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Grand Haven Tribune Article Compilation


Keyword:  Koeltz

From:  “Grand Haven – Day by Day” project

 By Bob Beaton     March 10, 2009


   Joseph Koeltz says he will put down in front of his place of business a stone flag sidewalk when the first electric car passes up Washington st. Good!



   Jos. Koeltz is having a temporary new walk placed in front of his cigar store, just something to last until the first electric car runs, when he is to put down that stone flagging.



 Will Manufacture Tobacco.

   Jos. Koeltz has decided to branch out somewhat in the tobacco business. The recent law, reducing the tax from 18 cts. to 0 cts. per pound, making it again possible for the small manufacturer to compete with the larger concerns.

   Mr. Koeltz was a manufacturer of cigars and tobacco in New York before moving to this city, and when he came here packed away his tobacco cutter and left it there. Deciding, as before said, to go into tobacco manufacturing here he sent for the machines, which arrived this morning. His start in the new branch of the tobacco business is an experimental one, but will prove successful without the shadow of a doubt. Tobacco manufacturing is a business distinct from that of cigar manufacturing and requires and additional bond of $5,000.



 The Decorations.

   Nearly every place of business in the city is decorated in some way today. Across the principal street corners are stretched strings of evergreens.  At the Kirby House corner a large sign with the word welcome in German is stretched across the street.  A. Juistema has boots and shoes hung over the street by his store, and P. VerDuin has several articles in the grocery line displayed in the same way making a very unique display.

   Wm. Thieleman’s place of business is decorated with flags and evergreens.

   C. Seligman’s cigar store is very neatly decorated with evergreens.

    I. Seifert welcomes his German brothers in a neat sign printed in German besides a large amount of evergreen decorations

.   S. K. Samuels has a decoration of flags and evergreens in front of his store.

   Jos. Koeltz has a neat decoration of evergreens.

   B. C. Mansfield decorated his store with flags and bunting, his show window is one of the best in the city, being a neat display of silverware, etc., arranged in an artistic manner.

   J. W. Kilber has bunting stretched across the front of his building.

   G. VanLopic and son’s are trimmed up with flags.

   N. I. Beaudry has a fine window display of his goods.

   The VandenBosch stores are decorated with flags and bunting.

   Gus Hubert has a rope of evergreens stretched across the street near his “smithy.”

[Excerpt from Grand Haven German Celebration article.]


    Fourteen years ago today Joseph Koeltz came to this city.  The city then was in a rather dilapidated, so to say, condition, but the succeeding seven years saw it prosper in an unprecedented manner, and Mr. Koeltz prospered with the town.  Then came seven years of depression and dull times for the city in comparison with the others.  But these are about over, in fact the past year has seen much improvement and advancement, and Mr. Koeltz is one, who believes in its steady progression from now on.  So do we all.  Mr. Koeltz is celebrating this 14th anniversary by tending strictly to business as usual.



 Turned On.

    Miss Bessie Koeltz, daughter of ex-Ald. Jos. Koeltz, turned on the current at the Grand Haven Electric Light and Power Co.’s building last evening, and the city was lighted with electricity for the first time.   Though only lighted a short time a favorable impression was made, and considering that it was the first attempt and that the machinery was new it may well be counted a success.  The different factories signified their approbation by a long series of whistles, chimed in by the ringing of bells.



   The several Republican ward caucuses last evening were largely attended.   In the following report the chairman and secretary of the caucus, nominees for alderman and constable, delegates to the city and county conventions and the ward committees are given.


Chairman―Joseph Palmer

Secretary―Robt. Redeke.

Alderman―John D. Vos.

Constable―Gerrit Brouwer.

Delegates city convention―Joseph Palmer, Gerrit Brouwer, John Decator, Francis M. Dennis, Martin Kieft, Ferdinand Harbeck, William Sleutel, Harry Oaks, Peter Nederveldt,

Delegates county convention―Ferdinand Harbeck, John D. Vos, Baltus Pellegrom          

Ward Committee― Joseph Palmer, F. M. Dennis, William Sleutel,


Chairman―George W. McBride

Secretary―Capt. F. A. Mansfield.

Alderman―Joseph Koeltz.

Constable―Curtis W. Gray.

Delegates city convention―Geo. W. McBride, John Neil, Chas. N. Dickenson, Joseph Koeltz, O. J. Parker, Louis Bon, F. A. Mansfield.

Delegates county convention―G. W. McBride, F. A. Mansfield.         

Ward Committee―Sherman Dickinson, F. A. Mansfield, H. H. Haines.


Chairman―Geo. A. Farr.

Secretary―Adam S. Kedzie.

Alderman―Cornelius Boss.

Constable―Derk Bottje.

Delegates city convention― Cornelius Boss, Geo. A. Farr, Edward Vander Zalm, Jas. P. Armstead, Jacob Nemire, Cornelius Van Zanten, Geo. D. Turner, George Stickney, Derk Bottje, W. G. Van Slyck, Adam S. Kedzie, E. P. Cummings, Folkert Van Zanten, Adrian Ver Berkamoes, Martin Everts, Chas. E. Soule, Covert Van Zantwick, John Glerum, John Bryce, W. C. Sheldon.

Delegates county convention―Geo. A. Farr, Cornelius Boss, Geo. W. A. Smith, Silas Kilbourne, John Bryce, Geo. D. Turner, A. Ver Berkemoes, A. S. Kedzie.         

Ward Committee―Geo. D. Turner, Cornelius Boss, John Bryce.


Chairman―Cornelius Nyland.

Secretary―John M. Lockie.

Alderman― John M. Lockie.

Constable―Arend J. Klaver.

Delegates city convention―Herman Nyland, John Vaupell, J. M. Lockie, James Franks, John Vos, Arend J. Klaver, Richard Dykema, Henry Bolt.

Delegates county convention―C. Nyland, John Vaupell, Arend J. Klaver.         

City committee―H. G. Nichols, John Nyland.

   The delegates to the city convention from this ward were instructed for Silas Kilbourne for mayor and A. J. Klaver for marshal.



    The Koeltz-Seligman suit for assault was before Justice Reynolds this morning and was amicably settled by the defendant paying the cost.



People’s Party Convention.

    The People’s Party City convention was held in D. C. Wach’s office Saturday evening.  The convention was called to order by Chairman D. C. Wachs and the following ticket was nominated.  Mayor, Thomas W. Kirby; Recorder, Wm. N. Angell; Marshal, Areud J. Klaver; Treasurer, Jacob Vanderveen; Justice of the Peace full term, Chas. T. Pagelson;

Justice of the Peace, three years, Wm. N. Angell; Justice of the Peace, one year, John VanDonges; School Inspector, R. L. Lewis; Supervisor, 1st and 2nd ward, Byron W. Parks; Supervisor, 3rd and 4th wards, Simon Stuveling; Alderman 1st ward, J. K. Lewis; Alderman 2nd ward, Joseph Koeltz; Alderman 3rd ward, Jacob Glerum; Alderman 4th ward, Derk Verwey; Constable 1st ward, Ed Stokes; Const., 2nd ward, Curtis W. Gray; Const., 3rd ward, Peter VanWeelden; Const., 4th ward, Walter Fisher.  The present city committee was reelected for the ensuing year.




It’s Mayor Kirby Now.

