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NEWS 'Belding Digger and Better" THIRTIETH YEAR, NO. 43. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 19, 1919. TEN PAGES THREE CENTS THE COPY. THE GOMES OUT . STRONG III SUPPORT OF C0UII1Y SYSTEM L. C. DAVID, VETERAN SUPER VISOR, FAVORS PROPOSED ROAD SYSTEM. Editor Belding Banner-News: Having been asked to state the rea son for my change of view in regard to the county road system, a propo sition that is to be submitted to the voters of Ionia county at the coming spring elecion, I wish to say: At hte time it was proposed to submit the question the tirst time, it was, I be lieve, considered by most people of western Michigan as an experiment, and as I was undecided as to the mer it cf the change I undertook to inves tigate the matter, and naturally se lected Kent county as a field of in vestigation, as it was the nearest county and as they had recently com menced to build roads under the coun ty system. From what I saw and learned from talking with people of that county 1 was convinced that their taxpayers wore not getting what they should for the amount of money expended and as I was not familiar with its manner of working in other counties I natur ally condemned the system. But Kent finally got matters straightened out, and now has many miles of good roads and has drawn a large amount of state reward money which Ionia county has helped to pay. Then too, the mistakes that they made on the start are quite generally recognized, and are held up to other counties as an object lesson as the way not to do things. . In the present reconstruction period I am convinced that in the very near future there will be a vast amount of money appropriated by both the fed eral government and by the state of Michigan, for the construction and maintenance of good roads, and this I believe should be done, for with the general use of the auto the average person does by far the larger part of his traveling outside of his own town- 6P- ... . u This appropriation is sure to be used in the construction of . roads in the counties which have the county system, because the state highway de partment will control its disburse ments and it is next to impossible for that department to superintend and oversee the building and upkeep of roads in counties which are not oper ating under the county road system. We must expect to see the money ex pended in counties which have the county road system and a board of county commissioners to supervise the work. , . , , The township system which under the old order of things was fairly satisfactory, has become obsolete, and a township is now too small a unit if we expect to have a system of roads to compare with neighboring states. Then, too, it seems unjust to ask the farmer and the taxpayers of small villages to go to the expense of build- ing and maintaining expensive high ways, when under the present condi tions they are used much more by the city than by the country people. But in all fairness to the people of the cities, it should be remembered that they do now and always hav realized the injustice of this, and are in favor of a system that will spread the expense equally over the entire county. The county road system will do that but under either the town ship system or the Covert act, the expense is largely saddled on to .the farmer. Then there is some new legislation (or at least new to me) that is intend ed to relieve townships that have al ready incurred an indebtedness for building good roads, which provides that the adoption of the county road system in any county shall not pro hibit any township from building state reward roads with money raised by tax or by bonding and in town ships where money has been raised by londing for such roads, the township clerk shall certify to the board of supervisors at the annual meeting thereof, the amount of such bonds re maining unpaid and the county road tax paid by such township shall be re turned to the township until the bonds are fully paid. Providing, however, that no town ship shall be entitled to the return of its county road tax until it shall have paid as much money in county road taxes as may have been expended on county roads within said township by the county road commissioners. The county road system will build more roads and better roads than the old township system; will build con tinuous roads instead of a stretch here and there, with poor roads in be tween; will keep the roads in, repair after they are built. The whole coun ty will share in the expense and the federal government and the state gov ernment stand ready to put their mo ney into Ionia county roads as soon as we adopt the county road system. That looks good to me as a taxpayer in Ionia