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CITY COUNCIL’S PRIES! SAVES WEST SIDE PARK Disapproval of State Bridge Plans Brings Results As Madison Office Decides Not to Lengthen New Structure—Will Preserve Park — Grade to be 2 Per Cent. Some writer or sage, or someone, who was a prophet in the dim ages of the past promulgated this saying, “That it is the unexpected that al ways happens.” So, when the Common Council of the city of Grand Rapids assembled on February 3rd, and registered a pro test against the plan of construction proposed for the new bridge, did they do so with the hope of getting the of ficials of the State Highway office in Madison to change the plans to meet the approval of the council ? No. no and again no. But strange as it may seem that commission did modify its plans to suit the councils ideas. The council then were merely put ting themselves on record, so that af ter the bridge was up, if it did not please the eye of the average tax pay er, the council would be blameless. They also desired to save the 30 feet of park at the west side that would have been inundated by the river, by lengthening the bridge 30 feet. Were Against Plans. According to the plans originally laid down by the state, the bridge was to be extended on the west side 30 feet, to allow for the extra piers that are to support the structure. Also the bridge was to have been the same height as at present and was to have a grade of 4 per cent, that is to say the center was planned to be 4 feet higher than the approaches. The al dermen opposed the lengthening of the bridge and wanted a 1 per cent grade. Will Alter Plans. But the ancient prophet who pull ed the old .saw quoted in the opening paragraph, spoke the truth, as a let ter received from M. W. Torkelson, state bridge engineer will show. Mr. Torkelson, very readily agrees that the present length of the bridge will be alright provided the people wish to assume what inconvenience which may in the future arise from high water. On the grade the com mission states that a 2 per cent slope is essential, in their opinion. Following is Mr. Torkelson’s letter; Madison, Wis., Feb. 7, 1920. Mr. Chas. E. Briere, Mayor, Grand Rapids, Wis. Subject: Grand Rapids Bridge. Dear Sir:—l have your letter of Feb. 12th, with reference to the de sign of the above bridge. It appears to us that the question of additional length of the bridge is not one that affects the safety of the structure in any way and the effect of such construction as may be caused will be no more than to increase slightly the inconvenience that may be suffered by the city in times of ex treme high water. We feel that if your city is willing to assume this there should be no objection whatever on our part and therefore intend to proceed in accordance, with the re quest of the city council that the existing length of the bridge he ad hered to. We believe that the crown which we propose for the bridge is necessary for purposes of design, and desirable and we therefore cannot see our way clear to reduce the grade in accord ance with your request. What we pro pose, however, is a very moderate grade, less than two per cent, and we do not believe that it will be in any way objectionable once built. It is our intention to proceed with the design with the least loss of time posible. Yours Truly, Wisconsin Highway Commission, M, W. Torkelson, Bridge Engineer. CONSTRUCTION STARTS Workmen have commenced con struction of a garage for Mott & Wood between the building occupied by them at present and the Chambers property recently acquired by purchase. The work has been let to M. G. Jacobson. On March Ist, possession will be given on the Chambers building and work remodeling the structure will start. The offices will be on the sec ond floor of the building, and show rooms, a rest room for farmers and the creamery will be on the ground floor. The building now occupied by the creamery will be converted into a cold storage warehouse exclusively. Fred Hartle, who has been ill at his home in New London is now re covered and has resumed his posi tion as teller at the 'Vood County National Eank, WOOD COUNTY REPORTER. POLICE ARREST 11G Infractions of the law were at a minimum in Grand Rapids during the past year, according to the report of the Police Department for the year ending December 31, as is shown that only 116 persons were taken into custody during that period, and 14 of these arrests were made at the re quest of outside officials. Speeding cases lead the list, with cases having to do with intoxicants coming second. Eight persons were arrested for larceny, burglary 3; for gery 2; and statutory charges 3. The record speaks well for the effi ciency of the force who have been on the job night and day, guarding the peace and welfare of the city. While the small number of arrests might indicate the force had little to