The Evening Tribune August, 1891



   VanDonogen & Yonker, the masons who are doing the work on the new Cutler block, are rushing business and doing a good job.


   Hamilton Johnston has purchased the 15 acres of land formerly owned by the late Dr. Briggs. He will immediately clear and make a vineyard of it. It is Mr. Johnston’s intention to make it the finest vineyard in Western Michigan. The place is handsomely located on the Grand river inside the city limits, and has a splendid soil of gravely loam.


   Last Saturday’s fire at Muskegon covers more ground, than the fire in our city in 1889 did.  It goes to show that our firemen are just as capable to battle with a large conflagration as any department in the State.  We believe that our department can handle a fire better than any department of neighboring cities.  Our citizens do not appreciate, in a good many instances, the hardships the fire laddies undergo to serve them at small pay too.


   Justice Pagelson has a fine collection of stamps that he takes great pride in.


   The new Cutler block is fast assuming shape and when completed will be as fine a hotel as you will find in Western Michigan.


   Mrs. Hattie Friant left Grand Rapids for New York yesterday, and sails Saturday morning for Europe.  Before leaving, this generous hearted woman donated five hundred dollars to Akeley College.


   A couple of years ago Webster Batcheller of Chicago, signified his attention of donating one thousand dollars to Akeley College.  This week he sent a check for that amount.  Mr. Batcheller is constantly doing noble acts and this is only in keeping with his very many acts of generosity.


   The Good Templars’ ice cream social, held at the residence of Mrs. James Riley last evening, proved a grand success both socially and financially.  There was about 100 present, the proceeds amounting to $10.00.  Much credit is due the band boys for the excellent music they furnished.  There was about one gallon of cream left, which was to have been delivered this morning, but during the night some sneak thief entered the house and carried it off.


   At Denver, Col., Hon. E.P. Ferry of Utah, but formerly of this city, and a brother of Senator Ferry, was elected president of the trans-Mississippi commercial congress, yesterday, by a vote of 316 to 198.  This is considered a victory for the silver men.  A recess was then taken till 2:30 p.m. The convention was called to order for the afternoon session by Chairman Ferry, and a large number of resolutions were introduced and referred to the Committee on Resolutions.  Probably the most important one was from the Louisiana delegation.  It urged upon the congress the necessity and advisability of appropriating enough money to make the Mississippi river navigable for ocean vessels from its mouth to St. Louis.  The irrigation of arid lands was made the special order for tomorrow morning.  The question for discussion this afternoon was “The Ceding of Public Lands by the General Government to the Respective States.”  United States Senator Warren, of Wyoming, opened the discussion with a speech, and the meeting adjourned till today.


   The "District School" will be presented at the Opera House Saturday night. The best local talent are on the program.


   Mr. and Mrs. Richard Vos of Grand Rapids, are in the city attending the funeral of Henry Woltman, which occurred this afternoon. 1-2



   Mr. John Danhoff is putting a stone foundation under his house, corner of 7th and Lafayette streets.


   The Akeley block is undergoing general repairs.


   One of the pleasantest social events of the season was the pink tea given by Mrs. John Thorp at her residence on Second street last evening, about thirty of our best society ladies being present.  The parlors were very tastily and beautifully decorated with flowers and potted plants, and the ladies dressed in their handsome visiting costumes with their lovely corsage bouquets of various pink blossoms made the parlors seem like a veritable flower garden.  The refreshments were very choice and dainty—the tables ornamented with their prettily painted souvenir bon bon boxes and flowers, and waited upon by some of Grand Haven’s charming young ladies made it an occasion to be remembered.


   Rumor has it that the Dake Manufacturing Co.’s business is increasing to such an extent that hey are compelled to look for new quarters, and that they will occupy the Glass Works building in the near future.

   The tug, Miller, of Muskegon, brought a vessel in this morning to get the remainder of the lumber of the Grand Haven Lumber Company at Ferrysburg. The vessel will fill out her load at Muskegon and then go to Tonawanda, N. Y.


    Harry Oak’s horse attached to a cart went flying through our streets this morning at a 1:10 gate, and brought up near the glass works.


   The new steamer Atlanta, Capt. Rosman, of the Goodrich Transportation Company, leaves Cleveland tonight for Chicago, and will at once take her place on this route between this city and Chicago.


   First mate, J. Smith, of the City of Milwaukee, who has been sick several days, resumed his station today.


   Two colts belonging to Messrs. Pellegrom and Lum, were cut and torn in a frightful manner this morning, by running into a wire fence enclosing the pasture in which they were kept.


   A petition is being circulated asking that the city council grant a right-of-way to the Chicago & West Michigan Railway Company around the lake front to Highland Park.  It is said that the company will not only run excursions, from abroad to the Park, but will make regular time with car and engine between the foot of Washington street and the Park during the busy season.


   The giant heavyweight contest between Jim Corbett of San Francisco and Peter Jackson, the colored champion from Australia, which has been the main event in sporting circles for many weeks, came off at the California Athletic club in San Francisco Thursday night in the presence of an immense crowd.  The fight was for a purse of $10,000, $1500 to the loser and it was regarded in sporting circles as having a great bearing on the world’s championship, it being generally understood the winner would have to meet all comers, Frank Slavin or any others.  Betting was decidedly in favor of the colored man although Corbett’s money was plenty.  The fight began at 9:30 with both men in fine form and it was a scientific mill in the start.  Corbett greatly surprised his friends by his agility and the ease with which he stopped the Australian.  His tactics were admirable and he outgeneraled Jackson at every turn.  Honors were even for several rounds until Corbett began playing on the colored man’s stomach, receiving little punishment in return.  The fight ran along with any serious injury to either, for sixty-five rounds, until 1:30 a.m., when both men were exhausted and unable to strike an effective blow, and the referee decided the contest a draw.  The decision seemed to satisfy everybody, although the general feeling was that Corbett had made the best showing.



   Carpenters in this city find plenty of work now days.


   The question of a new heating apparatus for the Central School Building is one that will no doubt be considered and acted upon at the coming annual school meeting in July.


   Sunday’s Free Press thus speaks of our former townsman Hon. E. P. Ferry:  Ed P. Ferry, of Utah, is the president of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress which has been in session all the week in Denver.  His election was regarded as a great victory for free silver by the convention.  It is regarded in Michigan as a fine complement to a citizen of this state, for we have never regarded Ed Ferry as more than temporary transited to Detroit the land of the Mormon and the honey bee.


   At about 7:30 last evening a fire was discovered in the rear addition to the residence of Mr. L. J. Mulder on the south side of Columbus street between 6th and 7th streets.  The fire Department was prompt in getting streams of water on, and the damage to the house and furniture will not be over five hundred dollars which is covered by insurance.


   Mr. L. J. Mulder wishes to thank the fire department and citizens in general for the assistance so generously given him during the fire at his residence yesterday.


   Last Saturday the steamer Lizzie Walsh left this port for Benton Harbor and when off St. Joseph harbor she lost her rudder.  The sea was running high, and Capt. Woltman was obliged to steer by means of her screw.  Being unable to enter the harbor she signaled for help.  The tug Tramp immediately went to her assistance, and after considerable difficulty succeeded in towing her in.  Several hundred spectators on the shore anxiously watched the result.  Those on board were Capt. Woltman, John and Martin Beukema, Geo. Brooks the engineer, and John M. Miller.  Much credit is due to the captain for his skillful management fo the boat.  The household goods of John Beukema, which the Lizzie Walsh was carrying to Benton Harbor were badly shaken up.  The steamer is now in South Haven, where she is undergoing sundry repairs.—Holland City News.


