The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. July, 1894
Stands are being erected all over the city.
The coming of the Fourth is already being celebrated.
The passengers on the steamer Music which arrived here from Holland today were very seasick.
The fort to be used across the river at the Land-Marine Battle has been erected.
Te entire police force was called to the east end section this morning to quell a disturbance.
VanLopik Bros. report that there is still more room in the window for presents for the Court House marriage couple.
Telephones have been placed in Gales and VanLopiks stores and Andy Falls and Enos Stones livery barns.
The two big guns of the Fox Battery were escorted through the street Saturday night by Company F, sending a thrill of enthusiasm through every small boy. The guns are now in the hay market.
The little steamer Music of Holland arrived here with a large excursion this afternoon. The main purpose of her coming here was to get a coal cargo, but the captain concluded to take an excursion and help pay the expense.
Just as the steamer Wisconsin left Milwaukee last night the steamer Nyack which lies very near her was discovered to be on fire, in her upper works. The fire tug lay near her and probably put the flames out before doing much damage.
Local ball enthusiasts have at great expense built a fine ball park on Washington avenue. This will be inaugurated Wednesday afternoon in a game between the Grand Haven's and Randall, Argard & Co. nine of Grand Rapids, the strongest amateur team in the Valley City. Our boys defeated them 9 to 8 Decoration Day and they will come down here the Fourth with blood in their eye. A good game will be looked for.
All persons are hereby cautioned against buying any of the Grand Haven County Court House Bonds numbered from No 1 to No 50 inclusive, the same having been stolen from the residence of the subscribed at the city of Grand Haven on the evening of July 1st., 1894.
Notice to Children.
In order that no disturbance occur during the parade the committee o procession earnestly request the small boy to refrain from shooting fireworks on the line of marchas one frightened horse might break up the procession. Wont the good parent kindly instruct the child and each parent form themselves into a committee of one to see these instructions are enforcedit means only an hour while the procession is moving.
Committee on Procession.
Capt. Ed. Napier of the steamer Music, was arrested while his boat was coaling here today, by Sheriff Keppel, for selling liquor yesterday without the necessary license. He was brought before Judge Pagelson and his bail was fixed at $200, which he had not secured up to the time of going to press. In the meantime the boat still lies at the dock and the passengers are wondering if they will have a captain to take them home tonight. Capt. Napier is a son of the ill-fated captain of the Alpena.
Fire in the sawdust near Kilbourns called out the department this morning.
A Five Thousand Dollar Robbery.
Court house bonds to the value of $5,000 were stolen from Herman Luhm last night.
Mr. and Mrs. Luhm and friends were sitting in front of their residence until about 10:30 last night. To their surprise they found when going in that the house had been entered by cutting the screen from the bedroom window and the bureau containing their valuables had been opened. A little more search revealed the fact that the thieves had taken with them a box containing fifty, one hundred dollar court house bonds, but a costly watch and chain and some change was left untouched in the bureau. The thieves evidently thought they had found a box containing bills, but as it is, the paper they obtained is worthless to them although it will give the proper owners considerable trouble.
No arrests have been made as yet.
Fred Vanden Berg of the Chicago Life Saving Station is visiting here for a few days.
Grand Havens Population.
Enumerators Vos and Dickenson have completed the work of taking the census and report the population of the different wards as follows:
First ward, 1,116; second ward, 830; Third ward, 2410; Fourth ward, 900.5,256.
In 1890 the population of the various wards was as follows:
First ward, 1044; Second ward, 744; Third ward, 2,356; Fourth ward, 849.Total 5,023.
The increase in population for the four years in this city is 233. The increase in different wards is as follows: First, 72; Second, 56; Third, 54; Fourth, 51.
The population of Grand Haven in previous years was as follows: 1890, 5,023; 1880, 4,861; 1874, 4,363; 1870, 3,140.
The Bay View Flyer.
Our citizens are interested in the new fast train on the West Michigan for Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey and Bay View, connection for which will be made commencing with next Monday by train leaving Grand Haven at 6:15 a.m. This fast express leaves White Cloud at 8:50 a.m. and arrives at Traverse City 11:20 a.m., Belvedere 12:55 p.m., Charlevoix 1:00 p.m., Petoskey 1:25 and Bay View at 1:30 p.m. Accommodations like these should meet with hearty response form people all along the line.
A 100 foot crib was sunk at the north pier today.
There will be no Tribune tomorrow.
Post Office hours tomorrow 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p. m.
A Grand Rapids man here today, said that half of the town would be down tomorrow.
Little Agnes Lysaght will pull the rope tomorrow that discharges the gun and starts the procession.
An admission of 25 cents will be charged at the ball game in Recreation Park tomorrow. Children 10cts.
Never before were so many stands erected in this city as are going up.
Boys races on Seventh street near Washington last night, drew out a big crowd.
Thirty-four years ago Grand Rapids was a town of 8,000 now it has 80,000.
Any person detected shooting fireworks in the street during the parade will be jailed.
The rebel privateer to be fired upon from the big hill tomorrow is built and ready for destruction.
Major Mansfield has been working hard over at the big hill today getting ready for the battle.
Capt. Ed. Napier was unable to find bail here yesterday afternoon, but the sheriff accompanied him to Holland where he succeeded in getting it.
Mrs. John Neil of Highland Park Hotel will give a grand opening dinner tomorrow. There is no pleasanter place in the city to spend the day and everybody is invited.
Florida products, views of the land of the oranges and pine apples, a live alligator and specimens of the fish of Florida waters are displayed in a handsome manner in the Florida car, opposite the D., G. H. & M. depot.
The odors from the D., G. H. & M. depot this morning reminded one of a big brewery. Fifteen carloads of beer are stored in the big building, and will be road and shipped east in refrigerator cars. Tomorrow another big cargo of beer is expected on the Wisconsin.
The barges Sawyer and Hinton are in port. [Pier construction]
Some of the members of Fox Battery are already here.
C. Bos celery horse will be I the parade tomorrow, wearing his wooden shoes.
The Kansas City ball club passed through the city this morning on the way to Toledo, arriving from Milwaukee on the steamer City of Milwaukee. There were 18 in the party. The club has an opening date, Saturday, July 16th, and would like to arrange a game in this city on that day. Manager Lehman of the local club is considering.
One of the great features of tomorrow's celebration will be the life saving crew exhibit. It will occur at 2 on Washington street at the D. G. H. &M. dock. the crew will shoot a life line across a schooner supposed to be sinking in the middle of the river and will haul ashore in the breeches buoy the wrecked crew. It will be a sight worth witnessing. They will also exhibit rolling and capsizing of the life boat and practice rowing, showing people what trained men can do with the oar.
Resolvedthat during the hours of the procession on the morning of July 4th, no person shall fire or set off any gun powder, fire crackers, squibs, rockets or fire-works or fire any pistol, gun or cannon; throw any fire ball or make any bonfire on any of the streets of this city prescribed to be used by the Fourth of July committee as the line of march of said procession under a penalty of five dollars as provide for in section 4 of an ordinance entitled; An ordinance Relating to Nuisances. And that marshal is hereby ordered to enforce the provisions of this resolution.
The procession tomorrow will form at the corner of Washington and 5th Sts. It will proceed on Washington to Water, Water to Franklin, Franklin to 3rd, 3rd to Fulton, Fulton to 7th, 7th to Washington, Washington to 6th, 6th to Franklin, Franklin to 2nd, 2nd to Washington, Washington to Court House.
All wagons that are to take part in the parade tomorrow are requested to assemble on Columbus St., between 3d & 5th, at 9 oclock. The committee on Processions will be on hand to properly place them. By order of Committee.
Geo. Hancock is making big shipments of celery and has been for two weeks. Yesterday a shipment of 920 dozen was made.
Visitors will be allowed to inspect the G. H. A. C. tomorrow.
The steamer Atlanta brought in about 300 passengers this morning. Every berth and many of the extensions were occupied.
Fourth of July Wedding.
The following gifts will be presented to the couple married on the court house steps, July 4th, so far as known:
Courier~Journal, five years subscription.
Levi Wickham, one years barber free to groom.
VanLopik Bros., silk hat to groom.
Ball & Co., handsome lamp.
Hancock & Son, beautiful bouquet to couple.
Juistema Bros., pair of shoes to bride.
D. Wright, 5 lb. box of confectionary.
J. D. Ritzema, household articles.
D. A. Lane, nice family Bible.
John D. Duursema, wedding cake.
Silas Kilbourn, load of wood and set of tubs.
N. Robbins, Jr., one ton of coal, after the strike is over.
A. M. Ferguson, string of choice bananas.
Jos. Koeltz, one box of Havana Stars for groom.
G. A. Bottje, lot of tinware.
Boomgard & Son, nickel plated coffee and tea pot.
Mr. James Barnes, one table.
Ruet Wierenger, 12 pound ham.
Mrs. Mattie A. Kennedy, new hat for bride.
I. N. Tubbs, one dozen photographs.
Walter Baker, tea set.
T. VandenBosch, fine silk umbrella.
B. C. Mansfield, set of silver tea spoons.
F. A. Hutty, box of perfume.
County Clerk Turner, marriage license.
Wm. VanDrezer, serve dinner to bride and groom and bridesmaid and groomsman.
Mrs. John Niel, dinner at Park Hotel to bride and groom, groomsman, bridesmaid and minister.
Wm. and T. Baker, bag of flour and sack of potatoes.
Judge Pagelson, affidavit of marriage.
Kirby House, sumptuous dinner.
Chas. E. Conger, copy of Ottawa Co. Compendium.
C. and E. Dowd, useful toilet articles.
Albert Van Dyk, paper and paint room in couples residence.
Mrs. H. Haines, furnish ice cream and angel-food at the parlor in the evening to bride, groom, bridesmaid, groomsman and minister.
Haines and VanderZalm, furnish paper and paper one room for the bride and groom.
Cutler House, dinner and supper, free use of bridal chamber.
Henry Meyer, pair of shoes for groom.
VanLopik & Co., chamber set.
G. VandenBosch & Bro., Smyrna rug.
White Laundry, six months laundry work to groom.
Globe Match Co., 1 case of matches.
Peter Ball, dishware.
Capt. Walker, sundries.
Geo. C. Borck, vegetables.
Jud Harris, barrel of apples and bushel of choice peaches.
Groendal & VanZanten, seasons ice.
Tony VanderZalm, one months shave to groom.
Steamer Taylor, trip on steamer.
Henry Baar, 1 bottle perfumery.
C. N. Addison, white Marseilles bed spread.
Postmaster Baar, one years P. O. box rent.
Hollestelle & Van Westrienen, groceries.
John W. Verhoeks & Co., handsome table spread.
E. L. VanWormer, arm rocker.
Schlitz Brewing Co., Wm. Thieleman, agent, one case export beer.
Mrs. John Verkuyl bread and rolls.
Mink Dykhuis, deliver all presents to residence from VanLopik Bros. store.
H. L. Peck, Ionia, Mich., one nickel plaited tea kettle.
Five Bros. Express Co., 1 cord hard maple wood.
J. VanderVeen, one pair vases.
Walsh, DeRoo & Co., Holland, ½ barrel flour.
Boer & bolt, fine French satine dress to bride.
Gus Hubert, cabbage cutter.
M. Kooiman, 5 gallon oil can with oil.
A. Kiel, stand and toy cart.
J. H. DeVries, one bread pan, stove handles and poker.
Mrs. Geo. M. Duram, oil painting valued at $5.
Geo. M. Duram, order on sewing machine and organ.
R. Brouwer, one pair slippers for bride.
C. VerBerkmoes, 1 box cigars, pipe and tobacco.
D. Baker, one ironing board and load of wood.
Goodrich Trans. Co., round trip including berths to Chicago.
I. Seifert, live turkey.
Albert Juistema, pair velvet slippers for groom.
New York Biscuit Co. of Grand Rapids, one case assorted fancy cake.
Mrs. Will Harvey will make a dress for Court House bride.
H. R. Hutchinson, 1 crate melons, 1 dozen water melons, 1 bushel tomatoes.
G. W. Leary, one mirror.
The Committee on Procession and Order of the Day extend thanks to Co. Rose, Major Mansfield, Major Beat, Chap. Smith, the officers and men of the Infantry companies and Light Artillery of Grand Rapids for their hearty co-operation in making our parade of yesterday a grand success. Also to the newsboys of the Grand Rapids Eagle, the officers and members of Co. F, G. A. R., K. O. T. M., the manufacturers and merchants of our city, who all willingly responded to the call made them by the committee, and made the 4th of July of 1894 the banner 4th in the history of Grand Haven. Also to Hon. T. W. Ferry, Hon. C. VanLoo, Miss Cora M. Goodenow, the Ladies Quartette, the Male Quartette, and the Life Saving Crew.
R. K. Stallings, W. H. Loutit,
J. W. OBien, N. Robbins, Jr.,
L. J. Koster, J. P. Armstead.
Two drunks was the sum total of arrests yesterday.
The Kansas City and also the Grand Rapids Western League clubs are desirous of playing exhibition games here.
The box containing the $5,000 worth of court house bonds which was stolen from the residence of Herman Luhm was found in Mr. Luhms back yard yesterday, and the bonds none the worse. It is believed that the thieves, seeing they could realize nothing on the bonds decided to give them back to their proper owner.
Our baseball team should wake up a little. Pitcher Gibbs cannot win games without support. The locals can bat, but when it comes to base running they seam to lose their heads. Team work and head work are necessary to give us a winning team. We can beat the R. A. & Cos and should have done it yesterday.
The steamer Pentland ran into a sailing scow off Manistee on her last trip but did the vessel no serious damage.
Grand Haven celebrated the nation's birthday yesterday in a way it never did before. Ten thousand visitors were in town and helped the eagle scream.
The day was ushered in by the usual ringing of bells at sunrise and the national salute was fired by the guns of Fox Battery.
Excursion trains brought in the visitors early and at the hour of procession the streets were lined with the multitude.
The parade was the grandest thing ever attempted in Grand Haven and its magnificence surprised even the committee who had it in charge. It started down Washington St., at 11 o'clock with Marshall of the day VanderVeen, on his old charger in the lead.
The military, consisting of Co. F., the three Grand Rapids and Fox Battery were in the lead. The military pageant was an imposing sight. Nearly every company had its full quota of men and in regular order they moved along. Major Mansfield, the drum major and other field officers accompanied the military.
Following the "boys in blue" of the present time were "the boys in blue 61." To one who can recall war days their appearance was very natural. Dressed in uniforms much the worse for wear, but with a steady tramp, they marched. Robt. Finch led the band of old vets. It looked odd to see many of the city's prominent citizens marching along as they used to march 30 years ago. Their appearance was that of stern reality and was in striking contrast to the showy uniforms of the militia.
