The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. October, 1893
This is football season.
October came in like a lamb.
Mail is no longer sent by the Milwaukee boats.
This will be the world’s fair biggest month.
The U. S. steamer Hancock is in port.
The match factory will start up in a few days.
The lake can already be seen from the highest part of the Court House.
It is reported that Muskegon parties are about to open a clothing store in this city.
The west shore of the lake suffered from a severe southeaster Saturday and Sunday.
Buffalo Bill has taken in $3,000,000 at Chicago. Over 20,000 people saw one entertainment last week.
The Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Co. are trying to buy the big whaleback steamer Christopher Columbus.
Congressman Richardson has returned from Washington and will not go back until the middle of the month. While in Michigan he will work up the Grand River improvement bill.
D. Vyn has 5,000 cords of hardwood at Robinson which the steamer Sampson has the contract to bring to this city. Mr. Vyn also received a carload of hardwood from Agnew this morning.
The sunset last evening was unusually beautiful.
The Grand Haven leather Co’s tannery is again running full force.
Louis Behm will enter the Medical Department of the University of Michigan.
Speaking of dull times on the lake it is not generally known that the shipment of coal past the Soo was only 50,000 tons short of last year at this same period in July.
Saturday was the last day of the quarter, the last day of the month and the last day of the week. This will not happen again for a long time.
The first stone cargo on the barge Francis Hinton was unloaded in the new pier crib yesterday.
Last week a couple were married in the Ferris wheel at the world’s fair.
Marshal Klaver arrested a dead drunk on the D., G. H. & M. dock Saturday night. The man lived in Peach Plains.
The yacht Sparta owned by L. W. Welch of Grand Rapids has been housed near Kirby’s shipyard for the winter.
It will be 13 years ago the fourteenth of this month that the steamer Alpena left Grand Haven never again to be heard from and carrying to the bottom of the lake nearly 100 people.
Chas. Weed of Peach Plains paid a fine of $6 in Justice Pagelson’s court this morning for drunkenness.
Says the G. R. Herald: Pearls will be cheap now since their discovery in Grand River. Even the poorest families can now have tiaras and necklaces of them, which will be a great protection during the coming hard winter.
The former river steamer Valley City reached Toledo after being on her journey an even five weeks. The bout encountered rough weather on Lake Huron and was obliged to lay in Alpena nine days and in Tawas five days. She was towed across Saginaw Bay by a tug. The Valley City will ply on the Maumee River from Perryville to Toledo. John Luikens, who served in the capacity of chief engineer in the trip around the lakes, is home, but will rejoin the boat shortly.
One of the largest fleets that has put into Grand Haven in a number of years arrived this noon. The fleet was composed of the steam barge Edward Smith of Buffalo and the two barges Salden E. Marvin, Robert L. Fryer and Clarence J. Fillmore of Marine City. All were heavily loaded with coal from Buffalo destined for Milwaukee, with the exception of one cargo which goes to Racine. On account of the heavy seas on the west shore the Smith kept well on this side down Lake Michigan and will remain in port until the wind changes. It is very seldom that the vessels from the lower lakes put in here, and their arrival occasioned some excitement.
The United States did not adopt postal cards until 1873.
Louis Behm will not go to the University of Michigan, but will take a course in a business college at Chicago.
Sparrows are again multiplying rapidly, especially in the country, since the law went into effect prohibit the killing of them from April 1 to Nov. 1.
At the semi annual election of officers of the Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers last evening the following officers were selected: President, John J. Bolt; Vice Pres, Silas M. Wright; Sec. Ernie Reynolds; Treasurer, Chris Addison. Committees were also appointed on jail work, invitation, religious and social work.
A report was current here some time ago that a Grand Haven man had been hung for horse stealing out in Washington.
In the City Hotel is a piece of a life preserver from the steamer Alpena, picked up on the beach shortly after that boat went down.
State secretary of the Y. M. C. A., B. M. Clark of Detroit, will talk before the Young Men’s Band at their rooms tomorrow evening.
The fine new residence of Dwight Sheldon on Washington St. will be completed this week. It will be one of the handsomest and most commodious residences in Grand Haven. The house has been built by Contractor A. J. VerBerkemoes and can be pointed out as a model of fine work throughout, from basement to garret. The basement covers the area of the house. A furnace has just been placed in and masons are now at work laying a concrete floor. The floors are made of maple, the downstairs wood work is of oak, and the wood work in the second story is of ash. On the first floor is a parlor, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, etc. The doors to the parlor and sitting room are sliding ones. All of the windows in the house are large. The second floor is devoted to bedrooms and closets. A beautiful stain has been put on the doors and woodwork. The house is to be lit with gas and a fine electric call system will also be put in. Contractor VerBerkmoes invites all who wish to see the house, to come this week.
We are informed that the steamer Alpena left Grand Haven on her last trip on the night of October 15, 1880 instead of Oct. 14 as stated.
Grand Haven should have a work yard for the many tramps who pass through here and who ask for meals and tickets across the lake, at the county’s expense. Work on leveling some of the sand hills for instance, would probably put a check on some of those fellows, who after traveling through Michigan reach Grand Haven and get passage to Chicago or Milwaukee at our expense.
The organization known as the Young Band of Christian Workers of this city is in a very flourishing condition and is working hard to become a full fledged Y. M. C. A. They will undoubtedly succeed, and if they do, their plan is to get the present Norris House and make it their headquarters. A gymnasium, bath rooms and reading rooms would be placed in the building and it would be one of the finest Y. M. C. A. homes in Michigan. With this end in view, the present Band has appointed committees to solicit membership, etc., and it is hoped their object will be attained.
A large number from here are attending the fairs at Coopersville.
Dr. Bates is about to open an office in the Odd Fellows Block, across the hall from the telephone exchange.
Baker’s saw mill starts up next week and has about a month’s cut ahead.
A brick falling from the top of the elevator at the court house, narrowly escaped the head of Peter Temple, a workman, this morning.
The windmill which has supplied water to the locomotive tank at the C. & W. M. depot for a number of years is being torn down. City water will fill the tank hereafter.
Paul Mastenbroek of Eastmanville who is in a position to know, states that the pearls found in Grand River are not as valuable as first reported would have it. In fact fresh water pearls are no where near as valuable as the oyster and mussel pearls.
Chas. Wing, who is now proprietor of the American House, has some years of experience in the hotel business, and will undoubtedly make a success at his new stand. Mr. and Mrs. Skutt, formerly of the hotel, have made many friends in Grand Haven who regret their leaving.
Some of the Court House laborers did not work this forenoon because of the non arrival of certain material.
A two cent flag would look better than the rag that is now flying from the City Hall staff.
The small boys find an occupation in picking up the fallen leaves.
Dr. J. N. Reynolds was at the Coopersville fair today. He says the fair management will furnish fine sport tomorrow and Friday.
The Grand Trunk road has notified shippers that it can take no more grain by way of Port Huron for New England, because of a blockade of Canadian crops.
Y. M. C. A.
The Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers, with a view of enlarging their work, have appointed two committees, one consisting of Chris. Addison, Chas. Dickenson and Wm. McKim to secure members, and the other consisting of T. Knight, S. M. Wright and John Lehman to solicit subscriptions to maintain the work they propose as follows.
They wish to secure suitable rooms and in them provide a first class gymnasium, with baths for the use of members and also maintain a free reading room for men. They wish to employ a secretary who will instruct members in the proper use of the gymnasium apparatus and will work among the young men of our city for a spiritual, physical and mental upbuilding. A membership fee of $5 is to be charged, which will entitle the member to all the privileges of the Association for one year. (One bath a week at 10cts would amount to $5.20.) After the first year the expense will be easily carried by the membership. So if the young men be encouraged by our business men, we will have a “Young Men’s Christian Association,” such as will compare well with those of other cities, and the moral tone of our young men will be made better.
The Band has been wise in making the subscription conditional on their securing enough members to support the organization. So our citizens need not fear being called on to pay money to an unsuccessful plan. When the committees call on you, encourage them all you can in their worthy object.
Celery growers are shipping very little now, compared with other years; waiting for the prices to advance in the metropolitan markets.
The old river steamer Barrett has been laid up for the season at Grand Rapids. In former years the river steamer did a lively business in carrying wood and lumber, but these commodities have gradually become exhausted and the amount of business to be done in this line is merely nominal, scarcely worth looking after. The Valley Transportation Company will hold its annual meeting in December when the future will be decided on.
Do they throw out the wormy apples this year when they make cider?
Nearly half the width of Franklin St. is taken up with stones for Court House construction.
Capt. Baltus Pellegrom was re-elected commander of Co. F last night as were also the former lieutenants.
[There is another article in the same Tribune that covers this election in more detail. It can be seen on microfilm at Loutit Library.]
At the close of the fair most of the furniture in the Michigan Building will be taken to the Soldier’s Home at Grand Rapids, it having been purchased from the board yesterday.
A great tidal wave swept over the country near New Orleans Sunday night leaving in its tracks a terrible scene of desolation and killing 2000 people who live near the Gulf of Mexico.
The weather reports are received at the weather station in this city each morning. They are in cipher so that even the telegraph operator does not know the contents of the dispatches.
The Coopersville Fair was the attraction for a great many people from this city, who took the 9:00 o’clock D. & M. train for that place. Co. F to the number of about 30 also went to the Fair and gave an exhibition drill there this afternoon.
1001 attended the Coopersville Fair today from this city and more will go tomorrow.
The best way to get an insight of Ottawa county in its industrial, agricultural and mechanical interests is a visit to the Coopersville Fair. It is a good representation and our citizens should avail themselves of this opportunity and go there tomorrow. Fare on railroad, round trip only 50 cts.
Saturday night the steamer City of Racine will make the last Saturday trip to Chicago, the occasion being a special excursion on account of the great Chicago Day celebration which occurs Monday.
Eight departments in the city schools had a daily attendance of 50 or more. Thirteen departments have had an attendance of 45 or above and five departments had no tardiness for the first month of school ending September 29.
The whole number of cases of tardiness reported was 52. this is 25 less than September of 1892.
The whole number of pupils enrolled in the schools at the end of September was 1,157, which is 60 more than were enrolled at the corresponding period last year.
The High School has had and average daily attendance of 76, which is thirteen more than last year. The seating capacity of the High School is taxed to the utmost, in fact about a dozen pupils are obliged to find seats in other rooms.
Miss Laffin’s department in the Central School has the highest percent of attendance, 99.4, and no tardiness, a very good record.
Since the 18th of November 1891 when the schooner Ellen Stevenson went on the beach and was wrecked just north of the north pier there have been no wrecks at Grand Haven harbor. The Stevenson was since rebuilt into a staunch schooner.
The Miller and Capt. Kirby’s tugs were the only fish tugs out today.
The smoke stack blew off the water tank at the C. & W. M. depot today.
The barge Hinton towed the second crib from the place of construction to the pier today.
T. VerMeulen captured a wild partridge in front of the American Express office this morning.
The world’s bicycle record was broken yesterday by Harry Tyler, a mile being made in 2:01 3-5.
Geo. W. Brown will repose in the city lockup for eight days for being drunk. He was sentenced by Justice Pagelson this morning.
The old schooner Evalina Bates which for years plied in and out of Grand Haven under the command of Capt. Ed. Dykes is now lying keel up, just opposite the Manufacturer’s building at the world’s fair. She had been used off the fair grounds for fireworks purposes and the big gale of last week capsized her.
Today’s storm is one of the worst of the year. From southwest the wind has veered, around to the northwest and has kicked up a bad sea. All of the fish tugs remained in port with the exception of the Deer, Elk and the Miller. Capt. Kirby’s tugs arrived about noon and the Miller at one o’clock. The steamer Myrtle M. Rose also put in here for shelter.
The barge Francis Hinton is here with a cargo for the pier crib.
Public Building Bill.
In brief the Public Building Bill introduced by Representative Richardson is:
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the Secretary of the Treasury be, and is hereby authorized and directed to acquire, by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, a site, and cause to be erected thereon a suitable building, including fireproof vaults, heating and ventilating apparatus, elevators, and approaches, for the use and accommodation of the United States post office and other Government offices in the city of Grand Haven and State of Michigan; the cost of said site and building, including said vaults, heating and ventilating apparatus, elevators, and approaches, complete, not to exceed the sum of fifty thousand dollars; which said sum of fifty thousand dollars is hereby appropriated for said purpose, out of any moneys in the United States Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Proposals for the sale of the land suitable for said site shall be invited by public advertisement.
Proposals made in response to said advertisement shall be addressed and mailed to the Secretary of the Treasury, who shall then cause the said proposed sites, and such others as he may think proper to designate, to be examined in person by an agent of the Treasury Department, who shall make written report to said Secretary of the results of said examination.
