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TO ADVERTISERS ' Til lrculatida boM of tta Banner r open to laipctiun at any tlma. rnry Aa Ideal Mpapr ana1 a aapar with Idaalt. It far an. read by all clauai. XL Belding Bigger and Better'' TWENTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 51. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 15, 1918. THREE CENTS THE COPY. EELB MO DEDICATORY EXERCISES HELD FOR till fl MAMMOTH CROWD WITNESSES THE PRESENTATION OF FINE NEW EDIFICE TO CITY TUESDAY AFTERNOON IF!. BELDIilG OAS UNABLE TO ATM THE EXERCISES Was Driven to Rig Tent For Few Minutes to Greet Crowd Assembled in His Honor. Senator Wm. Alden Smith Was Speaker Belding's citizenship, business houses, factories and all lines of in dustry stopped Tuesday afternoon to do honor to Alvah N. Belding donor of the new library dlifice, on the oc casion of its dedication and presenta tion to the city. A perfect day per mitted the fulfillment of every plan ned detail, the only feature marring its completeness being the slight ill ness of Mr. Belding. He was able, however, to come to the large, com pletely packed chautauqua tent a few minutes and greet the mammoth au dience. In his absence his son, Fred N. Belding, acted for his father. The platform was profusely dec orated with potted and cut flowers and flags of the United States and her Allies. Seated upon it were the speakers of the day, representatives of the Belding Bros. & Co. interests from all over the United States and Canada. The program, as printed last week, was carried out in its en tirety, except the presentation by Mr. Belding, which was handled by his son in a most creditable manner. General E. C. Young, vice -president of Belding Bros. & Co., in his address. "Ideals' reviewed the early life of the donor and his parents andi enlarged upon the noble worth, of his influence to this community. His address was masterful and sincerely received by everyone. jIn presenting the keys to the library for his father, Fred N. Beld ing was most sincere and emotional. His act was especially touching as symbolizing the inherent pride in the city's welfare always displayed by 4iis father. In fact, he said he almost wished that he was giving the library himself. In addition to the keys and deed to the property Mr. Belding gave 'the city a government bond of $1000 the interest from which is to be used in the upkeep of the library grounds. Mayor E. E. Fales accepted the gifts for the city in an efficient way and expressed the sincere apprecia tion of every citizen. He then pre- J sented the donor, through the son.' with an engraved copy of the official resolution of acceptance passed ,by the common council at a recent meet ing. H. J. Leonard. Dr. G. F. Smith and E. C. Lloyd were other speakers of the day, each bringing some message to the people to make the day long to be remembered. Rev. W. A. Biss, and Rev. P. Ray Norton also assist ed in the service. The male quartette from the Fountain Street Baptist church, Grand Rapids, and the City Band, delighted with several selec tions. The principal address of the after noon was given by Hon. -Wm. Alden Smith. He paid the highest tribute to the thousands of boys in the Amer ican armies today. After enlarging upon the grave situation confronting the world and upon the past activi ties of Mr. Belding, Senator Smith asserted that "there never was a time in the life of Mr. Belding. now over eighty, that is so vital to this country and all its interests as now. Germany will offer peace plan after peace plan in an effort to gain a vantage in the world settlement. But the United States and the Allies will be content with nothing less than complete vic tory for democracy. There is noth ing greater than to die for one's country. Such a death is not really death. It is Iutriotic Immortality. Right here and now I want to suggest to the governing board of the library that a record book be kept, started now, in which the name, address and branch of service of every boy going out from Ionia County is recorded. Also get their pictures if possible and collect all the flags under which these boys march and tight. "Then, I have another suggestion. I would urge young Mr. Belding to have produced, an oil painting, life size, of his father." Have it framed and hunjr in the new library which honors his name. He can do it and should do it. The son is young and has opportunities and yet age, such as the donor's ripe years, is also op portunity no less. It is only clothed in different dress. I hope Mr. Beld ing may be spared to come again and again and to enjoy the fruits of his worthy life." A communication was read by Chairman Dr. J. H. Armstrong from Fred N. Belding in which he inclosed a check for $1000 to be used in pur chasing books for the edifice. Anoth er communication from Mrs. Florence Belding Knuckols carried a $100 check and an