   The city election yesterday, the first one under the new election law was probably the quietest and most orderly of any ever held here.  The factories shut down in the afternoon and the streets were crowded with people but the old time excitement, on such occasion is no more.  The result was unusually close in several of the city offices as will be seen in the following figures.  The initials of the political parties of the several candidates are given after each name.




We Will Have One.

   A gathering of citizens, mostly representative business men met at the Opera House last evening pursuant to call.  George D. Sanford called the meeting to order and George W. McBride was elected chairman of the meeting and Alexander Hamilton secretary.  Mr. McBride stated that the meeting was called to make some arrangements for the purpose of observance of Fourth of July in this city.  The chairman favored a celebration worthy of the town and thought steps should be taken at once.  Favored obtaining an orator of national or state repute for the occasion.

   After several of those present had stated their views, a motion was made to elect committees on finance and arrangement.  The motion was carried and the following finance committeemen elected:  Geo. D. Sandford, Jurrien Ball, Joseph Koeltz, G. Juistema, D. A. Lane, F. A. Hutty and Wm. Thielman.

   A committee on arrangement was elected as follows:  H. G. Nichols, F. A. Mansfield, A. J. Emlaw, W. L. R. A. Andres, T. W. Kirby and Jacob Vander Veen.  The committee on arrangements was given power to appoint the different sub-committees such as committee on games, military, etc.

   On motion the meeting adjourned subject to the call of the chairman.



    The case of Holcomb against VanDougen and Jonker is being heard before Justice Pagelson this afternoon.  The suit arose out of work done on Akeley College by Mr. Holcomb and a certain amount, which he claims is due him by the contractors.  James Danhof is attorney for the defendant and W. I. Lillie for the prosecution.  The jury is as follows:  Seth Moss, C. L. Veenstra, Joseph Koeltz, Fred Pfaff, John Brandstettler and James Young.  The prosecution have as a witness a stone cutter from Holland, Mr. Richard Morrell.



“Z” Tribune War Reporter.

Island Lake, Mich., Aug. 18, ’92.

   As usual Co. F arrived in camp last night at supper time and were mustered in by Gem. Lathrop at 5:30 o’clock so dirty and black from the dusty ride that the color of their faces could hardly be distinguished.  The dust of the car was so thick that one could hardly see from one end to the other and some of the boys mistaking it for fog, imagined they were on water and got seasick before reaching Lansing.  At Grand Rapids a stop of two hours was made and the boys were joined by the Coopersville squad of four men.  At Lansing Hospital Stewart Esler and Private Gill boarded the train.  After the boys had reached their company quarters and before they could remove their belts and dress coats, the battalion adjutant ordered acting 1st Sergt. Palmer to have his company ready for dress parade in fifteen minutes and though it has been such a common thing to turn Co. F out in parade the first day without supper that the boys all expect it beforehand, yet Capt. Mansfield objected so strongly this year that the major postponed it and the boys were thus permitted to wash and eat first.  It took but a few minutes for the supper table in the mess tent to assume a very devastated appearance and it would make the head waiter in the Cutler turn green with envy to see how gracefully Frank Koeltz and Fred Hovey sling hash in that department.  The camp is thickly infested with grasshoppers and crickets.  Last night being the first in camp the new men were duly initiated.  Private Zimmerman awoke in the midnight to find himself trotting through camp in his night clothes against his will.  Several of the militia boys had reached through his tent and taking Zimmerman by his heels pulled him out and ran him about five blocks, into the 5th Infantry quarters where he escaped while being blanketed and it was nearly daylight when he got back to his tent.  A guard was posted around 2nd Inf. Last night, but no detail was taken from Co. F as we arrived in camp too late.  Capt. Bennett of Grand Rapids was first officer of the day.

   The following were detailed for guard duty today:  Corp. Wm. Gibbs, Privates Boomsluiter, Clark, Clevenga, Gill and Bryce with Kinkema as supernumerary.  At guard mount Corp. Gibbs was particularly complimented by the adjutant for his fine appearance and the perfection of his drill in the inspection gun manual.

   The usual battalion drill this morning was preceded by a company drill of one hour.  A slight breeze was blowing and there were but few cases of exhaustion from heat.  Our boys are all still in good health and spirits.  The camp has been named Camp Winans in honor of our governor.

   Capt. Stewart of Coldwater is officer of the day today.

   The Y. M. C. A. have again placed a large tent on the grounds and will have it in order this evening so that our boys can spend their off hours there reading, writing, singing, or game playing.  The dry weather seems to have had an effect on some of our officers and Capt. Mansfield pleads guilty of the following atrocity:  Returning from breakfast this morning he stopped at the orderly’s tent and made the following remark:  “Well, Serg’t, we’ll have some rain today, because there was quite a heavy dew this morning, and rain must be due.”  “There, there, that will do,” responded the Serg’t and both disappeared as the bystanders joined in choirs of ughs.



   Alderman Joseph Koeltz, is converting what was once the old armory building into a palatial residence.  The building has been moved to Mr. Koeltz’s property on Second St., and is in the same lot just south of his own residence.  Mr. Koeltz will spare no pains in making it a home to be desired.  It will contain eight commodious rooms, a hall and a bay window looking down Second St., to Washington thus giving a view of the busiest corners in the city.  Handsome folding doors will be placed in the hallway.  The masons are now at work on the brick foundation and the fine cellar, which will be placed under the entire house.  In the rear is a wide drive way.  Moreover the building will be connected with the water works and sewer and everything made as handy as possible.  Already Mr. Koeltz has been besieged with parties desiring it for a home but an occupant has not as yet been selected.



The Glass Factory.

    At 8:30 this morning the whistle of the Glass Factory was heard by the citizens of Grand Haven.  The whistle was pulled by Mr. Joseph Koeltz the original proprietor of the one per cent tax to be levied for the purpose of building the institution, and the one who has stood a large amount of the abuse because the glass works were not in operation.  But by persistent and hard work Messrs. Emlaw, Lillie, Koeltz, McBride and the gentlemen who have had the work in charge, the point they started out to obtain has been gained.  And the thanks of our citizens are due them.

   Engineer Hahl is giving the machinery a thorough test today.  He finds everything working nicely.

   President Vogt is expected here this week.  Mr. Vogt is ahead of the American Glass and Beveling Co., at Louisville.  That company employs over 100 men and is one of the solidest industries in the south.  President Vogt and the other practical glass men will be head of the company here.



 Attempt at Burglary.

   The gang of sneak thieves or burglars who have been operating in this city lately are evidently getting bolder, as well evidenced by two attempts, unsuccessful though they were, to gain admittance to two places of business last night.

   When J. Kooiman’s saloon was opened this morning unmistakable signs of an attempt to gain admittance to the building were found.  The front door of the building had several marks upon it, as if made by a crow bar or some instrument.  It appeared as if an attempt had been made to break the panel of the door and crawl in.  Probably thinking that this place was too prominent to work in, the thieves went around to the back.  Here they were concealed from view on all sides.  They evidently worked with an object to make as little noise as possible as they could easily have got in by breaking a pane of glass.

   Their efforts to get in by the back door was also futile.  The lock in the center was broken but an iron bar on top prevented them from getting further.

  Jos. Koeltz’s cigar store was also operated on by thieves last night and the tobacco confectionary in the second floor entered, but nothing taken.  An effort was made to enter the ground floor by breaking the door with a crow bar, but they were foiled here also.