Following the G. A. R. came the Spring Lake Band, K. O. T. M., Grand Rapids Eagle cadets and Eagle newsboys. Then followed the liberty wagon with 41 girls dressed in appropriate white, to represent the states.
The Mayor, members of the Court House building committee, orators of the day, Hon. D. Cutler and Hon. T. D. Gilbert were in carriages.
In a hack, beautifully attired were the "Court House marriage" couple and groomsman and bridesmaid. Followed in order were the Board of Supervisors and the city's fire department.
Grand Haven's greatest manufacturing institution the Corn Planter Works was represented with five wagons. Two of the wagons contained samples of handsome refrigerators made here; one of corn planters, and one with boxes upon which were inscribed the states, territories and countries where the company's manufactured products go. The last wagon contained the Challenge Band formerly the City Band.
The mirror exhibit of the glass works was very beautiful. Large mirrors were handsomely arranged on this wagon and even the hubs consisted of mirrors. It was one of the features of the parade. The match works upon a large wagon representing the Global Match Co., and was one of the special attractions. Silas Kilbourne & Co. had two wagons, one containing a crowd of coopers at work and the other several "women" washing clothes on the celebrated washing machine made by the firm. The Grand Haven Leather Co.'s exhibit was very novel. All stages of the tanner's trade were represented, from the hide to the finest manufactured products. A fair goddess of liberty surrounded the exhibit.
McSherry & Boyink were represented, shoeing a horse.
Geo. Hancock & Son's wagon contained a load of beautiful plants and flowers, celery in bunches and cans to represent the canned tomatoes of the firm. A handsome rigged clinker sail boat represented the Spring Lake boat works.
Ball & Co., groceries; Van Lopik, the same; Boomgard & Son, hardware; J. W. O'Brien and O'Brien Kirby, insurance; G. A. Bottje, hardware and the Grand Haven Mfg Co., followed.
H. J. Dornbos had a wagon, rigged with fish caught by the lake fishermen of this port. The trout, lawyers, sturgeon, carp and sheep head were nicely arranged on the side of the wagon. T. W. Kirby & Sons, coal; and G. W. Miller, celery, followed. DeGlopper & Yonker with flaming forge and ringing anvil delighted the crowd by shoeing a horse en route. Boer & Bolt, groceries; Peter Klaver, painter, had wagons. D. Vyn drove a team carrying several barrels of Schlitz. H. Gravengoed a wagon carrying a wagon containing organs and sewing machines. Spear, Walt & Kinkema a wagon load of kits. F. Doddington painted a cottage en route. Jos. Godhardts' rig was a good representation of a second hand store.
Following in the rear were White Laundry, Duram, organs; J. W. Verhoeks & Co., groceries; John Cook, groceries; Steam Laundry; N. Robbins jr., coal; and Klass Dykhuis.
The Court House dedicatory exercises did not begin until nearly noon. They occurred in a stand erected for the purpose in Central Park opposite the Court House.
The program as carried out was as follows:
Music, "Hail Columbia"......Cornet Band
1. Music, "Hail Columbia",...............................................................................Cornet Band
2. Prayer...............................................................................Rev. P. DeBruyn, Grand Haven
3. Reading of Declaration of Independence .......... ....Miss Cora M. Goodenow, Berlin
4. Music ......................................................................................................Double Quartette
5. Report of Building Committee by .......... ...........................................O. J. VanScheiven
6. Music, "Star Spangled Banner" Cornet Band
7. Address by Hon. T. W. Ferry, on the Local Features of the Event.
8. Music........................................................................................................Double Quartette
9. Address by Hon. C. VanLoo on the Event in Connection with the day we celebrate.
10. Dedicatory Remarks by the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
11. Music, "America"...............................................................................................The People
T. W. Ferry's address is published in full in supplement.
G. J. VanScheiven briefly spoke of the report of the Court House building committee. Of the times in its erection and the total cost, which it might be added, amounted to $62,660.
Hon. C. VanLoo spoke of general things regarding July 4th and of our duty as patriotic citizens. He referred to the parochial school in a very blunt way and said that if the court house committee, of which he was a member, had known to what use the old court house was to be put it would never have been disposed of by them the way it was. The speaker also strongly urged against Sunday excursions and the saloons. At the close of his address Mr. VanLoo referred to S. H. Boyce and G. W. McBride of the city as gentlemen who had been added to the building committee, when it was appointed and who had labored hard without recompense, in looking after the building's construction. He then in behalf of the committee presented Mr. Boyce with a handsome bound work and Mr. McBride with the Memoirs of Grant, Sherman and Sheridan. Both gentlemen were taken by surprise by the gifts bestowed upon them by their fellow committeemen.
At the close Frank Fox, chairman of the board made a few remarks.
At the hour of the marriage on the court house steps hundreds of people crowded in front of the building to witness the ceremony. It was shortly after 1:00 o'clock when the prospective bride and groom in a handsome hack were brought to the front door of the county building, and a way made for them up the steps. The happy groom, Mr. Art VanToll, and the fair bride, Miss Lizzie Bouman were accompanied by Mr. Kammerrad who officiated as groomsman and Miss Mary Bouman, sister of the bride who acted as bridesmaid. The crowd poured by the steps after the bridal party and the fifteen or more deputies in the building failed to clear the steps to let the people below see the ceremony. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Lewis, and the crowd vented their delight when it was over. Mr. and Mrs. VanToll were kept busy for the rest of the day accepting congratulations from their friends.
After the marriage the Life Savers exhibit was the attraction. Their exhibit consisted of shooting the life line to a stranded schooner and bringing ashore the sailors in the breeches buoy, rowing, capsizing, &c.
The marine procession failed to take place and the games and sports were dispensed with.
The ball game at Recreation Park drew a large crowd of admirers of both teams.
The dress parade in Central Park in the evening was participated in by all of the military companies. Viewed from all parts of the square it was a grand sight.. It was received by Colonel C. H. Rose. Major Best, Surgeon of the Regiment, Chaplain Smith, Major Mansfield and Drum Major Dickerson also participated. One of the features of the parade was the salute to the colors. It was the first duty of that kind that Archie McDonald of this city, color sergeant of the regiment has had to perform and was very impressive. Immediately after the parade the militia were hustled down to the water front and transported across the river to the big hill where the land-naval battle was to take place. Seen from the dock it was a beautiful sight. Half-way up the hill was the fort with the flag of the Republic floating above it. At the very top of the hill was a party of men signaling to the troops below. One of the big guns of the Fox Battery was located near the electric light plant and the other across the river. The Life Saver's gun was also across the river. Troops were stationed on ridges opposite each other and fireworks were sent up from all parts of the hill.
When the battle began the scene was one of grandeur. The big guns belched forth as fast as they could be loaded and the echo in the hill reverberated a minute afterwards. A search light from the electric plant displayed the movement of the troops and cast a beautiful shadow on the hill.
The flash of the militiamen's rifles could be seen and a second or two later the report would be heard on the other side of the river. Then a volley from the whole squad of troops would follow.
A rebel privateer comes floating down the stream, is fired upon, and returns the fire. The hill battalions are firing upon the vessel and soon it is in flames.
The burning warboat, booming cannons, rattling of the musketry and the varied lights and fireworks formed a scene, which all who witnessed it will not soon forget.
The throng on this side of the river was sorry when it was over, and after the return of the troops to the city, most of them left for their homes satisfied with the celebration and ready to come another year.
Notes of the Day
The Central School was tastily decorated.
Meals and lunches could be obtained in a number of stores.
Ex-Sheriff Vaupell and family were here from Holland to see the sights.
An entire lot of fireworks on a table outside of D. A. Lane's caught fire and rockets and fire crackers created a great din.
Elmer E. Schenk of Grand Rapids, an old ex-fireman, was down to the celebration.
After the procession yesterday the fire department showed the visitors what it could do when a fire alarm was sounded by a practice run down the streets.
It stirred the patriotic sense of everybody when the old vets passed in parade yesterday.
Major Mansfield labored hard to make the day a success.
The prevailing hard times were plainly noticeable in the crowd yesterday. There was a larger crowd than was here two years ago, but they had less money to spend.
One of the amusing things of the day occurred last evening on the river front. A young lady sat on the dock with her feet hanging over the side. One of the pleasure steamers happened to come up to the dock and the captain thinking the young lady's foot was a spile threw his line over to tie up. A quick yell told him he was mistaken. It is to be hoped the young lady was from Chicago.
Strange enough there were no serious accidents.
Lucius Helders, a young man was drowned by the capsizing of a boat at Macatawa yesterday.
Hundreds of row boats and small craft were on the river last night, giving occupants a fine view of the battle.
All day yesterday a crowd poured into the new court house. Visitors were given freedom in all of the offices. The building was admired by every one. Fifteen deputies were stationed in the building.
The Kirby House had over 300 guests to dinner yesterday.
Major Mansfield had his hands full yesterday in looking after the military and did his work well.
A fire in the sawdust called out the department for a run yesterday afternoon.
Fix in your mind the war of the Rebellion. Locate yourself on some old Virginia road with a party of U. S. Infantry passing and you would see the old vets of yesterday's procession over again.
[The lengthy speech by T. W. Ferry can been seen on the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
Recreation Park Inaugurated.
One of the most interesting and important events of the day was the dedication of the new base ball grounds, Recreation Park, and the game between the Randall, Argard & Co. team of Grand Rapids, and the Athletics of our won city. Though the home team was defeated the game was very interesting and was witnessed by a large and enthusiastic crowd. The organization of the Base Ball Association and the construction of the new grounds marks an era in our local base ball history and it is hoped that a winning team will be encouraged by the friendly attention and patronage of our local cranks and those who enjoy witnessing our great national game.
[The remainder of this article which includes the coverage of the game can be seen on the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
The railroad strikes are helping the boat lines.
The Custer Guards were the most admired soldier boys in town Wednesday.
Harvey Blount looked the typical army cook as he followed the old army vets Wednesday.
D. A. Lane has 30 loaves of bread he will give any worthy people who will call at his store tonight or tomorrow.
There is one thing for certain, the Grand Haven ball club can keep a score down to a decent figure.
In the game between R. A. & Cos and local boys Wednesday, Ike Van Weelden the Grand Haven catcher labored under the disadvantage of having a defective glove and one which he was not used to, which prevented him playing his usual good game.
Grand Haven is game for base ball this summer. A new ball park has been built and every trade and factory in the city is represented by a ball team. In the professional mens nine a Catholic Priest plays short, an Episcopal rector center field, and the Unitarian minister first base. A school teacher is catcher, and the city school superintendent is at the other end of the battery. The National Bank teller plays right field, and the county clerk attends to the flies in left garden.Detroit Journal.
By far the most handsome and finest decorated place in the city July 4th, was the barber shop of M. Chambers, converted into an eating place for the day. Mat with his usual taste had the windows so decorated that they were the cynosure of all eyes. In one was the representation of a land and marine battle scenein the other an exhibit of fine eatables that made ones mouth water. The interior was profusely decorated and the tables nicely arranged. A fine music box furnished plenty of entertainment.
Montague was named after Montague Ferry.
A young lady bicyclist in divided skirts attracted attention in Muskegon, July 4th.
The schooner Wrenn was built at Port Howard, Wisconsin, in 1868.
Thomas W. Flower of Chicago is with the Ransom Around the World Party.
Detroit yard employees of the D., G. H. & M. are on the strike but have not yet hindered trains.
A sawdust fire near the C. & W. M. depot called out the department this morning.
The schooner Wrenn intended to sail today for Ludington but the wind being in the wrong direction prevented it.
Capt. Peter Jensen was knocked down and run over by a team July 4th, and badly injured about the face.
H. Potts sat in front of the post office this morning complaining of his lack of price for a shave. In less time than it takes to write it, Sheriff Keppel, Marshal Andres and others who heard the remark had ten cents raised and carried Potts bodily into a barbers chair.
The flag carried by the old veterans as they marched in the parade July 4th, was from the gunboat Tyler, one of the Mississippi squadron which stormed Vicksburg. It was loaned by C. H. Constantine of Peach Plains. Most of the guns, belts and paraphernalia worn in the procession Wednesday are relics of the war days. The musket carried by Capt. Finch was used during the service by a member of his company. C. N. Dickenson's saber and other trappings were carried by him in "Sherman's march to the sea." The frying pan carried by Harvey was a relic of the march also. Geo. Sole and a number of others had an entire outfit of old war relics.
Around the World Party Here.
Lying at the pier today was the schooner Geo. R. Wrenn of South Haven having on board the Around the World Party. The Wrenn left South Haven July 4, and arrived here on her first stop in the three years journey yesterday afternoon. She was officially measured today and took out clearance papers at the Custom House for Around the World.
Dr. W. C. Ransom with whom the schooner has been a life study, is in charge of the trip. He has been a resident of South Haven thirteen years. Capt. Wm. Spooner is commanding the vessel and E. L. Brown is mate. The captain is accompanied by his wife and children. Others on the vessel are Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle of St. Paul, (Mrs. Doolittle is a newspaper correspondent.). Miss Mary Smith of South Haven, Miss Anna Nedobpy of St. Paul, Mrs. Mary Smith of South Haven, Mr. A. O. Henderson of Ill., G. W. Loomis of Ohio, L. R. Beecher of Philadelphia and four young men of Benton Harbor, one of whom is Roy R. Gibson of the Palladium of that city.
Dr. Ransom, the promoter and originator of the enterprise is a man of probably some 60 years. He is very enthusiastic over the enterprise and declares it a success from the start. The enterprise is backed by a number of wealthy South Haven men and the company is incorporated.
A celebration in honor of the partys departure was held in South Haven, July 4 and 10,000 people visited the vessel and bade good-by to the friends who will be gone for three years at least.
The vessel will stop at Ludington and load with salt and then proceed to Detroit where her hull will be sheathed with zinc as a protection from the worms of the tropic waters. After the trip down the St. Lawrence which will probably take until the middle of August, the Wrenn will start out on the Atlantic, sailing first to Norway. She will coast through the English Channel and along the shores of the continent and will reach the Mediterranean before next winter, upon which sea that season will be spent. Much time will be spent in the Holy Land, as the doctor wishes to get a correct idea of what he thinks are bible fallacies, of that historic land.
The Straits of Gibraltar will then be repassed and round Good Hope the vessel goes, to avoid the tolls of the Suez Canal. Then to Australia and the isles of the sea.
In fact every point in this vast world, least unexplored will be visited.
The doctors object is to do a coast trading business and fill his boat with curios, which when he returns will be exhibited in this country.
