IONIA COUNTY'S BEST 1 NEWSPAPER
THIRTY-THIRD YEAR, NO. 42
BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 1922
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FIVE CENTS THE COPY.
, WARNER WILL
SHOW UP STfiBNG
IONIA PARTIES INTERESTED IN
DEFEATING LOCAL CANDI
DATE FOR LEGISLATURE
WELL KNOWN PIONEER
RESIDENT IS DEAD
The many friends of Mrs. Henry
Skellenger were pained to learn of
her death on Saturday afternoon at
5:S0 o'clock, at her home, just north
and west of the city, after an illness
of a little more than two weeks dur
ation during which time all possible
vas done in an effort to save this
dear and good woman's life.
Shortly after Fred L. Warner, of
this city had announced his intention
of again entering the race for the
..nomination and election to the state
legislature, an Ionia paper came out
with the announcement that strong '
influence from sources in Ionia
would be brought to bear in the cam-,
naign with a view to defeating Mr.
Warner, who has been a member of;
the legislature for some time and
who last year won in the race for
the speakership. j
Friends of Mr. Warner in this city j
say that his chances for the nomi-;
nation and election are good and that !
in case he wins the election, he will j
undoubtedly be selected a3 speaker
of the house at the next session of ;
the legislature. They say that the
opposition hinted at by.ttie Ionia pa-1
per comes from a certain politician .
at the county seat who desired to
name the men on certain important '
committees and whose wrath was .
somewhat aroused when Speaker
Warner Dlaved fair and square and
named men of his own selection and.
with due regard for their fitness and .
other qualifications taken into con
sideration on the committees. Fol
lowing this, this same party was
peeved several other times over the
way certain legislation was handled
and having an axe to grind, laid the
whole thing up against our local man
and determined to get his scalp when
election rolled around
ner's friends say that
ceived many letters froni
all parts of the country
U. S. PRESENTS
FAMOUS MUSICAL ARTIST AND
WIFE TO APPEAR BEFORE
Help Fill Monument Park
nriii nun nnmrn
Will all those people who have if 11 liUh YU III.
Willi I III W w w
rubbish and surplus dirt to haul away.
please cooperate ana neip nu in we
proposed new Monument park just
northeast of the depot crossing by
dumping their rubbish and dirt there
A lot of money v. ill have to be spent i'
before the place will-be tin beauty:
snnt which it is hoped.to.be trans
formed into and everyone can help . .
by doing what they can' to filUit up.! AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY COM-
, i MENDED FOR EFFORT TO ,
Young Couple Wed
. Miss Grace Antonsen and Benja
min K Longan, both well known in
this city, surprised their friends on
Saturday night by slipping quietly
out of town to Trufant and- 'were
married. The bride and groom are
popular among - the younger people,
and neither of the young couple in
formed their parents of the event
until a few minutes before the cere
mony took place so it was a big sur
prise for everybody. Their. . many
friends wish them a happy and pros
Again the local High school is. in
strumental in bringing to the music
lovers of Belding, a musbal program
of unusual worth. On Friday, March
17, it will present the Skovgaards in
a violin and piano recital- at the
Church of Christ. ,
Axel Skovgaard began playing the
violin at the. age of five. . For some TEACm:KS ATT1jNi
yi-ars iiu was me juvuuic iju wi
! Joseph Joachim, the "King of Vio
linists . From his twelfth year he
has made concert tours through the
Scandinavian countries, lielgium, j it oieVf,ns y. L. Cray ar.d II
1 Conslieiin he large number of,
i important improvements that have
i been made, the latest sharp reduc
tions . in the prices of Dodge Bros,
'motor car actually bring them down
I below, the pre-war level, according!
