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VOL. XLII. NO. 13 1. DO the Year 5c the Copy ALMA, MICHIGAN", THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1922 WIIOLK NUMHEK 12257 TH E rd BANNER GLASS L II REV. WILLIAM II. MASON, I). I). OF SAGINAW GIVES COM. M KN CEMENT A DDK ESS Baccalaureate by Rev. M. W. Duffey The Alma High School commence ment week program will close this evening with the annual exercise? in the high school auditorium, at which time Rev. William H. Mason, I). I)., pastor of the Warren Avenue Pres byterian Church of Saginaw, wili give the commencement address, fol lowing which the (U members com prising the largest senior class in the entire history of the Alma schools .will receive their diplomas. The commencement week activities opened Sunday evening with the an nual baccalaurate address, which was given this year at the First Metho dist Episcopal Church by Rev. M. W. Duffey, the subject being "The Heavenly Vision," taken from the text, "Wherefore Oh King Agrippa I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision." In opening his address to the graduating class, Rev. Duffey drew for them a mental picture of a group of boys under a tree telling what they were hoping to be in the future, and he said, that any boy or girl who does not have a vision is either stupid or lazy, or perhaps both. Visions, he said, are serious things) and calling attention to Napoleon's I vision of his star of destiny, stated i that it was a serious vision, as it! drenched Europe in blood, and changed empires. Visions of sen iors, should be serious things to them, he showed as they would be a bless- inc nr n rursn In thv wmld. He spoke of 1'aul s vision which rarried him into the wilderness for two years during which time he pre pared for his life work, and which! caused him to break from his former ideas and associations, and then quoted IyTssing's definition of edu cation, "The end of education is to I make men see things large, as large,) and to see things small, as small." j He then reminded the seniors that i visions could be both large and small,) worthy and unworthy, and again ! pointed to Napoleon's vision of! brutality, which in the end defeated j itself. He pointed out Guy de Mau- passant, with his vision of a life of i voluptuous pleasure, and how, dying j by his own hand, he called out to his ! valet, "Another carcass to the dust j heap," and said that selfish visions j were good only for the dust heaps, i Paul, he said, called his vision heavenly, and our vision, he continu-j ed becomes heavenly when we realize j the kind of man or woman God de Hires us to be. The heavenly vision need not exclude other worthy visions, i he pointed out, but ever should the heavenly vision take precedent over all others. In the final analysis he said every life will be measured in the light of j what Jesus said, and did, and was, and somewhere, sometime and some how we must face our life in the light of the heavenly vision. It is a sad thing, he said, when the dreams of our youth fail us, and quoted Whitter's poem, Maud Mul W, in this connection, but, he said in continuing, it is infinitely more sad to have our heavenly vision fail. The sixty-six members of the nenior class who will receive their diplomas this evening, signifying that they have satisfactorily com-j pleted the work of the Alma Public t Schools, are the following: Myrtle) Adams, Dorothy Allen, Catherine Harry, Gladys Bentley, Naomi Rlack- j ford, Adela Roes, Bert Roothe, Doro thy Rradley, Ralph Rurt, Alice Col- j lins, Ruby Converse, Grant Cooper, William Creascr, Elliott Crooks, Leo Emmons, Ruth Cushing, Vesta Elli eott, Margery Erwin, Grace Falor, Thelma Fuller, Everett Giles, Alberta Gobel, Bernard Graham, Lois Gricr on, Leo Handley, John Holmes, Fern Holmes, Thomas Hoxie, Ellary Ingcrsoll, Russell Johnson, George Kemp, Woodburn Lamb, Phil Lewis, Bernice Lockard, Margaret Lutz, Lawrence Martoff, Robert Naylor, Norma Taylor, Margaret Pardee, Janet Patterson, Clair Perry, Thelma Post, Irene Pritchard, Kathrync Iroud, Elsie Rcnch, Ruth Richard, John Rockwell, Irene Rollin, Stanley Sartor, Darwin Sholty, Frances Sil huvy, Doris Slingluff, Miller Slusser, Gerald Smith, Iell Smith, Lois Smith, Beatrice Snider, Pauline Stil ler, Dare Strong, Vivian Walker, Wayland West, Miriam Williams, Lucille Williams, Dee Wing, Ruth Voller, Cecil Wallis, Alfred G. Wo lansky and Robert H. Moth. A lawn social will be held at the Ruggles home, Thursday afternoon, Juni 21), at- four o'clock. Everyone is invited. advertisement. 