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EELMIf(S BANNER TO AUVi :ULUb: The r-.. -"ra BoL cf tie Xir-r.:.' , re open to Irneeticn at Any line. An ll:zl cewrpipcr trd o paper with ideal. It's fcr cs4 read by all ctetrrx IL.1l 2j "fielding Bigger and Better"' TWENTY-NlttTH YEAR. NO. 40. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 27, 1918. THREE CENTS THE COPY. 3 STATE llll COLOSSI- GIVES SIH ODDER PERE MARQUETTE" RAILWAY COMPANY ORDERED TO CON-! STRUCT ,NEW DEPOT HERE The Michigan Railway Commission has ordered the Pere Marquette Rail road company to construct a new de pot in Belding, within the next eigh teen months. The order was issued following a hearing before the com mission on February 14. At the time of hearing the Belding Board of Commerce complainant, was represented by President R. H. Hall, Guy D. Weter and Fred L. Warner. Reference was nrode to the prolonged correspondence carried on between tho railway company and the board. It was shown that the type of a build ing and surroundings was practically agreed upon and that necessary ground for a site had been procured. The plan of the proposed station, location and general construction are to be approved by the railway on mission and are to be in the commis 'sion's hands within twelva months. Here is the order as given to the Pere Marquette: , STATE OF MICHIGAN BEFORE THE MICHIGAN RAIL WAY COMMISSION Session of tho Michigan Railway Commission held in its office in the City of Lansing, February 20th, A. D. 1918. Present: lion. U. U uiasgow, chairman; Hon. C. S. Cunningham, commissioner; , Hon. A. A. Reiser, commissioner. Belding Board of Commerce, Complaintant. vs. Tere Marquette Railway Co., Defendant. Complaint having been filed by the Belding Board of Commerce, com plaing of the Pere Marquette Railway . company for failure tq maintain ade quate passenger station facilities in the Uity oi ueicung. j A copy of said complaint having been served on the said Pere Mar-1 quette Railway company and hearing having been had before the commis sion on the 14th day February, A. D. I 1918; at which hearing arguments were offered bv Attorney Fred L. J Warner, R. H. Hall and Guy D. Wet er representing the complaints and t by Harry L. Silsbee, representing the I said defendant. The commission after hearing the ( arguments offered and due considera tion having been given thereto; , HEREBY ORDERS: That you, the : Pere Marquette Railway company, within eighteen (18) months f rom the service hereof cause to be con-. structed and thereafter maintained, a ' new passenger f ration ana station platform in the City of Belding. Said station and platform and location of same to be according to plans which shall be submitted to the commission for their approval before the con struction of same is commenced. Said plans to be submitted on or before twelve (12) months from date there of. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, That in case tho war conditions have not improved before the date herein set forth for the completion bf said station, that you, the Pere Marquette Railway company, shall make appli cation to the commission for their consideration, for an extention of time in which to erect said station. Dated February 20th, 1918. C. L. Glasgow, Chairman. C. S. Cunningham, Com. A. A. Reiser Com. JOHN L CURTIS. OLD RESIDENT IS DEAD John L. Curtis, one of the pioneer citizens of Belding, passed away at his home last Thursday morningat about 8:30 o'clock. He had been in failing health for the past two or three years, and a few months ago came home from Greenville, where he . had been residing. ' Mr. Curtis was eighty-three years old. Jle was bprn in Canada and came here about sixty years ago. He was an excellent, kind-hearted neigh bor. Mrs. Curtis died about two years ago. The funeral was held at the home, Rev C. M. Pease officiating, and many old neighbors and friends came to pay their last respects. His remains were buried in the old cemetery by the side of his wife. Mr. Curtis .leaves one daughter, Mrs. C. L. Dickerson of Sheridan, and two sons, John and George Curtis. Union Metting Closed The union meeting Sunday evening in the Congregational church drew a very large audience. It was the last of the series and each church which has participated in the union will re . sume evening service as usual. -Mr. Blair preached a very" able ser mon which will - undoubtedly be his last one in a union service in the city as he will leave for his new home in Ohio the first Week -in. April. ' ' '.:-V. Chairmen of Local Council . Mrs. I. L Hubbell. Mrs. H. R. Un ger, and Mrs. E. C. Lloyd are the local chairmen of the Woman's Coun cil of National Defense. Any women who will volunteer their services for registration week will please notify n them. Notice to Register I will be in my office at the citv hall Saturday, March 9. 