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The circulation Book
of the Banner are coen to
Impaction at Any lime.
An ideal newspaper and a
paper with Ideals. It's for
and read by all classes.
"Belding Bigger and Better'
JUDGE McDONALD scores vain and superflous personali
"Mikado" Production and Members of Company Receives High Praise for
Excellent Presentation., Creatore and His Band Also Brings
Highest Commendation From Chautauqua Patrons
B. F. McDonald last Wednesday af
Vternoon in his lecture on 'Moonshine"
"in. the,, Chautauqua program, struck
home with all of his hearers. The
word was used in his lecture to char
acterize the actions and words of ev
ery one" when being assumed. Mc
Donald criticised the manner qf most
people .in, acting to bepopular or in
style,, .He believes that every man
- should. b Just what he is, and not ap
pear to" be something that he is not.'
Shams have no .place in McPonald'a
ideal. . - " ' . .
. Wednesday evening the Oratorio
Artists gave '.a , splendid concert last
ing almost , two hours. Reed Miller,
known in every Jiome. as a noted pro
ducer of phonograph records, delight
ed his crowd with some choice solos.
His clear tenor .voice received untold
commendation and he was applauded
again and again. At last he , was
obliged to decline following a, hearty
encore. Frederick Wheeler, baritone
and almost as well known as a redord
producer," also captivated with his
special numbers. The ladies of the
troupe were equally well-liked and
added the finer parts that assist in
giving a musical program finish for
a mixed audience.
A distinct change of program was
in store for the audience of Thursday
afternoon. Antonio Sala, the noted
Spanish 'cellist, and his assistants.
Sala is a dramatic musician with a
most wonderful ear for the melodious
tone possibility of his chosen instru
ment. He throws his whole soul and
body into the selections as he plays
and, entirely forgetful of his audi
ence, lets hi fancy travel unhamper
ed with the trend of his production.
It is indeed unfortunate if an in
dividual cannot appreciate the work
of so great an artist as Sala. He
lives with his 'cello and the music he
can get from it.
Sala and his assistants gave an
hour of wonderful melody to the large
audience as a prelude to the lecture
of Marie Mayer on the Passion Play.
Miss Mayer, the Mary Magdalene of
the Passion Play of 1910, was three
times a member of the cast that gave
the world famous drama in her home
city, Oberammergau. It is given to
a maiden only once to play the part
of Mary Magdalene, and Madam
Mayer's two former engagements
were less important. She lives the
part she last played and her very na
ture has been shaped entirely because
of the burning desire of years' to
realize her ideal. Madam Mayer has
a wonderful vocabulary in English,
and puts thousands to shame by her
use of the American tongue. Her
message leaves her audience in a
reverent mood and instills admira
tion for the beautiful and honored
custom of her townspeople. Many
people from Ionia and Greenville at-
tended her lecture of Thursday after- j
noon. t
Princess Watahwaso, lecturer of
the evening, amused, enthused and
thrilled her audience. Watahwaso,
meaning "Bright Star" among her
tribe, is truly the bright star of her
people. Educated in Cambridge and
an l led as a maiden in the legends and
dances of her people, Princess Watah
waso stands as an able exponent of
her race. With an ease, grace and
naturalness characteristic of one
brought up in God's nature, she enter
tained for over an hour. It was con
sidered much too short by the hun
dreds who listened and who always'
desire more knowledge of the life of
native Indians.
Friday afternoon the artists of the
Mikado company gave a grand recital
and entertainment. Every member
of the coYnpany is a star and does not
possess a wealc characteristic. The
Erogram consisted of readings, solos,
oth vocal and instrumental, and full
orchestral numbers. The strong pro
gram of the afternoon added interest
What "has become of George Gres
singer, and where can he be located ?
is now worrying the express com
pany. Until recently he was local agent
here, but recently he disappeared and
a checking up of the books by the
company's auditor, disclosed a short
age of about $600.
It is stated that Gressinger became
somewhat unsteady during his short
residence here and the carnival at
tractions at Greenville a few weeks
ago proved his undoing. It is said
he has a wife and one child, who are
now in Lansing.
Remains Buried in Orleans
The funeral service over the re
mains of Mrs. D. W. Belden, which
was held at her late home Sunday af
ternoon, was attended by a very
large number of friends and also by
the Daughters of Rebekah of which
order she was a most loyal member.