If, upon consideration of said report and accompanying papers, the Secretary of the Treasury shall deem further investigation necessary, he may appoint a commission of not more than three persons, one of whom shall be an officer of the Treasury Department; which commissioned shall also examine the said proposed sites, and such others as the Secretary of the Treasury may designate and grant such hearings in relation hereto as they shall deem necessary; and said commission shall, within thirty days after such examination, make to the Secretary of the Treasury written port of their conclusion in the premises, accompanied by all statements, maps, plate, or documents taken by of submitted to them.
So much of the appropriation here is made as may be necessary to defray expenses of advertising for proposals, actual traveling expenses of advertising for proposals, actual traveling expenses of said agent, and the compensation and actual traveling expenses of said commissioners, and other expenses incident to the selection of the site, and for necessary survey thereof, shall be immediately available.
So much of said appropriation as may be necessary for the preparation of sketch plans, drawings, specifications, and detailed estimates for the building by the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department shall be available immediately upon the approval by the Secretary of the Treasury of such site.
No money appropriated by this act shall be available, except as hereinbefore provided, until a valid title to the site for said building shall be vested in the United States, nor until the State of Michigan shall have ceded to the United States exclusive jurisdiction over the same.
After the said site shall have been paid for, and the sketch plans and detailed estimates for the building shall have been prepared by the Supervising Architect and approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Postmaster General, the balance of said appropriation shall be available for the erection and completion of the building, including fireproof vaults, heating and ventilation apparatus, elevators and approaches.
The building shall be unexposed to danger from fire by and open space of at least forty feet on each side, including streets and alleys.
The muskrat huts and the corn husks both announce a severe winter says an exchange.
An Olive farmer exhibited a turnip at Holland that weighed over eight pounds.
Five trees near the Presbyterian church were blown down yesterday afternoon.
The sign board opposite the Kirby House blew down last night at ten o’clock.
Hon. Geo. W. McBride has been elected president of the society composed of veterans of the old 15th Michigan Infantry, popularly known as the “Mulligan’s.”
The south-west storm of yesterday blew itself out, and there was no wind today. Nevertheless there was quite a sea on yet and Capt. Kirby’s tugs were the only ones of the fishing that went out.
Mrs. Alfien Bos of this city had a narrow kind of escape from instant death yesterday afternoon. She was walking along the C. & W. M. track and being very deaf, did not hear the fast passenger train coming behind her. The engineer sounded the whistle but the woman did not get out of the train’s path. Suspecting that she was deaf he made every effort to stop the train. He did not but it was only by the narrow margin of a foot or two in another second the train would have struck the woman.
The government steamer Hancock is again in port.
The Band of Christian Workers is meeting with great success in the way of obtaining new membership.
The water for the lake was an inch below the season’s low water mark at Chicago yesterday.
The life preserver in the window of the City Hotel an on which the words, Steamer Alpena, can still be plainly seen, has quite a history. It was to this preserver that the body of the chambermaid of the ill-fated boat was found clinging. Not having time to fasten it about her body when the boat went down, the woman grabbed the cork and managed to hold it. Even when death came, her grip was not released and she was found with the preserver still clutched tightly by her fingers, just north of Holland. A number of the bodies found, had the same death grip on the life preservers.
A son of John VanderMade of Spring Lake had a narrow escape from drowning in Spring Lake yesterday.
A. Mastenbroek will call a meeting shortly in Peach Plains to formulate plans for the building of a good gravel road from the city limits to Robinson.
Nov. 28 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the launching of the old man-of-war Michigan, the only naval vessel on the lakes and the people of Erie, Pa., will make arrangements to celebrate the event as soon as the boat returns to that port from the World’s Columbia Exposition.
The jail inspectors, consisting of J. V. B. Goodrich, Wm. N. Angel, W. Diekema, A. Noble and D. C. Wachs, inspected Ottawa county jail last Saturday. Their report showed that the number of prisoners confined in jail for six months preceding Sept. 30 was 128. Of these there drunk 68, disorderly 33, burglary 3, larceny 9, false pretense 2, horse stealing 1, willful poisoning 1, assault with intent to steal 1, violation of health law 1, assault and battery 1, truancy 1, arson 1, assault with intent to do great bodily harm 1, bastardy 1, insane 3, carrying concealed weapon 1.
At the time the inspectors visited the jail there were in jail for trial two prisoners and one serving sentence; of these one was female.
The inspectors reported the bedding to be in good condition, cells good as their construction will admit. Halls and closets good. The management is very good but the construction of the jail poor in every respect.
The following dispatch from Battle Creek in this morning’s Grand Rapids Herald: “Jerry Boynton of Grand Rapids, the well-known railroad projector is in this city. He says the survey of a new road has just been completed from Battle Creek to Grand Rapids via Hastings. The work has been done quietly. This road will connect at Grand Rapids with the Gr’d Rapids & Grand Haven road via the Grand river valley. The distance between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven will be reduced to thirty-five miles and will be a low grade road. At Grand Haven the road will run in connection with a line of large transfer boats to Milwaukee, a distance of 84 miles. These boats will be capable of transporting solid trains of loaded freight cars across Lake Michigan without breaking bulk. Mr. Boynton has an agent now in London negotiating for the sale of bonds, and says he can assure the people of Battle Creek that the cars will be running on the road in less than a year.”
Chief Simon Pokagon of the Pottawatomies, addressed the Indian committee of the world’s fair congress the other day and told them that just sixty years ago his father sold for his tribe 1,000,000 acres of ground, including the site of the Columbia Exposition, to the United States, for three cents per acre.
Baker’s mill started up this morning.
The government spile driver which has been at work on the pier here left today for Muskegon.
Rev. VanZanten announced to his congregation yesterday that he had accepted the call from the Spring St. church of Muskegon. He will preach his farewell sermon next Sunday.
It is remarkable how property and especially peach farms in Grand Haven township and Spring Lake are being bought by Chicago parties. Sales are reported right along.
Ringling Bros. circus is looking for a suitable winter headquarters at a place which has suitable transportation and other facilities. They have made their headquarters in previous years at Barabon, Wis., but that town does not suit them. What’s the matter with coming to Grand Haven?
The Washington House which has been under the management of Mr. R. Mabee this season has passed into the hands of Wm. Langensiefen of Chicago. Mr. L. will take charge tomorrow. Mr. Mabee has not yet decided what business he will go into. The new proprietor has been a dealer in paints, oils and varnishes on Twelfth St., in Chicago. He is a capable gentleman and will run the house at its present high standard. Mr. Munger of Chicago will be the clerk of the hotel.
Nervy Horse Thief.
A man applied at Les Haughey’s livery barn yesterday morning about eight o’clock for a horse. He gave his name as Bennett and said that he was going fourteen miles in the country. Mr. Haughey, the proprietor, is absent in Chicago, but the hostler who has charge of the barn picked out for him one of the finest horses in the livery, a beautiful black.
Nothing wrong was suspected until about nine o’clock last night. At that time the strange man and the rig had not returned.
Becoming suspicious the man in charge of the barn informed the sheriff. The man had evidently stolen the animal and with thirteen hours start could be 60 or 70 miles from Grand Haven. The Sheriff took the late train to Holland last night. This morning the marshal and men sent with rigs from Haughey’s barn were searching every road near the city in search of a clue. Marshal Klaver discovered that the man took the Beech Tree road and was traveling south when noticed by people along that road yesterday.
The sheriff is at Holland making every effort tot catch the man.
Who the follow is, is not exactly known. He came to this city on September 20, and stopped at the Washington House registering as Albert Berry of Simcoe, Ontario. With him was a companion who registered as R. B. Holmer – of the same place. The strangers did not remain long in the city, but last Friday, Berry again appeared. He took a meal at the Washington House but afterwards went to the City Hotel, registering there as Albert Jones of Simcoe. On that day he went to Stone’s livery and tried to engage a rig. He told Mr. Stone that he had been working in Detroit, but had come to visit his father who lived in the country about fourteen miles on the river road. Mr. Stone suspected all was not right and after questioning some time concluded not to rent him a rig.
About twenty minutes later after leaving Stone’s barn, two Muskegon officers came to the barn, wanting to put their horses in his stable for a short time. It transpired that they were after the man Berry, alias Jones, alias Bennett for forgery. They went to different hotels in the city but did not get their man, though he was in the city all the time.
Berry is thought to be a general crook, and will probably do all in his power to avoid arrest.
Grand Haven is represented at the world’s fair as well as any other city of its size in the state. In the Liberal Arts building is the Public School exhibit which compares very favorably with the exhibits from other cities. The Dake Engine Co. have one of their engines in the machinery hall annex. A picture and description of the old and well known “black boat” Detroit can be seen in the government building. Mrs. John Macfie’s game of “Artists” occupies a place in the Manufacturer’s building. The old schooner Evalina Bates once owned here has been used for fire works purposes just opposite the Manufacturer’s building. In the Manufacturer’s building we have a colored window overlooking one of the most beautiful parts of the Fair. In the Michigan building are also copies of the Grand Haven and Ottawa Co. papers.
Frank G. Appley, the champion long distance oarsman of the world, who visited Grand Haven on his famous trip in an aluminum shell from Pawtucket, R. I., to Chicago, arrived home Sunday morning, Sept. 24. Mr. Appley stands today as the champion long distance sculler of the world. He left his famous aluminum boat at the fair, where it is on exhibition.
Help Co, F by attending their benefit this evening.
John D. Duursema was out yesterday enjoying the fresh air.
Last night’s affair in Olive was one of the first of its kind in Ottawa County for several years.
Muskegon’s new court house will cost nearly $90,000.
A smoke stack has been raised from the new boiler room of the Corn Planter factory.
The attendance at the world’s Fair yesterday was something unprecedented in the history of World’s Fairs. The paid admissions were 713,646.
A. H. McKay has something very novel at his harness shop on Second St. near Washington in the shape of a large stock of extension whips. The whips are rattan, whale bone, and raw hide and can be converted into a fashionable walking cane in a few seconds by a simple unscrewing of the sections.
Capt. J. F. Smallman Dead.
AT HIS POST TO THE LAST
Capt. J. F. Smallman has made his last voyage. The well known commander of the steamer City of Milwaukee passed into the other world at ten minutes to five this morning, at his apartment in the Norris House.
For the past six years Capt. Smallman has been suffering from diabetes though he had never given up to the sickness except for a short time last fall. For the past two weeks many have noticed that the captain looked ill and seemed to be making and effort to keep up. His illness took a serious turn at Milwaukee Sunday, but he kept to the boat. Yesterday the steamer City of Milwaukee made a special trip to this port to bring its commander home. The steamer arrived here at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Capt. Smallman was tenderly carried by cot, from the steamer to his home.
The sight was a sad one, and seemed to be a premonition of his death, within a short time. Many faces were turned on the patient sufferer as he was carried to his home, and many an expression of sorrow was heard for the sick man. After reaching his home the captain appeared to rest more easily and at eight o’clock rallied somewhat and talked to those about him. From that time until 5 this morning he lingered, and at that early hour he passed away and his suffers were over.
Capt. J. F. Smallman was born on Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 56 years ago the 15th of last August. The geographical position of the island of his birth, would naturally incline a youth to a sea faring life, and when 15 years of age he took to the ocean and has ever since been on the water. His first chance was to the sunny land of Italy.
During the war Capt. Smallman commanded Gen. Foster’s staff boat, the John C. Farron, which plied from New York and along the southern coast.
Since 1866 the captain has been in command of boats on Lake Michigan. In fact since 24 years of age he has been a commander and was one of the youngest captains on salt water, at that time.
It was he who brought out the Goodrich steamer Muskegon, which boat is still in service. The ill-fated Alpena and the Muskegon were sister boats and on the night the Alpena went down, Gen Smallman passed her with the Muskegon, when the storm was already raging.
In 1881 the steamer City of Milwaukee came out. She was one of the handsomest boats on the Great Lakes and Capt. Smallman was put in command of her. He has piloted that boat through many severe storms and perilous positions since, but always came into port unharmed. During his long years as captain, not a man under him on ship board has been killed. He had the reputation of being one of the safest captains on the lakes to which his good record would attest. In calm, storm or fog the City of Milwaukee was always on time when the other line boats would be hours later.
As a lake commander Capt. Smallman has no equal, and in his death the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee line lose their oldest and best officer.
Capt. Smallman leaves a wife and two children; Mrs. A. P. Burland of Chicago and Geo. Smallman of this city. His mother and other relatives are also living in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The funeral will occur Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from his home under Masonic auspices and his remains will be buried in Lake Forest Cemetery.
