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HONS ON .11 I A i;. I
Turin Out a ilUjh
Class Traffic Bus
A i:e-w n.du try, the Par-' ar (i;u h
C. mpan y of I . ; i , it , v. ill he located
i'l It' ll 1 1 ..hi 1'i m, I. plant, and
V.ill lie doing I i i - hie. s .,n Monday,
July in, :' .i.l'ii lo an aiiiiouiue
liu lit l,y a joint . ..mmittt e of the Al
ma hair!.'!' of ' m r.i. i i .- ami tin- St.
Loi.is Hoard f Trade, which have
I'. t'n co-op. rating with S. O. Rurg
'1 .1 f, hi i i i i fur t lie plant, in the
se cm ing of the r,ew in. hi try, which
ptomi.es In I a tin.' thinj'; fur the
two cnmniai. it a : any industry
v, hi. h is ,.f ai.l to ..ia- of tin- two
( oi-uuunit if--, is jii-t a; ceitain to
hiinr; ai'i an! comfort to the other,
as thur int-re--t; an. I idi al s are one.
T he Par-Car Coach Company is a
comparatively new industry as in
dustries go, hut it ha:; hem in husi
l.c - in iMn it for a siitl'icient length
f time to iii uie that it has passed
t iif ex i . i i 1 1 a n I a I ' t a i ' and that it
l.a , passed thi ; Inline: s stage sue-
'.-: fully. For a p.aio.l of two years
the loiic.ii! was .1. ing bin incss in De
troit. a a pal tra-r: hip. In .May of this
yar the company was iiuorpor alcd
v illi a i apilali. at i..ii of St'.e.ooo.
It is slated that the company now
ha ' oril-'i s on its hoi. I s to the amount
of ;?J:!.,uiMi. of thi-- amount :?'.0,000
v.oith is :ul.. i i t to delivery l.y Au
gust 1, : o it i-- .i uimI that the com
pany will he ;'.itie fiom the Very
moment tha the doors of the plant
an opi ir .1 on Monday, July 10.
The Par-Cai ('...ah Company man
ufactures a pas -cm . r hii. or coach,
Y.hi.-h ii.iitiins 11 imliviihial swing
.'eats of tlu- late- t design. The e-n-
tiie eoa-h, l.o(y and chassis is. manu
factured hy tiie company.
The two organizations of St. Louis
iiml Alma, which are known ly differ
ent name -, a I . aid of trade and a
-handier of commerce, hut whose aims
are the same, -u-opei at in:: with S. O.
JP.II 't!o! f, le.viWT of the I'.olhtloll)
plant, have made arrangements,
vh lel.y Ihe company i - to he located
in the factory which ha; stood idle
for some month , and once again the
v. heels ef ind s.try will turn at that
location, :.and once nr.ain will the
people of Alma and St. I.ouis have
ii.lis of the flltllle, wh'-n the two
eil'i-s, wheh ai-- now realizing their
lomni'ii aims and wanking to achieve
them, n.ay ; iow to mh an extent
that one may drive from one city to
the i ther, ah n-; a Leautiful street
completely hinit up
on Friday of this week eighteen
trucks will :tail fcom Detroit with
material; and ma hinery for the
Far-Car Coach 'ompany, and the
lwt of In-- wa el; will see numerous
!ivns of a.tivity around the Foll-5-tiom
Follow hi..; aie the oM'icer:; of the
i,cw Cratiot ...ui.ty industry: lr'si
rier.t, C. O. We (fall; ice jre'-ident,
.!. Is. Woi ! n; i i cretary, A. C. Car-
Jienter; tiaa-urer, (I. A. Ijeciil.
The officer; of the company, man
aur and t'.uie or four of the princi
p.,1 d.-j.ai tiuent heads are moving
their famim ; to St. Louis having al
ready nnted home , in the commun
ity. The fa t.uy will open with ''. men,
mi 1 will :ald moie men to the pay
roll as i. pidly as they are needed,
l.o-al help.i; to he employed, except
f , ,- the ilepaitment heads which is
another matter that will he highly
phasing to the residents, of St. Louis
and Alma. .
Thomas F. .lohn-on, state Kiiper
int.ndent of puhli-' instruction for
Mh hir 'ii, and a graduate of Alma
. C.dh-e a few years ago, was highly
honored last week hy the Michigan
Stat- N'oimat of Ypsilanti, hemg
awaiilcd a degr.e of Master of Kiln
cation at the commencement exer
cises of tlu Normal.
