’s army. The Soviet hates Korniloff.

“The exemption board examined 90 men out off the 116 ordered to report at the courthouse headquarters this morning. Three were expected to arrive this afternoon from out of town points.

“Those called for the selective service today complete the remainder of the county’s quota for the first call.

“At least two-thirds of those who were examined today asked for exemption blanks. As before, the prevailing cause was dependent wives and relatives.

“Dr. H. D. Robinson and family, who have just returned from a motor trip to East Lansing, bring glowing reports about the state constabulary camp and the health conditions there.

“Crowds of women thronged the lobby of the Manistee County Savings bank last evening to inspect the exhibition of home grown canned products and garden produce grown by city school children during the summer. The display closed this afternoon.

“The exhibition of canned fruits, vegetables and berries, prepared by local housewives, attracted the major attention of those who did not enter the contest. The showing was an excellent one and demonstrates the efforts of those competing to provide their finest examples of skill.

“The products grown and attended to by school children during the season bespoke the undivided attention and interest of the youngsters in war garden work.

“The display as a whole was entirely satisfactory both to promoters and those having entries. Bank officials especially are grateful for the success of the undertaking.

“A final effort will be made at the meeting to be held this evening at 8 o’clock at Ramsdell Hall to arouse in all men liable for service in the new national army sufficient interest in their future work to take advantage of the military drills and instructions that Capt. William Wenzel is willing to give them. So far there has been a disappointing condition of indifference manifested by the men who are likely to be included in the next contingent of 40 per cent.

“Captain Wenzel, assisted by Lieut. Soren Christofferson, is ready to give his time and talent to the work of suitably preparing Manistee’s men, so that they will be better fitted to forge ahead in the ranks. Furthermore, when the men at the cantonments ship for France, the less efficient men are more apt to draw the undesirable and perhaps more dangerous assignments of trench duties. Holding back in training will not postpone the date of going to France, but a thoroughly trained and efficient army sent overseas will do more than anything else to shorten the war.

“GAME IS INCREASING in the United States, says a southern paper. Well, it ought to—most of our best shooters have gone or are preparing to go abroad.

“ADMINISTRATOR GARFIELD says it is the duty of every American to save coal this winter. But of course we have to get some coal to practice on.

“DEAD LEAVES LITTERING streets and walks are serving notice that this is the last week and pretty nearly the last day of September. The melancholy days draw nigh.

“NORTH LAWN OF THE Central school building will present a revamped appearance when workmen finish terracing the old bank into three grass-covered declines.

“POULTRY, BUTTER AND EGG men have pledged their aid to the government in the war. So be on the lookout for an early increase in the price of poultry, butter and eggs.

“LOVELY OCTOBER DAY at that, with a little mixture of sunshine, rain and wind.

“BECAUSE OF COMPLAINTS made about window exhibitions of subjects under hypnotic control, Hypnotist Griffith today voluntarily discontinued the practice.

“CHICAGO, Sept. 29.—Indictment of 166 officials and members of the I. W. W. taken in raids yesterday, followed by the arrest of at least 50 here, is ‘only the beginning’ in the government’s campaign to exterminate sedition and disloyalty, federal officials declared today.

“WASHINGTON, Sept. 29.—Extermination of the anti-war propaganda will be carried into every suspicious organization in the country.

“The indictment of scores of industrialists at Chicago will be followed by suppression of people and institutions favoring Germany, officials stated today.

“Anti-war Socialists, professional and even so-called sincere pacifists may be next, officials intimated.

“A nation-wide effort to incite discontent over the draft and other measures is being carefully probed.

“WASHINGTON, Sept. 29.—A movement to oust Senator La Follette from the senate opened today with the introduction by Senator Kellogg of Minnesota of resolutions adopted by the public safety commission of Minnesota demanding La Follette’s expulsion.

“The resolutions were referred to the proper committees.

“La Follette was not in the Senate when the resolution and messages were presented. He entered a moment later. He evidently did not know what had been done. Few senators knew what was in the resolution as it was not read. As the news spread, however, senators gathered in groups in the rear of the chamber until La Follette and a few others sat alone. The Senate went into executive session.

“To The Public: Owing to outside interference regarding certain matters pertaining to advertising and the conducting of his hypnotic company in this city, Mr. O. B. Griffith, the owner, last night requested me to release him from his contract for the balance of his engagement at the Ramsdell Theater. After stating his reasons for closing I released Mr. Griffith from his contract as I deemed his reasons entirely satisfactory.—JOHN STRONCAH, Jr.

