The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. June, 1893
Passenger traffic is picking up a little.
Roberts is still ahead of Ives in the big billiard match in Paris.
A 30 pound muskalonge was caught at Muskegon Tuesday.
K. Van Weelden contemplates opening a meat market in this city.
Emperor William of Germany may possibly visit the Fair before the summer is out.
Several new business places have opened here lately and more to follow before long.
Thomas Savidge’s Geo. St. Clair will go into training for the fall races about July 10.
Mr. Idell, a colored barber of Grand Rapids is in the city looking up a good location for a barber shop. He will undoubtedly open up here.
Gov. Rich has signed a bill which gives a fish and game warden considerably more power and authority than they had before.
A large party of Scandinavian immigrants are here today waiting for the City of Milwaukee to leave for Wisconsin.
Capt. Nicholson of the steamer Atlanta said last evening that he had heard nothing from the friends or relatives of Jacob Fees who suicided by jumping overboard in mid lake.
Mrs. Geo. A. Farr has been elected President of the Woman’s Club for this year. Mrs. N. Robbins Jr., vice-president; Mrs. Chas Lilley, recording secretary; Miss Maggie Stark, corresponding secretary and Mrs. G. B. Parks, treasurer.
A Chicago paper which was opposed to opening the World’s Fair on Sundays had the following in its issue last Monday morning: The saloons and hotel bars down town were practically deserted. Since the opening of the Fair the business with them has been so rushing on Sundays that extra bar keepers were in many of them in order to attend the extra Sunday business. They had little to do and the greater part of the day were idle.
Warren Skutt, proprietor of the American House, R. Mabee of the Washington House, Albert Johnston runner for the Kirby House and Frank Halter, runner for the American House were brought before Justice Angel yesterday by Marshal Klaver. The charge against the last two named was running for hotels without wearing a runner’s badge. They plead guilty and on payment of costs were released. Skutt and Mabee will have a test case before Justice Angel for the purpose of ascertaining if they can allow runners at the depot without a badge.
Meetings in the Presbyterian church basement these last two evenings have been seriously disturbed by the pranks of a few unmanageable boys on the outside, culminating last evening in a stone being thrown in, narrowly escaping a lady who was sitting near the open door. The boys are well-known and tow of them would have spent last night in jail, only for a feeling of pity for their parents, who are respectable citizens. The marshal and his deputies have them now under surveillance, and any further attempt will end disastrously.
Burglars at Allendale and Eastmanville.
Burglars made quite a large haul at Allendale and Eastmanville Tuesday night securing nearly $100. Sheriff Keppel was informed yesterday morning and left for there as soon as possible.
He found that about $5 or $6 had been stolen form Eastmanville post office and about $30 from Allendale post office of which Isaac Quick is postmaster. Walbrink & Son have a store in the same building in which the Allendale office is located and report about $50 as having been stolen. The money taken from Eastmanville post office was mostly small change.
Sheriff Keppel arrived home late last night. After a diligent investigation he says that his opinion is that the robbery is the work of Grand Rapids thieves. He traveled the country carefully and at the Bridge St. ferry at Grand Rapids he obtained a little information of the ferry tender that may be useful. The ferry tender yesterday morning found his ferry boat on the opposite side from where he had left it the night before. Somebody in a hurry to get into the city had ferried themselves across.
“This has been done before by farmers returning late” the ferry man said, but the sheriff is inclined to believe it is the route taken by the thieves.
There was a big crowd of country people at Allendale Decoration Day and very little attention was paid to strangers but it is believed they were around that day.
Several deputies are working on the case today.
“Look out there, I’ve got a stiff neck,” growled Thomas Savidge, the Spring Lake lumberman and horseman in Sweet’s yesterday afternoon, as a friend grasped him by the hand and gave the member a vigorous jerk. “It makes me as cross as a she bear in black-berry time, never had anything to bother me so in my life.” Mr. Savidge had just come in from Pontiac where he had been to look after his great colt, George St. Clair, who is in the harem at the Rising Sun stock farm. “Spring Lake looks rather shabby now since the fire, continued Mr. Savidge, with a wince on his face, as he thoughtlessly gave his neck a twist. “But we are not the kind of people to stay down and the town will ride form the ashes more beautiful than before. The village has never had a cent of bonded indebtness, and with the $4,000 or $5,000 insurance money, work rebuilding the high school and engine house will begin at once. Mulder Bros. are already putting in the foundations for a two-story business block, and both the churches will be rebuilt. Some of the back streets will not be built upon again, not for the present at least.”―G. R. Democrat.
The Grand Ledge Suicide.
Jacob Fees the Grand Ledge man who committed suicide Monday night by jumping overboard from the steamer Atlanta, boarded the boat at this port. He is supposed to be one of three men who were noticed on the street at six o’clock that evening slightly intoxicated. The Chicago Tribune attributes Capt. Nicholson speaking of the suicide as follows:
“I passed through the cabin several times during the evening and had noticed the men. My steward tells me that shortly after 11 o’clock he observed Fees writing something on a piece of paper, and he said he appeared to be excited, but he did not pay much attention to him. Two young men who were passengers on the Atlanta were unable to sleep, and 12:30 ‘clock took a walk out on the deck. Soon after they rushed up to me and told me that a man had just jumped overboard from the starboard side. They said that they were walking along the starboard side on the spar deck when they came upon a man in his shirt sleeves, without a hat or shoes. He was sitting on the rail with his feet hanging on the outside. He did not hear them approaching until they were nearly upon him, when he suddenly turned, gave a start, and raising himself plunged into the water. They convinced me that something had happened and I ordered the helm put hard over. A boat was lowered and, manned by four men, it searched over the surface of the water for a half an hour without any result. The steward saw the man’s clothing soon after while going through the cabin and with it a note. The named signed and the address given were written in English but the text of the note was in German and stated in a plane manner that Fees had been contemplating his deed for some time and had made the trip for that purpose.”
The Captain stated that the two young men who witnessed the deed showed a great reluctance to make a written statement and disappeared as quickly as the two Germans.
While crossing the bar at St. Joseph, Mich., steamer Chicora struck and carried away her shoe. She was able to reach Chicago without assistance.
The steam dredge has completed the task of connecting Fisk with Reed’s Lake at Grand Rapids. The channel is 35 feet wide and 8 ft. deep.
R. K. Stallings of the glass factory caught one of the finest strings of the season this morning.
The Spring Lake basket factory and the clinker boat factory make large shipments from here daily.
The trail test of Spring Lake’s new chemical engine has been accepted by the village.
Capt. Lysaght caught ten black bass yesterday which weighed about 13 pounds. The captain reports white and black bass biting well.
James Flynn claiming to be on the way from Ludington to Toledo and a little out of course was sentenced to 10 days in jail for being drunk and disorderly by Justice Pagelson this morning.
Sunday June 11th will be observed as Children’s Day in the churches.
A fine new buggy for Gus Hubert arrived by D. & M. freight this morning.
Ives is now ahead of Roberts, the Englishman, in the international billiard match.
The family of Walter Stokes and also Fred Stokes of Lake Ave. have gone to Chicago to make their future home.
Nick McDonald is here Peoria, Ill. Mr. McDonald will probably take hold and operate the old planning mill, if satisfactory arrangements can be made.
Hy Potts the Grand Haven editor, poet, and sweet singer of the Michigan Press Association, enjoyed the hospitality of his old friend Landlord Irish in the New Livingston yesterday. Mr. Potts has retired from the newspaper work and has also ceased to write ditties. He is lending his mature talents to historical and general literary work. Mr. Potts has just completed a copious history of Ottawa county and is about to begin a revision of the work, which proved far more lucrative than running a weekly paper and taking wood and garden produce on subscription.
—G. R. Democrat.
[An article regarding the Ferry estate proceedings was omitted here, but can be seen on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
The large three-master J. H. Stevens of Cheboygan was towed down from Bertshy’s brick yard on Spring Lake last evening, with a large cargo of brick for across the lake.
The steamer Mary A. McGregor went up to Fruitport to coal up this morning preparatory to going on the Escanaba route.
The steamer Valley City did not make her initial trip yesterday as the Grand Rapids papers stated she would. Indeed it will probably be a week before she arrives here as repairs on her boiler will have to be made it is stated.
Decoration Day was duly observed in Spring Lake, the people turning out more generally than for several years. The exercises were held at the cemetery commencing at 10 a. m. Rev. Marsh delivered the address, Perkin’s Post held a camp fire in the evening, and short speeches were made by several of our local clergy and members of the post and by Rev. Witham from Nunica.
A very liberal donation of $40 was received by our committee this week from the First Reformed church of Grand Haven. People seem to appreciate this generous help from our Holland friends of our neighboring city.
It is the general feeling that Holland has outdone itself in sending aid to Spring Lake fire sufferers. They know how to sympathize with others in affliction as they have passed through a like fiery ordeal themselves.
An ordinance was passed by the Common Council at its last meeting not to allow the erection of wooden buildings on State St. between Buchanan and Main Sts. This ordinance gives general satisfaction.
The iron ore boat went up to Fruitport yesterday.
Some one interested in the steamer Nellie should see to it that a warehouse, or something answering the purpose, is provided at the Monroe, Boise & Co.’s dock, to keep goods from the rain, as goods left there this week have in several instances had a pretty thorough wetting down.
Hay is bringing $9 now.
A telephone will be placed in Wm. H. Loutit’s office Monday.
Every tug on the river saluted the Mary A. McGregor as she went out on her first trip this afternoon.
H. Potts has purchased the Chicago literary paper, Eldorado, formerly published by George W. Albright.
Coldwater made no mistake in selecting Supt. E. L. Briggs of Grand Haven at $1,800.—Moderator.
Geo. Hancock received an order for flowers from England yesterday and also one from Colorado. These are only two of the many received in a year, from all sections of the globe.
The prospective of the proposed new Court House will make the people feel as if at last they got out of the woods and into a civilized country. Hereafter when one has business with the county officers he will dress in his Sunday go to meeting clothes, says the Port Sheldon correspondent of the Holland News.
The new fast train over the C. & W. M., “White City Flyer,” made its initial trip Sunday. The only stations at which it stops along the entire line between Grand Rapids and Chicago, are St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Holland is not in it. Wonder how long the officials of the C. & W. M. will keep up their petit animosity against this station―which by the way, gives them more business than any other along their whole line. Do they invite retaliation?―Holland News
Ottawa county has about twenty attorneys.
A large number of sheep are being killed by dogs around Coopersville.
Mr. Ingraham and family are moving into the Mieras house on Clinton St.
The timbers which have been lying for several years in Kirby’s ship yard are now being put in the river to save from rotting.
Night Watch Cook arrested a fellow who gave his name as Joseph McDonald in a box car last night. He was brought before Justice Angel this morning on the charge of vagrancy, but was discharged by the judge.
An automatic penny-in-the-slot-machine which passes out chocolates or gum on receipt of a cent in the slot has been placed in front of the Star Bakery.
All told Grand Haven has a large colony of former citizens in Chicago most of whom have lucrative positions. The colony in Milwaukee is not so large, among them being V. W. Seeley a former prominent attorney in this city, now assistant attorney of Milwaukee. Chas. Haffenbrack has a boot and shoe shop on State St., Ellery G. Norcross also resides there. Wm. F. Mulder is employed in a wagon factory. John Smith , formerly of Crockery, is foreman of a livery stable on Second St. Richard Barlow is employed in Sercombe & Blote’s bicycle factory.
The Allegan Gazette of this week has a fine cut of Geo. A. Farr, in connection with the Reynolds murder case. Speaking of him it says: “The closing argument was made by Mr. Farr in behalf of the prosecution. He was more general in his remarks than were the others, calling the attention of the jury to the enormity of the crime of murder and what he deemed the slight provocation upon which Mr. Reynolds had taken a human life. It was plain to be seen that both attorneys for the prosecution felt that they were laboring in vain. The evidence, except upon the conceded point of the killing, had been overwhelmingly against them. Yet they stood to their duty bravely, and deserve great credit for their efforts in behalf of the regular and unfailing enforcement of the law.
A submarine diver can not see anything at a depth of ninety feet and has to rely solely on the sense of touch. This fact in addition to its being extremely difficult for him to breath at a depth over sixty feet, makes the work painful and awkward as well as slow.
The greatest depth under water ever reached by a diver is believed to have been sustained by Capt. John Christiansen, who went down 196 feet below the surface of Elliot Bay, Wash., recently. He remained at that depth in his armor for twenty minutes, without inconvenience.
The steamer Mary A. McGregor left at 2:30 this afternoon for Escanaba on her first trip of the season in the iron ore trade between the Fruitport furnace and Escanaba. Her route is the same that the Chas. A. Street covered last year. Capt. Thomas McCambridge, who commanded the Street, is captain of the McGregor. The McGregor was built here in 1889 by Duncan Robertson as a tow barge and she sailed for the past several seasons as a consort to the Mary H. Boyce. This winter she was converted into a steamer.
More of the Suicide.
A copy of the Grand Ledge Independent was received today which has a long account of the troubles of Jacob Fees, the man who jumped into mid lake from the steamer Atlanta. It appears that he came from Germany four years ago and bought a fine farm near Grand Ledge, paying $6,500 cash for it. His wife became discontented and wanted him to move back to Germany after a short time. Fees was satisfied and id not want to, but he was finally persuaded to advertise the place for sale. He did not find a purchaser and months passed by. A year ago last summer the residence on the farm was burned. It was suspected that it had been set afire by Mrs. Fees through spite, her purpose being to get the insurance money for herself. After the fire the domestic trouble increased and Mrs. F,, sued her husband for the amount of her individual money in the farm, $2700. He settled by giving her a mortgage for that amount. Several weeks ago the place was sold and she received every dollar of that amount. Mrs. F. and daughter have been in Detroit for some time and about two weeks ago Jacob went to persuade her to return to him and buy another farm. They spent three days looking for a place near Detroit but could not find anything that suited her. Mr. Fees returned to Grand ledge disheartened. In conversation with friends he intimated suicide. Last Monday he left for Grand Haven telling a Mr. Kebler that he would never see him again. Tuesday Mr. Kebler received the following letter:
GRAND HAVEN, May 29, 1893.