A meeting of the Cratiot C'oun
ty "cr,o.l Health So iety will he held
Friday vering, .June ::, in the city
hall here. The meeting will he called
at 7:Lr o'clock. Directors and other
members are urged to be present as
some very important business is to
lc transacted.
The Vacation Bible School began
Monday in the Presbyterian church
has now an attendance of fifty to
fifty live, a number rather in excess
of what was expected. The ges of
the pupils run from four to fourteen.
Prior to the start of the school text
hooks had been ordered for foity-five
making it necessary now to send for
more. Those who promoted the school
thought that twenty-five pupils would
he a fair start and to hae twice that
number now enrolled is exceedingly
Due to the fact that the facilities
in the Presbyterian church were not
what might be desired for school pur-po-
cs ami due also to the farther fact
that a number of denominations are
represented in the school, application
was made to the school board early in
the week for use of the Lincoln
school. This application was very
graciously granted and all sessions
will hereafter be held in that build
ing. Fine progi ess is already being
made by some scholars in learning
Lille passages and facts.
OFFLKKD S I T P I : I I N T E N I) I C N ( ' Y
Wednesday evening at a meeting
of the school board ,1. V. Kelder, su
perintendent of the Alma Public
Schocls for the past three years, ten
dered hi; resignation to the board,
and following its acceptance the
board otreied A. C. Luchtman the
Mr. Luchtman has been the prin
cipal of the Alma Public Schools for
: everal years, and the school board
lias always reposed a great Confidence
in his ability. He is expected to prove
an able successor to the letiring su
perintendent if he takes the place.
Mr. Kelder has purchased an inter
est in the Burgdorf Printing Com
pany of Pontiac and plans on moving
to that city to aid in the management
of this business enterprise, within the
next few weeks.
During the time that he has been
connected with the Alma Public
Schools, and in spite of the depres
: ion, which has had its effect on the
population 'here, Superintendent Kel
der has seen the school attendance
records grow each year that he has
been here, indicating very closely that
the high standards of the local schools
have attracted many from outside of
Alma to the schools for their educa
tion. Kvery effoit has been bended dur
ing the three years to build up a
strong teaching corps, until now the
local schools can easily boast of the
strongest corps of instructors that
they have ever had. Teaching stand
ards have raised correspondingly dur
ing the period. A much wider range
of Mibjects is also being taught than
Annual Assembly
Hock Lake Grounds
The Hock Iake Assembly of the
Chinches of Christ, of the fth dis
trict, will be held this year from July
2'.1, to August 5 inclusive. Following
this date from August 7-11 will be
held an interdenominational Y. P. S.
C. L Conference, making in all a
three weeks program. Rev. C. A.
Brady of Grand Rapids will be the
principal speaker. He was formeily
with the Church of Christ in Toronto,
Canada, and for some time was state
secretary of New York. He is de
scribed as a forceful elequent speaker
and a student of the Book, He will
fpeak each evening. While the en
tire program is not completed it is
known that Carry L. Cook, Miss Car
miohael, (). B. Little and others will
he present to assist in their special
line of work. Miss Sells and Mr.
Clark who sang for a few days last
year, have been engaged for the en
tire assembly.
Entertainments will be given on
each Saturday evening by the com
hined talent. A complete program
will be ready for publication within
a very short time.
It is the plan of those in charge to
provide entertainment during the
hours that are not taken up with
pervices, Tennis tournaments, cro
quet and other such sports. This, to
gether with boating and bathing will
provide recreation and enjoyment.
Every time a man has his fortune
told he gets rid of a small portion of
) nmn
Drive is to Come
to an End Friday
"I feel certain that we Will have a
Miil'icit nt sum in phdi'es to make
certain of all of our conditional
pledges," said Pio.i.hnt II. M. ('looks
of Alma Colh;--,. ye t, i. lay, in dis
cussing the coilej e endowment cam
paign, which conies to a clo-e Friday
night, June :uk
Dr. Crooks pointed out that r;iV2"y,
)) was needed hy Friday night in
pledges to make d all of the con
ditional phdge:? to th" college, these
including a e nditmnal pledge from
the I ' ock a f e 1 1 o v Foundation for
5'7a,(Hiii and one from the Carnegie
Cm porat ion for :, .".(i.oou.
Tuesday night when the la-t figures
were given out at the college cam
paign ort'iec a total of $.y,'l,ooo l,ad
1 "en pledgt d in the campaign, h-av-ing
nearly .:...i,UU0 to I secured be
tween then and Friday ni;.;ht to in
sure .ill conditional pledge.-.
