The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. August, 1893
Seventh St. is getting to be a very lively business street.
Co. F is getting in first class shape for camp duty and the boys will no doubt cover themselves with glory.
The daily arrival of stone, brick and lumber at this city to be used in new buildings is a sign that we are on up hill grade.
Silas Kilbourn & Co. manufacture the Glidden double action washing machine, surely the most complete machine of its kind manufactured in the United States.
There are days when parents should appeal to their small sons to keep away from the treacherous old docks about the river front. It would be well in extreme cases to even resort to the application of a shingle.
The steamer Menominee is running almost constantly, her only layover being here in the morning. She stays in Chicago less than 39 minutes sometimes. In still water she is capable of making 11 miles an hour and yesterday, with the wind after her, she made the run to Chicago, 110 miles, in nine and a half hours. As a Grand Haven and Chicago ferry, the Menominee is a grand success, and a day trip over on her is a delightful one.
Barnum VanDongen had to go to Spring Lake last night to get a bass horn in order that he could play on the excursion. What became of his own is a query among the boys.
If the Marshal or the street commissioner, or the committee on streets, roads and bridges desire to see where improvements are needed, let them examine the side walks between Ferry and Griffin streets on the south side of Washington Ave. X
The election upon the question of raising $8,000 to build and additional school building last night passed off quietly, only 136 votes being cast, 85 against and 51 for it. The proposition was therefore defeated as 92 votes would have been necessary to carry it. The prevailing opinion seemed to be that an effort ought to be made to purchase the old court house and make it over into a school building.
The firm of Silas Kilbourne & Co. employ about one hundred hands and turn out large quantities of pails and fish kits. This firm haul the logs to their factory and saw them and when they come out of the factory is in the shape of finished goods. They also own their own freight cars in which they ship many of the goods they manufacture. The business down by this enterprising firm adds greatly to the manufacturing interests of this city.
Dr. Carpenter, collector for the American Ringer Co., 24 South Division St., Grand Rapids, with headquarters at Muskegon, doesn’t appear to be collecting in this city any more for that concern is reported as having disappeared. This is not the first time the doctor has disappeared for some years ago the doctor visited this city and took orders for enlarged photographs at a very low figure. If this was all the doctor had taken at that time our citizens would not care how often he disappeared; but he took cash 50 cents with each order and photographs that cannot be replaced and some of our good citizens not only mourn the loss of their photographs but also their money. The doctor’s record here is certainly good.
Dr. Von Tiburtius, dentist of the Court of Prussia, arrived in the city last evening and is the guest of her brother, Judge Chas. Pagelson. She is a delegate to the Dental College to be held at Chicago from Berlin, Germany. Mr. Pagelson has not seen his sister in 26 years.
At Highland Park.
Though the people came late at our summer resorts this season there are probably more here and at Spring Lake now than ever before. Reports come that every house that will accommodate a boarder along Spring Lake and in the village is full, and the Spring Lake house is patronized by a host of people. The hotels and boarding houses in the city are well filled; and the life of the caterer, generally is a happy one.
C. W. Ingraham is running a restaurant at the Highland Park Hotel for the benefit of guests at the beach.
Following are some of the people at the cottages:
At Idle Croft—Mr. and Mrs. M R Kavanaugh and children, Mrs. Camp and Miss Fanny E Camp; all of LaGrange, Ill.
Captain Walker’s Cottage—Mr. and Mrs. A W Flew and children of Joliet.
Hillsdale—Mrs. Egbert and Mrs. P J Phelps, Joliet, and Miss Fanny Murray of Winnepeg.
Fluer de Lis—Mr. Max Hamburger, wife and children.
Tangletop—Mr. and Mrs. Williams of LaGrange, Ill.
Bonny Dune—William Houser, wife and children, Miss Grace Leavenworth and Mr. and Mrs. Adderton, all of St. Louis.
Sunset—Mr. and Mrs. E L Buckley and children of Detroit.
The Rest—Mrs. George H Pew and children, Miss Jennie Thomas, Mrs. John V Tooker and Mrs. Harry Tooker of Grand Rapids.
Mrs. Saunders’ Cottage—Mrs. Saunders and children, Mrs. W A McCormick and son, B. C. Saunders, Miss Mary Nester, Grand Rapids.
Green Beach—Charles Dolan and Ralph Fisher and families, Grand Rapids.
Andrews Cottage—Mrs. Oscar Anderson, Detroit, L W Griffin, Jackson, Miss Louise Tomlinson, Grand Rapids.
Griffin Cottage—Mr. and Mrs. Z T Griffin and children.
Richmond—O H Richmond and family, Chicago.
FitzGerald—Gerald FitzGerald and wife and Mrs. Towner, Grand Rapids.
McBride—Mrs. Ralph Baker and children and Mrs. Jennie McFarland, Springfield, Ill.
Goodrich—Frank Barnard and family and Mrs. Spencer, Coopersville.
Woodbine—William Lawnson, wife and child.
Marks—D A Marks and family and S B Marks, St. Louise; Mrs. Samuel Wood, Zumsly, Ill.
Wren Cottage—Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stobie, Miss Frances Memphis, Miss Lizzie Randolph Memphis, and Mrs. George of Rockford, Ill.
Davis—Mr. and Mrs. W C Davis and Mrs. A A Osborn, all of Kalamazoo.
Cutler Cottage—Mr. Cutler and family.
Savidge—Mrs. J N Bagley and family of Detroit.
The Millison—Mr. and Mrs. Edwards of Chicago.
Cummings—Mr. and Mrs. S L King and family, Grand Rapids.
Killikare—Mr. R G Macfie, wife and daughter are guests of Mrs. Chas. Boyden.
Our merchants appear to be having a good trade.
The weather now days is fine! Not too warm, not too cold; but a little more rain might be in order.
A number of new buildings are going up at Spring Lake and we sincerely hope many more will follow.
The express business was $200 more this year for the month of July, than last. Business speaks plainer than words.
A woman fell on one of the poor sidewalks on 6th street last evening, and was hurt, how bad we did not learn.
Grand Haven has many beautiful homes and the lawns and front yards have flowers and trees and shrubbery enough to make all look lovely at this time of year.
There appears to be a complaint that the list published of the summer resorters at Highland Park left out a large number of cottages and resorters.
The blast furnace at Fruitport has shut down indefinitely, on account of the stringency of business. It is said that they have over $90,000 in bills receivable and they propose to remain shut down until it is collected in.
Spring Lake is said to be the handsomest and with the most beautiful scenery along its banks of any inland lake in the state. A trip to Fruitport on the Fanny M. Rose will convince any one who doubts the truth of this statement.
Judge Pagelson was presented with some valuable keepsakes in the shape of gold and silver coins by his sister who arrived in this country and his collection of stamps and coins is really worth looking at and has cost much time and money.
The Petoskey correspondent of the Chicago News Record says that at that place there is more money invested in the fishing business than at any other port in Michigan. This correspondent is surely off his base as we have one man here, let alone many others engaged in the business who has more capital invested in the business than all the fishermen together at Petoskey.
The association of the church of God are putting up their big tent upon the property of W C Sheldon Jr. 7th street, preparatory to the opening of a several weeks’ campaign in the cause of Christ.
The repairs made this year on dwelling houses in this city has been more extensive than in any one year since the existence of the city. Let the good work go on and surely it is good.
“The El Dorado,” said Rev. A. S. Kedzie as he stepped into the TRIBUNE office this forenoon, “is a good advertisement for Grand Haven and I am going to send some of them away.” Many are doing the same thing, and others are cordially invited to do likewise.
The Presbyterian Sunday School picnic to Fruitport yesterday afternoon on the new steamer Fanny M. Rose was a great success. The boat was crowded and the children enjoyed the ride. and Fruitport grounds greatly. Refreshments were abundant. All speak of the very kind attentions of Capt. Cobb and were hearty in their compliments to the Captain and his beautiful steamer.
The Grand Haven Leather Company are making extensive improvements about their plant, adding improved machinery, leaches, and a new building or two.
EDITOR TRIBUNE: —I have noticed several squibs in your paper recently which I suppose came from some one outside your office, in regard to the board of trade. Now, you know as well as anyone that you can’t do much with nothing and as that would be critic is saying those sharp things, I would like to know how much he ever gave towards starting and keeping in motion the board of trade or anything else. He is one of those men that are always talking about themselves and what big things they would do if they was going to do it.
EDITOR TRIBUNE: —Having seen your criticism upon the condition of sidewalks in certain places, I would like to make this explanation: That the admitting owners have repeatedly had the proper notice to repair them, and have as many times promised to it, but still they remain in bad condition, [missing text] would it not be well for you to put the blame where it belongs, or do you want the marshal and the committee to repair them at the city’s expense.
The work on the piers at the mouth of the Grand River is progressing finely.
Horace Brown, John H. Bosch and Charles Schoenberg, three well known Muskegon wheelmen, passed through the city yesterday on their way to Chicago. Their trip is being watched with interest.
There appears to be a large number of bright looking, handsome school marms in the city today.
Some of Grand Haven’s delegation to the Exposition are taking in Chicago as well as the big fair and are having a glorious time, so to speak.
Forest fires have been raging in the woods and Tuesday morning early the smoke was so thick that the fog horn was blowing for several hours.
David Smith, who was recently married at Kalkaska, says he went in for quality and quantity and says his wife balances the scales at 250 pounds. Mr. Smith says when he reaches Grand Haven cigars will flow freely.
An old resident says that thirty years ago we had just two horses in the town. Old Dick owned by Capt. White and one owned by Wm. Wallace. Now we see on our streets many as fine turn outs as can be found in any city of its size in the state.
The Grand Haven window in the Michigan Building at the World’s Fair is on the second floor next to the Marquette window overlooking Washington, South Dakota and other state buildings. The public school exhibits of this city can be found in gallery U of the Manufacturing Building. The Dake Engine Co. of Grand Haven have an exhibit in Machinery Hall annex.
In the treasury department of the Government Building at the world’s fair can be seen in a conspicuous place a picture of the old black boat Detroit, which plied between here and Milwaukee in the early 60’s together with the steamer Milwaukee. It was on the Detroit that the sorting of mail while in transit was first attempted and was the beginning of the present great system. The names of the officers of the boats are found on the picture. They were: steamer Detroit, commanded by D. H. McBride; chief engineer, John Stark; steward, Wm. J. Fowler; purser, Harry Bradford. Streamer Milwaukee commander, J. S. Rich; engineer, Thos. Fitzpatrick; steward, Don C. Wilcox; purser, Z. Moses. The boats were about 250 feet long, 35 feet beam, and 17 feet depth. Their tonnage was 1100.
The TRIBUNE says to the chairman of the streets, roads and bridges Com. That he is no more to blame for the poor sidewalks in the city than any other member of the council but we still believe that some one is to blame. Who it is, the TRIBUNE does not attempt to say, and we do not make any personal attack on any one but some way should be invented or planned by which the shockingly bad walks of the city should be rebuilt and replaced ere it is too late. If there is no way now in which it can be done, we hope our enterprising Mayor will see that one is provided at once.
“Business” in the TRIBUNE of last evening is off his base. He is evidently a meddlesome cuss, and thinks the responsibilities of a city, if not a nation rests on his shoulders. The TRIBUNE has not mentioned, only in glowing and pleasant terms, the Grand Haven Improvement Board of which we learn “Business” is not a member. The term “Board of Trade” has been used in this paper just twice and then only referring to four or five men in this city who daily met and called themselves Board of Trade in fun. Mr. E. D. Blaire was president and was the granger member referred to. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” can be applied to “Business.”
Simon Juistema’s Experience.
Simon Juistema the young man who presides in the telephone exchange when the rest of the town is sleeping, had an experience with a live wire shortly after 1 o’clock this afternoon which he will soon not forget. He was in the telephone office and had just stepped outside of the window ledge to take a look down street, when the telephone bell rang. He turned and grabbed the wire above him not knowing that it was alive one. It proved to be the generator wire through which the current to ring the bell passes. The current of from 120 to 200 volts was passing through it at the time and for the next few minutes “Sam” proved that his lung capacity was very good. His cries for help were heard for blocks. People on the street looked up and saw the boy with his hands clinched tightly around the wire and yelling with all of his might. Many were dumbfounded for an instant at the spectacle. Somebody called for an ax, but before it appeared “Billy” Andres pulled him off and into the window by main force.
Young Juistema was none worse for his experience with the exception of several slightly burned fingers.
Fires again prevail on some of old docks.
What promised to be a lively runaway occurred this afternoon at 4. The circus posters team ran about half a block but was stopped at Hass’s saloon without even a drop of paste spilling out from the barrel on the wagon.
Capt. Wm. VandenBerg returned from Manistee yesterday where he left the whale boat exhibition boat. He leaves for Green Bay tonight.
The smaller one of the derricks has been put in operation at the court house.
J. C. Chestnut, the man who has been in jail for his supposed complicity in the horse stealing case has been released. The team has been taken back to Saginaw by Mr. Wirtz, the owner.
What’s the matter with the fishermen having a picnic?
No relief for this dry weather yet in sight.
Some Portage stone from Lake Superior is being used on the new court house.
The steamer Fanny M. Rose took an excursion of about 150 to Hackley Park this morning.
Gillen & Campbell’s foundry is about as busy a place as there is in the city—always crowded with work.
The act of “Billy” Andres yesterday in rescuing Simon Juistema shows the stuff some men are made of. Without hesitating for a moment to think of the consequences liable to result to him if the wire was heavily charged he grabbed the boy and pulled him from the wire. The deed was worthy of mention to say the least.
Marshal Klaver late this afternoon arrested two strangers who were fighting near DeGlopper’s smithy.
Marine business is stagnant on Lake Superior.
The steamer City of Grand Haven is running in the Traverse Bay region.
The work of rebuilding the tug A. J. Wright has been completed at Manitowoc.
Peter Klaver is building a very neat paint shop to take the place of the old one on Washington Ave.
John Neil has completed for his son John Jr., a fine clinker model row boat which has no superior on the river.
How long before telephonic communications between Holland and Grand Haven will be re-established? Give it up.—Holland News.
The bus men who have organized for the purpose of repairing the roads leading to the Park, will accept bids for 600 yards of gravel and 15tons of straw for use thereof.
A. Troutwine found a very curious thing in a peach stone last night: several well colored peach leaves that looked as healthy as if they had been on the branches. How these come to get into that stone is a mystery.
The Central School was found flooded with water yesterday morning, some teacher having turned on the water and failed to shut it off. The plaster in the hall of the first floor was badly damaged by water leaking through.
J. W. Boynton, the projector of the Grand River railroad that is to be built between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven on the Jenison bed, has chattel mortgaged all his rolling stock, consisting of ten flat cars and a caboose.
The steamer Valley City will give a moonlight excursion up the river next Friday night.
The stone masons on the Court House job have been laid off for a few days until stone arrives.
Traveling men state that the cry of hard times is heard all over the country and people are scaring themselves by its very sound.
If the Corn Planter employees or any other shop ball team think we are bluffing they can find men and money at the Glass works. We are looking for scalps. Bring your challenges.
GLASS FACTORY NINE.
Again the terrible news of a drowning in this city is chronicled. Another family has been saddened by the loss of a promising son and brother. Parents can not place too many safe guards to keep their children from the river these days, if they cannot swim.
Free test to all desiring a sitting. Mme. Falkner, the celebrated English trance clairvoyant, has arrived; every hidden mystery revealed in a dead trance; gives advice on divorce, contested wills, speculations, etc.; removes trouble, evil influences, brings separated together, locates lost persons or stolen property. Six day free test only to those desiring a sitting, Sunday included. Hours 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At Forest house, corner 1st and Franklin Sts.
An assault and battery case in which both participants settled by paying fines and costs, was the only thing in police court today.
The largest canal lock in use in the world is at the “Soo.” It has dimensions of 515 feet in length between the inner gates, and a general width of eighty feet. The gates are sixty feet wide and it is suppose to pass vessels drawing sixteen feet of water.
A subscriber suggests that the mineral well in this city should be put in running order for the benefit of resorters and those who come here for their health. In former years it was a great attraction for strangers. Subscribers further suggest that it would be a good idea if the city could keep it in running order.
D. Vyn, Henry Sprick and M. Dykhouse entered into a combination at a meeting held last night and decided to repair the road to Highland Park, being in an impassable condition is some places. For the past few days some work has been done on the hills leading to the Park. Let the good work continue.
Two weeks ago today a young lad was drowned in this city. Again today at about the same hour another boy of about the same age went down in the purling Grand to his death.
The victim was Henry Lubens aged 14 years. He with a boy named Will Mulder, son of Henry Mulder were working in the celery land of Roosien Bros., situated on the long narrow island nearly opposite the old Beech Tree mill. It was about the noon hour and as near as could be learned young Lubens was on the bank of the marshy land standing on a log. The log rolled carrying the unfortunate lad into the river. He tried several times to grab the log, but rolling as it was, it was of no avail. The Mulder boy was a witness of the catastrophe.
Gerrit Lubens, father of the drowned lad also works on the island but did not see the accident. When the mother received the news her cries were heart rending. A family of small children were also saddened by the death of a brother.
Dragging for the corpse was at once begun and at two o’clock it was found. The coroner was notified and left for the scene to hold an inquest.
The Luben family resides in the house standing on the old brewery site on Fulton St. in the 4th ward. Mr. Lubens has been a celery worker for a number of years.
One of the more interesting relics of the world’s fair to be seen is on exhibition at the Moorish palace on Midway plaisance. It is the guillotine upon which the lamented and heroic Marie Antoinette was beheaded at Paris, Oct 16, 1793. That this is a genuine relic that there can be no mistake, for its history is authentic.
The platform and guillotine are genuine beyond a doubt. Upon the platform is an excellent likeness and figure in wax of the beautiful queen as she stood before her executioners with her last words upon her lips, “God be kind to my executioners.”
Besides her stands the public prosecutor of the day, and in the distance are thousands of sans-culottes ravenous in their desire for human blood of either great or small degree.
Baker’s saw mill will resume operations again next fall.
Many of the passengers on the Goodrich steamer yesterday morning were sea sick.
The world’s fair was open yesterday but only about 15,000 people entered the gates.