Dear friend: I will inform you that I will get on the boat at half-past 8:00, where I will put an end to my life by jumping into Lake Michigan for my heart is broken and you know the reason why. Tell my dear daughter not to weep so much over me. My wife can do as she pleases. She has made my life miserable long enough.
Lord be merciful to me a poor sinner.
The Independent states that Mr. Fees was a gentleman in every way.
Black bass are reported as biting well on the river.
Frank Ives the Michigan wonder of billiards defeated the Englishman Roberts 6000 to 3881.
A heavy fog has prevailed on the lake for several days and the big horn at the end of the pier has kept up and almost continual whistle.
The D., G. H. & M. carpenters are repairing the boat houses near the Electric Plant, run into and damaged by the steamer Wisconsin last fall.
Peter Roossien has converted into a fine farm a marsh in the channel half a mile south of the old Beech tree mill.
Yesterday was muggy and hot until five in the afternoon when a cool breeze brought the temperature down 15 degrees or more.
An electric light was placed on the corner of Second and Madison Sts., this morning, and will probably be in operation tonight.
A convenient cottage, well located, adjoining on the south of Mrs. C. Boyden’s handsome summer residence at Highland Park, for sale at a bargain.
[Masonic Temple - Chicago World's Fair 1893]
It took 80,000 men seven years to erect King Solomon’s temple. The great 21-story Masonic Temple in Chicago, which is nearly three times the height of King Solomon’s, was run up in two years by less than 1000 men.
In Holland the following names for the months are in use:
January―Lauromaand, chilly month; February―Spoklemaand, vegetation month; March―Lentmaand, spring month; April―Grasmaand, grass month; May―Blowmaand, flower month; June―Zomermaaand, summer month; July―Hooymaand, hay month; August―Oostmaand, harvest month; September―Hartsmaand, autumn month; October―Wynmaand, wine month; November―Slagmaand, slaughter month; December―Wintermaand, wnter month.
Len Wickham intends to put three chairs in his barber shop.
The Barker Lumber firm of Chicago has failed. Mr. Barker was one time in partnership with H. C. Akeley in the lumber business.
Willy Fisher a young lad fell from a boat in the river near the Life Saving Station yesterday and would have been drowned, but for the timely rescue by one of the station men.
A number of Grand Haven young men graduate from outside colleges this month, among them being; Ed. P. Cummings, John VandenBerg and Fred Gillen from the U of M and C. E. Soule from the Kent Law School.
Probably a Safe Cracker.
Marshal Klaver made what may be an important arrest yesterday afternoon after an exciting chase. He was standing at the C. & W. M. depot questioning a tramp when he had first thought he might be wanted when another stranger was noticed walking toward them on the railroad track from the north. Evidently he saw the marshal, as before he got to the depot he took the road that runs just north of it. The marshal was eying him all the time and kept him in sight until he started down 3d St.
The stranger saw that the marshal was following him and ran into the wood shed of Lendert Denkerk who lives on 3d St., across the road from Doege’s Shop. Mr. Denkerk’s children were playing in the shed and the fellow with an oath commanded them to let him in there. The children told Marshal Klaver that the man was in the shed, but the fellow by this time was legging it toward the ship yard, jumping over the back fence. The marshal and Mr. Denkerk followed in hot pursuit.
Running through the ship yard they noticed him to throw articles out of his pockets several times. The marshal saw him pull out a revolver, but could not see him throw it away. Seeing that it was useless to continue running, the stranger surrendered and the marshal grabbed him and said: “Isn’t your name Hayes?” he answered that this name was Henderson. He was taken to jail and the marshal and the sheriff then left for the ship yard to find the packages that he had thrown away.
A paper that had contained powder was found by the marshal and the revolver was found shortly afterward by the boy, laying under a timber.
Another package, supposed to have been a set of drills which he threw away, is thought to have fell into the river. The revolver found is a 32 calibre, hammerless, and of the most modern pattern.
The man does not tally exactly the description of Hayes, an escapee from Ionia Prison last week.
His efforts, however, to escape from the marshal and his action in throwing away the articles named are enough to stamp him a bad man, probably wanted by the authorities of some other town. The belief is that he is a professional safe cracker.
The charge against him is carrying concealed weapons. His trial will be next Wednesday before Judge Pagelson, Henderson has retained W. I. Lillie as attorney.
He gives no satisfactory reason for running, but says the articles fond are not his.
The fish tugs did not go out to their nets today because of the fog.
The barge Frances Hinton unloaded timbers for the [pier] crib work today.
The World’s Fair excursion steamer Bon Voyage arrived here from Muskegon at 10 o’clock Saturday night and left shortly afterward for Chicago.
All the steamers that left Saturday left with fog whistles blowing.
The lumber carrying business is very dull on the lake just now, many boats not finding charters.
Boomgard & Sons have placed a new pump in front of their hardware store.
Hereafter at all village and city elections in Michigan women will be allowed to vote.
Sunday was the first day since the opening of the Fair that no arrests were made for drunkenness.
Ten new recruits were mustered into the state service by Lieut. W. F. Harbeck of Co. F. last evening.
If you mean a lawn mower, do not call it a cutter. People may think it the wrong time of year for “outers.”
John Brandstetter caught a fine string of black bass at the south pier this morning. Jacob Baar and P. J. Danhof pulled in some nice perch and bass.
The reading groom of the Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers will not be open evenings for the present because of warm weather coming up.
John Kavanaugh a former Grand Haven boy now of Chicago had a bad fall while working in the World’s Fair grounds, but escaped serious injury.
George McBride of Grand Haven, blew into the Morton yesterday, and flashed the sunlight of his smile upon Arthur Grant’s diamond. “They’re catching black bass eight feet …” began Mr. McBride as he stood in front of the main entrance, watching the electric cars glide by. “They’re catching mighty long fish anyway” he continued. “You can’t imagine better fishing than we have been having until this rain roiled the water in the river. Catch ‘em just as fast as you could pull ‘em off the hook. They’d fight among themselves for the privilege of biting. All the resort cottages of the vicinity of Grand Haven have been taken and we expect a big season. There are a number of residents of St. Louis and Memphis coming up to spend the heated term.―G. R. Herald.
Capt. Pellegrom published an order last evening at drill announcing the following list of non-commissioned officers in Co. F.
H. Nyland, 1st Sergeant.
Ph. Rosbach, Jr. 2nd “ and quartermaster
E. Pennoyer, 3rd “
S. Dickenson, 4th “
J. Dykeman, 5th “
Wm. Smith, 1st Corporal
Jno. Fisher, 2nd “
E. VanderZalm, 3rd “
Wm. Gibbs, 4th “
Jno Vyn, 5th “
J. B. Pruim, 6th “
Chas. Findley, 7th “
Jno. Kieft, 8th “
The schooner Indian Bill is in with a load of wood for D. Vyn today.
Fourth of July Meeting!
A meeting for the purpose of formulating plans for the suitable celebration of the 4th of July will be held in City Hall Thursday night. Everybody turn out.
The Pioneer Educator of Ottawa County.
Prof. A. W. Taylor died last night at his home in Crockery after a long sickness. Funeral will take place from his residence tomorrow at 10 o’clock. His death removes the oldest educator in Ottawa County and one of the oldest in the state. He was known all over the county through his connection with the schools, and many are the words of sympathy which have been expressed during his illness. The following history of his life is from the Historical and Business Compendium of Ottawa Co.:
“Augustus W. Taylor was born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, July 16, 1819. At the age of eight years he lost both his father and mother, and was entirely destitute of means and support.
Struggling on in poverty, working during the summer months and choring during the winter fro support, he was able to attend the public school during a three months winter term. At length, having mastered the branches usually taught in the public schools at that period, he took an academic course and became a student at Williams College, Massachusetts, at the age of eighteen years, class of 1841, made up largely of students who became men of historical prominence in professional life. Prof. Taylor chose the profession of teaching, taught his first school just after passing the age of sixteen years and some portion of each year following in long succession. The public schools of Erie county, New York, near Buffalo, became the chosen field of his work for several years, notably among which was the fine graded school at Lancaster, of which he was chosen its first principal. At that place he married his present wife, Miss Alvira Smith, and with her took up his residence in Crockery township, Ottawa county, Michigan, their present home, in September, 1853, and taught his first school in a little log cabin near by the following winter at a salary of $18 per month. In the fall of 1854 he was chosen principal of Grand Haven schools with one assistant teacher―the place then containing but a comparatively few inhabitants. In 1855 he was again chosen to the superintendency of the schools which had increased to several departments, but during the second year of service he was obliged, on account of failing health, to resign the trust. In 1856 he was elected Judge of Probate of the county and re-elected in 1860, after serving eight years in that capacity continued for the following three years to do the principle work of the office for his successor, Judge Parks. In 1867, the law created the county superintendency of schools becoming operative, Rev. C. VanderVeen, the first elected as superintendent by the popular vote, very soon thereafter resigning, Prof. Taylor was appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Hosford, of Olivet college to fill the vacancy. On the expiration of that term of two years he was retained in the position by the will of the people until the change of the law to the township superintendency, with the exception of one term. On the changes of the law to township supervision he was elected from year to year to supervise the schools of Crockery township until 1881, when by another change in the school law creating the board of county school examiners
Straw hats are appearing.
Iceberg refrigerators in large quantities are being shipped via the Chicago boats.
The glass factory has made large mirrors for J. M. Lockie and Kooiman’s saloon.
E. L. VanDrezer of Holland bought a dollar of the year 1804 of a traveling painter which he now finds is a very valuable coin. As much as $1200 has been offered for that date.
The trial of James Henderson for carrying concealed weapons came off in Justice Pagelson’s court this morning. Henderson is the suspicious stranger who gave Marshal Klaver such a lively chase through the shipyard last Sunday while trying to evade arrest. He had no money and consequently had no attorney, but he filled that capacity for himself very acceptably. Henderson was very shrewd in his questions to the witnesses and his general conduct showed that he had been in court before. Walter I. Lillie filled Prosecuting Attorney Vissher’s place for the people. Henderson was found guilty and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail.
Messrs. Church, Hiler, Cook, Zeldenrust, Kieft, DeYoung, Beekman and VanDongen are among the latest recruited in Co. F.
Sheriff Smith of Muskegon arrested three disreputable women at the Milwaukee bat last evening and took them back to Muskegon on a warrant issued for buncoing parties in that city.
THE BEAUTIFUL AND BRILLIANT WEDDING OF
MISS FRANCES S. SHELDON OF THIS CITY TO
WILLARD H. EDWARDS OF ILLINOIS.
Married yesterday at 6 p.m., at the home of the bride’s parents on Washington street, Miss Frances S. Sheldon to Mr. Willard H. Edwards of Hinsdale, Illinois, Rev. Root officiating.
Both in weather and in appointments, in good wishes and good cheer, everything at the wedding was all that could be desired by the relatives and friends of the bride, who has spent her life in Grand Haven, and whose friends are all known to her.
The groom, whose second marriage this is, does business in Chicago, and has a beautiful and modern home in one of Chicago’s prettiest suburban towns. The groom and bride were supported by Dwight Cutler jr. and Mr. Dwight Sheldon as groomsmen, and Miss Louise Stickney and Frances Cutler as bridesmaids.
[The description of this prominent wedding took up nearly half the front page of the Tribune, covering every detail of the event from the clothing of the wedding party to the individual gifts and the guests who gave them. A similar wedding has been previously presented in this project, therefore the complete account of this wedding is omitted here. It is available on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
Fees’ Daughter Here.
Miss Fees, the only daughter of Jacob Fees the man who suicided by jumping from the steamer Atlanta in midlake a week ago last Monday, arrived from Detroit yesterday. She came here mainly to interview Capt. Nicholson and get possession of the property her father had left in his berth in the boat. She stated this morning that the captain could her no information regarding his suicide further than what appeared in the papers. The captain appeared very sorry that he was drowned from his boat. Miss Fees in speaking of the article which appeared in the Grand Ledge Independent and which dealt on the family’s history in America said that most of it was true except the burning of the house on the Fees’ farm which the Independent attributed to Mrs. Fees. The young lady says her mother did not set the building afire as she was with her all the day that event occurred. Her mother, she states, is a very nervous woman. She wished to accompany her daughter here but the girl says she persuaded her to remain at home. “My father visited us in Detroit about two weeks ago” Miss Fees said, “I accompanied him about the country to find a farm and have my father and mother live together again. We found one near Detroit of 40 acres and father was almost ready to buy it. But he had a very bad brother in Grand Ledge and I think he talked my father out of it. Then he became discouraged and came to Grand Haven. I got a letter from my father a week ago last Saturday which if I had received before, would probably have been the means of saving his life. The letter was mailed from Grand Ledge but he had given it to some person who had forgotten to put it in the office for a day or two. In the letter my father told me he was going to kill himself. If I had received it before I could have telegraphed to Grand Haven and stopped him.” Miss Fees does not blame her mother particularly for her father’s rash deed. She said she is having a great deal of trouble in getting her father’s property which she says he willed to her. Mr. Fees has property in Ionia county. The reason she says, that her mother did not want to move back to a farm at Grand Ledge was because certain neighbors had a grudge against her. The girl says that she and her mother were stoned and even shot at during their former residence there. She said she knew no plausible reason for such actions.