President Crooks in explaining why
he felt, confident that all of the con
ditional ph dgi s Would he m -t, al
though $.".".,0(i0 was sti! needed, told
of the campaign headquarters having
sent out over L',000 h ttet:; with "saw
the day for Alma" ph-de cards to
various reMihnts of th - state who are
deeply interested iii the campaign,
and with results from the.-e already
coming- in, he feels i . i tain that a suf
ficient amount will he i-dur-ned with
pledges to in.ane the clinching of the
conditional ph Jgi
He is hop. ful, :.i o, that this
amount mav le. ihlv he surpassed
and the e-lid of the drive
lege approach somewhere near- to the
amount nought in the campaign,
$r.K."),i)oo. Some intensive work has
been done in Detroit during the past
few weeks by the committee in
charge of the drive and it i; expected
that this v.oik will hear considerable
fruit before Friday night. While
President Crooks returned to Alma
from Detroit yesterday, after two
weeks of haul campaigning in that
city, his aids are still on the joh t he-re
in the closing moments of the cam
paign, ma kin.1; very elTort to secure
as many largo and small pledges as
How much nu.re than the money
that is neded to make (. itain of the
conditional plcdgi s will be se cured is
dependent to a great extent on the re
sponse that is being made to the
n rnnrr
When March I, I'.l'i.t, rolU arenind "Joe" Eortlney, beloved by the peo
ple of the Eighth Congressional District, will cease his labors in congress,
rounding out a period of 21 years in national sen ice, and will retire to
private life, at the height of his career. Michigan will lose prestige in
congress when Eordney retires. He has been Michigan's strong man in
the house for years.
" ave the day for Alma" pledge;.
These were sent out a Week ago and
.e-terday return.? were beginning to
be made on these. It is estimated
that the few pledges that Were re
turned yesterday totalled over J.ono.
President Crt.ks was also sending
out a number of telegrams and spe
cial delivery letters to well known
Michigan residents yesterday, who
are deeply interested in the campaign,
and lie i; expecting that the linal re
sponse from these appeals will be a
big aid in the campaign.
Two automobiles came together on
state street Thur: day shortly after
noon, both of the a ut oir i Jiih s( one an
Essex and one a Bun k, were badly
battered, but the occupants of the cars
escaped without injury. Mrs. Beit
Reynolds, driving one of the autoes
driving west to Superior on Downie
street, met the Bui.k being' drivei
by Donald Sullivan, who was driving
north on State shot. The oar driven
by Mis. Reynold - lost one front
w heel arid was c.t In l w is.e' damaged.
The Sullivan car wa; considerably
more than a wreck. The rear w heeds
welt' broken off, as wall as the fc-n-deis
on one side of the car.
August 1!P, ::o, ::l and September 1
have been announced as the dates for
the- annual Cratiot County Fair by
Archie McCall of lthaia, secretary of
the fair association, and he is giving
promise that the fair this year will
excee-d in brilliancy any fair that has
been held in the past in the county.
Plans under way for the racing
program and for the various exhibits
indicate- that thes,;' nttraelie features
of the fair will he far hi tter than any
of recent ye-ars. This is certain to be
especially true of the stock exhibt.
The racing program will be a big one
and will be a delight to luve-rs of
Numerous free attractions are be
ing arranged for, including the fa
mous Thearle-Dull'iehl pyrotechnists.
Thear le-Dutrield are out this year
with the most elaborate and sensa
tional db play of day and night lire
works that this well known company
has ever ateinpted and this attraction
pi onuses to be- one of the- most inter
esting at the fair. Three big night
spectacles an- promised. On Wednes
day evening will be seen the spectacle-"The-
Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius," and
Thursday evening will be seen the'
"Scrapping of the Navy." On Friday
evening another big special feature
will be seen, "Huckleberry Finn."
Smith Will Run
For Cotifrcss
William M. Smith, of St. Johns,
will be a candidate for- the Republican
nomination for congress in the Eighth
district to i ncited Coiigr essman I'oid
ney, who voluntarily utiles. Mr.
Smith has had considerable exper
ience in public life, and has done
i pleinlid comttuctivc work in the po
sitions he has held.
Working hi; way through school he
be'canc a successful teacher, :tudi.-d
law and wa-; admitted to practice-, was
h cted county cl.-rk, which position
he held for tlllee term, (hell elected
prosecuting attorney for two term-,
giving excellent, satisfaction by the
abb- manner in which he di chaige.l
the duties of those olfices. Later he
built up a large and successful law
practice, was elected state senator
arid was one of the baldest working
and strongest me-n in the senate.
