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LMA The R.ecord Enters Seven Out of Every Eight Homes in Alma.. Advertisers Use The ILecord Because They Are Sure of Results. VOL. XXXI. NO. 9 ALMA, MICHIGAN, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 20. 1909 WHOLE NO. 1576 HE DEAD EPISCOPAL CONVENTION AT MONROE. GRATIOT CO. ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. A PRtTTY WEDDING. II D I 11 tin DEAD I Mrs. Mary J. Trott Died Sometime During Thursday Night. DISCOVERED FRIDAY MORNING End Came Peacefully Funeral Sunday After noon Burial at Franklin, Oakland, Co. "Mrs. Trott is dead." was the start ling message that flashed over the telephone Fridav morning summoning, the neighbors to the home of Mrs. Mary J. Trott at the corner of Wood worth avenue and Downie street. Dr. N. F. McClinton was summoned and hurried to the Trott homer After making an examination he announced she had been dead "so me time. Mrs. J. C. Foster was the first to learn of Mrs. Trott's death. Bv an arrangement made between Mrs. Trott and Mrs. Foster, who resides just across the street from the home of the former, Mri. Foster was to go to the home of Mrs. Trott any morning in case the window shades remained down after a certain hour. Friday morning, soon after seven o'clock, noticing the window shades were still down. Mrs. Foster went to keep her promise. En tering the Trott home bv the front door, she called but" received no answer. She then went to the bedroom occupied bv Mrs. Trott and was horror-stricken to rind her lying in bed. cold in death. Judging from all appearances the final summons came to Mrs. Trott in a calm and peaceful manner, there being no indications of any struggle or suffering. Justice of the Peace Chadwick was notified ;ind at the request of the neighbors conducted an inquest to establish, if possible. trie cause of death. Under Sheriff Gonvis empar.eled a jury composed of Messrs. L. L. Conn, J. C. Foster, George Bahlke, D. P. Struble. Benj. McCullough and E. E. Brown. After viewing the re mains the inquest was adjourned to Justice Chadwick's office. After listening to the testimonv of Dr. I. X. Brainerd, who had been Mrs. Trott's physician for manv years, and the testimony offered by Mrs. Foster re garding the finding of the body, the jury rendered a verdict that death was caused from natural causes. Mrs. Trott's son, William, was notified of his mother's death ana kind friends took charge of affairs until his arrival in the citv Fridav night. Mrs. Trott had seemed particularly well and active since her return from Grand Rapids a few weeks ago and had given a great deal of time' and effort to cleaning up her yard and directing the arranging of her garden. Thurs day she appeared as well as usual, ex cept in the evening she complained of being very tired, thinking she had over-taxed her strength. The news of Mrs. Trott's sudden and unexpected death was received with deep regret bv her many friends in this citv, who had learned to love her for her manv excellent traits of character. The deceased was born in Canada in 1841 and her parents moved to Michi gan three years later, settling in Southfield, Oakland county. The sub ject of this sketch grew to woman hood in that communitv and in the year 1806 was united in marriage to James J. Trott. The union was blessed with two sons, one of them dying in infancy, leaving William J. Trott the only surviving member of the familv. From Southfield Mr. and Mrs. Trott moved to St. Charles and after a resi dence there covering a period of two years, they came to Alma to make their home, settling here in 1K82. About nine years ago Mr. Trott passed awav and his remains were taken to Frank lin. Oakland county for burial. For many years Mrs. Trott had been a member of the Presbyterian church and she endeavored by her daily life to exemplify the teachings of her Master. She was a devoted mother and an obliging and considerate neigh bor and friend. Fiineral services were held at the house Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. bing in charge of Rev. II. L Crhin, who read numerous passages of scripture and spoke wordsof comfort to the tereaved ones. There were numerous floral tributes. attesting to the esteem in which the deceased was held bv her neighbors and friends. The remains were taken to FranklU-Uad been ringing constantly and all Monday morning for burial beside those of Mr. Trott, and were ac companied by Mr. and Mrs. W, J. Trott Bishop Williams Delivered Address 75th