The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. September, 1893
Appley the oarsman reached Benton Harbor late Wednesday night.
Prof. J. B. Estabrook reports a large number of new entrances to the Public Schools.
Michael Golden who was killed by a C. & W. M. engine near Woodville Tuesday was a former Spring Lake resident. His brother Thos. Golden is an employee at A. Fall’s livery barn, Spring Lake.
Gus Hubert’s novel hand propelled side wheel boat will be launched tomorrow and tested.
No news has been heard from the duck hunters, but they are undoubtedly all alive.
The river steamer Valley City passed Mackinaw Island at 10 o’clock yesterday morning according to lake marine dispatches.
School begins Monday and parents should see to it that all children under 14 years of age are enrolled. If not they are likely to be taken by Truant Officer Klaver.
EDITOR TRIBUNE:—Can you tell me how many candle power our electric lights, by the company’s contract with the means to posses? I may not be a good judge, but it strikes me that they give us about as much light as half a dozen candles. Let me know if that fits the bill, please.
Departure of Marion Ralston.
Grand Haven has been favored this summer, as during past season, by the presence of a very accomplished young lady, Miss Marion Ralston, of St. Louis. Many of her friends and admirers went down to the boat last evening to take leave of this young lady, who, with her mother, is to spend a week visiting the fair in Chicago. A profusion of flowers and other tokens testified to the affection in which she is held here, by those who are so fortunate as to know her.
As a player of the piano she enjoys a high reputation in St. Louis and elsewhere. She is an ambitious and hard-working student, and has a high appreciation of the dignity of her art. During the past year she has studied under one of the best masters of Boston; that city so famous for its teachers of the piano. It is her intention to return to that city this fall for another year’s instruction, and in the near future, to continue her musical studies in Germany. Her touch is good, her execution clean, and she has that singing quality of tone so rare among pianists and which was said by the critics to be one secret of Paderewski’s’ wonderful magnetism over his audiences. Her playing is full of dash and brilliancy as occasion requires while the more quiet and tender music of the affections she renders with excellent taste and true artistic feeling. As an accompanist she is very sympathetic.
But more enviable than her attainment as a pianist, are her gifts as a composer. This talent was developed at a very early age, and her later productions show that this young talent was not that mere precocity which is apt to prove so barren of substantial results. She composed at twelve years of age, and before she had any instruction in harmony, a piece which was played by Gilmore’s band in St. Louis. Her compositions have attracted the favorable attention of connoisseurs and eminent musicians, among them Theodore Thomas. They are fresh, pleasing and original, and when the modesty of the young composer will permit her to publish them, they will undoubtedly prove popular. □ It may not be generally known that she composed much of the music of the operetta, “The Children’s Crusade,” so recently given here. She has withal a modest and unaffected manner which greatly endears her to her friends and adds to the charm of her rare accomplishments. It is understood that she is to return to Grand Haven next summer, when she will be most cordially welcomed by her growing circle of friends and admirers.
The M. E. Sunday school of Spring Lake is picnicking at Highland Park today. A four horse bus brought them from Spring Lake.
The new Court House building force will soon be doubled.
Sheriff Keppel left with prisoners Sharphorn and Smith for Jackson Prison, yesterday afternoon.
The Fanny M. Rose will probably not run again this fall, due to the accident which befell her the other day.
A C. & W. M. engine ran partly off the track on the siding near N. Robbins Jr’s office at the foot of Washington St., this morning.
The excursion to have been given by the Spring Lake band boys on Capt. Cobb’s steamer last night did not materialize because of too heavy seas on the big lake.
Grand Haven visitors to the World’s Fair can find the EVENING TRIBUNE on the reading table in the Saginaw room of the Michigan building.
School commences Monday at 9 o’clock, but after the arranging of classes and seats and other little incidentals which will probably take an hour or two, school will be dismissed. This will give the pupils an opportunity to celebrate Labor Day which falls on Monday.
Are the city authorities aware that they are violating a United States law every day of the year. That is, every day that the flag with the name of Rix Robinson printed on, is flying from the City Hall flag staff. There is a strict government law that no national flag be defaced or anything printed upon one. Hence the city officer who hoists the flag is violating a National ordinance and liable to heavy punishment.
Appley, the oarsman, arrived in Michigan City yesterday.
The Holland Base Ball team will play a return game with the Grand Haven Club next Wednesday.
John Boyink returned this morning with a big string of ducks, which led a rival hunter to say that it took big money to get such birds.
A fire in the shrubs and grass near Cutler’s cottage at the Park was the cause of the fire alarm being sounded this noon.
Con DeVlieger and Aart VenderMeiden lead in the shooting range thus far this week. They are tied at 25.
John A. Pfaff brought home fourteen ducks. Didn’t buy them either.
Grand Havens’ electric lights are 1000 candle power.
Isaac Wariner, the pioneer fisherman, will be 80 years old next Thursday.
Notwithstanding that Monday is a legal holiday, Grand Haven post office will be open all day at the usual hours.
The hunting party consisting of F. A. Hutty, Wm. H. Loutit, J. A. Pfaff, G. A. Farr, Clifford Pfaff, Wm. Savidge, N. Robbins Jr. and Frank Wilson returned home today. They bagged 35 birds. Will VanWormer was cook of the camp.
The American Express Co. report an increase in business of $250 in the month of August just past over the same amount last year, and a gain of $50 over the month of July, 1893. All this gain, too, when every other town in the country is crying hard times.
We understand the son of a Georgia rebel major, who has lately caused a sensation in Genesee and Wayne counties by reporting union veterans there for pension suspension, is now doing Allegan county.―Otsego Union. The Holland News says he is also doing Ottawa county.
Death of Mrs. C. L. Barron.
Mrs. C. L. Barron, wife of the chief engineer of the D., G. H. M. steamer City of Milwaukee, died shortly after 11 o’clock this morning at her room above VanLopik’s store. Mrs. Barron’s 58th birthday was only two days ago. She had been ill, off and on, for a number of years with a complication of diseases, but was taken with her last illness only a few days ago.
Mrs. Barron leaves a mourning husband and sons William B. and Charles L. Jr., of Chicago, and James A. of Detroit, and daughters, Mrs. T. W. Bacon, Jr., Mrs. James McColloster and Mrs. James Edwards, of Detroit.
The remains of Mrs. Barron will be taken to Detroit, Monday morning, and the funeral will occur in that city Tuesday.
The many friends of Mrs. Barron in this city extend their sympathies to Mr. Barron and children.
The City’s Schools.
The public schools open next Monday morning and the following is a correct list of teachers and their grades for the ensuing year:
J. B. Estabrook, superintendent.
Lora A. Smith, principal.
Bertha Alger, high school assistant.
Ed. Cumings, 8th and High school assistant.
Kate C. Laffin, 7th and 8th.
Susie M. Hooker, 7th.
Carrie J. Utter, 6th.
Mary Babbit, 6th.
Martha Briggs, 5th and 6th.
Helena Hiler, 5th.
Clara A. Clark, 5th.
Almira Van Toll, 3rd.
Jullia E. Soule, 2nd and 3rd.
Lizzie McMillan, 1st and 2nd.
Nettie Cherry, 1st.
Gertrude Pellegrom, 1st and 2nd.
Mary VandenBerg, 1st and 2nd.
Nannie Gilmore, 1st.
John J. Bolt, 1st to 4th.
Matie Farnham. 1st and 2nd.
Kate Cherry, 2nd and 3rd.
Margaret Young, 1st and 2nd.
Carrie Hotchkiss, kindergarten.
Louise Reynolds, assistant in kindergarten.
Maria Nemire, assistant in kindergarten.
Eloise Marcy, music.
Maude Cole, writing.
Cora Lewis, drawing.
Congressman Richardson has recommended Thad B. Preston for postmaster of Ionia and Jacob Baar for postmaster of Grand Haven says the Detroit News.
The death list of the tidal wave on the Carolina coast increases as communication is opened with the coast-villages and islands. Estimates of the number of the dead now exceed 500.
A young man living in Grand Haven town is said to have been seen coming from the marshes on the morning of August 31st with seven ducks which appeared to have just been shot. There is some talk of prosecuting.
The slab scow was unloaded at the pier today.
The glass factory celebrates Labor Day by adding to their force of employees.
Every business man of Grand Haven will be asked and should put a card in Co F’s souvenir.
Bad fires prevailed yesterday in the woods about three miles south on Beech Tree St.
Dan Swartz is building a barn and also a brick smoke house on his premises on Water St.
G. W. Miller has placed a wind mill on his large celery farm and is now having his barn and tool house painted.
When John Schippers came to this country in 1872 he brought with him a Bible published at Amsterdam in 1619, printed in the old-fashioned Dutch type and bound in oak.
Several of the Grand Haven young men who work in the factories at Holland are returning home. The factories in Holland are in straitened circumstances. Some of them are working eight hours a day and only giving their employees part pay with the assurance that the amount owing them will be paid in the future. The men are not inclined to work on assurances and hence many of them are quitting.
Another Sunday School has been organized in this city where we would not in the least look for it. Every Sunday afternoon a group of children may be seen going to and coming from the home of the Rev. L. M. S. Smith on Washington Ave. Although more than eighty years of age and therefore unable to do regular S.S. work at any of the churches, he still feels a deep interest in the rising generation, the hope of our country. May this veteran in the Master’s service reap fruit a hundred fold.
Labor Day is being celebrated at Spring Lake by a ball game.
A party of eleven from Grand Rapids are hunting for pearls in Grand Haven near Pottawattamie Bayou.
Con DeVlieger and A. VanderMeiden were tied for first prize at the rifle range Saturday night. In the shoot off DeVlieger won. John Boyink took second prize and Chas. Macomber third.
Geo. D. Sanford has a number of cotton plants in full bloom. The seeds were received from Ex-congressman Belknap and planted last February. The plants are now 15 inches high. Probably another industry for Grand Haven.
“This is ahead of anything that I can remember at this time of the year” said County Clerk Turner today in speaking of the large number of marriage licenses that have been issued lately. In the past ten days 18 have been taken out. Four were issued Saturday and two up to noon today. Times cannot be very hard in Ottawa County.
Notwithstanding the business depression which has affected the entire country, the glass factory has been running full force nearly all summer and this morning several new men were added to the growing list of employees. Large consignments of plate glass is being received regularly for beveling and Mr. Stallings informs us that the plant is obliged to refuse orders. In the glass factory Grand Haven has a growing institution and one which our citizens can point with pride.
Mr. Arend Stuveling fell from a scaffolding while working on I. Seifert’s residence this afternoon. At the foot of the ladder where he dropped were two large stones, his head striking one of them and rendering him partially unconscious. His head was badly cut, and he complained of feeling sore all over, and was taken to his home. His injury is probably not serious.
Action is expected at an early date on charges which have been filed against Gen. Kidd, the Postmaster Parish of Grand Haven. It is not thought that anything more serious than offensive partisanship is involved in the charges, but that allegations will be as effective, in creating vacancies as a graver specification. Jacob VanDerVeen and Jacob Baar are leading candidates for the Grand Haven and Taylor and Thad B. Preston for the Ionia office.―Sunday G. R. Democrat.
Fire at Highland Park.
Through unknown causes a fire started in the woods on Mr. Cutler’s road at about 1:00 o’clock Saturday noon, which owing to the extreme dryness soon spread towards Mr. C. B. Passehl’s cottage “Castle Rest,” which would undoubtedly have been doomed had it not been for the prompt action on he part of Mr. Dwight Cutler, who was seen to jump into his buggy and disappear in a cloud of dust bound for the city to alarm the fire department, which promptly responded and with the aid of Jos. Griffin, and several other cottages, fought the flames for several hours, subduing the same and averting the greater danger which at first threatened to destroy a good part of Highland Park. This again proves how little safety there is for cottagers during a dry season like this, and if nothing can be done in the way of fire protection, then strict rules should be enforced for their safety, for if anything like this should occur during the night it is hard telling but what life might be lost in just such a calamity. COM.