   The lawn tennis ground, corner of Washington and 6th streets, have been greatly improved lately.



   The side track of the C. & W. M. R. R. to the tannery is about completed.


   The side track that is being run to the tannery by the C. & W. M. is providing a great deal of convenience to our factories.  The Challenge Co. received an order for refrigerators on Saturday at 2 o’clock and before the night the cars were loaded and ready for shipment, otherwise without the track it would have taken several days to load the cars.


   Business with our merchants is on the increase now days, and it looks as though trade will be better than last year.


   The C. & W. M. R. R. under its present able General Manager M. Heald, is now the best managed, and conducted railroad in Michigan, if not in the United States.  There is life, grit and business along its route.



   A number of new sidewalks are going down in the city and still there is room for more.


   The ice wagon is going its daily rounds, although the weather so far has not caused a great demand for ice.


   Due praise and credit should be given our street commissioner for the clean manner in which he keeps our streets.


   The Agricultural college and State University have a number of bright Grand Haven boys in attendance and some of them will definitely come to the front in the coming days.


   Engine No. 24 on the C. & W.M. R. R. ran through our city at the rate of 60 miles an hour. This is in strict violation of our city ordinances.


   Ionia contributed over five hundred dollars for the new building for Akeley Institute and the good work goes on in a lively manner and if it continues, there is not even a doubt of the new building going up


   Lost—During the fire Sunday—Mr. Mulder lost $37.50 that he had in his possession for safe keeping.  He will pay a liberal award for the return of the money.  It is a severe loss to him, as he will have to make it good if he does not find it.


   Another circus June 4th and the boys are busy laying by the change so they can take their best girl.


   Shall we celebrate July 4th?  We favor a good old-fashioned celebration.  What say you boys?


  Ionia contributed over five hundred dollars for the new building for Akeley Institute and the good work goes on in a lively manner and if it continues, there is not even a doubt of the new building going up.




   Michael Falvy has opened the old blacksmith shop on Fulton street, and is now ready to do all kinds of fancy horseshoeing, such as fine horses require.  Horses interfering and overreaching stopped.


   Things are starting to boom at Highland Park; the sound of the hammer is heard and building is going on every corner and everything points to a season that will far eclipse every other one at this popular resort.



   Tomorrow being Decoration Day there will be no issue of the EVENING TRIBUNE.


   We understand that ground will soon be broken for the new 40x125 foot 4 story Akeley Institute building.


   An important and happy social event occurred last evening in the ruby (Fortieth) wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Danhof, sr., at their home, corner 7th and Washington streets.  About one hundred people, relatives and friends, were present, some elegant presents were given, a sumptuous supper served, and all who participated will remember the occasion as a very enjoyable one.


   A large scow load of timbers for the pier arrived last night.


   Wm. L. R. A. Andres, expects to into his new hotel Cutler in about six weeks.



   Some new side walks on Washington street would be a credit to the city as well as a comfort to pedestrians.


   Two young ladies while returning from the park yesterday received a severe fall, caused by a loose plank in the sidewalk just beyond the site of the burned Parker house.


    A raven, or maybe a crow, decorated the front window of Wickham’s barber shop.  Levi found it in the woods yesterday.  “Only this and nothing more.”


   The Memorial Day ceremonies were largely attended and the program as announced in Friday’s EVENING TRIBUNE was carried out, a detailed account of which space does not permit our giving.  Sufficient to say that our people, as always, showed their patriotism for their country and their love and honor for its dead heroes by an appropriate observance of the most sacred of our national holidays.


   Judging from the press, about every other town of any consequence in the state, excepting Grand Haven, is going to have a monstrous celebration of the glorious 4th.


   Jacob Barr was in the city yesterday telling big stories of fishing at the mouth of the river.  Judging from his statements, the black bass are eager for the fray with the summer tourists at Grand Haven.—Grand Rapids Morning Press.


   A party of 50 went out in row boats Saturday afternoon for a fishing contest.  The contesting sides were led by Miss Lizzie McMillian and Miss Getie Kellar.  About 300 fish were caught, and Miss McMillian’s side won by quite a majority.  The party took supper at the Park and all enjoyed the affair hugely.


   Died, Friday, May29th, Nicholas Saul, age 88 years and 8 months.  Mr. Saul settled in Grand Haven in 1854.  He had four children, the oldest Supervisor Henry Saul, of Grand Haven township.  The funeral took place at the German church in Grand Haven township, Sunday afternoon, and was largely attended.


   The young people of the Second Reformed church will give a strawberry and cream social at the home of Mrs. Sprick, Tuesday evening.  the attraction of the evening will be the potato game.


   That business in real estate in this city is better than it has been for several years.


   Grand Haven has 400 acres of strawberries.  The frost destroyed all of them.—Detroit News.



   There is considerable criminal business in the courts just now.

   The case of the illegal fishing which was to have been tried at Spring Lake yesterday was held open until today on account of the respondents not appearing. Officers were sent after them this morning and the prosecution hopes to try the case today.

Twenty Years of Service.

   Ten years ago today the City of Milwaukee left Detroit to take her place on the route between this port and Milwaukee, where she has constantly been employed ever since. Capt. Smallman, who was in command then is still on deck, and it is worthy of note that the City of Milwaukee has never crossed the lake or sailed a mile without her old commander. Under the careful and watchful eye of the captain, the City of Milwaukee is today as staunch and seaworthy as the day she was launched and the traveling Public need have no fear of crossing the lake as long as she is under the care of Capt. Smallman.
   Capt. Smallman is by far the oldest captain who has been continuously crossing the lake to this port. Prior to going on the City of Milwaukee he commanded the steamer "Muskegon" of the Goodrich Line for ten consecutive years between this port and Chicago, making twenty years without intermission. He crossed on the Muskegon on the fatal night when the Alpena left our harbor never to reach her port.

Unlawful Fishing Must Stop.


   The meeting at the Opera House last evening was not large, but those present made up by enthusiasm and effective work for the lack of numbers.  Hiram Potts was chosen chairman and A. R. Kedzie, secretary.  The Hon. Chas. S. Hampton, state game warden, was introduced and made an eloquent and vigorous appeal to the citizens of Grand Haven and Spring Lake to uphold the law and protect their rights against the lawless fishermen who are daily and nightly devastating our waters of their greatest wealth and our respective towns of their greatest attractiveness as resorts.  The statement was made by the speaker, that Grand Haven and Spring Lake have natural resort advantages far superior to any on the lake shore, and yet the volume of resort business was small compared to some of the others.  He estimated that $250,000 was spent by resorts at Petosky every season.  Mr. Hampton was followed by Geo. W. McBride, Dr. Brown and A. Bilz, and others urging the necessity for organization and vigorous united action.

   The following resolutions were then offered by Mr. Bilz and adopted by the meeting:

RESOLVED, That it is the sense of this meeting that an organization be formed, to be called the Ottawa Fish and Game Protection Association, for the preservation of fish and game in the vicinity of Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

RESOLVED, That subscriptions be solicited from all interested in the enforcement of said laws, the subscription to be paid in 10 per cent assessments and used by the officers of the association to secure the enforcement of the law, the punishment of violators and the destruction of nets used to violate the law.