   Mr. John Pennoyer, who lives in the adjacent room on the second floor, was awakened to see one of the fellows jump over a rear fence.  He says the fellow fell down twice after clearing the fence.  He could not make out the man because of the darkness.

   The would be burglars evidently are novices in this business as an old hand could have got in either place.  Evidently they are local talent and are responsible for other thieveries that have lately taken place.  Though novices they are still workers, and have a way of covering up their tracks that would do credit to a professional.



   It will be just a year ago the coming Thursday that Mill Bessie Koeltz turned on the electric lights of this city for the first time.




   That the city is under control of a ring.

   That the ring that made Mr. Wachs city printer without asking for bids, is now swapping him off for a genuine Sucker.


   That Ald. Koeltz, chairman of the printing committee of the common council, has given the printing of the record and brief in the water works case to a printer without asking for bids, and ignoring the rights of Mr. Wachs as city printer and giving it to one that is under his “influence.” 

   That the citizens do not approve of the injustice to the other printers of the city. 



   As Uno observed him after he found that he had been sidetracked to make way for the Sucker.



Grand Haven, Mich., Dec. 7, 1892.


   I noticed in your paper of yesterday an article entitled “Uno Observes,” in which there is a picture called “Chief Koeltz” and one “Editor Wachs”, as “Uno” observes him after being sidetracked.

  As I happen to know as much, if not more, about the printing of the record in the so-called water works case, than any other person, I deem it my duty to take all the blame, if there has been any injustice done to the city.

   At a meeting of the common council, the council left the whole matter of printing the record to the city attorney, with the understanding that the printing should be done by the person who would do it the cheapest, and this part was also left to the city attorney, for the reason as Alderman Koeltz said, the city attorney could take all the blame.

   Very soon after this meeting of the council, Mr. Wachs and Mr. Hyer came into my office and asked about the printing and I told them and each of them that the party who would do the work the best and the cheapest would get the job, for it was a big job and it was for the city’s interest to have it done as cheaply as possible.  Mr. Hyer, after Mr. Wachs went out, told me what he would do the job for.  I told both Mr. Wachs and Mr. Hyer that I should not let the job until Mr. Farr, who was associated with me, came home.  After Mr. Farr came home, I met Mr. Kedzie in Mr. Farr’s office and he there made another bid for Mr. Hyer.  In a short time I heard that Mr. Wachs was telling around that the job had been let and that he had no chance to bid on it.  This was not true.  I saw Mr. Wachs on the train one morning after that and he asked me if the job had been let and I told him no, and that if he wanted to bid he better do it, for we wanted to get to work on it, and that the party who did it the cheapest would get the job.  He then wanted to know whether we wanted it in long primer or plea and I told him I did not know, but wanted it as other records were printed for the Supreme Court, and that he ought to know in what type they were printed.  He said it would make a difference in the price, in which type they were printed and I told him he could bid for each.  He said he would that evening, but he did not until the next day,—I think, it might have been two days after that—when he came into my office and wanted to know again in which type we wanted it printed, and I told him as before and he then made two bids one for long primer, at $.45 a page, and for plea at $.40 a page.  I told him we could get it done a great deal cheaper than that and then he asked me what the other party would do it for and told him I would not tell him:  that I would be a sneak if I should tell him what the other bid was so that he could just bid below him and get the job; that I would not do it for any man.  This ended the bidding.  No other person put in a bid, and the job was let to Mr. Hyer of the herald, he being the lowest bidder for the job.  His bid will save from two to three hundred dollars to the city, from what it would have been if I had given the job to Mr. Wachs.  Whenever I can do anything to save two or three hundred dollars to the city I am going to do it no matter if Mr. Wachs does get mad.  It cuts no figure in the case, City first and friends next.  I understand that Mr. Wachs said that if he did not get the job of printing he would prevent the case from being appealed, and that he had influence enough in the council to do it.  It may be he has, but I doubt it, for this council are working for the interests of the city and when they can save two or three hundred dollars for the city they always do it.

 Alderman Koeltz had nothing to do with letting the job for printing the record.

Yours Resp.,

City Attorney.




    That the few remarks he made in regard to the printing has called out Walt Lillie in defense of Ald. Koeltz, and that according to Walt’s statements, Uno was wrong in laying the blame to Ald. Koeltz about letting the water works printing job.  Uno stands corrected, but in justice to himself and family, he feels called upon to explain how it all happened.

   That in the first place Uno has a very sympathetic nature—that is a very tender and refined feeling, something far above you ordinary mortals that he is compelled to associate with.  Mr. W. and Uno and Phiuny and Billy were talking about matters in general, when Mr. Wachs brought the printing matter up.  He said Joe Koeltz and him had always been on good terms till this OTHER  Sucker had come to town and that Joe was throwing all his influence to the printing offices and that he had given out the printing to that man that had not been here long enough to gain citizenship, or something like that, Uno cannot just remember the exact words, and of course we all sympathize with Mr. W. and said it was a _________ shame, and of course took a drink in order to brace up at Uno’s expense.  Mr. W. said the other printing offices got more than he did and that he was a much abused man and that Joe was the man that was at the head of this scheme to ruin him, and we all sympathize with him again by taking a drink at his expense—that is, he told the man behind the counter to put it up, Uno didn’t exactly understand it, but we got the drinks.  Mr. W. said he was not given an opportunity to even bid on it.  Which of course, we all said was a _________ shame, etc., etc.  So Uno went investigating, and he called on Hod Nichols at the Courier-Journal office, and asked him if he had been requested to bid on that big law case the city was getting out.  He said he didn’t know anything about it, whereupon Uno made up his mind that Mr. Wach’s story was all right and out of Sympathy for Mr. Wachs and for this reason, only, expressed himself as hereuntobefore mentioned.

   That Uno is not fully satisfied there is no ring, however.



Common Council.

   Common council met at 8 o’clock last evening.  Present, the Mayor, Recorder, City Attorney and Ald. Glerum, Koelz, Thieleman, Lockie, Nyland, Kamhout and Lewis.  Absent Ald. Bryce.

   The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Accounts to the number of 113 were read and on motion of Ald. Kamhout approved.  This is the largest number of accounts that have ever come before the council.

   Ald. Thieleman stated that it was now too late to gravel Madison St. from 2nd to 3rd.

   Ald. Koeltz of the committee of the committee on water works gave a report of the trial test of the new well.  He stated that it had been reduced six feet in 47 minutes pumping four streams.  He stated that the present well could furnish a plentiful supply for domestic purposes as long as the city had a population of less than 10,000.  But he saw the necessity of having more water in case of fire.

   Recorder Angel read a petition signed by the butchers of the city demanding that the farmers who are now peddling meat about the city be required to pay a license.

   The recorder also read a remonstrance to this petition signed by a large number stating that it would be an injury to the laboring men and the poor of the city to tax such peddlers.

   There was some discussion on the matter and the ordinances relative to it looked up.  The ordinance was to the effect that farmers could peddle products grown upon their farms without license.  The petition of the butchers of the city was laid upon the table which in parliamentary law means that it is killed.

   A petition from residents on Wallace St. was read, asking that an electric light be placed on the cross road west of Wallace St.  This petition was laid over until next meeting.

