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Vol. XLIV No. 11
$1.50 the Year Re the Copy
Alma, Michigan, Thursday, Junk 8, 11)22
TWELVE PAGES
Whole Number 2255
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TO CAUSING THE DEATH OF HIS
CHUM IN FIGHT ON RIVER BANK
ADOLFH VAN WALLEGHEN'S
BODY PUT IN RIVER TO FOOL
OFFICERS, HE ADMITTED.
Weird Talc Was
Unfolded Friday
A crime that has never been equall
ed in this section of the state because
of the age of those involved, was un
covered by Gratiot County officials
last Friday when they secured a con
cession from Percy Kiter, thirteen,
and a confirming confession from
Donald Smith, both living near St.
Louis, that Kiter had caused the death
of Adolph Van Walleghen, the four
teen year old son of Mr. and Mrs.
Alex Walleghen, living on a farm
near St. Louis, on Wednesday, May
31, during a fight between the dead
lad and Kiter.
: Kiter also admitted that he had
forced young Smith to aid him in cov
ering up the evidences of the crime,
by undressing the body of Van Wal
leghen, and putting the body into
Pine river to make the affair seem
like a case of drowning. Fearing
Kiter. because of threats he made if
Smith told of the affair, the officers
had some real diffficulty in getting
the little Smith lad to tell what he
knew of the affair, the reluctance of
the lad to tell' what he knew ap
parently coming from a real fear of
Kiter, whom Smith saw cause the
death of Van Walleghen.
' The tales that the lads unfolded to
the officers, at a time "when one of
the lads was not present to overhear
the story of the other co-incided in all
details, assuring the officials the
correctness of the accounts. In si
lent wonder the officers listened to the
weird story of the lads who pictured
to them the various scenes which led
up to the fight that resulted on the
"high banks" about 3-1 of a mile up
from the St. Louis dam, and death of
Van Walleghen, and the subsequent
attempt to dispose of the body to hide
the crime.
Prosecuting Attorney Romainc
Clark Friday evening detailed the af
fair to a representative of The
Record, as gleaned by the officers
from the confessions made by the two
lad?.
It seems that on Wednesday, May
31, the lads, Van Walleghen, Smith
and Kiter, started for the "high
banks," and on the way Van Walleg
hen and Kiter quarreled over some
goods that Kiter is said to have
stolen and Van Walleghen, is said to
have threatened to squeal about them.
During this argument Kiter is said to
have threatened Van Walleghen.
Reaching the "high banks" the lads
ftarted quarreling anew, over the
possession of a pipe. Van Wal
leghen, the lads admitted, sat down
on the edge of the bank and started
to unlace his shoes, when Kiter
struck him. Van Wallegehn jumped
to his feet to protect himself from
Kiter, who again struck him and at
the same time tripped him.
In falling Van Walleghen went
over the edge of the bank, falling
from fifteen to twenty feet down the
steep bank, and struck hi head on
the limb of a tree on the ground
at the edge of the river.
Kiter scrambled down the bank and
again attacked Van Walleghen,
pounding his head against the limb,
but had hardly started this before
noticed blood coming from Van
Walleghen's nose and mouth, which
caused him to stop, it is said.
Kiter is said to have admitted that
he then pulled Van Walleghen to the
edge of the river, so that his head lay
partly in the water, and grabbing a
forked stick nearby, pushed it down
around Van Walleghen's neck which
caused the marks, which the officers
found on the neck of Van Walleghen's
body when they took it from Pine
river last Thursday about noon,
v Kiter then forced young Smith, it
is said both lads admitted, to aid him
to undress the body of VanWalleg
, hen, and to aid him in shoving the
body into the river. Kiter then
u?ed the limb of the tree to shove the
bodv out from" the shore. Kiter
they admitted, noticed some spots of
blood on the back of Walleghen's
thirt, near the neck-band, and he
itopped long enough to wash the
thirt, and pile Van Walleghen's
clothes in a neat pile, the lad evident
ly believing that when the clothes
were found on the river bank, it
would be taken for granted that Van
Walleghen had drowned.