The voyage will be written up and when the journey is over will be one of the most interesting volumes about travel ever prepared. Grand Haven as the first step will form one of the most important parts of Chapter Number 1.
The doctor is desirous of getting three more young people to subscribe $500 and go with the party. He yet lacks a taxidermist and sketcher, two very important personages for the expedition.
The two newspaper correspondents on board have secured the best papers in the country for their contributions, from which they will get a good revenue.
Dr. Ransom has an extensive library on board, passports from this government and consular letters of introduction.
The members are well armed and a swivel gun is stationed at the bow of the boat. She will be amply provisioned for her journey.
As for the Wrenn itself; she is an old lake craft, purchased by the doctor in Chicago and thoroughly rebuilt to stand the ocean storms. She has three spars, new rigging, and measures 145 feet long, 26 feet beam and draws 10 feet of water. Her cabin is over 50 feet long and amply capacious for the party.
Holland shows the largest increase of population of any city in the state.
Muskegons much talked of sky-cycle failed to go up July 4.
Eaton countys fine new court house at Charlotte was burned the night before the Fourth.
The schooner Wonder which was wrecked last fall is still fast in the sand near Port Sheldon. She will have to be dug out.
A Chicago man was here today looking over the ground with the view of locating another tannery here.
Mounted upon the bicycle a park policeman is enabled to catch a wrong doer very quickly. He can overtake and stop fast drivers and riders and even head off a runaway horse says the Washington Republic.
A crew of 147 is employed in the operation of the new lake steamer North West including a physician, purser, clerk, two cashiers, baker, pastry cook, vegetable cook, two butchers, four pastry men, emigrant steward, head wither, and steward, assistant head waiter, twenty-six waiters, baggage man and three porters, six bell boys, store keeper and assistant, four omnibus attendants, housekeeper and nine cabin maids.
Orange, white and blue were the colors of the old Dutch republic of the preceding century. They appeared on the banners of the New York regiment. By a change of the first, they were made into our national colors. Fifteen years afterward, the same colors were used to represent the flag of the French republic. The red then being taken to signify the blood of the patriots, white the purity of patriotism and blue the smiles of heaven.
The schooner Wrenn which is taking the South Haven party around the world is only a small craft, but nevertheless 44 feet longer than the Norwegian vessel which is taking the Wellman party to the Arctic regions.
New Tannery !
All citizens are earnestly requested to meet at the Opera House tonight at 7:30 p. m. for the purpose of considering a proposal to establish a large tannery in this city. Dont fail to be present.
Jacob Baar, R. K. Stallings,
Geo. W. McBride John Vaupell,
Silas Kilbourn, Louis J. Koster,
Wm. Loutit, Jurrien Ball,
S. H. Boyce, J. W. OBrien,
A. J. Emlaw, Hiram Potts.
A large crowd of Chicago people arrived this morning.
The small rain Thursday night refreshed the crops.
Company F boys are expected to be called out to annihilate the strikers.
Rev. Oltmans of Nagasaki, Japan, will fill the pulpit of the 2nd Reformed church tomorrow.
A general strike is ordered in Detroit to prevent the trains from leaving that town.
Fruitport has nearly doubled in population since 1890. It now has 1,443 people within its boundaries.
The C. & W. M. employees remain true to the road and cause that road but little trouble.
What have live business men done for Holland? They have made it the metropolis of the county. Wake up, men of Grand Haven.
The decorative work in Mat Chambers barber shop July 4 was a sample of the artistic ability of A. M. Barden.
The meat men are feeling the great railway strike more than any other business. It is next to impossible to get fresh meat from Chicago.
The great railroad strike outlook is gloomy. Strikers in Chicago are burning cars and all railroad property they can apply the torch to.
We need more employment for labor in this city, and in order to procure it there has to be hustling done. Now is the time to hustle. Turn out en masse to the meeting tonight at the Opera House.
The schooner Wrenn is still in port waiting for a favorable wind.
Up to two oclock no Chicago train had arrived here.
President Cleveland answers Illinois socialistic governor in a sound manner, and American to the core.
Millions of dollars will be lost to innocent people in the present great strike.
The street commissioner has the streets cleared of all 4th of July refuse.
Holland is now the metropolis of the county, but when the census of 1900 is taken the tale will be different.
Not for ten years, vesselmen say was the marine business so lifeless as now in Chicago. It has come to be quite an event when a vessel moves up or down river. Much difficulty is being experienced in unloading steamers for lack of warehouse room, no fright having been delivered to railroads for weeks past.
At a cabinet meting in Washington yesterday to discuss the strike, one of the important matters developed was that militia organizations in one state could be called upon to suppress disorder in another state where the local authorities had failed to enforce obedience of the law. The attorney general said that there are ample constitutional authorities for such action, and it was not unlikely that preparations for drawing on state militia for this purpose will be made although there is no immediate necessity for carrying the policy into effect.
Death of Mrs. Bronsema.
Mrs. H. Bonsema died at 8:30 this morning after a sudden illness. She had not been feeling well for some time, suffering from the effects of the grip but it was not until yesterday morning that she was taken seriously, and heart failure caused her death this morning.
Ms. Bonsema was 66 years of age and had been a resident of Grand Haven for twenty-tow years. She leaves the following children to mourn her death: John J. Bolt, teacher of the Fourth ward school, Mrs. Henry Fisher, Mrs. F. Kieft of Muskegon, A. E. Bolt of New Era, Oceana county, and Mrs. Fannie Haan of Montague.
Mr. Bronsema died some seven years ago.
The funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon at 2 oclock from the Second Reformed church.
Supt. Estabrooks Report.
Grand Haven, July 7, 1894.
To the Board of Education.
[This annual report on the Grand Haven school system can be seen on the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
A number of Muskegon bicyclists were here yesterday.
Hires root beer the celebrated summer drink at Boer & Bolt.
The around the world schooner Wrenn left Saturday night for Ludington.
Strikers have stopped a number of C. & W. M. trains at Kensington, near Chicago.
The A. R. U. has tried to get the Marine Engineers to strike, but without success.
The total number of passengers handled by steamers in this custom district last year was 692,427.
The steamer City of Milwaukee takes an average of 100 passengers each trip, the Wisconsin, 75 and the Goodrich boats, 85. The steamer Nyacks average is only 23 per trip.
At a late hour last night President Cleveland issued a proclamation ordering strikers to disperse today noon and warning all innocent persons to keep away from assemblies.
If you have never witnessed the playing of a ball team you should be at Recreation Park next Monday when the Kansas City team will be here to play with the local boys.
All D., G. H. & M. employees who participated in the A. R. U. strike will be discharged by the road.
Labor Day is now a national holiday. The president has signed the bill making the first Monday in September a national holiday. Singular as it may seem this is the first holiday ever created by congress.
C. Bos, the celery man missed a valuable cow from is barn this morning and as the doors of the barn were supposed to have been locked last night, he jumped to the conclusion that the animal was stolen. A few hours afterward the cow was found near Spring Lake bridge. Whether stolen or led astray of broke out of the barn is a mystery. Mr. Bos had a cow stolen from him some years ago.
The Kansas City western league base ball club will be here next Monday and play at Recreation Park with the Grand Haven club. The Kansas Citys are on of the strongest teams in the league and are at present in fourth place. Jimmie Manning, the well known former member of the Detroits, when they were in their glory is manager of the club. A good sized crowd should be in attendance at the game to see the fine points in the greatest of all American sports.
The state encampment of the Michigan National Guard will be held at Brighton next month, and the militia boys are on a qui-vive regarding it. The brigade will turn out the largest force ever seen at a state encampment, and preparations are going forward in a way that has never before been attempted. One thing is announced which will be pleasant news to the boys. Island Lake has been included in the boundaries of the camp ground, and the soldiers will be able to enjoy the benefits of it without annoyance or molestation or the necessity of running
Two pacers have entered the 2:10 list this year.
The old Court House was dedicated as a Holland Christian Reformed school today.
The great strike is money in the newsboys pockets, as papers with details of the trouble are in great demand.
A small fire in the rear of a ban in the southern part of town brought out the fire department this morning.
At the hearing of Hep Donker today, Donker was bound over to circuit court and bail fixed at $500. Hep was returned to jail in default of that amount.
You are never too old to ride a bicycle says a professor of the art of bicycling. There are bicyclers who are between 60 and 70 years of age, and I can tell you of some that are over 70 years. One of the best bicyclers in town has got beyond his 65th birthday and he is bald as a drum, too, but can beat most riders of 20 or 30. An old wag on his machine scooting along a level road under a full head of wind is a sight to behold.N. Y. Sun.
The coal famine is over at Chicago.
Manager Lehman of the ball club is having the team practice of nights at the new ball park.
The great labor troubles throughout the country, will probably lead to an increase of the regular army.
Cook County will have to pay about $2,000,000 for the destruction of railroad property within its limits and the taxpaying citizens are already grumbling.
A large gang of men are at work putting down the new city drive wells. This morning sixteen were already down. Thirty will be put down. The water obtained is of very good quality.
Some idea of the slaughter of elephants can be had from the fact that in Zanzibar alone some 500,000 pounds of ivory are marketed season from the tusks of 10,000 elephants.
The Chicago Seamens Union yesterday decided that, should the railroad troubles not be settled before Wednesday, the sailors would go out on a sympathetic strike. This will tie up most of the sailing craft of the lakes.
Many resorters from St. Louis, who would be here and at Spring Lake are delayed because of the strike.
The team that will be here next Monday to play the local club will not be an amateur team of Kansas City, but the team representing Kansas City in the Western League.
The Marine engineers association will not strike in sympathy with the A. R. U., as reported from Chicago on Tuesday. According to George Uhler of Philadelphia, national president of the association there is no thought of such action.
Annual School Meeting.
The annual school meeting and election of school trustees occurred last evening in the city hall. As usual on such occasions, the council chambers were densely crowded and very warm.
Besides the gentlemen voters, over 50 ladies were present to exercise their right of franchise. Although not the majority the ladies were so conspicuous, that those, not lady candidates, became alarmed for a time. For fear they would be defeated.
The director of the school board made the following report:
[The report can be seen on the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
The Pullman Company has informed the strikers that it has nothing to arbitrate.
The Pullman system may, and probably does need reforming, but it isnt necessary to overthrow the government to reform it, says an exchange.
[Information regarding the 1894 Pullman Railway Strike can be seen at:
Last winter our citizens liberally donated several hundred dollars to the starving miners of northern Michigan. After living on charity all winter these men were given work in the mines at good fair wages this spring. With absolutely no improvement in the business or in the prospects the miners after awhile struck for higher wages. Those receiving $1.50 a day refused to work because they could not force their employers to pay $2 a day, and so on. There are many who are ready to take their places, but the strikers make it perilous for them. Next winter there will come another cry of starvation from the North, which will not be heard by the people of this good state. It is hard to know that neighbors are starving, but in this instance they can only blame themselves and pray for help, other, than from the people.
Reads Like a Novel.
The following appears in this mornings Grand Rapids Democrat:
Ferrysburg, Mich., July 9.At 10:30 tonight a slender, boyish looking figure appeared at the window of the railway telegraphers office here and asked for a message blank. After the stranger had scribbled a message on the window rest, standing out of sight as much as possible, it was handed to the operator with a request that it be sent to the Grand Rapids Democrat at once. The voice and face of his visitor revealed to the operator that the message sender was a young and rather prepossessing woman dressed in mens attire and this is the message she handed in:
Ferrysburg, Mich., July 9Grand Rapids Democrat: Shot down in cold blood at 9:30 p. m., John Verhoeks and John Stanton, who escaped from Grand Haven jail in May. They showed resistance. Were well armed. In the melee Marshal Andres was fatally wounded; will not recover. Also ex-Marshal Klaver. John Verhoeks was armed to the teeth. The prisoners friends tried to lynch the officers. C. K.
The terse story of a startling tragedy rather took the operators breath and he mildly inquired where the shooting occurred. He was informed that the jail breaker had been run down in Nortonville, six miles from Ferrysburg, and that the fair messenger had come post haste from that place immediately after the slaughter. Then the mysterious young woman shoved a $5 bill at the operator and requested him to have the message paid in advance, even if it took every penny, and left the office.
The operator was here today and confirmed the story. His description of the woman leads many to think they know who she is. The officers think the whole thing was concocted to intimidate them.
Chicago presents a very warlike appearance now. Detachments of cavalry and infantry parade the streets and artillery is located in the Federal buildings. Many people are leaving town for fear of war.
The docks were a scene of animation this morning. The Goodrich boat brought in one of the biggest crowds of the season and the City of Milwaukee had about 75 Endeavors bound for Cleveland.
It is a mistake to suppose that only farmers are concerned with good roads. City merchants and manufacturers, who depend largely on the county for their patronage, are also interested and ought to join in the movement says the Journal.
Knights of Labor throughout the country, numbering nearly 1,000,000 men, have been called upon to strike. General Master Workman Sovereign issued an order late last evening to all members of the organization to cease work until the strike of the Pullman employees shall have been settled.
There is some fear that the state troops if called out to quell the rioters will not do their duty because of sympathy. Col. Tyrrell of the First Regiment says: No application for discharge from any company in this regiment will be entertained or approved. While we recognize the fact that nearly eighty per cent of our membership are union men and sympathize with the law-abiding labor element in their struggle, yet we must not overlook the fact that the national guard is organized to preserve the peace, protect the property and homes of our citizens.
The employees of the Dake Engine Co., are picnicking at the park today.
The barge Myrtle M. Ross of South Haven burned at 3 oclock yesterday morning at South Haven. One man was burned to death and two others seriously injured. The victims are: Frank Smith of South Haven, dead; Charles Connell, chief engineer, of Muskegon, alive but terribly burned; Will Smith of South Haven, seriously but not fatally burned; William L. Leroy, aged eighteen, of South Haven, not burned badly. Being tied across the river from the United States life saving station, she received immediate help, but the fire was beyond control. Will Henderson, a boy of about seventeen years of age, who was on watch, claims he had not closed his eyes, but was sitting in the pilot house when the flames seem to burst out all around him. The loss is placed at between $5,000 and $7,000, with no insurance. Chas. Connell is a former Grand Havenite and has children living here. James Barlow is in South Haven attending him.
C. K. Objects.
The following mysterious note was received by the Tribune today through the mail; that was a man who sent the message, that telegraph operator was either drunk or had the nightmare. A $2 bill not $5.
The signature of the writer is the same as the person who sent the mysterious telegram from Ferrysburg Monday night.
Two of the old passenger engineers who run into here on the D., G. H. & M. were among the number who went on strike and were given notice that their services were no longer needed on the road.
The celery dealers of this vicinity are feeling the effects of the strike, as it is next to impossible to ship celery with safety to points past Chicago.