Rev. W, E. Doty, her pastor, preach
ed the sermon and the remains were
taken to the Orleans cemetery for
burial under the; auspices of the or
der. Her sister from Carcywood,
Idaho arrived in time to be present
at the service.
to the Mikado production the company
was to giye in the evening.
At seven ; o'clock, when the gate
was opened to the evening entertain
ment, hundreds of people were in line
to get pick of the seats. ' A large
load of folding chairs was brought to
the tent and befofe the time for open
ing these chairs, as well as all the
usual surplus, were filled.
Merriment ran high all thfough the
two and one-half hours drama. Whole
some and cultured wit gave life to the
plot at every angle and added punch
to the social and commercial lessons
driven home to the audience in the
utterances Arthur Aldrich, who
took the part of Nanki Pooh is be
yond' a doubt one of the best known
interpreters of the role. He has ac
hieved' wonderful success In the pres
entation all along the circuit Equally
good was Ed. Andrews as Ko Ko. His
actions were natural at all times. He
had an ease and grace that made the
audience forget that his work was
only premediated action.
"How to Meet the High Cost of Liv
ing" was the subject of George L.
McNutt's lecture of Saturday after
noon. He demonstrated to the audi
ence with actual bakings and food
preparations. He showed the people
now to make whole wheat flour and
bread; told them how to construct
cooking utensils to preserve the ori
ginal flavor and vital parts of the
foods they were preparing and also
how to save on their fuel expense in
cooking. Following Jus regular lec
ture Mr. McNutt asked all who were
interested in his ideas to-remain and
qestion him about things they did not
understand. A good percentage of
his audience remained and gleaned
some valuable information.
. Saturday evening a Mother Goos'e
Festival was given by about two hun
dred local children in charge and un
der the complete supervision of Miss
Irene Van Dyke, the children's work
er of chautauqua week. Miss Van
Dyke, dressed as Mother Goose, first
came upon the platform and prepared
the audience for the entertainment by
reviving in their minds the old love
for Mother Goose stories. To the rear
of the platform a large book, "Mother
Goose Rhymes," was stationed. The
cover and pages of the book opened
as the children in the different stor
ies came out of the book to tell their
tales and act their parts. The act
ing of the children was wonderful.
They gave an expression and live apt
ness to the performance that showed
unusual skill in preparing the chil
dren of the city in story hours all
during the week and taught them
many useful lessons. The work was
considered one of the very best parts
of the program of the week.
Robert Bowmen, recently with the
American Amlinlancp fnrn in Vranrt
'gave a lecture after the Mother Goose
Festival telling of hi3 experiences in
that war-stricken country. Mr. How-
man illustrated his lecture with views
taken oy nimseii. uovvman was a
fast talker and extremely interesting.
His experiences as related were as
tounding and portrayed the spirit that
must permeate the heart of every
Monday was band day and also the
closincr day of the chautauqua. vul
seppe Creatore and his band of thirty
picked men were here. Creatore dir
ecteu nis oana only at the evening
concert. He has an ability unequal
led in America, fc.very part of the
music his band is playing is memoriz
ed by Creatore and he knows just
what section or his band should come
into action in advance. Jle is dram
atic and picturesque in nis directing.
The intensity of nis work, the emo
tional activity, and the musical en-
ercv he miects into his work is mar.
veTous. With the concluding of the
Monday night program Belding s
fourth successful chautauqua was
brought to a fitting close.
F. Sidney Washburn of the Great
Lakes Training station, Illinois spent
the week-end with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. F. A. Washburn. Mr. Wash
burn is now one of the instructors at
the rifle range..
Mr. Washburn wore his uniform and
was looking exceedingly well, camp
life and the training for action seem
ing to agree with him, having taken
on the tan color, the vigor and military
bearing of a real soldier. His many
friends were pleased to give him the
hand shake of welcome and God speed.
Received Valuable Newspaper
Capt D. C. Crawford has received
from his daughter, Miss Daisy Craw
ford of New York, a copt of the
Public Ledger of Philadelphia, con
taining a facsimile of tho letter writ
ten by the German emperor to Presi
dent Wilson in 1914 through Ambas
sador Gerard, stating that Belgian
neutrality had to be violated for
strategic reasons. The letter was
given out officially Monday by the
state department in Washington and
is in Wilhelm's own hand writing.