A heavy gale and sea prevented World’s Fair boats from running Saturday and Sunday.
The ribs of the new steamer being built at the yards of the Grand Haven Ship Building Co. are nearly all up.
The steamer A. B. Taylor is laid up at this port. Light freight business between Muskegon and Sheboygan has made the route unprofitable.
Ralph Vanderhoef is superintending the job of gathering edgings from the Bailey docks for the pier cribs.
Steam barges as well as sailing vessels are tying up all around the lakes as a consequence of the hard times and dull freight business.
A wind mill arrived by C. & W. M. today for G. W. Miller. Mr. Miller will place it on his extensive celery farm on Ferry street.
Grand Rapids parties and others it is said, are already shooting ducks in the marshes of the river. If caught, the illegal hunters should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Last Saturday was the biggest day of the season at the Soo canal. Ninety-two vessels were locked through on that day. There are few days in the history of the canal to equal this record.
Ald. Koeltz says that Grand Rapids has the handsomest women of any town in the country.
Fritz VanHall is about again, but is still carrying a pistol bullet in the calf of his leg.
The police of the state are on the lookout for Fred Hanley and Chas Justice two prisoners who escaped form Jackson yesterday.
The sloop Frolic bound from Chicago to Lake Superior was here yesterday out of the storm. Her owner was aboard. The Frolic is one of the fastest sloops in Chicago.
Fires in the woods around about the city gave the atmosphere a smoky haze yesterday. When the sun went the smoke clouds were reddened beautifully.
Several of the schooner David Mary left that boat at Spring Lake. They were union men and would work only for union wages from which scale they had been cut down. Hence their return to Chicago.
“You have been having the nicest of weather this afternoon” said a fisherman the other day “but in the lake we have been climbing hills since morning.” This is only an example of the fact that the wind and weather on shore and off is often apt to be the opposite.
The annual camp meeting of the Church of God of Michigan is held this year as it was last in Grand Haven. The tent is pitched in the rear of J. W. Verhoeks grocery on 7th St. The camp meeting proper at which delegates from all over the state will be present does not begin until August 16 and will last a week. Services are held every evening and are largely attended. They are conducted by Elder L. J. Branch of Bangor who was here last year and he is assisted by Wm. Funk of Bangor and Gilbert Reed of White Cloud. There is one congregation of the Church of God in Ottawa Co., and quite a large number of the faith in Northern Michigan. This church is also largely represented in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Louisiana.
C. H. Passehls of Chicago, a Highland Park resorter, has a valuable “dachshund” of pure German breeding and which is worth several hundred dollars.
The gravel streets of the city are worse this summer than ever before. Because of the dry weather and prevailing wind, stones have been sifted from the sand and lay on the roads a menace to unshod horses and unsuspecting bicyclists.
At the inquest held over the remains of the drowned lad, Henry Lubens, Saturday, a verdict of accidental drowning was returned. The jury was composed of Miner Emlaw, Thomas Bishop, John Nyland, Wm. Bishop, Chris Lock and Walter Baker. It appeared that the unfortunate boy and his companion Will Mulder had gone to the river bank to wash, it being just noon. They were on a log which rested on solid earth but which projected about ten feet in the river. Young Lubens slipped and fell off to this death. The water was only about six feet deep at that spot. His companion attempted to save him by throwing boards, but it was of no avail. Several search parties were at once formed and the river in that vicinity dragged. After about an hour the body was pulled up with a rake by Charles Jackson and E. L. Blakely, very near the spot where he first went down.
The Fanny M. Rose has taken the Nellie’s place on the Fruitport route, the latter having been laid up.
Timber and lumber for the Court House is now arriving.
Large numbers of Coopersville people spend Sundays at the Park.
The sewer openings of the city are being repaired and cleaned out.
One of Grand Haven’s most beautiful suburbs is Peach Plains, especially so at this season of the year. Apples, peaches and grapes all thrive there and it is one continual farm of luscious fruit. Chicago people are investing heavily in the locality and coming here to reside. Chicago people have purchased the Phillips and Lum places and other valuable property there.
Grand Rapids races begin today.
There is not a saloon in VanBuren county.
Plenty of work on the farms at this season.
Six prisoners have escaped from Jackson in the past 24 hours.
Major Mansfield of the Second Infantry leaves for Island Lake tomorrow. His charger was sent there today,
The steamer Menominee took out the biggest load of passengers of the season to Chicago this morning. The weekly low rate excursion along the D., G. H. & M. was the cause.
The advance guard of Co. F left for Island Lake encampment grounds this morning. They were Corporal Gibbs, Private Bidgood, Cook Hayward and wife and assistants Poel, DeGlopper and VanderNoot.
The valuable dog owned by Rev. Watton of St. John’s church went mad yesterday and was shot late in the afternoon by W. I. Lillie. It is not believed that the animal bit anybody but it is possible it bit other dogs.
A barn belonging to Mr. Ed Millman of Grand Haven township, burned Sunday morning. Cause of the fire was an explosion in green hay stored in it. Together with the barn, the contents were destroyed. It was partially insured.
The fog and smoke was so thick this morning that horses and cattle became bewildered and could not be driven. Mr. H. Lommarts was compelled to unhitch his horse, as he could not make him move in any direction.
Mr. John McSherry has accepted the shoeing department in Mr. Hubert’s blacksmith shop on Third St., No. 255. He is unequalled as a fancy horse shoer, or draft horse shoer. Trotters or runners shod to order in any class of shoes desired. Interferers stopped, knee hitters stopped forging stopped. All shoeing warranted to give perfect satisfaction. For references, Dr. Bates, John Klaver, Walter Lillie, J. V. B. Goodrich. All wishing anything in the shoeing line please give him a call.
At no previous year has there been so little interest taken in the annual encampment as this year.
The committee is making preparations for suitable exercises at the laying of the corner stone of the Court House.
Co. F leaves on the 9:05 train over the C. & W. M. for Island Lakes encampment tomorrow. The company will be about 35 strong as near as can be guessed now. At Grand Rapids the company will be transported to the D. L. & N. road and thence to encampment. They will be accompanied by the Grand Rapids and Muskegon militia.
Black Dave gave the corner Grocer a good dousing this noon.
First Lieutenant Andres is unable to go with the company to camp this year.
“Grand Haven is the liveliest city of its size in the west,” said genial George W. McBride in the Morton yesterday, as he paused for a moment while assisting his friend, Colonel Gavett, in figuring the republican plurality at the next election. “A country fair isn’t any livelier than Grand Haven.” Continued the tall exponent of the pretty little city. “The World’s Fair has brought an immense amount of travel our way. Every Goodrich boat is loaded, and if the company had twice as many steamers on the line they couldn’t more than comfortably take care of the passenger travel. It is no uncommon thing for a boat to pull out with 400 on board. A lake trip to Chicago is one of the delights of going to the fair. The inconveniences are fewer, and the trip far pleasanter.—Tuesday’s Grand Rapids Herald.
PAUL JANUSCH ARRESTED.
A Serious Charge.
Upon arrival of the steamer City of Milwaukee this morning, Sheriff Keppel was informed that a robbery had been attempted in one of the state rooms during the voyage, and that the culprit, none other than First Porter Paul Janusch, was on board. He was placed under arrest and is now in county jail.
The City left Milwaukee at her usual time last night. Among the passengers was Mrs. C. Addis, a Grand Rapids lady bound from Milwaukee to her home. She was consigned to one of the inner state rooms. About 11:30 p.m. she was awakened by a noise and saw a man climbing through the state room window which looks out into the hall. Mrs. Addis had placed the curtain over the window pane but the intruder had pushed it aside. The lady screamed with all her might and grabbed the fellow by his coat. In the meantime he had made an effort to snatch the valuable rings which she wore. Mrs. Addis, with a grit which is very seldom seen in a woman, hung to the man but he managed to unlatch the door and escape into the main cabin of the steamer. By the electric lights of the cabin, Mrs. Addis had a good view of the man. She also retained a piece of his coat which was identified as the one worn by Janusch.
At the time of the occurrence the watches change and for the time the cabin was deserted. But the lady soon made known the affair and Janusch was watched, so that he would not escape when the boat arrived.
The captain brought Janusch before Mrs. Addis this morning and she immediately identified him. Mrs. Addis says that he looked her square in the face without flinching, but he did not deny being in the room. He stated that for himself he did not care, but only for his wife’s sake.
Janusch stands with the penitentiary staring him in the face and his best friends admit he is in a bad fix.
He came to this city with his wife from Chicago about a year ago and secured work in the White Laundry. He was always held in high esteem by his employers. When the Milwaukee came up from Port Huron this spring Janusch engaged as first porter. His wife went on the Wisconsin as a stewardess, but only remained a few weeks. Mr. Janusch was well liked by the crew of the Milwaukee some of whom would not believe him guilty of an attempt to rob.
Mr. Biggar of the White Laundry states that he does not think that anything short of drunkenness would have caused the man to commit the deed as he was always reliable when employed at the Laundry.
The charge against the man is a hard one and the sympathy of friends for his wife will not mitigate the attempted crime. Mrs. Janusch is living here and the past few weeks has been employed at the Laundry.
Mrs. Addis is stopping at Dr. VanderVeen’s today. Her husband was foreman a few years ago at the mill operated by Dr. VanderVeen at Sturgeon Bay.
The smoky fog of this morning was so thick that at 6 o’clock an object could not be seen 15 feet away. It was a regular London sort of fog that one would cut when he walked through it and then it would close up behind as before. At 8 o’clock it had cleared away and the fog horn was given a vacation after blowing continuously for several hours.
Thursday, August 31, has been designated as Netherland Day by the World’s Fair managers, the intention being to include both Hollanders and Belgians. A great many people from Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are expected to attend. These two nationalities, though comparatively small in number, there being probably 50,000 or 60,000 immigrants living in the four [5?] states named, are found in certain well-defined settlements throughout the United States. In Wisconsin there is an old settlement in the town of Holland, in Sheboygan County, which dates back to 1835, having been located under the guidance of a Dutch Reformed clergyman. New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania contain by far the largest number of Hollanders and Belgians because of the great majority of the people emigrating from these countries are not so limited in means that they cannot at first carry their generally large families farther West. In the Eastern States, the rural settlements are found in Patterson, N, J.; Williamson and Putneyville, N. Y., and Rochester, Syracuse, Batvia, Newark, Philadelphia and a few other cities are slightly sprinkled with Netherlanders. The last day of August promises to be a very interesting day for these people and that occasion will probably be the last and only opportunity for them to have a grand reunion.—Evening Wisconsin.
C. Addison’s lot on Franklin St. is being filled in with sand.
The search light on the Valley City is 2000 candle power.
The whale exhibition boat is now at Manistee.
The steamer City of Milwaukee is one of the best lighted and best officered boats on the lakes.
Because of the scarcity of lumber there has been no work on the pier cribs for a number of days.
John Walsh has the contract for driving the spiles for the additional pier cribs at the piers.
Rev. J. A. Kennedy has been unanimously elected to be installed as pastor of the first Presbyterian church of this city at a salary of $1,000 a year and free parsonage and a four weeks vacation each year.
During the fog of yesterday morning the fish tugs had a hard time in getting out of port. The Anna ran into the fish shanties across the river several times and the other tugs also all ran around the river when leaving for the nets.
The main shaft in the Corn Planter broke today.
Grand Haven gun club had a practice shoot today.
A new sidewalk has been built in front of John Neil’s residence, Franklin and First St.
New gables and ornaments are being placed on the Akeley Annex, much to the improvement of the building.
This is the season when jokes are played on the swimming youth. The meanest trick of all was one played on a boy the other day. His pantaloons were filled with pricklers and burrs by a spectator. Of course when the boy got out of the river, a fight resulted between himself and an innocent companion.
A workman at the court house was struck on the head with a wrench this afternoon by one of the sub contractors. The workman had been discharged and it seems was bothering the other men; making his former boss very angry, and a blow was the result. Blood flowed freely for awhile.
Off for Camp.
There was less noisy boisterousness among Co. F boys in the preparation incidental to leaving for camp today than has ever been known. Usually all in the excitement on the morning of leaving but today this was conspicuously absent.
The company formed at the Armory at half past eight and shortly after marched to the C. & W. M. depot with Capt. Baltus Pellegrom at the head. There were fewer of the boys than at any previous encampment but this will be noticed in every company of the state because of the dissatisfaction over the camp grounds. Roll was called at the depot and the following responded: Capt. Pellegrom, Sergeant Major Rosbach, Sergeant Nyland, Sergeant Dickenson, Corporal Fisher, Corporal Findley, Corporal Vyn, Privates Clark, Beekman, Cook, DeYoung, Gringhuis, Hammond, Holzenga, Hosmer, Hiler, Hobeke, W. Kieft, T. Kieft, J. Rogers, Sabee, Slentel, VanToll, VerMuelen, VanDongen, Welsh, T. Zeldenrust, L. Zeldenrust.
First Lieutenant Andres and Second Lieut. Harbeck will leave for Island Lake Sunday as will also Sergeant Pennoyer.
Corporal Gibbs and Private Bidgood are already in camp which with other additions will swell the total to about 35 strong.
Arriving at the depot a special car was on a side track waiting for them and at 9:20 the train started for Grand Rapids. The Muskegon Company also had a car of the train and were about 40 in number.
Major Mansfield also left with Co. F to assume for the first time the office to which he was promoted last spring.
At Grand Rapids the several companies of that city will also take the train and the commanding officers of the 2nd Infantry. Island Lake will be reached about four this afternoon.
A special correspondent of the TRIBUNE accompanied the boys and he will endeavor to send in any news of interest to their friends in Grand Haven.
The news was received here this morning of the finding of a body floating on the river some where near the Pottawattamie Bayou. The body was found by “Quin” Deremo of the township.
Coroner Stuveling and Poor Director John Baker left for there as soon as the information reached the city. Late this afternoon they had not yet returned and nobody knew who the man was or anything about it. It is probable that an inquest was held and the body buried there. The man is thought to have been a stranger as no one is known to be missing here.
Paul Janusch the first porter of the steamer City of Milwaukee who entered a state room on that boat wit the intention of robbing the lady occupant was brought before Justice Pagelson this morning. He wore the same coat which he wore when attempting to escape from the state room and one side of it was badly torn from the encounter.
Janusch plead guilty and was bound over to Circuit Court. He was brought before Judge Padgham, in circuit court this afternoon and there also entered a plea of guilty. He will probably be sentenced tomorrow.
Many big line boats out of Chicago find it hard to pick up sufficient grain for cargoes.
M. Cuson furnished the two small boats for the Fanny M. Rose.
Several hundred feet of pier will be added to the north pier near the fish shanties. This will serve to keep the sand from the hill drifting into the river and making a bar.
Dew is the greatest respecter of colors. To prove this take pieces of glass on boards and paint them red, yellow, green and black. Expose them at night, and you will find that the yellow will be covered with moisture, that the green will be damp, but that the red and black will be left perfectly dry.
Another of the popular Park Hotel hops will be given Saturday evening. All friends of the Park are invited.
A few years ago Grand Haven people could be counted by the score shopping at Muskegon. Grand Haven people patronize home trade now.
Throughout Ottawa county a withering drought is prevailing. Corn and pastures are drying out, and some farmers have begun to feed wheat to their horses, it being cheaper than corn or oats, says an exchange.
Luckily Grand Haven has had no serious conflagration lately. Our fire department has had the best of success in battling the flames and squelching them before any great damage has been done.
C. N. Addison of this city has been granted a patent for a broom holder.
The Secretary of the treasury is appointing new light keepers all around the lakes.
For five weeks now we have not had a smell of rain, and to say that it is dry is speaking lightly.
All over the state come reports of the ruining of the pasture, barley and wheat fields from lack of rain.
Freight business is very slow on the railroads as well as on the water.
Kalamazoo asylum is so full that not another patient can be taken.
The camp at Island Lake has been named Camp Robinson in honor of Gen. Eugene Robinson.
Chas. O. Allen of Grand Haven has been granted a patent for a carpet sweeper.
The Grand Haven Gun Club had a shoot yesterday at Beech Tree. John Kooiman and John J. Danhof, Jr., carried off the honors.
Paul Janusch has not yet received his sentence from Judge Padgham. The judge had a talk with the prisoner this morning and will undoubtedly sentence him in a short time.
Otto H. Pagelson of this city was one of a class of 45 which graduated from the Agricultural College yesterday. Of this number only eight took active parts in the closing exercises and Mr. Pagelson was one of them.
As fast as the boats come into Chicago these days their entire crews, with the exception of the captain, first engineer and the steward, are discharged and then they wait for cargoes of grain or of lumber. In general there is no disposition as yet to tie up the boats permanently, it being thought better to keep them in service than to have them dried out under the hot summer sun.
Teamsters with heavy loads should keep away from the center of Washington St. in the down town section. The sewer runs right through the middle of the street and the ground above it is caving, in several places. Many times horses going over the places start the earth to caving and it is extremely lucky that no horses have broken their limbs in this way. Another big hole was made by the ground caving, near the intersection of Washington and 2 Sts. Today.
The body found floating in the river near Pottawattamie Bayou by “Quin” Deremo yesterday morning proved to be the corpse of August Lindow, an old bachelor who has lived in Grand Haven township for 15 or 16 years. He was about 57 years old, and has earned his livelihood by working around the farms of the township. Lindlow was a relative of Mrs. Stillman living on the Beech Tree road and also had other relatives in the vicinity. He had been missing for a couple of days, but whether his drowning was an accident or a case of suicide will ever remain a mystery. In his pockets was found $7.65. The clothes worn by the dead man were very good for a farm laborer. Lindow has been known to drink quite heavily at times but it is not believed that he has done so lately. At the inquest conducted by Coroner Stuveling of this city no clue was developed as to the cause of the drowning. The possessions of the dead man consisted of what he had with him and a mortgage for $100 on a farm in Grand Haven township. The remains were buried late yesterday afternoon.
Sunday Excursion to Muskegon.
