The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. July 1892
VanderBosh Bros. are flying a big flag over their stores.
The Cutler House is preparing to feast its visitors on the Fourth.
The Bee Hive Grocery will close at noon on the Fourth of July.
Fire crackers, torpedoes and a full line of Fourth of July goods at Wright’s.
There will probably be a few fakers here Monday. Lookout for them and their games.
The committee of decoration requests citizens to decorate their homes and places of business, especially those along the line of march.
Jacob Baar can report $1200 additional pledges to the Furniture Factory stock. Let the good work go on.
Two Italians and a trick bear attracted a considerable crowd on the streets this morning, but they did not permit Bruin to wrestle because the “50 cents” they desired was not forthcoming.
A one-legged male fraud, accompanied by a one-armed female fraud, is at large in Ottawa county and is working the Odd Fellows, with a pleasing fiction to the effect that he is a member of the Sturgis lodge.—Grand Rapids Democrat.
A large crowd gathered at the corner of 7th and Washington St. last evening to witness the race between Henry Arkema on foot against Dwight Sheldon on bicycle. The stake was the honor and a little side bet of $5 by the contestants. Mr. Arkema had the lead at the start, but was half a length behind at the finish. Sheldon was declared winner.
Fred Jonker has the contract for the mason work in the new armory.
The steamer Favorite, while on the way from Saugatuck to this city broke down two miles south of Holland yesterday afternoon and narrowly escaped going on the beach. She was towed inside by the tug Lizzie Walsh.
No paper will be issued Monday.
Marshal Klaver arrested a drunk this afternoon on Washington St.
Dr. McNett’s racer, Crepe McNett was entered in the Kalamazoo races.
One of the largest eels ever caught here was pulled up by a resorter at the pier this morning.
Jacob Baar brought home s fine string of white bass from the pier this morning.
The name of the Cutler House, in neat design, has been placed on one of the plate glass windows.
Walter Baker is planning a wooden shoe race for the Fourth of July. It will take place at 9 0’clock on the morning of that day and will be from the Corner Grocery two blocks down Washington Ave.
The line of march on the Fourth of July will be on Franklin, Washington, Fulton and Second Sts. All on those streets are requested to decorate their residences and places of business. By order of the Committee on decoration.
The Grand Rapids Guard marksmanship contest will be held at Grand Haven July 4.
E. D. Blair has placed a flag pole on his residence and will hoist a Cleveland and Stevenson flag thereon.
If the weather is good 40 bicyclists will be down here tomorrow from Grand Rapids. They will spend the day in an ovation to the winners of the yacht-bicycle race and in wheeling about the city.
Fourth of July evergreens began arriving this morning.
The Spring Lake House was opened for the regular season yesterday.
Hooray for good weather. Monday will open up a good day, according to the weather bureau.
In the race down the river from Grand Rapids to this city tomorrow between the steam yacht and bicyclers, the yacht will be given one hour’s start.
Henry Yonker is planning the invention of a safety bicycle and before the summer is out, a factory for its manufactory may be in operation here.
Several of our dealers in fireworks and Fourth of July supplies began their customary fusillade last evening, which always takes place just before the fourth. Roman candles were shot across the street in great profusion and several tiles were badly damaged.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vegter went to the D., G. H. & M. depot this morning, Mrs. Vegter intended to take the early train for Grand Rapids. The steamer Wisconsin had just arrived and a large party of young fellows, who had come over on her were standing around, waiting for the train to leave. Mrs. Vegter stood very near them and when ready to go aboard the train found that her pocket book, containing nearly $25, was missing.
Mr. Vegteris of the opinion that his wife’s pockets were picked by one of these men. He said that they were roudyish lot, some of them the worse for liquor. The loss is a heavy one, especially just now, Mr. Vegter having broken his arm some time ago and is unable to work. The officers were notified, but the train had already left, and there was no direct proof against any of the crowd suspected.
THE GLORIOUS FOURTH.
Grand Haven Celebrates In Patriotic Style.
Fourth of July morning opened up clear but slightly cool. As the day advanced the sun’s rays became warmer and hundreds of visitors began pouring into the city. It is estimated that at lest 6.500 strangers were in town.
The advent of the Fourth was celebrated even as early as Friday evening by a large display of private fire works. On Saturday evening though the day had been very wet, the streets were crowded. A large amount of Muskegon sports roamed about the town indulging in fisticuffs when ever an opportunity offered.
Early Monday morning the festivities of the day began. The sleepless small boy and young man congregated in force and ushered in the day with the ringing of bells, blowing of whistles and the shooting of firecrackers. At 4 o’clock Doddington’s cannon made the regular morning salutes. Restaurant keepers and keepers of small stands had been up for hours, some of them all-night, getting ready for the crowd.
The first big load of excursionists to arrive was over the D., G. H. & M. the two Grand Rapids companies arrived on this train, also hundreds from the towns and villages along the route. The crowd from Grand Rapids was especially large and people enough to crowd ten passenger cars were left at the depot because the necessary transportation was not at hand. If enough cars had been provided for the occasion, at least 800 more people would have visited the city.
Promptly at 9 o’clock the parade started from 5th and Franklin St. The city band led the procession followed by Co. F. of this city and Co.’s E. and B. of Grand Rapids and the K. O. T. M. and German Working Men’s Society in goodly numbers. Dake Engine Works were well represented having one of their manufacture on a large wagon. Geo. Hancock’s display was admired by everybody. A wagon had been filled with flowers and plants and the wheels beautifully decorated. Henry Grevengoed, organs and sewing machines and Clark & Knight were especially noted also many other business places had a part in the parade. The life-saving crew and fire department brought up the rear. The procession on it’s return passed up Second St., to Leggatt’s grove where the speaking took place.
Rev. De Bruyn opened with prayer and Mrs. Elizabeth Van Toll followed with the declaration of Independence. The president of the day Jos. W. O’Brien then introduced the orator Hon. Peter J. Danhof who made a very able and patriotic address.
At one o’clock the athletic sports and games began. In the gents bicycle race there were eight starters. Geo. B. Ackerman, Dwight Sheldon and Chas. Dake. Sheldon went ahead at the start & finished the run of eight blocks ahead of his competitors. Ackerman took second prize, Dake and Ackerman collided on First street and this ended the race for first prize as far as they were concerned. Mr. Dake pulling out after the collision.
The boys bicycle race was a handicap and was around one square. Geo. D. Sanford was given the lead followed by Leonard Vaupell, Johnie Mieras and Clifford Pfaff in order named. It finished as it started, Sanford receiving first prize and Vaupell second.
The boys running race took place at 3:00 at the corner of Columbus and Third. Sherman Clark secured first money and Johnny Mieras second.
In the gents running race Si Harvey with John Hoffman second.
In the evening Co. F. and Cos. E. and B. of Grand Rapids marched to Central Park and dress parade was received by Lieut. Col. McGurren, Lieut. Pellegrom of Co. F. acting adjutant. The park was crowded and all were well pleased with the fine appearance of the soldiers.
At the conclusion of the parade the militia marched to the dock and were conveyed by the steamer Sprite to places they were to take during the naval battle. In the meantime the docks and every available place was filled with people who had come to see the crowning event of the day.
Capt. Mansfield was designated as commodore of the fleet, with Lieut. Pellegrom in charge of the flag ship. Sergeant Harbeck had charge of the gun boat. A big gun on the side of the river boomed away at intervals before the battle began in earnest. It was indeed a grand sight. There was a heavy roll of musketry and the boom of cannons intermixed with single fire as by a picket guard.
A large three masted ship came floating by the batteries when suddenly she burst into flames. Nothing grander has ever been seen here. The fire works and colored fires cast beautiful shadows upon the water, in colors resembling a rainbow. The fort was held by the Grand Rapids companies in charge of Lt. Col. McGurren. Co. F were stationed on the gun boat Sprite. Everybody, even the spectators entered into the spirit of the battle and the louder the musketry the more excited the crowd. Sergt. Harbeck in command of the gun boat expended his ammunition and was ordered by Capt. Mansfield to charge the fort. Though he had but a handful of men the charge was bravely made but the numbers were over-powering and they were repulsed. When the fight ended none but words of praise were heard for the way it had been conducted and passed off.
This was the last event of the day, ever to be remembered by our people. The visitors took the trains in waiting for them and everything is as ordinarily today.
Notes of the Day.
Some exuberant parties in their efforts to get into the Columbus St. school and ring the bell, Fourth of July morning burst upon the door, but finding still another door in the way, got on the roof, pulled up the rope, and made the early morning hideous for the neighbors.
In the proceedings of Saturday night a Muskegon tough, called D.A. Lane a hard name. A crowd of Grand Havenites would have resented the insult, by the administration of a good thrashing, but the Muskegons sidled off, and the officers appearing just then, ended the fun.
Miss Clara Roland, daughter of Mrs. Paul Vandenberg, lost a valuable diamond from a ring she was wearing last evening. From the appearance of the ring it looks to have been cut off and was probably the work of a thief.
One of our prominent confectioners says he will be the last to kick of yesterday’s proceedings. His place was full of customers all day.
Restaurants, saloons and side stands did a thriving business yesterday.
Hon. Thomas Hefferan, of Grand Rapids, says he never saw a finer sham naval display than that of last evening, except at the time of the soldiers encampment at Milwaukee. This was good, but was not on so large a scale.
A stranger was hit in the ear by a Roman candle Saturday night. It made only a skin wound but bled profusely. The fellow threatened to sue the city for allowing such sport.
Passengers crowded the steamer Atlanta to its upper decks on the excursion from Muskegon to this city yesterday. A low number places the number from six to eight hundred.
When the excursion train left for Muskegon last night, the whole train load gave three mighty cheers for Grand Haven. The train was so crowded that many remained here until this morning.
Owing to the illness of Dr. Vander Veen, Capt. Mansfield acted as marshal of the day. Lieut. Col. McGurren had charge of the battalion.
Through the courtesy of Pres. of the Day, J. W. O’Brien, the visiting officers and their ladies were given a ride on the steamer Sprite to Spring Lake.
The officers and men of the Grand Rapids companies have nothing but praise for the ay in which they were entertained while here.
The fire department were called out at 2 in the afternoon by the burning of a awning in front of Valom’s tailor shop. The awning was torn down before any damage had been done to the building. The fire department made a fire run to the satisfaction of the crowd, which were soon on the scene.
The bowery dance at the at the Andres House was well patronized all day.
The inability of Capt. Mansfield to secure ammunition made it necessary to dispense with the sham battle. The quartermaster was written to and also to Grand Rapids, Detroit and Chicago, but none could be had.