do, it must be remembered that a force that prevents one crime is more valuable than one that allows a dozen offenses and captures all participants. WED AT PARENTS HOME A romance that had its inception when Miss Olive Eichorn, living on the Plover Road, near Grand Rapids met Henry H. Leach, a Big Flats farmer while teaching school at that village in Adams county, had its cul mination a week ago when the couple were married at the home of the brides parents Wednesday evening by Rev. Noel J. Breed of the First Congregational Church. The nuptials were witnessed by a number of friends and immediate relatives of the contracting parties. Miss Christina Nelson, a close friend of Miss Eichorn, and Henry Eichorn were bridesmaid and best man. Mrs. Leach, nee Eichorn, enjoys a wide acquaintance in this city and in the neighborhood of her home. She is a graduate of the Wood County Normal School and has taught the school at Big Flats, her husbands groom is a well to do young farmer in the north portion of Adams Coun ty and the couple will make their future home on his farm. A LETTER Colorado, Springs, Colo. My Reporter:— Permit me, through your columns to enter my protest against changing the name of Grand Rapids. In the olden days, “Grand Rapids,” had a peculiar meaning to its citizens, perhaps not fully appreciated by some of its younger residents. The Grand Rapids, of the early fifties possessed a grandeur and a charm for Wisconsin pioneers never known to the Grand Rapids, Michigan folks. If those old pioneers who sleep in your cemeteries could speak to the present generation, I certainly do not believe, there would be a single vote in favor of the change. I left Wood county in 1878 and have written many a letter to Grand Rap ids, Wisconsin in the past 42 years, not a one of which has gone astray. Again, would not the change of name, after all of these years lead to endless confusion, even greater than can possibly exist under present con ditions ? Remember it has been Grand Rapids for over 70 years. Grand Rapids, my old home; the dearest place on earth. Change your name—No never! Philo J. Hecox. TELLS OF LABOR TROUBLE As one of the speakers at a meet ing of the Wisconsin Manufacturers Association held in Milwaukee last Thursday, L. M. Alerander, Presi dent of the Nekoosa-Edw ards Paper Company, told of his ver on of the experiences during the labor dis turbances in the two down river vil lages in the past seven months. Several other big business men also talked on the same subject. The Association also listened to a short address from Gov. E. L. Phillip. ENTERTAINED METHODIST AID Mrs. Eugene Miller entertained the members of the East Side Ladies Aid of the M. E. church at her home in Ninth street south Wednesday. An Elephant Sale was held during the af ternoon. The following were hos tesses for the afternoon: Mesdames John Miller, Wm. Dunn, Elizabeth Margatroyd and E. Miller. Entered June -2, 1903, at Grand Rapids, \\ isconsin, as second-class matter, under Act of Congress of Mar. 3, 1879 GRAND RAPIDS, WOOD COUNTY. WISCONSIN, THURSDAY. Thursday, February 12. 1920. THE G. O. P. BIG SIX Sf \ H 1 1 Candidates Prominently Mentioned for the Republican Presidential Nomination. ANNUAL ELK’S COMEDY OPENS THURSDAY NIGHT According to the advance report on seat sales, the S. R. O. sign will be hung out at Daly’s Theater to morrow night when the Elks pre sent their opening performance of •‘The Time, The Place and The Girl” which some ten years ago was one of the famous musical comedies produ ced at the LaSalle in Chicago. Per formances will be given Thursday and Friday. Linder the direction of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hotchkiss the cast, selected from the best histronic talent in the city have been working diligently for the past month and all is in readi ness for the rise of the curtain and the entrance of the opening chorus. Yes, there is a chorus—and it is easy to look at. Composing the cast are; Dr. I. D. Peters, C. H. Roach, Ray Herzog, Victor Bornick, Edw. Bassett, Art Madsen, John Brandt, Edw. Smith, O. R. Moore, Neil Nash, Nathalie Demitz, Bernice Eggert and Margaret Ragan. The chorus is made up of; Califern Erua Schaeffer, Ruth Nelson, Mar garet Hartl, Priscilla Akey, Edna Wittenberg, Irma Playman, Eleanor Staffeld, Geneva Gouchee, Olga Bis sig and Jane Taylor. STEVENS POINT 19; GRAND RAPIDS 16 Superior ability in making free throws enabled Stevens Point High to hang the crape of defeat on the Lincoln basketeers at the High Schol gym Friday night. The final count gave the visitors 19 and the local team 16. Each team caged eight field goals. Tne contest thruout was bitterly contested and the scoi’e at the close of the first session was 10 to 10. Grand Rapids was leading up until near the close of the game, when the visitors caged two baskets giv ing them the lead. Grand Rapids