Threatening dire results to Smith
if he ever told, the lads then started
to leave the "high banks," but just
t? they reached the top of the bank,
Kiter is said to have returned to the
edge of the river where Van Walleg
hen's clothes were piled, and to have
taken ten cents from his pocket, put
it in his own and then walked off.
(Continued on page five)
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EXPRESS CONFIDENCE
The following item from last Fri
day's Saginaw Courier, will be of in
terest locally, as Rev. Brownlow was
formerly pastor of the M. E. church
in this city:
"The quaiterly conference of the
First Methodist Church, in session
here, adopted resolutions of confi
dence in Rev. T. (i. R. Itrownlow, who
was barred from the Memorial Day
program by the local post of the
American Legii n on the ground of
alleged unsympathetic' conduct to
ward service men."
HIT BY AUTOMOBILE
Immediately following the physical
training exhibition of the Alma Pub
lic Schools at Republic field Wednes
day evening, lima Sutfin, twelve
year old daughter of U. R. Sutfin of
Grace avenue, was struck by an au
tomobile on East Superior street,
near the Christian chinch, and suf
fered a fractured left arm. She was
quickly rushed to, a local physician's
office after the accident and then re
moved to her home.
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Season Hoy Pasture
Rape, a crop which may be sown
until July 1, or eve n later if weather
conditions are favorable, is one of the
best hog pastures, according to Prof.
W. E. .1. Edwards of the Michigan
Agricultural College animal husban
dry department.
"For best results, however, tijis
crop should be sown at once", says
Edwards. "Use about five pounds
of seed of the Dwarf Essex variety
broad casted per acre. If the soil
is light, it is often preferable to .sow
in drills about twenty-eight inches
apart, using three or four pounds of
seed to the acre. By cultivating be
tween the rows, the weeds can be
kept down and a stronger crop is
produced.
CONTINUE DRIVE THIS WEEK
WAS THE DECISION MADE
ON MONDAY.
Officials, committee chairman, cap
tains of teams and friends of the
Salvation Aary met Monday noon for
a banquet at the Chamber of Com
merce rooms in the city hall, and
heard some enthusiastic addresses
by P. W. Crcaser, J. L. Winslow, Mrs.
Henry Soule, Mrs. Franvix King, Mis.
William Rahlke, R. It. Wagner, Mrs.
Sylvia Gaffney and Charles G.
Rhodes, in re gard t the work of
the Army and the need for raising
the quota of $3,'.50 in the county.
Rev. W. L. Gelston, president of
the Federated Churches presided at
the meeting in place of II. S. Habcock,
who was called out of the city.
Considerable spirit was shown by
those present', and under the lender
ship of those in charge an organiza
tion was completed for a through
canvas of the city. R. R. Wagner
was selected as chairman of the Cob
bat Division and has charge of the
downtown solicitation.
Frank F. Smith was appointed as
chairman of the advanced gifts com
mittee, and some very good results
have already been achieved. It is
expected that this committee will
.function very satisfactorily.
J. W. Rlakely and Glenn Crisp were
apointed as chairman of the indus
trial committee.
The balance of the county is very
thoroughly organized and it is expect
ed from word received by the various
chairmen of the districts that they
will achieve their quotas.
Ithaca, with a quota of $750, is
well organized. Grace Rowell is the
chairman there, and she is being as
sisted by Relle J. Price as campaign
director. The city is organized by
wards and four teams arc busy in
the down town district. Monday,
while in Alma attending the meeting
Grace Rowell gave a very good talk
at the meeting.
St. Iouis campaign is in charge of
C. A. Rehle, as chairman, with Dr.
! Pettit as campaign manager.
Alma to date has raised only $750
of the quota that is berng sought, and
no reports have been received from
outside territory. The campaign
will close this week Saturday and all
chairmen are urged to have their re
ports in as quickly as possible. Cam
paign headquarters will be open un
til midnight.
