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1. 1 t' r t' 'i 1 4 " 1 , ' f " IONIA COUNTY'S BEST NEWSPAPER THIRTY-FIRST YEAR, NO. 27 BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, NOVEMBER 2G, 1919 TEN PAGES FIVE CENTS THE COPY. r-rT 7TTT? .1 JjLIlL hi; !: j ii II 4 ' BD. OF WHENCE Hi' W INTER ESTII HEE1G DEPOT PLANS ARE "SHOWN AND MANY OTHER MATTERS ARE TOUCHED UPON A meeting of the Board of Commer ce was held last Wednesday evening. Supper was served at 6:30 to a large turn-out of members, and the busi ness meeting followed immediately, A report on the Depot proposition was the opening bomb and -no explo sion has sounded quite so sweet to lo cal men as when Sec'y Brown an nounced that our efforts had finally been crowned with success and the new depot was an assured thing. Blue prints of the new building were shown the plans having been agreed upon by the Railroad administration, Michigan Utilities Commission and Board of Commerce. The building is to'be of brick construction 24 by 76 ft and with other improvements that go along with it. Belding will no longer have to apologize for its R. R. terminal and will have something in keeping with its other splendid improvements. With this work accomplished it was the sentiment of the meeting that the street along the depot block, long a disgrace, should be paved. A series of oratorial fireworks broke out in the meeting at this point, the subjects covered; paving of approaches to city inside the limits (cost of which the state at present pays 75 ), school houses, bonded indebtedness, tax rate revision of Charter and Sewers. The meeting was long on oratory but rather short on. arithematic as ev idenced by some oi the figures pre sented during the arguments. A good wind-up to a good meeting was given when every man was on his feet in favor of the proposed trunk-line sew er for the 1st ward which will give north siders the same living privileges and sanitary conditions now enjoyed by the rest of the city. To Winter In Florida. Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hetherington leave tomorrow, Thursday morning, for a winter's stay at Fruitland Park, Florida, where they will both rest up, the former taking his first real vaca tion in the past thirty-one years and the latter to get a good rest from the care which she has given. Mr. Heth erington during his recent serious ill ness. We, together with their many friends here wish that their sojourn in the south may be full of happi ness and free from all care and that w'hen they return to 'Belding they will be thoroughly rested and in the pink of health's condition. " M. W. A. To Elect Officers The election of officers for the Mo dern Woodmen of America will take place at the .regular meeting of jthe order which will be held on Monday night, December 1. All members are urged to be present at the meeting. The order has been a comfort to many in times past and the assistance which it has given to the afflicted families of some of its members ca!hnot be measured in dollars and cents. Every Woodman in the city should not fail to be present at the meeting, Monday night. Hunters Are Returning Each train coming from the north brings back one or more hunters and on Tuesday, the noon train from the north brought back I. L. Hubbel, Leo pold Krupp, Art McCoy and Ed. Jer sey, the latter three who had been at Kenneth, U. P. They each got adeer but Mr. Hubbel says that he failed to get one, although he got four shots He also said the north woods was lit erally overrun with hunters and that it would not surprise him if the game would be protected by a closed season next year. A College Man's View The "International" is the stock man's school of efficiency Never has there v been a time-when there was such heed of efficient methods in meat production Never has. there been such need of a marshaling of all resources and all forces for production on the farms of the United States. The "In ternational" will impress lessons of economy and efficiency in production of incalculable value. j These lessons will nave a special significance in view of the unusual conditions now exist ing. No man engaged in a great en terprise such as farming and food production, at a time when the best results are vital to the nation's exist ence, cam afford to fail to secure in formation that will add to his efficiency and strengthen the services that he can render. This is the meaning of the t International Live Stock Exposi tion at Chicago the first week in De cember. D00 new Columbia records just ar rived. Miller & Harris Furniture Co. Fletcher, A Communiay Rooster Thomas Brooks Fletcher, the dra matic lecturer, who will appear on the Lyceum course here Wednesray evening, December 3 says "There are are a great many people who need burying and whose funeral expenses the community could well afford to pay but they refuse to accept such generosity, just to be eccentric. When a citizen ceases to be interested in the growth and welfare of the com munity then he belongs to the under taker, and a little