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larger circulation than all other weeklies combined In U'k territory. TWELVE PAGES "Holding, Higher ami I Jet tor" TWENTY-SEVENTH YEAR No. 28. BELDING. MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 8. 1915 THREE CENTS THE COPY THE BELDING B 4 KILLED DEER WHILE ON RIFT OF LOGS II WATERS OF A LAKE "Mir. AND MRS. JOHN KINSMAN HAD MANY INTERESTING EXPERIENCES During the fifty years of married life which Mr. and Mrs. John Kins man, account of whoso golden wod din! :innivi rsnrv was ndven in the Ranner last week, have spent together I they have had many pleasant exper- iences. 1 Almost the entire fifty years they i have lived within a day's journey of' Belding and the couple remember al- ; most all the important happenings in ' this part of the country since their: first arrival. Mr. and Mrs. Kinsman were mar ried in Glovorville, New York, Nov ember 2'J. ISoo, by liev. Thomas 11. Griffin. The next clay after their marriaire they started on a long jour ney to" Love!!. Michigan. At this place they lived two. years. At the expiration of the time they went to Lincoln Lake, where they lived for two years before returning to Lowell again. On their return to Lowell, Mr. and Mrs. Kinsman lived there for, six years, going then to Weatherwax Mill' , a lumber camp near Stanton. Mr. : Kinsman was well versed in lumber : and took a particular likinpr to it. While he had been connected with the : lumber industry of the earlier days j he around other towns, he had not ! been able to do so well as at the lat-; tor place. Consequently the family remained at the Weatherwax Mill for fourteen years. . In the early days of the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Kinsman, the Chip pewa Indians were their frequent vis itors, often stopping over night, or enquiring for food. The deer were so thick that the garden had to be fenced to keep them away. At one time Mr. Kinsman kill ed a deer with a club, while out on the rolling and tumbling lops of Lake Half Moon, near Stanton. At that time Stanton was a thriving lumber town and Colbyville, two miles south of Stanton was a prosperous village. Now only a farm house marks its site. When Mr. and Mrs. Kinsman left the latter mill they went on lo a farm they had purchased near Sidney. They prospered on the farm for about sixteen years, leaving it to move to Grattan. They moved from Grattan I to Belding five years ago, and pur chased a home at 528 Crooks avenue. Mr. Kinsman has been confined to his home for the last two years because of a stroke of paralysis. While the addiction has restrained him from participating in many of the things he maturely liked, he has made the moment:; pleasant for everyone of his friends and relatives while in his pre sence." Mr. and Mr:;. Kinsman have, been blessed with ten children, six of whom are still living. Byron A. Kinsman, one of the sons, lives near Greenville on a farm. He has four children, (Mrs. Geo. Yost of Detroit, Byron, Jr., of Crcenville, and Frank and Fred, who live with their parents). The second son, Chas. Kinsman, lives at Muskegon. E. J. Kinsman, who is the third son, lives on a farm northwest of Holding, but is employed in one of the Belding llros. & Co.'s factories. George Kins man, the youngest son, is a resident of Greenville. His sister, Mrs. John H. King, lives in Johnstown, N. Y. She has two children, William and Marian. Iva L. Kinsman, the young est child of the family, is the only one left at home. She is teaching the Drink school, two miles south of Delding, this winter. S1LKCITY tODGEI.0.0. F. HEtD ANNUAL MEETING The annual election of officers of Silk City lodge I. O. (). F. held Tues day night, resulted in the election of Seright Collier, noble "grand; Leland Thompson, vice-grand; Sep. Hutchin son, recording secretary; James Green, financial secretary; W. H. Price, treasurer; and George Vickery, trustee. The installation of officers will take place in January at which time the appointive officers will be named. Rcncfit Relding Grange Don't forget the fine program at the Empress Theatre, Friday after noon. Old Dock Yak, a three-reel picture, one-reel current events, vaudeville, extra music; admission, ten cents. adv. Only Two More Weeks Now Until Christmas In the columns of the IJanner this week every Christmas shopper will find plenty of suggestions for making purchases. The earlier you buy your gifts the better selection you can make and tho more time the clerks will have to