100 Years Ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week February 7, through February 13, 1919 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:

“The latest development in the career of the Michigan East & West railroad has been written—the suspension of operation. On Wednesday of this week upon the surrender of the property to the William T. Joyce interests by the Receiver Eugene Ford, the daily mixed train was taken off and the train crews discharged from further service.

“This marks the unsuccessful termination of a long struggle of Manistee interests to prevent the suspension. For several years the battle to continue the road as a going property has been waged in the face of determined efforts to dismantle it.

“What the next step of the present owners will be is problematical. It is well known that the Joyce interests are ambitious only to junk the property in view of the fact that they consider successful operation an impossibility.

“Manistee county’s contribution to the world war’s casualty toll was 31 men. Those who made the supreme sacrifice were the first to join the colors at the commencement of hostilities with Germany. Many have left behind mothers, fathers, wives, brothers and sisters, all of whom have been listed by the Red Cross. They are entitled to wear the gold death stars, in memory of their sacrifice.

“All in the casualties were soldiers, most of the naval men being retained here for duty on the coast and service in the country.

“Following is Manistee county’s casualty list…

“Joseph Ziemkowski, died of illness in France; Charles A. Winter, killed in action in France; Arthur F. Dickson, died of illness in cantonment; Cirenus McCary, killed in action in France; Carl Anderson, died of illness in cantonment; Corp. Edwin J. Larsen, killed in action in France; William J. Doba, died of gunshot wounds in France; Anthony Kushnack, died of illness at Manistee; Jamie Palmer, killed in action in France; Edward Schmidt, died of disease at Camp Custer; Axel Anderson, died of disease at Camp Custer; Maurice Buchner, died of disease at Camp Custer; Oscar L. Larson, died of disease at Camp Custer; Corp. Leo Willers, died of disease at Camp Custer; Ceford Jones, died of disease at Camp Custer; Albert Johnson, died of disease at Memphis, Tenn.; Philip Losey, died of disease at Camp Custer; Angus McDonald, died of pneumonia in France; Arthur Carboneau, killed in action in Oct.; Frank O’Connor, killed in action; Joseph Jacobson, died of disease at Ann Arbor; William F. Burrows, died of disease at Camp Eustis, Va.; Lieut. Harold King, killed in action, Oct. 10; Eli Wertanen, killed in action Oct. 12; Alex Sosnosky, killed in action, Oct. 10; John Biglow, died of pneumonia in Russia; Stanley P. Thomas, died of wounds; Paul Skryzenta, killed in action; Alfred Weesner, killed in action in France, Oct. 16; Clifford Weesner, died of pneumonia in Archangel, April, 1918; Edward Hawley, killed in action in France, Oct. 16.

“ADRIAN, Feb. 7.—About 500 gallons of whiskey and seven automobiles were confiscated and eight men are being held as a result of a liquor raid made by Capt. Charles E. Koch of the state constabulary early today. The arrests were made about a mile east of Ogden Center, where Capt. Koch and his men awaited the arrival of the liquor-laden cars. The whiskey is valued at about $20,000, Detroit retail prices, and the cars are estimated to have cost about $15,000.

“A man of suspicious actions this morning at about 10:30 entered the home of Mrs. Anne Smith, 410 Ramsdell Street, and frightened Mrs. Smith, who was alone. He tip-toed into the woodshed in the rear of the house, and when confronted by Mrs. Smith inquired, ‘Have you got any kids to give away?’ Upon the emphatic answer of ‘No,’ he left the place. Mrs. Smith says he seemed to have something concealed in his coat sleeve which he did not wish anyone to see. He wore a brown cap and a blue mackinaw.

“Long continued controversy between the front and back offices of The News-Advocate led to a bowling match last night between two five-men teams representing the editorial and business office, and the mechanical department, and labeled respectively the ‘Brains’ and the ‘Brawns’ of the office. By taking two of the three games by scant margins the ‘Brains’ annexed whatever honors pertained to the engagement, another vindication for the superiority of mind over matter.

“It was a genuine alley frolic, unattended by any meritorious scores, in which all participants proved themselves better kidders than bowlers.