.o Willard Johnson, the local dealer, j
To substantiate his contention he .
pointed first to the car and then to'
MRS. MARY SKELLENGER
i wi,!.u Wmp nf lhpsp i mnrnvpmc nts
WHICH GOVERNS .COMING ..VGle iisted
ATHLETIC EVENTS ! "The automotive industry deserves
.j a lot of credit for the way it is go
ing after the price question, said
Germany Holland and England. lie jwhealc, wer e rn, Ionia Saturday &od
made his first appearance m A mon- attending meeting of the Ionia PtffevJ
ca as a soloist with the New lork county athletic board, at which time t t th j d
Symphony orchestra Later he made . fln? ,ace th date3 0t the annua J, aref ncturerfanl re
an extended tour . through the. Unit- fieW meet, the various baseball tailerg in all other Hnea had takcn a
ed' States and Canada, appearing in pames 'and ether county school ath- simiiar attitude the public would
Carnegie ha'l, New York; in Boston letic contests were to be held. yiaye bcen disaDused of the profiteer
Symphony Society hall; in Chicago,; The real-big day of the year in inR idea onff ago and buying would
Montreal, Toronto aifd many other athletic contests will be the annual have een back on a normal basis
important musical centers. He is Filed meet at Ionia and th:s event mucn 80Oner. I know the public ap
a mature musician, and plays with! will be held this year on "Saturday, preciates this, from the way auto
an emotional intensity that satisfies ' June 3. At this time the different mobiles are selling.,
the critic and reaches the heart of schools in the country will meet and j ran across an editorial the
oil I contest for the various cup3 and other day which expressed my opin
Th vmlin nn which Skoveaard medals which are to be off ere 1 as jrn exactly. It was in the Denver J
plays is a genuine Stradivarius j prizes. A special ncl medal, or Times. I pm cuue sure that your
which was kept in
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! Fined For Accosting Women
Elmer Mulnix and Lyle Wolverton,
two young men giving their residence
as Icnia were taken into custody on
Saturday night by officers Cook and
Corey and were charged with accost
ing girls on the long walk. They
were released upon their -promise to
appear here in court Monday. morn-
ing, which they did, pleading guilty
to the charge before Justice Reed
and each received a fine of $10 and
costs of $4.25.
Warner their support and that this , reai nioneers of this section of the
would indicate that thcopposition is j country and had lived here -practi-
a one-lunged rule or ruin auair on , cally all her life. Only last sum
the Dart oi some ieuow aown in lonm i mer she. together
N who couldn't have his own sweet way ! Henrv Skelleneer
. in the selection and appointment of j colden anniversary
the members of legislative commit-; and to all appearances
tees. to be good to celebrate, In1 due time,
the diamond anniversary. No one
entered into the joyful spirit of the
occasion more than did Mrs. Skel
lenger and to those who were pres
ent at that time, the news of her
death will seem doubly sad
Mrs. Skellenger was 69 years of
age and until about three weeks ago
Rad been in her usual good health
and seemed to be good for many ' iiv for 200 vears before
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oT. ;ii .?v; ;?l"e SZTJlt", ' Included intoA re Ionia, He:- "The, .automobile industry has
heroic methods of restoring
d has c": "prices until
ttle short of irresistible.
Continued on Diire live)
Alice McCIung' Skovgaard, pianist , -
who will appear with her husband is j Thc ha'sketbi!! cham-ionsh p fst- O. R S. Diked Goods Sale
rn accompanist and solo performer- . -n i ni..cd off ?t Iorra en The ladles of the O. E. S: will hold
CAPACITY AUDIENCE WILL BE
APPRECIATED BY AND
HELP BAND BOYS
MEMORIAL PARK, DIRTY AL
LEYS, FREIGHT AND PHONE
RATES ARE DISCUSSED
. cnnrump. Thpndnre Thomas, the fa- iq Vn cfii1n'o fn tho hikpH foods sale on SaturdAV.
celebrated"8 the!mous conductor, of Chicago, consid-1 t nnia (htrmpionshfo ' games were t March 11, r; Skellenger's grocery
of their marriage ers her a rnusical wonaer. ane win . icft t(( Henry J. Wheater oi tnis ci- yew yom iu a. m. unui everyming
-u .Mn add ereatlv to ine projfrarn. tv and vv. wooa. oi'ionia. a num. a tu uuv i us. 9
When asked by a reporter of the
Banner-News regarding the fight
which he would put up and what he
thought his opposition would be, Mr.
Warner merely said ."You just wait
and see', but his friends say that he
has p!entv of ammunition and that if
it is a fight the other fellow wants, late home Tuesday afternoon at one
Fred will be able to hold his own and o'clock, Rev. H. S. Ellis, officiating
they are confident of his success. and burial was in Smyrna cemetery.