The College Seniors Present "The
Importance of Being Earnest" at the
Strand Monday night. advertisement
SALVATION ARMY
DRIVE CONTINUES
Iludick Sells the
Republic Pool Hall
Franck Rudick has sold the Repub
lic Ililliard Hall, which he has con
ducted here for the past five and one
half years, to Lewis W. Ilershey of
Mt. Pleasr.nt, who took possession of
the business Saturday morning.
Mr. Rudick, who has the agency for
Stroh's temperance beer in Gratiot,
Saginaw, Isabella and Clare Counties,
has found that the agency was de
manding practically all of his time,
because of the rapidly increasing
business and this actuated him to dis
pose of the pool and billiard hall
which he had been conducting in this
city for some years. The pool and
billiard hall includes several tables,
lunch counter, etc., and is located
over the Glass & Hannah hardware.
In the future Mr. Rudick will devote
his entire time to his agency.
Mr. Hershy, who took over the bus
iness, Saturday, has formerly been in
the pool and billiard room business,
and in coming to Alma is planning
on making a number of improve
ments and changes in the Republic
Ililliard Hall, which he believes are
in keeping with any up-to-date estab
lishment of this kind.
ALMA MERCHANTS PLAN FOR
EVENT EVERY WEDNESDAY
NIGHT DURING SUMMER.
The Alma Merchants Bureau has
decided to offer the people of Alma
and the surrounding country some
thing different in the way of real en
tertainment during the summer
months, something more attractive
than the ordinary band concert, which
can be heard almost any time and at
almost any place. As a result the
Merchants Bureau at considerable
expense has arranged for free vaude
ville on the streets of the city every
Wednesday evening during the sum
mer months, insuring the people of
this vicinity of something new and
something different each and every
week.
The first of the affairs to be held
weekly during the summer was given
on Wednesday evening of this week,
the Alma merchants giving to their
patrons of this section five big free
acts of vaudeville, which proved to be
highly interesting and entertaining.
Stunts that are not ordinarily seen
were on the bill and kept the crowd
interested from the start to finish. It
took nearly an hour and a half for the
five acts to be carried through.
The big free vaudeville was follower!
by a big street dance on the pavement
a fine ten pcice orchestra furnishing
the music for the event, an orchestra
that has been furnishing music for
some of the largest dances that have
been held in this part of the state
during the past several months. A
large crowd took advantage of the
opportunity to dance to the strains of
the music furnished by the orchestra,
and it is certain that the crowd so
thoroughly enjoyed itself that a still
larger crowd will be on hand for the
treat that is in store for next week.
ANNUAL SENIOR PLAY
The annual play to be given by
the senior class of Alma College will
be given Monday evening at the
Strand theatre. This year's class
has selected Wilde's satirical comedy
on English life, "The Importance of
Being Earnest," as the play to be
given, and for some weeks the east
has been working for the production,
which promises to be an unusually
good one, as the cast is a very
strong one. Tickets are now on sale
with members of the senior class or
may be obtained Monday at the
Strand box office. The curtain will
rise promptly at 8:15 Monday even
ing. PAY STIFF FINES
Roy Butler and William Smith, two
of the number rounded up by local
officers about ten days ago because
of their activities in attempting to
put a wet spot in an otherwise arid
region, nfer cooling their heels in
the county jail for about ten days
were taken before Judge E. J. Moin
et in circuit court Tuesday, where
they were handed out fines of $100.00
each and costs of $50.00 each, for
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j selling, navinn in ineir possession
and transporting liquor.
ELKS FLAG DAY
Next Wednesday, June 11, is Flag
day and the Elks are to hold their
regular flag day exercises in their
lodge rooms, in the evening. The G.
A. R., the Women's Relief Corps, the
American Legion and Auxiliary and
other patriotic organizations have
been invited. Besides the ritualistic
work of the Elks Rev. M. W. DufTcv
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win K,vu ,u uuv wnu kouu puiu-
ists will sing. The public is invited
to be present. The exercises will
commence promptly at R:00 o'clock.