Anniversary of First Convention. The convention of the Michigan Protestant Episcopal church opened at Monroe at 10 o'clock Wednesday morn ing after religious services at Trinity Episcopal church. Rev. Charles Omera called the convention to order. Bishop Williams, of Detroit, called the roll and thero were 75 clerics and 50 lay irembers present. Bishop Wil liams delivered an address. He re mained at tho ssessions until Thurs day night. The occasion marks the 75th anniversary of the first meeting convention in Michigan. The first meeting was opened by Bishop Ilvain. of Cincinnati. Mav 4th. 1834. at which time the diocese of Michigan was organized. Rev. Charles Rvap of this city attended the above convention. They Helped Themselves. Two of Alma's ladies, desirous of spending an hour or more on the banks of the beautiful Pine River trying to lure the fish from their favorite haunts, and being ii need of poles, arranged to take posession of some from in front of the store of one of our down town merchants. In the meantime their intentions leaked out and the merchant put next. The poles were taken as per airangement and all went smoothly until Under Sheriff O. L. Convis appeared at their homes the next morning with in structions to enforce settlement. To say the ladies were surprised puts it inildlv, and it is said that the tele phone wires were kept warm, while Ihe merchant and the ladies' husbands were enjoying a good laugh at the ladies expense. They Bought The Democrat. Superintendent Ganiard and E J. McCail of Ithaca, together with others, have purchased the Reed City Demo crat. The Big Rapids Pioneer said last week: "The Reed City Demo crat has bsen sold to pirties in Ithaca, who will take possession of the same about August 1st. They expect to put in av large plant and will cnange the policy of the paper from democrat to republican. Theo Schmidt assisted in getting the parties to locate in Reed Citv. These same parties tried to buy the Clarion, but failed, and then secured an option on the Demo crat, and last week closed the deal. Mr Goulet will retire from the news paper business. " Frank M. Vandercook Married. The marriaee of Mrs. Henrietta Millard and Frank M. Vandercook took place at 143 Sitfsbee street Thurs day evening. Rev J. R. Wootoc officiated. The wedding was strictly private and was followed by a wed ding runner for friends of thecon tracting parties. The alovo announcement in the Grand Rapids Herald is received with pleasure hv Mr. Vandercook's many friends wno wish him great happiness. For thirty years he was the editor of the St. Louis Independent and is one of the test known men in Gratiot county and The Record joins his manv friends in extending congratulations. Ease Ball Meeting Postponed. The meetinc called for Riverdale Monday night to take steps to form a Gratiot countv base ball league, was adjourned until Saturday forenoon of tdls week, The adjourned meeting will be held at the Wright House in this city at l:30, Saturday morning, and It is hoped there will be a good attendance. It ought to be an easy matter to or ganize and to sustain a county league and all who would like to see this desirable condition brought about are urged to atend this meeting. Bring vour base ball friends with you. You Always Get Results. Last Thursday just before The Record went to press Charles Webster called at this office and inserted a 23 word for sale notice in which he of fered seed potatoes for sale. So name was signed to the advertisement, simply Bell telephone number 148. Fridav noon, just 24 hours a!ter The Record was mailed, Mr. Webster In formed this office that "his telephone his Potatoes were sold or contracted for at 11.25 per bnsbel. The 'Record brings results to its advertisers. If you do not believe it try it The Popular Ithaca Merchant Dies In Texas. no Burial In Saginaw Was in Business In Ithaca for Many Years. For years Mr. Wolf Netzorg has been recognized as one of the more successful business men in Qratiot county. Born in Russia, he came to the United States, and by hard labor acquired a competency. Mr. Netzcrg was a son of Abraham and Rebecca (Keidan) Netzorg; He was educated in his native country, and at the age of 20, came to the United States. He joined his uncles, II. and J. Netzorg. at St. Charles, Saginaw county. Mich., where they were In business. In order to ac custom himself to the customs and language of the new world in which he found himself, Mr, Netzorg fol lowed peddling about two years and a half, after