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ill .IONIA COUNTY'S BEST NEWSPAPER THIRTY-FIRST YEAR, NO, iC" BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON JULY 30, 1919 IVE CENTS THE COPY ""V BEL BANNER-NEWS A H ULUUIHL WHS! TROPHY FOR THE SCHOOL CHILDREN LOCAL HANKS WILL HAVE A SUPPLY OF it AND GRENADES AS HELPS TO SAVING V" Banks of the Seventh Federal Re- 7 serve District are sending in rush or ders for the hand grenade banks which the War Savings Organization of the Seventh Federal Reserve District is goine to distribute through the banks to the school children this fall. Under the scheme adopted by the banks, they will "lend" a grenade bank to any child under seventeen years old who applies for it. To se cure ownership of the grenade bank the child will be required to earn enough money to purchase one War Savings Stamp, if under ten years and two if older, and take the money to the institution where the grenade bank was secured and buy a War Savings Stamp there. The children will be allowed the en tiro summer to do the work and they will be required to surrender the grenade bank unless they purchase a War Savings Stamp before October 1. This plan has the advantage cf allowing the child the use of the grenade bank to save his pennies and dimes, while he is accumulating enough to buy his War Savings Stamp After the re-opening of. school and after all the qualifying children have been supplied, the hand grenades will be given to persons over 17 years who purchase three or more W, S. S. The banks believe that the adver ting they will receive through iden tifying themselves with the wcrk of the Savings Division of the Treasury Department in the grenade distribu tion, the new contacts which they will establish among children and adults who are prospective depositors will w be worth the expense and trouble in J volved. . 'L3L-rV A Hand Grenade Bank For nearly five hundred years the military forces of the world have been developing the hand grenade as an engine of death and destruction. It has remained for America to trans form this ancient weapon into a peaceful constructive agency in the fight for thrift and individual savings. The hand grenades, which are the highest developement of the time-honored weapon, are transformed into thrift agencies by the simple prccess of clearing out the" explosive chamber cutting a slot through the shrapnel casting which is the body of the gren ade, and substituting a removable screw for the base o fthe casting. The grenade bank will hold one hundred pennies or one hundred dimes. With the exception of these changes the grenades remain in the exact form de signed for their qriginal purpose. Across the face of the grenade bank appear the words "Buy W. S. S." The hand grenade was designed by1 American Army Officers and explosive experts, who had before them the re sults of three years of experience with hand grenades in the Allied ar mies. The grenade carried a heavy charge of high explosive and was dis charged by a fuse timed to five sec onds. The iron casting which formed the body of the grenade was deeply scored into fragments roughly an inch square, which separated by the force of the explosion spread death and de struction over a wide area. The striker which ignited the fuse in the erena(te was controlled by a spring held in place at "safety" by a light metal "spoon'' or lever which passed over the top and down one side of the grenade. This weapon was fastened to the body of the gren ade by a cotter pin. The grenade thrower removed the cotter pin and held the spoon in position with his closed hand in the act of throwing. As (Continued on page four) DANCING EVERY SATURDAY EVENING i, at Baldwin lake, Greenville HALES ' ORCHESTRA Everybody Welccne. ,. Dandnj 8:23 to 12 0 si s - .. . ZJ,- t V.fc.-t Rev. Iulg To Leave Rev. J. Fred Iulg, pastor of the local Free Methodist church has de cided to leave the Michigan field and will preach his farewell Bermon to his ronirretration' and others who w 11 be there to hear him, on next Sunday evening, August 3. lie will enter me work of the Genesee, N. Y. cenference near his old home and the family will drive through in their car. They have been for ten years in this state , first for three years in school at Spring Arbor, then for one year in charge of the Big Rapids church 3 years at the Soo and for the past. 3 years at Belding. During their stay hth himself and f amilv have endeared himseiiy in tne nearcs oi their people and they win te greauy mi.suri' No suocessor to Mr. Iulff has as yet been appointed or selected for the, local charge nor win it oe known vwho the next pastor will be until after the conference for this district, yhich Is held commencing August 13. Rev. Iulg and family plan on leaving here on Wednesday August 6. Two Warrants For Motorist A warrant was sworn out by Mrs. Charles Spencer of south Bridge St., Friday morning charging Ed. Wilson ! a picneer Otisco township farmer, who for the past several years hasj been eniovinir life with an automobile after many years of hard work, with fast and reckless driving. It is al leged that Wilson while