The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. February 1893
The original of the petition to President Buchanan, published in this issue, praying for the removal of the land office from Ionia to Grand Haven, can be seen at this office.
At Spring Lake the people are excited over the following bill. They protest at the importation of sinners for evangelical purposes. “You are invited to the revival meetings in the M. E. church every night this week. The pastor will be assisted by Rev. J. H. Bennett of Grand Haven. Next week G. H. McLachian, the sinning evangelist, will assist.”
There is a little hitch in the insurance in the burned tug Wright. It is customary in losses on fire policies to appoint appraisers to fix the value of the property involved prior to the fire, and also to determine its value in a damaged condition. This procedure was objected to by the tug’s owners, who they claim that she is a total loss and that the underwriters should pay the amount of their risks. The Wright was insured for $16,000. There is a difference of opinion as to the value of the Wright prior to the fire.
F. M. Groters settles the dispute over what was the first paper published in Western Michigan. Mr. Groters read the first issue of both the Hollander and the Grand River Times. The Hollander he says appeared in 1850 about a year before the Times.
[The first issue of the Grand River Times was published July 2, 1851 and can be seen along with subsequent issues on microfilm at the Loutit Library. Facsimiles of the early Times were used in this project in the July, 1892 compilation issue of the Evening Tribune in the Online Version within the ‘Our History’ Section. A hard copy facsimile version has recently been prepared, but not published.]
The Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railway Company settled yesterday with George Batson of Ionia, one of the injured passengers on the Saturday night wreck, paying him $100 and $15 per week until he shall recover.
What an awful catastrophe it will be for Grand Haven and Muskegon papers when the present cold spell is a thing of the past. Possibly, though food for argument will be found in a heated spell. At the present time the papers are warm enough in their arguments to make up for any deficiency of heat in the outside atmosphere.―Detroit Free Press.
Senator Doran in this state legislature yesterday noticed a bill to amend the act relative to Young Men Christian’s association so as to give the associations, as such the right to borrow money and pledge their personal property or realty in security. Under the present law members are obliged to give personal risks for money borrowed for the association. J. T. Campbell gave notice of a bill to prohibit the marriage of first cousins.
356 Ohio St. Chicago, Ill., Jan. 31, ‘93
MR. H. G. NICHOLS, ESQ:
Dear Sir―In examining some old papers, books and documents, which have been in my possession many years, and as a large portion of them relate to the history of Grand Haven and Ottawa county, dating back to 1855, it occurred to me that it would prove very interesting reading to the few remaining pioneers of Ottawa county, whose residence dates back to 1858; and will call to mind and pleasant memory, the names of those who thirty-five years ago were residents of Grand Haven and vicinity, and identified with the early history thereof. I therefore send you the original petition to President James Buchanan, dated Feb. 15th, 1858, attached to which are the signatures of sixty-eight of the most prominent and influential residents and citizens of that locality, at the date above names, praying for the removal of the “United States Land Office” from Ionia, where it was then located, to Grand Haven, for reasons therein set forth.
Should you consider the matter favorable, you are at liberty to place the same before your readers, thus enabling the younger to acquaint themselves with the names of those thirty-five years ago and to the few remaining, whose signatures appear thereon, to vividly recall those early days in life; the scenes, incidents and trials connected with those days and to readily determine how few there are now living, who gladly signed this petition, thirty-five years ago. I am Very truly yours,
DAVID E. ROSE.
To His Excellency, James Buchanan, President of the United States:
The subscribers, residents and citizens of the County of Ottawa in the State of Michigan within the limits of the Ionia Land District, respectfully set forth.
That the location of the land office in said District has become very inconvenient to purchasers for these reasons. Said Land Office is situated in the southeastern part of the district, and the remaining public lands are mostly, if not entirely, in the northern and western parts of the district. The vacant lands are nearly all in the Lake Shore counties, and persons wishing to locate lands in the northwestern part of the district are obliged to travel the length of the western boundary and nearly the southern boundary of the district, making a journey of 160 miles to reach the Land Office.
We therefore respectfully pray that you will direct the Land Office in said District to be removed to Grand Haven. In Ottawa county, a point much more convenient and acceptable to those who wish to purchase lands, than its present location at Ionia, Michigan. And your petitioners with much respect will ever pray.
Dated February 15th, 1858.
|H D Post||Hiram Bean|
|Timothy Fletcher||Hiram Jenison|
|Charles J Pfaff||Geo G Lovell|
|Nicholas Vyn||Wm Louttit|
|Chas F Post||W S Atwood|
|Wm M Ferry||M L Hopkins|
|Ed P Ferry||George Parks|
|Geo E Hubbard||Henry Pennoyer|
|E L Fuller||Peter VandenBerg|
|Henry L Warts||S B Hopkins|
|Mark Losee||H A Read|
|A S Norton||John L Rogther|
|Wm H Parks||C W. Gray|
|James R Scott||H Savidge|
|J B McNett||Henry Griffin|
|J D Vandufort||Wm M Ferry Jr|
|Edward W Parks||H M McCluer|
|Geo D Harvey||J E Walker|
|T W White||J W Barns|
|Robert Howlett||Jas A Florentine|
|John B Warren||E W Barns|
|Eddy Irons Jr||John Fuite|
|Charles F Calkins||Giles T Woodbury|
|John F Parks||R W Duncan|
|Benj Smith||Israel V Harris|
|Warren Taplin||Stephen L Lowing|
|W H Kezetor||Henry Brouwer|
|Wm Bentley||Isaac Bryant|
|Aart Van Lee||C R Raymond|
|John Duvurney||J G Ross|
|Charles Wateman||Daniel Averill|
|Chas McLensthen||C VanderMuelen|
|Wm Laughufray||J B Bailey|
|A Bruning||Ira C Smith|
Last month’s business at the Grand Haven post office was the heaviest in the history of the city.
If this weather continues “the only winter harbor on Lake Michigan” ―Muskegon―will be hopelessly frozen up.
James Martin for drunk and disorderly conduct was sentenced to eight days in jail by Justice Pagelson this morning.
The Muskegon “news” has done more to advertise Muskegon as not being “the only winter harbor on Lake Michigan” than any other paper in Michigan.
Notwithstanding that Grand Haven is the best wood market this year, several Allendale farmers are hauling 24 miles to Holland.
Mr. Klaas Venekamp celebrated his 73rd birthday today. He is one of our oldest and most respected citizens and has lived here 21 years.
Valentines should begin to make their appearance in the display windows shortly.
The strong east wind still continues and there is not a bit of ice on this shore. The ice in the river was also driven out and where ice was being cut yesterday is open water today.
An easterly wind of as long a duration has not prevailed here for some time, as the one now prevailing. The heavy sea on Lake Michigan prevented the steamer Wisconsin from leaving Milwaukee last night and she did not get away until early this morning.
Locating the Crib.
The surveyors this morning succeeding in locating the water works crib in Lake Michigan, but the diver could not go down to work upon it. The ice which had before drifted away from it having drifted back again in sufficient quantity to interfere with work there. It will be attended to as soon as practicable and a thorough examination made.
[This article probably refers to the Muskegon water intake crib which had been recently blocked by ice.]
The grain stored in vessels at Chicago are having a re having a hard time of it this winter. The exceedingly cold weather has caused the boats to spring a leak and their cargoes to get wet in consequence. Of the vessels loaded, a large proportion are known to be leaking so as to require pumping night and day in order to prevent damage to their grain; others had to discharge portions of their cargoes until the leaks were brought above water, while three were compelled to discharge entirely and go into dry dock.
Deputy Sheriff Collins of Muskegon came down from Muskegon Tuesday afternoon and placed under arrest Frank Jarvis, a Frenchman. The prisoner was found on the steamer Wisconsin as she lay at the pier and was taken to Muskegon. On Monday night he got on a Muskegon electric car; when asked for his fare by Conductor Frank Stamp he refused, at the same time saying he had paid. After persistently refusing he was told he would have to pay or get off. The car was stopped and he was put off by the conductor. At the next crossing he again boarded the car and when the motorman, Henry Bukelbaugh, came to the assistance of Mr. Stamp he received a stunning blow in the face with a heavy instrument in the hands of Jarvis. Notwithstanding this he was put off a second time and the car proceeded on its way. The ladies on the car were thoroughly frightened. After assaulting the street car men Jarvis left for this city. He would have been safe from the handle of the law had the steamer Wisconsin gone out that day. As it was, she was prevented by the gale much to the chagrin of the prisoner. Jarvis received a sentence of 60 days in Muskegon jail yesterday.
The glass factory has now in its employe about 30 men.
Capt. Parsons of Whitehall says the Great Lakes are 7 feet shallower than they were seven years ago.
About two inches of sugar snow fell last night making walking harder work today than it is after a sleet storm.
The steamers Wisconsin and Roanoke are said to be on the lake. There is a very heavy sea and their birth is not a comfortable one.
The sun was out for a few minutes yesterday morning and according to the old proverb there will six weeks more of winter.
The light on South Manitou Island will be kept burning all winter for the benefit of the ferry boat with cars from Frankfort to the Wisconsin shore.
One of the windows in the Gringhuis’ Clothing store was broken by the force of the wind early this morning. A window in the same place was broken in the big gale of October.
The Grand Rapids Board of Trade will have a meeting next week to consider the feasibility of running a lake boat in connection with the river boats.
This kind of snow is what the people of the Dakota’s and the northwest get when they have a blizzard. It is the worst kind for railroad traffic and not a C. & W. M. train from the south has been in today. The D., G. H. & M. trains are about 15 or 30 minutes behind time.
Forgers are actively engaged in trying to work Grand Rapids businessmen.
Kent County people are opposed to the redistribution plan, thinking that it will hurt the plans for Grand River’s improvement.
A fine overcoat was stolen from one of the boarders at the American House this week. The coat was hanging on a hook and mysteriously disappeared. No clew to the thief.
The City’s Water Works.
Ald. Koeltz of the Second ward sprang something of a sensation upon the council at its meeting last evening. He stated that the city was in dire need of a better water supply. There have been several fires since the new pumping station has been in operation and every time connections had to be made with the river. The result is that the people are getting the same muggy and dirty water that this council has worked so hard to prevent. Mr. Koeltz frankly admitted that after and expenditure of $30,000 on the well and new pump house, that the city had no better water supply than at first.
He said ”this present council will be in existence only about two months longer and shall leave the people in the same rut from which we tried to pull them out. Of course nothing can be done now, but we should take steps to investigate the matter and make the necessary improvements at the first breaking of winter.”
Supt. Palmer stated that the engineer at the new station had one draw back to contend with, in that, in case of fires occurring at night he could not tell how the water stood in the well because the gauge had not yet been put in. For this reason probably, the river has been resorted to, at even the smaller fires because the engineer could not leave his pumps and go to the well to investigate. Mr. Palmer stated that the gauge would be put in as soon as possible.”
Ald. Koeltz further reminded the council that something should be done before the present council ceases to exist.
At Mayor Kirby’s instance the council will meet privately in a short time to consider what is to be done in the matter.
The Woman’s Banquet.
BY M. M. M.
The Woman’s Club a banquet held,
The lovely church was nearly filled;
Adorned the place this noted day,
Fair ladies in most fine array.
The lady chief did well preside,
Such grace of mien, so dignified;
The next of rank, in pith excelled;
The sterner sex, accustomed, drilled.
The Mistress, sweetly, did portray,
A wondrous skill, rare gifts display;
And in a curt, clear, meet response,
Her better half replied, at once.
So deep within one heart was stirred,
Vehement words sarcastic flowed.
For still the air was rife within,
Of burning thoughts from reckless men.
For, but a single night ere this,
An aged man, a socialist,
Such rank, discordant words did say,
Some left the church, they could not stay.
That finished speech, so sweet and choice,
So touching, made all hearts rejoice.
So rich and rare, how scarce to find
Such fruitage from so young a mind.
A grand success the banquet proved,
For all were in a joyful mood;
And oft’ in thought again we’ll feel
The joy it gave, it’s magic thrill.