   Officers of the association were then elected as follows:  President, A. Bilz; Vice Pres., J. Brandis;  Sec’, Geo. P. Savidge; Treas., W. H. Loutit; Executive Committee, W. L. R. Andres, J. VanderVeen, H. Harbeck, John Calkins, P. DeWitt.

     Money for the association to the amount of  $266 was subscribed last night as follows:  J. Calkin, $50; C.S. Hampton, $25; E. A. Dewitt, $25; Geo. M. McBride, $25; J. Brandstetter, $25; E. A. Harbeck, $10; C. P. Brown, $10; A. Falls, $10; S. O. Eames, $10; H. Volt, $10.  The meeting then adjourned to meet tomorrow, (Wednesday) night at Spring Lake.



   Vacant houses in the city are a scarce article now days.


   The streets have been improved lately by gravel being put on where required.


    Fishing is good and fishermen plenty.  All trying to catch the big fellow and win the prize.


   Water is so low in the river that Grand Rapids manufacturers have to use steam for power part of the time.


   The examination of Taylor for the stabbing Hunt at Nunica will take place before Judge Pagelson tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock.

    Mr. VandenBosch has commenced hauling lumber for his new dwelling to be erected on the lot purchased of Capt. McCallom. The ruins of Oct. 1, 1889’s fire have nearly disappeared and handsome new dwellings and churches have taken their place.


   Grand Haven has 400 acres of strawberries. The frost destroyed all of them.—Detroit News.

   Mr. Rich of the Connecticut Electric Light and Construction Co., has purchased of S. A. Baird the franchise granted him by this city, and last night the Common Council accepted the transfer with a few modifications; the lights will be 1000 instead of 2000 candle power, and instead of paying $80 per light, the city will pay $60 and will put in 40 lights instead of 30 at the same cost. Providing the city’s proposition to their representatives is accepted by the company, of which their is little doubt, work will be commenced within 90 days and finished within 90 days. Should the company put in the electric lights there is every probability of their building also an electric street railway.

   The largest drive that ever went down the Grand river contained 175,000,000 feet of logs and carried the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee railroad bridge when it broke the boom and rushed toward Grand Haven.  Rafting on this river is now a thing of history.—Detroit News.


   Two and two still make six and if the city gets the electric light plant, it will also get the electric railway.

   With a probable electric light plant, electric street railway and one other important project on foot which the EVENING TRIBUNE is not at liberty to mention, it does look like Grand Haven is progressing.

   “Money makes the mare go,” and money, enterprise and public spirit, makes a live progressive city.

   The city takes pardonable pride in its natural resort advantages.  The next best thing is to improve those advantages for all they are worth.

    Rip Nordhouse and Sam Kimball were convicted yesterday afternoon before Justice Kay at Spring Lake of fishing with nets in Spring Lake, and their fine included costs of amounted to $80. These are the men who were arrested on the night of May 13, by State Game Warden, U. S. Hampton. It is the first successful attempt to stop the net fishing which has long been carried on in Spring Lake and Grand Haven so shamefully, and the people of the two towns have occasion to congratulate themselves over the result.


   The Grand Haven Furniture Co. have engaged space in the exposition building in Chicago for an exhibit next fall, and will also display at he furniture salesman’s display in Grand Rapids next month.



   The fish tug Emma Boecker is receiving a coat of paint.


   A telephone is being placed in Enos Stone’s livery barn today.


   The walls of the new Cutler house, at Grand Haven, are up and it will be opened in two months—Detroit News.


   It is gratifying to know that Grand Haven is to be represented by at lest one furniture company at the two probably largest furniture displays of the world.  When will she be represented by more?


   Mr. A. E. Winchester of the Hudsonville Herald is to have charge of the editorial and business department of the EVENING TRIBUNE, Grand Haven.  A good choice.—Coopersville Observer.



     Hundreds of people visited Highland Park yesterday.


    A number of Highland Park cottages will be occupied this week for the season.


    Highland Park Hotel has been put in first class shape for a lively season’s business.


   Clean up the alleys before warm weather comes.  Some of them need it sadly.


    Justice Court business, owing to the good behavior of our citizens, is not lively at present.


   To Wm. Fritz and wife—a big fat girl.


   A fight between two of the youngsters of our city near the Washington House, Saturday night, drew a large crowd.


   And now the park is connected by telephone, and the next question is, when will the railroad be extended to that popular resort.

   Capt. J. McClure takes charge of the Spring Lake Basket Co.’s pleasure steamer, "Antelope".

   Robert Graham was arrested this afternoon by Marshal Verhoef, on the charge of keeping open his saloon on Sunday, and brought before Justice Pagelson.  He waved examination and was bound over to the next term of Circuit Court for trial.


   A very nice and appropriate place for part of a scow load of gravel would be on Fifth street, on the side of the Akeley Institute grounds.  The attention of our city dads is called to this much needed improvement.


   Fishing continues good, and large hauls are daily credited to the good luck of some of our noted fishermen, and fisherman’s luck to others.


   The First Christian Reformed Church could accommodate only about half of the people who turned out last evening to hear the introductory sermon of the new elect pastor, Rev. K. Kupar.


   Travel by railroad and steamboat on the increase.


   The streets of our city Saturday night were full of people and trade with our merchants was quick and lively.


   The earnings of the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee R. R. from Jan. 1, 1891 to May 10, 1891, shows an increase of  $14,302 over the same period in 1890.


   Chas. Boyden left last night for Neelyville, Mo., where he is carrying on an extensive hardwood lumber business.



   VanLopik & Sons, the grocers, have put in a telephone.


   It is not Wm. Fritz, who is setting up the cigars on that nice fat baby girl, but Wm. Tietz. It was simply a typographical error.


   The many new cottages built at Highland Park this spring add greatly to the beauty and attractiveness of the Park.


   The management of the Highland Park Hotel have put in a 90 barrel water tank so that the patrons of that popular hotel can enjoy soft water for their use.


   H. D. Irish of the Spring Lake house, was in town yesterday.  He has just taken the management of the hotel and is very hopeful of and excellent season.  The pretty lake is just at present over run by anglers.


   An old experienced fisherman says there is more black bass in the Grand river this year than in any year for thirty years past.


   The Kirby House has been cleaned and fixed up for the season’ business and the resort is a popular resort for the traveling public.


   The Grand Haven Leather Company, under its able management, is fast gaining an enviable reputation.  A few more institutions like that would give our beautiful city a grand boom.


   The Goodrich steamer Atlanta, will leave Cleveland, June 13, and proceed to Milwaukee where she will receive her furniture etc., when she will immediately take her place on this route, between Chicago, Grand Haven and Muskegon.


   The amount of money received and paid out during the last year by the celery raisers in this vicinity runs way up into the thousands, and the prospects for this year is good for a large increase.  Grand Haven celery beats the world.

   The Wiley Water Works Co. have commenced a suit against the city and the city long ago commenced a suit for settlement against the Wiley Water Works Co., and between the two suits justice ought to be and no doubt will be, administered.