Practically all of the railroad men of Detroit have returned to work.
Frank S. Wilson, until lately foreman at Kilbourns, but for the past few weeks C. & W. M. telegraph agent at Hammond, Ind., was terribly beaten by a mob of strikers there this week. All of the operators were driven from the depot and abused by the strikers. Mr. Wilsons family are still in Spring Lake and his son Percy left yesterday to care for him.
Ex-mayor Ward of Flint, the Court House contractor had a glowing account of our grand Fourth of July celebration from which the following extracts are taken: The parade formed at 10 a. m. headed by a band. The old Veterans formed immediately in rear of the band with their old army clothes, muskets, blankets rolled up and placed diagonally across the shoulder, and with canteens and cartridge box they formed what was to me a picture that brought tears to my eyes on account of memories of by gone days. All who have ever visited Grand Haven will remember the immense sand hill immediately across the river from the D. & M. depot. This hill was utilized for their fire works display which was the finest I ever witnessed. On the extreme summit of the hill was a signal light and from there down to the waters edge were lights representing camp fires. All the Military companies were on that side of the hill and as the rockets and Roman candles commenced to belch forth their fire, these companies engaged in a fierce battle with blank cartridges, accompanied with a rapid cannonading from either side of the river. All your readers who were with Sherman in his Atlanta Campaign could have seen reproduced a fierce skirmish on Kennesaw mountain. So nearly did this resemble what I have seen while Joe Johnston held that stronghold and was held for a considerable time by that best of Confederate Generals, Joe Johnston. This display ended with the burning of a ship which was improvised for the occasion and ended the days sports which seemed to give entire satisfaction to the immense crowd in attendance. Could we only end the terrible blunders of the Democratic party as satisfactorily, as Grand Havens Old glory ended, all would be well.
There is a prevalence of mumps in the city.
A year ago yesterday, ground was broken for the new court house.
John Danhof has fitted up a very neat office in the rear office room of the Akeley block.
Ball & Co. will soon be out with a new wagon now being built by DeGlopper & Yonker.
Grand Master Sovereigns appeal for a general strike failed to materialize yesterday.
St. Johns church Sunday school children are picnicking at the Park today.
The National League managers are already talking about shortening the pitchers distance. It is killing the pitchers.
Its an ill wind that blows nobody good. The strike has cancelled great quantities of freight to be sent through here.
Recreation parks should be crowded next Monday, when the Kansas City league team will be in the city to give us a few pointers.
A lad named Koetsier fell into the river this morning and was saved by Harry Wescomb and Peter VanderMeiden, who jumped in after him.
The Grand Haven ball club does not expect to defeat the Kansas City League team next Monday but will show them that the club is composed of good material.
Fires in the old sawdust wastes are causing great trouble in Spring Lake. The fire department of the village worked hard all day yesterday and today were called out to quell a blaze near the basket factory.
Mrs. B. Hollander who died yesterday morning was 65 years of age and had been a resident of Grand Haven many years. The funeral will occur at 2 oclock tomorrow afternoon from the family home on Pennoyer Ave.
Many there are who think that the Around the World schooner Wrenn which was in here last week will never leave the St. Lawrence River. The Wrenn is an old lake craft, having been in the timber trade on the lakes for many years. She is not as good as she once was and it is doubtful if the ship can live in the ocean storms. Another thing will be the monotonous life to the party on the Wrenn during the three years of her absence and it is doubtful if all will remain with the boat.
Wonder if a Kansas Cityan can knock a ball over center field fence of the new ball grounds.
No less than twenty-five firms were engaged in building or furnishing the new court house, of which eight do business in this county.
The operator at Ferrysburg was here today and said that the person who sent out that mysterious dispatch from Ferrysburg was a woman and no mistake.
Marshal Andres says that he is satisfied who the person is who sent out the telegram from Ferrysburg to the Grand Rapids Democrat Monday night. That person, the marshal says is a woman, and the whole scheme was concocted here in town, by persons, very near in point of relation to the escaped prisoner VerHoeks.
Chas. Connell Dead.
A dispatch received from South Haven announced the death of Chas. Connell, from the terrible burns he received in the burnt steamer Myrtle M. Ross. His father, Richard Connell of Muskegon and James Barlow of this city were with him at his death. He has been conscious most of the time since he escaped from the burning steamer, but the awful burns caused him terrible agony. His body above the waist was so badly burned, that great pieces of flesh would fall off at the touch and he was also scorched internally.
The remains will be brought here and the funeral will probably occur from St. Patricks church tomorrow morning.
Deceased leaves three children, now left fatherless as well as motherless, who have made their home with George Hiler in this city. They are, a girl age 10 and two younger sons. Mrs. James Barlow of this city is a sister.
Besides the relatives, deceased had scores of friends in this city and vicinity who express sorrow for his untimely death.
Besides himself, three others were terribly burned. Three are dead and the fourth cannot live.
The terrible fatality is the result of gross carelessness on the part of the young sailor on watch. He claims that he was not asleep, but that the fire burst suddenly all around him on the deck of the boat.
That Prize Fight Again.
Deputy Sheriff John Norman and Cornelius Sterenberg went to Holland yesterday morning and arrested three young men of that city. They are: Buck Burgman, Robt. Ambusher and David Blom and they are charged with attending a prize fight in the township of Fruitport. The men will average about 23 years of age and returned with the officers to this city on the 11 oclock C. & W. M. train last night. A doctor was also arrested but he was allowed to remain until today on promise that he would come with out assistance.Muskegon News.
Grand Haven is so crazy about base ball that one of its teams practices by the mellow starlight says a Grand Rapids paper.
The Germans are picnicking at Fruitport today. The steamer Rose was chartered to take the party up.
It is reported today that every man who attended the Fruitport prize fight will be arrested.
The late census shows the tendency of population. The old farming communities are losing ground, but urban population is on the increase.
The funeral of Frank Smith, the victim of Tuesdays holocaust on the barge Myrtle M. Ross at South Haven, was held from the boat house, within twenty feet of where he met his death yesterday afternoon, at 3 oclock. Will Smith, who on his escape rushed to his home, over a half mile from the boat, and was not thought to be seriously burned, has been gradually failing. Charles Connell, of this city, the engineer, is the worst burned internally. His father arrived from Muskegon last evening. The only means of escape was through the rear hatch, which was cut off by a cord and a half of wood piled on top. He said Frank Smith and he worked like mad men to release themselves, and he at last dropped unconscious from smoke and exhaustion and thinks Frank made a rush through the flames and was thus burned to death.
Grand Haven has one of only eight weather bureau offices in Michigan.
Lon Lehmans dog Ned has been made mascot of the local ball club.
One train on the D. L. & N. made the trip one day this week at the rate of a mile a minute.
It looks as though the end of the great strike is at hand and the troops will be moved from Chicago.
Flying Jib paced the mile in 2:07 at Saginaw yesterday, the fastest heat of the year.
The loss by the destruction of property in Cook county, by the present strike is estimated a t $28,000,000.
Highland Park is visited by hundreds of home people these warm days.
The schooner Wrenn, nearing the Michigan globe trotters, stopped at Ludington and took a cargo of salt for ballast. This cost 60 cents a barrel and the guileful tourists expect to sell it to unsophisticated South sea islanders for $6 a barrel.
The three Holland City men who were brought to Muskegon yesterday charged with attending the Fruitport prize fight at first plead not guilty, but changed their minds after been remanded to jail, and afterward plead guilty and paid $12 fine. Dr. J. D. Watmore of Holland was also brought to Muskegon yesterday and fined the same amount.
The barge Hinton is in port with stone. [Pier construction]
Forest fires are prevailing all around the city.
A number of Agnew families are attending the spiritualists camp meeting at Muskegon.
Chas. Seligman won the 100 yard sprint at the German picnic at Fruitport yesterday. Chas. Hass won the second prize.
There will be a public test of the new city wells near the pump house tomorrow afternoon.
The Grand Haven Athletics will be composed as follows in their game against Kansas City Western League team next Monday afternoon: pitcher, Ed Gibbs; catcher, Ike Van Weelden; 1st b, H. Northouse; 2d b, Colfax Gibbs; 3d b, Jacob DeGlopper; ss, By. Mabee; lf, Will Wescomb; cf, L. Northouse; rf, Geo. Gatfield.
The Court House flag has been flying night and day since early last week because of an inability to get it down from the flag staff.
The strike is not causing more freight to be brought through here by the D., G. H. & M. The quantity of freight shipments received and cleared is about the same as before.
By fishing industriously in the lake a man by a hard days work lands a string that would be dear at 15cts, but if wanted to work in a hay field for a $1.50 he hasnt time.
Appropriations are being asked for to build a new lighthouse tender to take the place of the Haze, and a new revenue cutter to take the place of the Andy Johnson.
Ball Game Postponed.
Manager Lehman of the ball club received the following dispatch from the secretary of Kansas City Ball Club today. In compliance with the foregoing the game will be played, Tuesday, July 17, instead of the 16th.
Grand Rapids, Mich., July 14, 94.
L. C. Lehman:
Grand Rapids forces us to play them Monday. Can you give us Tuesday. Will see you Monday night. F. W. Dennis, Sec.
The gun club gave a shoot across the river today.
The test will undoubtedly show that Grand Haven has a water supply as pure as any city in the state.
A public test of the citys new drive well system was made today. After pumping all night from the wells and part of the afternoon, fire pressure, the water had gone down only a few inches. Fire pressure was put on at 2:40 this afternoon to find out how much the water would go down. Full result of the test will be published Monday.
There are large stones in many places on Washington St., which should be removed from the road.
A certain prominent merchant of this city who had tickets for the Menton-Murphy prize fight on sale, is on the ragged edge just now; expecting to be taken to Muskegon any time.
A large dredge is being built at Benton Harbor, which embraces some features that are new to the dredging business here. It will be operated on the hydraulic plan and will have power sufficient to carry the excavated matter a distance of 2,000 feet from the machine.
Holland has made a gain of over 2,000 in four years and is now the largest city in Ottawa county. All this is because the citizens are united in every project that looks toward benefiting the city. They do not let any business enterprise that will increase the population get away.Allegan Democrat.
A local paper is just as much a local business enterprise as any store in town, yet many people seem to think that its a benevolent institution run just for fun.Ex.
The report that has been going the rounds of the papers, that Frank Wilson of Spring Lake has been seriously hurt in the riot at Hammond, Indiana, is a false report. Mr. Wilson is not stationed at the above place, but at Hanna, Ind., on the C. & W. M. Ry in the Cos office as relieving agent, and as dispatch received from him by Mrs. Wilson yesterday morning says there is no truth to the report and that he is all right.
Maine, Vermont and Iowa have each only one Japanese resident.
The white sand bluffs of Michigan, 58 miles away, can be seen from the Masonic Temple in Chicago.
A party of six young men of this city will spend several days hunting and fishing on White Lake.
The scene of the Worlds Fair grounds now is one of desolation. Heap upon heap of ruins marks the spot where the great buildings stood last year. The Indiana and Wisconsin buildings are still standing, but a few chips tell where Michigan once stood.
The Kansas City ball team which plays with the local boys tomorrow at Recreation Park is owned entirely by Jimmie Manning, F. M. Dennis is secretary of the team. The club is one of the strongest in the league and together with Grand Rapids will be well up in the first division by next month.
The entire lake front of Chicago on Michigan Ave., is taken up by the U. S. regular army. Tents are pitched and sentries are pacing their best day and night. The thrilling sound of military music is frequently heard from several military bands. Since the strike there have been mobilized more troops in Chicago than the present generation ever saw. The camp is governed by all requirements incident to war times and the scene brings vividly to mind the scenes of war time.
A party of enthusiastic yachtsmen of this city contemplate a trip around the lakes next season.
To kill a horse humanely, shoot with a pistol, not less than 38 caliber, at a point four or five inches above and between the eyes, placing the muzzle of the pistol within a few inches of the head.
Among the many incidents of interest of interest and pleasure continually occurring at Highland Park this season, none has been romantic and rechesche than that which took place at the elegant cottage of Mrs. J. P. Brayton, overlooking the old lake yesterday afternoon, at a tea given by the hostess to her old school companions of twenty-five or thirty years ago.
Among the guests were Mrs. Nellie Squier, Mrs. E. D. Blair, Mrs. Emma Brayton, the hostess, and Mrs. Marshall McCrea of Grand Rapids. These ladies in their school days and at the Spot they neer forget, tho here forgot, had reputations as vocalists, not wholly dissipated by time.
Their character quartette of the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter rendered at a School Commencement back in the sixties, is remembered by many with pleasure. On the occasion of yesterdays teathe piece was revived by the original repertoireand the music sounded out over the waters and echoed among the hills as blithely as when girlish imaginations tinged every cloud with silver and every wave with gems.
The Water Works Test.
Grand Haven now has an abundant water supply of pure water for her citizens. The test made of the new drive wells, Saturday, was highly satisfactory, the capacity of the wells exceeding even the highest expectations of the water committee and the members of the committee now feel elated over the result. The test was thorough one. The fire department turned on four streams at different points in the city and with these and the usual number of lawn sprinklers ad the street sprinkler all running, a fire pressure varying from 95 to 100 lbs pressure, was maintained for two hours and thirty minutes with but a small lowering of the water in the wells. The most conservative estimates based on Saturdays test, place the capacity of both the open well and the new drive wells at 2,000,000 gals, in 24 hrs. at the very least.
The following table will show the variations of the water level in the drive wells during the test.
[The remainder of this article can be seen on the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
Strikers in California are causing trouble.
The light at Grosse point harbor near Chicago is from Cape Hatteras.
The grocery clerks of the city are picnicking at Pottawatomie Bayou.
Photography as now developed has done much for the modern school geographies by supplying illustrations that really show places and things as they are and thus add vastly to the interest of text.
The car ferry steamers are now running between Frankfort and Menominee.
The new war ship Minneapolis made 88 miles at the rate of 23.05 knots an hour in the text.
One or two of our citizens cannot make Grand Haven grow, but if all according to their means join hands for the end we will certainly triumph.
Rain is needed badly.
Bakers saw mill is now running.
The lawns in our city look lovely.
Traveling men say that Muskegon is the dullest town in the state.
The steamer Lizzie Walsh brings excursions here these warm nights.
The steamer Nellie carries a good many resorters to Highland Park each day.
Great loss in population can be noticed in the census reports from lumbering towns.
The handsome new home of Capt. Loutit is fast approaching completion and will be the finest in the city.
The Kansas City Western League base ball team arrived on the 9:30 D., G. H. & M. train this morning.
If Grand Haven ever gets to the font, we must all join in and circle around in a lively manner.