At any rate the chances are that Surviving are the husband, two
if the expected opposition develops, sons, Andrew and Ross and a daugh-
as promised, we'll see some fight in ter, Mrs. Jonn aienney.
the primaries and subsequent election.
tf) The program for March 11 will be
Roll call. Topic Would it be adv'.s
nb.'e to -ir7e gasoline tax f.r-roadx,
led by 2r"n.s Checkering, followed
by discussion; reading by Miss Eli
zabeth Frown; topic What am I
" planning for tie garden this spring?
general f.iseur.sion by all; recitation
by Nellie Ross; song by the Grange;
In order to provide ; atmosphere
for this concert, the management has ,
engaged the Church of Christ fori
the occasion. This church has been
newly decorated and lighted and will
provide a fitting place for this ar
tistic performance. This church
Funeral services were held at her will seat 285 people only, and you
are advised to reserve your seats ;
In spite of the very high value of!
the concert, very reasonable prices
wiU be charged: 25c for school- pu-,
pils; 50c for others. Reserved seats
are now on saie at yvonieys at iuc
Ionia Pastor Resigns
Rev. E. E. Branch, for many years
pastor of the Ionia Baptist church,
has handed in his resignation, the
same to take effect on June l. Be
sides being pastor of the church, Mr.
Branch has also been connected with
the Ionia Building & Loan Associa
tion in the capacity as secretary,
practically all of the 17 years of
his residence in the county seat city.
March 10 Musical concert in M.
E. church by Belding band.
March 14 Lecture on Chiroprac
tic M. E. Church, 8 o'clock.
March 17 Skovgaard, violinist.
April 6 Herbert Leon Cope, hu
morist. Bring in your other dates for the
April 14 High school carnival at
High school auditorium.
March 20 Board of Commerce
supper with Edmund E. Gunther, of
Ann Arbor, speaker on "How to
make Belding More Beautiful".
March 21 Panrnt-Teacher meeting
at High school auditorium, Miss Pratt
home demonstration agent of M. A.
C. will speak.
Oct. 17-18 Home talent play at
Opera. House, by Ladies Social Cir
cle of Congregational church.
Maccabees Hold Banquet
A banquet was given by the Mac
cabees in their hall, Wednesday ev
ening at 8:00 o'clock. Good talks
on lodge subjects were given. Dep
uty A. A. Throop,.of Grand Rapids,
gave a very interesting talk on the
good of the lodge and what it was
for and the good that it was doing.
After the banquet and business meet
ing was over, the evening was for
a general good time. About thirty
five members attended and all report
ed a good time. This was the third
monthly banquet and business meet
ing. The next one will be held on
O. E. S. Notice
The next regular meeting of the
O. E. S. will be held on Tuesday ev
ening, March 14 at 7:30 p. m. There
will .be no initiation but a good at
tendance is desired as there is im
portant business to come before the
meeting. Dues may be paid now.
' Grange To Meet
Pomona Grange will be held with
Banner Grange, Thursday, March 15,
fine program. Marc Cutler will sing,
Stanley Powell will give the address,
P. C. Freeman will speak on Pomona
Granges, paper by Sisters Minnie and
Howard, E. L. Higbee address of
welcome for Banner Grange, Master
Herbert Powell will respond for Po
mona. Dinner, all visitors bring one
article of food. Al day meeting. Ev
ery member should plan to attend
and hear Marc Cutler, Michigan's
Peter Hansen Answers Summons
Death came as a shock to all peo
p!e over the death of Peter Hansen,
who died Saturday morning at 7:45
following a stroke of parafysis. Mr.
Hansen as born in Denmark, 57 years
ago, having spent nearly hilf of his
life in and around BeMing-lIe work
ed for some time in Factory A, leav
ing on account of his health.. After
leaving there he bought a small farm
just outside of the city limits and
worked this to help get himself back
to good health. Mr. Hansen was
found in an unconscious condition in
a barn owned by Kim King, where
he had some stock, by Wellington
Oakley. He was rushed at once to
the hospital where all that could be
done was done for him. But Peter
Hansen's time had come and nothing
could save him. He lived in a dying
condition for two days. Mr. Hansen
is survived by three daughters and
a host of friends who mourn his
death. He was always known to be
a pleasant and good hearted man and
) many will miss him. Funeral ser
vices were held from the Wicks-rales
chapel at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning
and burial was in Stanton cemetery.