   There is a rumor current about the city that Mr. J. C. Young was instrumental in having Mr. Graham arrested for keeping his saloon open last Sunday. I emphatically deny that Mr. Young had any complicity in the matter in any matter whatever, nor did he have any conversation of any character with me that day or until after the arrest was made. Mr. Young is a man who minds his own business, and if some other people did the same, the city would be much better off.


City Marshal 

  The courts have decided that parties holding insurance policies for which they have failed to put up the collateral, cannot recover in case of loss by fire.

   It pays to advertise, as a result of using printers’ ink several of our merchants have built up a large trade form a small beginning.



   The weather is warming up in good shape and the soda fountain patronage is on the increase.


   Considerable justifiable complaint is made about the badness of the city water just now. The water in the well is good, but the river water is allowed to get into pipes and the matter should be attended to.


   A well stocked lumber yard would pay in this city.  Daily, parties are looking for lumber that cannot be obtained.

    The Lena Behm came into port this forenoon for repairs after being on the beach near Wilmette from Thursday last till Sunday. She was gotten off without the use of a tug and but slightly injured, having part of her center board broken off and some windows smashed.





   Promptly at 10:30 o’clock the Grand Haven Cornett Band marched up Washington street to the central school building and escorted the superintendent, teachers and nearly one thousand school children to the grounds of the Akeley Institute, where already had assembled the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan Right Rev. Geo. D. Gilespie.  Clergymen, trustees of Akeley Institute and many prominent citizens from different parts of the state, as well as a very large number of prominent ladies and gentlemen of this county and city.

   At 11 o’clock the faculty and pupils of Akeley Institute headed by Mater Lawrence Wilkinson, the four year old son of Dr. Wilkinson, marched into the enclosure singing hymn No. 138 of the church hymnal.  The Apostles Creed and appropriate Collects were then repeated by the Bishop and people.  Then followed a short address by the Bishop; then singing of a hymn by the pupils, “In the Name which Earth and Heaven.”  Then the ceremony of turning the sods led by the bishop, followed by the principal, chaplain, faculty, and pupils, trustees and citizens was performed, each person on turning the sod quoting an appropriate text from scripture.  Music by the band followed this, after which brief and pertinent addresses were made by the following gentlemen:  Supt. Briggs, of the city schools; Rev. A. S. Kedzie, Rev. J. W. Bancroft, Hon. Geo. W. McBride, Judge Williams, of Allegan; John Macfie, Esq., Judge Soule, and Rev. E. D. Ervin, of Hastings.  Hymn No. 202 church hymnal, and doxology were then sung, followed by Rev. J. N, Rippey.

   The visitors were entertained at luncheon by the trustees of Akeley Institute.  The entire ceremony passed off pleasantly.



   Negotiations between Jacob Baar and the Connecticut Electric Light and Power Company for the purchase of a site for an electric light plant were closed today. This means, that Grand Haven is soon to be lighted by electricity, and have an electric street railway with a line to Highland Park. This is not only an occasion for public demonstrations of general congratulation, but the EVENING TRIBUNE believes marks an epoch of growth and advancement in the history of this city.


   A man with a loud mouth with which he was trying to sell something, made considerable noise and entertained quite a crowd on Second street last night.


   If you do not want your shade trees to rot and die, beware how you use the garden hose on them; the water penetrates the bark and causes rot, which eventually kills the trees.


   Travel is not what it ought to be at this time of the year, but has increased considerably during the last two or three warm days.


   Several errors in our article on the breaking of ground at Akeley.  We, however, charge them up to the devil in our office and thus square accounts.


   The attendance of Supt. E. L. Briggs, teachers and scholars of the city at the breaking of ground for the new building for Akeley Institute, was a kindly act and one that showed when it comes to the support and building up of educational interests in our city, we are a unit, and the trustees of Akeley Institute feel under deep obligation to the above parties for kindness and encouragement shown on their part.


   Miss Mary A. White the first school teacher that was employed in Grand Haven was an interested spectator at the breaking of ground for the new building at Akeley.  This honored and respected lady during her long residence here has always taken a deep interest to all that would lead to the building of educational interests of this city.


   The job for the carpenter work and the mason work on the new building at Akeley Institute was yesterday let to Grand Haven men they being the lowest bidders, and work on it will soon be booming.


   The new steam barge O. O. Carpenter, of Port Huron, Capt. Black, came into port this morning with a load of oak lumber for Grand Rapids

   The new Boyden cottage at Highland Park beats them all.

   Mr. Water’ new cottage at Highland Park is nearly completed.

   John Macfie’s new cottage at Highland Park will be completed in a few days.

   The lawn tennis grounds at the park will soon be ready for the first game.

   Several errors in our article on the breaking of ground at Akeley. We, however, charge them up to the devil in our office and thus square accounts.


   There will be four young lady graduates at Akeley this year.


   New crosswalks are being placed at the Washington street C. & W. M. crossing. 


   Work commences at once on the new building at Akeley and our citizens should extend financial aid and see the good work progress to completion as soon as possible.


   Travel is not what it ought to be at this time of the year, but has increased considerably during the last two or three warm days.


   John M. Lockie’s new cottage at the Park will be done next week.


   H. Bloecker & Co. have ready for shipment to Britton, Colburne and Parks, Saugatuck, a 460 horse power steple compound engine, 16 high pressure, 32 low with 24 inch stroke, balance valves.  Weight 30 tons.


   During the three weeks that the White laundry has been established here the proprietors have made many friends and given splendid satisfaction.  Our city now has in every respect a fist class and well conducted laundry establishment, and it should receive generous patronage.


   The Connecticut Electric Light and Power Company has applied to the Common Council for an electric street railway franchise, which the council will take action on at the Monday night session. The company has secured a site for their plant and poles for the wires have already been shipped. Work will begin within ten days



   The work of plastering the new Cutler House was commenced by Van Dongen & Yonker.


   Material for the new building at Akeley is being ordered by the building committee today.


   F. A. Hazen, proprietor of Sturgeon Bay quarry, arrived at 6:30 p.m. yesterday form Sturgeon Bay on the tug Lathram with a scow load of stone for the new cribs.


   The Goodrich Transportation Company's new steamer Atlanta, left Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for Milwaukee where she will take on her furniture.


   President Goodrich of the Goodrich Transportation Co. was in town last evening.


   Examination is the order of the day in our schools.

   Hundreds of citizens and strangers took in the beauties of Highland Park yesterday.

   W. B. Folger and wife of Grand Rapids, are in the city for a day or two. Mr. Folger has secured a lot at Highland Park and will begin at once the erection of a cottage.


   Playing base ball on the sidewalks and over the cross-walks of our city is a nuisance that the Marshall should abate before some of our good citizens get hurt.


   The Grand Rapids Democrat has the largest circulation of any out side daily newspaper, but for some reason failed to make the slightest mention of the breaking ground for the new Akeley Institute building something in which Grand Haven people are vitally concerned and West Michigan people interested.  Other Grand Rapids papers and the Detroit dailies were more generous.


   How many times will the people of Grand Haven and surrounding country spend abroad providing this 4th?


   People from the country tell us they are coming to this city July 4th if we celebrate; if not they will go to Grand Rapids or Muskegon.



   The lawn tennis court at the park is finished.

   The demand for carpenters to put up cottages at Highland Park is largely in excess of the supply.

   A pertinent question just now might be how do you like the new EVENING TRIBUNE?


