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The circulation Hooks of the Banner are open to Inspection at Any Time. BMC "Belding, Bigger and Better" BANNER TWENTY-SEVENTH YEAR-No. 52. BELDING. MICHIGAN. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 24 1916 THREE CENTS THE COPY THE jBj&IL TGl PAGE: L1E1IL1W ID DECORATION DAY PROGRAM ALMOST COMPLETE ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERMON TO DE PREACHED BY REV. PEASE OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST GENERAL EXERCISES FOR DECORATION DAY Automobiles Will Convey Patriotic Or ders to Various Cemeteries Served by Local Committee Headquarters Dan S. Root Post 12G, Belding, Michigan, May 24, 191G. The four patriotic orders of Beld ing will observe Memorial Sunday May 28 by attending the morning service at the Church of Christ. They will assemble at the G. A. R. hall at Q-Sfl n m. nml marrh to the church All soldiers, sailors and marines and visiting members are invited to join exceedingly wen. with us in this memorial Sunday ser-1 The receipts were over ninety dol vjce. j lars which were more than enough to Memorial Day J pay all expenses and leave a little The G. A. R. Post, the Woman's ( sum in the treasury. Relief Corps, the Camp of rinrnntf Sons of Veterans and the Tent of the Q I Mil Q fir LJIPTflDV Raff??,x."L;t,s nUhiun ur rHuiuni 1L me Vi. rt. iw. nail ai a u iiuvr oiiaj.r (standard time), Tuesday morning, May 30 and march to the Bridge street bridge, where the W R. C. as sisted by the Post, the Camp and the Tent will give their ritualistic water service in honor of the soldiers, sail ors and marines buried at sea. Order of March 1. School pupils carrying flags un der charge of Sueprintendent Lang ston and their teachers. 2. Civic bodies and lodges. 3. Patriotic citizens. 4. Belding brass band. 5. Sons of Veterans, escort to G. A. R. 6. Dan C. Root Post, 126, G. A. R. 7. Daughters of Veterans, escort to W. R. C. 8. Woman's Relief Corps. 9. After the water service they will pass in the same order to the Congregational church where the school pupils will be dismissed. Program at the Church 1. Singing. 2. Invocation, Rev. C. M. Pease. 3. Reading of General John A. Logan's celebnated "Order No. 11" of May 5, 1880', establishing, memorial day for all time, Adjutant W. R. Olds. 4. Reading of - Lincoln's Gettys burg Address, dedicating a part of that bloody field as a cemetery for the Nation's dead, Superintendent J. A. Langston. 5. Singing. 6. Brief Address, Secor Forman, Sons of Veterans. 7. Recitation, Decoration Day, Miss Helen Lapham, high school. 8. Recitation, A. M. Eaves, Sons of Veterans. .9 Recitation, The American Flag, Edward Johnson, high school. 10. Recitation, The Little Bronze Butter, Miss Anna Parent, Daughters of Veterans. 12. Reading, The Old Man and Jim, J. M. Langston, Sons of Veter ans. 13. Recitation, "Unknown," Mrs. Jennie Cooper, Daughters of Veterans. 15. Recitation, Old Glory, Miss An na Parent, Daughters of Veterans. 16. Singing. 17. Benediction, II. A. Waldron, Post Chaplain. All soldiers, sailors, marines and members of the above named orders, the mayor, city council and all civic and patriotic citizens are cordially in vite to join with us in assmebly at the G. A. R. hall, make the march and at tend the services in this most fitting and patriotic observance of Memorial Day. Immediately after the close of the service at the church the Post, Corps, Camp of the Sons of Veterans and Tent of the Daughters of Veterans will proceed by autos to the cemetery at Cook's Corners at 12:30 for the regular G. A. R. cemetery service, where a brief program will be given by the school pupils. Then to Smyr na, where dinner will be served by the Lady Maccabees. Then to the Smyr na cemetery for the G. A. R. service and a brief program by the school pupils at 2:30. They will then pro ceed to the River Ridge cemetery for their service at 3:30, then to the Old Belding cemetery for decoration and brief service; then dismissal. Every loyal and patriotic citizen should put forth every effort to aid and assist with their presence and in fluence in observing this one day sft apart to be kept sacred to the memory of our own as well at the Nation's dead. -Bring flowers and wreaths for every grave in our cities of the dead; kindly furnish your auto with a chauf feur for the Post, the Corps, the Sons of Veterans and the Daughters of Vet erans from the Congregational church at 11:30 to the several cemteries and return. Kindly report the service of your auto at your earliest convenience to Elmer C. Wise, chairman of the com mittee on transportation. You will be fully repaid in your own hearts for every