Letter from St. Paul Church Committee
Having seen the article in the Tribune of Jan. 28, 1893 with the signature “Gus Hubert,” we the members of the Evangelical St. Paul’s church, feel called upon to bring the following into public notice,
1. The meeting of the church members July 10, ’92 was opened in a Christian like manner and business discharged. Pastor A. Roese then brought forward a complaint against Mr. Ott on account of his base conduct, and in the complaint made known also the secret meetings of this “Club,” which held its own meetings to oppose the general welfare of the church, with card playing and beer drinking carried on with the Bible near at hand on the table. At the reading of the complaint, Hallmann sprang up like a lunatic and struck the bench with is fist. At the same instant Ott threw off his coat, pulled up his shirt sleeve and stepped forward as if to strike Hubert, the coward, seized his shoulders from behind and pushed him forward with the words, “Go on.” At the same time the pious (?) Kramer, arose majestically like a haughty Pharisee and cried, “I have something in my hand here. Who ever comes near is a dead man.” Thereupon he struck Mr. Hildrinck with the object in his hand, such a blow on the head that the blood flowed. Ott fought all about him like an insane man. It was his intention to attack the pastor, but he was held back by others, and that Hubert, that coward, took his sword under his arm, left his companions in the lurch, and ran down the steps like a hangman who has lost his victim, meanwhile making use of vile language such as we do not care to repeat here. With a kick he was forever expelled. With the consent of the members he was put out of the church. Ott then apologized and was forgiven, and both the others adapted themselves to circumstances, and what happened? Hubert in the meantime had so aroused the anger of Mrs. Ott that she was angry at her husband that she was angry at her husband for having apologized. Our three friends (?) could not withstand the tempter Hubert and fell in with his diabolical plans. Even the very next day did those pious Christians show themselves to be unreliable Philistines! Soon afterward on July 19, 1892, a special meeting was called and the three, Ott, Kramer and Hallmann were expelled because of their base conduct and because of their having given expression to thoughts of murderous import. Herewith let it be known publicly that these four fallen Christians can never again become members of our church.
2. We answer now those last, daring falsehoods and bold misrepresentations of the case.
Gus Hubert, we must accuse you of openly lying. You did not resign, but according to our records you were expelled.
Ours is not a Lutheran, but an Evangelical church which is governed by the word of God.
Have you now, fool, for the first time found that in the last few weeks, and you a member of the church more than four years? Why have you not said before that we stand on false grounds? And why did you sign your name to the laws of our church? Do you now for the first time reveal yourself as a masked hypocrite? You lie further too, when you say our pastor created a bloody fight, but you and your companions have brought about this struggle. You say F. is a pedro player; but he is a better man than you are and he pays what he loses. And we say we have never yet had to pay from $25 to $27 for pedro and whiskey debts like K. We think you beat F. since you carry on vices in your own house. If anyone were to enter your house the cards would fly behind your pulpit, the pitcher of beer under the table and the Bible instead would be taken in your hand. There sit the pious hypocrites. You say, Roese ran down the stairs.” That is another falsehood. Our pastor took the lamp and went down a few steps in order to prevent the lamp’s exploding in the struggle for everything is to be expected of such a land of White Caps. You lie if you deny having written the White Caps’ postal card to our pastor. Do you know that you said to Mrs. B. on the street, “Well Pastor Roese is living still?” Do you know also that you have boasted that you had written some years ago a letter from your White Caps to your blacksmith? Your blacksmith ran away, but our pastor awaited the coming of you White Caps. You are known among the Germans’ of Grand Haven as being a writer of dirty letters, because you care nothing for honor and have none to lose.
As concerns our pastor’s mother, it surprises us remarkably that you make use of the same expressions on the postal card of Sept. 28, 1892, and in your reply to the TRIBUNE of Jan, 24, and again Jan. 28, 1893. Not one of the church members says a word about such a terrible accusation, but you with your creatures bring up the case.
Before the writing of the postal card, no one said such a thing. You are the first are you so dull as to tell us you were the writer. “Mr. Justav, dat wart got! Mr. Justav, hol de Ohrenstiff!”
To you, Mrs. L. be it herewith said: ―You may keep your mouth shut or we will clip your tongue. To Rev. Br., who, a short time ago held conversation with Hubert, which perhaps prejudiced him, let it be said also, do not allow yourself to become mixed up in a White Cap’s affair.
We will answer nothing further in the Tribune since we have here stated the true circumstances. You may proceed with your lying if you wish.
A. HARTEL, S., A, Kr.,
Com. German Evang. St. Paul church.
The steamer Amazon beached very near where the Roanoke is now grounded.
It’s not Grand Haven’s harbor’s fault that the Roanoke broke her steam pipe. She was rendered powerless and washed to the beach.
Capt. Frank E. Yates is now the champion fencer of the west. He defeated Prof. Dauriac for the championship at Chicago Thursday night.
Mrs. Nat Robbins Jr. received a telegram this morning from her husband announcing his safe arrival at Vancouver.
The crew of the steamer Ann Arbor No. 1, from captain down, have struck for more pay, and the steamer will remain at dock at Frankfort until matters are adjusted or a new crew hired.
Mr. M. B. Glazier of this city will be 83 years old next Monday. After Mr. C. W. Gray, Mr. Glazier is one of the oldest men in the county. Mr. Glazier has been a resident of this city for nine years, but is a native of the Green Mountain State. His father and grand-father both lived to a ripe old age and were participants in the early events of the nation. His grand-father helped throw out tea from the British ship in Boston harbor in the year 1176. Mr. Glazier has been a Republican, since that party was in existence. He was an ardent admirer of Henry Clay and voted for Benj. Harrison the grand father of the present Chief Executive. During the Mexican war, Mr. Glazier was not in regular duty, but was building fortifications on Bedloe’s, Staten and other islands off New York harbor. He served in the war for the Rebellion in fortification work, on the side of the Union. A son was killed at Antietam. Mr. Glazier also had a brother who served in the Florida war. This is but a minute sketch form the life book of an unwritten history. Probably no other person in Michigan has more varied history back to the time of his ancestors than Mr. glazier. His many friends will wish many another happy birthday.
North bound trains are beginning to come in after being snow bound two days.
The editor of the Grand Haven Herald had better study the geography of his own county. He says that Grand Haven harbor is 210 feet wide, whereas it is over 400. Muskegon harbor is 210.
A terrible gale prevailed on the lake all day yesterday, rivaling the one of early January. The steamer Roanoke left Milwaukee with a cargo of 1000 tons shortly after midnight of Thursday.
The prevailing easterly wind of the previous few days had packed the ice on the west shore and for 20 miles out of Milwaukee the route was through a big field of slush ice.
The gale overtook the boat when in the open water off this port. When about 600 yards from the piers late yesterday afternoon a small field of slush ice was again encountered.
The ice clogged up the steamer’s condenser and rendered her powerless. The steamer was at the mercy of the sea. At that time she was northwest of the pier. The sea swept her along and she came in contact with the end of the south pier and was shifted to the outside of the pier. She drifted until she grounded in shallow water about 300 yards form the south pier.
The gale was raging furiously and the Captain thinking it advisable ordered the crew to abandon the ship about 6:30. Ice extended from the shore to where she lay but being broken in some places one of the small boats was pushed along for use if necessary. The crew numbering about 20 and the commander, Capt. Martin landed safely on the beach. They at once proceeded to the city and left the ship to its fate. The sailors all carried their clothing and valuable with them and presented a ship wrecked appearance.
The crew stopped at the Kirby House for the night and the office of that hotel was crowded with people.
When the crew arrived in town the report became general that the boat was on the beach and going to wreck fast. The whole town was excited and hundreds rushed to the pier. The black outline of the big steamer cold be seen. Occasionally a big wave would wash her and her timbers could be heard to crack.
Later in the night, the sea having gone down the Captain and several of the crew returned to the boat and remained.
The light of morning showed that the steamer was broad side to the sea with her bow to the south. The depth of the water where she lay is about 12 feet. The Roanoke draws 14 feet. The Merick was telegraphed for last night and it is the calculation to lighter the steamer and float her out of her present position. By removing her deck load this can probably be accomplished.
The Roanoke’s position is not one of particular danger even if she is not got off today, unless another northwest gale springs up. Her steam pipe is broken and the crew have been repairing it today. Her boiler was filled by dipping buckets over the side to procure water, a tedious job, but the only one. When the crew left the boat last night there was not a drop of water in her hold and she and her cargo are reported in good condition today.
Although the life saving crew are out of service they rendered what aid they could to the crew of the Roanoke last night. A line was shot from the station to the distressed steamer.
MR. EDITOR:―I do wish these termagants of the Lutheran church of Grand Haven township would quit their quarreling, or if they cannot or will not do this, let them quit disturbing the editor and readers of the TRIBUNE with their own private difficulties. It has become nauseous to the public. If they are Christians, let them settle their difficulties like Christians in a Christian manner. Let them read Matthew 18:15, 16, 17, 18 and act upon it, and stop their bickerings. At least let them cease making them public, and the public would be much obliged.
Lake Superior is frozen solid 30 miles to shore.
Four of the F. & P. M. steamers are fast in the ice off Ludington.
A. F. Temple the well known curtain roller manufacturer of Muskegon first began their manufacture in this city in 1870.
The steamer Roanoke which has been the center of interest for several days was built in Cleveland in 1867. Her improvements in late years have made her almost a new boat. She has a Lloyd’s valuation of $50,000.
At a special meeting Saturday night of stockholders of the Grand River Transportation Co., held in the board of trade rooms, at Grand Rapids, it was decided to make arrangements with some line of lake steamers to carry Grand Rapids freight from Grand Haven to Chicago and Milwaukee during the coming season.
The Steamer Roanoke Safe at her Dock.
The exultant yell of hundreds of people on the south pier and the blowing of the shrill whistle of the steamer Wisconsin, heralded at half past five yesterday afternoon the release of the steamer Roanoke from her unsafe position on the beach. Everybody was wild with delight and when the ship rounded the pier safe into the harbor another mighty shout was given. It has been several years since a vessel was wrecked at Grand Haven and the people were glad that the good record was still spotless.
On Saturday night the D., G. H. & M. freight handlers were informed that their services would be worth double pay on Sunday in lightering the stranded steamer, arrangements had been made with the tug E. G. Crosby, which has been lying at the mouth of Muskegon lake, and yesterday morning she left for this port with the large lumber scow Mackinac. The freight handlers were at the deck at 7 o’clock an as soon as the Crosby hove in sight from the piers (about 9:30) they went out with the Wisconsin to meet her. The “long shore men” were put on the scow several miles off here and the Wisconsin returned to lay at the pier the rest of the day.
The Crosby and her consort arrived at he side of the grounded steamer at 11 a.m., and at 11:20 the work of lightering began. To the people on the pier the work seemed to progress slowly; but the 144 experienced freight men were hustling the deck load cargo at a lively rate considering the circumstances.
The day was a beautiful one and two-thirds of the city were on the piers between the hours of eight in the morning and six at night. To most of the people it was a scene entirely unexpected. The harbor was as clear of ice and the river as mild and beautiful as on a June morning, and except for the tumbled up snow and ice on the shore and an occasional small iceberg seen far in the distance, one would think that in the short walk down the pier, was a transfer from winter to spring. The Roanoke lay about 300 yards off and the progress of the work could be easily seen.
All day long, between the hours mentioned, hundreds of people walked along the government property, and the pier was probably never more crowded since the wreck of the big black steamer Amazon in the 80’s.
At about five o’clock in the afternoon the Crosby began making preparations to attempt a haul on the steamer. In the meantime over half of the Roanoke’s $40,000 cargo was safe in the scow’s hold.
The first attempt of pulling was made on the stern of the Roanoke. For half a length she went along handily and then became fast. The tug then took a line from the steamer’s bow and she moved off as gracefully as if she had not been in a serious predicament for 36 hours. It was then that the people shouted, and well they had a right o.
The Crosby towed the Roanoke to the pier, where she lay for the night. The freight handlers went to supper, after which they returned and proceeded to unload the scow, working until one o’clock this morning. The Wisconsin, which lay at the pier in case of emergency, left for Milwaukee at 10 p.m.
Not a pound of the Roanoke’s cargo was lost, which speaks well for the Grand Haven freight handlers. One of them said this morning “I have never seen the gang work so hard as they did yesterday. Every minute was worth a dollar to the owners of the boat and the men appreciated it.
The tug Merick arrived from Milwaukee early this morning. She is prepared again for any emergency.
The Roanoke’s cargo consisted of 8680 barrels of flour, 750 bundles of wood pulp and 1130 sacks of feed. The cargo was insured with Crosby, McDonald & Co., of Chicago.
Ottawa is one of the best law abiding counties in the state. Nevertheless some atrocious or desperate crime comes to the eras of the people at intervals. “Prophet Trowbridge, Norman Sweeny and Owen Pearl for instance are the kind of men that Jackson hankers for.
It is stated that one of the Muskegon papers sent a special representative over here yesterday to take views and photographs of the harbor and situation generally. The fellow walked down to the pier. As far as he could see was the beautiful green waters of the lake. “I thought there was ice at your harbor” he said to a small boy with a large quid of tobacco. “What yer givin us” replied the small boy surlily, all alert for a war of words. The newspaper man walked down town disgusted.
In speaking of the new river boat Valley City the G. R. Herald says: “The expenses last year were something like $70 daily; the fuel expense was especially big on account of the boiler standing without covering or protection from of any sort on the open lower deck. On some days last fall when the boat got down towards Grand Haven, where the river widens out, the cold winds blowing on the boilers made it almost impossible to keep up steam. The stockholders have come to think that less style and more hard work on the part of those in command would bring better results. Aside from the encumbrance of snags and low water the confident prophecy that the Valley City could make a round trip daily has been entirely unfulfilled.