At any rate there is a tinge of mystery to it all.
Let us celebrate
The glorious Fourth!
Baker’s saw mill is running full blast.
Many improvements are being made on the cottages at the Park.
Barns & Green will have a cooper shop in one section of the old Waite factory.
Rumor has it that Messrs. Ed and John Killean will take charge of the Highland Park Hotel.
Mr. and Mrs. G. w. McBride are occupying their cottage at Highland Park. They are the first cottagers at the Park this year.
Nearly 150 passengers took passage from the D., G. H. & M. train to the Goodrich steamer, bound for the World’s Fair, night before last.
Prof. E. L. Briggs has resigned as President of the Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers much to the regret of the members of that association. His resignation takes effect July 1.
Everybody turn out to the 4th of July meeting tonight.
Of course we will celebrate the glorious Fourth and keep the money at home. Be at city Hall meeting tonight to prepare for its observance.
The three disorderly women arrested in this city by Sheriff Smith of Muskegon night before last are wanted for cheating a Jewish peddler at Muskegon.
Attorney W. I. Lillie has placed a handsome new typewriter stand in his office. It is a very ingenious thing and the only one of its kind in the city.
Every business man should be at the City Hall tonight to devise means for a Fourth of July celebration.
G. Ranken of Coopersville, has returned from Missouri, where he purchased 8,000 acres of land in Shannon County and secured an option on 40,000 more, with the intention of establishing a colony of Hollanders.
Humorous are some of the attempts of the kids of the city to defraud the penny in the slot device at J. D. Duursema’s. Round pieces of lead and even small sticks are dropped in the slot in an attempt to bring out the sweetmeats.
There is a defective sidewalk along a vacant strip of property between Koeltz’s and VerBerkmoes’ cigar factories which should be repaired. If not the city has a strong chance of being a defendant in a damage suit for a broken limb as more than one person has tripped up there.
Mrs. E. J. Avery suffered a stroke of paralysis at half past five this morning and has been gradually failing since. The attending physician gives no hope of her recovery. Mrs. Avery is 74 years of age and one of the oldest residents of Grand Haven. She suffered a stroke some years ago the effects from which she never fully recovered.
The Michigan Association of Lawn tennis is a new athletic association just founded. An effort is being made to include in the membership the players of the state, and have a grand tournament at Grand Rapids in August. John Sweeney of the Detroit Athletic Club is President.
Sheriff Keppel captured one small perch at the pier yesterday. The sheriff claims the others escaped.
The Si Plunkard Company played to a fair sized audience last evening and gave the best of satisfaction. The orchestra played beyond reproach. It is the best that has visited this city in a long time. Should they ever visit the city again they will be sure of hearty welcome. Wm. Mulligan as Felix Smart the Dutchman is a Dutchman of the first water. Otley Shattuck in the character of the bum in the parade is very unique. The singing and acting of Mrs. Jeannette Lewis was repeatedly encored. Si and his company are stars in their profession.
In the Detroit Tribune of yesterday still another phase was put on the Fees suicide. Ex-Judge Look of Detroit told the Tribune that the attempt of Fees’ daughter to play the lady was the main cause of Fees’ troubles. She wanted her father to move to Detroit and together with her mother the two women gave the old man no end of trouble. Judge Look said: “This conduct, Fees told me, was kept up everlastingly and finally his wife sued him for the recovery of the money which she had invested in the farm. Her share amounted to about $3,700. This was the time when Fees came to engage my services. He said that he was not acquainted with the language of the country and he was afraid that he could not get an attorney in this county that would take up the case against his wife. I put in the pleadings for him and the case was set for trial. It was not until about six months ago that I heard anything from Fees again. At that time he came to me and said he was getting tired of the lawsuit and that he wanted to drop the case. That was the last I heard of him until a few days ago when I read in THE TRIBUNE that he had committed suicide by jumping into Lake Michigan.”
The steamer Frances Hinton gets her lumber for Grand Haven pier construction at Manistee.
On e of the car ferries is still running between Frankfort and Kewaunee. The other is laid up at Frankfort for repairs.
Nearly 125,000 people were at the World’s Fair yesterday.
Bull frogs are bringing 75 cents per dozen in Grand Rapids markets.
Geo. Benson, a vag, was sentenced to seven days in jail by Justice Pagelson this morning.
The World’s Vegetarian congress is in session at Chicago, Rev. Henry S. Clubb, President of the Society in America is presiding.
One of the greatest changes in the city is apparent in the blocks and business places in the extreme down town section of Washington St. The biggest crowds are down there now evenings and new life and energy seems to have been taken on. Hardly a store room is vacant in that section.
Death of Mrs. E. J. Avery.
Mrs. Edward J. Avery died this noon from a paralytic stroke early yesterday morning.
Mrs. Avery was born in New Berlin, N. Y. on December 17, 1819. Her maiden name was Eleanor Jane Murray. She was married August 8, 1837 to Mr. Avery. Two children were born to them, Mrs. James C. Avery of this city and Ellen Cornelis, Mrs. Robt. Leggatt who died some years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Avery left the Empire State in 1845, emigrating to Michigan which was then on the border of the comparatively unknown Western region. They arrived at Grand Haven in June of that year being among the pioneer settlers, and have resided in the city ever since. Most of their life here was spent in the residence, corner of 2nd and Columbus St., but of late years they have lived at their present home on Franklin St.
The death of Mrs. Avery will be regretted by her neighbors and many friends in this city, and their sympathies go out to the bereaved husband, son and grand children.
Funeral Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the house.
Safe crackers seem to be working in this section. The store of M. H. McCoy in Grandville was burglarized of $150 and a gold watch Wednesday night. The safe was blown open by thieves.
Collector of Customs, D. O. Watson will make an important change next week by moving the Custom office from the Post office block where it has been located so many years to the Hopkins-Bottje block between Addison’s store and Capt. Robbins’ government office. The basement will be used for storing old papers, etc. Haines & VanderZalm are painting and papering the rooms now.
One Hundred Government Clerks Killed.
A telegraph from the Chicago Press Bureau this afternoon stated that 300 government clerks had been buried in a fallen building at Washington this morning, and that 100 were killed.
Fourth of July Meeting.
A rousing citizens’ meeting, presided over by mayor Bloecker, was held at City Hall, last evening, and the following committee appointed to prepare a program for a Grand Haven Fourth of July celebration adequate to the importance of the occasion:
Robert Radeke, Nick McDonald, J. M. Lockie, B. C. Mansfield, J. Verhoeks, Joseph Palmer, F. Hutty, Robert Finch.
William Thieleman, J. Boyink, Joe Ruch, D. Wright, D. A. Lane, J. Ball, John Bolt, H. Potts.
Mayor Bloecker, J. W. O’Brien, George W. McBride, Capt. Pellegrom, J. M. Fackie, H. Nyland, Major Mansfield, Ed. Andres, Phil Rosbach, Jr.
H. Potts, H. G. Nichols, John Holmes, F. A. Hutty.
This, the World’s Fair year seems especially the time when Grand Haven should do her best, as there will undoubtedly be many people from abroad to take part in the celebration.
THE HAUNTED HOUSE.
Great Excitement at Agnew.
Our citizens, or part o’ them, were treated to a show of Tam O’Shanter’s ride on the gray mare. During the thunderstorm the other night, a certain gentleman from the neighboring town of Robinson, who has been making himself rather conspicuous both here and in his own town by trying to court our damsels in a promiscuous or wholesale manner, was seen to enter the yard of the haunted house, it is supposed for shelter from the storm. A few moments after 12 o’clock a number of unearthly yells were heard above the roaring thunder at the haunted house, that awakened nearly every person in the village. Several rushed out and saw a sight which they say they will remember as long as they live. From the haunted house came a gray house at full gallop with the Podunk gentleman aboard howling worse than any catamount, and holding on by the tail with a foot braced against each hip of the horse was an old witch dressed in a white gown, and as they passed the Post Office the witch was heard singing:
“Oh John, oh John, thou’ll get thy fairing,
In hell they’ll roast thee like a herring”.
Several of our old citizens who saw the witch plainly by the lightning flashes, say that it was old Grannie Grindle, the old Johnsville fortune teller, who died a few years ago at Muskegon aged 102 years. They say they also knew her voice. It is not known here whether the horse or rider ever turned up at Robinson or not, but they have certainly not been seen here again.
Edwin Robinson, grandson of Rix Robinson, the first white settler of this county, was held for trial by Justice Holcomb yesterday on a charge of stealing a double harness from W. G. Allen of Byron. His bail was fixed at $300, which was furnished.—G. R. Press.
Geo. Franks, a vag, got a sentence of eight days in jail from Justice Pagelson this morning.
Fire in the residence of Peter Wilde did $100 worth of damage yesterday afternoon. It is supposed to have originated from a spark from the chimney.
Capt. John Walker reports a large number of bathers at the Park last Sunday. The temperature of the water is just right and the Capt. would like to see more their next Sunday.
Like a house of cards the old Ford Theatre at Washington which was used as a branch of the Pension Department fell without warning yesterday morning. Thirty human lives were crushed out and 200 clerks were maimed and bruised, perhaps for life.
Akeley Institute received a marked compliment on Thursday, in the gift of a beautiful photogravure. It is a well-known painting by Frederic E. Church of Grand Rapids “Knowledge is Power,” and represents a maiden in cap and gown, seated in the midst of a circle of tigers, mastering them by force of her influence. On the mat surrounding the picture is the following inscription: “Knowledge is Power. Dedicated to the College Girls of America. From an original painting. Akeley Institute, compliments of the Artist.” In place of the signature is a pencil sketch of a tiger. The picture will be on exhibition, at the Closing Exercises.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Passehis and little son arrived from Chicago this morning and are occupying their cottage at Highland Park. Mr. Passehis and family are Highland Park enthusiasts and have been here for several seasons making many friends among resorters. They like the resort better than any other watering place in this part of the country. Mr. Passehis was impressed with the change that has taken place in Grand Haven in the short time of a year and remarked the many residences that are going up and the more business look generally. He was not in the best of health last winter and it is probable that the family will remain here during the entire summer, and it is hoped they will.
GRAND HAVEN SCHOOLS, 1892-3.
List of Teachers.
[This list of teachers names, position and annual salary, which was omitted here, but included the previous year of this project, can be seen in its entirety on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
The steamer Hinton is in with another load of timber. [For pier construction.]
The handsome steam yacht Sparta owned by L.C. Welsh of the Sparta Folding Bed Co. of Sparta, arrived from Muskegon this morning on her way to Chicago. Mr. Welsh’s family are on board and will remain off the World’s Fair grounds for a month or more after which they will make a tour of Lake Superior. The Sparta wintered in Muskegon and this is her first trip. She had two new spars placed in her and many improvements made. Her woodwork is of mahogany and she is one of the handsomest yachts owned in western Michigan.
The World’s Fair boarding house steamer Bon Voyage arrived here this afternoon from Chicago. The boat has had very light business thus far and is making no money. In two weeks she goes to Buffalo for students who will spend a short time off the Fair grounds.
The Telephone Co. have put new instruments in all offices west of Grand Rapids, and by the change Grand Haven has to be called to get offices east of here, making Grand Haven a general central for offices in this line that want to talk to Grand Rapids and other offices east of us. By the new instruments we are saved the buzzing sound usually heard on the lines and can hear very much better. It is a much needed improvement and this line is the only one using them so far.
One Hundred thousand people saw the World’s Fair yesterday.
A party of about ten prominent Ionia citizens were down here on a fishing excursion yesterday.
Masons and carpenters report their trade dull in Chicago now that the Fair buildings are completed.
The First Reformed church took up a collection for Spring Lake sufferers yesterday.
Through the kindness of D. A. Lane the teachers and pupils of Akeley enjoyed a ride on the steamer Nellie to Fruitport this afternoon.
The most beautiful rainbow seen here in many years was that of Saturday evening. In fact there were two of them arched across the eastern zenith.
Detroit barbers now get 15 cents for a shave.
The only point along the shore that has expressed a desire to celebrate the 4th of July has been Traverse City. There will not be anything done at Manistee this year so far as can be learned.—Manistee Democrat.
Grand Haven invites you here on that day.
Grand Haven has a bevy of fishermen who are variable *Izaak Walton’s about this time of the year. They can be seen every morning between the hours of three and six wending their way toward the pier. Among the experts with the pole might be mentioned Jacob Baar, Ed Pennoyer, R. K. Stillings, I. H. Sanford, John Brandstetter and Peter Danhof. In a quiet way there is lively competition between them just now and every day brings changes in the race for the fisherman’s pennant.
[*Englishman who, in1653, wrote "The Compleat Angler,"]
The school year at Akeley Institute is nearly over and next Wednesday the closing exercises occur. Tomorrow evening the “Masque of Pnadora” will be given by the pupils in assembly Hall. Following are the characters:
Pandora - - - - - - - - Miss K. D. Wheaton
Epimetheus - - - - - - - - Miss F. D. Allen
Prometheus - - - - - - - - Miss C. Hendrie
Hermes - - - - - - - - Miss L. E. Merritt
Hephacatus - - - - - - - - Miss G. E. Hoorhem
Zephyrus - - - - - - - - Miss Louise Emlaw
Chorus of Graces - - - - - - Misses Hancock, Jewett, Stranahan.
Chorus of Eumenides - - - - - Misses Hull, Travis, Nial.