show you. The early shopper is the wise shopper always. Christmas is only two weeks from next Saturday. It will be here before you know it. You cannot wait until the last minuute and expect to get satisfaction. Now is the time to look over the splendid list of offerings in the columns of the Banner and decide what you will buy and where you will buy it. Every merchant, whose adver tisement appears in the Ranner, is anxious and ready to please you in nil your requirements. They have their stores neatly decked in holiday decorations. Their windows reflect the Fpirit of the yuletide, and will stimulate joy and gladness in the heart of every shopper. Re wise and shop early for satisfaction. E.C. LLOYD SAYS BUSI NESS GOOD IN WEST K. C. Lloyd returned Monday from Joplin, Mo., where lie had been in the interest of the mining company do ing business there, but officered by local men. He reports business boom ing in the southwest. Everyone is busy in that section of the country and every avenue of trade was en joying prosperity. Some changes in the plan of oper ations in the Relding company's mine may result from Mr. Lloyd's trip. The stockholders will probably meet soon to discuss plans. Mr. Lloyd stated that indications in the mine were very favorable for a large amount of zinc ore. Metal has taken several advances in the past few months. MANY LOCAL MEN ATTEND THE DIG ANNEAL GATHERING AT GREENVILLE Several automobile loads of Refil ing citizens went to Greenville last Thursday evening to attend the Tenth Annual Republican club banquet. They were well pleased with the suc cess of the evening, and glad they w ent. .The banquet was served by the ladies of the city under the direction of the board of lady managers of the Relknap Memorial Hospital and in the interest of that institution. The hall was beautifully decorated with the stars and stripes, interwoven with ribbons and hanging baskets. The feast was served in excellent order and possessed variety and quantity enough to please the most fastidious. Three speakers, all of national re putation and all worth while were on the evening's program. They were introduced by John C. Ketcham, master of the Michigan State Grange, who acted as toastmaster of the even ing. President R. A. Brown of the club announced the name3 of the new officers. They were: President, Tim othy H. Winters; vice-president, (Continued on Page Six) BELDING L0DGEF.&A.M. j INSTALL OFFICERS; Monday night was the annual meet ing, election and installation of offi cers in Relding lodge No. .155 F. & A. ! M. A good crowd was out to the j meeting. Everything moved olf smoothly. Rryon Cook was made Worshipful Master, Arthur Foss, Sen ior Warden; Fred Rogers, Junior War den; Lee R. Moore, Secretary; W. L. Wilder, Treasurer; J. M. Langston, Senior Deacon; Edwy Webster, Jnuior Deacon and Fred Clanchy, Tyler. ' Verne Drown was made member of i the house committee for three years to succeed Guy D. Wcter, whose tcimj expired. Worshipful Master-elect ! Cook appointed C. M. Wise, marshal; j ll. J. Leonard, chaplain; Will Havi land and Emil Ferrick, stewards and George Crawford, chef. Henry J. Leonard was named as installing officer by retiring Worship ful Master Robert Olds. All the of-1 fleers were then duly installed for the ensuing year. The local lodge has prospered the : past year under the etlicient leader ship of Robert Olds as master. A good list of members have been taken' into the lodge, most of them young men. The lodge has been kept in a good thrifty condition and has ac- complished its purpose 'in the com-; munity. Unfortunately the dire reap-; or has taken from among its members many noble men in the past year, in fact, more than the usual amount in a year's time. Had it not been for these numerous carnalities the net , gain in member ship would have been , more. Worshipful Master Cook en- ; ters on the duties of the coming year with very bright prospects for the 1 farther advancement and improve-; ment of the lodge. j TO CITY TAXPAYERS 1 will be in my office week days from '.) o'clock until noon, and on Sat urday evening' and pay nights, to re ceive taxes. C. A. Rowley. adv. T J Sylvanus Weed died at the home of his son, Louis Weed, in Chicago, Tues day, November 30, and his remains were brought to Oakfield for burial last Thursday. The deceased was a resident and prominent farmer in Oakfield for many years, and after the death of his wife came to Otisco, near Cook's corners, about twelve years ago, and lived on the