Mr. Crawford's daughter is now on
a trip in the Catskill mountains.
J. M. Moore, for the past five
months stationed with the Belding
Basket company as efficiency expert
and accountant, has received notice
of his acceptance to the second offic
ers' training camp to be opened at
Fort Sheridan August 27. He will
quit the work in the basket'eompany
the last of this week and will go to
Chicago for a week before going into
Moore was sent here about the first
of April by his company, the Manage
ment Service company, efficiency, en
gineers of Chicago. He is a resident
of Chicago but registered in the sel
ective . draft, and also in his applica
tion to Fort Sheridan, as a Michigan
man. Moore is a man of excellent
character, business ability and tact.'
Beyond a doubt he will secure a com
mission at the close of 'the second
camp. He has many friends here and
is well liked.
Lyle H. Wright is having some in
teresting times on board the steam
ship "Vaterland" at Brooklyn In a
letter received by his mother, Mrs.
Delia Wright, he tells of . the way he
is ordered from place to place. Young
Wright'a letter fs of general interest
and is printed herewith; -
.,; August 11, 1917.
Dear Mother:
Well, I am going to write a few
lines this morning before I go to the
ship. I stayed all night in the naval
Y. M. C. A.. I had a fine bed and
shower bath last night and another
this morning.
Walked around a couple of hours
last night and . went half way across
the Manhattan bridge, and it is sure
some bridge, too. I saw the elevated
railway and the .subway which runs
under the Hudson river. I saw so
many things of interest but I will
not attempt to describe them all.
Yesterday when I came in I saw
the statue of liberty; also Coney Is
land, which is a very pretty place.
I would like to get twenty-four hours'
leave of absence .and go there and
look it over.
I didn't know I was coming until
yesterday morning when they came
over after me and said I was wanted
on a draft.- I went down and was
examined, then signed over my pay
accounts, packed my bag, etc., and
stood ready. It started to rain about
3:30 and we had to go aboard the
Richmond for muster at 4 :30. We
went on board the launches and they
took us around to the Old Dominion
Steamship line, where we went on
board the "Madison"; had supper and
walked around the ship until dark.
We left there at 7:30. Everything
was lighted up. I saw ielly fish in
the water. They looked like balls of
fire and were in swarms. We pass
ed several lighthouses and lightships.
I bought some presents for you
last night. I thought they would be
nice as souvenirs.
I don't know where you will address
me yet, but will let you know. I am
feeling fine and hope you are all the
same. As ever,
The regains of Henry Bowen and
his wife, Jennie Bowen, were taken
to Jennings for burial Tuesday morn
ing, accompanied by their son, Wil
liam Bowen.
Mrs. Bowen, who has been an in
valid for several months, passed awai'
Friday aged fifty-seven years, and her
funeral was held at the home of her
son, William Bowen, 51G Pearl street,
Sunday afternoon. Hoyd Puffer of
ficiated in place of J. Fred Iulg, who
was out of the city.
Arrangements had been made to
take her remains to Jennings Monday
morning, but on account of the death
of the husband. Henry Bowen, which
occurred about the funeral hour at
the citv hosnital. where he had been
for two or three weeks fop-an opera
tion and treatment for strangulated
hernia, it was decided to await until
Mr. Bowen was sixty-seven years
old and with his wife came here from
Bier Ranids about five weeks aero.
The funeral service was held at the
home of his son Monday, Rev. W. E.
Doty, pastor of the M. E. church, of
ficiated. The services over the. re
mains of both Mr. and Mrs. Bowen
were attended by a large number of
sympathizing friends and neighbors
and many flowers were sent as tokens
of respect.
The aged couple, who have borne
life's sunshine and clouds together,
are now at rest. They leave two
sons Chester of Jennings, William
of this city, Mrs. Joseph Kelly of De
troit, Mrs. J. Veneman of Muskegon,
and Evelyn Bowen of Belding.
William M. Foote left Friday for
Grand Rapids, he has been appointed
by the Governor as State Inspector of
factories, workshops, hotels and stores
and has begun work in connection with
the duties of the office. Mr. Foote is
well qualified for the place, while a
resident of this city he was supervisor
of the first ward for a number of
Mr. Foote has been in the city this
week in the discharge of his duties.