11 ALMA DIPLOMAS '. HI. Obccta to Mt. P. City Charter According to the evidence and claims filed during the case of the P. M. railroad against the city of Mt. Plea sant evidence having been heard this week, the Mt. Pleasant city charter is illegal. The Pere Marquette is protesting the payment of the special taxes as sessed for pavement, curb and gutter and sewer. The claim this protest is based upon is that the present charter is invalid because it does not state any limit to the amount of special assessment. The claim which is based on the fourth class city char ter provision in the statute provides for a maximum special tax of 25 per cent of the last preceding tax valua tion for general taxes. The city's case is being handled by Attorneys McNamara and Burwash and J T. Matthews of Ithaca is rep resenting the railroad. Briefs in the case are to be submitted later. A III Kill T MRS. ANGELL, LONG AN ALMA RESIDENT, DIED DURING PAST WEEK Mrs. Clara E. Angell, a well known resilient of Gratiot County for many years and highly respected by a large circle of friends in this city passed away at a local hospital following an attack of appendicitis Saturday even ing, June 17, her death coming as a fhock to a host of her close friends in this city. Clara E. Travis was born January 22, 18)0 at Jordan, Onondaga Coun ty, N. Y. At the age of thirteen years she was left an orphan through the death of her mother, her father having been killed on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. At the age of sixteen she came to Michigan, making her home with an uncle and attending school in Al ma. On April 10, 1879 she was united in marriage to Horace B. Angell at South Lyon. They went immediately to their new home, an uncleared farm near Forest Hill. Here were born to them three child ren, Anna M., Ira I)., and Harriet C. Angell. About 1887 they moved to; a pine stump farm near Elwell, and i later cam? to Alma and East Lansing; to educate their children. A member of the First Baptist church from her early 'teens Mrs. Angell was a sincere Christian, and a wonderful self-sacrificing wife and mother. On June 10 she was stricken with acute appendicitis. Help came too late and in spite of all efforts she passed away Saturday morning, June 17. She is survived by her husband and three children, one brother, Ira D. Travis of Salt Lake City, Utati, a half brother, Dudley Marble of Syra cuse, N. Y., a niece, Mrs. Marion Broge of Solvay, N. Y., several cousins and a host of friends. Following a beautiful and com forting service at the home Tuesday, conducted by the, Rev. Clisbe, her remains were laid at rest in River side cemetery. U R G E FsUPPO RT PRESIDENT CROOKS IN DETROIT SPOKE ON SUBJECT, "THE NEEDED ELEMENT." President II. M. Crooks, of Alma Colege gave an address Sunday even ing at the Jefferson Avenue Presby terian Church in Detroit, the subject of the address being, The Necessary Element. The address given was a strong plea to the Presbyterians of that church in behalf of the Alma Col lege Endowment campaign, which is now rapidly nearing a close, and which still needs approximately $60,000.00 to insure to the college all conditional gifts, or pledges. About $120,000 is needed if the college is to achieve its orginal goal of $685, 000. Workers in the endowment cam paign arc speeding up to the greatest possible extent during the closing days of the campaign and every ef fort is being made, not only to make certain of the conditional pledges, but also to put the campaign over the top with the original quota. HANK CLEARINGS The bank clearings for the current week as reported by the First State Bank of this city, are $93,469.19. as against clearings for the name week last year of $114,681.91, and com. pared with clearings last week of $100,075.75. OE CAMPAIGN TAX BATE IS L A YEAR AGO RATE FOR CITY TAX THIS YEAR HAS BEEN FIXED AT $10.50 PER $1,000 VALUATION Rate is 85c Less Than One Year Ago The tax rate of the City of Alma this year will show a big decrease over the tax rate of a year ago, having been fixed at $10.50 per thousand of valuation. The tax rate last year was $11.35, making the rate this year $.85 per thousand dollars of valuation less than it was a year ago. Last year the city tax provided a large sum for pavement, which approximately made up the difference in the amount of the budget of last year over this year, and as a result some of the difference in tha rate per thousand of valuation. There is also a difference in the assessed val uation of the city from last year, the new valuation being slightly smaller This however, would tend