The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. April 1892
The singing month.—Many voices of many birds call for resurrection over the graves of flowers, and they come forth. Go, see what they have lost. What have ice, and snow, and storm, done unto them? How did they fall unto the earth, stripped and bear? How do they come forth, opening and glorified? Is it, then so fearful of a thing to be in the grave? In its wild career, shaking and scourged of storms through its orbit, the earth has scattered away no treasures. The hand that governs in April governed in January. You lose nothing, in struggle, in trial, in bitter distress. If called to shed thy joys as trees their leaves; if the affections be driven back into the heart, as the life of flowers to their roots, yet be patient. Thou shalt lift up thy leaf covered boughs again. Thou shalt shoot forth from thy roots new flowers. Be patient. Wait. When it is February, April is not far off. Secretly the plants love each other.
HENRY WARD BEECHER.
A new piano arrived at Akeley College today.
Supt. Dykema is putting up the booths in different polling places today.
The true way to vote under the new law: “Fold your ballot and close your mouth.”
Venus was very near the moon yesterday morning.
Bert Stone has commenced the work of grading Columbus St. The sand is being hauled to Kilbourn’s factory.
A prominent citizen asked the other day whether this warm southerly breeze would thaw out Muskegon’s harbor.
The steambarge Francis C. Hinton arrived this morning. She is loaded with lumber and bound from Manistee to Michigan City.
Hon. Charles E. Soule has declined the position of secretary of the Republican County Committee because of pressing public duties.
The annual fair and supper at the Congregational church last evening proved a grand success, over $60 having been cleared.
Miss Esther Davis gave a Martha Washington party at her pleasant home last evening. A large number of young lady friends were present, all dressed in Martha Washington costume. Miss Kate VanDerVeen’s costume was very unique and handsome. All report a nice time.
Conductor Ryan of the D. & M. tells of a very funny incident which happened on his train some years ago. Two country fiddlers slightly the worse for liquor, boarded his train at Ionia going East. They disregarded his orders to keep inside the car, and one of them fell off the train. His companion lumbered into the car and asked Mr. Ryan if he “would stop to pick up a feller.” He instantly comprehended the situation, and brought the train to a stand-still. They ran back about a mile and found the fiddler in a ditch unconscious. They placed him on the train and after going ten or fifteen miles he revived and asked where he was. Joy illuminated the face of his companion and drawing a long breath he exclaimed “The best d—d fiddler in Clinton county what a loss ‘twould ha’ been if he had died.”
The life saving station went into service at noon today. The following are the members of the crew: John Lysaght, captain., John Wissel, No. 1., Charles Behm, No. 2., Peter Carmell, No. 3, William Walker, No. 4., Chas Peterson, No 5., Barney Cleveringa, No. 6., peter Deneau, No. 7. These are all experienced and tried men and all were members of last years crew.
The street commissioner has finished the sowing of mustard seed on the sand hills in the southern part of the city.
In the senate bill authorizing the building of public postoffices in towns whose postoffice gross receipts should amount to $3000 annually for three years, Grand Haven and Holland would be one of the number.
March Scribner’s has an article on “The Water Route from Chicago to the Sea”. Grand Haven comes in for its share of the praise and a place on the map. The number of vessels owned, and clearances from here are given but the article preserves an ominous silence about Muskegon.
The Grand Rapids Herald in speaking of the election of delegates to the National Republican convention says: “If the strife should be carried beyond the county and into the district convention it will not be surprising if Ottawa county shall ask the selection of the eloquent and popular George A. Farr of Grand Haven.
The Goodrich Transportation Co., will commence running their boats on the Chicago, Grand Haven and Muskegon route, first boat leaving Chicago, Monday April 4th, at 7:30 p.m. Returning first boat from Muskegon and Grand Haven, April 5th, leaving Muskegon at 5 p.m. Grand Haven same evening at 8 o’clock. Daily service will commence about April 15th.
Geo. Hancock has already transplanted 150,000 celery plants.
The sheds of the driving park were completely demolished by last night’s gale.
De Glopper & Yonker have manufactured three dump carts for Kilbourn’s factory and two platform wagons for the Corn Planter factory.
Several of our prominent Holland citizens have taken the task of instructing their countrymen in voting by the new election law.
Reka Dufany and Alice DeBoer were given 15 days in the county jail for disorderly conduct by Justice Post of Holland Wednesday.
Thos. Savidge of Spring Lake is in receipt of an invitation from the Horseman’s Association of Grand Rapids to enter his great 3 year old, Geo. St. Clair in the $10,000 stake race.
A terrible wind storm prevailed throughout the entire west yesterday. A large seven story building was blown down by the force of the gale in Chicago killing several people.
Death of Mrs. John H. Bolt.
Mrs. Cornelia Bolt, wife of Mr. H. John Bolt, died last night at 10:45 p.m. after a lingering sickness of nearly three months.
Mrs. Cornelia Bolt nee Elfers was born April 7th, 1828, at Goor, Providence Overijzel, Netherlands and emigrated here in 1848, residing in this city ever since. Mrs bolt was married May 9th, 1852, to her surviving husband, Eight children were born to them of whom five are living. Mrs. John Kolvoord of Battle Creek, Mich., Mrs. John Boer, Mill Alice Bolt, Henry Bolt and Albert Bolt.
Mrs. Bolt was a sincere christian woman and died in the fullest hope and most complete peace. Her departure was a great loss to the family and she will be sincerely mourned for by a large number in the community as a kind friend and a good neighbor.
Her funeral will take place Monday at 1:30 p.m. from the 2nd Reformed church. Rev. J. J. VanZanten officiating.
Our base ball enthusiastics should endeavor to organize a league with neighboring towns. Holland, Grand Haven, Spring lake and Muskegon for instance would form a good circuit, and there would surely be enough rivalry to make things interesting.
Probably no better entertainment was ever given at the Opera House than by Noss Jollities last evening. Every musical instrument imaginable was introduced and the applause that followed each selection showed that the audience was well pleased. The song “Won’t you come out and play” was a decided hit and the concluding musical comedy “A Quick Match” was very laughable.
The tannery suspended work this afternoon for election.
A hunting party went up the Big Marsh today.
Several head of poultry were stolen from Rev. Kuiper’s hen coop last night.
The Grand Haven tanners have contributed $20 to their striking brethren in Milwaukee.
The wind of Friday night stirred up quite a sea on the lakes and is still boiling.
The steamer Roanoke arrived at 7 this morning. She had been detained outside several hours by heavy fog and sea.
The steambarge Francis Hinton left this morning for Michigan City. She is expected to be the first to arrive at that port this season.
The corn planter factory shut down this noon for the remainder of the day to allow its employees and opportunity to vote.
A project is under foot for a novel race to take place in the month of May when the roads are in good condition. Six bicycle riders are to start from this city at the same hour with Perkins & Richmond’s steam yacht Rambler, which will carry six passengers, and they will race man against steam to Grand Haven. The last party to arrive must …. [Grand Rapids paper]
Lost—A pair of boy’s corduroy trousers. The parties who found same are known and will avoid trouble by leaving same at this office.
Nearly all the factories shut down this afternoon, and a large number of young fellows are lounging at every corner.
The barge H. A. Root left yesterday for Muskegon to begin the season’s work in lumber carrying.
The fences and sheds of the driving park were completely demolished by Friday nights wind. From the appearance of things it seemed to be directly in the path of a cyclone. Posts were torn up and some of the boards of the sheds were blown 150 feet into William Mieras’ place. The doors being open probably accounts for the destruction of the sheds, the roof being blown off and the sides caving in.