His territory covers Ionia and Kent
Miss Bessie Peterson spent Sunday
at Y.vt horns in Smyrna.
Local Red Cros
Worker m Attention!
Supplies, sewing and yarn for
knitting socks have been received
by the local branch from the coun
ty chapter. This means Work will
begin at once and the local 'com
mittee liave made arrangements
as follows for women who desire
to do Red Cross work with head
quarters at the city hall on the
second floor; First ward women
will meet Thursday afternoon,
August 23; second ward women,
Friday afternoon, August 24 and
third ward women, Monday after
noon, August 20. Hours are from
2:30 to 5:00 o'clock. A competent
chairman will be in charge of all
work. i-
Every woman is requested to
bring scissors, needles and thim
bles; also basting thread. Work
also will be carried on at the dor
mitories in the same manner. This
will enable all 'women of our city
to take part in the Red Cross
work. jKv
The Tuesday evening class will
not meet until further notice.
4i .
First Cut of Hotel Belding.
Last Saturday was the twenty-ninth
ai niversary of the opening of Hotel
Belding. Dinner was served for the
first time to the traveling public on
that date and W. P, Hethenngton as
proprietor and Thomas Bracken as
clerk were in charge. They had been
very busy for several weeks after the
building was completed in getting the
rooms settled and the furnishings
Among the names appearing on the
register that day, August 11, 1888,
are: W. S. Belding, Baltimore; H. H.
Belding and wife and H. H.' Belding,
jr., Chicago; Mrs. Mary Belding, W.
S. Cutler, Al. Eager, G. W. Ellis and
wife, Philadelphia; Lewis Ellis and
wife, C. D. Ellis and wife, F. A.
Washburn and wife, -B.-F. Hall and
C. J. Hall. y
Main and Bridge streets and the
hotel corners was a pretty lonesome
place in those days compared with the
present activity, but rain or shine,
dull times or occasional lively days,
the hotel service and accommodations
were kept in first-class shape and re
flected great credit on the manager
and owners.
The above cut was the first one
made of the building and has been in
possession of the Banner since its
establishment here shortly after the
hotel was opened. Mr. Bracken still
remains in tho office but Mr. Hether
ington has retired from its manage
ment and E. W. Dunham has become
the-, popular host in his stead.
George Menkee In Hospital
A letter from their son George re
ceived by Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Menkee
states he is in the camp hospital in
Texa3 laid up with a broken leg.
While out walking with other com
rades he tripped in some manner and
fell fracturing a bone slightly which
will undoubtedly lay him olf duty for
a short time.
Ionia County Grange Rally will be
held at Lake Odessa, Thursday, Au
gust 23. lseginning at 10:30 a. m.,
there will be something doing every
minute. Boy Scouts will drill on
main streets and then escort the
guests to the picnic grounds, where a
basket picnic dinner will be the noon
feature. At one-thiry there will be a
concert by the Clarksville band, and
at 2:30 the program begins. Rev.
Laity will give the invocation: wel
come, village president, Mr. Urtel;
response, Pomona Master Fred Eddy,
Berlin; recitations, flag drills, music
by violin, piano and band; address,
County Secretary C. F. Angell on "Y.
M. C. A. Work for Soldier Boys": ad
dress, Rev. Russell II. Bready of Hast
ings. At four o'clock sports and
prizes; men's tug-of-war by Keene
and Boston Granges, prize, a box of
cigars; women's tugof-war, Belding
and Portland, prize, a box of choco
lates; girls' running race, 30 yards,
any girl under 80 years may enter,
prize, pair silk hose; fat men (200
lbs.) 30 yards; sack race, three-legged
race and other attractions. The .en
tire program will be patriotic Chair
man of the day, A. J. Bever, master
of Lake Odessa Grange. Everybody
come "Laugh and the wcrld laughs
with you." Mary E. H. Coville,
Pomona Reporter.
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Wood of Ma
le Rapids visited his brothers, Wil
s and Miles Wood, last Saturday.
Miss Alvs Caverley and John Dehn
motored to Grand Rapids last Sunday.
The chautauqua audience of Friday
evening were much gratified at the
rare ability shown by Miss, May
Valentine, conductor of the orchestra
which assisted in the production of
the "Mikado." Miss Valentine is a
dynamic director and is rapidly gain
ing I wide recognition. - She also di
rected the orchestra in its recital of
the afternoon.
