100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week ending June 15, 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 Elks’ annual observance of Flag Day, June 14, in Manistee this year will be in the nature of a public patriotic function, in accordance with the proclamation of President Wilson and the request of the federal government. An inspiring program will be given in Ramsdell theater at 8 o’clock in the evening of Flag Day, to which the public is cordially invited.

“The deer hunting season in Manistee may be closed as a result of action taken by the board of supervisors, who have commissioned the state game and fish commission to conduct a public hearing to consider the advisability of the matter. The supervisors’ action was taken on account of their belief that the extermination of deer was threatened in Manistee County.

“J. E. Beukema, secretary of the Board of Commerce, is receiving many direct inquiries regarding resort accommodations in this section, and makes the request that all cottage owners wishing to rent their property get in touch with him.

“Manistee firms using sugar for what the federal food administration defines as ‘less essential’ purposes, must return their statements to State Administrator Prescott’s office not later than next Monday. These reports must show the amount of sugar used this year, the amount on hand, requirements for the future and the situation in general to prove that they are conforming to food administration rules.

The 80 per cent ration [based on last year’s consumption] was recently set for makers of non-essential food products because of shortage of ship tonnage to bring sugar to this country.

“Manufacturers who now have on hand sugar that, when added to the amount already used this year, will bring their quotas above 80 per cent of the amount used from January to July 1917 must turn over the excess to their administrators at once, or be prosecuted as hoarders.

“Makers of ice cream and other ‘essential’ foods are not affected by these regulations.

“The Northern Michigan Transportation Co. will open steamer service for the summer on June 20, if business conditions permit and government requisitions do not cause them to lose their ships. John Seymour, president of the company, made this statement today and added that he was till doubtful of being able to start service according to his plans.

“ The company’s steamers will make the same runs as last year and all features of the service will be unchanged. Freight and passenger service will be first class according to statements issued and new rates necessary for this service are now under consideration of the company’s officials.

“A happy event in the hearts of the little children of the subprimary grade of the Washington school was the Japanese tea party Friday afternoon given by them and their teacher, Miss Lillian Miller, for their mothers in the subprimary room. The pupils numbered 20, and almost every mother of the children was present.

“The little tots were dressed in Japanese fashion, carrying parasols and fans. The room had also been out in Japanese effect with colored fans and parasols as decorations. The mothers were entertained by songs and poems covering the year’s work of the class. At the close of the program tea and wafers were served to the visitors while the little ones partook of rice and wafers. A number of the children preferred using chop sticks instead of spoons as a diversion from regular custom. Tea was served by pupils of the sixth grade attired also in Japanese costume.

“’Manistee city and county are going to go without their just proportion of anthracite coal this year when the quota given to Michigan is distributed,’ declared J. C. Beukema, county administrator this morning, ‘because the dealers are disregarding the request of the administration to file information asked.’

“Up to this morning only one firm, the Michigan Lumber company, had responded. All the reports must be in Lansing by the tenth.

“’The situation is going to be mighty serious,’ Mr. Beukema continued. ‘The federal administration has put Michigan in the barred zone so far as hard coal shipments are concerned, and the doors will not be opened until these figures, which are being collected from every dealer in the state, are compiled. Then no more will come than is called for by the reports received. The necessity of prompt response by the Manistee dealers cannot be emphasized too greatly.’

“Miss Lena Pope, former domestic science teacher in Manistee schools, is the author of a number of pointers on baking with substitutes for wheat flour. Miss Pope is now in charge of a government diet kitchen at Syracuse, N. Y., and the receipts she offers have been tested by experts in the offices of the food administration.

“Attention of the fresh fish dealers of Manistee county is directed to the fact that they must have a federal license, under a proclamation issued by President Wilson last October. The fact that few, if any, have secured licenses has just come to light, and the county food administrator urges the dealers to comply with the federal order at once.

“Licenses can be secured, without charge, upon application to the United States Food Administration, License Division, Washington.

“THE FIRST call for drafted men after the new draft will come June 24 and 78 boys of Manistee county will be called to the colors. They will go to Camp Custer for training for general service. The state quota in the call is 7,000.