which he engaged as a clerk In the store of his uncle, where he remained about six months. He went to Ithaca in September, 1877, and entered into partnership with Nyman E. Yesner. and opened a store for the sale of general merchan dise. This relation existed until Feb ruary 2t3, 1883, when Mr. Netzorg pur chased the interest of his associate, and has since been engaged in the prosecution of a prosperous and grad ually extending business. He is a mem'ner of the Masonic fraternity. He was inurried January 0, 1881, at St. Charles, Mich., to Fannie Sodek son, of Mineolx, Texas. County W. C. T. U. Convention. The twenty-fourth annual conven tion of the Gratiot Countv Woman's Christian Temperance Union was held at the Methodist church. St. Louis. Mich., May 11th and 12th. li0!. The morning session was spent in roll call of officers and superinten dents, seating of delegates, appoint ment of com uiittees. treasurer's report, report of local unions with greetings from the local union by Mrs. Mvrta Youngs. At the consecration service conducted by Mrs. Calkins, the infant daughter of Mrs. Allen was consecrat ed to the service of righteousness, of temperance and puritv. This "was the most beautiful service of the entire meeting. The report from ' the dif erent unions and committies were given and 3howed a general prosperity and increased sentiment all over the county. Tuesday evening the music by an orchestra, quartette and others was exceedingly tine and greatlv en joyed. The officers elected for the ensuing year are as follows: President Mrs. Norma Ashley. Rec. Sec'y.' -Mrs. Addie Mude, Clark. North Star. Cor. Sec'y. Mrs. Edith Densmoro North Star Treasurer Mrs. Addie Walker, Pom peii. Will Speak In Alma. Mr. Raymond Robins of Chicago, will be he speaker at the commence ment exercises of the Kindergaiten Department. Mr. Robins Is well known in Chicago and the east as an eloquent and forceful speaker on civic, social and ethical subjects. Mr. Robins has had a wide and varied experience. As a lawyer In San Fran cisco, as an explorer and religious worker in Alaska, and as a civic and social worker in Chicago for some years, he nas gathered a knowledge of human nature, which gives to the subject matter of his address a virility and force not often found in a man so young in years. During the winter of 1!07 and 1108. Mr. Robins lectured in ;ew York and Boston lfore relgiious and social organizations. Civic Improvement Leagues. Woman's Clubs and Trades Unions, on subjects of religious, socIa! and civic interest. Mr. Robins will speak for the members of the graduating class on "The Ultimate Sanctions for Life." Former Mayor E. F. Dunne of Chica go, speaks his praise in the following terse paragraph. ' "Hich-minded. disinterested, cour ageous, a forceful, convincing, capti- vating and eloquent speaker, he car ries conviction to his audience." Second Annual Field Day Exercises Friday. May 28lh. Friday. Mav 28th. weather per miting, will be a big iuv in Alma. The Gratiot Countv Athletic as sociation will hold their second an nual meet that day on Davis field. The order of exercises is as follows: 1. 50 yard dash, Class A. 2. 50 yard dash, Class B. 3. Standing broad jump, Class A. 4. 100 yard dash, Class A. 5. 100 yard dash, Class B. 6. Standing broad jump, Class B. 7. Mile run, Class A. 8. Mile run, Class B. 9. 120 yard low hurdle. Class B. 10. 12 pound shot. Class A. 11. 12 pound shot, Class B. 12. 440 yard dash, Class A. 13. 440 yard dash, Class & 14. 12 pound hammer, Class A. 15. 12 pound hammer, Class B. 16. 220 yard low hurdle, Class A. 17. 220 yard low hurdle, Class B. 18. Discus, Class A. n 19. Discus, Class B. 20. 220 yard dash, Class A, 21. 220 yard dash, Class B. 22. High jump, Class A. 23. High jump, Class B. 24. Half mile run, Class A. 25. Half mile run, Class B. 26. Running broad jump, Class A. 27. Running broad jump, Class B. 28. 