driving past the Spencer home hit the 15 months old child of the family and knocked it over. The child was attempting to cross the street. It is also claimed that Wilson looked around at the child as it fell but that he failed to stop and ascertain if the child was in jured. ITVm warrant (will also be changed to include the latter count. The case was first heard in Judga Spencer's court, Tuesday morning and was then adjourned to Tuesday, Aug ust 12 at which time it will again come up. Wilscn was also arrested on a warrant charging him with speeding on Friday, July 24 and when arraigned on this charge in Justice Spencer's court he plead guilty and paid a fine of $10 and costs, amount ine to $14.35. Clarence Esterbrook Dead Clarence Esterbrook, aged (54 years died at his home in Orleans, Tuesday night at nine o'clock. The funeral will be held Thursday afterncon at three o'clock from the Orleans M. E. church, Rev. R. V. Birdsall officiating and burial will be in Orleans ceme tery, t To lienor Returned Soldiers The Greenes branch of the RZ?d Cross will give a party for returning soldiers, Saturday night, August 2 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morey Clements. All interested are invited to be present and welcome the boys back. Breaks Water Hydrant Off While backing up his automobile at the intersection of Pleasant and Lie pot streets, Thursday night at 6:20 o'clock, Hasbrcok Lawrence, a far mer living northwest of the city, struck the city water hydrant which is located there, with sufficient force to break the big pipe off close to the surface of the earth. It caused a loud report as the heavy pressure in the main was freed and the low spots on Depot street were flooded before the water could' be shut off. It is the first accident of its kind to happen in the city. No damage was done the automobile other than a dent in its gasoline tank. f IS WHILE E CAUSE UNACCOUNTED FOR BUT THOUGHT IS THAT SPARKS STARTED THE BLAZE A grain separator belonging! to Claude Elkins, of Grattan, was de stroyed by fire while it was being used in a threshing job at the Bill Gannon farm 'north cf Grattan, Saturday. In addition to the loss of the separator, which is valued at between $1,000 and $1,200 it is es timated that about 50 or 75 bushels of wheat were licked up by the flames before the fire burned itself out and it was only by quick work on the part of men who were working on the job that nothing more burned. A truck load of wheat had been started on its way to the Moseley elevator and by this act it was saved. While the origin of the fire is un known, it started and was first noticed under the self-feeder and was of small proportions when first discov ered, but with the intricate position of the fire and the highly combustible nature of the fuel which it had to progress on it was difficult work fighting it and as a result the sepa rator was practically a total loss be fore the fire was extinguished. The separator was of partial steel frame and body construction and all wood and cloth parts were burned. Another fire at the farm of Joe Gehan, north and east of the Pamell church was discovered shortly after the threshers had pulled out of the yard and was put out before it could do a great deal of damage. It had just reached a large pile of straw when it was noticed. The huckleberry swamps in Grattan which-started to burn several weeks ago broke out again last week and caused a great deal of smoke in the region around the marshetf While in no particular case is the origin of the fire known, in, each one of then there is a suspicion that they might have been started from lighted cigarettes butts carelessly thrown away. D (Oopjrrllht) GREENVILLE GETS DEFEATED III ONE SIDEDJEtALL GAME PICKED THEIR BEST BUT LOCAL INVINC1BLES WERE TOO CLASSY FOR THEM The Joall game which was played on Leonard park Thurs day after noon be tween the Greenville team and a local team from the boards of com merce organ i z a -tions of the two cities fell to Bel ding easily, the score being 19 to 5 at the end of the lirst half of the ninth inning with Belding showing so much class over the Greenville fellows in every way that the latter beat it for home about as fast as they could get out of the grounds Features of the game for the Bel ding fellows was the pitching of Rev. Fr. Klick and Neil Miller, who went into the box in the eighth inning and finished the game, and also the fine work of Henry Gildemeister behind the bat and the exceptionally gocd batting of Miller. The- Greenville fellows had . bebn practicing up for the three weeks previous to coming down here and were sorely dissappointed in not be ing able to walk away with the scalps taken from the Belding team. The Belding fellows had practiced (but cne time and that was on the Monday night before the game and fully ex pected to get beat and wcro quite surprised when they saw the way the game was going. From what we have heard and from what he have read in the Greenville papers. w2 arrive at '.