Died. Yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at her home on 6th street, Mrs. L. Dornbos. Mrs. Dornbos had been suffering for some time with erysipelas when blood poisoning set in, causing her death. She was born in the Netherlands 47 years and came to this country 10 years ago, residing here ever since. Her husband and nine children survive her. Funeral Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock from the First Christian Reformed church. Rev. Kuiper of this city and Rev. Kaiser of East Saugatuck officiating.
The heavy rain of last night filled the streets with mud, but the wind of this morning dried them up completely.
The city band were overtaken by heavy rain last night while serenading the victorious candidates and were obliged to postpone operations.
Mayor-elect Kirby is receiving congratulations from all over the state, among them from Mayor Pingree of Detroit and Congressman Belknap.
The City of Racine arrived this morning on her first trip of the season, the same handsome and popular steamer as last year. She was to have made Muskegon today but that harbor with its 24 ft. (?) of water is too shallow for a craft of her size.
THE CITY ELECTION.
It’s Mayor Kirby Now.
The city election yesterday, the first one under the new election law was probably the quietest and most orderly of any ever held here. The factories shut down in the afternoon and the streets were crowded with people but the old time excitement, on such occasion is no more. The result was unusually close in several of the city offices as will be seen in the following figures. The initials of the political parties of the several candidates are given after each name.
A large plate glass window in the residence of Mr. T. VandenBosch was blown in by the wind last night.
Dirk VerWy wishes us to say that he is the happiest ex-candidate in the city today.
The case of the people vs. Peter Van Maren for illegal fishing, is being heard in Justice Pagelson’s court today. Much interest is taken in the case. Prosecuting Attorney Danhof and Chas. Hampton, the State Fish and Game Warden, are conducting the prosecution while W. I. Lillie is attorney for the defendant, E. D. Blair, Geo. D. Sanford, Chas. Seligman, Will Humphrey, John De Jongh and Albert Juistema are on the jury.
A small portion of the waters of Lake Michigan flow into the Gulf of Mexico. About sixteen years ago the people of Chicago were studying the problem of how to secure a pure water supply. All of the sewage emptied into the Chicago river was carried into Lake Michigan and as the crib through which the city’s water supply was derived was two or three miles from the mouth of the river, there was great danger of its becoming polluted. Civil engineers decided that by deepening the Illinois and Michigan Canal the waters of the Chicago river might be drawn into the canal. This feat was accomplished. A current now sets from the lake into the river and down the canal to the Mississippi river and thence into the Gulf.
The case of Peter VanMaren for illegal fishing resulted in an acquittal.
Photographer Baker took a view of the National Bank and Beaudry’s window today.
Dr. Eliza Hofma has an offer of assistantship to Dr. Mergler, Prof of gynecology in the Woman’s Medical College of Chicago.
The quail shooting case which was to have come off today was settled by the defendant paying the fine.
Capt. Mitchel who will command the new river boat was in Grand Rapids yesterday and stated that the boat was already being loaded onto the cars and will soon be on the river.
Col. A. E. Boone of the Black Diamond R. R. system will be in Grand Rapids April 12 and will also come to this city. Our citizens should prepare to meet him and give him information in regard to our harbor and other advantages. That is what he wants.
Well! Well! Well! What next. A small tug boat attempted to leave Muskegon harbor yesterday but the mud was too much for her and it was only after several hours hard work that she was released. And still Muskegon has the gall to claim the best harbor on the east shore.
Dr. J. E. Albee, and old time Grand Haven boy, but now of Detroit, is in the city. The doctor has not been here in eight years and his numerous friends fail to recognize him.
The Racine cleared for Chicago last night. She was to have made Muskegon on her first trip but the condition of that harbor would not admit of it and the attempt was not made. As far as Muskegon is concerned her name should be pulled off the Goodrich Transportation Co.’s time card. A prominent marine man says there is but nine feet of water in her harbor now and that gradually lessening. This is verified by the fact that a tug drawing seven feet of water was stuck there for several hours yesterday.
The newly elected city officers will begin their terms tomorrow.
The April showers have caused the gardens and lawns to put on a green appearance.
A trout weighing 30 pounds when dressed was caught in the nets of the C. A. Meister yesterday.
It is said that negotiations are in progress for the purchase of the C. & W. M. railway by the Lake Erie & Western System.
The steam yacht Nellie has been put on the route between this city, Spring Lake and Fruitport and will make trips twice daily. She is commanded by Capt. R. B. Cobb. James Stokes is engineer.
The M. E. B. A. [Marine Engineers Builders Association?] of Grand Haven entertained a number of friends last evening at their hall. Refreshments too numerous to mention were served and the evening was spent in card playing, singing and ending with a musical by the M. E. B. A. orchestra. Over 40 people left the hall at 11:30 p.m. wishing the Marine Engineers a prosperous and successful season, and that all might meet again on such an enjoyable occasion.
The new well was used by the city water works for the first time at last night’s fire.
A lively fight between a bull dog and a coach dog took place this morning near the Kirby House and attracted more people than a fire. The coach dog wasn’t in it, so to speak, and would probably have been killed if they had not been separated..
Henry Luff died at the Marine Hospital this morning. Mr. Luff was 76 years old and has sailed with Capt. Smallman on the lakes for twenty years. He was born at Sackett’s Harbor, N. Y., and was at one time in fair circumstances. Funeral on Saturday at two p.m.
Fire was discovered at four o’clock this morning in the residence of the late M. B. Hopkins on fourth street. When the firemen arrived the house was a mass of flames. The structure was saved but he contents were completely ruined by fire and water. Loss fully covered by insurance.
The steam yacht Nellie will make trips between Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport as follows until further notice. Leave Grand Haven 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Leave Fruitport 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Leave Spring Lake for Grand Haven at 5:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The Cutler House is becoming more and more popular every day among traveling men and has already gained the popular place of the old Cutler. Its register is filled with pages of names every day and thus far this week every room in the house was been occupied. This is brought about a great deal by the courteous, and gentlemanly management, who deserve ass the success they may get.
A short, middle-aged man giving his name as Frank Gilfoyle, a laborer of Grand Rapids, was in Justice Pagelson’s court this morning on a charge of public drunkenness. He stated that he had been on a spree for a week and had come down here to sober up. Justice Pagelson gave him the alternative of a $5 fine or 10 days in jail, and he took the later.
The steamer Racine is officiated by the following crew this season: Capt. John Gee; first mate, Charles Lyman; second mate, O. J. Parker; first engineer, John Durr; second engineer, William Robinson; clerk, W. M. Herbst; steward, E. Hobart.
“Rube” at the Concert.
Went to the Presbeteyan consert las’ nite. Perty good show, but did sound kind o’ funny to hear ‘em a tunin’ up their fiddles and sich inter a church. Mis Mckilluip, she ‘twas Minnie Wallace led off. ‘Pears she’d come over from Muskegon and volunteered an organ piece, to kind o’ celebrate George’s ‘lecture I spose. She jest opened out an made that ole organ hum like she use to. Then mis Cherry sung an awful pretty little song ‘bout going to sleep. Then Mis Squire an Mrs. Koster they sung a duet, kind of a pardnership song—the three young folks fiddled a little while. Now I aint no jedge of fine fiddling but it seemed to me ‘zif they hadn’t mor’n got started before they had to stop. Mrs. Boyce sung a kind of a creepy, shivery song about the wind and then the quartette started. They kind o’ hummed through their noses to get the pitch and then they broke loose. Mrs. VanderVeen she started, but she hadn’t got more than four or five words before the rest tried to break her up. Thought that was kind of mean, but she got even before she got through. I think she’d be a mighty good singer, if they’d give her a show. Then we had a little rest and then Dr. Rysdorp sung and then the quartette sung Way down on the Swanee River and some good old songs in mighty fine shape and then we went home, all well satisfied. The new church looked fine all painted up and all new seats.