Capt. Mansfield entertained the visiting officers at the Park Hotel yesterday.
Co. E of Grand Rapids sent down 50 men under command of Capt. Ed. C. Bennett. Co. B 38 men under Capt. John D. Kromer.
The cannon on this side of the river last night made a remarkable echo against the big hill.
Mrs. Walter VanBemmelen, while standing in front of the Andres House last evening watching the naval battle, was knocked down by a falling skyrocket shot from across the river. She was badly injured about the face and a physician was called. During the excitement she lost a parasol which the finder will please return.
There were 700 guests at the Cutler during the day.
B. C. Mansfield cut quite a figure with his white painted pneumatic and big umbrella,
In the B. C. Mansfield special bicycle race which took place at 2:30 in the afternoon there were five contestants as follow: Geo. B. Ackerman, Chas Dake, John Bryce, Johnny Mieras, and Herman Nyland. Nyland finished first and Mieras second. The prize to the winner was a cyclometer, and instrument which tells speed and distance.
There was a general reunion of friends and relatives here yesterday.
One of the paper balloons sent up across the river in the evening landed on the residence of Mrs. Vinkenmulder on 8th street, setting the roof afire. Passersby saw the flames and they were extinguished with out the assistance of the department.
Over 200 parties took dinner at the Kirby and in all about 500 ate there during the day.
The Grand Rapids wheelmen stopped at the Kirby.
Marshal Klaver arrested two drunks during the day.
Mr. Grant Gerow of Ferrysburg had the misfortune to have her pockets picked while in the crowd during the day. The pocket book stolen contained four or five dollars.
E. L. VanWormer fed over 200 guests yesterday and turned away as many more.
Some of the crowd from outside stayed over until today to sober up.
A Muskegon man did a big business with a flying Dutchman.
Much credit is due the president.
Geo. D. Sanford uncovered his handsome new cement walk today and there is none finer in the city.
The steam yacht beat the bicyclers by about 10 minutes in the race down here from Grand Rapids Sunday.
Map makers will hereafter omit Holland from the map and place Waverly in its stead.
The Fire Department through the medium of the TRIBUNE wish to express their thanks to the young ladies who were so thoughtful and kind in furnishing the handsome flowers used in decorating the engine and carts.
Two pleasure seekers tied their row boat on the steamer Nellie to be towed to Spring Lake Sunday. On the way up the row boat tipped over and the two gentlemen narrowly escaped drowning, being fished out by a pike pole in the hands of Capt. Cobb,
An item recently published in the G, R. Democrat and republished in the TRIBUNE relative to a one legged male fraud and a one armed female fraud begging under a deception in this county is untrue. The parties referred to were a respectable man and woman who had the misfortune to lose their limbs. Mr. Brannan, the gentleman, would like to meet face to face the man who concocted the article.
Grand Haven Public Schools.
Report of Librarian from June15, 1891, until June 13, 1892”
No. of books in library at the beginning of year …….....2217
No. of books added during the year ………………….. 235
No. of books lost during the year …………………….......2
No. Of books in library at the close of year …………. 2450
No. of books replaced ……………………………….....38
“ “ repaired ………………………………......92
“ “ needing repairs ……………………………67
“ “ drawn from library …………………….. 9205
Amount collected as fines on books not
returned within the limit of time ….................................16.20
The library has been kept open to the public, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:30 o’clock each week during school year, and on Saturday evening, for one hour, from Nov. 21st. 1891, until June 1st, 1892.
ISABEL M. THOMPSON,
A vacant house at the lower end of Franklin street was discovered to be on fire at nine o’clock this morning. An alarm was immediately turned in to which the firemen responded promptly, doing good work in saving the lower part of the structure. The upper part is badly damaged. The house is owned by Dick Roosien and has been vacant for sometime. The cause of the fire is unknown though some surmise that a paper balloon or fire cracker fell on the roof as it started there.
There was not a bit of ice cream left in the city Fourth of July evening.
The Indian doctor at Spring Lake finds plenty of young lady admirers in that town.
The Grand Haven Orchestra played in Coopersville the fourth. Their music was highly spoken of.
The steamer Wisconsin brought over 40o people from Muskegon on Fourth of July.
The Maccabees gave their cry several times on the line of march Fourth of July.
N. Robbins, jr., coal and Boomgard & Sons, hardware, had a prominent place in the Fourth of July parade.
Dake Engine Manufacturing Co. shipped a large engine by American Express to Philadelphia last evening.
H. G. Chatfield of the Wiley water works lays good claim to being the champion shot of Grand Haven.
The M. E. church had cold lunch and ice cream parlors in Clark & Knights, Fourth of July. Over $60 was netted for the church.
The Electric Light Co. had the comniutators of their dynamo turned off today. Bloecker & Co. did the work.
Geo. D. Sanford was not handicapped alone in the boy’s bicycle race Monday, but started even with Leonard Vaupell.
W. C. Sheldon is laying a red sand stone walk in front of his residence. It is being sawed at Kilbourn’s quarry.
Frank Tucker’s Minstrels played to a small house last night. They surely deserve better, for no better minstrels ever touched here.
The Fourth of July picnic at Fruitport was a grand success. An able address was made by Hon. E. P. Gibbs of this city.
The Grand Haven baseball club were to have played the Chase Bros. Piano Co. of Muskegon this afternoon at the Pest house grounds but the latter did not put in an appearance.
While the Grand Rapids soldiers were eating lunch on the Opera House stage Monday one end of the floor caved in about two feet. There was a small panic for a time, the soldiers not knowing how far they were going to tumble. The scenery falling added to the excitement but no one was hurt. A too heavy weight on the stage was probably the cause of the let down.
Overcome by Gas.
H. W. Johnston, jr., this morning, while making a connection of the gas pipe, being laid to Wm. Thieleman’s residence with the main pipe near the Opera House, was overcome by gas. He stepped out of the trench remarking to one of the workmen that he wanted a drink. He had gone but a short distance when he fell over. A crowd quickly gathered and he was picked up in a lifeless condition and carried to the residence of Mr. Haines. Dr Walkley was summoned and in fifteen minutes he had been so far revived as to be able to stand up and walk home. Mr. Johnston is around again this afternoon as usual.
Passes the House.
Hon. T. W. Ferry received the following dispatch this afternoon. “House has passed river and harbor bill. Senate will do so this day.”
C. E. BELKNAP.
Mr. Jacob Baar of Grand Haven is in the city today and is enthusiastic over the success of his city’s home celebration yesterday, in which companies B and F of Grand Rapids participated. The naval display in the evening was a pronounced success and was witnessed by thousands of people from the banks of the river. The oration by Ottawa’s popular prosecuting attorney, Mr. Peter Danhof, was considered by all eloquent, polished and finished address.—G. R. Leader.
Kromer Cottage for sale at Highland Park. The lot was the first lot selected in the Park and none is more handsomely located. The cottage contains six rooms. Price $300. Call on premises.
World’s Fair Notes.
[This report, describing the participation of women at the World’s Fair, can be found in its entirety in the Evening Tribune on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
An eel was caught at the pier this morning.
E. D. Blair is flying the first Cleveland and Stevenson flag in this city.
Dwight Cutler and family are moving down to their Highland Park cottage.
The Goodrich steamer Atlanta is making an average of 18 miles an hour this year.
W. Van Putten’s horse, Van Pelts, took second money in the 2:30 trot at Manistee.
A muskelonge weighing 30 pounds was caught in Spring Lake last evening.
Business is so brisk at the Bee Hive that Jacob Baker has been placed behind the counter.
About half of the spiles for the end cribs of the south pier have been placed. John Walsh is doing the job.
The bicyclists who raced down to this city Sunday report the roads this side of Eastmanville in very poor shape.
Spring Lake is all torn up over an elopement. Little knots of people gather at every corner, and stay up late of nights to talk about it. Truly the little city of churches is becoming notorious.
The steam barge Francis F. Hinton arrived on Tuesday with a load of stone for the pier. Yesterday morning she went to Fruitport and cleared for Milwaukee last night with a load of pig iron.
Grand Haven gets $90,000 for its harbor. Muskegon, $75,000. Manistee, $50,000. Poor Ludington has been placed with such harbors as Saugatuck and Holland and will have to be content with $5,000.
The new river boat is launched today at Grand Rapids. It is built of pure ship steel three-six-tenths of an inch in thickness. It will be propelled by two engines having a sixty inch stroke. The builders have guaranteed that it will not draw more than 14 inches of water and with its powerful wheel will be able to get off any sandbar. One trip every day in the week will be made. About eighteen miles up river a handsome pavilion has been built which will be used for picnic purposes. The fare has been established at $1 return trip to Grand Rapids. Freight rates have not yet been established. Thomas Robbins will be the boat’s pilot and John M. Mitchell captain. The boat will be lighted by electricity and will be provided with a 2,600 candle power search light. She will be ready for regular trips in about ten days.
GRAND HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Important Statistics 1891-2.
[This report in its entirety can be found in the Evening Tribune on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
A cross walk is being laid on the corner of Columbus and Second St.
The Frankfort life saving crew is said to be the best drilled crew on the lakes.
The freight cargo will be carried in the hull of the new river steamer. The hull is between 4 and 5 feet deep.
Chas. Rouge’s bronco created quite an excitement on Washington St. this morning in an effort to overturn his buggy.
John DeSpelder was badly bitten in the leg by a dog Wednesday evening while on his way home. The wound was cauterized but the leg is badly swollen.
Wm. Loutit caught a large black bass this morning weighing four pounds. Will now has a chance for Brandstettler’s second prize. The three largest bass yet caught and in competition for the prizes weighing 3¾, 4, and 4¼ lbs. The contest is now on in good earnest.
Joseph Kreuthmeir a Grand Rapids wheelman rode down on his wheel yesterday from that city. He came along the D., G. H. & M tracks taking six hours for the trip. The path along the track was so poor that for fully ten miles he had to walk and push his wheel along. He returned last evening by train.
The Spring Lake Basket factory burned this afternoon about 1:30. Its destruction will be a severe blow to Spring Lake interests.
Messrs. Agnew, Heald and Doyle, prominent officials of the C. & W. M. were at Highland Park Hotel yesterday. It is their plans it is said to build a good road from the main line to the Park and it was with this view that the ground was looked over.