Don't fail to see the Senior Play
Monday night. adv.
MERCHANTS FREE
ENTERTAINMENT
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IVIVlLNbLIYO
EXERCISES 10
THE INDIVIDUAL IN A MORE
SOCIALIZED WORLD," II AC
CA LA CREATE SUBJECT.
Kitty is Speaker
al Commencement
The commencement week activities
at Alma College will open Sunday
evening with the baccalaureate ad
dress to be given by President II. M.
Crooks at the First Presbyterian
Church. From that time on until after
the commencement address at the
cc m n i ( n c e me n t e x e r c i s e s W ed n csd a y ,
there will not be an idle moment.
The subject of the baccalaureate
address to be given by President
Crooks Sunday evening, will be "The
Individual in a More Socialized
World."
The feature of Monday will be the
final chapel service of the year to
be held at 10:00 a .m., at which time
the awarding of letters to athletes,
orators and debaters, and other hon
ors will be held. It will be the first
time since 11U5 that letters have been
awarded to a championship baseball
team at Alma College and has the
promise of being an out-of-the-ordi
nary event.
A musical tea at Wright Hall in
the afternoon and the senior play in
the evening at the Strand theatre,
will complete Monday's activities.
Tuesday will see the breaking of
ground for the new memorial gymnasium-auditorium,
for which the
surveying clavs conducted by Pro
fessor F. N. Notestein, is now doing
the UI'Veing. The college hope3 to
have numerous old athlete?, and es
pecially captains of teams on hand
to throw a few spadefuls of dirt. It
is expected that Watson B. Robinson
of New York, captain of Alma's first
championship team yill be present.
Certain it- is that Captain Crittenden,
of Alma's latest title outfit will be
there. This feature will be held at
5:0(1 p. m. At noon Tuesday an
Aluiiiri luncheon will be held in the
college grove, and at .'5:00 p .m. the
Alumni ball game will be held. Tues
day morning the trustees will meet
and consider the bids of the contrac
tors for the gymnasium, and go into
some important matters relating to
the faculty, and to the endowment
campaign. It is possible that the
trustees may also vote some hono
rary degrees at the Tuesday meeting.
Tuesday evening the senior prome
nade will be held, ;,i'd will be follow
ed by the president's rctept-ion a ll.o
hi ne of Preside;?;, -md Mrs. Crooks.
Wednesday " ining the academi j
pn cession will st.vt from Wif.t j
hall at ::15 a ..v., and will march toj
the college chapel, where at 10:00 1
a. m. the annual commencement c- I
erases are to be held, at which time
twelve seniors v.'ill complete th'ir
college courses. President Henry
Churchill King, LL. D., of Oberlin
College, Ohio, will give the com
mencement address, the subject be
ing "The Fine Art of Living." It
is expected that some vital announce
ments regarding the college will be
made at the commencement exercises
by President Crooks. Immediately
following the commencement exer
cises the commencement luncheon
will be held at Wright- Hall.
IIIGIIITELD BUYS
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START SUNDAY
Corner Drug Store from W. W. Slaw
son about a year ago, has sold his in
terests in the drug business to Allen
G. Ilighfield of Alma, wlu will take
possession at once. Mr. Zank will en
ter the fox business, being connected
with the farm recently purchased
from Bryant E. Avery, two and one
half miles west of Greenville. This
location was purchased several weeks
ago by Claude C. Cole of Muskegon.
He will retain his residence in Green
ville. Mr. Ilighfield has operated a drug
stote in Alma for the past seven
years and comes here highly recom
mended. He will takx' possession at
once and will continue to operate the
business in a manner plaesing to the
Greenville people. The location will
be known as the Ilighfield Pharmacy.
Mr. Ilighfield is a member of both
the Masons and the Elks. Greenville
Independent.