Death of Mrs. James Emery.
Mrs. James Emery departed this life at the home of Mr. H. Potts in this city, at shortly after 10 o’clock yesterday morning. Mrs. Emery had been a sufferer for a number of years from a complication of diseases. For the past few weeks she had been very low and her death was expected at any time.
Mrs. Emery was born in Southampton, England, 62 years ago. Her maiden name was Adams. She married Mr. Emery in England and came to America sometime later, settling first at Milwaukee and moving to Spring Lake in 1870, where Mr. and Mrs. Emery had made their home ever since.
Her husband, Mr. James Emery and children, Mrs. Rev. O. O. Fletcher of Ithaca, N. Y.; Joseph Emery of the Grand Rapids Press; Mrs. H. Potts of this city; and Mrs. Geo. Perry of Spring Lake survive her.
Mrs. Emery in her early days was a member of the Church of England but for may years has been a regular attendant of the Baptist church of Spring Lake. The funeral occurs at two o’clock from the Presbyterian church of Spring Lake tomorrow afternoon.
Gus Hubert’s hand propelled side wheel boat lies near the south channel bridge.
A trio of vags, giving their names as Thomas, Healy, and Shomansky were sent to jail for seven days by Justice Pagelson this morning. They were arrested by the marshal Saturday night.
A lamp fell down in Chas. Reghel’s saloon Saturday night and an explosion and conflagration was averted only, by the prompt action of Walter Bidwell, who threw the lamp out in the street.
The little steamer Grand Island will probably leave on her long journey to the Mississippi next Monday. The route chosen will be down the lake until off the Manitou Islands and then across the lake to Green Bay. From Green Bay the Fox River will be taken until the Mississippi is reached, a journey of hundreds of miles.
A new winter route to the seaboard will be opened up the coming December between Milwaukee and St. Joe in connection with the Big Four and the Chesapeake and Ohio. The steamer Chicora of the Graham & Morton line will form the lake link of the route, making daily trips to St. Joe and Milwaukee whenever the weather permits.
The Senior class of the High School is composed of thirteen members this year.
The household goods of Mr. Dwight Cutler are being moved back from the Park to the family’s rooms in the Cutler Block.
The G. H. Ship Building Co’s yards is one of the greatest industries of Western Michigan, as well as this city. Over 100 men are on the pay roll, nearly all of whom are skilled laborers with high wages.
A young man named Smith, a son of Mr. Geo. Smith of Ferrysburg was hurt at the shipyard yesterday by a piece of scaffolding falling upon him. He was struck in the small of the back and it was feared injured internally, but was all right again today.
John VanHall, of the tug Anna, was so badly injured Sunday that he is still unable to work.. He was struck accidentally over the right leg by a ball bat in the hands of a companion. The blow seemed to numb the muscles of the limb so that he cannot move it. No bones are broken and John will probably be out in a few days.
It is a veritable hive of industry down at the yards of the G. H. Ship Building Co. Over 100 men are at work on W. H. Loutit’s new boat which is being rushed to completion. The ceiling is all in and the caulkers have now commenced caulking. Mr. Roney, the Saugatuck gentleman who has the contract for planking, is here with 30 workmen. The boat will be launched the latter part of October.
Pearl Being Found.
Will pearl hunting become an industry along the Grand River between Grand Haven and Grand Rapids? It looks that way now. Prospectors are camped along the river between here and the Valley City dragging and searching the river bottom for the game. A party of eleven from Grand Rapids are going over every inch of the river bottom near Pottawatomie Bayou and it is said that many of the clams they find contain the pearls that they are looking for. The searching party are very evasive when questioned regarding their luck. Wm. Bishop, of this city, last week found four genuine peals at Pottawatomie where the Grand Rapids men now are. There is a prospect of a rush to Grand river by men who see the way to riches by the gathering of pearls. It will be remembered what a rush there was to the Wisconsin river a few years ago when pearls were discovered. Pearl hunting is still carried on in several rivers of that state.
Too Much Whiskey.
Livingston L. Healy up to last Saturday presided over the Cutler House Sample Room. He seemed to be a brisk, good natured fellow and his pig banquets, which he served out to the patrons of the bar every Saturday night, gave him a sort of local fame.
Last Saturday morning he was discharged by the management, not without good cause however, and in the period of a few hours engaged in a fight with the Cutler House porter and also took to himself a wife; a Miss Birdie Boles, a young girl waiter in the hotel. The girl’s sister lives in Lowell and she and her husband left for there Saturday night.
This afternoon Healy was brought down to this city on the 2:10 D. & M. train. He was in hand-cuffs and a Lowell officer had him in charge. The officer says that Healy was wandering about the village of Lowell Sunday afternoon and evidently from his manner and looks had tremens.
He was taken care of, and his plight was learned by Mr. Parsons, the young man who acted as clerk of the Valley City this year. Parsons as a friend of Healy, had an officer bring him to Grand Haven today, thinking he would be better cared for, but not knowing that he was no longer connected with the Cutler. When the officer arrived with the man he had no place to take him and he was kept at the depot about an hour until a room was found. In the meantime Dr. Bates had given the man a morphine injection which quieted him perceptibly.
Mr. Parsons says he will endeavor to take Healy to Grand Rapids tonight and place him in a hospital.
His young wife is now in Lowell.
A Young Criminal.
The youngest horse thief that Ottawa county jail ever sheltered is behind bars at that structure now. He is only ten years of age, not old enough to be out of knee pants.
Last Sunday the barn of Mr. Wm. Gould near Berlin was entered and a horse stolen. The county officers were notified and Sheriff Keppel overhauled the animal and the youthful horse thief near the Bridge street ferry in Grand Rapids yesterday. The lad was heading for the city as fast as he could get there.
When arrested he told the Sheriff his name was Clarky Reeves, that his mother and father were dead and that he lived with his brother in Grand Rapids, who is a factory employee. The lad denied in a vociferous manner that he did not steal the horse. Instead he claims that it belongs to his brother.
Precocity in children is often heard of as regards attainments such as music and the fine arts, but precocity in a different form is seen in this boy. He went at it like a genuine horse thief and lies in a way that would do credit to the best of them.
The lad’s clothing and body were full of lice, in fact in such numbers that parts of his body were literally eaten. Sheriff Kempel probably did for the boy more than anyone else in his short life. He burned the clothing, purchased the lad a new suit and gave him such a scrubbing that would exterminate all the vermin.
The youth will probably go to the Industrial Home for Boys at Lansing.
The electric light company is after the Italians who gave exhibitions with a big brown Cinnamon bear yesterday. This forenoon the animal climbed and electric light pole at the corner of Fulton & Seventh Sts, near Roossien’s store. When the bear reached the top of the tall pole it began clawing at the wires and succeeded in tearing them and bringing the lamp to the ground in ruin. The Italians looked at the work of their performing bear just a minute and calling the bear down they bided their steps towards Spring Lake as quickly as possible.
Geo. Goyt, a stone mason who has been working at the court house attempted to leave town today with an unpaid board bill due the City Hotel. He was detected by Landlord VanDrezer who had a warrant made out for his arrest. Goyt left for the depot and was sitting in a D. & M. car when Sheriff Keppel walked in. As soon as the officer appeared Goyt jumped out of the car and ran toward the shipyard. He was captured and brought before Judge Pagelson. After a little parlay he turned $14 over to Mr. VanDrezer and was released. He was a dead beat of the worst kind.
All the Michigan insane asylums are crowded.
Lumber business on the lakes is picking up.
The financial depression seems to have affected Grand Haven pier work this year.
A law went into effect on the 28th day of August which requires all barber shops to close on Sunday.
The pearl hunting fever is beginning to affect a number of local people and prospecting tours are being planned.
Mr. Henry VanderVeer, one of the owners of the tug Emma Bloecker, may possibly lose the sight of one of his eyes. He was working on the tug when a piece of brass filing entered his left eye, badly injuring the organ. A great deal of matter has formed in the injured eye. Dr. Hofma is attending Mr. VanderVeer and is using every effort to restore the sight.
The alley generally known as the Depot Alley, that runs from Elliot & 4th St., to the West Michigan depot is traveled over a great deal and used as a short cut to town. A little gravel would make it one of the most important streets in town.
Two individuals about whom an air of mystery hangs arrived in the pearl hunter’s camp at Pottawatomie Bayou last night. The same two men left this morning for Grand Rapids, having with them a large number of valuable pearls which had been found by the men in camp, on the river bottom in the vicinity of the bayou. Evidently the two men mentioned are into the business for all there is in it and have hired the force which is now operating at the bayou and vicinity. They are supposed to hail from Grand Rapids but maintain strict secrecy and will not admit that they are pearl hunting. It is believed they have struck a bonanza on Pottawatomie.
A big crowd followed “Geo.” Healy, the delirium tremens patient while he was led to the 6:40 D., G. H. & M. train last night to be taken to Grand Rapids and placed in a hospital. The delirious man seemed to have his mind set on removing his hand cuffs and there was a puzzled look in his face as he worked in vain at the bracelets. This morning’s Grand Rapids Democrat has the following regarding the man: “Last Saturday night John Healy, bartender at the Cutler House, Grand Haven, was married to a young lady of that city and last evening he was at the police station in this city, a most pitiful looking object, with delirium tremens. He had been drinking heavily for some time before the wedding. Immediately after the ceremony the newly wedded pair started for Lowell upon a wedding trip. The next morning the groom began drinking again and continued until yesterday morning when he was in such a condition that a constable took him into custody and went to Grand Haven with him. There was no retreat there for such cases and he was brought to this city last evening and was taken in a bus to the police station. As he sat in front of the police station surrounded by a big crowd that had quickly gathered, he presented an awful sight. His eyes were glassy and he shook like a leaf in a storm. His hands were shackled and he jerked at the irons continually, until his wrists were raw. He could not answer a question intelligibly and could not even give his name. He was taken to St. Mark’s hospital where he will be treated. His bride is with relatives in Lowell and is nearly heartbroken.
Mr. A. Van Toll is now janitor of the Columbus St. School.
The family of Mr. G. Almond of 3rd St., are down with scarlet fever.
Flies are now bothering horses more than at any other time of the year.
In the past two months we have had no more than six hours of rain and those showers far between.
The name of Gus Hubert’s side wheel boat is a puzzler. It is Mebbaft.
Thos. Knight now bales his own hay with a baler of his own invention. Something quite unique, which he has set up in the old grist mill.
The Holland Base Ball club failed to appear this afternoon and the game was forfeited to the Grand Haven nine.
The Grand Rapids boat, the Valley City, has arrived at Alpena safely. She ran in to escape the northeaster outside, and will leave for Lake Erie when the wind moderates.―Yesterday’s Det. Journal.
Jacob Baar today sold prepaid ocean tickets on the N. A. S. M. steamer for Roslof Bos and wife with five children of Amthowdenberg, Overisel, Netherlands. They will settle near Fruitport. A relative here helps them over, who believes times will soon be all right.
The residence of Mrs. Weirenger on Clinton St. was entered yesterday afternoon by unknown parties and the bureau drawers ransacked, but nothing was taken. The same thing occurred about two weeks ago, but it is not known whether it is the work of men or boys. Each time entrance was affected by a rear window.