   A proposition from Potts & Conger was also read.  In substance it stated that the Compendium of Ottawa Co. published by them had been appreciated throughout the country and had been placed in the schools and libraries of the county.  The work contained a history of the city and had been gotten up at considerable expense.  They offered to sell 35 copies of the work to the city for $60, to be used in furthering the city’s interest and as an advertisement of the town to outsiders.  This would be a big advertisement during the World’s Fair year.  No action was taken on the proposition.

[This book was published and can be found in the Local History Dept. of the Loutit Library]

   The reports of the city officers were read and on motion of Ald. Kamhout were accepted and ordered placed on file.

   The report of the secretary of the fire department announcing the election of officers and the resignation of several of the officers accepted.

   Mayor Kirby notified the council that he had received communication from the committee on buildings of the board of Supervisors asking that a meeting be called as early as possible to talk over a new court house.  The object of the meeting will be explained by the committee.  The council decided upon holding the meeting in the City Hall next Thursday.

   Mayor Kirby said that he had received a proposition to put a gong into the city hall.  The gong would be connected with the telephone and is for the purpose of waking up the firemen in case of a fire at night.  The mayor said that the young man of whom he had received the proposal to put it in and keep it in repair for $25 a year.

   Ald. Lockie moved that it be put in.

   Ald. Nyland thought it too expensive and did not see the necessity of having it.

   It was ordered laid over to the next meeting to look up.

   The recorded stated that the sheriff had served notice to him that the state was going to take a piece of the land owned up river by the city for non payment of taxes.  The land referred to was bought by the city for a gravel bed and is located at Robinson near Ingraham’s farm.  The taxes amounted to $3, more or less.  It is claimed that there was no good gravel in the bed and no action was taken.

   Ald Glerum said he had been approached by people wanting to buy or rent the old water works building, and on motion it was decided to turn that building over to the committee of buildings to sell it to the highest bidder.

  Ald. Locke said that there were two or three good sidewalks on Fulton Ave. all the way from Mrs. Welche’s east.  He thought something should be done and notices given to the residents of the street that walks be built.  Ald. Koeltz said that the ordinance was too loose in that matter and that there were sidewalks all over the city in a sad state of repairs.

   Ald. Thieleman said that people would only laugh when sidewalk notices were served on them and the walks remain unrepaired.

   There was some talk of making a test case against Mrs. Geo. D. Sanford who has been given 20 days notice and has not yet built a sidewalk at her property on Columbus and 5th streets.  Nevertheless no action was taken.

   On motion of Ald. Glerum council adjourned three weeks.

   Just before the adjournment of council Editor Wachs and City Attorney Walter Lillie had a lively discussion regarding the printing of the brief in the water works case and was on the records.  Mr. Lillie said the council at their previous regular meeting had given them him full charge in the case.  He stated that at the time he said that there were three publishers in this city and that the one who could do the work the cheapest could have the job.  In substance Mr. Lillie answered the same as in the letter published by him in the TRIBUNE last week.

   Mr. Wachs said that at the time of the bid he was under the impression that the work had to be done so as to be ready by December or January term, but stated the time had been extended to Mr. Hyler to March and of course his bid was lower than his (Mr. Wach’s)

   Mr. Lillie promptly replied that both gentlemen had bid under the same conditions and said that Wachs had been “belly-aching around” for the past two weeks.  The argument became heated, the gavel was sounded, and the lawyer and editor shut off.



Common Council.

   The city council met in special session last evening and decided to issue fourteen bonds of $500 each and eight bonds of $1,000 each in accordance with the proposition voted on last Saturday.

   The City Attorney reported that the case in the Supreme Court brought by the Wiley Co. against the city had been withdrawn by the former this week, on the ground that a case had been brought by Grand Haven against the Wiley Co. later, and which would be tried before the State Court this coming Spring.  This disposes of the first Grand Haven Water Works case.  It was brought up as an injunction to prevent the city from extending its own main.  The battle now lies in the case that will be brought up in the Michigan court in March brought by this city against the Wiley Co.

   Ald. Koeltz asked the question as to what was the present debt of the city, for the information of the other council men.  Mr. Koeltz knew, but asked the question that it might be made public.  The City recorder stated that the city’s debt amounted to $38,000.



The City’s Water Works.

   Ald. Koeltz of the Second ward sprang something of a sensation upon the council at its meeting last evening.  He stated that the city was in dire need of a better water supply.  There have been several fires since the new pumping station has been in operation and every time connections had to be made with the river.  The result is that the people are getting the same muggy and dirty water that this council has worked so hard to prevent.  Mr. Koeltz frankly admitted that after and expenditure of $30,000 on the well and new pump house, that the city had no better water supply than at first.

   He said ”this present council will be in existence only about two months longer and shall leave the people in the same rut from which we tried to pull them out.  Of course nothing can be done now, but we should take steps to investigate the matter and make the necessary improvements at the first breaking of winter.”

   Supt. Palmer stated that the engineer at the new station had one draw back to contend with, in that, in case of fires occurring at night he could not tell how the water stood in the well because the gauge had not yet been put in.  For this reason probably, the river has been resorted to, at even the smaller fires because the engineer could not leave his pumps and go to the well to investigate.   Mr. Palmer stated that the gauge would be put in as soon as possible.”

   Ald. Koeltz further reminded the council that something should be done before the present council ceases to exist.

   At Mayor Kirby’s instance the council will meet privately in a short time to consider what is to be done in the matter.



  Ald. Joseph Koeltz is prominently mentioned by his friends for the Mayorality.



"Who We Want.”

   A little less than four weeks more and the annual election of officers of our city will be held, and it seems to me that it is high time that our citizens awaken themselves by a more general agitation of the question.  “Who shall we place at the tiller of our municipal government?”

   Agitation is the life of good government.  Nothing so destroys the strength of the secret, stealthy politician as agitation.  The politician always avoids it.  His machinations are always operated on the buttonhole and “saloon sinking fund” systems, and, if the great body of our intelligent citizens sit idly by and leave the selection of party candidates to ward politicians, good government soon gives way to corruption and boodling.  The present year is to fill an important place in the history of Grand Haven.  Our city being one of the “main entrances” to the city of the World’s Fair, a year of general activity, growth and prosperity is anticipated by our citizens and it behooves us to see that the government of our city is in the hands of the right kind of men; for good government is an essential factor to the growth of a city.  Capitalists and manufacturers will not invest or locate in places where thirty or forty thousands of dollars is spent in experimenting, to ascertain the capacity of a well.  Our municipal government must be placed in the hands of men who have good business ability and reasoning powers.  Plenty of such men can be found and it is the duty of every citizen interested in the welfare of Grand Haven to see that only such men are nominated this spring.  Politics and factional quarrels should be put aside.  The great question involved is the securing of an administration of this city’s affairs which in it’s intelligence, strength and economy shall best sub serve the ends of good government.  For this office of mayor several names have already been mentioned as good candidates by the Tribune.  Among them are W. C. Sheldon, A. J. Emlaw, Jos. Koeltz, Sherman Boyce and L. Scofiled, but as all of these are or have been more or less connected with the so-called Cutler and Kirby factions, it seems to me that other men could be found just as fitting and without factional prejudices.