endeavor you have made to keep and observe this one day of all the year to patriotic and loving devotion. FRANK R. CHASE, Post Commander. W. R. OLDS, Adjutant. Velte is to Be Candidate Samuel Velte of Lake Odessa in company with County Clerk George W. Moulton was in the city last Fri day looking over the political field.; flir. ene is a candidate ior county treasurer on the republican ticket and as that part of the county has not been favored for some time with a county office, he has been induced to try for the nomination. HIGH SCHOOLSTUD- ENTS PLAYED WELL There was a very large audience assembled in the opera house Friday night to witness and enjoy, the beau tiful operetta "A Nautical Knot, or the Belle of Barnstapoole," put on by the high school students under the direction of Miss Verna Downs, su perintendent of music and of the art department. Miss Downs was assist ed in staging the play by Mrs. Earle Wilson and the catchy music, chorus es, songs and dialogue, together with the approprite costumes made the play very interesting. The young people exhibited remar kable talent and showed that they had been well-coached by their instruct- ors. There was a neat little love plot running through the play and the principal characters did their parts FDR REDUCING RAW COTTON TO YARN LOCAL PLANTS CONSUME AP PROXIMATELY $1,000,000 OF COTTON YEARLY Since the recent visit of A. N. Beld ing in Belding ther have been very persistent rumors regarding the pos sibility of Belding Bros. & Co., erect ing a cotton mill for reducing the raw cotton into yarn. A little investigation leads us to believe that a reasonable estimate of the amount of cotton yarns consum ed by the silk plants in this city at the present time is somewhat in excess of a million dollars per year and if a plant could be built to furnish yarns for the use of the mills now located here as well as other plants of Belding Bros. & Co., it would be a most attractive addition to our city. Belding needs more industries and our strongest hope at the present time for industrial expansion lies in the possible assistance or development that can be made by those now locat ed here. We are told that a cotton plant such as is being considered would employ fully as many people as the largest silk mill does at the present time and could be supplied with suf ficient volume of business to keep it running practically the entire year. It is to be hoped that Messrs. Beld ing Bros, will give this matter favor abel consideration as it would be a very valuable increase to our present industrial life and bring many new families into the town. SERIOUS ACCIDENT WAS AVERTED Fred Locke had a very narrow es cape in a serious accident Sunday. He was driving his car to this city from Stanwood, where he had been to get his wife's mother, Mrs. Logan, when making the turn at Henry Werner's corners the brake on his machine fail ed to work and the car was overturn ed with Mrs. Logan under it. Harry Lamb, who was following him in his car immediately rendered assistance and with others the car was lifted and Mrs. Logan was taken into Mr. Lamb's car and brought to Mr. Locke's home, where she was at tended by Dr. Stanton and made com fortable from bruises about the face but fortunately no serious injuries were discovered. . Mr. Locke fortunately escaped with a slight shaking up. His wife is sick in bed and he went after her mother to assist in caring for her. Jury Said No Cause The jury in the case of John Jewell against Hiram Hall which case was tried in Justice Spencer's court on Tuesday, brought in a verdict of no cause for action. Jewell claimed Hall owed him a balance due for work done for him. Mr. Hall contended that he had more than paid him in the course of their business dealings for the past few years. The jury were: M. A. Reed, W. E. Little, Elmer Cook, H. A. Smith, C. A. Wheeler and Wess Porter, who earned a fee of fifty cents each for their half days' work. I. L. Hubbell appeared for Jewell and F. L. Warner for Hall. Building Plans Submitted Osgood & Osgood, architects of Grand Rapids, submitted plans for an addition to the Contral school building, to the Board of Education the first of the week. A meeting of the board will be called the last of the week when a call for a special meeting of the district may be an nounced. Notice to Correspondents Next Tuesday is Decoration Day. The office force" of the Ban ner will have the day as a holiday. As we will lose a day just at that time of tho week when we arc always tho busiest in getting up .he matter for the (Banner we urge all correspondents to get their letters in by Monday night. We believe by a little extra effort you can do