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- ', TIIIRT Y?HIRD YEAR, NO. 46 ionia couirrrs btkeWspator ICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 5, 1922 FIVE CENTS THE COPY. TO Wi OH I SCHOO ADDUIIS vipm vote BOARD HASSET FRIDAY, APRIL 14 AS 4 DATE? FOR ELEC . : TOUSi TO v DECIDE' In another column of this Issue will be found the proceedings of the last regular and a special meeting of the Belding ' Board of Education wherein theyt took up the matter of financing the proposed additions to the High school building. After viewing, the school conditions in this city for a long time, and listening to many suggestions and criticism, the members. Df the'.board have fin ally decided ;npon am addition to the north and -another ' .'addition to the south of . the - present central high school v buildiag and in order to go ahead with, the-matter have decided to- bold a - special meeting of the qualified electors in this district to vote upon ' the proposition of is suing bonds with-which to pay for the erection of the additions. On March 23rd. 1920 the voters of the district authorized the board to issue bonds to the extent of $65, 000 for a building in the second ward At the time the board members were of the opinion that for various reasons, it would be better not to build in the .second ward with the money and for that reason the bonds were never issued. Should the vot ers decide in favor of the $110,000 proposed issue, it would in reality be voting for only $45,000 addition al and witfe plans proposed would re lieve the 'congested conditions of the local schools to the benefit of all concerned. The members of the board have had the interests of the community at heart in arriving at their conclusion in favon. of the ad ditions to the present building and the general concensus of opinion is that the voters of the district will endorse the proposition to build. The special meeting and election is to be held inthe council room of the city half, on Friday, April 14, commencing at three o'clock in the afternoon and closing at seven o' clock in Hhe evening. Ballots can be cast at any time during the hours above mentioned. It is the duty of each " and every person in the district to get out and vote upon the matter of providing more and better school rooms and conditions. Don't fail to read the Board of Education proceedings on page 4 of this issue. Another Fire At Orleans A car belonging to Guy Wilbur, Orleans township farmer, caught fire while in the Hoppoueh garage .Mon day Afternoon and was destroyed. The fire spread to the garage build ing and it wa s only on account of hard work of a volunteer fire de partment that a serious conflagara ion was averted. The Ionia fire department was called and answered but the local department was not called nor did, they go over to the fire as stated in a Grand Rapids daily of Tuesday. Arrested For 'Vagrancy Deputy Sheriff Murray on Friday arrested Jim Haywood, for Dogging and vagrancy nd took him before Justice Reed, where he plead tjuil ty tc the charge preferred against him. The judge asked Haywood when he had had his last job and the prisoner stated that had done nothing since January 14, when he held a job at Youngsfcown, Ohio. Haywood had no money with which to pay a fine and when the Justice told him that his punishment would be a 30 day sentence to the county jail at hbia, Haywood welcomed it and said ' that he was satisfied and that it would be for more to his lik ing than to have to tramp around in fuch weather as he had been ex periencing for the past two or three days. Mrs. J. C. Wood, of Detroit, is here, for a short time., working for the Woman's Benefit Association. Notice " Beginning Monday, April 3rd, for the benefit of our customers, our office and sheds will open from 7 a. m. to 6 p. m. including the noon hour from 12 to 1. Belding Lumber Co. Coming Events April 6 Herbert Leon Cope, hu morist. April 14 Vote on school additions at city hall. April 21 High school carnival at High school auditorium. Oct. 17-18 Home talent play at Opera House, by Ladies Social Cir cle of Congregational church. Bring in your other dates for the future. . . Cemetery Association To Meet The Otisco. Cemetery Association will meet with Mrs. Bert J. Storey Wednesday afternoon, April 12 for the election of officers and the transaction of business. There are important items to come up and ev ery cne interested who can, it urg ed to be there. Mrs. J. L. Morse. Veteran Democrat Dead ' Salem F. Kennedy, well known lo cally and postmaster of Lakeview for a number of years past, died t his home in that village , last week:' Mr. Kennedy , was -formerly in business at Grattan and taught school in the village in the early days. He was a life long democrat and was the au thor of many book! among them be ing Kennedy's Tax Tables, now us ed by assessing Queers throughout this state and in many other, states. LOCAL BOY FIGHTS WAY THRU COLLEGE An article which' recently ap peared in an Issue o! the Des Moines, Iowa, paper referred to a local boy, Ray Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Price, of this city, who the article states is fighting his way through college. Ray has a great many friends in this city nnd we know they will be glad td read the j item, which is as follows: While life is considered a survi val of the fittest, Ray Price. 112- fiound boxer, a student at Still Col ege of Osteopathy, is carrying this axiom to a successful conclusion by fighting his way through college, via the prize ring. The youthful battler has appear ed in preliminaries here, especially during his. first year in school, and! last Friday night at Tommy Ryan's ! fistic entertainment issued a defi to meet any boy of like weight. Price's tentative retirement from t tVia ii r ct woo r) ti a f on ns va q a a r f school work, but now that he is up wim nis siumes ne is in training daily. At the time of retirement Price held the amateur flyweight championship of Iowa. Another student at Still, E. J. Lawder, has taken over the manag erial reins of the . youthful fighter and intends matching him with some of the good boys in this section of the country. Attention Grangers JThe following is the program for April 8. Roll call; Song by the grange. Topic; Bees, -their keeping, swarming and how profitable, led by Mark Brown, followed by discussion; Reading by Mrs. Harrington, topic, Raisintr chickens, their keenincr. what kind is the most profitable on ! the farm, led by, Mrs. M. L. Updike,1 followed by discussion; Song; Pen-! ny March. J Obituary Mrs. Marietta Simpson ! Marietta Curtis was born May 1st 1834 in Oxford county, Ontario. She J was the daughter of Ashgee andi Hanna Curtis. When she was a young woman her parents came to j Michigan and settled near Greenville! she staying, in Canada to care for an invalid, aunt. After several years she followed her people here and soon after was united in mar-' riage to Phillip Simpson. She and; her husband settled at Trufant where , they kent hotel for 20 years. Then j after the death of her husband in I 1892 she lived alone for a number of years until 8 years ago when her health became so feeble she came to Belding where she has been tender ly cared for by her sister and the last three years by her step-son and wife with whom she lived urtil the morning of April 1st when she peacefully passed away at the age of 87 years and 11 months. She leaves 2 step-sons, R. N. Simpson, of Hastings, Ont., and Finley 'Simp son of this place and 2 sisters, Mrs. Martha Brown, of Fresno, California and Mrs. Katherine Stone, of Belding) also 1 brother, P. F. Curtis, of Bel ding; and nieces and nephews and hosts of friends to miss her. She was passionately fond of mu sic and flowers and was a true friend of everyone always helping when she could. She was converted and baptized in early life and continued all thru the years to live a true Christian life. Tre last few year3 hsr mind has been a little coluded but thru all of the sunshine and shadow of her life she has never forgotten the love of her Savior. "Passing out of theshadow, into a purer light; Stepping behind the curtain, get ting a clearer sight; Passing out of the shadow, into! eternal nay . . . Why do we call it dying, this sweet going away?" Mrs. Eueene Brown, a former res- ! ident here died at her home near Portland last Friday, of pneumonia. The interment being in the family lot in Green's cemetery. She is survived by her husband and four children, the youngest being only six weeks old. Flora had many loyal friends who are extremely sad dcne4 by her sudden death. Celebrated 75th Anniversary April' 3rd being the 75th birthday anniversary of' Mrs. M. A. Godfrey, her children and grand children, to gether with Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Pond, Mr. .and Mrs. C. L. Beardsley celebrated the occasion with a din ner, Sunday, at her home, 3 1$ Al derman street, the occasion being the birthday anniversary of Mr. Pond and Mr. Beards'.ey ' also. Covers were laid for eighteen guests. VISITS flJM'llTH LAST UtidOIIS Lost On Lecture Course The members of the American Legion post sponsored the Iyceum course at Portland this last winter and when they counted the shekels after the last number and all ex penses had been