“Thirteen of the 90 men examined by the local exemption board yesterday failed to pass the physical examination and their names were today certified to by Dr. L. S. Ramsdell as recommended for discharge from the selective draft because of their physical deficiency.

“Of the 78 passed, 51 declared their intention to ask for exemption, most of the claims being on the ground of dependency.

“A portion of the pictorial page of the Boston Evening Record of Sept. 12, which will prove of special interest to local people, has been posted in the window of Harry Aarons store.

“The photographs reproduced on the page were taken at the Wakefield, Mass., rifle range and at the upper left hand corner show Viggo E. Hanson and Maquorn Nuttall standing at attention near the ship’s bell on the range.

“Both young men are in the signal corps and only recently returned to the Great Lakes Naval training station after receiving short instruction courses in the east.

“That Manistee County residents are lovers of children is apparent by a statement given out by Otto E. Luedders, state agent of the state school at Coldwater, before his departure yesterday.

“Mr. Luedders has been in the count for the past week visiting homes where dependent children have been placed and endeavoring to find homes for other children now at the school.

“Manistee county has sent 101 dependent children to the Coldwater institution since its organization in 1873. A total number of 216 children have found homes in the county during that period, 22 of which were placed with local families between 1914 and 1916. There are at present 50 children from the school who are placed with families residing in the county.

“Inspectors have generally found the county jail in first class shape. The corridors and cells were only recently painted and overhauled. Sanitary conditions compare most favorably with any county jail in the state. The drinking water used in the courthouse is the same as that consumed by city residents and has been judged as near pure as water can be. Sanitary toilet conditions prevail.

“Several Manistee boys who went to Camp Custer last week with the contingent of 77 selective service men have returned, having failed to pass the rigid physical examination of the army examiners.

“Though their stay was short, the boys imbibed a good bit of military knowledge and made the most of their limited opportunities to take a look around the great cantonment.

“NOTWITHSTANDING NATURE is supposed to do things about right, it is not easy to understand why she wasted calories in buttermilk.

“HERE IS SEPTEMBER GONE and still no summer has been registered. Might as well prepare for the wintry winds and get that arm in practice for coal heaving.

“A WOMAN LIKES TO FORGET her birthday but she makes an awful fuss if her husband fails to remember it.

“How old is it?

“The A. H. Lyman Drug company is exhibiting a genuine Indian tomahawk weighing 3 3/4 pounds in their window and ask some of the old timers hereabouts to guess at its age.

“The tomahawk was found by William Flarity on a homestead farm in Browntown and belongs to his son, W. H. Flarity. The blunt end of the stone is grooved for attaching a willow handle.

“The old weapon is a cruel looking instrument and was probably used by tribesmen for hunting purposes.

“By L. C. BATDORFF. Camp Custer, Sept. 28, 1917. What do the boys at Camp Custer need most and what would they most appreciate?

“That is a question that is frequently asked the boys themselves both by letter and by those whom they meet outside the camp.

“The question is extremely difficult to answer. The men, as a whole, need practically nothing. A few are without toothpaste, brushes, etc., but these will be provided as first pay day is received. Of course food of any kind is an acceptable gift, not because the men are forced to go hungry but because there are many toothsome things that necessarily cannot be provided. There will be a genuine need for heavy underwear and socks and for knitted sweaters as soon as cold weather arrives. Games would be enjoyed but the men really have little time to devote to them and quarters are too crowded to permit game tables.

“If I were to suggest something that would be appreciated by every person receiving one, I would say, send diaries. Practically no one has a book in which to record the day-by-day happenings of camp.

“I can imagine nothing that would be more appreciated by a man after retirement from the service than a diary in which appears mention of everything of importance he has experienced during his whole enlistment.

“Boxes of fudge arouse considerable hilarity when received.

“Manistee’s first allotment of Liberty Loan bonds of the first issue was received today by the First National bank, and is ready for distribution to subscribers through that institution. This appears to be one of the first deliveries anywhere, and the first Manisteeans to possess themselves of them may swell with the consciousness of being among the first Liberty Loan bondholders.

“As is fitting, the Liberty Loan bonds are as beautiful specimens of the engraver’s art as is possible to attain. They look as good, and are as good, as any money ever printed, coined or minted.

“WASHINGTON, Oct. 1.—Impeachment of Senators La Follette, Stone and Gronna was demanded in a petition presented to the senate today by Senator Wadsworth of New York.