The case of Holcomb against VanDougen and Jonker is being heard before Justice Pagelson this afternoon. The suit arose out of work done on Akeley College by Mr. Holcomb and a certain amount, which he claims is due him by the contractors. James Danhof is attorney for the defendant and W. I. Lillie for the prosecution. The jury is as follows: Seth Moss, C. L. Veenstra, Joseph Koeltz, Fred Pfaff, John Brandstettler and James Young. The prosecution have as a witness a stone cutter from Holland, Mr. Richard Morrell.
Live turtles in barrels do not appear on the tariff sheet of a railroad, but nevertheless from twenty to thirty barrels of turtle soup in “the rough” pass through this city weekly. They are shipped from Grand Haven to Cincinnati and are used for culinary purposes. The turtles are the common “snapping” turtle and are shipped alive. The man who is picking the crop around the Haven is said to have stumbled into a “gold mine.”—G. R. Herald.
Picnics are now in order.
W. C. Sheldon and family are now located at the Park.
The Spring Lake Basket Factory was not totally destroyed by fire yesterday, the roof only being damaged.
Lumber is being carried out to Highland Park daily and new cottages going up. Let the good work go on.
The Racine brought over a large number of Highland Park resorters this morning. Among them two families from Joliet and La Grange, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Passeble of Chicago arrived this morning by steamer Racine to spend a month at Highland Park. Mr. and Mrs Passeble spent last summer at the Park and are highly pleased with the place, but think that with a few more attractions we would get many more resorters here, especially from Chicago. They had with them a handsome brindle Dane bitch, bred by John Altenbach, Chicago. She is eight months old, bred from imported Apolda of Germany from Pluto and Flora. She attracted a great deal of attention this morning by her fine build and figure. Mr. Passeble promises to be here next summer with as handsome a string of dogs as were ever seen.
The suit of Mr. Holcomb against VanDongen & Jonker to receive $70 was heard before Justice Pagelson yesterday. Mr. Holcomb had been hired by the above named contractors to do the stone work on the Akeley College building. According to the contractors Mr. Holcomb worked 227 hours for which they were allowed 30 cents an hour. This would amount to $68. Mr. Holcomb had already received $50. The jury granted the contractor’s hours, but settled upon Mr. Holcomb’s wages would leave $40.80 to be paid by Messrs. VanDongen & Jonker and also the costs of the suit.
Beer Stole Twice.
Two men were noticed emerging from the C. & W. M. House shortly before ten o’clock last night with a keg of beer with which they were to take to a party. When they reached the scene of merriment a party of four fellows who had been taking part overpowered the two men with the keg of beer and took it, themselves. The young fellow hid the keg intending to partake of its contents after the festivities. A place which they thought out of reach of all eyes was found and the crowd left for the party once more, rejoicing over the good luck in the theft of the beer. But they were mistaken when they thought the keg secure, for two young men were emerging from a hiding place near by, shortly afterwards, and themselves taking the beer. This time it was hid in a little hill just back of ______’s barn but not before the two gentlemen had quenched their thirst. When the crowd that first stole the keg cam back they were very much surprised and not the least bit wrathy, but didn’t kick much. The two last thieves are today laughing over the way the crowd was gulled.
Dr. Vanderveen is the next to lay a cement walk in front of his residence.
Commencing tonight Seth Moss will have charge of the dynamo’s and city pump’s at the Electric Light Plant. Mr. Moss has had previous experience at the plant as is the right man in the right place. Chas. Macomber continues as day man.
The street sprinkler has began its rounds for the summer.
The bowery dance at the Andres House Saturday night crowded the place to its fullest capacity.
At Kirby’s ship yard a tug is being built for the lake fishery. She will be several feet longer than the Joe.
A big freight train broke apart in two places on the Washington St. crossing Saturday night, delaying horse traffic for about 30 minutes.
Rev. J. E. Wilkinson has resigned as pastor of Saint John’s church and will devote his entire time to the work of Akeley Institute.
Mrs. A. DeBruyn died yesterday morning after a long illness. Mrs. DeBruyn was over 70 years of age and her death was brought on my sickness incident to old age.
The vile insinuations made about some of our best and most respected citizens recently, in a sensational Chicago paper were wholly uncalled for. It is rumored on good foundation that home talent had a good deal to do with it.
The steam yacht Direct of Grand Rapids came down yesterday with five gentlemen comprising the crew. She is very trim and neat with two feet depth of hold, and is owned by ten Grand Rapids citizens. They ate their dinner at the slip and showed remarkable appetites, and it looks as if they would have to enlarge their boat or procure a consort to carry provisions, or locate supply stations at short intervals. We heard them say as they were passing Beech Tree that if they got home without an accident they would have something to brag about. Nothing has been heard of any misfortune befalling them this morning, and they undoubtedly reached the Valley City safe and sound.
Supposed Horse Thief Captured.
It was two weeks ago Saturday night a valuable team of horses was stolen from Luman Jenison’s barn the village of Jenison. Joseph Josh of Allegan county lost a horse the same night. The next day one of Jenisons horses was found dead on the highway. This horse was replaced by the one stolen from Josh. Deputy Sheriff Whitbeck of Fennville near where farmer Josh lives, discovered the trail leading to this city or Muskegon. Sheriff Vaupell notified sheriff Smith of Muskegon county to keep on the lookout. This was Friday night, but it seems that the thief had already reached Muskegon and had his stolen plunder in an alley just north of Walton street. Sheriff Smith at four o’clock Saturday morning found a clue at Muskegon Heights but upon tracking it for a short distance lost it.
In the meantime Henry Sprick of this city, who had met the thief on his way to Muskegon, had telephoned a description of the outfit to Herman Langkawel, a Muskegon livery man , who had had some dealings with the fellow. Langkawel knew where he kept his horses and notified the sheriff. A trip was made to the barn and the stolen outfit discovered.
After some search sheriff Vaupell. Deputy Whitbeck and the Muskegon officers discovered a fellow in a restaurant on east Western Ave. Mr. Vaupell arrested him there. He gave his name as Chas. Averill and said he lived in Chicago. Mr. Vaupell took the man to the C. & W. M. depot and went to Fennville to see if any one could identify him there. He returned on the 7 o’clock train Saturday evening and landed his prisoner in jail.
The sheriff said the fellow was identified by several at Fennville but not by the name of Averill. He is an old resident of those parts and his true name is Norman Sweeney. He has served a term in Jackson for stealing an ox team. The fellow denies all this and says they are all lies.
It is said he was a member of the Orr gang which some 20 or 25 years ago terrorized all Allegan county by their lawlessness. This gang was broken up by Sheriff Henderson of that county, and Sweeney was in jail at the time. During his confinement he twice attempted to break jail.
He is undoubtedly the man wanted and is probably at the end of his thieving career for at least several years. The dray he drove to Muskegon this spring is supposed to have been stolen, and it is thought he belongs to an organized gang of horse stealers. His hearing will probably take place tomorrow.
This weather is bringing the resorters.
Miss Katie Rice of the Highland Park Hotel reads at the musicale.
An other large muskalonge weighing 18 pounds was caught in Spring Lake Saturday.
The city sprinkler tipped over at the water works this morning throwing off the tank and damaging the wagon slightly.
Deputy sheriff Christmas had an exciting encounter some years ago with one of the Orr gang of which Sweeney was a member.
Max Cramer, a boy about 14 years old employed in the Kit factory had the fingers of his left hand split open and badly bruised last week, while trying to stop a circular saw.
Norman Sweeney, or as he styles himself, Chas. Averill, was brought before Justice Pagelson this morning. His hearing was laid over until Monday and in default of $1,000 bail, he was marched back to jail by the sheriff. Geo. A. Farr is his attorney.
A look at Sweeney would not indicate him a general all around crook and thief. By appearance he looks to be a farm hand. On one side of his cheek is a scar which old citizens of Fennville say was caused by a knife, in a fight many years ago. While in court this morning his eyes rolled restlessly over the room but otherwise he displayed no emotion.
While in Fennville and adjacent towns with the sheriff Saturday, he was identified as Norman Sweeney by many citizens. One man who looked at him said that he went to school with him when a boy. Another new him by the scar on his face.
He was also identified by persons who saw him on the road with the stolen articles. The stolen buggy belonged to Frank D. Spaulding of Pearl, Allegan Co.
It was about a month ago that a large lot of green hides were stolen from the tannery. Part of these were found with the other stolen articles in Muskegon. The amount of goods positively known to have been stolen by this man amounts to nearly $1,000.
Sheriff Vaupell is sure the man is none other than the noted Norman Sweeney, who for almost 30 years, unbroken only by prison terms, has led a lawless life. Even when a boy he turned to thievery, and other petty crimes. The section of Allegan county, near Ganges, where he was born and grew up, was conducive to a lawless life. The only really honest people in that community then, were kept in constant terror of the Orr gang. This gang Sweeney grew up with. From a common chicken thief he grew up to be a horse thief and not adverse to crime.
Several members of the gang including Sweeney, were once arrested and lodged in the Allegan county jail. Sweeney made two attempts at escape but was nipped at the proper time. One night when these men were in jail the other members of the gang surrounded the building with the intention of liberating the prisoners, but they were scared off by Sheriff Henderson and posse.
Sweeney has served time at Jackson and two in Juliet. The sheriff has written the warden of Joliet to send him his record.
A very important clue was found by Sheriff Vaupell this morning. It was a letter post marked from Glenn, Allegan county, stating that two of the Orr’s had returned to the county. Despite this, and the fact that he had been identified many times, Sweeney, like a genuine criminal, keeps silent. He shows plainly that he does not like to be called Sweeney and takes it as an insult.
The sheriff has a bad man on his hands. If his old pals can liberate him they will do so quicker than a wink. A knife pressed into his cell could be used to big advantage by Sweeney.
The case attracts a great deal of attention and the outcome is awaited with interest.
Annual School Meeting.
[The Grand Haven school financial report can be found in its entirety in the Evening Tribune on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
Whitmore’s circus departed for Fruitport this afternoon. The whole party did not have a cent amongst them and the manager had to put up his watch with Capt. Cobb in order to get out of town.
While Carl Rhodes and Ed Pennoyer were sailing on the river last evening a squall came up suddenly tipping the boat over. They managed to to get the boat ashore and after righting her started for the side. They had not gone far when she again capsized. A large crowd had gathered by the time, ready to be of assistance if needed, but terra firma was reached at last.
During the severe thunder storm of last night, the electric light wire in some parts of the city was struck. The shock was a terrific one and every light immediately went out. Down at the electric plant all was confusion. The lightning bolt had driven the artificial electricity back to the dynamo, stopping that, and throwing off the belt which connects the dynamo with the engine. For a moment only a vivid flame vying with the sun, lit up the room, accompanied by a noise which would strike terror to a novice, then all was darkness and pandemonium.