paid, the boys dug down in their jeans and dug up Just $242.90, the amount which they .had run behind in bringing something in the line of good, worth while enter tainment to the people of Portland. Just why this should be can not be (figured out, but it seems that in Portland, like in Belding, the peo ple fail to appreciate and support a good entertainment course and the people who back the course, usually come out the losers. , WELL KNOWN LOCAL PEOPLE SUCCUMft TO DISEASES AND ARE LAID TO REST . To Observe Good Friday At a meetinir of the citizens of Ionia, Friday night,' a resolution was preceded him in death nearly three The Grim Reaper the ' old man with the scythe, has been rather ac tive in this city and -community dur ing the past week and as a result several of the well- known and re spected citizens have answered the rust summons and have passed on to thtir eternal rest and reward. Jacob Wise, aged bO years, died at the home of his son, Elmer Wise, 613 S. Bridge street, Sunday morn ing at C:45 o'clock following an ill ness of several Weeks and which wa.i induced by heart trouble. Funeral services" were held' at the home on Tuesday afternoon at .1:30 o'clock, Rev. II. E. Curch . officiating and burial was in Wolverton Plains cem etery, by the side of his wife who v - ,. . Jerome Hicks Dead t Jerome Hicks, aged 60 years, for mer well known and respected resi dent, of the Brink neighborhood died nf tha hnmfiAf hi daughter. Mrs Harmon Kohler, " of Grant, Saturday i night toifowing-an umess ,wnicn was caused bv heart disease and which has lasted for several years. .Fu neral services - were held this ' morn ing from the Church of Christ, Rev. Curch officiating and burial was made in River Ridge cemetery. Mr. Hicks was a resident of this com munity for a long time and he has many friends here who "will regret to learn of the passing of their friend. , . passed which provided for the clos-. years aero ing of all the business places in the Mr. Wise was a Civil war veteran county seat between the hours of 12. having served in Co. K, 65th Illin to 3, on Grod Friday, in honor of the ois Infantry and was a member of three hours in which the Savior hung .Dan S. Root Post, G. A. R., holding on the cross. The custom has been the office of color bearer. He was a growing inflate years and each year citizen and a friend of the truest! a number of local business places type and to meet mm. ana associate are closed. It would be but proper, with him was a' pleasure to all. One to make it general. FORMER LOCAL ill HURT III EXPLOSION rsf Vio rrrnntoat H1irVlt nf hi liff I was a cross country trip which he i took with his son and other local people, going front' this city to the Pacific, coast, two years ago and dur ing the trip showed himself to be one of the most active members of the partv. always 'anxious to have thincs shaped and going so that! pothers would enjoy life the more. This trait characterized hi life from boyhood until his death. The G. A. W. R. C: and Sons and Daugh ter nf Vpfprnna attended the fu- TELEGRAM RECEDED SAYS' neral in a body, the G A. R. giving their ritualistic work at the grave. Surprised Local Man The friends and neighbors of J. E. Richardson, gathered at his home, 613 Charles street, Friday . evening and gave him a good old fashioned surprise party. Among the party were: Mr, and Mrs. Everett, fit Grand Rapids; Mr. Richardson was some surprised Ifay, but recovered quickly and made his guests enjoy an evening which they will long re member. The guests presented him with a number of useful and beau tiful gifts and at a late hour excel lent refreshments were served and the guests departed wishing Mr. Richardson 53 years more of life on top of the 53 which he has already spent here. Went To Grant After Body Undertakers' Al Cichy and Ben Friedly left early this morning for Grant, to bring back the body of Jerome Hicks, who died there Satur day. The trip wag made with the Brown-Hall Co. motor hearse. SKULL IS CRUSHED AND CONDITION IS SERIOUS Another pioneer to pass into eter- . viStir lii.inf tka waolr wqi fr Mar. y letia aimpson, agea o years, wnu LOCAL THEATER IS TO SCREEN FAMOUS P C OR E MANAGEMENT PAYS BIG PRICE IN ORDER TO SHOW "WAY DOWN EAST" HERE A telegram received by Mr. State street, this , morning,' stated1 at he home Jf hr tp-son,( that their son, Frank Rivenlurgh jr. , r"ie 'hui.. "u vv.ic, was in a critical condition in I f hi ste road in the west part of the, pital suffering with a crushed skull,' Lrs", ?imES?5. her h' sustained when he was injured in S!aSMW an explosion. The telegram gave the hote at Trufant in an early day no details . ' and for twenty years served the pub- j Rivenbu'rgh was a former resident ! in, thl Vnl of this city and for a time worked in ?n?Ahr0h thu t&' mSl the local factories. Some time ago Je' t ?! Jf anSn w i i i- , , i her home with her step-son and ner , 5PI"td 'Sd!L2"; death, although looked for, brought ly afterward closed it on nu snort- deep repret to her many fr jends. Fu- account oi nera gcrvices wer-hpld at the home. An left for ,a L:-L in.qf'i -aMa1 pair shop on Depot street and short- ly afterward closed it on ac iacK oi patronage jiejn-ieu xoriM6nda"y morning Tat 10:30 VclottTj .pC4., 4.u aU4tu i'"-Rev. Georirer E. Osborne officiating slt'un x . , ... 