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EJRNEWS IONIA COUNTY'S BEST NEWSPAPER THIRTY-FIRST YEAR, NO. 39 BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 18, 1920 TEN PAGES FIVE CENTS THE COPY. THE BEL OUR DAY WITH 'HEM IN. TOSSES AT lil MOTLEY GROUP OF PEOPLE AUE CALLED TO GIVE TESTIMONY, IN ELECTION SCANDAL CASE. The writer put in his day with the .Newberry witnesses at Grand Rap ids, Friday and sat in with the mot ley croup of men and women who had been called from all over the state and eastern part of the nation to give their testimony in the New berry senatorial election case, a mat ter which, whether the more than 12Q defendants are found guilty or not, will go down in history as. one of the biggest schemes of its kind ever re corded. Everybody smiles when they think of, or hear the Newberry case men tioned. It is treated as a joke by ninety-nine people out of every one hun dred except the defendants. Even the witnesses treat the case as a joke until they reach the witness room and start on the long wait to hear their names called as the next one to take the stand. After waiting for several' days the funny part leaves and it takes on a more serious aspect when it is realized that the witnesses may be called on to wait several days, a week, or a month longer. The office force here treated ;t as a big joke and gave the writer the , merry ha-ha, when he walked into the office on Tuesday morning, of last week and made the acquaintance of a deputy United States Marshal, who had come up from Grand Rapids for the purpose of serving a witness-for-the-government subpoena on us to get out testimony in the case. The pa pers stated that we were wanted at the U. S. marshal's office, Friday, the thirteenth of February at nine o'clock in the morning and accordingly, we were there shortly after the appoint ed time. We reached the marshal's office at about 9:30 and were at once taken to the registration room, then given a preliminary examination and then taken to the witness room, where we were told we would soon be called and taken in the court room and placed on the stand. A great many others were there, some from the very further most parts of the state, both north and south and some from , Indiana, New York and other states. Some of them had been there all week and had not been called as yet. They were a, dis- gnmted bunch, both men and the few women who were there and what they thought of anyone responsible, for getting them there and holding "them there, so long, was aplenty. While they cussed and criticized quite open ly, they eased up on the talk when ever any of the numerous officials in the building came around. There were, roughly speaking, three different classes of people there who were waiting to testify. The first class was the largest and was made up of newspaper men and women, the second class was made up of doctors, lawyers and other professional men. The third class was composed of poli ticians and their heelers men who were always looking for a chance to get in on any kind of a political scheme, such as passing a petition, (passing out cards, getting out the voters, etc., lor which work they re. ceived as compensation any financial crumb which the politicians, the men higher up, were willing to pass out. .As a rule these fellows looked dissi pated and tough. They got by them selves in a comer and wondered when they would be called. Occasionally one of them would solicit a chew of tobacco from the rest of the party and as a rule would get a cigar or a pipe full of tobacco from some one of the other two classes in the room. One of these dissipated looking cusses bewailed his fate more than the rest. He said he had received $5.00 for pas. sing out some Newberry cards and that in consequence he had been up before the grand jury and on the pres ent trip had been there all week. He said it cost him about $4.00 per day to live and that he got $1.50 per day for his time while in Grand Rapids. He said he had already lost about $58 in watres as a result of taking the little $5.00 for passing out the cards. He declared by all that was great and good that he would never engage in anything political in the future. Another man, who looked perfectly wretched, as if he were in constant pain and as if he. had never had a pleasant thought in his entire exis tance sat there and cursed his fate fj- from its start right down to date. 