“Posterity sees both the good and the bad in a great man. His contemporaries see only the side reflected by their prejudice.

“Edison says that motion pictures will soon take the place of textbooks in the schools. They’ve certainly taken the place of textbooks outside of the schools.

“In full sympathy with the movement to restore their before-the-war jobs to men who during the 19 months America was at war gave their services to their country, The News-Advocate takes pride and pleasure in announcing two replacements to its force—two white stars above the blue on its service flag, denoting appreciation of their patriotism and sacrifice.

“The first two on the nine recent former employee of this newspaper who were in the nation’s service to return to their old pursuits are Lieut. Lester C. Batdorff, who will resume his former position as advertising manager on February 17, and Master-at-Army, C. P. O. Rudolph E. Anderson, former reporter, who upon the departure of Frank G. Weaver to accept a position on New York City Feb. 22 will be promoted to the position of news editor.

“We feel especially gratified that upon their return to civil life these two elected to return to Manistee and The News-Advocate. They typify in the highest degree the splendid young manhood that shirks no call to duty. Their loyalty will be as unreservedly given to the community in which they live and the enterprise with which they are associated as it was—and is—to the country which called them in its hour of need.

“TWO NIGHTS. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 12. The Cyclonic Cinema Drama of a Primitive Man’s Struggle Against Civilization’s Sinister Forces: The Romance off Tarzan, The concluding chapter of ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ From the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The marvelous super-story of blood-tingling adventure and a love that bridged the golf between savagery and civilization. More thrilling than ‘Tarzan of the Apes.’ A cast of selected screen artists headed by Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey and Cleo Madison. In addition, a troupe of wild apes, lions, tigers, leopards, crocodiles and other jungle beasts including an African elephant of mammoth size, take prominent parts in this masterly arranged production of picturesque thrills. Lyric Theatre. Admission 5 cents and 20 cents.

“Pay-up Week was inaugurated in Manistee business circles today, and the merchants report a better first day response than in any of the previous campaigns. The chances for a success of the week this year are considered better than ever, because the dates are more propitious for liquidation of bills. Last year January was the month chosen, which was bad, not only because of its proximity to Christmas, but also because of adverse conditions brought on by lightless days and heatless holidays.

“The paying of bills really started earlier than this morning, however. Statements sent out on the first bore the ‘Pay-Up’ labels, and merchants report that payments began almost immediately. The week end next Saturday night, and during the intervening time it is expected that the merchants’ books will be practically cleared of accounts.

“As the result of activities during the past 10 days of burglars, who had entered several River Street stores, the police department is concerting its energies on an early arrest of the culprits.

“An effort last night by two burglars to break into a well known River Street store was frustrated by the appearance of one of the night officers. The men evidently were prepared for him, as they disappeared immediately upon his arrival. However, the officer was able to get a fair description of the men, and it is probable that if they are local miscreants they will soon be apprehended.

“How’d you like to be the ice man?

“The annual ice harvest began today, the thickness of the blocks ranging from 9 to 12 inches. The concerns will not attempt to harvest an over amount of ice this winter because of the facts that consumers use sparingly of ice, and the saloons have gone out of business.

“Harry Aarons has on display in his show window a valuable collection of Red Fox furs, which is attracting more than passing attention, especially from feminine eyes. There are enough rich, soft, reddish-brown skins to supply milady’s wardrobe for several winters.

“These pelts, numbering 66, including one from a badger, were placed on exhibition this morning by the Miller Brothers, and represent the result of the recent hunting season. Each animal from which the skin was secured was caught in the vicinity of Manistee. The entire collection is valued at $1,420.

“The ‘Back to School’ drive observed all over the United States began in earnest in Manistee today. All boys and girls who left school to take positions left vacant by drafted men or made from war needs are to be urged to return to school to resume their studies. By doing so they will not only fit themselves to fill positions requiring higher capability but make places for returning soldiers.

“Most good things come to those who hustle while they wait.

“Cheer up, in a few days now you can fill out your income tax report.

“The inter-scholastic debating contest that was held yesterday in the West session room of the high school, between the Woodrow Wilson high school and the Traverse City teams, turned out unsuccessful for the local orators. About 250 were present.