it, and your coopera tion will be much appreciated by the Banner employees. The Banner. ENGAGEMENTANNOUNC ED MEADE-BURNETT The Banner is in receipt of the fol lowing announcement relating to a well-known and popular Orleans boy: "Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Burnett, 426 Hamilton Place, Ann Arbor, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary, to W. Kendall Meade of Or leans, Michigan. "Miss Burnett is a member of the 1917 literary class and Mr. Meade of the 1916 dental class of the Univer sity of Michigan." ORANGE WAS GREAT SDCCESS MANY VISITORS RERE KEENE GRANGE AWARDED THE PRIZE FOR LARGEST NUM BER PRESENT The entertainment of Belding Grange, No. 581 given to the Ionia County Pomona Grange last Thurs day, was a great success, and the visitors from all over the county en joyed the hospitality of the local grange very much. There were near ly two hundred in attendance during the day and evening and the time from start to finish during the ses sions was full of interest, both social and instructive. At the dinner more than 150 were served and half as many at the sup per. Keene Grange was awarded tho first prize of. three dollars for the largest membership in attendance and Berlin took the pennant as sec ond prize. Besides the fine program which was an enjoyable feature. State Sen ators T. II. McNaughton of Grand Rapids, D. W. Woodworth of Port Huron and II. E. Powell of Ionia were present and gave excellent ad dresses. At the evening session R. Howard Hall was on the program and gave a most excellent talk on good roads. As is well-known Mr. Hall is an enthusiast in that line and the pointers he gave were good ones. Visitors on this occasion will al ways remember their royal welcome here. PARK FLOWERS NOT PUBLIC PROPERTY It should be remembered that the flowers growing on the city hall park grounds are not public property and must not be picked off by persons who are strolling about the streets and grounds. Mr. Cook has placed them there and carefully looks after their growth and development. He is pleased oc casionally to pick and give, some of the varieties away, but draws the line on the tulips. He wants them left in their beds. A few nights ago more than a doz en were taken by trespassers, who may yet be apprehended and brought into the court for vandalism. The penalty of the law is very severe on violations of this kind. ' Surprised on Her Birthday Saturday night Ruth Buck on re turning from town shortly after 8 o'clock, was greatly surprised to find a company of her friends gathered at her home. The girls were hidden in the parlor and as Ruth stepped in to the house they rushed at her, wish ing her birthday greetings. After Ruth recovered from her sur prise she and the guests, chaperoned by Miss Beatrice Morin, attended the Empress theatre., On returning to Miss Buck's home they sat down to a very elaborate lunch, served by Mrs. Buck. The table was prettily dec orated in pink and green. A large bouquet of pink carnations adorned the center of the table while at eacht place was a small bouquet of lilies-of-the- valley. The guests presented Miss Ruth with a beautiful silver spoon; she also received many other nice gifts.At a seasonable hour the girls departed, having enjoyed a most delightful evening. VENETIAN NIGHT AND CARNIVAL JUNE 10 The date for Venetian night has been set by the Board of Commerce for Saturday, June 10. Arrangements by the proper committees will soon be made to make this event one of the most interesting and entertaining ever seen in the silk city. With the excellent facilities we have here for electrical effects and water carnival sports, the public will be cordially in vited to witness something that will surpass in splendor anything ever seen here Everybody should keep the date, June 10, in mind as carnival night. At Tuesday's Luncheon The noon luncheon of the board of commerce Tuesday was well attended and a first-class dinner was served. After the "eats" President K. II. Hall called to order and Superintendent of Schools J. A. Langston, as chairman of the lecture course committee, re ported on several propositions receiv ed from lyceum bureaus. The com mittee was continued with the under standing that the board would stand back of any good course selected, but the sale of tickets were not to be pushed to interfere with the Chautau qua. Andrew Fyfe of Grand Rapids was present and being called upon made a brief speech and gave valuable point ers. Fred A. Washburn called up the question of holding Venetian night and the date was fixed for Saturday night, June 10 with the board enthus iastic for making it a great success. Good Roads Meeting A