To Hold Baked Goods Sale
The ladies of St. Joseph Catholic
church will hold a baked goods sale
in the Brown-Hall store, Saturday
afternoon, March 11. As usual, the
ladies will have a full line of their
famous baked goods on sale and will
appreciate it if you will buy your
baked goods of them on that day.
To Be Given In The Central M. E. Church
FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 10th '
By the Belding. City Band assisted by
String Quintette of
Miss Elizabeth Raynor
Your chancd to give the best band our city has ever had
a boost and at a , price ithin reach of all
Reserved Seat Tickets on Sale at Lamb's Grocery Store.
Prices 25c and 35c, including tax. Reserves 15c extra
Oct your tickets early at all stores Stanton's, Dehn's or
the Band Boys
Well Known Orleans Woman Dead
Mrs. Amelia Noddins, aged G3
years, widow of the late Sherwood
Noddins, died at the home jot her
daughter, Mrs. .Berthold Chickering
in Orleans township, Sunday after
noon after an illness of several
weeks. The funeral was held from
the Chickering residence, Tuesday
afternoon at one o'clock and at two
o'clock from the Methodist church,
Rev. Wright, of Orleans, officiating
and burial was in Orleans cemeiery
by the side of her husband, who died
two years ago. Surviving are her
daughter, Mrs. Berthold Chickering,
a son, Raymond Noddins, of Chicago
and three brothers. George, Ernest
and Edward Wooldridge, all well
known farmers of near Orleans.
Mrs. Noddins had beep in poor health
for a number of years.
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Dr. James G. Greggerson
Inadvertently the nam of Miss
Dorothy Brown was omitted from
the write up of the Washington club
meeting in our last week's ' issue.
Miss Brown presented the first num
ber on the pro'gram and her name
should have appeared with the names
of the other girls who danced on
Open Shoe Repair Shop
Wilford Bricker has rented the lit
tle "hole in the wall" just east of
the Empress theatre and this morn
ing opened up with a modern electric
shoe repair shop, with a shining
stand in connection. Mr. Bhicker has
had considerable experience in this
work and being an old hand at the
business and well acquainted with lo
cal people and conditions, his suc
cess is an assured fact.
The Daughters of Veterans will
give a baked goods sale at Blgnell
millinery shop Saturday. Come In
and make this sale a success and
help the Daughters of Veterans.
All men have to be born some
where and the birthplace of Dr.
James G. Greggerson was in a log
cabin. This is not an original kind
of birthplace. It is too old fashion
ed and proclaims him of common
origin. A lot of our presidents were
born in ,log cabins, but not many of
the future presidents are going to
be. The bungalow is rapidly put
ting log cabins out of business: .
So, 'Greggerson. though a young
man in years, is old fashioned in his
birthplace. . One thing generally no
ticed about these log cabin fellows
is that they are rugged, undaunted
fighters when faced with obstacles.
Another thing, they generally devel
op sturdy shoulders and capacious
lungs, by exercising an ax on a wood
Greggerson is a type of man who
looks as if he had been hewn out
with an ax, and then rounded out a
bit by gool food. His shoulders "are
broad. His health is ridiculously
good. His lungs are deep and his,
voice untiring, beverai times .in his
life he has had a man with a flashy
vest, a broad brimmed hat and a
pill box s'ep up and offer him a for
tune handling hair tonic. Gregger
son's hair is pompadour and the ton
ic would have a fine sale if Gregger
son would only say, "I use it."
He spent several yearg in the reg
ular army where he learned how to
fight the enemy and to fight with
fists when anybody stepped on his
toes. At one time he was a labor ag
itator and he knew how to agitate.