“The petition was signed by the Rotary club of Ithaca.

“Meat as usual is the order at restaurants, hotels, boarding houses and private homes tomorrow.

“Last week news dispatches from Lansing announced that beginning this month every Tuesday is to be meatless and every Wednesday a wheatless day in Michigan. This was the word sent out by the state food conservation body and it was explained that all public eating places were to be lined up in this movement that is to form part of the war work of those who remain at home.

“No instructions or orders have been received by local restaurants or meat markets. Inquiry at these places revealed a general willingness to abide by orders, if they are to be made general so that all concerns in those lines of business will be classed alike.

“The meat stringency is being felt by dealers and consumers alike and some varieties of meat are almost impossible to get, so that there have been days when one could find scarcely anything but beef and sausage and a few chickens on the market or at any rate by no means a sufficient quantity to take care of regular demands.

“BUREAU OF LABOR statistics show that food prices are on the decline. In the absence of a similar showing from any other source, we respectfully ask the bureau of labor to be good enough to tip us off to where it buys its butter.

“WHAT WE WANT is not is not so much food conservation as price conservation.

“SEPTEMBER VENTED its spite in its dying moments. Sunday was thoroughly disagreeable.

“A WIFE MAY BE said to be getting old when she’s perfectly satisfied with the house she’s living in.

“WASHINGTON, Oct. 2.—While letters, telegrams and petitions demanding the expulsion of La Follette and other opponents of war measures poured into the capital today, senate privileges and the elections committee proposed to table all petitions at the meeting tomorrow.

“’We’ll do absolutely nothing toward investigating the petitions,’ said a member of the committee today.

“To Bernard R. Hendel falls the distinction of being the first Manisteean to possess himself of a Liberty Loan bond of the first issue. The first of the allotment received yesterday by the First National Bank was issued to Mr. Hendel. Bert stepped high and handsome as he strode the streets after the preliminaries incidental to obtaining possession of Uncle Sam’s certificate of indebtedness to him.

“The second Liberty Loan campaign for Manistee county is now definitely underway, and confidence is expressed that the county’s full quota will be subscribed, as it was in the previous issue.

“Gen Crowder’s department has begun a nationwide roundup of slackers by offering a reward of $50 for the delivery, at the nearest army camp or post, of men who failed to report for military service when called by the local boards or the adjutant general of the state. This sum is in full satisfaction for all expenses incurred in the delivery of the men.

“These men are classed as deserters and will be treated as such, if it appears to the military authorities that they have willfully failed to respond to the summons. They will be prosecuted by a court martial. If it appears that their failure or delay in reporting was not a willful act, the authorities will forward them to the mobilization camp and give the local board credit for his enlistment.

“In either case the $50 reward will be paid. Uncle Sam wants absentees accounted for and either put on the muster rolls or else given the punishment that their willful act deserves.

“The Lakeside club held another very interesting program yesterday at the library.

“Mrs. Henry W. Marsh had a very clever paper on ‘Our Grandmothers’ Ways.’ She described the manners and customs of the age, the solid comfort and contentment in the home, and the systematic planning to the slightest detail. The mother was the presiding genius in the home.

“Mrs. Frank Russell’s paper on ‘Housekeeping in the Year 2000,’ proved to be most amusing, in which imagination played a prominent part. Imagining the whole world practically run by electricity, even to cleaning, heating and cooking. The food question simplified to a condensed preparation. Instead of hours of hard work in the home came hours of leisure, but in conclusion, the present everyday drudgery would be more acceptable than ‘Housekeeping in the Year 2000.’

“EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN, and you can’t mention goldenrod without someone’s sneezing.

“THE AVERAGE SUGAR CONSUMPTION is only four ounces a day. More people than we know must take their coffee clear, it appears.

“HARK HERE, MR. MAN, to your Uncle Sam’s plan. You are called around town a good spender. Buy a Liberty Bond for the cause o’er the pond, and by spending become a good lender.

“MIXTURE OF RAIN and sunshine kept people guessing whether to stay in or go out, carry an umbrella or wear an overcoat. This was some real fall day.

“ONLY FOUR CASES of diphtheria remain in the city. One physician today reported having three under his charge and three others had just been released from quarantine. Infectious diseases are nearly all stamped out by persistent efforts of the local army of doctors.

“WASHINGTON, Oct. 4.—The senate privileges and elections committee will decide tomorrow whether an investigation will be conducted after congress adjourns.