Clark Reeves, the lad who stole a horse from a Berlin farmer was sent to the Industrial Home for Boys at Lansing today until he reaches the age of seventeen years. He is ten years and four months old now. The boy has parents living in Grand Rapids and is not an orphan as he tried to represent. His father is said to be dying of consumption.
Grapes are suffering for want of rain.
Over 7000 members of the G. A. R. [Grand Army of the Republic] died last year.
The men’s sleeping quarters in the life saving station are being plastered.
John Walsh is drawing away the cut of spilings from where the pier work is going on.
A cold air fine arrangement has been placed in the residence of W. C. Sheldon.
Geo. St. Clair is entered in the Cedar Springs’ races this week and also the Saginaw meet.
A new $500 slide has been placed in the life saving station. The job was done by John Walsh.
The silver poplar trees planted in the sand wastes near the city pumping station seem to grow as though it were the richest land on earth.
The new engine house at Spring Lake is nearly completed and the roof is now being built on the Methodist church and the school house.
Eyraman a balloonist made an ascension at Milwaukee Monday. The aeronaut and his balloon were picked up by a schooner on Lake Michigan yesterday.
Frank G. Appley, the champion long distance oarsman of the world, who was here last week with his aluminum shell on a trip from Pawtucket, R. I. to Chicago, was detained in Michigan City until Saturday on account of rough weather. The lake was smooth Sunday and he probably reached Chicago on time. He was to arrive there on or before Sept. 3.
A Grand Haven man has a number of cotton plants in full bloom, being about 15 inches high. The seeds were received from the Department of Agriculture and planted last February.―Detroit Free Press.
A flag has been flying from Grand Haven’s city hall which is printed the words “Rix Robinson,” contrary to national law making it a felony to deface a United States flag.―Detroit Journal.
Two solid stone foundations have been built in the boiler room of the Corn Planter factory for the new boiler which will soon be put in. The larger foundation is eleven by fourteen feet in dimensions and the smaller one four by four.
Mr. Isaac Wariner, the old fish man, is 80 years old today and is celebrating the event in a quiet way. Mr. Wariner is one of the oldest residents of Grand Haven and has lived in his house, corner of Clinton and 3d Sts. for 38 years. He takes pride in the fact that he has not given his neighbors the least trouble in all that time.
One can hardly imagine the arduous duties of a school superintendent at this time of year. In Supt. Estabrook’s office all last week and at any time of the day could be seen a long line of idle children; many of them new comers desirous of entering the city schools. Their knowledge had to be inquired into, proper rooms selected and complaints heard. After the first month everything becomes adjusted and runs smoothly.
The other night, and by the way it was a dark night, Ruiet Wiernger and his assistant, Peter VanWeelden, might have been seen leading a “critter” to Dick Bottje’s slaughter house to be butchered. It was about ten o’clock. All went well until about half a block from the slaughter house near the end of the graveled part of Sheldon St. The loud fierce bays of a dog caused Ruiet, Pete and the critter to come to a dead halt. The dog belongs to H. Bottje and is very fierce. For half an hour Pete and Ruiet stayed in the immediate vicinity where they stopped. All the time Ruiet was exhorting Peter to go ahead and calling for help at the pitch of his lungs. The dog kept barking but the two butchers at last discovered that the animal was tied and went about their business. They never spoke on the subject, but a man behind a nearby fence saw the whole proceedings. He would have reported it yesterday, but was sick from over exertion, caused by a half hour of continuous laughing.
The crowded attendance of the city schools shows the necessity of another school building.
One of the largest peach farms in this vicinity is that of Antony Bottje consisting of about 29 acres. Every tree in the entire farm is loaded with fruit.
One of the young lady clerks in VndenBosch’s store has lost her pocketbook twice in as many weeks. Each time with a considerable amount of money in it.
County Agent Wachs took ten year old horse thief, Clark Reeves, to Lansing yesterday. The lad was undoubtedly the youngest horse thief in the annals of crime in this county.
Geo. W. Lilley is now acting agent for the American Express Co. at the Union depot in Detroit. Geo. Is one of our former citizens and we are glad he is doing so well as he has a host of friends in this city, who wish him all the success possible.
The City Schools.
Never did the City schools open with so large an attendance as this year. Superintendent Estabrook reports 1122 scholars enrolled the end of the second day. This is twenty-four more than at the end of the first month last year, which is a very good showing.
The High School has a seating capacity of sixty odd, and seats are all occupied and a number are obliged to find seats in another room. Over 70 pupils are enrolled in the High School. In the city of Owosso which has about 8,000 inhabitants, there are only about 60 pupils enrolled in it’s high school.
In the Kindergarten departments there are about 80 pupils on the rolls. Because of lack of school room the new pupils in the kindergarten are limited to half day sessions.
Muskegon high school has 200 pupils enrolled.
The fort Wayne News is authority for the statement that the burglars are becoming aristocratic and use bicycles in their tours about the country.
A few of the horse lovers of the city occasionally gather at the half mile track on Griffin St. in the 4th ward, but there is not the interest shown in fast horses there used to be in Grand Haven. When the track was built some years ago it was the mecca of every man who had a horse considered fast. The track record is 2:27 made by Charles Hilton in a race. Marshal Klaver once drove the famous stallion Turk around in 2:31. After a few years, interest waned and the track was rapidly going to destruction until this spring when it was fixed up a little by a few enthusiasts, who have need of it some this summer.
The game that can now be shot according to the game law are: woodcock, ducks, waterfowl, and snipe.
Witness the attendance to the fair creep up to the 200,000 mark. 201,044 yesterday.
The steamer Belknap which plied between Grand Rapids and North Park burned to the waters edge Wednesday night.
Next week Tuesday the C. & W. M. will sell tickets to Chicago at half fare on account of the Michigan Day celebration at the World’s Fair.
It was worth a fortune to see Mat Chambers break down the barricade in front of his shop door last night. His herculean efforts were something remarkable.
The Hayden Saddlery Company formally notifed Muskegon that unless its tax is reduced it will move out, and adds that it is no wonder that factories are leaving Muskegon.
Several of Grand Haven’s horse men, including Marshal Klaver, John N. Reynolds and others have taken upon themselves the task of repairing the race track and filling in all rough places.
During the recent panicky times there were but two failures and one suspension of Michigan banks organized under the state law and coming under supervision of the state bank commissioners. There were also but two failures and one suspension among the national banks in the state.
Grand Haven should follow Muskegon’s good example and draft an ordinance requiring every dog owner to procure a license and pay the same, one dollar for male dog and three dollars for a female dog. Dogs not wearing the required tag to be placed in a pound and after a limited time killed. Last, but the best part of the Muskegon law is making it a misdemeanor to not comply with the ordinances and fining the guilty person $10 or ten days in jail. Such an ordinance should be put in effect here.
The little hooker May Cornell arrived in port this afternoon.
For Sale―Horse known as Old Joe, one of the old city team. Inquire of John Kraai, city teamster.
Steps are being taken to have Maud Hatch placed in the Industrial Home for Girls at Adrian.
Hugo, the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eerman Dodge, corner of Madison and 3rd Sts, died at 11 o’clock this forenoon of rheumatism of the heart. The child had been ill for about six weeks. Funeral notice tomorrow.
Governor Rich issued the following proclamation yesterday: “September 13 and 14 have been designated by the World’s Fair officials as Michigan days. The board of World’s Fair managers for Michigan have arranged special attractions for these days, and railroad and steamboat companies are offering especially low rates to excursionists for that week. This is the best month to visit the Fair. A general invitation has been extended who has ever been a resident of Michigan to be in attendance on those days. The importance of this event cannot be too strongly urged upon our citizens. Other states have made special efforts on occasions of this kind, and their citizens have responded in large numbers with intense enthusiasm. It is to be hoped that our citizens will fall in line and assist by their presence in making Michigan days the crowning event of the Columbian exposition.”
There will shortly be a reunion at Milwaukee of the Lady Elgin disaster.
[Information on Lady Elgin shipwreck:
Clark’s Horse Review of Chicago is speaking of the race at Milwaukee in which Geo. St. Clair took part says that St. Clair was held back in the first and second heats with the intention of coming to the front after that. Unfortunately in the third heat he cast a shoe and was shut out.
Hugo Bloecker, accompanied by his 300 pounds of flesh, returned from Chicago this morning.
Walter Phillips will get about 25 tons of grapes off his vineyard this year.
An unusual cucumber is to be seen in the American House. It is curled like a snake and with a great round head resembling a rattler.
Painters report the year 1893 to be the best for a number of years back. Usually most of the work in that line is completed by July 4, but this year one job follows another.
Peter Jobin was fined $5 for drunkenness, by Justice Pagelson this morning.
Grand Haven can boast of prairie fires; the dry grass in many parts of the city being burned down.
A Grand Haven dispatch says: “That Dun M. Dickenson of Detroit, and Collector of Customs Dudley O. Watson of Grand Haven district, are engaged in a scheme of some proportions is the belief of a few Grand Haven people. These two gentlemen, it is reported, have purchased and island near Algonac, consisting of 4,000 acres, which they are now platting. Watson has engaged County Surveyor Peck, of Ottawa Co. to do the work, and has employed a number of Grand Haven people to work on the island. The plan to colonize and make a village of the island. Watson it is said, is making preparations to move his large stock of general goods from Coopersville to the island. The enterprise is being carried out as secretly as possible.”―G. R. Press.
Phil Pellegrom, a lad about sixteen years old was sentenced to jail by Justice Pagelson this morning for thirty days, for larceny. Pellegrom has been employed at Haughey’s livery barn on Washington street for some time. Yesterday Jos. Hassennius of Muskegon who is on the road for the Van-Scott cigar manufactory of that city, stopped at the barn and went out with the proprietor Mr. Haughey, for a ride. He left his valise containing the different brands of cigars in the livery office. When they returned from the ride sometime later, Mr. Hessennius discovered that a box of cigars was missing from the valise.
Mr. Haughey after some searching found the cigars in the hay loft. He suspected who the thief was and his suspicions were confirmed, when he, by a clever little ruse stamped young Pellegrom as the guilty party.
Mr. Haughey found the box of cigars wrapped in a blanket. He let it lay and last night told Phil to bring the blanket down stairs, knowing that if the cigars were stolen, the boy would be pretty sure not to bring the cigars down with the blanket. Sure enough the boy appeared with the blanket alone.
He was then asked peremptorily why he had stolen the cigars, and confessed, but tried to implicate Emmerson Hicks also.
Emerson disclaimed any knowledge of the affair, saying the stealing took place while he was at dinner. Emerson was let off while young Pellegrom was sentenced as aforesaid.
D. Napier & Co. of Michigan City have the contract for the heating work in the new court house and will commence soon.
Mr. Ferris and his big wheel on the Midway Plaisance have taken in $300,000. No other concession on the grounds has made such success.
The little steamer Grand Island left for Grand Rapids Saturday morning. The boat is expected here the latter part of this week to start on its long journey down the Mississippi.
Manistee is mourning the removal of the weather station bureau from that station. One would naturally suppose that Manistee would be a necessary station but it does not appear to be. No winter boats run there and no maps were issued by there while it was in operation. Grand Haven is one of the most important stations on the lake.
The Grand River Pearly fisheries are now in active operation. Clam diggers abound along the river, especially between the Pearl and Fulton St. bridges. They seek the humble but often valuable clam, for within that Mollusk’s shell is sometimes found handsome pearls. One or two of some real intrinsic value have been found, and newsboys and idlers are to be seen all day long wading the streams and picking out baskets full of clams.―G. R. Press.