'and burial was in the Trufant ceme- The parents are anxiously awaiting i 0 K f ho k:a0 rt w y,,ihar,d sons injury. Mr, Charles Waite. aired 58 vears died at the family home, 316 Leo nard street, Monday (afternoon, at Baked Goods Sale ine XNortn aide Motnera ciud win o,1R t-iA-v nftf Kino. in f oniric h?Hua fer?4.001 "ale Saturday, Health for the past few months; Death was caused by anemia. Mrs. Waite had been a resident of this ) city for the. past 15 years and was; highly respected and loved by the manv people wha' were glad to be ! numbered among her friends ' and J neighbors. Funeral services were ; held this Wednesday morning at j nine o'clock, Rev. H. S. Ellis ofil-1 ciating and the remains were taken : to St. Johns and placed in the mau- soleum at the piace pending the ; i : t il. :.!.. ing of Friday, April 14, which will , " ' , ! at the Wick-Fales . store, beginning at 10 o clock. PUBLISHERS TO MEET AT EAST LANSING Publishers of weekly newspapers in Michigan are being urged to at tend the meeting, called to convene at the Michigan Agricultural Col lege at East Lansing on the morn- "Way Down East" in the picture spectacle form that D. W. Griffith has built up on the story of the fa miliar play of the same title will be seen here for the first time on April 23, commencing a special local en gagement at the Empress theatre of 3 days. "Way Down East" had phenome nal runs in New York, Boston, Chi cago, Philadelphia, .San Francisco, Los Angeles and .other cities. The local engagement will be as nearly an exact duplication of the New York presentation, as the manage- mentT)f -th- Ipipress . theatre can make it. A special orchestra will play the accompanying score whi:h is an important feature of the show. The greatest cast ever gathered for a regular stage or screen production is seen in the picture. It is ccj ting Managerv.Toslin . more to brin.thir famous picture to this city than any other fifm ever shown hero. : ct. e v!leX,iif.y; . t ,fl.u be brought here and placed in its The primary purpose of the gath-ifi , rest:n? niace . cring will be the consideration of aj Snrvivin Jre her husband. Chas. state association of weekly r.ewspa-j Wait three daUKhters. Mrs. Theo- r1 P"""""- ...,. jdore Kiskeyf Miss Florence Waite, HERBERT LEON COPE WILL MAKE YOU Laugh! Laugh! Laugh! School Course Church of Christ Thursday, April 6 Seats at Worttey's, 35c and 50c. No extra charge for reserved seats. sion to draft a tentative constitu tion and by-laws, and which will be ready to report at this meeting. There has never been a satisfac tory association in this state, lim ited to weekly publishers, and so im perative is the need' at the present time, there is every indication that the convention next week will cey a record attendance. We have the assurance of S. K Wilson, of Saline, chairman of ihe entertainment committee, that G. L. Caswell, field secretary of the Iowa publishers association, will be with u on Friday afternoon, April 14, to talk on the matter of national ad vertising and how to secure r.iore of it for the wefckly publisher. Mr. Cn swell's talk alone will more than warrant a trip to Lansing, while the "round table" discussions too are inestimable in the, valuable informa tion one can glean from them. By all means, let every weekly publisher in Michigan plan on attending this meeting. Mrs. A. J. Blair, of Wakeman, Ohio, who has been visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Donald B. Coook, of this city, for several weeks, left for her home Thursday noon. She was accompanied by Mrs. Cook, vfho will visit with her parents for a time. Mr. Cook has resigned his position with the Belding Bas & Oil Company and will soon take up a travelling salesman's position with the states of Ohio and Kentucky as his terri tory. They have been popular young people here and it is with regret that their many friends learn of their leaving this city. , Makes Improvement In Office Hats off to our friend and con