Engineer Moss found his way to the engine and shut off the steam. The dynamo was examined and found luckily to be all right. In fifteen minutes the lights were again burning.
The bolt was too powerful for the lightning arresters to stop. Two of the teeth were burned off. If the bolt had been a little stronger the dynamo would undoubtedly have burned out.
Notwithstanding all this there is no more danger in the electric plant building than out of doors or in one’s own home. The electric wires have a great attraction during a storm, but the lightning is carried along the wires and consumes or jumps on the dynamo. The burning of the dynamo is the only one great danger.
World’s Fair Notes.
[This report, describing the size and scope of the fair, can be found in its entirety in the Evening Tribune on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
Two Bad Ones.
George Maxfield the pickpocket arrested while doing the crowd at the Coopersville races was taken there by Shriff Vaupel today for examination. He was bound over to circuit court.
Maxfiled and Sweeney constituted the toughest pair who ever coupled a cell in Grand Haven jail. Maxfield in appearance is a slippery looking fellow and his efforts to escape from the clutches of the law at Coopersville proved him so. He was discovered in the act of picking a gentleman’s pockets. Several men jumped on him but he deftly managed to throw them aside. After running through several stores and back alleys he was captured and will undoubtedly wear Jackson prison stripes in a few months.
The bicyclers make a run to Spring Lake tomorrow evening.
The president has put his signature to the river and harbor bill and all’s well.
The Pottawattamie Indians have been awarded $196,626 by the government for the land taken from them some years ago.
Mrs. Van Bemelen of Grand Haven turned her eyes toward the starry heavens and a skyrocket stick came down and cut the end of her nose squarely off.—G. R. Democrat.
Mr. Isbell of Ferrysburg caught a black bass weighing one once less than four pounds last week. Pennoyer and Loutit are safe yet but keep a close watch on all incoming fishermen.
The Highland Park Pavilion committee are hustling in the funds for its building.
A letter from Allegan states positively that Norman Sweeney was sent to Jackson from there some years ago.
A tramp in town yesterday was asked where pedestrians of his ilk remained in the summer. ‘Doing the country, said he, and it’s a dead snap. In fact it’s a picnic. We get plenty to eat from the farm houses and the rest of the time sleep in some shady place or shed. In the winter we head for the cities and by getting pulled and sent up two or three months, manage to live the year through.
Sheriff Vaupell has in his possession a team of horses taken from Norman Sweeney alias Chas. Averill and which are suppose to have been stolen. One of the horses is a light bay weighing 1350 pounds, the other a dark bay having a touch of hooves not shod. The sheriff would also like to recover the team and wagon stole at Jenison. Sweeney has probably disposed of this team to some gullible party.
The second concert for the benefit of the piano fund was given at the Unitarian church last evening, and although the weather was unpleasantly warm a large and appreciative audience was in attendance, which had an inspiring effect on those taking part and caused the programme to be carried through with verve, which is not a characteristic of summer night concerts. All the selections were gems and were perfectly rendered and if our space would permit, were worthy of special mention. The command which little nine year old Ida VanDugteren has over her chosen instrument, the violin, was shown in her execution of a Gavotte, and it is to be regretted, that she would not respond to an encore. The vocal solo of Mrs. S. H. Boyce “He was a Prince’ while not bringing out the full power of her voice, showed its sweetness and purity and called forth applause to which she responded with “O Promise Me.”
The Ladies Quartette, Mesdames VanderVeen, Koster, Boyce and Squier gave “The Song of the Triton” by “Molloy” in their happiest manner. Their second number “Last Night” was without question the piece de resistance, and will add to the many brilliant successes, which this well known quartette has made in concerts in the past.
The financial success was equal to the musical, but there is one thing we regret and that is that the programme was not longer.
One man sprained his jaw today from remarking so often “Is it warm enough for you.”
ED. TRIBUNE:―I wish through your columns to call attention of the street commissioners to Third St., which is in a dirty and untidy condition. Washington St., was cleared of Fourth of July rubbish the day after, while Third St., is yet filled with brush and remains of firecrackers, etc. A thoroughfare traveled as much as it is should certainly receive some attention. It is the regular route for passengers to and from the C. & W. M. depot and the impression made upon visitors is surely not a good one. Let the street force get immediately to work. TAX PAYER.
Grand Haven B. B. club and Coopersville B. B. club are playing at the pest house grounds this afternoon.
The town clock has been five minutes slow for the past two weeks but was changed this noon, but not before several parties missed their trains in consequence.
The D., G. H. & M. Ry has made a special round trip rate to Grand Rapids to attend Barnum & Bailey circus August 2nd. The fare will be $1.40 round trip.
Certain people in this city have been noticed to turn the hose on the electric light when lit. If the water had been a continuous stream and parties holding the hose had touched the nozzle a shock would have been the result. Two firemen were killed in this way in Kansas City last winter their stream touching a live wire.
A prominent Grand Rapids physician does not believe bicycling to be healthful. He thinks the average rider would grumble loud and long if compelled to do the same amount of manual labor at any other work. The position of most riders also tends to make round shoulders.
At the meeting of the State Board of Health, July 12, 1892, relative to the reported prominence of cholera in foreign countries, and possibly being brought to this country, Dr. Baker remarked that it would be a particularly unfortunate time if cholera should soon reach Chicago or Detroit because it tends to spread in much the same way that typhoid fever does, only with much greater rapidity, and typhoid fever is unusually prevalent in Chicago and appears to have been increasing lately in Detroit. If cholera should gain entrance to either city so many of our people visit those cites that we might soon find cholera spread in many places throughout Michigan. This office is prepared to issue circulars, which are already printed advising local health officers just how to restrict cholera.
The government steamer Hancock was in port this morning.
Steamer Annie Lowe owned by Sherwood Hall of Brown, Hall & Co. arrived this afternoon from Grand Rapids.
The second alarm of fire this afternoon was caused by a sawdust fire, dangerously near the C. & W. M. store house.
An alarm of fire was turned in from Corn Planters at 2:15 this afternoon but the firemen were turned back before reaching there.
Mayor Kirby has torn down the fences and now our citizens are allowed to pass over eight rods of cement walk not to be surpassed in the state of Michigan.
The C. & W. M. Ry have a large force of men laying tracks along Water St. A track will be laid along that street to Highland Park and also to the company’s dock.
The engines for the new steamer, Valley City were built by a Pittsburg firm and that institution have a man at Grand Rapids testing them now.
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Cosgrove who is troubled with heart disease, is now being treated by the great Chicago heart specialist, Dr. A. E. Haliday. Mr. Cosgrove returned from Chicago with this son this morning. Dr. Haliday expresses much hope for recovery. Several trips to Chicago will have to be made.
[Historical note: Little Freddie Cosgrove died of heart disease seven years later at the age of 13. The famous Grand Haven attorney and poet David Fletcher Hunton wrote a memorial poem to him. http://www.sandhillcity.com/f_cosgrove.htm ]
More credit should be given Deputy Sheriff John Whitbeck of Fennville and also B. D. Keppel for the capture of Norman Sweeney. Sheriff Vaupel thinks that that had it not been for Mr. Whitbeck, Sweeney would still be at large, Mr. Whitbeck is well acquainted with that country and deftly tracked the horse thief on his journey to Muskegon.
Sheriff Vaupell went to Fennville this morning to subpoena witnesses to be present at the examination of Norman Sweeney next Monday.
Baseball game yesterday between Coopersville and Grand Haven won by home team, score 15 to 9. Our boys played good ball after the first four innings, but they owe their victory to the fact that while the visitors were strong individually, they were lamentably weak in team work. The first four innings were made up of errors and fast play on both sides but after that the game was a good one and would have repaid all lovers of the national game, if they had turned out. The Grand Haven base ball club is composed of clever ball players, and there is no reason why we should not have many first class games this season, if the citizens would encourage the boys by putting in an appearance at their games.
[The game in its entirety, players, Sheldon Field, box scores, etc. can be found in the Evening Tribune on microfilm at Loutit Library]
A peculiar phenomena was noticed in the heavens Wednesday night about 9:30 and attracted the attention of many citizens, namely long luminous streamers going in parallel across the sky in an easterly direction, and many were the solutions given for this display by spectators, among them were heard, “Due to the proximity of Planet Mars to the Earth,” “Caused by refraction of light by heat,” “the electric light” etc. At midnight the solution was apparent to any who may have been on the street, simply long fleecy clouds illuminated by rays from the Aurora Borealis which was remarkably brilliant at that hour and equaled the one of February.
Shortly after the arrest of Albert Smith in this city some months ago with a team stolen from L. H. Clapp of Muskegon, it was discovered that he was the man who stole a team of horses belonging to James Henderson of Manistee and had taken one of them to Chicago, where he used it in the back business. He also stole a road cart at that time from Peter Damm of Muskegon. With this stolen rig Smith took the Goodrich boat to Chicago from this city. Sheriff Smith of Muskegon worked on the case and has at last found the horse in the livery stable on Lake avenue. The horse had been sold to these livery-men by Smith’s wife ten days after his arrest by Sheriff Vaupell.
The county will expend $1500 to make improvements on the jail this year.
There were many seasick passengers on the steamers that arrived this morning.
Mrs. Louis VanDyke of Spring Lake had her pockets picked here the Fourth.
Seventh St., was crowded with pedestrians last night, the fire near the bridge attracted many that way.
Many early rises this morning noticed frost on the ground. In Bass River there was quite a severe frost.
The smoke rolled so heavy across the Spring Lake bridge yesterday afternoon that many teams were obliged to wait.
The laying of the track to Highland Park by the C. & W. M. is progressing nicely. Ground is in shape already to the glass works.
Capt. Robbins, Supt. of Life Saving Service has secured the location of the supply station at his city. This station will be one of the three required in the entire Life Saving Service in the U. S.
One of our enterprising confectioners is said to have made a good rental offer to the Pavilion committee when that building is completed at Highland Park, for the use of a stand in the center, where refreshments, candies &c. will be served.
The steamer Wisconsin could not make Muskegon yesterday and turned back. This, too, in mid summer.
Three electric light poles on the approach to the Spring Lake bridge were burned down by the sawdust fire yesterday, and the lamp at the bridge will not be lit until Monday evening.
Hiram Prium of Chicago, has placed in the residence of S. H. Boyce an instantaneous gas lighting arrangement known as the electric gas lighter. By simply pressing a button the gas jets all over the house are lit.