120 yard high hurdle, Class A. 29. Pole vault, Class B. 30. Pole vault, Class A. 31. Half mile relay, Class B. 32. Hal! mile relay, Class A. v Our readers will remember the in terest occasioned by the meet ono vear ago and as a result both attendance and entries promise to be larger than at that time. You will miss it if you do not arrange to be present. -o- Held Their Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Civic Improvement League was held Mav 7th. at the home of Mrs. Francis King. While the officers iave proved themselves efficient, yet it was not possible for all to accept re-election. The objections of an especially Cap(ab)le one were overruled and election resulted as follows: President Mrs. John Caple First Vice President Mrs. Franicis King Second Vice President Mrs. S. Mes singer Recording Secretary Mrs. . J. L. Adams Corresponding Secretary Mrs. W. A. Bahlke Treasurer Mrs. Ely Brewbaker Delegate to M. S. F. W. C Miss C. Delavan Alternate Mrs. S. Messinger When the league was organized two years ago with the object "to in crease the public interest in all mat ters of good citizenship." the one "clearlv defined. stecitic purpose" in mind was to aid the council in the city hous-ekeeping. The members leing house keepers, naturally thought first to "clean up," next beautify." Work has been done along several lines, not the least ampng these teing the free reading room. From the recording secretary's re port we glean: "The Civic Improve ment League during the year B0i has held 1C meetings with a good average attendance and much Interest and enthusiasm shown at all times. On January 1st the free reading room was thrown open. The results of this undertaking have been very gratify ing. The league has a very active committee on home gardening among tee school children and hope the sum mer and fall will bring satisfactory results to all interested in this ven ture." From tho treasurer's report: General expense. including street refuse cans, charity work, etc., $82.35, reading room expenses $307 4. Enough of the funds pledged for read ing room support have lieen received so that all expenses are paid up to date. New Rails Being Laid. The Ann Arbor railroad company has commenced the laving of forty miles of steel rails on the north divis ion. It will be laid between Home stead and Frankfort, and Meslck and Cadillac. When this piece of work is completed the road will all be relaid with eighty pound steel from Mt. Pleasant to the terminus at Frankfort. It will reouire two months to com plete the work. Cadi l.'ac Globe, o W. S. Turck and Michael Tollasky were in Bay City, Tuesday. Hold Following Is the Program lor Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. EXERCISES AT OPERA HOUSE. Rev. H. L. Craln Will Deliver Ihe Address Order of Line of March to Cemetery. Monday, May 31, will be observed as Memorial Day, this year. The exercises will be in charge of Wm. Moyer, Post, G. A. R and Wm. Moyer Corps, No. 182, W.IR. C. The exercises will commence in tiie morning when at 8 o'clock members of the post will visit the Wright and Bailey cemeteries and strew flowers over the graves of their depated comrades. The afternoon exercises will be held at the Opera House in this city, com mencing at two o'clock. Following is the program: Song Wright's Quartette Trayer Rev. J. Clizbe Reading Orders Adjutant of the Post. Song "Lead Kindly Light" by sixth and seventh grades. Gettysburg speech fifth grade. Introduction of sj-eaker. Address Rev. H. L. Crain. Benediction Rev. Chas. Ryan. After the exercises at the opera house the procession will form ou the corners of State and Superior streets in the following order: Mayor and city officials Kidelweiss Co. No. 4, U. R., K of P Pine River Canton, I. O. O. 1 Alma Fire Department Martial Band ' G. A. R. W. R. C. Pupils of tne Public Schools Citizens in carriages March to Riverside Cemetery Upon arriving at the cemetery the following program will be carried out: Song "Close to the Hag," by fifth and sixth grades. Ritualistic exercises by Post. Closing song by all "America" On returning the W. R. Corp.s assisted by the second grade, will render a short program at the riverside and scatter flowers on the waters in commemora tion of the nation's sailor dead. Following are the officers of the day. Commander Jos Sartor Adjutant John Grieg Chaplain Rodney Purvis Officer of Day E. Robinson Marshal of the Day Joe Sartor WAS LUCKY ACCIDENT. Front Truck of Tender of Ann Arbor Passenger Train Cut Ties for 80 Rods. The Ann Arbor passenger train north Thursday morning came through a peculiar accident most lucxily. Opposite the Doherty farm south of Clare the front trucks of the tender left the rails and twisting one-forth way round dragged up the track for about tfO rods cutting through a large number of ties ere the train came to a standstill. But fortunately, how ever, this truck was all that left the track and no injury was received by any of the passengers If the engine or coaches had left the track a tragedy would have resulted as the embankment is from 12 to 15 feet in some places along the course of the track where