to make the rate higher. It is interesting to note also that the budget for this year contemplated several new ac tivities, which are provided and still makes possible a tax rate almost a dollar less than the rate of last year. The city taxes arc due and payable on Saturday, July 1, and the city officials urge that they be paid at the earliest possible time. Septem ber 14 is the last day that the city tax can be paid, without interest be ing added. ALMA CHURCHES UNITE FOR SERVICES DURING THE MONTHS OF SUMMER Sunday evening union services un der the auspices of the Alma Federa tion of Churches will commence next Sunday evening in the park and will continue throughout July and the first week in August. During the last three Sunday evenings in August they will be held in the various churches. For these services a program has been worked out which should make these services unusually effective. Each service will be opened by com munity singing, lead by Mr. Frank F. Smith, and a union chorus choir. Special musical numbers will also be arranged. For the better accompany ing of the music Grinnell Brothers have offered the use of a piano to be placed in the band-stand in the park and left there throughout the period of the union mceetings. The general theme for the services will be "Jesus, The World's Redeemer." The various speakers as now sched uled are as follows: June 25 Rev. J. M. Horton, L. Th., rector of the Episcopal church. Rev. Horton just recently came to Alma and many will hear him for the first time. A large attendance should greet him in welcome to Alma, and hear his message. July 2 "Stewards of Redemption," by Rev. E. E. Shoufler of the Baptist church. July 9 An out of town speaker will be secured from the Conference which will be then in session at Alma College. July 16 "The World's Need of a Redeemer," Rev. M. W. Duffey of the M. E. church. July 23 "Jesus, the Only Redeem er," Rev. W. L. Gelston of the Pres. byterian church. , July 30 "Redemption Realized," Rev. H. H. Anderson of the Christian Church. All people of the community are Invited to these services. It is the purpose of the Federation of Churches to make these services ft power for good in the community during the summer months, and this cannot be done without co-operation. Announcement is to be made later in regard to the services to be held during the. month of August. BEE KEEPERS PICNIC The Gratiot County Bee Keepers Association, comprising a mem bership in the counties of Gratiot, Montcalm, and Isabella, will hold its annual basket picnic at the home of Frank Rasmussen in Greenville, on Thursday, June 29. All bee keepers and their famlies are invited to at tend, Mr. E. W. Redman of Ithaca, secretary of the Association, has announced. IE THAN UNION SERVICES FOR THE SUMMER Operetta Was Very Pleasing "Hiawatha's Childhood," an operet ta in one act given last Friday even ing by the children of Washington School and assisted by the High School Girls Glee Club, was exceed ingly well rendered and reflects con siderable credit not only on the child ren who took part in the production but also upon the ability of the in structors, who had charge of the va rious phases of the operetta. The part of Hiawatha, as a youth and as a child, taken by Donald Hoff man and Hubert Bartling, and the part of Nokomis, handled by Lois Smith, were characterized in an ex ceptionally able manner. Consider able credit must also be given to Claud Bruce in the part of Mudje keewis, and to Lyle Thompson, who took the part of Iagoo.. The numerous school children who carried the parts of fireflies, wind spirits and phantoms are also to be commended highly for their work. Miss Emmel directed the chorus, Miss Meyers and Mr. George Mullin the staging, Miss Hood the dances, Miss Babcock the speaking, the Misses Towers, Smith, Thum and Beck the costumes and Evertt Giles the lighting. To their exceptional work in making the production a big success great credit mustl alsd be given. LAST BIOSlRE Ti BUILDING COMMITTEE TO MEET AND LET CONTRACT FOR STRUCTURE VERY SOON The last day for receiving bids for the Alma College gymnasium was Tuesday, June 20, and it is expected that the contract for the new struc ture will be let within a very few days now and that as quickly as possible the active work of construc tion will be put under way . by the sucessful bidder. Plans and specifications were not received from the architect as quickly as had been expected and there were not enough to supply all of the bid ders for the job when they were re ceived and this caused the college authorities