A D.,G. H. & M. yard engine ran off the track last night. No damage to speak of.
Governor Winans has issued a proclamation naming April 28 as Arbor Day.
The tug C. A. Meister hauled up 2400 pounds of fish yesterday, the largest catch of the season.
While Fred Warber was driving near the Bee Hive yesterday he collided with one of Sprick’s teams, being thrown out but not badly hurt.
The schooner Day Spring the first sailing craft to arrive this season is sheltering in port to day with a load of lumber.
The case of Luther for illegal fishing is being tried before Justice Pagelson to day. Attorney Danhof conducts the prosecution and W. I. Lillie looks after the interests of the defendant.
Geo. Hancock had a force of men out last night covering up his celery plants, for fear they might freeze. He had planted over 10,000 during the day and they would have been killed if left uncovered as there was a very heavy frost last night.
Gorton’s Minstrels gave a very creditable street parade this noon.
The fire department were called out to day by the burning of the residence of Mr. John Niehof, corner 4th and Elliot St. The flames were confined around the chimney and were extinguished before doing much damage.
The Grand Haven Furniture Co., will this Saturday evening reduce their force of workmen at the factory, owing to the crowded state of the warerooms and the large amount of manufactured stock now on hand. This change is but temporary and the factory will be run to its full capacity as soon as room is obtained, either by reduction of stock or building of additional ware rooms.
T’was a beautiful evening, last evening.
Peas originally came from the Netherlands.
A large amount of Holland emigrants were in the city this morning on their way to Muskegon.
Street Commissioner Dykema is out with a force of men today cleaning the streets.
In the Luther illegal fishing case before Judge Pagelson Saturday the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty.
A party of emigrants from the Netherlands were landed at Ferrysburg several Sundays ago on their way to Muskegon. As there was no train going that way they were compelled much to their disgust, to walk.
A crew of men in the employ of Hannah, Bay & Co. Traverse City, arrived in town this morning to fit out that company’s boat the City of Grand Rapids, which has been quartered at Ferrysburg this winter.
A Union Meeting.
Probably a larger assemblage never gathered at the First Reformed church than that of last evening. It is estimated that nearly a thousand people were in the building. The churches represented were First Reformed, Second Reformed, Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and 1st and 2nd Christian Reformed.
The three most prominent Y. M. C. A. workers of West Michigan, Messrs. Harrington and Ward of Grand Rapids and Butterfield of Muskegon addressed the audience, speaking of the beneficial results of such an organization and the good it would do in our city among the young men.
A committee consisting of Prof. E. L. Briggs, John Laman and Peter Klaver were appointed to further the Christian spirit among the young and if possible, organize a Y. C. M. A. in this city.
The committee will be aided by the following named persons, who have pledged themselves to assist in the work. The following are the names and the churches of which they are members:
First Reformed—Rev. De Bruyn, Fred Albers, Chris Addison, John Juistema, John Laman.
Second Reformed—Rev. J. J. Van Zanten, Fred Yonker, James Vander Zalm, Peter Klaver.
Presbyterian—Rev. J. H. Sammis, Wm McKim, James Hancock, Ernie Reynolds, Elmer Bryce.
Congregational—Rev. R. Lewis, E. L. Briggs, Silas Wright.
Methodist—Rev. Bennett, Tom knight, Albert Balgooyan.
1st Christian Reformed—D. Cook.
2nd Chris. Reformed—J. J. Bolt, Peter Van Duin.
Besides these there are three not members of churches as follows: Mathew Chambers, C. N. Addison, A. S. Merrill.
The meeting will be held at the M. E. church Wednesday night to talk over matters, at which all interested are invited.
Gorton’s minstrels were the best looking body of men and gave the best performance that we have had here for some time. A new and pleasing departure was the Gold Band, the accompaniment being all played on wind instruments. The features of the evening were the bass solo of Mr. Wilson, the euphonium solo of Mr. McGregor, the high kicking and jumping of Welby, Pead and Keys and the trick solo clog dance of Mr. Elliot. The house was full to the door and fairly orderly.
The barge McGregor was towed to Fruitport by the tug Merrick yesterday, where she will get a load of ore. While being towed around in the south channel she came in collision with the steamer Milwaukee, smashing the lower bulwarks and stanchions of that ship to the extent of about $25.
Inspectors Dodge and Scott on Saturday tested the boiler of the steamer City of Milwaukee and found then O. K. in every respect. During the winter the boilers have received extensive repairs by Johnston Brothers of Ferrysburg, and everything was done to put them in A1 shape. The machinery has also received proper attention and other improvements have made her one of the finest ships on the lake. All will be ready when the company sets the date to start her on the route for the season.
The steam barge D. W. Powers, Capt. Simon O’Day arrived in Chicago from Muskegon one day last week. To a reporter there, the captain said the water was very low at Muskegon, and that it took him several hours to come out of the harbor stern first and a tug assisting him.
Today us the 31st anniversary of the real beginning of the civil war, the firing upon Fort Sumter.
About 70 feet of the stone wall used as a fence on the north side of Akeley College caved in Saturday afternoon.
Congressman Belknap will ask congress to increase the appropriation for Grand Haven from $40,000 to $70,000.
The stones for the foundation of the new bridge are being put in place. There are 16 of them weighing from 2 to 5 tons apiece. The Cleveland Bridge Building Co. will begin shipping iron for the new bridge this week.
James Davis, the young man who some months ago gained the reputation of “Jack the window smasher” by going on a tear one evening, and smashing several windows, was to have his case in circuit court today but the court adjourned and Justice Pagelson disposed of him by sentencing him to 30 days in jail.
J. W. Boynton is in the city on business connected with the projected Grand River railway from this city to Grand Rapids. Mr. Boynton reports the road going along nicely.
The fish tug Emma Bloecker, Capt. Tony VanderVeere, hauled up 2650 pounds of fish in her nets yesterday. This is the biggest catch of the season, being 250 pounds more than the catch made the Meister several days ago. Naturally enough the captain and the crew of the Bloecker feel much elated.
Peter Van Duin, the Third street groceryman never went through a cyclone until last Saturday. He was driving his delivery wagon near the Akeley College and had just turned a corner when a sudden gust of wind took him off the seat and deposited him in the mud ten feet away. No injury to Peter.
The well known figure of Ernie Coon is once more seen upon our streets, he having obtained a position in the Cutler House bar. Mr. Coon is popularly known here from former years, when he was a member of the then famous Grand Haven Ball team. He was pitcher of that club, and with Campbell behind the bat, formed one of the best amateur batteries in Michigan.
Several important business changes and removals will take place in this city within the next few days. D. A. Lane will remove from his present location, corner Second and Washington street into the building now used as a reading room. Dr. Hofma will remove from above Lane’s to above Dan Gale’s grocery.
John Booink has purchased Kibler’s saloon and taken possession this morning. Mr. Reel, formerly of the Cutler House will be bartender. Harry Oaks will occupy Mr. Booink’s place behind the bar in Kamhout’s.
