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on Oxfords TWENTY-FIRST YEAR. NO, 11 BELDING, MICH., THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 19051. WHOLE NO. 1050 Men's Suits at Half Price BELBIMe ort vist Jem at, fir . j V A TWENTY-ONE LIST WEEK Hotel Belding, the Silk City's Fine Hostelry, Is Now of Age OPENED AUGUST 11, 1888 Manager W. P. Hetherington And Clerk Thos. Bracken Have Been With it Since the Opening It was twenty-one years ago last Wednesday morning, August 11. when the first meal was served to the public in lielding's new hotel which at that time made the people living here and the comparatively few travelling men making the town wonder why such a costly block should be erected and how the hotel with its first-class accommo dations could be supported. But Belding Bros., the builders, did not stop to answer questions or make any explanations, they kept on doing, and when W. P. Hetherington and his wife and Thomas Bracken and wife ar rived here from East Hampton, Mass achusetts, a few months before the house was ready to open, the former went to Chicago and in company with H. H. Belding, since deceased, dropped in at Marshall Fields' and Hibbard, Silencer & C'o'h. stores and purchased a full outfit of uiMo-date hotel furniture which was shipped here immediately. Soon after its arrival Mr. Hethering ton and Mr. Bracken installed the furniture both giving their personal at tention to the work which was no easy job, every room being furnished before the opening day. The building and furnishings cost a lot of money and un der the splendid management of Mr. and Mrs. Hetherington it has not de preciated a farthing even in the f urn fishings and minor details. Among the guests who took meals there that day,, as shown by the old register "which has been carefully pre served, and which Mr. Bracken has been exhibiting with a great deal of in terest, were W. S. Belding, B. P. Hall, U. J. Hall, G. W. Kllis and wife of Philadelphia, Pa.; H. H. Belding and wife, 11. H. Belding Jr, Mrs. Mary Belding (mother of the Belding Bros), Mrs. Wood, A. A. Eager and W. W. Cutler, of Chicago; Lewis Ellis and wife, C. I). Ellis and wife and F. A. Washburn and wife of Belding. Mr. Hetherington, before coming here, was proprietor of the Old Mansion house in East Hampton, Mass., which he had operated for three years. Pre- N ! a J W. I IIKTIIKKINOTOX, I'KOPKIKTOK MOTKI. BKLIUNO vious to that time he was with his uncta, Win. Hill, an old hotel man who owned and ojwrated the Creighton hotel in Boston, also hotels at Watch Hill, H. 1., Springfield, Mass, and oth er places. His hotel life has covered a period of more than 35 years. Mrs. Hetherington assists very ably in the management of that part of the hostel ry accorded to a landlady and looks after each and every detail with grace and dignity. Mr. Thomas Bracken has been with Mr. Hetherington for 25 years, enter ing his employ in the east, and is known by nearly every traveling man in the state; always at the post of duty, genial and accommodating. The hotel would certainly be a lonesome place without the man familiarly known as "Tom." There are fifty rooms in the house, including those used for the help em ployed, and every convenience is at hand to make it a first class hotel. The Hotel Belding Opera House is also one of the attractions of the place and many of the best companies are booked to appear on the stage. Wil liam H. Fish, the assistant clerk, has been a familiar figure there for the past 18 years. The citizens of the Silk City may well feel proud of its fine hotel and should extend to the Belding Bros, and to Mr. Hetherington in particular, much praise and credit for its splendid management. One feature in which the hotel has contributed to the clean and moral atmosphere of not only its immediate surroundings, but to the city and country at large as well, is the fact that no liquor bar has ever been allowed in the building, the Belding Bros, strenuously objecting to all tempt ing oilers to allow one to be established. John Griffith, a former Belding boy, now of Grand Hapids, was the guest of his brother, Thomas Griffith, last week. H. J. LEONAUD, Pres. A. N. BELDING, V. Pres Money DEPOSIT IT when you have a surplus, with BORROW IT when in need, from The Belding Savings Bank of Belding W. S. LAM BEUTSQN, Cashier. To Depositors We offer the best security with lib eral rates of. interest on certificates and savings accounts. To Borrowers We furnish the "needful" at all times on personal or real estate security at cheapest rates and easy terms. THE GARDEN PARTY A Successful Venture Ladies Cleared Fifty Dollars The garden party given by the ladies of the Congregational church last Friday and Saturday evenings was a successful venture and they will clean up a trifle over fifty dollars. Three arc lights suspended on tripods lighted the church and parsonage grounds brilliantly and the hot col lee, candy and ice cream booths, did a flourishing business. "Wid" Howe's band of martial music, and Dr. C. I. Taylor's orchestra with Dean Face, cornet, Dr. Taylor and Ernest