Dr. James N. Albee, formerly of this city, but now of Detroit, is in the city today. Dr. Albee looks the same as he did 25 years ago and is known by all the boys of that period. He is now proprietor of a gold cure institute at Detroit, which enjoys a prosperous patronage.
A sleigh ride party will leave for Muskegon tomorrow afternoon.
John Vyn it is reported was not at drill last night. His absence was necessitated by a ride to the country in which the Capt. Concurred with. John is thinking it a very good excuse from duty.
Since the steamer went ashore last Friday night at Grand Haven papers have been as silent as clams about their “beautiful harbor.” A Muskegon tug pulled the boat off. Again comment is unnecessary.―Muskegon Chronicle.
Early last November the tug Crosby was prevented from going up to Muskegon on account of the already thick ice on the lake. Hence she lay at the mouth all winter, or a Muskegon tug would have never had the honor of releasing the Roanoke. As it is she had a terrible time plowing through the thick ice near Muskegon piers.
Speaking of the release of the Roanoke by the tug Crosby the Muskegon News says: “The Roanoke was soon resting at the dock at Grand Haven and the entire crew of the Crosby were fallen upon bodily and hugged for joy at the signal success. The best that Grand Haven afforded was laid at their feet and the boys enjoyed themselves.”
A sleigh ride party from the country rode down here last night.
The Roanoke will remain in port until the repairs to her steam pipe are finished.
The yawl boat of the steamer Roanoke escaped from its mooring in the stern of the boat Sunday. It was captured by Dan Swartz in the evening.
The lumber product in the Grand Haven and Spring Lake district in 1892 was 800,000 feet. In 1891 the output was 2,600,000 feet. The amount of stock in this district is about 300,000 feet.
Senator Barnard gave notice in the state legislature yesterday of a bill authorizing Grand Rapids to bond herself for the improvement of Grand River.
The Express advocates a free bridge across Grand River from Nunica. It would undoubtedly be the largest bridge in the world as Grand River is not within three miles of Nunica.
The scow Mackinac was unladed at 6 o’clock last night. She and the Crosby are still here today. The work of unloading the remainder of the cargo of the Roanoke was begun at 7 this morning.
There was a communication in your yesterday’s paper stating the marriage performed by Rev. J. H. Bennett of Fred Lockhart and Miss Katie VanDongen. I desire to state that the above, my daughter, is only 15 years old and was married entirely unbeknown to me and without her parents consent. Immediately after the marriage my wife took our daughter home and she has remained with us since and now most heartily deplores this hasty and foolish course. Steps will be taken at once to fully annul this unfortunate union which is null and void.
Spring Lake M. E. church.
Spring Lake, Mich., 2-6. ’93.
Dear Sir―I notice that the DAILY TRIBUNE of a few days ago says “there is some talk of the Spring Lake M. E. church being merged in the Grand Haven M. E. church,” and that “the matter will come up before the next conference.”
We think you have been misinformed, or if there is any such talk it is wholly confined to Grand Haven.
The Spring Lake M. E. church is stronger than the Grand Haven church which is, in fact, a mission.
If the Grand Haven church would like to become part of the Spring Lake circuit and will be content with afternoon preaching, some arrangement may possibly be made, but we as a church cannot afford to be merged in the Grand Haven M. E. Church.
AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE SPRING LAKE M. E. CHURCH.
The electric lights froze up last night and the city was in darkness.
Muskegon is to have an electric fountain to be erected by C. H. Hackley.
Capt. Jos. Russel of the F. & P. M. No. 4 says he has never seen so much ice on the lakes in many years.
The Grand Rapids Democrat says that the Allendale cornet band has been engaged to play at he World’s Fair.
The car ferries are having a very hard time in making the crossing at Detroit. The Michigan Central boats were nearly two hours in getting across Friday morning, while the Canadian Pacific boats did not fare any better.
The Muskegon tug Crosby with the scow used in unloading the Roanoke is still here, being unable to get into Muskegon’s “finest harbor on the East Shore.” If that harbor is such a one as claimed by the Chronicle and News, will those Journals please inform the public why the tug Crosby can not return to that mecca of sailors and boomers.
The Muskegon News says that the tug Merick broke her rudder in breaking ice at Grand Haven. This is another example of the ignorance of that sheet. The tug became disabled in the ice off Muskegon and it was in trying to force a passage through the ice-burg, that blocked that God forsaken port that caused the mischief. The News seems to be anxious to talk loudest about what she knows least about.
In the year 1892 there was more building and improvement generally about the city than there had been for several years before. August Kraatz of the firm Kraatz & Co., says that next year will be a continuation of the improvements and that many fine buildings are already proposed. Mr. Kraatz went to Holland today to order stone for a beautiful residence which Mr. John Juistema will erect the coming spring on the corner of Clinton & 4th Sts. Grand Haven’s boom has come to stay.
According to the Saugatuck Commercial, black snow fell in that township last week.
Thos. Ford and Wm. Kines, vags, were sentenced to six days in jail by Justice Pagelson this morning.
Mayor Kirby deposited the court House bonds with the county treasurer today and received a receipt there for, according to contract.
The freight handlers desire to thank Capt. Martin of the steamer Roanoke for so kindly feeding them last Sunday and also again for the treat which he spread before them yesterday.
As we go to press this afternoon the steamer Wisconsin is said to be 6 or 7 miles off port.
Returned From Ohio.
Mr. Geo. D. Sanford returned this morning from Bellevue, Ohio, where he has been for the past ten days assisting in settling up the affairs of the late Chas, Stoner.…
Mr. Sanford says that it would seem strange for a Grand Havenite to visit the place as there is no body of water around….
Another thing that would appear strange to a Grand Haven citizen is the use of natural gas. Pipes extend from the wells at Tiffin, some 30 miles distant and houses are warmed and meals cooked by natural gas. Wood is a very scarce article in the community.
[This article can be seen in its entirety on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
Two Boats Every Day.
The annual meeting of the Goodrich Transportation Company was held at the company’s office in Milwaukee yesterday morning. All of the old board of directors and officers were re-elected. The directors are: Albert Conro, G. Hurson of Milwaukee; A. W. Goodrich, E. L. Upton, J. W Gillman, Chicago. The officers are, President and treasurer, A. W. Goodrich, Chicago; vice president, E. L. Upton, Chicago; secretary and general traffic manger, G. Hurson, Milwaukee; superintendent, J. W. Gillman, Chicago.
The last season was a prosperous one with the company, and preparations are being made to increase the business this year. During the year the company expects to run four boats daily each way between Milwaukee and Chicago and Grand Haven and Muskegon.
The coming season $55,000 will be expended on Muskegon harbor and $40,000 upon St. Joseph harbor.
J. W. Boynton when asked today how his railroad was coming along said: “Coming along smoothly, coming right along.” Being further questioned he said: “I have a d__d sight more to tell, but I am not ready yet.” Evidently Jerry is still working.
The TRIBUNE will publish no anonymous communications.
The Roanoke will take out all the west bound freight now on hand.
It has been 100 days since a boat entered “the finest harbor on the east shore” of Lake Michigan. [The editor is speaking sarcastically of the Muskegon harbor.]
Geo. Hancock made his last shipment of celery this week. The celery season is a long one with the above firm.
Captain Martin of the Roanoke today made the freight handlers happy by paying at the rate of 30 cents an hour for last Sunday’s work. The boys will be still more happy tonight as the pay car is expected to arrive then.
George D. Sanford of Grand Haven, postmaster of the lively lake shore city under President Cleveland, and an all around prominent Democrat politician, was a guest in the Clerendon yesterday.―G. R. Democrat.
It would seem as if the Muskegon Chronicle man was stricken with softening of the brain when he is compelled to transpose an item from the TRIBUNE to make it apply to the town “whose pride is its open harbor” and who has the ‘finest harbor on the east shore.” Ah, you poor fellow, but a winter spent beside that “open sea” would make even a Muskegon man insane.
Snow is falling for the 49th consecutive day.
The steamer Roanoke is still in port. She will probably wait until the Wisconsin gets free of the ice off Muskegon before going out.
The Court House bonds have been sold, the money deposited in the county treasury and a receipt taken therefore by Mayor Kirby, in accordance with the resolution of the Common Council.
Tuesday, February 14, is St. Valentine’s day. The day derived its name from Valentinus, a bishop presbyter who had been beheaded in Rome in the reign of Emperor Claudius A. D. 270 and was early canonized. The custom of sending valentines arose, according to some authorities, from a desire to commemorate the loving and charitable dispositions of St. Valentine. Others derive the custom, from the early supposition that birds choose their mates on that day.
The Detroit Journal says that an unusual church row in which broken heads and white cap letters are in it is the order of the day at Grand Haven. It refers to the row in the Evangelical church and says that the contestants dare not show their faces out of doors at night for fear of violence. The article further says “The handwriting of the four accused men and also the White Cap letter has been sent to an expert in Washington to compare. Sensational developments are expected when the report arrives.
Most of the criminal events in Ottawa County for many years back can be found in the records of Justice Pagelson’s court. In the early 70’s Ottawa was not nearly as lawful a county as it is now, as the records will testify. One case we will mention. A citizen of Lamont had been bound gagged and robbed. His assailant and robber was a man named Moss and he was sentenced to 20 years at Jackson but was pardoned after serving 10 years. Sentences like that are very uncommon now.
Miss Nellie Wollner died yesterday afternoon at her home on Clinton street after an illness of several years.
Miss Wollner was 19 years of age and was born in Wisconsin. For the past five years she had resided in this city.
Some two years ago an older brother was terribly injured in a mine explosion in the Upper Peninsula. He was brought to this city and died. Nellie’s illness became worse and she grew weaker from that day. She was beloved by all who formed her acquaintance and many are the regrets for her early demise.
Arrangements will be made for the funeral upon the arrival of her brother from Alabama.
Shut Out From the World for Eighteen Hours.
John Cook relates and experience of a snowbound C. & W. M. train which one would only expect on the Northern Pacific and such far western lines. Mr. Cook left this city at 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon for Holland. Snow had been falling heavily and at a point several miles south of West Olive the train became stuck and could not be budged an inch, notwithstanding the mighty efforts of the two engines.
At first the occasion was not looked upon with alarm, but about 7 o’clock the passenger train gave up hope of reaching their destination that night. There were thirteen passengers aboard, two of whom were ladies, Miss Daisy Scofield of this city and Mrs. Wagner, wife of the North Holland merchant.
About eight o’clock a head light could be seen advancing from the north. It proved to be another passenger train from this city and contained 30 passengers. The two cars lay close together the rest of the night. The steam went down in the coaches until temperatures ranged at 30 degrees. The passengers then huddled together in the baggage car, which was fairly warm.
Previous to this a farmer’s boy visited the train and inquired the needs of the passengers. He was urged upon to bring a little bread and milk, which had to be served as supper. There was very little sleep obtained that night by the travelers an in the morning all presented very woe begone appearance. Early in the morning a snow plow arrived from Holland and got stuck. At noon yesterday the C. & W. M. officials sent out a rig and took the passengers and transferred them to Holland. All were fed at the railroad company’s expense at the City Hotel.
Double weddings will be numerous in the city this year it is rumored.
The Johnston Boiler Works men have finished repairing the steam pipe of the Roanoke.
Senator Brundage has given notice in the state senate of a bill authorizing Grand Haven to issue bonds for a court house.
Of the bills introduced in the State Senate yesterday was one by Mr. Brundage providing for a state board of Equalization. Representative Beuret noticed a hoop skirt bill copied from the now famous Minnesota bill prohibiting the wearing, sale, use or lending of hoop skirts. Representative Sumner has noticed a bill providing death penalty for murders. The Kent county members are not at all pleased with Mr. Sumner’s rearranged apportionment scheme, making Kent, Ionia and Allegan the Sixth congressional district is not well thought of by Kent representations. They insist that Kent should be a part of a Grand river district all the way through Ionia, Kent and Ottawa making the best combination possible.
Ice at Muskegon.
Tonight the St. Ignace diver, Dodd who came here to inspect the water works crib will have been eleven days without being able to do anything on account of the ice and cold weather. He will not remain longer as there is nothing he can do at present. As soon as a train goes his way he will return home.―Muskegon News.
The Leatheam & Smith Towing & Wrecking Co. of Sturgeon Bay have purchased the hull and engine of the big burned tug Albert J. Wright.
One of the most pleasant social events of the season thus far, was the informal tea and card party given at the residence of Capt. George McBride corner Franklin and Fourth streets last evening.
The Challenge Corn Planter factory is one of the main stays of Grand Haven. About 300 men are employed in the institution, and the corn planter and its refrigerators manufactured there are shipped to all parts of the world. A dividend of 30 per cent was paid the stock holders last year.―Detroit Journal.