temporary, Ed. Hellus, who has made quite a change in the office since he became manager of the Herald Publishing Co. A new railing and gate sets things off to perfection besides a coat of white paint, clean windows and1 other improvements, add much to the cheerfulness of the sanctum sanctorium. Doris Edwards spent the week end at Remus. Mrs. Tom Bracken ir.. two sons. Arthur Waite and Edwin Waite, all of this city. A sister. Mrs. Gordon, of Chicago, also survives. Clarence Snow, aged Gl years, well known Orleans township far mer, died at his home south east of the city, Sunday afternoon at about four o'clock, f ollowixy;, a ( short illness caused by valvular heart trouble. Funeral services ."yere held from the Orleans church'iY Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. W. A. Biss officiating and burial' Was in Orleans cemetery. , ,; , Hartman Buried At Old Home Undertaker Bruce Fale took the body of Roy Hartman, the unfortun- i ate local man who suicided recently to Vestaburg, his old home, Friday, i wher e the funeral and burial was j held. A brother of the dead man paid the expenses. Only one spray of flowers was brought to the fu neral and this cluster had the words "From Mother" accompanying it. ENJOYABLE SURPRISE i PARTY AT HICKS' HOME A birthday surprise was the very pleasing event at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph' G. Hicks, 622 S. Bridge street, .oh Thursday evening, March 30. that being the anniversary of Mr. Hick's birthday. It was secretly planned by his wife and daughter, Mrs. Margaret Stotg, who is here for a visit on her way to California from Pennsylvania, and carried out to conclusion in a de lightful way. Mr. Hicks grasped the situation when the guests began to arrive, accepted it good naturedly and gave' them a hearty welcome. The company which numbered about thirty enjoyed two or three hours of social greetings and entered into, the artist guessing and candy heaving contests uniquely arranged by Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Stong with great enthusiasm. During the ' luncheon period all had a slice of the birthday cake of finest quality decorated with more than fifty candles. Music and song from the victrola added much to the pleasure of the evening. L. I. E. C. MEMBERS STUDY NEW ZEALAND At a regular meeting of the La dies Literary Exchange club, held at the home of Mrs. E. C. Lloyd, March 30th and designated in the club cal endar as "New Zealand Day", three very interesting papers were read as follows: "The Island and Its People", Mrs. M. A. Reed; "Labor conditions and Education advancement", written by Mrs. Hewitt and read by Mrs. Wal ter Lambertson; "Government and Legislation", Mrs. Schlegel. The papers were excellent and showed the result of much study on the part of the writers. Miss Marian Cusser favored the club with a pia no solo. The next club meeting will be held at Harmony hall, in the second ward school, April 13th, at 3 o'clock,. to which the children of all L. L. E. C. members are cordially invited, Miss Quigley, of the Ryerson library, Grand Rapids, will be present and will tell stories to the children. Injured Foot Unloading Ice .'Monday, while Will Cobb was as sisting in delivering' ice to the boarding house, he was unfortunate enough to lose control of the tongs and drop the large, cake of ice upon his foot He was taken immediately to the hospital and wag given the best of care. The doctors found no broken bones but said that he had received a very bid cut. His friends hope that he will be able to leave the hospital in a few days although it will be some time before he can use his foot again. CELEBRATED PIONEER'S BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY "The mother in her office holds the key of the soul and she it is that stamps 'the coin of character and makes the being who would be a savage but for her gentle care, a Christian man, then crown her queen of the world.' Emmerson. A delightful occasion which has become an annual event with the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Fales was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merton Smith, 203 E. Liberty . St., Sunday, April 2nd. It was the 84th aniversary of the birth of Mrs. Smith's mother and it has been de cided by her children not to allow that important date in her life his tory to pass unrecognized. It is sel dom that one lives so far past the "allotted 'age of mankind" and priv ileged to enjoy in good health the happy reunion of the family at a birthday party. There were 25 present which in cluded all. the children, grand child, great grand children and a brother and sister when the fine birthday cake illuminated with yellow candles graced the center of the table around which all were seated, Mrs. Fales lighting the candles herself. The garage which adjoins the res idence was converted into a banquet hall where the feast was served at one o'clock, tastefully decorated in yellow and white daffodils. Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Jep son were the table -waiters and none of the family were overlooked in attention. It is a historical fact that all the defendants of the Amous Russell family, grand old pioneer of Otisco township, were good eaters and al. ways had their appetites with them, these later reunions and this one in particular, gave evidance of that saying which has been handed down to this generation. The birthday party was not a surprise to the mother but in the afternoon and evening when guests to the number of more than sixty old neighbors and friends and long time acquaintances began to drop in to give her a greeting and happy returns of another anniversary she saw that the children had certainly put one over on her. The guests vere served with light refreshments during the reception. Mrs. Fales is the daughter of Amos Russell, who settled in Otisco after an ox team journey from the east in 1837 and was the first white child born in the township in- a primitive home near the ' M: A. Filkins pta'ce, the event occurring on the first township elec tion day. Jler brother, Eugene Russell, - of Luther, 70, and sister, Mrs. M. A. Filkins, 81 were present at this, re union and came in for their share in .the festivities of the occasion. Two great grand children, Betty and Dale Jepson, of Grand Rapids, were also present. Mrs. Fales received many son venirs from relatives and friends as remembrances of the happy event. Ball Players Attention Meet at Legion club rooms at 8 o'clock, Thursday evening, April G. Tonight. AGED COUPLE 11 HI SUIT A6AJF1ST SHARPEfl MASON COUNTY JURY DEJCEDED FORMER BELDING PEOPLE HAD BEEN SWINDLED Mrs. Nugent Byrnes and son, Mar tin, of Lowell, returned home on Thursday, afteV spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. Lena Lngemann. Mrs. D. L. Garfield, of Grand Rap ids, was here Thursday, on business. The Little 01' Home Paper When you're feelin' kind o' lonesome An the atmosphere Is blue; When life's no bed of roses, An' folks seem down on you, I know what will make you happy, An' chase awav the irown Read .the little oi' newspaper From your ol' home town. You won't laugh about the trifflin' things The paper has to say, , . For every line's a message From the ol' home far away. Even Si's new chicken coop - Will not provide a smile, An' the great big city dailies Lie unopened all the while. Bill's girl Jhas gone to college, An Joe's boy's home from France. The Ladies Aid will hold a social, An' the Masons give a dance; So you read the local happenings, An' never miss a line. An' cause they're all your neighbors, You'll be glad that crops are fine. Then before you know it You've read it thru and thru An all the world seems brighter An' life seems good to you. So for a pill of pleasure To chase away the frown. Take the little ol' newspaper From your ol home town. Cherry Wilson. in Spokesman Review. Notice Because of the rumors that are afloat, I wish to say that I am a graduate of the Grand Rapids Vet erinary College. I graduated in 190G and was registered by the State Board at Lansing, August G, 190G. I practiced in Alto for 7 years, I then went back to my home town, Brooklyn, Mich., where I practiced for 5 years, I then went to Lowell where I practiced one' year, after which I gave the work up to do war work. The stories that I was stop per by the State Board while in Big Rapids, from practicing are false. I never tried to take up the work in Big Rapids, thef Veterinary there and I were the best of friends. I was called by him in consultation at different times but did no work on my own hook, as I was making far more money at other work, but had I wished to take up the work, there wasn't a reason in the world why I couldn't, I have been notified by the enjer veterinary mat my name couldn t be found on the records, that a complaint from here had been sent in with a newspaper clipping of my adv. in the Banner. I wish to say that my name is tnere, and 1 nave an tne papers. necessary to prove It. August F. Sawyer, D. V. S. The annual charity ball for the benefit of the United Memorial hos pital will be held April 7 in the Col iseum at Greenville. Good music. Any dance lovers are cordially in vited to this social event of the year. Price 2.50 Why Certainly we do amateur finishing