   Before naming the man who I would like to see as the candidate of the people, I desire to say that he does not seek office nor does he know that I am to mention his name in connection with the nomination, nor is he a candidate now, but it may be assumed that a sense of duty would compel his acceptance of a nomination tendered by representative popular sentiment.  The name of the man I mean is Jas. P. Armstead.

   The writer does not know his (Mr. Armstead’s) politics nor does he care, but I believe that all the intelligent citizens of this city will unite with me in the choice of Jas. P. Armstead as the candidate of the people.



   Alderman Koeltz has received a card from Representative Norrington announcing the passage in both houses of the Grand Haven court house bill.



   The city officers now are:  Mayor, Henry Bloecker; Recorder, Wm. N. Angel; Aldermen, James Lewis, Ed. Stokes, Joseph Koeltz, Wm. Thieleman, J. Glerum, James Verhoeks, John N. Lockie, Herman Nyland.  It now devolves upon the new council to elect a city attorney, in place of W. I. Lillie.  It now devolves upon the new council to elect a city attorney, in place of W. I. Lillie; street commissioner in place of John Kraai, Director of the Poor in place of John Baker, Supt. Of Water Works in place of Joseph Palmer and a City Physician in place of Dr. J. B. McNett.  



“Ye Infants” to the Frost.

   A characteristic little entertainment was given at the residence of Col. Duryea last evening.  Ten young girls produced in a very acceptable and charming manner the little comedy Cinderella.  Miss Nina Duryea taking the part of the Prince, Miss Lulu Emlaw that of Cinderella, Miss Leila Soule, the Page, Miss Kate VanderVeen, the Stepmother, Misses Jeswin Reynolds and Virgle Balir, the ill-natured sisters, Miss Grace Killbourne, the Fairy Godmother, Miss Martie LaDue, Miss Eva Craw, and Miss Bessie Koeltz, the Lords in Waiting.

   Each acted so well her part that it would be impossible to discriminate.  All were stars and the costumes rich and appropriate.

   Between the sets a tableau was introduced, the “Prince in the Tower” by Eva Craw and Miss Nina Duryea, song, by Miss Eva Craw and a recitation of Hiawatha by Miss Lulu Emlaw.  The entertainment closed with some beautiful fancy dancing by Miss Martie LaDue.  Miss Mary Soule rendered the music in her usual happy manner.  The house was crowded to excess many hardly finding standing room.  The object of the little entertainment was for the benefit of the Guild room of St. John’s church.



   Ald. Koeltz’ large sign across the walk at his place of business was blown down last night.



   There is a defective sidewalk along a vacant strip of property between Koeltz’s and VerBerkmoes’ cigar factories which should be repaired.  If not the city has a strong chance of being a defendant in a damage suit for a broken limb as more than one person has tripped up there.



   A new sidewalk will be built in front of Mr. Avery’s property on Washington St. between Koeltz’ and VenBerkemoes.



   Lately a number of complaints have been heard regarding the water pumped from the city water mains.  There are even said to have been a few cases of sickness in families using the water and directly attributed to it.  Ald. Koeltz, chairman of the committee on water works, said today that he heard nothing of this and thought the water was as usual.  “If water is being pumped from the river” he said, “it is done underhanded and we know nothing of it.”  Nevertheless it is hardly necessary to say city water takers are kicking, and several talk of taking Wiley water instead.  If the report is true that the water is bad the Board of Health should investigate.  In a city’s water supply lies a city’s health.  The citizens of Ironwood can testify to that.  Keep out epidemics by all means.



   Lower Franklin St. has enjoyed many improvements this year.  W. I. Lillie has a handsome residence well under way.  H. Potts has made many improvements on the residence purchased by him.  G. B. Parks and Judge Goodrich have also refitted their houses.   Ald Koeltz has purchased and rebuilt the residence on both sides of the corner and also built a barn, making a half block of as valuable property as there is in town.  I. Seifert is rebuilding the old Angel place just purchased by him, and Jas. O’Connel is also making improvements on his property.

   Two big steamboat races are on the cards for tomorrow.  The most interesting of these will be the one between the whaleback Christopher Columbus and the side-wheeler city of Milwaukee down the lake to Milwaukee.  The boats are evenly matched, both being good for seventeen miles an hour on a long stretch.  Marine men are divided as to the chances, but say that if the Columbus overhauls the Milwaukee she will be doing good work.  The City of Milwaukee is owned by the Grand Trunk railroad and runs in the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee railroad line between Milwaukee and Grand Haven.  The second race will be between the City of Toledo and the Chicora from Chicago to St. Joseph.  Both boats are advertised to leave at 10 o’clock.  While the owners all disclaim any idea of racing, the masters and crews of all these boats are preparing for great trials of speed.  They could no more be kept from racing when along side of the opposite boats than could a high-spirited horse be passed on a race track without an effort.—Saturday’s Chicago Inter Ocean.  The race was to have come off yesterday, but the revenue cutter Andy Johnson followed the Milwaukee and Columbus out of Chicago harbor and reminded those boats that there would be trouble if any speeding was indulged in. 



  Ald. Koeltz says that Grand Rapids has the handsomest women of any town in the country.




   The committee appointed to collect historical data for the occasion of the laying of the new court house corner stone have requested that a copy of each paper published in Ottawa Co. be placed in the box in said corner stone.  Hence a copy of this issue of the TRIBUNE will be used for that purpose.

   Mayhap in 25 or 50 years, or it may be longer, the corner stone will be opened and the people will look with interest at the contents of the box, dealing as they will of the generation before.  Time will undoubtedly work many changes in Grand Haven and Ottawa county.  The prosperity which is just dawning on the county capitol will beyond doubt continue and in 25 years Grand Haven will have 50,000 inhabitants, men of that caliber who made Chicago the mecca of the United States.

   This year of grace, 1893, Grand Haven has a population of 6,000 and with surrounding suburbs which in a few years be part of the city, we lay claim to a population of 8,000.

   The present city officers are:  Mayor, Henry Bloecker; Marshal, Arend J. Klaver; Recorder, Wm. N. Angel; Treasurer, Daniel Gale; City Attorney, Walter I. Lillie; Chief Fire Department, Joseph Palmer; Street Commissioner, John Kraal; Director of Poor, John Baker; City Physician, Dr. A. VanderVeen.  Aldermen:  1st ward, James Lewis, Edward Stokes; 2d ward, Joseph Koeltz, William Thieleman; 3d ward, Jacob Glerum, James VerHoeks; 4th ward, John M. Lockie, Herman Nyland.

   The members of the Board of Education are John Vaupell, C. Glerum, C. N. Dickenson, A. G. VandenBerg, F. VanZanten.

   J. B. Estabrook is Supt. Of schools, Miss Lora A Smith, high school principal.  There are six school buildings in the city and about 1300 pupils.  One other educational institution, Akeley College, has about 100 pupils, from the Episcopal families of Michigan.

   The churches of Grand Haven are:  one Roman Catholic, two Reformed, one Congregational, one German Evangelical, one German Lutheran, one Presbyterian, one Episcopal, one Unitarian, one Methodist and two Holland Christian Reformed.

   The manufacturing institutions are:  Corn Planter and Refrigerator Works, Dake Engine Works, Bloecker & Co’s Foundry, Kilbourn & Co’s Kit and Stave Factory, Grand Haven Leather Co’s Tannery, Baker’s Saw Mill, the Match Factory, Planing Mill, Gillen and Campbell’s Foundry, and the American Glass and Beveling Co’s Factory.  Of these the Corn Planter is the largest factory of its kind in the west, and the Glass Factory is one of the largest in the union and the only one in Michigan.