the derailment occurred. Medical Society Banquet. As has been previously announced the Dr. Scott meeting and banquet of the Gratiot County Medical society will 1)0 held at the Presbyterian church, Ithaca. Mav 28, at eight o'clock. A program of toasts his been arranged as follows: Honoring the Doctor Dr. I. N. Brainerd. Dr. Scott as a Professional Associate Dr. J. P. Carpenter. Dr. Scott the Phyiscan Archie Mc Cail Dr. Scott a Friend and Neighbor Charles Graham Music will be furnished by Stickles orchestra. An invitation is extended to the public to attend these exercises. Tickets to the banquet .5 cents per plate. Those wishing to attend the banquet should notify Dr. Weller as early as possible. In On Wednesday of last week, Miss Okla Rearick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Win. Rearick, was united in holy matrimouy to Mr. Carl Banghmau, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Baughman of Shepherd. The ceremony took place at the beautiful home the' groom had in readiness for his bride. At 6 o'clock the shades were lowered, lamps and candles lighted, giving their home a beautiful appear ance. The inmates of the room were busted to an awe of stillness by the announcement of the bridal party, given by Miss Irene Hafer. To the strains of a beautiful wedding march, rendered by Miss Allie Moltsan attended by Miss Bulah Shear, then came Rev. Mease of Shepherd, followed by the ring bearer, Miss Daisy, si6ter of the bride, carrying the ring partly hid by the chansels of a pure white carnation, next the brides maid, Miss Ethel Rearick and grooms man, Elvin Hafer, followed by the bride and groom. The ceremony was a beautiful one, impressing all present with the sacredness of the marriage vews and the aesthetic home life. The bride was beautifaly attired in an apri cot satin, heavily trimmed in lace and aplique and carried a shower bouquetof pink and white carnations. The groom wore the conventional black, the brides maid wore white silk. After congratu lations the guests were escorted to the dining room and seated at the table by their great aunt Miss Rebecca Pen en burg, where an elegant dinner was served. The table was an inviting spectacle with its snowy linen and decorations of pink and white. The place favors were pink and white car nations. Only the immediate relatives and a few intimate friends were present. Mr. and Mrs. Banghman were the recepients of many beautiful and costly presents consisting of Cit glass, silver, china and linen, Among the highly prized gifts was a coverlet made and quilted by the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Robert Dwelbiss, in her 70th year. The brvle and groom are highly esteem ed young people. The bride moved to ; Alma in 11)07 from Clyde, Ohio, but ! durin her short residence in Michigan has by her genial manner made many warm friends The groom is a very J popular young man. We all unite in I extending to Okla and Carl our heartiest congratulations and wish them a loug and hppy wedded life. The erenadersof the evening award I themselves the praise of a properly con ducted lively time with their many musical instruments. They were treated to cigars and extended their congratula - Ition?, then diasppeared as quickly they came. A Guest. Commencement Concert. The music department of Alma College will make a new departure this year in the annual concert. Heretofore, it has been the custom to engage some well-known artist for the entire program. This year, how ever, it has been decided to have the program rendered bv the music depart ment of tho college and the remainder bv outside talent. Piano numbers will lie rendered by Misses Ransom and Amsbury. vocal numtiers by the Misses Alexander and (irace Messinger, and Mr. Maynard Cook. the latter of whom, together with a male chorus, will sing the "Drinking Song" from Longfellow's "Golden Legend." set to music by Dudley Buck. But the principal at traction of the evening will le Edmund Lichtenstein. violinist, from Detroit. Mr. Lichtenstein is a graduate of the Brussels Conservatory of Music and, erstwhile, concert meieter of the Kaim Orchestra in Munich. Miss Alexander, who is post-gradu-ato in the music department, will appear for the Jast time before Alma audiences as she leaves this lummer for an extended study in Europe. Miss Messinger. Miss Rasnsom. Miss Amsbury and Mr. Cook have also been before Alma audiences and music lovers of our city will certainly 1 given a treat this coming commence ment. The concert will