1918 and Satur day, March 16, 1918 from the hour of 8 o'clock a. m.f to the hour of 8 o'clock p. m., for the purpose of registering and unregistering electors in the city of Belding. Frank E. Conant, . ,:i ; City Clerk. ,..,,. r , Is the ageless horse steak to be the sequel to tho horsc'.ess age? ANNUAL BANQUET OF BAPTIST V0UHG PEOPLE The young people of the Baptist church field their annual banquet Fri day evening, February 22. The ta bles were prettily arranged and in the center of each stood a bouquet oi carnations. It was- the best attended gathering of this character held vby the B. Y. P. U.. Supper began at 6:45 and all did ample justice to the good things prepared for them by the social committee, of which Neva Coon was chairman. Harry Trull acted as toastmaster. Miss Lila Mosher sang, "Reep the Home Fires Burning"; ' Don Cook gave the address of welcome and Stanley Glass was given the subject "PatNtism." Both young men did their work well. Miss Lillian Har rington gave two selections which were greatly appreciated. A fine address was given by Rev. P. R. Norton on "Prophet or Priest" A humorous address by Fred L. War ner on "Bugs and Bugaboos," and Rev. A.' J. Blair made a few closing remarks on "Loyalty." This profit able meeting boke up by singing, "America. GEORGE DOTY, BALL PLAYER HERE, IS CALLED BY DEATH ACCOUNT OF HIS PASSING WRITTEN MRS. FORREST FISH. WAS WELL LIRE!) Belding people, and especially the base ball fans, will be surprised to hear of the death on February 14 of George Doty, former first baseman for the local team. The information regarding his death was carried to the city in a letter to Mrs. Forrest Fish from Bernard Mahoney. Writ ing of the death Mr. Mahoney said: "Our friend, George Doty, died Thurs day, February 14 at his home here. He had been sick ever since a year past, but none knew it save his im mediate family. He fought hard and only gave up when his heart no longer worked at its task. "George was buried Sunday here in Yonkers and I was one of the pall bearers the other five young men were his chums in life.: As I look back over, the years of our acquaint ance and think of our intimate friend ship and faith in each other, sorrow fills my heart. I shall never forget how anxious he was to start for Michigan in the spring of 191G, and when he got there he made good. I know the Belding people liked Mr. Doty. He was quiet and unassuming, never distrusting anyone nd always meeting people on the square.- That he didn't always feel well kept him from the highest ranks of players." . Mahonev and Doty roomed togeth er at" the Fish home during their stay in Belding. Both young men were well liked here and both held the con fidence of the fans. Doty filled a very important position at first base for two seasons. x It was the common 'as sertion of the fans that a ball never passed him when passed at that cor ner of the diamond. When not busy with base ball Mr. Doty was always profitably employed, reading, garden ing, etc. ' COMMERCE BOARD ' HELD GOOD MEETING Durcan , Kerr Applauded Board Favors Revision of Charter Duncan Kerr was given a hearty applause and i responded again and again to encores at the board of com merce luncheon Tuesday night. He was accompanied at the piano by W. B. Reed. At the conclusion of the luncheon hour Mr. Kerr was highly complimented. The luncheon was served under the management . of I. L. Hubbell as a demonstration of what he could do for twenty-five cents. - As helpers Mr. Hubbell enlisted the services of Brin ton F. Hall-Homer R. Unger, W S. Lambertson; II. J. Leonard, Fred L. Warner, W. L. Cusser and others. Ev erything was highly satisfactory. During the business session, besides discussing the charter .revision,, the members went on record as favoring the revision. Money was voted to pay the expense of the special com mittee that went to Lansing on the depot proposition two weeks ago. A unanimous vote was also taken to ex tend the farmers surrounding Belding the' courtesy of the opera house in which to held