to give more time to the bidders, so that all of them could get r, fair opportunity to bid for the work. ' As President Crooks and his aids are working in Detroit and other large cities right now in the effort to put over the endowment cam paign before June 30, when the cam paign comes to a formal close, it is expected that the building committee of the board of trustees will be call ed into session in Detroit to go over the bids and award the contract to the low bidder for the work. It is expected that the committee will be called together within the next few days and that within a week the con tract will be let, although it is pos sible, that due to the stress of the endowment campaign, the building committee will not meet until after June 30. Once the contract is let the work is to be rushed as rapidly as is pos sible consistent with good con struction, and hopes are held that the building will be ready for the basket ball season. Growers Protest Cut in Railroad Service Protesting against proposed abandonment- of branch lines of the Pere Marquette railroad which serve po tato producing sections of the state, the executive committee of the Michigan Potato Producers Associa tion went on record at a meeting last week condemning the suggested action as contrary' to the best agricultural development of the state. The railroad has filed applications with the Interstate Commerce Com mifsicn for permission to abandon its Mecosta to Barryton and Remus to Weidman branches. Inasmuch as this would cut off rail service from the only logical shipping points for a potato growing district at present shipping more than 300 cars of tubers annually, the growers association feels that proposed elimination of service would be serious to the far mers of the section. "The Barryton section is develop ing into an important certified seed potato producing district, and any thing which would interfere with the expansion of the industry would be unfortunate," says H. C. Moore, ex tension specialist in potatoes at the Michigan Agricultural College and secretary of the Potato Producers Association. "TheTe are possiblities for development of the section into a gTeat potato producing district, but railroad facilities which will neces sitate no more than a 6 to 8 mile haul to a shipping point are essential to such development." AN TUESDAY THRTH1 ARE COMPLETING THE SMALLER CLASS GOES INTO HIGH SCHOOL THAN THE ONE THAT IS LEAVING Should Temporarily Relieve Congestion The class that has completed its work in the eighth grade and govs into the high school this fall is a far smaller one than the High school graduating class, which promises to do away with some of the conges tion that has been felt in the High School building during the past few months. As another class will finish the eighth grade in February, however, when no class is leaving the High School, the congestion at that time promises to be as great or greater than it has been this past semester. The eighth grade class that will go on into the high school in the fall numbers only thirty-one pupils. The class follows: Leo Adams, Conrad Baker, P'ern Bentley, Geral dine Bush, Alice Brink, Cora Boll inger, Ethel Butrick, Harold Bush, Emma Crossen, Vergil Dumas, Mar vel DcGraw, Nina Ferris, Alvord Holly, Clifford Holmes, Carl Irish, Merle Mervin, Dorothy Monk, An gus McFadden, Austin Raymond, Mane Redel, Allen Rockwell, Fern Stearns, Ix?on Phillips, Goldie Slater, Ammi Smith, Gleeson Smith, Ethelyn Schlappi, Gladys Sadler, Hugh Ward, Howard White and Myrtle Vander mark. SIDLE SCHOOL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AUGURATES FIVE WEEKS SUMMER BIBLE SCHOOL. The Summer Bible School to com mence on next Monday, June 2'?, in the Presbyterian Church at 9:00 a. m., has the prospect of a good at tendance. As previously announced the school to be held at the Presby terian church does not propose to teach denominational doctrine and pupils from other denominations arc invited to enroll as well as Presby terians. For the school three paid instruct ors have been secured, all of whom are trained teachers, and two of whom have had experience in teach ing the Bible in Home Mission schools in which they were employed pre viously. The principal of the school will be Miss Laura Soule. The proposed curriculum of the school follows: Pupils from four to six years of age: Names of the books of the new testament; Psalms 1 and 23 memor ized; fifteen questions from "The Pri mary Catechism"; the Lord's Prayer memorized; key verses such as John 3:16, Acts 10:31, John 13:34 and Luke 18 : 