The Evening Tribune November, 1891



   Cornelius Blom, a Holland business man, filled up the sample case of C. J. VanHalteren with bricks in place of the cigars that usually repose there.  The traveling man lugged the heavy case of superior sample brick around town and did not discover that he was a victim of misplaced confidence until he was about to board a train to Zeeland.  The expression on the cigar man’s face was worth traveling miles and miles to see.


   Dr. C. T. Smith, a noted and most efficient optician and oculist, is at the Kirby and will remain two days, and will doubtless do considerable while here for the many who have been long suffering from misfit glasses.  He comes here well recommended by the most eminent physicians of this and other States.  The Dr. gives special attention to errors of refraction.


   Jacob Baar has closed the sale of the Johannes Goldberg place on Peach Plains to Cornelius VanZanten.  Consideration $1,200.

   The stockholders of the match factory at their meeting last evening decided to commence the erection of a factory at once.  It will be located on the four lots recently bought of Jacob Baar near the planning mill.


   The Ferrysburg mill, formerly owned by the Grand Haven Lumber Co., has been sold to Capt. Robt. R. Haire and a Mr. Gardener of Chicago who will move the machinery to Georgetown, S. C.  Johnston Bros. of Ferrysburg have the contract for repairing the boiler and hauling the machinery to the cars.  Mr. J. Stewart of Grand Rapids has charge of boxing of the machinery and also has the contract for building the frame of the mill.  Mr. Lucius Lyman, Spring Lake, will leave for the south in about a month and superintend the placing of the machinery.  The mill has been a land mark for many years being built in 1867 by Mr. L. Lyman, it being the first of many he built in the state.  When first started it was owned by Hopkins & Ferry.  It had been in operation from the time it was built this season when it discontinued running.

Fish Packing.

   The fish packing business carried on by Capt. T. W. Kirby is by no means small, as one can see by making a visit to his packing house on Water street.  15,000 pounds of fish are already stored away (but a small part of the 50 tons the captain hopes to lay away this fall.)

   The fish when received are already cleaned thus the only thing necessary is to carefully pack them in ice, which is something of an art to do nicely.  The fish, when received, are placed in metal pans and solidly frozen together, making a mass as hard as a stone wall.  They are then placed in the stock room with their frozen brothers, being cross-piled one upon the other.

   The stock room is so arranged that a mass of frost coming from the ice room above keeps the temperature at about 20 degrees.


   The boiler and balance of machinery in the Ferrysburg mill is being removed today and will be sent south for use in a saw mill.


   Brick laying on the match factory has begun.


   That Grand Haven furniture is steadily creating a demand for itself is evident from fast increasing orders.


   The C. & W. M. road is badly in need of rolling stock to transact its increasing business.


   Captain Brittain, the well known ship builder of Saugatuck, is considering building a fish freezer plant in that village after the pan followed by Capt. Kirby.


   Bert Mansfield’s show window attracts a great deal of attention by the neatness and ingenuity of the design.

    The Dake engine works have shipped over $4,000 worth of machinery thus far this week, and it is expected will foot up to $8,000 by the end of the week.


  There were parties in the city one day this week looking up the flour mill on Second street.  There is no question that this mill, if purchased and moved to a more desirable part of the city, would be a paying investment for some one.