In the Cutler House bar there is also a change. Chas. Reel, the former bartender leaving and Ernie Coon of Grand Rapids taking his place.
Lost, $20 yesterday morning on Washington street, or in the western part of town. Finder will please return to the Cutler House and receive liberal reward.
About 25 feet of the south east end of the glass factory building has caved in completely from the roof down. There were at least three windows in the section that caved in.
E. L. Trowbridge, better know as “Prophet” Trowbridge who is in jail on charge of adultery, will have to remain there another month at least, as court does not convene again until May 16th.
Ex-alderman Vaupell now rides a fine Victor bicycle, or rather he will ride it when he once “gets onto it” (the art of course.)
Ed. Hicks and Chas. Otto have purchased the collapsed horse stables of the trotting park that blew down in the recent storm and are now doing a lumber business on a small scale.
J. Hoffman has purchased the old Bosch boarding house on the foot of Fulton ave. and is now at work removing this old landmark by tearing it down for the lumber. In days long gone by when several sawmills were operating along the river bank here, this boarding house was a flourishing institution and a number of our older citizens can relate many an interesting incident of happy times spent there in the days of “Auld Lang Syne.”
Who attends to the town clock. It has been from 10 to 15 minutes slow for the past three days, causing many visitors to the city and others to miss their trains.
Derk Verway has purchases a lot on Clinton street between 3rd and 4th, on which he will move the two story house he recently purchased of Alderman Thieleman on Second street.
Mr. Stephen Dykstra, while driving from the south channel bridge across the labyrinth of the tracks in the D., G. H. & M. yards this afternoon was run into by a freight car, which was backing up in the yards and thrown from his wagon knocking him senseless. The horse was struck first but managed to jump aside and hastily clear the track, thereby probably saving Mr. Dykstra’s life. The horse started to run as soon as the reigns were released, but was caught after going several blocks. Except for a cut on his hand and a severe headache occasioned by the fall Mr. Dykstra is as well as usual, and very thankful for his narrow escape.
Little Ross Robinson Terribly Mangled
By a Freight Train Last Evening.
Ross Robinson, thirteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Robinson was with a number of other boys of about his own age playing near his home last night, and as a result of jumping on moving cars is at death’s door. His parents live on 7th street near the Washington street crossing. Every night a large number of boys congregate near there and spend the evening until a late hour. A freight from the north passes the through about half past nine and these same boys are in the habit of jumping on and taking a short ride. Ross jumped on between two cars and proceeded to climb to the top, but in some manner unknown to his companions fell head first striking the rail. He was pushed along some distance by the wheel, but was not run over.
He was carried to his home as soon as possible and Drs. Walker and VanderVeen summoned. All was done that medical assistance could do and the wounds dressed. The boy’s head is a mass of scalp wounds, there being no less than eight, and a bad fracture behind the ear.. His leg was also badly bruised. The doctors extracted two bones from his head this morning, but they have no hope for his recovery. During all this time he has been in an unconscious condition.
No blame can be attached to the railroad company, but measures should be taken at once by the city authorities to stop all hitching on trains. It is a great wonder that such a calamity has not happened before this.
The exact place of the accident was on the south crossing of Franklin street, near Wm. Mieras’ residence. The sidewalk there is tinged with blood from the boy’s many wounds.
Last night’s accident was a terrible warning to those boys who make it a practice to catch rides on cars.
Gorton’s Minstrels left a memento of their visit here in the shape of the song “He’s up with the Angels now” which every youth in the city is singing or whistling.
Colonel Albert E. Boone of Zanesville, O., the gentleman who proposes to build a railroad across the state through the Sebewaing coal region to Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, was in Grand Rapids yesterday. He has his maps of the proposed route with him, and to an Eagle reporter said he had no fear but that the road would be built.
The streets are as dusty as in summer.
More mail arrives in this city over the D., G. H. & M. road in winter, but in the summer the reverse is the case.
Muskegon wants her street sprinklers to begin operations. Would be welcome here, also.
Little Ross Robinson is still alive but unconscious. His condition remains about the same as yesterday.
Master Seymour Baar now has the handsomest rig in the city. His father returned from Chicago this morning bringing with him a handsome cart for his pet goat.
Peter Van Duin pronounces the story of his being blown out of his wagon, a hoax, and says he can stand as much wind as the person who promulgated the story.
Geo. D. Sanford has presented us with a perpetual calendar, which is the handsomest thing of its kind we ever saw.
One of H. Sprick’s work horses fell dead near the Spring Lake bridge yesterday.
The jail has been filled all winter but there has not been a case of sickness among the prisoners.
James Davis, the “window smasher" prefers out door work to monotonous jail life, and has put him at his woodpile.
Silas Kilbourn has had his box cars painted and a representation of one of his fish kits placed on the side.
A prominent Democrat says that Hon. Robert W. Duncan can have the appointment of circuit judge if he wishes it.
Mrs. Mattie Kennedy’s window attracts a great deal of attention today for the handsome display of ribbons and fancy painted Easter eggs. Another handsome feature of the window is a chariot of roses. All in all she has one of the finest window displays ever seen in this city.
In pursuance to the action taken at the young men’s meeting in the First Reformed church last Sunday evening, those who pledged themselves to assist in organizing and maintaining of an association for the emanation of Christian work among young men of our city, met with others at the lecture room of the M. E. church last evening and organized what he called the Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers. A well drafted set of by-laws was carefully considered and adopted. The organization will consist of three different classes of members, namely; active, sustaining and honorary. The active members only are allowed to hold office and vote at the business meetings. The membership fee was fixed at one dollar payable in advance and the following officers were elected for the ensuing six months, viz: E. L. Briggs, President; J. J. Bolt, Vice president; C. E. Reynolds, Sec.; and John Juistema, Treas. The meeting passed off pleasantly and a committee was appointed to solicit membership. With a present membership of thirty-five zealous workers and the co-operation of the Christian public, the band promises to be a success and we hope soon to see the bud open into a strong organization Y. M. C. A. of America.
The 10 year old daughter of Mr. John Oleson of Jackson St. died yesterday morning.
The D., G. H. & M. railway propose to open the Eastern markets to Michigan peaches. They intend running a special each night reaching Detroit at six the next morning.
“Prophet” Trowbridge awakened the echoes around the jail last evening by a religious song of his own composing. He attracted a large number of boys to the jail yard whom the sheriff was obliged to clear out.
The government steamer Hancock was in port this morning.
Only once since 1858 have the Straits of Mackinaw been opened earlier than this year. That was in 1878 when they opened March 15. Last year the opening was on April 27.
Capt. Joslyn raised his tug Kaiser Wilhelm, which it will be remembered sank in 36 feet of water in Spring Lake last fall. Strange to relate everything was in good condition, even the boats papers were none the worse for being under water all winter.
It’s Marshal Klaver now.
As many as 22 prisoners have been in the county jail this winter.
Last night was the 27th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
John w. Verhoeks & Co., the 7th street grocerymen, are out with a handsome new delivery rig.
The condition of Ross Robinson is about the same as yesterday, being unconscious most of the time.
Dr. A. Vander Veen of Grand Haven, a well known physician of that section is a guest at the New Livingston. He is here to assist in another operation on a son of the Hon. E. P. Ferry, who is at St. Mark’s hospital.—G. R. Eagle.
The fire department were called out at 7 o’clock last evening by the burning out of a chimney in the residence of Klaas Yonker on 7th St. The hour when the alarm was turned in was about the time that people were on their way down town and 7th St. was soon crowded. The blaze did not amount to much and the fire department turned back without turning on water.