   Besides the factories the mammoth fishing and celery business employs hundreds of men.  Ex-Mayor Kirby has the largest plant on the great lakes.  In the celery industry Geo. Hancock, G. W. Miller, C. Bos and Martin Kieft lead.

   The Grand Haven Ship Building Co. is another of Grand Haven’s mainstays and has the reputation of building some of the staunchest boats on the lakes.  At present a large steamer is being built for W. H. Loutit.

   The city’s streets are lighted by electricity from the plant on Water street.  Gas is supplied to business houses from a plant on the river front.  The city pumping station is also located on the water front near the glass factory.  The Wiley Water Works have a large pumping station at the head of Washington street in the 4th Ward.

   The town has one bank, the National with a a capital of $100,000.  Of business houses there are about 15 groceries, 8 meat markets, 4 shoe shops, 6 barber shops, 13 saloons and 7 hotels.

   The following government offices are located n the city:  Postoffice, Thos A. Parish, P. M.; Custom House, D. C. Watson, Collector; U. S. Steamboat Inspection Office, Myron Scott and Alvin Dodge, Inspectors; Weather Bureau in charge of G. W. Falger; Office of Inspectors of Harbors in charge of Col. Duryea; Office of Supt. 11th Life Saving District and Supply Station, N. Robbins, Supt; U. S. Life Saving Station, J. Lysaght, Keeper; Light House, Capt. Davidson, Keeper.

   Grand Haven is represented in the Michigan State Troops by Co F, one of the crack companies of the 2nd Regt,  Baltus Pellegrom, Captain, E. Andres, 1st. Lieut., W. F. Harbeck, 2nd Lieut.

   The Masons, A. O. U. W., K. O. T. M. K. of P., L. O. G. T., L. O. T. M., Odd Fellows and other society organizations all have lodges here.

   The means of transportation to and from the city are: D., G. H. & M. R’y, C, & W. M. R’y, Goodrich Trans. Line to Chicago, D., G. H. & M. Stmr. Line to Milwaukee, Grand River Trans. Steamer Line various boats plying between the resorts on Spring Lake and Grand River.

   Much more could be added in speaking of Grand Haven at this period, but space forbids.



   Grand Haven will have a good representation at the Netherlands Day exercises at the world’s fair tomorrow and would have made a still better showing if lower rates could have been obtained.  About 75 will leave from here tonight which is very large considering that Grand Rapids does not expect to send more than two or three hundred.  Among those who will leave are:  Jacob Baar and son Seymour, J. Ball, Dr. Rysdorp, Dr. Hofma, James Danhof, K. VanWeelden, C. Veenstra, John Boer, J. Balgooyen, Ed Mull, A. G. VandenBerg, K. D. Boer, M. DeGlopper, P. VanWeelden, H. Humes, Francis Murray, A. VanderMolen, M. VanDoorne, J. LeFebre, Andrew VanHoef, and a delegation from Ferrysburg and Spring Lake.  Miss Kate Pellegrom, Miss McMillan, Nick Vyn and Misses Koeltz also take advantage of the excursion.



No More a Candidate.

   Alderman Joseph Koeltz of the second ward told the TRIBUNE this morning that he would not be a candidate for renomination to that office next spring.  Mr. Koeltz has been an alderman for six years.  For three years of that time he has been vice president of the council, and for one year president, a part of that time acting mayor of the city.  He has figured in a number of hot campaigns and has come out victorious in a majority of them.  Mr. Koeltz during his long term of office has been a faithful officer and represented his ward in the city council to the best of his ability.  He has had about all the honor there is in it and will retire when his present term expires.



   In a few short weeks the local political cauldron will again be seething.  The elective city officials whose terms expire this spring are Mayor, Henry Bloecker; Marshal, A. J. Klaver; Recorder, Wm. N. Angel; Treasurer, Daniel Gale; Alderman, James Lewis of the 1st ward, Joseph Koeltz of the 2d ward; Jacob Glerum of the 3rd ward; John M. Lockie of the 4th ward.



   The raffle of Henry Sprick’s pony will come off at 8 o’clock tonight at Koeltz’s.



   The raffle of Henry Sprick, Jr’s. pony, saddle and bridle occurred in Jos. Koeltz’s last night.  Number 88 held by Wm. VanSchelven drew the prize.



   The names of Mayor Bloecker, Sherman H. Boyce and Joseph Koeltz are mentioned as possible candidates for mayor this spring.



   Alderman Joseph Koeltz wishes it stated that he will not be a candidate for Mayor, or for any other office.




 Wiley Company Beaten

   The good news was received this afternoon by telegram that the Michigan Supreme Court had decided the famous Wiley water works suit in favor of the city of Grand Haven.  The news was received so suddenly and unexpectedly that our citizens could hardly realize it. The news spread like wild fire.  Everybody felt jubilant and "good news! good news!" was the expression of all who heard of it.

   The fact is, better news was never received in Grand Haven.  During the years that the case has been hanging fire, a damper has been put on the city, its industries, and its citizens.  One of the greatest drawbacks to the town was this everlasting suit.

  The decision of the Michigan Supreme judges will mean a saving of $40,000 to $80,000 to Grand Haven, and every tax-payer, citizen, merchant, manufacturer and town enthusiast will sigh a sigh of relief.  Our greatest hoo-doo has probably been settled forever.      

   The city's side of the case was presented to the Supreme Court by City Attorney W. I. Lille and Geo. A. Farr.  Judge Howell of Detroit and Hon. Geo. W. McBride were on the Wiley company's side.

The Dispatch.

   The following is the dispatch received by City Attorney Lillie at 2:10 this afternoon:

Hudson House, Lansing.


   Water works case reversed and decree ordered for complainants.


   One of the most jubilant men in Grand Haven this afternoon is Alderman Jos. Koeltz.  Of course his good nature is caused by the news from Lansing.

   The Court House flag was hoisted when the news was received from Lansing this afternoon.  The tall tower of the building looked like some war castle, and with the stars and stripes flying from its flag staff, surely suggests victory.



   The decision of the Supreme Court proves that the city government was wise in extending its own water system, and that the advocates of that plan used the best of judgment.  On April 29, 1886 while Jos. O’Brien was Mayor, a resolution was brought up in council urging the city to extend its water works.  At the next meeting, May 18, Mayor O’Brien vetoed the resolution.  Ald. Safford moved to pass the aforesaid resolution, the veto of the Mayor to the contrary notwithstanding.  The motion was defeated by the following vote:  Ayes, Koeltz, Gallmeyer, Safford.  Nays, Hoskins, McMillan, Jackson, DeSpelder.  As will be seen by the vote, Ald. Koeltz, is the only man living in the city now, who was an alderman at that time, in favor of the measure.  That gentleman is a councilman today and has been most of the years since “86.”  During that time he has been an earnest advocate of city water extension and a co-laborer, with that end in view, with Ex-mayor Kirby.  In 1887 the first money was expended in the extension, a sum of $10,000.



   Economy must be the watchword of our city government.

   An Owosso manufacturing institution is seeking a location and is favorably impressed with Grand Haven.  By a little encouragement the institution might be brought here.  The more the merrier.