their meeting Friday of this week. The meeting is being held by the farmers in an effort to organ ize a co-operative market. H. R. Unger was named chairman of the next supper brigade. FRED L. CURRIE TO HAVE AUCTION SALE Fred L. Currie is advertising an auction sale of personal property at the fine farm he recently sold, a half mile south of Orleans, which occurs Thursday, March 7th, at ten o'clock a. m., and any one interested will do well to look over the list of property advertised in this issue of the Banner. Mr. Currie 'recently sold his farm to J. W. Kennedy of Lakeviev and he is preparing to move off and give the new owner possession. He has pur chased a small place of a few acres just north of Orleans .village and will move there soon. Mr. Kennedy is already beginning to move some of his farm machinery to his new home, two loads having ar rived Saturday. K. of P. Attention Regular meeting of Fortuna Lodge No. 120 Tuesday evening, March 6. All members urged to be present for special business to be brought before the lodge. . Geo. A. II. Williams, C. C. Shall Beldings Charter Be Revised? Things to Remember About Charter, Revision A vote for Charter Revision does not mean a vote upon the question of City Manager or Commission Form of Government. The Commission Form or City Manager plan is not considered in any way. , A vote for charter revision means that you believe certain changes should be made in the present charter, the changes being left to the judg ment of the members of the charter commission, also elected by you. A vote against charter revision means that you believe the present char ter is adequate to the city's needs. Should the charter revision measure carry you will hav. a chance to vote upon the merits of the proposed changes as made by the commission, before they can be adopted. This vote will be taken at a later election, af ter you are fully informed of the proposed changes. . . Xou should study the merits of the question before voting April 1. Revision of the Charter for the City of Welding was the main topic for discussion at the regular luncheon of the board of commerce held in the city hall Tuesday even ing. The subject was first presented by Mayor C A. Knapp, later by City Attorney F. L. Warner and I. L. Hubbell. ; " Mayor Knapp told of some of the diliiculties experienced, by the council .in hand ling the business of the city, during the six years he has been active on the city's gov erning body. He gave several instances showing the present limitations to be a det riment to the best interests of the city. One of the defects he said is the inability of the city to follow assessed personal property when a sale is made and secure payment of the taxes on that property. Another defect is in the construction of sewers and walks. Also it is now impossible to employ an outside auditor for the city's books and it is almost impossible lo procure tax payers to do the work. Representative Warner spoke of the legal phases of the charter and the method of proceedure in making the revision. He stated that the council at a recent meet ing voted to submit the question of revision to the people at the coming spring .elec tion.' At the same time the members of a charter commission, to revise the charter, will be elected. One member of the commission will be chosen from each ward and four members at large, making seven in all. The commission is to be non-partisan. In case the measure to revise the charter fails to carry at the polls and the commission is elected, the commission does not act. If both measures carry the commission will meet and revise th charter as they think best and it will then be submitted to the peo ple for adoption. Thus the, whole revision is in the hands of the people at the polls. I L. Hubbell cited some' difficulties experienced during the recent paving opera tions and he. possible difficulty later in such cases as the paving of Depot street be tween Bridge and Pleasant streets. It should be remembered that a vote to' revise the present charter does not mean a vote for or against a commission form or city manager plan of government. This phase is not considered at all in the present question. '. Should the people, of the city desire a change of government, such as' the city manager plan or commission farm, a separate ballot would have to be voted. A vote to revise the charter simply means the correction of errors or obsolete sections. A