- conclusion that the people from our neighboring city are not the gcod losers which we supposed them to be and that they are considerably sored up on the de feat which they took. The gome and the two to follow were to be of the very friendliest atfaira and whether Etlding get beat thres times out of tVe three games or not, we would hnve been good lose: a and would have said nothing. As far as professionals being on thj Bcldinn, team they were nothing of the kind although at several times durirg the game thty did show profe33.onal olas3 (reenv:Ve, however, lost sight or the fa-1 that Tommy Burin, Aimour'r Vcribcst man and whom trw hailed an a taviour when he put in an ap- ftearance after the game was started s and old ball player and that Den Beardslee and a number of other fel lows on their team were also known to have been very good in the game in years past. We trust that the Greenville fellows will take their medicine like men just the same as we know the Belding fellows will in case they are beat in either c the next two games and that the playing of the' three games will not in any way cause any hard feelings but that instead it will, make ior a closer and warmer bond of friendship and goodwill between the people af the two cities. The second game of the series will be played at Greenville, tomorrow, Thursday,' July 31, and it is earnestly urged that x every person who can should get away to go up to take in the game and help the local team do the same thing over again. Former Residents Visit Hfre Mr. and Mrs. Guy E. Hecox and daughter, of Chicago, former resi dents of this city are in town, stop ping at Hotel Belding. They usually rrvd the runner here. . ; A. ' J. An Object Lesson J M. E. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO HOLD PICNIC Baldwin lake, Saturday, August 2, 1919. Bus fare, Adults CO cents, children 25 cents to be paid to Clarence Hol comb when you start. We want chil dren to ccme anvwny even if they are unable to pay the fare akod. Auto mobiles will ieave the M. E. church at 8, 10 and 12 o'clock a. m. and the silk mills at 12 M. You should notify Clarence Holcomb. 031 Williams St. or telephone to Frank Hudson, the hour you wish to start, that the prop er arrangements may be made for you. All children without parents will leave the lake at 6 o'clock and will be left at the church here. Every person should bring 1 glass, 1 fork, 1 spoon, pn per plates will be furnished by , San inv . school. Bring enough sandwiches fcr yourself, two lemons and one other article selected from the following menu: . Picklos, sandwiches, baked beans, vegetable or fruit salad, cake and lemonade. Please tag your baskets and etc., plainly. For each family please include a medium si2ed table cloth. The report that Baldwin lake is condemned by the tftate Board cf Health we find to be absolutely un founded. Come one Come all. E A- BETTER SERVICE III POST OFFICE NEW METHOD WOULD ENABLE LETTERS TO BE WIRED QUICK LY AT BUT A SMALL COST A petition is being circulated and is receiving the signatures of many people which when covered with a sufficient number of names, will be j presented to the proper government officials in Washington asking them to take some action looking forxd to the betterment of the pcstal service in transmiting letters from one part of the country to another. The idea is to have a letter mailed at a post office and have a telegraph operator, at the office who will take the contents of the letter and wire them to the operator who is located in the post office of the city to which the letter is to be sent. Each post office in the country would have a tel egraph operator on duty at all office hours and it would be their duty to send the contents cf any letter which had the required extra fee attached to it. The privilege would still be al lowed the public of sending letters in the regular method, as at present, should they desire to do so. A letter could be sent by means of the Telepost system with less cost and in less time than in the ordinary way with telegraphing and with the reported great congestion or some thing else wrong with the postal sys tem it is claimed by the Telepost advocates that the situation would be materially improved and that a man could write a letter to some one in a distant city and get three or four replies back and forth in the same day, where under the present system it generally takes three or four days to ret a letter iust a short , distance. Major Frank R. Chase is circulating the local petition and thinks that the proposed new scheme would be of great value to the commercial letter business of the country. Editor Sees Home Team Beaten W. B. Wells, editor of the Green ville Daily Call, was in the city, Thursday, treated himself to a good dinner at Hotel Belding. and after ward saw the Greenville ball players go down to an ignominious refeat at the hands of our local invincible team. With him was his soa Percy Wells, salesman for Tileston A Hollinyi worth Co., cf Beaten, Utzx ADVOCAT LABOR DAY IS . TO BE FULL OF -REAL LIVE STUNTS COMMITTEES AT WORK WILL NEED DONATIONS TO TAKE CARE OF BIG EXPENSES This old boy is goinp- to be with us among the crowd of JrC5"'V)'V. people who are going to be here on Mon- JOrX&w day, bepterrvber ,l(f when the big Labor Day and Welcome Ctr Home Soldiers event is p.u 11 ed . off In this city and he says that he is going, to have - the ' time of his young life and that while he has had a lot of these good times in Belding ,he never had one yet which he enjoyed like he is going to enjoy this one be cause that , he attended the last two committee meetings which have been held looking to the holding of the big time and from what the boys talked about he knows that it is go ing to be some time. The old man says that he wants to see every last mother, together with her husband and all their sons and daughters and their off springs out to the big party for -party he says, it is going to ibe and he will delight in seeing every one have a good time, as he says that having a good time, such as the one on Labor Day will be, wen't hurt anyone and will be conducive to long life, in fact that is the reason that he had taken in so many of them and that is 'why his health is so good that he is going to take in many more before he goes on his last long journey. Old wiskers says that cf all the Labo?" Day celebrations he ever took in, either in Belding or any other town, the one of last year was the very best yet, but that after hearing what the boys had to say about the coming event at their committee meet ing Monday night in the city hall he was satisfied that none of the ether celebrations would be ableyto stand up long against the one to be held Monday, September 1. There were several things that the old boy thought over though and told us about and that, was that it took money to put over the 1918 affair and that it will take money to put over the 1919 celebration. He said that it was going to be a good, big thing for the town and for that reason every body should turn in and help make it a whaling success. To do this he reckoned in his old fashioned Way, it would take a lot of work and a lot of money and that there was a lot of people ready to give the former, seme of them willing to give of the latter but that to his way of looking at it there were not enough people giving, of either and that those who have so far said anything about giving money were planning on giving only about one-half enough. He said that he ad mired a saving habit connected with any person, but that he also liked to see them loosen up and shake some of the wherewithal into the committee treasury when anything like a Labor Day celebration was being planned sa that a gTand successful time would be assured. In order now that the old gentle man will not be dissappointed when you go to write your name or the name of your firm down for a dona tion or a subscription to the hi do ings, don't make the figures and smaller than you possibly can, stretch the -amount just a little more than you thing that you ought to and the committee will have a big time for you and your friends to enjoy on La bor Day. It is said that the people who are working over in the mills and factories are giving very liberally again, those who are here, but that there is no where near the number working here that there was last tear and for that region the amount re- LJfAVb1 Here From West on Visit Mr. and Mrs. Art Hochradel, of Roscberg, Oregon, arrived in the city Monday evening and are visitg with Fred Purdy and wife, A. J. Runmler and family and with other friends here. It has been ten years .ago since they left this city and went out we:.t out into the best country and the best - climate on earth so Art says. He is having a great time, however shaking hands with all of his many friends and if he was still .wearing, the handsome mustache which always adorned his ccuntenance while he was a resident of this city, it would not take a second to recognize him. ' As it is everyone, knows that there is something lacking in Art's looks which was there the time they last saw him. He is new engaged in a cloth ing and shoe business. Art was hre in business before this country be came a part of the great Sahara desert and run the popular thrist quenching parlor on N. Pleasant St., in the room now occupied by PeteT Shindorf as a meat market. Home Again J. P. Darling, Howard Ferguson and Charles Bradford, all men who served in the A. E. F., the former in Russia and the later two in France have been 'discharged and have re turned to the city,1. Welcome boys. Fire In Dort Plant : The fire alarm blew Friday night at about midnight to announce that a fire was under way in the local Dort body plant. The fire started from an overheated motor and this was ruined by it as was also another mo tor near by. Leon Bly and another man were engaged in running a stick ing machine through the night in an effort to speed up production and the motor on their machine overheated. The fire department was quickly on the scene but owing to the fact that the plant is equipped with auto matic sprinklers it was very well taken care of. HOLD AUTO THEIVES TO THE T BONDS FIXED AT $1000 WHICH WILL VERY LIKELY NOT BE SECURED The three Italians, Sam Terranavo Tomassi Bodalsamut and Sam Can della, of Grand Rapids, who were ar rested for attempting to