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VOL. X LI v. NO. ir,
$1.00 the Year Sc the Copy
ONLY $113,011)
School Meeting
is Monday Night
The annual meeting of the Alma
Bchool district, fractional Arcada and
Pine River, will be held Monday
tvening, July 10, in the high school
auditorium, at which time the voters
of the district will be asked to elect
members of the 'school board to suc
ceed William W. Medler and Carl
II. Washburn, whose terms expire at
that time, to approve the proposed
budget of the district and to pass
upon a proposition to purchase 18
lot;: in Elmwood addition to the city
of Alma, to be made a playground
tnd paik at Republic school.
The budget that will be proposed
by the school board for the approval
of the voters of the district is small
er than that of a year ago by over
$3,500.00 and this in spite of the
fact that the salaries of the various
teachers of the Alma Public Schools
have not been decreased. The pro
posed budget calls Tor $11:5,015 as
compared with the budget of $IH,
7.'i5 passed by the voters of the dis
trict last year. Some of the reasons
for the decrease in the budget are
said to be the fact that the interest
on bonds this coming year shows a
good decrease over last year, ami the
fact that not as large a sum is pro
vided for books this coming year as
last year.
The rchool board will offer for
consideration the matter of the pur
chase of eighteen lots Nos. HK, 80,
J1, 92, J4, J5, SM5, 100, 101, 102,
10.-5, 104, 105, 106, 107 and 108 of
Elmwood Park addition to the city
of Alma, at the Monday evening
meeting, at a cost of $200 each. The
plan of the board and others inter
ested in the matter is to not only
round out the grounds at Republic
fchool, but also to provide a park
and playground on the east side. It
will be up to the voters to decide
whether lor not they desire to pur
chase the lots.
The terms of William W. Medler
and Carl II. Washburn as members
of the school board expire with the
Monday evening meeting, and the
voters will be asked to name their
ruccessors. Mr. Washburn was ap
pointed a member of the school
board about a year ago to succeed
Fred Slater, when he moved from
the district. So far as known both
of these men are candidates for re
election t6 the board, but neither is
making the slightest effort to make
certain that they will be returned,
being in the nature of receptive
candidates. Whether or not any op
position to their selection will de
velop is not known. So far there has
not been the slightest intimation that
any candidate may oppose them for
a place on the board, and present ex
pectation is that both men will be re
elected Monday evening.
Nine Were Injured
At Crystal Lake
Nine Lansing people were injured,
three of them very seriously at Crys
tal lake Sunday afternoon, when a
bus driven by Charles Riley, attempt
ed to pass a car on the narrow road
by the lake, and crashed into a tree,
and was completely wrecked.
Six of the people were able to re
turn to their homes in Lansing the
first of the week, but the others were
bo badly hurt that it was necessary to
leave them at the hotel at Crystal for
medical attention.
Those injured were Charles Riley,
driver of the truck; Mrs. Charles Ril
ey, mother of the driver; Miss Letha
Riley, Miss Lilly Little, Charles Ril
ey, father of the driver; William
Daniels, Mrs. William Daniels, four
year old son of Daniels, the two year
old son of Daniels. Mrs. Little, moth
er of Lilly Little, was also in the
truck, but she escaped without in
juries. See Cash, the wool man, for top
prices on wool. Phone No. 657.
Along with a charming little note
thanking us for past favors Con
gressman Patrick Kelley, candidate
for nomination for United States
Senator, against Senator Charles E.
Townsend, has sent The Record a cut
from one of his late photos, and asks
that we destroy the old ones and use
the new. Its kind of "Pat", but who
is going to pay for this particular
puce of advertising. "Pat" true to
his word is endeavoring to run a!
"cheap" campaign, and evidently at i
the expense of the editors of the I
People around the country are
holding on to moie than $20,000,000
worth of .'!4 per cent Victory notes
upon which inteiest is no longer
paid, it has been announced by Secre
tary Mellon of the U. S. Treasury
Department. The notes were
called for redemption on June 15,
and interest on them ceased on that
Barton Takes Both
Hudson and Essex
The Alma (larage Company an
nounces that it has been selected as
the agency for Hudson and Essex
motor car for Alma and territory.
Mr. W. A. Borton has been investi
gating the Hudson-Essex proposition
for some time and is particularly
enthusiastic about both makes. He
looks for substantial business from
the first.
"Jn my investigation," said Mr.