'Vt While he was talking a deputy United States marshal came into the room and took him out in the hall and serv ed another paper on him. The man came back in and told us of his added trouble. He had planned on going back home, after he was through as a witness in the Newberry case, but his plans had been shattered as the paper had been a summons for him to appear in a Monroe court and tell what he knew ofa certain shipment of GOO quarts of liquor being brought from Toledo into Detroit. He explain ed his connection with the case by saying that he was in Toledo and that as he was about to start for home a man met him and asked him if he cared to rido through with a truck load of baled hay. He accepted the ofTer and when they had crossed the state line the officers started in pur suit of them. He jumped from the truck, and sought refuge in behind (Continued from Fage Four) Taxpayers Notice. All taxes not paid on or before Feb. 28 will be turned over to the Co. tcasurer. Office will be open afternoons, Sat urday nights and pay nights the rest of the month. J. B. Essex, City Treas. Feb 25 Bitten By Rabid Dog Frank Smith, of east Division street who was bitten by a dog while at Ionia recently, is now at Ann Arbor, where he was sent after it was deter mined that the dog which bit him was suffering from rabies . According to a letter which Mr. Smith wrote Mon day ho was able to set up in his bed in the hospital this Wednesday and thought that he would be able to come home Saturday. Mr. Smith was at tending the funeral of a relative at Ionia and the automobiles in the fu neral procession became stuck in the snow and he was engaged in helping shovel them out when a dog raced up to him. In attempting to frighten the animal away it made a lunge at him and "sank ten teeth into his leg. The animal was killed and its head sent to Ann Arbor and it was found to be suffering with rabies. Mr. Smith also went to Ann Arbor immediately after yard for treatment POPMlESf ESTATE DEALER IS CLAIMED BY DEATH OPERATION WAS PERFORMED IN HOPES OF SAVING YOUNG LIFE WAS UNSSUCCEFUL W. Ernest Little, aged 34 years and d popular real estate man of this city died at the Belding hospital 'Friday night at 11 o'clock folowing an ill ness caused by some obstruction in the intestines and an operation which it was hoped would benefit him and allow him to regain his health. Mr. Little had been engaged in real estate and insurance work in this city for a number of years and at the time of his death had charge of the real estate department of Sandell's Commercial Bank and was looked upon as a val uable and trustworthy assistant, by Mr. Sandell, who feels his loss keenly. W. ERNEST LITTLE Mr. Little was of a genial disposi tion and had the faculty of being able to make friends where ever he hap pened to go or come in contact with people. To know him was to like him and it is scarcely possible to realize that the good natured friend whom we knew- and liked will be writh us no more in this life. His funeral was heH from the Free Metheodist church, Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Haywood officiat ing and interment was held in River Ridge cemetery. He leaves to mourn their loss, his devoted wife, five children, his par ents and two brothers and a sister. Rosswell Miller Dies of Pneumonia Rosswcll (Bob) Miller, answered the final call at seven o'clock, Thursday evening, February 12. Since he has been in Belding he has made his home with Mrs. Sweet on Little Ave. and seemed like one of the family. He leaves two sisters, one in Dakota and Mrs. Anna Wilde, of Detroit. The latter and her brother had been apart since childhood until after the war was over and Mr. Miller had returned from active service; The funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Sweet on Friday afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. Rook officiating. Interment was made in River Ridge cemetery. Bob Miller, as he was familiarly called, possessed a sunny disposition and was loved by all who knew him. The people whom he made his frieids while in Belding mourn the loss of a read comrade. KEEN TOWNSHIP FARMER GOES VIOLENTLY INSANE Frank Carr, a prominent and highly respected resident of Kcene township went violently insane at his home Monday morning and it required the efforts of several neighbors to place him under control. The sheriff's office at Ionia was called but it was with difficulty that deputies were secured who could make the trip to Keene, which necessitated an auto ride to Saranac and a trip from there to the Carr home by sleighs, the roads being impassable for autos. In. the mean time Mr. Carr was bound to a chair to prevent him from injuring himself or others. Sheriff Hopough, of Ionia, who has been confined to the house with flu since last Thursday, could not get out. Deputy Marquette was ill at home. Deputy Kirsheman was finally located and with Rov Burger started on the trip and took Mr. Carr to Ionia for safe keeping. Nearly a Quarter Century "Uncle" Billv Sandell, of the Com. mercial Bank, has a pretty good adv. in this issue. lie calls attention to the fact that his bank has been estab lished nearly twenty-five years. " N. r- ' ; 0- ' ' . . '" - - ' ,." 