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TV Volume XI, Number 30 Clio, Michigan, Friday, August 23, 1918 $1.25 A Year in Advance SSE1G1M i o O; o o g "Letter From France The Messenger is enabled to favor its readers this week with two interesting letters written by boys who are known to everybody here and who are now helping in the fight for civilization and their country's honor in France. The letter fire appearing below was writ ten by Lieut. Lyle D. Brown to his mother; the second by Ernest Monta gue to the editor: Saumur, France, U. S. A. P. 0. 718 July 11, 1918. Dear Mother: We have moved to another place as you see and have found out that I can aay more than I thought. We were stationed last in Bres the northwest ern port of France. It was a typical coast town. Dirty and wiih all kinds of people, most of them French. We were camped not far from there but were not allowed to go down till the day we left and then for only a few hours, but that was enough. It has about 150,000 people but one would never know it as their ways of living are so different. There are large astles and two Catholic churches in town, largest I ever saw. Everything made out of stone, with the moats around the castles, of course, not used now but they are well preserved. Where we were in camp was formerly a prison camp with a high wall around it. The camp was r(uilt and used by Napoleon, so you can see how old it is. Well, we are down here at Saumur and came through some of the most beautiful country. The people do in. tensive farming, all bv hand by the way it looked. Thefr fences are gen erally of sod or stones with trees along . them. - They must have to train their atock or an American cow wouldn't atay behind such a fence. Here we are to attend an Artillery Training School, the best in the world. It used to be an old cavalry school. The buildings were built in 1776 and used by Louis XIV, Now we (the U, S. ) have taken it over and have made it into an artillery school. The fellows who came over first from our bunch are here and are enjoying the work and are looking good. They are working hard with long hours, but regular, and they have the best of . instructors. The buildings are made of stone and Vare two or three times the size of the Agricultural building of M. A. C. I know not much about it yet for we have been here only a day. We are Tight in town with some of the buildings of the French people used as part of the quarters and Y. M. C. A. The building in which the Y is located was a large mansion of a French duke. Not a bad Y would you think? The roads here are all of' stone and ' are worn down like the old plank road. Automobiles are as scarce as a buggy . in the states. 'Two wheel carts, ofle horse, are all the people seem to havet and they go pounding along over the atones irt an amazing manner. We get good food here. Its Ameri can food cooked bv French in American atyle. Its great but with very little variety. We' will no 'doubt start in training Monday and it will last for a number of weeks. I'm feeling fine now and see a busy time ahead. Don't worry for I will get along great. Write often. Yours always with love, Lyle. i France, July 2fi, '18. Dear Mr. Reed: As I enjoy reading the Clio paper very much I feel that it is no more than fair that you should have the pleasure of reading the U. S. Army paper and for that reason I am mailing under separate cover the July 19th is sue of the Stars and Stripes. If you have ever been among strang ers for six or eight months you will know how much' one apprecistes the home paper. I feel that I am greatly indebted to you for your kindness and hope to be able to return the compli ment at a future date in some suitable manner. This week several new men came in to our camp and one asked if there was any one from Flint in camp? As I am the only one he hunted me up, and altho we were strangers we had many mutual acquaintances and have had several visits. He is the only person I have met from Genesee Co. since I left Michigan, October 6th. As I have written all the discription of the country I can in the past and you people get the war news sooner than we, I can think of nothing to say except that we have a very fine camp here, have plenty to eat and of good variety, too. We have scarcely any sickness in our company, due no doubt to the fine cli mate. I believe that I can tell you, without violating the censorship regula tions, that we have had pieces of shrap nel fall all around us. However, they came from Allied guns and were fired from Allied guns ut Boche planes that were on an observation trip. One piece of shell fell within six feet of me. Well I will close for this time with best wishes for you and yours, and many, many thanks for the papers. Sincerely yours, Ernest H. Montague. Obituary BATC3 Chancy Bates, for 21 years a resi dent of Clio and vicinity, died Thurs day, Aug. 15, 1918, at his home here. Mr. Bates was born in New Haven, Mich., Dec. 23, 1854, being 63 years, 7 months and 18 days'of age at the time of his death. In 1883 he was married to Nellie Be3t. Mr. Bates was always kind and helpful. In earlier life he was considered a skillful farmer and an expert judge of horses, and during the last four years, in the prosecution of nis duties as crossing watchman, he was careful and faithful, winning a host of friends among the train crews which daily passed his flag station. Mr. Bates' father was a pioneer physician of Michigan and a surgeon of the Civil W ar. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Rose of County Line, and Miss Jean at home, a sister, Mrs. Edward Webster, and his mother, of Nortbport. Many beautiful flowers demonstrated the esteem in which the deceased was held. Funeral services were held from the home last Satur day, Rev. C. W. Greene officiating, and interment was made in Pine Run cemetery. WILDFONG Louis Wildfong and wife were sadly stricken through the death of their little daughter, Ethel, aged four years, who died Monday afternoon, Aug. 19, 1918, at St. Mary'sHospital in Saginaw, following an operation for appendicitis performed a few hours previously. She was a sweet litt! . ?irl and her sud den and unexpected death has left her loving parents sadly bereft. Funeral services were held from the home, Wednesday afternoon, the presence of many beautiful flowers bespeaking the sympathy of friend9 and neighbors. Rev. Benson officiated and the remains were laid at rest in Woodlawn cemetery. WATSON This community was profound ly shocked, Wednesday morning, when the repbrt became current that Wm. A. Watson, a member of the firm of Fox & Watson, had suddenly expired, at about twelve o'clock the preceding night. He had been about his place of business as usual, Tues day forenoon, and while he re mained at home in the afternoon, as a result of pains in his chest, his condition was not considered in anywise serious and a physic ian was not considered neces sary. At about twelve o'clock his wife was awakened by his labored breathing and found him unconscious. She hastily summoned neighbors and a physician, but the latter upon arrival found that life was ex tinct. The cause of the death was heart disease. A pathetic feature of the sad occurrence is that it happened on the 33d anni versary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Watson. The latter in her bereavment,' wilj have the sincerest sympathy of all. Mr. Watson was born at Dryden, Mich., Aug. 8, 1860. and his death occurring Aug. 20, 1918, he was 58 years and 12 days of age. He resided near the place of his birth practically all his life, until his removal to Clio, in Nov., 1916, and was esteemed a splendid Christian gentleman by all who knew him. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Order Eastern Star, of Dryden, and 'of the M. P. Church of Clio, being treasurer of the latter at the time of his death. Beside his widow, he is survived by his mother, one half sister and one half brother. His business partner, E. H. Fox, was his cousin, and the relation ship between them has for years been as close as that of brothers. A service of prayer was held at the residence here. Thursday afternoon, and on Friday the re mains will be taken to Dryden where funeral services will be held, in which the Masonic, fra ternity will participate. About twenty Ep worth League members surprised J. K. Frost, Friday evening, to demonstrate their joy at his return.- Vantyle School Reunion The third annual reunion of Vantyle school has passed into history as a great success. It was held at Lakeside Park, Aug. 15, with an attendance of 125. Among those present were twelve former teachers, as follows: Mesdames Geo. M. Rathbone, Nellie Harris, Jennie Beach, Geo. Geiger. Nora Maloney, Anna Clapp, Ada Lem bach, Matie Sturgis, Ella Pennoyer, and Hattie Miller; also Miss Reva Brown and Frank Latimer. A bounti ful picnic dinner was enjoye'd and a a splendid visit, based upon the golden days spent at school, made the occasion one never to be foregotten. Richard Haskall, of Vassar, was elected presi dent of the Association for the ensuing year, Mrs. C. W. Jobson, vice presi dent, and Mrs. Ella Steegar, secretary. Rottiers Shool Reunion The second annual reunion of the Webster or Rottiers School in Birch Run Township was held on the school ground, Thursday, Aug. 8, in form of a basket picnic with 192 people present. After doing justice to well filled bas kets a business session was held in which Geo. Lacure, of Clio, was elected president, Fred Chappell, of Clio, treasurer, and Mrs. B. G. Kent, secre tary. It was voted to hold the next reunion on the last Thursday in August, 1919. Short talks were given