W. A. Rorton, "1 learned that the
Hudson and Essex companies have
always had a splendid reputation
with their owners, dealers and dis
tributors alike througout the auto
mobile industry, as well. Automobile
men tell me that their product has
always been of high standard and
that they have unusual financial
strength. I went most carefully into
the entire matter, including construc
tion methods, principles and work
manship of the two ears, and am
confident that no other cars offer as
much for the price asked as the Hud
son Super-Six or the Essex. I feel
fortunate in being selected as their
representative for this territory.
"While in Detroit 1 was shown a
number of letters sent in by Hud
son and Essex owners which certain
ly spoke volumes for the long life,
economy, ease of handling and com
fort -which the construction and en
gineerig priciples of the Hudson and
Essex make possible.
"I can assure users and prospect
ive users in Alma that in either a
splendid, attractive Hudson or in the
smaller, lighter but no less attract
ive Essex that they will find a car
by far the best buy that they have
experienced in years.
"Our new stocks comprise the lat
est models in both cars and wre invite
the public to inspect them and ex
amine their fine points."
Central Michigan
Fair in August
Prizes to be offered the best app
earing lady and gentleman horse
rider (appearance of mount and
horse considered) is expected to
draw many admirers of this sport to
the Central Michigan Fair to be
held here August 22-2I.
The Lansing Tent and Awning
company has hung up an attrac
tive prize for the best lady rider
and a prize will be offered for the
best gentleman rider. The judging
will take place on Thursday and
Friday of fair week.
In Lansing and Central Michigan
are hundreds of horse fanciers, many
of whom have been in touch with the
manager of the fair regarding the
racing and show cards. There will
bo races daily, attractive purses hav
ing been arranged. The Hotel Kerns
has made a very liberal donation to
ward a $1,000 pacing race purse and
other firms have expressed a willing
ness to donate toward them. A large
barn and stablemen's quarters have
been erected on the grounds and fast
horses soon will be receiving daily
workouts on the half mile track. This
track is of regulation size and a few
weeks ago was the scene of some fast
automobile races, the drivers express
ing themselves well pleased with the
straightways and turns.
There will be a showing of the best
livestock in Michigan and points out
side the state. It is the plan of the
promoters of the fair to make the
livestock exhibit a feature of the ex
position. It is probable some prize
winners from the Michigan Agricul
tural College at East Lansing will be
Sport Shop in
New Location
The Sport Shop, conducted by Mer
lin Ellison, on N. Wodworth avenue,
for seme months past, has been mov
ed from its former location to the
Suydam building at the coiner of
East Superior stieet and Woodworth,
where it is now nicely located.
It was the desire of Mr. Ellison
in moving the Sport Shop to acquire
larger quarters, which were badly
needed in the business, which had
been showing a good growth, par
ticularly in the tire and repair end of
thc business.
The firm, as in the former loca
tion, will handle not only tires, but
all kinds of fishing tackle, ammuni
tion and all of the other things that
the sportman loves and needs.
Mr. Ellison also announces that in
connection with the new place free
air will be supplied from the Wood
worth avenue side of the building.
At a meeting of the building com
mittee of the Hoard of Trustees of
Alma College, held Monday, the con
tract for the new memorial gymnasium-auditorium
was let to the
firm of Owen, Ames fc Kimball of
Grand Rapids, one of the large con
struction firms of that city, which
now has the contracts for large ho
tels in that city, which total over
two and a half million dollars of con
struction work.
Two other matters pertaining to
building were also taken up by the
building committee Monday. One of
those has to do with the completion
of the remodeling of the old gymna
sium into a modern chemistry build
ing. The first floor of this structure
was remodeled last summer and a
greater part of the chemistry de
partment was moved into the new
quarters last fall. This summer the
second floor of the structure, which
was formerly used as the gymnasium,
will be remodeled and the entire
chemistry department of the college
will soon be located in this structure.
The matter of completing the rooms
on the fourth floor of Wright Hall,
on the Cedar avenue side of the
building was also taken up, but no
final decision was arrived at. This
wing of the fourth floor of Wright
hall was never completed, and the
growth of the college is such that
the room is now needed. About ten
rooms can be secured by finishing up
this wing of the fourth floor. The
architects are preparing plans for the
work, and a decision will probably be
made when these are ready.