The Kansas City base ball team are a very fine appearing lot of men and are thorough gentlemen.
Some miscreants who should be in jail entered C. Neterings humble abode, stole what delicacies he ahd and tumbled things around generally.
The Kansas City boys were defeated yesterday by Grand Rapids 20 to 7. Both clubs are very close in the race for the pennant.
One day this week a snake 23 inches long was killed on the lawn at the residence of Geo. D. Sanford and the following day one was killed on the lawn of T. A. Parishs residence.
Jos. Koeltz is one of the citys most enterprising merchants. He has made extensive improvements on his block and states that the next walk he lays on Washington street will be of cement or stone.
Highland Park is daily visited by strangers in large numbers and this bids fair to be the best season at this popular resort since it was started.
Mobs are destroying property at Hammond, Ind.
Debs and his cabinet are now in Cook county jail.
The ball game yesterday was witnessed by 400 spectators.
The Kansas City Club members wear blue uniforms which gives them the name of the Blues.
The city water is now as good as water furnished by any system in the country. Mains will probably soon be put down all over the city and on streets where no city water mains now are.
The schooner Wonder which was wrecked at Pigeon Creek last fall is at the shipyard being repaired.
Muskegon is getting rich off of our prize fight spectators and the Chronicle says that unless all of them come up and settle and officer will be after them.
Billy Murphy one of the Fruitport prize fighters who have been in jail in Muskegon for sometime is out on bail and is in the city today. He was bailed out by friends here.
G. J. Shackelton of Grand Rapids one of our Highland Park resorters is the oldest bicycler in Michigan if not in the U. S. Although over 73 years of age; he sits his wheel as gracefully as one 50 years younger. Furthermore Mr. Shackelton has been riding only since May.
One of the most difficult positions in a ball game is that of umpire. One side or the other is always displeased at a close decision and the umpire is the mark of the rooters and fans. In yesterdays game for instance there were a number of close decisions to be made. Umpire Radeke evened out his decisions and satisfied all concerned.
The steam yacht Sport can be chartered for fishing and pleasure parties at hard time prices. Apply to Jos. H. Poisson at J. Ritzemas grocery store.
Held Down the Leaguers.
Manager Lehmans young men played a credible game with the Kansas City Western League club at Recreation Park yesterday afternoon.
As was expected, the locals were defeated, but by a score that reflects no discredit upon them. Nevertheless, at least four or five of the runs made by the Cowboys, were on account of errors made by the home team in the early stages of the game. The boys at first were inclined to be afraid of the big Westerners, but when their nervousness was conquered, they played good ball.
Ed. Gibbs pitched strong ball, and strange as it may seem, the Westerners made no more hits off his delivery than the Athletics did off the Kansas City twirlers. The Cowboys hits were more opportune though, and generally came when men were on bases. For the first few innings Gibbs was supported poorly.
Van Weelden caught Gibbs hot shot in his usual good style and batted strong. H. Northouse held down first base in a credible manner. By. Mabee could not connect with the balls in short field at first, but woke up in the latter part and did well. DeGlopper muffed an apparently easy fly ball in the 2d that caused a run, but made up for his error by good batting. Jake was hit in the head by one of pitcher Darbys heavy balls but luckily was not badly hurt. In the out field, Wescomb made a brilliant catch of Stallings long line hit in the 7th, that captured the crowd. Lon Northouse in center made two bad and two very good catches. Gatfield attended to everything in right garden.
Robt. Radeke umpired and gave the best of satisfaction.
The game opened with Grand Haven to bat. Col. Gibbs struck out, Wescomb made a hit and was advanced to third on Van Weeldens two bagger. Prospects looked bright but H. Northouse and Mabee fanned out. For the Cowboys, Manning got his base on balls, Hernon went out at first, Manning going to 2d, Nicholls got first and Beards two baggers, and Klusmans hit, which Mabee was unable to handle, sent Manning and Nichols over the plate. Hits by Niles, Stallings, and Donahue sent three more runs in. Darbee went out on a weak hit.
In the 2d, DeGlopper struck out, Gatfield sent up a foul to Daonahue and L. Northouse flew out to Nicholl. Manning made a hit, L. Northouse muffed Hemons fly and to make matters worse, DeGlopper dropped Nicholls easy fly. Beard flew out to Wescomb, Klusman struck out and Beard was caught napping at 3d.
E. Gibbs hit safely in the third, and was advanced to second on his bothers short hit. Wescomb flew out to Manning, C. Gibbs was caught on 1st and Van Weelden was put out trying to make 2nd on his hit. The Kansas team increased their score by one, good place, and sacrifice hitting doing the work.
The Athletics were again shut out in the 4th. H. Northouse fouled out. B. Mabee went out at 1st, J. DeGlopper got his base for being hit, but G. Gatfield went out on a short hit. Nicholl brought a score in for Kansas City this inning.
The fifth was an exciting. After L. Northouse and E. Gibbs had been put out, Col Gibbs went to 1st on balls, Wescomb advanced him with a base hit, VanWeelden slugged for two bases but Col. Gibbs was nipped at the plate. Still no runs for Grand Haven. The Cowboys were put out 1, 2, 3, order, Niles struck out, Stallings flew out to L. Northouse and Donahue went out at 1st.
H. Northouse brought in our first run in the 6th. He made a fine two bagger, Mabee went to first on balls, and DeGloppers fine two baser sent in H. Northouse, but Mabee was caught at home, Gatfield and L. Northouse went out at first. Again the Missouri boys were whitewashed. Durbee popped up a nice fly to L. Northouse, Manning was out at 1st and Hernon went out to Gatfield.
C. and E. Gibbs went out at 1st in the 7th, Wescomb was hit and went to 1st, I. Van Weelden was sent there on called balls, but H. Northouse retired the side by fanning wind. With two men on bases, and two men out, Stallings hit to Wescomb, retiring the Kansans in this inning with no runs.
Mabee struck out, DeGlopper out at 1st, Gatfield base on balls and L. Northouse out at 1st is the story of the locals turn at bat in the 8th. The Kansans bunched their hits this inning, and Manning, Hernon, Nicholl, and Ollie Beard scored.
In the last inning the local boys had a picnic. The new twirler had very little command of the ball. After C. and E. Gibbs had been put out, Wescomb slugged the ball down left center for a two-bagger, Vanweelden went to first on balls and H. Nothouses hit brought in Wescomb. Mabees two base hits scored Van Weelden and Northouse and DeGloppers hit brought in Mabee. Gatfield went out at first and the game was over, 11 to 5 in favor of Kansas City.
Darby was succeeded in the box by Hastings in the seventh inning. The latter was wild and was found readily by our batters.
The individual score was as follows:
R. B. H.
C. Gibbs 0 0
Wescomb .. 1 3
Van Weelden . 1 3
H. Northouse ..2 2
Mabee 1 1
DeGlopper ..0 2
Gatfield ...0 0
L. Northouse ...0 0
E. Gibbs .0 1
Total 5 12
Manning. .2 1
Hernon 1 2
Nicholl .3 3
Beard ...2 2
Kinsman ...1 2
Niles 0 0
Stallings ....2 1
Donahue ...0 1
Darby ...0 0
Hastings 0 0
Total .11 12
Two base hits, beard, Nicholl, Van weelden, H. Northouse, DeGlopper, Wescomb, and Mabee.
Bases on bases, by Gibbs 2, by Darby 2, by Hastings 3.
Struck out, by gibbs 3, by Darby 5, by hasings 1.
Score by Innings:
Kansas City ...5 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 x11
Grand Haven .0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 45
Mr. and Mrs. OBrien of the township, parents of Denny and Jerry OBrien of this city, were badly injured in Holland in a runaway yesterday afternoon. The team they were driving became frightened at a train, throwing the old people out of the wagon. Mr. OBrien is not expected to live and Mrs. OBrien was badly bruised.
The Muskegon Cycling Club recently organized is planning a country run to this city in about two weeks. The club will come by way of Grand Haven, a distance of forty-five miles, and will run out to the lake and beyond far enough to make it an even fifty miles, and then will return here for dinner as guests of local wheelman, and an hour later will start for home.G. R. Democrat.
The Kansas City Leaguers have been here and still no balls have been knocked over the center field fence in Recreation Park. The longest hit yesterday was way to left field fence which Wescomb could not get.
Fruit growers in the Michigan fruit belt claim that there will be a good peach crop this year. This will be good news everywhere, as for the past two seasons this delicious fruit has been a failure in this part of the country.
Grand Haven sports who attended the Fruitport prize fight some time ago are becoming thoroughly scared and those who could steady their limbs sufficiently to board a train came to the city yesterday and pleaded guilty to the charge without waiting for an officer to come after them. They paid each $10 fine and costs. The others who have not come over, it is said, are all of a tremble but will be over just as soon as they can get their nerves steadied. The boys who laid down their hard earned dollars yesterday to pay for the little sport they enjoyed, went home singing We wont go there any more.Muskegon News.
The Kansas City Club left town via the Goodrich boat last night on their way home.
A hop will be given at the Park Hotel Saturday night.
The temperature today went to 92 degrees, the hottest since 1891.
Sturgeon meat is often sold for halibut.
The D., G. H. & M. steamers now stop at Muskegon piers and land all passengers bound for Lake Harbor.
Canada thistle is said to be gaining headway in the southern part of the city on the C. & W. M. track.
Sailors can now call at the Custom House and get a list of lights and fog signals, beacons, buoys and day marks on the lakes.
Grand Haven Postoffice Robbed.
The boldest criminal act in the history of the city occurred sometime yesterday afternoon, in the robbery of Grand Haven Postoffice. Fifteen thousand five hundred and fifty one cent stamps and twenty-six thousand two cent stamps, valued at $675.50 were stolen from the office safe, in broad daylight and within twenty feet of the young lady clerk.
Postmaster Baar or his assistant, Chas. VanZanten, examione the stamps each night after closing the office. They were doing so last evening as usual. About 8:30, when Mr. VanZanten suddenly inquired in a surprised way where the stamps, usually kept in the safe, were. A glance showed the postmaster that the stamps were missing. Search was made in the office and not being found the local officers were notified. The sheriff and marshal went to work on the case at once.
Postmaster Baar was busily engaged all day yesterday in the new tannery project and left the office, in the afternoon in charge of his assistant, Chas. VanZanten, and the clerk, Miss Lena Glerum. The day was oppressively hot and the doors leading to Mr. Baars private office, and also the door from the office outside left open to admit of proper ventilation of air. At 4:15 Mr. VanZanten left the office for a barber shop and from there went home to supper. Miss Glerum had charge of the office alone. Usually there is very little business in the postoffice in the hours between four and six, but yesterday afternoon Miss Glerum said it was livelier than usual and her attention was directed to the call window nearly all of the time.
The thief undoubtedly entered the office by the door on First St., leading into Mr. Baars office. This office is connected with the postoffice by double doors, and these were open yesterday. The thief passed into the office here, and quickly and noiselessly reached the safe. He knew where the stamps were kept and deftly pulled open the safe door and sped away through the same doors he came. It was probably the work of a few brief moments only, but required great care and stealth. It is not improbable that the thief had pals. One of the men could have got the attention of the young lady to the window while his comrade looted the safe.
Miss Glerum said that last night no one had kept her at the call window more than the usual length of time.
Shortly after Mr. VanZanten left the office yesterday a noise attracted her attention. She thought the noise came from near the safe and she went and looked in the rear part of the office. Miss Glerum saw no one, but noticed that the safe doors were open and even then noticed that the packages of stamps were not in their usual place in the safe, but thought that Mr. Baar might have put them in another place. She thought very little of the incident at the time, but intended to ask the postmaster upon his return where the stamps were, but did not think of it until the theft was discovered, four hours later.
Then the incident came to her mind vividly.
The robbery was the work of a shrewd sneak thief. What calculations he made were probably made in a short time. He had found out that the young lady had charge of the office alone and took desperate chances to secure a haul.
Postmaster Baar feels very bad and regrets such a thing should occur, and under the circumstances, is ready to turn over to the government the value of the stamps.
So open is everything in the office, that it seems impossible for a thief to rifle a safe in broad daylight. The hour was the best the thief could have selected as it is the dullest in the day, but nevertheless people are going in and coming out every minute. From the front call window the eye can take in the whole interior, and the front of the safe was in plain view, only twenty feet from this window.
Mr. Baar telegraphed to the proper government officials last night as soon as he knew of the robbery and reward cards were sent broadcast over the country.
A Reward of $100 is offered for the stolen stamps and $100 for the arrest of the thief.
Postmaster Baar examined his stock and found that stamps of one and two cent denomination were the only ones taken. There was some money in the safe which was unmolested.
The case is a dark one, but the officers have a number of clues which they are working upon. If the thief is caught and convicted he will suffer a long term imprisonment.
Very few people heard of the post office robbery last night and it occasioned great excitement this morning. The postmaster can be sympathized with in his heavy loss.
When it comes to thievery and robbery Grand Haven furnishes its share.
A young lady bicycle rider in divided skirts attracted much attention on the streets today.
Statement Fourth of July Fund.
Military, - - $345 93
Printing, advertising, - 113 34
Music and bands, - 54 70
Fire works, - - - 84.25
Carriages, etc. - - 22.25
Sundry expenses, - - 62.36
Less amount collected, - $683 83
To be raised $ 77 83
The itemized accounts for the above can be seen at Huttys Drug Store.
It will be the above report that the expenses of the Fourth of July celebration were more than the finance committee figured on, just $77.83, and the Finance committee are compelled to appeal to the citizens to assist in raising that amount.
Waterproof paper is the latest invention.
Deputy Sheriff Sternberg of Muskegon and Marshal Andres and Watchman Cook arrested a Muskegon sporting woman at the C. & W. M. depot last night. She has been a sawdust inmate in Muskegon and stole $25 and a gold watch from her mistress. After the theft she hired a rig and drove down here, intending to leave for Chicago on the late train. Muskegon officers learned where she was bound for and came down here to head her off. She slept in jail last night and was taken to Muskegon this morning.
The senate committee on territory, yesterday decided to recommend the admission of Arizona and new Mexico as states.
The barges Root, Suit and Woods have done nothing yet this year.
A colt in a pasture near Ann Arbor was killed by a meteorite.
The great Ottawa county horse Geo. St. Claire is at Grand Rapids getting into trim.
The postoffice at Somerset in Jackson county was robbed of $200 Saturday night.
It is said that the lake business out of Chicago is still seriously affected by the late strike. A guerilla warfare still being waged on the roads, is retarding shipments to and from the steamer lines.
Local telephone companies are being organized in many places in this and other states, and new exchanges are becoming numerous since expiration of important patents covering essential parts of the instrument.