Died yesterday afternoon at twenty-five minutes after three Mill Nellie Vander Meiden at the house of her mother, Mrs. T. Koetsier on Fulton street, of typhoid malaria, after a short illness at the age of twenty-two years, five months and eight days. Deceased was born in this city and was beloved by all who knew her. She leaves a mother, six brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral takes place tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock from her mother’s residence.
The Congregational church was well filled yesterday afternoon by an audience composed of young people from the different church societies of our city, to hear the reports of Miss Hotchkiss and Miss Lewis, who were delegates to the International Convention of Christian endeavors at Montreal last July. The reports could not be given sooner as the delegates have just arrived home from their summer vacation. But they have preserved notes and brought no small measure of the spirit of the convention and to judge from the close attention and the remarks overheard at the close, no doubt many of the young people received new ideas and inspiration that will tend to make the Christian young people of our churches more aggressive and more earnest in their work.
Geo. St. Clair trots at Holly this week.
The American nation rejoices with the World’s Fair directory that the greatest exposition of this or any other age will be a success financially.
County Clerk Turner and Messrs. Hudson, Pellegrom, and F. Harbeck were tied in the shoot for first prize at the rifle range last week. They will shoot off the tie tonight.
Mrs. David Allen of Robinson when coming to this city this morning with a load of grain while crossing a bridge at Gidley Bayou the wheel of the wagon got caught and she was thrown from the wagon and one of the wheels ran over her right arm, bruising it severely and she fainted. Mr. Abram Mastenbroek, who was driving by at the time, went to her assistance and with the prompt use of cold water restored her to consciousness.
O. H. Passehis of Highland Park and “Count” VonWidekind of Cologne, Germany spent Saturday it is reported gathering clams in Grand River in the hope of finding pearls. Mr. Passehis found one which he first held at $17, but came down until 5 cents could have purchased the gem.
On Sunday last, while Frank Thatcher, Mr. Wheeler of the Elk Rapids Water Power Co. and Mr. Smith were sitting near the water works engine, they saw an enormous creature rear its head out of the water and take a southerly course with the speed of a train of cars, causing the water and spray to rise to the height of 50 or 60 feet, yet noiseless in its course, with the exception of a musical sound caused from swift action of water as it curled from its scaly body, which appeared to be about 30 feet in length and about the size of an ordinary sawlog. It went in the direction of Traverse City from here.―Elk Rapids Times. The Smith and Wheeler mentioned are Grand Havenites and can keep to the front in marine monster tales.
The following is a copy of a notice posted on telephone poles in different parts of the city, supposed to a have been done by some crank passing through. It is headed “Important Truths:”
“The person who puts tobacco smoke in the air is a murderer of fellow creatures and deserves severe punishment―the whipping post and worse. Pain, misery, disease and death (many times sudden) are positive results of breathing air that has tobacco smoke in it. The right to smoke does not exist. (Barbarians might claim so.) No one has a right to injure another; such is the fundamental principle of all law, human or divine. The tobacco smoker destroys the health and life of all and too in a manner that is very cruel. Please consider these facts and stop smoking.―Don’t tear this paper.
FRANK C. PARMELE,
Of Ontario Co., New York.
Work on the new court house is now progressing swiftly.
Several of the Muskegon mills are resuming business.
Smoke from the Michigan forest fires spreads 30 miles into the lake.
Harm Bosch of Bass River has purchased of the city the horse known as “Old Joe.”
The next two or three days big crowds will undoubtedly pass through to Chicago.
The Grand Haven Leather Co. received 150 Texas cattle hides on the steamer Atlanta this morning.
Speak a good word (several of them) for Grand Haven to every visitor. It was the only prosperous city in the country, this summer of failures.
Business is picking up all over the country. Money taken from the banks by frightened people is being re-deposited.
One of the largest excursions of the year is expected to take the Goodrich steamers for Chicago tonight on account of the Michigan Day celebration tomorrow and Thursday. The steamers Atlanta, Menominee and Sheboygan will be here tonight.
Michigan! Michigan! Rah!! Rah!! Rah!! One fare round trip by Goodrich steamers to Chicago and return on Michigan days at the “Fair” good going Sept. 12th good for 10 days. Three dollars round trip. For tickets and particulars, see N. Robbins, Jr.
A big crowd witnessed the shoot off at the rifle range last night. The score resulted in Fred Harbeck making 22, Henry Pellegrom 21, and Geo. Turner, 15. the second prize last week was taken by Aart Vander Meiden, the third prize by Baltus Pellegrom and the booby prize by John Boyink. This week thus far the score is as follows: Edgar Bryce, 26; Chas. Turner 25; Geo. D. Turner, 24.
The Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers have appointed a committee to visit the county jail each Sunday to talk to the prisoners.
“Prince” the well known old dog which has been owned by G. Van Lopik for may years died today. “Prince” had his best days and was put to death to relieve him from the disease to which dogs of that age are subject. He was a familiar object on Washington St. and known by every business man.
Grand Haven citizens will always point back to the world’s fair year of 1893 as a year of prosperity for the city. In that year the new court house was started. A large number of residences were erected and a feeling of town pride established, because of the general prosperity and many improvements. All this, too, when nearly every city in the Union was stagnant from the great financial panic of this year. If Grand Haven should continue to prosper, and there is not any doubt but that it will, its prosperity will always be associated with the Columbian year of ’93.
The drought is injuring corn and potatoes in Ottawa County. Pastures are dried up and fall feed will be short.
Much of the iron bolts that were to have been used here in the construction of the pier cribs are being shipped to Manistee to be used in pier work there.
I am prepared to paint roofs and smoke stacks of all kinds at reasonable prices. Will be prepared on short notice. Address or call upon Wm. VandenBerg. Sep11
A large number of smoke stacks about the city are rusting and in sad need of paint. Wm. VandenBerg is always prepared for that kind of work.
A. G. Cadwallader, a prominent Hastings lawyer and real estate dealer, stopped with Mr. A. Troutwine yesterday. Mr. Cadwallader is well pleased with Grand Haven and may possibly purchase property in this city.
Perhaps no part of the Exposition is as misunderstood at first by the visitor as that pertaining to Fish and Fisheries. I have heard so many say “I did not think I would care much for the Fisheries building until I visited it, and then I found it one of the most interesting.” Few people are aware of the importance to our country, or any country, its fisheries are.―EX.
D. F. Hunton has returned from a several weeks trip visiting Detroit, Lansing, Jackson and Grand Rapids.
At last rain has come. It receives a hardy welcome all over Michigan.
Fifty thousand Michigan people are taking in the fair today.
Miss Maud Hatch was taken to the Industrial Home for girls at Adrian today.
Fires raging near Sullivan destroying a lot of valuable lumber this week.
About 400 people took the Goodrich steamers Menominee and Atlanta to Chicago last night. The steamer Sheboygan failed to appear.
Rev. J. H. Thomas, who takes charge of the M. E. church of this city, comes from Ithaca, Mich. He is expected to take charge next Sunday.
John DeSpelder will celebrate his 58th birthday tomorrow. John says when he comes from Chicago he will invite every old soldier to partake of ten cent cigars and oyster soup.
Geo. Smallman visited Ashley Heights, on Spring Lake yesterday afternoon. Coming home late last night very nearly midnight, and on the main road near the pontoon bridge on Smith’s Bayou he almost stumbled over two bears. George admits climbing over a near-by fence faster than he ever did before. The bears he claims were lying down, sleeping in the san near the road side. George is positive that they were not cows as many are trying to make him believe and tells a pretty accurate story. The fact is two bears have been seen in that vicinity lately and likely as not the animals by the side were the ones.
Geo. St. Clair is one of sixty-three fine horses which race at Holly this week. The track is a new one but it is believed that a track record of 2:20 will be established.
Grand Haven has a citizen weighing 350 pounds. He attracts more than usual attention from the fact that his father is mayor.―Detroit Journal.
Capt. John M. Ges, of the Goodrich steamer City of Racine, has a six month old St. Bernard pup with him on the steamer which is the pride of all on board from captain to coal passer. The dog weighs about a hundred pounds and promises to double that almost unless he soon stops growing. The dog is a thoroughbred, more than ordinarily intelligent.―Muskegon News.
T. W. Kirby’s wrecking pump is at work pumping out the pier crib across the river from the D., G. H. & M. freight house.
Smoke from forest fires caused by the protracted drought throughout Michigan is making navigation at the lower end of Lake Michigan extremely dangerous. Boats arriving at Chicago Monday report the smoke so thick at the Sturgeon Bay canal as to render it impossible to see both banks at the same moment. The smoke extends up as far as Milwaukee, and nearly all the boats lose from one to six hours time on the way up the lake.
The 22nd Michigan Infantry has been advertising since the war for their colors lost in the Battle of Chickamauga. They were found the other day among the captured Confederate flags at Washington.
The Holland city fathers have awarded the contract to the Commercial Electric Co., of Detroit to furnish the city an electric light plant costing $12000. It is to have 60 arc lights of 2000 candle power, 750 incandescents and a 150 horse power engine.
The pearl fisheries of Grand River are taking on more and more importance every day, and the impressions gaining in the public mind that there are vast beds of pearls at intervals in the bed of the river, all the way from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven, and we hear it reported that prospecting parties are being organized in different parts of the county. The pearls bring all the way from 25 cents to $200. We understand that they have been found at Pottawattamie Bayou which is five or six miles up the river from Spring Lake.
John Danhof is said to be carrying away the honors in duck hunting.
The rain came to late to save the corn and potato crop but it did a heap of good.
Kieft & Roossien are building a warehouse on their celery land on Ferry St.
The old river steamer Sampson arrived this afternoon with a cargo of hard wood for D. Vyn. The Sampson has not been here before of some time.
A citizen suggest that the city council have a railing placed on each side of the Gidley Bayou bridge. The bridge is a very dangerous crossing in case two teams meeting and unless something is done a serious accident may occur there some day.
Battle Creek Moon: If every citizen of the United States were to hoard $24 in currency there would not be a cent left in circulation. That fact makes it easier to understand how financial stringency has been brought on by the small bank depositors. The best financial authorities in the country agree in saying that the situation has began to improve steadily.
Speaking of the exercises in the Michigan building the Detroit News says: Thomas Ferry, ex-United States senator, sat with the women, but he was brought out by Gov. Rich and enthused his audience with a patriotic address on “The Magnitude and Magnanimity of Manhood.”
Michigan people had a great celebration in their state building at the world’s fair yesterday. Gov. Rich, ex-Gov. Luce, ex-Senator Ferry and many other notable citizens were present. Mr. Ferry was one of the speakers and in the course of his speech, remarked that Michigan always forged ahead on a common cause.
The Goodrich steamer City of Ludington went ashore at Wiggins Point on Green Bay, Tuesday night. She was bound for Chicago to Manistique and the stranding was caused by the thick smoke hanging over the lake. The Menominee left Chicago for her assistance yesterday morning, but when Milwaukee was reached yesterday afternoon it was learned that she had been released. The steamer Menominee then proceeded across to Grand Haven and will lay here tonight.
President and Mrs. Cleveland’s new baby has been named Esther.
Probate Judge Goodrich offers $5 in cash to the lady exhibiting the best two gallon crock of September butter at the Coopersville Fair.
Capt. Kirby’s pump is at work on the water filled crib across the river today. If pumped out the crib will be sunk at its proper place at the pier shortly.
Much interest is manifested in the contest at the rifle range this week. Edgar Bryce leads for the first prize and the championship of the city by a score of 26. Jas. J. Danhof, Capt. Baltus Pellegrom and Chas. Turner are a tie for second with a score of 25. W. H. Harbeck and County Clerk Turner are tied for third prize with a score of 24. Mr. Bryce’s shooting, for an amateur is remarkable and places him on an equal with professional shooters.