“City Manager Beauvais is so used to driving automobiles that he experienced some difficulty in accustoming himself to the driver’s seat in a single buggy, back of a peppery sorrel mare this morning.

“He needed to inspect some work at the far end of Sibben Street, and on other streets, and ordered from Gamache’s livers a ‘gentle’ horse. The animal proved gentle enough going, but coming something happened.

“Perhaps the city manager gave her too much gas, or tried to shift gears without slowing up. Anyway, the sorrel mare bolted, and left Mr. Beauvais hanging on. Down Sibben and around the corner into First Street the vehicle careened, with Miss Dobbin never looking back to see is her passenger was still with her. She was barnward bound and didn’t give a dern.

“Near Ramsdell hall was a load of fragrant timothy, and it appeared for a moment that the city manager was going to hit the hay, but the farmer in charge of it, washed [reached?] out and (being used to horses) stopped the little, peppery sorrel mare, just in time.

“From now on Mr. Beauvais declares he will be too proud to ride behind anything that goes on four legs.

“The first night school, after its organization a week ago, was held last night at 7:00 o’clock in the sophomore session room of the Woodrow Wilson High School. According to Prof. S. W. Baker about 25 men between the ages of 22 and 63 attended.

“Classes in reading, writing and spelling were organized, and will advance as fast as the needs of the men require. The men are anxious to learn more and anxious to become better citizens.

“Mr. Baker also gave a talk on citizenship.

“…Supt. Baker says: ‘’…in time I hope to see hundreds here. I want to impress upon the people that this is no plaything, no trifling, and I not only ask, but urge that every adult, woman or man, attend these night schools. Reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic and other subjects that are taught in the grades will be taught here, and I know that the people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn.’

“Mrs. Nels Sandgren of 17 Magill Street was asphyxiated Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.

“Mrs. Sandgren was doing her housework and scrubbing the kitchen floor when she accidentally disconnected the gas tube which controlled the gas plate. Not noticing the odor in time she was overcome and fell to the floor.

“A neighbor, living upstairs, heard no one moving about in the lower rooms as she was accustomed to, and thought the silence peculiar. She went down to investigate and found Mrs. Sandgren. Dr. Kathryn Bryan was called and attended the case. Mrs. Sandgren was restored to consciousness in a short time.

“Manistee banks will be closed all day Wednesday in observance of Lincoln’s birthday, which is a legal holiday.

“In the publication last week of the number and names of Manistee county soldiers who gave their lives at the battle front, the name of John E. Richmond, of Onekama, was not included. That he should have been omitted was an unintentional oversight, as the names printed were taken from the casualty list at the Red Cross headquarters and his was not shown.

“Mr. Richmond died in France from wounds received in action, Oct. 16.

“The Committee directing the ‘Back to School’ campaign yesterday decided that each and every family which has children at work should be visited and talked with and also be handed report blanks which must be filled out showing the complete record of each case; cause for leaving school; kind of work entered; attitude of parents, etc.

“Influenza, which has hit nearly every community in the country with varying degrees of severity during the past several months, is just taking hold of Bear Lake, according to reports received from there. This town has been fortunate to escape previously.

“Despite the vigilance of the Bear Lake health board, the disease is in a fair way of becoming epidemic there, and at the present time there are few homes in the village which have not at least one patient.

“No cases of pneumonia have developed, and health authorities are working hard to keep the disease within bounds. The schools and churches have been closed.

“A varied and interesting collection of war relics, trophies, and curious, showing articles never before seen here, is on display in the show window of the City Drug store annex.

“One of the most interesting things in the display is the collection of several photographs of the allied positions taken in the clouds by a German airman. They were removed from his body after he had been brought to the ground, and were sent here by Raymond Hansen. Two of the large Maltese cross markers seen on German aeroplanes are also on display.

“Private Glenn L. Shannon’s portion of the display is made up of Russian and Bolshevik trophies. There is one of the famous Bolshevik knives, photographs of Archangel and typical Bolshevikis, Russian and Bolshevik money and a wool helmet used by the American troops in Siberia.

“Great thoughts, unlike fine grapes, seldom come in bunches.”

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