'MB, - . '. i f I CITY OFFICIAL III LOCAL CEMETERY MICHAEL Y. GEPIIART DIED AT DAUGHTER'S HOME AFTER THREE WEEKS ILLNESS The remains of Michael Y. Gephart aged 76 years who died at the home of his daughter in Highland Park, on Thursday, February 12, after an ill ness which had extended itself over a pericc of three wttks, arrived in th;a city Friday night und were taken to the old home wlere he had lived for so lor g in Ins c.'ty and whica is now occupied by Rev. B. F. William? and family. The funeral was hell on Sat urday afternoon at one o'clock from the house with Rev Rooke, of thc Congregational church officiating at-d burial was in River Ridge cemetery. Mr. Gephart came to this city from Lakeview more than twenty years ago. He and his family soon had many warm friends among the people of the community and he was a very popular man amoung ; the men with whom he worked. He was employed at local factory work for a number of years and after a time it was pro posed to run"Gep" as he was famil iarity called for the office of city treasurer. Accordingly Mr. Gephart's name was presented for nomination Familiar Character is Dead Charles Adelbert Drake, aged CO years, died at his home on Ruby street Tuesday morning at four o'clock fol lowing a lingering illness caused by cancer of the liver to which was later added jaundice, the complication caus ing his death. Mr. Drake was a fa miliar, and well known figure around the city and was an expert landscape gardner and took especial pride in grading lawns and the like. He leaves his widow and a half sister, Mrs. Geo. Shuman,' of Laingsburg. Funeral ser vices will be held Thursday afternoon from the house. Rev. P. Ray Norton officiating and interment will be in the old cemetery. , Plans to Put in Filling Station A gentleman from a Grand Rapids oil firms was in the city on Saturday of last week and was looking over the city with a view of finding a suitable and convenient site for the erection of a public automobile filling station like those which they have in other cities, lie was unable to . see the parties whom he wished to interview and stated that he would soon return and in case he could make satisfactory ar rangements his company would put in the station pust as soon as the spring work could be opened up. Broke Leg In Bad Fall While on her way down town Mon day afternoon at about 4:30 o'clock, Mrs. W. A. Biss, wife of Rev. W. A. Biss of the Baptist church, took a bad fall and in so doing received a frac ture of the small bone in her right leg close to the ankle. She was im mediately taken to her home and Dr. M. M. Hansen called who made her as comfortable as possible. A late call at the Biss home is authority for the statement that Mrs. Biss' condition is improving as well as can be expected. Ground Floor Plan of Proposed New First Ward School Building J-PROPOSED- NE.V'ELLI5-SCHOOL-FOrVTHE LX)Ar-OF EDUCATION BELDIG'MLQUGAU D per niN3 re Wc herewith show the floor plan of the proposed Ward school buildings to bo erected on the present sites of the Ellis and Second Ward schools if the bonding proposition carries. This plan has been adopted after careful study of school buildings and the gen eral building situation. It provides for a kindergarten and seven regular tion grade rooms 24x32 with perfect light, ventilation and an enlarged cen tral hall for physical training which the law now requires. We have se lected the one story plan, first, be cause chances for disaster from fire and in the election he received a hand some majority of the total vote cast. He held the office twoyears the limit allowed by law and then retired from it. ' He was also engaged for a time in the grocery business in the city and for a time conducted the daily news paper pgency here. For the past few years he, had been taking life easier MICHAEL Y. GEPIIART and last- Mhy he and Mrs. Gephart went to the home of their daughter, Mrs. C. W. Brakeman, at . St. Clair, this state and it was while there on this indefinite vacation that he was stricken and died. Mr. Gephart saw service in the Civil (Continued on Pago Five) Schoenborn Laux The marriage of Robert Schoenborn of Wright, and Miss Lillian Laux, a daughter of J. P Laux, of the Miri am settlemenC, took place at St. Mary's Catholic church, Miriam, Tues day morning at nine o'clock, Rev. Fr. John A. Klick officiating. The happy young couple have the congratulations and well wishes of a host of friends in their journey through life. Invitation To Lenten Services Lent began today and the Lenten services which are to be held at St. Joseph's Catholic church every Wed nesday and Friday evening are open to all and the sincere publicjs invited to them, according to word which we have from Fr. Klick, the local pastor. The Wednesday