“Growing senate sentiment for some action by the committee in answer to demands from throughout the country for action against LaFollette, on grounds that he has spoken disloyally, today swung the committee into line favoring investigation.

“Lafollette today indicated he will speak tomorrow in answer to his critics.

“It is hard for Americans at present to realize they are in this world war, because the thing is still so far away from us.

“Our cities have not been bombed by airplanes or attacked by enemy cruisers. Our soldiers have not yet faced the enemy’s bullets and shells and poison gas and liquid fire.

“The School Board of New York City has taken a step which our own board might well imitate right here in the city of Manistee. In the metropolis a series of lectures are to be given explaining the aims of the United States in the war. There will be moving pictures of the battlefields, talks on the conservation of foods, outlines of the lives of the great leaders produced by the war, and kindred enlightening subjects.

“Each lecture is to be preceded by a 20-minute talk on ‘Why We Entered the War.’ There could be no more inspiring program than this and no better use for the public schools.

“The pro-German propagandist has been busy in the land. He has disseminated many lies and repeated them so often that some people are deceived and take them for Gospel truths.

“There is the lie about who started the war, the Teutonic kaiser’s seeking to shift the blood-guilt to others.

“There is the lie about denying the atrocities that have been committed by German and Austrian troops.

“There is the lie seeking to frighten our own people by exaggerating the mortality in battle.

“There is the lie seeking to make people believe our own government entered this war for something other than justice and freedom and democracy.

“Lectures properly given by capable speakers, with interludes of pictures taken from the actual battle fronts, would draw throngs to every schoolhouse in this city. An opportunity would be given to present the doctrine of Americanism to our people.

“It would solidify the community for the war—even more than it is—because every man, woman and child who attended would be fortified with facts with which to confute the silly and vicious fables put about by those who would cripple the war-making power of this government.

“The 39th annual convention of the ninth district of the Michigan W. C. T. U. opens here this evening with an informal reception at the Union hall on Water street.

“Addresses of welcome this evening will be given by Rev. C. F. Bronson, from the churches; Mrs. Josephine Reynolds, from the Lakeside club; Mrs. Clara Eskildsen, from the Mothers’ clubs; and Mrs. Frank Merritt, from the W. C. T. U.

“In the movement to supply books and magazines to the boys at the front and in training camps, the Manistee public library has forwarded three boxes containing 291 books and a quantity of magazines to the Chicago district center.

“Through the courtesy of John Seymour they were shipped free of charge by the Northern Michigan Transportation company. Lawrence Larsen delivered them free of charge to the boat.

“Two or three other boxes are nearly ready for shipment and the indications are that in this, as in other laudable war services, the Manistee public will respond liberally.

“The great need of proper reading material for the boys is being realized and books and periodicals that formerly went into the furnace or to the junk man are being saved for the Sammies. Letters from the boys themselves are doing much to call attention to this need. One man, who brought in a quantity of books, said that he had three sons in camp and that they are continually writing home for something to read.

 

“Thieves, apparently conversant with the movements of the family, last night robbed the residence of Lewis L. Torrent, 300 Spruce Street, while members of the household were absent. Jewelry and valuables to the value of $100 were taken.

“The robbers apparently worked in the dark as several pieces of valuable jewelry lying within a few inches of that which was stolen were left behind. A gold watch, jeweled fraternity pin, and mounted rings constituted the loot. Valuable silverware was left untouched.

“Skeptics and calamity howlers wont to deride the city of Manistee and verbally check every prosperity movement afoot will be non-plussed at the announcement that the city will shortly harbor at least two new industrial activities.

“The Manistee Shipbuilding company, delayed somewhat by the threatened strike on the lakes, will shortly show sign of blossoming into a full fledged working concern, according to authentic reports from those in a position to know.

“Out in Filer City big men are working daily on a plant that will eventually furnish employment to hundreds of men. Definite news concerning this company’s operations will be forthcoming very soon.

“Local factories and manufacturing companies are doing a capacity business today. Almost without exception they are calling for more hands to operate their machines and for laborers to facilitate ordinary work.

“Manistee is on the map industrially and from present indications, is concentrating efforts for the greatest boom since the old lumber days.

“POLICE DEPARTMENT made 38 arrests during the last two weeks of September. Twenty were turned over to the juvenile court, 12 were miscellaneous justice court cases, one was for burglary and one for larceny. Five junk inspections were also made during that period.