and are noted for the excellent re sults we obtain even from wrongly exposed films. Try us, next time. THE DENNIS STUDIO A lot of local people will read with interest the following article which we clip from a recent issue of the Hart, (Mich.) Courier, regarding two of our former well known people, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor, who up to the time of leaving this city, oc cupied the premises on south Bridge street where W. E. Smith and fam ily now live. Sterling, the man with whom Mr. and Mrs. Taylor dealt, is also well known to local people. The article in the Courier was as follows: Last week at Ludington, in.. the Circuit court there a jury rendered a judgment against Lew Sterling, formerly of Pentwater, but now of Stanton for $3,300.00 and costs on account of a fraud perpetrated on the plaintiffs in a trade of some real estate. The facts of the case are inter esting ., In 1918, Lew Sterling then residing in or near Pentwater, ad vertised 'a splendid farm for sale or trade'. An old couple by the name of Frank Taylor and wife, then liv ing at Belding, saw this advertise ment and wrote Mr. Sterling in re gard to it. He sent them back a glowing description of this farm, telling them that it was a clay an4 loam soil, covered with Canadian Blue grass and that it would raise any crops grown in Michigan, in abundance. he old people were very much impressed with the account of this farmland in February, 1918, came and saw the farm; Mr. Sterling took them around the outside of the farm and again praised up its good qual ities and advised the Taylors that the farm was worth at least $4,500 but that on account of his other bus iness, he would take $4,200 and would take the home of the old people at $1,700. The deal was closed on this basis and Taylor and his .wife deeded to Mr. Sterling their home in Bel ding and (cave back to him a mort gage on the new farm for $2,500. When spring opened and the Tay lors began to look for their clay and loam soil, it was not to be found but they did find that the farm was cov ered, not with Canadian Blue grass, but with a most beautiful crop of quack grass and sand burrs. They also found that the soil was of such a light quality that it would blow away in places. They there upon began a suit against Mr. Ster ling for damages. On the trial it was proved that the land was not worth to exceed $1,200 or $1,300, and the jury evidently placed the value at the lesser figure for they ' found a verdict in favor of the Tay lors lor ?3,uuo and 3UU as interest. This will wipe out the mortgage on the place and will give the old people their farm home free from this, mortgage and they can undoubt edly, now make a living on this place and take care of themselves. The court and jury are to be thanked and congratulated on ac count of this verdict; it is well known that about the blackest mark against this county, has been just this kind of practice, where an unscrupulous agent has imposed upon people and sold or traded to them land for sev eral times its value, taking all that the purchaser had and taking back a contract or mortgage for more than the actual value of the lands, and in a short time, the inevitable happen ed; the purchaser could not pay the encumbrance against the Lands and lost them, and we now have in this county, several who have been so defrauded, and who are or soon will ! become public charges. Getting Ice Customers Jennie Hughes and Margaret Wil bur are canvassing the city for D. H. Moore, the Greenville ice deal er who is starting an ice service in I this city. Quite a number of people are subscribing to the new service, which Mr. fMoore .ntends starting about Saturday, April 15. For fur ther information regarding the new service, call phone 114. O. E. S. Notice The next regular meeting of the O. fE. S. will be held on Tuesday, April 11. at 7:30 p. m. This is the annual election of officers. All mem bers are requested to be presnt. About the first time we have seen an automobile given away and go. ing to some one who did not have one was when the local Masonic or der gave the Ford touring car away at their fair on Monday night of last week, the car going to Enoch Hildebrand, who is now trying to trade it in as the initial payment on a home. SEEDS Some people say . SEEDS are SEEDS There is a difference. "Burbank" says quality seeds are as import ant as the planting.' Our stock this season was grown by the Rice Seed Co. at their seed farm, Grass Lake, Mich. We have fertilizer for the garden, sheep manure for the lawn, garden tools of all kinds. The House Of . QUALITY and SERVICE . " ' Tho l7ofor-l'Jis3 Go.