The Evening Tribune November, 1891



   Hallow’een was observed very quietly in this city, the weather being too cold for the average small boy.

    Don’t forget that you can get anything you want in the shape of printing at the EVENING TRIBUNE office.

   Some boys were celebrating Halloween in Grand Rapids by making a bonfire of fallen leaves.  The wind blew the leaves around and a $4,000 school house is now in ashes.

   A house occupied by “Indian Joe” situated on what is known as the “island” was burned Saturday night.  A spile driver in the river near the place was partially burned.  Loss unknown.

   The doctors attending Mrs. Capt. Mansfield, who was seriously injured at Sturgis Thursday by being thrown from a carriage, report that she will not be able to be around for six weeks, and that possibly it may cripple her for life.


   About nine o’clock this morning four boxcars and a way car went through an open switch just west of the C. & W. M. depot.  The cars after leaving the track plowed along the ground a short distance leaving a furrow three feet deep.  One of the box cars was badly damaged, being nearly completely knocked from the wheels.  The way car lays on the side and is damaged on the front.  Fortunately no one was injured.


  The last load of gravel for the grading of Fulton st. is being placed on that street to-today.  Street commissioner Dykema superintended the work and did a fine job.

   The new encyclopedia of Ottawa county will be a book well worth $10 to any family.  It will be sold on subscription for $2.00.


   The Grand Haven and Spring Lake bus will be discontinued today for the balance of the season.  But will be subject to orders for parties and special occasions at low rates.


    Henry Sprick lost a valuable horse this morning of heart failure


   There is a little more “like it” for this season of the year.


    The wife of K. Alsema, in the Third ward, died yesterday at 1 o’clock.  She was about 32 years of age.  She leaves no children.  Funeral tomorrow, 2 o’clock p.m. from the house.

Give a Guess.

   Probably the largest pumpkin in the county may be seen in the show window of john Cook’s store.  It weighs 87 pounds.  A 50 cent purchase of dry goods at Mr. Cook’s entitles you to a guess the number of seeds the pumpkin contains.  If you guess nearest to the exact number you will receive a cash prize of $2.00.


   Winter and its first snow storm has arrived.

    The exterior of the new Akeley Institute building is about completed.

  Total eclipse of the moon on Sunday, Nov. 15.  Eclipse commences at 4:34 p.m. and ends at 10:01 p.m.  The total phase continues from 6:35 to 7:59.

    J. C. Kooiman, aged three years three months and fifteen days, youngest son of John Kooiman of Fulton street, died at 8:45 last evening of scarlet fever.  Funeral tomorrow 2 o’clock p.m. at residence.


   George Kennedy captured a strange species of web footed bird on Washington St. this afternoon.


   A new time table went into effect on the C. & W. M. road yesterday.


    There was a total eclipse of the moon last evening but the cloudy sky obscured it from vision.

   The town clock stopped at 9:15 this morning in consequence of being run down.

    A number of ladies in this city are mourning for house plants that departed this life last evening.

    The high school pupils were dismissed at half past eleven this forenoon on account of the coldness in the room, caused by the steam heaters not working properly.

    Edward Potter of Ravenna while out hunting yesterday morning found a lot of counterfeiting moulds in a hollow stump.  The spot where found was near the former habitation of a tough gang.

Dick Vos Dead.

   Dick Vos, son of John Vos, died at home of his parents on Fourth street at 9:30 this morning.  Deceased was 24 years of age, and had resided in this city all his life until eighteen months ago when he went to Northern Michigan where he remained about six months, when for reasons of ill health he went to Louisiana and remained about a year, returning home in this city about six weeks ago.  His death was caused by consumption.  While a resident of this city he was a member of the fire department.


   The display of wind signals by the Weather Bureau on Lake Michigan will be discontinued on December 10, except at Grand Haven, Milwaukee and Ludington.

 The Public Library.

   In order to accommodate those who would like to use the library, but are not able to come to draw books during the present library hours in the afternoon, we have decided to open the public school library Saturday eve, Nov. 21, from 7 to 8 o’clock.

   The arrangement will be continued, if there is a significant number who take this opportunity to draw books.

   The library is on the second floor of the Central School building and contains about 2,500 volumes, all of which are free to the public under certain reasonable regulations.  Before the holidays about 250 volumes of new and standard books will be added.

   The halls of the building will be lighted so that there will be no difficulty in reaching the room.

E. L. BRIGGS, Supt.


   A dispatch from Mrs. Dwight Cutler in California states that she is much improved in health.


   Fred Westerhoff, engineer at Lewis’s Planing Mill, was badly injured this forenoon.  The engine became unmanageable and was running at terrific speed when the pulley broke, one of the pieces striking him in the head.
   It was thought at the time that he was killed, but he regained consciousness after a short while, and is now improving nicely.


   Joe Van Dyke, and old gentleman of this city, is very low with a disease of the head with which he has been afflicted several years.

    The school will be let out at three o’clock Wednesday afternoon for the Thanksgiving vacation.  The pupils have all been invited to bring one some thing suitable for a Thanksgiving gift to be distributed among the poor and needy of this city.

    J. Mouw, of this city, with a road cart, and Mr. Van Doorne, of Grand Haven township, with a heavier vehicle, ran into each other on Beechtree road Saturday night.  Mouw was thrown out and his horse ran away, and was found after an hour’s hunt in a field, the outfit considerably damaged.  Van Doorne came out a winner and without a scratch.


   The stores of the city will close at noon Thanksgiving Day and remain closed the balance of the day.


   Printers and newspaper workers like a holiday same as other mortals, so there will be no EVENING TRIBUNE tomorrow.

Death of Wm. VerDuin.

    Peter VanDuin received a dispatch this morning announcing the death of his uncle, Wm. VerDuin at his home in Gano, Ill.  His remains will be brought to this city for burial.
   Mr. VerDuin was an old resident of this city having resided here over 20 years previous to moving to Dakota some 10 years ago.  He moved from Dakota to the place where he resided at the time of his death, about a year and a half ago.  He has been a sufferer of cancer of the stomach, that disease at last culminating in his death.  He was 48 years of age.

   If we can’t all have turkey, let’s be thankful for chicken, bacon or fried liver.


   T. W. Kirby with his usual open hearted liberality contributed large amounts to the poor and needy yesterday.

   The citizens rendered a very kindly aid to the public schools in the distribution of their gifts to the needy.  Most of the grocers’ delivery wagons were placed at their disposal.  Vyn Bros. came with two teams; J. Godhardt sent a man and a team and Mr. Gravengoed with his horse and wagon made several trips.  The gifts were sent to 43 families and included almost every variety of things to eat.

   Mrs. Fred Mansfield has far recovered from the injuries received at Sturgis, that she is expected home Monday.


   The infant son of Elmer Bryce died today after and illness of five days of congestion of the brain, at their home aged 8 months and 9 days.

Public School Library.

   The library will be open again Saturday eve from 7 to 8 o’clock.  Though the night was extremely dark and stormy several came for books last Saturday.
   It is hoped that more general knowledge of the fact that Library is opened at this time has spread through the city and that more will desire to use the opportunity this week. 
   The electric lights will make the approach to the school building much more pleasant.