Grove farm until her death, since which time he has made his homo in Chicago. Mr. Weed was a member of the Methodist church and had many friends in this commuity. The funeral was held in the Oak field church and his remains were laid at rest in the Oakfield cemetery. Mr. Weed visited in this city last summer. Mr. Weed was 84 years old and his death came suddenly, not having been sick a day. Sylvanus Weed was born in the State of New York August 22, 1831, nnd died at the home of his son, Louis Weed, in Chicago, November 30, 1915. He came to Michigan with his par ents while a small boy and the great er part of his life was spent on the old homestead. (Continued on Page Six) I REPUBLICAN CLUB BANQUET OBE OF BEST i!l MiSTQRY NICHT SCHOOL OPENING WILL BE HUM THE 5TII EYERY INTERESTED PERSON WILL FIND INFORMATION ON ANOTHER FACE On another page of the Danner this week you will find a large space tell ing of the advantages to be offered in the corning night school. The school will begin January f, 11)15, and will continue, three nights each week, for twelve weeks. The tuition fee has been reduced. Courses will be offer ed in almost any subject that sufii cknl cail is made lor. In the space oa another page you will find a full I i t of tho subjects proposed and also a blank form to fill out in asking for information. If you are interested in bettering yourself turn over to the space and'clip out the- blank, lill it ut and mail either to Sr.pt. J. A. Largs t jti or .Secretary Fred L. War ner. EAGtE CAPTURED NEAR PORTLAND An eagle measuring six feet from tip to t;p, is being held captive on thy farm of Mike Trierwciler, near ".Maple corners. A few days ago the big bird was observed hovering over a litter of young pigs, who were eat ing out. of. a trough. Lewis Trier wciler, son of Michael, took down the gun and followed the bird to the woods. There the eagle came at him and showed light, but a shot wound ed him and after Hying a half mile the bird came to the ground, where the dog raptured him. The eagle is dark brown in color, with white feathers on head and tail. SONS OF VETERANS ELECTED OFFICERS The annual election of officers of the Sons of Veterans was held in the G. A. R. hall last Friday evening. Wm. II. Malone was made comman der; Seright Collier, senior vice-commander; Frank Collier, junior vice commander; A. M. Eaves, treasurer; Ralph Johnson, inner guard; Verne Davis, outer guard. No secretary was chosen but it is expected that Frank Collier will resign as junior vice-commander and will be made sec retary. The members of the camp are E. C. Wise, Orie Collier and Ray Ring. Rig Poultry Show Read the advertisement of the Ionia County Poultry and Pet Stock association in this issue, 't will tell you about the big cash ' prizes, the gold specials, and the hundreds of dollars of merchandise prizes. If you have poultry you had better enter seme in the big show. MEL'S DRUG STORE IS MP II USE CENT SALE -A remarkable One-Cent Sale, a new thing just instituted throughout the country by the 7,000 Rexall drug stores, is announced for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week at Connell's Drug store, the Rexall Store in Relding. The plan of this One-Cent Sale is announced by the Rexall company as follows: On the days advertised, a purchaser who buys one of the stand ard ai tides (advertised for this sale) of established value at its regular price is entitled to buy a second ar ticle, exactly the same, for one cent, no matter what the regular establish ed price may be. An example, if a person buys a tube of Rexall Tooth Paste for twenty-live cents, a second tube is sold for one cent. If the pur chase is a Maximum Hot Water for 2.00, a second Maximum Hot Water may be taken by the purchaser for one cent. Dozens of other desirable articles are included in the sale. A material part of the cost of all menWndise is due to the expense of introducing them to new customers. Ry the One-Cent Sale plan this cost is reduced. Goods of standard value are sold to many thousands of new users. The Rexall concern believes that the best advertising is the sat isfied user; that if one is pleased with a tooth paste, soap or any other ar ticle he will continue to use it. And thus the concern makes, many new customers. Ry selling for one cent goods rang ing in price from live cents to $2.00, the Rexall store olTers a strong in ducement to try merchandise of the highest quality and become a per manent user. Distribution is in creased at less cost. Roth