Common Council met last evening and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: night Watch, Peter Cook; Sexton, John Botbyl; Director of the Poor, John Baker; City Physician and health officer, Dr. J. McNett. Harry Smith was elected south channel bridge tender. Liquor bonds were placed at $3000 each with two sureties. The election of street commissioner and the city teamster will probably be made one. On motion of Ald. Bryce the council will to morrow afternoon at one o’clock inspect the well of the new city water works. City Attorney Lillie was instructed to have Geo. A. Farr assist him in the water works case. D. C. Wachs was elected city printer. The bonds of the newly elected marshal, treasurer and recorder were accepted, and the council adjourned until next Thursday.
Little Ross Robinson is much improved today and much hope is now had for his recovery.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Co. gave a procession up Washington and Fulton Sts. shortly before noon. A full quota of small boys was picked up along the road, who devoted most of their attention to Marks. Their band is a good one.
Yesterday the Grand Haven Ship Building Co. launched a scow which they had built for Wm. Loutit. As it gracefully slid into the water it was christened the John Budge. This is the first time the canny captain has had the honor of having a boat named after him; but may the scow be as successful as its godfather the captain.
Thursday was a wild one on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and many of the lake craft were forced to return to harbors for safety. No less than four bodies were washed up by the gale at Chicago.
Col. Ludlow’s report to the War Department, on the survey of Grand river from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven, was sent to the House yesterday. It sites the advantages and practability of the project and the cost of the undertaking. The estimated cost of an 8 foot navigation is $463,450 and for a 10 foot navigation $670,500.
Deputy Marshal Vandenberg was obliged to put a boy out of the Opera House Saturday night for noisiness.
The King Iron Mfg. Co. of Cleveland, O., who are building the new swing bridge, have a car load on the ground.
The M. E. church was filled to its utmost capacity at both morning and evening Easter services. The services in the evening were by the children under the auspices of the Sunday school and were a grand success.
Capt. Will Louttit’s pleasure yacht was launched Friday in the presence of a large concourse of friends. Dimensions of the yacht are 47 ft. keel; 18 ft. beam; 4 ft. depth of hold. She will be fore and aft and triple expansion, hammerless.
Co. F is making fine progress on the new tactics and Capt. Mansfield will undoubtedly have the boys among the best in the State before next encampment. A member of the Muskegon company who was present at last Monday’s drill said that Co. F was as well up with the tactics as they were, although that company spends a great deal more time on drill work.
Considering the amount of new stock that is continually arriving at the Bee Hive Grocery, that institution is enjoying an immense patronage. Many times the sidewalk in front of the store is completely filled with boxes of newly arrived goods. This was the case last Saturday when a large consignment had arrived filling the sidewalk, and reminding one of the fronts of the large wholesale and commission houses on South Water St., Chicago. The clerks are often kept busy until late at night unpacking the newly arrived stock.
Capt. Mansfield received this morning a package of rare and choice rosebuds from his brother, E. F. Mansfield of Daytona, Florida. Eb. was and old Grand Haven boy and is popularly known here. His present residence, Daytona, Fla., is a city of about 1200 inhabitants, the southern terminus of the Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Halifax River railway. Mr. Mansfield is engaged in growing roses which he principally ships to the New York market. Nearly all of the city, except where the homes, gardens and orange groves are located, is covered with the finest growth of a variety of trees among which are live oak, hickory, ash, pine, magnolia, bay, holly, palm and wild orange. The place is located in one of the finest spots in Florida and is about a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. The Grand Rapids Press recently devoted a column to the city and its surroundings. E. L. Briggs, the correspondent, having a winter residence there.
The steam barge Mary H. Boyce left yesterday morning for Chicago on her first trip of the season. She will load there with grain and on her return take the McGregor in tow. Following are her principal officers for this season. Capt.—Wm. F. McGregor, 1st mate Thomas Trail; 1st engineer, Michael Maher; 2nd engineer, James D. Stewart.
The new river boat, Valley City, will probably be put together this week. The company owning the boat has secured the Hare landing about fifteen miles up the river near the clay banks. At this landing they have leased twenty acres of land, which is already being cleared and fitted up for resort purposes. A pavilion will be built, the grove will be underbrushed and improved with benches, swings and rustic houses and fine ball grounds and tennis courts will be laid out. In all ten acres will be devoted to the pleasure grounds for games, etc. A chain ferry will be built at a point just above the place to carry passengers across the river to and from the grounds.
At the Cutler House the other day a New York man was overheard to say, “I got a horse at Stone’s livery to drive into the country, and was surprised to find such an elegant lot of outfits as his barn affords.
The mother of the young lady last night and picked up a fast young man, had better keep an eye on her. She has been noticed before.
One of the most curious craft ever built on the great lakes is the new ferry for the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Railroad to run across Lake Michigan between Frankfort, Mich., and Kewannee, Wis., now being made at Toledo. She will be able to carry twenty-four loaded freight cars each trip and will be capable of breaking the heaviest ice with her powerful machinery. The contract price is $150,000 and her dimensions are 250 feet over all, 51 feet beam and 17 feet depth. A consort to be towed by this steamer and also carry twenty-four cars will nest be built.
Akeley College closes today for the spring vacation.
A plate glass window in front of the Cutler House was broken by the force of the wind this morning.
Supt. Dykema and force are doing work on 5th street. A danger lantern was placed there last night, but it turned up missing this morning, evidently having been stolen.
At Co. F’s regular drill last night several important as well as pleasing changes were made in non-commissioned staff, Capt. Mansfield having recommended for promotion the following:
Corporal Herman Nyland to fourth sergeant.
Corporal Phil Rosbach to 5th sergt.
Private John Fisher to 3d corporal.
“ Sherman Dickenson 4th “
“ Jacob Dykerman 5th “
“ Ed Pennoyer 6th “
“ Will Slentel 7th “
The following were elected as new members on approval to be mustered as soon as ability shows itself: Wm. Clark, Tony VanderZalm, Walter VanBemmelin, August Zimmerman; E. P. Kinkema, an old member reenlisted. After drill was over the newly appointed officers passed the cigars, and while the boys were smoking, an old German, formerly of the German army, gave an interesting drill in the manual of the German army, giving the commands in his own language, and was loudly applauded when through.
Edward Farnham, an Agnew citizen, was before Justice Pagelson yesterday on a charge of drunkenness, having been arrested Saturday night near the C. & W. M. depot. He was fined one dollar and costs.
Mr. John Pennoyer of this city, who has been in Grand Rapids for some days past, was brutally assaulted on Waterloo st. in that city last night, by a man who attempted to rob him. He had just issued from Smith’s Opera House, when he was met at the doorway by Henry Fay, who asked him for some money, saying he was broke. Mr. Pennoyer refused to loan the stranger any money, and started down the street. He stepped into an alley and Fay jumped upon him and tried to rifle his pockets, also beating him about the head. Mr. Pennoyer shouted for help and grappled with the stranger. When the police arrived both were struggling for the mastery. Fay was taken to the station house and began shamming, trying to make the police believe that he was drunk, but it wouldn’t work. He is a noted crook and has been in jail several times on charges of larceny. He will probably be called upon to answer to a charge of highway robbery.
Bring out the street sprinkler.
The G. R. Press says the Canadian Pacific railway are negotiating for the right of way to Grand Haven.
Seven thousand dollars is required to complete Akeley Institute. Efforts are being made to raise the amount by subscription.
