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JiJ Riding Biggerjmd Better THIRTIETH YEAH, NO. 50. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 7, 1919 TEN PAGES THREE CENTS THE COPY. rrp iti IE- r BELD1IIG BROS. M.HBE HOLDING AHrJUAL MEETING BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR. SILK INDUSTRY IS REPORTED AS NEVER ..BETTER The annual ineetin or Belding liros. fic o. is wing nwu wu. week and there are about thirty rep resentatives of the company's branch offices in different parts ot tne unueu States and Canada present to report and take part in the business of the meeting. I For the past twenty years the an nuals have been hold in this city dur-! ine- the month of May and several of those who are here to attend this one have been present at every meeting. Reports as to business conditions , and the outlook for more efficient pro- j ductiort and enlargement of business J is discussed and new plans outlined for carrying on he wcrk latthis time. The demand for the finished ' product for silk in all its lines was ; never better and the problem now, ac- J cording to reports is how tc-prdouce more and fill orders to supply this demand. Ko fin .v,r0 Tlinm city is at Hotel Belding, where Thorn ir is ai iiciei Demin, . as uracKen, uie new . flarciuiiy rr a , and it roes witnoui Mp8. JJ city officers for the ensuing year re his experience in serving the public fiS follow. Rep Fr War. ai mat popumi 7, man a quarter i a - nnr. iw mane oeiLer. ' , . i,. v,a . Thse ho are,lVat4tfan?SJu23 in tne city speaK m w. terms of their welcome and espec al- y oi xne nne Xt i Dr- Litle was declared elected. ltV?u,Jnf,M -and m "iLSff w.1 Mayor Fales appointed Leonard nr71? fo"nff arKe he Si!?8 htMcPherson as nightwatchman and M. M. Belding New York, the council elected James Meginlev h C X? .Aew.,, Irt?i street commissioner and Citv W .w. ueiamff, ctyiie;, V"" ' Crooks, Northampton, Mass.. William o vai rni..,L,,;Q tt w. NiirkJ kj. JL: JU444i 4 - ' .rniiwieipnia 11. w. -jMark Leetch. nember of . the water nES r F 1 board- G- D- Weter and Frank Totten 3' rrbers of the park board and Louis ols, New i ton. Wm. 0-rw:i4-X? f to lib- t m.: tt tt ndrlino. rjry ooaru. v. ijeoiiaru, vuiirtiiu, ji 44 i'vmi"hi Chicatro, S. J. Whitlock, Chicago, Wm Gray, St. Louis, Mo., A. F. Bar nard, San Francisco, O G Fisher, York, E J. Debold, New York, Robert Oliver, Baltimore, Md., A. N. Lincoln. N. Y. L. L. Pierre, St. Paul, Miss Gibbs. New York. Mr and Mrs. L. L. Belding, Philadelphia, W. r. McDougal, Montreal, H. J. Soria, New York. Carleton Washburn, Chi-; cngo, H. H. Taylor. Chicago and H. J. Marcells, New lork Hosoital Has New Matron. Miss Irene Barnes has taken the position a matron of the Belding hospital. She is a daughter of Mrs. Mary Barnes and comes hero direct from BuUerworth hosnital. in Grand Rapids, where she took a four years course and is well qualified for the Tvlace. She also attended Alma col lege for seme time before taking up the nurses training course. Patrons of the hospital will be pleased to know that it is in competent hands. Postpone Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the board of commerce has been postponed from Wednesday night, May 14 to Thurs day night," May 15. This change in time was made in order that the hold ing of the meeting would In no way conflict with the successful attend ance at the Furniture City band which appears here on Wednesday. Let every member of the board of com merce be present however on Thurs day night. Entertained for Miss Clarke Mrs M. A. Reed entertained a com pany of ten ladies Monday evening at a six o'clock dinner in honor of Miss Jean Clarke. After the feast a mus ical program was rendered and Miss j Clarke gave a very interesting ac count "of her experiences in France while in the service as a nurse. She also exhibited a number of souvenirs brought from tho front lines of bat- 4i. i ai : i . . t : n delightful one. , - . , Purchased Big Shipment of .Chicks on US' "p&tSr" Thicken SEE ! business fcr the fifteen years at his ( home on the north side, has iust or- dered a shipment from Zceland to him of 2,400 day old chicks, which J?1! -rn hln htuZetZ TJtnr ' it wil keep him hustuny to care for, them until they get oH enon-h to! shift for themselves. It is a night and day job as the little fellows must' be kept warm and ccmforcable. The j bunch which is coming cost him thir teen cents apiece and it is up to him ! to keep as many of them alive And growing as possiDie in oraer lo DrcaK Kruwins us pussiuie in nruer