the pur chaser and the Rexall store gain. Even so, the One-Cent Sale would not be possible except for the great co-operative purchasing power of tho more than 7,000 Rexall stores. These stores operate six great factories with branches and control the entire output of others. Thus they are able to sell goods of maximum value at minimum price. That there may be no misunder standing as to the quality of these products, it is understood that the Rexall store will cheerfully refund the money paid on return of the goods, if after one tries them he feels each item is not worth the regular price. Everyone in Relding and its vicin ity should take advantage of this re markable sale and should keep in mind the dates," Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December ,10 and 11. Sec Connell's page adv. in this issue of the Banner. SKATING RINK MAY BE MADE ON EAST MAIN Tho matter of having a skating : rink for the use of skaters in Delding, the present winter. was left to the dis- j cretioii of the street committee at; last Friday's council meeting. The j committee looked the ground over on j Kenwood avenue and decided unfav- j orably on it. The ground on East ; Main street en which the Chautauqua ; has been held was looked upon with j favor, however, and the committee has conferred , ith W. I Hcthering ton and F. XV. Howard regarding its j use. Permission has been given, with the understanding that the grounds j be placed in their original condition , in the spring. Freezing weather will; soon permit the workmen to flood and j ptcpaic the rink. PROGRii FOR M frioay mm IS STATE MASTER JOHN C. K ET CH AM WILL RE ONE OF .Til E SPEAKERS In addition to the address of Prof. J. J. Cox of the extention department of the University of Michigan, on the subject of ".Michigan's Dollars and Michigan's Roads," another speaker of note will address the meeting at Millard hall next Friday night. The speaker will be, John C. Ketcham, master of the Michigan State Grange. Mr. Ketcham will delight his audience JOHN C. KETCHAM with timely and wltolesoiTK- lvmarks. It is really a fortunate thing for a community to have two such speakers here on the srine evening to address them. The meeting will be a combination of the Relding Grange rial the board of commerce. All farmers and grange members from this community are re quested to be out at the meeting. In vitations hao also been sent to all the other granges ia the county. In fact everyone both in the city and surrounding country will find a wel come at the meeting. Remember the big annual Grange Fair will be going on at that time. It will start Thursday morning in the city hall and will continue over Sat urday. The merchants of the city will have booths to show their wares and products will be displayed in abundance. It will be a big event and one worth everyone's time to at tend. BOARD OF HEALTH DOES NOT FAVOR DEER PARK Following the preparation of a deer park jut east of Cook Park by .E. E. Cook, to receive the deer to come from the asylum at Ionia, it was found that in the opinion of the board of health of this city .the placing of the deer park would not be sanitary. As a result the completion of the park and consequently the placing of the deer has been delayed. The mat ter will probably be left to a district health official. Annual Meeting The annual meeting of the Relding Cemetery association will be held at the home of Mrs. Ed. Sisco Tuesday, December 14, all day. Come prepar ed to tie comforters. Chas. Johnson, President. Will Lecture Before Mcns Club Dec. 14 On another page of the Ranner this week will be found an article head ed "Attention men of Community," telling about Mr. Fyfe's leeture. f . . . ',vv-.i; : ; :-s, ' 1 1 ANDREW FYFE STI1IIIB ''"A j.-ty Vc.vj ' " ' :. f ' .' -i . i efv ; w s-;? '! "' 4 ONLY 01 HOUSE : C. C. WRIGHT, DECEASED. OWN ED LAND WHICH HAD HAD ONLY ON ETRANSPER The death of Charles C. Wright on the old homestead Thursday, Decem ber 2, marks the passing of one of the oldest pioneers of Otisco town ship, and one who enjoyed the distinc tion of having lived on the same farm arid in the same old house for 71 vears. He was burn in Rensaler county, New York, October 10, 1812, and in the following spring when he was six months old, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aimer Wright, started for Michigan in company with the Jamc:; Taliman family of four boys and three girls, Abnet' Wright having married Ruth Anna Taliman. On arriving in Detroit they bought a yoke of oxen and lumber wagon in to which all their belongings were leaded and made their way to Cook's Corners, being obliged to purchase another yoke of oxen while enroute. On May'.'