Every room in the Cutler House was filled last evening, and several drummers who applied, were turned away to find lodging elsewhere.
Fred Hutty and Will Louttit of Grand Haven were in the city yesterday. Mr. Louttit stated that the outlook for lake navigation from Grand Haven this season was excellent.—G. R. Democrat.
There are many people now living who will have only one birthday to celebrate for nearly twelve years to come. This strange circumstance is due to the fact that they were born on February 29, and to the further fact that the year 1900 will not be a leap year.
The alarm of fire this afternoon was occasioned by a blaze in the sawdust near the Kit Factory.
The sidewalk on Third St. between Fulton and Elliot streets is in need of repairs and is especially dangerous from the fact that it is traveled over a great deal by persons going from the C. & W. M. depot.
SAD DROWNING ACCIDENT.
A Yacht Capsizes and Russell Tyler
of Grand Rapids is Drowned.
Last night’s drowning accident caused by the capsizing of a yacht increased the already large number of deaths by drowning that have occurred near here in the past year, and by a singular co-incidence the victim was one of three who have been drowned here in that time.
The story as told by one of the parties who was in the yacht is this: About eight o’clock last evening several boys, as follows, Robert Scott, Walter Scott, Tom Rosie, Lon Northouse, Henry DeGlopper, Gene Sanford, Steve VanDrezer and Russell Tyler, took the yacht Night Hawk and went for a short sail around the river. They had been sailing but a short time when the wind came up and the night being dark they started back. When near what is known as the “Old Trader” (a sunken vessel just north of Kirby’s ship yard) a squall suddenly struck them. The yacht careened over to its side but the wind coming under the sail turned it over to the other side and capsized the yacht. Every one of the party but two, Tom Rosie and Lou Northouse were carried under with the sail, and these two immediately swam to the west shore to get a boat from a Mr. Estes, who lives just at the north extremity of the big sand hill across the river. In the meantime their less fortunate comrades, were struggling to get from under the sail and get hold of the boat. All managed to do that but one, Russell Tyler, who was not seen after the boat turned over. The boys hung to the boat until released by Northouse and Rosie who brought them over to the Estes home where their clothes were dried.
The calls for help of the boys hanging to the boat were heard down town and brought many to the scene. The life saving crew were notified and a search for the body began. The life savers have been joined by others in the search but up to 4 o’clock the body has not been found.
Tyler who though a strong swimmer, the other boys say, made hardly an effort to save himself and seemed to be badly frightened. When the yacht was struck by the squall, he pleaded with others to stay by him saying he could not help himself. Just before he went under he had caught hold of Lou Northouse but let go when he began sinking, thereby probably saving Northouse’s life.
All the boys live in this city but Sanford and Tyler, who lived in Grand Rapids.
Tyler who was 18 yrs of age was employed last summer on the steamer Milwaukee and had come here about two weeks ago to join her when she began running. He had been living with his step sister, Mrs. F. Sprague in the meantime. His mother, Mrs. R. Y. Hovey, of Grand Rapids was telegraphed for and arrived this afternoon.
A Rare Opportunity.
Our neighbors about us are securing additional industries and population through earnest active work; and we are reminded that other towns with less advantages than our own are out-footing us in the race.
Macatawa has lately secured the location of the Methodist’s Western Chantangua Association because it could offer them better railway facilities, electric lights and other artificial advantages over us and some other places which they had in contemplation. The Craig boat Company are starting a resort only fifteen miles up the river at Haires Landing. Spring Lake is putting her best foot forward to sustain and build up her well deserved, good reputation as a summer resort. Unless Grand Haven makes some effort, she will soon find that her beautiful Highland Park is only a waste neck of the woods in comparison with her neighbors.
An opportunity is now offered to secure the location of the State Unitarian Sunday School Association for its summer session. All they ask is ground upon which to pitch their tents and some suitable place under shelter in which to hold their meetings. The proposed Pavilion will answer. Will we build it and have it ready for them next June? If so we have no time to spare. A large proportion of the money is yet to be raised. Saturday evening in the Cutler House dining room, the ladies will give a dance where every one will have an opportunity to spend a pleasant evening, besides contributing his mite to this building fund, and by this means secure a convenient building for our own people and perhaps secure the permanent location of this association. If we can give them a hospitable welcome and comfortable quarters this summer so they will leave us with a good impression of us and our resort, and a wish to return, we could ask no better advertisement.
This is a matter that concerns every person, be he tradesman, professional, or laboring man, it will benefit all.
Let us swell the fund Saturday night so that we may feel safe to commence the building at once. Tickets only 25 cents.
A telephone has been placed in the residence of Mrs. W. C. Baker at Point Stuart on Spring Lake.
Charles Holmes, a d. d. was landed before Justice Pagelson this morning by Marshal Klaver. In default of $5.00 fine he was given 10 days in jail.
Among the applicants before the pension board at Muskegon Wednesday, was Garret Verhoeks of this city. Mr. Verhoeks was a private in Co, G 21st Mich. Vols.
The Dake Engine Co. yesterday shipped three engines by American Express to the Backus, Watermore Co., Newark, New Jersey. They have shipped over 100 to the firm, showing the popularity which their engine has gained in that section of the country.
Chas. Andrews, the popular runner of City Hotel has obtained a position as porter on the steamer Faxon now undergoing repairs here. He will commence his new duties shortly, the boat leaving in about two weeks for her regular route between Cheboygan and the Soo.
The King Bridge Company of Cleveland, O., have their men here putting on the swing of the new bridge. The work will probably be finished in about three weeks, though all depends upon the weather. The bridge company gave the men quite a compliment in saying that they seen no better foundation ever built for a bridge.
The body of William Osborne of Fruitport was found horribly mangled near the C. & W. M. track at Muskegon yesterday morning. He had been to Muskegon the day before and became intoxicated. It is thought that while in this condition he started for home and was run down by the 10:55 passenger train. His father, Silas Osborne, is justice of the peace at Fruitport.
It is believed that the world’s population is increasing at the rate of 6,000,000 a year.
Harry Fay, the man who attempted to rob John Pennoyer in Grand Rapids the other evening, was sentenced to 90 days in jail yesterday.
The C. & W. M. railway received two more mammoth 10 wheel engines from the Rhode Island Locomotive Works Monday, making six in all. The loaded weight of these engines is 98,500 pounds. The tender weighs 67,200 pounds, which includes six tons of coal and 3,500 gallons of water. The engines each cost $8,500.
On Sunday next the Episcopal churches throughout the diocese of Western Michigan are to unite in an offeratory for the benefit of Akeley Institute, the boarding school for girls at Grand Haven. The money is to be applied to the furnishing of the new brick structure just added to this valuable plant, and which will be ready for occupancy next September. The land and the two buildings which have accommodated twenty-five pupils and the facility for four years, were the gift of Hon. H. C. Akeley, as a memorial to his daughter, Blanche. The construction of the new building which will treble the capacity of this institute, has been made possible through funds furnished by the bishop of the diocese. The school has not only been self-supporting from the beginning, but has added considerably to its personal property. That churchmen throughout the diocese will respond cheerfully and generously, goes with out saying.—G. R. Herald.
“Jim the Masher” has left town.
Mr. I. M. S. Neal, special agent of the Aetna, thinks Grand Haven Fire Department do some fine work.
Grant Gerow of Ferrysburg who was badly hurt on the new swing some ago, is rapidly improving.