August 13, the C. & W. M. Ry. Will run a special train excursion to Muskegon, at very low rates, to enable our patrons to visit a small expense two popular resorts of Western Michigan—Muskegon and Hackley Park. The latter is reached from Muskegon by street cars to Lake Michigan Park, thence by dummy line, and is a beautiful place for a Sunday outing. Train will leave Grand Haven at 10:20 a.m. Returning, leave 3rd St. Muskegon at &:30 p.m. Round trip 30 cents.
aug2-12 GEO. DEHAVEN, G. P. A.
The business depression is being felt by the furniture manufacturers in Grand Rapids, the leading furniture market in the country. The depression in the West is such that last year during the opening of the fall season scarcely twenty carloads, were sold for west of the Mississippi, where as in normal years fully one-third of the entire product goes there. The eastern buyer were numerous but bought cautiously. The volume of trade in sight is about half of the usual amount and the manufacturers will curtail their production accordingly.
The tug A. J. Wright burned here last winter, is now having machinery put in her at Sturgeon Bay.
Hundreds of acres of blueberry grounds near Fruitport are being burned over.
The census of 1890 credited Grand Haven with a population of 5023. The most conservative estimate now, gives the city 6000 and odd.
A citizen has placed in the laboratory of the TRIBUNE a specimen of water drawn from a water works hydrant in this city. The scientists who have examined it all disagree as to its ingredients.
There is absolutely no wheat being shipped from Chicago, and in Cleveland managers of the ore docks are laying off their men. One load of coal was offered for Milwaukee at 30 cents.
Johnny Mieras received the following letter this week which speaks for itself. “I hereby challenge any club in Grand Haven to a base ball match to occur at any time or place.
Mr. Peter VanWeelden celebrated the 35th anniversary of his married life yesterday. Mr. VanWeelden is one of Grand Haven’s oldest citizens in point of residence. He came here in 1855 and was one of the members of the first city council, George Parks, Mayor. He also held various other ward offices. Reminiscences of those early days he has many and can tell interesting stories of that period.
Three bus loads of Spring Lake visitors were at the Park yesterday.
A picnic was given at Highland Park yesterday in honor of Miss Minnie Davidson of Cheboygan.
A special board has been appointed to select a suitable site for the home of the feeble minded and epileptic provided for by the last legislature. Several cities are after the institution. Grand Haven should put in a bid.
Archie Visser and Henry Veltman living near the old match factory, engaged in a fight this noon at Veltman’s house. Visser was drunk but he badly pounded Veltman about his head and face. Sheriff Keppel arrested Visser and he now lies in jail. As soon as sobered up he will be brought before a justice. The fracas created a general consternation among the neighbors.
D. VerWy has the contract to move the large house built years ago by the Sanford Estate in Peach Plains, to the rear of A. A. Constantine’s residence in Peach Plains. The house has been a familiar land mark in the Plains, being built with large expectations and was known for a time as “Cutler House No 2.” Mr. VerWy also has the contract for moving and raising the buildings on the Phillips place purchased by Mr. Constantine of Chicago.
Remember the moonlight excursion on the steamer Valley City this evening, august 11th, fare 25cts. No extra charge for dancing.
Jay McCluer has invented a very ingenious device which he calls a berrybrier trimmer.
M. N. G. IN CAMP.
The News From Our Boys.
CAMP ROBINSON, AUG 10, 1893.
The citizen soldiery of the great state of Michigan lies again encamped on its “old camp ground,” a large farm overlooking the waters of a small inland lake situated about forty miles west of Detroit. Although it must be admitted that this camp ground with its adjacent drill fields, is excellently adapted for the primary or real purpose for which it is selected, that of a camp for military instruction, yet Island Lakes and its environs has but little attraction in itself to the average militiaman, furnishing as it does but little means of entertainment or recreation during his leisure hours. A small lake, less than three miles in circumference, upon which plys one little steam-launch, a boat house with probably a dozen small boats to let, a dozen or more lemonade stands and that is all. One almost feels that the Mich. Nat. Guard, organized as it is for the maintenance of public security and peace, is some riotous mob, or a dauntless gang of criminals of whom our citizens are so fearful that their annual encampment must be held in some out of the way spot with none but grasshoppers and crickets for companions and these in super-abundance.
Then, too, as not a few of the companies are from cities along the borders of the Lakes, to drill on a dry arid wheat field with a scorching midsummer sun overhead, is quite and overtax to the powers of endurance of the boys from these companies, many of whom come from the workshop, the office, or other indoor occupation, and to these it does seem that “Michigan, my Michigan” could furnish a better site for the encampment than this. Indeed, if those of our citizens, who refer to the state militia as the “feather bed soldiers,” could spend a week in camp they would find to their surprise that the life of these soldiers is not all strewn with “pop-corn and hot sissidges, or weeny worst.” The grounds this year are in much the same condition as last. The continued dry spell has left the soil dry and dusty. But of this enough for as Tennyson says:
“Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why.”
The company arrived in camp at 4:30 o’clock this afternoon and were immediately mustered for duty, the roll showing thirty men present. After the tents had been arranged, the supper call was sounded and the boys were marched to the company mess tent where Chief Cook Hayward and his corps of assistants served a good hearty meal, though the meat was limited to ham, owing to other meats ordered not having been delivered in time. Supper over, the boys were given the freedom of the camp for the night. The camp proper does not begin until tomorrow morning and Col. Rose scored one in his favor by omitting the customary dress parade and guard mount for the first night. Some of the boys have gone for a visit to the lake, some are visiting friends in other companies and others are spending the evening in their quarters. Among others visiting “Fs” quarters was Geo. Stevenson, formerly of Grand Haven. Private Welsh and Rodgers have been detailed for company bearers in connection with hospital duty. Their duties are to carry men falling from the ranks by reason of sickness or accident to the hospital station. Hospital steward Esler’s familiar face is again seen a usual around regimental headquarters.
Pv. L. Zeldenrust is doing duty tonight with the Quartermaster Department distributing overcoats and other supplies.
The first detail for guard duty will be made tomorrow morning. Pvs. Beekman, Hammond and Huizenga will be detailed.
Probably no other non-commissioned officer in the troops has ever attained such a high degree of popularity as Corporal Zimmerman of Co. F did last year. At least twenty members of other companies have been making inquiries as to whether he was going to be at camp, but like so many other members of the M. N. G. this year, the “corporal” is attending the fair and thus his absence from the camp is accounted for, though we understand his “fair” is employed at the Kirby House and he attends her there. A number of new tents are already on the grounds this year and the camp generally bears a clean appearance. The Surgeon-Gen. Dept. too is taking every precaution to keep its sanitary condition good. The behavior of the boys on the train this year has been better than in previous years. No guards were established at the doors of our car though other companies all had them. Lieut. Harbeck just arrived in camp at 9:30 p.m. The usual hubbub of the first night at camp is now about started. Music is heard form every quarter. Prospects for much sleep tonight are about as unpromising as usual. “Y WIS.”
P. S.—The camp has been named “Camp Robinson” in honor of the late Brigadier General.
The Second regiment will be at the head of the class this year as usual. Colonel Rose, Lieutenant-Colonel Cole and Major Mansfield make a trio of officers who are known as strong disciplinarians who are well liked by the rank and file of the regiment.—G. R. Eagle.
Grasshoppers are more plentiful this year than ever before.
Forest fires threaten the village of Sullivan in Muskegon county.
The steamer Fanny M. Rose left with an excursion load of Spring Lake people for Holland today.
John Palmer did not attend encampment this year for the first time in seven seasons.
Annie Berry, a Spring Lake maiden took the hard sidewalk on Spring street for a spring bed last night and was gathered in, it is supposed, by Patrolman Springer. She had been imbibing something stronger than spring water.—G. R. Eagle.
Ed Pennoyer, Ed Andres and others will spend tomorrow at Island Lake with the boys in blue.
Latest News From the Boys in Blue.
CAMP ROBINSON, AUG. 11, 1893.
Thursday has been a hot day at camp. But for the slight breeze moving the heat would be unbearable. No one from the Second Infantry has fallen from the ranks as yet, however. In our company the health of the boys is excellent. Private VerMuelen and Hosmer are complaining of a slight affection of sore throat and stomach trouble respectively. Both will be reported for medical treatment at sick call tomorrow. Private Hosmer will be detailed for duty on the hospital corps tomorrow and as such will be relieved from all further drill and guard duty. The duties then involving upon him are to assist in the treatment of the sick and other contingent duties in connection with that department. Sergeant Dickenson, Privates Cook and Sleutel are doing guard duty tonight. For tomorrow morning Privates DeYoung, Van Toll and VanderMuelen are detailed for guard duty. Two guard-mounts are held daily, thus giving each guard but four hours of sentinel work during his entire tour. The smallness of the company, however, may necessitate putting some of the boys on for a second time. The laugh was on Pv. Sleutel this morning. Just before drill a great many of the boys, dressed light as they are on account of the extreme heat, usually put a folded towel on their right shoulder to protect it, as the piece is habitually carried at the right shoulder. Sleutel drilled with his towel on his shoulder but felt his shoulder getting rather sore and on getting back to camp and removing his coat he found that he had placed the towel on the wrong shoulder. The first one of the new members to be initiated or become the victim of a practical joke was Thomas Kieft. When Kieft awoke this morning he complained of feeling cold, but as his tentmates urged that the temperature was not unusually low, he concluded he wasn’t feeling well and life in a tent wasn’t agreeing with him. On folding blankets after reveille, however, a good sized cake of ice was found tucked away beneath the blankets and the mystery was solved.
Major Mansfield makes a fine appearance on horse-back and wields the sword from the back of his charger with the ease and grace of a cavalry veteran. Without an exception he is the best looking officer in the Second. Among the ablest on his staff is Sergt. Major Rosbach, who fills his position with great credit. The attendance at camp this year in round numbers is twenty-one hundred. This is about four or five hundred short of the usual attendance. The countersign out tonight is “Knoxville.” Corp. Vyn and Pv. Sleutel escaped drill duty this afternoon and were spending the afternoon gathering agates on the shores of Island Lake. Pv. Sleutel has some fine specimens. The “hopper grasses” here are most sociable companions. They eat with us, sleep with us, drill with us, visit during leisure hours with us and in short are everywhere with us, even now they are assisting the writer, lighting on his manuscript, making as it were an excellent paper weight. The cook tells one on waiter VanderNoot. VanderNoot wanted to know whether he had any more incandescent milk prepared, meaning condensed milk. Van is now called the incandescent milkman.
One of the state papers tells of a hard Case getting into a Mansfield and stealing a White Rose. Rose, Case, Mansfield and White are the head officers of the 2nd Inf. Sunlight Kieft and several others are spending the evening in Brighton, a small village two miles west of the camp. Capt. Pellegrom has been detailed Officer of the Day for tomorrow, with Lieut. Storrs of Grand Rapids Co. E. as Officer of the Guard.
The following order shows the daily routine of camp duty:
Setting up drill……………………………………...6.00 “
Sick roll……………………………………………7:30 “
Guard mounting…………………………………….8:00 “
Company or battalion drill………………………......9:30 “
Orderly hour………………………………………..1:00 p.m.
Battalion drill………………………………………..2:50 “
Regimental Parade…………………………………..6:10 “
Retreat will be sounded at sunset.
Evening guard mount will follow as
soon after dress parade as possible
A movement is on foot for the organizing of an association of the commissioned officers of the 1st Brigade. A meeting was held at the Fourth Regiment headquarters this evening at which Col. Hawley of the 3rd Inf. presided, with Lieut. Baxter of the 4th Inf. as secretary. A committee of five was appointed to draft resolutions and by-laws and report at another meeting to be called during camp. The great object of this association is to advance the interests of the state militia. It is expected that the influence of an organization of this kind will insure the selection of men for the General offices better qualified for their positions than otherwise. There seems to be a feeling of general dissatisfaction among the officers and troops this year over the appointments made by Gov. Rich. Men are now holding high positions in the militia who never even belonged to the troops before the appointment and as one of our officers expressed it, know about as much about military matters as a bed tick.
The lakes can now boast of a hydroelectric office, located as No. 1621 Masonic building, Chicago. Although it will not furnish information of icebergs and storm areas, as do the coast offices, yet it will prove valuable to captains of lake vessels who will take the trouble to call on the officers occasionally. Nearly 8,000 charts of all the waters of the earth are kept on hand for free use of navigators, and sailing directions will be given when requested.—Marine Record.
Prof. H. Lake, a clairvoyant who arrived in Muskegon yesterday, complained to the police there that he was robbed on the steamer Atlanta while in Grand Haven. He said that he got up quite early to visit with a friend who was going on shore, leaving his pocket book and a paper under the pillow under his bed. When he returned he found the extension berth which he had occupied was stripped for storage during the day. He says he found the head waiter with the book in his hand and that he accused him of taking the five dollar bill which had been there. The man denied the charge and then the professor says he went to the captain but was snubbed and that no attempt was made to make an investigation. The Muskegon officers told the man they could do nothing for him as the crime was committed in Ottawa county.
Fruit cans are cheaper this year than they ever were before.
The Sunday School of St. Patrick’s church are picnicking at the Park today.
Lieut. F. J. Brown of Muskegon a member of Company C, has been engaged for some time past in writing a book entitled “Michigan’s Brigade,” which will contain a complete history of the Michigan state troops from a period before the war to present time.
Paul Janusch the porter of the steamer City of Milwaukee who plead guilty before Judge Pagelson, to assault with intent to rob has been allowed by the circuit court judge to change his plea to not guilty. Mr. Janusch has retained Attorney James O’Hara of Muskegon and the case will probably come up next term.
The staunch and well equipped steamer Valley City left our docks last evening at about 8 o’clock to give an excursion to Fruitport, having on board the Grand Haven Band, and about one hundred of Grand Haven’s youth and beauty. There was dancing, singing and all appeared to have a very fine time, arriving at Fruitport at about nine o’clock. The beauties of Fruitport were taken in by the crowd and scenes of interest visited and about ten o’clock the Valley City ran into a fog bank which so often occurs on the coast of Spring Lake and failed after repeated efforts, to get out, but finally got near the shore for the safety of the passengers and so they could have another chance to take in the many beauties to be found along the shore of this beautiful lake.
Among the list of excursionists was George of the Cutler House, who on the landing of the steamer, at once took to the woods to secure a porker for the free lunch this evening. He scoured the country between that point and Grand Haven and arrived this morning about 5 o’clock and will no doubt serve the porker to his friends this evening. John Boyink, during the stop, located a new summer residence on the beautiful lake and laid out plans for a $10,000 summer residence where he will no doubt soon be in shape to entertain his many friends this evening. John Young located a celery farm and brought some of his farm with him, judging by the looks of his shoes when arriving home this morning. Paul Bloecker and John VanToll were appointed cooks and judging by the looks of the corn and potato fields in the neighborhood they are a complete success in their new calling. The rest of the excursion arrived in port at about 5 o’clock this morning well satisfied that the captain of the Valley City gave them a longer excursion than he contracted for. The excursionists will all no doubt retire early tonight so as to be ready for the next trip.
The Spring Lake House is overflowing with guests and the best of all is that they are delighted with Spring Lake and its surroundings.
A horse belonging to the Corn Planter Works sunk into the sawdust near the Cutler and Savidge’s dock yesterday almost out of sight. They took him out safely with ropes and tackles. The horse behaved like a hero under the trying ordeal.
Geo. Hancock has been shipping tomatoes.
Sprick’s sprinkler wagon was badly damaged by colliding with another wagon last Saturday.
The yacht Aleyone of Chicago has been in this and Spring Lake waters since Saturday. The Aleyone is owned by John Balch of Minneapolis and is one of the most handsome yachts on the lake.
Eight savings banks, two National Banks and one state bank have suspended thus far this year in Michigan. Twenty-four banks suspended in Wisconsin during the same time and were far more important and far-reaching failures.
County Clerk Turner has received a letter from State’s attorney Ellis asking whether the special committee of the Board of Supervisors appointed during the construction of the new Court House had received pay and asking other information.
One of Grand Haven’s alderman inadvertently made a public statement that Holland possessed many good looking women, and now he has not a lady friend in his town.—Holland Times.
Tonight at 7:40 will arrive on a special D., G. H. & M. train the largest excursion of the season undoubtedly. The excursion will be made up along the entire line of the D. & M. Its destination is Chicago. Goodrich steamers City of Racine, Menominee and City of Chicago will be here to accommodate the crowd.
Fire early yesterday morning destroyed an old building which had been used as a warehouse when the Boyden shingle mill was running. The building was located near the D., G. H. & M. depot and the old mill site. The fire department were called out but could not save the structure. This removes the last building in the old shingle mill yard, at one time the largest mill in the world.
The little five year old daughter of Mr. Klass Leunings, the Fulton street meat market man, met with a terrible accident Saturday afternoon. The child was in the barn where in some manner she ran against a pitch fork. One of the tines passed through the left leg between the ankle and knee and protruded at the opposite side. An older brother who happened to be near pulled it out. Dr. VanderVeen was called and attended the suffering child. The doctor found that the tine had passed between the two bones of the leg. The wound bled profusely for a time and is very painful, though no serious consequences are now expected.
Co. F arrives home tomorrow night on the 7:05 C. & W. M. train.
Latest From the boys in Blue.
CAMP ROBINSON, AUG 11, 1893.