Wants a Location.

   The following letter, addressed to the mayor of Grand Haven, was received this week:

Owasso, March 3, ’94.

To the Mayor of Grand Haven:

   Dear Sir—We are looking for a location for a business and are favorably impressed with your city as offering many advantages for our business; viz; water communication and good railroad facilities.  Ours is an old established business, principally the manufacture of wood and iron working machinery.  We would like to know if your city would do anything to help establish a factory that would work from ten to twenty skilled mechanics.  We have $10,000 worth of machinery and patterns.  We would be pleased to here from you soon as we have several points of view.

Very Respectfully,

O. F. Webster.


   Ald. Jos. Koeltz, who is acting mayor of the city replied today as follows:

Mr. O. F. Webster:

   Dear Sir—your letter received, asking what the city would do in assisting you to establish your business here.  Officially, I don’t think the city can do anything, but I think the people of Grand Haven would give the land and build a suitable plant and deed it to you in few years, if it is worthy of it; the same as we did for the glass factory.  Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain,

Resp. yours

Jos. Koeltz,
Acting Mayor



Mr. Webster Replies.

   Acting Mayor Koeltz has received the following reply from O. F. Webster of Owosso which explains itself.

Owasso, March 8th.

Jos. Koeltz, Esq: Dear Sir:

   Yours of the 7th at hand and comments noted.  We closed up our business last fall with the intention of going South to establish ourselves but owing to the financial cyclone which seemed to paralyze that section of the country we have concluded not to go, are looking around for something north of Mason and Dixon line.

   Ours is an old established business the parties having spent a life time in the manufactory of machines and have their goods at work in all parts of the United States, Canada and some in Europe.  We made one machine which was ordered from Copenhagen, Denmark last year.  We have ten thousand dollars worth of machinery and patterns could be in operation is less than thirty days, if building was able to occupy.  We would want to raise about $3,000 and would be willing to give security on machinery and plant, would not require all down and would agree to pay the amount back with interest in a reasonable length of time.  We are receiving inquiries for our machines all the time and may not require all of the if business was good.

   The less we borrow the better, for we would not have it to pay back.

   Have you a good machine shop and foundry in your place?

   We want a location where we could run such as one in connection with our business, as we have the necessary machinery for doing that class of work and it is necessary that we have a foundry to make our own castings.

   We have several offers from different locations, but knowing your favorable location and good shipping facilities, we are favorably impressed with your City and think we would like to locate with you.

   Enclosed I send you some few of the cuts of machines we make and have sold in all parts of the country.  I send you a few of the cuts of the goods that we make which will give you a better idea of what they are.  We are receiving inquiries for them all the time and it makes us anxious to get to work.  Please save the cuts and return them to me when you have examined them.  Hoping to hear from you soon I remain.  Yours very truly,

O. F. Webster.





   The Common Council met in special session March 19, at 7:30 p. m., with the Mayor, Recorder and all the aldermen present.  The mayor stated that the object of the special meeting to be in reference to a circular sent by the Wiley Water Works Co., so called, to fire insurance companies with the apparent intent of having such companies withdraw from business in the this city or increase the insurance rates.

   Whereupon Ald. Koeltz presented the following preamble and resolutions and moved their adoption, which motion carried by a unanimous vote of the council; to wit:

[The remainder of this article can be seen on the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.  The preamble describes in some detail the history of the dispute from 1883 to that time; the circular sent by the Wiley Co. to the insurance companies and the council resolutions to notify those companies of Grand Haven’s ability to furnish its own water to fight fires; history of using city water to fight fires and ability to do so in the future.]



Exciting Council Meeting.

   Last night’s meeting of the common council was as about as interesting a meeting as was ever held in the city hall.

   The proceedings of the alderman and the retorts exchanged pleased the big crowd that was present.  In the first place the appointment of city officers, who had put in bids, caused a great deal of disappointment among the losers, who were of course in the big majority, and had to vent their feelings on some aldermen for their defeat.  The big fight of the night, however, was on the salaries question.  The council was in committee of the whole at the time with  President VerHoeks in the chair.  Ald. Koeltz made a little speech, speaking sarcastically of “this reform council.”  He stated that the lowering of the salaries proposed would amount to only a paltry sum and that the tax of every taxpayer would only be reduced  a few cents.  “I am by no means a personal friend of the marshal,” Mr. Koeltz remarked, “but I appreciate the dangers and work of the office and am opposed to lowering his salary.”  (The committee had reported to make the marshal’s salary $500 a year.)  Mr. Koeltz urged that the salaries be left as heretofore.  In reply to Mr. Koeltz, Ald. Nyland mentioned Kalamazoo and other towns that were reducing salaries this year and also mentioned a number of cities larger than Grand Haven which paid smaller salaries.  The salary of each officer was considered and the only reduction made was in the office of city attorney.

   The ordinance requiring $50 city tax of saloons was passed, after considerable talk and squabbling.  Alderman Thieleman protested that such an ordinance was unfair, taxing as it did the business men who pay the bulk of the taxes.  Koeltz and Thieleman were together on this, but six other councilmen passed the measure.

   A strange case of affairs came up when the salaries matter was being considered.  At the last meeting of the council the salaries of all officers, except those by bid, were left to the ways and means committee to fix.  After the committee reported last night and while a vote was being taken on each office it developed that certain members of the committee had gone back to their committee work and were voting to keep the salaries at the old figure.  Alderman Nyland had consistently been voting for reduction and he indignantly demanded a rising vote.  Of course when the alderman arose the “cat was let from his bag,” and the alderman who had turned back on what they had done in committee were noticeable and were placed in somewhat awkward position for the moment. 

   Harry Smith was elected city engineer at $80 a month, John Kraal, teamster, $45 a month and R. Dykema, superintendent of water works and street commissioner.  Dr. Rens was elected city physician.  The mayor was given power to employ counsel to attend to the legal matters of the city until a city attorney is elected.  Chas. N. Dickinson and _____ Vinkenmulder were appointed _____  ___________.

The Bids.

   Following are the bids for the various city offices as presented to the council last night.

 [The remainder of this article can be seen in the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.]



Common Council.


   [The complete proceedings of the Common Council as presented in the Tribune are beyond the scope of this project and only the more interesting passages are noted here in edited form.  The complete records can me seen on the Tribune microfilm at the Loutit Library.]

   Alderman Verhoeks ,,, reported the 4th ward engine house let to the Independent Athletic Club at $4 per month from the 13th inst., and one month paid the recorder.

    Alderman Nyand reported that a test of the quality of the water in the city well would cost ten dollars, and on a suggestion that the water in the pipes should also be analyzed.  Ald. Koeltz moved that the water in wood mains be tested, …

    City Marshal Andres presented the following:

To the Honorable, the Mayor and Common Council:

   Gentlemen—I submit the following named gentlemen as deputy marshals.  Also ask the privilege of two more later on when the Park opens.  Byron Mabee, Wm. Zoerner, Aldred Barden, Chris Pfaff, John Botbyl, J. Sluiter, Albert Nemire, Giles Hiler, Ed. Smith, Aart Vandemeiden, Peter VanDyke, Harm Nodhuis, and Peter Cook.