Capt. Beauvais a former captain of the life saving crew here but now of the government steamer Hancock, was in the city to today, registering at the Cutler.
The steamer Wisconsin will leave on her first trip tonight.
Al Dykema is dredging out a place at the slide at Kilbourn’s factory for the log oar to go in.
The employes at Mr. Kilbourn’s factory raised a purse of $50.00 for Mr. Fred Zaph, who was recently scalded there. Mr. Zaph is improving slowly.
Akeley Institute gratefully acknowledged the receipt for its building fund of $33.40, the net proceeds of the winter’s lecture course.
The steamer Milwaukee will begin the summer service by leaving for Milwaukee at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. The trim steamer is handsomer than ever this season and will retain its old time popularity.
The case of the people against Christopher Luther for illegal fishing was tried at Spring Lake yesterday and resulted in an acquittal. Prosecutor Danhof for the people and W. I. Lillie for the defense.
James Davis, the “window smasher” took leg bail from the jail a few days ago but has been captured in Holland. The sheriff had the fellow employed on his wood pile, and when away the other day, he took the opportunity to flee; but did not get far, the marshal of Holland telegraphing his capture there this morning.
The body of Russell Tyler, who was drowned Wednesday night, was found at 4:00 o’clock this afternoon.
It Might Have Been Worse.
A Wild West Show was given in the barn in the rear of Branstetters store this afternoon, the actors being boys from 10 to 14 years of age. The play was nearly brought to a fatal ending by the accidental shooting of Johnny Brandstetter by another boy with a revolver which was used in the drama. The bullet grazed Johnny’s forehead making a scalp wound. Nothing serious.
Mrs. John Smith passed away very suddenly and peacefully at her home in the Fourth Ward at eight o’clock last evening. She had been sick for about two weeks with malarial fever, but had not been considered dangerously so. Last evening the case took a turn for the worse and the physician was summoned, but when he arrived she was dead, having passed away in a feinting spell due perhaps to heart failure.
Mrs. Smith was born in Mecklenberg, Schwerin, Germany, 69 years ago, her birthday being Monday last. She has been a resident of this city for the past 35 years. Her husband and five children survive her: Mrs. G. Ewald of Ludington; charles F. Smith of Palouse, Washington; Edward Smith of Muskegon, and William Smith and Mrs. H. G. Nichols of this city.
Date of the funeral not yet fixed but will probably be Monday or Tuesday from St. Paul’s Evangelical church.
The steamer Roanoke left for Milwaukee last night on her last trip of the season over the D. G. H. & M. route. She will undergo a general overhauling at Milwaukee and then leave for Port Huron to go on the Port Huron – Washburn route.
The government steamer Hancock which is in port now will leave shortly for Holland. Col. Nicol Ludlow will go on board there and make a tour of inspection along the lake.
Akaley institute of Grand Haven graduated its first class last summer. The four young ladies, Grace Messer, Fanny McCrath, Mary Rippey and Ethel Soper, were all Michigan girls; so they adapted as their class colors the yellow and blue out of compliment to the state university. There are five in the class of ’92, Sarah Bowen, Louise Brayton, Anna Rippey, Lynette White and Christine Krenter. Their class colors are heliotrope and White, the same as Amherst.—G. R. Herald
The Swing Bridge Co.’s men from Cleveland, O., arrived here Wednesday the 19th. They are now at work on the Grand Haven bridge.
Mr. Gerow of Ferrysburg got pretty badly bruised while working on the Grand Haven bridge. His many friends hope to see him out soon.
Deputy Marshal VandenBerg picked up a drunk this noon and landed him behind jail bars.
Marshal Klaver gave lodgings to a girl tramp one day last week. She was loud in her praise of the marshal’s generosity.
Harvey P. Wyman of Grand Rapids has had plans prepared by Architect Stone for a handsome cottage at Highland Park.
The body of Russell Tyler who was drowned in the yachting accident of Wednesday night was found Saturday afternoon very near the spot where the boat capsized, by members of the life saving station. A jury was immediately impaneled by Coroner Stuveling and a verdict of accidental drowning was brought in. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the M. E. church and was largely attended. The seven survivors of the accident officiated as pall bearers.
Henry Bloecker is building the engine for the new boat being built by the Williams Trans. Co. of South Haven. Dimensions 26x30. Johnston Bros. of Ferrysburg, are building the boiler, which is of Scotch type 11x11.
The City of Milwaukee brought over about 20 passengers this morning. Most of them went out on the early train east.
The first anniversary of the North Grand Rapids mission of the St. Mark’s church was celebrated Sunday and the most encouraging reports from the different missions were received. About $500 was raised for the Akeley institute.
Mr. Van Ryke who lives on Fulton Ave. was driving on the dock near the freight house shortly after 6 o’clock last evening and his horse became frightened, starting toward the river. The horse could have been easily stopped by the driver, but having no hold backs, the more he held back the more the wagon kept pushing the horse. Baggageman Riley was near at the time and seeing the predicament stopped the horse when within three feet of the edge of the dock.
A distinguished gentleman stated a day or two ago that he never saw so many handsome ladies in any other city as we have here. And the cause of it was found to be that our ladies know a good thing when they see it, and use Rose Bloom extensively. For sale by F. A. Hutty.
George Fisher was sentenced to 15 days in jail or a fine of $7 by Justice Angel for drunkenness this morning.
The C. & W. M. operator at Pickanda near Fruitport was visited by a big black bear the other evening, while locking the office.
Mrs. Geo. Hancock stepped on a nail the other day and is quite lame in consequence.
The Pavilion Committee cleared about $20 at the party given last Saturday night, and desire to thank all who contributed to making it a success. All who will are requested to meet at the home of Mrs. G. W. McBride, Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. to arrange for future action and to discuss the location, style of pavilion, etc.
Three carloads of sections of the steamer Valley City arrived yesterday at Grand Rapids. The rest of the boat is expected today and the work of construction will begin at once.
The electric lights shown with unusual brilliancy last evening.
Grand Haven’s harbor appropriation has been increased from $40,000 to $90,000.
Last night’s heavy rain played sad havoc with the lithographs on the bill boards.
The rainfall last night was remarkable, 35 of an inch fell in less than 5 minutes, .76 inch was the total fall.
The pop(u)lar three dedicated the poplar tree to James G. Blaine in the Arbor Day exercises of the High School this afternoon.
The burning out of a chimney on the residence of Cornelius Van Boomgard on 6th St. caused some excitement in that vicinity last evening.
Last night’s electrical storm was the severest known here for several years. Several houses and trees in the city and vicinity were struck but no one was injured. The storm seemed to be the severest over lower Columbus street, two adjacent residences being struck within two minutes of each other. The first bolt went down the chimney of Mrs. Ringleberg, knocking down the chimney, plaster, window sashes, and stove but in no wise injuring the family, there being ten persons in the house at the time. Hardly two minutes had elapsed when there came another blinding flash striking the house next to Ringleberg’s occupied by the two families of Len Kammeraad and P. VerBerkmoes. The bolt went down the chimney but did no other damage than tumbling over the stove. The families in the vicinity were badly frightened, several ladies fainting. The residence of Julius Seaman on Monroe street was also struck about the same time doing considerable damage but injuring no one.
The south approach to the new swing bridge was completed today.
The Jolly Eleven Boating club of Grand Rapids will make an excursion down the river to this city with a team yacht May 8.
Co. F’s Chronology.