mass meeting will be held at the Keene church next Monday evening at 7:30 to boost the Belding-Lowell trunk line road. Impelled by the suc cess of interested citizens in securing signers for the six miles of road in Otisco and Keene townships, begin ning two miles south of Belding, the citizens along about seven and one half miles more of the road have call ed the meeting for Monday night. About five miles of the proposed road would be in Keene township and the balance in Lowell township. An effort will be made to secure the road under the Covert act, and all citizens of the townships and cit ies interested are urged to attend the meeting Monday night. The road, if secured, will connect Belding and Lowell with a sixteen-foot trunk road. Go if you can and boost for good roads. Were Guests at Godfreys Rev. and Mrs. Edward Vail of St. Louis were the guests of Mr, and Mrs. J. II. Godfrey over Sunday,. Mr. Vail is a cousin of Mrs. Godfrey's. He is a Presbyterian minister and is pastor of the church in St. Louis. At the Sunday evening, service he occupied the pulpit at the Congrega tional church at the cJose of the Christian Endeavor0 meeting and de livered a very fine address on the boy who had the basket with the five loaves and three small fish from which the multitude was fed. HELD SUCCESSFUL MEET ROYAL WELCOME EXTENDED BY BATTLE CREEK CITIZENS TO THE MEMBERS VISITS MADE TO MANY PLACES OF INTEREST Meeting Was Profitable to Everyone. Gov. Ferris Urged Realization of Publishers Responsibility It was an interesting delegation of job printers, newspaper men and women that met 'in the Klks' Temple at Battle Creek last Thursday after noon at 2:30 o'clock for the opening of the big annual meeting of the Michigan Press and Printers' Federa tion. The opening session was pre sided over by President Fred W. Gage of the Gage Printing . Company of Battle Creek. The invocation was pronounced by Rev. W. J. Lockton, after which President Gage introduced Mayor James W. Marsh. Mayor Marsh as sured the members of the federation that they were cordially welcome and in .his every word and bearing the genuineness of his welcome was ap parent. A. L. Miller, in behalf of the newspapers of Battle Creek, extended a cordial welcome. Answering the greetings of the Battle Creek speakers, hearty respon ses were given from representatives of the daily and weekly sections of the federation and also from the Michigan Woman's Press Association and the Job Printers. The remain der of the time Thursday afternoon was taken up in hearing the reports of the officers of the federation, a paper by H. R. Pattengill on "What the Year Has Brought to Us," and a general discussion of "The Future of the Federation." The latter was dis cussed from the viewpoints of the several sections represented and in reality outlined the keynotes of work to be taken up in the sections during the federation meeting. Not one of the discussions lacked spirit and value. Accepting the hospitality of the city officials and the street car company, the whole party boarded cars at the close of the afternoon meet and were hurried to the Battle Creek Sanitar ium where a big banquet was tender ed the visitors.- The lecture rooms and long corridors were crowded with merry men and women, who waited until they could be divided into sec tions for trips through the mammoth establishment. The big banquet was served in the sanitarium annex where covers were laid for over six hun dred. Just after being seated a flashlight picture was taken, and at the close of the evening's program enough pictures had been printed to give one to each guest. President Gage of the federation called the meeting to order and after invocation turned the gavel over to Mrs. Gage, as toastmistress. Mrs. Gage, rival ing her husband as a leader, intro duced Governor Ferris, one of the honored guests. Gov. Ferris gave a straight-forward, sane talk in which he scored the publishers for accepting (Continued on Page Five) E. POWELL IS AFTER A STATE OFFICE ' Senator Herbert E. Powell definite ly announced himself as a candidate for lieutenant governor on the Repub lican tickent. Senator Powell's name has been prominently mentioned in connection at and since the recent Re publican state convention, but up to this time he has had the matter under advisement. He says he can be count ed as an active candidate. He was a member of the house of representa tives from 1901 to 1901. ; Ho also was a member of the constitutional con vention in 1907, and state senator from Ionia and Montcalm counties the last two sessions. Powell says his petitions will be put in circulation without delay. PUBLISHERS WASHINGTON GARDNER AT