county, and that's why I am heartily in favor of the county road system, and that's why I urge every ; voter in the county to vote "Yes" on the county road system at the coming election. Respocfully, L. C. David. DANCING EVERY SATURDAY EVENING at the Uubbell Hall, Belding HALE'S ORCIIESTRA Special Reduced Prlcei Dancing 8:30 to 12:00 Everybody Welcome. Pythian Sister Roll Call. An exceptionally interesting pro gram prepared by Mrs. I. L. Hub bell was rendered at the Pythian Sistei roll call Monday evening, March It. Particularly pleasing was the fancy dancing very kindly contributed by Miss Mary Emily Ranney of Green ville. Refreshments were served '. Dancing followed until a late hour by the committee after the program which was very much enjoyed by all. Gave Returned Man Reception The young people of the Church of Christ gave a reception in honor of Guy Wright, one of ttheir number, whii has shortly returned from ser vice overseas. The affair followed the regular prayer service at the church on Thursday evening. Ladies' Literary Exchange Club. The regular semi-monthly meeting meetincr of the L. L. E. C. was held with the president, Mary L. Smith with a large attendance, Thursday afternoon, March 13. The president called the meeting to order and the regular business was taken up, during which the resigna tion of Mrs. Ella French was accept ed, as recording secretary, and Mrs. Blanche Willoughby was elected to fill the vacancy. The program, "Ireland," as an nounced last ,time with Velma M. Ward, leader, followed: History. Politics and Government of Ireland Mrs. Velma M. Ward. Victrola, "My Wild Irish Rose," John McCormack. The Life of John Redmond Mrs. Helen Skellenger. Leaders of Public Opinion in Ire land Mrs. Zillah Fisher. Dance, "Irish Lilt" Misses Louise Wilson, Mirian Cusser, Dorothy Brown. The girls responded to an encore. The program proved very interest ing, the papers brought the Irish question before our minds, in the struggle for home rule, also refreshed the memory of those present on the lives of the former prominent people of Ireland including St Patrick, whose memory was honored by Irishmen of all creeds in everv land, March 17, the date of his death. The president. Mrs. Smith, who was a delegate to the state federation of Women's clubs held at Battle Creek recently, gave her report which "Drov ed very interesting. She told of the various lectures, entertainments, etc.. and the stand that the clubs take "vrardine the questions of the dav. This concluded the program. Ad iourned to meet in two weeks with 'ti, Rre Lamb. Royal Neighbors To Repeat Program On Wednesday night, March 26, the Royal Neighbors will repeat the pro gram in Woodman hall- free to all holding tickets who were unable to get in G. A. R, hall. F GUOD ROADS FOR SENTIMENT EXPRESSED AT THE UNION MEETING OF FARMERS' CLUBS POINTS THAT WAY. About 200 or more farmers and others gatnered at the auditorium in the city hall Friday morning at about 1U o'clock on the occasion oi the joint meeting of the East Otisco Farmers' club, tne West Otisco Farmers' club the Orleans Farmers' club and the Fairview Farmers' club and after a general session of getting acquainted sat down to a picnic dinner which had been prepared and rubbed elbows with one anotner to the fine lot cf eatables which had been brought for the oc casion. Following the dinner the assem blage joined in singing "America", after which State Highway Commis sioner Frank II . Rogers gave a good timely pointed talk, explaining the proposal which will be voted on by the people at the coming election re garding the $50,000,000 bonding issue for a good roads system. His talk was good and he cleared many doubts in the minds of some present to whom the matter had not seemed quite as clear as it should. A general discussion was then en gaged in and J. D. Strain spoke in favor of good roads but came out as an advocate of the direct tax method of paying for the improvement. He was followed by Mayor Fred W. Green of Ionia who spoke in favor of the amendment as proposed to bond for a sum up to, $50,000,000. After the discussion a vote was taken and show ed that the people present were unan imously in favor of good roads for Michigan. It was also suggested just at the close of the meeting that the union feature be made an annual affair and plans may be made so that it will be held every year. Many expressions were heard thanking the board of eommerco and especially Sec Byron F. Brown of that organization for the part which they took to make the meeting a suc cess and the coffee, cream, sugar, etc., furnished by the local association were highly appreciated. . Potato bread beginning Friday, every day at the City Bakery, Adv. New Retail Business. About a month ago P. H. Maloney & Co., the busy produce dealers locat ed on North Pleasant street, added a line of feeds and flour to their pro duce business and since then hiv been , doing a big retail business. They are handling hay, straw, all kinds of feeds, bran, middlings, and flour and are selling them at the low est price in the city. They have now added a delivery truck and will deliver your orders for you. If you are in need of any feed, call on them, they have it and the prices are right. See their liners in this paper. CHGA D LEAVING III GREAT HURRY CAUSES TROUBLE HEAVY RAINS ALSO HELP TO SWELL THE STREAMS HIGH WATER CAUSES TROUBLE. The rain of last Saturday had the expected result of melting the heavy fall of snow which covered the ground and the creeks and other little streams which emptied into the river soon caused it to rise so that for the first time in a number cf years high wa ter troubles were encountered. While no loss of life or serious damage to property happened in this immediate vicinity there were numerous wash outs in the streets of the city and they were in some instances very nearly impassable. Country roads were reported seriously washed out In a number of places and physicians who had calls to make in the country were compelled to put them off until travelling conditions bettered. The rain was steady on Saturday and on Sunday ceased, but Sunday night it started in again and kept the downpour up all day Monday. Mon day afternoon at 5 o'clock the high water was interfering with the oper ation of the water wheel so much that the silk mills of the city shut down for the balance of the day. On Wednesday morning the high water interfered with the Citizens power to such an extent that the refrigerator and auto body factories were down, although by noon the difficulty had been overcome and the lants started up again. The flyers running on the Grand Rapids-Saginaw division were taken off on Tuesday and have been can celled for an indefinite period of time. This condition is duo to a large wash out on the Pere Marquette tracks rear Hemlock and trains running on this division only run that far and passengers are transferred at that point and go farther to their destina tion over the Ann Arbor and the Mich igan Central. Wabasis Creek was swollen so hieh that the water was washing over the bridcre on the Greenville road for a depth of a foot or more, according to reports brought in and at other places in the country roads were inundated where culverts and little brideres were unable to take care of the rush of wa ter. Marshal Meginley was busy Tues day in renairing thed amazes to the city streets where vn shouts had oc curred and township highway commis sioners also got bus and are repair in and drageim roads so tht will get the nrooer care and attention to pet them back in "ood shape again. Card of Thsnks. We wish to express our sincere thanks for your sympathy: also fo your kindness during the sickness of our dear one. It was greatly appre ciated by us in our time of sorrow. Charle Heimbecker. Elsie French. Mrs. Geo. Moulton. Ira French. Potato bread beginning Friday, every day at the City Bakery. Adv. March 21, 1919 Dancing Party Good Orchestra I. 0. 0. F. Hall "NuffSecT. :: " Committee The Barber's Harvest Of Interest To Farmers. Something of real special interest is contained in the advertisement of the Belding Lumber Co. in this week's is'sue of this paper and it will interest those farmers who will turn to page three and read it. It contains a very good suggestion which wo would be glad to see many farmers take up and place on their farms. Attended Plumbers' Convention. French Arnold, the local plumber returned Thursday evening from Lan sing where he had been in attendance at a meeting of the Michigan State Plumbers' association. French says that there were about 200 plumbers present and that they had a very in teresting program. Several good talks were made by expert masters of the plumbing cRfand a number of talks on sanitation" were made by doctors and other men connected with M. A. C. French savg that the trip vorth a lot to 1 im and that he eained a lot of knowledge from at tending the convention. YELLOW FRONT MAN AGER POPULAR FELLOW The new manager at the "Yellow Front", the T. Frank Ireland Co. hardware store, is proving himself a good fellow and is entering upon the work connected with his new position with the right kind "of spirit. Things are humming at the store since B. W. Hewitt landed on the job and they will continue to do so if his present activities keep op and we have every reason to believe they will. B. W. HEWITT Mr. Hewitt is an old hardware nia.i and knows the game from start to finish. He believes Belding is a good town and says the store will carry the stock