endowment for ten years for a like amount for the same purpose. President Geo. E. Wagnef of the library board accepted the do nations and also told of the receipt of the museum of the late C. M. Slay ton. Near the close of the program a mammoth bouquet of American Beauty roses was presented to Mr. Belding (Fred N. as proxy) from the schools by Miss Mildred Shores. Young Mr. Belding was almost over come by the presentation, but was able to express -thanks in no uncer tain terms. The roses were later taken to the hotel and given to Mr. Belding, who was deeply moved and asked several times for the young lady that he might personally thank her in words to carry back to her as sociates. Immediately after the close of the program a meeting of the members of the board of commerce was called in the hotel where Presi dent R. 11. Hafl presented Mr. Beld ing with a gold headed cane as an additional mark of appreciation. Following the exercises of the day the library was thrown open for in spection and hundreds availed them selves of the opportunity. An or chestra furnished music throughout the afternoon, and evening. ' It was the unanimous sentiment of the vis itors that too much praise cannot be given Frank P. Allen & Son, archi tects, for their beautiful designs in the plan of the building and Charles Hoertz & Son, builders, for the thor ough manner in which the building wa erected; and especially to Mr. Belding for the magnificent building that will stand as a monument to his philanthropy and commendable char CALL FOR MORE MEN NEXT WEEK The next call for men will be during the week commencing May 25. During this period Ionia county will send 37 men either to Camp Custer or to Camp Wheeler in Georgia, definite instruc tions on this point have not yet been received. The list itself is not yet completed, but the names of Forrest Beemer, Homer G. E. Mcintosh, Er nest Tupper, Arthur N. Hansen, Geo. H. Trimble, Geo. L. Everhart, and Wm. Case of Belding, and Rudolph Laux of Smyrna, are in.the list. CHARITY BALL FOR THE HOSPITAL The ladies interested in the city hos pitaj have arranged to give a charity ball Wednesday evening, May 29 in Crawford hall, the proceeds of which are to be used in replenishing the treasury of that worthy institution. The music for the ball will be fine, and the bill is only seventy-five cents. The ladies are anticipating a large attendance. Chester O. Lyon Dead Old friends in this locality of Mrs. Elma Lyon of Ashtabula, Ohio, have received word of the death of her hus band, Chester Otis Lyon, which oc curred recently at his home in that city. He was married to Elma C. Keeler of Oakfield township, Kent County. February 16, 1887. Besides his wife he leaves five chil dren, Lena M. Geary, Gertrude E. Steiner, Chester A., Harry T., and Clarence O. Lyon. ' ' " Mrs. Lyon owns the Gooding block in this city and has been a resident of Ohio for many years and up to a few years ago was a frequent visitor here. FUNERAL' SERVICES FOR MRS. WILL WHITE f Funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Will. White were held in the Church of Christ Friday afternoon, Rev. H. S. Ellis, officiating. The remains of Mrs. White were brought here from Detroit for burial, where she died Tuesday, May 7. Mrs. White, whose maiden name was Jennie L. Chapman, was thirty two years, seven mohths, and seven days old. She was born in England and when her parents came to Ameri ca they went to Greenville to reside. For the past year she has been in poor health, being confined to her bed sev eral weeks. The family went to Detroit to re side about eight years ago and she had a very large circle, of friends there. She was a member of the Py thian Sisters and also affiliated in a social way with the order of the East ern Star. Many beautiful flowers covered the casket from Detroit friends and friends here. Besides her husband, she leaves three children, Gertrude, sixteen years old, Walter, ten, and Ellen six. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Chapman and son, George, ir., and Mrs. Nellie Timerson were here to attend the funeral. A brother, Ser geant Joseph Chapman, is on his way to France. Much sympathy is ex- fressed for the family over her tak ng awav at this time in life. Ben White, father of Will, has re turned to Detroit with the family and will hereafter make his home theVe. Roy A. Reynolds and his daughter, Elizabeth, of Chicago, were the guests of his mother, Mrs. J. Ward Wells, a few days last,week, returning home Sunday evening. Mr. Reyrfolds is still with the Sears Roebuck & Company and is holding down a very respon sible position as general manager of the shoe business of the company. 