night sermons will be taken from the seven words on the cross, spoken by our Savior while he hung there and will be interesting. Your are invited to hear them. Barney RaceBurjed - Tho remains of Blrrney Race, men tion of whose sudden death was made in our last week's issue, were buried Friday afternoon, following the fu neral which was held at two o'clock. Rev. II. E. Curch officiating, in the old cemetery. Mr. Race was 79 years of age, a veteran of the Civil war and had been a resident of this vicinity practically all his life, having come here when he was three years old. Local Masons at Grand Rapids Twenty-two of the local Masonic brothers went to Grand Rapids Mon day and took in some of the consistory work which was being put on in that city. A class of C47 was initiated into the mysteries of the order and a big time was had. Most of the local men returned home on Wednesday morn ing. 140-0" TLOOR PLAN 5CALt '. I-O nowv and Hamilton architect's or panic is eliminated, toilets right on the ground level. Secondly because with skylights we can have perfect lighting conditions and Thirdly be cause the one story building can ge built for at least 20 per cent less On approval of the bonding propo sition the board plans to immediately start " operations for the Ellis school as that building must be built this summer. Our schools . are crowded rrom first grade to High school and we must face the fact that these con, ditions must be relieved right away. The board after much consideration cannot see its way clear to recom I jo ROOM ; LI OOMi' LI o rtoo:u o.rCis 1 1 g4Y'f a55y3. upon', ' T0,L 1 TOILET ' Ltr,-i. Epi 'l'"' ' ' 1' r -, LEli- - j - jll jJVt3T" COR.RIDOR. I SOCIAL MALL CORRIDOR. VtJT T 2 fjTf i ' fry;. i r . J I -t . ,,, ! ,,, .f fTiP I tkf"t 7 r1 j- sroRtRM !. f n ;rcom! n J rooIa I f v y I vutoi: I I I i, . AT FIVE MEN ARE PUT TO WORK TUESDAY MORNING AND THE WORK WILL BE RUSHED Mr. Alfred J. Jackson, president of the Jacquet Motors Corporation, of America and Mr. L. W. Wilson, the company's general manager, ar rived in the city on Monday night and on Tuesday morning were busy at work taking care of the accumulation of work which had gathered here since they left here two weeks ago to complete their organization. A sad feature of the completing of the or ganization was that their attorney, a Mr. Ford, of Battle Creek, died two days after Mr. Jackson reached that city and before the papers had been com Dieted. Five men were placed at work in the company's plant on Tuesday and it is predicted that more will be add ed from time to time as the stock for the manufacture of the machines ar rives until nearly 100 men will be em ployed. Mr. Jackson stated that they were in hopes of turning out their first finished machine about the 15th of March, but this is entirely con jectural owing to the fact that mater ( Continued on page four) Sounds Like The Old Days A saw mill outfit located north and west of the depot is making a lot of noise and sounds like those heard in the early days of this town when the place had a first class reputation as a saw mill and lumbering city. The outfit is owned by Dey Richmond and is capable of turning out in the neigh borhood of five and six thousand feet of lumber, per day. At present the sawyers are engaged in cutting up a lot of pine loge for Elmer Bowen, which the latter purchased in the trees from Mrs. Wm. Aubill and which stood around the lake on the Aubill farm. Considerable other custom work is also on hand and the chances are that the mill will be kept busy until late this spring. While sawing Satur-. day morning the saw struck a number of nails which had been driven 'into the tree at a time in the past and had been grown over with wood so .that they could not be noticed. This acci dent put the saw. in such shape that it was necessary to stop and refit it be fore they will be able to go ahead with the sawing which will perhaps be the latter part of this yeek. Former Parnell Resident Dead Sister Avellino, aged 63, for 43 years prominent in teaching in vari ous parts of the country, and who be fore taking the veil was Elizabeth Kt-ena, of Parnell, is dead in Fresno, California, according to word received by a sister, Mrs.Garret J. Doyle, 34U Straight Ave, Grand Rapids. Sister Avellino was one of the 600 educators called to the Washington conference last year. She was born near Parnell and joined the sisters of the Holy Cross at Notre Dame when but 16 years og age. Surviving are three sisters, Julia, and Margaret Keeena and Mrs. Doyle, of Grand Rapids and two brothers, John and James Keena. of near Parnell. Burial was at Fres no, California. ft flRUARY . ,fZO mend another makeshift building pro gram that only spends tho taxpayers money withouct gaining on the crowded conditions. These