Criminal doings in a community like Grand Haven seems to come in cycles. Some times weeks pass by with hardly a bit of criminal doings, and then all of a sudden the whole community is startled by a bold criminal deed.
Large crowds enjoyed the comforts of Highland Park yesterday.
If all of our citizens will unite unanimously another industry can be secured by the city.
Unanimous effort gave this city our tannery and glass factory. With the same feeling we can secure another industry here.
Surgeon General Wyman, announces his contracts for marine hospitals for the coming year. Mrs. Nancy Palmer will have charge of the one here.
The City of Milwaukee and Goodrich steamers have occasional races between here and Muskegon. In a race Monday night the D. G. H. & M. boat won by four minutes.
The postage stamps stolen from the postoffice Wednesday afternoon have not yet been recovered. Postmaster Baar commends very highly the work of the local officers in the case. A telegram was received form the inspector at Chicago this morning, urging Mr. Baar to do his utmost in capturing the thieves.
Very nearly sixty years ago the Hon. Thomas Gilbert came to Michigan from Massachusetts and located in the small town of Grand Haven. Here he engaged in a general forwarding and commission business. Some fifteen years later Mr. Gilbert secured the services of a poor young man, who lived near his eastern home, and this young man clerked and made himself generally useful in the establishment of the Gilberts for about three years. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert have been enjoying a few days outing at the pleasant and well appointed cottage of the former clerk from Massachusetts, the Hon. Dwight Cutler and the pioneer days of Grand Haven have been recounted with much pleasure to both.G. R. Dem.
Three hundred passengers arrived from Chicago on the Goodrich boat this morning.
July, this year, will go on record as one of the warmest Julys in the records of the local weather bureau.
Postmaster Baar was obliged to get a supply of postage stamps from Postmaster Walsh of Spring Lake.
The schooner Wrenn which was here two weeks ago wit the Around the World Party has twice before sailed across the ocean.
The postoffice robbery in this city has opened the eyes of postoffice officials of Grand Rapids and their vaults will hereafter be locked at all times.
Is it not strange that the C. & W. M. Ry., is carrying excursionists away from Grand Haven on Sundays instead of bringing to the finest summer resort in Michigan?
The old idea of raising a mound over graves in cemeteries has given place to a new and better plan. In all modern cemeteries the graves are left flat as the burial place is marked by a headstone, and the old idea of raising the graves was for the purpose of marking the place of burial says an exchange.
So great is the public terror in Delaware of the traction threshing engine which travels by its own power along country roads from farm to farm that a law is enforced requiring under heavy penalties, that those in charge of the machine send a man 300 yards in advance to announce its approach to persons driving along the road and to aid in leading horses past the object of terror.
C. M. Steffens preaches at the Park tomorrow.
The Fruitport blast furnace is expected to start up in a few weeks.
Muskegon county has been enriched $105 by the prize fight spectators paying up.
Fifty Hollanders employed in the Pullman works were set upon by strikers yesterday.
The steamer Music will run excursions between Holland and this city occasionally.
The Goodrich steamer was two hours late this morning, caused by a heavy sea.
For the first time in the history of the country foreign Americans are returning to the home of their births in large numbers.
A Clinton street man complains of bicycle riding on the sidewalk.
The ball club of Peach Plains known as the Grand River Pearls will give an ice cream social at the residence of E. L. Blakely Thursday night.
A prominent millinery store on Washington street has secured the services of Messrs. D. A. Lane, Bert Mansfield, Mat Chambers and Billy Andres as window dressers. That they are a success goes without saying if we are to judge by the crowds who congregate in front of the shop windows yesterday no and endured the rain rather than miss the splendid exhibition.
Bicycling is apparently dead in this city at present. When the craze struck the town two years ago last spring a look down the street at any time would show a wheelsman or wheels lady. Now there are very few and interest in riding is at its lowest ebb. Base ball has taken its place.
Two Muskegon Co., officers are in the city this afternoon and D. A. Lane, of ticket fame, has made himself scarce.
The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence valley have more storms per annum than any other portion of the country. This is due to the fact that storms originating west of this district move directly east, while many originating further south move to the northeast.
We are now in the Dog Days and will be until the eleventh of August. They get their name from the fact that Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation of the Great Dog, and called the Dog Star, on these days rises and sets with the sun. You can see Sirius any winter night. It is a beautiful bluish star bright as Jupiter, and rises soon after Orion, the great giant who has stars for a belt and stars for a sword. The ancients who did not know enough to discover that the world was round, took notice that the days when the dog star kept pace with the sun they had the greatest heat and they thought therefore, that this star produced it.
A party of people from Grand Haven and other places (numbering a dozen or two) expect to camp out at Spoonville in August. The most of them spent a week there two years ago and speak very highly of the people at Spoonville and also of the place which has many advantages as a resort including boating, bathing, fishing and other charming scenery along the river. The boat plying between Grand Haven and the Valley City touches this point giving people the opportunity of taking a most delightful trip up or down the river. Anyone not wishing to rough it can obtain board and lodging at the pleasant and spacious home of Miss Mary Spoon.
Last Tuesday three young ladies rescued a shipwrecked mariner, who was floating on Spring Lake waters tying to get home by sailing on a dead sea. Much credit is due the young ladies for their skill and gallantry in bringing the young man safely to shore. Next time we trust that Fred will take a pair of oars along, or go prepared to wait for favoring breezes.
A party of eight young men have rowed down the river from Eaton Rapids.
Johannes Fisher is celebrating his 93d birthday today. He is probably the oldest man in the country.
Grand Rapids and Kansas City are now are tied for fourth place in the Western League with a percentage of .500.
A hundred feet of crib was sunk at the north pier yesterday morning by the steamers Sawyer and Hinton. Over 65 men were employed in the sinking.
Sheriff Smith and Deputy sheriff Collins of Muskegon came to Grand Rapids last night on a still hunt for the four men who hired two teams at Muskegon Wednesday morning and abandoned them in this city that evening. It will be remembered that on the same day ay 2 oclock in the afternoon the Grand Haven post office was robbed of $675 worth of stamps. The Muskegon officials believed that the Muskegon horse thieves drove to Grand Haven, robbed the postoffice there and then drove back here, as they were seen on the road between Grand Haven and here, and had they come direct from Muskegon they would have made better time or their horses would not have been exhausted as they were when found. One horse has since died from the effects of the hard driving. The sheriff thinks that the robbers are still in Grand Rapids, and last night worked steadily in tracing clues which he hopes will lead to their arrest.Sundays G. R. Dem. Both the rigs were in this city Wednesday and the officers have but little doubt that the men who drove them, were the postoffice robbers. Any person who noticed strange teams here Wednesday should inform the officers or Postmaster Baar, as a good description of the men is wanted.
D. A. Lane takes exceptions to the article appearing in Saturdays Tribune, and in justice to Mr. Lane, it should be stated that it was intended for a joke.
The residence of Joseph L. Jackson, on Pennoyer Ave., near the old Beech Tree mill, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The cause of the fire is not known, but it started in a rear kitchen. When discovered by the family the house was all ablaze and when the department arrived was nearly down. By hard work the adjacent houses were saved. Mr. Jacksons property was insured for $700. Very little of the furniture was saved.
Herman Gravenhorst left for Chicago Saturday. He sails for Europe in the early part of August to look after a valuable estate left by his parents, who died but a short time after each other, recently. They resided in Berlin and owned valuable property on Unter Den Linden, the famous thoroughfare upon which the German emperors palace is located. Besides this estate, Mr. Gravenhorsts parents had a bank account of 400,000 marks, which he will inherit. Mr. Gravenhorst will probably remain in Berlin. If he does not like the old country, he will sell the property and take up his home in this city.
Hon. Thomas Savidge brought to this office today a sample stock of corn grown on Floral Farm in Spring Lake township. The stock is eight feet tall. It was planted the sixth day of June and was cut last Saturday showing the growth to have been over two inches per day since first put in the ground. Mr. Savidge says the entire field is of this height. If allowed to grow it will in a few weeks reach the enormous height of fourteen or fifteen feet. Mrs. S. is naturally proud of his cornfield, which reminds one of the immense fields of Kansas at this time. Who says Spring Lake is not an agricultural township?
Both Mr. and Mrs. Dennis OBrien who were so badly injured in runaway accident at Holland last week are reported dying this afternoon. Mr. OBrien is at the home of his son Jerry in this city and Mrs. OBrien is at the family home in Olive. They are old time residents of this vicinity.
Did You See Them?
Any person who noticed the following rigs in this city last week Wednesday will please inform Marshal Andres, and any other information they might have.
Describe as follows: One black square box buggy, yellow running gear, drawn by a black horse and a bay horse. The other wagon dark green or black drawn by two black horses. There were two passengers in each rig.
There is said to be a Holland family in the township so poor as to be unable to supply themselves with the necessities of life. They are from the old country but recently and the head of the family has been unable to secure any work at all.
The smoke of fires at Pigeon Creek was plainly distinguishable here yesterday.
Most of the figures used for cigar store signs which formerly were made of wood, are now made of zinc, and 95 per cent of these are of Indians. Some of these figures are excellent, in some cases the original model cost $1,200 or $1,500. They are made in various sizes, from a small figure that can be bought for $25 or $30 up. A good seven foot Indian can be bought for $100.
A bold robbery took place at slights siding near Traverse a day or two ago. The postoffice was entered and a quantity of stamps and money stolen and Kelly & Covells general store burglarized of boots, shoes, clothing and other property. Saturday Fred Drey was detected trying to sell some stamps and shoes and he was arrested. He made a confession, implicating Charles Standfield. Some of the property has been recovered. It is thought that Standfield is a noted crook from New York. It is thought that crooks are working this entire lake shore.
The blackberry crop is ripening.
A new wheel of smaller size is being put on the steamer Pentland.
Railway union leaders ask that nobody patronize Pullman cars.
Grand Rapids has had another smallpox case.
The steamer Grand Island broke one of her wheels coming down the river yesterday.
Pricilla, owned by Dwight Cutler, Jr. and Crepe McNett by Dr. McNett, are now the only horses in this city with a record below 2:30.
The hard times are still very noticeable in various ways and there are more than one would imagine.
Those four men who were in the city with the two Muskegon rigs last Wednesday are much wanted men; as it is believed that they were the postoffice robbers. It is now believed that the office was robbed between the hours of 12 and 1:30 that day, instead of the later hour at first supposed.
A gray hound, lost by his owner and nearly starved to death has been one of the horrible sights on the streets for some time. The dog was probably once valuable, but is now merely a skeleton, and unless taken up by some charitable person should be dispatched.
A well known local horseman remarked last night what a fine thing it would be if some man or company would take in charge the driving park and make a fast track of it. When in condition it is a fast course and within the enclosure of the big fence is room for 200 or more horses of a trotting stable.
The correspondent to the Grand Rapids Democrat says that an electric railway will be built to connect Highland Park with the city and Spring Lake. The company who are to build the road propose to run the plant by water power and utilize Crockery Creek for that purpose.
Eight thousand tons of ore are now on the furnace docks at Fruitport.
The novel feat of rolling a scow was performed by one of Capt. Kirbys tugs today.
Marshal Andes has discovered that one of the strange rigs in this city last week, Wednesday, the day the postoffice was robbed, was stationed near the Columbus St., school that day. It is believed the robbers carried out their booty to the wagon and then drove furiously to Grand Rapids, where one of the horses has since died. A day or two after the strangers had bargained for the rig of Mr. Wintermute, the Muskegon liveryman, Mr. W. received a letter postmarked Grand Rapids, signed by the man who hired the outfit, saying that the horses would be found in a designated farm near Grand Rapids, also stating that one of the horses had given out. The letter concluded by saying that a check for that amount due would be forwarded Mr. Wintermute.
Death of Mr. Aart VanHall.
Aart VanHall died this morning at three oclock after a lingering illness. Mr. VanHall was 59 years of age and was one of the oldest residents of the city, having lived here over 40 years. His birth place was the Netherlands. He was long identified with the fishing business. His wife and the following children are left to mourn his death: Edward VanHall, Mrs. Ed. VandenBerg of Spring Lake, and John, Orrie, Peter, Henry, Aart and Jacob VanHall.
Mr. VanHall has been sick for the past two years, but his death this morning was sudden.
The funeral will take place Thursday.
It was learned yesterday that the officials of the D. & M. road running into Grand Haven, were here Saturday looking into the matter of extending their line from Grand Haven up the beach to Hackley Park, connecting with Lake Harbor road at the channel. This is no new scheme for it has been under consideration for some time, it is understood, but is now an assured fact and if the work of laying the track is not commenced in the near future it will be early next spring and thus Hackley park is given one more pillar of support.Muskegon News.
Sheriff Smith of Muskegon and Sheriff Keppel went to Grand Rapids yesterday to look up those mysterious rigs.
To the Citizens of Grand Haven.
Did you ever stop and think what had built up Traverse City, Belding, Holland and many other towns of this state? If you did you will say it was building and loan associations. How many in Grand Haven are willing to assist in bringing this city to the front? Those that do not wish to borrow can go as investors. The Standard Savings and Loan Association of Detroit has a local board in this city.
They are in the field of business; they do not wish to make any money out of the city, but wish to invest money in building and improvements.
Do you want to see improvements?
Do you want to save rent?
Do you want a home?
Do you want to see money in circulation?
Do you want to save a little money each month and have it pay good interest?
If you do call at once any of the following members and they will explain:
Fred A. Hutty,
Geo. D. Sanford,
Walter I. Lillie,
B. A. Blakeney
A mare in France pulled a wagon sixteen miles and a quarter in 52 minutes.
It is feared that the black plague may be imported to this country from China.
The country between this city and Muskegon is rapidly developing into a good agricultural vicinity and contains many prosperous farms.
The tug McCormick formerly one of Capt. Kirbys towing fleet is back at this port again after a number of years at Benton Harbor.
The schooner Wrenn, arrived in Detroit Saturday, Capt. Linn R. Beecher of Pottstown, Pa., an old ocean mariner will have charge of the navigation of the vessel from there.
One of the strongest amateur ball nines of New York City is composed of men of Indian birth. Another, still stronger is the club known as the Cuban Giants, composed of colored athletes.
The habits of whitefish are being studied by the fish commission at Charlevoix. The great importance of the whitefish industry in this state, and the large yearly plant of whitefish, 100,000,000 being planted by the Michigan commission alone, rendered it advisable to select a locality where the biology of this species might be particularly studied. Of its natural home, food and habits in early life very little is known, yet it is exactly these factors which are of the greatest importance in planting the fry to the best possible advantage.