Mr. Ames of the Grand Rapids
firm is to have charge of the build
ing operations in connection with the
new gymnasium. He is expected to
arrive here within a few days, and
operations will ba started just as
quickly as possible1. Expectations
are that the new structure will be
ready for use late in the fall. Every
hope is held that it will be available
for the beginning of basket ball prac
tice immediately after the Thanks
giving vacation.
Members of the building commit
tee,who were at the meeting were W.
W. Tanner of Saginaw, W. O. Hug
hart of Grand Rapids and Francis
King and Mrs. W. A. Bahlke of Alma.
The free vaudeville entertainment
given for the people of this vicinity
Wednesday evening ty the business
men of Alma was one the best attrac
tions that has yet been presented.
Three fine acts were given, each
one a feature act in its class. One of
these was an exceptionally interest
ing horizontal bar act that drew its
share of the applause from the large
crowd. Another was n Scotch feature
act' of high class and the final num
ber was a trick bicycle act.
Another fine entertainment is be
ing promised for next week by the
committee of the Alma Merchants'
Bureau, which has these attractions
in charge.
In accordance with naval regula
tions, the colors are raised at 8:00
o'clock in the morning and lowered at
sunset. In the army the flag is
raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset.
Girl Knocked From
Track Into Ditch
Maude, the charming little daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cole, living
on Grafton avenue, could not cele
brate the glorious Fourth along with
the other children, and neither could
she celebrate her second birthday as
do most little kiddies of that aj.',e.
Little Maude was struck by an Ann
Arbor passenger train, southbound,
Monday morning, at the Grafton ave.
crossing and is in an Alma hospital
recovering from the injuries that she
sustained. Maude's birthday happens
to fall on the same day that all Amer
icans celebrate as the nation's birth
day. Little Maude, whose home is only
a short distance from the railroad
crossing on Grafton avenue, had gone
down the street just a short distance
Monday morning, and when the south
bound Ann Arbor train left the depot
Maude was in the immediate vi.inity
of the track. Maude continued to
walk towards the track, all un
suspecting of the danger that might
lie ahead.
Reaching the railroad track Maude
stepped into the danger .one, just
after the train had started to cross j
Ely street, and it was almost upon I
her before the little tot. was seen by I
the engineer of the train, which was'
then starting to slow down to take i
water and coal. Quickly he sen ed j
the danger, threw on the brakes and j
brought the train to a stop as quickly !
as possible. It could not be stopped
in time to save an accident, but its j
speed was cut down to a great extent, I
and as the engine reached little
Maude, she was thrown to one side
into the ditch, lightly compared with
the way she would have been thrown
had not the engineeer seen the little
Her head was cut and she was oth
erwise injured, but the presence of
mind of the Ann Arbor engineer had
averted a fatal accident. The little
girl was rushed to a local hospital,
where she is receiving medical atten
tion. Soon she will be able to return
home again, a happy frolicking little
girl, little realizing the danger that
she has gone through.
T. B. Death Rate
Falling Rapidly
Lansing, July 6 A report of the
United States Public Health Service
furnishes interesting figures of the
death rate, from various causes, pre
vailing in 1'JIO and l'.20 in the United
In l'JH) the general death rate from
all causes was 1 -1 .11 among each 1,000
inhabitants of the country, whereas
in 1120 it was reduced to 1:3.1 a de
crease of 13 percent.
In the same years, the tuberculosis
death rate from all forms of the di
sease, for the entile country, was li'.i)
in 11)10 and 111 in l'J20, for each 100,
000 population. These mortality fig
ures indicate a decrease of 2'J percent.
Tuberculosis has therefore been re
duced more than twice as fast as the
general death rate during the years
under study.
"There's a reason," as a certain
popular advertisement would put it.
The reason is that the general pub
lic has become interested in tubercu
losis to a much greater extent than
it has in the prevention of other di
seases. The public is making tuber
culosis its own problem, not leaving
it to physicians alone.
And the moral of the figures cited
by the United States Public Health
Service, according to the Michigan
Tuberculosis Association, is that now
is the time to increase the efforts
against this disease. If the efforts of
the public are followed by such good
results then they should be kept up
so that by VSM) the reduction in the
death rate will be still greater. The
tuberculosis death rate can be cut in
half during that time if the public
will give their earnest attention to it.
S 0
William Smith of St. Johns, chair
man of the Michigan Public Utili
ties Commission, and at present a
candidate for the nomination for con
gressman on the Republican ticket
at the primary to be held September
12, is making tilings hum already
around t he district, "Hill" was in
Alma again last Saturday evening,
hi:; second visit in a weeks time.