COURTLAND CHURCH The Hon. Washington Gardner will give a memorial day address at the Courtland church on Sunday, May 28 at 2 p. m. (standard time). This meeting is under the auspices of the Courtland Cemetery Improvement As sioiation, which was organized .; one year ago. ' The public is cordially invited to come and hear Mr. Gardner. ; Mr. Gardner in the early days of his min istry was pastor of the Courtland church. A MOTHER" WRITES VIEWS OF BABY'S CARE III BELDING COMMENDS THE BANNER ON A FORMER ARTICLE PRINTED IN ISSUE OF MAY 10 Last week Wednesday the Banner received a very nice letter from a mother commending the article print ed in our issue of May 10 regarding mothers. The communication was so good that we are glad to print it for the benefit of our readers. We heart ily endorse what the mother said and invite further discussion. The Ban ner is always glad to get special ar ticles from subscribers, voicing some worthy cause or pointing out some un wholesome condition. Here is what "A Mother" wrote us: "Editors of the Banner: "Dear Sirs: I am very grateful for the article in the Banner, "Were These Mothers to Blame for the Existence of a Moribund Baby?" I wish we might have an article in every issue concerning "Motherhood and Baby hood." There are so many homes where the Banner goes but where a mothers' magazine is never read. It has been a sorrow to me to see how little thought and care is given to our babies. Nearly any evening one can see a number of babies and little chil dren humped up in go-carts or sulk ies with their heads tipped over, be ing drawn along by parents who think only of their own pleasure and nothing of their baby's health let alone comfort. We can only, think of that young mother on the Green ville fair grounds with a little red faced baby wailing in her arms. When questioned by an older woman, she said her baby was two weeks old. but she could not think of staying at home and missing a good time. Poor young woman, certainly no mother had tauirht her. the danger to herself though common sense - should have told her the danger to her baby. "The majority of our babies at birth are strong and healthy appearing if the parents are healthy, but in a few months while some remain fat and healthy, many are rather poor and have an unwholesome look. I can but think this is caused by either their care or their mother's care of herself. Many mothers are afraid to get out and exercise and to them are born weak, timid children. Many mothers do not wish to nurse their babies and their children suffer with indigestion. Other mothers are afraid of fre3h air; their babies sleep in closed bed rooms and are taken out in their car riages very seldom. When you look at a fat healthy, well-developed baby you may know that baby's mother takes him out every day and perhaps puts him in the carriage on the porch t") sleep, being careful to hve li:m protected from flies. "It has been a sorrow to me also on cool days to see babies legs nd arms bare or nearly so. when they should have been covered by wo:!en3. Then our little children ore turned loose with practically no care. Many of tho parents are at work in our mills but other mothers are in the hemes -vho v.ould be cut to th-j lnv. t if they could sec their children while out of thenr sight While I regret there is not a LIVING WAGE paid the fathers who labor in our factories that the mothers may be able to stay in the home and care for the children, and regret widowed mothers do not re ceive a larger pension, I do wish we had a day nursery for the benefit of those mothers who were really oblig ed to work." "A Mother." SERVICE BEGINS AT HOLY TRINITY MISSION The Rev. Robert S. Nash from Louisville, Kentucky will officiate at the services of Holy Trinity Mission, Belding and St. Johns. Greenville jEpicopal churches. Both churches nave Deen ciosea. since eany in me fall of 1915. Morning services will be held in Holy Trinity Mission on the first Sun day morning and third Sunday morn ing of each month, and evening ser vice on the second and fourth Sun day at 7:30 p. m., until further no tice. Other services as announced ! next Sunday evening, tho 28th inst. The services will be at 7:30. Robert S. Nash is graduate of Se wanee College, Tenn. Take Day Off From Farm Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith and daughter, Crystal, left Saturday to visit relatives in Elwell over Sunday. Mr. Smith is the manager of the Beld ing farm and he and Mrs. Smith are kept pretty busy looking after the work and only find an occasional op portunity of getting a day or two off. IJesidcs supplying Hotel Belding with all the milk butter and cream used, they also