Gov. Rich is now in camp. He rides through camp at the head of his brilliantly uniformed staff in an ordinary business suit of clothes and a straw hat and may be seen visiting all over the grounds like one new in office and anxious to obtain all information possible. The usual salute of twenty-one guns was fired upon his arrival here yesterday afternoon. The weather was quite hot again this morning and continued so until about 4:30 this afternoon when the sky began to get cloudy and later threatened to rain, but as yet we have had but a light sprinkle, not enough to interfere with drill. It may rain tonight, however. The Second Regiment was drilled in the extended order drill this morning after a short battalion drill. Lieut. Harbeck was in command of Co. F as the Captain is officer of the day, and he acquitted himself remarkably well, executing the commands of the major with the adeptness and precision of a regular army officer. He has proven himself a careful student of military tactics and stand among the most ably qualified officers in the Second. The afternoon was devoted to regimental target practice. The battalions were formed on the regimental parade grounds and marched out to the range where each company was first given five volley fires by company. The score of this we have not yet been able to obtain. After the volley firings individual practice was given, in which Co. F’s score was as follows: Fisher, 13; T. Zeldenrust, 16; Huizenga, 13; Beekman, 14; Rodgers, 5; Vyn, 0; Sleutel, 9; Welsh, 8; L. Zeldenrust, 7; Kieft,10; Bidgood, 10; Hiler, 20; Gibbs, 9; Major Mansfield, 20; Rosbach, 6; Harbeck, 12; Nyland, 13. This shoot was at one hundred yards with five rounds. During the volley firing Second Lieut. Stresenranter of Co. G, Ionia, was accidentally wounded. While assisting one of the men in executing the load the cartridge accidentally exploded, blowing the breech-block out of the gun, which flew back and struck the Lieutenant in the face, knocking him to the ground. He fell with blood flowing profusely from his mouth and right eye. The rest of the regiment seeing the wounded lieutenant fall and not knowing the nature of the wound, at once concluded that he had been accidentally shot in the head and their faces were not relieved until about five minutes later, when Surgeon Best of the Second Inf. arrived and made an examination of the wound. Lieut. Stresenreuter himself no doubt thought his hour had come for the first words he said on returning to consciousness were, “My poor wife, don’t let her hear of this.” Surgeon Best removed some teeth from the lieutenant’s mouth with his fingers, and the ambulance arriving, the patient was quickly hustled to the hospital. The surgeon reported later that the wound was not serious and the patient would be well again in a couple of weeks. Co. F was on the firing line next to Co. G, , on their right, and were consequently near witnesses of the entire proceedings. The ghastly spectacle presented by the bleeding and supposedly dying lieutenant caused two of our boys to feint away and a number of others to turn extremely pale. Those feinting were Dick Cook and E. S. Tuxbury. Cook quickly revived but soon feinted a second time and was taken to the rear. He is now perfectly well again and able to report for duty. Tuxbury was taken to quarters by Sergt. Dickenson and Pv. Hammond. He is still feeling a little weak but is otherwise well and will probably be doing duty again tomorrow. These with Thos. Kieft complete our sick list for today. We are unable to learn the real nature of “Sunlight’s” illness but he says he wasn’t feeling well before coming to camp and is now having a relapse, but as the guard detail bulletin lists his name for guard duty tomorrow and as heretofore he has not complained, his case is evidently not very serious. Private Gringhuis and Wm. Kieft are performing guard duty tonight. Pvs. Hoebeck, Hiler and Thos. Kieft go on tomorrow. Sergt. Major Rosbach too the regimental Sergt. Major’s place at guard mount this evening. After supper the Second was again marched out to the range to target practice but the heavy clouds darkened the sun so that it was impossible to sight on the targets at the two hundred yard range and they were marched back to quarters and dismissed. Dress parade was omitted. Capt. Gardner U. S. A. will inspect the troops Sunday morning. The company messes are inspected each morning by the surgeon general department officers. The food and general cleanliness are carefully looked after. His reports on Col. Hayward’s headquarters (our kitchen) are all A-1. The boys are well satisfied with the cooks this year. They are without and exception the best cooks the company has had for at least six years. Corp. Vyn is doing duty with the patrol tonight. Pv. VerMuelen has established a reputation in the regiment. His ability lies in doing as little duty as possible. While doing guard duty today Kaiser could never be found with his relief during the two hour’s station at the guard then prior to the two hour’s of sentinel duty. The officer of the guard gets so accustomed to sending searching parties out after him that he wouldn’t even look for him at the guard tent anymore. Knowing ones claim that he hasn’t a peer in the whole Brigade. When any of the boys wish to find him they say they only have to find the cork screw and Kaiser is generally found at one end of it. The “tight infantry” visited Brighton last night and returned to camp about twelve o’clock with their heads somewhat dazzled. Nearly every member of the company was awakened by their boisterous and obstreperous conduct. Not until the 1st Sergt. Ordered them to take their tents and threatened them with arrest, did they cease their hoodlings. For the information of his many sweethearts at home, we might state that Sharpy, our head waiter, is still in the swim.
Lt. Col. Bennett, of Muskegon, who in the command of the 5th Inf. this year is making special efforts to have his four companies from the Northern Peninsula return home by way of Grand Haven instead of going by way of the Mackinaw route. He will, undoubtedly succeed. Henry D. Lathrop, Inspector Gen. of troops last year, is in camp with his old company this year as a private.
The schooners Alert of Holland and Indian Bill of Muskegon are unloading wood here today.
Great clouds of smoke from forest fires can be seen appearing from behind the line of hills across the river today.
While Chas. Phillips of Peach Plains was attending services at the M. E. church last night some miscreant cut the reins of his harness. Such deviltry should be punished as a crime, if the culprits are found out.
G. S. Mest of Niles will open a shooting gallery in the Danhof building next to Kamhout’s saloon on Washington St. Wednesday. Mr. Mest will give prizes each week for the best average score.
The barge Hinton was in this morning. [Pier Construction]
The big 60 foot derrick is now in operation at the Court House.
The meetings are still going on at the tent with increasing interest.
Fires still prevail in back of Ferrysburg and along the lake shore.
Tramps are said to be making Beech Tree grove a popular sleeping place for their ilk.
The fuel for the Electric Plant arrived today and we will have lights tonight.
At the time the Goodrich steamer Chicago came out there was strong talk of naming her the City of Grand Haven, it is said.
There are several complaints heard of the breaking of stones and monuments at the cemetery, it is supposed by some unscrupulous individuals.
Seth C. Robinson of Vergennes, a relative of Rix Robinson and a Kent pioneer, died Saturday at his home, aged 67 years.
The steamer Chicago here last night is 205 feet long, 30 foot beam, 12 feet depth of hold. The steamer Racine is 203 feet long, 40 feet beam and 13 feet, 5 inches depth of hold.
Marshal John Klaver has been appointed truant officer by the School Board with power to look after all truant boys, and girls, too, if necessary under 14 years of age.
Yesterday was not much of a day for riding, but 104 little boys and girls of the city took advantage of Eld. H. J. Branch’s liberal offer and took a ride through some of the streets of the city, for their good behavior at the tent meetings last week.
Co. F and the Menominee boys arrived here tonight at 7:05. The Menominee Company will take the City of Milwaukee on their homeward journey.
There was one bad feature noticed by the big crowd of strangers in the city last evening. That was the poorly lighted streets. For some reason the fuel oil used by the Electric Light Plant is two weeks overdue and also being out of wood the plant was obliged to remain idle last evening.
Not for a number of years have so many people assembled at the docks as were there last evening. The people came to see the boats and the big excursion made up along the line of the D, G. H. & M. Ry. The excursion train arrived shortly after 8 o’clock. The train consisted of seven well-filled coaches and it is estimated that it contained about 400 people. At the moment the train stopped there was a rush for the boats. Steamer City of Racine, Chicago and Menominee were waiting to transport the crowds to Chicago. The Menominee and Chicago laid side by side at the D. & M. dock and the Racine at her usual wharf. The Racine was well filled before the excursion arrived, every state room having been engaged yesterday morning already. The task of giving out berths to the excursionists was a hard one and the respective clerks of the steamers were kept busy until 9:30. The Racine was first to leave followed by the Menominee and Chicago. It is estimated that the three boats carried 800 passengers to Chicago. The crowd at the dock, including excursionists and all must have numbered over 1500.
“Yes says Clark Parsons of the steamer Valley City, we have something new in the way of excursion rates for the people of Grand Haven. Manager Muir has completed arrangements whereby the for the round trip rate of $1.00 one can spend an enjoyable day viewing the scenery (now at its best) along the beautiful Grand, giving a few hours in Grand Rapids for visiting, etc, and returning by rail in the evening. This is a much cheaper rate than by all rail and advantage should be taken of it by all seeking a day’s enjoyment.” “First class meals are served on board.” The Valley city leaves Goodrich line wharf every, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 a.m. returning alternate days. Tickets returning by steamer at $1.00 are good for the season.
Paul VanderWort a Spring Lake barber was arrested here Sunday night for being drunk and disorderly and was sent to jail for six days.
High private VanderMuelen is said to have kept in his tent at camp what is known as “Kaiser tamer.” He always slept with his eyes opener and kept his “tamer,” a large well fashioned club near at hand. Intruders were treated with a dose of death or life infirmity.
It seems strange that the grocers and merchants of this city should decide to hold their annual picnic at Macatawa Park this year, when they have better places right at home for picnicking grounds. With our own Highland Park, Spring Lake, or at the many beautiful spots up the river, what better could be had. The merchants are always the first to complain when they hear of citizens trading out of town. By remaining at home they would have helped in building up Grand Haven resorts instead of Holland bathing ground. It is only another case of the boomerang turning back upon the thrower.
News From Our Soldier Boys at Camp.
CAMP ROBINSON, AUG. 14, 1893.
Yesterday was gala day in camp. Early morning saw the boys polishing buttons and blacking shoes prepatory to inspection of the troops by Capt. Gardner, U. S. A., and Inspector Haynes, M. N. G. The inspector began on the right of the brigade and by the time Co. F’s quarters were reached it was nearly 11 o’clock. The tents were all neatly arranged with blankets folded and carefully piled on the beds, every scrap of paper, cigar stubs, stones and other dirt had been picked up from around the tents and carried away, the tent flaps were neatly rolled up, and the boys with clothes carefully brushed and their guns at the side were ready and awaiting the command of the 1st Sergt. To fall in as the “gold plated officers” came down the line. The inspectors walked down the company street carefully noting the condition of the tents and the grounds and jotting down points on their little note-books as they found things looking; both the good and the bad. What report will be made of the different regiments can not be ascertained but a smile of pleasure and satisfaction seemed to steal across Capt. Gardner’s face as he finished the inspection of Co. F. He was particularly pleased with the condition of the arms and highly complimented private Bidgood on the condition of his rifle. By the way, one of the most active men in camp is this same Pv. Bidgood. Whenever anything is wanted form a nail and a hammer to a safety-pin or a corkscrew, the boys always go to Biddy. He is slow in giving information or transmitting orders, but quick in executing or doing things he can perform with his hands or feet. After inspection no further duty was required of the boys until 4:10 p.m. Then a regimental dress parade was held and witnessed by about two thousand visitors. Serg’t Pennoyer being in camp without a dress uniform for the day was permitted to relieve 1st Serg’t Nyland on the parade and don the 1st Sergeant’s uniform accordingly. While marching the company in review, he lost track of the other companies, who had changed direction to the left, and marched his company right on into the Fifth Infantry. Seeing that the other companies in the rear did not follow him on his parade with the Fifth, he quickly retraced his steps and was given quite a laugh. Although Serg’t Pennoyer did visit some during the day with friends in camp, the writer can vouch for his being perfectly sober, but is unable to account for his mistake. Divine services were held in a large tent near brigade headquarters yesterday and was quite largely attended. Excursionists were coming in on every train and the camp grounds were filled with visitors. Crowds were passing to and fro continuously and an occasional smile from the pretty girls passing by was anxiously watched for by a great many of the boys, who tired of heavy camp work for the last few days were spending the day quietly in their tents. John Bryce was the only visitor here from Grand Haven. Ernie Gibbs of Lansing and Harry Vint of Detroit were also here to spend the day. Guard was mounted at 7 o’clock with Corp. Findley, Pvs. DeYoung, and Tuxbury detailed from Co. F. Today Pvs. Durkee, Hosmer, and Sabey are doing their duty with Hammond, Kieft and Sleutel detailed for tonight, and Hiler as supernumerary. Guards will be let off tonight at 12 o’clock. Pv. Rodgers is on the slate for patrol at 6 o’clock p.m. Lieut. Harbeck was officer of the guard last night and the way order was kept in the camp was caution. The officer of the day retired at 11 o’clock and so left Harbeck in entire charge of the Second Regt’s quarters. This afternoon a review was held of the entire Mich. Nat. Guard by Gov. Rich. This afternoon the regiment will probably be permitted to go on the range and finish their score in shooting at 200 yds. and more.
Just before dinner a bluff guard was formed and charged on a party playing poker in the company’s quarters. After giving the gamblers a good scare and taking away their cards, the guard faced about and was dismissed. The boys saw the joke then and guyed the culprits in good shape. It had its effect, however, as there is no more playing cards for money among our boys. Orders were issued today to break camp tomorrow morning. Co. F leaves at 8:00 a.m. and lays over at Grand Rapids from 12:00 m until 5:15 p.m. reaching Grand Haven via C. and W. M. at 7:28 p.m. The Menominee company will be with us going via Milwaukee boat.
An unusual number of shooting stars can be seen now evenings.
Fulton Ave. is becoming quite a driving street for Sunday turnouts.
This rain has undoubtedly checked the forest fires.
Dyer and Clark’s saw mill, a few miles from Coopersville, went up in the forest fires near there.
A rug shop has been opened in the building formerly occupied by Grooter’s shoe shop.
Expressions such as “just what we want,” could be heard during the rain today.
At the divine services led by Capt. Thomas G. Smith at 2nd Regt. Tent Sunday, Co. F. attended a larger number than any other company. Privates Hiler and Sleutel led in the singing.
When the 7:05 C. & W. M. train arrived last evening a large number of people were at the depot to welcome Co. F home. On the same train were the Muskegon and Menominee companies. The Menominee boys marched with Co. F to the Armory where refreshments and a supper were in waiting. During the evening there was no disturbances or noise of any kind about the streets, which speaks well for Co. F, and the visiting militia from Menominee. Many of the Menominee boys left for Chicago on the steamer Atlanta, but the greater number left for Milwaukee on the City of Milwaukee. From there they go to Menominee.
John Fisher of Co. F bears the sobriquet “Red Horse” since his return from camp.
Burglars attempting to effect an entrance in the residence of Peter VerBerkemoes on Columbus street, last evening, twice.
Capt. Baltus Pellegrom of Co. F is rapidly forging to the front as a capable and painstaking officer, and won distinction for his knowledge of tactics at the late encampment.
Many of the merchants of the city take exception to the article appearing in yesterday’s TRIBUNE referring to the Picnic tomorrow. One of the leading town grocers said today: “People do not understand our motive in holding our annual picnic at Macatawa Park. We have done so because the grocers of Grand Rapids are also going to picnic there, which would give us an opportunity to get acquainted with our brethren of the Valley City and the different associations of that town. I do not see that in any way injures our home resorts and industries.
The cottagers of Highland Park and the Hotel guests are invited to attend a series of social gatherings at the Park Hotel, the first of which will be given Thursday evening, Aug. 17th. The entertainment will consist of music, cards, progressive pedro, billiards, etc. The citizens of Grand Haven and Spring Lake, also their guests are invited to them. These social gatherings each Wednesday evening, or if the weather should by unfavorable Thursday evening,—and Saturday evening hops will be continued during the remainder of the season. All friends of the Park invited.
It is a query why the governor doesn’t appoint men like Lieut. Vos of Company E or Lieut. Andres of F, old timers in the service of his staff. It would save a good deal of laughter among the privates.—G. R. Eagle.
Trientje Schreur of Nortonville is confined in the county jail charged with attempting to poison her husband. The woman was brought here in a rig early last evening accompanied by Sheriff Keppel and Marshal Klaver. The alleged crime was committed day before yesterday when Mr. Schreur was taken desperately ill. He was attended by Dr. Brown and by strenuous efforts his life was saved, with the aid of the stomach pump.
The coffee which his wife had prepared for him at dinner had been liberally sprinkled with Paris green. In fact the large amount of the poison is probably what saved Schreur’s life. Too much of such a deadly article causes the victim to throw up considerably, while a small amount would kill in a few moments.
Schreur came to town yesterday and swore out a warrant for his wife’s arrest. When the officers arrived there yesterday they found the house deserted, but there was a fire in the stove. After some little search the woman was found at a neighboring house. She made no resistance when arrested but would say nothing of the poisoning affair always branching off to some other conversation when that was broached.
The woman is 29 years of age and has been married 10 years. Her maiden name was Trientje VanderMoelen and she has worked as a domestic in this city, in her younger days. She speaks the Holland language most of the time. The woman has the reputation of drinking a half pint of clear alcohol at a time.
Schreur has been working on the new engine house being built in Spring Lake, all summer. The couple have no children. There home is the old Conley homestead in Nortonville. The family affairs have been somewhat tangled for some time.
The woman’s examination before Judge Pagelson this morning was further continued to next Monday.
The coffee pot which contained the poison is held by officials. In the bottom is a layer of Paris green about a quarter of an inch thick.
BREAK RANKS! MARCH!
The last Day of the Encampment at Island Lake.
CAMP ROBINSON, AUG. 14, 1893.
No cannon report will be heard at sunrise in Camp Robinson tomorrow. Regimental Dress Parade at 6:45 this evening and Guard mount at 7:15 ended the ceremonies and with the exception of a few companies doing patrol duty, it also ended all military work of this encampment. The encampment has been a great success and a feeling of satisfaction seems to prevail amongst the highest officers as well as in the rank and file as will be shown by the following order from brigadier Gen. Bower read to the different regiments at Dress Parade this evening:
Headquarters 1st Brigade,
Camp Robinson, Aug. 14, 1893,
General Orders No. 18.
The commander-in-chief, desires me to express for him to the officers of the First Brigade, M. S. T., his gratification at and appreciation of the manner in which they have responded to the call for duty and also with the cheerfulness with which that duty has been performed during the encampment of 1893. With very few minor exceptions, discipline has been maintained, work well performed and soldiery conduct perfect. It is believed that the camp of 1893 is unsurpassed by any of its predecessors in the school of the soldier and to the patriotism of Michigan’s citizen’s soldiery our people may look for confidence in time of trouble.
The General commanding compliments the Brigade upon the soldiery bearing shown by all officers and men and the evident interest all have taken in the making of this camp the success which he considers it has been.
Particular mention is made of the respect paid by all the colors.
The instruction received by all has been shown by the marked improvement noticed day after day in drill, guard duty and all ceremonies.
By command of Brig. Gen. E. W. Bowen. C. W. HEMPHILL, A. A. G.