w DreaK even on the deal. Mr Martin figures if he can haise a thousand pullets for layers and as many roosters for broilers he will be satisfied. The pul lets begin laying in five months. Mr. Martin has a market fcr anything he can turn off in the eggs and poultry line. Notice Toce Takers ' On account? of the general ice shortage and to conserve the supply, the following rules will govern for theseason 1919. From this date until June 1st, and from Sept. 1st to October 1st, deliveries .will be made only on telephone calls. . Only box deliveries will be made. No ice will be sold from wagons. . Coupons detached from books will not be received Belding, Coal & Ice Company( Phone 198 '!! i Correspondents Attention. Last week a nunber of ycur letters arrived in this office on Wednesday ' afternoon and eveniniVg entirely too j late to be inserted in the issue for which they were intended and they ' are appeearing in this weeks isssue instead. Hfcd they reached us on Tuesday they would havo been on time. We notice however, a growing ten- dencv on the cart of cur correspond ents to mail their letters late and we would like to ask your kind coopera tion in this matter and have your letters mailed either Monday or Tues- Thia wni maure us a good let of fmh live, country news each week. We thank you heartily in advance, The. Publishers. IT HAL CONTESTS FOR HEALTH OFFIC AND CJTY ATTORNEY DEVEL OP AND- ARE SETTLED. At the metUng of the common council Monday night the reports of the retiring city clerk, Frank E. Con j. i il - i: j. il. ani anu ine auaivors report on tne . . . . roceived cit bookg were read am the O. K. of the councilmen. The election and appointment of ner for city attorney on the second ballot received four votes and I. L. ir..LL.u i .r itr iiuoot'n two votes, aur. earner was declared electel. For Health Officer Dr. E w. Litle received four votes and Dr G A gtanton two votejJ ftnd commissioner.' Elmer Cook, city hall . .. p p rrS- wpiUitmn.fori ?m or-. Ar burins, weightmasterj Death of Mrs. Pierson. Mary C. Pierson died at the home of her daughter Mrs. May Darling, Sat urday, at the age of77 years and 22 days, after a short illness. She had been a resident of this city for nearly 20 vears. Her maiden ramp was Atwood and she was born at North Fairfield, Ohio. On November 10th, 1859, she was married to James W. Pierson and they moved to Stanton in 1882 coming to Belding after his death. Mrs. Pierson was beloved by a. host of friends. The deceased leaves to mourn their loss, a daugh ter and a son, Thomas Pierson, of Sidney and three grand children. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Norton and were held at the house, Tuesday morning and the re mains were taken to Stanton for in terment. - Thomes Pierson and family of Sidney were in the city Tuesday to at tend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Mary Pierson 5 f"V 71)6 fojlowing is a synopsis of the program to be gven by the Furniture City Band when it appears at the lo- d-r. house, next Wednesday night May 14. i, March, Victorious Americans, Eilenberg. ' 2." - Waltz, Homage to the Ladies -WaUtenfel. , i r u 3. Slidus Trpmbonus, A Trcmbone comedy Mr. Wm. A. Simmer. rr Attention I. O. O. F. Members. The members of Silk City Lodge No. 447. I. O. O. F are requested to , . . . Thai. b present at the meeting next Tues day night, as xne secona aepsew.wm be conferred by Elwell Lodge No. 552, cl Elwell, Mich, We will have a class of 16. After the degree work w will serve a Dot luck supper and lit is hoped that all members will make a special eirort to oe mere. COIIIIII n (Copyrlflit) BALL GAME MIXUP CAUSES TROUBLE At a game of ball being played in , Leonard Park last Thursday between the High school nine and a picked nine from factory employees, Curtis Condon, a High school student had a tooth knocked out and another cne loosened by a blow given him on the lower jaw by Lee Maxwell. Condon had him arrested on com plaint for assault and battery, before Justice of the Peace E. Br Lapham, claiming that Maxwell jumne'l cnto him while ho was running to' make a base and when he requested Maxwell to let him get up the latter struck him. Maxwell claimed that Condon corked him on the shins in the nixup. The case however was settled by the parties, ACaxwell agreeing o 'give Condon $15.00 and to pay the costs in nddit'on. Are On Fishing Trip. Mark Leetch, Eugene Fox, Art Mc Coy, Fred Benton and Forest Green wait left here Friday night and drove through to Kalkaska before morning, when they expected to look over the grounds and put in some time fishing for trout. The men took tents and a complete outfit with them and al though Saturday was not much of a day to be enjoyed, it is a cinch that they will enjoy their trip and the fish which they will surely catch. 