Menkee, violins, and Miss Beth Barnard, ac companist, furnished line music and were siecial and enjoyable features of the occasion. The Sweet Family gave their enter tainment in the church to large au diences each evening, and it was a very enjoyable part of the program, many eyes leing dif fused with laugh ter and tears at one and the same time during the pathetic recitals, the songs of love and declamations. Itoll on, Silver Moon," a solo by Mrs. C. S. Barnes, as "Araminty Ann," and chorus by the whole family, was ex ceptionally entrancing, as was also "The Three Blind Mice," and the fam ily band played in delightful harmony on difficult instruments of torture. Mrs. I. L. Hubbell, as "Betsey Be lindy," distinguished herself in a womens' rights sreech which rele gated Susan B. Anthony or Carrie Nation into the shades of oblivion. 'The Charge of the Light Brigade," by Mrs. Oephart, one of the twins, was a master piece of circumlocution, and the violin solo by her "twin" sister, Mrs. Dan Skellenger, gave evi dence of her being a born artist in the fiddling line. Intensely pathetic was the resolution by Mrs. F. Schelegtl, as "Frances Fedora," causing deep sorrow and the shedding of briny tears by her sisters and others during the recital. As an authoress Mrs. M. A. Chapman, in the role of "Caroline Cordelia," hit the high sjots of liter ature in a very compassionate style. Mrs. L. C. Millard, "Gloriana Gad about, atllicted with the giggles," was certainly a ieach in her part, ami the pride of "Ma" Sweet. Mrs. E. B. Lapham, as mother of the progeny and a "lone relict, " expatiated on the good qualities of her "darters" and of things in general in a very lucid and pronounced way, while directing the show and telling them when to "percede." Great applause followed the efforts of the Sweet family. Old Folks. Concert The Ladies' Aid society of the Ash ley church has made arrangements whereby the Baptist Ladies' Aid society of Belding wilF give the Old Folks' Concert, which was so successfully given in Belding, at the Ashley church Aug. .'U. There will be some changes in the program, new features being added. There will also be some changes in the costumes. Admission: Adults, 20c; children, 15c. ! (v 1 , I, -wo'i'J VflLL IT. FISH, ASSISTANT C'l.KKK AT IIOTKL HKLMMI Rev. C. M. Loomis Rev. Chester M. Loomis will occupy the pulpit of the M. E. church Sunday morning and evening. His morning theme will be "Creed or Character," and the topic for the evening "Is Char acter fixed or progressive." Mr. Loomis has completed a full course at the Yisilanti Normal, and also the full literary course at the University of Michigan. He, with his wife, is visiting her father, John E. Taylor, In Eureka, and he has kindly consented to fill the place for Rev. G. W. Maxwell. He has been preach ing at Dixborough, near Ann Arbor, while working his way through the university. " , .... , , . ' ' ", '" ' . t.. ... -I THOMAS IIHACKKX, t'LKII K 1IOTK1. HKMUNO THE RUSSELL FAMILY Fifteenth Annual Reunion Held Last Thursday 100 Present The fifteenth annual reunion of the decendents of Josiah Russell was held at Baldwin lake Aug. VMS. At an arly hour the members of the family began to arrive with well filled baskets, pretty smiles and hearty handshakes. The young people sjent their time in mating, bathing, pitching quoits and all playing while the older members of the family related old time stories, bringing back many pleasant memories of days gone by and sad thoughts of the departed ones. A chicken pie din- ler was served, covers ling laid for about one hundred which all enjoyed as only a Russell can. At o o'clock a business meeting was called to order by Fres. Chas. Russell and officers elected for the ensuing year as follows: Pres. Eugene Russell Vice Pres. Redding Russell Sec'y and Treas. Mrs. W. Walker Although it was a day of joy and feasting for both old aiid young, there were sad hearts in our midst for death has again entered our jmrtals and those being called to a brighter and better home were Anna Maria Mooi.'w ho.died Nov. 10, 11)08; Andrus Starks, March 10, HKXl; Marie Fitzgerald, June 14, and Guy Loomis, June 21, 110!. Those present from away were Mrs. Fred Russell and Lucy Sherman of Hart; Eugene Russell and Mildred lieaven worth of Luther; Mrs. Grace Ryerson and son I,ea, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest rorstner of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Ella Stone of Crystal; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Barris and Marjory of Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Alta At wood and daughter Esther of Grand Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Clark and Leonard Clark of Howard City; Mrs Dora Steele and grandson Don Kinney, and Alden Moinelt of St Johns; Mr. and Mrs. Will Russell ami Lillie Munson of Edmore; Mr. and Mrs. Judson Iioomis of Cadillac and Albert Russell of Ionia. Evening came all to soon, good byes were said, everyone feeling the day was only too short but everyone promising to be present to enjoy the Kith annual reunion on the second lhursday in August, 