There are several streets right here in Grand Haven which many of the citizens know nothing about, or do not know that there are such thoroughfares. For instance there is a street running South from the Beech Tree mill named Friant street. An average of nine out of ten citizens could not have located it and many do not know. Griffin, Ferry, Monroe, Adams, Albee and Sheldon Sts. Could also be enumerated under the same class.
Grand Haven is following the example of the metropolitan cites and has a coal famine on hand.
The firm of White, Friant and Letellier have dissolved. Mr. Letellier continuing the business.
The electric lights will not be lit tonight because of a lack of fuel. The oil car is in the snow blockade, but should be here before long.
Redistricting bills are pouring into the state legislature thick and fast. The latest by Senator Pierce puts Ottawa in the 6th district together with Kent and Montcalm.
[Today (2006) Ottawa County is in the 2nd Congressional District along with the counties of Lake, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Wexford and parts of the counties of Kent, Allegan, Barry and Benzie.]
The Muskegon News says that the tug Crosby can not get out of Grand Haven. The Crosby can, but does not wish to take the chances of being crushed in the ice off Muskegon.
Freight trains are blocked in like sheep at the south end of the C. & W. M. road. Many of the metropolitan churches will not have services Sunday unless the coal trains arrive.
“I would like to know, you know, why it is that the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee railroad does not accept mileage for a man’s family,” asks John Macfie, the Grand Haven lumberman, in the Clarendon yesterday. “We came around on the Chicago & West Michigan with our wives and the road accepts the mileage for both. The matter was fought out in the Supreme court by the Detroit, Lansing & Northern and I do not see why it does not apply to the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee as well.”―G. R. Democrat.
R. K. Stallings, secretary and treasurer of the American Mirror company of Grand Haven, is a guest at Sweet’s. “We have two plants,” he said last night. “One is at Louisville, Ky., and the other at Grand Haven. We are employing about thirty-two men in our Michigan branch now. It is hardly under way yet. Sometime ago and English concern located there and built a factory that cost about $12,000. The concern failed in a few weeks and we bought the plant cheap. The sand at Grand Haven is well adapted to the work of polishing and beveling plate glass, and there is no reason why the institution should not be made a success. The plate glass business has become a great industry, and it is not even in its infancy yet. Four years ago the furniture manufacturers of this city were paying $3.70 each for German plate glass mirrors 24x36 inches, that is containing five square feet. After the McKinley law went into effect and American factories sprung up, the German plate glass manufacturers are selling that same plate for $2.40, a reduction of more than 33½ per cent. The cheap, flimsy German plate is being crowded out of the market and French plate substituted for it. We can already make a high grade of French plate glass in this country, and if the tariff is continued the industry will become a gigantic one. If the tariff is removed, it will ruin every plate glass factory in the country.”―G. R. Herald.
Criminals of 15 Years Ago.
A glance over the criminal column of the local papers and the court recorder of 12 to 15 years ago, is very interesting. In the four years between 1879 and 1883, a veritable cloud of crime seemed to cover the county. At the fall term of Circuit Court in 1880 Louis Sawdy was sentenced to Jackson for 30 years.
Shortly after one of the most respected farmers of Lamont was murdered by a tramp farm hand named Lambert Voskamp. Voskamp was arrested and jailed. An armed mob consisting mainly of neighbors of the murdered man came down the river one night with the intention of attacking the county bastile and lynching the prisoner. They landed near bailey’s mill in Beech Tree and marched from there to town. The sheriff was aware of their intentions and when the mob reached the jail they found Co. F guarding the building. The mob dispersed and no other attempt was made to capture the prisoner.
Voskamp plead not guilty on August 1, 1881. On August 31 a change of venue was secured for him and his trial was heard in the Kalamazoo circuit. He was sentenced to Jackson for life.
On a warm summer Sunday of that same summer of 1881 one of the worst murders, and the last one in this section occurred on the outskirts of the city. A well known old colored man named Green and his wife had been murdered. John Alguire, son of Mrs. Green by previous husband gave himself up and confessed to the murder of Green. His trial took place in March, 1882, and attracted interest far and near. The men who served on that jury were Robt. Fonger, H. D. Ewings, F. L. Souter, Henry Cheseman, Robt. Alward, D. C. Rann, E. H. Smead, Phillip Kavanaugh, W. J. Carmichael, Henry Carnute, Peter Van Masren and John Van Huizen. On April 1, the jury retired in charge of C. E. Christmas and after a few hours of deliberation returned a verdict of not guilty. For intensity of interest the case was never equaled here.
Jerry McCarty, Geo. West and other well known criminals were confined in the county jail about the same time.
Beautify the Farm House.
Rural life has its charms for legends, for stories, for poetry, for city life, for weary toil and tired brains. No life is more free and happy than the husbandman’s; no home so roomy and beautiful. We mean when it is what it ought to be. In nothing is the general farm so neglected as in ornamentation. A house alone in the field without lawn or shrub, flower or tree or a common thing. Where a few things have been planted no plan or order is observed. Everything seems to say, no time, no money, or what is worse, no taste for the beautiful. Hurry and carelessness are stamped on all. Some whiplike saplings or overhead trees, maimed in feet and arms, are crowded into the sod along the paths or public road. A hill of corn would at once resent such treatment and the poor trees, they have to die. The square feet of ground on which the home stands is coveted. The filed crops and garden, or worse still, the stable and outbuildings, come close to the sills. The stock gets their water at the well and their shade under the side of the house.
But what shall I write where so much needs to be said. Settle it first that nothing gives more comfort or adds more value, not even broad acres of corn and wheat. A little ragged cottage is a thing of beauty and joy forever if nestled in trees, vines and flowers. The worst sand hill or the lonely, oceanlike prairie are delightful if covered with a miniature forest. Nothing is so uninviting and dismal as a home all alone. All these things need cost but little time or money. Choose your building spot with reference to ornamentation. Provide room for lawn, groves, or clumps of trees, shrubs winding paths and road. Place your barn and other buildings a good distance away and out of sight as much as possible. Have your carriage way from the street to your porch or steps and on to the barn. A good plan is to plant a windbreak of evergreens on the west and northwest. Select a variety of trees and do not row them along the walks, but plant them in a natural and yet artistic way. Anticipate future growth and provide against too much shade for the house. Leave openings for views in desirable directions. Arrange to screen unsightly objects. Provide for shrubbery and perennial flowering plants. Scatter fruit trees here and there. Give the climbing vines a place, and then care for the whole as you care for your garden. The winds will go around you, the sun will not scorch you, the birds will sing for you, the buyer will tease for your home, the stranger will speak pleasantly of you, your children will play in your bowers, the trees will swing their censors, and the flowers will charm you with their beauty and delight you with their beauty and delight you with their sweet perfume. Your grown up sons and daughters borne of time across your threshold into the world away, will sweetly remember the old, old home, and gladly turn again their feet to brush the dewy lawn, to live again their childish joy, again their filial love express.
Pay your taxes and avoid trouble.
The Grand Haven Ship Building Co., Duncan Robertson manager, have the contract for building a tug for Marquette parties. The tug will be of about the same style and size as Obeke & Co’s, Annie. H. Bloecker & Co., will build the engine and Johnston Bros., the boiler.
The city was never in its history so over-run with tramps and vags as it is now. The jail will have to be enlarged for sure if the spell continues. Most of the tramps claim to come from the north woods where they went to obtain work, but the deep snow of this winter has made lumbering a poor business.
Wm. Wood, for drunk and disorderly conduct, was sentenced 12 days in jail by Justice Pagelson this morning. James Foley, a vag, got 6 days. Foley misunderstood the Judge at first, thinking that he said 60 days and turned pale as a sheet. He revived noticeably when informed of his error.
A slaughter of innocent prices is going on at the East End Shoe Store.
The Fruitport branch of the C. & W. M. has been abandoned for the present.
Bert Vanden Berg lost the end of his thumb Friday by cutting it off with the market cleaver.
A sleigh ride went out to John Van Doorne’s in the township last night.
John Massicotta of Muskegon is suing the Spring Lake Iron Co., for $10,000 damages for a broken arm, in Muskegon on circuit court.
The crew of the wrecking tug M. F. Merick left today on the 2:10 train. Chas. Lyman it is reported will captain her for the rest of the winter and Clark Deremo go on as chief engineer.
There is rumor of another fish freezing plant in this city.
The Canfield Tug Line of Manistee have a tug named Savidge and also one named Cutler.
Several fishing enthusiasts are making holes in the ice on the river and catching a large string of fish.
Hopkins, Wallace, Sherman and Grant could be added to the list of obsolete streets in this city named yesterday.
The many vags and tramps that are being arrested could be put to work with good advantage on the snow and ice covered sidewalks.
The steamer Roanoke is still in port. The steamer Wisconsin is reported to be in the ice north of Muskegon.
The large fish that hangs in front of Dan Swartz’s fish market is a salmon as they appear when taken from the Columbia river. It is quite a curiosity.
C. F. Hanchett started from Grand Haven Tuesday morning but the train was so impeded by snow that it was two days making the trip there and back, allowing Cary just 25 minutes in Grand Haven. The rest of the time he was in the train, one whole day and night being without food. Being snow bound reads well in love stories, but is far from fascinating in plain practical life.―Allegan Journal.
Left over from last week:
A letter was received from Mrs. S. Westly from Towner, Minn. this week by Mrs. A. McClarity in which the writer says, “They are having very cold weather, the thermometer going down to 48 blow zero.”
Your correspondent received a letter from another section of our country showing quite a contrast of weather between the two sections. We take the liberty of giving an extract of this letter.
Lutcher, La. Jan 30, 1893
This letter finds us sitting out on the porch sunning ourselves or rather hunting for shade for it is like a July day up in Michigan. While you folks are enjoying snow drifts and blizzards, we are out picking oranges. We have a garden with lettuce, radishes and green peas and the like.
We would like to see the North, but when we think of the snow and ice and stormy weather up there we would much rather remain where we are. We have a lively town here, two years ago though it was nothing but a plantation 250 years old. Now we have a town of 600. We have a large mill larger than the river mill at Spring Lake. This is a temperance town, and made up mostly of northern people. We have a church the only Potestant church in the country; great rice and sugar plantations abound in this section. I have a good position, get six dollars per day the year around. We expect to visit Spring Lake the coming summer and the World’s Fair. We are well.
A Spring Lake livery man has been hinting that Grand Haven livery men had only one or two double rigs. We are informed that there are enough here to carry half of the above village.
Hereafter the sparrow hunter will have to bring the whole body of the bird to the proper authorities before he gets his pay. The new law provides for a bounty of 3 cents each in bunches of not less than 10 during the months of November, December, January, March and April.
Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day.
A large party of Muskegon people dined at the Cutler yesterday.
Harbor master O’Neil of Detroit thinks their will be an early opening to navigation.
During February some times the skunk cabbage blossoms in the swamps. Occasionally the chick weed does also.
Mangus Anderson, who will command the Viking ship of 27 tons which which is to be sailed or rowed to this country from Norway and exhibited at the Chicago fair, is the same man who a few years ago attempted to make the voyage from Norway to the United States in an open 18-foot boat and was picked up on the Newfoundland banks.
The Opera House was comfortably filled Saturday night at the production of Frou Frou by Madeline Merli. The scene of the plot was in Paris and Venice and for a degree of fine acting and the display of all the known human moods, no finer actress than Miss Merli ever appeared here. The play was highly appreciated by Grand Haven theatre goers and Miss Merli’s appearance here in the future would attract a still larger house.
Walk up to the City Treasurer’s office and pay your taxes.
The grey horse belonging to Chas. Ronge caused considerable excitement yesterday morning by running away up Second St. hill and Lake Ave. The animal ran as far as Highland Park where it was captured. Cutter not injured but horse badly bruised.
When A. M. Ferguson opened his place of business this morning he noticed, what he thought a revenue stamp laying upon the floor. A little curious he picked it up and to his amusement he found it to be a wad of bills consisting of a $20 and $5 bill. The owner, Jacob Obeke turned up during the day and he was exceedingly thankful that the money had been found.
The Holland American of this section should feel proud of the fact that the song Yankee Doodle was derived from their native land of the Netherlands. As early as 1600 the following ditty with the same tune as Yankee Doodle was popular in that country:
“Yankee didel, doodle down,
Didle, dudel lauter,
Yanke viver, vooyer vown,
Botermilk and Tauther.
It has just been leaked out that Col. J. M. Ashley of the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan Railway, who planned the two car ferries put in service this winter on Lake Michigan between Kewaunee and Frankfort, now has a scheme that will astonish the conservative business man of the lakes. He proposes nothing less than to put a line of car ferries in service between Buffalo and Toledo, each of them to carry forty-eight loaded cars.
The Lockhard-VanDongen Affair.
A week ago last Saturday night Fred Lockhard, a young printer, and a new comer to this city, was married to Miss Kate VanDongen of this city by Rev. Bennett of the M. E. church.