growing city, like a business, must change some of its methods of doing business, if it wishes to succeed. The question of charter revision is most important at the coming election and will-receive more complete -attention in future issues of the Banner. SCARLET FEVER CLOSES SCHOOLS III THE UPPER GRADES GERALDINE SPENCER, IS SUF FERER FROM DISEASE. RE OPEN SCHOOL MONDAY The local schools, from the sixth grade up to and including the high school, were closed Monday for the week because of the outbreak of scar let fever. One student, Geraldine Spencer, thus far, is affected with the malady, but she attended outside functions before the nature of her disease was ascertained. Hence the school authorities and Health Officer Litle thought best to close and check the possibility of spread and a long er enforced vacation later. The rooms in the central building have all been fumigated and are already for re opening next Monday if no further cases of fever develop in the mean time. The lower grades and the grades in the two ward buildings are in ses sion as usual. ANNUAL CAUCUSES. SLATED FOR MARCH 11 On March 11 the city and ward caucuses will be held to nominate candidates for the city offices. Noth ing of. importance has been said or done by either the Democrats or Re publicans in the matter. If the op- Eortunity presents itself no doubt oth Frank E. Conant and William E. Fisher will become candidates for city clerk and city treasurer respect ively. Mayor Knapp is -not looking for the nomination and will do noth ing to secure it, but states that in the event no other candidate can be se cured, he will not let the place go begging. Mr. Brown's term as al derman of the second ward will ex pire and he has refused to allow his name to be used again. Frank Totten of the first ward, like Mayor Knapp, is not looking for work, but will take the place again if tendered him. Geo. Crawford of the third ward will not spend any time or money to secujjB his place back again either. ' Some talk has been current rela tive to a union ticket between the Democrats and Republicans, but noth ing definite has been done. West Otisco Farmer' Club March 7! What? The West Otisco Farmers', club at Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thompson's. A fine program is be ing prepared. Chicken pie dinner and other good things too numerous to mention. We expect all members to be pres ent. W. C. T. U. Meeting A Frances Willard Memorial will be held at the home of Mrs. Henry Friedly next Saturday afternoon, March 2 at 2:30. Mrs. O. J. Burris, leader. Men who think twice before they speak don't make much noise in an argument. BOY SCOuf sFAGTIVE " ' ' ASKING FOR CHARTER Thirty Local Boys Are Intersted in Work. Are Cutting Wood. Considerable interest in being shown in the recently organized boy scout groups. The boys are being or ganized by Secretary F. A. Puffer of the board of commerce, and an appli cation has been made to National headquarters at New York for a char ter. Paul Wiersma is the leader of Patrol One Troop and Harold John son of Patrol Two Troop. Glenn Spencer is the troop scribe. The boys, thirty in number, have already been active in cutting wood from limbs and brush. The proceeds from the sale of this wood will be turned into the camp treasury to give the boys a working capital.' They ex pect to become active in Red Cross work, Y. M. C. A. drives, etc. A charter is expected from the Na tional council within a few days. GRINNELL BROTHERS FREE MUSICAL CONCERT Saturday afternoon, beginning at two-fifteen o'clock, we will give a special free concert at Grinnell Bros. ?iano sales room, 219 West Main-st., or the girls who work in the silk mills. We have procured a special souvenir for each visitor during the concert. A program by some of Beld ing's foremost musical artists in cluding Misses Lillian Harrington and Winifred Evans in vocal and in strumental, and Dallas McDuffee, whistling wizzard, will be given. Miss Evans is a pupil of J. Jans Helder. All girl silk workers are invited to attend. Meet your friends and enioy ithe afternoon. 