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Alma Rego
1. DO the Year 5c the Copy
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.
'. 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
July 9 An out of town speaker
will be secured from the Conference
which will be then in session at Alma
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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, ".
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

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