Previous to this of course Lockhard had obtained a marriage license and he swore then to the county clerk that the girl was 17 years of age. When the girl went to her home that night and told about her marriage, her parents were very much displeased and persuaded her to remain at home. Mr. VanDongen also took steps immediately to have the marriage annulled as his daughter was only 15 years of age being below the age of consent.
Lockhard it is said attempted to get his wife and take her away, but did not succeed and very little was heard of the matter until Saturday of last week. On that day Lockhard was arrested and jailed in default of bail, on the serious charge of perjury, caused by false statements to the county clerk. The matter appeared very complicated when it was learned Saturday night that Miss VanDongen had taken leave of her home and her parents and relatives knew nothing if her whereabouts. This morning the mystery was solved when the young lady was found at the home of Lockhard’s parents near the Corn Planter factory. She was taken to her home by the officers.
Mr. Lockhard, sr. the father of the prisoner said that Miss VanDongen came to his house this morning early. He said that she has been at Nunica during her absence. That she came to his house and stated to him that Fred did not lie when he told the county clerk that she was seventeen years of age and that she had told the county clerk that she was seventeen years of age and that she had told Fred that herself. Mr. Lockhard stated that the girl told him that she would stand by his son despite the efforts to the contrary of her folks. When the officers came after her this morning Mr. Lockhard says that she did not wish to go to her home with them.
Lockhard was to have had his hearing before Judge Pagelson at two o’clock this afternoon but it was adjourned until four. The affair will undoubtedly be thoroughly aired before through with.
T. Stewart White.
The following short history of T. Stewart White will be of interest to Grand Haven citizens. It appeared in the G. R. Democrat yesterday.
Thomas Stewart White began breathing the pure and invigorating air of Lake Michigan at Grand Haven June 28, 1840. His father, Capt. Thomas W. White of Massachusetts, settled in Grand Haven in1835, where his brother-in-law, the Rev. William M. Ferry, had preceded him. The subject of this sketch was educated in the public schools of Grand Haven, which have turned out so many prominent men in the history of Western Michigan. In his youth he showed a decided taste for active athletic sports; was an expert base ball player, pulled a strong oar, and today is one of the crack shots and most enthusiastic hunters in Michigan. At the age of nineteen he became a clerk in the bank of Ferry & Sons; then spent two years with a wholesale grocery house in Chicago, getting and infusion of city blood, and returning to Ferry & Sons bank as cashier, where he remained until 1865. Banking was too tame a business for the young man’s active nature and in connection with Capt. Heber Squires, he purchased an equipment of tug boats, dredges, etc., and commenced the business of constructing harbors. But his keen foresight discovered the profit which would attend lumbering. In 1868 he became a member of the lumber firm of White & Avery of Grand Rapids, which afterwards became Robinson, Letellier & Co., and his partnership with Mr. Letellier has just terminated. Soon after he moved to Grand Rapids and in company with John Rugee of Milwaukee, and Thos. Friant, purchased a large tract of pine land on Flat river, built mills in Grand Haven and engaged extensively in the lumber business. The White and Friant Lumber Co. and White, Friant & Co. manufactured 40,000,000 to 50,000,000 feet of lumber annually until the Grand river supply became exhausted.
Mr. White is a director in the Grand Rapids Fire Insurance Company, the Michigan Trust company, the National City Bank and the First National Bank of Grand Haven. Last year he took the presidency of the Grand Rapids Fire Insurance Co., upon the death of President Aspin, and made the best year’s showing in the history of the company.
Vyn Bros. are putting up 12 cords of ice for D. Wright.
When will Muskegon have another boat enter it’s port? Echo answers “When?”
D. Wright is having a large quantity of ice stored away in the basement of the building formerly owned by Van Wormer’s restaurant. The ice is of the second crop and as thick as the first.
Nothing important was transacted at the late meeting of the Board of Supervisors except to submit the proposition of building anew court house to the people of Ottawa County. The board adjourned last night.
The indications now are such as to make it certain that Muskegon’s harbor will be free of ice by July next and that a small draft vessel will be able to get into that “finest harbor on the east shore” by the 4th of that month.
The steamer Wisconsin is being relieved of her cargo today. It will probably be several days before the Roanoke arrives again as she will undergo an examination in dry dock at Milwaukee. There is said to be considerable ice in the lake and the prospects of another cold wave and still more ice.
The steamer Wisconsin arrived in port at four o’clock this morning after being in the ice for six days. About an hour after the arrival of the Wisconsin the Roanoke left for Milwaukee accompanied by the Merick. The Roanoke will go in the boxes at Milwaukee to have her hull examined and repaired for all injuries her bottom might have sustained while on the beach.
The Lockard-VanDongen Case.
A big crowd assembled in Justice Pagelson’s court at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon to listen to the examination of witnesses in the Lockhard case. Many people evince a great interest in such cases and are always looking for the unexpected to happen.
County Clerk Turner testified that Fred Lockhard, the respondent in the case, had called at his office at 8 o’clock of Saturday night, February 4. Said Lockhard swore that his prospective wife, Miss Kate VanDongen, was 17 years of age. The affidavit had been filled out and the marriage license signed and taken by Lockhard.
John VanDongen was next called to the chair. Testified that he was 47 years of age and that Miss Kate VanDongen was his daughter. He stated that Kate was 15 years of age on the 26th of July last. Also stated that after Kate had been brought home after her marriage, that Fred Lockhard had come to him and asked him if he could have her. He answered “No sir.” This in the main was Mr. VanDongen’s testimony.
Mrs. John VanDongen testified that she was 43 years of age and mother of Kate. On Sunday morning February 5, she learned of the marriage of her daughter Kate to Fred Lockhard. Learned that she was at the home of Lockhard’s parents and went there to persuade her daughter to return to her home. Stated that she did not tell Kate to come home and get her clothes. Mrs. VanDongen testified that Kate was somewhat afraid of her father for the act and did not like to come home. At last persuaded and brought her home. Gave same testimony as to her age as id Mr. VanDongen.
Miss Kate VanDongen, one of the principals of the affair, next took the stand. She stated that she kept company with Fred Lockhard three weeks previous to her marriage. Had taken walks with him nights on the street. Asked what street, said several streets, but principally 7th street. Had never told Fred Lockhard that she was 17 years of age. Never told any of the Lockhard family that she was 17 years of age.
The hearing was then adjourned until next week and Lockhard goes to jail in default of $500 bail.
The county jail was examined today by the board of Jail Inspectors consisting of Judge of Probate, J. V. B. Goodrich, County Commissioner D. C. Wachs, Alexander Nobel, W. Diekema and Wm. N. Angel. The Board reported the beds of the jail to be in good condition, cells good, and halls fair. With the improvements which the Board of Supervisors contemplate it will be in very good condition on the whole.
The Board reported that there were now in jail 15 prisoners all of whom were males. Of these 2 have been deferred for trial and the remainder are serving their sentences. Of the prisoners none were under the age of 16 years.
The Board further reported that 105 prisoners had been confined in the jail since September 30, 1892. Of these 62 served for drunkenness, vagrants 34, petit larceny 6, burglary 1, perjury 1, rape 1, and incest 1.
A Grand Haven’s Family Experience.
A week ago last Friday the family of Mr. G. Ensing had an experience on their way to Grasfachap which they not soon forget. Mr. Ensing’s father had died and the family left to attend the funeral. The train left here at 10:40 in the forenoon and everything went well until it became stuck in a snow bank at North Holland. This was about noon and it was not until early the next morning that the train was released.
Foraging for food among the farmers of the neighborhood was resorted to in order to get a dinner and supper. The weary hours of Friday afternoon were spent by the passengers as best they could in the coaches of the train. At 1:45 Saturday morning a now plow from Holland was reached and the Ensing family walked to Grasfachap, reaching there at four in the morning. To their sorrow the deceased had been buried the previous day, as it was not thought that the family could get to the funeral on account of the delayed trains.
Nevertheless the body was dug up once more for a last look by his grand children, and the party returned home safely on Saturday night. This is only one of the numerous novel experiences of the late blockade.
Today is the beginning of Lent.
A life saving station is being built at Kewaunee.
The Board of Supervisors at their last evening session appointed Wm. N. Angel of this city and Cornelius Van Loo of Zeeland a committee to appeal to the legislature for an adequate tramp law.
Of the 105 prisoners confined in the county jail since September 30 last, 96 were drunks and vags. Probably no other county of its size in the state has had to board so large a number of the tramp class.
The old settlers of the Grand River Valley had a very interesting reunion at Grand Rapids last night.
The steamer F. & P. M. No. 4 is leaking badly as a result of having struck the bar at Ludington.
Four tramps were released from jail this morning. Instead of leaving town they hung around until ordered “to get” by the marshal.
While will Van Wormer was chopping wood in the basement of his father’s restaurant last night the ax struck the roof and descended on the top of his head. The wound bled profusely and Dr. Walkley was called. Will was wearing a stiff hat, but this did not serve to stop the blow much. The cut which is about two inches in length and very deep was dressed by Dr. Walkley. No serious results are feared.
The Masquerade Ball.
The masquerade ball given by the Young Men’s Social Club last evening at the Opera House was the most successful and at the same time most novel thing of its kind ever seen here. There were 150 maskers and the house was crowded to it utmost. Fine music was furnished by the Muskegon Opera House Orchestra.
First on the program was the Silent Drill, given by 18 members of the Ideal Club, under the leadership of Robt. Radeke. The costumes worn were very handsome and for half an hour a fantastic drill was gone through with. When finished there was deafening applause. The drill was something new and the people present showed their approbation by their plaudits. Those who took part in the Silent Drill were: Robt. Radeke, John Farnham, John Gleason, Lon Lehman, John Bryce, Jr., Elmer Bryce, C. Ball, G. Ball, Ben Butler, Phil. Rosbach, A. Campbell, Chas, C. Findley, Capt. T. McCambridge, H. Johnston, Ed Gillen, Henry Nyland, Harry Oakes and Wm. Wolf.
Something out of the usual also was the White Caps, composed of fourteen masqueraders. Their efforts were also loudly applauded.
The supper was well patronized and the rapidity with which it disappeared showed that the Woman’s Relief Corps suppers are popular.
Among the more novel costumes or masqueraders could be mentioned Misses Nellie DeGlopper, Maud Scott, Annie Ball, Tessie Mandall, Annie Squire, Josephine Finch, Nellie Parker, Mrs. G. Ball and Messrs. Emmet Platt, Mat Chambers, Ed. Pennoyer, Frank Dennis, John Davis, Geo. Kennedy, Levi Wickham, Henry Sanford, Essel VandenBerg, Aart VandenMeiden and Will Watson.
Battling With The Ice.
Grand Haven, Feb. 14.―The steamer Wisconsin arrived at her dock at 8 o’clock this morning. She left Milwaukee on Feb. 6 and since then has been trying to get in harbor. The ice at the end of the pier is fifteen feet high. The company will now try to keep the river open and make regular trips.
The above article appeared in this morning’s Grand Rapids Democrat and there is hardly a word of truth in it. Instead of ice 15 feet high at the end of the pier the river finds as open an outlet to the lake as it does in mid summer. The article is undoubtedly the work of some imaginative genius who lacks brains and sense.
The Hon. Dwight Cutler and daughter of Grand Haven and Mrs. Hunter Savidge of Spring Lake are guests at the Livingston. They came up to attend the old settlers’ party. Mr. Cutler and daughter leave today for California to spend the winter. “I came here in 1850 with Thomas D. Gilbert,” said Mr. Cutler. “We had a pretty serious time getting here too. The Michigan Central only ran as far as Battle Creek then and we came the rest of the distance in mud wagons. From Hastings Mr. Gilbert and I walked most of the way in and landed in the old Rathbun one Sunday night. There have been some wonderful changes since then. Grand Rapids has grown to be a beautiful city. This is the first party I have ever attended of the old settlers. It has never been convenient for me to attend before and I am looking forward to a pleasant evening.”―G. R. Democrat.
When the two pioneer ferry steamers took their places on the line between Kewaunee and Frankfort the Wisconsin predicted that should they prove successful they would mark the beginning of anew era in lake and rail transportation, and that eventually mammoth car ferries would ply between Milwaukee and Grand Haven and other Michigan ports. The proposed Toledo-Buffalo ferry line is an enterprise that will advance that prediction toward fulfillment. All that needs to be demonstrated to make the use of car ferry boats general among the lake and rail lines is that the transfer is economical as against the present method of trans-shipping freight. And, according to the assertions of the officials of the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan Railroad this is being every day on the Kewaunee-Frankfort ferry route.―Evening Wisconsin.
The coal famine is over.
The Life Saving station will open April 1st.
The time for paying taxes is growing short. Hustle up.
The churches are getting their supply of green wood.
The oil car for the electric plant arrived yesterday and the lights are turned on once more.
The Grand Haven fog horn can be heard as far as Blandon township, 24 miles inland.
Last month the moon got full twice. This month it will get along without getting full.