"Rill" held open house for his Alma
friends at the Wright House, and a
large number of them visited the can
didate during the evening.
Coleman C. Vaughn of St. Johns,
former secietery of state, Judge Ed
ward J. Moinet, and a number of
other well known political leaders of
the district, who hail from St.Johns
and adjacent territory were in Alma
with the congressional aspirant.
Clarence Ilanley, well known Alma
electrical worker, who about a month
ago purchased Coryell Electric Shop
from Lewis Hudson, has purchased
the retail end of the Medler Elrctrie
Company business end has consoli
dated the two electrical shops at the
location f the Medler Electrical
Company on East Superior street.
Mr. Ilanley has been in the electric
al I usiness in this c ity for some
years, entering the business about the
time that Mr. Medler did, the two be
ing associated at that time under the
firm name of Medler & Ilanley.
Soon after Mr. Ilanley withdrew
from the firm and since that time
has been engaged in both the retail
business arid in the contracting end
of the business at different periods.
About a month ago he again enter
ed into the retail electrical business
in Alma, when he purchased the Cor
yell Electrical Company store from
Lewis Hudson. Last week a deal was
con umated, whereby he purchased
the retail end of the business conduct
ed by the Medler Electrical Company
and Monday the two retail stores
were consolidated.
He will not only conduct the retail
. lore, but will also do wiring and re
pair woi k.
Mr. W. W. Medler and his two sons,
who were associated with him in the
Medler Electric Company, will con
tinue in the electric business, but in
the future will devote their entire time
tj the contracting end of the business.
Mr. Medler and his sons at the
present time have a number of elec
tric contracts which are requiring
their full time.
More Picric Acid
Coming to State
A second big allotment of picric
acid, totaling 1,2"0,000 pounds this
time, has been granted to Michigan
farmers for land clearing work, ac
cording to announcement of L. F.
Livingston, land clearing specialist of
the Michigan Agricultural College.
The explosive will be delivered to
farmers of the state in car lots,
county agricultural agents pooling
orders from their districts under the
direction of Mr. Livingston, who is
in charge of the distribution.
The picric acid is distributed by
the U. S. Department of Agriculture,
Bureau of Public Roads.
A large assignment of the explos
ive several months ago proved inade
quate to meet demands for stump
blasting material.
"Our experience with picric acid
last fall and this spring has shown
that this explosive is beyond a doubt
suitable for land clearing work," says
Livingston. "A thousand pounds is
the maximum which can be alloted
any one farmer. The cost will be
seven cents a pound, f. o. b. Ft. Win
gate, New Mexico, where it is to be
cartridged, plus the freight rate to
the consumer."
Addition of hundreds of acres of
land to Michigan's total will result
from the picric acid shipments. The
explosive, while effective, is compar
atively cheap, and will make possible
land clearing operations which could
not otherwise be attempted.
Final Tabulations of Funds Shows a Total of
$&17,130.:$2 Received During the Campaign
Conducted for a Total of $GS5,000 Additional
Endowment to the Institution.
The Alma College endowment campaign came to a close at
midnight Friday, June U0, at which time sufficient pledges had
been made to insure to the college all conditional pledges, which
made a total of $C lo.fiOT when the drive for funds came to a close.
Since that time some few pledges which were in t lie mails at the
time have been received and the final tabulation made yesterday
shows a total of .$( n.l.'iO.MU during the campaign.
On Tuesday, .June 27, when tabulations of the pledges and
subscriptions were made, a total of .$;77 1,000, including all condi
tional pledges was all that could be recorded, and it was feared
that the sum needed to clinch the various conditional gifts could
not be reached. Including conditional pledges a total of $025,000
was needed. There were two large conditional gifts, one of these
being for $7.1,000 from the (ieneral Education Board (Rockefeller
Foundation), and one of $50,000 from the Carnegie Corporation.
This caused the college authorities to lay the facts regard
ing the campaign before Mrs. Horace E. Dodge of Detroit and on
Friday President Crooks teceived a gift from her for $55,000 for
the establishment of the Horace F. Dodge professorship of Eco
nomics and business. This made certain the fund that was need
rev. edward k. shol i ler
will complete pastorate
about September first.
Rev. Edward E. Shoutler, pastor of
the Hist Baptist Church, has resign-
e,i ami will i.ring ms woik i a
nere auoui .epie.noei i, .m.uumj;
to his present plans. The church
board has not yet acted on the res
ignation, which Rev. Shoutler has
presented, but he says that the de
cision that ho has arrived at is final.