“MRS. HANS NELSON of 178 Eighth St. has some home grown ripe strawberries. A large dish of them was picked by her today. Mrs. Nelson has the distinction of reporting the first to The News-Advocate.

“With the hot weather approaching why not fix up your porch and enjoy your summer home? A porch rug, a few Vudor Ventilated porch shades and a few pieces of porch furniture will do the trick. We have at present a very complete line of summer porch furniture. Vudor PORCH SHADES. F. W. CRON & Co.

“Ghirardelli’s POWDERED CHOCOLATE. Better than cocoa, better than other chocolates. Makes a delicious drink prepared with milk. Very reasonable in price. The demand for ‘Ghirardelli’s’ has been so great that we were compelled to wait four months for our supply. Try it. C. N. RUSSELL.

“Letting of the contract today for the removal of the sunken drydocks at the shipyards marks an important step in the transition of the plant into a modern shipbuilding establishment. Superintendent W. W. Sherman of the Manistee Shipbuilding company today authorized announcement that the contract for their removal has been awarded to the John Ginzel Company, the breakwater builders, and that work will begin almost immediately, a condition of the contract being that this work must be completed by July 15.

“This will clear the river at this point to a depth of 21 feet.

“Preparations for work of ocean barge building which will begin at the plant the coming fall are progressing satisfactorily. The force of workmen will be augmented from time to time until the 200 necessary to full operation have been secured.

“Heads of all city departments met Saturday afternoon in the first of a series of ‘get together’ meetings for the purpose of increasing efficiency and cooperation among the various departments. A closer association of the different officials and the removal of misunderstandings and grievances that may exist, are the results hoped for from further meetings to be held in the future.

“An example of the economical management of the officials is that Mr. Beauvais called the meeting for Saturday afternoon so that the city pays no money for time lost during working hours.

“Speeding his auto under the guard rails in spite of the warning bell, and leaping the gap in Maple Street bridge as it hung half open, was the spectacular feat performed Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock by Edward Hahn, aged 24, 144 Monroe Street. Only the prompt action of Bridgetender Stanley Radtke in lowering the bridge as the car slid down the farther side, kept the five occupants, three of them women, from falling into the river below.

“Hahn declared to Chief Grady that he had not heard the bell ring. The women passengers were speechless for some time from the shock of the wild ride. The car suffered two punctured tires but otherwise was undamaged.

“A small but enthusiastic equal suffrage meeting was held in the public library Saturday evening. Miss Marie Benson Ames from the American Suffrage Association, gave a comprehensive view of the political situation and outlined practical plans of campaign work successfully carried out in other places.

“She said women were proving themselves more and more efficient and should be protected by the ballot.

“The announcement by the civilian relief committee of the Red Cross that the committee will meet at the Red Cross headquarters on Saturdays from 10:30 a. m. to 3 p. m. and Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Advice and assistance will be given to the families of soldiers and sailors.

“Since its organization last December this committee has aided a large number of persons who were confused or in trouble in some way on account of having relatives in the Army or Navy. A great deal has been done to induce soldiers to take out government insurance for the benefit of their families. In a number of cases financial assistance has been given families left without money by the induction of its head.

“No price is put on the service of the committee and the members will do everything possible for persons in trouble who seek their assistance. The local Red Cross chapter will engage in the national campaign this week to register trained nurses for war duty and to enlist young women to take their places in civilian nursing duty. The Red Cross appeals to all girls to enter training classes to take the places of the war workers. All people are requested to do without the services of trained nurses as far as possible in order to release them for Red Cross service.

“Manistee suspended business Saturday afternoon to make a concerted examination of the sun through telescopes, field glasses and plain smoked glass while that luminary was undergoing the momentous eclipse. And with all their zeal Manistee people got little satisfaction in the view. The extremely hazy condition of the atmosphere cut off the brightness of the sun and rendered the shadow rather indistinct.

“Word was received Monday by Mr. and Mrs. Jacob McCary of Chief, announcing the death of their soldier-son, Cirenus McCary, who was killed in action, somewhere in France, on May 21. The war department telegram was the first inkling the parents had received of their boy’s supreme sacrifice, his name not having appeared in any of the casualty lists so far as is known.