Local hardwood dealers fear an early spring and are taking advantage of the good slipping to get it in.
The rubbish and burned material on the tug A. J. Wright is being cleared today.
Mr. Morse of Ionia has a bill to prevent the fighting of sham battles in this state.
DeGlopper & Yonker are making a fine fish wagon for Henry Dornbos for general delivery purposes.
It was about this time ten years ago that the steamer Michigan sank, crushed by the ice.
A bill has passed making the use of obscene language a misdemeanor.
Ten cents admission will be charged for all ladies without escorts at the G. A. R. ball next Wednesday evening.
Frank E. Yates has arranged for another fencing match with Prof. Henry Dauriac to take place at some date in March.
The roads leading from this city to the country are in dangerous condition in some places. The lake shore road is said to be in worse in this respect even than the Beech Tree road.
The steamer Roanoke and tug Merick arrived at Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon. The Roanoke has been placed in the stationary dry doc at Milwaukee for caulking. Some of the iron sheathing of the tug also requires renewal.
Harry Ives drunk and disorderly was sentenced to 10 days in jail by Justice Pagelson this morning.
Fred Lockhard confined in the county jail for perjury is said to be quite sick.
Mr. H. Potts has purchased the residence and lot now occupied Mr. Plews and adjoining Mr. James Barnes, situated on Franklin near 2nd St. Mr. Potts contemplates making extensive improvements to the house and making it his home.
Little Miss Esther Davis was hit by a snow ball from the hands of a boy named Arlo Warner as she was coming out of school this noon. The icy piece struck her on the left temple. The wound was very badly swollen when she reached home and pains her very much. The act on the part of the boy was probably thoughtless but there are too many cases of the same kind, probably less serious and steps should be taken to prevent any more. The other day Silas Fordham was snow balled and it is said badly hurt by a crowd of boys who should have known better. Complaints to the authorities will be made if no other method can stop the dangerous play.
John Hiler [Grand Haven resident] figures in a sensational article in last weeks Detroit Sun. It has a long sketch of his latest escapade in Toledo, where he made love to a young lady and was publicly whipped in an unmaniful manner by the girl’s mother.
Severe winters are better liked than soft winters by the merchant class but many hundreds of dollars are lost to the freight handlers of this city every day because of the ice in the lake preventing the D., G. H. & M. boats from making regular trips.
Geo. Doran was sentenced to 40 days in jail for larceny by Justice Pagelson this morning. Doran is a tramp who was liberated from jail with three others yesterday. The gang did not leave town after their liberation, but hung around. Doran espied a line of clothes hanging out by the C. & W. M. depot and proceeded to appropriate to himself whichever of the garments he wanted. He was detected and arrested and the clothes returned, but Doran will rest in jail till spring.
The fishermen of this port are having a long vacation this year and the prospects would now indicate that it will be the latter end of march before the nets are again set because of the large quantity of ice in the lake. Last year there was only three weeks suspension from fishing. Many of the fishermen are receiving large orders for the Lent trade but none can be supplied. If a large amount had been frozen last fall the metropolitan dealers would not have to worry, but some other source than the lake fisheries will have to be resorted to. Fish will being in a high figure next spring.
At a meeting of the board of trade last evening Vice President Lemon presided in the absence of President Briggs, and the chief matter of interest was presented by O. P. M. Huffman of Minnesota who proposes to gridiron Northern Michigan with railroads. As it were, and asked the board’s co-operation. His road, which is to be called the Manistee, Ludington & Southern, is to run from Manistee to Lowell by way of Ludington, Pentwater, Hart, Hesparus, Fremont, Newaygo, Cedar Springs and Gratten. A branch is to leave Fremont and run to Grand Rapids, passing through intervening towns. Another branch is to run to Grand Haven. Mr. Huffman asks that Grand Rapids subscribe $12,500 to the stock, and states that unless $12,500 of the stock is subscribed by March 1, the project will be abandoned.―G. R. Press.
Only one patient in the Marine Hospital at present.
The Roanoke will probably not be in for two weeks yet as a new shoe will have to be put in.
Ice boating is the rage at Muskegon. Some of the boats run several miles out of the harbor on the ice.
Repairs on the tug Merick have been finished and she will return as soon as weather permits.
A cow which was being led to S. Verhoeks’s slaughter house frightened the horse driven by A. J. Nyland, Sr. in the 4th ward yesterday. The horse shied to one side throwing Mr. Nyland out and badly injuring him about the head. The horse was also badly bruised by colliding with a tree.
A sleighing party of about 40 people from Muskegon arrived here at 6 o’clock last night and repaired to the Cutler House where dancing was indulged in until midnight, after which a sumptuous supper was served. The party was arranged by Mr. C. L. Ladd the Muskegon photographer and Mr. Brotherhood of the Electric Crane Works.
That the back bone of winter is not yet broken is evidenced by this cold wave.
If Rev. Raalte’s first plan had been carried out, undoubtedly few Holland people would be residing in this vicinity. It was his intention to start a colony in then territory of Wisconsin (year 1845). When the people under his charge arrived in Detroit late in 1846 the Straits of Mackinaw were frozen up and this trip overland was far to hazardous to undertake. The next spring the colony settled in Western Michigan. Many of the towns in southern Ottawa and northern Allegan are named after towns and districts in the Netherlands, as for instance, Zeealand, Vriesland, Graafachap, Groningen, and Overisel. Mr. J. DeSpelder was on one of the VanRaalte colony.
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Weather Bureau, Washington, D. C.
Feb. 18, 1893, 8 a.m.
A storm of considerable energy is central in the Ohio Valley moving northeast accompanied by general cloudiness and snow.
The course of the storm will bring this vicinity within its influence and snow with high easterly winds may be expected today.
Local forecast for Grand Haven and vicinity for the 36 hours from 8:00 a.m. today, Friday, snow, stationary temp, high easterly winds and probable gales.
Saturday, Snow, followed by fair, stationary temp.
Highest temperature yesterday 25, Lowest temperature last night 8.
GEO. W. FELGER, OBSERVER.
A little over a week ago, Fred Lockhard and Kate Van Dongen were married at Grand Haven. The girl was only 15 years of age and didn’t waste any time securing the consent of her parents. Fred was arrested on a charge of perjury in swearing to the girl’s age as 17 years, but Kate has come to his rescue by saying she lied to him about her age.―Detroit News.
The first matter taken up was Senator McLaughlin’s joint resolution submitting an amendment to the constitution relative to the qualification of voters to the people. An attempt was made by Representative Hoyt, of Ottawa county to strike out the word “male” in the resolution making it read “every” inhabitant, etc., but his efforts on behalf of equal suffrage was not taken to kindly. The resolution was carried.―Detroit Journal.
The owners of the burned tug Albert J. Wright have received $14,500 insurance and there will be no litigation over the matter.
Some of the merchants think that it would be advisable to have the street commissioner haul away the big snow drifts on the edges of the sidewalks. In case of a thaw they think their cellars and basements will become filled with water if this is not done.
Several bad falls are reported as a result of the icy pavements.
An ice boat on the river today. The first one for a number of years.
An ice boat is being constructed by young men at the sag.
Teams are now crossing on the ice to the sag after wood and find it perfectly safe.
One of Enos Stone’s teams had a narrow escape from being pulled into one of the bayous up the country yesterday. The sleigh slid over the edge, dumping off the load of wood but luckily the horse remained on terra firma.
During a recent snow storm the snow in a great part of this section appeared very dirty, caused it is believed by the dust of burnt up meteors or sand sucked into the clouds from some plain and thus spattered over the country.
Mr. Lockhard, Sr. the father of Fred Lockhard the young printer now confined in the county jail on the charge of perjury has been telling around town that Fred was very ill in the calaboose. Such is not the case. Fred has not been sick since confined. He eats three hearty meals a day, is up earliest in the morning and latest at night. The stories have probably been circulated to awake sympathy.
One day last fall the now notorious Fred Lockhard left town stating that he had received a letter announcing that his wife whom he said lived at Battle Creek was lying at the point of death. It is stated that when he returned nothing was said of her death. The matter will be investigated by the officers in view of a probable charge of bigamy being laid against him in case he has two wives.
Mrs. Ludwig Tietz met with an accident yesterday which may result in her death. It seems that in walking from her house on Third street yesterday afternoon to the wood shed in the rear she slipped on the icy walk and fell heavily. Unable to arise she lay in semi-conscious condition on the cold ground for at least half an hour before being discovered.
At about half past three Mr. Edward Gatfield, who lives in the residence adjoining heard a noise as of some one groaning in pain. Upon investigation he found Mrs. Tietz lying on the ground.
Mr. Gatfield called Mr. Gustave Hubert to his assistance and together they carried Mrs. Tietz into the house. Drs. Vander Veen and Walkley were summoned and found that she had suffered a bad injury to her hip which will result in laying her up for a long time, if not a more serious outcome.
There is a project on foot in the life saving service to organize the members into a sort of mutual insurance company. There are about 2,000 men in service during the summer, and the plan involves the payment of a small sum by the members as his yearly dues, which shall entitle his heirs to $1,000 should he die during the year.
Capt. Edward Valentine and Clerk of the Courts Fred C. Lorenz, of Milwaukee, has bought from Pardee, Cook & Co. of Chicago the schooner Mary E. Cook for $3000. The Cook was built at Grand Haven by William Loutit in 1875, measures 174 tons, rates A2½, and has a Lloyds valuation of $3,500. Her carrying capacity is 200,000 feet of lumber. Some years ago the acquired notoriety because of a novel performance. While approaching Chicago with a lumber cargo, during a heavy northerly gale, she jumped over the breakwater, while a heavier one followed close after carried her entirely across. The exhibition of vaulting resulted in the loss of only 25,000 feet of the deck load lumber and some broken planks in the vessel’s bottom.―Evening Wisconsin.
A legislative bill is proposed to tax all owners of bicycles.
Yesterday’s blizzard although not of so long duration was one of the worst storms of the winter.
Last night was the coldest of the winter. The temperature went down to two below zero.
A good place for a new manufacturing institution in this city would be in the Electric Plant building. The whole upper story is vacant and plenty of power could be obtained from the electrical plant.
Jacob Baar informs us that real estate in this city is picking up both in value and number of sales. By spring some very important transactions will be recorded and undoubtedly carpenters will also have a very busy season.
The supervising inspectors of steam vessels have adopted the following rule. When vessels running in opposite directions meet in a channel 500 feet or less in width, both such vessels shall be slowed down to a speed not exceeding 5 miles an hour.
The condition of Mrs. Ludwig Tietz who was so seriously injured by a fall Friday is about the same today. She is said to suffer a great deal of pain.
Mr. Henry Fisher and family have moved into the rooms above the Bee Hive store.
A drunken individual carrying a brown grip attempted to create a disturbance in E. L. Van Wormer’s restaurant yesterday. The fellow was so drunk that while being hustled out he stuck his arm through the glass in the front door. The fellow is a stranger and has been stopping at the American House.
Hawaii is pronounced as though spelled Hah-wy-e with the accent on the second syllable. The natives of the Sandwich Islands have however, a different manner of pronouncing the word. There is no “w” in the Hawaiian language and consequently the word is pronounced Hah-vah-ve with the accent on the second syllable.
Mr. Lockhard, Sr. stated today that a great injustice had been done him through the article that appeared in last Saturday’s TRIBUNE. As for telling around that his son Fred was sick in the country jail he says was true, but that Fred had told him so himself.
Mr. Lockhard said, “I nor any other man can tell how my son felt. I took his word when he said he felt sick. Your paper said he ate three hearty meals a day. That cannot be true as he never ate heartily, and has been sick for a year or more. I hate to be slandered and that article certainly was an injustice to me. As for my boy his is only another case of man being ruined by a woman.”
Examination of Fred Lockhard.
After the arrival of Prosecuting Attorney Visscher from Holland at 11 o’clock this morning, Fred Lockhard was brought before Justice Pagelson to have his hearing concluded. The interest in the case was shown by the large crowd present.
Fred Lockhard was first put on the stand and testified that he was the respondent in the case, stating that he had company with Miss Kate Van Dongen for about three weeks previous to his marriage. Asked in what way he had company with Miss Van Dongen, said that he had taken walks with her on 7th, Jackson and other streets, stated that they conversed on their plans after they got married, etc. Lockhard also stated that the girl had asked him several times to run away or in other words elope and get married. Lockhard testified that he told her that he would do no such thing and that they would get married in Grand Haven only. Miss Van Dongen then told him not to be afraid as she had experience in that direction, having run away to Muskegon once with a C. & W. M. telegraph operator. Lockhard stated that she told him that she and the operator remained at the Cadillac Hotel for three days during that time. Nevertheless Lockhard told her that he would not marry unless the marriage was performed here.
Rev. Bennett the pastor who performed the ceremony was the only other witness examined. He testified that he told the girl not to be too fast about getting married considering that the boy’s reputation was not first class.