APPRECIATION
It is with regret that I announce
that due to rapidly growing business
I have found it advisable to dispose
of The Republic Billiard Hall in order
that I may devote my entire time to
the agency for Stroh's beer in Gra
tiot, Isabella, Clare and Saginaw
counties. I take pleasure in express
ing my high appreciation of the
hearty patrcnage that has been ac
corded me during the five and one
half years I have conducted the busi
ness and urge its continuance with
my successor. Frank Rudick.
Firm Held Its .
Formal Opening
GilcM & Archer, Alma agents for
the new Durant automobiles, held
their formal opening Saturday even
ing, with an event that was some
what unusual, and which drew a large
crowd to inspect the new line of auto
mobiles and to enjoy the evening.
The new pavement in front of the
Giles-Archer stores was roped off for
the evening and all comers were giv
en an opportunity to dance on the
pavement until 10:30, the firm fur
nishing a high class orchestra to give
the musical strains that were needed
for the dance. All during the entire
evening a large crowd was present
at the formal opening, inspecting the
new line of automobiles and enjoying
a few turns cn the pavement as the
orchestra rendered the various dance
numbers.
Several of the new Durant models
were on display during the evening at
headquarters of the Alma agents on
Woodworth avenue, and the entire
force was kept busy during the even
ing explaining the various points of
the new automobiles to the public.
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THE RESOLUTIONS
NOT LEGAL, SAYS CREASER, AF
TER ATTORNEYS APPROVE
PAVING BOND ISSUES.
At a special meting of the city
commission held Saturday afternoon
a heated discussion of the resolutions
to be passed regarding the issuance
of the special assessment bonds for
the paving of North Woodworth
avenue, W. Downie street and West
En.l street arose in which Commis
sioner Creaser evidently endeavored
to convince the rest of the commis
sion that the city commission did not
have the legal right to go through
the proceedings that they were go
ing through in regard to the special
assessment bond issues for this pav
ing work, although the various steps
looking towards the special assess
ment bond issue for this paving had
been gone over in advance by the
city attorney, William A. Bahlke, and
the steps, that had been taken
up tit that time, had been approved
by the attorneys of the Detroit Trust
Company, to whom the bonds had
been awarded, and who certainly
would not advise the Detroit Trust
to purchase the bonds, if they were
net legally issued.
The attorneys of the Detroit Trust
Company had passed on the various
steps in the matter up to that time
and had even approved the form of
the resolution, which was up for
passage, and which in their opinion
evidently made the bonds legal in
every way, as these .attorneys cer
tainly would not o. k. legal steps on
a probable illegal bond issue and
possibly put the Detroit Trust Com
pany in a position where it could
net collect on the bonds. That in
itself is sufficient- proof that every
step that has been taken by the city
is regular.
When the vote was taken on the
various resolutions for the paving on
the three streets, which carry spec
ial assessment- bond issues totalling
$2:,2(')5.r,8, for the work on these
streets, the commissioners, includ
ing Mayor Murphy, and excepting
Commissioner Creaser, voted for the
resolutions.
Commissioner Creaser voted
against them and asked that hi3 rea
sons for voting against the resolu
tions be made a part of his vote. A
legal opinion showed that this could
not be done. Commissioner Crcaser
then wrote out his reasons for vot
ing against the special assessment
bond issues, and asked that the city
clerk file the reasons.
Following will" be found just what
Commissioner Creaser wrote out and
filed with the clerk:
"Believing that the City Charter
does not give us the right and even
if it did it should first be submitted
to a vote of the people;
And also it is dangerous precedent
to establish, I vote no on the resolu
tion. P. W. Creaser."
BANK CLEARINGS
The First State Bank reports clear
ings for the week of $80,501.21), as
against clearings for the current
week of last year of $70,148.81, show
ing a decided increase in favor of the
current week over last year, which
taken with the increase of clearings
in recent weeks "over the same weeks
last year indicates a healthy improve
ment in business locally at least. Last
week the clearings were $118,801.15,
and they showed a fine increase over
the corresponding week of a year
ago.