be held in the college chapel. Tuesday evening, June 15, at eight o'clock. Admission 35 cents. Herbert Pulfrey, son of our towns man, Geo. W. Pulfrey, has just been appointed general managei of the Cable Piano Co., at Bay City. Mr. Pulfrey is now general manager of both the Saginaw and Bay City stores. His friends in Alma extend congratulations. Two Popular Yeung People Are Joined Holy Wedlcck-Many Gifls. Is No Longer a Luxury But a Real Necessity In Every Community. GREAT IMPROVEMENTS MADE In Recent Years, Enlarge The Scope and Ser vice of The Telephone. The Record-Appeal of Ludlngton. Michigan, in a special industrial edition, in speaking of the installation of a new telephone switch board in that city by the Western Electric Company has an Interesting apprecia tion of the telephone as a public utility, and deals with the many uses of a telephone. It says: " The telephone has long passed the stage when it was a luxury to be en joyed bv the well to do and has be come a neceRsity'not only to the pnblc institutions and enterprises but to the home as well. The telephone of today is a servant to the city and the people and a verv useful servant it is. Every building is equipped with telephones which are alwavs busy taking care of the city affairs. We find them in all the departments of the city hall, in the fire department's quarters, in the schools, and hospitals, the police de partment, and in the office of the water and light companies: and these public institutions would be at sea if their telephone connection were off an hour. While tho city finds it an absolute necessity, the average ciitlzen finds it just as essential to his welfare. A few years ago if we found it neces sary to call a physician it meant a walk of often a mile or two. If he was not in when we got there it meant another trip to some other physician. Today we reach his residence by 'phone in a few seconds and if he is out we call up another one in the same length of time, thus saving valuable time and allowing us to remain at home. We find we need something from the and still it. With store or market in a hurry 'cannot find time to go for out a 'phone we have to get along without it. hut with one we can call ud and have the goods delivered to us without losing anv time. In case of rain or bad weather the telephone proves to be the housewife's best friend. Ono woman in speaking of her telephone calls it her "friend on the wall" Our most distant friends are always within call, In case of need , thev can be summoned at a minutes' asnotice. Ai a -social aid the telephone i9 society's best friend. Everv day in vitations are issued over the 'phone and arrangements made for these delightful informal parties and gatherings. Without a telephone these I little Informal affairs would be difficult. The business man already knows the talu6 of a telephone to bim and it in not a question of having a telephone but a reliable telephone that interests him. Many important deals are now closed over the telephone and import ant matters involving thousands of dollars are decided after a conference or. the 'phone between two men who may be at the time hundreds of miles apart. A reliable telephone and good service are necessary then. For publlo convenience the telephone companies now a days have an information bureau which tells vou practically anything vou want to know. Every question imaginable frcm "What time is it, please?" to "How did the game come out?' is answered each day. This is indeed a great benefit to any city. Tho additions of the farmers' lines will not only be of great advantage to tue tanners but will also increase the business of the city as well. Only In recent years has the farmer seen the ' advantage of a telephone line to nim. As a business proposition he finds that the telephone pays for itself in a very short time bv enabling him to catch the market at 'hightide'so to speak, and not to drive to town with a load of produce to find that tho market baa dropped since his neighbor went It is now but a minute's work to 'phone to the city, obtain the market'prlce of produce and even make the sale. If the market is right ue can then deliver his produce at the price agreed upon. The weather reports can be had by the use of the 'phone, and other In formation essential to his welfare obtained on short notice. Socially the phone is a great help to the farmer; In cases of emergencies, such as fire, accidents and burglaries. Its value can hardly be estimated. ' Continued on page three.