1G memorized; stories of the Bible. Pupils from seven to eleven years: "The Bible and its Books," by Wor den; Psalms 1 and 23, Matt. 5:1-12, Isaiah 53:1-12, and the Ten Com mandments memorized; "The Life of Jesus," by Worden; fifty-two ques tions in "The Primary Catechism," by Carson; Lessons from "The Way of Life," by Latham; stories of the life of Christ. Pupils twelve years of age and over: "The Bible and its Books," by Worden; Psalms 1, 23 and 91, Matt. 5, Isaiah 53, Cor. 13 and the Ten Commandments memorized; eight les sons from "The Way of Life," by La them; twenty-eight pages of 'The Geography of Palestine," by Phillips; "The Life of Jesus," by Worden; "The Primary Catechism," complete if possible. The school will run from June 26 to July 28, five days each week. The classes will meet from 9:00 a. m. to 11:45 a. m. MARRIED SATURDAY NIGHT Miss Edna Crossen and Mr. Martin Bush, both of this city, were quietly married Saturday evening, June 17, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crossen. Miss Gladys Bentley and Mr. Leonard Rench were in attendance when Rev. Anderson of the Christian Church preformed the ceremony Both Mr. and Mrs. Bush are well known in this city to a large circle of friends. They expect to make their home in Saginaw, where the groom has been employed for the past six months. TH-GRADE IRK MONDAY TWELVE PAGES Want Four Roys From Each County To develop rural leadership, the State Y. M. C. A. wants the counties where. there is no secretary for Coun ty work, to finance and send four boys to the State Conference at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, on Torch Lake i August 18th to 28th. Usually some j one of the boys or some man inter ested in Y. M. C. A. work will take hi-? car and take the patty. Young men 15 years of age or over, who are regularly appointed delegates representing one of the fol lowing institutions: Rural schools, churches, Sunday schools, Young Men's Christian Associations, far- ! mers' organizations, agricultural clubs or agricultural high .schools. Write to Walter Gospill, 123 As sociation Building, Detroit, for in formation. Mr. Gospill was in St. Johns Friday, looking the matter up. T FOR PAVEMENT PETITION FILED SET DATE TO HEAR OBJECTORS ON THE PINE AVE. WORK. Tuesday evening the city commis sion by resolution fixed July 11 as the time for the hearing of objections on the special assessment roll for the proposed paving on Pine avenue from Superior street north to Walnut st. It is expected that immediately af ter the hearing of the objections the commission will ask for bids for the paving of this street, and that this work will be done before fall. The money for the city's share of this work was included in the budget of 1921. Tuesday evening a petition was submitted by a large majority of the residents of Gratiot avenue asking that that street be paved its entire length from Center street, north to East End street. The petition was received and placed on file. The pav ing on this street will not be con structed this year, as the budget that was passed in May by the city coin mission did not carry funds to finance the city's share of the cost of this work, as at that time it was not ex pected that the petition for paving on Gratiot would be in this year. Paving petitions for work that is desired in any year should be before the city commission early in the year, before the annual budget is made up, so that it will be possible to prepare plans, specifications and the esti mates of the cost of the work, so that the budget of that year may have pro visions for the city's share of the con struction costs. It is important that taxpayers, who desire pavement should remember this fact. It was stated at the Tuesday even ing meeting that the bonds coverinu the paving work on Woodworth ave nue, north; West End street and West Downie street, are exp'-etod here today from the Detroit Trust Company. They will be immediately signed by Mayor Murphy and City Clerk Blanck and returned to De troit. It is expected that the $29,500 trorit. It is expected that the $29, 5u'l that the bond issue covers, will be available for the paving work by the end of the present week. BE MUCH BETTER DETROIT HOOKING HOUSE TO FURNISH VAUDEVILLE STARS HERE Greatly encouraged by the large crowds that have been attending the free vaudeville entertainments, which the merchants of Alma have been giving each week on the raised stand in the business section of the city, the Merchants Bureau has contract ed with Zeobbic's vaudeville circuit in Detroit the largest in the coun