Chorus of Oreades (wood nymphs)Misses Ford, Powers, Morgana, Green, Roed, Sanford, Bryce, VanderVeen.
Peter Klaver has painted a handsome sign for the glass factory. Upon it are the words American Mirror & Glass Beveling Co.
Steam is up in the match factory today and before long the hum of an industry will undoubtedly be heard in that section.
L. H. Sanford has the record of catching the largest black bass of the season at the piers. It was captured this morning and weighed four pounds.
People who have no fear of meeting wild animals in the woods in this county will doubtless be surprised to learn of the killing of a wild cat at Peach Plains.
Harry Norcross who resides with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Norcross in Peach Plains, has the honor of shooting the first wild cat in this vicinity for many years. He shot an animal of that species last week on Mr. Norcross’ farm. It was over two feet long. Two more are said to be skulking in the woods in the vicinity.
The greatest Exposition the world has ever had, is going on in Chicago. Considering the comparatively short distance, every Grand Haven person should witness it before next November. The chance will probably never come again and it will be worth the while.
The American Mirror & Glass Beveling Co’s factory in this city is rushed with orders. Since the factory was started last fall it has steadily grown and is still growing. When it first started twenty-two men were employed. Now there are fifty-three. It is an institution which Grand Haven people delight to speak of to visitors because of its novelty and the best success is with it’s management.
Congressman Richardson was in the city for a few hours today. Mr. Richardson is fully impressed with the necessity and importance of a public building for the use and accommodation of the post office, the office of collector of customs, superintendent of government harbor improvements, supervising inspectors of hulls and boilers, the signal service, superintendent of life saving stations, 11 districts and for other government uses, at Grand Haven and will introduce a bill for that purpose at the next session of congress and will use his every effort for the success of this measure.
Forty-six years ago today at four o’clock in the morning, Mr. D. Vyn of this city stepped off the Amsterdam brig Peter Flores at Baltimore, Md., and adopted America as his home from that date. He was accompanied to this country by his father, mother and three brothers. The trip across the ocean was of 65 days duration. In that length of time the ships of today can make six trips. Mr. Vyn’s people were with Rev. Van Raalte’s colony who were the first Holland settlers in Ottawa county. From Baltimore the trip was made overland to Cleveland and thence to Detroit, where Mr. Vyn lived three months. Property where the D., G. H. & M. depot in Detroit now stands was selling for the same price per acre then as it does per foot now. From Detroit Mr. Vyn came to Grand Haven, living in this city 45 years, and is known by nearly every person in the county.
Jacob Burman, who resides near Coopersville, has an eight year old son who weighs 196 pounds. The boy is truly a wonder, as a Grand Haven man expressed it who had seen him today.
Under the new law it is made the duty of every game and fish warden in the state to seize all nets and fishing apparatus found in use in violation of the law, and all game, etc., found in possession contrary to law, and dispose of the same as the court may direct. Every game and fish warden has the right to arrest without warrant any person caught violating the law. They also have the right to search any person and examine any boat, conveyance, vehicle, fish box, fish basket, game bag or game coat, or any receptacle for game or fish, when he has good reason to believe that he will thereby secure evidence in violation of the law, and any hindrance or interference with such search and examination shall be prima facia evidence of a violation of the law by the party or parties who hinder or interfere with such search and examination.
The river where the pier is being repaired is 36 feet deep.
The schooner Indian Bill remained in port over Sunday.
The river steamer Valley City arrived this noon on her first trip of the year.
Chicago Journal: Lumber schooners are being nailed p ready for a long tie up at the docks. Agents have sent word to lumber companies to ship no more cargoes to be sold here on the market until there is a change in the money situation. Some boats have lain on the lumber market ten and eleven days and are still there, owing to the inability of brokers to dispose of their cargoes.
Why is it that Corporal Bidgood the oldest member of Co. F and who is the only member who enlisted when the company was organized be reduced from the office of corporal to a private in the ranks. Is it a just act? I ask the Captain to explain.
H. S. C.
[Architectural drawing that appeared on the front page of the Tribune.]
A farmer caught a ten pound pike up the river today.
The First Christian Reformed church collected $21 for the Spring Lake fire sufferers last Sunday.
Our citizens should make arrangements for the biggest crowd that ever gathered at a Fourth of July celebration in this part of the state.
Mrs. Eliza Hinkley, mother of Mrs. McDonald, died at 6:40 last evening, after an illness of some months with cancer of the stomach. Funeral at two o’clock tomorrow afternoon from Mr. McDonalds’s residence on Seventh St.
The fish law passed by the recent Legislature, to the effect that no perch weighing less than a pound shall be offered for sale, will do away with that kind of fish for dinner. No one in Michigan has ever caught a perch that weighed a pound, says an exchange.
D. Wright caught the first muskalonge of the season in local waters yesterday. He and a companion were rowing up Spring Lake when Mr. Wright threw out a line thinking he would perhaps catch a bass. When the muskalonge caught the hook it began a battle for freedom, and it was not until it had been shot that it was pulled in. It weighed 15 pounds and 4 ounces.
Wiley water works was placed in the Star Bakery today.
Grand Haven is going to have a Fourth this year that will eclipse any ever held here.
An elevated hydrant at the corner of Washington and 5th St. supplies the city sprinkler with water now.
If Grand Haven gets a government building next Congress she will ask her neighboring sisters to excuse her if her head becomes the least inflated. But from present prospects there I have every hope of Congress appropriating for a Federal building here. Congressman Richardson has pledged himself to use his strongest efforts for it and will be assisted by Senator Stockbridge. An elegant new court house and a government building, will go well together.
Fourth of July.
At the meeting of the Fourth of July Arrangement Committee last night, the following names were added: J. W. O’Brien, W. I. Lillie, G. W. McBride, W. G. Wolf, Hiram Potts, John Vaupell, A. J. Emlaw, S. H. Boyce, John Palmer, Herman Nyland, D. A. Lane, Wm. Thieleman, Fred Hutty, chairman, R. W. Radeke, secretary, Major Mansfield, Joe Palmer, N. McDonald, J. M. Lockie, Jas. Verhoeks, Will Loutit.
Fred Hutty was elected president and Robert Radeke secretary. The following sub committees were also appointed, and as far as possible, work assigned them.
Oration and Literary Program: Hon. T. W. Ferry, Hon. George W. McBride and H. Potts.
Military: Major Mansfield, Capt. Pellegrom, Lieutenants Andres and Harbeck.
Music: Robert Radeke, Joseph palmer, J. M. Lockie.
Bicycles: B. C. Mansfield.
Horribles: Alderman James W. Verhoeks.
Fire Department: Joseph Palmer.
Breaking ground for new Court House: Mayor Bloecker, Hon. G. W. McBride, S. H. Boyce, H. Potts.
Fireworks: D. A. Lane, Jacob VanderVeen, Henry Baar, Fred Hutty, D. Wright.
Transportation: J. W. Orr, A. L. Thomas, Nat Robbins, Bert Mansfield.
Games and Sports: John Palmer, Will Wolfe, Wm. Loutit, Oscar Schubert, L. C. Lehman.
These committees were also invited to report to City Hall Thursday evening , at eight o’clock, p.m.
The indications are that there will be a much larger number of people in the city this Fourth than last.
Dan Swartz is busy erecting his fish fertilizing plant on the island near Kirby’s ship yard.
The person who took a hat that did not belong to him at the social lst night, will oblige the owner by leaving same at VanderVeen’s drug store.
A notice on that part of the pier that is being repaired warns vessels not to launch there.
The steamer Antelope will go on her Mona Lake route this week.
C. C. Nichols brought from Grand Rapids last Sunday the little pleasure launch which he will place on Mona Lake together with the steamer Antelope. The launch is capable of carrying twelve persons handily and Mr. Nichols will charter her to the resorters at Hackley Park for fishing and other excursions. She is easier to handle than a row boat and one person can attend to her engine and steer her. In fact the engine requires no looking after when once started. It is a gasoline engine of Grand Rapids make. A row of electric batteries in the side of the boat are used to produce an electric spark and ignite the oil and there is no risk of an explosion the gasoline tank being in the bow of the boat, and comes through a tube to ignite the engine drop by drop. Two quarts is all that Mr. Nichols consumed on the trip from Grand Rapids to this city.
The steamer Maxwell will not go on the route between Grand Haven and Ludington this year because of the sale of the boat they had intended to act as consort.
The steamer Valley City carries a cook this year and the crew all board on the boat.
Fishing is not quite as good at the piers as it has been, on account of muddy water.
A handsome mirror, made by the glass factory, was placed in Kooiman’s saloon today.
A gang of men are at work on the race track putting it in shape for speeding local fliers.
There were no graduates from Akeley this year. There will be several in “94” and Miss Lillian Sanford will be among the number.
John Woods a boiler worker at the Ferrysburg Boiler Shop had a finger broken yesterday. He was struck accidentally by a hammer by a fellow workman. Besides breaking a finger his hand was badly bruised.
Where is our pound master? Cattle are being herded on many of our public streets contrary to ordinance. It is a nuisance which should be stopped and the only way is to place all cows found running loose in the pound.
D. V. W.
The school year at Akeley ended today.
Speaking of perch, County Clerk Turner claims to have caught one a few years ago weighing 17 ounces.
Henry Bolt is having a large number of logs sawed into lumber at Baker’s mill.
The young people of the 2nd Reformed church gave an ice cream social at the home of Miss Bertha VanToll this evening.
Canada has cheese, 22,000 pounds; Washington a lump of coal 39,000 pounds; Florida, cocoanuts growing on a tree 50 feet high at the Fair.
The first strawberries to be shipped from here across the lake will be taken to Milwaukee by the steamer Milwaukee tonight. They are from the farm of Peter Fuhr, Grand Haven town.
Muskegon’s big brewery will move to Grand Rapids. Ruins of former sawmills will be the only thing to mark Sawdust town in a few years.
Real estate in Grand Haven is in a more healthy condition now than it has for years.
If the lumber market does not straighten up soon the Manistee mill owners will shut down.
Grand Haven has a carpenter famine. Every one here has plenty of work ahead.
Prof. Baird of Evanston College, Illinois, was at Spring Lake yesterday making arrangements to build a summer cottage on the lake, immediately. Other parties were looking up sites also with the same view.
A matinee musicale was given at Akeley this afternoon by the faculty of the music department; Miss Annie L. Martin, Henry C. Post and Frances Campbell, assisted by Wilbur Force, violinist, and the Akeley Glee Club.
Rev. W. B. Osborne, rector of the Episcopal church at Lansing, Mich., delivered the address at Akeley today and the address showed deep thought and study and was appropriate to day and occasion. The handsome and bright young ladies of Akeley were unanimous in its praise and highly appreciated the effort to make their closing school days pleasant and profitable.
Fifty years ago today Luman VanDrezer arrived at Grand Haven with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. VanDrezer on the schooner J. C. Barker, Capt. Dan Shelby from Chicago. He moved away for a few years, but has resided here for about 35 consecutive years. Mr. VanDrezer says he does not know of anyone here now who were at Grand Haven in the early 40’s when he first came with exception of the Ferry’s.
The dredge which Farnham & Butler have at Muskegon harbor has nearly completed its work of deepening the channel.
The steamer Valley City is making the trip down here from Grand Rapids in four hours. She will run daily Sundays included. The river is free of snags this season.
The steamer Hinton is in with a load of timber today. [for pier construction]
Dear and Honored Sir,
In our little Sunday School, yesterday, held in the school house at which 45 were present, mostly young people, a vote was taken on “Sunday opening,” 44 of the 45 voting against it and no one for it. Though nothing but a “country corner” we are part of the “World” and the Fair belongs to us as much as to any body else and we have a right to be heard. I, therefore, according to their request, send you our protest with the thousands of others who are righteously indignant at this desecration of our country’s Sabbath and breach of good faith on the part of some. We hold no ill will toward anybody connected with the management, but we love our country and our Christian institutions and earnestly pray you spare us this great shame and wrong. With great respect and fervent good will, in behalf of a loyal and patriotic Sunday School.
MRS. W. W. RORK
(One of them.)
Horace Mellow of Menominee is the first boy to be received at the Industrial school for boys at Lansing under the law which reduces the age to 10 years.
Charles E. Conger wants a new side walk and wants it bad and he has been looking and hunting for a carpenter, but when seen last night he stood looking at his pile of lumber and scratching the back of his head and wishing he had learned the carpenter’s trade, as he had searched the city high and low and no carpenter could be found.
Traverse City is growing so fast that they talk of taking East Bay into the corporation, then Yuba and the Elk Rapids. They claim 7,000 population. Several handsome brick blocks are going up, real estate is active and they are going to have 10,000 population and street cars before long.
Robt. Sproul of Grand Rapids and C. D. Brown of Detroit, contractors, were here today to examine the new courthouse plans.
[Robt. Sproul was my great-grandfather!]
Henry S. Clubb of Philadelphia is in the city for a few days. He has just returned from the World’s Congress of Vegetarians at Chicago, of which society Mr. Clubb is president.
The Bertschy Brick Co., are turning out 20,000 bricks a day.
Today is German Day at the Fair.
Grand Rapids now claims 100,000 population.
Two million people have seen the World’s Fair to date.
John Brandstetter has a fine steel fish pole and outfit which will be raffled soon.
The Challenge Corn Planter works will shut down for a week shortly and have a large new boiler put in.
The stone cutting for W. L. Lillie’s new residence was done by Robt. Wareham of Holland.
John Justima caught a four pound black bass this morning at the pier.
A runaway created some excitement on Washington St. early this morning.