1010. TRIED TO GET AWAY George Law ton Cuts Hole in Jail in Effort to Escape George Lawton, who was arrested several weeks ago by Officer Bush on a warrant charging him with enter ing the office of Wilson fe Co., and robbing the till of 12.75, marked money, 50 cents of which was found on his ierson when arrested, has evidently considered his chances of proving himself innocent as rather doubtful. Last Friday night he was caught in the act of cutting a hole through the wall in the county Jail, and has admitted the act. The officers were watching him, as it is claimed an attempt had been under way to smuggle a saw into-the jail to assist in the jail delivery. This latest move on the part of Lawton will not add much to his chances of escaping punishment on the burglary charge. There are sev eral tough characters in the jail just now, and some of them would do most anything to escape the clutches of the law at this time. Card of Thanks We desire, at this time, to extend to the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us by word and deed during our recent great sorrow, our 1 most heartfelt thanks. Alonzo B. Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas James. Mr. and Mrs. Ix Can field. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cole. Mrs. Nettie Eckert was a Grand' Miss Laura Scott siwnt Sunday with Rapids visitor Monday. her people at Clifford lake. EIGHT YEARS IN 1 1 Sentence Handed Out to Al bert Gcldorf by Judge Davis NOW SERVING SENTENCE Pleaded Guilty in Circuit Court last Saturday and was Given the Limit. Albert (Jeldorf, the shoe stock cutter who was Ixmnd over in Justice Laj ham's court on Tuesday of last week for trial in the circuit court, on the charge of assault with intent to kill, thought his chances were pretty slim for acquittal and on Saturday last went before Judge Davis, of Ionia, and pleaded guilty to the crime of assault with Intent to do great Unliiy harm less than the crime of murder. After reading over the testimony in the case the judge felt perfectly satis fied that Geldorf's act was a wilful and premeditated attempt to murder Nettie Simons, and in passing sen tence on him took occasion to say so. He then handed out a sentence of five to ten years in prison, with a recom mendation of eight years. In sentenc ing him, the judge said: 44 1 am giving you the limit of the law in this sen tence, and I leliee you deserve it." When asked if he had any choice as to which prison he should le sent to, Albert asked to le sent to Ionia, and Judge Davis gave him his choice. Tliis our community is relieved of another bad character-- and the ends of justice have been accomplished. MORE TENANT HOUSES Belding Bros, will Build Six More at Once A. N, Belding, of Rockille, Conn., F. F. Crooks, of Northampton, Mass., (Jen. E. C. Young and Geo. P. Rich ardson, of Chicago, and George W. Ellis, of Philadelphia, have Uen in the city this week on business con nected with the silk mill interests here, and found the business working smoothly in all, departments. In a talk had with Mr. A. X. Beld ing, he stated that business conditions throughout the country are in ex cellent shaiH?, and now that the tarifl" question is settled, thinks it will con tinue good. He said the Belding Bros, had con cluded to build six more dwelling houses on their property near Factory C. They will let the contracts at once, and ho lie to get them filled by jiersons who desire to purchase them for homes. r i Canvas Shoes And Oxfords Nothing Cooler These Hot Days Than CLOTH SHOES. May We Show You These. EARL WILSON & GO. Just a Word About the Popular Music that I Sell for 15c A Copy. See My Window. . Itisyournwn loss if you do not avail yourself the opportun ity of securing some of the U-autiful KRYSTOE Colonial shaped glass ware that 1 am showing at such low priees. Seven piece water sets at 7 5c and upwards. Sherliets, ComjHtrts, Jellies, Mar laids and all the fancy pieces. The small si.e tumblers for 2oc for a set of six.. . A. B. Hull JEWELER OPTICIAN Advertise! Letters (J rover Buchanan (2), Frances Clif ford, C. I j. Eddy, Mrs. A. C. Fox, Mrs. Geo. W. Hoyt, Mrs. Elmer O. ! Lusty, Mrs. Libbie Ijeblanc, "Gertrude j Munroe, Clyde Schwartz, Robt. Stoll, j J. Snyder. Aug. 10, V.m. I). E. Wilson, P. M. To Make Room FOR New Fall Goods We are making some very snappy bargains in odd pieces of furn--ilure at from to r0 jtercent off the regular price. In this list you will find a very gsd assortment of sideboards, bullets, table chiflbnier and dressers. See Our Windows Before You Buy. Miller & Harris Furniture Go. Furniture and Undertaking. DAY PHONE 350 NIGHT PHONE 71-2 0 If IS -c 1 kK'i-ji 4k?A I. ' LLOYD'S DRY GOODS AND CARPET STORE Iteuawg iff laiGs Ml lite and m It has never been our privilege to show as extensive a line of suits as we have at the present time. Prices Range From $12.50 to $35.00. We are tfointf to make a special feature this fall of per fectly lit tinj' suits. We guarantee every garment to he perfectly fitted before it leaves the store. It is a pleasure for us to show you these new suits. E..C. Lloyd TV t 1-'