William Rankin Young
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Fisher
were made happy last week by a
message announcing the birth of a
son, August 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul
R. Young of Leslie, Mich. The grand
son of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher has been
named William Rankin Young and
both parents and grandaprents are
The Russell reunion was held at
Baldwin lake on Thursday, August 9.
with an attendance of one hundred
and twenty. Besides those present
from Belding and Greenville, decend
ents of Josiah. Russell were there
from Grand .Rapids, Alto, Caledonia,
Bradley, Howard City, Luther, Cadil
lac, Crystal; Battle Creek. Detroit,
Chattanooga; Tennessee ana Fillmore,
New York. c
The day was spent by the old peo
ple in visiting, and by the young ones
in boat riding and bathing. At 12
o'clock they were called to order,
when L. McCloud of Bradley reunit
ed in the holy bands of matrimony
Mr. and Mrs. George Sanburn of
Grand Rapids and he made the knot
so tight that it will never be broken
in this life. The bride looked beau
tiful draped as she was with some
some's old lace curtains, while he had
on just common clothes. At one
o'clock a chicken pie dinner was serv
ed, after which a business meeting
was held. Resolutions on the death
of Mrs. Julia" Varnun of Vassar and
Wilson Phillips of Belding were
adopted and placed on record, they
being the two members who died dur
ing the past year. Leonard Clarke of
Howard City was elected president
and Miss De Etta Briggs of Green
ville, secretary and treasurer. At a
late hour in the afternoon the meet
ing adjourned to meet again the sec
ond Thursday in August, 1918.
Drove Through rrom Washington
Mr. and Mrs. Clay H. Keeney and
son, Wayne Keeney, of Metaline,
Washington, are visiting relatives
and friends here and also in Rock-
ford. ,
Mr. Keeney was a former resident
of the city and proprietor of the
Bridcre Street meat market. He went
west several years ago and invested
in western land.
Mr. Keeney and son made the trip
here by auto and took in Yellowstone
Park and other places of interest
along the route, having been three
weeks on the road. Their many
friends in Michigan are pleased to
see them. Wayne drove over from
Rockford Monday and was the guest
of Russell Gais.
Arthur Fitzjohn was called to Man
ton last Thursday by a message that
his wife was seriously ill and he had
better come at once. He left immedi
ately and arrived in time to see her
before she passed away. Mrs. Fitz
john has been in failing health for
some time, but able to attend to her
work about the house. She very
much desired to attend the camp
meeting at Manton believing that she
would derive benefit by the change.
The Master called for her and she
passed peacefully away Sunday about
noon with her husband and sister,
Mrs. Alice Ralph; her pastor, Rev. J.
Fred Iulg, and many sympathizing
friends at her bedside.
Her remains wero brought! here
Monday and the funeral was held in
the Free Methodist church Tuesday
at 2:30 o'clock, attended by a very
large number of old neighbors and
friends, and the wealth of flowers and
floral offerings attested the respect
and sympathy of many who shared
in the ' bereavement of the' sadly
stricken husband and children. Rev.
Iulg was assisted in the service by
her former pastor, Rev. Hudnutt, of
Sault Ste.' Marie.
Mrs. Fitzjohn leaves, beside her
husband, two sons and a daughter,
Leonard and Merrill, and Beulah,
who are now bereft of a loving wife
and mother's care. The burial took
place in the cemetery at Green's
Rev. W. A. Biss received word
Tuesday from his son, Walter Biss,
then in Grand Rapids, who recently
visited here, that he had been accept
ed for the second officers' training
camp at Fort Sheridan to be opened
there August 27. With others who
have been thus chosen he will report
at the camp on that date.
Sunday School Picnic
The Baptist Sunday school will hold
its annual picnic at Long Lake Satur
day of this week. Members of the
church, Sunday school and their
friends are invited to go. Those de
siring a conveyance to the lake meet
at the Baptist church at eight o'clock
a. m.