started the game with the following lineup; Fore wards, Millenbach, Meunier; Cards; Matthews was substituted for Plenke in the last half. U. C. T. HOLD DANCE Members of the Heart of Wis consin, Council United Commercial Travellers, together with the mem bers of their families and friends en joyed a pleasant dancing party in die Forester’s Hall on Vine street Saturday night. Refreshments were served ere the company dispersed for the night. ABOUT STATE INCOME TAX REPORTS Any person to whom a state in come report blank is sent should fill out the blank and send it to the as sessor of incomes whether he has a taxable income or not. A single person is entitled to an exemption of SBOO and a married man has an exemption of SI2OO and an additional exemption of S2OO for each child under 18 years of age. can procure them by writing to the assessor of incomes of their dis districts. Any person who may have a tax able income but who has received no blank should secure a blang and make a report. The law provides severe penalties for neglecting or refusing to report in either of the foregoing cases. Respectfully, Assesor of Incomes Portage and Wood Counties Andrew P. Een. MISS LENORE PRIMEAU DEAD Miss Lenore Primeau, aged 15 years died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Severe Primeau, 775 Third avenue N. at 6:30 p. m. Saturday fol lowing a short illness. The decedent was born in this city May 25, 1904, She was a student at the Lincoln High School and was highly popular with her classmates and had a host of friends who will morn tHeir loss. Surviving her are, her father and mother, 1 three brothers, Rueben, Geo rge and Ellsworth and Effie May, a sister, all of Grand Rapids. The services were held from the home Tuesday at 2:00 p. m., Rev. C. F. W. Ludwig, officiating. Interment was in Forest Hill. CITY HALLTs SCENE OF QUIET WEDDING A brief acquaintance which rip ened into romance, culminated in the wedding of Harry E. Reunbeck, a prosperous young farmer living near Sherwood, to Miss Daisy Ad ams, the attractive and very pop ular daughter of Samuel Adams of Pittsville, the ceremony that made them one being pei'formed by Judge W. H. Getts at the city hall late Thursday afternoon. The young couple after securing their license from County Clerk, Sam Church, decided to be married at once, but were for a time unable to find any one to tie the nuptial not, both Justices being A. W. O. L. from their court rooms. Finally late in the day Judge Getts was lo cated and he came post haste to the city hall to perform the ceremony. City Engineer A. T. Thompson was pressed into service as best man and Miss Freda Weishaup*- acted as brides maid. Mr. and Mrs. Reun beck after a short visit with the latter’s parents at Pittsville will go to Sherwood where the groom will manage a farm belonging to his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Reunbeck. LIVE STOCK AID TO LIGHT SOILS For four seasons the Department of Farmers’ Institutes has been run ning Light Soils Live Stock Institut es. When the plan was started there was doubt on the part of farmers liv ing in light soils areas as to whether they would receive much benefit from institutes. But this notion is all changed now. Light Soils Live Stock Institutes have been held on all sorts of light soils from river wash sand to loamy light terest now obtains, soails. Everywhere the highest in- Here are some of the things which farmers say. Four farmers in one lo c;J'ty had about concluded to give up farming and quit the country. The Light Soils Live Stock Institute hap pened to come along and one more trial was made and things began to come through. Now they are all de cided that they can make it a go and are doing well. Another bunch of farmers on river wash and sand say that since they be gan to hold Light Soils Stock Institu tes three years ago, they are getting soy beans, clover and corn. Things are coming better and they now have credit at the banks. In another locality where farmers thought it next to impossible, they are now getting in pure bred dairy females and feel that they should feed the crops which they raise to the very best bred stock. At four institutes this winter in light soils areas the conductors have assisted growers to dispose of their soy bean seed in quantities as follows: 30 bushels, 80 bushels, 25 bushels and 15 bushels. The price has been run ning around seven dollars a bushel. So you see soy bean seed growing is profitable and that the institutes are helping farmers to find a market for their crops. No farmer with light soils need to give up. Attend the Light Soils Live Stock Institute before making any mistake. Find out about growing bet ter crops, building silos and keeping better live stock. MRS. CAREY IS GIVEN DECREE BV THE COURT Mrs. Phoebe Carey was granted a decree of divorce from her husband, Matt Carey by decision of