The camp is still remarkably quiet for the last night in camp, but it will not be long before the “dis-orderlys” take charge of the different companies and start on their tour. A large stack of straw has been set afire near camp and is making quite ablaze. Patrols have been stationed at Brighton and at the depot here to prevent the boys from going to town. The major has his dress uniform and camp goods all packed and is ready to leave for home in the morning. He will accompany the boys. Capt. Pellegrom complimented and expressed his satisfaction to the company this evening by a short address after Dress Parade. He feels pleased with the work at the camp. The captain is a careful student of tactics, knows his business and commands the respect of the officers and soldiers of the entire Michigan Brigade. The blanket is being liberally used for other purposes than bed covers tonight and several of the company have already been blanketed.
Captain Kromer of Grand Rapids has been promoted to a position on the General’s staff and a large banquet is being held in his honor at their company mess tonight.
The major is among the guests. The adoption of the new drill regulations makes necessary the election of another major, thus giving two majors to each regiment. A meeting of the officers was held for that purpose this evening and Captain Stuart of Coldwater was elected over Capt. Bennett of Grand Rapids by a vote of 13 to 11. Captain Bennett is the senior captain of the regiment, recognized and conceded to be one of the best tacticians in the state troops and was therefore justly entitled to the position, but the sorehead element (supporters of McGurrin last spring) were in the majority at camp this year, and elected Stuart. The election has caused a good deal of disappointment among the boys as well as among the officers and had all the officers of the regiment been present it would not have resulted as it did. As it is, the regiment will probably lose one of its most ablest officers. The countersign tonight is Raleigh. At 10:00 the last roll call of Camp Robinson was called. The story is told of a very modest young lady who declined an invitation to witness the Dress Parade last night because she had heard the Colonel issue orders to the adjutant to bring the companies on line and “dress up” quickly when they got on the line.
P. S.—Surgeon Lest had strong inclinations to condemn the water supply, it is said. The boys said it was all right before Corp. Gibbs took a bath.
All the business places of the city will be closed tomorrow because of the annual picnic.
The hotels all report good business. The City Hotel is so crowded that cots have to be put up to accommodate all.
Last Sunday the Co. F boys at camp devoured 36 pounds of chicken. The culinary department of the company had 300 dishes to wash each day.
A petition is being circulated among the business men asking that Monday afternoon be given up as a general holiday, the occasion of the laying of the Court House corner stone.
Co. F proved themselves worthy of the town they represent at the Island Lake encampment. The company should be given more credit and attention than the ordinary citizen is wont to give it. Every business man in Grand Haven should be a member; either honorary or active and help this worthy institution.
No disturbances on our streets.
All on account of the storekeepers picnicking.
The once powerful Seaman’s Union is now said to be on its last legs.
The M. E. church Sunday School to the number of 75 are picnicking at the Park today.
The World’s Fair attendance keeps right on increasing. 111,000 paid yesterday.
At Cleveland wages of tug captains have been reduced from $100 to $60 per month, and of engineers from $90 to $60.
H. Bloecker & Co., shipped and engine to Morgan City, La., this week to a lumbering firm. This is only one of 10 or 12 shipped tot hat section of that south by this firm within the past few years. It shows that the Bloecker make of engine is of true worth and appreciated by all who have them.
The tramps who always infest the town at this season are sometimes shrewd individuals. Whenever they see an officer, the tramps, if they are in pairs or gangs separate, and walk as though they were full of business. When the officer disappears they relapse into their old gate.
The Life Savers gave a creditable exhibition in front of the station today, witnessed by a big crowd.
Aluminum tickets about the size of a quarter of a dollar are being used by the Kalamazoo street railway company.
A fellow who has been begging in this city for the past few days, the Grand Rapids Herald says is an imposter.
The butcher did not join with the rest of the merchants in a general picnic but remained open all day, because all of them could not come to an agreement to close.
A picture of the old Court House was taken today to be placed in the box of the corner stone. Standing on the steps were the Mayor and many of the older citizens of the town.
The Chicago & West Michigan and the Detroit, Lansing & Northern Railways yesterday issued an order announcing that the wages of all men receiving over $50 per month salary will be cut 10 percent because of the great financial stringency. Many Grand Rapids business houses have taken similar action and others have been compelled to shut down entirely.
The merchant’s annual picnic has caused nearly every business place in the city to be closed today. The grocers, shoe men, hardware dealers, clothiers, are spending the day as best they can. The 9:06 C. & W. M. train to Holland took a large crowd from here, most of whom go to Macatawa Park, where the Grand Rapids grocers and those of this city will picnic. Large parties are also at Highland Park today and the Fanny M. Rose took some to Fruitport.
Geo. Sole knows every good fishing hole in Grand River and Spring Lake. This knowledge, Mr. Sole utilizes in a novel way. He is much sought after by resorters and fishing parties, and acts as guide on fishing expeditions. He with Col. Marks and Mr. D. Marks of St. Louis, caught the other day on Grand River, 35 pounds of black bass. One of the bass was one of the largest ever caught in this section, weighing 4½ pounds.
Every cottage at Highland Park is occupied. All through the summer from 50 to 100 families are in Grand Haven for the purpose of enjoying the superb bathing facilities and the many beauties of the resort. These same families in the course of every season leave from $25,000 to $50,000 in Grand Haven. If this does not benefit our merchants and citizens then nothing does. Directly, many people do not receive a cent from the resorters, but indirectly the large amount left here, is put in circulation and everybody is benefited. Still there are certain citizens who see nothing valuable to the town, in Highland Park.
Owing to some unknown cause, one of the letters of our correspondent at Camp Robinson, was delayed several days and consequently left unpublished. In it he describes the establishment of the color line, one of the new features introduced at the encampment. Each morning the regiment was formed in front of the regimental headquarters and here arms were stacked. Then after some beautiful and impressive ceremonies by the color guard in receiving the national and state flags from the colonel, the colors were placed upon the nearest stack. This line of stacks was then known as the color line and all officers, enlisted men and citizens were obliged to remove their hats on passing it. Sentinels were posted on the line to see that the rule was strictly complied with. This new feature was copied from the regular army and its object is to teach the significance of the American national flag. All the members of the militia were further instructed to uncover heads for the flag no matter where it was passed. Capt. Gardner U. S. A. said in his address that it was far more important to salute the national flag, than the President of the United States. It seems to us that every American citizen whether a member of the militia or not should follow the above rule for the Mich. Nat. Guard and always remove his hat in respect for the flag of his country.
TO THE CITIZENS OF GRAND HAVEN:
Arrangements have been made by the building Committee of the Ottawa County Board of Supervisors for the laying of the corner stone on the new court house next Monday, August 21, at 2:00 p. m. Now, therefore I request that all business be abstained from on the afternoon of that day and that our business places be closed, and that the citizens join in the exercises of the day, and a general half holiday be celebrated by our people.
HENRY BLOECKER, Mayor.
Laying of the Corner Stone.
Next Monday afternoon at two o’clock the corner stone will be laid, of the handsome new court house now being erected. The program arranged for the occasion is as follows:
Call to order by Mayor Henry Bloecker, President of the Day.
Prayer, * * * * * * Rev. L. M. S. Smith, Chap.
Music, * * * * * * Glee Club
Address, * * * * * * W. N. Angel, Orator
Music, * * * * * * Band.
Deposit contents in corner stone box naming said articles.
Laying Corner Stone, * * Hon. D. Cutler
Music, * * * * * * Band
A Milwaukee Horse Thief.
Sheriff Stratton of Allegan Co. arrived here this morning from Milwaukee on the steamer of the same name, with a prisoner named Jinkins.
Jinkins is wanted for the stealing of a horse in Allegan Co. About two weeks ago, the prisoner, who is only 20 years of age, and a brother aged 16 years, stole a horse from a farmer down there. They took the animal to Grand Rapids and sold it for $70, and then left for their home which is in Milwaukee. The Grand Rapids man who purchased the horse noticed a few days later in the paper a dispatch from Allegan announcing the theft. From the description given of the horse he felt sure it must be the same animal which he had purchased. He informed the Grand Rapids police and eventually it was discovered that the horse he had in his possession was the stolen animal. The rightful owner took the horse and the Grand Rapids man was out horse and cash.
In the meantime the Allegan officials had been telephoning all over the state. Marshal Klaver gave them a clue which captured one of them. About two weeks ago he saw two young fellows in town of which he took especial notice. They appeared to be country boys and the Marshal talked with them. He thought it peculiar at the time that they should make several contradictory statements about their residence and business in this section. That night they took the boat from here. The next day a reward card was received by the marshal, offering $100 reward for the arrest and conviction of the aforesaid horse thieves. The marshal knew they were the men wanted and informed the Allegan sheriff where they had gone.
Milwaukee detectives were soon after them and the other day placed under arrest the prisoner who reached here this morning. The younger of the two is still at large.
The reward card that the marshal received, arrived here a few hours too late, or he would undoubtedly have made the arrest, and been $100 richer. As it is, his services for the Allegan officers should be something.
The American Express Co., placed a letter box in their office here today. In fact a regular Post Office is now connected with the express business. Stamps and postal cards can be purchased at the Express office and envelopes are given to all persons desiring to write a letter at the office. On the envelope is a miniature facsimile of an express money order. This is a very handy arrangement that has just originated with the American Express Co., and letter boxes are being placed in the different offices all over the country. In this way the Co., gets a big advertisement and also gains in the way of money order sales.
The schooner Lena Behm left this morning for the north.
Detroit now claims a population of 323,000.
A petrified snake was found in one of the building stones at the new Court House this week.
If next Monday is a fine day, Grand Haven may expect a large number of visitors, representing every township of the country, to witness the laying of the corner stone of the new county building.
The U.S. lighthouse supply steamer Dahlia is in port.
E. L. VanWormer is re-opening a restaurant and pool room in this city at his old stand in the Scofield block.
The coopers of Silas Kilbourn & Co’s factory are picnicking wit their families in Bennett’s Grove today. A baseball match is the principal athletic event.
Young Jenkins the prisoner who passed through the city yesterday in the custody of the Allegan sheriff, charged with horse stealing, is said to have tried to sell a gold ring to different parties here when he passed through two weeks ago. The ring too, was probably stolen.
A card party was given at the Park Hotel last evening. The winner of the first prize was Mrs. Cagwin of Jolliet, Ill. This prize was a handsome sofa, weighing 50 pounds. The extreme weight was caused by a liberal stuffing of lake sand. Graham Macfie managed to carry off the booby prize, a bag of sand.
“We shall probably lay off the Valley City for the balance of the season,” said J F Craig of Toledo, secretary of the Valley City Transportation Co., at the Morton yesterday afternoon. “The Barrett is sufficient to take care of the business for the rest of the season. The fact is, there will never be much river transportation done here until we get a draw through the C. & W. M. Bridge, so that we can have our docks further uptown.—G. R. Eagle.
The Grand Haven Ball Club have challenged the Holland Ball Club for a game of ball at Holland next Tuesday, on condition that a return game will be played here.
Early last evening five prisoners escaped from Kent Co. Jail by breaking the roof. Their names were Wilson, Paulaski, French, Hill and White. All were desperate characters, the charge against Wilson being highway robbery. The officers here are keeping a sharp lookout for the men.
Steve VanDrezer received a letter from H. VanderHaar of Holland today challenging any Grand Haven club composed of lads about 16 years of age, to a game of ball, with the Junior Athletics of Holland. The J. A’s were formerly the Grammar School Nine. Any Grand Haven club desirous of accepting the challenge should inform Steven VanDrezer.
The Big Picnic.
Most of the merchants of the city returned from their annual picnic at Macatawa Park on the 7:05 train last evening. Others remained until the late train at 10:35. The day was a beautiful one and it goes without saying that an enjoyable time was had. With the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo excursionists about 3000 people were at Ottawa Beach and Macatawa. There were a number of races and athletic events participated in mostly by Grand Rapids grocers. In the tub race Billy Mayo of Grand Rapids won first prize and Jacob Reitzema of this city second prize.
By the way, “Jake” Reitzema covered himself with glory several times during the day. At the election held by the Retail Grocers Association he was elected one of the vice president, after a lively contest. As soon as the vote was announced “Jake” rose from his seat and lifting his hat high above his head said: “Gentlemen I thank you for the great honor bestowed upon me. That hat is a number 7½ but it is too small for me now.” The applause that followed this little speech was deafening. “Jake” was carried out on the shoulders of the Grand Haven grocerymen. There were numberless other little incidents, but there were no fights, no arrests and no disturbances amongst the Grand Haven grocers yesterday.
The Corner Stone.
The following articles will be deposited in the corner stone of the new court house Monday:
“Ottawa” part of the Michigan Pioneer Collection, Vol. 9, 1886.
Photograph of the “Old school house,” the first built in the county.
Photograph of the present court house and progress made at this date, of the new one.
Copy of each newspaper published in Ottawa County.
Hope College catalogue.
Akeley Institute catalogue.
Historical summary of settlement, growth and status, in 1893, of Ottawa prepared by committee.
Printed program of today’s exercises in laying corner stone.
Several cases of scarlet fever in the city.
Holland wants an electric lighting plant.
Regular fall weather we are having now.
It seems strange that no soldier’s reunions have ever been held in Grand Haven.
Keep from the middle of the street with your teams. Another bad cave in this morning.
The new orchestra attracts considerable attention during practice hours.
The recent forest fires have destroyed miles of fencing along the C. & W. M., between here and Holland.
The fret and carved work on Dwight Sheldon’s new residence is very fine.
Justice Pagelson has had no drunks or disorderlies to report the past few days.
The Corn Planter works shut down today for a short period, to admit of a large boiler being placed in the factory. The boiler is 9x18 feet in size and was built at Johnston Bros. in Ferrysburg. Another boiler room has been built at the factory for the accommodation of the new boiler.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Boyden gave a party at their Highland Park cottage last evening. A large number of guests were present; the gentlemen in blue apparel and the ladies in pink. Hon G. W. McBride was winner of the gents prize at progressive euchre and Mrs. Capt. Smallman the ladies prize. A very enjoyable time was had.
For years Muskegon and Grand Haven have been quarreling over the merits and demerits of their respective harbors and other advantages and Muskegon has taken the lead in prosperity and growth. But what a change! It is reported that several factories have shut down, hundreds of houses and business places are vacant and hundreds of men out of employment in Muskegon, while the present picture of Grand Haven is painted in this way: There is hardly a house to rent in Grand Haven. Factories are running full force with the exception of one and buildings worth $300,000 are going up. Grand Haven does not appear to be badly affected by the general stagnation.—Casnovia Herald.
Thursday evening’s issue of your esteemed paper dealing with and article of the value of Highland Park resorters towards the city is benefited to the extent of from $25,000 to $50,000 yearly. I, as a resorter, and admirer of this most beautiful wooded beach, would like to add to said statement, that if those certain citizens who would see nothing valuable in Highland Park to the town, would wake up and spend a few hundred dollars towards much needed improvements they would thereby not only ad much to the natural beauties of the park, but make it a lasting advertisement for Grand Haven and in a short time derive double the benefits mentioned in Thursday’s paper. As it is now, those here have to be satisfied, but no inducements of any kind are offered others to come here.
GRAND HAVEN TODAY.
The committee appointed to collect historical data for the occasion of the laying of the new court house corner stone have requested that a copy of each paper published in Ottawa Co. be placed in the box in said corner stone. Hence a copy of this issue of the TRIBUNE will be used for that purpose.
Mayhap in 25 or 50 years, or it may be longer, the corner stone will be opened and the people will look with interest at the contents of the box, dealing as they will of the generation before. Time will undoubtedly work many changes in Grand Haven and Ottawa county. The prosperity which is just dawning on the county capitol will beyond doubt continue and in 25 years Grand Haven will have 50,000 inhabitants, men of that caliber who made Chicago the mecca of the United States.
This year of grace, 1893, Grand Haven has a population of 6,000 and with surrounding suburbs which in a few years be part of the city, we lay claim to a population of 8,000.
The present city officers are: Mayor, Henry Bloecker; Marshal, Arend J. Klaver; Recorder, Wm. N. Angel; Treasurer, Daniel Gale; City Attorney, Walter I. Lillie; Chief Fire Department, Joseph Palmer; Street Commissioner, John Kraal; Director of Poor, John Baker; City Physician, Dr. A. VanderVeen. Aldermen: 1st ward, James Lewis, Edward Stokes; 2d ward, Joseph Koeltz, William Thieleman; 3d ward, Jacob Glerum, James VerHoeks; 4th ward, John M. Lockie, Herman Nyland.
The members of the Board of Education are John Vaupell, C. Glerum, C. N. Dickenson, A. G. VandenBerg, F. VanZanten.
J. B. Estabrook is Supt. Of schools, Miss Lora A Smith, high school principal. There are six school buildings in the city and about 1300 pupils. One other educational institution, Akeley College, has about 100 pupils, from the Episcopal families of Michigan.
The churches of Grand Haven are: one Roman Catholic, two Reformed, one Congregational, one German Evangelical, one German Lutheran, one Presbyterian, one Episcopal, one Unitarian, one Methodist and two Holland Christian Reformed.
The manufacturing institutions are: Corn Planter and Refrigerator Works, Dake Engine Works, Bloecker & Co’s Foundry, Kilbourn & Co’s Kit and Stave Factory, Grand Haven Leather Co’s Tannery, Baker’s Saw Mill, the Match Factory, Planing Mill, Gillen and Campbell’s Foundry, and the American Glass and Beveling Co’s Factory. Of these the Corn Planter is the largest factory of its kind in the west, and the Glass Factory is one of the largest in the union and the only one in Michigan.
Besides the factories the mammoth fishing and celery business employs hundreds of men. Ex-Mayor Kirby has the largest plant on the great lakes. In the celery industry Geo. Hancock, G. W. Miller, C. Bos and Martin Kieft lead.
The Grand Haven Ship Building Co. is another of Grand Haven’s mainstays and has the reputation of building some of the staunchest boats on the lakes. At present a large steamer is being built for W. H. Loutit.
The city’s streets are lighted by electricity from the plant on Water street. Gas is supplied to business houses from a plant on the river front. The city pumping station is also located on the water front near the glass factory. The Wiley Water Works have a large pumping station at the head of Washington street in the 4th Ward.