Muskegon’s “Death harbor” was the scene of another wreck yesterday. The schooner Ames was making port in the afternoon with a load of stone. The sea drove her against the pier knocking a big hole in her bow. She immediately sank in the channel. The cargo was valued at $5,000.
Yesterday was a wild one on the lakes. The wind that came up in the afternoon stirred things up lively. Four schooners, the Ralph Campbell, Robert Howlett, Magdeline and Jesse Winters were wind bound at the pier.
This is what the Allegan Gazette says of horse thief Sweeney: “It is now well established that the thief is the same Norman Sweeney who stole a yoke of oxen some twelve years ago, for which he was arrested and jailed at Allegan, but before this trial broke jail and escaped. He liberated four other prisoners at the same time and was never recaptured. At that time he was a member of a gang of thieves infesting this part of the state, and is a notorious horse thief. That he is safe behind bars will be a source of satisfaction to all, and especially those who suffered from his depredations.
Since two o’clock yesterday afternoon there have been five fire alarms. Three of these were still burning. The first alarm was caused by a fire on the roof of one of the Corn Planter buildings. The second a sawdust blaze near the C. & W. M. depot. The third was another sawdust fire near the Kit factory. About four o’clock yesterday afternoon the department were called to Buswell’s old yard between the Spring Lake bridge and the railroad tracks. For several years past this place has given the firemen a great deal of trouble. The fire smolders under the slabs and breaks out in flames whenever a wind springs up. This fire burned all night but was confined to certain territory until this morning about five o’clock when still another alarm was sent in and the whole department sent to the scene.
The steambarge Francis H. Hinton arrived yesterday with stone for the pier.
The fire alarm this morning was caused by the fire on Buswell’s sawdust breaking out afresh.
Ed. Pennoyer threatens to spend six hours a day fishing or until he catches a bass weighing six pounds.
A St. Louis gentleman remarked the other day that Highland Park was better known in St. Louis than in Grand Haven.
The sawdust yards will prove no end of expense to the city, in the way of fires until something is done to prevent it from burning.
Marshal Klaver and Deputy Brouwer arrested three fellows on the street this afternoon considerably the worse for liquor and without a cent to their names.
The suction pipe of the steamer Rix Robinson was broken at the sawdust fire this morning. The Spring Lake engine is now doing the work.
Photographer Baker took four fine views of the harbor for local parties this afternoon. The steamer Milwaukee on her way out to Muskegon stopped near the mouth of the harbor and a fine view was obtained in this way.
Hugo Bloecker caught a black bass at the end of the south pier this morning weighing four pounds eleven ounces and a half. Mr. Bloecker now leads in the race for Brandstetter’s prize with Ed. Pennoyer second.
Capt. Louis Bon has been appointed assistant light house keeper. Mr. Bon moved from here shortly to accept a similar position at Manistee light, but has not yet accepted.
The old driving track at Peach Plains is now a field of beans. When the track was first made many years ago, some of the fastest horses in the country at that time trotted over it, and its originators expected to see Grand Haven a great horse town. The great Bodino, one of the fastest horses of the day, trotted and exhibition there.
Speckled trout and grayling may be caught with hook and line only and from May 1 to September 1. Trout, grayling and salmon less than six inches in length must be put back in the water. Brook trout and grayling must not be caught or shipped for sale.
Inland lakes. Nothing but hook and line can be used in any inland lake. Even set lines and night lines are prohibited, and to be found on a lake with a spear, jack, net, set lines, artificial light, explosives, etc., is prima facis evidence of guilt.
Coopersville Not In It.
Grand Haven’s base ball club played a return game with the E. N. P.’s at Coopersville Saturday and easily vanquished the Coopervillians. A large crowd went up with the G. H.’s on the D., G. H. & M. train nearly all putting up at the Maxwell House for dinner.
Grand Haven was first at bat and improved the opportunity to get in live runs. In every inning after that but two, three runs or more were made by the Stars and the E. N. P. fielders were kept busy chasing fly balls. Besides doing good work with the stick, the Stars did excellent work in the field and errors on their part were few. The E. N. P.’s area gentlemanly set of players and took defeat good naturedly. Following is the score by innings.
[The remainder of this article including box scores and game notes can be found on microfilm at Loutit Library.]
The examination of Norman Sweeney alias Chas. Averill was held before Justice Pagelson this morning. Six witnesses as follows were called upon, Edgar Rouse, and Perry Wright, Ganges; Sheriff Vaupell, Eugene Jenison and Martin Bosch all of Jenison
Rouse testified to having seen Sweeney pass his house that Sunday morning. Said he always noticed passers by who did not look just right. One of the horses which Sweeney was driving appeared to be sick. Mr. Rouse asked him if his horse was not sick. His only reply was yes. Would not swear positively to the prisoner being the man referred to but was almost certain.
Mr. Wright of Ganges also thought the respondent the man saw that Sunday but would not swear positively. I met Sweeney when he had but one horse and was helping that horse in pulling the wagon. He asked Sweeney where the other horse was, Sweeny replied that it had dropped dead on the road. He had no other conversation with him.
Sheriff Vaupell’s testimony was to the effect that he had arrested Sweeney, stated where and when and what he found. Said the harness which he found in the stable had been identified by Jenison’s hired man. Louis Jenison was called and sworn. He gave a description of the property stolen from him. He identified the horse found dead in the road as his own. Estimated the value of the animal at $300.
Martin Bosch is the hostler and hired man for Mr. Jenison, identified the harness found in the barn at Muskegon as Mr. Jenison’s. Estimated its value from $12 to $14. Eugene Jenison also testified.
At 12 o’clock further examination was adjourned until Saturday, July 30.
Sweeney sat during the whole examination composed as usual, whichever way the testimony. His lips he keeps firmly shut indicating resolution. After the examination had been adjourned he was taken back to jail by Sheriff Vaupell.
William Caughell will start at high noon Monday, August 1, from Central Warf, Muskegon to row across Lake Michigan to Chicago. The boat is a 13½ foot row boat with 3½ beam. He will be accompanied by a tug out of sight of land to be sure that he will take no means onboard to rig a mast and sail. His intention is to row the entire distance and afterwards exhibit the boat at the World’s Fair. He says “I am perfectly confident,” he said, “that the trip can be made with ease, and undertake it without fear. I am now in training, rowing my boat out every day on the little lake from central wharf where I keep it. I expect that the trip across the lake will take about a week, counting possible rough weather. My provisions will be canned goods and I shall need to carry no water. The course will be southwest by quarter south and I shall follow the needle.
The steam yacht Lottie came down the river yesterday.
Aurora borealis was very brilliant again Saturday evening.
The schooner Cheney Ames, sunk at the mouth of Muskegon harbor, is being raised.
In yesterday’s notes of the ball game we inadvertently failed to mention the fine playing of H. Northouse. His work with the bat and in the field was not phenomenal, but of that order characteristic to success.
The one horse show which was here last week and pitched a tent opposite the D., G. H. & M. depot gave such a rotten and immoral exhibition at Nunica Saturday that they were rotten egged by the citizens. The long haired man threatened to clear out of town but was not given a chance.
A long drawn whistle from the match factory about 10 o’clock last evening brought many people from their homes to the supposed scene of the blaze. An alarm was sent in and the fire department responded but there was no blaze. In some way the steam had become unmanageable causing the whistle to blow.
The fastest mile on a bicycle was made in 2:10.
N. I. Beaudry rides a fine pneumatic wheel.
Two drills a week hereafter for the Co. F. boys, until after the return from the World’s Fair grounds.
The steam boiler apparatus for Akeley Institute is on the ground. The boiler was made by Johnston Bros. of Ferrysburg.
The Coils Tightening.
There arrived on the steamer Racine this morning Wm. Boyd, a detective from Chicago accompanied by Mr. Fred Raddatz and Henry Coburn who live in a Chicago suburb and Mr. John J. Coburn, an attorney of Chicago. These gentlemen came for the purpose of identifying the team found in Sweeney’s possession at the time he was arrested two weeks ago the coming Saturday.
[This story can be found in its entirety on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
The lumber for the new pavilion is being hauled down to the Park
John Luikens will be chief engineer of the new river steamer Valley City.
Co. F will soon have the new regulation buttons, which they will wear to camp.
Col. McGurren writes Capt. Mansfield to know if he can furnish two men for the bicycle corps.
Capt. Kirby will build a pier to the lake from Highland Park shortly to land passengers from the steamer Sprite.
It is said that an excursion from Grand Rapids to Highland Park will arrive next Sunday, and go to the Park by the C. & W. M. track now being laid.
While Lendert Dunkerke was making haste for the scene of the supposed fire Monday night he was knocked down by some bicyclist also making haste that way. Mr. Dunkerke was hurt quite badly about the head. He says he knows the party riding the wheel.
The new steamer Valley City will arrive next Monday from Grand Rapids. Am excursion crowd of four or five hundred will come down with her.
John Bryce, H. C. Mansfield, Herman Nyland and George P. Ackerman started at 7 o’clock this morning on their trip to Grand Rapids by wheel. They go to Spring Lake and thence by the river road.
Fire in the old saw mill docks at Grand Haven and Spring Lake has caused a great deal of trouble during the past two weeks, and A. Bilz of Spring Lake is advancing a scheme to bring sand from the hills through a siphon a distance of a mile and a half to cover the docks and fire.―G. R. Democrat.
A gentleman entered a store on Washington street last night and when approached by the young lady clerk and asked what he wanted he said he wished one dollar. Without thinking the young lady gave it to him and the woman walked away much to her amazement.
‘There is plenty of water in the river this summer,” observed Capt. Muir of the steamer Barrett this morning. I measured it yesterday and it stands two feet above low water mark, and the indications are the level will be high all summer, and that we will have no trouble to do business on account of the bars. We are handling a good deal of freight this summer, and doing quite a passenger business besides.”—G. R. Leader.
Returned With the Horses.
Messrs. Coburn, senior and junior, Raddatz and Boyd, returned to Chicago by Goodrich boat last evening taking with them the horses found in Sweeney’s possession and which they identified as their own.
Mr. Coburn said that Sweeney would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law by them as soon as he was finished here. They consider him a tough one but think that a dose of Chicago justice would satisfy his thieving propensities for some time.
The State Encampment.
Capt. F. A. Mansfield has received the following orders from headquarters of the first Brigade relative to the annual encampment which we publish in part.
In compliance with G. O. No. 7, A. G. O., the General commanding hereby assumes jurisdiction for the distance of a quarter mile around the camp at Island Lake, for the encampment of 1892.