1 Grinnell Bros., I T. C. Simons, j 1 F. A. Cross. ' Local Representatives. Farmers Club Program The West Otisco Farmexs' club will jhave the following program at their next meeting: SoVig. By the club Recitation Mrs. Herbert Ross Reading Lewis Tuttle Declamation Arthalene Tuttle Instrumental Music, . . .Fern Belding Something Good Mrs. Lester Carpenter Solo .Miss Winifred Thompson Essay.. .... . , . .Mrs. Fred L. Reeves Declamation. . . .Miss Myrtle Slayton Song "The Star Spangled Banner'V By the Quartet Fred L. Reeves, Herbert Ross, Mrs. Roy Tuttle and' Mrs. ' George Hall. Reading Ed ward Reeves Poem Story M. L. Updike Song Fred L. Reeves Question for discussion "Is Farm ing Considered a Boy's Business" .Leader, Frtd Thompson - Masonic Club Rooms ' Open The Masonic club rooms are now open each evening and Saturday af ternoons. Committee. There is a suspicion that t the Hohenzollerns are using the unhappy Hapsburgs for bait ttinszttmztmmit i 1 FRIDAY TO DISCUSS THE MARKET PLANS A. IL COOK OF M. A. C. N AND GRANT SLOCUM OR F. A. LORD TO BE SPEAKERS Plans are almost complete for the big mass meeting of farmers to dis cuss and proceed further with the organization of a farmers' co-operative market in Belding. The meet ing will begin at ten o'clock in the morning and last all day. This week Friday, March 1, is the day of the meeting in the opera house. A. B. Cook, farm labor manager of Michigan Agricultural college will be one of the speakers of the day. Also one of the editorial force of Business Farming, either Forrest A. Lord or Grant Slocum, will be here. These men will outline the best methods of organizing a co-operative market as sociation. Being constantly in touch with farm and market conditions of the state, they are well qualified to suggest advantageous procedure. Farmers from all parts of the com munity surrounding Belding, who are interested in securing better market conditions for themselves and neigh bors, will be fully paid for attending Friday's meeting. The committee at the meeting a week ago have a report to give. This will have a bearing up on the organization proposed. Every member of a farmers' club, grange, gleaner arbor or any other farm or- franization should come to the mcet ng without fail. Remember the meeting is to be next Friday, March 1, that it is to begiji at ten o'clock and will last all day. You, Mr. Farmer, will be miss ed if you are not there, and you 'will nlso miss something of much benefit to yourself. WOMAN'S COUNCIL Or NATIONAL DEFENSE A county meeting of the Woman's Council of National Defense was held in Ionia last Friday with Mrs. Kate Wood Ray "of Gary. Indiana, as speak er, who gave an interesting and in structive talk along the lines of reg istration. At the close of the meet ing, a local unit was organized with Mrs. Genevra Green as county chair man. Mrs. I. L. JIubbell, Mrs. II. R. Unger and Mrs. E.-C. Lloyd were present from Belding. Within a few days a similar meet ing will be held in this city to organize and prepare for the registration drive, which comes the week of April 6th. Every church and fraternal or ganization will be notified and it is expected that every one will be rep resented, for it is hoped that Belding will do as -well as any city in the county in its offer of service to the gcvernment in its time of trial. Treasurer's Notice Thursday, March 7 will be the last day to pay taxes. Office open every afternoon and evening. i W. E. Fisher, City Treasurer. WERE HAPPILY MARRIED ' BURNS-ABBEY The wedding of Miss Ora R. Abbey and Mr. George Burns took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Par ney Thursday evening, February 21, where Miss Abbey has boarded for some time. Rev. P. R. Norton, pas tor of the Methodist church officiat ed, the ceremony being performed at 7:30 o'clock. After receiving the con gratulaions of friends, Mr. and Mrs. Burns went to the Belding farm, where her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith, served the bride and groom an elegant-wedding supper. The happy couple were the recipi ents of numerous gifts and on Friday they left for a honeymoon trip to Big Rapids. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ransom Abbey and has many friends here among the young people. Mr. Burns has been in the employ of Mr. Smith for sometime on the farm and the young people intend to assist Mr. and Mrs. Abbey on the new farm he has purchased in Orleans. where they will move soon from Grat- tan township. ' if SOUGHT BY THE AUTHORITIES CHARGED WITH TAKING MONEY, JEWELRY AND CLOTHING AT ABBEY HOME Search is being made by Kent coun ty officers for a young man giving his name as Homer O'Neal. He skipped out from Ransom Abbey's in Grattan, where he had been working on the farm taking with him two hundred dollars in cash, an overcoat, revolver, and a gold watch, the latter belong ing to Ora Abbey. " , The' boy, who claimed to be eigh teen years old, went to work for Mr. Abbey last fall and was an excellent lad to have around, doing his work in eood shane. A week atrr last Sun. dav the familv went awav to visit at Mr. Lessiter's, and upon returning in ' Memorials of the deceased mem the evening found the chores had not ibers was tne next n t-ne program and been done and Homer was missing. E- E. Fales spoke on the the virtues Mr. and Mrs. Abbey soon discovered of W. A. Wilder, Mrs. Earle's eulogy their loss. He had gone into their on M"- R. H. HalPwas a gem and W. bedroom and taken the money and!1!- Browne told of the good things in the other property also and skipped, tne MQ ot C. C. Wilson, leaving some of his old clothes. I When this was over a violin duet The following morning Mr. Abbey; which was charming in every respect swore out a warrant before Justice of I was fnven bv Kenneth Thorns and the Peace Will Lessiter of Grattan Kufiis van Deinse. It was greatly en which is now in the hands of the'Joy- , sheriff who is trailing the lad, I Mrs. R. C. Ecker, the goatkeeper. Before going to Mr. Abbey's O'Neal , toW of the trials and tribulations she worked on the Belding farm for Fred ; underwent in taking care of the pesky Smith about a wcekv He- sard he , animal of the club. It was, harrow came here from Benton Harbor or ln in tne extreme but the brave little Grand Haven, but would give none of jlaJy ws equal to the emergency' and his familv historv exppnt that h na- .came out ahead. ed to live in Pennsylvania. A few days before leaving he had been over to Lem Brooks' where he purchased the latter's revolver and it is now surmised that he was prepar ing to pull off some stunt and leave, as Airs. Abbey says she noticed. change in his manner after he bought the gun. IT a xu trn rlcoA from Mr Abbv to Pine Island lake, but from there no violin by Kenneth Thorns, and on the trace of him could be found. If the:Piano y Mlss Mildred Sagendorf , and officers round him up he will be duethey continued playing during the to get a good stiff sentence for theiea.8 oh . ! .Kara, me guests were seaieu anu tnen nCATU TAICC PI ICC ttne7 began to look and be astonished UCMI n IMnCO III lOO twith the elegance of the patriotic ap- FRANCES HOULIHAN ,p The banquet served under the guid- . ;ance of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Stafford The death of Miss Frances Houli. wh a competent corps of waiters, han occurred at the home of her sis-,was a11 at could be desired. After ter and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. t the serving of the fourth course, John Denton, Saturday at four Misses Mary Emily U&nney and Vir o'clock. The deceased had been a'P1 Browne, to the music by Mrs. sufferer during her last sickness and Marjone Beardslee and Miss Louise came here to be cared for by her sis- Hdlman,- stepped into the m room and tpr eiv mnntVw 0 Kha f nrt v. , danced gracefully, artistically and six years old and had all her life been a resident here and near Lowell. The remains of Miss Houlihan were tflVpn trt Aitnn Mnnrlnv fr informont. after a , brief funeral service -at the .militarv 'Hussar" dance. Miss Ran home, conducted by Rev. A. H. Lash ;ney 'stances were a "Muzurka and of Lowell. MK and Mrs. ' Richard an '"Li11.- a11 n appropriate cos Dyke of Lowell sang and i the many tume. .This innovation was much en flowers attested to the esteem inyed by all present. - . r which the deceased was held. The I A history of the Washington, , club Royal Neighbors, of which order, she w"tte" bv Mrs. M. A. Berridge and was a member, attended in a bodv and Mrs. E. L. Macomber was read by escorted the remains to the station. She was also a member of the D. of R. of Lowell Miss Houlihan leaves two brothers. and five sisters, Mrs. Austin Byrnes, sant were much appreciated by the Mrs. Will Andrews, Mrs. Fred Ford, members. The landlord and landlady Mrs. Fred Soules and Mrs. John Den- could not have improved if they ton. would. Then rose and sang the "Star . Spangled Banner" and went to the. Noted Reader Coming Central school building to hear an ad- Baptist Sunday school to give an dress by Rev. A. W. Wishart on entertainment in the church next 'Four Months with the American Tuesday evening, March 5. He comes Soldiers in France. It was not a with excellent recommendations and hearsay but as personal