One of the evidences of the hard times is noticeable in the fact that fewer marriage licenses are being issued than for a number of years. So far this year only 117 have been issued in this county, whereas last year at this time 167 were issued and in 1892 at this time 146.
Mrs. Maud Scott has been appointed telephone operator in place of Miss Mattie Stuveling.
Harry and Fred McIntyre and John Watson rowed down from Grand Rapids and are camping at Highland Park.
REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION.
County Officers Re-nominated.
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It is thought that the Wellman Arctic exploring party is lost.
A craft of 300,000 feet capacity would pay for itself three times over in the early 70s on the lake. Those were the golden days of lake navigation, the likes of which will probably never again be experienced on the great inland seas.
Still nothing has been heard of Dr. W. C. Ransom of the Around the World party. There is some suspicion that he was robbed and murdered or wandered away while in a demented condition.
The largest cargo ever brought into port was brought in yesterday by the Selwyn Eddy, 4252 tons.
The Post Office Robbery.
The post office robbery is still a mystery, but it is now the belief of postmaster and officers that the four mysterious men, with the two Muskegon rigs, who were here last Wednesday were the robbers. The reward offered for the capture of the thieves has been increased to $250. The sheriff offers $100 and P. M. Baar $150.
On the morning of the day of the robbery four men drove from Muskegon to this city, arriving at about 10:30 a. m. and left here between 2:00 and 3:00 p. m. By furiously driving they reached Grand Rapids before 6:00 p. m. a distance of thirty-two miles, killing one of the horses. The day was one of the hottest of the season in this locality. These men registered at two hotels in Muskegon the evening previous as D. B. Marvin, C. Davison, Grand Rapids; E. H. Smith, Kalamazoo; and W. R. Raymond, Detroit.
The men Marvin and Raymond engaged the rigs, telling the liveryman that they were going to Fruitport, some five miles from Muskegon, but as stated, came directly here. These men are believed by the officials to be the perpetrators of the robbery. The man Raymond was seen by Marshal Andres in this city and by the lady clerk when he called for mail at the Post Office on Wednesday, between one and two oclock.
One of them is described (supposed to be Raymond,) about thirty years old, five feet seven or eight inches high, large nose, kind of pointed, weight about one hundred and fifty pounds, dark sallow complexion, dark thin mustache, not very long, wears white straw hat with a black band, quite neatly dressed, wore white shirt.
The man, (probably Marvin) is described as about twenty-two or twenty-three, about five feet four or five inches high, wears brown fedora hat, diagonal coast and vest, dark pants, brown stubbed mustache, watch and old-fashioned silver linked chain, links square and about on-half inch long, light hair and eye brows, large mole on jaw under right ear.
The other two men we have no accurate description of, excepting that one was a short smooth-faced, about one hundred and ninety pounds, wearing dark clothes. The other is a small man, wearing dark clothes and straw hat.
They left one rig at Carmens Grove House, about two miles out of Grand Rapids and the other rig in front of a church on Second street in the city.
At about ten minutes to six the men ate a lunch at a restaurant on Bridge Street and were seen to have two packages, making together about the exact size of the stamps lost. All trace of these men are lost after that and the Grand Rapids officials believe departed that same evening, possibly, to Detroit.
On Thursday the liverymen at Muskegon received the following letter mailed from Grand Rapids, and written by the man Raymond:
Dear Sir:I left your team at E. Carmens Grove House, Grand Rapids, Mich. Please send for them and will send you a check covering all costs. I paid for their keeping at Carmens. It is a road house between Grand Rapids and Berlin, about two miles from Grand Rapids. The mare gave out. Raymond.
The day before the robbery Mrs. E. D. Blair noticed a man, acting very strangely in the rear of the office. He seemed to be peering through the window and getting the lay of the ground.
Today the marshal learned that the teams were fed in Ferrysburg just before coming over here, which would seem to indicate that they were ready for a long drive.
While here the two rigs were left standing in the shade of the trees near Columbus St. school.
All trace of the four strangers is lost at Bridge St., restaurant where they took supper, but they are supposed to have left Grand Rapids.
The Daily Resorter of Petoskey has this to say about Highland Park:
Grand Haven, which has a splendid harbor, has always been something of a summer resort, but since Highland Park was located and built up it has become famous to the country. Four years ago the citizens of Grand Haven built a fine summer hotel on a splendid elevation 75 feet above level of the lake and less than a hundred feet from the water's edge. Sitting on the broad verandas which stretch clear around the building on both floors, the guests of this excellent hotel can enjoy the cool breezes that are wafted from the bosom of the great lake, a magnificent view of the broad expanse of water dotted at intervals with large steamships, sailing vessels, ferries, pleasure boats and near the shore the bright-hued suits of the bathers. The beach for a mile here is one of the finest seen on the great chain of lakes. The surf bathing is most delightful and is daily enjoyed by hundreds of the hotel guests, cottagers and residents of Grand Haven, which is a mile distant. Over to the right is the Government pier and lighthouse where all the large passenger and freight boats enter the harbor. All around the hotel, and providing splendid shade to the cottages and charming walks, are an abundance of trees of various species, such as the maple, hemlock, pine, oak, linden, etc. The Highland Park Hotel has twenty-five nicely furnished rooms, accommodations and cheerful dining room that will seat 100 people, offices, parlors, etc. Every chamber is an outside room and every department in the house is always cool and comfortable. This season an old resident of Grand Haven, Mr. John Neil, is landlord, ably assisted by his charming wife. Both are affable and accommodating and will easily prove themselves delightful hosts.
The bulk of travel to the Netherlands this year consists of those who have only been here a short time and became discouraged at not finding work.
Rich will undoubtedly be renominated governor.
Dr. Ransom, the South Haven around the world man is still missing.
The races will take place at Grand Rapids, August 13th and 17th. Thirty thousand dollars in stakes is offered and the best horses in the land will take part in the races.
Franks VanRy of Holland, Marshal Andres of this city and ex-Marshal VanHoef were members of the Grand Haven Life Saving Station at the same time some years ago. The strange thing of it is that all are or have been city marshals.
90 degrees again today.
Robinson township will some day be the banner one of Ottawa county.
One of the cribs of Michigan City pier was washed out of place twenty inches this week.
The steam yacht Sport can be chartered for fishing and pleasure parties at hard time prices. Apply to Jos. H. Poisson at J. Ritzema's grocery store.
Will Smith, one of those who were burned in the fire on the steambarge Ross at South Haven some time ago, died at South Haven last week. His is the fourth death resulting from the accident.
W. P. Morris of Grand Rapids, son of the late Dr. S. L. Morris, was in the city today. Dr. Morris was the founder of the Holland City News and once edited the Grand Haven Herald.
A toboggan slide into the lake at the park is talked of.
The amount of coal brought into Chicago by the Selwyn Eddy in one cargo this week would last Grand Haven all winter.
Navigation on Lake Superior is hazardous now because of the smoke from the forest fires.
Editors:Having some business to attend to in the vicinity of Spring Lake and Battle Point, your correspondent also took the opportunity to look over some fine fruit and garden farms.
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Muskegon race course will again be put in condition.
Samuel Gompers, the famous labor leader, and Congressman Burrows spoke at Hackley Park yesterday.
D. Vyn & Sons moved the large boiler to Hancocks green houses. It was a big job, the boiler weighing 10 tons.
That veteran engineer H. C. Pearsons of Ferrysburg will commence the publication of a series of articles of general interest in this paper next week.
A. M. Barden is confident that he shaved the man, with the mole on his face, who is supposed to have been one of the post office robbers. The fellow cautioned him not to cut the mole.
Nels Olson, who has been living with his brother John Olson in this city disappeared last night and nothing has been heard of him. He was slightly deranged. Anyone knowing his whereabouts should inform the marshal.
No trace has been found of Dr. W. C. Ransom and the schooner Wrenn will never make it around the world. The doctor it is thought suicided or was murdered. The schooner which is in Detroit will return to South Haven.
The Athletics should devote a little time in practicing batting. They are very weak in hitting shoulder balls and are continually being led into batting at balls far above their heads. Leafers knew their weakness in yesterdays game. If the boys had been cool and waited for decent balls they would have got ten more hits off his delivery.
There are many sailors on salt and fresh water who are unable to swim.
A broken wire in the dynamo caused the electric lights to be turned on somewhat later than usual last night.
Bloomington, Ill., July 25. Judge J. W. Willins of the supreme court of Illinois, today granted a supersedeas in the case of John T. Hiler, the convicted bigamist sent to Joliet from this city three months ago to serve three years in the penitentiary. Hiler is the gay young Lothario who married Miss Washburne, of Bloomington, within twenty-four hours after he met her. He has a number of wives, or alleged wives, in all parts of the west.Chicago Tribune.
A dastardly attempt was made to wreck the steamboat express that arrives here at 11:05 p. m. over the D., G. H. & M., at Nunica last night. If it had been successful another railroad horror would probably have to be recorded today.
The express arrives in Nunica shortly before eleven. It does not stop at the station. Engineer John McKay was in charge of the engine and as the train was speeding through, noticed an obstruction on the west end of the switch the train was on. The brakes were applied but the train could not be brought to a stand still before the front wheels of the train had passed over the obstruction. Luckily the locomotive was not over turned.
The obstruction was found to be a rail which had been placed on the west end of the switch in such a way as to throw the train off the track. Miraculously enough the attempt was not successful and the passengers can feel thankful for their narrow escape.
Life imprisonment would be none too severe a punishment for the fiendish perpetrator if captured.
A $50,000 public building was reported favorably by the House committee for Grand Haven yesterday. Representative Richardson has been working hard for the measure. It has yet to go before the two branches. If passed, Grand Haven will have a joyous celebration.
Postmaster Baar received the following dispatch from Congressman Richardson today:
Washington, D. C., July 27, 94.
Grand Haven public building was reported to the House today. Have had a hard fight to get it.
Geo. F. Richardson.
The proposal of a government building now, is very bright.
The Chicago schooner fleet, once its pride, is rapidly passing away, and before many years there will not be many left. It is estimated that already this year 24 schooners have ended their careers through storm or old age.
With a one-legged cyclist making 108 miles in 7 hours and 50 minutes, how long will it be before crutches will pass to the ranks of the unemployed?
The shops are running again in Pullman.
Reporter Reeves who accompanied the Kansas City team on its trip east and who visited this city with the club, is dying with cancer of the stomach.
This state has shown a remarkable increase in population the past four years.
Highland Park catches the crowd these warm nights.
Some fine fire works were set off at H. P. last night.
Disabled or injured life savers can now share the privileges of marine hospitals.
Nels Olson the Swede who disappeared Thursday night turned up all right last night.
Mr. and Mrs. OBrien are getting along nicely now and gradually improving.
An alarm of fire was sounded this morning, caused by the sawdust blaze in Spring Lake. The department turned back after running several blocks down Washington street.
Hezekiah G. Smith aged 80 a well known colored resident of Ferrysburg applied at the county clerks office this afternoon for a license to wed, Sarah Miller, a colored damsel of Ferrysburg aged 20. In disparity of ages this license will go on record in the annals of Ottawa Co.
Good work of the fire department saved the city from a serious conflagration last night. At about 10 oclock an old ice house in the rear of James Barns furniture store was discovered to be a fire. The discovery was not made until the flames had burst forth and illuminated the entire block. This shed was filled with sawdust and burned fiercely. The flames soon communicated to Barns block and sheds in the rear of the Columbus St. school. The fire department responded immediately to the alarm. It did not take them 10 minutes to squelch the blaze after arriving. Their quick work was remarked by many. If the fire had started two hours later it is not unlikely that the Barns block and other buildings would have burned. Mr. Barns loss by last nights blaze is about $200. The cause of the fire is not exactly known although the sawdust in the shed had caught fire several times before in the day and had been put out each time.
The fire pressure as now turned on by the city works will burst an ordinary hose.
More people are enjoying the beauties of Highland Park than ever before.
Surf bathing is very popular at H. P. and large numbers participate daily.
A traveling man says that he never before saw a fire department turn out as quick as did ours last night. He described their work as wonderful.
President Bilz of Spring Lake telephoned for assistance in fighting the sawdust fire at Spring Lake this morning. The fire steamer and a lot of hose were taken over by team.
The choir boys of Grace church Grand Rapids are making an enviable reputation at H. P. where they are spending their vacation. They are a gentlemanly lot of young men and reflect much credit on the choir master and Rector.
A mighty mean excursion boat captain at Grand Haven cast a rope over the foot of a young lady resorter sitting on the dock and when the horrid thing apologized he added that he thought the foot was a spile.G. R. Democrat.
Mayor Vaupell has received a letter from Garson Myers, President of the Standard Ry Supply Co., of Chicago, in which he states that he visited Grand Haven sometime ago, and would like to investigate the scheme of building an electric road to the Park.
DROWNING AT PARK.
As we go to press, report comes from the Park of a drowning there at 3:30 this afternoon of a stranger from the Park pier. The man rented a suit and jumped from the pier and was drowned immediately. Life savers are patrolling the beach.
The firemen in old sawdust mill towns like Grand Haven and Spring Lake have a peculiar sort of fire to fight not experienced in interior towns. The vast sawdust tracts that mark the spot where some of or greatest lumbering institutions once did great business, are continually catching fire. When once the flames get good headway in these sawdust wastes it is the work of days especially in a dry spell to put it out. Even after a rain the surface of the sawdust will be flooded but generally a treacherous blaze smolders out of sight and liable to break out at any time.
In a recent issue of the Tradesman Hon. Thomas T. Gilbert says: There were only two present at the dedication of the Court House at Grand Haven July 4th who were active participants in the early settlement of Grand HavenMiss Mary A. White and myself. Miss White came to Grand Haven in 1835 with her brother she started the first school in that town, having about a dozen scholars. She is now an old lady of about 80 years and still resides in Grand Haven. She reached Grand Haven on the same boat that brought six brothers of Rix Robinson. These with their families comprised a party of about forty persons.
Fire started in the sawdust on the old Cutler & Savidge dock in Spring Lake this morning and for a time threatened the village with destruction. Timely work by the Spring Lake department assisted by Grand Havens firemen is all that saved the town. The fire started in nearly the same place it did in 1893 when the town was ravished by the worst fire in its history. The entire dock was afire today and the dry sawdust and edgings burned like tinder. One small frame dwelling occupied by a Holland family was burned. The household effects were saved. Other houses caught fire from flying sparks but the flames were put out. The southwest wind sent great brands of fire directly toward the town, but luckily the flames made no headway. This afternoon the fire fighters had the blaze under control and no further danger is expected.
John Brandstetter returned from a trout fishing expedition to the Little Manistee yesterday. He had great luck, catching over 100 of the speckled beauties.