!, lSPJ, after crossing Flat river at the Rroas bridge, they made their way to Tiberius Refiling's and the party, with others, twenty-seven of thtm stowed themselves away in the primitive log hou.se and barn for the night. A few days later Abner Wright and son, Charles, took up ineir aooeie in a smau snaniy ouul , i ne aiienuance was goou anu me let- , t() jR. $ H,8.'1.8 1 of w hich thw pro by C. S. I). Harroun and remained ; lowship delightful. Seventy-five sat ( perty owners are to ay $17,270.40 there until October of the next year, -down to a bountiful picnic supper, af-i and 'the city at large !?2L55'J.o'8. As when they moved into the old home, ! ter which the business was tran-, the city was bonded "for $20,000 'there where Charles, then two years (dd, ! sacted. The reports of the different ; js it.ft a balance of approximately died last week. j societies indicated healthy progress ! $1,000 after some minor expenses are There has been only one transfer j during the year. The first objective paid. It was thought this money of the property in 7'i years, and that j of the year had be;en a reduction of I might be used to install the lights from father to son and never a 1 the indebtedness on the parsonage, j along the paved streets. The dis mortgage held against it. I It was thought under present business j CUssion was not completed, however, Mr. Wright was the oldest of six conditions that we could at least j jjut was taken up at a mass meeting ennuren; iwo sisters raizaucui onaw of Relding, 'Mrs. Lyman Jacox of Rritton, South Dak., and three broth- or, rreston i. rtgni oi ieiuing, John Alvin Wright, who died in the army in 1861, and George Wright, also deceased. In 1803 Mr. Wright married Miss Loretta M." Weeks. Three children were born to them: Mrs. Eva M. Di vine, Cora E. McConncll of Chicago and Claude C. Wriirht of Relding. After her death he married Rosa M. Wright of Lowell, and to this union were born Harley Wright of Relding. John Alvin Wright of California and Mrs. Archie Drummond of Grand Rapids. Mr. Wright was a highly respected citizen and neighbor and loved his home life ar.d the ol) farm, where he lived so long, very much. The funeral was held Sunday af trrneor, which was largely attended. Rev. W. E. Doty, pastor of the Metho dic t church officiated. Fred Cornell and. .Mrs. E. E. Hudson sang. The interment tend: place in Otisco ceme terv. RECEIVED CHECKS B. & L STOCK MATURES o. 41 of the Relding Ruild- iieries ing ami Loan association matured on December 1, and the share holders of the sixty-six shares of stock in that series have received their checks from the secretary, George E. Wagner. The checks totaled $0,000. F 1 i ,l'Y: on L"Y II. Angell, 20 shares; J. E. Stanton,; 20 shares; and William Wood of Refil ing, o snares. An investment in the association is -urely a safe and paying proposition. BRACKETT SHOE STOCK SOLD TO BAY CITY FIRM Th. M'tlii'Mii Mi'l-t'hantH Kales company of Ray City through their representative, Lewis Levinsohn, closed a deal with D. E. Rrackett Monday, whereby tho company took over the stock of shoes and other merchandise. It is 'the expectation of the , purchasers ; to close out the stock. Read the big announcement on page eleven this week. Mr. Rrackett has not yet decided on his future activities. EAST OTISCO FARMERS CLUB HAD GOOD MEETING The East Otisco Farmers' Club met at tho pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Woolelridge last Thursday, Dec ember 2. There were forty-five pre sent, and a most bountiful dinner was enjoyed by all. Oysters being the main item on the menu. After dinner the meeting was called to order by President Chickcring and as Mrs. McKibbcn and Mrs. R. A. Chickcring were absent the topic for discussion was cancelled and the crowd listened to Mr. Wooldridge, who gave a good outline of his trip to the World's Fair, and especially through Yellowstone Park. It cer tainly was interesting and all present regretted that more could not have heard it. Will Reach gave a good paper on "Farming Fifty Years Ago and Today," and Mrs. Will Loach read a piece, entitled, "His First Raby which caused much fun and laughter. The next meeting will be held at the itu vuii lit ft'i; iivm ii niv the president, Ernest Chick d wife, January6, 1916. home of enng an flattie Anderson, Cor. Sec. Birthday