He was discharged from the armv
sick with a disease that none of the men".
army hospals had been able to
eradicate He was the subiett of
many experiments some of which he
sanctioned and, some of which he
didn't know anything about except
that they failed. Like many anotn
ef man whose life is now devoted to
the purpose of making Chiropractic
known, he finally was turned toward
Chiropractic and got well. He estab
lished a practice in Braddock, Pa.,
and was caring for 150 to 200 pa
tients a day and when he decided to
give up this extraordinary lucrative
practice and devote all his time to
writing and lecturing. For several
years he had written all the adver
tising used by the Universal Chiro
practor's Association in their na
tional magazine publicity campaign.
As a lecturer he is logical and cl-J
. l im- r i
oquenu jus numor, uko ureggerron
is rugged. It has an unmistakable
Eoint. It is usually a sidelight on
is logic. His tongue is tipped with
eloquence. Pathos and feeling are
natural to him. As a lecturer he
ho!ds his audience fnvn beginning
An uiijsual feature of Greggr
?on's platform behavior, is that he
'drinks, no water. , The water is al
ways placed and Greggerson will oc
raj'onally look at it, but he is mere
ly looking for gold fish, as he never
drinks. His voice never develops
hoarseness, and always seems more
Aibrant and mellow at the close than
at the beginning of his talk. Though
a dry speaker there is nothing dry
about his lecture.
Reprint from the "Printed Sales-
See Dr. Greggerson and hear his talk on Chiropractic a, M. E.
Church, Tuesday evening, March 14, al 8 o'clock
On Friday evening of this week
the members of the Belding City
Band will give their mid-winter mu
sical concert lh the M. E. church and
the boys are really desirous of play
ing to & capacity audience on that
occasion, as it means not only en
couragement to them, but it will al
so provide for theni the finances with
which to keep themselves up to the
minute with music and many other
needed things pertaining to the or
ganization. Director George W. 'Holmes has
the following to say relative to the
Just a word to our citizens in re
gard to our concert. To start with,
1 wish to say that I believe every one
attending is goin-g'to be well pleas
ed and feel they have received the
worth of their money, but that is
not all, we need your support, fo
everygody knows that t to maintain
any organization thy must have
friends and Belding City Band is no
exception. You like to hear their
concerts during the summer months
and a great many have said to me
they wanted a chance to help, as
the concerts had cost them nothing.
Now is your( enhance. Come and show
your appreciation. Let's pack the
church, Friday evening, March 10.
a Geo. W. Holmes,
Director Belding City Band.
The program will be as follows:
March, Quality-Plus, Jewell.
Selection, Bohemian Girl, Ba'.fe.
Rajfjry Trombone, Kiefer.
Overture, Abelard ahd Heloise,
Homing, Del ftiego Irish Folk
Song, Miss Elizabeth Raynor.
St. Cecelia String Quintette, of
Grand Rapids. '
Evening Idyls, Barnhouse. Intro
ducing Sunset, Evening Festivities
. Hermosillo Intermezzo Meicana,
A. So! ink.
' Festal Overature. Edmund Hazel.
St. Cecelia String Quintette. :
Let everyone turn out to t.. "mid
wjnter concert and show the .nd
boys that their effors are appreciat
ed. Your reserved seat tickets can
be secured at Lamb's store.
B. Y. P. U. Banquet
The ninth annual banquet and
meeting of the B. Y. P. U. will be
held at the Baptist church, Tuesday
evening, March 14, at 6:30 o'clock.
A splendid menu will be prepared
and the following program given:
Invocation, by Rev. W. A. Biss; Ire
land, Cora Price; The Blarney Stone
Morgan Dow; Killarney, Donald B.
Cook; The Shamrock, Olive Glass;
Snakes, Allen Shurte; Harps Helen
Knight, Pipes, Lila Mosher; Irish
Airs, Beulah Webster; Saint Patrick
Morgan L. Williams.
The board of commerce had one
of its supper meetings on Wednes
day night last which was one of the
best ever held by that body of men.
About ninety sat down to one of
those good suppers Avhich no one
else can put on for 25 cents. The
eats were followed by community
singing in which all joined. They
were all oM songs that brought to
light talent unknown heretofore.
After the minutes had been read
and some new members voted in, H.