Girls Gingham Dresses a large as
sortment to chose. Sizes from 3 to fi
years, will go on sale for 70c at I). W.
Robinson's, Alma, Mich. advertise
ment. .
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ALBERT BACH, FARMER, HIT
BY A SPEEDING AUTOMOBILE
DIED IN AN ALMA HOSPITAL
SPECIAL PROGRAM
The Methodist Sunday school will
give tleir Children's Day program on
Sunday, .June 11, at 10:30 o'clock. The
program consists of Processional
March and songs with flowers and
branches, recitations, exercises and
songs by the different departments of
the Sunday school. Several patriotic
numbers will be given as Betsy Ross
and Washington.
Flag drill by twelve girls.
Flag song by twelve boys.
CIRCUS COMING TO ALMA
John Robinson's circuu will appear in
Alma on Saturday, June 21, the
advance man for the show coming to
Alma today to make the needed ar
range mcnts.
Blooded Stallion
Added to Herds
Langwater Model, a two year old
Clydesdale stallion from the finest
blood of his breed, has just been ad
ded to the Michigan Agricultural
College herds of pedigreed draft
horses.
Langwater Model is an aristocrat
of the horse world. His sire, Fair
holme Footprint, has three times
been international champion of his
breed. A full brother st-ood second
in a strong class at the 1020 Inter
national Show in Chicago, and Lang
water Model himself was a third
place winner at the famous show j
last year. He comes from a strain j
which reaches the culmination in !
America of the most famous line of
Clydesdale sires.
The Acquisition of the Clydesdale
to head the college herd of this breed
gives M. A. C. one of the best round
ed draft horse herds in -America.
Champions in Percheron, Belgian,
and Clydsdalc classes are included
in the herd, which has been winning
ribbons consistently in state and
national competition in recent years.
WORKERS
MEET HELD RERE
COUNTY POSTAL EMPLOYEES
WELFARE ASS'N ORGANIZED
AT ALMA MEETING.
Thursday evening the postal em
ployees of the county and their wive;,
met in UNe Alma Chamber of Com
merce rooms in the cit hall for the
purpose of merging the welfare
organizations of the various offices
into a county organization. The meet
ing was attended by 12" postal work
ers and wives.
Ezra L. Smith, acting postmaster
of the Alma office, acted in the capa
city of toastmaster at the banquet
whi.h was served. John Burns
postmaster at St-. Louis, and Post
master Gibbs of Ithaca responded for
the larger offices and John Young of
Riverdale, Marlie Slingluff of Elwell
and Ernest Muscott of Breckenridge
for the smaller offices of the county.
John McLaughlin of Elwell spoke in
behalf of the rural free delivery car
riers of the county, Fred Dclavjm of
Alma for the city carriers and L. R.
May for the postal clerks.
At the business session which fol
lowed a Postal Employeees Welfare
Association was organized and of
ficers were elected a; follows: presi
dent, Leon R. May of Alma; vin
president, Carl J. Willis of Bannister;
secretary, Mailie Slingluff of Elwell.
In addition to the officers the follow
ing executive committee was chosen:
G. F. Coon of Ashley, John Young of
Riverdale, Stanley Stone of Ithaca,
M. I). Fisher of Elwell, and D. C.
Eyer of North Star.
It was decided to hold meetings of
the Postal Employees Welfare Asso
ciation every three months and the
next meeting will be held on Iabor
Day either at Rock lake or at Bass
lake.
The Chamber of Commerce rooms
were decorated with flags and with
red, white and blue crepe paper for
the postal employees function.
WEATHER SUMMARY
The weather summary for May as
reported by F. I Delavan, local ob
servor, shows a mean maximum tem
perature for the month of 75 degrees
and a mean minimum of 50 decrees.
The maximum was Ki degrees on
May 11, and the minimum was "7 de
grees on May 8.