Remembered Wednesday, December 1, was Chas. Johnson's birthday. Several friends ate dinner with him and in the even ing a nice company assembled to help him remember the day. Uncle "Wid" Howe was present and kept things lively with his music. Games were played, after which light refreshments were served. Numerous presents were left, by the departing guests, which were very much appreciated by Mr. Johnson. DIED AT DAUGHTERS' HOME. BURIED HERE The remains of Mrs. Henry Witt were brought here for burial Mon- i day in the old cemetery, biie died ; it the home of her daughter. Mrs. : Mward Rrown at Fisher's Station.! where she has been living for some I time, aged 70 years,. : The funeral service was held in i her late home, the liev. C. E. Smith ; of Ravenna officiating, j Mr. and Mrs. Witt were residents ' of this city nearly twenty years ago. She was an aunt of Mrs. W. E. Choate. Resides her husband she i leaves a son, Willis Witt, and two ' daughters, Mrs. Drown, with whom she lived, and Mrs. Luclla Waterman! of Glen-Ellyn, 111., all of whom at-; tended the last rites at the cemetery, ; .vhere many of her old friends and ; neighbor. came to pay their last re spects. BAPTIST elRGH 110 MKTiHG nnnnvcflp nLLimu: uuuu urn; A I T I i N I ) A N C E A N I ) CO LL ECTI N FOR NOVEMRER LARGE. CHURCH PROSPERS The annual meeting of the Uaptist church was held December 1, P.) 15. j raise $auu. ine cnurcn in an . branches of work kept plodding along and now we are certain to reach a larger goal reducing the debt by 000. The church showed its appreciation of W. A. Diss by voting an increase of salary. For five successive Sundays all the officers and teachers have been pres ent in the Sunday school. Average attendance for November was lo'J. Collection $21.02 and SU.G3 , for missions. The young peoples' choir will sing a special song at the prayer meeting Thursday evening. The power of God was present at c Sunday evening service. th Conversion work always brings joy Rev. Joshua Roberts, district mis sionary, preached at the Sunday morn ing service. He has been looking up the Smyrna work, spending several days m the locality. Deacons Eli Kendall, Wm. Wilson, E. L. Sagendorf. . Moderator Fred Spencer. Trustee L. M. Berry. Treasurer Mrs. Fred Sanborn. Collector W. A. Wilder. Auditors Claud,- Rrockway, F. L. Warner. Ushers. F. Sanborn, E. L. Sagen- florf, Wm. Orser, Claude Rrockway, j R0bt. Barron, John Wilson. Superintendent Fred L. Warner.' President B. Y. P. II. Don Cook. Secretary Stanley Glass. Treasurer Winnie Cook. K N I u H I S Uh rY 1 nlAb ELECT OFFICERS Fort una Lodge. K. of P., held their annual election Tuesday night, re sulting as follows: Chancellor Com., Lloyd Underwood; vice-chancellor, Floyd Haynes; prelate, Henry Gilde meister; master of work. Wm. H. Ma lone; master of exchequer. XV. L. Cus ser; master of finance, C. A. Coon; keeper of records and seals, O. M. -McCoy; master of arms. Edwy Web ster; inner guard, O. J. Collier; outer guard, L. C. Upson; fraternal cor respondent, A. E. Weter; one trustee, C. G. O'Rrvo.u. !'. ii A. M. Coai nuinicat ion There will be a special communica tion of Redding Lodge No. Maa F. & A. M. next Monday evening. Decem ber 13 for work in the MM degree. All brothers requested to attend. W. M. W. II. PRICE HEADS L At the annual election of officers of Mulberry Camp No. 875 M. W. A., held Monday night, the following of ficers for the ensuing yea revere elect ed: Venerable consul, W, II, Price; worthy advisor, L. E. Stone; banker, C. A. Rowley; clerk, C. A. Coon; es cort, James Green; watchman, Chas. Moore; sentry, Ed. King; physicians, Drs. E. W. Litle nnd G. A. Stanton; messenger, Phil Young. The camp is one of the old and sub stantial beneficiary and fraternal or ganizations of the city and has a good membership. Clerk Chas. A. Coon requests that all members pay their assessments be fore December 31, in order that the reports can be made up for the year. MICIIIGA NS GREATEST N E WS PAPER Ry special arrangements we are going to get the latest edition of the Sunday Detroit Free Press into Reld ing every Sunday. This paper will have the complete news and sporting section and the new features recently added. Leave your order for delivery1- with Milo M. Luick. Old customers not receiving their papers now please notify Schmid' Shoe shop-Adv. 