   Our citizens should obey the orders of the Water Works Company about the running of lawn sprinklers.


   A new Chaso piano was placed in the Akeley Institute today.


   The new legislative manual just issued by Secretary of State, Soper, gives the population of Grand Haven according to the late census as 5,023 against 4,862 in 1880. That is not bad for a city that has suffered a very serious fire and at the same time has been supposed to have been growing backwards for ten years.


   A Grand Haven citizen and his young son were fishing near the life saving station when the boat was overturned and both were in danger of drowning. When the life savers reached them the little boy refused to be rescued until they had saved his fishing rod.—Detroit Journal.


   All the contracts for the building of the new Akeley Institute building were signed yesterday.


   All aboard to the Park is being accepted by many of our people these warm days and the crowd going there will be daily on the increase.


   Another lawn tennis court is being built at 3rd street.


   G. Gringhuis may be found to-day at F. Hutty's old stand, and to-morrow F. Hutty may be found at G. Gringhuis' old stand.  This is how things stands up to date.


   The exhibit of school work at the parlors of the Congregational Church merit the attention and encouragement of every parent in the city.  It not only demands their attention but merits it.


   Bishop Gilespie will preach a sermon to the graduates of Akeley Institute on Sunday next at St. John’s church.


   Peter Klaver & Bros. have the contract for the fresco work on the new Cutler House.


Have They Figured On It?

The steam barge O. O. Carpenter unloaded a large amount of oak lumber at the docks here today, some of which will be left for use here and the balance will be shipped to factories at Grand Rapids and Zeeland.  This very nicely illustrates the advantages the Grand River factories have over their inland competitors.  The additional railway freight charges on this one shipment of lumber to inland factories amounts to no inconsiderable amount of money and on a year’s shipment amounts to an immense sum that the Grand Haven manufacturers can charge to profits, additional improvements or lower prices on goods.  The time will come when the inland manufacturers will have to move lively to keep up with the latest lake-port contemporary and it ought not strain a live manufacturing concern’s imagination to see this point.  


Notable Harbor Improvements.

  In addition to the extension of the north and south piers 150 feet, the government has decided to build a pier frontage along the other side of the river now occupied by the fish houses.  This will be a valuable improvement to our harbor and a benefit to the fish companies, as it will prevent the change of water line.



   Why is it that the good people of Grand Haven and Spring Lake are indifferent to the natural advantages that they possess as a summer resort.  It is strange that the summer tourists pass by Grand Haven, the saratoga of the west.  I have taken some pains to inquire the cause of this and find that the people of Grand Haven and Spring Lake have neglected the most important attraction that the summer visitor is in quest of, and that is the fishing grounds that surround Grand Haven and Spring Lake.  Now what is the cause of the poor fishing in the Grand river and the water connecting it?  It is because they have allowed a few persons to fish with nets in violation of the laws of the state, but the people finally woke up and found the cause that has taken the summer visitors past the most natural fishing grounds that exist on the east shore of Lake Michigan.  Now, gentlemen of Grand Haven and Spring Lake, put your shoulders to the wheel and stop this illegal fishing with nets in the Grand river and adjacent waters, and don’t stop until you have got the last fish net and you will have what the summer visitor is in quest of, and that is fish that can be caught with hook and line and the kind of fishing that existed here ten or twelve years ago, and I can assure that when you have as good as black bass fishing as you had years ago, you will find that people who intend spending a few weeks or more at some summer resort will come to Grand Haven, where they can enjoy the cool breezes of Lake Michigan.  Tourists have the best of direct steamboat and railway facilities to reach Grand Haven from the east, south and west.



   Bishop Gilespie will preach a sermon to the graduates of Akeley Institute on Sunday next at St. John’s church.



   The fish tug Emma Bloecker, owned by Vander Veere Bros., caught fire last night. One of the crew happening to go to see her at 7 o’clock discovered the fire, which was near the stack, and extinguished it. The man going there was purely an accident but was very fortunate one for the owners as the boat carries no insurance.

   Charles Geirsler was arrested by Deputy Game and Fish Warden Christmas for fishing with a net in the Grand River in the town of Robinson. On being brought before Judge Pagelson, he pleaded guilty to the charge and in default of $17.50 fine and costs was committed to jail for twenty days.

   Frank Stone, a Grand Haven boy, for some time an inmate of the Coldwater Reform School, was before justice Pagelson this afternoon for truancy, and was sentenced to the Reform school at Lansing until he becomes 19 years of age.

   Jas. Doherty was arrested last night for drunkenness and this morning was given a six days meal and lodging ticket at the county jail.

The School Exhibit.


   Hundreds of our citizens visited the basement of the Congregational church last evening and there had a chance to inspect the wonderful progress in penmanship, drawing and kindergarten work made by our boys and girls.  On the walls and tables were arranged in pleasing ways the work of the school children and when we take into consideration that the progress made in these branches has largely been made in the past four years, it certainly requires words wonderful progress to fully express our sentiments.  The leader in most of the good work was present at the church to explain and show up the work and made it pleasant for all who visited there, and by the way, while there we learned that Miss Lucy Keller, the teacher in penmanship, was to leave us, and her departure from this city for Duluth, Minn., will be regretted by all, but the grand good work she has done here will be remembered and talked of long after her departure, yes the little tot just now able to learn the first principles of penmanship and those who have progressed farther as they grow in years will have reason to praise her and tell of the good work she has done for them.



   The two girls who stole a black dog from the H. C. Sanford’s residence on Thursday will make trouble for themselves as they are known.


   Manager Hutty has the following companies booked and will appear at the Opera House: Black Crook Co., Social Sessions Co., Dan McGinty’s Troubles.


Why Not Have a Fourth at Home?

   There is a growing feeling that our people ought to celebrate in a modest way at home.  Company F has been offered $50 to go to Muskegon—paying their own expenses.  A prominent citizen of the city has guaranteed them $50 if they will take part in a celebration at home.  Would it not be well to make the necessary preparations and give our neighbors to understand that we are ready to entertain all visitors on the Fourth.


   Temperance exercises at the M. E. church to-morrow at 9 p.m.  The exercises will consist of short speeches by George Hammond and Frank McCooy.  Blackboard exercises by J. B. Perham.  Recitation by Sadie Finch, Hattie Madden, Maud Smith, Emma Olsen, Nelson Holcomb, Jennis Reenders and other singing by girls.  The public is invited.


   Mr. D. Baker will soon start a lumber yard at the foot of 3rd street, and will keep a full stock of all kinds of builders’ material.


   LeFebre & Meyers of the “East End Shoe Store,” like to call attention of the ladies to their very fine turned shoes, best make $3.25, and also the finest front lace at $3.00.  All kinds of styles at low prices.  East End Shoe Store, corner of Seventh and Washington streets.

   The young people's social of the Catholic church, held in the building opposite the post office, last night, netted over $40.00 and was a very enjoyable affair.

   Two men whose names we did not learn capsized their canoe on Spring Lake this afternoon. They yelled lustily for help and were heard by people at the Spring Lake House, who went to their assistance and helped them ashore.