A large number of small catfish were caught by fishermen off the D., G. H. & M. dock this morning.
Jacob VanderVeen was fishing from a row boat at the pier this morning when he was run into by Capt. Mulligan’s schooner Johnston. “Jake” by heroic efforts managed to keep from getting wet but declared it a narrow escape.
There were a large number of bathers at the at the Park yesterday.
Geo. W. Miller has contracted with Mr. Brown of Muskegon for a cement walk in front of his residence on Franklin St. It will be 132 feet long. Mr. Brown is the workman who built the cement sidewalk in front of Henry Baar’s residence, which is the finest in town.
A prominent Muskegon business man in the city yesterday said that he was glad to be in a live town for a while. “Muskegon he said is dead and could not be in much worse condition. If you want 500 Polack or Hungarian workmen down here why call on Muskegon.”
There are few signs of the inauguration of World’s Fair traffic out of this part by the lake route as of yet. The Goodrich Line steamers do not carry any more passengers now than during the average season, while the cheap rates offered by the Milwaukee and Eastern Line have on one or two occasions thus far strained the accommodations of the Fountain City and the City of Freemont. Even the excursions of the City of Milwaukee, with a $4 round trip rate, have failed to draw crowds, says the Evening Wisconsin.
One year ago today last fall the little schooner Ellen Stevenson of Ludington went ashore off the north pier. The crew was rescued by the Life Savers. The schooner was afterwards towed up the river and purchased by John and Isaac Scott. They have rebuilt her and made her as good as new at Kirby’s yard, and left the other day for Muskegon to carry lumber for the Corn Planter works.
Capt. Cobb’s new steamer which is being built will probably be ready by July 4th. The carpenters finished planking her today. Its dimensions are: length over all 85 feet, beam 15 feet, molded depth 6½ feet. Triple expansion engine 100 horse power, Robertson water tube boiler tested to 200 pounds of steam. The new boat as will be seen is 25 feet longer than the Nellie and will be an important adjunct to the line of local steamboats. When completed she will take the Nellie’s place on the Fruitport route. The Nellie will be used for charters for private parties. Besides running up Spring Lake Capt. Cobb contemplates making many excursions to Hackley Park the Chautauqua of Michigan.
[The term Chautauqua as it is used here means a ‘meeting place’ for the exchange of ideas, seminars, cultural presentations, etc. A more extensive description can be found at http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/traveling-culture/essay.htm ]
The schooner Indian Bill sprung a leak four or five miles north of this port this morning and Capt. Bean beached her. The life saving crew went to her assistance, pumped her out, stopped the leak and set her afloat. She arrived here this afternoon.
John Vaupell and family occupied their cottage at Highland Park yesterday.
The books and documents of the Custom House are being moved into the new office rooms.
Ald. Saunders and W. O. Saunders and families of Grand Rapids are at their cottages at the Park.
James Harris, aged 50 years, was overcome by the heat yesterday morning while digging in an excavation for a new building at Muskegon. This is the first case of sunstroke there this year. He is not expected to recover.
The steamer Nellie leaves here on an excursion to Hackley Park next Sunday at 9 a.m. Arrive at the Park at 10 and remain from two to two and a half hours to give excursionists an opportunity to view the beautiful grounds.
[Information about beautiful Hackley Park can be found at
Henderson, the suspicious stranger who gave the marshal a lively chase through the shipyard three weeks ago while attempting to elude arrest, has paid his fine and left for other parts. Before leaving, he stated that the revolver which he had at first denied as belonging to him, did belong to him and he wanted it back. It is hardly necessary to say that he did not get it.
As D. Verwy was crossing the C. & W. M. track at Columbus St. yesterday afternoon with his team, he was surprised beyond mention to see the 3:44 train from the north loom up before him. He gave the horse the whip and got over just in time, the engine striking the rear end of his wagon. Mr. Verwy says the train did not whistle and it is thought that it was going faster than the ordinance allowed. A stop should be put to such a menace to human life.
The steamer Clara Bell, belonging to the Connable Fishing Co., of Petoskey, burned to the water’s edge during Tuesday night.
The catch of herring in the Lake Erie fish pound has of late increased enormously.
John Blodgett’s handsome steam yacht Adelle was here from Muskegon today.
One of the pleasantest of the events of the last days of school, was the delightful boat ride and fishing excursion on spring Lake on Monday. This delightful treat was provided through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Lane. The party included Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Lane, and all the members of the school, both pupils and teachers, even to the chaplain! The fish were not in a biting mood, and so failed to materialize. But the beauty of Spring Lake never had a more appreciative company. We stopped at the furnace, being just too late to see the blast. At Fruitport a long stop was made; opportunity given to run around gather wild flowers, and for the Commissary Department to get in supplies. To see the quantity of crackers and cheese consumed a looker on might think we had been out for a week! But like all pleasant things the boat ride came to an end, and soon the Nellie stood at her dock, with a load of happy, tired school people. Before disembarking three cheers were given to Mr. and Mrs. Lane; and presently a long straggling line might have been seen reaching from the dock to Blanche Hall.
In the Michigan building at the World’s Fair is a painting of Ex-President Lincoln showing Sojourner Truth the Bible. Sojourner Truth was the famous old colored woman who lived in Michigan. She visited Grand Haven some years ago.
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“All aboard for the Park” is heard again.
Geo. A. Farr has been elected village attorney of Spring Lake.
Prof Briggs and family will move to Coldwater the first part of July.
Dan Swartz’s fish fertilizing plant is now running.
A run started on the Muskegon Savings Bank yesterday by small depositors but the scare was of short duration.
The employees of the Dake Works are picnicking at the Park today. It is needless to say they are having a good time.
About July 4, a race between the yacht Rambler and six Grand Rapids wheelsmen will be run to this city from the furniture town.
The boys and young fellows who go swimming across the river at the fish shanties should remember that it is part of the city and the ordinance forbids them bathing there.
The Pottawatomie Indians of Athens are building their annual meeting near that village. The tribe is well scattered and less than 100 remain on the reservation.
The smiling countenance of “Billy” Andres was noticed on the street this morning after an absence of several months. Mr. Andres is as good natured as ever and his friends are pleased to see him back. He left the Mary H. Boyce at Milwaukee yesterday and shipped on the steamer Wisconsin as wheelsman.
Hayes, the prisoner who was sentenced to nine months at Ionia yesterday for larceny made an attempt to break jail this morning. He had started to saw away a bar when he was detected by a fellow prisoner, a half witted prisoner from Holland, who for giving the alarm was badly punished by Hayes. The Holland prisoner claims that Hayes intended to knock down the sheriff. He will have very little chance now as he has been placed in a cell and will be taken to Ionia Monday. He has served a two year sentence there before.
Most cities of the Union have suffered from the great financial stress. Grand Haven has suffered very little.
Wm. Vandenberg had the misfortune to badly injure a finger with an ax while chopping wood this morning.
The steamer Valley City is not the largest boat that ever plied on the Grand River between Grand Haven and Grand Rapids. In the 50’s the biggest steamer Olive Branch did a land office business along the stream. There were no railroads then and the Olive Branch got all the trade on the river. She was three stories, so to speak, having three decks with cabins, one above the other, and also the texas. Old timers say the Valley City is a dwarf beside her. Other boats on the river were the Kansas, Pontiac, Nebraska, Forest City and Empire.
Last week of school.
The advance car of Irwin Bros. circus arrived this morning.
J. C. Young’s saloon has been named the Atlanta.
The engine of the Wiley water works has not stopped longer than four hours during the eight years the plant has been in operation.
Several Grand Rapids wheelsmen will ride to this city July 3, take the Milwaukee boat and enter the Waukesha road race at Milwaukee next day.
Shell game artists traveling in the wake of Irwin Bros’ circus fleeced the Hudson farmers in nice style. Some people will never buy or read a newspaper, says the G. R. Herald.
During a free exhibition by Irwin Bros’ circus at Coldwater Friday, the wire walker lost his balance. He dropped his balance pole on the head of Mrs. Henry Sevey. The woman was badly injured about the head and shoulders. The wire walker fell, but sustained only slight injuries.
While banks are closing in all parts of the country no fear of such a thing is felt here. In fact such faith is had in the National Bank of Grand Haven that certain Chicago parties have taken their deposits out of Chicago banks and placed them here. If that does not speak well of the National Bank what does?
A cottage at Highland Park belonging to a Mr. Cardinal of Grand Rapids burned Saturday afternoon at four o’clock. The cottage was vacant and its burning is a mystery. There was some straw under the building and a cigar might have fallen into it and ignited it. The building was probably worth $150. It was located near S. H. Boyce’s cottage.
Two young fellows who gave their names as Patrick Ryan and Carl Hives were arrested this morning on the charge of larceny. They were arrested for stealing a ring and some change of an old soldier named Thrush who is from the soldier’s home at Grand Rapids and who is stopping at one of the hotels here. A bottle of ketchup stolen from Phil Rosboch was also found in their possession. They were brought before Judge Pagelson and plead not guilty and were bound over for trial next Monday. After being brought to jail Ryan told the sheriff that he would change his plea. He was brought back to the Judge and plead guilty and was fined $15 or 30 days in jail. Hives claims to hail from Muskegon and Ryan from Chicago.
Tomorrow is the day appointed for the proposals for building Ottawa county’s new court house. Wm. McKim is the only contractor in Grand Haven who will bid. The contractors, Nichols Bros. of Lansing and Martin E. Fitzpatrick of Lansing are here today and will be among those who present bids tomorrow.
For boating and fishing Grand Haven offers more and better advantages than any other spot in the United States. With Grand river, Spring Lake and Lake Michigan what more could be asked. The gamey black bass, white bass and perch make delightful fishing at the piers. The hunter after larger game can find the muskalonge, the pike and the catfish in the river and up Spring Lake. It is a veritable paradise for the amateur fishermen on a week’s vacation.
Grand River is about a foot and a half higher than what it was last year at this time. River men say it is going down though gradually.
The Goodrich steamer City of Ludington will be here tonight and also the City of Racine. The extra boat has been put on to accommodate a large excursion from the east which will be here tonight.
As soon as trade warrants which at the present does not seem far distant the Goodrich Transportation Co., will have two boats her every day to and from Chicago.
Francis S. Sanford the two year old son of Geo. D. Sanford came very near losing his eye yesterday. He was playing with the springs on the screen door and in some way the spring got loose and struck him just below the left eye knocking him down. Had it struck him ¼ of an inch higher it would have put his eye out.
The bayous in Grand River are full of nets put there by illegal fishermen. Many of them are set in channels which none but a person well acquainted with the river could find. Generally the vandals that are in the business of net fishing are vicious fellows and like the unlawful oyster hunters of Chesapeake have been known to threaten those whom they eye with suspicion. But a good capable deputy fish warden could do a land office business hereabouts by using a little shrewdness.
The annual sermon to the graduating class and high school was delivered last evening by Rev. J. J. VanZanten at the 2nd Reformed church. The entire class was present and a large portion of the High school with the teachers. Many of the grade teachers were also in attendance. The subject of the sermon was “Responsibility for Gifts and Privileges” and was a very interesting and able address. Drawing his illustrations from worthy characters of the Bible, he presented to the young people in a forcible manner their duty to use the abilities they posses, as a trust, for God and their fellowmen. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, and the choir, as usual, led the hymns and rendered the anthem in a delightful manner.
Lumber is on the ground for Dwight Sheldon’s new residence.
Grand Haven can again use matches made in their own town.
Very few lots in Grand Haven’s burned district are now vacant.
This is the season of the year when backyards and alleys should be cleaned up. The deadly typhus and cholera germ lurks in every dirt pile.
According to Bishop Merrill the Methodists will boycott the Fair by remaining away because of the decision to keep the grounds open on Sunday.
A large party of German immigrants arrived over the D., G. H. & M. this morning and remained here today waiting for the Milwaukee boat.
The 6:00 D., G. H. & M. train brought in about 150 passengers bound for the World’s Fair last night. The docks were crowded with people all evening.
John Brandstetter raffled off the fine $16 steel fishpole, which has been displayed in his window, last night: Number 13 held by Capt. Lysaght of the Life Saving Station drew the prize.
Marshal Klaver took Hayes to Ionia yesterday where he will serve a nine months sentence. He was known by the authorities as the prison as a former offender.
John Bryce and Frank Buxton rode their wheels to Muskegon Sunday by way of the lake shore. It took them just 50 minutes from the pier to the Occidental hotel.
More traveling musicians and organ grinders have visited this city than in a long time before.
A Forger Arrested.
Just before closing time a man entered Gringhuis & Co’s clothing store last night and ordered a suit of clothes. He had an order purporting to be from James Stokes of this city which he gave for the clothes and went away. Mel Poel the clerk suspected somewhat that all was not right and attempted to find Mr. Stokes, but did not see him until this morning. Mr. Stokes informed him that the order must have been forge, as he did not make it out. The officers were then informed and found that a young man named Arthur Daily had just put some clothes on the Spring Lake bus consigned to Gringhuis’ store.
Daily was arrested and brought to jail to face the serious charge of obtaining clothing under false pretense. Of course the clothing has been returned, but that does not mitigate the crime, and it is thought that Daily will spend some time behind the bars.
The reason that Mr. Stokes’ name was forged was probably because the man for whom he (Daily) works in Spring Lake, Mr. Pomp, at one time worked for Mr. Stokes.
Daily has been in trouble before and served six months in Ionia for stealing from his employer, a Mr. Hills, who lived near Spring Lake last summer.
Daily it is said claims to have been drunk and repenting this morning, had put the package of clothes on the bus to be returned to Gringhuis. How much this will help him remains to be seen.