   Alderman  Verhoeks reported the marshal needing a pair of handcuffs …

   Alderman Glerum stated that the Highland Park streets were covered with drift sand, which should be removed, and that it could be done for $30, the sum which was paid last year.  [Passed]

   Alderman Verhoeks moved as an amendment to this motion that the committee communicate with the owners of Highland Park cottages, respecting contributions to defray part of the expense of such sand removal.  [Lost]

   Chief of Fire Dept. Palmer reported the necessity of a platform for the fire engine on the east side of the South Channel bridge.

   The old court house, its acceptance on a tender by the board of supervisors and the acceptance of it by the school board from the city and its possible return to the city by the school board was discussed by the council, whereupon Alderman Koeltz moved, that in case of its final non-acceptance by the school board, the mayor be authorized to return said court house to the Board of Supervisors.  Carried …



   Alderman Koeltz has two plans for an increased and better supply of water for the city.  One is to sink a large well just north of the present one and connect the two with a large pipe.  The other scheme is to run mains from the pump house to the lake and sink a number of wells along the lake shore.  The water delivered from there would be pure, filtered lake water.  A pony pump could be placed in the pumping station to convey it.  Mr. Koletz is rather in favor of the lake idea.  He says that it would take 2,100 or 2,300 feet of pipe to do this, but the city has on hand two-thirds of that amount.  The members of the council will probably look over ground this week and decide upon some plan by next meeting.



Fourth of July Wedding.

   The following gifts will be presented to the couple married on the court house steps, July 4th, so far as known:

   Courier~Journal, five years’ subscription.

   Levi Wickham, one year’s barber free to groom.

   VanLopik Bros., silk hat to groom.

   Ball & Co., handsome lamp.

   Hancock & Son, beautiful bouquet to couple.

   Juistema Bros., pair of shoes to bride.

   D. Wright, 5 lb. box of confectionary.

   J. D. Ritzema, household articles.

   D. A. Lane, nice family Bible.

   John D. Duursema, wedding cake.

   Silas Kilbourn, load of wood and set of tubs.

   N. Robbins, Jr., one ton of coal, after the strike is over.

   A. M. Ferguson, string of choice bananas.

   Jos. Koeltz, one box of Havana Stars for groom.

   G. A. Bottje, lot of tinware.

   Boomgard & Son, nickel plated coffee and tea pot.

   Mr. James Barnes, one table.

   Ruet Wierenger, 12 pound ham.

   Mrs. Mattie A. Kennedy, new hat for bride.

   I. N. Tubbs, one dozen photographs.

   Walter Baker, tea set.

   T. VandenBosch, fine silk umbrella.

   B. C. Mansfield, set of silver tea spoons.

   F. A. Hutty, box of perfume.

   County Clerk Turner, marriage license.

   Wm. VanDrezer, serve dinner to bride and groom and bridesmaid and groomsman.

   Mrs. John Niel, dinner at Park Hotel to bride and groom, groomsman, bridesmaid and minister.

   Wm. and T. Baker, bag of flour and sack of potatoes.

   Judge Pagelson, affidavit of marriage.

   Kirby House, sumptuous dinner.

   Chas. E. Conger, copy of Ottawa Co. Compendium.

   C. and E. Dowd, useful toilet articles.

   Albert Van Dyk, paper and paint room in couple’s residence.

   Mrs. H. Haines, furnish ice cream and angel-food at the parlor in the evening to bride, groom, bridesmaid, groomsman and minister.

   Haines and VanderZalm, furnish paper and paper one room for the bride and groom.

   Cutler House, dinner and supper, free use of bridal chamber.

   Henry Meyer, pair of shoes for groom.

   VanLopik & Co., chamber set.

   G. VandenBosch & Bro., Smyrna rug.

   White Laundry, six months laundry work to groom.

   Globe Match Co., 1 case of matches.

   Peter Ball, dishware.

   Capt. Walker, sundries.




   The Committee on Procession have secured assurances from the following factories and firms, that they will appear in the Grand Parade on the 4th of July, with exhibits showing the Progress and Prosperity of our city:

Challenge Corn Planter Co., Usual excellent display of their refrigerators and corn planter.

American Mirror & Glass Beveling Co., Fine Display of mirror and glass, etc.

Dake Engine Co., Their celebrated engine and fans in operation.

Grand Haven Leather Co., Leather exhibit in variety.

Globe Match Co., Exhibition showing progress of the manufacture of matches.

S. Kilbourn & Co., Exhibition of coopers at work and their various products.

S. Kilbourn & Co., Exhibit of washing machines.

H. Bloecker & Co., Steam engine in actual operation.

Barnes & Green, Coopers and wood-turning.

DeGloper & Yonker, Wagons and blacksmithing.

Grand Haven Manufacturing Co., Exhibit various products.

Booyink & McSherry, Portable blacksmith shop on wheels showing forge, and anvil and the smith in the act of shoeing a live horse.

Spring Lake Clinker Boat Co., Exhibit of fine boats.

Spring Lake Basket Co., Exhibit basket factory.

T. W. Kirby, Exhibit showing fish reel, repairing and over hauling fish nets, drying, etc.

H. Dornbos & Bro., Fish exhibit and smoke house.

Dunbar & Swartz, Exhibit Globe Fertilizing Works.

American Express Co., Exhibit “The way we do it now.”

Geo. W. Miller, Exhibit celery farm.

Keift & Roossien,      “

C. Lock,                     “

James Lock,               “

John C. Lock,             “

H. Gravengoed, Exhibit organs and machines.

Geo. H. Duram,         “

Wm. Thielman,          “

Joseph Koeltz, Have a cigar on me.

Chas. Seligman, Take a Santiago.

Van Lopik Bro., We lead them all.

G. A. Bottje, New Process, cooking made easy.

Klaver Bros., Painting signs en route.

D. C. Wachs, Printing office on wheels.  Printing and distributing the schedule of the day.

White Laundry, Here we are.

G. H. Steam Laundry, Come and get clean.

Nat Robbins, Jr., Coal—Strike or three strikes.  When down near the river—drop in.

James Barnes, Nobody leaves without a prize.

Albert Kiel, Always happy to supply.

Boer & Bolt, Don’t forget us.

John Cook, Listen to me.

John W. Verhoeks & Co., Best we got.

Wm. & T. Baker, Our prices talk.

John Hofma, Still on deck.

Boomgaard & Son, Corner on hardware.

F. Pfaff, the Quick-Meal.

I. Decker, Still doing business.

J. Godhardt, An old industry.

John D. Duursema, Let no one starve.

Ball & Co., Still at the old stand.

Riley’s Bus Line, Hotel, Sir.

T. VandenBosch & Bros., We suit ‘em all.

Peter VerDuin, Are you hungry?

Gronendal & VanZanten, Keep cool.

Daniel Gale, Everything fancy.

G. VanLopik, What do you wish?

C. N. Addison. Everything in the world.

Juistema Bros., Just my size.

Hollestelle & Van Westrienen, We always speak.

Geo. Hancock & Son, Magnificent floral palace and hanging gardens on wheels.

   For want of space the committee is obliged to omit some exhibits which appear in the parade.  This procession is to be the grandest display ever put on our streets, and will surpass expectations of all.

   Everybody shout Grand Haven today and forever.

Committee on Procession.



   Jos. Koeltz is one of the city’s most enterprising merchants.  He has made extensive improvements on his block and states that the next walk he lays on Washington street will be of cement or stone.