   Dr. Springer, a Mr. Johnson, and another man whose name was not learned, came from Grand Rapids yesterday morning and went fishing in Spring Lake. About 1 o’clock, when about ready to return, one of the men, by moving in the boat, in some way capsized it and all went into the water. Dr. Springer and the man whose name is not known clung to the boat, but Johnson went down. The two men cried lustily for help, which soon arrived from the village, and they were taken ashore and departed on the afternoon train to Grand Rapids, before the body of the drowned man had been found. The body was recovered about 3 o’clock in the after noon and the friends in Grand Rapids were telephoned, and an inquest will be held. Nothing can be learned of the man Johnson more than he was 30 years of age and a man of family.

   A very pleasant surprise party at Highland Park Hotel last evening—Miss Clara Bell, one of the popular lady teachers of our city schools, was the one who fifty of our young folks turned out to surprise, and it was a complete success and all claimed to have a good time.  Dancing was the main enjoyment of the evening.


   An excursion train of nine coaches passed through here bound for Muskegon this over the C. & W. M. railroad.




Grand Rapids Democrat June 21, 1891

A Success Beyond All Expectations―Plans For a New Building―
The Music Department—Commencement Exercises—Institute Management.

   GRAND HAVEN. June 20.—Akeley Institute is making a grand showing, not only in the quality of work accomplished, but in the number of pupils enrolled; the ambitious push shown by those in charge and the great enthusiasm manifested by every one connected with the institution who knows of its capabilities and promise. The school is a success beyond all expectations, and has arrived at that point in its career where additional accommodation for the rapidly increasing attendance is a necessity. During the past year, a large number of the pupils and several of the teachers have been obliged to board in various houses contiguous to the main building. And still there comes more and more applications for instruction, so that even last year plans were discussed for the erection of a large building, which would meet all requirements for a young ladies school.

A New Building.

   These plans have matured this week, among formal ceremonies, the ground for the new building was broken. The occasion was one which called for a large gathering of representative ladies and gentlemen from various parts of the state. Friends from abroad, trustees, the honored bishop, many prominent citizens of Grand Haven, and pupils from the schools of the city were present to honor and enjoy the ceremonies.

   The new building will be of brick, of ample dimensions, and will contain rooms for students and teachers, and a large dining hall and kitchen with every necessary and modern convenience. It will be large, light and airy, and located upon College hill, a most healthy and accessibly locality. Seventy-five additional students will be accommodated in this new building, and from the present outlook it will soon be filled.

The Music Department.

   The music department has been for the last year under the charge of Ora Pearson, vocal, and Miss Randall of Detroit, piano, teachers. The commencement recital will take place Tuesday evening next and, judging from the program, will be a very happy affair. The music next year will be under the charge of Henry C. Post, of Grand Rapids, who will give the piano classes his personal attention. The vocal classes will be in charge of Miss Emma Smith, who has been a teacher in the Ionia street school and a leading member of the Westminster choir. She will make Akeley her home and will be Mr. Post’s assistant in supervising the study and practice of the young ladies—both instrumental and vocal students. Mr. Post’s reputation as a pianist and a teacher in Western Michigan and Miss Smith’s success and ability as a vocalist and an experienced trainer for young people, offer a significant guarantee that the music department will be an important and well conducted branch of Akeley institute. There will be pupil’s recitals at stated intervals throughout the season, lectures and talks and every effort made to cultivate a love and taste for what is good and pure in art.

   The graduating class of 1891 is not a large one, the undergraduate classes naturally being much larger than the pioneering classes. This class numbers only four: Miss Fanny L. McGrath of Grand Rapids, Miss Grace E. Messer of Hastings, Miss Mary Rippey of Muskegon, and Miss Ethel Soper of Lansing.

Exercises Beginning Today.

   The order of the exercises will be as follows:

   Tomorrow—Holy communion, 7:40 a.m.; morning service, with sermon to students of Akeley Institute, by Rt. Rev. Geo D. Gillespie, S. T. D., 10:30 a.m.; evening service 7:30 p.m.

   Monday—Exhibition of drawing and painting; 2 to 5 and 8 to 10 p.m., Miss Lucas, teacher of art.

   Tuesday—Music recital, Blanche Hall, 8 p.m.; Miss Randall, instrumental music; Mr. Pearson, vocal music.

   Wednesday, St. John Baptist Day, St. John’s church, 11 a.m.—Address of welcome, Bishop Gillespie; reports and distribution of prizes; address to the graduating class, the Rev. John Egar, S. T. D.. Rome, N. Y.; presentation of diplomas; benediction; the gymnasium, 8 p.m.; exercises in gymnastics and calisthenics.

Management of the School.

   Akeley Institute is under the personal management of Dr. J. E. Wilkinson, who has practical charge of the houses and management of all details. Too much praise can not be given for the admiral and thoroughly efficient manner in which all matters of the college are conducted. It is a pleasure to observe the businesslike air in the conduct of the class rooms, while the bearing and address of the young ladies in the parlors or dormitories is a model of propriety and fine breeding. Over all is seen the quiet, healthy home influence which is too seldom found in a young ladies’ school.

   Quoting from one of the addresses at the breaking of the ground last week, "It pays to educate girls. In the range of knowledge over fields of history, literature, science and the arts open to them; in the refinement given to our homes; in the purified and elevated tone given to society; in devotion to the church and in charming companionship afforded to all, the higher education of women, demonstrates its value."


   Mr. D. Baker who will start a first-class lumber yard in this city has the means and the ability to give just what we want in that line.


   J. H. Devries, dealer in hardware, tintware, paints, oil, etc. etc., buys all kinds of second hand goods, and trades for new goods or cash.  Corner Fulton and Seventh streets, Grand Haven, Mich.

   The elegant steamer Atlanta of the Goodrich line entered our harbor yesterday morning on her maiden trip. She is commanded by Capt. Rossman formerly of the Menomonee, who is well known on this route and has the confidence of the traveling public. Clerk Herbst and Chief Engineer Phillip Roth will fill their positions to the satisfaction of everybody.

   Mr. Phillip Roth, who was chief engineer of the City of Milwaukee when she first came out, is now the chief engineer on the steamship Atlanta. Phillip’s numerous friends in this city are well pleased to see him on this route.

   This week closes our schools for a long vacation.

Our Ship-Building.

   The Grand Haven Ship Building Company has begun work on two fish tugs, one for Capt. Geigen of Charlevoix, 75 feet over all, 15 feet beam and 6 feet 9 inches hold. The engine, built by Henry Bloecker & Co. will be 14x16, with the boiler 5 feet 6 inches by 11 feet, built by Johnston Bro. of Ferrysburg.

   The other boat will be 70 feet over all, 14 feet beam, 5 feet 9 inches in hold, and will be built for Capt. Smith of St. Joe. This engine will also be built by Henry Bloecker & Co., 13x14, and the boiler 5 feet 3 inches built by Johnston Bros.

   The steamer Atlanta was visited by large crowds of people at Muskegon yesterday.

   Arrived Sunday 5 p.m. tug Leatham D. Smith from Sturgeon Bay towing scow loaded 170 cords of stone for Government piers, time 24 hours.


   Our merchants will close their stores at noon July 4th.


   One of the best posted citizens pronounces the Grand Haven city schools as the best in all respects to be found in the state, and Supt. E. L. Briggs comes in for a great big share of the praise and the credit for their success and standing.


   Sheriff Vanpell keeps the lawn in front of the county jail in good shape, and by the way, we have three farmer county officers and the lawn in front of the Court House is in bad shape and would be a good place to show their skills.