Forest fires are raging in Wisconsin.
Robinson has a club known as the Hustlers and West Olive one called the Sandburs.
Every night large bonfires are lighted on the beach at Highland Park and the swarm around them enjoy the evening by story telling and music.
Representative Bretz of Indiana, yesterday presented to the House of Representatives a favorable report on the Richardson bill for a public building at Grand Haven. The report cites the population of the city and the many government offices here. These offices are now in rented wooden buildings and the records are liable to be destroyed by fire any time because of want of adequate protection.
Janitor Olson of the court house has what he calls a perfect sprinkler with which he waters the court house lawns. It is very simple and throws a very pretty spray. It is the top of a sprinkling can to which is fastened a coupling with which to attach it to a hose. Mr. Olson says it beats all the other sprinklers that he has seen.Muskegon News. This is the invention of Janitor Christmas of Ottawa court house.
Speaking of the ball game here the Muskegon Chronicle says: The Muskegon High School base ball club went to Grand Haven Thursday and played a game with the Athletics of that place. It is said to have been the best game played this season at Grand Haven. Muskegon was defeated by a score of 7 to 3. The Athletics are stalwart young men, active and sharp players. There was a large crowd present and all expressed themselves pleased at having witnessed and excellent game.
A number of Coopersville people are stopping at the Park.
The hop at Highland Park Hotel Saturday night was a very pleasant affair and largely attended.
The driveways at Highland Park should be cleaned of the large sand piles and at once for the convenience of the many resorters and citizens now at the Park.
For sale or rent:Cottage at Highland park, (south of Mrs. Boydens) Address. 6538 Stewart Avenue, Chicago Ill.
The largest crowd since last summer was at the docks last night. The gathering was made of citizens, Chicago bound passengers and returning excursionists.
The central telephone office is receiving a number of improvements and a booth is being put in for the accommodation of people wishing to talk over the phone.
One of Grand Havens most patriotic citizens and town boomers is Postmaster Baar. Jake, whether home or abroad is constantly talking Grand Haven and is always at the front in pushing new projects here.
R. Osterhofs store in Ferrysburg was burglarized Saturday night and various articles to the value of $30 stolen. Shortly after midnight of Saturday two men were noticed on the Ferrysburg bridge with a basket and bound for this city. They were undoubtedly the thieves.
Judge Pagelson and Sheriff Keppel are both advocates of better roads.
Supervisor Inspector Westcott goes to Grand Haven Monday on official business. Returning he will stop at Grand Rapids to examine the steamer Wm. H. Barrett, which has been refused a license by the local inspector. From this decision the owners have appealed to the supervising inspector.Det. Journal.
Mr. H. C. Pearsons of Ferrysburg commences in todays issue a series of letters entitled Better Roads. Mr. Pearsons well known reputation as a civil engineer and draughtsman will give his views on this question great weight. There is no doubt about it, this county needs better roads, and we hope Mr. Pearsons Missionary Work, as he calls it, will be crowned by the awakening of the people of Ottawa County. Let the good work go on, and give this good missionary a helping hand. It is a move in the right direction.
Drowned at the Park.
The first drowning accident in the history of Highland Park occurred there at four oclock Saturday afternoon. The unfortunate victim was drown in the sight of a hundred people or more, sitting on the beach and within 150 feet of him.
At about the hour mentioned a stranger applied at Walkers bath houses for a suit. When he came out he was clad in a bathing suit and walked out to the end of the steamer pier, where park passengers are landed. There was quite a surf at the time, but the stranger dove from the end of the pier. He was noticed for a time after diving, to be swimming around, apparently all right and headed to shore. At the second bar he stopped swimming and stood for a moment, probably to get wind. He then started for shore again, when all of a sudden he was noticed to sink and raise his arm above the water. The spectators on the beach did not realize the unfortunate mans predicament, but when he again appeared on the surface and once more sank, the people knew he was drowning and means at once were instituted to give him aid.
The man did not appear again and the life saving station was notified. For several hours the life savers searched the water near where the drowning occurred and patrolled the beach, but the body was not found.
In the meantime search was made in the unfortunates clothing to find if his identity could be ascertained.
Cards and letters in his pocket indicated his name to be James Dougall of 47 Cedar St., Chicago. A handsome gold watch was also found in his pockets inscribed upon which was: From father and mother. Thirty-five dollars in money was also found in his pockets.
The stranger was a man apparently 30 years of age, 5 feet, 9 inches in height, dark mustache and weighing about 160 pounds. No one at the Park knew him. A search of the hotel registers revealed the fact that he had registered at the Cutler House Saturday and his baggage was also there. It was also learned that he registered at the Cutler last Wednesday and stopped at the Spring Lake House early in the week.
A telegram announcing the drowning was sent to the address found in the mans pocket.
About 7:30 in the evening the body was found by strollers on the beach, near the south pier and nearly a half mile from the Park. The remains were floating into shore at the time. Coroner Stuveling was notified and took charge of the body and had it brought to the city and placed in ice in A. Kiels undertaking rooms.
In the evening a dispatch was received from the drowned mans father in Chicago urging search to be made for the remains.
It was expected that some of the family of the dead man would be here yesterday morning, but they did not come and Coroner Stuveling empaneled a jury and held an inquest in the city hall. A verdict of death by accidental drowning was returned.
At six oclock last night Maynard and W. A. Dougall, brothers of the drowned man arrived in the city. They took the Graham & Morton boat to St. Joe Saturday night and took and excursion train to Holland yesterday morning. At Holland they hired a rig and were brought to this city. They were on the road from 10 in the morning until 6 at night, the driver getting off of the Grand Haven road and losing his way.
As soon as the brothers were shown the remains one of them remarked thats Jim.
Their drowned brother they said was 35 years of age. Hs name was James Dougall. He was unmarried and was a clerk in the registry department of Chicago Postoffice. His home was with his parents on Cedar St. James was given a week leave of absence last Monday and was to have been back at work again Tuesday, Maynard said. He came here to rest up and get away from the warm city.
The brothers took the remains to Chicago last night by Goodrich boat.
The exact cause of Dougalls drowning is unknown. At the end of the pier where he jumped off, there is about seven feet of water. It is the supposition of some that he struck his head on the bottom and was stunned. Others believe that the man, although he may have been a fair swimmer was not used to swimming in the surf. Saturday there was a heavy surf and a treacherous undertow and he had the waves and the undertow to contend against. Another supposition is that he was taken with cramps. If the man had called for help he might have been saved. As it was the spectators did not realize his position.
The accident is one to be regretted and will probably never again happen at the Park.
The record of one drowning in the past seven or eight years is indeed a good on, but as a safeguard, life lines should be stretched in the bating grounds.
Peoples Party Convention.
The Peoples Party held there convention in the court house last Saturday.
John B. Galloway of Holland called the convention to order, Walter Phillips was elected temporary chairman and D. C. Wachs temporary secretary. The temporary officers were afterwards made permanent.
The report of the committees on resolutions was heard, reaffirming the principles of the party as affirmed by the Omaha platform and resolving that the cardinal principles of this platform be the battle cry of the party in Ottawa county.
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Rienzi, the famous little black horse that bore Sheridan on his twenty mile ride from Winchester was a Michigan horse.
When our fathers came into the state, they found only the paths of the wild beasts, and the trails of savages for roads, but they soon hewed out for themselves some better lines of communication, between the different parts of the country. First, the line of blazed trees; then the more elaborate system of the lines of government survey,the small streams being bridged by felling trees across them,constituted the principal lines of travel. These were adorned with the corduroy of the times, over the swamps, and the log bridge over the smaller rivers,the opening of the forests along the section lines, and finally the inauguration of the public highways;then came the pathmaster with the inevitable tax roll. Then the annual gathering of men and boys, with their yarn spinning proclivities, and their zeal to work on the roads, with but thought as to whether the roads were to be made better or worse by their work,and saying nothing of their nursing of hoe-handles and shovel handles,all according to law.
But time is constantly bringing forward new conditions. These primitive methods, like garments our mothers made for us when we were toddling about her knee, had the merit of usefulness, at their time,but now, like the early garments, their ability to serve us with economy, is outgrown. They have served their mission, and are no longer of use. We want
But most of all, we want better economy in the expenditure of the money we put into them annually, for construction and maintenance.
Our roads have come to that point in their development, where some practical skill and scientific training are requisite for their economical construction and keeping up.
The service of the trained engineer, is now a necessity in the building of our roads, drains and bridges,but so far we have only called in the services of Tom, Dick and Harry, and set them to work without plan, or method, or specification,one man as Director this year,another man next year. And so we go on for a decade, spending our money, but getting no roads. We do not go to the hatter for a coat, nor yet to the carpenter for our books,then why do we go to the ignorant, the untrained and unskilled for the solution of one of the most important and difficult problems of the age.
The failure of the methods and means of the past, to meet the requirements of the day, is seen in the case of our old court house,good for its time, but outgrown,we wanted a bigger and better one. Thanks to our building committee, for their clear perception of what was wanted, and for their patient labor to the end, when their effort was culminated in the eloquent presentation speech of our VanLoo, at the dedication on the 4th of July,when a magnificent structure, creditable alike to the building committee, the builder, and the enterprise of those whose money footed the bills, was handed over to the county.
In the same manner do we want our road work done,i. e. to a specification and plan,under the supervision of conscientious, thoughtful men. It is no trifling matter to build 30 to 50 miles of road in each of the several townships of the county, costing from $500 to $5,000 per mile, during the next ten to twelve years, as we must if we are able to keep up our reputation for thrift and progress already acquired. We must simply inaugurate a
In building of our roads.
A few years ago our legislature, seeing that the methods then in use would never get good roads, enacted a law, requiring that after any road in the state had been worked fifteen years, any further work or money expended on them, should have reference to permanent improvement,i.e. the road should be properly graded, and drained, and sustained.
But this involved a kind of talent that had never been recognized as being wanted in the building of roads,that of the engineer.
Our town authorities did not know any such man,made no provision for paying for his services, and, as a consequence, the law was a dead letter.
But the clamor for better roads, and better means of getting them continued, and at the last session of our legislature, a law was enacted by which any county may assume the entire management and construction of its roads, subject only to a few limitations by the state.
mean more than we can tell in a short story. They are the body politic, what the veins and arteries are to the physical man. They contribute to the thrift and prosperity of the city as to the country,increasing the value of all our lands and properties,stimulating new industries,inviting into our midst new members of society,extending the amenities of city life into the country, as church and social gathering,schools,concerts, lectures, quickening and developing the finer qualities of life.
They afford access to the markets all the year around, reducing the wear and tear of vehicles, horses, harness, and drivers, and incipient profanity,shortening the time of transit, and reducing the number of horses required,and so on could we enumerate the advantages resulting from better roads, till we tire.
They mean the delivery of the mails farther into the country, in the early future,to say nothing of the possible,nay, probable early appearance of the females on their bicycles.
Then, by all means, let us have the better roads.
But what class of better roads shall we have, and how shall we get them,let us see. H. C. Pearsons.
The parties on board the schooner Wrenn who were to write a work entitled Around the World will write Around the Thumb of Michigan. The Wrenn is now on its way home.
Holland first, last and all the time is what is bringing that lusty infant in the southern part of the county to the front. It should be the same way here. Praise up your town. Tell of its good points. Remedy the few evils that exist and practice local patriotism.
It is estimated that there will be at least 3000 resorters at Highland Park and on Spring Lake next summer. Last year had its drawbacks in the Worlds Fair, but this year despite the exceedingly hard times there are a thousand visitors at the two places.
A fire department second to none in Michigan, a ball club that cant be beat, a military company that ranks with the first of the M. N. G., a healthy climate and pleasing temperature, and unsurpassed harbor, the best pleasure resort in the state, fine fishing, delightful bathing are a few of the best things of Grand Haven.
Still warm and very dry.
The sky is filled with smoke from forest fires now days.
A new photograph gallery will be opened in this city shortly.
Work has commenced on a cement walk to be laid in front of Capt. Loutits new residence.
The little missionary ship Glad Tidings was in the port onetime when owned by Capt. Bundy.
The match factory is keeping up with the times in the way of machinery, many improvements having been made lately. The plant is now in first-class shape.
The Athletics will soon have handsome new uniforms. The club has a new chest protector and is rapidly collecting material for a first-class base ball outfit.
Last week Tuesday was the 15th anniversary of the existence of Co. F. The only charter member still a member of the company on that date was Walter Bidgood. There are two other men still in the state service, but not members of the company, who were charter members. They are John Mitchell of Ionia and Maj. Mansfield. Fifteen continuous years in the state service is a record very few can boast of.
A Correspondents Views.
Editor of Daily Tribune:
Sir: Our splendid harbor, navigable year round, and our fine railroad facilities are of little benefit to us, as long as we permit that standing iniquity, the toll tax bridge to remain. We are politically free, but economic slaves while it remains. The idea of a tax on travel in the 19th century. It is a relic of the dark ages and the bygone past, it is out of date, a last years birds nest, a back number. England long ago established turnpike roads and toll bridges. A tax on travel injures business. How shall we get rid of this hindrance to our growth? Buy it. The burdened taxpayer says we cannot afford it, yet we can and must. It would pay its cost in one year. 1st in the use of property. 2nd in the great increase of trade and population. Many taxpayers say we cannot afford it. How can it be bought? By using city bonds running 10 or 20 years interest at 5 percent they would be eagerly bought by the people. The annual coat to the people of this city would be less than 7 cents per capita, much less than we now pay in tolls. If the bridge was free, such a prosperous change would come that we should no longer blush to own that our sister city out ranked us in growth and population. Our country is fast filling up with actual settlers, we ought to keep pace at least with those places that have no natural advantages. If this obstacle to our growth were removed we should soon be the Liverpool of the Lakes. He that would be free himself must strike the blow. Yours sincerely, J. E.
Only such members as have attended 75 percent of the drills will be allowed to go to camp this year. A feature of this years encampment will be a gatling gun squad detailed from Co. E of Lansing. The squad has been drilled by Lieut. Lewis, of the regular army stationed at the Agricultural college. Brig. Gen. Bowen orders among other things, that no part of the state uniform be worn by waiters, cooks or employees about the camp, that there be no tossing in blankets or unnecessary noise, and that black shoes be worn, that all supplies be brought to camp, so as to furnish no excuse for trips to Brighton.
The effect of the great railroad strikes are disappearing. Traveling salesmen who were called in during the tie up have started out again.
A prominent life saver says that if a person who cannot swim should fall in the water he should close his mouth tight and clasp is hands behind his back. I this way the body would be evenly balanced and a person by keeping cool headed would be able to float for an indefinite time.