While en route to and from camp, the senior officer present with troops will assume command, and will be held responsible for the good conduct of the troops for the time being. A guard will be stationed at the doors of every car, and the enlisted men will not leave the cars without permission of the commanding officer.
Citizens clothing must not be taken to camp. The fatigue uniform with leggings, haversacks and canteens will be worn to and from camp. Helmets and uniform coats should packed and forwarded with other stores, and it is hoped that every bit of extra baggage or unnecessary stores will be dispensed with.
No part of the State uniform will be worn by waiters, cooks, or in fact any employees while in the camp.
It is very important that Company officers impress on the minds of the men that it is their duty to salute every officer, and that they keep the fatigue coat buttoned and shoes properly blackened. Colored or tennis shoes must not be worn.
Tossing in blankets, “Hoodlum bands,” and all unnecessary noise is positively forbidden.
A two and three hundred yards rifle range will be established in camp, and it is hoped that in the intervening time before camp, where it is possible for preliminary practice, that every available man will be given an opportunity to shoot. Where target practice is possible, a lieutenant will keep an accurate score of each man’s work at every range, and report in writing to Lieut. Col. Chas. Dupont, Inspector of Rifle practice, as soon after his arrival in camp as possible.
Short practice marches will be taken by two regiments each day, and company officers will post themselves fully as to advance any rear guards. Per. 636 to 645, drill regulations. As invitations will be received from the citizens of Detroit for the Brigade to visit that city for a day. Transportation and entertainment will be provided by them. The day succeeding the last day of camp will doubtless be selected, but the troops cannot receive pay for the extra day. It is thought that all will enjoy such a trip, and the different commands can leave for their home stations as well from Detroit as from camp.
The general looks for a marked improvement in the performance of every duty by the men, and hopes that every member of the State troops will take a just pride in the uniform he wears and the service he represents, that there will be no breach of discipline on the part of anyone that will cast bad reproach uon the troops.
By command of Brig. Gen’l Robinson.
C. E. LOCKE.
Lieut. Col. and A. A. G.
1st Lieut. and Act. Adjt.
The Francis F. Hinton was at the pier with stone today.
The refuse made the laying of tracks down Water street, is being hauled away on flat cars today.
Capt. Kirby’s fishing steamer Deer arrived last night at 9:15 after being out 23 hours. She went out sixty miles.
A party of young men consisting of Gerret, Tony and Ed. Went up to Grand Rapids a few days ago on an excursion. Passing a beer hall and being a little thirsty the crowd walked in. Imagine their amazement when informed that they could have no refreshments under any circumstances. The boys learned afterwards that it was a little after the hour for closing and the man behind the bar noticed that one of the party had on a Prince Albert coat and spotted him for a detective. Hence no beer. Ed., the party wearing the coat, has been given notice by the remainder of the trio to hereafter dress in a plain suit, or accompany them no more on their joints.
Jacob Baar always has the good of Grand Haven in view. The following from the Democrat: When he was in town yesterday Mr. Baar carried a long roll, which might have been the plans for the new public building at Grand haven, but it wasn’t. It was a map of Grand Haven and Highland Park resort, and was drawn with the idea of showing Manager Heald of the C. & W. M. how easy it would be for his enterprising road to extend its present terminus to the hotel grounds. Mr. Baar said the distance was only a mile and it would not only be a nice paying thing for the road to build it, but it would be good thing for the resort and for Grand Haven.
Leg Broke in Fight.
William Bruneaugh the barber and a stranger were engaged in a game of dice in Thielman’s saloon yesterday afternoon. The stranger became enraged over some point of the game and challenged Bruneaugh to fight, in the meantime calling him every indecent name imaginable. “Bill” held his peace not wishing to quarrel with the man. Finding that he could not bring on a fight with words the stranger struck at Bruneaugh. Bruneaugh seeing that he must do something or get whipped struck the fellow a heavy blow, knocking him senseless. A pail of water was thrown over him and he soon revived but could not walk, his ankle having been broken by the fall.
The fellow raved and swore in a horrible manner when brought to. About 7 o’clock Dr. Walkley was called and set the broken limb. Asked if he wanted to take chloroform, the fellow put on a bravado air and said ‘naw.’ During the operation he filled the air with oaths and remarks sickening to the crowd of spectators who had gathered, it being done outdoors.
After the operation he was carried on board the Milwaukee. The man said his name was Joseph Mason and has been a cook in a Grand Rapids hotel. With his wife he took a room at the Washington House yesterday saying he was going to Milwaukee at night.
The Wheelsmen’s Trip.
When it was proposed by one of our local cyclists about four days ago to get up a party to Grand Rapids, the proposition was eagerly jumped at and accepted by at least six of our amateur riders and Wednesday July 20th, was set as the day for the expedition. The trip was undertaken by J. Bryce, B. C. Mansfield, G. Ackerman and H. Nyland.
Now to comply with your request for an article on the trip is rather difficult as but few incidents of interest occurred on the route, but as our friends were all interested in it, it might be of interest to give you a short sketch of our trip.
LeavingB. C. Mansfield’s place of business at seven o’clock a. m. we rode to Seventh street and there after waiting a short time for one of our number we started out on the first run of local wheelsmen to the Valley City, with encouraging remarks from our friends like these: “You’ll never get to Grand Rapids today boys,” Oh they’ll turn back before they get to Nunica,” etc. As we crossed Spring Lake bridge it was nearly 7:30 o’clock and after a ride of nearly four miles of gravel road we were in good riding condition when we struck the sand. Where the roads were poor, the foot-paths were utilized and five miles outside of Spring Lake the first stop was made. Potions, medicines, or other beverages were not carried and we were thrown upon the hospitality of the farmers for moisture to satisfy the inner man. On nearing Nunica we left the main road about a half-mile in order to pass through the village. Seeing nothing of interest we passed through without stopping, turned back to our road and proceeded on the route. The roads here for a number of miles were very poor and it was almost impossible to make headway, especially with the cushion tied wheels. This with the thermometer pointing 90 degrees in the shade seemed more like work than pleasure, but with frequent stops for water at intervals of about three miles, we managed to keep together until we reached a spot four miles west of Coopersville. After a short rest here we again proceeded, but the hot sun and hard roads were telling on Bryce, with his 1¼ inch tire, as he showed signs of fatigue and after a run of about a mile he became exhausted from the heat and stopped at a farm house for refreshments. The others went on a mile father and there waited for about twenty minutes after which we proceeded to Coopersville.
Here a halt of 30 minutes was made at Watson’s drug store, but as Bryce did not appear we rode on and reached Berlin at noon. Taking dinner here after a stop of about 1½ hours we started for Grand Rapids in better spirits and better roads, passing through a small village called Kanie. Shortly beyond this place Ackerman entered a farmyard to get a few pointers on the road. The farmer’s wife recognized “A” as a Bostonian, began talking Greek to him and our Boston boy was completely nonplussed. Nyland being familiar with the Holland language secured required information and on we went. Between here and Grand Rapids we had several large hills to climb, but were compelled to dismount for only one.
Entering West Grand Rapids on Leonard street we crossed ay Bridge and stopped at the Clerendon. After taking a bath and a lemonade we were joined by Bryce, who had taken the train at Coopersville, and started on a ride about the city, visiting the L. A. W. club rooms and spending a pleasant half-hour with several Grand Rapids wheelsmen. Not an accident occurred to any of the wheels on the entire run and the distance walked was less than a mile all told.
Taking the 5:10 train for Grand Haven we were joined by our esteemed citizen Mr. Potts, who kindly informed us that a number of our prominent citizens had a grand reception prepared for us at Grand Haven, but considering it had come from Michigan’s humorist, he failed to incite our expectations and we reached home none the worse for the trip and with a good appetite for supper.
Bert says he don’t care to go again this week, but he would not have missed the ride for anything.
Nyland enjoyed the trip and wants to go again this fall when the weather is cooler.
Ackerman enjoyed the trip hugely but prefers the country roads about Boston.
Bryce had a good time but thinks he’ll wait for cooler weather before he goes again.
The boys were on the way seven hours and a half, but taking out the tow hours spent in Coopersville and Berlin leaves the time five hours and a half.
Steamer Wisconsin on the Rocks.
The passenger steamer Wisconsin, Capt. Honner, ran on the rocks in Milwaukee Bay while making for Milwaukee harbor at six o’clock yesterday morning in the fog.
As soon as she struck an effort was made to back her off but she had run on so hard that all effort were unavailing. A boat was sent ashore and tugs telephoned for. Soon three of them and the life saving crew appeared upon the scene. Soundings were made by the tugs with the view of approaching her as closely as possible. The treacherous nature of the coast was made apparent as the lead of one showed four fathoms, but before the line could be lifted she was on the rocks. The tug Simpson drawing 9 feet 6 inches could only approach within 500 feet of the steamer.
The life saving crew took off the passengers to the number of about eighty and transferred them to ashore about 11 o’clock in the forenoon. The passengers were so grateful to the life savers that a handsome purse was raised and presented to them. The lady passenger acted very cool throughout.
At noon it was decided to take off her freight, about 80 tons, consisting of general merchandise. Two large lighter scows the Milwaukee Dry Dock company were secured, equipped with gang planks, trucks and a gang of twenty-five or thirty stevedores and towed out by the tug Carl. The tug Welcome remained near the stranded steamer. It was necessary to fasten tow of the hawsers together in order to reach the tugs. It was not until three in the afternoon that the Wisconsin was pulled off and brought inside. It was pulled by the united efforts of the revenue cutter Andy Johnson and the tugs Welcome, Hagerman, Simpson and Clarke that she got into deep water.
The Wisconsin arrived this morning as usual and on her regular time. Capt. Honner was seen and stated: “We were on the rocks all right; but the boat is none the worse for the experience.”
The rocks where the steamer struck are of a kind that does terrible injury to a boats hull, being sharp and jagged, but the Wisconsin’s strong iron bottom withstood it all.
Stole Dentist Goods.
Dr. Rysdorp was visited last Saturday by a gentleman who had a various lot of dentists material which he offered for sale cheap. The fellow claimed to hail from Indiana. He said he did not deal in dentist’s material but that his brother, a dentist, having died, he was endeavoring to sell his remaining goods. He offered to sell 40 sets of teeth for $20. Dr. Rysdorp told him that he would not give that price. The man then offered to give the set and some gold filling for $12.50, which Mr. Rysdorp accepted. The fellow also had some amalgam which he wanted to sell.