Capt. Smallman has lived in Grand haven for 25 years and always took pride in the city. His death will be mourned by a large circle of friends, who can express their sympathy to his bereaved family.
Capt. Smallman belonged to the Masonic order and was a lover of Masonic work although he did not have much time devoted to it. He requested that his funeral be under Masonic auspices. He was admitted to Grand Lodge No. 189 F. & A. M. by demit from St. Andrews Lodge, No. 16, New Brunswick on Feb. 9, 1881. On June 27, 1882 he joined Corinthian Chapter, No. 84, B. A. M. of this city.
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.
Henry Dyk Killed.
A startling affair occurred in Olive last night, whereby one of the most notorious characters of that section of the county was shot in the heart and almost instantly killed. The person who did the killing was none other than Frank DeVries, a young man of this city whose home is on Elliot St.
Mr. DeVries is employed as a clerk in the general store of Wm. Kooyers in the little town of Noordeloos. Mr. Kooyer has been troubled many times with thieves which he always laid to a local source.
Nevertheless he was never able to detect the thieves. Yesterday Mr. Kooyers left on a business trip and upon leaving told Mr. DeVries to stay at the store last night in case of a visitation of thieves, so as to frighten them away. This Mr. DeVries did, having as his companion a trusty shot gun.
About midnight he heard some one stealthily approach the building. In a short time the midnight prowler began working at the lock. Mr. DeVries was anxiously awaiting him and when in a few seconds the door was opened and the thief stood in the doorway, he pulled the trigger. Above the report he could hear the cry of the victim, “Oh! Oh!”
Mr. DeVries woke up the neighbor people but not a trace of the would be burglar was found, and it was supposed that he fled Eary this morning, shortly after the break of day the dead and riddled body of Henry Dyk of Olive was found in a pile of hay about 100 feet from Kooyer’s store. He had been dead several hours. It is remarkable how he got that far from the store as some of the shot entered his heart. It was a horrible sight, but a thief’s fate.
Henry Dyk, the dead man, was one of the notorious Dyk gang, that have intimidated all Olive by their misdeeds and many crimes. Henry Dyk had been in jail and served time during Sheriff Vaupell’s term. He is said to have been a regular ruffian and highwayman. His criminal career has been cut short by a watchful clerk.
While very little sympathy is expressed for Dyk, still Mr. DeVries naturally regrets that his shot was so true. The most he intended was to shoo the thief in the leg, but of course in the excitement of the moment did not take time to shoot at a particular part of his body.
DeVries was brought to the county jail this afternoon.
At 3:50 this afternoon Frank DeVries was brought before Justice Pagelson, waived, examined and bound over to the next term of Circuit Court.
The committee on territories will report favorably for the admission of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma of states into the union.
According to reports, the Maumee river, where the Valley City now is, is so dry in some places that a person can walk across it in many places near Perrysburg.
Capt. D. A. McLaughlin has been placed as commander of the steamer City of Milwaukee and took that boat out last night. Capt. McLaughlin is the man who commanded the Milwaukee for a time during Capt. Smallman’s illness last fall.
The court house is beginning to assume formidable proportions.
The Goodrich boats brought in a great del of groceries and other goods last night and this morning for city merchants.
Young men from this city who make Highland Park a hunting ground should desist such practice. Remember that the Park is in the city and Capt. John Walker will arrest or report them to the officers here in town.
Flags about the city and on the different boats in the harbor are at half mast today out of respect to the memory of Capt. J. F. Smallman. The captain’s bridge on the steamer City of Milwaukee is draped in mourning for the loved commander. At Milwaukee yesterday the Custom House and vessels all had flags at half mast.
The performance for the benefit of Co. F at the Opera House last night was quite a success. The attendance was good and the dear Irish boy and girl in a clever comedy was presented in fine style by Mr. W. A. Gray, who is a clever actor, supported by Miss Eda Parrish, who took the part of the true Irish girl and played her part well. The singing by Master Percy Gray took the house and the audience showed their appreciation by rounds of applause. He is a very clever child actor. The hop after the play was indulged in by a large number and was a very pleasant affair.
In speaking of Capt. Smallman no mention was made of his early lake history. He brought the tug T. D. Dole from Erie to this port in the 60’s, which tug plied on the river for a number of years. Capt. Smallman also at one time owned the schooner Gertrude which plied out of Michigan City. The barge New Era owned by the Michigan Barge Co., and having as consort the Mary Amanda was commanded by him, plying from here to Chicago in the lumber trade. Capt. Smallman also brought out the Goodrich boats from Manitowoc for a number of seasons and commanded the Muskegon during her halcyon lumber days and when the Pomona House was in operation at Fruitport the Muskegon would make frequent excursions there from this city. He also sailed for a time the Oneida, Oaonto, Dean Richmond and Roanoke and brought the Wisconsin here from Wyandotte.
Speaking of Capt. Smallman’s death the Evening Wisconsin said “From the New Era he entered the employ of the Goodrich Transportation Company as master of the steamer Muskegon, which position he held until the steamer City of Milwaukee came out, when he was transferred to her. His name became so thoroughly identified with this fine craft during the twelve years of her existence that not to find him at his post seemed like going into an old and favorite hotel under a new landlord—decidedly strange and lonesome. Capt. Smallman had the reputation of being one of the best side-wheel steamboat men on fresh water, and this credit was deservedly earned.
The Killing of Henry Dyk.
The killing of Henry Dyk by Frank DeVries is an absorbing topic in the city, and has caused quite a sensation.
Frank DeVries, the young man who did the shooting slept in jail last night and was still there today. His bail has been fixed at $1000. It is said that he could have obtained bail last night but desired to stay in jail a few days to learn the feeling of the Dyk family toward him. DeVries, who is only about 21 years of age, is probably afraid that vengeance will be wrecked upon him by the remainder of the Dyk family. At the jail this afternoon he stated that at the request of his attorney, G. J. Diekema, he could say nothing of the affair for publication. He also stated that he would not stay in jail long, and that no particulars could be learned of him until the trial. DeVries is well known in this city although he has been away several years. His folks live on Elliot St. near the alley running to the C. & W. M. depot. His father is watchman at T. W. Kirby’s fish plant on Water St.
The story of the affair was about the same as stated in yesterday’s TRIBUNE. The store where the tragedy took place is in Noordeloos near the boundary line of Olive and Holland townships. The building is narrow but quite long and was built in a cheap manner. It is owned by Wm. Kooyers and contains a stock of general goods such as country stores generally have. The store had been entered and burglarized of small amounts a number of times. The thieves were never captured, though suspected. Last Monday Mr. Kooyers, the proprietor left for Grand Rapids on a business trip. He told the clerk DeVries to sleep in the store Monday night, for fear of again being burglarized. This Frank did and about midnight heard somebody moving about the building. Very soon the intruder began boring away at the front door. A barred window is located near the door and every once in a while DeVries could see the black form of a man stand in front of it and peer inside. DeVries was not seen by the man, the room being dark. DeVries had a shot gun and was ready to bang away at the intruder should he gain admittance. The supposed would be burglar kept boring at the door, his purpose to cut around the lock, take it out and get inside. After half an hour’s work he succeeded and took out the lock. He then pulled the door open but got no further. DeVries fired when the man’s form was in the door way. A cry was heard but not dropping in the door way it was supposed the burglar had escaped.
Early yesterday morning the dead body of Henry Dyk was found lying in the grass 150 feet from the store.
His chest, in the region of his heart was liberally peppered with shot. In order to reach the spot where he fell it was necessary to crawl through a barb wire fence, and how Dyk could did this with such a terrible wound is a mystery. The ground in the near vicinity where his body was found looked as though he struggled hard for life, and tried to raise himself. As soon as the body was found young DeVries went to Holland and gave himself up.
The sheriff happened to be there with the rig stolen from Haughey’s barn and left with the young man for here.
Neighbors carried the body of Henry Dyk to the home of his parents and an inquest was held.
The Dyk family are regarded as bad people by their neighbors in Olive. For some years they have terrorized the whole township.
Malicious deeds such as girdling neighbor’s trees, cutting harnesses, stealing, and all varieties of minor crimes have been laid at their door. While Ed. Vaupell was sheriff the stories of their misdeeds reached his ears. That officer arrested and caused to be convicted two of the boys for some offenses on one of their neighbors. Henry Dyk was one of them. When his term in the county jail was nearly over he managed to steal a razor from the sheriff and for this crime he was sentenced to a short term in the House of Correction.
The Dyk family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Dyk and four boys.
The senior member of the family was fined $25 in a Holland court last week for assault. If what their neighbors say of them is true, and it is undoubtedly so, the family is a very bad one and not desirable inhabitants in any community.
Did Henry Dyk have confederates in his attempt to burglarize the Kooyer store Monday night is not known, but it is thought not. DeVries only saw one person.
If public feeling counts, and especially the feeling of Olive people, DeVries would be released, and several well known gentlemen have been heard to say, should have been presented a medal for ridding the community of a bad man. Cooler headed people say that the killing could probably have been averted if DeVries had called out, but DeVries was undoubtedly frightened. He had no thought of killing the man but fired point blank and without any special part of his body as a mark. At any rate Dyk is dead and there is very little sympathy for him. DeVries will undoubtedly be acquitted of the charge at the next term of court.
B. Moll of this city is building granaries and barns throughout the county, and is doing a lively business in that line.
Frank DeVries the young man who killed the burglar Henry Dyk at Olive Monday night, was released from the county jail this morning. His bail of $1000 was furnished by Ex-Sheriff John Vaupell and C. DeVlieger the milk dealer.
The man who stole the rig from Lee Haughey’s livery barn managed to get $5 for the outfit. He sold it to a Mr. S. Reed living near Douglas and was paid $5 down. He did not wait for the rest of the money but slid away content with his ride and fiver.
Joseph Mainwaring of Dryden, has been robbed by burglars nineteen times since he started his store. This thief would be awful lucky to rob a store that many times in Ottawa County. A few shot gun doses would soon discourage the burglars and kill that profession.
There is something peculiar about World’s Fair visitors. Perhaps you have noticed it. They come home and tell how tired they are; that they chanced to meet so and so. Ask them what they saw and they will tell you of the Ferris wheel, and using a low adjective, such as perfectly splendid, magnificent, and winding up with “you ought to see it,” they leave you in the dark as to what they did see. Just you notice and you will find that not more than one out of fifty who go to the fair do any talking about it when they return.—EX.
A number of life saving surf carts were received at the supply station today.
MANAGER OPERA HOUSE.
Dear Sir:—Yours to hand, I shall keep my engagement with you. It is true I am only playing you because I want to fill a night and make the boat to Milwaukee. My production is entirely too elaborate and expensive for towns the size of Grand Haven, at least I can only hope to make a portion of my expenses. Nevertheless you will get the performance as complete as we give it in the large cities and I expect for you to make up for me the best business you can as I am sure to give the grandest entertainment of your season.
CARL A. HARWIN.
Silver King Co.
The funeral of Capt. Smallman occurred this afternoon from his home and was one of the largest ever held in Grand Haven. The Masonic fraternity, fellow officers and sailors and many friends form here and elsewhere attended. The funeral sermon was by Rev. R. Lewis. The remains were interred in Lake Forest cemetery and a good man and model citizen was at rest.
A drawing class has been organized in the High School. The class last evening after school went to the old Dutch windmill on Ferry St., to sketch that structure. They will make trips to some special point once each week for the purpose of sketching from nature. Miss Lewis is the instructor.
A Daring Thief.
Last night when the goods that had been displayed in front of T. VandenBosch’s store, were taken in, it was discovered that a pair of pants valued at $4.50 was missing. Mr. VandenBosch suspected that the clothes had been stolen as none of the outside goods had been sold that day. This morning a stranger walked up to the store and took from the rack an $8 overcoat. There was a big crowd standing in front of the VandenBosch sore at the time, but the daring manner of the fellow deceived them and they did not think the coat was being stolen. He put the coat on and walked off in an unconcerned manner.
Marshal Klaver happened to notice the man, and saw that the price tags were still on the coat. Suspecting that the coat had been stolen he informed Mr. VandenBosch. Investigation showed Mr. VandenBosch that a coat was missing and the marshal started in search of the man. He found him near the freight house. Mr. VandenBosch identified the coat as the one stolen form his store. The pair of pants the man had on, Mr. VandenBosch also recognized as the pair stolen yesterday. The thief was hauled up before Justice Pagelson without any delay and was sentenced to 90 days in Ionia Prison. He gave his name as Joseph Washer.