The respondent was then bound over to Circuit Court on the charge of perjury and in default of $500 bail was taken back to jail, Circuit Court will convene the second Monday in March.
Capt. Wm. Nicholson of the tug Boscobel of Milwaukee, will command the steamer Atlanta of the Goodrich line the coming season. There was a report at the close of last season that Mate Chas. Lyman would have charge of the boat, but the powers that be ruled otherwise.
Boat Building Record.
It is estimated that about 125 boats have been turned out from Grand Haven yards including crafts of all kinds. Divided into their respective classes the number built is as follows: Propellors 38, Schooners 9, Barges 13, Tugs 20, Steamers 14, Scows 2 to 10 tons. The largest boat ever built here was the ii-fated steamer H. C. Akeley measuring 1400 tons. The second largest was the Ionia of 1300 tons.
The Ottawa County Compendium has the following list of boats built here of over 200 tons: A. Jackson; Albert Soper; Chas. E. Wyman; City of Grand Haven; City of Grand Rapids (2); C. O. D.; David Mary; Grace Patterson; Hunter Savidge; H. C. Akeley; Major H. C. Pickands; Stephen C. Hall; Tempest; Transfer; White & Friant; Mark Hopkins; Samuel Marshal; J. C. Ford; Alice M. Gilt; Thos. R. Scott; Chas. A. Street; Mary H. Boyce; Mary A. McGregor; Sachem; Ionia. Nearly all of the above named are in service.
In the early 70s Grand Haven was not the only place in the county where boats were built. At Eastmanville 5 are known to have been built in those years, 13 at Ferrysburg; 9 at Spring Lake; 1 at Crockery and 11 at Holland. The big propellor New Era of 335 tons was built at Eastmanville in 1867; also the schooner Willie Loutit of 181 tons. Other well known boats, as the Col. Ferry, Early Bird, Mayor Ferry, Mary Amanda, Maud Lilley, Myrtle I. McCluer and Hattie Smallman were built at those points.
The Wm. Smith 180 tons was the largest boat built at Holland.
No school tomorrow, Washington’s Birthday.
Ice in the river is moving the support of the Spring Lake bridge slightly and the bridge force from Grand Rapids were working on the structure yesterday.
The electric lights were turned on a little later than usual last night caused by the killing of a cat by the big wheel. The cat lay under the wheel and was caught was turned on and killed.
Muir, Mich., Feb. 20.―Maple river in some places is frozen solid to the ground, a thing never heard of by the old trappers and hunters here. In Grand river, too, the ice is so thick that a repetition of the ice gorge and flood of 1886 is feared. The danger at the junction of the two rivers is particularly great.
Tomorrow being a legal holiday the TRIBUNE will not be issued.
Mr. Lockhard, Sr. denies that his son Fred was married and has a wife in Battle Creek. He states that Fred circulated that story last fall in order to get his pay and get out of town.
All of the patriotic citizens who have them flying tomorrow in commemoration of the birthday of “the father of our country.”
Instead of there being only one patient in the Marine Hospital at present, there are two. One is a sailor from the Roanoke and the other from the Wisconsin.
It took one of the car ferry steamers nearly twelve hours, one day last week, to cross the lake from Frankfort to Kewaunee. Ice occasioned the delay.
The steamer Wisconsin and tug Merick arrived from Milwaukee last night. There is plenty of ice in the lake, but it is mostly broken or ground up and does not cause much trouble. The steamer Merick is still in dry dock at Milwaukee.
German Workingmen’s Annual Reception.
The German’s Workingmen’s Society held their annual election at their hall in the Odd Fellows’ block last evening. A large number of members were present.
The following officers were elected: President, Henry Bloecker; Vice-Pres, August Hoertel; Fin. Sec., Julius Seemen; Cor. Sec., August Kraatz; Cashier, Chas. Haas; Treas., John Brandstettler; Physician, Dr. VanderVeen; Sick Director, Herman Doege; Trustee, Chas. Seligman, Joseph Rue; Color Bearers, Emil Kaatz, Michael Modrack; Marshal, Wm. Fritz.
Nearly all the officers were reelected.
This society was organized 21 years ago with eleven members, the projector and prime mover being Henry Bloecker. From so small a nucleus it has grown rapidly in numerical and financial strength and now has about 100 names on its membership roll. Mr. Bloecker was elected president last night for the fifth time since its organization, which shows in what esteem he is held and the fitness he possesses for the position.
In the past six months the organization has paid over $100 for sick benefits. It is this benefit which has helped many a poor man when taken ill, or accidentally injured, and the $5 a week indemnity goes a long way.
The eleven charter members of the organization were: Henry Bloecker, Henry Saul, Chas. T. Pagelson, Frank Kaatz, Albert Otto, Klaas Arntz, Herman Luhm, Wm. Fritz, Herman Glazet, Frank Hidde and Fred Kramer. Of these, two are now dead.
After the election last evening everybody repaired to the Andres House [Today that hotel is the Tip-A-Few] and enjoyed the hospitality of Joseph Rue. Refreshments and a fine supper were served and reminiscences of old times went around the festal board.
Democratic County Convention.
The Democratic County convention for the purpose of electing delegates to the state and judicial convention and nominating a county school commissioner, met this morning at the Court House.
[This article can be seen in its entirety on microfilm at Loutit Library.]
Navigation between here and Milwaukee will undoubtedly be hindered no more this winter. The ice as it is gives very little trouble and regular trips can be expected of the D. & M. line now.
Any one entering the Young Men’s reading rooms over Gale’s store between the hours of 6:30 and 9 in the evening will be impressed with the importance of this new institution to the boys and young men of the city. A good company is always found using the papers and other periodicals with deep interest. If some of our liberal citizens could find it in their way to donate to these reading tables some such works as Harper’s Young People, Youth Companion, Review of Reviews, Century, Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Monthly Magazine, Chautauquan, Public Opinions, Atlantic Monthly or other similar periodicals, they would, by such gift, confer upon these young people a favor that would receive a hearty appreciation and result in lasting benefit.
Steps are being taken to organize another German church at Grand Haven town.
Washington’s Birthday was not observed in this city and business was conducted as usual yesterday.
A number of Washington Ave. residents have in contemplation a big sleighing party to Muskegon.
Ice boats are becoming plentiful on the river now. A son of Thomas Hefferan has a fine one which he has been running down from Eastmanville.
Hon. Thos. Savidge’s great Geo. St. Clair 2:15½ will make his home on Rising Stock Farm near Pontiac from April 1st to July 1st in the stud, in charge of A. B. Donaldson proprietor.
A wreck at Lowell prevented the 6:15 D., G. H. & M. train from getting in until mid night last night. The late C. & W. M. train did not arrive until two this morning.
The steamer Roanoke has been received her shoe and was to have come out of dry dock at Milwaukee yesterday. It will probably be until next week before she leaves for here because of repairs to be made on her condenser.
William Loutit et al have sold the big steamer Ionia to the Ionia Transportation Co. of Delray, Mich. for $90,000. The Ionia was built at Robertson’s yard in 1890; was the second largest boat ever built here having a measurement of 1128 tons. She rates A 1 and has a Lloyds valuation of $95,000.
[This article has been corrected from the original.]
Messrs. Andres, manager of the Cutler have about finished arrangements to take charge of the Norris House, which they will run in connection with the Cutler. The Andres Bros., during their management of the Cutler have worked up a reputation for that hotel, as good as the old Cutler and the traveling public will wish them further success.
Vyn Bros. delivered a large looking glass to Herman Luhm yesterday to be placed behind his bar. The glass was 48 by 80 inches in size and was furnished by the Grand Haven Glass works and is a very fine sample of their work. The glass furnishes a nice set off to Mr. Luhm’s saloon and is the largest in the city.
The G. A. R. ball last evening was as successful in every way as any of its brilliant predecessors. The hall was crowded and the boys in blue proved themselves as lively as they did on the battle fields of 30 years ago. The Grand Rapids Orchestra did not arrive until midnight on account of the delayed D., G. H. & M. train, but local talent filled their place up to that hour. It was not until 4 this morning that the crowd broke up.
“Speaking of hard times in the Netherlands,” said a gentleman of Holland birth. “The American working people would call it hard times over there always. With all its fine bred cows the people are compelled to pay 60 cents a pound for butter or in Holland money a guilder and a half. Good meat can not be obtained for less than 60 cents a pound, sugar sells for 30 cents a pound and salt for seven. No wonder the people are revolting and rioting somewhat. Their guilder (40 cents) the Holland workmen do not even earn as easily as we earn a dollar.
Representative Norrington has introduced a bill to provide for public administrators. Representative Hoyt introduced the first bill of the season to amend the hawker and peddler bill.
Dr. Graves Once a Slave.
Dr. Fred Graves will lecture at Perkins Post Hall in Spring Lake Saturday evening. Subject, “My Escape From Slavery.” Mr. Graves was born and lived a slave for many years and his experiences as told by himself are very interesting. The proceeds of the lecture will go to assist in defraying his expense to Washington to visit his only sister, whom he has not seen since the war.
Mr. Graves was born in Madison county, Virginia, in the very heart of the principal engagements of the early and also the latter part of the war of the Rebellion. The Rappahannock river, Culpepper Court House, Spotsylvania, Shenandoah Valley, Bull Run and other well known war points are all in that local vicinity. Mr. Graves’ first owner was a widow lady, “Missus Frye,” who by the way, was an aunt of the famous Gen. Hill.
Mr. Graves is stored with reminiscences of plantation days, and anecdotes of his life at that time. In 1860 he made an attempt to escape from slavery. After walking several hundred miles by night and day and being fatigued and hungry, almost to death, he gave himself up to the authorities of a Pennsylvania town and was returned.
His second attempt made in 1862 while the war was at its height, was more successful. With four comrades, relatives of his, they started out from the plantation one mid-night. Mr. Graves bid good-by to his wife, who was on the same farm as he was, with assurance that he would find her at the close of the war. At that time the Rappahannock was guarded by hundreds of rebel pickets and for five days Mr. Graves and his companions lay hidden in a large haystack. Food they received from a friendly man near by. At the end of the five days the pickets were removed and the party crossed the river and joined the Union army.
Mr. Graves became a member of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, one of the officers of whom he still corresponds with. He remained with the cavalry until the close of the war. Knew personally Gen. Phil Sheridan and Gen. Custer, who at that time were making their famous raids through Shenandoah. Also knew the Confederate Generals Longstreet, Early, Stonewall Jackson and Johnson. After the war, Mr. Graves went into the government employ at Washington and from there drifted to Grand Haven.
This is but a resume of an exciting life history. Mr. Graves will depict his own way the suffering of the colored people and the horrors of the slave pen and auction.
If possible help him along all favors will be deeply appreciated.
Distress in Holland.
It is strange to hear a bitter cry of poverty from such a thrifty country as Holland. It is unfortunately true, however, that there is an enormous amount of distress in that country, always interesting to Americans, and especially to the people of New York and New England, on account of its connection with the Pilgrims and the founders of new Amsterdam. So great is the prevailing distress that in Utrecht, a city of 100,000 inhabitants, which gave its name to one of Brooklyn’s suburban towns, there is a daily distribution of bread to 2,700 persons. Rotterdam distributes coffee and bread to almost as many adults as well as to 1,600 school children, and a similar state of affairs prevails in other important centers of population. The number of unemployed in Amsterdam alone is said to be 6,000 and the distress is not less severe in the country districts than in the towns.
One effect of the prevailing misery has been a marked increase of social agitation. Violent encounters have taken place between rioters and the police, and so bold have the enemies of order become, under the provocation of want, that in one village they actually drove the better class of inhabitants from the ice on which they were skating and then proceeded to parade the streets and smash windows. Things must have arrived at a serious pass when the usually quiet and phlegmatic Hollander so far forgets his traditional character as to break out in destructive rioting.
Several plans are proposed for relieving the destitution which prevails. On of these is to begin the great work of draining the Zuyder Zee, which has for some time been in contemplation, and another is an increase of immigration.
Hollanders ought to be welcome immigrants wherever they turn their faces. The Dutch is a valuable element in the American population, and much more valuable than is generally understood or appreciated. The original Holland settlers came to this country with all the inheritance of the great and successful struggle for the liberty of the United Provinces fresh among their possessions, and this no doubt, had something to do with the admirable traits of courage and endurance which they and their descendants have displayed. But the Dutch are still a thrifty and enduring, and as a rule, law-abiding race, and any of our Western states and territories would be fortunate to secure them as settlers.―New York Press.
T. Knight will come out in a newly painted delivery wagon in a few days.
Mrs. Ludwig Tiets who was seriously injured by a fall on the ice some days ago is now improving nicely.
There are 107 maple sugar makers in this district who have signified their intention to try for the government bounty.
Marshall Kaver’s horse is a half brother of Robt. Rysdyk. Robt. Rysdyk’s fast time of 2:13½ was made without being accompanied by a runner and with three shoes off at that.