4. Overture to "William Tell." Rossini. 5. Meditation Religeuse, "The Last Hope." Gottschalk. 6. "The Forge in the Forest" Des criptive piece. 7. Slavonic Rhapsody Friedman Lake. 8. Porto Rican Dance. Missud. 9. The Death of Custer and Battle of the Little Bie Horn in nine parts. A descriptive American and Indian Phantasy by Lee Johnson. Mrs. Wm. Coulter Father Dies Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Coulter were called to Paris, this state, last week to attend the funeral of George S. Terry, her father, who died from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Terry was an old resident of Mecosta county and a popular neighbor and a E regressive fanner. The funeral was eld in the Presbyterian church, of which he was a long time member and his remains were laid to rest in the nearby cemetery. Beside his wife, he leaves to mourn their less, a son, Leon Terry, ofWashingf on, D. C, and two daughters, Miss Edna Terry of Vancouver, Washington and Mrs. Wm. Coulter of this city, the latter of whom is remaining with her mother for a few days before returning heme. DANCING 0 EVERY SATURDAY EVENING at the Hubbell Hall, Belding HALE'S ORCHESTRA Special Reduced Prices Dancing 8:23, to 12.C3 Testing the Water - II THAT LOCAL ill S DEAD III F E SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN KILL ED BY EXPLOSION WHILE IN OVERSEAS SERVICE. Rumor has it to tha effect that May or and Mrs. Elmer E. Fales just re ceived a telegram to the effect that their son, Hugo, was dead in France. We were unable to have the Mayor confirm the rumor owing to the fact that he had gone to Ionia, from where the information had been sent to him. The telegram was sent by Charles Ross, son of Mrs.. Alice Ros5, of Ionia and a cousin of ki Fales.. It is claimed to have been Co the effect that Hugo was killed in an explosion and that he had been dead for three days before his cousin, Ross, who was but a short distance from him, knew about it. Hugo Fales has been in the army overseas service for nearly two years now and was n splendid young fellow who had many friends here. It is to be hoped that there is some mistake about the message and that it is in error, although indications are that it is all too true. Finale. "Nearer My God to Thee." Star Snangled Banner. The Furniture City band has been organized for twent" years and is rat ed as the finest concert band in the middle west. The bringing of this big concert band to Beldinq is in no way a finan cial venture, as the low prices charged for tickets and the big expenses in volved means that there must be a full house to even pay expenses and it is up to every music lover in the city and Local Girl Weds County Official Miss Louise Barron, a local girl, was marired on Saturday afternoon to R. D. McNutt, cf Stanton, at that place. Miss BarrorvJs a daughter of Mrs .Alexander Barron of this city. For some time she was head nurse at the Belding hospital, having complet ed her course in training in Butter worth hospital, Grand Rapids. Mr, McNutt is county surveyor of Mont calm county and for a time held the position as marshal at Greenville. They will reside at Stanton. Mrs. Alexander Barron and daughter Rose, and Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Case, the latter a sister of the bride, of this city, were present at the marriage ceremony. Anthony and Fuller Are Convicted In the Circuit court at Ionia Tues day the case of the Feople against Edwin L. Anthony, the local black smith charged with an un-nameable crime committed while residing here some months ago was tried and he was foundguilty. Judge Davis will impose sentence Saturday. Byron Fuller recently brought to Ionia frctn this city charged with horse stealing was also found guilty and will re ceive hia sentence at this term of court. 1? Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Tryloflof . H. E. Cpch near Coral called on Rev, D CLAYTON STEELE OPENS A NEW BUSINESS Clayton Steele, as will be noticed by his adv. in another column of the Banner-News has leased the Menkee building and will open a shop for the sale of U. S. L. batteries, supplies of all kind3 and will also do repairing and recharging I Mr. Steele has taken over the busi- ness of his uncle Robert Olds and will move it to the new location where ! owners of tha-U. S. L batteries and all ethers can get free inspection. Mr Steele since his return from the the service has paid special attention to this kind of work and will undoubt edly make a success of the new ven ture. Indian Entertainment Was "Fine. The enter. ainment given by the Ladies, Literary Club of Ionia in the local cpera house Monday night was a most pleasing one and those who availed themselves of the opportuni ty of bo ng present were very much delighted. On account of counter at tract'ons the audience was not large bu; it is stated that the ladies at least. prid expenses out of the pro- reeds. Their Indian costumes were I fine and the singing and acting wes certa'nly very taking and called forth much applause. The ladies appeared Jon the streets soon after their arrival fhere from Ion:a in full costume and i made a very attractive appearance. i v . those who beleive in a better class of amusements to show where they stand on these questions by helping make it a success. Any amount of money left over after paying expenses will be turned over to the local hospital board. The price cf the tickets is 60 cents for adults and 35 cents for child ren, plus the usual war tax in each instance. Reserved seats can now be secured at Hotel Belding for 15 cents extra. Byron Cook Awarded Prize ByTon Cook, of the H. J Connell Rexall drug store, took in the-Rexall Drug Clerks convention held in Grand Rapids this week and in the discus sion and talks on best business meth ods and efficiency in the line of the Rexall system of trade expansion, he drew down a prize of $15.00 for the best address. Mr. Cook had no idea of entering the contest but after the conventions best man had hit what he thought was the high spots, Mr. Cook was called on and when he had finish ed the award was made. Cultivators In Riding Cultivators we have some bargains. We have Olivers, Iron Age, Dayton and Ohio. In one and two horse walking culti vators. Our prices are attractive. Two horse corn and bean planters we have what you want. , If you need a Binder or a Mow er, either Decring or McCormick, we advise early attention to get what you want as Supply is limit ed. Time to plant garden now with our bulk seeds. ' He's Got Some "Window.' Al Cichy, the popular duck, who ik now working in the Miller & Harris Co. store, sure put up a fine display, when he arranged the lot of phono graphs which at present grace the east store display window of the ccm- Eany. Mr. Cichy might not have nown it but he put up one of the best phonograph displays ever shown in this city or elsewhere for that matter and many people ,who have stopped to view the display, have openly stat ed they thought it could not be beat en. The display consists of the wind ow full of phonographs together with deccrative material arranged by the connoisseur . which Chick" ' haa ' al ways demonstrated himself to 1e. Just take a look at the display in the Miller & Harris east window and you will agree with us. ROUIIDSWO - YEHBS OF HELP FUL BU5IIIES5 BUILDING & LOAN ASSOCIATION FILLS IMPORTANT PLACE IN ' BUSINESS LIFE OF CITY At the regular meeting of tho Bel ding Building & Loan Association held Monday night, besides authoriz ing several loans made, the board of derectors voted to purchase $1,900 in Victory Loan bonds, which makes a tctal of $3,00Q in bonds now subscrib ed for by the local organization. Secretary George E. Wagner re port ed that Series No. 53 had matm ed Mayvlst and that the nine shares of the series had been paid, Mr. Wag ner being the owner of them. In this connection it might be noted that the association is now thirty years old and in a most flourishing condition, having on hand in- cash, war savings certificates and bonds, approximately $15,000. It has been a very important factor in the finan cial life of the city since its organiz ation and very manv of our citizens have the association to thank for their splendid hemes and the investment made. The 100th series is now open and shares of stock are being liberally subscribed for. The 99th series which just closed has a subscription of 210 shares, which is evidence that the as sociation and its system of doing bus iness is growing in favor every year. Secretary Wagner is anxious at all times to assist any prospective in vestor or any person desiring to ac quire a home in completing a loan after acquiring stock in the associa tion. "Senwr Class Play In Rehearsal. The Senior Class of the High school have in preparation the play which is to be given by them in a few