Very sad, especially at this time when the news received by Mrs. A. P. Burland this morning announcing the death of her little daughter Harriet aged seven months. Mrs. Burland arrived here Tuesday morning called by the serious illness and subsequent death of her father Capt. Smallman. This second sad news comes like a thunder bolt. Mrs. Burland left for her home in Chicago this afternoon, not being able to attend her father’s funeral. She has the sympathy of her many friends in this, her double bereavement.
All through the busy season two horses have been used by the American Express Co. Business has slacked up some now and the horse driven by Jules Hanson has been sent to Detroit.
A local newspaper is often accused of bias in giving personal notices—of mentioning the coming and going of some and omitting others. The fault is with the people and not with the editor, who is willing and would be glad to tell who comes and goes if he could find out.—EX.
Some years ago there were five members of the Board of Supervisors who had served through the war of the rebellion in the 21st Michigan Infantry. They were: Cornelius Van Loo, A. Kronemeyer, Ennos Pruim, Joel Bond, and Chas. N. Dickenson. The last four names were members of Co. G, commanded by Capt. Harry Labee. Mr. Van Loo belonged to another company in the regiment. Messrs. Van Loo and Pruim are still on the Board.
The date of the trial of the Rev. C. A. Cutler, formerly pastor of the Methodist Episcopal congregation at Lamont, Ottawa county, and who is now located with a county charge, in Hillsdale county, has been fixed for Oct. 24. Culter is charged with falsifying, forgery and obtaining goods and money under false pretenses. The complaining witness is C. R. Micknaw, a merchant of Lamont and a layman in the church. The jury appointed to investigate is composed of Rev. A. M. Gould, Rev. S. H. Hamilton and Rev. James Hamilton of Grand Rapids and Rev. Geo. Varian and Rev. J. I. Buel of Coopersville and Rev. T. T. George of Rockford.
The floral tribunes at the funeral of Capt. J. F. Smallman this afternoon were beautiful. Friends from Grand Rapids, Chicago, Milwaukee, Muskegon and this city contributed pretty wreaths and designs. One of the most beautiful … in the way of a floral offering was a design of the steamer City of Milwaukee, which Capt. Smallman had commanded so long and one of which boat he was so proud. It was almost exact imitation in miniature of the handsome boat. Her paddle wheels, cabin, walking beam, and the captain’s bridge and pilot house were all conspicuous. English violets, carnations and other flowers contributed to its make up. This was an offering from the officers and crew of the City of Milwaukee. The Masonic Lodge and D., G. H. & M. freight house employees also contributed beautiful flowers.
A lively runaway occurred this morning. Jacob Nemire had his horse tied in front of Jacob Vander Veen’s drug store when the animal became frightened and broke away from the hitching post. The horse ran at a great speed up Washington St., for one block and then surprised all lookers on, by jumping over the wire fence around D. Cutler’s lot, corner of 3d and Washington Sts. The horse cleared the fence in great shape and left the buggy on the other side. The buggy was badly damaged but the horse was not hurt and quietly eating in the lot when the owner caught up with the rig.
It looks as though Grand Haven would be pestered with tramps this coming winter.
N. Robbins is making repairs on the old Ferry ware house preparatory to the government supply station being moved in.
The Court House building committee have ordered iron inside stairways in the new county court house, instead of oak as was first intended. This will entail more expense but be a big saving in the end.
D. A. Lane, one of the most prominent merchants of Grand Haven, is very sick at his apartments above his store on Washington St., with typhoid fever. A consultation of physicians was held this morning. Mr. Lane’s mother, brother and sister from Allegan County are at his bed side.
On November 1st, Supt. N. Robbins will move the government supply station and Inspector of the Life Saving Station office from the Sanford building to the large warehouse, formerly occupied by N. Robbins, Jr. This will give plenty of room for the live saving appliances, the present quarters being too small for all the purposes necessary.
The coroner’s jury in the Dyk killing case reached the following verdict: That Henry Dyk came to his death by a shot fired by Frank DeVries on the morning of the tenth day of October in the year 1893 at about the hour of three o’clock while said Frank DeVries was in the store of William D. Kooyer, as night watchman, and that the said Frank DeVries fired at said Henry Dyk while attempting to breaking into said store.
Sheriff Keppel took Joseph Washer to Ionia this morning.
Two employees of Stone’s livery barn indulged in a foot race before day light the other morning.
The schooner David Mary arrived from Spanish River, Ontario this morning with a cargo of lumber.
The Board of Supervisors at its present session has made one change in the construction of the new Court House, requiring the eave troughs to be of copper instead of tin or galvanized iron as was first intended.
Buffalo Bill’s show and the Ferris wheel will be located in New York City next year.
Each 12th of October until the church debt is wiped out, a “Feast of Ingatherings” is held at the First Reformed church. Last year the magnificent sum of $1200 was collected. Last night when the date of another ingathering became due, $800 was subscribed, and to this enough was added today to swell the total sum to one thousand dollars. This is a magnificent amount and shows the love of the people for the church.
Again T. VandenBosch’s clothing store has been visited by a thief. This morning about ten o’clock a heavy set man walked up to the front of the store and picked up a clothes dummy standing in front of the window, on which was one coat, one vest and three pairs of pants. The theft was almost identical with that of yesterday. The man started to walk up Columbus St. with his cumbersome load but was detected and soon a crowd was attracted to the spot. Several of the onlookers grabbed the stranger and held him until Officer Brouwer appeared. Mr. Brouwer and Henry VandenBerg succeeded in getting the fellow to jail. He struggled for a while but saw that it was useless and calmed down. Taken before Justice Pagelson he was sentenced to Ionia Prison for three months. His name he gave as Geo. W. Brown. He is a chum of the fellow who did the stealing at the VandenBosch store yesterday and was sent to jail with the same partner for drunkenness two weeks ago.
Willie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fritz of this city died at the home of his parents at 9 o’clock last night. Willie was 16 years of age, the 7th of last June. He was born in Peru, Indiana but had lived in Grand Haven most of his life. Deceased had been sick with malaria and heart trouble for a week. Funeral Sunday afternoon from St. Paul’s Evangelical church.
Some mischievous boys, amuse themselves in pulling up and removing planks of the sidewalk on the Clubb place, Washington Ave. They had better look out for themselves, or they will get pulled up themselves, and lodged in jail. The marshal lives near that place and will have his eyes upon them.
EDITOR TRIBUNE:—Is there no way to stop the pop-popping of guns on Sunday by the duck shooters? Everybody knows it is contrary to the law, and it grieves those who regard the day as holy time. The law is intended to protect its citizens in peaceful enjoyment of their conscientious scruples and privileges, and no man has a right to interfere with that enjoyment or disturb their scruples. And any reflecting man will hesitate long before allowing himself to trespass upon the feelings of his civil neighbors for his own gratification. JUVENIS JR.
School in Spring Lake commences next Monday.
Many shade trees were leveled by the wind last night.
The wind took the roof off of John Dubbis’ barn in Grand Haven township yesterday.
A hawk was killed in Holland yesterday that measured 54 inches from tip to tip of wings.
New bill boards were placed opposite the Washington House a week ago. This morning they were found leveled to the ground.
Joseph Washer, one of the thieves taken to Ionia Friday, tried to barter the pair of pants he stole from T. VandenBosh, for a square meal at VanWormer’s restaurant, but the proprietor did not see it that way.
Daniel Murray the Allendale post office thief who gave the marshal such a desperate chase through the northern part of the city some months ago, is thought to be at the head of a desperate gang of post office robbers.
The blowing of whistles and the ringing of the firebell about 7:30 this morning caused quite an excitement and a big conflagration was looked for. It turned out to be a false alarm turned in from Kilbourn’s factory.
The schooner David Mary is making regular trips in the lumber trade between Spanish River, Ont., and Spring Lake for the Cutler & Savidge Lumber Co. A trip takes from twelve to fourteen days. The Mary carries about 235,000 feet of timber.
A dangerous bar is forming off Grand Haven. The shoal spot was particularly noticeable this morning in the terrible sea that was raging. Over the bar the water seemed to boil and seethe like a cauldron. The lives of passengers and seamen will be jeopardized if not dredged. Dredging should begin at once, in the first quiet weather we have.
Silas M. Wright, of this city has been appointed one of the business committee of the Y. M. C. A. convention now in session at Battle Creek.
Thirteen years next Monday a terrible snow storm was prevailing and a wild wind raging. It was on that date the steamer Alpena went down.
Grand Haven is shut out from outside communication by telegraph today. Every one of the four lines in the Western Union office was disabled.
A report gained currency all over the city this afternoon that the steamer Racine has been wrecked off St. Joe. N. Robbins, Jr., local agent of the Goodrich Transportation Co,. stated this afternoon that he had heard nothing of it, other than the wild story, and pronounces it a hoax pure and simple. If the report was true, Mr. Robbins would have been informed from Goodrich headquarters.
A northerly gale, the worst one of the season, started in last night and prevailed today. Lake Michigan is fairly boiling. The steamer Racine left last night at her usual hour, but the City of Milwaukee did not attempt to go out. The Goodrich liner Atlanta arrived here about eleven o’clock this forenoon after one of the stormiest passages this year. The Atlanta left Chicago at her usual hour last night and kept along the western shore during the night. When she put across the lake she was about off Holland. The wind was blowing a hurricane from the north and the ship made but little headway. Capt. Nicholson took her by the piers and then turned around coming in neatly. Something over one hundred passengers were aboard. She remained in port today and Muskegon will have to be content without a Chicago boat today.
The wind stopped the town clock today and was the means of making several merchants late for dinner.
The Silver King troupe arrived this afternoon from Grand Rapids where their performances were spoken of as theatrical treat of the season.
On Thursday of this week the bible class of the Second Reformed church gave a fare well reception to Rev. and Mrs. VanZanten. Yesterday the ladies of the church and the teachers of the Sunday school also tendered the pastor a fare well party.
Capt. Smallman During the Rebellion.
The Chicago News Record has the following concerning Capt. Smallman’s war record.
It was Capt. Smallman who during the hot fighting along the Carolina coast in the early years of the rebellion landed the dare-devil Lieut. Cushing when he blew up the iron ram Albemario, an achievement that won him the thanks of congress and the rank of lieutenant commander at 21. In those days young Smallman was known as the youngest captain in the volunteer navy. At the breaking out of the war he shipped as a first mate on the transport boat, the John Ferren. The ship’s commander was a brother of Lightning Phil Kearney and a fighter himself, with a temper of his own. It was an officer’s transport ship and on one occasion when Capt. Kearney showed his displeasure at the military chiefs when they interfered with his affairs they put him under arrest.
They were off the coast of the Carolinas, in hostile water, without a commander or one to navigate the ship. Some one called out if there wasn’t a man on board who knew the art of navigation and the first engineer, pointed to Mate Smallman, said he was the very person for the place. Then and there Capt. Smallman was given his title. It was while entering Cape Hatteras once that Capt. Smallman met with one of his thrilling adventures. On board he had some 8,600 women and children, the families of northern sympathizers, with a number of negroes, all from the town of Newberne and destined for a place of safety in the north.
As they rounded a point upon which the rebels had constructed a fort, fire was opened on the boat. The first volley killed the pilot standing by Capt. Smallman’s side, and the man dropped with his limp hands holding the wheel. While the bullets were raining through the pilot house Capt. Smallman sprung forward and seized the wheel and held the vessel to its course, making good his escape to the open sea. An examination showed thirty-six Minnie balls had penetrated the pilot house and it seemed that by a miracle alone was Capt. Smallman’s life spared on that occasion.
Almost a generation later he was shipwrecked on Lake Michigan, or perhaps it would be better to say he was bleated by ice and for twenty-three days it was thought he was lost. That was in the very cold winter of 1886 and the boat was the propeller Oneida. The intense cold rendered the ice impassible and the Onieda and her crew were at the mercy of a gigantic ice pack.
The streets were in darkness Saturday night.
Sand covering the C. & W. M. tracks near Benton Harbor compelled trains on that line the past two days to run late.
D. A. Lane who has been a very sick man for two weeks with typhoid fever is recovering nicely as his many friends will be pleased to learn.
Euno J. Pruim, a member of the building committee of the board of supervisors of Ottawa county, was in the city yesterday looking over Muskegon county’s new Court House.—Muskegon News.
The constitutionality of the act enfranchising women is now under consideration before the supreme court and in a short time it will be known whether the ladies will help elect the common council next year or not.
Col. Duryea informs us that the depth of water at Grand Haven harbor is from 18 to 20 feet except at one spot on the bar, where it is 15 feet. This depth of water is sufficient for any lake boat to enter with safety.
The tug Jesse Spalding, which has been engaged in carrying stone for the pier construction from Sturgeon Bay to this city will engage in the fish business on the west shore this coming winter.