The town has one bank, the National with a a capital of $100,000. Of business houses there are about 15 groceries, 8 meat markets, 4 shoe shops, 6 barber shops, 13 saloons and 7 hotels.
The following government offices are located n the city: Postoffice, Thos A. Parish, P. M.; Custom House, D. C. Watson, Collector; U. S. Steamboat Inspection Office, Myron Scott and Alvin Dodge, Inspectors; Weather Bureau in charge of G. W. Falger; Office of Inspectors of Harbors in charge of Col. Duryea; Office of Supt. 11th Life Saving District and Supply Station, N. Robbins, Supt; U. S. Life Saving Station, J. Lysaght, Keeper; Light House, Capt. Davidson, Keeper.
Grand Haven is represented in the Michigan State Troops by Co F, one of the crack companies of the 2nd Regt, Baltus Pellegrom, Captain, E. Andres, 1st. Lieut., W. F. Harbeck, 2nd Lieut.
The Masons, A. O. U. W., K. O. T. M. K. of P., L. O. G. T., L. O. T. M., Odd Fellows and other society organizations all have lodges here.
The means of transportation to and from the city are: D., G. H. & M. R’y, C, & W. M. R’y, Goodrich Trans. Line to Chicago, D., G. H. & M. Stmr. Line to Milwaukee, Grand River Trans. Steamer Line various boats plying between the resorts on Spring Lake and Grand River.
Much more could be added in speaking of Grand Haven at this period, but space forbids.
Jerry Boynton has discovered that there is nor railroad from Hastings to Battle Creek and is looking over the ground.
The northwester of yesterday and today kicked up quite a sea and a number of passengers on the lake liners were very sea sick.
The Grand Haven officers are keeping a sharp lookout for the prisoners who escaped from Kent county jail. Another one of the five, French was captured at Fennville yesterday.
Seth T. Robinson the old pioneer who died at Lowell last week came to Michigan in 1838. Grand Haven was the first place he landed at in this state.
The big sailing scow Emily & Eliza will carry brick the rest of the season from the yards of the Bertschy Brick & Tile Co. on Spring Lake to Milwaukee. The Bertschy Co. is rushed with orders and is running full blast.
A special invitation has been extended by the courthouse building committee to Wm. Comstock, of Allendale, to be present at the laying of the corner stone, on Monday next. Mr. C. was the builder or superintendent, of the present court house, in 1857, and was employed by the late Wm. Ferry and others.—Holland News.
A dark lantern and burglar’s drills tied up in a package were found this morning by an employee of Baker’s mill in a lumber pile near the mill. The paper in which the drills were tied was dated May 24. Marshal Klaver is of the supposition that they are the ones thrown away by Henderson the fellow who gave him such a chase one Sunday some months ago. Henderson is now a prisoner in Muskegon jail held to the government court for the robbery of a post office in Muskegon county. He is also the man who is supposed to be responsible for the Allendale and Eastmanville post office robberies.
It takes 1400 electric lights to light the Ferris wheel.
The big sand hill across the river [Later to become known as Dewey Hill] is not as high by 200 feet that it was thirty years ago, an old citizen claims.
“Harry Morris of the steamer Atlanta is one of the most gentlemanly and accommodating stewards on the lake,” so said a passenger on the Atlanta last night.
A fire alarm was sounded Saturday night occasioned by a fire in the woods near the Highland Park cottages. Several of the department went out to prevent its spreading.
Marshal Klaver has in his possession the dark lantern and burglar’s tolls found in a lumber pile near Baker’s mill Saturday. They were found by Fred Helmer and Peter Nederveldt.
An excursion from along the line of the D., G. H. & M., arrived here this morning at 8:30. The excursionists to the number of about 300 took the steamer Menominee for Chicago.
There are many signs of improvement to be noticed in Peach Plains. Chicago people are investing heavily and coming here to reside. In fact one citizen says there is strong talk of renaming it “New Chicago.”
This is the way a Michigan paper talks, which reminds one of the wild and wooly west: The warning cannot be made too strong or be too often repeated, that the tramp nuisance is growing worse. Good reliable guns are what you want, and you cannot afford to be without them. The extract is from the Galesburg Enterprise.
If you don’t believe that the people of this country are patriotic, attend Buffalo Bill’s great show next time you are in Chicago. When the American cavalry men appear in the great review of Nations, the audience send up a cheer that make’s one’s heart feel good. There is no mistaking then that we live in “the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” In fact the same spirit appears whenever the American flag can be seen in the great arena.
The schooner David Mary arrived here Saturday from Ontario.
Nearly everybody who owns a sail boat was on the river yesterday.
Aart VanToll says “Jerry Kinkema ought to be placed on the pier as a fog signal. He has a good voice for that place.”
A boy named Pierce, living at Spring Lake, came near being drowned in the lake there Saturday, but was rescued in the nick of time.
“Beech Tree” as the 4th ward section of the city is known, derived its name from and old beech tree under which the Indians of this locality would hold their treaties.
Rev. Watton of St. John’s Episcopal church has resigned the pastorate of that church, much to the regret of his parishioners. The resignation will take place Sept. 30th, and Rev. Watton will then leave for Janesville, Wis. where he has accepted a call.
John J. Bolt has about completed the taking of the school census. In round numbers the school population of Grand Haven is 1850. According to the usual estimate this would give Grand Haven a population of 6112 at present time.
The oldest school house in the city is the old Beech Tree school, where many of our oldest citizens received their first schooling and around which many fond memories cling. The old school has been changed materially since early days, modern desks taking the place of the old school double seats.
Laying the Corner Stone.
The laying of the corner stone of Ottawa county’s new court house this afternoon brought hundreds of towns people and visitors to the Court House square. Among the visitors were representatives of every township in the county and a delegation of prominent citizens of the City of Holland.
A number of flags were stretched from the new structure, but otherwise there was very little decoration. Most of the business places of the city closed their doors during the hour from two to three, and helped swell the crowd at the exercises. A platform had been arranged on the unfinished basement of the structure and here sat the participants in the exercises and others. Mayor Bloecker, as President of the day, introduced the several speakers, and the well known Rev. L. M. S. Smith the oldest minister of Grand Haven and one of the pioneers of the county, spoke the prayer and benediction.
Music was rendered by the Glee Club composed of A. Rysdorp, Wm. Baker and Peter Klaver.
Wm. Angel, as orator of the occasion, dealt in an interesting way the early history of the county, and the county seat and the men who figured prominently in those days.
None know better than Mr. Angel of the subject upon which he spoke. He was loudly applauded by all who heard him.
Ex-Senator T. W. Ferry announced and placed in a metallic box the various articles which were named in Friday’s TRIBUNE. Mr. Ferry spoke of each article as he placed it in the box and the bearing it had in the history of the county. Mr. Ferry also added to the list a copy of Mr. Angel’s oration.
The corner stone was laid by Hon. D. Cutler and he announced the fact in the few words “the corner stone is now laid.”
This ceremony closed a contest that has existed between rival places for the county seat for about 50 years. By next August the county officers will be occupying the new building
For the past several days thousands upon thousands of grasshoppers have been washed up upon the beach all along the lake shore in this vicinity. It is a phenomena which the oldest residents say has never occurred before, and which reminds them of the year when the first potato bugs reached Michigan. They too came here by way of the lake, many being found dead along the beach. The grasshoppers that now cover the beach are not the Michigan variety, but are larger and are undoubtedly from the parched fields of Dakota or Nebraska. In those states they can be seen in flocks migrating from one section to another, of ten times covering the sun. Undoubtedly this was a flock of the insects migrating to the east, having discovering everything eatable in the northwest they being unusually numerous in that section this year. Crossing Lake Michigan the great army of grasshoppers was struck by one of the northwest gales of the past few days and swept into the water, drowned, and subsequently washed ashore. In some spots south of the Park, the insects lay in piles of six inches deep. The recent heavy gales were undoubtedly a god-send to Michigan, for if this great army had reached terra firma, what a devastation it would have caused in the growing fields and harvest.
[Chief Leopold Pokagon]
The remnant of the Pottawatomi tribe of Indians who are now domiciled on their hunting grounds in Southwestern Michigan are the descendents of the band that drove the eighty Illinois Indians on “Starving Rock,” sat down about its base and calmly waited until the last of their victims had perished. They work as they must, wear the clothes of civilization, drink firewater, cling to their old language and confess their sins to the good priests, for the Pottawatomie have been within the fold of the church since Father Marquette established a mission among them. Chief Pokagon is the last of the Pottawatomie chiefs. When he goes to the happy hunting grounds, whither have countless numbers of his ancestry, there ends all that is left of the old tribal customs, chiefs, warriors, and their succession of authority.—Chicago Herald. The Pottawatomies roamed through all this region and a bayou near the city is named after the tribe.
New sidewalks are going up all over the city.
The old steamer Barrett which has navigated the Grand river so many years is alone on the route again. She’s slow but gets there just the same.
Otto Smith and Delbert Sharphorn the two young men charged with the burglarizing of Sevey & Harrington’s general store, at Harrington last week were brought before Justice Pagelson this morning and plead guilty to the charge. They were bound over to Circuit Court for sentence.
Otto Smith, one of the young men who plead guilty before Justice Pagelson this morning for implicity in the Herrington burglary, served a term in Ionia before. He is only 22 or 23 years of age.
Judge Pagelson was called out last night to marry John Speellman age 67 to Klassje Albas age 62. The old couple were as cooing and loving as they would have been just sweet sixteen. The judge forgot to kiss the bride this time.
The Winchester Repeating Rifle offered as a prize at the New Rifle Range last week, was awarded to Edgar Bryce, who made the highest score, 23 out of a possible 30 points. There will be two premiums given this week. An elegant 32 Caliber Marlin Repeating Rifle as first prize and $5.00 in cash for second. Edgar Bryce, the winner of last week’s prize, barred.
Many of the crowd who witnessed the laying of the corner stone yesterday were unconscious of the fact that a terrible disaster was narrowly averted. After the big stone had been let down on its solid foundation some boys who had been setting on the brick pile near by began pulling at the guy ropes of the derrick to which was attached the pulley that let the stone down. As there was no support to the derrick on the south side, the children had pulled the heavy structure until it stood straight. In another second it would have fallen on the 50 or more people under it. Contractor Smith noticed the moving derrick and called out to the boys to desist pulling and in a short time had guy ropes out to hold it taut.
Tony VanToll’s well known long haired dog was killed today.
Since the Corn Planter shut down John Doornbos can always be seen on the ladder, paint brush in hand. Today we passed him on 6th street where he is painting a house. John is a good workman and a credit to his trade.
The little river steamer Grand Island arrived at Ferrysburg last night from Grand Rapids. The Grand Island has for a number of years run as a passenger steamer between Grand Rapids and North Park. She is now on her way down to Moss Point on the Gulf of Mexico. The boat will receive repairs to her boiler at Johnston Bros., to be inspected and then proceed to Green Bay. Capt. Wm. VandenBerg brought the steamer down from Grand Rapids and will take her as far as Green Bay. At Green Bay she enters the Fox and runs down the Mississippi. She will be used for passenger service on the Gulf of Mexico.
The resonant tones from the whistle of the steamer Valley City will be heard on the Grand River no more. The big boat which attracted so much attention when she came out last spring, left today for Toledo, in command of Capt. Thos. Trail, of this city formerly mate of the Mary H. Boyce. Capt. Larry Crowley also went along with the steamer, but as he has no lake papers, could not assume charge of the boat. John Luikens accompanied the steamer as engineer and Thomas Robbins and Tony DeGlopper as wheelsmen. The trip will consume about a week. At Toledo it is not known positively what will be down with the boat. The steamer has not been very fortunate on Grand River, and the low water has prevented her from making a daily trip lately. The owners were also dissatisfied with the facilities at Grand Rapids docks, being so far out of town and not near the big commercial houses which would otherwise use the boat for carrying their freight.
Dying at the Soldier’s Home.
“Child Duverney, a native of this city and who was the youngest soldier that enlisted from Ottawa county, is reported to be dying at he Soldier’s Home in Milwaukee of consumption. He made a request to a friend who called upon him the other day that his body be buried at his old home in Grand Haven; at Lake Forest cemetery, where many of his ancestors are sleeping. The friend would be willing to comply with his request, if he was able financially to do so, but he is not. It seems as though the request of our “Drummer Boy” should be acted upon, if he should pass away.
“Child” Duverney enlisted as a drummer boy in Co. B, 1st Michigan Sharp-shooters when that company started to the front at the call of its country. He was only 11 years old at the time and was probably the youngest enlisted soldier in the United States. The lad served through the war and early won a place in the hearts of his comrades and citizens of Grand Haven for his fearlessness and bravery.
A comrade said of Child: “he was not like the rest of the drummers. In an engagement the musicians were willing to fall to the rear, but Child was not. He was in the heat of many a hard fought skirmish urging the men by the lively beating of his drum.”
Going back to the early days of Grand Haven, we find his father, a French voyageur, an Ottawa pioneer and one of the first members of the old Presbyterian church of which Rev. Wm. Ferry was pastor. His remains are resting here.
Let a popular fund be started in case of “Child’s demise.”
“Dick” Sanford, the veteran tinsmith, soldered the metallic box containing the relics that were placed in the court house corner stone. This was a fitting honor to Mr. Sanford who has worked as a tinsmith in this locality since 1858, with the exception of the years that he served in the Federal army in the great rebellion.
Sheriff Stratton went to Milwaukee, Wis., last Tuesday, to bring back Frank Jenkins of Moline who, with a younger brother stole a horse and wagon of W. V. Trautman, took them to Grand Rapids, sold them and skipped with the cash. He was taken before Justice Stockdale where he waived examination and was bound over to circuit court.—Allegan Gazette.
“The Corner Stone is Laid.”
A prophet once foretold,
In language clear and bold.
That our Haven Grand
Would become a Fairyland.
And now it seems to be
This bright poetic thought,
This prophecy he taught.
To this vision it was clear
This change was coming near,
When on our hills would rise
Spires pointing to the skies.
Colleges and schools
With libraries and rules
Where students would abound
With youth and beauty crowned:
Coming from East and West
From south and North, all dressed
In airy robes of white
Like angels of the Light.
And we should change our Haven
By adding e, to Heaven,
“Grand Heaven” was the name
This prophet gave to fame.
Now Justice adds her hall
On solid, massive wall.
“The corner stone is laid”
Was the announcement made.
Rev. J. Rice Taylor, rector of St. Johns, Grand Haven.
Yesterday was a glad day in the history of Grand Haven and Ottawa county. Our noble court house is assured, and most certainly will be an ornament to the city and a blessing to the county. The architectural beauty of the structure will make it the pride of our citizens and the convenience of its offices and the security of its records will make it a lasting monument to the public spirit and large hearted plurality of the patriotic citizens of the county. Many of our citizens will remember the chagrin and dismay that swept over a neighboring county [Kent] a few years ago, when its records of title, deeds and probate and circuit court proceedings all went up in smoke.
The uncertainty, the anxiety, and the toll occasioned by this destruction and the immense expense required to recover these damages, and provide a substitute for the destroyed records, was a sad warning to that county, and not less so to ours, to provide against such contingencies while we can. We rejoice that our county has undertaken this provision at last, and the two thousand or more people who assembled to participate in the exercises of yesterday testify to the depth of feeling they had in the subject.
Aug. 22, 1893. JUVENIS JR.
Plenty of black berries yet.
Michigan’s hay crop this year is the biggest of many years.
The officer who captured Kent Co. jail escapees will earn his reward of $50 the Grand Rapids police think.
The Church of God, a camp meeting of which church is being held in this city is not a branch of the Advent faith as many suppose. The only resemblance in the faiths is the keeping of Saturday as Day of Rest.
The pretty little three act operetta “The Children’s Crusade” was most successfully rendered last evening, at the Opera House, under the direction of the Misses Crew. The characters in the opera were all taken by local talent, in a manner which speaks well for our town, while the staging and stage-effects were most superb. D. A. Lane, as the Sultan, and Miss Eva Crew, as the leader of the fairies, are both deserving of special mention for their clever delineation of their roles. The specialties introduced throughout the evening’s entertainment were, a piano duet very ably rendered by Misses Ralston, of St. Louis, and Craw of this city; a piano solo by Miss Marion Ralston, which received an encore; a graceful dance by Miss La Due; a very well sung solo, “Take me Jamie Dear,” by Miss Bogy, of St. Louis, and “Oh! Promise Me,” sung by Miss Miner, of Chicago. Mr. H. Soulard Bogy, of St. Louis, late of Lepere & Robyn’s Opera Co., made a decided hit in his rendition of Robyn’s popular song, “You,” and received two enthusiastic encores, to which he responded with the well known comical song entitled “The Widow” from “A Trip to Chinatown” and the topical song “The Maiden and the Lamb,” both of which brought forth enthusiastic applause. Miss Ralston was the accompanist for the operetta. In conclusion it is but a slight tribute to their ability, in furnishing so fine an entertainment, to congratulate the Misses Craw on their great success and it is hoped that they will at some future time give another performance. They should be also thanked and encouraged for the successful development of “Home Talent.” Miss Ralston and Miss bogy both were the recipients of floral tributes, from their appreciative audience.
The death of Mrs. Emery at Highland park is the first that ever occurred at that resort.
The Grand Haven Gun club had a practice shoot in Beech Tree Grove this afternoon.
A number of farmers from the township had a picnic at Highland Park yesterday.
A restaurant, tailor shop and dye shop are among the late additions to Grand Haven business houses.
Hancock’s greenhouses are among the places of interest asked for by many visitors to Grand Haven. The lovers of plants and flowers find all that their heart desires there.
The German workingman’s society held their semi annual election of trustees Monday evening.
[This article can be seen in its entirety on microfilm at the Loutit Library.]
Address of Hon. Wm. N. Angel.
Following are a few selections from the speech of Wm. N. Angel at the laying of the corner stone of Ottawa county’s new court house, Monday:
“The question of the permanent location of our county seat has been an open question, for nearly half a century, and it may not be inappropriate to this occasion to briefly glance at successive struggles to remove it from Grand Haven, where it was located at the organization of the county.