The following from the Chicago Inter Ocean in speaking of the Michigan Day celebration: “Senator Thomas W. Ferry in a short talk said he wished particularly to express his thanks to President Palmer for the valuable services which the latter had given to the World’s Columbian Exposition. The great labors of the ex-Senator, he said, had brought honor and glory to his State, and he would be remembered with gratitude. To those who remembered a former Senatorial contest in Michigan in which Messrs. Ferry and Palmer were principals, this compliment seemed very grateful indeed.”
Sir Henry Tyler of England will soon make a tour through Michigan to inspect the Grand Trunk railroad of which he is president.
Michigan ended her special days at the Fair yesterday with more concerts and informal reception, but no speech making. There was another big crowd about the State Building.
A young bachelor of this city was returning from Chicago by the Goodrich line palace steamer City of Racine and being assigned to a state room went there to investigate his room. What was his astonishment when he found what he supposed was female apparel in his berth. He told his friends of the predicament that he was in, but could not get no sympathy from them. He then took the steward into his confidence and took him off in one corner and in a low voice stated the case, and said that he would rather sleep on the hurricane deck than in that room. The steward who is a very modest young man thought he had got himself into a bad muddle and he likewise too the genial captain into his confidence who ordered an investigation forthwith, which revealed the fact that the man who occupied the lower birth had his baby boy with him, and had put him to bed and Man Fashion, had thrown his clothing around promiscuously, which gave our bachelor the impression that a female was in the room.
Muskegon court house will not be done until October 9.
Glass factories are resuming business all over the country.
The whale back Christopher Columbus defeated the Goodrich liner Virginia in a race between Chicago and Milwaukee.
Weather prophet Hicks says that we expect to see earthquakes this month. Between the 20th and 30th storms can be expected.
An exchange observes that the burglars throughout the Untied States are preparing for an active campaign on account of the withdrawal of large number of deposits which are now in the care and custody of the individuals.
Armory, Co. F, 2nd Inf. M. N. G.
Grand Haven, Mich., Sept. 14, 1893.
The regular weekly drills of this company will begin next Monday evening, and all members will report promptly at 7:30 o’clock. The encampment pay will be distributed, an invitation to attend the Coopersville fair and other matters of importance will be considered.
Today is the twentieth anniversary of the sinking of the steamer Ironsides, about four miles off Grand Haven. The steamer left Milwaukee for this port on the night of Sept. 14, 1873. A storm set in and in some manner the boat filed with water. When about four miles, a little southwest of the piers the Ironsides went down carrying to a watery grave twenty-four persons.
The Ironsides at the time was one of the Engelmann Transportation Company’s boats and was one of the finest on the lakes, being valued at $125,000, and was the most costly boat that had been lost on the lake up to that time. Many of the crew took to the boats and reached here safely.
Many of the passengers on the Ironsides were Milwaukee businessmen and it occasioned great excitement in that city, because of the inability to learn the names of many of the drowned people.
Shortly after the Ironsides gave her last lurch the bodies began to come ashore. An awful sea was running and most of the people were drowned in the breakers on the beach. The captain went down with his boat.
The first man to be buried in Lake Forest cemetery was drowned in this disaster. His name was Jerry Smith and his home was in Grand Haven.
The old D. & M. depot was converted into a morgue and the next day about 20 bodies lay stretched side by side and were viewed by hundreds of morbid people.
Many of the drowned were wealthy and dressed very richly.
The spars of the Ironsides could be seen for some time after, sticking above the water and the fishermen can now point out her exact location nearly directly off Rosy Mound.
The previous year to the sinking of the Ironsides the steamer Lac La Belle went down. She was also owned by the Engelmann Co. The loss of the Amazon in the early eighty’s is still fresh in the memory of Grand Haven people. The Amazon was a successor to the Ironsides.
[A very detailed account of the Ironsides wreck and recent pictures of it lying on the bottom of Lake Michigan can be seen at:
Wheat is going up.
The fish catch is very light yet.
Wonder what Muskegon harbor was dredged for this summer?
James Danhof has made a score of 25 three times at the Rifle Range this week.
Among the inventions of Michigan women displayed in the world’s fair, is a game of artists by Mrs. John Macfie of this city.
The whale boat which was here this summer and from which a young man was drowned, was on exhibition at Appleton, Wis., this week.
Spring Lake has gone crazy over the large number of pearls that are being found there. One man found 50 of the valuable gems and another 30.
John Mulder, a Holland farmer, near Eastmanville, is the father of three sons, all remarkable for their height: James, 6ft. 11in; Arie, 6ft. 10 in; John 6 ft. 10 in.
Montague has an N. H. Ferry, G. A. R. Post.
The barge Colborn is in with a load of lath and lumber from Manistee.
The tug Anna claims to have beaten the steamer A. B. Taylor in a six mile race last week.
Muskegon harbor is just like an old house. No matter how much time and labor is put on it, the same old trouble always recurs again and the same improvements will be necessary year after year.
There have been a great many changes in Grand Haven pulpits this year. Four pastors, Revs. Watton, Brueggemann, Root and Bennett going elsewhere.
John Jenkins, an old-time resident of Berrien county, solemnly avers that in the summer of 1841 not a drop of rain fell for forty-eight days, while in 1874 the drought extended over fifty-two days.
It is said that recent forest fires have burned 11,000,000 feet of standing pine in Osceola county belonging to Gen. Alger. In fact most of the standing pines in the county has been destroyed.
Mr. James Barns had charge of twenty-two bodies of the victims who perished in the Ironsides disaster 20 years ago yesterday. It was the largest and most terrible job of undertaking in the existence of Grand Haven.
A certain citizen has been paying particular attention to a well loaded pear tree. A barb wire fence placed around the tree to guard it from boy ravagers. This morning the fence was discovered hanging in the tree and the fruit all gone.
The smoke of last night was something unparalleled in this section. The sudden squall in the evening blew the smoke from Michigan’s forest fires, which hitherto had been high in the air, to the earth. Down at the river and object could not be seen thirty feet and the smoke was very disagreeable to all outside.
Loud screams proceeding from Franklin St. were heard by Sheriff Keppel about 8 o’clock last night. Investigation proved that a lady had been grabbed by some unknown man in a dark place on Franklin St. Her screams frightened the fellow and he started to run away, The sheriff caught sight of the man and put after him but fell down an embankment in the City Park, and the chase had to be abandoned. The marshal was notified and with a deputies a search about the city was made but the man was not captured. He was described as wearing a light pair of pants, but no other definite description is known of him.
Geo. St. Clair was entered in the free for all trot at Holly yesterday. The race was finished today. The contestants were Benson H. Nater C. Wilkes, Chief, Nigger Boy, Anna M., Gertie B and Geo. St. Clair, Benson H. and Gertie Beach won two heats and Geo St. Clair was 5th, 4th, 4th and 2nd respectively. Best time 2:22¼.
[Spring Lake Correspondent]
Geo. Hammond, Sr. has fished out of the river this week about 50 genuine pearls and Will Hammond about the same number. Experts pronounce them genuine pearls. Several of these are the blue pearls, and valued at about $7 each.
Will Hammond went to Grand Rapids last Wednesday to consult with jewelers there in regard the genuineness of pearls caught here in Grand river. They pronounced the specimens taken genuine pearls.
Spring Lake is gaining in reputation every day. With our beautiful lake, one of the finest inland lakes in the world, with its nice boating and splendid fishing, and opening into the Great Lakes; and with its safe and commodious harbor and our fresh and invigorating air, is a regular paradise for resorters. With its convenient access to the great cities of the west, which will make Spring Lake the Saratoga of the West and our luscious fruit consisting of peaches, apples, pears, plums, black and red raspberries, huckleberries, and some thirty varieties of grapes, and finally with one pearl fishery industry which is but in its infancy as yet but which promises to take on great importance, Spring Lake’s future is bright and cheerful.
Geo. And Charlie Hammond, Jr. brought in another catch of pearls Thursday.
Prof. Curtis will give balloon ascensions each day at the Berlin fair.
W. I. Lillie’s new residence corner Franklin and Second Sts. is about completed and ready for occupancy.
Chris Loch has one of the finest celery farms in this city on Griffin St. He has 30,000 plants set out of a second planting.
C. C. Nichols has sold the steamer Antelope to H. G. Stone of Grand Rapids. The Antelope plied on Mona Lake this summer.
The new court house was visited by hundreds of people taking their Sunday walk, and the new county building, even in its present condition, is much admired. The arches on the Franklin and Washington St. fronts loom up grandly.
For beautiful shaded streets Grand Haven has no superior in Michigan as the many strangers attest who pass through here. Franklin and Columbus streets are especially beautiful in this way, in many places the limbs of trees on one side of the road touching those on the other.
The first issue of the Zeeland Expositor, published by H. Potts, and edited by C. VanLoo will be out this week. Mr. Potts has set up an office in that enterprising town and is already assured a brilliant future, for the latest addition to Ottawa’s newspaper field. The paper will be printed in English and Dutch.
Dr. A. Rysdorp foots it home now, his pneumatic wheel blowing up the other day and now in the repair shop.
Ed. Bryce, James Danhof and Geo. D. Turner were tied for first prize and the championship of the city in last weeks shoot at the Rifle Range.
The presses and material of the old Grand Haven Herald office are being moved into A. S. Kedzie’s barn for storage.
The Young Men’s Band of Christian Workers instituted the plan of visiting the county jail each Sunday afternoon and talking with the prisoners. The three male prisoners listened attentively yesterday and were pleased with the change from the daily monotony.
Capt. John Walker, of the tug Mosher, came up from Manitowoc with his tug Sunday morning, and says he never saw it so smoky on the lakes before. Land was not sighted from the time he left Manitowoc until he reached the canal.―Sturgeon Bay Democrat.
Rev. James Watton of St. John’s Episcopal church will preach his farewell sermon next Sunday. Rev. Watton is preparing to leave for his new home in Janesville, Wis., and preach there the first Sunday in October.
The members of the Grand Haven ball club are still talking of the measly trick played on them by the Holland club, by not coming to this city to play a return game after the same had been advertised. It would not be safe for a member of the Holland club to visit Grand Haven just now as the local base ball players would get revenge or get whipped trying.
On account of the thick smoke from the forest fires the steamer City of Holland went on the middle ground in the bay at Holland Friday night. Saturday she was lightered of a considerable quantity of ballast and freight, and the tug Lizzie Walsh and the steamer Saugatuck tried to pull her off, but failed, although the Saugatuck broke three hawsers in the work. A channel is now being dredged to her.
Trotting matinees are held at the trotting park each Saturday afternoon and the local horsemen test the speed of their animals. Grand Haven is not the horse town it once was but there are a few good horses here. D. Cuttler Jr’s Priscilla, Dr. McNett’s Crepe McNett, Dr. Reynold’s Arthur R, Marshal Klaver’s colt and a number of others are making good times, considering the poor condition of the track.
It will come as a surprise to many to learn that Mr. D. Wright, the enterprising proprietor of Wright’s confectionary establishment, will in a few weeks move to Bay City. Mr. Wright and his brother have a large candy establishment in that city and are about to increase their facilities there. If possible, Mr. Wright will have some competent person manage the Grand Haven branch. If not the store will be closed this winter, the material left as is, and opened again next spring. The business here has been of the best and Mr. Wright regrets moving. He desires all who have outstanding bills against the Confectionary to present them and they will be settled.
The West Michigan Fair is now on at Grand Rapids.
H. W. Johnston is waiting for the material to arrive so as to place the heating apparatus in Ottawa County jail.
A carver is at work putting very beautiful carved work on the columns of the sides of the center arches at the Court House.