Dr. J. Mastenbroek is about to begin his practice of medicine in Grand Haven and his wife Mrs. J. Mastenboek will open a drug store in the Sanford Building on Washington St., now occupied by the government supply office. The drug stock is being moved from Ludington where Dr. and Mrs. Mastenbroek have been for some time, previous to which they operated a drug store on Ottawa St. in Muskegon for a number of years. The new drug store will be opened November 1st. Dr. Mastenbroek is well known in Grand Haven and Ottawa county as a previous resident and practitioner.
See the remarkable trick horses at the Opera House tonight.
While Wm. Lievense of the C. & W. M. station was lifting a heavy trunk belonging to a local hardware drummer, on the 1:20 train this afternoon, the index finger on his right hand was caught between the sharp iron edge of the baggage and three hundred pound trunk. The end of the finger was cut off and Mr. Lievense with a nerve rarely seen, whipped out a jack-knife and cut off the jagged edges of the wound, almost as good as a surgeon could have done. The wound was dressed by Dr. Reynolds.
A false alarm from Central School called out the department this afternoon.
Passed away at 19:59 this morning, Agnes Matilda Dundas, aged nine years and seventeen days, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dundas. Agnes had been a patient sufferer for the past three years with valvular disease of the heart. Her winsome ways had made for her many friends among her schoolmates and others. The day of the funeral has not yet been decided on, as Mr. Dundas is on the steamer McGregor which left Two Harbors on Saturday and will not be in Chicago until Wednesday.
Attempt at Suicide.
Geo. W. Brown the man who stole the dummy and clothes from T. VandenBosch’s clothing store last Friday, attempted to commit suicide in his cell in the county jail this morning.
He tore his stout bed blanket and made a suitable rope of it, putting a noose in one end. He then tied one end of the blanket to the top of his cell, put the noose around his throat and jumped from the top of his cot. He did not leap into eternity as was his purpose. His fall of two feet broke the rope, and other prisoners gave the alarm. Dr. Reynolds was called upon and soon had the man to his feet, alive and kicking. The terrible strain rendered him unconscious for a time.
Brown it will be remembered was sentenced to Ionia Prison for 90 days for larceny. His pal Joseph Washer received the same sentence for his offense, the day before Brown did. Sheriff Keppel took Washer to Ionia and was informed that no more prisoners could be taken to Ionia who were sentenced by a police justice. Hence when he returned he informed Brown that he could not be taken to Ionia, but should serve the time in jail. Brown worried over the fact that he could not join his pal at Ionia and also being a victim of epileptic fits, probably decided to rid himself of the world.
When he revived this forenoon he was discharged from custody.
Many Vessels Lost.
The terrible storm of Friday and Saturday did great damage to lake shipping. Every lake felt the effects, and wrecked and foundered bespeak the havoc it wrought.
On Saturday a wild story began its rounds in this city that the Goodrich steamer City of Racine had sunk. Naturally many were frightened. Strange to say the story started about the same time in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. The tale was a canard, the Racine having arrived at Chicago safely that morning.
The steamer Atlanta did not start for Muskegon until yesterday morning and left Chicago last night. The City of Milwaukee hesitated to leave Milwaukee until yesterday morning at 7:00 o’clock.
The well known steamer Wisconsin was in the lake seventeen hours, when the gale was at its height and waves were running mountain high. She left Milwaukee on Friday night and when off Gross Point was caught in the storm and buffeted around for hours. Unable to make Grand Haven Capt. Honner turned about and returned to Milwaukee. One of the Wisconsin’s spars was loosened, a life boat was lost and other damages compelled her to remain in Milwaukee, the City of Milwaukee taking her route today.
There were no wrecks at Grand Haven, but all over the lakes, disasters are reported. The most terrible was the loss of the steamer Dean Richmond on Lake Erie near the port of Dunkirk. She was seen near that port laboring heavily and in distress. Her cargo consisted of only 80 tons of merchandise and she was one her way form Toledo to Buffalo. The body of the chief engineer and also three sailors was found on the beach and supposed to be from the Richmond. Her crew consisted of about eighteen. A. W. Stoddard of Toledo was master. Her sign board and also a large quantity of wreckage was found on the beach. The crew mostly from Toledo.
The Dean Richmond is well known at Grand Haven. Some years ago she plied between here and Milwaukee on the winter route. The late Capt. Smallman commanded her for one winter and so also did a man named Zeeland.
The big schooner Minnehaha went on the beach at Onekema Saturday and the entire crew of six sailors drowned. The Captain, Wm. Pa---- was the only man saved.
Six vessels were on the beach at Cheboygan. Lake Erie was storm swept and many vessels were wrecked on the Canadian and American shores.
Prof. D. M. Bristol’s Equine Wonders.
The world-famed Prof. D. M. Bristol and his school of thirty educated horses, mules and ponies will exhibit in the Opera House two nights commencing this evening. Matinee tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock. At the conclusion of which all children attending will be given a free pony ride. This is one of the most novel and interesting entertainments on the stage, and the most wonderful exhibit of equine intelligence ever witnessed. Efforts have been made at various times to induce Prof. Bristol to visit our city, but not until now could he arrange to do so; now that he is coming we hope to see him greeted by full houses. Besides the horses, the Professor will bring with him twenty-five people, a full band and orchestra. He travels in his own train of palace cars. In order to train thirty horses to perform such marvelous maneuvers as those accomplished by these horses, Prof. Bristol must be a man possessed of wonderful powers. To train horses to do some of the simple tricks to be seen in circuses is not, perhaps astounding, but when fancy drill by the entire company, swinging, rocking, bell ringing, solving mathematical problems, trapeze acts, rope-walking, and others are induced, the exhibition is nothing short of marvelous. All should see these remarkable horses.
Thirteen years ago today the steamer Alpena sunk in Lake Michigan carrying to a watery grave, a hundred souls. Several bodies were recovered but not one of the passengers or crew lived to tell how it happened. That is all surmise. Among the passengers were several prominent people of this city at that time, including Mr. and Mrs. Benham, Capt. Haber Squier and Montgomery Crossman. A number of wealthy Grand Rapids brewers were also on board when the Alpena left Grand Haven the night before. For two months after, a diligent search was made for the Alpena but no one knows where she foundered. On the 17th of November, 1890 one of the last bodies form the lost ship was found at Port Sheldon. The only way to denote that the man was on the boat was a life preserver which he had on which bore the name “Alpena.”
Board of Supervisors.
At the session of the Board last week the court house building committee reported the following changes be made:
Moving the lavatory in basement from the east side of the hall to the west side.
Changing the grade line around the east hall of the building, so as to make the entire grade around the building uniform with the west grade, as established. This involved more ashler stone work on the east basement wall and additional stone steps outside, but it will also reduce the grading of the grounds hereafter.
Reduced the course of Bedford stone around the building at the grade line from 12 inches to 6 in.
Omitted the coal bin on the outside of the southeast corner.
Reduced the amount of indirect heating from 800 feet to not less than 200 feet, said 200 feet to be retained in the court room.
All rooms to be furnished with radiators instead of coils, for heating.
Trim the four corners of the outside wall, second story, with Waverly stone, same as first story.
Change the wooden steps in both vestibules to iron steps, with iron frames and glass risers.
These changes involve an additional expenditure of $707.70 and were approved by the board.
The committee also reported that they had expended up to date $24,497.30 of which $23,400 was to the contractor.
The committee also recommended that $5000 be raised for desks and fixtures for the new court house. This was left for the next Board to provide for.
The broom factory of Johannes F. Vos & Sons in the 4th ward has commenced operations.
The senior class of the Grand Haven High School hold meetings each Friday night.
To subscribers of the Grand Haven Tribune and Detroit Journal notice is given that the two will be delivered for 15 cents a week hereafter, instead of twelve as heretofor.
The steam yacht Rex, now on Lake Michigan, has made an official record of 31 miles per hour, and ran from Sturgeon Bay to Menominee, 29 miles in 45 minutes.
There is enough room in Texas for the entire population of the word, five acres to a family and plenty of room left for parks, and the state could be made to feed them all.—EX.
The Board of Supervisors left on their annual junket and trip of inspection to the county poor farm this morning. They left on one of Enos Stone’s busses, conveyed by four horses.
Ex-Mayor T. W. Kirby, has now over 60 men in his employ in the fish business at this port. The tug J. W. Callister has again been put into commission under the command of Capt. Tony Vander Veere. Jos. Kirkland is engineer of the Callister.
Otto Schroeder of Beech Tree now takes the middle of the road when he goes to town. Schroeder says the sidewalks are so poor on Fulton Ave., and the three lights on it are lit but half the time so that the middle of the road is the only safe place for a native of Milwaukee.
Prof. D. M. Bristol’s celebrated trained horses are kept in a large special car near the C. & W. M. depot. The car is over 60 feet long and there is ample room for the 25 horses. In the morning the horses are carefully groomed and made as clean as soap and water will make them. The horses are all very intelligent. This summer the animals have been enjoying themselves in summer quarters at Frankfort, Ill. The show is now bound for Canada and in about two months will leave that country for a tour through Australia.
The match factory is running.
The recent big storm on the lakes was the worst in years.
Chas. Christmas has had a crane stuffed by a Grand Rapids taxidermist, which was shot here last spring.
A. J. Emlaw and Geo. W. Miller have purchased the electric plant on Water St. and its lines about the city, and are now in charge of that institution. With them two well-known gentlemen at the head of the plant, Grand Haven people can feel assured of good service.
A fair house saw Prof. D. M. Bristol’s celebrated horses perform wonderful feats at the Opera House last evening. The show will be repeated again tonight and should be greeted by a full house. It is instructive, showing what kindness will do, in the training of the horses and many of the tricks are phenomenal. One of the horses, Sultan, works examples in addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. Several of the audience made up examples last night which the horse solved correctly. The mule Denver, is the star of the aggregation and took the audience by storm. This mule, Mr. Bristol bought for $40, but 40 times $40 could not buy him now. He is probably the most intelligent beast on earth and many of his tricks are performed in a comical way and in inimitable manner wholly his own. In fact everything on the program is interesting and instructive and two hours at the horse show is not ill spent.
To the Honorable Board of Supervisors: What would enhance the property of Ottawa county more than good roads? Can you not take action at your present session, in this matter?
The Dake Engine Co. of Grand Haven have been awarded a medal for their double reciprocating engine which they have had on exhibition in Machinery Hall at the world’s fair. The Dake engine proved a winner over hundreds of other engines on exhibition, which is a great recommendation for the machines of Dake manufacture. The medal was awarded for its superiority, for direct attachment to the running of dynamos, fans, blowers, centrifugal pumps, steam feeds, saw mills, and as a marine hoisting and stationary engine, it being the only reversing engine made without complications or extra parts. Hurrah for the Dake.
One sailor of the ill-fated steamer Dean Richmond survives to tell the story of the disaster. He was washed ashore near Silver Creek, N. Y., and yesterday came down to the beach. He was haggard and wan, and his eyes told the tale of terrible suffering. When spoken to he burst into tears and it was difficulty he told his tale. His name is C. L. Clarke and he shipped in Toledo just before the Richmond sailed. He stated that the Richmond had a crew of nineteen besides the captain and his wife and three children who were aboard. Seven bodies have thus far been found. A rescue party of three persons who were in a small boat hunting for bodies were capsized and all drowned.
J. Crandall of this city is about to start a dye works at the lower end of Washington street.
Phil Rosbach of this city has a lame foot caused by stepping on a nail at the new Court House.
We are informed by a strictly reliable party that at least 1,100 houses in the once famous sawdust town [Muskegon] are empty.
The state board of corrections and charities has recommended that Sunday, Oct. 29, be set apart and observed by the churches of Michigan as Prison Sunday.
Eastmanville has worried along for years with one ferry across Grand river, but now a rival ferry is to be started and the fiercest kind of business competition is threatened.
In the issue of “Seaboard” of October 5 is a very good picture of the propeller Ironsides which foundered south of port twenty years ago the 15th of September with a loss of 22 lives.
A man named Richards jumped town this morning leaving landlord Rosbach $33 out that the owed for board. He was working on the court house and drew his money and left. He is also wanted by several other persons in this city for different debts.
Ocean records continue to be lowered. The last vessel to break a record is the recently built Lucania, which has just reduced the time for the westward trip by thirty-nine minutes. The best previous record was made a year ago by the Paris, which made the trip in five days, fourteen hours and twenty-four minutes, whereas the Lucania’s time was five days, thirteen hours and forty-five minutes.