When CoVellior Sleeper was elected
he appointed Mr. Smith chairman of
the industrial accident hoard, whuh
position he held Tor some time, great
ly systematizing the work in that im
portant department, co.hfving the de
cision:? of the supreme court relating
to the department, and giving- uch
excellent satisfaction that vvhn the
public utilities board was created, he
was appointed to that board and was
chairman for two years. He is now
on tie- last jf.'ii' of the four year term
to whie-h In- was appointed. In all
these positions Mr. Smith ha? made a
tine record for hard, conscientious,
com t r uc t i ve work.
Born and reared upon a farm, hi?
wl.ol" life spent in an agricultural
community, he is in e hee touch w ith
the- problems that confront us. He i ;
arr untiling worker-, a giant in
strength physically and mentally and
Would make a very strong congress
man. It has been a long time since Clin
ton county had a congressman--Ce-n.
O. L. Spaulding was the lat one and
the only one this county has had. For
mally years the nomination has gone
to Saginaw county, I bu r-, Bliss,
I'.iucker, Taisrie-y, Youmans and for
the past twenty-four years Joseph W.
Fordney. Clinton county will urge
its claim now that Mr. Fordney re
tiro and do e-vc-r ything possible to
nominate Mi'- Smith.
Scurl Decline?,
To lie Canilidale
Ke-lley S. Searl has declined to be
come a candidate for the nomination
for congressman on the Republican
ticket. The following communication
to The Record sets forth his reasons:
"Sinco the aniioune-enient of Con
gressman Fordney's retirement, 1
have reee-ived communications from
many of my friends throughout tin
Eighth Cor'gre ssional Disti ic t with
pl oillise s of suppor t should 1 decide
to become a candidate.
"While fully appreciating the ef
forts of my friends, feel that I can
not alTonl to enter the race as a con
gressional a-pirant. Since re tir ing
as Circuit Judge four years ago my
law practice1 has had my entire atten
tion, and if I should now enP r the
political field, I Would be obliged to
neglect important interests which
have been entrusted to my care-. More
than that, while a candidate for Jus
tice of the Supreme Court, a few
years ago, 1 had the solid support of
the lie-legations from all the counties
in the Eighth Congressional District
ami it would be unfair for me now to
enter this race against seme of the
more1 prominent of ray supporters at
that time1.
"In the primaries I shall support
the candidacy of Hon. William M.
Smith of St. Johns, whom I regard
as a man of ability to succeed Mr.
Fordney, and whom I hope to see
nominated, but whcthe-i- he or sonic1
other good Republican is chosen, 1
shall support the Republican candi
date. Kelly S. Searl."
A quiet wedding was held at the
Free Methodist parsonage on Phila
delphia Avenue, Saturday afternoon,
when Mr. Lyle Ball, was united in
marriage to Miss Naomi Blackford.
Rev. E. Mellott, pastor of the Free
Methodist church, performed the cer
emony in the presence of a few
friends. The young couple have the
best wishes of their many friends.
Motor vehicles contributed more
than $:i:J7,000,000 to good roads in
the United States last year. They
represent an investment of nearly
fairly Announcement by Moe" Leaves Field
Open for All Comers to Jump into the Race
with Plenty of Time toy Petition Filing.
A tciV';ram, "I will not 1m- a candidate for ro-olcction," received
Monday morning hy the Sag-maw News Courier, brought to the.
public the first idea that it had that the Honorable Joseph V.
Fordney, conjure . sman from the eighth dbtrict, would not be a
candidate to gucceed himself. The news eieated a real sensation
throughout the nil ire congressional district, as the public gen
erally had no idea that Mr. Fordney contemplated retirement from
public life.
A few very close friends of Mr. Fordney had known for some
weeks that he was very seriously considering the matter, and to
these few the news, did not come as a big surprise.
Mr. Fordney has realized the ambition of his life one that
he has cherished since hi.-; appointment to the ways and means
committee in the national house by Joseph Cannon that of being
the author of a tariff bill.
It is probable that few people in the Eighth District fully
realize how important has been the place of Mr. Fordney in the
public life at Washington, especially during the past few years.
Too well have the people of the district known "Joe" possibly to
realize1 the national figure he has heroine from the small choreboy
of years ago. As chairman of the was and means committee,
which he b'came May ID, 11) ID, when the sixty-sixth congress
opened, lie ha hern one of the most powerful political figures in
the nation. Not a single appropriation of money can be made
without the bill going through the hands of this committee, which
makes, it the mot important in national life, and the chairman of
- - tbat committee as a result wields a
bit i dinc com ml ii ee to let
tin: contract for the
new c v.mnasie.m.