The schooner Hattie Earl which was wrecked at Michigan City Friday, at one time carried lumber from this port.
The steamer Grand Island is still at Grand Rapids and it is not known whether the boat will go to the Gulf of Mexico this fall after all.
A visitor here from the state of Massachusetts thinks the Ottawa County court house, for a building of such size and material, is being put up very cheaply as compared with like structures in the east.
James Danhof is now the champion rifle shot of Grand Haven. He won the distinction and another rifle at the rifle range last night in the shoot off. Mr. Danhof has proved by his shooting to be one of the best marksman here abouts.
That a magnificent court house is being built in Grand Haven cannot be gain said. Each day as the work progresses this is made a fact and by next spring it will be “a thing of beauty and joy forever.” Our people should examine the structure, if they have not done so, and it can be safely said they will not be disappointed in the new building.
Several cottages at the Park are still occupied.
Notwithstanding the comparatively dull times there is still much building going on in the city.
Last night’s Muskegon Chronicle gave a sketch of Rev. J. H. Bennett’s life and his work in the ministry. The chronicle speaks favorably of the reverend gentleman.
The Columbian postage stamps will soon be a thing of the past, and a few saved now will prove relics in days to come. The post office department is now issuing the old style only.
The Ottawa county court house building committee yesterday approved paying Contractor A. J. Ward $4300. This makes $20,000 that has been paid the contractor, and pays for the building finished to the roof.
The meanest man in Michigan is said to live in Grand Haven. Said mean man was detected yesterday in stealing a pair of dirty socks from a marine man in this city, preparatory to leaving the town.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mastenbroek, living in the Odd Fellows block, who have been spending a week visiting friends in Eastmanville, on the Grand River, have returned home. While there Mr. Mastenbroek saw considerable fishing for pearls, for which Grand River has already become famous. He says there are lots of people fishing out clams every day. Mr. Mastenbroek spent one afternoon fishing and secured a market basket full of the clams out of which he got five pearls, one the size of a pea and which one of the jewelers here valued at $10. The other four are rather small but very pretty.―Muskegon News.
Honored and Useful Old Age.
Much as they needed rain many friends of Miss Mary White felt a tinge of regret that yesterday was a rainy day. They had hoped to pay their respects to her quietly and individually on her 80th birthday and the rain, timely though it was, interfered. But in the evening their desires were gratified, and her Sunday School class and many other friends called to congratulate her on the blessing of a kind Providence which had spared her, and continued her usefulness to the church and the world up to four score.
Miss White left her native New England home in 1835, to take up her residence in Grand Haven in the family of Rev. Wm. M. Ferry, who with her sister, Mrs. Ferry and four children, had removed the year previous from Mackinaw, the first settlers in Ottawa County. She came to be useful to Mrs. Ferry and their children and assist in laying the social, educational and religious foundations of society for coming generations. She arrived here on the 10th of June, 1835, and soon after commenced a Sabbath and a day school. Her pupils consisted of a few children, many adults, and weather and winter bound sailors. She continued this labor for nearly twenty years. After spending a few years in teaching in Stubenville, Ohio, and Rockford, Ill., she returned to Grand Haven, where she has ever since resided, beloved and respected by the whole community. Her interest in spiritual welfare of the word ,and especially of the young having kept her all these years in the Sunday School and Bible class.
The following poem was read in the course of the evening:
This is the last day of summer.
If the weather permits the first of the pier cribs will be sunk tomorrow.
Coopersville Fair literature is being scattered about town.
A large number from here are attending the West Michigan Fair at Grand Rapids.
The glass factory has shut down for a few days, giving the men an opportunity to visit the fair.
The former river steamer Valley City on its journey to Toledo, sheltered from the southwester at East Tawas, Monday.
A valuable dog belonging to Chas. Turner was killed by being struck by a C. & W. M. passenger engine near the C. & W. M. depot yesterday.
A well known attorney was thrown down stairs bodily this morning by a lady and in such a forcible manner that he will remember it for some time.
Willy Wallace is a great chicken fancier and is just now crowing over the good rooster trade he made with a well known captain of this city.
Phil Rosbach Jr. has a copy of the Muskegon Chronicle of the year 1873 giving a graphic description of the loss of the steamer Ironsides at this port and giving the names of the crew of the ill-fated steamer.
a. Mastenbroek is circulating a petition to gravel the so-called River road from the city limits through Peach Plains to Robinson. The movement should be encouraged by every resident along the line of the road.
James J. Danhof despite his handicap is ahead so far this week in the shoot for the prize at the Rifle Range. Mr. Danhof made a score of 25 but the handicap brought it down to 24. As it is James will make the boys hustle to defeat him as his performances stamps him as a reliable shot.
The marsh land islands in the river opposite Beech Tree mill are being utilized for the growing of celery, potatoes and garden truck. Chris [ ..ager], E. L. Blakely, Wm. Lievenese, Martin Kieft and the Roossiens have good land there. Cabbage and potatoes seem to grow prolifically in this land, and celery is being shipped from the islands. In a few years undoubtedly these islands will be cultivated and rank among the best land in this vicinity for certain purposes.
The other day while Miner Emlaw was removing shingles from the roof of his house in the Fourth ward he happened to look at a stamp on them and found they were made at the Andres mill about 27 years ago. This recalls to mind a tragedy in connection with the mill. It was owned by Earnest Andres and located on Pottawatomie Bayou. A number of the men were accustomed to sleep in the mill upstairs. In some unaccountable manner the mill caught fire one night while the men were in their slumbers. One of them awakened and leaped from the window suffering terrible injuries, but saving his life. His three companions were burned where they lay and probably never awakened, being rendered unconscious by the smoke. The mill was built over the water and the bodies were found the next morning burned to a crisp and floating with the wreckage on the water. An old resident says it was a horrible sight. The legs and arms of the victims were burned off the bodies and the forms were unrecognizable. Hundreds of people took the ferry boats from here to view the sight. One of the men that burned to death was a Mr. Westerhoff living in Grand Haven.
For sale―Lumber, shingles, lath, flooring, siding, brick, salt, sidewalk planks and timbers 6x6, etc. Inquire of Fred Behm, Madison St., near shipyard. sept7-oct7
Death of a Pioneer.
Joel B. Lillie, father of Attorney Walter I. Lillie of this city died yesterday morning at his home in Coopersville. Mr. Lillie was about 70 years of age. He came to this county from St. Lawrence, Co., N. Y. 40 years ago when he moved to Coopersville. Mr. Lillie has not been in the best of health for two years back.
The deceased leaves a wife and the following children: Mrs. Park of this county, W. I. Lillie of Grand Haven, Colon C. Lillie, ex County Schools Commissioner, and Miss Annie Lillie and Mrs. Baxter of California.
The funeral will occur at Coopersville tomorrow, but the body will be interred at Berlin where his first wife is buried.
An attempt was made last night to burn the East End Shoe Store on Washington St., just across from the C. & W. M. track.
At about half past ten, Mrs. Burch who lives above the Bee Hive grocery adjoining the shoe store, noticed from her window the suspicious actions of a man. She heard a noise, as of the crumpling up of paper and shortly after saw a blaze proceed form where the man had been. She called out and this frightened the man away. The family of Henry Fisher, who live in adjoining rooms heard her calls and very soon after an alarm was sounded. The fire was put out without damage to anything.
It was a clear case of incendiarism. The man, who ever he was, had crawled into the space between the Bee Hive grocery and the shoe store, removed a brick from the foundation under the shoe store, stuffed in some paper and liberally sprinkled the refuse with kerosene. The match was then applied.
No better place could be found to start a fire and if it had been a few hours later there would have undoubtedly been a conflagration.
Cornelius Baker was coming towards Washington street down the railroad track at a bout the time the fire was discovered and met a man running as if pursued, going south on the track. He could not see who the man was, but was probably the fire bug.
The barge Hinton arrived today with material for pier work.
The sun crossed the line today and Autumn has commenced.
The boiler for the Corn Planter factory has been placed on its foundation.
Geo. Hancock shipped 600 cases of tomatoes yesterday, three dozen cans to the case.
Miss Frances Farr, daughter of Geo. A. Farr, sprained her ankle by falling from a horse which she had been riding Tuesday evening.
After the rain the celery land of H. Lummerts seemed literally covered with toads, big and little. They were perched every where as though they had been rained down from the clouds.
Many have no doubt noticed that Joseph Godhardt, “the rag man,” is not making his rounds as frequently about the city as he used to. A visit to his shop this morning explained this. The present stringency of the money market has brought the rag market to the lowest it has ever been. In fact there is no market at all to speak of and in consequence, Mr. Godhardt is compelled to buy rags at the lowest possible figure. Hence Mr. Godhardt does not like to go around town except when asked by people, as many times they think he is imposing on them and beating them down. Instead he is doing the best he can do, consistent with his own interests. In Mr. Godhardt’s shop at present many thousand pounds of rags are stowed away, and also a large quantity of old iron. Nevertheless he will remain in the business and can be found at his store on Fulton street near Second, in case you have rags, iron or copper to dispose of.
Abram Mastenbroek is agitating building a road from the city limits to Robinson through Peach Plains. Mr. Mastenbroek says a good road can be put down for $1500. It is to be hoped his efforts will prove successful and a fine suburban road built.
The Business Men’s Hunting Club consisting of Peter Ball, John Kooiman, G. A. Bottje, Bert Stuveling and John Cook, leave on a duck hunting expedition Monday. C. VanderMeulen goes along as cook. Two tents will be pitched between Pottawatomie and Mill House Bayou.
EDITOR TRIBUNE―Isn’t it queer that everybody in this city knows who the firebugs are and there are no arrests or convictions? There must be a loose screw somewhere. NAMGILES.
The following exaggerated item appeared in the G. R. Herald.―Grand Haven, Mich., Sept. 20.―Fire bugs seem determined to accomplish the destruction of a block of buildings on the corner of Washington avenue and Seventh street in this city. Last night for the fifth time this year, the block was set on fire, but the flames were extinguished before doing much damage. The incendiaries are said to be two well-known Grand Haven citizens, but so far no positive evidence has been obtainable against them.
I will pay the above reward for the arrest and conviction of the thief or thieves who broke into my store and stole cigars, mostly ten cent goods, from my place of business on Washington street in this city, some time since.
Grand Haven, Mich., Sept. 21, ’93,
It will be one month tomorrow that the Valley City left here for Toledo. She is not there yet and if fall storms continue will have to pick her way carefully, as the slightest sea would swamp her.
Whiskey Did It.
The dead body of Paul VanderVoort was found lying on the floor in the rear room of Moulson’s barber shop in Spring Lake this morning. The dead man was well known in this vicinity and had worked as a barber around Spring Lake for a number of years. He was a hard drinker and it was only a few weeks ago that he served a term in jail for drunkenness.
VanderVoort got on a drunk yesterday afternoon and last night lay down on the floor never to rise. He went into a drunken stupor and was left in that condition when the proprietor locked up his shop last night. This morning he was found in the same place dead.
Coroner Stuveling was notified and impaneled a jury. The verdict rendered was death caused by alcoholic apoplexy.
The remains were buried at 11’oclock this forenoon.
VanderVoort’s wife died a year ago but he is said to have children. It was not learned where they reside.
A big elevator shaft has been erected on the west side of the Court House.
More fruit is arriving from Chicago than any other year.
Lightning struck the big hill across the river last night.
The electric storm was very severe for several hours.
3,896 baskets of peaches were shipped across on the steamer Milwaukee last night.
W. F. Harbeck leads at the rifle range thus far this week, with a score of 25.
The restaurant building of E. L. Van Wormer is being raised and other improvements made.