This week’s Chicago report to Bradstreet’s is: The low rates made by the railroads gave them the largest business in their history this week, and caused them to abandon their freight traffic. More people have been in this city than at any previous time, and the result is that the jobbing and retail trade, especially the latter, has been the largest of the season in all lines. At the same time sales were in small lots, but the unusual number caused by the employees of the jobbing houses to work nights to keep up. Prices, with few exceptions, were well maintained, the only weakening being on iron and steel, owing to the increased disposition of the mill men to sell. Lumber is selling fairly, and yard prices have advanced on an average of $1 from the low figures of the summer. Money is easy at 6 and 7 per cent. Deposits are heavy, and there is a general disposition to wit for developments from Washington in regard to the silver bill before branching out in any direction.
Another comet is becoming visible in the heavens.
The big boat at the G. H. Ship Building Co’s yard will be launched in a few weeks.
The man who skipped with a board bill due Landlord Rosbach has not yet been arrested.
William Bell, a plumber employed by D. Napier & Co., went to Grand Haven last evening to join the force of workmen now finishing the plumbing of the new Court House at that place. The firm now employs six men at work there, and will soon have the building ready for the interior finishing.—Michigan City News.
A dredge is at work at the pier today.
There are 20 Y. M. C. A.’s in Michigan.
The glass factory is running full force.
M. Dykhuis is drawing the slate to be used on the court house roof.
The engineer of the tannery blew the noon whistle at 11 o’clock this forenoon thinking it was 12.
The D., G. H. & M. freight shed lacks just three feet of being 400 feet long.
Soundings at the pier today are said to have shown a depth of from between 16 to 17 feet of water over the bar.
People continue to move into the city, the only lively town in Western Michigan.
Cars from all over the country find their way into the D., G. H. & M. yards. The other day one was seen there which belonged to a Maine road. Northern Pacific cars have also been in the yard and one time a car from the colonial road of Canada was noticed here.
It is said that the Arnold line of boats will lay up here again.
Ghost stories are again on the wing. The ghost of 1892 has again been seen in the city.
Bristol’s horses gave another excellent entertainment last evening to a small but appreciative audience.
The poor attendance at the Opera House, no matter how good the attraction is, demonstrates very forcibly that times are hard.
Geo. W. Miller and A. J. Emlaw are making improvements on the Electric plant which they have just purchased. They have many improvements in view.
Two broom factories will soon be running full blast in the 4th ward. Besides the one to be operated by Johannes Vos & Sons, W. A. Norcross is getting the machines ready for a fully equipped broom factory. He has built a commodious shop and will soon be turning out brooms of all grades.
The big wagon used by the Alaska Refrigerator Co. of Muskegon is being repaired at DeGlopper & Yonkers.
Who says Grand Haven is not getting to the front? A drug store, a dye works, a tailor shop, an upholstering works and two broom factories and another physician are among the latest additions to the city’s business.
Rev. J. J. VanZanten has completed his church work in Grand Haven, much to the regret of the many friends of himself and family. Rev. VanZanten was installed as pastor of the Second Reformed church in July, 1890, although he had been here since March previous, right after the old structure was destroyed by fire, and his efforts contributed no small share to the building of the present Second Reformed church. He preached his farewell sermon last Sunday after nearly three and one half year’s work in the pastorate of the church. He has worked hard to rid the church of debt and it was partially through his efforts that it was made a successful English speaking church. In Rev. VanZanten the Spring St. church of Muskegon will find an energetic pastor.
It is rumored that a contest between two light weight champions of Grand Haven will take place this evening. Time and place unknown.
The second pier crib will be sunk yet this fall.
The barge Francis Hinton arrived with a cargo of stone this afternoon. [pier construction]
The D., G. H. & M. Ry. Stood the hard times in good shape. The employees of that road did not have their wages reduced.
Wm. Gibbs of this city who was admitted to practice law before the State Supreme Court was one of the youngest lawyers ever admitted to practice before that court.
Messrs. Geo W. Miller and A. J. Emlaw have many improvements in view to be made on the electric plant which they now own. The building is soon to be made stronger and will receive two coats of paint. The engine now in use will be superseded by a new and smaller one as the old engine is far too large for the services required of it, and a great deal of power is wasted. The new owners also have in view an incandescent system for the lighting of business places about the city. These are only a few of the many changes which the management will make. Mayhaps in the future the present plant will furnish power for an electric railway, connecting Grand Haven with the Park, Spring Lake and other environs.
The big sand hill across the river is becoming smaller and smaller as the years go by. Old residents know the time when it was twice as high as it is now.
Daniel J. Murray was tried and convicted in the United States court at Grand Rapids yesterday for breaking into and robbing the Allendale post office on May 30 last. He has not yet been sentenced. Murray is the man who served time in Ottawa county jail after an unsuccessful attempt to get away from Marshal Klaver one Sunday some months ago. While on the run he threw away a revolver and it is suspected a lot of blasting powder. A dark lantern was also found near Baker’s mill some time after, which it is thought belonged to Murray.
The saw mill at the yards of the Grand Haven Ship Building Co., was destroyed by fire at about half past ten last night. The origin of the fire is a mystery, but it probably broke out suddenly, probably caused by a passing locomotive. The night was still, hardy a breath of air stirring or the boat being built at the yards would have been in danger. The mill and the machinery is a total loss. It was valued at about $2500 and insured for about $1000. The burning of the mill at this time is unfortunate, from the fact that it was being used in the construction of the new steamer.
The First Reformed church of this city was incorporated twenty-eight years ago last Monday although it was organized fifteen years before.
About 100 names have been secured for the Y. M. C. A. project, which the Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers hopes to bring to a successful culmination. The plan is to organize a regular Y. M. C. A. in this city; get a suitable building and have a gymnasium, bath room, reading room and a physical director. The good influence which such an organization has upon a young man cannot be measured in money. Besides its tendency to lead young men to straight forward lives, its opportunities for physical exercise makes it doubly valuable to its members. Its membership fee is only $5.00 and when the soliciting member of the Y. M. B. C. W. calls on you, subscribe your name for that amount. Your conscience will never trouble you that you spent your money for a foolish cause.
John Pennoyer Dead.
John Pennoyer died at 5:30 this morning at the home of his son Edward. He had been sick for six weeks with a complication of dropsy and heart disease.
Mr. Pennoyer was born in Muskegon 54 years ago. Muskegon at that time was part of Ottawa county and he was one of the first white children born in this county. His father, the Hon. Henry Pennoyer, was the first state senator from the county and was long a man of affairs.
Mr. Pennoyer has lived in Grand Haven nearly all his life and was known by nearly all the residents of this city.
Notice of funeral will be given later.
Len Kammeraad has recovered the horse which he lost some weeks ago. The animal has been running loose in the woods and is now very wild.
The old schooner Ruby is still lying in the inlet near Kirby’s ship yard where it was left two years ago. The boat has been dismasted and will probably rot down where it is now lying. The boat is owned by Waukegan parties.
Representative Curtis of Kansas introduced a bill in the house of Representatives yesterday to discontinue the office of collector of customs at a number of ports in the United States, among them the one at Grand Haven. In the bill it is proposed to consolidate the abolished districts with adjoining districts. Mr. Curtis says the total excess of expenditures over receipts at the points above named is about $98,000.
The Spring Lake bus will discontinue after this week.
Spring Lake’s new town hall is said to be one of the finest town meeting houses in Michigan.
Bert Daily of Allegan shot an eagle Tuesday morning, six feet from tip to tip of wings.
Daniel J. Murray the Allendale post office thief was sentenced by John Severens in Grand Rapids yesterday to two years in the Detroit House of Corrections and to pay a fine of one dollar.
The theory is advanced that all the people on the Richmond died of exhaustion. They all had life preservers on and in almost every case the lungs are free from water, showing that they were not drowned.
Wm. VandenBerg has a copy of a Bible in which some hand writing of his school teacher. Miss Mary A. White under date of January 1, 1848. This is quite a relic of the early school days of Grand Haven. Miss White was the first teacher in Ottawa county.
Two persons with a white mask over their faces badly frightened several young ladies near VanWeelden’s market on Clinton street last night. The parties playing “ghost” are said to be members of a juvenile gang which has been formed by boys in that neighborhood, known as the ‘Jesse James gang.” Their main purpose is said to be to cut up all the deviltry possible. If the boys are perpetrators of such tricks as that of last evening they should be attended to by the officers. Many times people suffer severely from shocks of fright such as a ghost scare would cause.
Hallow’een is not far away.
There is much talk about the city today regarding Haughey’s livery stable. The proprietor left town yesterday and numerous creditors are racing around today thinking they have been “sold.” A bill of sale of the livery is said to be made.
The World’s Fair will not be closed to the public after Oct. 30. The gates will be open for an indefinite period after that and visitors will be admitted to the grounds as late as the weather permits and they care to come. Such is the official announcement made by the council of administration in explaining the recent order designating Oct. 30 as Columbus Day. The Ferris wheel will keep turning and the electric launches and many of the concessions will be in operation for some time after November 1.
The electric wiring of the court house is about completed.
Congressman Richardson is looking up facts today in regard to Grand Haven Custom House. A bill has been presented in the House by a Kansas representatives, doing away with a number of Custom Offices, among them Grand Haven, and Mr. Richardson is after all the facts showing the value and necessity of the custom house here.
The Holland schools are as crowded as the Grand Haven schools.
Geo. St. Clair, the great stallion owned by Hon. T. Savidge has been brought back to Spring Lake.
The city schools appear to be getting along nicely under the new superintendent, Prof. Estabrook.
Oil inspector McMillan says there hasn’t been a single explosion of illuminating oil under the new test.
The government is making tests with electric search lights at Chicago with the object of ascertaining their value in signaling messages and communicating over water.
What is the matter with the electric fire alarms at the Central school building? The fire department claim to have been called out six times by false alarms and that the apparatus is now out of order. Its principal benefit seems to be to give the fire department regular drill; but the city objects to the expense.
In one respect at least, Grand Haven is the least bit a backwood’s town. Strangers visiting the city in search of any particular part or residence are obliged to find their way to the object of their search the best they can. There are no sign boards on our corners to designate the names of the streets. This is an improvement which should be made by another summer.
Two new power polishers have been placed in the glass factory.
A number of local horsemen went to Coopersville today to attend the races.
Two pelicans were killed by boys at Mona Lake this week. They are very rare in this locality.
The storm of last Friday completely closed the mouth of Pigeon River at Port Sheldon, and the entire vicinity inland was flooded.
The funeral of little Agnes Dundas yesterday was one of the largest ever held in this city. The floral gifts were beautiful.
A janitor will be needed for the new court house when completed.
It will not be long before the new Court House is under roof.
This week’s Marine Review published a very excellent likeness of the late Capt. J. F. Smallman as he appeared about eight years ago, and as marine men knew him best. A short sketch of his life was also published.
The “James Boy’s league” wish to deny the charge of playing ghost as stated in last night’s paper. The object of the “James Boy’s league” is not the perpetration of such tricks as that mentioned. Moreover, the members were not in that vicinity that evening. Had the person who so kindly furnished the information investigated, he would have found his mistake.
JAMES BOY’S LEAGUE.
The new government supply station on Water street is being made ready preparatory to the moving in of government stores.
Major Dunwood, chief of the forecasting division of the weather bureau, has decided to increase the number of display stations along the lakes and make more liberal use of the telegraph.
Saugatuck Commercial: Every season brings to an end many of the old lake schooners, now going rapidly out of use. Very few sailing vessels are built for lake service now a days, and in a few years more they will be looked upon as a thing of the past.
Had you noticed that this year, 1893 the month of January, April, July, October and December, have each five Sundays; that both the first day and the last day of the year are on Sunday; and that the year has fifty-three Sundays? Get your calendar and look it up.
[1893 Calendar. ]
The Men’s Reading rooms will be reopened next Monday evening. A committee will be on hand to receive any who may wish to inspect the rooms and it is hoped by the young men in charge that a large number of men in charge that a large number of men both old and young, will avail themselves of the opportunity to spend a profitable and pleasant hour, during the coming winter evenings. For the present the rooms will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. By the way, the young men will be very thankful to receive aid in the way of subscriptions or donations of magazines, which may be handed to E. Reynolds chairman of committee.
Traveling musicians are still paying the town visits.
Improvements are being made right along at the Grand Haven Leather Co’s tannery.
The two boilers for the new court house have been put in place. They are of Johnston Bros. manufacture.
About 15 men had employment at the dock this morning unloading wood from the steamer Sampson and the brick scow, with brick for the Court House.
Lieut. H. B. Rogers, for five years inspector of the life saving stations in this district, has resigned and is succeeded by Lieut. Baldwin. Lieut. Rogers goes to the Behring Sea for naval service in that department.