Gus Hubert has secured the services of a blacksmith from Grand Rapids who will bring his family to this city.
Nearly twenty bids were submitted to the court house building committee today. The contracts for building the court house will probably not be awarded for several days yet.
Dept. Oil Inspector Blair, in addition to his official duties has turned farmer and reports the prospect for big crops on his Spring Lake farm as first class. Fruits of all kinds will be in abundance with the exception of apples and that crop will be small indeed.
The TRIBUNE some time ago mentioned an assessment roll of Muskegon township of the year 1839, which belonged to G. B. Parks. Mr. Parks recently presented it to W. W. Owen of Muskegon who has placed it in Hackley Library to be preserved as a valuable historical record.
The Cutler House lobby was crowded today with contractors from all over the state anxious to bid on the construction of the new Ottawa county court house. Among these were: D. E. O’Neil, J. B. Goodall, J. E. Goodall and Fred Engel of Muskegon; Robert Sproul and W. C. Weatherly of Grand Rapids, also architect W. H. Johnston of Chicago.
The following expressions of regret were drafted by the Y. M. B. C. W. on the departure of Prof. E. L. Briggs:
Grand Haven, Mich., June 19, ’93.
Mr. E. L. Briggs, president of the Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers, having tendered his resignation to take effect July 1st next, because of his intended removal from the city, we deeply deplore the necessity of the act of our honored and beloved leader. We recognize that through his efforts this band was organized; that under God, through his faith and untiring zeal the work has been carried on so successfully thus far. We are thankful to God for his work among us, for his earnestness of purpose and faithful efforts. He with us having planted and watered, may God give the increase. May we all be faithful, earnest followers of the blessed Master, so that finally we may be gathered in the “many mansions” never to part.
The Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers bade farewell to Prof. E. L. Briggs in a fitting manner at their rooms last evening. Mr. Briggs has been president of the organization since its beginning. Remarks were made by many of the members expressive of regret in losing so valuable a member and worker. Mr. Briggs replied feelingly to these remarks. In behalf of the Band, Mr. John Bolt presented him with three valuable works; Conan Doyle’s “Life of Paul,”; Abbott’s “Commentaries on Mark and Luke,” and Abbott’s “Commentaries on John” expressive of the good will felt toward him by all.
The World’s Fair whaleback Christopher Columbus carried 3000 people each trip last Sunday.
C. C. Nichols will take the gasoline engine and appliances out of his present launch and place them in a larger hull.
The schooner Hunter Savidge, well known in this port and on this end of lake Michigan, is now trading between lakes Ontario and Erie points.
The steamer Menominee will in a few days, it is said, go on the Grand Haven-Chicago route in connection with the Atlanta and Racine. She will make daily trips leaving here every morning.
Marine business in Chicago is so slow that several tugs have been placed in dormancy. Receipts of lumber have fallen to a lower point than 10 years ago during the period of navigation. A lot of mills have shut down or are piling up the lumber rather than accept a reduction of $2 per thousand which the Chicago people have been trying to force. There are a score of schooners lying in the river at Chicago for which no cargoes of any kind can be found.
Muskegon is to lose and Grand Rapids gain a large brewery. Negotiations looking to the removal of the Muskegon Brewing Company’s plant to this city have been in progress for some time, and yesterday the deal reached a conclusion and Wm. F. Ninneman, secretary of the company, in speaking of the matter said: “The Muskegon Brewing Company will be removed to Grand Rapids during this year. The entire plant will be moved.” Asked what led to this change he said most of their business was done in Grand Rapids, but the direct reason was the excessive assessments levied on the company by Muskegon Board of Review. “They have increased our assessment on realty from $28,000 to $56,000 and our personal property has been raised from $6,000 to $75,000, which we consider outrageous and will not submit to.” The brewing company is an old establishment and its annual capacity is 100,000 barrels. After the removal the output will be materially increased. Work on the necessary buildings is expected to begin at once and winter will find this new industry in full operation.—G. R. Dem.
The prosperity of a city always depends upon the number of dinner pails in it. You may go into any town in the United States, and without asking a question, you can tell whether it is in a solid condition or not by finding just how many men are employed according to the population. No town can exist for any length of time without the employment of labor proportionable to its size. The gradual increase in popularity and healthy growth of Grand Haven is in consequence of the gradual increase in the number of laborers employed in our various enterprises. Without our manufacturing enterprises Grand Haven could not exist as a city. So let us take warning from the experiences of Muskegon and similar cities and never allow the excessive taxation of a single Grand Haven industry. The people should ever bear in mind the importance of keeping taxes just as low as possible upon our manufacturers.
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Irwin Bros. Circus.
The gala day of all the year for the people of this vicinity will be the date of the Irwin Bros. shows that come to this city Thursday, June 29. Never before in the history of all the magic wonders has so gorgeous an attraction visited this section and given to the public the opportunity which is now presented, the most skilled acrobats, contortionists and performers of every class have been gathered from clime and continent until the array of talent is unparalleled in any of the circuses in this country. It is a star list of pre-eminent performers and this exhibition given by them approaches nearer the true ideal than anything which has opened its gates to the public. It is the sublimity of perfection in the strictest sense. No pictures of living half ladies, mermaids, and sea serpents are advanced to thrill the audience with consternation and awaken excitement, for of these things they have none. None ever existed, but those things advertised on Irwin Bros. bills and advance couriers do exist and will be seen with this, the world’s greatest shows. Never was there a better collection of high class attractions.
Daring and fearless male and female aerial performers, champions, leapers and scores of other things. High grade performers accomplish their astonishing feats with an ease and grace which surprises and calls forth heroic admiration. In the menagerie the professor and pupil are compelled to wonder and admire the animals of which the books contain strange stories and whose existence has been regarded as mythical are to be seen, trained lions, baby lions, bears, monkeys, apes, reptiles, birds of paradise, educated birds, animals from every quarter of the sphere, from the earth, more of everything and new features without number enchant the visitor. This is the tenth season of the Irwin Bros. shows; acknowledged to be the brightest and the best. These mighty shows come to this city for one day, do not be deceived, we are coming sure, but not until June 29th. Two performances afternoon and night. All invited to attend. Come early and avoid the rush.
Wiley water pipes are being laid along certain parts of Elliot St., and also along 4th St.
The jury in the Borden murder case on trial in Massachusetts returned a verdict of not guilty.
Now that the schools are closing Highland Park can expect a boom in the list of resorters and cottages.
A large party of Grand Haven people will go to Chicago Sunday night.
The big Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair grounds will be dedicated tomorrow.
G. P. Savidge is home from Yale College, having just completed his freshman year with high honors.
The High School closed today for long vacation. The rest of the rooms close tomorrow.
Rumor has it that one of the glass factory employees whose initials are W. H. will soon enter the spirit of connubial bliss.
Several types of drunks and vags who were making a nuisance of themselves were arrested and lodged in jail last night.
The graduating class of the High School request their friends not to bring flowers for presentation at the Commencement exercises tomorrow evening.
Council today announced the purchase of a new city team. Ald. Thieleman leaves tonight for Chicago to inspect a team valued at $500, but which is offered at a bargain for $350. This team will be accepted if in good condition.
Because of the insurrection in the banana district of Central America that fruit is expected to be high this summer.
Byl, Struveling & Co. have commenced work upon N. Robbins Jr.’s new warehouse. It will be 60 feet wide by 120 ft. long and be situated just north of the present small freight shed upon Mr. Robbins’ dock. The work will be pushed by a large force.
A special council meeting is being held in the council chamber this afternoon to decide whether a new city team shall be purchased or not.
Death of Rees Waters.
Rees Waters son of Wm. Waters of the D., G. H. &M. Ry., died this morning at 10 minutes past eleven of heart disease. Mr. Waters was 29 years of age. He was born in Dover, England, but lived in this city eight years. For the past three years he had been employed in the engineering department of the steamer City of Milwaukee under Engineer Barron. He had been working up to three days ago, when he was taken sick and remained at home. Death resulted after lying in a comatose condition for some time.
Date of the funeral not yet decided upon.
One of Muskegon pier’s new cribs has already been sunk.
The whaleback Christopher Columbus draws 17 feet of water.
Arthur Daily who was arrested for obtaining a suit of clothes under false pretense of Gringhuis & Co., was brought before Judge Pagelson yesterday. He acknowledged the con, but had repented and felt sorrow of the deed and made several other excuses. He was bound over to Circuit court for trial.
This has been a busy day in Judge Pagelson’s court. Drunks and vags to the number of four received sentence. John McGovern who gave his occupation as an iron worker was sent up for five days for vagrancy. Robert Thomas, drunk, 8 days, John Winter, vag, 7 days, Thomas Jones a carpenter for vagrancy was sent up for 10 days.
Fourteen bids were received by the court house building committee yesterday for the construction of the Ottawa county court house. The lowest bid was for $44,000 and the others ranged from that figure to $89,000. As will be seen, the lowest bid is far in excess of the original idea of the cost of the structure. Consequently, all bids have been rejected and the committee today is in session with some of the lowest bidders to see if they will reconsider their proposals and make them to conform more with the original idea for building, on the plans adopted. As we go to press nothing further had been done.
John C. Behm and Steve Hery of Grand Haven town have had a feud of several years standing. They have had numerous quarrels but never came to an understanding. Last Saturday on the way home from this city they clashed and in the melee that followed Hery got decidedly the worst of it. No arrests.
EDITOR TRIBUNE:—The bids on the court house afford a good idea of the benefits of a guessing school, although the wide range of bids does not indicate very good guessing. The figures seem to show that those who offer them have not much of an idea of the cost of material, value of labor or honest profits.
The following sketch of Grand Haven’s new Supt. Of schools is from the Detroit News: “Prof. J. B. Estabrook, the newly elected superintendent of Grand Haven schools, comes from a family of educators. His uncle is Prof. Joseph Estabrook, for many years professor in Olivet College and recently state superintendent of public instruction. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Estabrook, were both teachers, his father having been superintendent of the Jackson schools at an early date. J. B. added to his inherited greatness by course of study in Detroit’s schools and in the state normal. After graduation, in 1876, the young man, then only 17years old, took charge of one of Ludington’s ward schools. He threw down the teacher’s rod after a while and took a course at Olivet college. As a result of all his school training he now writes A. M. after his name with perfect propriety. Mr. Estabrook has superintended the public schools in Olivet, Montague and Petoskey at different times. He is now president of the North Michigan Schoolmaster’s club. The professor was born in the pretty little village of Clinton, Lenawee county.
Tan bark is being put on Wallace St.
Circumstances will not permit of a Fourth of July celebration this year.
A special D., G. H. & M. train made the run from Grand Rapids to Detroit in 3 hours, 25 minutes one day this week.
Peach Plains has a Wisconsin Ave., named so because of the large number of Wisconsin people who settled there some years ago.
The wood shed in the rear of the Court House has been moved nearer the City Hall so as not to interfere with the work on the new county building.
Miss Johanna Fisher, eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fisher, has gone to school the past two years and during that time has received six certificates for being neither absent or tardy. Who can beat it?
The publishers of the El Dorado are getting out an illustrated Grand Haven edition for general distribution on the boat and railway lines and at the World’s Fair, Michigan building. Every Grand Haven enterprise should and will be in it.
A new sidewalk will be built in front of Mr. Avery’s property on Washington St. between Koeltz’ and VenBerkemoes.
Among the speedy colts in Grand Haven is the one owned by Marshal Kaver. He is a son of Wm. Rysdyk’s 527 and a half brother of Robert Rysdyk record 2:18¼. He is one of the progeny of the great Hamiltonian 10.
There is one especial day in the year when the small boy gives vent to his pent up enthusiasm, and that day is the last day of school. A lusty yell is always given when the horde of schoolers pour from Central School not to enter again for two months.
The Goodrich steamer Virginia is making 19 miles an hour this year.
Jas. O’Connell has the contract for supplying the steam heating apparatus for the new Court House.
Ward & Russell Get It.
The court house building committee met yesterday afternoon to confer with some of the lowest bidders on the court house construction. After much deliberation and a slight change of plans the firm of Ward & Russell of Flint agreed to do the work for $41,085.50, and were awarded the contract. The figure mentioned includes construction, plumbing and steam fitting. Ward & Russell are the builders of the Otsego county court house and also built the dormitory on the Grand Rapids Soldier’s Home.
The state military authorities are submitting the following resolution to each company of National guards in the state for its adoption: “Resolved, That, provided the annual encampment of the Michigan state troops for 1893 be held at Chicago, that this company will attend the same; that no pay for services will at anytime be required from the state (it being understood that transportation and the usual commutations for rations of 75 cents per day per man shall be paid by the state): that as a company and as individuals we will subject ourselves to strict military discipline, keeping always in mind the honor of a soldier, and that we will individually render our officers all the aid in our power in maintaining the good name of the Michigan state troops.”
The new city team arrived this morning from Chicago. They weigh about 2600.
Little Nellie Barlow, nine years old, living on Jackson street and who is in Miss DeGlopper’s room, has received nine certificates showing that she has attended school for three years without being absent or tardy once in that time.
Wm. Savidge and Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Watson were among the passengers on the Atlanta to Chicago last night.
School Days Ended.
Eighteenth Annual Commencement of Grand Rapids Schools.
The crowning event of the class of”93” Grand Haven High School occurred last evening at the Opera House. The hall was crowded to its full capacity and many stood throughout the exercises. On the stage were seated the graduating class, the pupils and teachers, the High School and school board. Seated immediately in front of the stage was the orchestra. The decorations were not of a lavish kind, but beautiful. Above the stage was the class motto in white letters. “My heart flies on before me as I sail.” It was such a scene that inspired all with the glory of the occasion and sends a thrill through every one.