“Ole Simonsen, aged 54, Fourth and Walnut streets, and Christ Albertson, 347 Fourth street, both employes of the Consumers’ Light & Power company, were found asphyxiated lying in a newly dug gas main at the corner of Spruce and Bryan streets by two school children shortly before noon.

“Lillian Selzwedel, 15 years old, 414 Elm street, and Arthur Gnewuch, 10 years old, a neighbor boy and school chum, discovered the men in the bottom of a five foot ditch, each lying on his side with arms entwined about one another. They had probably been unconscious for over an hour. Efforts of physicians to revive them with a pulmotor and lungmotor proved unavailing. They had been under the effects of the deadly gas for too long a period to show signs of life.

“Both men claimed in death by the catastrophe were pioneer residents of Manistee.

“The soldiers of the United States are standing by their country with a steady courage and devotion to duty that should inspire the nation with pride and patriotism and loyalty. We who remain here in peace and safety must surely do our part!

“You can do your share by subscribing for as many of the second Liberty bonds as you can afford—and by doing it early.

“Firemen battled for three hours early this morning to save the remnants of the old National Hotel building, 118 Washington Street, from total destruction by fire. The three story frame structure was unoccupied except for an upholstering establishment in one of the lower front rooms. Total damage was estimated at $3,500 on building and contents. The entire roof and upper portion was destroyed.

“The structure was built in 1881 by James McAnley and was operated until eight years ago as the National hotel. There were 29 bedrooms, five living rooms, and a dining room in the building.

“In days of yore the old hotel was famed for its hospitality. It was the headquarters for farmers and lumbermen and achieved considerable popularity in this section.

“In recent years the building has been [largely] unoccupied. The upper floors were left very much as they were when last used. Old beds, dressers and a few chairs were found in some of the rooms. These were practically made worthless by water.

“There will probably be no effort made to rehabilitate the structure.

“No insurance was carried on the property.

“Warner Budde, aged 17 years, died yesterday noon of blood poisoning at the home of his father, Henry Budde, in Grant township, Mason county, on the Au Sauble river. He is survived by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

“Two weeks ago Sunday while Warner was going through a barb wire fence he received a slight scratch on his left hand which at the time was not noticed. Shortly after blood poisoning set in which caused his death.

“The endless chain [letter] fraud is again being used to victimize patriotically inclined citizens into giving donations for alleged mercy causes but which all go into the pockets of some unscrupulous tricksters. Information to this effect was given to the news-Advocate today by R. R. Blacker, who received one of these letters signed by a Manistee business man.

“Mr. Blacker states that the thing is a fake and that the government is at work trying to trace down the men who are working it.

“Kodak In Camp.

“From reveille to taps, each hour will bring something new into the life of every young soldier. New surroundings, new habits, new faces, and new friendships will make for him a new world—a world full of interest to him today and a world upon which he will often dwell in memory when peace has come again.

“And this new world of his offers Kodak opportunities that will relieve the tedium of camp routine at the time and will afterward provide what will be to him and his friends the most interesting of all books—his Kodak album.

“The parting gift, a Kodak. Let us show you. ‘Hall Drug Co. Mertens and Nellist. Manistee, Michigan.

“Mr. and Mrs. James Curtis of 318 First Street have received another letter from their daughter, Miss Henrietta, who is a Red Cross nurse ‘somewhere in France.’ The letter was written in London Sept. 10 and brings the information that she has recovered from the long illness that had confined her in a London hospital and that she is on her way back to her duties in France.

“’I am feeling much better,’ she writes, ‘and hope I can continue this way as I should hate the thought of being ill again in England. The people are quite different from our people.

“’I was in London when the American boys marched through town. It made me feel so homesick that I could hardly keep the tears back. They did look nice, but very tired.

“’We have been having some very severe air raids lately; one is unsafe any place now. The last raid over London was by moonlight and considerable damage was done and great loss. We can hear the French guns most of the time. I am not so terribly far from Ireland and Scotland, but am nearer to France and Belgium. The Germans are shelling our clearing stations now in France and last week five Sisters were killed. They are under fire most of the time. You hear a whiz, and everybody lies down flat on his or her stomach—Sisters and all. You see when the bomb strikes the ground it throws the earth up in all directions and covers you up and protects you. We sometimes resemble mud pies, but it’s all in a life time and we just laugh and say, Fritzie missed us that time,’ and continue working as if nothing had happened.”

 

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