oslerizing would not be out of the way." Brooks Fletcher is one of the stars of the lecture platform today. So great is the demand for his lectures that the Red path Bureau, through which he comes here, states, he has not a single open date until September 1920. WILL TIE OP SUNDAY. III. 30 PORTLAND, IONIA AND B ELDING UNITE IN EFFORT TO SE CURE STATISTICS Next Sunday afternoon, members of the different churches of Belding will co-operate ih a home visitation day. They plan to visit every home in the city of Belding that afternoon. About two hundred visitors have been select ed from the various churches, and cards have been printed for the pur pose of making a list of the names of all the citizens of our city with their church preference. Everybody is giv en a cordial invitation to attend tha church of your choice this winter. The visitation is being conducted under the direction of Mr. Fred Washburn on Benton Harbor. Mr. Washburn is a field worker for the Sunday school Association of Michigan and is an ex pert in doing this kind of work. We are, expecting, therefore, a thorough visitation of our homes in the inter est of the church. Mr. Washburn met with the two hundred visitors at the City Hall Wednesday night to give them thorough instructions in their work. At the same time that we are con ducting this visitation, Ionia, and Port land will also do the same, also under the direction of Mr. Washburn. The expense of the visitation will be divid ed equally between the churches of tfie city. Injured Hand On Machine While working at the Dort Motor Car Co. plant Tuesday, November IS Otis Currie, son of H. J. and Hattic Currie, had the misfortune to get lis Lir cauniit Uiueen a uple of trucks, bruising it terribly, causing it to swell and giving him such ex cruciating pain that it threw him into a high fever and delerious, so that they were compelled to have medical aid. Dr. Hollard, the firm'? doctor and surgeon, was called, under whose skill and treatment the young roan is recovering and no doubt will soon be able to resume his labor. West Otisco Farmers Club Our next meeting is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Cronk, Friday, De cember 5th. The dinner is an old .fashioned boiled dinner with every thing good to go with it. Let every member be present as this' is election of officers. The program will be short. Everv member must respond to Roll Call with a quotation or pay a fine. Article on Current Events Mrs. W. B. Travis. Recitation Mrs. Carpenter. Music on the Victrola. Waite Belding Dead News reached this city Monday that Waite Belding, aged about 80 years had died at the home of his nephew in Portland Oregon, Friday and that the body would be brought here for burial. He lived here until about" 15 years ago when Jie'went to Winona, Kansas, where he has since resided with the exception of the last few months of his life which he spent at Portland, Ore. He was a cripple and lived with his sister, Mrs. James Granger while here. The remains are expected here either tonight or tomor row morning and the interment will be in Otisco cemetery. Solve Your Gift Problems with photographs this yar. Now is the time to have them made. Telephone 376 for an appointment DENNIS STUDIO RELIGIOUS CENSUS NOTICE! ' i On Wednesday evening, Dec. 3rd, at 7 p. m., the American Le gion will have a rabbit supper and smoker at the city hall. All soldiers and sailors are re quested to be present. Eevrybody is kindly requested to go hunting and turn your rab bita over to Art Strong not later than Monday night, December Jet S. L. O'CONNOR, Pest Commander -?. Hugd Falca Pest , The Alien Ul ; J JU - I, , i I 1 ' , ' y CEr1lil ARE BUSY WITH PETTY THEFTS THREE OVERCOATS DISAPPEAR FROM CHURCH VESTIBULE AS OWNERS WORSHIP Sneak thieves are busy again and numerous small thefts are reported from time to time all over the city. They range from the theft of clothing off from a line to wood and other prop erty which has been unmarried, un locked or not nailed securely down. The latest theft is reported as be ing committed up in the vestibule of the Free Methodist church, where, while the congregation was in the low er rooms of the church engaged in prayer meeting, some one entered in to the hall entraifce o the church and stole three good overcoats. The theft was not noticed for some time as the prayer service lasted for nearly two hours and the discovery was -made when the people were getting ready to leave for home. The coats were the -property of Frank Owens, foreman in the basket factory, Fred Brown and Milan Rausch. The coats which were owned by Owens and Rausch were used coats which they had had for some time but the coat which was stolen from Fred Brown was a brand new one which he had just purchased and it undoubted ly looked too good for the theif to leave. No clew was left as to the identity of the person or persons guilty of the theft, but an effort is being made to discover them. Daris Markey ' The marriage of Percy Davis, of Ionia and Miss Emma Markey, of this city was solemnized on Monday