to satisfy the de mands of a city much larger than a city of this sire and that quality and service are going to be the watchwords at the store and that the company will stand back of them in their full meaning. Mr. Hewitt has m a great many local people and he has been pleased with them ami would be glad to meet any others who have not as yet been in the store. Those who have met him all say he is a capital good fel low and we for one will also say so. The old force is still with the store and it is still the T. Frank Ireland Co., but B. W. Hewitt, the manager, is there ready to meet you. Go in and give him the glad hand. Clone Successful 'Forty Hours Rev. Fr. John A Klich, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic church in this city, is this evening bringing to a close, a successful Forty Hours. The services started ir. on Monday morning at 5:30 o'clock and close this evening at 8:30 o'clock. Rev. Frs. J. B. niig. of Greenville, A. C. Pregen rcrr, a Redemptorist, of Grand Rapids, J. A. Koelzer, of Portland and A.C. Schneider, of Pewamo were here and assisted in the work. The devotions closed with a solemn procession in which the men of the Holy Name So ciety took the lead. , -'.V , v . i D i m ha FORMER LOCAL KILLED III WEST POLE WHICH HE HAD CLIMBED TIPPED OVER THROWING HIM IN LAKE. A telegram was received by El wood Rockefeller to the effect that Bert Luick had been accidentally killed while at work at his job of electrician at Cushman, Oregcn, one day recently. v Bert Luick was a for mer resident of this city, being a son of Frank J. Luick, former publisher of the News of this place and he had been in the west for a number of years. He was about 35 or 40 years of age and while he lived in this city he held positions in the mills here and started in to learn the electrician trade while here. It is supposed that he happened to get hold of a live wire in some way and thus came to his sudden and accidental death. No further particulars have been received as to the exact cause, but this is the assumption that local friends hold as to his death. Later A marked copy of "The West," a weekly paper published at Florence, Oregon, has the following facts connected with Mr. Luick's death : Bert Luick, line repairer for the Southern Pacific at Cushman was killed Saturday afternoon near Booth Station, about 12 miles south of Cush man. He had gone out Saturday mcrning to make repairs on the line and was alone when the accident occurred. Conditions indicate that he had climbed a pole on the railroad trestle, when the pole fell over, throwing Luick on some drift in the lake and killing him instantly. The body was found about 8 o'clock Sunday morning by Mr. Medley, the section foreman who was making his daily , trip over the road . between Heed sport and Lane. Medley at once reported the matter to J. S. Gray, justice of the peace at Gardiner who came up to Booth to investigate. The justice decided that an inquest r.s not necessary and the body was conveyed to Lane station where it was placed on a train and taken to the late home of the deceased. The funeral was held Monday and the remains interred in the Masonic cemetery at Acme. . The Douglas County coroner, Mr. Ritter came in from Roseburg Mon day and held an inquest at Cushman station. Two witnesses were exam ined, Mr. Medley, who found the body and Pearl Roberts, Southern Pacific lineman at Eugene. After hearing the testimony the jury returned the following verdict, "Death was due to a falling pole im properly set by inexperienced men. Direct cause of death was drowning." We are told that the pole first set there had been taken out to permit a scow to be taken through, and when the pole was replaced it was not prop erly secured. Besides his mother, Mr. Luick leaves his wife and seven children, the eldest about 15 years of age. The family have the sympathy of the en tire community. Mr. Luick was well liked by all his associates and was respected by all with whom he came in contact. Mr. Luick was born at Lowell, Mich, on Dee. 22, 1881 and came to Califor nia with his parents when six months old. He remained in that state till ten years old then returned to Mich igan and resided there until grown. In Dcember, 1901, Mr. Luick was married to Miss Edith Simmons and afterward moved to California. They made their home there till 1916 when they came to Oregon and took up their residence at Acme. A linnr in our Business section on the last page will work wonders in selling or buying anything you want Attend Hospital Party. Don't forget that the board of lady managers of the local hospital are "oing to hold the hospital benefit par ty in the Masonic club rooms this Thursday afternoon and that you are all invited. The ladies seem to think