steal Ace Dorr's Ford sedan were again brought up here from Ionia, Monday morning and the testimony, taken at their for mer hearing was gone over and at the conclusion the menv were bound over to the next term cf the. Circuit court'at Ionia, in default of being able to furnish a satisfactory bail which was afixed by Justice Lapham in the sum of $1,000 each for the men. Up to the hour of going to press the men had been unable to ' obtain the re quired amounts to gain them tempor ary freedom. Foss O. Eldred has been retained by the men as attorney and they will try through him to show that they were not implicated in any way to steal the machine and that it was a mistake on the part of the lecal men who arrested and held them on the charge of attempting to steal the car. The men have friends in Grand Rapids who are showing their will ingness to help them. Hits Child On Sidewalk Marshall James Meginlev arrested Ira Mosher-for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk and when arranged in court he plead guilty and was asses sed a small fine and costs. It is claimed that Mosher struck one of the children of Frank Wood with his, bi cycle while riding on the fddewalk and that the child was knocked down and injured. In an effort to break up the practice of riding bicycle on thq sidewalks, . Mafrshal Metfinley brought the action against Mosher and says that he will make a concert ed effort to get every person who persists in violating the ordinance prohibiting the riding of any vehicle cn ths sidewalk of the city. k II. HITS TO GUILD f.U'MY HOUSES HERE SAYS SEWAGE SYSTEM MUST BE GIVEN RESIDENTS 0 NORTH SIDE THOUGH A. N. Belding, founder of the large silk business which bears the name cf himself and brothers, donor to the city of the Belding Memorial library conceded by all to be one cf the finest buildings of it3 kind in the state and one of the men in the Belding Bros. & Co. who has always worked for the extension and upbuilding of the ex tensive company interests here, has been stoppin at Hotel Belding for ' the past week and will be the e until Sunday nextr when. ho will. start. cn his return to his heme in Rockville, : Conn. He ; will diive to. Detroit and Ifrom there take i the "boat to Buffalo and from there drive through ' to Rcckville, With him' are Mr. and Mrs. Fiederick Merrick, of Shel bourne Falls," Mass. and Mr. Warren 1 a chauffeur who ha3 been in the em i ploy', of Mr. Belding for more than i 31 years. ': -. j . Mr.. Belding has several ideas lo6I ! ing toward the bettering of conditions in this city which he would like to see develop and which he stands ready I to assist Mn developing , at any time, i One of these ideas is a pubhc swim. . ming pcol, situated! in some conven j ient spot in the city and housed prop ! erly where the public could use and enjoy it. Speaking of the silk business Mr. Belding stated that the local factor ies were his greatest pride and that he liked nothing better than to come to Beldinr for a visit and look ovei the clean condition cf the factories and the city in general. He said tnat the company could find a market lor every bit of silk which they could pro duce even if they had dvuble the ca pacity which they have and that this j was the greatest drawback confront in fV nnmn r. . r. Un i It needs more help. The question of more help brought up the housing proposition and Mr. Belding stated that he had given Mr F. W. Howard authority to build 7 new houses and more just as soon r.? they wrere needed, but that the com. pany could not build them untTl there was some provision made for the dls J posal cf the sdwttge vhich would come from the houses already buht in the Belding addition and the rest of the north side of the city other than dumping it in tho pond above the dam. He is of the op.nion thai the sewer should be extended' beicw the dam and that the entire north side of the river by connected up with this sewer. A meeting of the health board of the city, so we are told, is to be held to take this matter up and soe just what can be done about it. Mr. Bcldine said that the idea that the company was against the putting in of the sewer was erroneous anj that the company, though owning 23 vacant lots in only one of the two sewer districts, would gladly stand its share of the expense if the sewer will be put in and be put in right emptying into the river below the dam. It has been the policy of Health Officer Litle since he has been holding the office not to allow any more sew ers to empty in the river above the dam and in this he is upheld by the state health board laws. Mr. Belding is anxious to see the north side. Hambrook St., Howard! St., Merrick Ave., Harrison Ave. an Morton Ave., all be properly sewered. But dont want to sec the sewerage emptied into the pond above the dam. In further conversation with Mr. Belding we learn that he has other improvements in mind, which will be of great benefit to the city. Attention Masons All brothers are requested to b& present at the lodge room, Thursday at 1 p. m., to attend the funeral of Brother Clarence Easterbrook. Edwy Webster, S. 7. ' r ' . . ;v W ' ' ' - '