The schooner Savidge collided with a wreck on Lake Erie, and was badly damaged.
A drunken sailor who was arrested this morning claimed to have been born in the Dutch settlements in Africa.
Some bricks that were being hoisted up the big elevator shaft at the court house fell down the other morning narrowly escaping the workmen beneath.
In a race between the whaleback Columbus and the Goodrich steamer Virginia yesterday the Columbus won. The race was from Chicago to Milwaukee.
M. Kamhout’s dog “Jake” and Chas. Hass’ “Jumbo” engaged in a fight on Second St. this morning. In an effort to part the dogs Ed. Kraai had his hand frightfully lacerated and bitten.
Hi Potts of Grand Haven will start a combined Dutch and English paper in Zeeland next week. Mr. Potts, who talks like Bill Nye and looks like Jesse Whitcomb Riley, is so versatile in talent that he is just the man to fill the long felt want in two languages.―G. R. Democrat.
A man arriving town this morning with his wife on the steamer Wisconsin who claimed that just before taking the boat from Milwaukee last night, he was jumped upon and robbed of all the money he had with him. The man has a remarkable history. He is of English birth but long residence in Africa and India has made him resemble a southerner. His name is J. C. Fred and he is a Campbelite minister, returning from Deadwood and the Black Hills where he has been engaged in missionary work. Bereft of every cent he is unable to go further on his journey to Canada. In the tussle with the thieves his shoulder was badly injured and when he arrived this morning on the boat, presented anything but a ministerial appearance. He is endeavoring to give a lecture here about his personal recollection of Khartoum and the death of Gen. Gorden, being there at the time.
A sailboat with six occupants, most of them glass factory employees, capsized in the river near Kirby’s ship yard yesterday afternoon. Fortunately no one was drowned though a few of the men had narrow escapes. The party was rescued by Wm. Estes who came tot their assistance and took them from the sailboat in which they were clinging. The place where the boat turned over was near the spot where the Black Hawk capsized a year ago last spring, whereby young Tyler was drowned. The boat was also the same one, though since renamed. It is a very dangerous spot, puffs of wind having full swing on sail boats.
On Chicago day at the World’s Fair the fireworks alone are to cost $10,000, a place 250 feet long to represent the burning of Chicago.
Geo. Aiken has the once famous old Peach Plains race track in cultivation.
The barge Hinton gets the stone for the Grand Haven piers from Sturgeon Bay.
Jacob Dyekman shot 30 mud hens yesterday. They are being bagged in great numbers now.
The male pupils of the High School engage in a game of hare and hounds each Saturday, through Grand Haven and adjacent country.
Grand Haven small boys are playing Spring Lake small boys a game of ball at the latter town today.
A dog belonging to Mr. Duram was run over this forenoon by a Court House team and its leg broken.
The tug A. J. Wright which burned here last winter is very nearly rebuilt and ready for wrecking operations.
The Grand Haven Fire Department has been invited to participate in a fireman’s tournament at Allegan next week.
The women in several leading cities of the state are organizing for the purpose of getting into line politically in municipal elections.
At the Unitarian church tonight Rev. Fredericks will give a thrilling lecture ion the Wilds of Africa and the natives of the Dark Continent. 10, 15, and 25 cents admission.
James J. Danhof despite is handicap is leading at the Rifle Range again this week. He made the phenomenal score of 27 but the handicap reduced it to 26. Jacob Baar is second with a score of 25 and Edgar Bryce third with 23.
It was somewhat rough on Lake Michigan today.
Overcoats have become almost a necessity today.
Weather like this morning will make the wood pile suffer.
A good time to put your furnace and stoves in shape for the winter.
Our city schools have a very large attendance and their management appears to be in good hands.
More brick came in Saturday from the Spring Lake Brick Yard for the new Court House.
The Hustler show troupe passed through the city this morning for Muskegon.
Only seven families at Highland Park now. Soon Capt. Jack will be all alone in his glory.
The chimney sweep should be employed before you start up for the winter campaign. It may save several fire alarms.
The new change of time on the C. & W. M. R. R. will be quite a convenience for our citizens who want a long day at Grand Rapids.
Scow loads of wood are being brought to the City from up the river and boat loads of pine wood from Muskegon and the north.
The sidewalks of the city have been improved greatly during the year and there is still room for more of the good work.
The electric light on Columbus St., near Akeley Institute is out more than half the time nights and should be looked after.
Will Mulder started out this morning to break the record in killing mud hens and did it in good style, killing 53 inside of three hours.
Capt. Jack Walker has a spy glass used at the Battle of Waterloo by General rover. He purchased it while in England of a demoralized relative. It is quite valuable.
Willard Stickney, the old veteran some time ago suspended from the pension rolls, has been reinstated. This is just as it should be as Mr. S. is justly entitled to be on the list of pensioners..
Ice is beginning to form in Muskegon harbor. Marine men predict that that harbor will be closed this year by an ice blockade before the 1st of November.
Between train robbers and rail road accidents our people now days are having lots of trouble, but so far Grand Havenites appear to have escaped both robbers and accidents.
Dick Sanford takes the premium as a mushroom grower. He brought one to the TRIBUNE office today that would surprise and please all lovers of this delicious fruit. The variety is called Sanford’s Best.
A tramp, weary, tired, and hungry found lodging on the front steps of one of our Washington Street residences on Saturday night and when discovered was swearing so he was heard in the middle of the street.
The new Court House, fast approaching the top of its second story above the substantial stone basement will be a dandy judging by the work so far done and will be a credit to the county building committee and contractor.
The Glass Works after having shut down for three days for the purpose of putting in some new machinery that was greatly needed started up again this morning with an increase of hands. This is one of the best managed plants in the country and the patronage extended to them is daily growing as they turn out nothing but No. 1 goods.
The arrest of the three young boys by Marshal Klaver today for malicious destruction of property leads us to remark that there are many more of the young Americans in this city unless they turn over a new leaf very quick and confine their destruction of property to their own homes, they will find themselves under arrest also.
The Zeeland Expositor No. 1 volume 1 is on our table and we congratulate Messrs. Potts and VanLoo on its bright appearance. We have read the Holland part of this edition with a great deal of pleasure as we find our friend Potts has had his jaw broke and is getting the Dutch off in fine shape.
The travel from Western Mich. For Chicago is simply immense and everybody is bound to get there. We have heard one woman who sold her parlor carpet and stove to get there and one man who pawned his watch, another fellow who said he had tried to pawn his best girl, but had failed so far and was thinking of putting up his diamond pin as he was determined to see the Fair.
About ten o’clock Saturday night a loud and long whistle was heard and it seemed to come form the direction of the lake and about a hundred of our good citizens rushed down to the pier to extend a helping hand to the steamer they thought was in distress. It proved however that the rope on the whistle of the tug Annie laying at the south channel bridge had got caught and after the crowd had dispersed bound for the pier, Frank Dennis went down and cut the rope and the crowd good naturally returned to their homes.
Our fishermen do not report as large amount of fish caught as usual this season.
The genial popular Supt. Stalling of the Glass Works, is now days petting one of old Job’s comforters.
The recent rains will keep out the feed business so that our good citizens will not be compelled to pay over 50cts a pound for butter this winter.
The sounds of the hunter’s guns are heard in the land in a lively manner now days, but our markets do not appear to be overstocked with game as a result of their labors.
There has been more celery shipped from Grand Haven this year than in any one year since the business was started, and the quality is pronounced by experts the finest in the market.
The new boiler for the Challenge Corn Planter Co., has been placed in position and soon this wide awake concern with its increased power will be turning out its celebrated goods in a lively manner.
Marshal Klaver arrested Robert Graves, Jessie Bugg and Wesley Hiler and took them before Justice Angel today. They are charged with malicious destruction of property of Mrs. Norman Allen on Sixth street.
Frank Raymond, who had the misfortune to get aboard too much fire water was brought before Judge Pagelson by Marshal Klaver this morning, and was politely informed by his honor that he could visit the cooler for five days.
Died, Saturday night after a lingering illness, Rolena, daughter of Rev. K. Kuiper of the First Christian Reformed church, aged thirteen years and three months. The funeral will take place from the church at two o’clock tomorrow afternoon. The family have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.
Lots of hay on the market today.
Restaurateur VanWormer has placed a fine new sign in front of his place of business on Washington St.
James and Tony VanderZalm and Walter VanBemelin left for a hunting excursion up the river this morning.
The duck hunters make the early morning hours hideous to the residents along the river bank by their incessant shooting.
The new pier crib is still lying at the dock near the Electric Light Plant and it may be necessary to dredge at the pier before it can be sunk.
The Rifle Range has closed after a month of good business. Jas. J. Danhof carried off the majority of prizes winning two rifles, a revolver and the title of Champion of Grand Haven.
Henry VanderVeere who had the misfortune to severely hurt his left eye some weeks ago, had the organ removed yesterday at Muskegon. The operation was performed in Dr. cook’s office by Dr. Cook and Vander Veen. Mr. VanderVeere has the sympathy of his friends in his terrible misfortune.
The schooner Cynthia Gordon, the barge Philetus Sawyer with a cargo of stone for the pier, the barge Hinton with the new pier crib in tow, the tug Jessie Spalding with two scows of stone and the schooner Lawson, comprised the fleet at the pier this morning.
In the Woman’s Building at the World’s Fair is a map made of bits of silk sent by the governors of the different states to Mrs. Kate D. Barron Buck. Grand Haven occupies a conspicuous spot on the map with Detroit and Grand Rapids and Saginaw, but Muskegon is not in it.
The sugar famine is increasing instead of growing better.
The Goodrich steamers are well patronized by World’s Fair visitors and will likely be so until the Exposition closes.
If one doubts that Grand Haven has a school population of 2,000 let that person watch the horde of children that pour from the Central School each noon.
The big three mast schooner Iver Lawson of Chicago is in port for a new centre board.
The two and half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Nackin of Monroe St., died of bronchitis this morning.
The Valley City.
The sternwheeler Valley City which has been several weeks out from Grand Haven, passed down last evening and will reach her destination (Toledo) if she keeps on. She might be very useful on the Ohio River, but is quite out of place on these waters.―Detroit Free Press.
The flat-bottomed, side-wheeler steamer Valley City, which formerly ran on the Grand River passed down the river yesterday on her way to Toledo, where she will go into commission on the Maumee River. She was regarded as a great curiosity, and was the first side-wheeler many old lake steamboat men ever saw.―Detroit Tribune.
The above from this morning’s papers. The Tribune man is probably cross-eyed or can’t see as he is decidedly off when he ventures to call her a side-wheeler.
A large new lot of lamp globes have arrived for the Electric Light Plant.
From 50,000 to 60,000 baskets of peaches are shipped every night from Saugatuck for Chicago or Milwaukee.
The sand hills about the city are being depleted of a great deal of their sand this summer to be used in filling lots.
Business has picked up sufficiently to warrant the schooner Robert Howlett going out and she will leave port tonight.
A stroll down any street in Grand Haven will show improvements being made everywhere, much to the good looks of the town.
Coopersville has such attractions for four young men of this city that a trip is made to that rural town every Sunday night.
The St. Louis Republic says business is improving every day. The currency scare of the summer subsided as the fall season opened. Over 30 factories in St. Louis alone have resumed work and 12,000 hands are again receiving wages.
The first hard frost of the fall was that of last night.
A family named Ott have moved here from Chicago.
New arrivals in the city find houses to rent very scarce in Grand Haven.
The dredge is at work today at the pier, preparatory to sinking the new crib.
Many of the old Postal Telegraph poles about the city are being taken down.