Judge B. B. Park, rendered Monday. The case was tried before Judge Park at the last term of the Circuit Court, when a petition for divorce, filed by Carey charging his wife with cruelty was heard. By decree, Mrs. Carey will receive $5,842 from the former husband’s property, besides her individual hold ings will revert to her. The former husband Matt Carey was ordered to pay all outstanding bills and Mrs. Carey’s Attorney Charles E. Briere. Goggins, Brazeau & Goggins and W. J. Conway represented the plain tiff and Charles E. Briere the defend ant, Mrs. Carey. Two other cases which were also taken under advisement by the Judge at the same time as the Carey divorce matter were also decided Monday. Wilson Case Dismissed. Action brought by William Wilson, former village marshal at Nekoosa to compel the village board to re-instate him and award him back pay was dis missed, Judge Park holding that the board has the authority to discharge any appointive officer at any time. Wil son was represented by Chas. E. Briere, Grand Rapids, and A. J. Crowns, Nekoosa. In the case of Neil Crowns, Jr., charged with violation of a court re straining order relating to the Nekoo so-Edwards strike, and contempt of court, no verdict was rendered, but Judge Pai’k announced that he would hear oral testimony in the case some time the latter part of the month. MRS. CARDEN, PIONEER RESIDENT DIED SUNDAY Mrs. John Carden, one of the old residents of the city died at the resi dence of her daughter, Mrs. John Ern ser, at 8 p. m. Sunday, at the age of 72 years. The decedent, Rose Anna Hoy Car den, was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., Jan. 5, 1848. While still in her girl hood, she removed with her parents to Kenosha, later coming to Grand Rap ids. In 1862 she was married to Peter Douville, who died in 1887. Two years after she was married to John Car den. She is survived by eight children, two other having preceeded her to the grave. They ar°: Mrs. John Brennan, Tr., of this city; Leiand Carden of Sea ttle. Wash., Mrs. J. W. Skeel of Anti <ro, Wis., Mrs. H. F. Corbett of Joliet, Mont.. Mrs. Selina Rosseau. Mrs. John Ernser, Mrs. W. M. Martin and Hu bert Douville, all of this city. Funeral was held from SS. Peter Paul Catholic church at 9:30 a. m., Wednesday, Rev. Father Win. Reding officiating. Interment was in Calvary cemetery. Guy O. Babcock, the banker was In Arpin Friday looking after financial affairs. LEGION MASQUERADE BALL ATTENDED BY 810 CROWD-1! PRIZES AWARDED Armory Presented a Gay Scene Tuesday Night and There Were Many Unique and Original Costumes —Receipts From Affair Will * Give Service Boys Neat Sum. 1 * An unqualified success is the only way the big masquerade dancing par ty given by Charles Hagerstrom Post. American Legion at the armory Tues day night can be described. The building was packed to the doors with dancers and spectators, who were there to spend a merry ev ening and they had one. Though the number of maskers was less than bad been hoped for, there were some fifty couples in costume who competed for the eleven big prizes donated for the events by the local merchants. Present Brilliant Scene When the dancers were on the floor it was indeed a gay and colorful scene Among the costumes that were most noticable were: Indians, Negroes, Chorus Girls, clowns, tramps, cow boys, sailors, oriental dancers, an old irishman, a wild west girl and many others. Shortly after ten o’clock the mask ers were caused to parade twice a round the floor, so that the judges might view them all and make their selection of those deserving the prizes In some cases the officials had hard work choosing between a number of the maskers, but all in all, their choice was fair and met with the approval of the crowd. List of Winners After the selections had been made the winners were told to unmask, and the prizes awarded. Following is a list of the winners. Best dressed couple, Miss Rita Al len, Victor Sandman, prize $5 in trade ; at Gleue Bros, and Abel-Mullen Cos. Best impersonator, Charlie Brandt; prize carton cigarettes and box of ci gars, donated by Johnson & Hill, Best dressed lady, won by Mrs. Ber that Shrader, 51 lbs., candy donated by Johnson & Hill Cos. Best dresed lady, won by Mrs. Ber that Shrader, 15 lbs., candy donated the Wyse’s. Second choice, Elga Guderson, $5 in ivory from F. L. Steib. Best dressed gentleman, James Wil ton, a hat donated by Fridstein. Se cond choice R. Lovejoy, fountain pen donated by Wood Cos. Drug Cos. Best lady comedienne, won by Miss Ida Waters, $5 in trade at Louis Rei chel’s. Second choice Mrs. A. A. Fosner, $5 in trade at Daly’s Drug store. Funniest gentleman comedian, won by Edward Zuege, $5 in trade at Kru ger & Turbin’s store. Second choice, Jack Jowaske, $5 in trade at Fridstein -Anderson Cos. following the awarding of the priz es, dancing was resumed and contin ued until