Guarantors Faced Deficit Because
Citizens Did Not Cooperate
This Year
Belding will have another chautau
qua next year. This was finally de
cided Monday night when a count of
the pledge cards for next year's tick
ets, numbered about five hundred and
thirty. .t The men, who usually back
the propositions of permanent good
to the community, again signed the
guarantee contract that will make
the next -assembly possible. The
pledge cards showed the willingness
of the signers to cooperate with the
committee in "putting the next one
A most "deplorable feature of the
chautauqua this year, and in fact the
only regretable one, was the fact that
citizens generally did not support the
public-spirited men who signed the
guarantee last year, by buying tick
ets of them. The committee was
compelled to make up a deficit,
whereas final figures showed that
more money was taken in than ever
before: Had these sarne people who
paid three and four dollars in single
admissions . been public-spirited
enough to buy season tickets at $2.50
of the guarantors, no deficit would
have materialized.
It is an utter shame that the very
people whom the guarantors were
trying most to benefit ignore. their
generosity and bought tickets or paid
single admissions at the gate. Chau
tauquas are a distinct benefit, every
one knows they are, but such disre
gard of the liberal acts of real Beld
ing boosters will not always rebound
to the advantage of the people whom
it is the guarantors desired to
benefit. ,
The death of Mrs. Alton M. Fof
man which occured Monday, August
13 removed from our midst one of the
respected pioneer residents of this
community. She was the daughter of
the late Jonas Hanks and wife of Hor
ace Forman to whom she was married
about two years ago.
The deceased was 54 years old and
was formerly Alta Hoadley. her first
husband having died a number of
years ago. ,
During the past year she has been
a great sufferer from cancer, Mr.
Forman doing everything possible in
the way of medical attention to relieve
Besides her husband- she leaves
three brothers and three sisters,
George, Eli and Orin Hanks and Mrs.
Charles Brink, Mrs. Truman Currie
and Mrs. Chris Choate.
The funeral at the house Wednes
day was attended by many relatives
and friends. Her remains, the cas
ket covered with flowers, were borne
to Smyrna cemetery for interment.
Rev. W. E. Doty officiated and spoke
comforting words to the bereaved hus
band and friends.
The new chimney at the Belding
Ilall company plant is almost finish
ed. , The outside scaffolding has all
been removed and" the structure
stands a clear white concrete shaft
one hundred and thirty-eight feet
hijrh. A lightning rod runs along its
side and has four points extending
about four feet above the concrete
The new shaft is six feet ten inches
in diameter at the top. The base is
ten feet in diameter. The foundation
on which the chimney rests is nine
teen feet square and extends seven
feet below the surface of the ground.
The whole block of concrete, from
ton to bottom is re-inforced with
heavy steel rods interlaced with
specially prepared wire netting. The
laterals in the netting are of three-eighths-inch
rods. The re-inforcing
is so strong that it is believed the
whole stack would remain intact
should it fall to the ground.
Thomas Doyle has traded his forty-acre
farm located just east of the
city, to Fred Uoyer for the latter s
residence on South Pleasant street.
The deal was made through W. E.
Little of Sandell's Bank.
Mr. Boyer will do some improving
around the property. He does not
expect to occupy it himself at least
until a later date.
Is Back From Seattle
Charles Hanks of Seattle, Washing
ton, is visiting at the home of his
father, Eli Hanks, his brother, Percy
Hanks, and renewing old acquaint
ances in this vicinity. Mr. Hanks
was former Otisco boy and went west
ten or eleven years ago, finally land
ing in Seattle and soon obtained a
good situation in the employ of the
government in the post office there,
lie is one of the assistants in the de
partment which handles the outgoing
Hugh Martin, son of Dr. Martin, al
so a Belding boy, is in one of the de
partments. Mr. Hanks is on a vacation and ex
pects to return during the summer.
This is his first visit home since leav
ing for the west. He has made some
investments in real estate in several
places there and will undoubtedly
realize handsomely on the rise in
Beldine Bird Club
A meeting of the Belding Bird club
will be called at the council rooms of
the city hall nn Saturday nirht, Au
gust 18, at 8:00 o'clock. Whether
this is to be the last meeting of the
Belding Bird club depends on the at
tendance at same by the members.
If it is the wish of the members to
allow this club to die a natural death,
they will signify same by not attend
ing this meeting . x
I. L. Hubbell, President,
FROM S0!l l!l llil
; Navy Yard N. Y.,
,-, August 5, 1917.