   The Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee railroad will run excursion trains to this city July 4th, and the Chicago & West Michigan railroad will sell tickets from all points on their railroad at half fare.


Co. F and July 4th.

   We understand that Co. F. has about made up its mind to go to Muskegon, July 4th.  In justice to themselves and the city we think the boys ought to and will stay at home, providing that they are paid as much as they could get by going away.  Since our city has decided to celebrate let it be no half way affair, but let company F join with everybody else in making it a grand success.  Do what you can for your own town, boys.


Unjustly Accused.

   The members of our fire department are, we believe, justly indignant over accusations that have been made against them, and have gained some credence among the people of our city, to the effect that ladies have been insulted in the vicinity of the department. Discourtesy, or insults received near the fire department should not be laid to members of the department without positive proof that they are committed by the members. The fact that ladies have been insulted there is explained by a fireman as follows:

   "That ladies have been insulted is probably true, and if the names of the young dudes, guilty of the offense, were given to the public, our citizens would no doubt be greatly surprised to learn who they were, and their parents would be very indignant that their sons should be thought guilty of so grave an offense.

   H. M. Oakes, arrested on complaint of A. L. Livingston for leaving without settling his board, was tried in police court and sentenced to pay a fine of $10 and costs or to sojourn thirty days in the county jail. He could not pay his fine.

   The young scholars at Akeley accompanied by one of the teachers had a picnic at the park today.


That Shortage.

   The finance committee of the board of supervision reported to that body today a shortage in the accounts of Col. E. P. Gibbs, county treasurer for 4 years previous to Treas. Blakeney’s election.  The shortage amounts to $913.50 and the committee’s report setting forth the same is too long to give in detail this afternoon.

   The committee states that none of the facts set forth in its report are in dispute by any of the parties involved and shown it leaves a “deficiency of $913.50 which E. P. Gibbs, late county treasurer, is bound to make good.”  Two resolutions were included in the report, one “that the above report and the subject matter therein embraced be referred to the Prosecuting Attorney for his further investigation, advice and report etc.,” and the other,

   “Resolved, that the Prosecuting Attorney, with the advice and consent of the chairman of this board is hereby directed to investigate such legal proceedings as may be deemed right in the premise.”


Last Night’s Musicale.

   A large and select company of Grand Haven people, with a number from abroad filled to overflowing the spacious lower rooms of Akeley Institute last night at the musicale given by the students and graduating class assisted by Mrs. F. H. Boyce and Mrs. Ora Pearson. The rendition of the different numbers was without exception excellent, and beautifully illustrated the culmination of the Akeley Institute’s training in musical and vocal culture. Every performance charmed the large company of invited guests, who showed their appreciation by hearty applause and congratulations.

The Franchise Accepted.

   A letter has been received from the Electric Construction Company, Greenwich, N.Y., formally accepting the railroad franchise as passed by the mayor and council on the 15 ints., and expressing their willingness to go into contract at once.  They ask for 60 days time instead of 30 to get ready to commence work and the extra time will be granted them.  This is to give time for preparation to got to work and get material on the ground.  Then they promise that a large force of men will be put on and the work will be pushed to completion with all possible haste.    



Shortage in Treasury.

   The official report of the finance committee of the Board of Supervisors altogether long, and rather complicated, gives better than any synopsis could the true condition of the shortage in the accounts of late County Treasurer Gibbs, and for the benefit of the public as well as in the justice of all concerned is published below:

(See report in original article)




Class Motto
"Devadjuvante Non-Timendum".

   Promptly at 11 o’clock the young ladies of Akeley marched into St. John’s church singing, followed by Rev. Wilkinson, Chaplain; Mrs. Wilkinson, Principal; Rev. Dr. Egar and Right Rev. Geo. D. Gillespie, Bishop. The church having previously been decorated by the juniors with flowers and evergreens in a handsome and tasty manner, the like of which has seldom, if ever, been seen in the church on any occasion.

   The Bishop delivered the address of welcome in an able and kindly manner, speaking of the generous donor of the Institute and grounds in words of strong praise and commendation and telling of the first trials and troubles in starting the Institute, and spoke of the wonderful progress made and pictured in glowing words its future prospects and hopes, and the wish of all present was, may all his closing predictions come true.

   Then the Institute girls sung the class song as follows:

Lord, thy children guide and keep,
As with feeble steps they press.
On the pathway rough and steep,
Through the weary wilderness.
Holy Jesus, day by day,
Lead me thy narrow way.

There are stony ways to tread:
Give the strength we sorely lack.
There are tangled paths to tread:
Light us, less we miss the track.
Holy Jesus, etc.

There are sandy wastes that lie,
Cold and sunless, vast and drear,
Where the feeble faint and die,
Grant us grace to persevere.
Holy Jesus, etc.

There are soft and flowery glades,
Decked with golden fruited trees.
Sunny slopes and scented shades;
Keep us Lord from slothful lease.
Holy Jesus, etc.

Upward still to purer height:
Onward still to scenes more blest,
Calmer regions, clearer lights,
Till we reach the promised rest.
Holy Jesus, etc.

   The Bishop addressed the graduates Miss Fanny J. McCrath, of Grand Rapids; Miss Mary Rippey, of Muskegon; Miss Grace Messer, of Hastings and Miss C. Ethel Soper, of Lansing and presented them their diplomas. The beautiful gold badges for the class of 1891 were then presented by Mrs. J. E. Wilkinson with appropriate remarks and the praises of the year by Rev. J. E. Wilkinson as follows:

   For Scholarship, Miss Grace Messer.

   Honorable mention in Scholarship three years course, Miss Mary Rippey.

   Improvement in Vocal Music, Miss Fanny L. McCrath, Second prize Vocal Music, Miss Kate Jones. Instrumental Music, Miss Fanny Ford.

   Prize for neatness in dormitory Miss Sadie Courtright.

   Prize for Good Conduct, Miss Laura Squares.

   The prize for the greatest improvement in the Art Studio was given to Miss Eva Lyons.

   The Rev. Dr. John Egar, of Rome, N. Y., then delivered an address to graduates and it was one of the most able and interesting addresses that our citizens have ever had the pleasure of listening to. His remarks were full of interest to both graduates and citizens and was delivered in a forcible and masterly manner.

   The church was crowded and and included visitors from all parts of the state. Among the visitors from abroad we noticed Dr. and Mrs. Rippey and Miss Florence Hamilton of Muskegon, Mr. and Mrs. McCrath, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. P. Brayton, Mr. Arthur Sharpe, Misses Johnston and More of Grand Rapids, Rev. J. E. Bancroft and Mrs. Bancroft of Hastings, Rev. Mr. Stearns of St. Johns, Rev. J. Rice Taylor of Saugatuck, Rev. Mr. Damon of Ludington, Mr. Messer and Miss Goodwin of Hastings, and Principal Thorpe of St. Johns school, Delafield, Wis.

Art Reception.

   The reception at the studio at Akeley Institute, Monday afternoon and evening, was a most enjoyable and successful affair. The work gave evidence of great talent, painstaking effort on the part of the pupils and well rewarded labor on the part of Miss Lucas, the teacher. The beautiful medal for improvement in art was on exhibition during the evening. It is a very pretty piece of China painting, consisting of an oval medallion with a cherub engaged in painting the studio motto across the face bearing the inscription "Akeley 91." It was executed by Miss Lucas and will give the fortunate recipient much genuine aesthetic pleasure aside from its value as a reward for merit.