In this church the pastor serves
three months' notice, which was re
cently tendered by Rev. Shoutler.
It has been known among hi.?
friends that Rev. Shoutler has re
ceived calls to other churches and has
be'-n offered larger salaries at var-
ious times during his pastorate in
Alma. In fact, he made a proposition
., i ,i i ii , L'i '"in iui riomu oik un
to come to the local church and be- ' J .
, t pi oxmienC; that are being made at
fore it was accepted had been ten- . .. r,
. , .r .i i Oie college. The new gymnasium-
dered an offer that carried a $100 ,-, ,- , . . ,
, , i , i ,i , auditorium, which is to cost about
larger salary. It is understood that i , , , . . . .. ..
. . , i . , -VMi.Omo, n included in the budding
it has been a .somewhat difficult mat- l . , .
e , ... , ki program provided under the endow-
ter for the congregation to raise 1 ' . . .
.i ,,, l ; ,i. - merit campaign, as is the completion
even the present salary, which is i . V j i- .L
... .fn. ,J- ,..nt mm-..!t,f t'" u,'lk of remodeling the old
than the church had ever paid
m lh ni ii i
Mr. Shoutler has had a large and
broad experience, going from the
teaching profeLsion to the ministry
soon after the close of the Spanish
Americau war, in which he served.
In connection with his work in the
ministry he has rendered a valuable
service in tilling lecture course num
bers, chautauqua dates, and has
during this time written for maga
zines, daily papers and religious pe
riodicals. He is at present member
of tho American Literary Associa
tion. One of the earliest and most suc
cessful pastorates was at Ottawa,
Kansas, teat of Ottawa University.
During his .senior year in the uni
versity he worked under the direction
of Dr. Edward Judson, in connection
with the Judson Memorial (Munch of
New York City. Following this he
held important pastorates in New
York and Indiana.
During his pastorate at the local
church many changes have taken
place for the giod of the church, and
no doubt will be of benefit to the
church for years to come. The con
gregation has been increased by
baptism about twenty per cent of the
resident membership; the amount
paid for missions has been about
three times greater than that raised
in any previous period of the church's
history. Every department of the
church has correspondingly increased
in efficiency. The Bible School has
(Continued on page two)
ed by the college to claim the con-
ditional pledges.
Mrs. John F. Dodge of Detroit, a
member of the board of trustees of
the college, made an additional gift
also on Friday of $10,000. This raised
her total of gifts in the campaign to
The formal closing of the campaign
marks the first step towards the big
ger Alma College and its success in
the future will not only be an im
portant factor in the community life
of Alma, but will be reflected in tha
entire county.
The i riginal goal of the endowment
war. .f'XV'Oij.uo, and with the amount
that Iris he. m secured, the college
ins nal.7.ed practically 15 per cent of
f, . - Slllltrht. whirh i
i at her remarkable, when it is con
sidered that the campaign has been
underway in me of the most severe
times in the country's history, espe
cially as regards business and finance.
As a result of the various conditions
which were faced during the cam
paign, the authorities at Alma Col
I. -e are highly pleased with the result-
which have been obtained.
President Crooks stated that a part
of the money will be used to w ipe out
a war time deficit that the college
i . , , . .
gymnasium into the most modern
i chemistry building that any small col-
lege in Michigan can boast. The first
tleor of the old gymnasium was re
modeled last ear, and this year the
second floor will be remodeled. Both
the chemistry building and the gym
nasium are to be ready for use late
in the fall, the former probably by
the time that college opens in Sep
tember. In discussing the endowment cam
paign President Crooks spoke of the
wide interest that there had been in
the campaign, over 0,300 people mak
ing pledges of financial assistance,
which he believes augers well for the
future of the institution.
Unlike most of the Michigan col
leges, which are now planning on en
dowment drives, the campaign which
has just been concluded by Alma is
the first widespread endowment cam
paign that the Presbyterian institu
tion has waged. In the past the fi
nancial aid to the college has come
almost without exception from a
small group. Now hundreds of Mich
igan people are thoroughly acquaint
ed with the desires of " the future
that Alma has, and also with Alma's
Another thing in connection with
the campaign is of interest it is un
derstood that Alma is the first of the
Michigan sectarian colleges which has
received financial aid from both the
(Jeneral Education Board (The Rock
afellow Foundation) and from the
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