“He was one of the first Manistee County boys to volunteer after the nation became involved in the war, and he was the first of this county’s sons to be killed in battle.

“Fifty-eight students of Manistee High School will receive diplomas at the graduation exercises, which will be held in the Ramsdell Theatre Thursday, June 27. An excellent program will be given with a graduation address by President Charles McKenny of Michigan State Normal College.

“”The suggestion has been made by local patriots that Manistee should follow the example made by many municipalities in buying War Savings stamps with an appropriation from the city treasury. An investment to the limit of $1,000 worth has been made by many cities at the request of the United States Treasury department.

“During the present month, stamps of the face value of $1,000 may be purchased for $834, which is a good investment at the interest offered by the government.

“Many local business men have declared in favor of the idea and it is likely that the plan will be carried out as part of the city’s part in the War Savings Day campaign.

“Miss Henrietta Curtis today received notification from Surgeon General’s office at Washington to report immediately at Camp Custer for orders with the Red Cross contingent, and left this afternoon for Battle Creek.

“Miss Curtis served two years in London as nurse under English command in the Queen’s Imperial Hospital. She returned to the United States about six months ago in order that she might enlist with the American Red Cross forces, and also to secure a much needed rest.

“Miss Curtis is a woman of wide experience in hospital work, and should prove a real asset to the American Red Cross.

“THE ‘BAREFOOT BOY with cheeks of tan’ and the same kind of a girl, too, probably will be more in evidence in Michigan the coming summer than in recent years. The high cost off shoes will make many a mother willing to grant the child’s request to ‘go barefoot’ without much urging. A few generations ago all the boys and many of the girls went barefooted to school, at least until they reached the high school grades.

“County Food Administrator G. O. Nye has called a meeting of the grocers and meat dealers of the county to be held in the library Thursday evening for the purpose of appointing members of a retail price fixing board. This step is taken as a result of action by the federal food administration in determining upon an organization which will protect the consuming public from profiteering in foodstuffs.

“Artistic invitations to Manistee’s home-coming and July 4th celebration are provided by the Board of Commerce to recall the former resident of the city to a visit here Independence Day. It is the wish of the invitation committee that every old Manisteean shall receive one of the invitations. Persons wishing to obtain some [invitations] for sending to friends may receive as many as they wish on request.

“County Food Administrator Nye is engaged in making inspections of all bakeries in the county and explaining to local bakers that they are required henceforth to make weekly reports of their use of wheat and sugar.

“The reports, which are to be turned over to Mr. Nye every Saturday, show the stock of wheat which the dealer had on hand at the beginning of the week, the amount used, the amount sold and the stock on hand at the end of the week.

“The local child welfare committee of the women’s committee of the council of National Defense,, under the leadership of Dr. Kathryn Bryan, at the request of the government, will take a local part in a national campaign to inspect the health of all children under five years of age. The investigation is set for July eighth to fifteenth.

“Because of the stress on family life by the war conditions and the high cost of living and since children are most apt to suffer from these conditions, the government wants statistics concerning the number of normal and sub-normal children in every county.

“A large number of interested women, nurses and doctors will take part in the work. Each child below the age of five years will be weighed, measured and examined by a physician. The first good to be derived from the campaign will be in informing mothers of any physical defect of their children by the free expert medical survey.

“CAP PISTOLS are becoming numerous and noisy about the streets as the Fourth approaches.

“ALL HARD COAL DEALERS of the county have submitted their reports to the fuel administration giving figures as to the quantity of coal they have handled in the past year. On these figures will be based Manistee county’s share of anthracite this winter.

“IT COSTS more to go away now than it did. However, it costs more to stay home, too.

“’WELL,’ SIGNED A CITIZEN, ‘I have just paid my income tax. I subscribed to the War Chest, of course; have started a thrift certificate card and am now going to make a payment on the last Liberty bond. I am willing and glad to do it, but it is beginning to look as if I might have to be taken over by the government.’”

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