1 Belding 's Neu)6Public Library . ,, t ,. . ! n , , : ; , , , L . i Belding City and its citizenship will henceforth take a backseat to no other town or city when heralding the excellency and value of its handsome new public library presented to the municipality by Alvah N. Eelding, Tuesday afternoon, May 14. The Alvah N. Belding Library stands second to none regardless of size and location. It is a supreme monument of excellence that will immortalize his name to future generations. .It will stand as a lasting memorial of the true worth of the donor and his sincere interest in the future educational and moral welfare, of Belding's citizens. His gracious act places Mr, Belding head and shoulders above every other resident as Belding's first former citizen. As the visitor approaches the handsome new library he is impressed with the com pleteness of its exterior. Se"t on the banks of Flat River, with rear windows overlooking the stream, it is still brought within the limits of the city's business section by fronting upon a wide paved Main street. Directly in front of Hanover, street, which street is the natural entry to the city by automobile from Ionia, Lansing, Detroit and other Eastern points, every traveler will be impressed at once with the substantial thrift of the city and its industries. Neatly graded lawns are starting around the building proper. As you mount the spacious steps leading to the main entrance, the massive pillars of Ionic Architecture, prepares the observers to at once expect a combination of the more solid and delicate in the building's appointment. Burnished copper light posts surmount the granite caps to pilasters. Over the door is inscribed in gothic letters ALVAH N. BELDING LIBRARY A. D. 1917. S s Entering the doors inlaid with mahogoney you come immediately within a vestibule finished in marble. On the wall to the right of the entrance is a heavy bronze tablet bear ing the following inscription. x This Library was erected in the year 1917 by ALVAH N. BELDING as a memorial to his Father and Mother HIRAM BELDING and ' MARY WILSON BELDING 7 ' , It was dedicated to their memory on May 15, 1918 and presented to the City of Belding, Michigan. To the left is a commodious cloak room where wraps may be left before entering the lobby. Then passing through massive glass paneled doors you are within the lobby. Over the doors just entered are the life size pictures of Hiram and Mary Wilson Belding, and between them is hung one of Alvah N. Belding, the donor. Immediately to the left is a porcelain drinking fountain. A comfortable settee in the middle enables the visitor to be comfortable while viewing the room. Across the loboy from the entrance is the libra? rian's desk, built in as part of the building. It is provided with lights, drawers, a swivel chair an all things necessary for efficient wdrk. To hen back is a series of five large ' racks, almost completely filling the stack room. Over her head ticks a large built in clock. Passing to the left we enter a large reading room, fully equipped with broad tables and comfortable chairs. All available space around the wall is taken up with book and magazine racks. Over the low down radiators window seats have been built, upholstered with leathered cushions. The windows in the room, as in all the others, are draped with rich green draperies fringed with silk and operating almost automatically. To the rear of the magazine room you enter, through heavy inlaid doors, enriched with oval glass centers a small reading room bearing an air of privacy and restfulness. The furnishings and out look to the river4end an additional feeling that here the thoughtful will want to retreat when delving into the heavier volumes within the buildings compass. Reentering the front lobby we pass to the east' room, where shelving and furniture is very similar to the magazine room. Here the chairs and desks are lower, to serve the juvinele interests. Plenty of light is shed down onto the desks by overhanging chandel iers. The later are of the inverted type and are of heavy hammered brass and opaque china. Here toO'Window seats provide secluded places for more careful reading. To the rear of the juvenile room we enter, through doors inlaid with mahogany, the librarian's office. Over the flat desk is a convenient light. Office chairs, waste bask ets and other paraphernalia afford every convenience. A cloak room is along the west wall and to the rear of this a toilet room is fully equipped. A convenient passage leads to stock room and librarian's desk. Within the passage is an entrance to the basement Leaving the librarian's room we return to the front vestibule, where a door is found leading to the basement. Descending we find ourselves in another small lobby. Going to the right we find a room set apart for the museum (contributed by the late Chester M. Slay ton). Another door leads to the furnace and fuel room. To the north of the lobby is a large assembly room furnished with cane seated folding chairs. This room is accessablo from the side through a broad alley which connects with outside doors on the