“The first skirmish for position to that end, was in the convention which framed our present constitution—in 1850, and it was generated by Dr. Timothy Eastman, the delegate from this county. His residence for several years prior to 1850, had been at the place now known as Eastmanville, in the township of Polkton. He early saw that to be the place for the future capitol of the county. His seat in the constitutional convention of 1850 gave him the first chance to disclose his tactics. With energy and zeal he worked for a provision—Article 10, Sec. 8—by which a majority of the Board of supervisors could designate the place to which a county seat, once established, might be removed. In this he was unsuccessful, and a two third vote of that body was made the constitutional number.
“It should be stated that the main argument against Grand Haven for the county seat was based upon its geographical location. It was contended that its final location should be at or near the geographical center of the county upon the bank of Grand River, then the only great highway from east to west, and dividing Ottawa county proper into two parts—not very unequal in territorial area.
“The question of changing the location of the county seat from Grand Haven came to a vote for the first time at the October session of the board in 1856. For six years prior to 1855, in a county office I had rubbed against—so to speak—had breathed in the atmosphere—at long range, Mr. Chairman—of the bright people of Grand Haven. And here permit me to recall the names of the men who were the earliest settlers at this place—men whose business capacity and sterling worth in all the walks of life, gave them a wider fame than the limits of their own county. Confessedly at the head of these should be placed the name of a man whose classic learning had enriched natural talents of the first order, an able minister of the gospel of our Lord and with capacities equal to the greatest and most varied secular affairs, the Reverend W. M. Ferry. There was also, Thomas W. White, Nathan H. White, Henry Griffin, Clark B. Albee, Thomas D. Gilbert, Francis B. Gilbert, Henry Pennoyer and George Parks. These original settlers of whom none except T. D. Gilbert are now living were reinforced by a generation of younger men, some of whom have passed away, and the living have almost reached the age allotted by the Psalmist as the limit of human life. The then Hon. and since with added honors second only to those of the President of the United States—Thomas White Ferry, Wm. M. Ferry Jr., Robert W. Duncan, three brothers, Ebenezer, James and John W. Barns, and Dwight Cutler,—all worthy successors of those early pioneers.
“My residence for more than half a decade in the neighborhood of these men, it was thought by the people of Tallmadge where I resided in the spring of 1856, conferred special qualifications for a seat on the Board of Supervisors on the county seat question.
“The little village of Lamont in this township, lying within five and one half miles of the east line of the county, thought itself a candidate for county seat honors. The political complexion of the town was, by a strong majority, opposed to bourbon democracy, and it is not too much to say that Mr. Geo. Luther, a man of high social position, active public spirit and warm personal feelings, was the acknowledged leader of the dominant party.
“In the spring of that year politics were thrown to the winds. Only one candidate for the office of supervisor was nominated and he was safely elected. That candidate, Mr. Chairman, was myself. I am aware that it is a matter of questionable taste to speak of one’s self in a paper of enduring value. I mention this and hope to be excused for so doing, because it had never happened to me before and has never happened since. It is probably that the outcome of the main question for ever put and end to my being again considered at all, as available for the high honor of supervisor.
At the annual Session in October, 1856, of the Board of Supervisors, only one ballot was taken for location of county seat, when 16 votes were cast, Ottawa Center receiving 11; Grand Haven, 2, and Eastmanville, 3. A motion was carried to postpone further voting on the question until the January session of the board. At that time the territory now constituting Muskegon county, was embraced by Ottawa county.
“At the January session of 1857, the Board tackled the county seat question with a will—the seventh ballot showing 19 votes, and giving Eastmanville, 13; Grand Haven, 3, and Ottawa Center, 3. Thus Eastmanville became the location for the popular vote in the ensuing April, Grand Haven was sure a majority of the people favoring removal. To scatter that majority was its obvious policy. New competitors were encouraged to come forward as allies to Grand Haven and all of them were played against Eastmanville. The popular vote showed a majority against it of more than 300. One year later the board of Supervisors gave Ottawa Center a chance to test its strength with the people. Grand Haven played the same strategical game, which had won the previous year, and Ottawa Center lost by nearly 500 votes. One other designation (in 1863 I believe) failed to win the popular vote by a little larger majority than was cast against Ottawa Center.
“Down to January 1857 no building had been erected specially for the holding of courts and for the public offices. The latter were kept for the most part in stores with dry goods, hard ware, tin pans, cod fish, New Orleans molasses and lumberman’s supplies. A change from these places was made in January 1851 to a room for clerk and Register of Deeds, over the store of our late townsman, Mr. Henry Griffin, on the corner of first and Washington streets. The first piece of office furniture ever owned by the county was a pine, hand made writing desk, with a slanted rest for the record books, at which the writer stood, or set on a three-legged stool. That desk must have cost as much as five dollars.
“On the east side of Second, between Washington and Franklin streets, in the winter of 1837-8, was erected a small frame building, seated after the fashion of a school house of those days, which for thirteen years served the triple purpose of School House, Church and Court House, and after 1850, when a new school house was built, continued to be used as a house of religious worship and for the administration of law and justice in the Courts of Record until 1857. A kind of Providence has spared to the present time the only survivor of that little band of adult earliest settlers at this place; who for sixteen successive years taught the village school, and who through a long life has been constant in religious, in charitable and in all good works. Let us hope and pray that Miss Mary White may have many years to come of health and happiness to crown the record of a noble life.
[Second Street School, Church and Court House.]
“Men, eminent in civil and judicial callings, sat on the bench and plead at the bar in that unpretentious structure on Second street. Justices Whipple and Ransom—the latter afterwards the Governor of the State—and George Martin, a brilliant young attorney of those days and later Chief Justice of our Supreme Court, were among the number.
“In the same year in which the question of locating the county seat at Eastmanville had been rejected by the people, the old Court House, as we shall call it, was built by the people of Grand Haven and presented to the county. For many years past the public spirit has chafed under the inadequate and unsafe facilities it afforded for the public records and business. The Board of Supervisors in 1885, submitted the matter of bonding the new county to build a new Court House. It was voted down by nearly 2,400 majority. It did stop all favorable action by the Board, for another test of the popular strength, until the present year. The people of the county nobly responded in the month of April, last. The sum asked was voted by a large majority.
“The beginning of the spirit of that patriotic action, is before us. Upon this solid Masonry and Waverly stone—the product of our own county—will be erected a useful and indispensable public edifice.”
The man who is making the trip from Pawtucket R. I., to the World’s Fair in a small aluminum skiff, has not yet arrived in Grand Haven.
Joe Homesburger, an employee of the Corn Planter factory, was arrested yesterday by Marshal Klaver for being drunk and disorderly. He was fined $5 and costs by Justice Angel.
It is said that one of the important questions that will arise in the case of Paul Janusch, for attempted robbery on the steamer City of Milwaukee, will be whether the crime was committed on the Wisconsin or Michigan side. If the boat was on the Wisconsin side Grand Haven court can have no jurisdiction.
A Death at the Park.
Mrs. H. G. Emery a lady of about 50 years of age died at 2 o’clock this morning at the cottage of her son-in-law at Highland Park. Heart disease was the cause.
Mrs. Emery came here from Otsego about two weeks ago with her daughter Mrs. J. N. Perkins. They had rented a cottage at the Park and intended to remain a few weeks. The death is a sad blow to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins who had come here with the expectation of Mrs. Emery regaining her health. Mr. Perkins is secretary and manager of the Otsego Chair Works. The remains of Mrs. Emery were sent to her home in Otsego.
Paid admission to the World’s Fair yesterday, 147,952.
The Grand Haven Ball Club left for Holland on the 9:05 train this morning.
The present game laws make it unlawful to kill squirrels until Sept. 1st.
Dwight Sheldon’s residence when completed will be one of the handsomest in Grand Haven.
The Fanny M. Rose was crowded to its most capacity by the picnickers of the Second Reformed church Sunday School this morning on their way to Fruitport.
Some excitement on Robbin’s dock this morning occasioned by a duel of words between Clerk Herbert of the Menominee and a sailor who had left the employ of the boat.
The financial world is very spasmodic these dull times. One day a report gains currency that a rift has appeared in the cloud and the next day it is more clouded.
The number of unemployed working men furnishes a strong argument for temporary prohibition of immigration. It seems folly to allow foreigners to continue coming when there is not enough work for our own people.
Grand Rapids Labor Day celebration Monday, Sept. 4, will eclipse all former efforts. Wm. Alden Smith and William A. Taylor, of Detroit, are the orators for the occasion. The parade which will move promptly at 10 a.m. is expected to contain 10,000 union men.
At the special council meeting held yesterday afternoon the committee on streets, roads and bridges was authorized to repair the bridge on Seventh street. The committee on water works was authorized to obtain water gates, pipe and other material to finish the water main.
A laboring man who arrived here from Denver Wednesday on his way east in search of employment said that that once flush town is now dead. Men are leaving there by the hundreds for Omaha and Kansas City and a relief corps has been established to help suffering people.
What is wanted to improve a town is grit, push, snap, vim, energy, good harmony, cordiality, cheap property, healthy location, talk about, patronizing its merchants, faith exhibited by good works, help all public enterprises, elect good men to offices, speak well for its public spirited citizens, and be on of them yourself. Always cheer on the men that go in for improvement.
‘Child Duverney, the formerly for many years a resident of Grand Haven, is reported to be dying in the soldier’s Home in Milwaukee. Duverney is well known to many of Muskegon’s old inhabitants. He frequently visited Muskegon when he was a snare drummer in the Grand Haven band, and for many seasons he was employed during the berry times at North Muskegon.—Muskegon Chronicle.
This warm weather is what the wagon makers like.
The tug Stickney brought a large tow of logs from up the river to Kilbourn’s today.
Contractor Ward received his regular installment from the building committee at their meeting Monday.
A new sidewalk is being laid around the Harbeck property corner Second and Fulton St.
The Highland Park Hotel hops are getting to be popular affairs. Another one next Saturday evening. Bill 25 cents each.
Prof. Lake, the clairvoyant who claimed to have been robbed of $5 on the steamer Atlanta in this city some weeks ago, is now wanted at Grand Rapids for robbing a widow of $100. Lake is pronounced as a crook of the worst type.
The city council has authorized the placing of water gates along the line of the city water mains for the purpose of more thoroughly cleaning out sediment form the pipes. In some places the bottom of the pipes are said to contain an inch of this sediment of very foul odor.
There are a large number of dogs in this city affected with the mange. The disease is generally incurable and other dogs and also children it is said are liable to contract the trouble from the afflicted animals, perhaps in a different form of blood disease. If this is the case it is better to kill the animals.
The tug McCormick, formerly of Grand Haven, is now at St. Joe.
Fire at South Chicago yesterday burned 200 buildings.
Jack Dempsey the once famous middle weight is insane in Racine.
Paid admission to the World’s Fair yesterday, 240,909
The boat livery business has been very quiet here this season.
Hancock’s tomato canning factory is now employing sixteen girls.
The American Express Co., are doing considerable more business in this city, this year than last.
A large number form here took in excursion to Ottawa Beach over the C. & W. M. today.
Otto Smith and Delbert Sherphorn the Harrington burglars have plead guilty before judge Padgham, but have not yet received their sentences.
“Drummer Boy Child” Duverney, one of Grand Haven’s most popular heroes in war days, is now sleeping in the valley, the last drum beat has been sounded.
K. Leuinga’s little daughter who was so seriously injured by a pitchfork running entirely through her leg some few days ago is getting along nicely and no evil results are feared.
The total assessed valuation of property in Grand Haven in 1890 was $1,356,000. The average assessed real estate per person in the town is $186,16; personal property per capita, $81.72. The total assessed value per person $267.90.
In circuit court last evening the information against Paul Janusch for attempt at robbery was squashed and the prisoner discharged. There were several things the case to a close: complainant in the case did not seem to want to prosecute and furthermore the steamer City of Milwaukee was undoubtedly on the Wisconsin side of the lake at the hour the crime was supposed to have been attempted. Hence his discharge. If the complainant in the case wishes she could probably prosecute Janusch in the Milwaukee courts, but the whole affair will probably rest where it is.
Spring Lake kids woke up that village Wednesday night by ringing the bell for the pure deviltry of the thing.
The Grand Haven Ball Club was defeated by the Holland nine at Holland yesterday by a score of 10 to 6. the dyer brothers formed Grand Haven’s battery for five innings and after that ”Col” Gibbs and Dryer held the points.
Mr. E. Nedervelt of this city is the possessor of a very ancient and a very valuable book. This book was published at Amsterdam in 1643. It is very large and weighs seventeen pounds. The binding is of leather one half inch thick. This is undoubtedly the oldest bible in the possession of anyone in this part of the state.
Drummer Boy Dead.
“Child” Duverney Died This Morning at Milwaukee.
A telegram received here this afternoon announced the death of “Child” Duverney, late this forenoon at the Soldier’s Home in Milwaukee. His death removes one of the youngest enlisted soldiers who served on the Federal side in the war of the Rebellion.
Duverney was born in this city about 41 years ago. His parents were among the most respected of this community in those pioneer days. They were a God fearing, religious people and among the first parishioners of the old Presbyterian church.
“Child” enlisted in Co. B., 1st Michigan Sharpshooters at the outbreak of the civil war. At the time he was a lad only 11 years old. He became a drummer and served in that capacity for four long years. In the same company as he, were Dick Sanford, Robt. Finch, John Luikens and a number of others from this city.
To a friend from Grand Haven visiting him at the Soldier’s Home the other day the dying man requested that his remains be laid along side of his parents in Lake Forest Cemetery in this city. It is not known what arrangements have been made in that direction.
Why is it the official proceedings of special meetings of the common council are not published in your paper? Is it because the council have something to cover up?
Geo. St. Clair is opening his campaigning season in an auspicious manner at Ionia.
Three hundred baskets of peaches were shipped out by the American Express Co. of this city last evening.
The big picnic at Fruitport yesterday by the Second Reformed Sunday School was highly enjoyed by all present. There were no accidents to mar the pleasures.
When his new residence is completed Attorney W. I. Lillie will have one of the prettiest home sites in Grand Haven, corner of Second and Franklin streets.
In the free for all trot at Ionia races yesterday, Geo. St. Clair, owned by Hon. Thos. Savidge of Spring Lake, carried off the purse of $200 in three consecutive heats in the following time: 2:21¾, 2:22, 2:23.
“Colored American Day” will be observed at the World’s Fair today.
Buffalo Bill and twenty-six mounted aids selected from his congress of rough riders of the world will lead the Labor Day parade at Chicago. These aids will represent twenty-six different countries.
The entire floating debt of the fair is now less than $500,000. If the general prediction of increased attendance is realized the exposition will soon have no debt.
The marshes will be full of hunters next Friday, Sept. 1st.
H. W. Johnston gets $485 for the jail heating contract.
Bicycle business all over the country is very dull.
Wm. VanWormer opened his restaurant and pool room today in the Scofield building on Washington street.
Old residents love to tell of the days when the principal part of the city was across the river. One little valley between the big hills was clustered with houses and was known as Happy Hollow. Fires and drifting sand have exterminated all the buildings.
The Valley City, a light draught, stern wheel river steamer which has been running on the Grand River the past two seasons, has been lying at the south end of the railway dock this week undergoing some slight repairs. She is on her way to Toledo and will run the balance of the season on the Ohio river.—Ludington Record.
Geo. St. Clair is entered in the Milwaukee races with a number of other fast ‘uns.
Fire in the dry grass near Mrs. Nelle Squire’s residence called out the department this afternoon. No damage was done.
Fifteen water gates for the Grand Haven water works arrived from the Michigan Brass and Iron Works of Detroit today.
People were given the opportunity this afternoon to see one of the new fire team run, when the alarm was sounded. The new black got there in great shape ‘tis said.
Jurien Ball has purchased $6000, Herman Luhm $5000 and Wm. Thieleman $4000 worth of the $15,000 bonds issued by the city towards building of a new Court House.
[This information was later corrected see article on 8/9]
In reply to the communication of yesterday Ald. Lockie said the council was trying to cover up something. That something was the 7th St. bridge. Do you see the point.
A great deal of interest is manifested in the match which closes tonight at the new rifle range. This afternoon L. Baker was ahead with 25 out of 30 possible points; James Danhof is second with 24. There is more or better shooting this week than last.
The meeting of the Sun Flower Duck Hunting Club at Wm. VanDrezer’s last night developing the fact that there will be a big party of hunters at the marshals this year. The club is getting its club house on Manhattan Beach opposite Clark’s Station in readiness.
Sheriff Stratton of Allegan county arrived here this morning from Milwaukee having in custody a lad named Jay Jenkins, aged only 16 years, wanted for implicitly in the horse stealing case near the village of Allegan. It will be remembered that this older brother was brought through here by Sheriff Stratton about a week ago. Both were together in the crime. Jay was arrested at Shawano, Wis., about 100 miles from Milwaukee.
A heavy sea beached the good ship, Lone Star, seven times while beating down the coast from Muskegon to Grand Haven the other night. The occupants of the boat were Geo. John, Geo. Wheeler and Wm. Fertch.
Appley, the Pawtucket, R. I. oarsman on his way to the Fair, is now at Manistee.
The Church of God tent will be razed Monday and those who have been participating in the encampment will leave for their homes.
A dog attacked a lady on Fulton street near the C. & W. M. tracks this afternoon, badly tearing her clothing. The animal should be shot.
Lou VanDrezer at the Bat.
There was ease in Lou’s manner as he stepped into his place,
There was pride in VanDrezer’s bearing and a smile on VanDrezer;s face;
And when responding to the cheers he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt it was Lou at bat.
And now the leather covered sphere came hurling through the air,
And VanDrezer stood a watching in his haughty grandeur there;
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped—
“That ain’t my style,” said VanDrezer,
Strike one,” the umpire said.
From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar.
Like the beating of storm waves on the stern and distant shore.
“Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted someone on the stand,
And it’s they’d have killed him had not VanDrezer raised his hand.
With a smile of Christian charity great VanDrezer’s visage shone.
He stilled the rising tumult, he made the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew,
But VanDrezer still ignored it, and the umpire said “strike two.”
The sneer is gone from VanDrezer’s lips, his teeth are clenched in hate.