The program was opened with music by the orchestra after which an anthem by the High School, “Praise waiteth for thee.”
The invocation was delivered by Rev. Watton of St. John’s Episcopal church, and after this a response. “Heavenly Father,” was given by the High School.
The graduates were introduced by Prof. E. L. Briggs. The first was Miss Effa Hofma. Her essay was “Through the youth our nation lives” and was well rendered. The salient point made was the liquor question and she showed an earnestness in speaking of it which bespoke as words. Total abstention from the habit of drink, she declared the only way to prevent the unborn millions from being led to drunkards graves. The influence of parents and schools was also a strong guard.
Wm. A. Bouwer followed with an oration “The Future of Electricity.” Mr. Bouwer undoubtedly has great faith in the supposed undiscovered powers of electricity. His theme showed much study and was brought forth in an interesting manner. The speaker mentioned the uses of electricity today and the seemingly unlimited uses which are being discovered for it every day and the factor it is likely to become.
“After Us What” was a scholarly essay by Henrietta J. Pagelsen. It was a look forward into the century yet to come. The United States with its 60,000,000 of people at present will have 600,000,000 in a century from now the speaker said, and its area will extend from the North Pole to the Isthmus of Panama. Cities which now have 1,500,000 people will have a population of 19,000,000 and buildings like the Masonic Temple in Chicago will represent the architecture and size of that future age.
Song, “The Flowery Month of June” by the High School followed.
The next essay “Our Public School” was a capable composition on that institution—the pride of our own government. The grandeur of America’s school system and the man and the men and women it is rearing and sending into the walks of life were spoken of. Another question which is being discussed more and more and which many think will become and issue in National affairs in the not far future—the Parochial school was mentioned by Miss VanLoo. She spoke of the church schools of the Hollander, the German and the French. How the constitution opposes bringing religious education in the school and the harm and the danger likely from so doing. Miss VanLoo bespoke herself a strong exponent of the Public school and the Public school only.
Earnest D. Gibbs proved the orator of the evening. “Immigration” was his subject and he handled without gloves so to speak. The immigrants of the past he said were welcomed to America and made model citizens, but Europe today is sending to the United States the scum an offal of her lands. Paupers, indigent, anarchists and insane are being heaped upon the shores of America. Mr. Gibbs strongly urged that only those immigrants be admitted to this country, who can read and write their own language intelligently and have a fair amount of money when they arrive. This country is yet the only success as a pure national government and the speaker urged that it be kept so and a proper restraint placed on an immigrant, to keep out all the undesirable people.
Miss Bonna Vos’ essay “The future language of the World” was also a glance into the future. Her enunciation was clear and she spoke in an interesting manner. The English language she thought would be the Volapuk of the World. It’s wide range and growth already bespoke that. In Germany and all the countries of continental Europe the hotels have English waiters and in nearly all the business places English is spoken. It has precedent over any foreign study in the European schools and is used in the Russian telegraph system.
Music “Luna” by the school was well rendered.
“The grandest of Documents” was a studious and well worded essay by Miss Jennie Neil.
Miss Neil said that if a small boy were asked what was the grandest document, he would reply “the Declaration of Independence.” After the Declaration the Constitution of the United States drafted by the Patriots sin 1787 held first place,” the speaker held. Miss Neil proved equal to the seemingly hard subject and it was spoken of by all as a scholarly production.
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Miss South, principle of the High School, then arose and in behalf of the pupils of the public schools presented the Superintendent with a beautiful etching and easel. To say that Mr. Briggs was surprised is speaking mildly. But in a few words he expressed his thanks for the beautiful gift and stated that he would think of Grand Haven pupils whenever he gazed upon it.
Music “Oradle Song” by the school and benediction by Rev. Lewis of the congregational church closed the exercises.
All in all, probably no more interesting commencement was ever held here. The music and selections were all well rendered. The essays and orations indicated that much study and thought had been put on them.
A Kiel is building a sidewalk in front of his property. A sidewalk is also being built on the south side of VandenBosch’ stores.
A cement walk will be built from G. W. Miller’s property on Franklin St. to the corner of Franklin and 5th Sts.
Chas. Robinson, one of the surfmen at the Life Saving Station has resigned, to take effect July 1. A good able bodied man is now wanted for the place.
A well known citizen made it an especial point Saturday night to visit a clothing store and purchase a pair of pants for Sunday. Engaging in talk in the store he forgot his purchase and left without them and had to wear his old pair yesterday.
Late Friday tramps hanging around the D., G. H. & M. depot when the late train arrived, broke in to the peanut butcher’s basket, which he had left standing on the platform. The tramps stole the oranges, bananas, etc, and disappeared. They also stole some baggage tags but threw them away, some of them being found near the depot yet today.
Sheriff Keppel received a telephone message this morning stating that Holland Post office had been burglarized during the night, also several business places.
Deputy Marshal D. VerWy arrested D. Gerber for drunkenness on Washington Ave., this morning. Gerber operates Dr. Cumming’s farm and was driving with a load of slack lime. He was so drunk that he couldn’t tell one road from another and was far out of his course. Hence he was arrested for his own safety, and lodged in jail.
Barney Zwaagman Slashes Ed. Kraal.
Barney Zwaagman the well known peddler and Ed. Kraal who works in the glass factory became engaged in a quarrel at their boarding place, Martin Reender’s, on Fulton St., at about 6 o’clock this morning. Both went outside where the quarrel became more serious. Parries were made and Zwaagman pulled out his jack knife and slashed Kraal across the temple and back of the ear. The wound bled profusely and Dr. Reus was called and dressed it. Though not serious it will undoubtedly leave a bad scar as a memento of the occasion.
The fight so far as could be learned was the outcome of a quarrel over board or something of that nature. Barney boarded at Reender’s since last week although he had boarded there before up to last winter.
Luckily it is for him that the cut was not more serious. As it is, the incentive that prompted him to pull the knife with the idea of seriously injuring Kraal, pronounces him a dangerous man. This is not the first time either, that he has been engaged in such a fracas.
No arrests have been made.
Grand Haven has decided to go out of the Fourth of July celebration business because the saloon men will not put up the lion share of the funds as they would have done had not the cold hearted prosecuting attorney said he would not allow them to keep their doors open as they have done before. When Grand Haven celebrated last year she absorbed many hundreds of patriotic Muskegonites who must celebrate somewhere and as there was no celebration here they went to Grand Haven. Now that our neighbor has decided to abandon the patriotic business, all that Muskegon has to fall back upon are Podunk and Chicago. Muskegon has hundreds of citizens who can no more make a Sunday out of the Fourth of July than they can fly, and many who had planned to go to Grand Haven and spend their money there have direct grievance against the prosecuting attorney of Ottawa county, who lives in Holland.—Muskegon News.
The car-ferry steamer Ann Arbor No. 1 is expected at Kewaunee in the course of a week to resume her place on the Kewaunee-Frankfort route. She has been undergoing improvements.
The dump scow built by the G. H. Ship building Co. for Norvin Dodge of Chicago, is in the water and the finishing touches are being made.
The Francis Hinton is in with a load of timbers from Manistee for the new [pier] cribs.
The new steamer being built at the yards of the G. H. Ship Building Co., for Cobb & Stokes is nearly ready for the water. The new steamer will be just the boat for the Spring Lake route having 30 feet deck forward of the cabin, suitable for moonlight parties.
The firm of Mulder & Son are rebuilding their store in Spring Lake.
Only 41 people have been killed in the World’s Fair grounds and only 10 since May 1.
The State Supreme Court is as nowhere near the Grand Haven water works suit in its docket.
A pneumatic sulky shipped through here to Milwaukee parties attracted considerable attention at the D., G. H. & M. depot Saturday.
Miss Martha Bos of this city has received 12 certificates in the past four years for being neither absent or tardy.
A party of immigrants bound for Wisconsin took passage on the steamer Wisconsin last night. Their baggage had been disinfected at Quebec.
See “Banner” the only wrestling pony in the world, brought to this country by the Irwin Bros. Shows that commence as engagement in this city for one day only, Thursday, June 29th.
A representative of a big shoe house who was here yesterday was surprised at the lively aspect put on by Grand Haven and the crowds at the docks and to said that Grand Haven was by far the liveliest town he had ever visited for some time.
Coopersville will celebrate the glorious 4th with the saloons open they say. Free buttermilk at the Creamery for those who don’t want beer.
The docks were by far the most animated part of the city last evening, and were crowded with people from six until nine. It was the largest crowd thus far this season. With the 6:00 D., G. H. & M. train from the east 200 people arrived, nearly all of them bound for the World’s Fair. The Goodrich steamer Atlanta arrived at 7:00 and immediately an eager horde of people poured through her gangway anxious to get a birth and sleeping accommodations for the night. The many that could not be supplied were obliged to wait for the City of Ludington which got in about 8 o’clock and lay at the northern end of the D., G. H. & M. dock. There was the same mad rush as soon as she landed by people in search of sleeping apartments. Both of the Goodrich steamers left within five minutes of each other at about 9 0’clock. Besides her crowded passenger list the Atlanta had a big load of freight, mostly consisting of shipments from the Corn Planter factory and strawberries for Chicago. There was a long line of farmer’s wagons loaded with berries, from N. Robbin’s, Jr.’s dock to the Hotel Kirby. The same was the case in the D., G. H. & M. freight house. At 9:30 some of the farmers were still unloading their shipments.
Geo. H. Brooks, engineer of the steamer Lizzie Walsh is the oldest licensed engineer on the lake. He is 78 years old and has been on the lakes 60 years.
The Francis Hinton towed one of the new [pier] cribs across the river last night to make room for the others.
A carload of oil arrived for the electric plant today.
The big oil tank at the electric plant holds 140 barrels of oil.
Fire in the sawdust called out the fire department this afternoon.
1750 cases of strawberries were shipped on the steamer Wisconsin last night.
Frederick C. Gillen of this city was one of 44 upon whom the degree of Doctor of Medicine was conferred at the U. of M.
The great financial depression is felt in Grand Haven very little and the town is livelier than it has been since the early “80s.”
In the list of those granted the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the U. of M., was noticed the name of John Hoffman VandenBerg.
It has been definitely decided by the business committee of the State Agricultural society not to hold a state fair this year.
The board of supervisors in session today approved the bid of Ward & Russell of Flint for building the new Court House for $41,985.50. The Board is still in session this afternoon. A superintendent of construction will be appointed before the Board adjourns whose duties shall be to oversee the work of building the structure and see that everything is built according to specifications. Resolutions are being drafted and other business relative to the Court house being transacted.
L. J. Branch of Bangor, VanBuren Co., Mich., is in the city today looking up a suitable location for the annual camp meeting of the Church of God. Elder Branch will be remembered by many in this city as the conductor of the same camp meeting on Washington Ave., in the 4th ward last summer. The period of meeting last year extended through three weeks and Mr. Branch says the tent will be pitched longer this year. The camp meeting proper will last a week in the middle of August, and delegates will be here from all over the state. The Church of God is a branch of the Advent faith. A number of the faith resides in the county, several of whom were made converts during the meeting last year. If Mr. Branch can find a suitable place down town this year to pitch his tent he will do so instead of being so far from the main part of town.
D. VerWy now drives one of the finest mares in the county the result of a horse trade the other day.
Captain Lysaght shipped nine barrels of caviar to Hamburg, Germany today.
It is said that fish caught in an illegal way in the river and bayous are being shipped out of here every night.
Burglars and tramps are working through this section it seems from the number of burglaries reported around Grand Rapids.
The cutting of stone for Ottawa County’s new court house commenced today and the building can be said to be in the course of construction.
Are there cases of scarlet fever in this city and no signs posted on the doors of houses where such cases are confined? The board of Health would do well to look into the matter.
B.C. Mansfield placed a fine fifty foot flag pole in front of his residence today. The first flag that went up was upside down and the book of omens is being consulted by him.
Madison & Vanderwater, two men from Grand Rapids, are located at the Electric Alarm works, where they are manufacturing a new penny-in-the-slot machine. The device consists of five wheels in a cylinder. On each wheel are 11 playing cards. You put a penny in the slot, press a lever and the cards revolve. If a full hand appears the player gets a prize.—Muskegon Chronicle.
Board of Supervisors.
Following is the more important business transacted by the Board of supervisors at the meeting just held.
Mr. Bloecker reported that the building committee came to a decision to adopt the design of W. K. Johnston of Chicago, at a compensation of three and a half percent of the contract price, or five percent thereof if employed also as superintendent. That bids had been received and rejected. After reconsideration the bid of Ward & Russell of Flint was accepted.
Mr. Bloecker further reported that the plans and specifications, provided for the building complete except the mantels and grates and the furnishing of the six office rooms and the vaults in the basement, which are not needed for the present. Inasmuch as the designated location for the new building in the center of the square involves the tearing down of south vault of the present building, the specifications provide for the immediate construction of the northeast vault, in the basement for the temporary storage of so much of the books as are not in constant use; said new vault to be completed before the old one is torn down. Mr. Bloecker’s report showed the expenses of the building committee to date to be $260.61 of which $90 was expenses incidental to the inspection tour about the state, $75 for attending the meetings and about $93 for advertising and postage.
The Board then adopted resolutions of the following nature:
Resolved, That contract for building the new court house be awarded to Ward & Russell.
Said contract to provide for completion of building and acceptance by June 15, 1894, and to provide for bi-weekly estimates and payments based thereon less 10 percent, to be deducted and retained until the final acceptance of the work and also forfeiture of $25 as stipulated damages for each and every day after that date.