President II. M. Crooks of Alma
College stated e terday that the
ci.ritiait for the m-w memorial gym
na: ium-audiloiium for Alma would
probably be let about the middle of
rie-xl week.
This step, looking towards the
larger Alma College, has been held
up for a short time for several lea
se ns. One of the principal loason.
has been the fact that the college
authorities have been lending e-very
possible ell'oit in the endowment cam
paign in the etfoit to make certain
that all of the conditional gift; v .11
be met, before- the campaign eh.-es oil
Fiiday nieht. Another reason has
been the fact that sarnie of the con
tractor:; have, been sloW ill getting
the ir figures in.
With the campaign for endowment
coming' to a clos - Friday night, Presi
dent Crooks and his workers will find
more time to devote to other matters,
and it is planned to hold a meeting of
the building committee next week, at
which time the contract for th 1 new
college r tl ucture W ill be let.
President Crooks al o stated ye;
Lenlay that it i-; planned to finish there-modeling
of the old gymnasium
building this summer into a chemis
try building. This work was started
last sumine r, the first tloor of the
structure being finished up. This
year the s-cond lloor will be complet
ed, and before1 college opens the en
tire chemistry department of the col
lege will be located in the new chem
istry building.
Well Known Couple
Married Wednesday
St. Mary's Church was the scene
of the impressive nuptial mass
Wednesday morning at 7:00 o'clock
when Louise Anne McLaughlin vpoke
the vows which united her in marriage
to William Denn of South Haven.
The bride was charming in a dainty
gown of channelise satin and a droop
ing picture hat. She carried a bridal
bouquet of white roses.
The Reverend John Mellvey, olTi
ciateel at the mass, assisted by Ken
neth McLaughlin, a nephew of the
bride. The nuptial music was played
by Miss Evangeline Savvkins and the
solos were sung by Agnes McLaugh
lin. Following the ceremony a three
course breakfast was served the brid
al party at the home of the bride's
father, James McLaughlin of Sum-merton.
power that is probably secondary
only to that of the President.
When Mr. Fordney closes his pres
ent term in congress he will have
rounded out L'4 full years in that
body, during which time he has con
stantly been strengthening the posi
tion of the entire state in political
Washington, where even his greatest
political enemies were forced to pay
him tribute as one who was always
willing to battle to the limit for what
be believed to be the right. During
the past two ears Mr. Fordney has
1 n a statin center in congress, as
the author of the Fordney-Mc-Cumber
tariff lull and the bonus hill. He led
the t'mht in the house for the adoption
of both of thes.e measures and in each
c .: e w..n a most notable political vic
tory. It h regarded as certain that Mr.
Fordney s ev s a victory ahead for
the e bills in the senate, especially
the t trill' bill, or it is doubtful if he
wogld voluntarily retire short of an
oth C rm.
Hi- a t in retiring voluntarily at
th.- very height of achieving his po
litical ambition is regarded as being
without a precedent in American his
tory. Hi- announcement to the Saginaw
m-W' paper of his retirement, and to
Km- or two close friends in letters
whi.h tiny reee-ived Monday, does not
a. ign anv reasons for the retirement.
It lias been no secret, however, that
Mr. Fordnev's family has been press
ing him t retire and devote his re
maining year.-, to his family, and to
his, large business interests. He is
rapidly ageing also, and there is a
real il. s it e in his heart, in all proba
bility, to throw down the cares that
he lias shouldered so faithfully at
Washington, for the people of his dis
trict and for the nation, and to thor
oughly enjoy life in his declining
yea rs.
His retirement is not only a dis
tinct loss to the district, but a dis
tinct less to the state and to the na
tion, which he has been faithfully
serving' ove-r a long period of years.
Mr. Fordney in retiring can make
one proud boa;t, he has never met de
feat in a political election. Twice he
was an alderman in Saginaw, win
ning the first time by thirty votes
and the next time by 11 votes. In
is'.ts when he first ran for congress
against Urucker he was elected by
l,7oi votes, and from that time on
his seat in congress was never in
danger, with the possible exception of
P.tlJ when with three candidates in
the field as a result of the Republican
split, he was elected by 1,622 votes.
At the 112() election he obtained the
largest majority that was ever ac
corded him, a majority of 34,721
etes over Rrown.
In a letter to John Raird of Sagi
naw, chairman of the Saginaw Re
publican committee Mr. Fordney
pointed out that it wa:? only fair that
he .should make the announcement at
this time to leave the field open for
any and all candidates who desired to
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