weeks. The play is entitled "The Lion and the Mouse," one cf the very best theatrical plays written and the parts havo been assigned by Supt. S. J. Skinner and Principal Hokstad to members of the class with a view to having i brought out in the best man ner possible by amateur actors. Re hearsals are in progress and are in charge of Mr. Skinner and when tho tfme comes for producing it on the stage every member .will have their particular part well committed. . Parent-Teachers Club Meeting , , Tho South Side Parent-Teachers Club held a very interesting meeting at the High school Tuesday ' evening May 5th. The following program was given. Music High school orchestra. Talk Given by Miss Fortuine, a Red Cross nurse who spent two years in the "service," which was very in teresting. Music High school orchestra. Report of the State Parent and Teachers clubs held at, Holland, May 2-3. was given by Mrs. Earl Wilson. Piano Duett Misses Biss and Wil kinson. The next meeting will be hild on the evening of June 2nd. It is hoped that many more will attend as these meetings are proving a help to all .who attend In Memoriam. In loving remembrance of our dear wife and mother, Mrs Jennie White, who died one year ago today, May 7, 1918 Wm. II. White and children. Food and Apron Sale. The ladies of the Episcopal church will hold a baked goods and apron sale on Saturday, May 10, at Miller Harris store. v Belding's Greatest Musical Event , GRAND To be given Furniture City of Grand Rapids, and their assisting soloists, Orris Bonney, Director ' in the - -T . BELDING OPERA HOUSE ONE NIGHT ONLY T Wednesday Evening, May 14, 1919 ; The Finest Concert Band in the Middle West y In a wonderful program of tho World' Best Classical, Standard and Popular Music at a price within, the reach of Everyone. The Supreme Musical Event in This City'i HistorV L , Ticket iJale opens nay .li J . Prices: Adults, XOc; Children, Zoc; AGED SH RESIDENT MEETS TRAGIC DEATH MRS CATHARINE RUSSELL DIES SHORTLY A ITER FLL DOWN CELLAR STAIRWAY HERE v ; An accident which caused the death of Mrs. Catharine Russell, a pioneer resident of Smyrnahappened at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cusser about six o'clock thjs Wednesday ev ening. She had come here for a visit and was spending the aiteroon at the Cusser home with a few other friends and a short time after they had gone Mrs. Russell was missed and in a search to discover her, Mrs. Cusser found that she had fallen into the basement and was lying at the foot cf the s-' airway. Mrs. Cusser immediately called to MRS. CATHARINE A- HUlSSELL George Thomas ahd Herman Salz man, who happened to be passing the house on their way home to supper and they carried her up the stairs. Dr. G. A. Stanton was quickly called and found a bad fracture of the skull. She was unconscious and remained so until her death about two hours later. . Mrs. Cusser, who is heart broken over the unfortunate occurence, thinks she must have mistaken the door leading to the basement for another dcor. Mrs. Russell was eighty years old and was one cf the pioneers of Otisco township, whose friends are legion. She was a sister of Edwin Dorr and he was one of the guests mt the Cusser home this afternoon, only leaving the house a short time before the fatality. Farmer's Club Met , A very pleasant meeting of tho East Otisco Farmer's Club was held at the home of Mrs. O. A. Nummer last Thursday. Despite the inclement weather, forty-fcur were served to a delicious supper. Several guests wero present. Six new members were adtl ed to the roll. A Solo by Mrs. S trunk, accompan ied by Mrs. Wortley was much appre ciated. In the discussion of Consoli dated Schools,, Mrs. A. J. Kohn read a splendid ' article giving 25 reasons why the plan should be adopted. E. M. Wooldridge gave a fine review of Current Events. The next meeting will be held at the fram home of B. F. Brown, June 5. Arrested for Larceny. F. L. Tifft was arrested Tuesday by Deputy Sheriff James Meginley on a warrant charging larceny and was taken to the county jail at Ionia. Tifft and a chum of his were occupy ing a house near Kiddville and recent ly it Is charged that he "lit out" tak ing a suit cf clothes worth $35.00, twenty dollars in cash and a pair of $7.00 shoe. On being brought in before Justice A. L. Spencer, his chum wanted to withdraw the complaint, but it was decided to let the law take its course and an examination will be held. CONCERT by the Famous Concert Band 3. uet yours cany, . Pius war T&x. I .curves ibe extra and family Tuesday.