100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending March 16, 1918 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:100 Years Ago

“The third Liberty loan drive will open on Saturday, April 6, the first anniversary of America’s declaration of war against Germany. Suitable celebration of the event will undoubtedly take place in recognition of both events, though no details have been arranged.

“Because Manistee has not come up to expectations in the matter of making income tax returns, the internal revenue department at Grand Rapids finds it necessary to send another deputy here to assist people in filling out their blanks in conformity with the provisions of the law and in time to avoid the imposition of a penalty for delay.

“Beginning Monday a deputy collector will be a the court house for several days to give expert assistance for those who are not clear as to their duties in this direction.

“Manistee county is said to be way behind other counties in this section in the matter of making income tax returns, and it is hoped to stir the city and county to a realization of the importance of prompt attention to the matter.

“George Daily, vagrant and burglar, who attempted to rob Dr. Cunningham’s dental office of dental supplies and morphine about two weeks ago, was examined this morning and judged mentally unsound by Dr. Robinson and Dr. Homer Ramsdell. He will be sent to the state asylum at Traverse City tomorrow.

“Since his arrest shortly after the committing of the crime, Daily has been confined in the jail too ill on account of the shutting off of his usual supply of morphine to be examined in the justice court for his attempt at burglary. His drug habit was the cause of insanity.

“The witnesses in the Gudart and Gering case returned from Grand Rapids last night after giving their testimony yesterday before the federal district grand jury. It is not known whether an indictment will be returned against the youths charged with stealing blue prints and drawings from the Manistee Iron Works with the intention of disposing of them to the German government. The witnesses are forbidden to divulge the information given there.

“City Treasurer Thorwald E. Andresen today made his returns of unpaid taxes to the county treasurer. Out of a total tax roll of $223,877.13, Manistee citizens paid up $205,316.86, leaving $18,560.27 delinquent taxes returnable to the county treasurer.

“This is a fine showing for the city, when one takes into consideration that the tax-paying time followed closely on the heels of the Red Cross membership, second Liberty loan and other drives and after a year that was marked by high costs rather than increased incomes.

“A wonderfully beautiful display of the aurora borealis (northern lights) last night caused observers to gasp in amazed and admiring wonder.

“Northwest, north and northeast the heavens were streaked in vivid colors, as though spread by a mile-wide paint brush. Old timers declared it to be quite the most dazzling manifestation of the kind they had ever beheld.

“NOT LONG AGO there were plenty of egg cases, but no eggs to put in them. Now that eggs are becoming plentiful the western dealers report that there are no cases to put them in. Life is getting to be just one blamed shortage after another.

“ROBERT MILLER and Chelsea Foy are taking their friends into all the dark corners they can find and confiding to them that they were the first Manistee residents to discover a robin. Mr. Miller exclaims that is any doubt the statement he cam prove it, by heck! The robin in question was noticed in Mr. Miller’s yard this morning.

“The sophomore class of the high school had a class party in the gymnasium last evening, those attending being in costume. The evening was spent in various amusements and refreshments were served.

“Mrs. Victoria Kubacki, 258 Seventh St., died suddenly of apoplexy in St. Joseph’s church yesterday afternoon just before the opening of the Lenten services while members of the congregation vainly endeavored to render assistance. Fr. A. Bieniawski, who understood that the woman was on the point of death administered the last rites of the church. Dr. Szudrawski was called, but Mrs. Kubacki expired before he arrived.

“[Her son] Rev. John Kubacki of South Bend, Ind., will officiate at the funeral services and the announcement will be made when he is able to arrange for coming to Manistee.

“Reports have come to the county food administration that some retailers, principally outside the city, have been selling sugar for more that nine cents a pound, but no specific complaints have been filed.

“If there is any truth in these stories the outcome will be that the dealers will be reported to the jobbers and wholesalers and directions given that no more sugar be sold them. The federal food administration has fixed nine cents as the maximum price at which sugar can be retailed and violations of this will soon put the dealers out of the sugar business entirely.

“An outbreak of weather typical of March in its most lionized mood was handed out today. High winds, heavy, wet snow and no end of bluster set in during the night as an effective counter-irritant to the spring fever symptoms acquired by some of the people during the recent balmy days and a baby blizzard has been holding the center of the stage all day.

“Compared to other spells of severe weather of the winter, that of today is but a feeble imitation. As it is, no serious damage was done, but much inconvenience was caused the public in general and the transportation lines in particular.

“Deputy U. S. Marshal Walter Jarka will be at the Frank Jarka store, 348 River St., from Monday until Friday of next week for the registration of aliens requiring permits to travel, reside or transact business inside of restricted zones. This is a continuation of the registration begun here by Mr. Jarka last December.

“All males of 14 years or older who were born in Germany and have not secured full citizenship papers, must obtain permits or be barred from entering the forbidden zones that have been placed around wharves, warehouses and dock properties. In some instances entire cities have been designated as barred zones and aliens are forbidden to travel from one to another without a permit. Those who fail to apply for permits next week may be compelled to make the trip to the federal office at Grand Rapids at their own expense. There is no guarantee that a deputy will come here again, and delinquents will have to make the journey to the furniture city for their permits or else take the penalties that Uncle Sam has set for disobedience.