Ghost stories are again rife and it looks as though Grand Haven will have its third annual ghost scare. It was seen Saturday night and chased into the ship yard. Citizens living in the vicinity of 7th and Columbus Sts. are arming themselves and each night a hunt is instituted for the creature.
The following periodicals and magazines can be found at the “Young Men’s Reading room:” Daily Free press, Grand Rapids Herald, Grand Rapids Democrat, Detroit Journal, EVENING TRIBUNE, Weekly Youth’s Companion, Golden Rule, Christian Herald, Coopersville Observer and West Michigan Independent, Monthly Outing, Cosmopolitan, Voice, S. S. Advance and Young Men’s Era.
One more week and the world’s fair will be history.
W. I. Lillie is moving into his handsome new residence, corner Franklin and Second St.
A number of local and Spring Lake friends of Capt. Davidson of the light house are helping celebrate his birthday today.
Four bus loads of Akeley College students rode about the city Saturday night giving their college yell at intervals. The occasion was Mrs. Wilkinson’s birthday.
Two bogus Catholic priests have been attempting to work the Catholic people of Tallmadge and vicinity for funds.
A bill has been introduced in the house providing for a new revenue cutter for Lake Michigan and Superior, to take the place of the seedy old Andy Johnson.
Yesterday was as perfect a day as could be wished for in October. All day the Court House building was thronged with people viewing the structure. Many people also sauntered down to the Park to take in the lovely Autumn scenery and the exhilarating breezes from Lake Michigan.
A new choir has been organized in the M. E. church, singing for the first time yesterday, and winning a place in the hearts of the congregation. The M. E. church now has one of the finest choirs in the city. The choristers are A. M. Barden, Mat Chambers, Asa McCay, T. Knight, Mrs. Chas. Turner, Mrs. Rev. Thomas, Miss Finis Holmes and Mrs. Kemp.
At 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon John Fisher, aged 24 years, a lineman and a son of Len Fisher of Tallmage, met his death by falling from an electric light pole in Grand Rapids. He struck his head on the brick pavement and was almost instantly killed. He breathed his last while being taken in an ambulance to the U. B. A. Home. He is thought to have slipped from the pole. Fisher had worked for the Electric Light Company off and on for two years. He boarded with his sister in Grand Rapids, and the funeral will be held from her home Thursday. Deceased was formerly a resident of Grand Haven, and has many relatives and acquaintances here. His tragic death will be mourned by many. A strange coincidence in connection with John Fisher’s death is that it occurred just one year to a day after the death of his brother martin on the F. & P. M. Railroad.
Genial, popular John Cook the Seventh street grocer is setting up fine and straight bananas today. Reason a bright little daughter arrived at his house this morning. Mother and daughter doing well and the father will no doubt recover in a few days if well cared for.
Will Van Wormer has resigned as lineman of the Electric Light company.
The new Court House will soon be under roof.
Crosby & Co., of Muskegon, have completed their work on the harbor piers at St. Joseph, Mich.
It is wonderful the number of improvements that have been made in Grand Haven this year.
Unsold souvenir half dollars will be re-coined into ordinary pieces. About 8,000,000 pieces are yet on hand.
Now is the time for Grand Haven to distinguish herself by getting in all the votes of the members of the League of American Wheelmen. Grand Haven has been notified on the Official Ticket for the first time in the history of the League. X
One of the old Dutch customs is to stand still while talking. This is often noticeable. Two Hollanders will be seen going down the street, and suddenly they will stop and begin talking vigorously. They will then proceed on their way again and if the conversation becomes heated again will stop and talk until they cool down.
Senator C. L. Brundage of this district has an idea and if the legislature is called into special session he will present it before the senate in the shape of a bill. He suggests that the state a system of internal improvements that would employ all the idle men. For instance, he would run a canal from Little Bay Da Noquet, off Lake Michigan, to Au Train bay in Lake Superior. This is a desirable public improvement and would employ all the idle men in Michigan for several years. It would greatly shorten the route of navigation from the Northwest to all points on Lake Michigan and also to the east.
Wm. B. Folger and F. C. Heath rode down from Grand Rapids on their wheels yesterday in about four hours. They retuned at two in the afternoon.
Thanksgiving Day is only about a month away.
Hallow’een is not next Monday, but next Tuesday night.
The man with the straw hat and heavy winter overcoat can be seen on the street at intervals.
N. Robbins, jr. has the contract for supplying 40 tons of coal to the light house.
The tugs Elk and Deer went out this morning but returned on account of the gale.
Very few vessels put into Grand Haven for shelter this fall compared with other falls.
There is very little broom corn grown in Michigan, the most of the supply coming from Illinois and Kansas.
Capt. Walker has put up a very neat stand at the corner of Second and Washington Sts., from which he will dispense peanuts, popcorn and such like.
A stump fire in the Fourth ward this morning created quite a smudge and people down town, seeing the smoke go over, thought there was a conflagration.
Eleven tickets were sold to Grand Haven people going to Chicago last night, which shoes that all Grand Haven people have not seen the Fair yet.
T. F. Rogers of the Revenna Times is about to launch and agricultural paper to be known as the West Michigan Farmer’s Journal and Horticulturist.
Already another big World’s Fair is suggested. Congressman Wheeler of Alabama, has introduced a bill providing for holding a fair in New York in 1900 to commemorate the beginning of the twentieth century of the existence of the Christian Religion.
Quite a change in the weather since yesterday. Last night was as mild as in summer but the northwester knocked the warm wave in the head.
A number of tramps have been found in Fourth ward barns these cold mornings. All claim to be out of work and without money to get lodgings.
At this time two years ago the Goodrich steamers were about making their last trips.
We are in receipt of a copy of the “Rise and Fall of Boomtown,” a work dealing with the labor question in an altogether new and unique way. The plot of the story which is very exciting is laid in Grand Haven and other cities in Western Michigan. The work is by a Chicago labor agitator, who spent some time here and at Muskegon and Grand Rapids. The book will be sold by an agent for 15 cents a copy.
The boys should be prepared for a general onslaught on the sparrows as soon as November sets in, and should remember that the entire body instead of merely the head, should be presented to secure the bounty now. The legislature has been very kind to the boys in allowing the sparrows to get an excellent start for their benefit. There are dozens of them now to where there was but one last spring. The harvest will be plentiful.—EX.
Today noon as Ray Lockie was going home from school, John Boer called him into his store and accused him of abusing his children. Ray told him he did not, when Boor took him by the coat collar and kicked him into the street.
Akeley College has 13 instructors.
There is one sure indication of the fall of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights in the great amount of property to be sold at the annual tax sales. There are over 4000 descriptions of property in the county to be sold of which at least three quarters are located in Muskegon and the Heights.
The lower house of congress has passed the bill appropriated $175,000 to build a new revenue cutter to replace the old side wheeler Andy Johnson. The Andy Johnson was built 30 years ago. During the last six and a half years she has cruised 52,558 miles, boarded 8,105 vessels and seized 453 vessels, which paid penalties aggregating $107,143, and rescued vessels having cargoes valued at 285,755, with 496 passengers on board.
[ See http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/chicgX16.htm for a story of the Andy Johnson giving chase to a smuggler. Although fictional, it does give a good description of a typical work of the ship.]
The tower for the new court house will soon be looming up.
The fire pipes are in place in the new court house.
Giles P. Hiler of this city has been granted a patent for a hanger for electric lamps.
A Muskegon gentleman approached a Chicago & West Michigan railroad man in Muskegon the other day and asked the latter if it was true that an average of two families were moving from the town daily.
“No” said the railroad man, who knew if anybody did, “not two families, but six and seven are migrating from the town every day.” The fact is, laboring men are having a hard time of it in Muskegon and the city is building a useless system of sewers just to give work to the needy.
The Michigan Supreme Court declares the law passed by the last legislature giving women suffrage at municipal elections is unconstitutional and void.
One of the customs of St. Paul’s German Evangelical church is to toll the bell of the church when ever a member of the congregation dies. The bell tolls the age of the dead parishioner.
A photographer has been in the city the past few days with a view of locating here. [N. E. Brown?]
A Grand Rapids business man figures that he spent $5 a week for cigars and tobacco and that he has spent $2,500 for that purpose in the past twenty years.
The TRIBUNE is in receipt of a chart showing different directions taken by the currents of the great lakes. The currents were discovered by throwing bottles into the lake at designated points.
Muskegon people are agitating the buying of the Michigan World’s Fair building.
John Zaagman stepped on a nail at the Court House last Wednesday and has been laid up and unable to walk since.
The United States supply office will be moved this week from the Sanford building to the old Ferry warehouse on Water St.
Alderman Lockie of the 4th ward got out a warrant yesterday for the arrest of John Boer of the Bee Hive grocery, for alleged assault on his son Ray. The trial will come off in Justice Pagelson’s court next Tuesday.
John Kohlof one of the oldest residents of Grand Haven in point of age died at the home of his son last evening. Mr. Kohlof was 85 years of age and a German by birth. He had been sick for some time. A sister, Mrs. Warber, of this city is older than he was by two years. The funeral of Mr. Kolhof will take place from St. Paul’s Evangelical church at 2 o’clock tomorrow.
252,618 paid admissions at the World’s Fair yesterday.
A party of surveyors are here from Grand Rapids surveying the piers.
John Welch is getting out spiles near Grand Rapids for the Spring Lake bridge.
One of the greatest nuisances in a town is the transient merchant who strikes a town near the holiday season, opens a store, and after it is over, without having paid a cent of license or taxes.
There will be several hundred feet of pipe and wire in the new court house when completed; comprising gas pipes, water pipe, fire pipe, sewage pipes and electric wires.
Muskegon is talking of buying the Michigan Building at the Fair, putting it on the lake front site and presenting free to the state to be used as the new home for the feeble minded.
About this season every year the butchers and market men of the city are obliged to compete with out-side peddlers who visit house to house, selling meat. These transient merchants in most cases do not live here and sell their meat without paying a cent of license or taxes, while the city men must not only pay taxes on the building they do business in, but also pay taxes on their stock. The peddlers should be made to pay a license if they wish to operate in Grand Haven. The law that requires city merchants to pay a tax, requires that transients pay a license.
The tug Carrie Ryerson arrived last night with a scow load of lumber for pier construction.
Detroit will undoubtedly have a ball club in either the National or Western League next year.
A horse belonging to Powell the meat man ran away this afternoon. It was not learned what damage was sustained.
Eugene T. Van DeMark, of Clinton, has just completed a handsome cat-skin robe, for the manufacture of which thirty-five felines were sacrificed.
The Grand Haven shipyard has been infested with ghosts. Citizens are arming themselves, but the ghosts always escape from them and flee away in a phantom ship.—Detroit News.
The committee which has charge of the reading room of the Young Men’s Band will allow no boys in the room under 18 years of age, unless they have a written note form their parents.
Mr. Cressy is here in the interest of a London syndicate inspecting the property and road bed of the Grand River Railway, and left this p.m. over the road bed to Jenison and Grand Rapids. From the appearance of everything there is no doubt but that the road will be in speedy operation, including an extension to Battle Creek.
Michigan captured the largest share of honors among the states for its forestry exhibits at the World’s Fair. Of the medals awarded Michigan gets twenty-one, Illinois ten, West Virginia seven, Wisconsin six, North Carolina five, Ohio four, New York three, and other states two or less.
The following is one of the passages referring to Grand Haven in the book entitled the “Rise and Fall of Boomtown,” which is now being sold by an agent: “Tommie completely won the heart of my daughter Julia. He induced her to leave Grand Haven and come to Chicago a year or more ago. She sought and obtained employment in a Jew clothing house sweat shop where she ran a sewing machine from early morning to late at night, with a large number of unfortunate girl associates; tyrannized over by one of those numerous demons in human form that infest our great cities, and who though steeped in crime are generally respected by Our Best society, as the possessors of wealth.”
Mr. Laugenseifen, the new land lord of the Washington House, has purchased land on Spring Lake for resort purposes.
Henry Bloecker is tearing down what remains of the old Beech Tree mill and taking out the machinery. This mill was one of the most important on Grand River and the last of the big mills to run.
A night school will be started next week at the home of D. C. Wachs. A number of young men have signified their intention to attend and more will undoubtedly enter in the course of a few weeks.
Saturday is Municipal Day at the Fair and the Mayors and city officers of many cities of the U. S. will be there. Mayor Torrent and city council of Muskegon will be given free transportation to Chicago on the Goodrich line, leaving tonight.
The steamer Roanoke will be here in a few days to go on the winter route between Milwaukee and Grand Haven.