dispose of a lot of surplus butter of the finest quality, which is manufactured under tho supervision of Mrs. Smith, who keeps a very systematic record of every out-go and income. The farm and stock were never in better condition than at tho present time, giving evidence that Mr. Smith knows how to caro for it. He has re cently been selling several tons of hay remaining after the winter's'feed-ing. It TY YEARS Gl MRS. RAY WALDO GIVEN -" A KITCHEN SHOWER On Tuesday evening, May 23, Mrs. II. L. Fletcher entertained about 20 young ladies at her home on Congress street, the occasion being a kitchen shower for Mrs. Ray Waldo. Story writing and guessing contests fur nished much amusement and prizes, were given for' each game. After the prizes were awarded, a wash tub overflowing with gifts was brought out and the ladies were given a few minutes in which to write a verse concerning their gifts. These were read as the gifts were unwrapped, causing much laughter among the guests. Mrs. Waldo received many useful gifts. Refreshments were then served and the cakes were eagerly searched for the usual prizes. Miss Bertha Barnes was the lucky girl. She found the ring; Agnes Jonas the nickel and Hazel Unger the thimble. The guests departed about midnight leaving the bride many good wishes for a happy future. FOR SIX MILES OF STATE REWARD TRUNK LINE TO BE BUILT IN OTISCO AND KEENE As a result of meeting of good roads boosters held in Kemp school house last week a petition has been circulated and signed by over ninety per cent of the abuting property own ers, asking for the construction of six miles of trunk line road in Otisco and Keene townships. The proposed road would begin at the end of the present state road south of Belding and would follow the route outlined between here and Low ell. The petition is made unde the Covert act, which requires the signa tures of fifty-one per cent of the abut ting property owners. In the present instance many farmers situated re r.ote from the designated line of road have signed the petition Under the provisions of the peti tion will be borne by citizens of Beld tion wil Ibe borne by citizens of Beld ing. It is hoped to get tho prelimin aiy work advanced enough to allw ibe completion of the road th s yetr. This would make a continuous state road for eight miles, and a hen com pleted will do of untold value to the faimtrs of that section. Contract Awarded The Spencer Light and Power Co., awarded the contract this Wednes day for building the new dam at its plant near Smyrna to Price Bros., of East Jordan, Mich. DEATH TAKES MRS. GEORGE SWARTH0UT The death of Mrs. Eva Lena Swarthout occurred Thursday, May 18 at 11:45 at their home in the Belding addition. Mrs. Swarthout was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hysell of Sand Lake and she was born there April 28, 1894, being 22 years old at the time of her death. Three years ago she ws married to Geo. W. Swarthout and they have resided here ever since their marriage. A few months ago she became afflicted with tuberculosis, which became seated so strongly that medical skill could not stay the dread disease and her young life passed peacefully out. She was a true wife and mother and a dutiful daughter. Mrs. Swarthout leave a son, George Swarthout, Jr., six months old. The funeral was held Sunday at 1:30 o'clock p. m.. at the M. E. church, Rev. W. E. Doty officiated. A large number of flowers from friends of the deceased and from the employes of the silk mills in the room where she formerly worked, covered the casket. Her remains were placed in the River Ridge cemetery. Giving Good Shows The Whitney Stock company, show ing this week under a big' tent, is giving a good line of choice attrac tions. The company, always giving a good show, are out-reaching all former seasons in the class of shows given this year. The tent has been crowded with people, all of whom are well satisfied with the attractions fur nished. Several new faces are noteJ in the cast. They also add to the success of the billj given. Stores closed Tuesday, Dec oration Day. NEED THIRTY AUTOS The transportation committee for Decoration Day exercises has announced that about 30 autos will bo needed to transport the Post, the Corps, the Sons of Vet erans and the Daughters of Vet erans to the different cemeteries. Those having autos that can be used on that day should report the same to Elmer C. Wise, for whom they can leave notice at the Peo ples Savings Bank, if more con venient. ' Everyone having an auto should have enough of patriotic spirit to give the service of his machine to this worthy cause. Elmer C. Wise, .... v. ... Chairman PETITIONS ASKING F NTHFUL