“That baby blizzard grew to full maturity with a vengeance the latter part of Saturday afternoon and in many respects ranked up with the wicked blasts that have marked the 1918 winter. While the mercury did not lose itself in the bottom of the tube, the storm introduced a few frills of its own, thunder and lightning accompanying the piping of the wind and whirl of the needle-sharp snow.

“The snow, while not setting a record as to volume, came down in over abundance and, being of the sticky variety, showed a disposition to stick permanently wherever it landed or the wind piled it up. The going was decidedly bad on all the streets, but the city superintendent and his men earned the gratitude of the public by the thorough manner in which they cleared paths on Sunday, so people could enjoy the tempting sunshine that blessed day.

“At times the air was dense with wind-tossed clouds of frozen, sleety snow that was not only annoying but downright painful and made red, raw complexions the fashionable thing yesterday.

“Wearing the uniform of a soldier in the United States army, and showing a medical discharge from the service, Elmer Olson, the youth arrested here Dec. 26, charged with desertion from the army at Camp Devens, Mass., is home a free man.

“A crippled left arm, which rendered him unfit for active service, may be credited with saving Elmer from serious consequences on account of his youthful indiscretion, which prompted him to return home for a holiday visit without first obtaining a furlough or leave of absence.

“Young Olson was held in the county jail until Feb. 14, when Chief of Police Grady took him to Camp Custer. There he was placed in the hospital, where his physical defect was noted, and after an x-ray examination disclosed that it was permanent impairment the camp officially decided that he had been sufficiently punished by his two months’ incarceration, and he was given a medical discharge without being subjected to trial by court-martial.

“Olson, last fall in a fit of pique ran away from a comfortable home in this city, and after being rejected at the Cadillac recruiting office went to Grand Rapids where he was accepted with a big batch of applicants.

“His family and friends here are rejoiced over the disposition made of his case, as they have good reason to be.

“Mr. and Mrs. Philip Beauvais and children, and Mrs. Bertrand of Detroit, Mrs. Beauvais’ mother, left last Saturday for Tucson, Ariz., where they will stay indefinitely.

“About 75 friends attended the ‘Refugee’ benefit given by the Pilot club at the home of Mrs. William Wente this afternoon. Mrs. Wente very generously donated her home for the occasion. The afternoon was devoted to cards and knitting, and light refreshments were served. A goodly sum was realized which will help to replenish the much needed fund.

“FIRST FEBRUARY CHECKS for dependents of Manistee men in the army have been sent out from Washington. Two weeks are required to finish the work. Illegible writing of soldiers has delayed the work.

“The Pere Marquette will go back to the two-trains-each-way schedule next Monday according to a bulletin received at the local station today.

“The restoration of these trains will mean much to the long suffering local public and business concerns, as the one-train-a-day system that has been in vogue since the fuel shortage hit the line, has provided transportation facilities little better than that of many cross roads towns. Now that fuel is easier to obtain the road is making good its promise to restore the trains as soon as the coal famine eased up.

“By way of variation, to show it has all assortments in its box of tricks, March sent along a sleet storm last evening and today, in which April, March and February brands of weather mingled in a way that made all excuses out of the question. It was not seasonable, it did not help the wheat or crops, it brought no fun for the kiddies, it did not do a thing except cause mischief and annoyance.

“Early yesterday evening trees and shrubbery glistened like decorated Christmas trees against the dark background of the sky, but most of the pedestrians were so busy watching their step that there was little chance to cater to the sense of things beautiful. Walks were slippers, sloppy, slushy and mighty uncertain.

“Most of the inconvenience was caused to telephone, telegraph and similar overhead contrivances.

“The Boy Scouts are carrying on their Thrift stamp campaign with great success. They are at present distributing literature and making preparations for actual work of selling stamps, which will begin next week. Every home in the city will be visited during the week by a scout, who will offer to the householder an order card for sending in the orders for stamps and to serve as a record for computing the sales made by the boys. Each scout received a medal for his services when he has sold $250 worth of stamps.

“Acting Food Administrator J. C. Beukema received a telegram from State Food Administrator Prescott last night to the effect that potatoes can no longer be sold in connection with flour as a substitute for flour. Only regulation grain substitutes may be sold as flour substitutes.

“With but half a month remaining in which income tax payers must make returns to the government, Manistee county is way behind in its showing, according to George Seymour, deputy collector of internal revenue, who is here this week to give assistance in the matter.

“Mr. Seymour is keeping regular office hours daily in the sheriff’s office, to help all applicants in filling out their blanks. But callers are not keeping him very busy, at that.

“If this is not done by April 1 heavy penalties will be imposed on delinquents.

“Uncle Sam needs the money, and is in no mood to be trifled with about the date of settlement. One extension time, from March 1 to April 1, has already been granted, and assurance is given that no mercy will be shown those who evade the matter after the latter date.

“M. Seymour is here to simplify the process for those who desire to avail themselves of his expert services. And he urges all who have not yet attended to this important matter to do so at once. If they put it off until after April 1, it is going to cost them a pretty piece of money for being neglectful.

“MERCY HOSPITAL today is making preparations for the installation of an x-ray machine, which will shortly be added to the hospital equipment. Such an apparatus has been sorely needed for a long time and the one which is to be set up in the hospital within a few weeks is of the latest type.

“THE GROUNDHOG appears to be putting it over on us again.”

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