Co. F was organized 12 years ago this month, under the name of Yate’s Light Infantry, but was not mustered into state service until July 24. The officers then were Capt. F. E. Yates; 1st Lieut., George W. McBride; 2nd Lieut., Samuel C. Mower. In 1880 the name was again changed to “The Ottawa Blues” and S. C. Mower elected captain.
Twice the company has been called out for actual service. Once in May 1881, to guard the county jail against an armed mob. Many will recall that incident as if it brings to mind one of the most cold-blooded murders in the annals of Ottawa county crime. A respected farmer of Lamont had been killed by a pitchfork thrust in the hands of J. Voskamp, an enraged farm laborer for a small amount of money which he claimed he had coming to him. Voskamp was brought to jail. Public feeling in the vicinity of the murder waxed high and a mob was formed one evening to take the law into their own hands. Coming down the river by scow they reached this city at near midnight about 100 strong. They marched into the city from Beach Tree with a steady tramp until they reached the jail. The officers were aware of the organizing of the mob and had called upon the “Blues.” The boys stood in court house square with muskets handy—and the mob, well they disbanded upon sight of the imposing array before them, and left for their homes without violence. Voskamp would have perhaps earned his deserts if the mob had gained admittance, but the law was to be upheld, and the “Blues” were there.
Again they were called out in 1882 at the time of the great mill strikes in Muskegon. They have not been called upon since, but are ready and equal to any emergency.
Herman F. Harbeck was elected captain in 1883 and served four years. In “87” Frederick A Mansfield was elected captain; Baltus Pellegrom, 1st Lieut.; and Edward H. Andres, 2nd Lieut. Their name was also changed to the “Grand Haven Guard’s” in that year. The company is still officered by the men elected that year, and by their efficiency and capability have brought Co. F to its present high standard.
Wm. Van Drezer started his peanut roaster today.
Telephones were placed in the offices of G. D. Turner and W. H. Louttit today.
Mrs. J. W. C. Fisher of Monroe St. died yesterday morning. Funeral tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock from the residence. Rev. Bennett will conduct the services.
All who will are requested to meet at the home of Mrs. G. W. McBride this evening at 8:00 o’clock to arrange for future action and to discuss the location and style of the proposed pavilion at Highland Park.
C. Loch and sons will do an immense celery business this year. Mr. Loch’s green house is filled with what he estimates 75,000 healthy looking plants. He has transplanted only about 1,900 this spring, but will soon begin the work of clearing out his green house. Chris Loch has about 170,000 plants in his green houses, James Loch 170,000 and John Loch 60,000 making in all nearly a half million plants which these enterprising celery growers now have on hand. Mr. Loch sr. will devote nearly his entire attention to peddling vegetables about the city this year.
A son of Erastus Barden of Ferrysburg, aged eight years, was run over yesterday by a wagon loaded with green wood, breaking his left leg above the knee. Dr. Phelps of Spring Lake was called to set the bone, but the lad lost so much blood before the doctor reached him, that he is in a very critical condition.
Johnston Bros. are building the new boiler for Captain Kirby’s new fishing steamer.
Tramps are becoming plentiful.
During Wednesday night’s thunder storm, the electric system in the Corn Planter factory burned out and started flames in a pile of sawdust. The night watch extinguished the blaze with out damage.
The handsome platform wagon of the Corn Planter factory was built by DeGlopper & Yonker. It is a substantial wagon and shows that we have in our city a manufactory capable of turning out as good as work as large factories.
Maps of the Grand river R’y for Ottawa county were approved by the railroad crossing board and today placed on file in the register of deeds office by Mr. J. W. Boynton. Condemnation proceedings for right of way will be commenced at once unless satisfactory arrangements can be made with the owners of the land through which the road runs. It is to be hoped that everything will be arranged satisfactory as the project is one which should meet with the approval of every citizen on the line of route.
Marshal Klaver arrested Pete Murphy this morning for drunkenness.
While the delivery horse of Clark & Knight was standing in the rear of their store this afternoon, it became frightened by dogs and started on a run up Franklin street. In front of Dr. Reynold’s residence the wheels became caught in a post smashing the wagon. The horse was caught in Beech Tree.
Henry Bloecker, engine builder of Grand Haven, was in Chicago on Monday. He has been very busy all winter building new engines and doing considerable repairs to machinery on the steamers John Otis, Faxton, City of Grand Rapids, Mary H. Boyce and Wisconsin and tug C. Williams. He has contracted recently to build a high pressure engine 26 by 30, with independent condenser, for the William Trans. Co., South Haven, for a steamer building there by Capt. John Martel, which is to be ready for lake traffic May1, 1893.
About 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon the lookout in the Muskegon life saving station noticed a body floating near the mouth of the river. Upon investigation it was found it to be that of a man. There was a rope fastened about the neck to which were fastened a coupling pin and a bar of babbitt metal, and tied with such a knot as only sailors can tie. A deep gash on the left side of the neck showed the cause of death, otherwise no signs of violence were noticed. A jury was impaneled and a verdict of death by murder at the hands of some unknown person returned. In the pockets of the man’s clothing was found a pocket book, empty of all but a lucky stone, a patent medicine memoranda book with several flashy pictures such as come with cigarette packages, a prescription issued by Meyers & Son, Muskegon, Nov. 18, 1888, number 356,593, and a piece of white paper on which was written: “H. Ginselle. Ferrisburg, Ottawa county, Mich.” that was taken to be the address of a friend. The man was apparently from 22 to 25 years old, about five feet seven inches high, weight 160 to 170 pounds, dressed in dark clothes, colored under garments, swarthy complexion, scanty beard, the growth of a week, black curly hair. There were mittens on the hands and the general opinion was that the body was that of a deck-hand or coal heaver from some steamer and had floated in from Lake Michigan.
Horse Thief Captured.
Sheriff Vaupel was notified about eleven o’clock last night that a man with a team of horses stolen from a Muskegon livery barn was on board the steamer Wisconsin. The sheriff went down to the boat and arrested the fellow, the horses being taken to Sprick’s livery stable.
The arrest came about this wise: A stranger went to Clapp’s livery stable, Muskegon, yesterday and hired a two horse rig, saying he was going to Holton on business. To win the liveryman’s confidence he showed a mortgage which he claimed he was going to foreclose. He was given the rig and started out but never went near Holton, instead coming toward this city. At Spring Lake he was informed that the bridge was down, but nothing daunted started for Bass River to cross the river by ferry. Upon reaching this city he bought a ticket for himself and team to Milwaukee paying $14, and went aboard the boat. It was while here he was discovered by Lon Clapp, a brother of the liveryman, who was on his way from Muskegon to Milwaukee by the Str. Wisconsin. Mr. Clapp was in his brother’s barn when the horses were hired and had overheard their talk. Being suspicious he informed the sheriff and the man was arrested. To the sheriff he gave his name as Alfred Smith of Chicago. In the pockets was found a Chicago back driver’s license.
Immediately after the arrest Sheriff Vaupell telephoned Mr. Clapp, and the Sheriff of Muskegon county, Deputy Sterenberg arrived in the city this morning and took the man to Muskegon.
The experiment so successful on the Atlantic of ascertaining the rate and drift of currents, from bottles thrown overboard, is to be tried upon the chain of lakes.
The chief of the remnant of the Pottawatomie tribe of Indians, Simon Pokagon, residing in Van Buren county, has received advice from Washington that their long expected claim had at last been adjusted. By this the Pottawatomie tribe in Michigan to the number of 244, over whom Mr. Pokagon is the recognized chief, will receive about a quarter of a million dollars.