that it is an invited affair well it is but you and the public are all invited and you wll never miss the small sum charged for it Besides the money which the ladies get from this affair, liko oil the rest that they get, goes toward defraying the expenses which accrue in the operation of the Belding hospital, an' institution which never means as much to you as when the time comes when either yourself or a loved one is getting attention with in its walls. It is better to help now than to wish you had later on. v Baptist Church News. At the regular hour next Sunday evening we will have a service of song am$ story entitled V Probable Sons." Mrs. Pinkham will be the reader and the music will consist oi choruses, quartets, duets and solos. An offering will be taken to apply on our missionary aportionment. All are urged to be present and enjoy the service. The choir will be assisted with the music by a male quartette. Harry Trull's class gave a very successful entertainmient ' in the church last Friday evenin. A good program especially the gun drill. The boys took in $20. Good for the boys. Farm House Burned. The tenant house on the farm of Fred L. Williams in Otisco was de stroyed by fire Sunday morning. Both the house and contents were insured in the Farmers' Mutual company. Fred L. Williams, who formerly lived in Ionia, lives in the larger house with his mother, Mrs. Esther Williams. Tom Byrne Is Rack Tom Byrne a Grattan bov who en bt,d in the great war in October of 1916 and who saw service and real honest to goodnes action at Chateau Thierry, is back home on a short fur louerh. Tom ws n member of the 126th Inf. and fought side bv side with his brother. .Timmv Bvnes tx former local plumber, until Tom was nut out of action at Chatteau-Thierry by get-ti-- hit with a bulM in his left leg. After he got out of the hospital he T-mled German prisoners for a tim and was on his way back to the front when rh prmistice was signed and he was headed for home. Tom is a nephew of Pat Roe, of this city. If anyone has been visiting at your house or there is anyone visiting in or around the town that you know of, tell us, so that we can tell the rest. WAS HELD FRIDAY GOOD TICKET OP CONTESTS WERE EASILY AND AND AMICABLY SETTLED BY THE VOTERS GATHERED. The Union caucus which was called for and held in the auditorium of the city hall Friday night turned out to be a record breaking affair when it came to numbers in attendance and seme of the old timers were strong enough in their opinion to state that it was the largest caucus ever held in the city. This may be due to the fact tha,t the caucus practically de cided the election which is to take place on April 7 and also to the fact that this was the first aucus at which the women were allowed by law to exercise the privilege and duty of voting. The latter were there in good force, but did not mix in with the male voters very much and they held fhem&lves together in the rooms formerly occupied by tho city public library before it removed to its new building. The city caucus followed the hold ing of the ward caucuses in the three wards of the city and which were all well attended, although a great mary attended the city caucus who were not in attendance at their ward meet ings. This is borne out by the fact that the combined vote of the three ward caucuses falls far short of the high number of votes cast at the city gathering. A noteworthy fact in regard to the caucus was that in other years at such gatherings the room would be fairly blue with smoke, but on this occasion not a man puffed a cigar and net the first bit of tobacco smoke was to be scented or seen in tho room. This was not prearranged or requested, but it seemed the proper thing to all tho men gathered there that out of respect to the lady voters, smoking was out of order. The city caucus was called to order by Chairmen Fales and Hubbell, they being the chairmen of the republican and democratic city committees, at promptly 8 o'clock and after the read ing of the call for the caucus, R. Howard Hall was chosen to be chair man of the meeting. W B. Reed (Continued on page four) Harness Wehave told you about Blankets, wagons, seme still on hand at pric es below cost Harness, Farm styles,all handmade by workmen of reputation; limited stock; place your order now and get what you want Quality right, Prices right. We invite your inspection. The Weter-Wise Co. CAUCUS A WOMAN FOB GOUIITK conns- SIOIIERJF SCHOOLS MISS LUCY CULL tfETS NOMINA TION; "EVENTUALLY, WHY NOT NOW?" SAY WOMEN. Probably 90 per cent of our public school teachers are women. Practi cally all the teachers of the primary grades are women. Wcmen seem to have made teaching a success; they seem to have grasped the young boys' and girls' problems, and