Hay will be very high this spring. Already baled hay is very hard to obtain.
Watch Grand Haven real estate boom. It has started already in this, the dullest season of the year.
The U. S. Life Saving Station supply depot received three car loads of goods today.
The smoke from the 100 green houses that dot the city show that the local Celery Kings are beginning to sow their seeds. Celery by May is their expectation.
Mayor Kirby, it is said, is not a candidate for renomination,
A card party was given at the Norris last evening.
Jacob Baar will attend Cleveland’s inauguration.
H. D. Irish is is said will conduct the Spring Lake House next season and F. H. Irish the New Livingston.
Dr. A. Rysdorp and assistant Tony Baker made a professional trip to Fruitport today.
Citizens are beginning to talk over the possibility of a government building and its location if we should get it. Not a few favor the lower part of the city near the D., G. H. & M. depot.
The tug Chas. H. Auger is now ready for operations. The Auger has received a new boiler, cabin and many other improvements this winter.
Capt. Kirby has abandoned the inception of taking his two tugs Deer and Elk to Alpena the coming season, and as everyone will be pleased to learn, will fish from Grand Haven harbor in the same waters as last year.
The fishing season of 1892 began just one year ago today, after only three weeks of idleness. Already this year there has been one month of enforced idleness and the prospects are that it will be April before operations begin.
John C. Holmes formerly of the Fennville Dispatch of Fennville, Allegan county will shortly launch a new independent weekly paper at Grand Haven. He will move his plant from Fennville here. It is reported that and associate of the Grand Rapids Workman will be associated with Mr. Holmes in the venture.
Little Miss Aggie Vyn, daughter of Mr. B. Vyn, had a birthday party last evening at which about twenty children of her own age were present. Miss Aggie received many beautiful little presents and after the frivolity of the evening was about over Mr. Vyn gave the little people a sleigh ride and took them to their respective homes.
Geo. Durham of Montague will start a sewing machine agency in a short time in what is known as the DeVlieger building near the Radeke block on Washington St. The building which is now owned by Mr. S. Kilbourn will receive extensive improvements and a brick foundation put under. Mr. Durham and family will reside in the upper story. Mr. Durham is at present engaged in the machine and insurance business in Montague. Years ago he resided in this city and ran the old Albee Tannery.
Dr. Fred Graves expects to leave for Washington D. C. next Tuesday.
Now that the little steamer Erie L. Hackley has been sold, Muskegon will have no pleasure steamer next year.
To say the telephone service between this city and Grand Haven is unsatisfactory, is expressing it mildly. By most of our citizens it has been abandoned altogether, for the simple reason that they cannot converse, the sound not being distinguishable. And this defect is not of recent origin either, but dates back for over a year.―Holland News
Jackson, Mich., Feb. 22.―about 30 years ago “Daguerreotype” Chamblin was a noted character in this city [Jackson]. His real name was Lewis D. Chamblin, the sobriquet of Daguerreotype, or “Dagurry,” as he was always called, having been given him because of his trade being that of a taker of pictures. Mr. Chamblin took no pictures here. He was only interested in the picture on a poker hand. He was a remarkable character with a good figure, snow white hair, and a face as white as a corpse at all times. He was out for the best and generally held it. Chamblin paid little attention to the minor details of living, such as providing food for the table. His wife, who was a milliner, did not grumble and found no fault. The couple moved here from Hillsdale, where Mrs. Chamblin saved between $3,000 and $4,000. They moved to Grand Haven in 1880. There Chamblin allowed the deal to skip him and traveled for an agricultural concern. In a few years he saved $5,000, and then the couple went to Riverside, Cal., purchased a few acres and started to raise oranges.
In 1889, “Dagurry” died, willing all his effects to his wife, and at her death the property was to revert to his brother, Israel B. Chamblin. The wife was named as absolute executrix.
Mrs. Chamblin was in poor health. She came back to this city, remained a short time, went to Galesburg, Ill. To be doctored, and soon died. Mrs. Chamblin, at her death, had in the bank $3,000 that she had brought from California. Realizing that she could not recover, she signed the certificates to her mother and sent them in a letter. After her death Israel B. Chamblin, who lives in California was made administrator of the property in California, also of the money in this city which Mrs. Chamblin had assigned to her mother. The brother has now begun suit before Judge Peck to recover the money. Nobody here knew of “Dagurry’s orange farm” or that he had quit playing four flush for the best to go to raising fruit until this trial began; then all the old time attorneys told stories of Dagurray’s queer and clever ways. Judge Peck heard testimony all day yesterday in the case.―Detroit News.
“Dagurray” was well known here. He traveled for the Corn Planter factory several years and numerous stories can be told of him in this city.
There are very near 1000 separate mail boxes in the post office here.
The Spring Lake Iron Co. has put up a very large quantity of ice this winter.
Fishing through the ice is becoming a popular sport and large strings of perch are being hauled out.
“Grand Haven will have better transportation facilities next summer than it has ever had before,” said the Hon. T. Parish of that city, in the Morton yesterday. “The Goodrich company will run two boats each day to Chicago and another company will run one. We have never had more than one Chicago boat daily. Probably the extra transportation is due to the World’s Fair, but we get the benefit of it anyway.”―G. R. Herald.
Politics seem to be dull on the surface.
More hay on the market today than there has been for some time.
Marshal Klaver rearrested two released tramps this afternoon, who had celebrated their release by getting fighting drunk.
B. C. Mansfield appeared with his pneumatic on the street yesterday. Local wheels men say it is another harbinger of spring.
Much interest is manifested in the coming spring elections. A woman nominee is something new for Ottawa county.
Delegates to the Y. M. C. A. convention in the number of about a dozen held services at the county jail yesterday afternoon. The prisoners listened attentively and appeared at the diversion.
A Y. M. C. A. Service.
State Secretary Clarke of the Y. M. C. A. and C. D. Harrington of the Grand Rapids district committee addressed a very large audience at the First Reformed church last evening. Mr. Harrington is a business man and his remarks bristled with business and were to the point. He said that at present there are thirty-one Y. M. C. A. organizations in Michigan. Of these, eighteen have paid officers to further the good work, and about 8,000 members. These associations are really a home to young men belonging, second only in good influence to the parental roof.
State Secretary Clarke reviewed the history of the association from its starting point in England 50 years ago. He spoke of the influences such organizations have upon young men. The good that has been accomplished and what is hoped to be accomplished.
The introductions were made by Prof. E. L. Briggs.
Prayer was offered by Rev. P. DeBruyn, Re. Lewis, S. M. Wright, and S. VandenBurg of Hope College.
The Columbian Quartette sang with their usual effect and the benediction was given by Rev. VanZanten.
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Wants a Union Ticket.
As the time is drawing near when the citizens will have to put in nomination, candidates for the different city offices and, as Grand Haven is about to enter upon what ought to be the most successful period in its history, and such being the case why would it not be the proper thing to do, for the citizens to unite on a public spirited citizen and put him at the head of our city government? I believe it would be of lasting benefit to the city that we all admire. And I would further suggest the name of a man who has not an equal in Michigan as an executive officer. I mean Willard C. Sheldon. I believe Mr. Sheldon would give us an administration that would be of great benefit to our city.
Mr. Sheldon has by his indomitable real and strict attention to business made the Challenge Corn Planter Works, the most successful institution in the State and it is the pride of Grand Haven. If he could be induced to take the office of Mayor the citizens of Grand Haven will never regret it.
Our horsemen are doing a good deal of trading, and buying new horses the past few days. Mr. Enos Stone has added a fine span of roans to his livery and they are dandies. Col. Smith now owns the famous Spike-tail, better known as hank Bolt’s Spike-tail. He will put him in training for the Spring meeting at once. Phinny Hicks will undoubtedly be the trainer.
The snow has leveled considerably since Saturday.
Farmers with loads find great difficulty at the Washington St. crossing.
The singing of the Hope College Quartette at the jail yesterday is said to be especially fine.
“Kids that is knot 17 years off age nead not asks for cigars or cigarettes four thay kant got them her, sow don’t asks fur theame.” The foregoing sign is displayed in the show case of one of South Lyons’ prominent drug stores, and explains itself.
For several years the business of the state fisheries has been considerably hampered by antagonistic laws by the state legislators. A meeting was called at Lansing last week and about twenty prominent fish men were present to protest against such laws. Among them were A. booth and A. W. and R. Conable.
The industry of Fruitport, known as the Spring Lake Iron works, has met with reverses during the present severe winter, necessitating the closing down of the plant from 10 to 15 days. From Jan. 2 to 13 it was impossible to run cars over the track leading to the furnace, consequently the supply of charcoal was soon exhausted. This necessitated the burning of green wood to keep the works “alive,” at an expense of $100 per day.
Mrs. Mary chamberlain of Muskegon in American Folk Lore, October and December, has a translation of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians that is very interesting indeed, and peculiarly so to students on account of the close relation there is to the ten commandments of the Mosaic epoch, some indeed being almost word for word. These precepts, says Mrs. Chamberlain, were known to the Indians before the invasion of their country by the white race.
Capt. J. v. Tuttle is adjusting the general average loss which resulted from the recent stranding of the steamer Roanoke at Grand Haven. The mishap proved to be and expensive matter, as the footings reach an aggregate of $8,373. Of this sum $6,000 is set aside for the services of the Muskegon tug E. G. Crosby and her large lighter. The contract with the owners of the tug provided for no-pay in the event of failure to release the steamer. Fortunately fair weather enabled the wreckers to float the imperiled craft in less than twelve hours, and the services therefore yielded up ward of $500 per hour. No marine insurance is carried on the Roanoke, and the adjustment is being made safely to fix the percentage that must be contributed by the cargo toward the loss.―Evening Wisconsin.
Capt. John Walker of Sturgeon Bay and a Mr. Reese of the same place were in the city this morning. They left this afternoon for South Haven to negotiate for the purchase of the small steam barge A. R. Seymour, Jr. The Seymour is well known at this port; putting in here many times during the season of navigation. Capt. Walker is at present commander of the Sturgeon Bay tug Mosier.
Dr. Fred Graves left this morning for Washington.
The glass factory is already one of Grand Haven’s great industries.
The steamer Wisconsin remained in port yesterday on account of the gale.
About ten o’clock last night a heavy gale sprang up which prevailed during the night and today.
The two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Eustis of Second St. died this morning after a long illness.
E. L. Van Wormer gave a bill of sale yesterday to the Hanselman Candy Co. of Kalamazoo. This was a surprise to nearly everybody and was caused by some domestic trouble. As is known he was married some few weeks ago to a Mrs. Stroup, of Oxford, Mich. They came to this city, making their home in the restaurant on Washington St. Domestic troubles began and resulted in the failure. Mr. Van Wormer left town last evening. Mrs. Van Wormer and little daughter are still in the city. They expect to leave shortly for their former home in Oxford. Walter Baker, the Hanselman Co.’s hustling representative, is here settling up affairs and having the stock removed from the building.
Death of Mr. Peter Hollestelle.
Mr. Peter Hollestelle was found dead in bed by his wife at his home on Clinton St., between 3d and 4th Sts. this morning. He had been a sufferer of asthma for the past 15 years, which disease resulted in his death.
Mr. Hollestelle was 81 years and 7 months of age, his birthplace being Borselle, Netherlands, and was one of Grand Haven’s earliest pioneers. He came here in May, 1849, and with the exception of six years which he spent in Zeeland was a resident of this city during that time. He was employed in what was known as the old Ferry mill for many years. With the exception of the last few years of his latter life he daily rang the morning, noon and evening bell in the old First Reformed church which was burned in the big Grand Haven fire.
For several years back he was unable to leave his home because of his terrible suffering from the asthma. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife and three children, Mrs. Henry Kamhout of North Muskegon, Mrs. Duke Yonker of Muskegon and Egbert B. Hollestelle of this city.
Funeral will occur Thursday after noon from 1st Reformed church.
Referred to City Attorney.
Can’t the collection of taxes be divided up so that the whole amount will not have to be paid at the same time,―and generally the worst time for the working man, as he is putting in his winter’s supply, and it generally runs him pretty short? Now if the city taxes could be collected in the summer season and the state and county taxes in the fall, I believe the taxes would be paid more prompt and easier for all concerned. By so doing the city would have enough money to pay expenses, instead of hiring the money as they do now.
The name of A. J. Emlaw is mentioned quite prominently as the Republican nominee for mayor.
Charles Allen, one of the pioneer residents of Spring Lake died this morning. He was the village’s most highly respected citizens.
Muskegon is after its police for alleged laxity in allowing gambling to be carried on and the saloon laws violated.
Manager Reynolds of the Muskegon Opera House has reserved a whole section for the Grand Haven people who may wish to see the greatest living actress, Clara Morris, Saturday night. The diagram and tickets will be on sale at Hutty’s drug store Saturday morning.