east side of the building. When the chairs are cleared the floor of hard maple, becomes an excel lent place for dancing if desired. To the east of the assembly room and lobby and also connected to the east outside entrance is the ladies' room. This is furnished with rich rugs, bamboo and wicker chairs stands, desks, waste baskets, etc. The upholstery of the furniture adds to the restful atmosphere which fills every piece of the room's equipment. By opening the doors into the lobby and also the doors into the assembly room a speaker may address the occupants of both rooms with complete satisfaction. This gives space for holding a large gathering if desired. Under the front entrance and accessable from the basement lobby are the toilet rooms for men ane women: ' . The building is constructed of Bedford Ind.J cut limestone roofed with the best tiling obtainable. The floors are of concrete and covered with heavy battleship linoleum. The finish of the interior woodwork and furniture is silver grey. Marble baseboards add to the grandure of the librarian's desk and the interior pillars. The whole structure presents an air of individuality that takes it away from the usual type common to so many cities, Words cannot half describe the elegance of Mr. Belding's gift, neither can the people express their appreciation too strongly to him for his' generosity. DORIC CHAPTER 0. E. S. INSTALL NEW OFFICES i Follouintf a sumptuous six-thirty supper in the dining rooms, Doric Chapter No. 75 O. E. S. installed of ficers for the ensuing year at their meeting Tuesday evening. A very en joyable evening was spent and the work of the year under the new offi cers started with bright prospects. The officers installed were as fol lows: Worthy matron, Mildred Brown; worthy patron, Fred Rodgers; associate matron, Alta Arnold; secre tary, Bessie Peterson; treasurer, Mina Haviland; conductress, Mary Purdy; associate conductress, Effie Frederick; chaplain, Hattie Weaver; marshal, Edith 1 Burris; Adah. Augusta Dim mick; Ruth, Mary Wright; Esther, Mildred Elsby; Martha, Mabel Wells; Electa, Myrtle Hubbell; warder, Edna Rogers; sentinel, Will Haviland; or ganist, Flossie Cook, NDUSTR ML T FOR BEST SUCCESS RIG INSTITUTE HELD IN GRAND RAPIDS. RIG INSTITUTE OPENS MAY FIFTEENTH The patriotic mass meeting of the War Industrial Training Institute held at the armory, in Grand Rapids, was all the success its managers anticipat ed. On the night of the meeting more than 3,000 men not curiosity seek ers, but men vitally interested in the meeting-were on hand. Prof. Geo. E. Myers, professor of industrial edu cation at the University of Michigan, gave them some plain facts about the Government's needs: A. P. Johnson made a patriotic address in which he urged the men to become skilled me chanics; Lee H. Bierce, secretary of the Association of Commerce acted as chairman, and Private John A. Red ding, one of General Pershing's heroes, just back from the front line trenches, gave an interesting talk of the fight in France. Miss Flora Overly and the The Press and Furni ture city bands furnished the musical program. The War Industrial Training Insti tute will open May 15, and in the meantime enrollment will continue. From present indications the classes will be completed long before the date of opening,, and as only 500 men can be taken on at first, those who get in the fijst applications, will be the first to be fitted for preferred positions in the army. l 'VWE FINE . PATKiOTIC PROGRAM At the meeting of the' Equitable Fraternal Union held recently for the purpose of raising funds for the Red Cross there were about 100 members and guests present to enjoy the oc casion and listen to the patriotic pro gram. State manager of the order, J. H. Ellis, was present and gave a fine ad dress on fraternal societies with es pecial emphasis in the interests of the E. F. U.. Judge Haight of Lansing gave a talk along war lines and W. F. Brick er urged the purchasing of Thrift Stamps as being one of the ways in which every one could help and 'do their bit" m winning the war. The program was interspersed with music and song. Refreshments were served and a general good time indulged in. Edward Belding was the lucky guest to whom the five dollar Thrift Stamp was awarded. Library Opening The new Alvah N. Belding Library will be open to the public beginning this week Saturday, afternoon and evening. The present library books and magazines will be moved to the new building and ready for use at that time. Open hours will remain the same: 3:00 to 5:30 and 7:00 to 9:00 p. m., daily, except Sunday. Mary Barnes, Librarian. Ml L one sim CO CERT MS LYON RECITAL MAY 17 THIRD BIG EVENT WILL BE HELD IN OPERA HOUSE FRI DAY NIGHT. ATTEND! The next big event in Belding will be the Third Annual Symphony Or chestra Concert and Jarvis-Lyon Re cital, which comes in the opera house this week Friday