try, and is planning on giving the people of this vicinity still finer shows during the balance of the summer months. Dr. Maynard Pringle, who has the matter of booking the attractions in charge, assures The Record that the attractions from now on, will not only continue to be high class ones, but that they will be far more spectacu lar than any of those which have so far lieen held. The merchants of the city are go ing to a big expense in putting on the big free shows each Wednesday evening and are urging that every one in this vicinity attend each Wed nesday evening and enjoy the night with the business men of Alma, as their guest, ft ATTRACTIONS TO CONTRACT LET FOR ROAD 1ST FROM THIS CITY TRUNK LINE ROAD IO BE RE BUILT WIXT OF ALMA, DIS TANCE OF MILES To Be Constructed Under Covert Act After a considerably longer period than had been anticipated, th con-tra-ts for the rebuilding of t ho trunk line road west from Alma for a dis tance of four and one. half miles were let Tuesday at the offices of the Gratiot County Road Commissioners at Ithaca by the state highway de partment. The work of rebuilding the road is to be put under way at once, and rushed as rapidly as is consistent with good road building, and it is ex pected that the entire woik will bo brought to completion late in the fall of the present year. Tho present expectation is that the work will b: started within a week or ten days at the outside. The road is to be a new gravel road, over the entire distance. Th lettir.g of the contract for the work brings to an end long effort?, that have been made to get a new road constructed west from Alma, where traffic has been unsually heavy and where the existing road was of such a nature that it proved very trouble some during wet and stormy seasons of the .Near. The contract for the grading and graveling of the road was awarded to Fred Haskins of Mt. Pleasant by the state highway department. His bid was the lowest of the ten that were received for the work. The bid was fur approximately $31,000. Contractor Chase of St. Louis ha the contract for the tilling work in connection with the new road, his bid of slightly over $7,000 being the low one of tho number that were submit ted. The property owners along the trunk liriM petitioned the state de partment a year ago to have the new road constructed, the petitions being made under the Covert act. Under this act the assessment district will pay 5 per cent of the total cost, of the road. The townships of Arcada and Pine River will each pay 2U per nt of the total cost and the township.- of S'-ville and Sumner will each pay 1 ppr rent of the total con struction tost. Tiie county will be requiied to pay 12 per cent of the cost of tin- road and the state will pay tin- balance of 75 per cent. Combine Inaugural and Commencement T" hundred and thirty-five sen iors at ti"1 .Michigan Agricultural Coll'e wiie granted diplomas on Wednesday, June 21, while David Friday, new M. A. C. executive, was formally inaugra'ed prtsidiit of th-3 institution on the same day. President Friday delivered th commentement address himself, the same speech serving as his inaugu ral ; ddress. Hon. Jason Woodman, -enioi member of the State Board of Agricultiue, formally inaugurated the new president on behalf of the State Biard and the faculty of the college. Nearly a thousand alumni and for mer student.-, in addition to friends and le-lativcs of the members of the senior class, returned for the joint ceremonies. Among the events which gav the commencement week-end an un usually full program were: a spec ial faculty reception for President and Mrs. Friday and Secretary and Mrs. H. H. Halladay; baccalaureate services; a beautiful pageant with more than 200 college students tak ing part; concerts and luncheons; and a special alumni inaugural meeting, with presidents of Michigan colleges, promincrt M. A. C. alumni, and for mer M. A. C. executives appearing on the program. Members of the senior class, a rmall one because of the fact that it entered college in 1DIK (the war year) were divided as follows: agriculture, 7.'5 engineering, 71; home economics, IS; forestry, IS; and veterinary medicine, ". ROUTE OF THE PARADE The route for the parade of the John Robinson Circus, 'which is to show in Alma on Saturday, has been given out as follows: From the show grounds on Wright avenue, south to Elwell street; east on Elwell tt State, thence south to Downie; then east to Gratiot and south on Gratiot to Superior, and then west on Super ior street to Wright avenue, and rorth on Wright avenue to the show grounds.