A. Smith reported for the Civic
committee cn the campsite proposi
tion which i3 still in embryo. He
made a strong plea for some plan
to do away with our greatest menace
the gargage of the city. A warm
discussion followed and a recommen
dation was finally voted unanimous
ly "Tha the city should take some
action toward gargage disposal, or
at least through rotgujlatlng ordi
nance with teeth in it, that will,
compel property owners to clean up
in respect for the public health. Par
ticular reference was N made to our
alleys adorned at nearly all times
with garbage heaps, mud holes and
filthy water, all surrounding. the
source of our food supply.
Dr. Smith-gave a report for the
memorial with figures on the esti
mated cost as now proposed. A num
ber spoke on this subject with the
result that the memorial was left
open for further consideration but
it was voted to accept the gift of
Mr. A. N. Belding of land for mem
orial purposes, on behalf of the city.
in connection with this proposed
improvement the depot property
came up for discussion and the sec
retary was instructed to ask the P.
M. Railway people their intentions
in regard to the plats of ground at
each end of the depot and if neces
sary co-operate with them in laying
it out in a proper manner and in
keeping with the proposed memorial
Councilman M. M. Benedict told
of the contemplated additions to our
fire equipment which would give us
first aid fire aparatus botii In town
and for our farmer friends around
us. ' The members voted unanimous
endorsement of this move on the
part of the city council. During the
discussion it was brought out that
we might expect stoon to see the old
four arm traffic signals replaced by
something more up to date.
As soon as the new fire equipment
is in service, it is the intention of
the board to take action toward a
reduction in fire insurance rates to
wnich the people of Belding are" en
titled. The big fireworks came last when
'he secretary proposed that we have
representation at the telephone rate
hearing to be held ifi Lansing soon.
Most every one had something to say
for and against all utilities and at
times several were talking at once.
It was quite evident that the mem
bers are all alive to the problems
that are confronting us today. A
final vote was taken favoring the
city be represented at this hearing
bv its .attorney and the board send
These meetings are always Inter
esting and a place where every man
from nny walk in life can express
himself on the things that are vital
Jto Belding. All red blooded citizens
"shoqld join this organization and
help work them out.
Meeting Is Postponed
The meeting of the Parent-Teacher
club which was to have been held. on
Friday, March 10, has been postponed
to Tuesday, March 21.
St. Patrick's Dance
The Lady f&tccabees of Smyrna,
will give their annual dance on St.
Patrick's day, 'Friday, March 17th.
Mattison's orchestra will furnish the
music. Bill '$1.00, including war tax.
Dancing begins promptly at 8 o'clock
and lasts until 12:30.
'nn Notice ,
There will be a baked goods sale
at 11 o'clock, Saturday, March 11th
at the Wick-Fales store, by the W. C.
To Finish Dancing Classes
Next ' Wednesday evening, March
15th, will mark the close of Miss
Margaret Stace's dancing classes for
the season. During the two years
of Miss Stace's instruction in Bel
ding, her pupils, both private ard
in classes, have sbjown wonderful
advancement. Mrs. Stace's charm
ing personality has made her very
popular and the 'classes have been
large and much enthusiasm has been
shown. At 8:30 the following pro
gram of solo and group dances will
be given:. 1st year group "Mazur
ka", Pauline Wilson; "Highland
Fling", Louise Wilson; ' "Sheperds
All, and Maidens Fair, Elise Connell
and Kathleen Smith "Tulip dance".
2nd year group Marian Cusser,
"French Mechanical Doll"; Pauline
Rummler, "Schattische"; Dorothy
Brown, "Pizzicato Polka". The. ma
jority of these so'.o dances were giv
en at the Washington Club banquet
and each number was given a real
ovation, reflecting much credit to
the pupils ability and the adaptation
of Miss Stace's instruction. A
charge of twenty-five cents will be
made to spectators. The assembly
will immediately follow the program
Dancing until 1 o'clock.
Belding High School Presents
Axel SKovgaard, Danish , Violinist
Alice McCIung Skovgaard, Pianist
At Church of Christ
FRIDAY, MARCH 17th
8 :0(T o'clock
Admission: School Pupils, 35c; others 50c
Reserved seats now on sale at Wortley's, 10c extra.
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