Messrs. Ward and Russell upon signing of contract be required to furnish two bonds, one running to the county of Ottawa and the other to the people in the sum of $10,000 each.
W. K. Johnston be required to furnish a bond in sum of $2500 with one or more sureties for the correctness of his plans and specifications, and indemnify the county against damages or loss that may be sustained by errors.
All of said bonds before being approved shall have been endorsed by the certificate of the prosecuting attorney.
Chairman and clerk are authorized to sign the bonds and directed to deposit moneys with county treasurer.
Building committee authorized to draw on county treasurer for all necessary disbursements. Further authorized to make such arrangements as the committee deem best, also to lay necessary water mains, sewer and gas pipes and electric wires and to provide present jail with necessary heating appliances for the coming winter. Clerk of Board directed to furnish secretary of committee on building with certified copy of these resolutions.
W. K. Johnston the architect was authorized by the Board to act as superintendent of construction also.
ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT.
Grand Haven, June 28, 1893.
TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:
Gentlemen—In submitting to you my seventh annual report of the important statistics of the schools under my charge, I desire to call your especial attention to some features of the working of the schools that cannot be expressed in numbers or tables.
The past year has been a period of marked good health and consequent regularity of attendance on the part of the pupils.
While the enrollment of different pupils has not surpassed that of previous years, the number daily belonging, the average daily attendance, and the membership at the close of the year are all considerably increased over any previous year.
I desire to commend heartily the work of the teachers for the year. On the whole, discipline, instruction, and the general spirit of the rooms have been of a higher order, and the faithfulness, tact and intelligence of teachers is the explanation, in large part, of the success of the school work. A general teacher’s meeting has been held each month for the study and discussion of the principles of education, and frequent grade meetings have been occupied chiefly with the consideration of the best methods of school work.
In my last annual report I urged, for reason the stated, that the Board furnish reading matter and general supplies free to pupils in the three lowest grades of school. You submitted my estimates of expense for these purposes to the citizens at the annual meeting and, the appropriations being allowed, the arrangement has been carried out.
We expended a little less than $100 at the beginning of the year for reading books for these grades. The best in the market were purchased at reduced prices and during the year the children have had an abundance and variety of the best reading that has been prepared for schools. Instead of reading one book until there was no joy in it, each class has read two or three different readers and these we have been able to adapt to their especial needs.
The results are manifest in better readers than have ever been promoted from these grades and in much greater general intelligence. The cost has not exceeded one-half the amount parents would have expended had they supplied their own children and the expense of the Board for these grades for succeeding years need not exceed fifty dollars a year. I would recommend the extension of the same privilege to the fourth grade next year.
The furnishing of free supplies to the primary grades has also been a great advantage in the working of the schools. You can all appreciate the difficulty of keeping young children regularly supplied with clean paper and good pencils and pens when each must secure these needs himself through his parents. The efficiency of work is reduced fully as much as the entire cost of the materials. The additional expenses of supplies has fallen below our estimate of $100 and yet all pupils have had their needs met as soon as they have occurred. It seems needless to say that a marked improvement in the work has resulted.
The excellence of our pupils’ writing has been well sustained during the year. The superintendent of the State World’s Fair Exhibit gave most emphatic commendation to the writing of our schools sent to him for his display.
The music is nearly all grades and especially in the primary has been gratifying in its success. The ability the pupils have developed in reading music readily and in singing two or three part songs, the cultivation of voices and ears for the production of sweet and harmonious sounds, and the refining influence of the exercises upon the lives of all, makes this subject seem to me one of the highest importance in the training of children.
Drawing has now been taught in the lower grade three, and in all grades two years. The subject has not gained so large a place in the esteem of pupils or patrons as, in my opinion, it deserves. The training it gives to close and careful observation gives it high rank for its educational value; its worth in the training of the hand is inestimable, while its intimate connection with the industrial life of the age makes it one of the most practical of studies. The years’ work has brought commendable results, but I believe they will be generally increased, as the work gains a larger appreciation.
The large admission of beginning pupils in April and the already well-filled condition of the primary schools made and extension of our Kindergarten a necessity. During the year 98 children have attended this department in its two rooms.
This feature of work has been connected with our schools long enough now for us to make careful comparisons and form a fair judgment of its merit as part of an educational system.
The pupils, placed with those who have not received its training, are in every way superior as pupils. Their minds are trained to see and quickened to receive. The whole tone of their lives has been improved by its influence. If we regard education as the right development of all human powers, the children who have had its training are the gainers in time and in efficiency. It, too, becomes a model in spirit and in method for all grades. Mrs. Louisa Parsons Hopkins, supervisor Boston Public Schools, thus characterizes the work of the Kindergarten: “It is the spirit of the kindergarten as the spirit of love, of faith, of mutual helpfulness; the philosophy of the kindergarten in its free development, its obedience to natural law, its symmetry of growth, its evolution of all the powers of humanity; the methods of kindergarten in careful observation, conscientious expression, constructive effort, originative powers.”
I commend this department to your most careful attentions and hope you may soon be able to provide rooms and equipments to afford to every child in the city at least one year of its culture at the beginning of school life.
During the winter term considerable work was prepared from all grades and sent to Lansing to form part of the state educational exhibit at the World’s Columbian Exposition.
Thirteen volumes of exercises and a considerable display of kindergarten work were also arranged as a special exhibit of this school. This work will be found in the gallery of Manufactures and Liberal Arts building.
The high school has had a prosperous year. Too few remain in school for the work above the eight grade, but the attendance has been unusually regular, and the class of nine graduates is perhaps in as large a proportion of the enrolment of the school as is commonly reached in the schools of the state.
This is the first year that the physical laboratory has been adequate to the needs of individual experimenting. A large class has been able to do individual laboratory work in physics greatly to their advantage in the mastery of the subject. The work in the study of literature through American and English classics has been extended and improved.
The librarian’s report shows an increase in the withdrawals of books from the library of over 1400 for this year, the number recorded being 10,600. When it is known that this has risen from about 3,000 in the past six years the increasing appreciation of the library is manifest. The Board has shown a reasonable liberality in the support of the library during recent years. Its volumes now number 2727, 277 of which have been added this year.
I would urge a continuance of the liberal policy as I am sure none of your expenditures are more remunerative in their returns in the education of youth, and the general culture of the people of this city.
The Jackson street school rooms were fitted up only as temporary expedients. They are inconvenient, unventilated, cold in the winter and have very inadequate ground. A modern school house with six rooms should be built at once to meet the needs of these schools, and the kindergarten, and provide an extra room for the natural growth of the near future.
In closing I desire to thank you heartily for many courtesies rendered to me individually and for your faithful cooperation in the management of the schools.
E. L BRIGGS. Supt.
One of Vyn’s teams ran away starting from the foot of Franklin St. this afternoon and collided with a telephone pole in front of the Star Bakery. Mr. Duursema’s horse was standing in front of the Bakery, but started to get out of the way he heard the runaways, and got aside just in time. A coal stove on the dry belonging to Prof. Briggs was badly smashed and the wagon was damaged also.
Muskegon had a big delegation of passengers on the Atlanta last night.
Chicago has one street—Western Ave., which is just 24 miles long.
The marshal is keeping peddler’s carts off the sidewalks and making them wheel them in the road.
A man who loves to figure says that Ottawa County people will spend $100,000 at Chicago this summer.
Miss Julia Soule entertained her Sunday School class at Highland Park yesterday afternoon.
The Epworth League of the union have decided to withdraw their exhibit from the World’s Fair because of Sunday opening.
A Muskegon man who was here the other day said “yes, Muskegon is dull and growing duller. Coming out of lodge at 9:30 the other evening the streets were already desolate of people. One could have made a target ground of Western Ave. without danger of shooting any body.
The shipment of strawberries this year was nowhere up to the mark it has reached in former years. When strawberries bring only 50 and 60 cents a crate in the Chicago and Milwaukee market, growers do not find the business very remunerative and there are not near as many strawberry farms as there were years back.
Everybody ought to go to the circus tonight. It will be the only one of the season.
The small boy of the city and many large ones too are attending the circus today.
The steamer City of Milwaukee will make two cheap excursions to Muskegon on July 4, leaving here at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and leave Muskegon at 10:00 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. Fare round trip, 40 cents.
A change in the time table which will probably take effect on the D., G. H. & M. Ry. Next Sunday will deprive Grand Haven of the Sunday train. Instead a train will leave here each Sunday for Grand Rapids. This change deprives Grand Haven of Sunday papers and also visitors who come down to the Park many times on that day.
Chas. Behm who graduated from the U of M last year is located at Wyandotte where he is practicing as an M. D.
From Geo. W. Miller’s residence on Franklin St., to the Presbyterian church corner and from thence to the corner of Fifth and Clinton Sts., workmen are now laying a cement walk. This will add greatly to the appearance of the already most beautiful residence section of Grand Haven.
Fifteen residences, factory improvements, a large warehouse, a $50,000 Court House, a costly steamer and harbor improvements to the extent of $90,000 are in course of construction at Grand Haven. The aggregate cost of which will reach $350,000. What other city of its size is doing as well.
Irwin Bros. circus arrived from Holland this morning, and pitched their tents at the old circus grounds in Davis’ pasture. At 11 o’clock the parade took place and was very creditable. The management is a good one, among the animals being a large elephant, several lions, panthers, etc. A large crowd witnessed the performance this afternoon which was well spoken of.
Eighty-six schooners in the lumber trade are now lying in the Chicago River on account of the paralysis in the lumber trade. There are also several hundred idle sailors in the city.
The keel of Wm. H. Loutit’s large new steamer has been laid.
Grand Haven people are just now wondering how and where they will spend the 4th. With the World’s Fair, excursion to Muskegon, celebrations at Coopersville and Highland Park, surely there is plenty to choose from.
Fire works at Highland Park the evening of the 4th.
Remember the lunch at the Park Hotel on the 4th. It only costs 25cts. each.
The Corner Grocery’s delivery horse ran away early yesterday morning, badly injuring the wagon.
Will Sheldon has purchased the three lots, corner Elliot and 7th Sts. Upon which the Church of God will be held.
Marshal Klaver had four deputies on duty yesterday because of the circus, but everything passed off orderly and not an arrest was made.
The foundation of Dwight Sheldon’s new residence is up and the frame already started. When completed it will be one of the handsomest houses in Grand Haven.
George Kennedy, driver for the American Express Co., becomes a surfman in Grand Haven Life Saving Station tomorrow morning. Wm. L. R. A. Andres takes his place with the Express Co.
The ladies of Grand Haven will serve a lunch at the Highland Park Hotel on the 4th of July from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 25cts. each. They will also run a lunch counter in the Hotel office where ice cream, lemonade, fruits, cake, tea and coffee can be had at any tome of the day or evening.
Miss Frances Hunton of Grand Haven and W. E. Swift of Grand Rapids were united in marriage Tuesday June 27, by the Rev. John L. Jackson, Pastor Fountain St. church of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Swift left on the evening train for their future in Detroit.
Prof. E. L. Briggs before leaving for Coldwater spoke in highest terms of the way in which D. Vyn compensated him for the breaking of his stove in the runaway this week.
“California is the ideal winter home,” said Dwight Cutler, Jr., of Grand Haven in the New Livingston yesterday. “In summer it is not quite so ideal. The mercury sometimes go up to the 115° notch, and anybody but a native is melted by the heat. In the winter, though, with the thermometer from 60 to 70, and the sun as bright as it is here in June, California is little below an Eden.”―G. R. Herald.
Ring the Bells for Liberty is the Request of Mayor Bloecker.
TO THE CITIZENS OF GRAND HAVEN:
The World’s Fair commissioners are forming a program for the Fourth of July which foreshadows a monumental demonstration. This program is to be one of the most colossal ever conceived in connection with our national holiday. It is to satisfy the idea of the most extravagant patriotism in a demonstration of liberty bells, music, fireworks and popular rejoicing. Invitations are extended to every civic, military, benevolent and patriotic society in the nation to participate in parade on that day. All ceremonies are to begin at 11 o’clock. At high noon a flag will be raised on the Administration dome and the “New Liberty Bell” will be rung for the first time.
As its tones are struck it is requested that every bell in the nation will join it and thus proclaim liberty anew in the land. I believe Grand Haven’s good citizens should not be behind but join loud and long in the chorus of Liberty. To this and every bell and whistle in our city should begin ringing and blowing promptly at 1:20 o’clock Standard time on July 4th and continue for thirty minutes in commemoration of our national independence. Every flag in the city should be unfurled and our places of business and homes decorated with them and although we shall not have no general celebration will it be asking too much of our good citizens one and all to observe this anniversary of American Liberty in as patriotic way as possible and to join in that day with the cities of the Nation in proclaiming Liberty and Love for this grandest of all countries.
HENRY BLOECKER, Mayor.
The following complimentary notice to Grand Haven from the Muskegon Chronicle—S. E. Brown has purchased of A. Gustin the latter’s double store building and lot on Western avenue east of Terrace street. Mr. Brown will soon lay a cement sidewalk in front of the stores and will repaint and otherwise improve them. He is now busy laying cement walks at Grand Haven. He went there to put down about 1500 square feet and has since accepted enough orders to make a total of 6,000 square feet. Mr. Brown says Grand Haven is prospering. He had to come back to Muskegon to get laborers as there were none available there. All the people seem to be busy and are nearly a score of fine new residences being built this summer.
The haunted house is now occupied by Supervisor Robinson. The ghosts and spooks all followed Podunk John to Robinson.