evening. The man agement of the recital is under heavy expense, over $200, and a large crowd is necessary to meet it. One of the former concerts sustained a loss and the other barely made expenses. How ever, a concert and recital such as this is most enlightening and benefi cial to a city and should be maintain ed. Should there be a surplus this year the balance will be applied on the expense of the next concert. Harold Jarvis is noted all over the United States as a tenor and has nev er failed to delight his audiences. His accompanist and reader. Miss Mary Lyon, is equally well liked by her hearers everywhere. The orchestra will be composed of Michigan's best talent. Tickets may be procured at Sparks & Camber's or Wortley & French's stores. SAN DELL'S BANK HAS STARTED POULTRY CLUB A backyard poultry contest has been started by Sandell's Bank. It is open to school children, the general public and the farmer ' Thev nri divided into classes competing for dif- iereni prizes, ine contest is now open and will not close until October 1. next year. Employees of the bank will be glad to explain the contest and give every contestant a complete, authoritative booklet on the care of poultry. The movement is started to lud the gov ernment in producing more food stuffs. Besides being healthfuf work and remunerative it is ultra patriotic and should receive much favorable at tention. Ask the bank for full ex planation. 0TISC0 RED CROSS DRIVE COnniTTEE At the meeting of the directors of the Ionia County Red Cross Chapter, for the purpose of organizing for the war fund drive the week of May 20 27, the apportionment of the $16,000 to be raised, there was apportioned to the township of Otisco $400. The following committees have been appointed for the work in each school district, who will make a ' house to house canvas that Otisco township may not be numbered among the slackers thereby failing to do her whole dutyjby our boys at and going to the front for humanity and right: Mr. and Mrs. Verne LaDow, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zahm, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Con don, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Jenks, Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Moon. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kemp, Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Cook: Last week, says'the Ionia Sentinel, under Red Cross notes: "One of the most generous contri butions received by Mayor Green for the special $3,500 Red Cross Deficit fund was a check for $165, which came yesterday from Maj. Frank R. Chase of Smyrna ana which covered contributions from people living in Otisco township, in or near Smyrna and Cook's Corners." Board of Commerce Election The annual election of the Board of Commerce officers will be held in the city hall auditorium May 21, 1918, 6:30 p. m..' Luncheon committee, Earl Wilson, Secretary F. A. Puffer. F. & A. M. Communication Special communication of Belding Lodge No. 355 F. & A. M. Thursday evening, May 16 for work in the EA degree. A. B. Foss, W. M. What the Red Cross Does O VER and over again Red Cross solicitors in any campaign for membership or funds are asked the question: "What does the Red Cross do?" The Red Cross work is not only the making of socks and sweat ers and surgical bandages, nor the providing of nurses, physicians and hospital supplies. Such medical aid and hospital work, those sweaters, socks and wristlets made in million quantities by earnest women for our soldiers and sailors are important, but beyond that there is the great Red Cross work of looking after ,the families of men who need help. The quiet work of encouragement, the benefit of advice, sympathy and fellowship is given from the heart and with out publicity. Such help is as important as any financial aid which is shown in the report of "What lias Been Done With the First War Fund." v, WAR FUND APPROPRIATIONS UP TO MARCH 1st, 1918 . Foreign Relief : Relief in France....... . $30,936,103.04 Relief in Belgium.... 2,086,131.00 Relief in Russia 1,243,845.07 Rel ief in Roumania 2,676,368.76 Relief in Italy : 3,588,826.00 Relief in Serbia 875,180.76 Relief in Other Foreign Countries 3,576,300.00 Relief for Prisoners, etc. 343,304.00 Equipment and expenses of U. S. Personnel for Europe 113,800.00 Total Foreign Relief $47,325,609,38 United States Relief: U. S. Army Base Hospitals ?.......$ 54,000.00 U. S. Base Navy Base Hospitals 32,000.00 U. S. Medical and Hospital Work 531,000.00 U. S. Sanitary Service 403,000.00 U. S. Camp Service 6,451,150.86 U. S. Miscellaneous 1,118,748.41 Total U. S. Relief $ 8,589,899.27 Restricted as to use by Donor. $ 2,520,409.57 Working capital for purchase of supplies for resale to Chapters or for shipment abroad $15,000,000.00 Working fash advances for France and United States.. $ 4,286,000.00 Total War Fund Appropriations $77,721,918.22