morning, November 24, at the Cath olic church of'' SS. Peter and Paul, Ionia. Rev. Fr. II. D. McCarthy offl eating. The bride wote a grey silk gown and a corsage of American Beauty roses. The bride's sister, Miss Mal vina Markey, who acted as brides maid, also wore grey silk. A wed ding breakfast was served at the home of the groom's parents, about 40 being served. Among them being some of the bride's many friends from this city where she has been a resident for some time. They will resde in Ionia where the groom has a good position. Local Hunter Kills a Bear John Mahar, jr., returned last week from a hunting trip at Hubbard lake near Alpena. While on the trip he killed a bear in the woods one day and he brought it home. The carcass weighed 120 pounds and prices on meat are not worrying John a great deal so 'long as the bear steak holds out. Raised Mammoth Squash -James Taylor has some big squash on exhibition in the Weter-Wise . Co. store, the largest of which weight 50 pounds. Another one which Mr. Taylor raised weighed 80 pounds. They are of the Ogemaw variety and are' exceptionally large and heavy. They were raised an the John E. Taylor farm, north and west of , the city. - DANCE Friday Evening at the K. of P. hall EVERYBODY COME Classes 7:30 till 9:C0 ' Dancini 6:00 till 1:C0 The old tii "Pep" Is prefixed UPSON BUYS 160 ACRE LEVALLEY LAND TRACT A big deal In land was consumated this week when the D. A. Le Valley holding at Smyrna, of the one hundred and sixty acres was sold by him to Louis u. Upson for a price extending up into the thousands. Since the death of his wife, Mr. Le- Valley concluded to dispose of the valuable piece of property and get rid of the. worry and vexation which it would cause him in looking after the sale of the timber and wood on the place and he interested Mr. Upson in the matter which soon culminated in a closing of the deal. Mr. Upson will at once begin the sale of the timber and wood and also parcel out the land to parties who may be interested in purchasing it. Mr. Upson is to be congratulated on his valuable pur chase. . WOOD FROM " OWNER THREATENS TO "HAVE THE LAW ON EM" AND SET TLEMENT IS REACHED O. W. Bailey and Floyd Bush came near getting into court this week all because on Wednesday of last week they happened to make a mistake in hauling some wood .which they had purchase from Wilson &NCo. from their supply in the woods north of Kiddville and instead got some fuel from off a pile owned by Albert Race on the latter's land. Race noticed the mistake soon af ter it had taken place and notified the men that they would have to settle. They were willing to settle by either paying for the wood or returning it but they could not agree over the quantity of wood taken, Bailey and Bush claiming that they had taken but four and one half cords, while Race declared that seven and one-half cords had been taken and that he would take the matter into court un less they paid for that much wood. Race asked for a warrant in Judge Lapham's court and the justice thot best to. look into the matter before issuing " papers and accordingly on Monday night the principals in the case met at the justice's office and patched up the matter by splitting the difference between thciriselves and paying for the wood, Race throwing off two cords and making the amount of wood taken through error, as five and one-half cords. W. R, C. To Elect Officers The W. R. C. ladies will hold their election of officers on Saturday, De cember 6. We- expect every -member to be present. 500 new Columbia records just ar rived. Miller & Harris Furniture Co. WOODPILE DOUBE F OLIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT Beginning Saturday, December 6, and con tinuing until Christma3, I will have on sale at the Hat Shoppe of Uis3 Georfjina Aselin a line of beau tiful Pictorial Landscapes, framed and unframed. These prirfta are views taken around the Old Home Town and make excellent Christmas Gifts. . x I will cive thia my pcrccnal attention each eveninc: and will bo clad to meet all of my friends. Come in and tea this exhibit whether yen intend pur chasing cr rot. -v ' I will cprreeiato year pztrcr.--3. : Ycura Truly G. P. Kirr.bcr!7. ' ANTHRACITE - NEARLY TAKES TOLL OF FOUR LIVES TIUTCIIER'S FAMILY WAKES IN , TIME TO ESCJAPE DEATH ' BY ASPHYXIATION Gas escaping from a hard coal stove came near claiming the lives of Peter Shindorf, his wife and their two chil dren at their, home on Pleasant street Friday morning, at four o'clock and had it not been for the fact that the gas affected little George Shindorf, the four year old son so that he awoke 'and called 'to the "rest of "the family -the incident might have resulted dif ferently. - Mr. Shindorf thinks that on Thurs day evening when the family retired for the night that they must have shut the stove off before the gas which arises when fresh coal is 11 down on the fire and produces a blue flame, had sufficiently burned off and that it escaped during the night and filled the rooms in the house so that it came near asphyxiating