There are two rival juvenile gangs in Grand Haven one known as the Jesse James the other as the Swampey’s. They were to have met in general combat last night near Central School but one gang did not materialize. The looked for fight brought at least 150 boys to the spot.
Jerry Boynton is still on earth and still hustling on the Grand River railway. He with Mr. Cressy went over the roadbed between here and Jenison yesterday. Instead of the thirty miles of road between here and Grand Rapids. Mr. Boynton now promises 400 miles, the Michigan terminus of which will be at Grand Haven. The road will run from here to Battle Creek and thence to Ohio.
The price of fish has come up half a cent a pound and the fishermen are happy.
Gerrit Verhoeks has just completed a green house on the lot of C. Nedervelt on Madison street, which h will use in connection with his celery fields.
Abraham Mastenbroek will call a meeting at the Bignell school house, district number 2, in Grand Haven township a week from Saturday for the purpose of agitating the question of a gravel road from the city to Robinson.
Ball & Co. have new delivery horse which they got from Chicago.
Vacant houses in this city are a very scarce article.
The first snow storm of the year today.
Teams have been hauling the last of the old iron, etc., from the fourth ward mill today.
Stolen—A red sixteen foot ladder from house on 4th St. Leave information with A. Fisher, Engine House.
On account of the storm the steamer Wisconsin did not leave Milwaukee till 7 this morning arriving here at 1 p.m. Capt. James Martin of the Roanoke was on the bridge and brought her in, in good shape.
The passengers of the City of Holland, when they landed this morning at our docks, thought they were in Chicago and were inquiring the way to Jackson Park and the Cottage Grove line of street cars.
At Enos Stone’s livery this morning was a span of splendid horses that came over on the Atlanta. They were five years old and weighed about 1600 each and were bought in Chicago for $210. The owners are driving them through to Belding, Mich.
The tower of the new court house is going up.
Henry Bloecker & Co. have just closed a contract to build four engines for a Louisiana firm.
Rev. L. C. Rogers, the new rector of Saint John’s Episcopal church, will arrive in this city next week.
There are two vessels now in commission on the lakes that were built here in 1870 by Capt. T. W. Kirby and are rated A. 1. This speaks well for Grand Haven ship builders and we don’t think it can be equaled on the lakes.
Two Missing Vessels.
PORT HURON, Oct. 27.—The steamer City of Concord and her consort, the Dunford, are missing. They left here twenty-seven days ago to load cedar in Georgian Bay, and nothing has been heard of them since. The only members of the crew of the City of Concord now known are Frank Hebner, owner and captain, of Chicago; L. E. Corner, chief engineer; Frank Caldwell, pilot of Port Huron; James Francis, wheelsman or Windsor. The crew of the Dunford are unknown. The Dunbar was owned by D. N. Runnells of this city. The long absence of news from the missing boats has caused growing fears for their safety.
The City of Concord was formerly on the route between this city and Milwaukee.
Pat Murphy was before Judge Pagelson this morning for d. d. and received a sentence of eight days in the county jail.
The little propeller City of Holland left Holland last night on her usual time, and after rolling around on the lake until 2 o’clock this morning, made for this port and arrived safely. The storm was too severe for her to try and enter Holland.
A Wreck Coming.
A telegram received by Supt. Robbins of the life saving service this afternoon, dated at Pentwater, says “A large three masted schooner sighted, I think with main and fore topmasts gone, flag at mizzen truck, under sail, running south.” Signed, M. Ewald, keeper Pentwater Live Saving Station. Supt. Robbins says if the vessel is loaded and in distress, she will probably make for Grand Haven, where there is plenty of water for her to enter, and will be due off this harbor about 5 o’clock this afternoon.
The Swampey’s claim that they were on the ground and that the Jesse James gang were not in sight.
J. C. C.
Tomorrow night is Hallow’een.
Today is the last day of the world’s fair.
The stores in the government supply station are being moved to the new quarters on Water street today.
Chas. VanDyke cut a bad gash in his foot while chopping wood in Pellegrom’s woods last Saturday.
The Grand Haven Leather Co., has purchased and is moving away the wooden material from the old Beech Tree mill.
About the middle of November, the Chicora will be taken off the Chicago-St. Joe routs and will make trips to Milwaukee, throughout the winter, whenever the weather permits.
The reported loss of the City of Concord and Dunford in Georgian Bay is thought to be unfounded as both boats were after a cedar cargo which would naturally take a long time.
Immediately after the close of the world’s fair this week the whaleback passenger steamer Christopher Columbus will load a cargo of flour at Chicago for Buffalo. After discharging this cargo at Buffalo she will take a few exhibition spins on Lake Erie and will then return to West Superior for winter.
The steamer Wisconsin will be taken off the Milwaukee-Grand Haven route shortly, to undergo repairs. The City of Milwaukee will be taken off about November 10. After that date the Roanoke and Wisconsin will run until next spring.
“A large three-masted schooner sighted, I think with main and foretop masts gone, flag at mizzen truck, under sail, running south.” The foregoing dispatch was received by Capt. N. Robbins Saturday, form the keeper at the Pentwater life saving station. About nine 0’clock Saturday night the the same large schooner was brought into this harbor in a a partially disabled condition, being met off this port by the tug E. G. Crosby. The schooner proved to be the three-master Sophia Minch, heavily loaded with grain, from Chicago to Buffalo.
The Minch left Chicago in tow of the steamer A. Everett, also loaded with grain. When down the lake as far as Point Betsy, the nor’wester struck the fleet. The tow line parted and Capt. F. D. Galton of the Minch was obliged to depend on his sails. He turned around to the south and eventually reached Grand Haven, the only port on the east shore which the Minch could enter with safety. She was drawing 13½ feet of water. During the gale the Minch lost all of her sails, with the exception of the main sail. The deck was badly sprung, posts loosened, and gearing wrecked.
As soon as the tow line broke, the Everett headed for the west shore and brought up in Manitowoc. By telegraphing the two captains discovered the location of each other and the Everett came after her tow, arriving last night. The Everett lay here today and coaled at N. Robbins, jr.’s dock.
Despite the tussle with the sea, the Minch was not leaking, and will be ready to go on her journey to Buffalo.
The Everett and Minch are members of the Minch fleet of Cleveland, one of the largest fleets on the lakes. P. G. Minch, the owner, it will be remembered, was on the Western Reserve with his family, when she split in two on Lake Superior last fall and all were drowned.
A bottle was picked up on the beach between here and Muskegon in which was a letter purporting to be from some person named Chas. J. Peliken. The letter stated that it had been sent adrift Oct. 8 and requested the finder of the bottle to send the note to an address in Racine. The letter was mailed from here today.
This morning’s papers say that the City of Concord and Dunford have been heard from on Georgian Bay.
The city was deeply stirred yesterday over the news of the assassination of Charles B. Harrison, Mayor of the city of Chicago. The news was so startling that it was whispered around from pew to pew in church and by noon, there were very few in Grand Haven who did not know the particulars. Mayor Harrison on Saturday was at the World’s Fair grounds and welcomed the 1000 mayors and city officers from 200 cites in the Union who participated the city day celebration. About 7:15 Saturday night when he was at his home on Ashland Boulevard a man called at the door and asked for the Mayor. As soon as Mr. Harrison went to meet the visitor the latter without warning pulled a revolver and fired three times. Mr. Harrison died from his wounds in 20 minutes. The murderer is Patrick Eugene Piendergast, a paper carrier who claims that Harrison promised him and important city office. The murderer gave himself up and is kept under close guard.
The electric light plant is receiving a coat of red paint.
The U.S. Senate last night voted to repeal the Sherman law.
The gate receipts at the World’s Fair amounted to over $10,000,000.
The paid admissions at the World’s Fair figured up to the grand total of 21,477,212.
The marshal will put on a double police force tonight and every boy caught “cutting up” will be arrested. Every part of the city will be patrolled.
Because of the heavy sea outside the steamer Wisconsin returned to this port last night after being out but a short time.
The steamer Everett and her consort the Sophia Minch have not yet left port. A new tow line was received this morning to take the place of the broken one.
A Sunday Grand Rapids paper says that a Mr. Cressy walked over a great part of the Grand River railway and declared it to be practicable. Mr. Cressy represents a wealthy London syndicate who are said to be hot after the road.
Grand Haven is infested by two gangs of desperadoes known as the “Jesse James” and “Swampy” gangs. The boys after reading some hair-raising wild west tales, had a rough and tumble combat on the public square. Nearly 150 kids took part.—Detroit News.
Chief Simon Pokagon, the last chief of the once powerful tribe of Pottawattamies, has now a following of a band of 180. They are forced to occupy a narrow strip in the northern part of Van Buren and Berrien counties, which they hold in preference to being driven west of the Mississippi.
A strong wind and a quite rough sea is prevailing on the lake today. The little steamer Loraine L. of South Haven put in here last night being unable to enter South Haven. The schooner Una on her way from Menominee to South Haven with 50,000 feet of lumber also arrived during the night to remain until the wind subsided. The Una by the way was built in Grand Haven in 1877 by J. McCarty. She is now owned in South Haven. Other vessels laying at the pier were the tug E. G. Crosby having as tows the scows Mackinac and St. Ignace, loaded with timber for Chicago; schooners, F. Fitch, Wonder and Antelope and the steamer A. Everett and tow barge, Sophia Minch. The schooner Fitch had as a cargo, two horses which the captain is taking to Whitehall. The Antelope was loaded with slabs and a cargo of potatoes in the hold. Besides these steamers City of Milwaukee and Wisconsin were in port all day.
The Lockie—Boer assault case in Justice Pagelson’s court today has its attractions, as a large number of spectators were present. The prosecuting attorney is looking after the people’s case and Peter J. Danhof is attorney for Mr. Boer. At 3:30 the case was not yet finished.
Those wise men and animals who study the signs, declare positively that we are going to have a cold, hard, icy, snow-leg-deep sort of winter. The corn husks are thick; the muskrat homes are built for a long spell of weather, the chestnut burs are heavy and the hogs’ “melts” are jagged instead of smooth and velvety.
Wooden shoes worn by people are quite common but it is not generally known that wooden shoes are also worn by horses. Henry Yonker of the firm DeGlopper & Yonker is frequently called upon to make wooden shoes for horses that work in the celery land. This land is naturally so soft that with the ordinary shoes, horses often sink to their knees in the mire. The wooden shoes are made with a wide flat bottom and greatly facilitate the work.
[There is a set of wooden shoes for horses on display at the Grand Haven Tri-Cities Museum.]
Air is supplied to the fire-rooms of ocean steamships through a ventilator on deck, which is supposed to face direction of the wind. Sometimes this turning is neglected. Then ensues a terrible state of things down below, in already overheated fire-room. The air becomes stifling, the unfortunate stoker grasping in vain for a breath of fresh air. The smell of the oil and the abominable odor of the bilge water are enough to knock out the strongest man. Another thing which makes life of stoker a very unhappy one is the fact that the floor of the fire-room on which he stands is always hot. The floor, which is composed of steel plates, retains the heat and as a consequence, blisters the feet of the stokers.
Plucky Grand Haven Woman.
Chicago, Oct. 30.—A wildly fleeing colored man pursued by an officer with a drawn revolver attracted a crowd to the vicinity of State street and Peck court at midnight last night. Mrs. Amelia Milkey, a wealthy lady from Grand Haven, Mich., who had been in the city on business, was hastening to the Illinois Central depot to take a train for home. In her reticule she had $46 in money, $350 in negotiable checks and $6,000 in warranty deeds. As Mrs. Milkey was passing east on Harmon court, Richard Wilson, a Negro, stole up behind her, struck her on the neck with one hand and with the other seized her hand bag. Mrs. Milkey screamed but pluckily held fast to the bag. The handle broke under the strain and Wilson ran with the booty pursued by Mrs. Milkey and a rapidly increasing crowd attracted by her screams. Officer Thomas Buckley joined the chase, drew his revolver and at Peck’s court Wilson threw the hand bag into the wagon and hid beneath the vehicle, the officer being close after him. Here he was captured and taken to the Harrison street station.
This morning Mrs. Milkey told Justice Bradwell that she could not appear in Criminal Court against Wilson should he be held over for larceny and the prisoner was fined $50 for disorderly conduct.
The foregoing was a dispatch sent out by the Associated Press.
Mrs. Mielke arrived home from Chicago this morning. The lady is a widow, her husband being the well known mason, Ferdinand Mielke, who died several months since. Mrs. Mielke resides on Franklin Ave., in the Fourth ward.
Joseph Jackson is home for a few days having completed his work as government overseer of pier work at Waukegan. Mr. Jackson has accepted a position in Miller Bros. shipyard at Chicago and will probably move his family to the World’s Fair City.