A hound owned by Mr. G. Veenstra met with death yesterday afternoon while attempting to cross the C. & W. M. track in front of the 2 o’clock passenger train.
Mr. John Stark who years ago presided over the throttle of the steamer Detroit, one of the famous black line that plied between here and Milwaukee is temporarily attending to the chief engineer’s duties on the City of Milwaukee.
We have in our office a curiosity, a specimen from a hill of potatoes growing in Mr. Dick Sanford’s yard, the potatoes growing on the stem above the earth. The potatoes are a deep brown in color but their shape resembles an ordinary grown potato. It is quite a freak and something that would not passed unnoticed even at the world’s fair.
Now that the new globes have arrived no more trouble need be expected from electric lights.
In a few weeks geese will begin flying from their summer home in the Lake Superior country to the winter home in the south land. Very few of the birds are killed here as they seldom land at the marshes in their peregrinations and are generally flying too high to be reached by shot. Their course is generally over the lake and high in the air.
Congressman Richardson will now turn his attention to the Grand Haven public building bill and the appropriation for the Grand Haven and Holland harbors. Especially active will be in the matter of the improvement of the Grand river, and to this end he follows the views and suggestions from the improvement committee. He will take no steps to formulate the bill until he shall have the opportunity of conferring with the members of the committees and others interested, in Grand Rapids.―G. R. Press.
Mrs. A. M. VanWormer left today for Saranac and form there goes to Portland, her new home.
Six years ago yesterday the present marriage license law took effect.
The Sturgeon Bay tug Jesse Spalding towed the schooner David Mary up to Spring Lake this morning.
The schooner David Mary arrived this morning with a cargo of lumber from Spanish River, Ontario.
After Saturday the 30th inst., the Grand Haven post office will discontinue sending mail by the Milwaukee boats.
Geo. W. Felger reports rain during the week to have greatly improved the pastures. Ground is in excellent condition for plowing.
Three towns in Ottawa County, Berlin, Coopersville and Holland have annual fairs. What other county can beat this?
Montague boasts of as fine a life saving crew as there is on the lakes under the Captaincy of Capt. Lysaght, a brother of the keeper of the Grand Haven station.
Akeley College is daily adding to her list of scholars.
Irish Day, Saturday, will be one of the biggest of the World’s Fair.
All visitors to the city speak in admiration of the new court house.
The new crib has not yet been sunk and the dredge is still at work at the pier.
It is reported that an important business deal will be made in this city soon.
An effort will be made to bring the Grand Haven and Holland Ball Clubs together for a return game in this city.
The Isle of Champaign theatrical troupe to the number of about 30 breakfasted at the Cutler this morning.
Lake shore papers predict a famine of peach baskets if the present demand continues. The factories are running at their fullest capacity.
Mrs. Harriet Ferrin, grandmother of Thos. A. Parish, is celebrating her 94th birthday at St. Thomas, Ontario, today. Her many friends here will be pleased to hear that she is hale and hearty. Mrs. Ferrin resides at Buffalo, N. Y., when the British burned the town in 1812.
The liveliest time that was ever heard of was spent at the Business Men’s Hunting Club yesterday at Millhouse Bayou from early morning until night. Visiting, we came by buggy expecting to call only a few minutes but this was not to be thought of by the Club. At the first glance you could see welcome in their faces, and such a thing as going away was out of the question. At 12:30 sharp we were all seated at the dinner table which made our eyes bulge out as it was something we had never heard of or seen before. The TRIBUNE published the bill of fare yesterday but more could be added. For a first class dinner, call on the B. M. H. C. The afternoon was spent in cracking the glass of Photo Baker. Music by the club, boating, hunting, fishing etc. Music by G. A. Bottje, entertaining the ladies by 3rd St., Cook, Chief of Police P. Ball target shooting, John Kooiman looking for the 40 lb. catfish that was partly caught the day before, last but not least were the old war stories told by J. Justema. Thinking it about time to go home the good old cook VerMeulen placed before us a first class lunch and all were invited to return again the next year.
Three young ladies of this city went to visit the Business Men’s Camping Club yesterday and met with a narrow escape from serious accident. The horse they were driving was skittish and soon went at a gait which frightened the occupants of the carriage. Their screams could be heard for blocks, in fact it rivaled an Indian warrior’s whoop. A young lad in a nearby field heard them and went to their assistance, stopping the horse. One of the young ladies preferred to walk to the Haven and the others reached here after dark.
One of Grand Haven’s most popular young ladies, whose name we must refer to as Sally Jenka, entertained about a dozen of her lady friends at her home on Lafayette St. last Tuesday evening in a most novel and comical manner. The affair was known as a “Crazy Party” and all the guests were expected to appear masked in the craziest costumes they could devise. No one of the number knew who the other invited ones were and it was necessary to know the password to gain entrance to the house. The refreshments consisted of raw carrots, crackers, water and chewing gum. The napkins were brown wrapping papers. Those present were Trintrie Blumgolt, Alvira Slimmering, Maria Ann Samantha Wheelbarrow, Liza Doolittle, Mrs. Samantha Allen, Susan Sceependyke, Aesthetic Sunflower, One of the Imps, Lord Fauntleroy, Damon and Pythiss.
Several changes in business places on Washington St., are predicted.
Leaves are beginning to drop and Autumn has arrived.
The whaleback Columbus defeated the Goodrich liner Virginia again yesterday.
Despite the general stringency in the money market the demand for marriage licenses continues as good as ever.
A great deal of reckless shooting is going on at the marshes, especially these foggy mornings. A number of hunters have been struck with spent shot, but no serious accidents have yet been reported. Chas. Christmas and Dick Gronevelt were among the number who had narrow escapes from dangerous wounds.
There arrived in the city this morning on the steamer City of Milwaukee a party of five bicyclists returning to their home in Reading, Penn. from Chicago. The party left Reading on their wheels about the middle of August with the World’s Fair as their destination. They reached Chicago in eleven riding days, traveling along the Michigan―Indiana border. At Chicago the wheelmen spent twelve days visiting the Exposition and riding on the famous boulevards of the Windy City. Their impression of the World’s Fair could be expressed in the word “immense” and Chicago they thought to be the greatest city on the continent. From Chicago they rode to Milwaukee and took the boat to Grand Haven last night. The party is composed of Murray Killmer, John Lisman, John Bertolette, George Wittien, and Geo. Eckart, members of the Penn. Wheelmen of Reading. They left this city as early as possible for Grand Rapids, taking the road through Spring Lake. Their route lies from Port Huron through Canada to Niagara Falls and thence home. The entire trip covers a distance of 1900 miles.
One of the largest transfers ever recorded in Ottawa County was the sale of the Spring Lake House by A. H. Calkins to the Spring Lake Hotel Company for $75,000.
A number of laborers working at the pier today received bad bruises while working on the stones, and one man, a Swede, received a badly jammed hand.
The first of the pier cribs was sunk this morning at the end of the south pier. The crib was towed down early this morning but happened to strike shoal water outside of the regular channel and was hard a ground from 3 until about 8 a. m. She was at last got off and put into position about 10 o’clock. There was a choppy sea at the time and the wind from the southerly but the tug Spalding on one side and the barge Sawyer on the other held her to position. About 100 men were put at work throwing off stones from the barge and scows, under the foremanship of Wm. VandenBerg.
GRAND HAVEN NOT BEHIND.
To Walk to the World’s Fair.
D. Stap, t. Zeldenrust, E. Hicks and W. Schroeder leave tomorrow morning for the world’s fair. They will walk the entire distance and will carry enough provisions with them for the trip to Chicago and back and will sleep wherever night overtakes them. They intend to cover the distance in about 30 hours each way.
Last Friday we had the pleasure of a few hours visit to Grand Haven, and were shown all around that handsome town, its pretty streets and parks, by Christie Addison, who owns some valuable residence property there. Visited the home of J. D. Duursema, who was very ill with malarial fever, though he was slowly recovering. This was specially “hard time” for John, as he is usually so strong and hearty. Besides that he is a fine man and one of that town’s most popular tradesmen, whose celery product is always ‘pon honor. Grand Haven is standing the hard times very well, making improvements right along, among which we noticed a new court house going up, which is to cost $50,000. Anyone desiring a home for summer, “bright and breezy,” would probably find Grand Haven as desirable as any town along the Lake Michigan shore.―Fremont Indicator.
Now for October.
The Pennsylvania bicyclists arrived in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon.
Co. F. gives an exhibition at Coopersville fair next Thursday.
Today is the last day of work for the edging gang at the Bailey dock.
The fish tugs did not go outside today because of the heavy seas.
Geo. St. Clair was entered in the free for all race at Ionia and took second money. Riverside took first money, best time, 2:23¼.
Ottawa county has its strange people for instance Prophet Trowbridge and the Jamestown miser.
If a new draw bridge is placed over Grand River at Grand Rapids, enabling the steamer Valley City to land right in town, that boat might possibly return here.
Congressman Burrows has introduced a bill into congress to pension all veterans who were confined in rebel prisons, and allow them $2 a day for the time they were confined.
The Waverly Stone Co. has already shipped 52 carloads of stone for use on the new court house.
The Business Men’s Hunting Club arrived home last night after a few days camp up the river.
The wife and children of Mr. Peter Temple arrived last night direct from the city of Groningen, Netherlands. Mr. Temple was here some six months before. The family will make their home in this city.
James Winegar, and old miser worth about $10,000 was found lying on the floor of his little hovel in Jamestown, being eaten by the maggots, and unable to move. His flesh was eaten away in several places, but the neighbors express no pity for him, says the Dorr Times.
About a month ago a horse belonging to Len Kammerraad strayed away and Mr. Kammerraad never learned of its whereabouts. The hunting club claim to have seen the animal running wild in the woods about a mile and a half south west of Geo. Aiken’s.
Mr. Chas. W. Ingraham will take charge of my store commonly known as Wright’s Confectionery, during my absence this winter, at Bay City. The same stock of confectionery will be kept heretofore including Lowney’s celebrated chocolates and other fine varieties. In fact all grades of candies from taffy to the choicest bonbons. The goods are now known in Grand Haven and there will be no change except in the personal management. Thanking the people of Grand Haven for their patronage and for their appreciation of my confectionery, and hoping for their continued patronage, I am respectfully, D. WRIGHT.
It will be four years ago early tomorrow morning that what is known as the “big Grand Haven fire” occurred. At one o’clock in the morning of Oct. 1st, 1889, fire was discovered in Mull’s meat market on Washington St. The wind was blowing a terrific gale and soon the Cutler House was burning. Before the flames were stopped seven of the city’s best business and residential blocks were burned and hundreds of people were homeless. The trains during the day of Oct. 1st brought visitors from Grand Rapids, Muskegon and even further to view the ruins. The loss was about half a million. The more important structures that burned were the famous Cutler House, the finest hotel building in Michigan, the First Reformed church, D. Cutler’s residence, N. Slayton’s residence, M. E. church, Unitarian church and about 60 other houses and barns. While the loss was severe, the city has recovered long ago; the Cutler House has been rebuilt, also the First Reformed church, Unitarian church and finer and more commodious residences, with but a few exceptions, have been built in the burned district.
[The great fire of 1889 is described in greater detail in the “Our History” section of the online version of the Tribune in the first issue of this project (May/June, 1891.)
The Grand Haven Fire of 1889 ]
A horse belonging to a Hollander named Lutson living in Peach Plains, dropped down on the corner of Washington and Second Sts. last evening. The animal lay in the street for about an hour with a big crowd standing around. After a time the horse was lifted onto M. Dykhuis’ wagon, still alive and taken to Dan Swartz’ fertilizing plant.