Dear Mother:-,
1 You have no doubt been wondering
why I did not write. Well, we cer
tainly have been busy for the past
month, ever. since my company start
ed., in school. Each morning we '
march over to Pratt Institute, about
two jniles, back at noon; over again
in. the afternoon, and back again at
3:30, after which we have about an
hour of drilling. In the evenings we
wash clothes and study or write up
our lessons, and on Saturday morning
we drill. We then have Saturday-af-
ternoon and Sunday for ourselves, un
less our company happens' to be. on
duty. Some of the boys spend all
their time outside the yara, but I
have slept here every night since I .
came and only missed two meals. It
seems like home to me now.
The "Irene" and the "Friedrich'V
are now flying the Stars and Stripes
and ready for transport service. VVe '
are still eating on the "Kaiser'-' and
are quartered on the "George .Wash
ington," another of the larger North
German Lloyd ships, but in' about a'
week or ten days we will move into .
barracks in City Park, Brooklyn, and ,
then these two big liners will, also be,,
used, to carry over soldiers, i, Uncle
Sain has eighty-seven all tod, tf the
German boats and. they can,, carry a
pretty big, army and enormous quantity-
of .-provisions. t Their capacities
as transports will 'vary '. from ' the
"Prinzess Irene,"; taking 4.50Q.to,the -"Vaterland"
carrying 15,000 -or more. ,
The last named ship is the largest in
the world, and belonged to' the Ham
burg-American line.
Many, other things happening here i
could well, be spoken of, tut our in
structions are, to tell as little as pos
sible concerning r vessel movements,
etc. " Letters from the yard are not
censored, but they might fall into the
hands of German agents or sym
pathizers, hence the order to be care
ful in what we put on paper.
The electrical course at Pratt In
stitute, that we are getting is short
ened and very much intensified, but
nearly all the boys are getting along
without any trouble. They are all in
dead earnest and feel that they are
enjoying a great privilege. The sim
ple life, good food, and proper exer
cise, is straightening up a whole lot
of bowed-backs and not a few bulging
I expect to remain in Brooklyn for
about two months longer, and it may
be impossible to get a furlough un
til Christmas, but whenever it is
granted me, you may expect to see
me show up at Maple Grove. My re
gards to all the folks, and also give
them my regrets for not being pres
ent at the Russell reunion.
Your loving son, . (
E: G. Weeks,
, U. S. K. S.
13th Co.,
Elec. Class.
Navy Yard,
New York.
Ed. Ranous is having a good time
in Canada. He went to Gull Lake
about six weeks ago on some special
work connected .with the tractor busi
ness in which, he is interested. While
there he is driving a tractor and
gathering information that will as
sist in perfecting the tractor being
built in Bdding by Henry Upholt,
Lee Nason and himself.
Before going to Canada Mr. Ran
ous left instructions to forward his
Banner to him as he wanted all the
news from Belding. The Banner has
just received a . letter from him in
which he says: rtVc like this country
fine. It is up-to-date in every way.
It has good roads, good schools and
buildings, excellent churches and
telephones. To-thirds of the farmers
have automobiles, and the soil cannot
be beaten. This season has been dry
generally, although this community
has been very fortunate. It has been
getting showers all along enough to
keep the wheat growing. It com
menced raining here last night short
ly after midnight and has rained all
day and it still looks as if it might
rain for a week and everyone is hap
py. Wheat harvest will commence
here about the first of September." .
Mr. Ranous is well known in Beld
ing and his friends are pleased to
know of his success in the northwest.
He does not know just when he will
The pillars for the entrance to
Riverside park are finished. They
stand about seven feet high and are
constructed of selected field stone.
The stones are , dressed and sized to
fit special places in the pillars and
are . also placed according to color.
On the tops of the pillars are heavy
concrete caps which are further
adorned with large light globes ex
tending above the caps.
The. new pillars give the' park a
distinctive look and are of special
benefit to tourists who become jost
in passing through Ihe city.
Raised Red Sunflowers
James McLean, plumber at the T.
Frank Ireland hardware, has a hand
some bed of red sunflowers. They
do not grow as rank as the common
variety and have more blossoms to the
stalk. The flower i about three
inches in diameter. The petals are
almost entirely red. The center, of
tho flower resembles that of a daisy.
The seeds were sent to Mr. Mc
Lean from his' old home in southern
Bird Club Meeting
The regular meeting of the Beldincr
Bird club will be held at the city hall
next baturday evening, Aueust 18.
All members urged to be present.

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