'SURPLUS FUNDS CANNOT RE USED FOR LIGHTING" AT TORNEY SAYS In the council meeting last Friday evening that body voted to accept the report of the L. A. Doulay com pany as made by its representative, John Finun, on the matter of the street paving in district "A." The proposed bond offered by Contractor P range from the Chicago Ronding & Surety company for 10,000, to cover iho r.iaiiitatnance of tho paving the coming Jive years, was refused.' Mr. Prar-ge. was n firsed from the clause in hi.; contract, h-TVevcr. that called lor g;. i:. compieti.j when o'I the work bo ad for t Ins worl the faithful . His bond d and since was r fu.-.ed row completed eiT.lcd unnece.-- the exe ary. His indi the .btediiess state merit oa paving was accepted. the t of A dee(i for the proper in in tho 'alley at the rear of the Relding Savings Rank transferring it to the city was accepted. Also a deed was accepted from H. J. Leonard and Helen A. Leonard for some lots sit uated in the first ward, from which the cushion sand for the streets was taken. Tin- tnt-il C(Kt nf ivivini' e:i-i fuMtul of the board of commerce and busi ness men Monday evening. In the opinion of City Attorney Hubbell the money could not be used, but must be placed in the sinking fund to retire the bonds. IONIA'S BIG MID-WINTER FREE FAIR DEC. 16-17 Ionia is planning another Free Fair a mid-winter one this time and the j event is to be a grand celebration in ; honor of the completion-of the mam- moth new livc-storv building which is (10 latest addition to the plant of the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Co. And it will be a Fair that will lin ger for a long time in the memory of all who attend, for the entire five floors of the new Ypsilanti building arc to be given over to the Fair com mittee for two whole d iys and nights, and every oor will be utilized, by the committee jn putting on this big event. A mid-winter circus, a huge bowery dance, a country store, candy booths, flower booths, doll booths, blanket booth-, j:ng!e boards, butter bowls, paddle wheels, "sale shows, lunch counters. in fact everything that goes to make for a great big "Joy Night" will be provided by the committee who have the Fair in charge, and no effort will be left un spent to give everyone who attends a thoroughly .enjoyable time, and the profits of this mid-winter Fair will be placed in a fund to help make the big Free Fair next summer a greater success than the one hold dur ing the past summer, and all Ionia is solidly back of the enterprise. A door prize of $50.00 in gold will be given away each evening. Tickets on the door prize will be 10 cents cacti, and every person entering the building will be expected to purchase at the entrance door one ticket on the door prize for that evening. The doors will open at 7:00 o'clock each evening, and Mayor Green says no one need go horn'.' until morning, unless he or she wishes to do so. Fret! A Chapman is general manager of the Fair, and has selected the liveliest bunch of boosters in the city to assist lorn in working out the details of -the fig event, and villi Mayor Green and the citizens of Ionia all pulling to gether to make this mi l-winter Fair the biggest thing of its kind ever est aged in Ionia county, it is a fore gone conclusion that no one but a dead man will want to be anywhere except in Ionia the evenings of Dec ember 16 and 17. Don't forgot the dates December 16 and 17 and be there both even ings if you don't want to miss the biggest and best celebration Ionia has seen. adv. 44 Revise The Alumni" Says Local Opinion The Ranner is in receipt of a com munication from one of the former graduates of the Relding high school, urging a revival of the alumni. The writer asks of the others, to voice their views in regard to the matter. Certainly every high school should have an alumni association and espec ially the Belding high school. The Banner stands ready to give the views of all former graduates on the subject and hopes the spirit which is told of i? the following letter will continue to grow nnd finally culminate in the re vival of the alumni in Belding. Here is the letter: It is whispered that there is plenty of alumni spirit in Belding, were it only aroused from its tlormant con dition. Why not awaken and get to gether and fan the flame? Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm. School life is rich in memories and as sociations. Ought we not to pre serve these in all the after days? Surely we all love our alma mater, and why not show our pride and in terest in the institution from which we have been graduated, by reviving the alumni association? What do you think? Speak out. An Alumnus.