them as they slept. The baby aroused Mrs. Shindorf about four "yclock, Friday morning and in getting up to attend to its wants she was overcome by the fumes and fell to the floor. Mr. Shindorf realizing that something was wrong also got up to assist her and then de tected the smell of gas. He at once opened the the doors and windows in the house and soon had the atmosphei purified but the ill effects of the ga inhalation made them sick throughout the day. The two children did not seem to notice it as much as did Mr. and Mrs. Shindorf. Cburt Of Honor Elects Silk City Court of Honor, No. 592 held their meeting for ejection of offi cers at Mrs. John Bowles, Monday, vNovember 24, 1919. Officers elected were as follows: Past Chan. Fred A. Thompson. Chan. Isreal I. Hubble. Vice-Chan. June E. Bowles. Recorder Mary Edmonds. Chap. Lulu Minier. Con. Libbie Tower. Guard Stanislawa K. Wagoner. Sen. Cardline Ohlinger. Directors Myrtle Hubble, Jeanettie Brown, George King. The next meeting will be on Decem ber 16, at Mrs.- Caroline Ohlinger's. All members requested to be pres ent. ' ' Byrne McCarthy The marriage' of Mr. William J. Byrne and Miss Veronica McCarthy both of Pamejl was solemnized this Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock at SU Patrick's-Catholicchurch at Par nell, Rev. Fr. Culligan, a cousin of the bride officiating. A number of people from this city attended the wedding. Poindexter For President 'Senator Miles Poindexter, of Wash ington, has pushed aside the. "office-seeking-the-man" idea and has come out Unhesitatinclv nnnnunrel himself as a candidate for president, at the dujiic uuju cieany soiling lorm some of his ideas about the policies con nected with the office, according to a circular letter which has reached our desk. As we remember from his rec ord, he never believed in beating around the bush a creat rfpal whn it came to 'giving his ideas' on national maiters. and ir the Republicans go into the campaign of 1920 with Poin. dexter as. their candidate, they will certainly have a strong vote pulling candidate. His candidacy will be eag erly watched by thousands between now and the time of the G. O. P. con vention. ' SILKCOHIY CONSIDERS PLANS OF H BUILDING girls club and recreation HALL BUILDING- 90 x 110 , FEET COMES NEXT Belding Bros. & Co. have under con sideration plans for the erection of a Girls Club and Recreation hall building 00x110 feet in size which will be used by-the young ladies employed in the mills of the city during their leisure time and in which they will bo able to enjoy all the conveniences found in large city buildings of the same na ture, such as gymnasium, swimming Eool, motion pictures and the like.. The uilding may also be open to the pub lic at certain times according to a plan also under consideration. The site for the proposed new buikiing has as yet not been determined on, but it is quite likely to be just to the west of the Alvah N. Belding Memorial library. The new building is the idea and wish of Mr. Alvah N. Belding. who also donated the library building, to the city. For years back Mr. Belding has . been desirous of presenting the city with a building on the order of a gymnasium, where swimming and other recreational "activities could be enjoyed by the people of this city and should the present plans materalize the young ladies oC the .city will find themselves privileged to use and enjoy the comforts and conveniences of a building the equal of which will not be found in any other small city in. the state. Mrs. Emma Case Dead The death of airs. Emma Case, aged 53 years, occurred at" the city hospi tal on Tuesday morning, following a short illness of pneumonia. She was a daughter of Mn.and Mrs. Stillman Luscombe, the former having preced ed her in death, by but three weeks. She was a life long resident of this city having been bom and reared in the Cook's Corners neighborhood. The funeral services will be held from her late home, 803 Alderman street, Fri day afternoon, at 2 o'clockJRev. Curch of the Church of Christ, officiating and burial will be in Otisco cemetery. She was a hard working woman, a good neighbor, a true friend in need and in her death the community feels its great loss. Attends Niece's" Marriage Mrs. Milo Scott went to Grand Rap ids, this Wednesday morning, where she attends themarriage of her niece Miss Irene Bemadette McCue, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCue, former residents of this city, to Mr. Vio James Cole. The ceremony will be performed at St. Alphonsus' Cath olic church in Grand Rapids, on Thanksgiving day morning at 9:00 o'clock. Joseph A. Foor, of Greenville, S. C. was a guest at the home of his sister Mrs. Edgar B. Seelye, of Alderman street, the first meeting between the brother and sister in-more than 27 years. Mr. Foor has been working as a carpenter in Flint during the sum mer and before returning to Green ville, S. C. he decjded he would come up here and visit with his sister. He says that after having tested out a few cold blasts this fall he has a very well formed idea as to what a Mich igan winter would be and that the cotton fields of the south never looked better to him than when he will get back there. Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Ayers and children left XTK.nesday morning for Warwell where they will visit for over Thanksgiving with her parents. DANCING EVERY SATURDAY EVENING BELDING OPERA nOUSE HALE'S BIG ORCHESTRA Special Reduced Prices ? Dancing 8:30 to 12:00 Everybody Welcoae. , HIGH SCHOOL COURSE , . Wednesday, Dec. 3, 8 o'clock Bioohs. Fletcliei, Dramnlfo C:;.":: Rccervci tziU ct Worthy & French's bcrj! , Nccmbcr 29. Adults 5oc: cadres 3li IB QUARTET MID 'BELL RINGERS SECOND NUMBER OF LYCEUM WAS SOMETHING REAL IN ENTERTAINMENT LINE The Dunbar Male Quartet and bell ringers played to an appreciative au dience, Tuesday night at the Metho dist church. . When this number was scheduled to appear on our course, we expected something unusually good, but the program they gave us was good in the superlative degree. The numbers given on the bells were indescribable as nothing can be compared to that type of music. After some of the numbers had be'en given, the feeling throughout the house was so intense that a minute of deep silence prevail ed before the spontaeous applause was heard. The vocal numbers were decidad hits the solos given by Mr. Musch, as well as the quartet numbers. 'Each member of the quartet deser ves special mention; the paper could be filled with their praises, v The business. Manager. Mr. Wood was a Cello artist of real ability and no one could fail to appreciate the musical value of his numbers. The versatile Mr. Musch. captivated his audience with the music he brought from his flute; indeed, it is hard to say just which of his talents will be most remembered. Mr. Murrell Poor, the Baritone, was also a reader of real merit. He brought down the house with his varied im personations ranging from an "Essay on a Duck", containing the richest of humor, to that of the old crony at the corner grocery, who was absolutely satisfied with "just tobacco" and the old lady extolling the virtues of her dead husband "Doodles". Ferhaps Mr. Poor will best be remembered by the .reading first mentioned showing a deep insight into human nature and possession of a t vivid personality that captured the hearts of his audience. Mr. Poor holds a special place in the personnel of the company. Mentionrne Mr. Howard Becket, last is no criterion that his talents were any where near the least pleasing. The program would have been very in complete with out the brilliant young pianist. He proved to be on excellent accompanist, as' well as pleasing his audience with his niano solos. Altogether thc'plensincr personality of the players, combined with" their very real talents wil! cause the Dun bar Male Quartet and Bell Ringers to be longjmembered in Belding, ". . Shoot Tame Rabbits George Ravell. the genial proprietor of Ravell's Mills and owner of the farm there has found it necessary to post his farm against hunters as they are shooting off all his tame rabbits. George had a lo.t of rabbits which he has" raised and finally let run loose andthey look like legitimate game to the many hunters who come up there and the rabbits suffer acenrdiner lv. From now on hunters will find the Ravel farm well posted with "No Hunting signs warning them to let the rabbits alone. Raises Fine Crop Of Celery ' Fred Van Wickle is peddling out a lot of fine quality celery which he raise the past year on his property near the river in the west part of the city. Fred says that had it net been for the early frost he would have1 had a lot more. He is planning on going down in the Cornell flats next year ana raising a still larger crop. The, crop which he just harvested amount ed to more than 3,000 bunches. - W. C T. U. Ladies To Meet Regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. at Mrs. W. D. Fond's home Friday af ternoon, November 28. A Thanks giving prograw. Mrs. Henry Fried ly, leader. In A Busy Man ' Thomas Brooks Fletcher, lecturer, who will bo heard here in the Lyceum course Wednesdty, December 3, in the eveninc lectures two hundred nights a year, writes editorials for his daily newspaper, The Marion, Tribune, takes care of a pile of cor respondence, is on the board of dir ectors of the Chautauqua or his home city, is a member of the Marion Club of Business and Professional men, and a booster at large for his home town, flc recently resigned from th? board of directors of the Chamber of Com merce of Marion on account of .having to be away from home nearly all year. Fletcher has worn out one typwriter and now has another which he uses on the trains ancfin his roomat the ho tels from morning until night, ne says that the only way to be happy is to be busy Attention All members I. O. O. F. 1st Degree Silk City Lodge No. 447 are request ed to be present at the hall, Friday evening November 28th to practice to go to Grand Rapids, Monday night to confer the 1st Degree on a class ,of candidates in lodge No. 11. Captain. EXPECTATIONS