Tuesday afternoon Dr. Perry a Muskegon dentist came to this city and called upon Dr. Rysdorp. He said that some time last week his dental office had been entered and a lrge amount of goods stolen, including teeth, gold and silver filling, &c. Mr. Rysdorp then showed him the articles which he had bought of the stranger on Saturday. Mr. Perry identified them as his own property and gave Dr. Rysdorp the amount he had paid and took the goods.
Dr. Perry then called upon Dr. E. P. Cummings. Dr. Cummings said that a man had been to his office Saturday to whom he traded some dentist articles for amalgam or silver filling. The amalgam was not in the bottle taken from Dr. Perry’s office and thence could not be identified by him. Dr. Cummings says he thinks the man is the same one who called upon Dr. Rysdorp that same day.
Dr. Perry stated that besides what goods he found here there were sixty sets of teeth and a large amount of gold fillings stolen. If all this cannot be found his loss foot up to nearly $200.
Yesterday afternoon Dr. Perry received a telegram from Pontiac stating that a man answering the description given by Dr. Rysdorp had been arrested there. It seems that he confessed his guilt and told where the goods could be found, mentioning Grand Haven and Holland. He will be brought to Muskegon and taken before Dr, Rysdorp for identification. A dentist office in Battle Creek was entered the other night and this man is suppose to be the guilty party in that case also. He was described by Dr. Rysdorp as a man about 35 years of age, weighing 150 pounds, wearing a sandy moustache mixed with gray.
It is very seldom that cases of this kind are heard of. Many dentists leave their offices and safes unlocked nights not thinking anyone could make use of their material, hence it is no wonder that the dentists here and in Holland were put of their guard in buying from the fellow.
Yesterday was fisherman’s day at the pier
A domestic row resulting in the breaking up of housekeeping took place on Columbus St., yesterday.
A tramp was brought to this city from Holland this week who said he had not done a day’s work in four years.
Capt. Honner says the steamer Wisconsin did not go on the rocks Wednesday morning as there are none in that part of Milwaukee Bay but instead on a gravel bed.
The match factory has begun business and the stock holders are very much pleased with the output. Thus another industry is added to our city.
Capt. John Stewart, of the steamer F. & P. M. No. 3, attributes the deviation of the Wisconsin from a true course and her consequent stranding to the prevalence of a strong current from the north.
Lansing, Big Rapids, Adrian, Kalamazoo and Grand Haven’s company have decided to attend the World’s Fair as Gov. Winan’s escort. Co F was the first company in the state to decide on going.
Stolen—A small nickel plated bicycle lantern. This was stolen from a row boat at the slip at the foot of Washington St., Thursday forenoon. Any person who can give any information which will lead to the recovery of the above will confer a favor on the undersigned by notifying the central marshal. L. T. Gibson, Highland Park.
Jacob Baar says the fishing never was so good at Grand Haven as now. The white bass fishing is great. In a few hours he caught six fine large black bass and twenty-two white bass. Several muskalouge have been caught in Spring Lake. Fishermen have come back from the day’s sport with several kinds of bass and a few nice catfish, to say nothing of the sheepshead.―G. R. Press.
The pleasure yacht Mollie Paxton came down from Grand Rapids today.
A chunk of ice is enclosed with each TRIBUNE tonight as a souvenir. If not there, lay it to weather.
A crowd of loafers supposed to be from the stone boat Hinton marched up and down Washington St., last evening insulting people. Women and children were obliged to turn off the sidewalk for them. The recital at St. John’s church attracted them and they stopped outside yelling and hooting in a disgraceful manner. Going still further up street they continued with their yelling until met by a doughty citizen with a huge stone who ordered them away from in front of his residence. The crowd showed their cowardice by running away and when at a safe distance began calling all manner of names. If they come out this evening every one of them will be in police court tomorrow.
A carload of oil for the Electric plant was brought over the new C. & W. M. tracks this afternoon. This is the first carload brought over the tracks outside of what was used for its construction.
The life saving crew will give an exhibition drill at the station next Thursday at one p.m. The public are invited to be present.
About 7:30 last night the watch in the life saving station noticed a steam barge hove to about three miles out. She was not flying distress signals but thinking something wrong the crew started out to her assistance. Before they had gone a mile the barge resumed her journey and the crew returned to the station.
Dr. J. F. Perry the Muskegon dentist whose office was burglarized last week and who found some of his stolen goods in this city Tuesday has found 25 sets of teeth in Holland., also belonging to him. They were found in the office of Dr. DeVries. DeVries is also a victim of the thief’s duplicity. When he was in another room the man stole 25 or 30 sets of teeth which the doctor did not miss until the culprit had flown. The man now in Pontiac jail is the thief. It has been learned that he was once arrested for stealing dental goods, for on commission, escaped punishment through some technicality. He was also arrested in Illinois some time ago for stealing from drug houses.
The Organ Recital.
The organ recital last night was an event in musical circles which has not been equaled in years and St. John’s church was filled by an audience of lovers of good music of this city and those who are here for the summer from St. Louis and Chicago.
Prof. H. W. Dubee who has established a reputation in other parts of the country, made his first appearance before a Grand Haven audience last night, and although he was compelled to select two solos from the lighter class of organ music, the organ not being adapted to the heavier compositions, he proved himself an organist with qualifications far above the average. The fist solo “The Last Rose of Summer” was perfectly executed, but occasionally the limitations of the organ marred its beauty to those who have heard it on a more complete instrument. The second number “Variations on the ‘Suwannee’” completed his triumph over the audience and he will gladly be welcomed whenever he may choose to favor us again.
Miss Gilliland played a rippling little melody by Cowan “Rose Maiden,” a favorite organ selection, in a very pleasant manner.
Miss Maud Squier who has been studying at Oberlin College, played Mendelssohn’s “Sonata No. 2” with brilliancy. The improvement in her work is remarkable and her many friends were pleased to see that her talents are undergoing that cultivation which will eventually make a successful artist.
Mrs. Boyce, whose voice was perfect, sang in a charming manner “Come Unto Me.” In which the expression and interpretation of the beautiful words was beyond criticism.
The quartette, Mesdames VanderVeen, Koster, Squier and Boyce were on the program for two numbers, but for some reason they omitted the second. The chorus “Ave Maria” from Don Murrio by Dudley Buck as sung by this quartette, is the finest vocal music heard in this city in many years, and judging by expressions of approval heard after concert, all who were present will be pleased to have an opportunity to hear it again at an early date.
92 degrees in the shade today.
Some of the Co. F. boys indulged in a practice shoot today.
The steamer Wisconsin went on the Milwaukee dry dock yesterday leaving from here at 3:15 this morning.
The tug Jesse Spaulding came in yesterday with two scows loaded with stone for the new crib. This morning she towed the crib down and will place it today and fill it with stone. The Francis H. Hinton and two scows will be unloaded today.
Bishop Gillespie has authorized Mesdames Kate Terry, Campbell Fair, J. G. McBride, Abbie Wilkinson, G. W. McBride, Misses Rebecca H. Richmond and Josephine E. Wheelock to act as a committee to collect and disburse money for the Akeley institute. Otis D. Babcock is appointed treasurer of the fund.
Last Thursday evening while Mr. and Mrs. Henry VerHoeks were crossing the trestle works, Mrs. VerHoeks made a misstep and fell in the river, with her baby in her arms. Mr. VerHoeks with the assistance of some unknown young men rescued them. Mr. VerHoeks done his best but without the assistance of the unknown young men his wife and baby would have been drowned.
Mr. Henry Verhoeks wishes to express his thanks, through the TRIBUNE to those young men who so kindly assisted him in rescuing his wife and child from their perilous position when they fell into the river on Thursday last near the trestle works.
The Presidents signature is now the only thing necessary to increase the pay of life saving station keepers from $600 to $900 and of surfmen from $50 to $65.
Rev. A. s. Kedzie has sold the Herald to Mr. M. T. Hyer of Cerro Gordo, Ill. And we understand will leave our city. Mr. Kedzie has many warm friends in this city, who will sincerely regret his leaving this community. Our relations with the reverend gentleman have always been of the pleasant nature and we consider him one of our warmest friends, and we very much regret his departure from this city and wherever he may locate his future home, the best wishes of this community will be with him and his estimable family.
St. Joseph has a summer toboggan slide which lands the rider, dressed in bathing suit in the cooling waters of Lake Michigan.
The article published in the Grand Rapids Democrat Thursday, stating that Chas. Conley had “skipped to the brush” with his effects after brutally punishing his young wife was untrue and a malicious slander, so he claims. Mr. Conley did not skip out and anyone wishing can see him in town today.
Mr. Conley states that he did not brutally punish his wife and to show that their married life had not been unhappy heretofore can show the following statement written and signed by his wife.
Grand Haven, Mich., July 9, 1892.
To whom it may concern:
The charges against my husband, Chares Conley, as to starving, choking, beating and kicking me were told by people who do not tell the truth, whoever they may be. I am Mrs. Charles Conley, and say it is an untruth. Respectfully,
MRS. CHAS. N. CONLEY.
World’s Fair Notes.
[This report, describing the World’s Fair in Chicago (Columbia Exposition), can be found in its entirety in the Evening Tribune on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
The stern bearings of the steamer Wisconsin have been re-adjusted.
The Valley City will not arrive until the middle of the week.
The entire length of the south pier is 100 feet over a mile.
There is a rumor that another German church will be built near the C. & W. M. depot.
The Chas. A. Street cleared for Buffalo Saturday with a load of pig iron.
Fire again breaking out in the Buswell yard was the cause of the fire alarm this morning.
Two hundred Indians are huckleberry picking near Alger. The output is about 200 bushels per day. The red men occupy tepees.
President Harrison has made October 21 (Columbus Day) a national holiday.
A cross walk is being laid on the corner of Columbus and first streets.
A recent number of the Sea Board contains a lengthy description of the Dake Engine, also an article on the D. G. H. & M. steamers.
The steamer Valley City has been assigned an official number by the bureau of navigation. The boat is 263.86 tons gross.
The crib for the end of the south pier was successfully laid Saturday afternoon. The crib is 100 feet long, 30 feet wide and 29 feet deep.
The dance at the Cutler Saturday night for the benefit of the Highland Park Pavilion was a success in always. The dance was participated in by many resorters. The Acmo orchestra furnished the music.
Hon. Thomas Savidge returned from Chicago this morning, where he has been looking over his string of fine horses, which he keeps there in charge of America’s greatest horseman, Mr. James Murphy. His horses are in fine condition and give every indication of bettering their already fine record.