   The city schools of Grand Haven have reached a position of excellence in the educational scale that is indeed flattering to our municipality and its people.  The high school in this city is one of not more than eight in the state of Michigan and among her great cities, who’s graduates may be admitted to the university without further examination.  The several schools would also seem to be a unit in all that goes to to produce good attendance, good moral and good scholarship, supported and sustained by the city’s best citizenship and best society undivided.

   At the graduating exercises last evening, the Opera House was crowded to its greatest capacity and many who would have been glad of a seat were turned away.  At 8 o’clock all who could find room were in the house, which was elaborately decorated with ferns and flowers, beautifully and tastily arranged, and needed only the presence of those in whose honor all of the loveliness was presented to make complete.  Soon after eight they came, first the superintendent, principle and teachers, followed by the graduating class and members of the high school, who marched up the isle and took their places on stage.

   The instructors are Egbert L. Briggs, superintend’nt; Lora A. Smith, principal; Brownie Bromley, Lucie E. Keller, E. Galdys Jones, assistants.

   Graduating class,—”The Merry Seven,” are Grace Louise Althouse, Kate Cherry, Matie Farnham, Helena Balmano Hiler, Sarah Olivia Mull, Anna O’Beck and Julia Annette Soule.  The exercises were interesting and listened to with close attention, and reflected credit on the young graduates, their instructors, the City of Grand Haven, its high school, and all the participants in the exercise, and on the appreciative audience.

   Every number on the program was well rendered and heartily applauded.  The essays were without exception delivered in a manner showing careful training and discipline, and their varied subjects were treated in a manner that exhibited careful study and not a little originality of thought and language.  The oration showed oratorical talent and was, indeed, quite a masterpiece of eloquence, and the difficult class valedictory—”Grit” also reflected credit on its performer. 

   Following is the program as given:


Music—Welcome, Karl Marx, By the High School.

Prayer by Dr. W. Wilkinson.

Anthem—Chorus of Pilgrims, Arr From Verdi, school.

Essay—”Sorrows Remembered Sweeten Present Joys,” Sarah Olivia Mull.

Essay— What are We Living For? Helena Belmano Hiler.

Essay— On the Threshold, Kate Cherry.

Essay—Greatness in Littleness Matie Farnham.

Music—Their Native Land, Masini.

Oration—Two Civilizations, Julia Annette Soule.

Oration and Valedictory— Grit, Grace Louise Althouse.

Class Song— Farewell of the Merry Seven.

Presentation of Diplomas, prefaced by appropriate remarks, Mr. Geo. Stickney.

   On behalf of the class, Miss Julia A. Soule then presented the high school with a bust of Sir Walter Scott, which was accepted and the presentation responded to by Miss Lora A. Smith in behalf of the school.

   An appropriate address to the class, and fitting remarks to the audience by Prof. E. L. Briggs followed after which “The Vesper Hymn” was rendered by the class and the exercises closed with a benediction by Bishop Geo. D. Gilespie.


  Four young women, among them the daughter of Secretary of State Soper, graduated at the Aleley Institute, at Grand Haven, yesterday. This college is the pride of Grand Haven and the exercises called out a large crowd of interested listeners.


   J. H. Devries, dealer in hardware, tintware, paints, oil, etc. etc., buys all kinds of second hand goods, and trades for new goods or cash.  Corner Fulton and Seventh streets, Grand Haven, Mich.



Another Probable Incendiary.


   Fire was discovered at about 9 o’clock last evening in the building on Fulton street occupied as a dwelling and small store by Mr. Hobek and family.  The fire was in an old storehouse or sort of summer kitchen back of the main building and had not gained much headway before the fire department was on hand and quickly extinguished it.  The origin of the fire is a mystery.  The room contained a stove, but no fire had built in it since noon and the fire would have started in the back part of the room several feet from the stove.  The people in the house state that during the past few months that there have been indications of several attempts to set fire to the building.

   The family were pretty badly frightened as the husband who has been ill for some time, was confined to his bed in the upper part of the house.

   The loss is small.


   Egbert Halsteele will build a new store on the corner of Franklin and Fifth st.s to be occupied as a general meat market.


   Another street fakir was doing his business here again last night. The people who like to be humbugged are not all dead yet, and so this fellow played a good business here as most of them do.


   The eighth and seventh graders picnicked at the park yesterday.


Grand Haven Public Schools
Roll of Honor.

   The following pupils attending the various schools have been neither absent nor tardy during the entire school year 1890-1:

Louis Behm

Martha Boss

Dick Vyn

Miner Leland

Ida Smith

John De Young

Will McMillan

Fred Ensing

Matt Pellegrom

Jennie Nell

Frank Van DouBerg

Kate Vandenbosch

Ernie Reynolds

Dick Lefebre

Casie Donker

Minnie Van DerMeiden

George Bowell

May De Glopper

James Watters

George Solms

John Stokes

Carrie Brown

Maggie De Young

Jennie Nedervelt

Fannie McMillan

Frances Fritz

Arrie DeKlep

Henry Abrens

Tony Peppel

Charley Colson

Etta Boet

Louis Osterhouse

Louisa Gaulki

Margaret Watters

Henrietta Boss

Nellie Barlow


Gerry Kamphouse


                                                                                                               E. L. BRIGGS, Supt.


   The management of Highland Park Hotel announces a social hop to take at that popular resort the night of July 4th.


Akekey’s Annual.

  We are in recept of the new annual of Akeley Institute, just out.  It is a beautiful piece of the printer’s art and contains three elegant illustrations, one of the present college buildings, the addition soon to be erected and the art studio.  The annual contains information of interest to every parent having daughters to educate.  Aprops we extract the following bit of information from Mich., which the pamphlet contains and which may be new to some of our residents.

   Akeley Institute, the gift of the Hon. H. C. Akeley as a memorial to his daughter, is the Diocesan School for Girls in Western Michigan.  Opened in September, 1888, the Institute has, during the three years of its existence, been remarkably successful.  There are at present three buildings, which, with the grounds, are valued at sixty-five thousand dollars.  The rooms are finished in hardwood and are well lighted, and heated by hot water.   The plumbing is of the most modern kind, and the ventilation and sewerage are perfect.

   The life of the boarding pupils is more that of an educated Christian home than that of a school; the Domestic, Social, and Educational departments are under careful supervision, and all things possible are done to fit the pupils to take their places in society as refined Christian women.

   The entire course of study of the Institute comprises four years each, in Preparatory and Collegiate Departments.


   Some people’s public spirit isn’t as deep as an artesian well.


   Grand Haven is not in it for a 4th of July celebration this year.  Not this year, some other year.



   Work on the interior of the new Cutler House is progressing finely and will be ready for occupancy about July 15th.


   The advanced guard of the fireworks brigade has arrived.


   Work on the interior of the new Cutler House is progressing finely and will be ready for occupancy about July 15th.


   The tug Leathan D. Smith arrived this noon from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., with 170 cords of stone for the pier.  She made the run in 22 ½ hours.


   Seven new members were added to the German Evangelical Church last Sunday.


   The lumber is on the ground for the new sidewalk in front of the Episcopal church.


   Hon. Dwight Cutler and family moved to Highland Park today.