report of will give attenders their money's , things he had seen and how the boys worth. Read what Dean Talcott of. were living and the work of-the Y. Valparaiso University has to say of , M. C. A. in their midst , He told Mr. Chandler's ability. Also note his .many facts which sunk deep into the picture on another page." .minds of the hearers and changed '). :- j their opinion of how things were pro- . gressing . . C. IJanauet J Miss Virginia Browne then repeat- The C. E. society held a banquet at e(j the military "Hussar" dance for the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Lap-"the benefit of the guests assembled ham Monday night which the losing and af ter the singing of "America" side in a contest for points were ! by the school children, the meeting obliged to provide for. Nearly forty i dispersed. of themembersi were present and a: Was the day done? : Not by a long supper of large proportions was ser-8hot, for the Belding, members were vcd. , , " , told to return to the hotel where they Leigh Nason was toastmasW and were served by their sisters in Green responses were made by Marion -ville with coffee, sandwiches, oatmeal Steele, Clifton Green, Clara Moulton, ftdwara Johnson, anss rarmer and Rev. A. J. Blair. Miss Gwendolyn Evans and Miss Erma Lewis enter tained with song. . Every one present had their por traits taken which brought on a mer ry guessing contest. The young peo ple enjoyed the occasion very much. F. & A. M. Communication Regular communication of Belding Lodge No. 355 F. ft A. M. next Mon - day evening, March 4. A. B. Foss, W. M. I'MSMIf GTOII CLUB L MIIIOUET IS, DESI III HISTORY OVER 100 MEMBERS ATTENDED MEETING AT HOTEL PHELPS IN GREENVILLE The Washington club'g annual meet ing', has always been since its organi aztion the event of the year to its members. Over 100 were present at Hotel Phelps, Greenville, Friday to celebrate Washington's birthday and the fifty-second anniversary of the organization of the club. The reception committee in their best bib and tucker were on hand at 8:30 in the morning to welcome the Belding contingent of the club and the man of the hour. Rev. A. W. Wis- hart of Grand Rapids, the guest of he, c.Iub,'or. the dav and made all J feel in the language of Longfellow: Ah! now good It feels, The hand of an old friend." Shortly after eleven o'clock Presi. dent George C. Bower, brought down the gavel made in the shape of a hatchet, from the immortal trnn that George Washington cut down, and called the meeting to order, and call ed upon Miss Meroe' Coats to play a fiano Solo. It was done by the young ady of musical proficiency in such a manner that an encore was vigorous ly and gracefully complied with by the fair performer. Then came prayer by Rev. W. B. Jarman( address of welcome by E. J. Bowman of Greenville and response by H. J. Leonard of Belding; all good, gressing. The; reading of last year's min utes by Secretary J. C. Smith, fol lowed by the president's annual re port, and regrets from absent mem bers and they 'were so satisfactory to the members that they were ordered filed in the archives of the club. Miss Esbaugh, the teacher of mu sic in the Greenville schools was next called upon for a vocal solo, and more was enthusiastically called for by the members present. Needless hardly to say that two more were given and- i the pleasure was increased. ine next in oruer was uie election of officers and the following was the result: President, W. P. Hethering ton, Belding; vice president, E. J. Bowman, Greenville; secretary and treasurer. J. C. Smith; goatkeeper. a Earle Wilson. I hen the welcome cry or dinner and all marched down to the dining room to the strains of music played on the' ' After prayer by Rev. J. B. Fmc- 1 J it . i iJ J 1 'stylishly each was beautifully cos- turned. Miss Browne's dances during the '. af temoon were "Lo Tzigame," and a t C. I. W inter. When the banquet was .over which was without any gainsay the best ever, and the labors of Mr. and Mrs. Stafford all day to make things plea- cookies and pickles. Real Estate Moving vrith the coming of spring weather real estate begins to move. The Wagner Agency completed a deal dur ing the past week whereby Mr. and Mrs. 'II.' Frank Clark of Ionia par chased the property of Charles Ray- .meron South Bridge-st. Mr. and Mrs. Clark "intend moving from Ionia to !this city in a short time and Mr. and (Mrs. Ravmer intend going on a farm ,the coming season.