The total precipitation for the
month was 3. 11 inches, the greatest
amount in 21 hours being 1.3 inches
on May 17. There were 11 days on
which .01 or more inches of precip
itation fell. There were 17 clear
days during the month, 6 part cloudy
and 8 cloudy.
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CARL WITTERS, DRIVER OF CAR,
IS HEING HELD BY POLICE
PENDING INVESTIGATION.
Balch Died Shortly
After the Accident
Albert Balch, aged 70 years, a
farmer living a short distance east
and south of St. Louis, was so badly
injured Wednesday when struck by
an automobile driven by Carl Witter,
the son of Charles Witter, Ely St.
grocer, that he died very soon after
being taken to a hospital here. Indi
cations at noon today were that Wit
ter may face a charge of negligent
homicide or manslaughter in connec
tion with the accident which took
place on Michigan avenue, just a
short distance east of the Ruggles
home.
County authorities headed by Pros
ecuting Attorney Clark, with city of
ficials co-operating, were conducting
an investigation into the affair at
noon today, after having decided that
there was no advantage to be gained
by calling a coroner's jury, as the so
called criminal investigation will
serve to bring out the facts connected
with the affair on which a possible
prosecution will be based.
Just exactly how the accident took
place was not entirely clear at noon
today. It seems, however, that Balch
who had been in Alma was on his
way home when the accident occurred.
He was evidently walking on the
north side of the road. Reaching a
point just east of the Ruggles home
an automobile driven by Verne Col
burn, a farmer living between Alma
and St. Louis slowed down and Col
burn invited Balch to ride with him.
In the space of a few seconds, an
automobile came up from the rear,
and struck Balch, hurling him into
the ditch. Whether Balch had al
ready started to cross the road or
not, has not been clearly shown at
noon, but indications are that he had
hardly had time to turn towards the
car when he was struck by the Ford
racer, driven by Witter.
Just as quickly as possible an am
bulance was called and the man was
rushed to a hospital, where he died a
few minutes later.
Witter and Ernest loccy, who wa3
with him in the Ford car when it hit
Balch, were questioned by Chief
r:,:npl,ell ;;nd it is said that Witter
volur.iai ily admitted that heSS-vas
'hiving fiom 25 to .'!0 miles an hour,
wlu-i he struck Balch. It is also said
although not ctearly shown yet that
'A'iter did not have a license plate
( n the fr.mt of his car. If Witter
va- traveling at the rate that he is
said to hav admitted that he was
going, in: ii'e f the corporation limit-:,
there vn question but what he
violated the sp'vd laws, and also an
'(her ! r.v that requires the slowing
down to ten miks an hour in passing
a p fl"sti i;wi.
Whll" IVo-.-'-iter Clark had not
fi'l'y determined w'hat line of action
nii'ht 1 - t-iken at noon today, there
i-s every indication that Witter wdll
face a charge of either negligent
homicide or manslaughter, and per
haps b'th.
Secies Information
About Depot Park
The United States Department of
Agricultural, farm management and
farm v. on- mics branch, is seeking in
formation i:i regard to the rose gar
den at t'v Union depot here in con
liecti'tn ith a study of the social
aspect.; of rural planning, one phase
of which relates to landscape im
provements about railway stations,
and as. a result of the information
sent to the department by Mrs. King,
president of the Civic Improvement
League, this pretty little garden
promises to b? still more widely
known over the country.
Information sent to the department
shows the park to be about 300 feet
by 10 feet, the idea of the park being
originated by Mrs. King, at a tim
when the board of trade was contem
plating the erection of a city sign to
shut off some disagreeable views.
The information goes on to tell
how, for three years Mr. and Mrs.
King did the work in preparing the
park each spring, etc., and the for
mation of a special committee of the
Civic League to handle the work, how
the work is now handled, the enjoy
ment that the traveling public gcU
from the rose garden, and how prob
ably, this pretty little spot has aided
in the development of flower gardens
in Alma.
Mrs. Peter Terwillingcr returned to
her home in Portland Friday after
spending several days in Alma, with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dcwitt
Vought.
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