two build ings will relieve the situation at Cen tral by transfering much of the grade work to the two ward buildings, and no matter how much the city grows these new buildings will cover the purpose for which they are erected.. Any member of the' school board will be pleased to answer any ques tions that citizens maw care to ask. Vote at City hall, February 26, 5 p. m. to 8 p. m. Board of Education. Held Funeral At Late Hour The funeral of the late Mrs. Albert Race was held Saturday evening at seven o'clock end burial was in River Ridge cemetery. Rev. McKnight of the Reorganized church of the Latter Pay Saints, officiated at the funeral. Ovvinrr to the fi-t t!iat reht!,os from Ohio were expeccd hcra to attend the funcval it was i -Jef nif uly postponed until after their arrival. When Sat urday night arrived and the last train on which the relatives might have reached this city had come it wag de cided that the burial should take place at once and accordingly the funeral was held at the unusually late hour of seven o'clock in the evening. Little Miss Mary Race, the dead Woman's ten year old daughter who was cri tically ill at the hospital is slowy get ting better, but has yet not been told of her mother's death and the child thinks it strange that she never sees her mother at her bedside. CELEBRATES HIS THIRTEEN YEARS OF A. M. HALL, OF MILLER & HAR RIS FURNITURE CO. HAS BUILT UP BIG BUSINESS Miller & Harris are this week ceU ebrating the, thirteenth anniversary of their establishment and opening here and by way of celebrating in proper 3tyle have a full page adver tisement in this issue of the paper in which they list some of the bargains in furniture and other goods carried in their stock especially for this event. It was just thirteen years ago on February 15, that A. M. (Bert) Hall landed in Belding and decided to stay here and open up a furniture store for the Miller & Harris Furniture Co. of which he was one of the main stockholders. "I hit it about right ADELBERT M. HALL and did not make any mistake and have a lot of faith in the old town yet" said Mr. Hall wnen interviewed regarding the event by a reporter for the Banher-News and then he told us of a few things which had to do' with the development of their business since it was started. When he came here he rented the store where the firm is now quartered After a short time more room was needed and a second floor was erected in the rear end of the store. A fw years later it became apparent that more room was needed and when thr new Bolding block was erected, the concern rented both floors of the building. They now have more than three times the floor space which they found necessary to pecupy when they started. Mr. Hall has as assistants in the conducting of th.ebusiness Mr. Ben. L. Friedly, a veteran furniture man and undertaker of this city and Mr. A. L. Cichy, who since being dis charged from the service has been with the firm in the capacity as sales man, a position which he has filled with credit to himself and the firm al so. You can go in there and meet any or all of them and you will meet a bunch of good fellows who are at all times ready to render you courteous service in dealing with you and in case you are not in the market for anything at the time, you will be invited to set down in one of the many easy chairs and hear some of the latest phono graphs records the store having be come recognized as the leading pho nograph headquarters in this sec tion of the state. In addition to his business activities Mr. Hall has been twice selected by the people of this city and honored with the office of mayor and be it said to his credit that he was a real live active mayor all the time that he held office. He has also been selected as one of the members of the hoard of education, having served on that body for a number of years and at pres ent being treasurer of the district. Thirteen years is quite a span of years, but we hope that Mr. Hall will bo able to conduct his business here for three times thirteen 'ears and then some and that it will continue to grow in the future in the same propor" tion that it has in the past. This we think has been done largely; and can be done in the future by weekly insertions of full and half page ad vertisements such as the Miller & Harris Furniture Co. are running this week and which we invite you to turn to and read on page eight. District Supt To Speak Here f Rev. W. H. Phelps, district superin tendent for the Lansing district will speak priday night in the M. E. church at 7:30 o'clock. The reception for Miss Edna Pino, following Mr. Phelps' address. r 1 11 f FlIJEfi Sflll 1111,1 HEAD IS TAKEN BY DEATH DR. A. B. SPINNEY DIES AT IONIA WHERE HE HAS SPENT PAST FEW YEARS Dr. Andrew B. Spinney, aged 84 years and one of the last, if