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate;
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force, of VanDrezer’s blow.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
But there is no joy in Haven town—mighty VanDrezer has struck out.
—As Recited by Ptsy.
Musk melons are being grown quite extensively at Peach Plains.
The United States stands first among the silver producing countries, Mexico second, Australia third, Bolivia fourth, and Chile fifth.
Mrs. Balgooyen purchased $5,000 Mrs. Ball $500 and Peter Ball $500 of Ottawa county bonds, instead of J. Ball as stated Saturday.
The U. S. steamer Fessenden put in here yesterday on a cruise around the lakes. The Fessenden is stationed at Chicago.
James J. Danhof was winner of the prize rifle at the shoot which closed at the Rifle Range Saturday night. His score was 26. L. Baker was second with a score of 25. This week three prizes are offered.
Despite the hard times the Grand Haven Leather Co., is constantly making improvements on their tannery. The river front of the tannery is now being enlarged thus giving more yard room. This together with the new leech house makes quite an addition to the factory.
Henry Meyer of the East End shoe store complains of the damage to the front of his store by loungers and boys who congregate there in great numbers, especially on Sunday nights. The same young men not only deface his store front but often use insulting language to passers-by. If this is the case the marshal should clear the spot of all night loungers.
Ray Lockie, a son of Alderman John Lockie of the Fourth Ward, suffered a serious accident last Saturday afternoon. He was practicing near his home with a small pistol of the 22 caliber type. After he had shot for some time he was about to remove the only remaining cartridge from the cylinder when the gun again discharged. The ball passed into the palm of his left hand near the centre. It did not go completely through but a big bunch protruding from the back of his hand showed where it was located. Dr. VanderVeen extracted the ball and the wound will undoubtedly soon be healed.
The Church of God held a baptism at the river near the tannery Saturday.
The Church of God camp meeting broke up today.
Quite a large party will take advantage of the Netherlands day excursion to Chicago.
A lad named VanderMeiden was shot in the calf of the leg with an air gun Friday and is still unable to walk.
Spring Lake’s new school house and bastile are looming up nicely.
Several of the Highland Park resorters will remain until Oct. 15.
Ben Monroe and aged Frenchman died yesterday morning at his home on Jackson St. Mr. Monroe was 88 years old and had resided here forty-one years. By trade he was a ship carpenter. He was living alone with his wife aged 87. A step son, Ben Brunaugh resided in Grand Haven. Three daughters are living in Indiana. The funeral occurs tomorrow morning from St. Patrick’s church.
The remains of Wm. Martin Duverney arrived here from Milwaukee on the steamer Wisconsin this morning. The body was accompanied by Wm. VandenBerg. At two o’clock this afternoon, services were held over the remains at the Opera House, Rev. Kennedy of the Presbyterian church officiating. A number of old soldiers, company comrades, friends and relatives of the deceased were present. At lake Forest cemetery a short service was also held.
Death of John T. Davis.
One by one the last of the pioneers of Ottawa County and the early settlers of Grand Haven are going to the last sleep in the valley. John T. Davis died this morning at 6 o’clock at his home on Washington St. Mr. Davis had for many years been identified with the interests of Grand Haven and his death will be heard with surprise by many.
He was taken sick last week with heart trouble which had affected him at times before. Yesterday he appeared to be better but at five this morning a change for the worse was noticed. He passed away about an hour after.
John T. Davis was born in Carmarthen, Wales, August 1, 1821. He came to America in 1842 landing after a severe voyage of nine weeks during which period the flag of distress had been hoisted three times.
He first settled in Ohio remaining two years after which he came to Grand Rapids. In 1846 he located at Grand Haven and has since made his home here.
Mr. Davis received a good education in Wales, and he early showed great business ability. For many years he had a clothing store and tailor shop in this city and later went into the real estate business and made a comfortable fortune.
He was first married in Harrison, Ohio, in 1847 he married Maggie G. Owens of Waukesha, Wis., who, together with John T., Thos. S. L., Chas. L. L., Esther E. and Margaret G., are left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father.
Edward survives him by his first wife. He is now located in Montana.
The date of the funeral has not yet been decided because of the inability to hear from Edward.
Jerry Boynton is now building a railroad on paper between Battle Creek and Coldwater.
For the past two or three years Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Chatterton, of Chicago, have spent their summer vacation at Highland Park and city, but this year we miss their smiling faces from our streets as they are entertaining guests from Europe.
Five immigrants from Germany, relatives of Frank Cadee, arrived here today.
The schooner Lena Behm is about to lay up.
This morning was a regular November morning.
The barge Francis Hinton is in with lumber for the pier work.
Ed. Dake has the sailing canoe “Dake” entered in the regatta at Muskegon. Labor Day.
The big search lights at the world’s fair throw a light that can be seen as far as Milwaukee.
A lady fell between the wharf and the steamer Racine while it was turning around Saturday night. Luckily she was rescued, the first porter of the boat jumping in after her.
Many of the passengers of the line steamers testify to the fact that there were several big holes in Lake Michigan last night. Some appeared to have no bottom.
The old river steamer Grand Island is lying near the yards of the Grand Haven Ship Building Co. She leaves next week for Green Bay in command of Capt. Wm. VandenBerg.
The highest temperature ever registered at Grand Haven in the month of September was 88 degrees on Sept. 1st, 1889. The highest velocity of wind for that month was 60 miles on Sept. 19, 1878.
W. VanBemelen, of the 4th ward, grows some of the finest celery to be found in the celery belt.
Appley, the Pawtucket oarsman, arrived at Muskegon Saturday afternoon.
D. C. Wachs leads at the shooting range this week thus far with a score of 24.
Every year in August the lakes are stirred up by a bad gale. It came rather late this year but none the less severe.
The northwester prevented the steamer Atlanta from leaving Chicago until half past two this morning. She did not arrive here until one this afternoon and left at two for Muskegon. The trip over was a rough one and very few of the passengers were not sea sick.
Several of the fire department left for Bailey’s dock last night to fight a fire that was raging on the sawdust there.
The Globe Match Co. of this city as a test case have commenced suit against Dr. Reynolds for dues which he has not paid as a stockholder of the company. The final decision of the case will also affect J. D. Duursema, Dr. Rysdorp and others who have not paid dues because of certain defects which they claim. The case will be heard in the November term of the circuit.
Mrs. Coleman of 7th street has in her possession a Bible printed at Dordrecht, England in 1686. It has been an heirloom in the family ever since. It is printed in one of the old Dutch dialects and no one in town, except Mrs. Coleman and her daughter, is able to read it. The book is very large, the size being twelve by nineteen inches, and over five inches thick. The covers are of the finest padded leather and are one half of an inch in thickness. The book has been well cared for and is in nearly as good condition as when new.
H. Nyland, secretary of Company F, 2nd Inf. M. N. G. is preparing for publication a historical souvenir of that organization. The book will be about six by nine inches in size and contain about eighteen pages giving a short historical sketch of the company from its organization to present time, together with portraits of the officers, views of scenes in camp and a picture of the entire company in line. As nearly all the early records of the company are lost, the greater part of the historical matter must be obtained through ex-members who were connected with its first organization and the value of a work of this kind to the company can readily be seen. A sufficient number of pages will be sold for advertising, to pay the cost of publishing, and it is hoped that our merchants will give it the encouragement that it merits.
Visions of a Mississippi steamer, with the old twin smoke stacks and stern paddle wheel, delighted the gaze of those on the Maple Street bridge whose range of vision was sufficiently strong to “reach the mouth,” this morning shortly before 7 o’clock. Quite a number of people walked down to the mouth of the river to investigate and were rewarded with the sight of a boat the appearance of which recalled memories of “away down upon the Mississippi river.” It was the ‘Valley City” of Grand Rapids, but a curiosity for Manistee folks. She called in to have her paddle wheel repaired.—Saturday’s Manistee Dem.
Boomgaard & Sons are out with a new delivery wagon.
Prof Estabrook is making preparations for the fall opening of school.
Slight frost this morning. Not enough to do any damage.
Factories are resuming business all over the country.
A water gate is being connected with the city water mains corner of Fulton and 4th St.
The car-ferry steamers plying between Frankfort and Kewaunee are now handling large quantities of westbound coal.
D. O. Watson, collector of customs at Grand Haven, in order that he may better understand the people of his locality, has begun the study of the Holland language.—Detroit News.
Something novel in the way of marine architecture can now be seen at Hubert’s blacksmith shop on Third street. It is a flat bottomed boat, 17 feet long, that will be propelled by side paddle wheels. The wheels will be turned by a shaft in the center of the boat. Mr. Hubert has not yet given the boat a test but will in a few days.
The corn crop in this section is a failure.
Dry weather is creating havoc with peaches.
The red brick front of the first floor of the Court House is beginning to loom up.
The city hall is badly in need of a new flag. The old “Rix Robinson” colors are tattered and ragged and a new and larger flag is what is needed.
An unusual number of insane people are appearing before the Probate Judge lately for examination.
The boys who shot one of D. VerWy’s chickens yesterday on Beech Tree street are known and to save trouble it would be better for them to settle with the owner.
Mrs. Wesseldyk, an insane woman of Blendon township, was brought here this morning to be examined in Probate Court. A corn cob has to be kept in the woman’s mouth in order to prevent her from biting off her tongue. As it is her tongue is badly lacerated by continual biting.
The law changing the name of the militia to the Michigan National Guard passed by the last legislature, took effect Saturday night at midnight. Twenty-two years ago the troops were organized with Gen. Withington and Judge C. B. Grant as sponsors, and they have progressed and improved until they make as good a showing as any state in the country.
A partly demented woman was on the streets yesterday tipsy, and accosting nearly everybody she met. She had no money, but beat her way to Spring Lake and back and presumably got her meals free about the city. She took the steamer Milwaukee last night. The woman is reported to have quite a history. Her folks are said to be wealthy Chicago people and she herself spent one summer rusticating at the Spring Lake House some years ago. The obtaining of whiskey and beer seems to be her entire object now.
A street merchant created some excitement near VanderVeen’s drug store last night. He was selling what he claimed to be music books for 10 cents a copy and promised at the close to give an entertainment to the crowd. His entertainment consisted of one song and when he made his departure down the street a horde of small boys followed hooting and yelling. The books are also said to have very little music and if they had cost a quarter instead of only 10 cents the man would have stood a good chance of being mobbed. As it was he was met by one of the victims who was ready to whip him and he told the victim that he was beating moss backs like him right along.
Grand Haven will have a good representation at the Netherlands Day exercises at the world’s fair tomorrow and would have made a still better showing if lower rates could have been obtained. About 75 will leave from here tonight which is very large considering that Grand Rapids does not expect to send more than two or three hundred. Among those who will leave are: Jacob Baar and son Seymour, J. Ball, Dr. Rysdorp, Dr. Hofma, James Danhof, K. VanWeelden, C. Veenstra, John Boer, J. Balgooyen, Ed Mull, A. G. VandenBerg, K. D. Boer, M. DeGlopper, P. VanWeelden, H. Humes, Francis Murray, A. VanderMolen, M. VanDoorne, J. LeFebre, Andrew VanHoef, and a delegation from Ferrysburg and Spring Lake. Miss Kate Pellegrom, Miss McMillan, Nick Vyn and Misses Koeltz also take advantage of the excursion.
Grand River is pretty small potatoes as a navigable stream; but the bed of the river is paved with pearls. This may seem startling to persons familiar with the refuse that forms the bed; but it is true. A few days ago Charles Blumrich brought 500 pearls into A. Pennoyer’s jewelry store, every one of which had been found in Grand River. Pearl hunting is now a recognized industry among persons living west of the city, and the river bed is being carefully explored from the plaster mills to Eastmanville. The pearls are found in the river clams, and many valuable finds have already been made. Nearly a dozen persons are now engaged in clam fishing in the hope of striking sudden wealth.—G. R. Herald. If pearls are found up the river they undoubtedly can be found here and the searching of pearls will probably become an industry on the river. Many of the pearls recently found in Wisconsin streams are very valuable and it is possible that they are just as valuable ones on the River Grand.
Nearly 700 Grand Rapids Hollanders are at the Fair today.
A minister at Benton Harbor has been arrested for riding a bicycle on a sidewalk.
At nearly every term of Circuit Court, Judge Padgham has had occasion to send a prisoner to State Prison.
It reminded one of a foggy morning in Chicago on Grand River this morning. Tugs and steamers whistling made quite a din.
The steamer Antelope can be chartered for excursions by hunting parties desiring to go to the marshes up Grand River. Apply to C. C. Nichols.
Sheriff Keppel took Mrs. Wesseldyk the insane woman to Kalamazoo yesterday. He took Dingness Van Dyke to the same place today and leaves for Jackson Prison with Sharphorn and Smith tomorrow.
The weather was uncomfortably thick on the river and lake this morning and the steamers and tugs in leaving and entering port kept up a constant whistle. The City of Milwaukee was about an hour running from the piers to her dock and the steamer Atlanta was beating around outside for nearly two hours.
Fog was so thick this morning that passenger on the boats arriving in port cut out and boxed some of it as mementoes.
When it comes to running a boat in all weather Capt. J. F. Smallman of the city of Milwaukee has no equal on the Great Chain of Lakes. He has a habit of getting there when starting out.
Isaac Wariner will celebrate his 80th birthday Sept. 7th. He is a very lively young man and is daily seen on our streets with his fish cart dealing out brain food to his many customers and unless some contagious disease gets hold of him he bids fair to reach the hundred mark.
That Judge Phillip Padgham is a hard working officer is evidenced by the fact that 20 cases were disposed of in his court last week. The judge does not believe in postponing cases from one term to another and is making the rule felt. Law breakers are also beginning to fear him as sentences like those of this morning would seem to admit.
The Co. F historical souvenir promises to be the neatest work of job printing ever executed in this city and will probably be published in about a month. It offers and excellent medium for advertising as its local circulation will be very large and besides this copies will be sent to all the companies in the state militia, thus circulating it in all the largest cities in Michigan.
Marshal Klaver left yesterday afternoon for Hudsonville after a violently insane man named Dingness Van Dyk. The man is about 56 years old and has been crazy for some years. Lately he has taken it into his head that he could live without a vestige of clothing and for several days back he had been kept in a barn about a mile and half from Hudsonville. The marshal found him there yesterday but had very little trouble in getting him to the village. He arrived with the man on the 7:10 C. & W. M. train last night; the entire trip from the time he left Grand Haven taking less than four hours. The insane man was placed in a cell in the county jail and today adjudged insane and taken to Kalamazoo asylum by the sheriff this afternoon.
On September 15th, the sixth year of our well known school for girls and young ladies will open. The prospects are exceptionally good in spite of the financial condition of the country.
Akeley offers full courses of study to both day and boarding pupils at most reasonable rates. In response to the request of several in our city, a special course of study has been prepared. This includes History, Arts, Logic, Political Economy, English, the Bible, and many others. This course can be taken as a whole at the will of the student, or single studies. The opportunity thus given is exceptional, and it is hoped that it may appeal to many of the ladies of Grand Haven who have leisure. Akeley also in this way does her share for University extension.
In the Musical Department those unrivaled teachers Campbell, Post, and Force, with Miss Martin, will give instruction in voice culture, on the piano and violin. Mrs. Arthur Torrey in the studio will give instructions in drawing and painting, pen and ink sketching. There will also be lessons in drawing given to the whole school. Both day and boarding pupils will have instructions in gymnasium work. Indeed, as we look over the work planned for the entire year, we are taken by its exceeding attractiveness, and think that the ladies, young and old, of Grand Haven are greatly favored. We are happy to add that the Music and Art Departments are also open to the male sex. We wish Akeley with all its attractions a very prosperous year, as it adds materially to the welfare of the city.
Five Years Apiece.
Judge Padgham this morning sentenced Otto Smith and Delbert Sharphorn to the State Prison at Jackson for a term of five years. Smith and Sharphorn it will be remembered burglarized the general store of Sevey & Harrington at Harrington of a large quantity of goods about two weeks ago. Both live in the vicinity of the robbery and were suspected of the deed. They were arrested by Sheriff Keppel and brought to this city. The next day after their incarceration the prisoners plead guilty before Judge Pagelson. They were remanded to Circuit Court for sentence.
The prisoners took the hard sentence in a cool manner, though they probably did not expect more than two years. Both are lads, comparatively speaking, being only about 18 years of age. Nevertheless they are older and more hardened criminals than their age would betoken and the sentence was a deserved one. Smith has served a term in Ionia before, of a few months. The prisoners will be taken to their five year home in Jackson Prison tomorrow where they can reflect of their misdeeds and mayhaps determine to lead a better life on their release.
From the Sea Board.
There arrived at the Life Saving Station yesterday F. C. Appley, the Pawtucket oarsman who is rowing an aluminum canoe from the Atlantic sea board to the world’s fair grounds.
Mr. Appley is described as about 25 years of age and a typical easterner in appearance. He arrived from Muskegon, taking advantage of the calm weather to hasten on to Chicago. His stay here was very brief, only long enough to eat breakfast. He calculated to reach Benton Harbor last night. The man’s hands are as hard and calloused as could be imagined, the result of his long pull.
Appley was one of the three members of the Pawtucket Boat Club of Providence, Rhode Island, who started in shell boats for Chicago. He was the only one who reached fresh water. By the end of this week he expects to be at Jackson Park. He takes no risks but follows the shore around every bay and point, as the slightest squall would capsize his frail craft. He rowed the entire distance around Saginaw Bay rather than keep to the open sea.
The boat itself is an aluminum racing shell 31 feet 8 inches long. The boat’s bottom is only 1-64 thick and it weighs 28 pounds. It is only about 8 inches wide and an expert canoe man would find it hard to handle. The oarsman will receive $4,000 for his trip when he arrives at Chicago.
Appley the daring oarsman who was here yesterday left Pawtucket early in June. He is not limited as to the time and can therefore take his ease. He wears the regulation suit and has sockets in the boat for his feet, wearing no shoes.
The steamers City of Holland and Saugatuck took out hundreds of people from Holland and the surrounding Dutch colonies to attend Netherlands' Day celebration at the World’s Fair tomorrow. The Holland martial band of thirty pieces accompanied them.