to get into their sympathies easier than men. The county commissioner of schools has the job of supervising our school teachers in the county. The stand ard of instruction, the system of methods are supervised by the com missioner. Why cannot a woman experienced in school work better un derstand the problems of ether women who are teachers in our schools than men? Miss Cull is a woman trained in school work and experienced by 19 years' actual teaching, nearly all of which has been spent in the schools of Ionia county, she having taught at Palo, Saranac and Ionia. She is par ticularly well trained and experienced in primary grades, and competent to teach any grades. The greatest number of children in school are in the primary grades. The success of the pupil in the grade has much to do with the pupil in his later success. If the pupil gets a bad start, becomes backward, he is retarded throughout his entire schcol work. Miss Cull believes, and is trained in methods of getting students started right in all grades. . In adidtion to being an enthusiastic worker, Miss Cull is a graduate of the ML Pleasant Normal school. She has kept herself posted on modern methods in education by frequently returning for summer sessions. She understands the problems of the pupil, the teacher and the tax payer, and knows how to keep them all working together. She has act ually come in contact with the stu dents of the Ionia normal classes, many of whom are now teaching in our county schools. If Miss Cull is elected, the women say, that we will have politics taken out of the office and we will have more work done for the money paid to run the office. They also claim that Miss Cull will assist in making every school house in the county a community center where the patrons of the school may get together for the interest and benefit of each commun ity. The women believe that the school problems and moral problems can be handled by women at least as well as by men. They ask to be given the opportunity to show what a woman can do. Their candidate has been nominat ed, without solicitation on her part, and she has accepted the nomination in the interest of better schools and to show the public what a woman can do in this important office. As the women have the vote, as they bear their full share of the re sponsibilities of life and human af fairs, why not elect Miss Cull to the office for which she is well trained and equipped. The choice will be up to the voters April 7, both men and voraen. Women's Campaign Committee. Opens New Garage. Fred Thompson has opened' a new garage and, Chevrolet sales and ser vice station in the building vacated by H. Patterson when the latter mov ed cut at 221 West Main street and is now ready to take care of the trou bles which the many local users of the CheVolat find themselves up against from time to time in the way of new parts, accessories, repairing and the like. Mr. Thompson has been given the county sales agency for the Chevrolet car and already has a number of sub-agents working, throughout the county for him and from reports which they send in to him business is humming along nicely and will be better just as soon as the roads again take on a settled condi tion and it is a sure thing that sum mer is here or nearly here. Mr. Thompson proposes in his new business to give the bqst possible service in every transaction which comes up. He will have an able and experienced mechanic to attend to the repair work and will at all times carry a full and complete stock of parts and supplies for either the Chevrolet or the Buick, both of which cars he has the sales agency for. In addi tion to this he will solicit a share of your repairing, regardless of the make of your machine and will guarantee first class work. Mr. Thompson will also carry a good line of tires, tubes, accessories, oils, greases, etc,, and" will have one of the most modern automatic gaso linep umps in the market in a promi nent and handy place in front of his place of business. He has an adver tisement in this issue which it will pay every auto owner or prospective auto owner to read. Look it up. "The Torch Bearers are on their way.' Adv. Girls! Do Read The Business Liners If you think tho Want Ad column of the Banner-News, as an advertis ing medium, is not A-l, first-class, etc., just: read over this week's list. Everything is listed. It reaches the public The latest addition to the column in an opening for two of our young ladies to go west and grow up with the country if they are so in clined. The fame of this column ns a business getter has reached outsida ear ani they are awake to it. t will certainly do as much for th home folks. Try it Potato bread beginning Friday, every day at the City Bakery. Adr.