If the Russian jews get in any more of their dynamite work in this country, they will be as undesirable here as in Russia. The shooting of Frick by the Russian fanatic is condemned by all workmen.
On Friday last while Capt. Fred Behm of this city was attempting to remove a piece of cord wood from a car wheel near White Hall, he was struck by another piece coming down a chute 60 feet high. He was struck above the left ankle producing a transverse fracture, which will confine him to his home several weeks. He was attended by Dr. Chas. W. Behm and Dr. Reynolds.
I, Chas. Conley, wish the parties, who ever they may be, that stated what they saw me leaving town with two large grips and saw or never saw me beating my former wife, or my faithless wife, and knocking her down would be so kind and obliging as to come to my face and make the charges openly to me and to be able to prove the same as the Democrat stated as was reported to them, and as far as my wife leaving me, I think it was a good evidence too, and do not think I would run away because, she did. I, for one, am thankful that my mother never tried to run and keep my house for me.
Lip Torn Open.
The eleven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Godhart had his lower lip torn open while at play yesterday forenoon. The little fellow was alone and in the course of his play took his father’s large steel yards and went into the grape arbor. He hung the steel yard up and was jumping up and down with his weight on the spring. In some way the sharp point of the scales caught him in the lower lip quite badly about an inch. Court plasters were placed over the torn part and the wound will undoubtedly heal in a short time. If the sharp point had caught the boy in the jaw he would undoubtedly have been killed or at least seriously injured.
The fat men keep shady.
The weather is so hot that the farmers lay off from their harvesting.
The small boys gather in large numbers these hot days near the fish shanties, where they spend hours in swimming.
A squad of 5 men from Coopersville were elected members of Co. F last night. They come highly recommended by Sherman Dickinson, and will make good soldiers.
Co. F had a battalion dress parade last evening. The company divided itself into sub-companies under the command of lieutenants. Capt. Mansfield was in command of battalion.
Jerry Boynton assures the Grand Haven people that the Southside railroad from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven will be built within 90 days after the money is secured by means of the $600,000 trust deed to the Central Trust Company of New York, which has been filed in Ottawa County.—G. R. Democrat.
Mr. Sheehan Explains.
The articles recently published in the EVENING TRIBUNE and Courier-Journal concerning the arrest and illness of Wm. Morrissy of Grand Haven township are declared in the main false, by Thomas Sheehan who was concerned. One of the articles stated that in arresting Bill Morrissy, Tom Sheehan made more noise than the Grand Haven fog horn. Mr. Sheehan says that all the noise was Morrissy’s yelling, and that he does not have to make any noise in arresting anyone in Agnew and has told them so. Mr. Morrissy was not knocked down with a wagon pole and tied with his own harness straps. Mr. Sheehan admits choking him slightly but only to keep him quiet.
Mr. Sheehan says the Sunday that when Morrissy was arrested he was seen at T. McCarty’s a neighbor. He was crawling around on his hands and knees like a dog, saying that he had been called a thief and he had the name and would have the game. He even went so far as to climb a tree and creep through a field of wet rye, yelling all the time. His wife and Mr. O’Connell were in Olive at the time looking for officers. When arrested he was pulling his hair out by the roots. Mrs. Morrissy rode in the wagon with her husband.
The Morrissy women had been obliged to leave the house in the morning because of the old man’s actions. He threatened to kill the family and burn property of others.
This is Tom Sheehan’s story and is “straight goods” as he terms it. He states that outsiders should keep their mouths shut until they know the full particulars.
Between two and three o’clock yesterday afternoon 25,547 feet of lumber belonging to Thos. Sheehan of Grand Haven township was burned. The lumber was on Mr. Sheehan’s property near the school house in town seven on Beech Tree road near Olive. The fire was the work of an incendiary. A neighbor living in Olive was seen, so Mr. Sheehan says, sneaking cross lots near the place where the lumber was situated shortly before the flames appeared, and afterwards tracked to Wm. Morrissy’s and Frank Mile’s corner, about 1¾ miles away by the route taken.
Mr. Sheehan said the lumber was sawed at Agnew saw mill last winter and was valued at $300. he had no insurance on it. Threats on Mr. Sheehan have been made and he thinks the burning of his lumber the outcome. He will leave no stone unturned to have the party whoever it was (and he has reason to believe who) prosecuted to the laws extent.
The following from Chicago News: “The reason Chicago was as hot as many other towns was that the wind was all from the southwest and there was no such thing as a lake breeze. So far as the suffering public is concerned the lake might as well have been a sandy desert stretching to Benton Harbor. At Grand Haven, however, where the wind had been cooled by passing over the waves, the temperature was only 83 degrees.”
The band boys held a picnic at Highland Park yesterday.
Ex-Senator Ferry now drives a handsome black horse.
Capt. Mulligan’s schooner the Johnston went out this morning.
The barge F. A. Hinton arrived with a load of stone for the end crib of the south pier yesterday.
It’s an unusual thing now days when one fire alarm at least is not turned in. There were two yesterday. The one last night being in Buswell’s sawdust.
These warm days water is being used freely by every water taker. The Wiley works are pumping an average of 350,000 to 360,000 gallons a day. This would be an average of 70 gallons to every person in the city. The Chicago water station is pumping an average of 200 gallons to every citizen of that city.
Mr. J. Vos, principal of the Holland school connected with the Terrace street Holland church has received a call from the Christian Reformed people of Grand Haven to become teacher at their school. This is quite a compliment to Mr. Vos. He used to live at Grand Haven years ago, and is well known by the Grand Haven folks. Should Mr. Vos accept the call the Terrace street church people will lose the service of a useful man.―Muskegon Chronicle.
The Park Hotel is now crowded with guests, and every cottage is occupied.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Passeble, wealthy Chicago people, are much taken up with the Park and by their liberality and favorable talk do much towards bringing it before the citizens of the World’s Fair City.
Ninety bathers were noticed in the surf at one time this morning at the Park.
A large number of our bicyclists went to Spring Lake last evening.
The new river steamer Valley City will make her maiden trip tomorrow.
Try the bathing at Highland Park. It is a great treat to send a half hour in the surf these days.
J. Vugteveen of Allendale brought in the first black berries of the season yesterday. They were destined for the Cutler House.
Capt. Walker says that the lake has been warmer; and that his bathing houses have been used by more people this year than any previous season.
The S. B. Ryers Minstrel Co. gave an entertainment at Highland Park Hotel last night to a large audience, chiefly resorters at hotel and cottages. The entertainment consisted of plantation melodies, and darkey comicalities, in fact a typical darkey performance and was highly enjoyed by all present.
Contractor Fred Gronevelt is at work on the Park Pavilion.
We are informed that P. Nedervelt’s flag pole is not the highest in town. J. W. Callister’s beats it by four feet being 62 feet high.
“Mr. John Barnes and Mr. Greene have fitted up the old blacksmith shop at the foot of First street, and in a week or two will be busy turning out cider barrels. The firm purchased a fine engine, boiler and smoke stack which they brought here some weeks ago from Cloverville, Muskegon Co. The engine and boiler are now in place and the smoke stack being put up today by John Welsh.
A new roof has been put on the building and many other improvements made. Messrs. Barnes & Green are both experienced coopers and undoubtedly meet with success.
Forty-five years ago last Monday noon Mr. John Bolt arrived in this city direct from the Netherlands. Mr. Bolt has lived here ever since, one of our most respected and honored citizens.
“It’s queer,” said Clark White, the other day, “but we issue the most marriage licenses in a bunch. For instance, days go by when we do not issue one, then some days we are besieged by four or five who are after the necessary piece of paper.”
Mr. Gross the flannel mouthed individual who was to have delivered a speech on Labor and Christianity in Life in Hass’s saloon last night, became too full for utterance in the course of the evening. He was sentenced to ten days in jail on a charge of drunk and disorderly this morning.
In the City Hotel window can be seem a section of a life preserver taken from the body of a victim of the steamer Alpena who was washed on the beach near Holland shortly after that disaster. The preserver was strapped around the chamber maid of that ill fated boat. The name Alpena can be seen plainly in print upon the cloth over the cork and is a relic worth keeping.
The bathing at Highland Park is simply elegant, and the genial Capt. Walker, who so gracefully presides over the destinies of the bathers, is in his element. It is no trouble for him to “show goods” and one and all vote him the right man in the right place. He places the multitude who daily take advantage of the splendid bathing facilities at this most popular resort in Michigan.
A young lady and gentleman that are making pretensions of a good education and the advantages of the best society asks of them. But the insult that a young man of Franklin street and her beau offered a pleasant home on Clinton street last evening, who were entertaining a few friends, shows that they do not know what pertains to common decency. Will you please refrain from any further rapping?
The Valley City Arrives.
The handsome new river steamer Valley City arrived at 2:30 this afternoon on her maiden trip from Grand Rapids. The trip down the river was devoid of interest and was made in 4½ hours. Arriving here she was greeted at the Goodrich dock by a large number of citizens.
The steamer is commanded by Capt. J. M. Mitchell, 1st mate Wm. Mitchell. John Luikens of this city is chief engineer. The steamer is 145 feet long and 29 feet beam and is now drawing 11 inches of water as stands. When loaded she will draw from 18 to 20 inches. Her wheel is 18 by 20,. The engine is a 12 inch bore 60 inch stroke.
The steamer is not yet ready for the regular run as the carpenters were yet working on her on this trip down. The boat’s commodious upper decks will be just the thing for sight seeing passengers, and she is capable of carrying 800 people. The impression the steamer created here was a good one and with her first class machinery will make the trip to Grand Rapids short enough to be pleasant. The trip today was made in 4½ hours and the captain said: “We were merely crawling.”
Attempt at Burglary.
About 12:30 last evening some man attempted to enter the room of a St. Louis lady boarder in the Norris, it is supposed with burglarious intent. Several gentlemen sat about the office smoking and chatting. A lady’s scream ended their conversation and all ran to the upper floor.
Just as they reached the room a man was heard to fall or jump from the shed adjoining the rear. The lady swooned when the gentleman arrived and Dr. VanderVeen was immediately summoned. The shock was so great on her nervous system that for a time her condition was thought serious, but she is much better today.
In the meantime the officers had been notified and were searching for a clue to the would be thief. Night watch Cook had seen a young man of this city near the vicinity and was arrested and taken before the lady. He was not identified positively and was released form custody.
World’s Fair Notes.
[This report, describing the Irish exhibit at the World’s Fair in Chicago (Columbia Exposition), can be found in its entirety in the Evening Tribune on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]