READERS BANNER HAS GIVEN UNTIRING EFFORTS TO BIG BUSINESS OF BOOSTING BELDING FIRST ISSUE PRINTED ON RAND PRESS Now One of the Leading Weekly Newspapers of State With Inten sive Circulation in Territory With this week's issue the. Banner rounds out twenty-seven years of faithful service ,t the community. This is the last year of the twenty seventh volume. Next week will be the opening of the twenty-eighth year. The story of how the BANNER came to be established in Belding is very brief and simple. The 'business men of Belding had repeatedly ex pressed, a desire to have a live news paper represent them to the outside world. Realizing the importance of a paper they pledged a newspaper good support. The founders of the BANNER were looking for a loca tion in some enterprising, growing town and concluded this city was just what they wanted. A new outfit was purchased and the proprietors, Cow din & Lapham. rented the only avail able room in the village for an office. The room was not over 20 feet square and was located in a small frame building on West Main street. Here, on June 7, 1889, was issued the first number of the BELDING BANNER. On the publication day ot the first issue of the BANNER the small room which served as editorial sanctum, composing and press room and job of fice all in one, was filled with onlook ers. The press was a Prouty cylin der, run by hand, and considerable muscle was required to keep the large fly wheel in motion. Many of the by standers took a turn and thus the first issue was turned out. Mr. Cowdin took the first copy for filing, Susie Nye, then manager of Heulster's box factory, the second and Frank H. Tot ten, the third. From the small beginning twenty eight years ago the BANNER has now grown to be one of the best weekly newspapers in Michigan and takes second place to none on makeup, general arrangement, and intensive circulation in its field. It is now pro duced on one of the largest drum cy linder presses made, and is the pro duct of new type faces and linetype slugs. The BANNER looks forward to the coming year with pleasure. From week to week it expects to be able to serve the community, in which it has prospered so many years, in a most able manner. It asks the cooperation of all citizens in its efforts to produce the best possible paper at all times. Moseley Dealer Moves to Harvard George Whitten, the general deal er at Moseley, who has been in busi ness there for several years, has mov ed his stock of goods to Harvard. . Mr. Whitten is an excellent citizen and good business man and the people of Harvard and vicinity are fortunate in having him and his family in their midst. POPULAR WEDDING AT THE SPICER HOME The home of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Spicer was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Monday afternoon of this week, when their youngest daughter, Florence, was united in marriage to Mr. John Byron Cook, the efficient clerk at Connell's drug store. Rev. A. J. Blair performed the ceremony in the presence of a company of rel atives and a few near friends. Mr. Paul Youngs ,of Leslie, acted as best man with Miss Florence Fish er, as maid-of-honor. The bride was beautifully gowned in white silk voile over white silk and the maid-of-honor in yellow. The ceremony was at four o'clock, followed by a wedding dinner, after which with many good wishes and congratulations the bridal couple es corted by Mr. Youngs and Miss Fish er in Mr. Youngs' automobile, left for a short wedding trip, their friends here being left in the dark as to their destination, and the date of their re turn. Mr. Cook came here from Charle voix about four years ago and has built up a large circle of friends by his sterling integrity, and he now oc cupies the office of Worshipful Mas-, ter of Belding Lodge, F. & A. M. Mrs. Cook has always been a resi dent of Belding and has been inter ested in many of its activities, social and otherwise and has a large circle of friends, as the many beautiful gifts testified, of the esteem in which she is held. POTATOES REACHED THE DOLLAR MARK This week will long be remember ed in Belding by the farmer who had tiotatoes to sell and let go of them, 'rices began soaring the latter part of last week and climbed to the dol lar mark Saturday. A few loads have been sold for a cent or two more than that. It made the man, who brought in a small load of twenty or thirty bush el of tubers, smile when he was hand ed a check at the dollar rate, but the man who had the broadest pmile was the fellow who had three thousand bushels, his whole crop stored in bins, when he swapped them off for a $3000 check. v -r S tc rorc Uxed vTttrd ay -oration Day.