not the very last of the old time traveling doctors of the state, died at his home in Ionia, Friday, where he had been living for the past two years after having, given up his practice owing to tho infirmities of old age which began to creep in and take possession of him. Dr. Spinney was perhaps at one time the best known physician in the state, having traveled extensively " throughout his younger and more act ive days and had perhaps visited practically every known city, town or hamlet in Michigan and had at one time built up a considerable transient business in his line. In the earlier days he advertised extensively and when he arrived at a place for a reg ular stop, he wa always awaited by a crowd of patients who had gathered there for treatment. , Following his traveling for many years, Dr. Spinney operated a sanitar ium at Reed City. After this burned he came to this city and purchased the old hotel at Cooks Corners and operated his sanitarium there until that also burned. He then went to Smyrna and established himself in the old hotel building. there and final ly gave up the business and went over to Ionia, apparently to await the end. While residing at Cooks Corners and operating the sanitarium there, Dr. Spinney's wife died and some time after he married again. Dr. Spinney ran across most of his patients while away on his traveling trips and sent them to his sanitarium for treatment He usualy spent his time away from home and left his institution in charge of some physi cian whom he could get to come and run a place of that kind. The cases were as a rule of a venereal or con finement nature and several investi gations resulted from time to time as a result of complaints which were made against the way the inmates in the institution were treated com plaints being made both by the peo ple living in the neighborhood and sometimes by the inmates themselves. The sanitariums as conducted, were not considered as a desirable asset and as a rule it was with a feeling of satisfaction that the people of a com munity heard that the doctor and his rather notorious institution were go ing to move from the vicinity, owing to a fire having burned them out or for some other cause. - The writer remembers several in vestigations which were made into the affairs of the Spinney sanitarium and while nothing was ever done in any of the cases, still the notoriety which the physician and his staff of assistants received through the affair was unwelcome and served to detract from any popularity or good will which they may have held in the community before that time. We remember one case In particular where , a young girl had gone to the institution and was required to work at certain labor in the place until her bill was paid. While there the at tending and head Physician tried to get the young girl-mother to give her baby away. With a true mother love she refused and trouble arose between her and the chief physician and the young girl invariablv got the worst of the argument. Harvey Simmons nad some distant relative being treated at the sanitarum for an in jury which he had sustained to his head some years ago and he saw much of what was going on and when Har vey visited his cousin the latter told him of the case and of how the girl was being treated by those over her. Just how she left the hospital was not known but the next morning she was safe with her baby in the Har vey Simmons home in this city, with Mr. and Mrs. Simmons playing the uood Smaritan to herself and child. The shrewd physician over at the san itarium ferreted her hiding place out and because she had taken a blanket which really belonged to the hospital with her in which to wrap her babv when she left, she was charged with theft of goods valued at a great deal more than the rag which she had tak en could possibly have been appraised at. .The court, after hearine th evi dence in. the case dismissed it and gave the Physician the ragtred blank et back. It ws hncrhablp to see him take the parctically worthless stuff and carefully pack and fold it and take it bck with him. Local people who had become interested in the girl took pity on her and raised a sum of money and after getting her some clothes, bought her a railroad ticke to her home in the southern part of the state and the last report which rame from hor was she wa married had a fine home and was 1he proud and haripy mother of several children. Dr. Spinney's funeral was held Saf. urday afternoon At- two o'clock. It was privateand burial was in High land Park cemetery. Ho is survived by his wK and two children, a son, living at Alto, and a daughter, living at home. Dancing Party Next Big Dance will be given in the Hubbell Hall, Belding on Friday evening, February 27, by Hale's or chestra in case the "flu" clears up.