a late hour. The interior of the building was appropriately de corated in red, white and blue stream ers and American and Allied flags. HAS SLEEPING SICKNESS Suffering from what appears to be that mysterious malady, “sleep ing sickness,” Mrs. August Franks, 519 11th Avenue, who has been ly ing in a state of coma for more than a month, was removed last week to Rochester, Minn., for treatment. Mrs. Franks is the wife of August Franks, an employee of the Ahd awagam Paper Products company, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Steinke. She is aged 26 years and has one child. ENJOY PLEASANT MEETING Members of the Young People’s So ciety met in the assembly hall of the West Side Lutheran church Wednes day and enjoyed a pleasant evening. A short program of musical and dra matic numbers were rendered, and games were played. A light luncheon was served ere the company disband ed. ARPIN COUPLE WED HERE Justice E. N. Pomainville’s office was turned into a wedding bower Saturday night when he was called upon to unite in marriage Miss Mar tha Vander Bergen and Chester L. Bray, both young people being resi dents of Arpin. Attending the bride and groom were. Miss Gusta Vanden Bergen, a lister of the bride and Charles Bray, Jr., a brother of the groom. Follow ing the ceremony, the wedding party left for Arpin, where they were ten dered a reception at the home of the brides parents Saturday night. The young couple will reside on a farm in the vicinity of Arpin. VOLUME 62, No. 7. D. D. CONWAY A DELEGATE Attorney D. D. Conway of this city was selected at the state pow wow of Wisconsin Democrats held in Milwaukee a week ago, as one of the four delegates at large from this state to the Democratic National Convention, which opens at San Francisco June 28. The other delegates at large, whose names were presented to the confer ence for approval were Joseph E. Davis, Madison, Judge J. C. Karel, of Milwaukee and Attorney Thos. Kearney, of Racine. The confer ence recommended the names of those chosen, but anyone else was at lib erty to run if they chose to do so. Two delegates will go from each con gressional district In placing the convention at Frisco this year, the Democrats have est ablished a precedent, as hitherto no national convention has ever been held farther west than Denver. Cities in the middle west usually have been the favorite sites for gath ering together to dope out the win ning horse in the “presidental sweepstakes.” WAGON FACTORY ID MAKE BOBBINS Grand Rapids’ wood working in dustry will supply anew product to the commercial world whvn tha MacKinnon Manufacturing Company which recently closed a contract with a large eastern jobing house, commences to turn out thousands of bobbins and spinners for use in the big eastern and southern textile mill*. As soon as the necessary machin ery arrives, R. M. MacKinnon, sec retary of the company announces that from seven to ten thousand bobbins of various sizes will be turn ed out at the local plant. Some 40 different sizes will be manufac tured. . % ,i. Waste products will be utilized as much as possible, and it may be nec essary to employ about a dozen or more workmen to turn out the new side line. As the bobbins are highly perish able, the company will be able to sell practically all that can be produced. Rock Maple and some Birch will be used. The bobbins will be partly fin ished here and shipped to another factory to be completed. The job bing company disposes of millions to the trade each year, and besides op erating a number of their own fact ories, buy all they can on the out side. The plant of the Crandon Hub & Spoke company, recently acquired by the MacKinnon company at Cran don may be dismantled and the ma chinery shipped to the company’s factories in this city and at Rice Lake. Bobbins will also be man ufactured at the Rice Lake plant. HOLD COMMUNITY SERVICES Community religious services, under the auspices of a number of the Pro testant churches of the city will be held in the First Moravian church commencing March 14 and lasting for one week. A strong chorus ol some forty of the best voices in the city augmented by an orchestra will lead the singing -luring the services. Co-operating in the movement are the following churches; Episcopal, First Moravian, Scandinavian, Moravian, Zion Luther an, Baptist, Methodist Episcopal, and the Congregational. The decision to hold the services was made at a meet ing of the pastors of the above church es held in the Elks Club Friday. SCOUTS TO HIKE Boy Scout troops from this city will compete in a hike from the office of the Nekoosa-Edwards Paper company at Port Edwards to the library in this city Saturday. The start will be made at 9:36 and the various troops will get off fifieen minutes apart. Father Reding left Wednesday for Plum City, where he has been sum moned by the illness of hU brother in-law.