by some of the old teachers and by some of the pupils who lived in the district a num ber of years ago. A few of the pupils were present who attended school here in the fifties. Visitors were present from Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, Saginaw, New Lothrop and Mt. Morris. Calf Brings $106,000 We are showing in connection with this article a picture of probably the most sensational member of the bovine family this world has ever known. Time was, back in 1893, when the civ ilized world gasped over the $5,000 which C. I. Hood paid for "Brown Bessie," the champion Jersey cow of the World's Fair, but this six months old calf "Carnation King Sylvia,", by name, was sold in Milwaukee, last June, for the staggering sum of $106,000. Arthur Hay, a fifteen year old boy, at tended and fed this calf from. its birth to the time it was sold and we may guess that his pay made all his loving care well worth while. Official Notice The Supreme Council has spread a special payment upon the entire mem bership of the Gleaner organization for the purpose of sustaining the Patriotic fund, from which Certificates held by members in the Military service of the United States are paid. Under the resolutions adopted and through which this special assesment was spread each and every member is required to make a payment of fifty cents on or before September 30th 1918. Ora Williams, Sec. Pine Rnn Arbor. '' A Grange Message a "In the coming struggle for greater representation of the farm and labor in State and National legislation, we shall need every farm woman's vote. If you refer to the proceedings of 1917 State Grange, you will see that nearly every woman officer urged suffrage as a war measure." This is the message of Miss Buell, as published in the Mich igan patron, the official organ of the State Grange. It leaves no doubt of the position of the Grange on the wom an suffrage amendment.' Card of Thanks To the neighbors and friends who were so, kind and sympathetic during the illness and at the death of our be loved little daughter, to Rev. Mr. Ben son for his comforting words, to those who sang and to the donors of the baautiful flowers we would, hereby, make an expression of our heartfelt thanks. . . Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wildfong. State Fair Tickets The Messenger, this season, as here tofore, has State Fair tickets for sale at saving prices money saving and timo saving you can buy the adult tickets at 33c each or three for $1.00, and you won't have to stand ill line at the ticket office when you get to the fair grounds, We have, also, a num ber of children's free tickets, good only on Saturday, Aug. 31. No war tax wiil be charged on State Fair tickets. The fair this year will include a huge government war exhibit and will un doubtedly prove a wonderfully interest ing place to visit. Our advance sale of tickets will positively close on Wednes day evening, Aug. 28th, so, if you de sire them, you must purchase not later that that date. Butler Family Reunion Eighty-six members of the Butler family gathered at Lakeside Park last Wednesday to participate in their fifth annual reunion, representatives being present from Imlay City, East Tawas, Cleveland, Detroit, Clio, Flint, Saginaw and other points. A bountiful potluck dinner was served, after which a pro gram of song, recitations, etc., and a pleasant visit made the hours speed all too quickly, Next year's reunion will be held at he same place. Jos. Butler was elected president to serve the coming year. Primary Election Notice Office of the Township Clerk, Vienna Township. Notice is hereby given. That a General Primary Election will be held at the voting precinct at The Masonic Auditorium in the Township of Vienna, on Tuesday, August 27, 1918, at which time candidates of the various political parties for the following offices will be nominated :United States Sen ator. Governor, Cieutenant Governor, Representative in Congress, State Sen ator. Representatives in the State Leg islaturewCircuit Judge, Sheriff, County Clerk, Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Prosecuting Attorney, Circuit Court Commissioners, Coroners, Drain Com missioner and Surveyor. , Poles will be open at seven o'clock in the fore noon or as soon thereafter as may be and continue open until five o'clock in the afternoon. ' Dated at Clio, Michigan, this 23rd day of August, A. D. 1918. C. H. Reed. Township Clerk. IRA. W. COLE FOR T In announcing his candidacy for the County Treasurership, Ira W. Cole Comes with a record that is clean and of many year's active interest in town ship and county affairs. Always a good business man, both on and off the farm, he has been elected to many im portant offices, and filled the same with credit to himself and the community which he represented. Among other offices Mr. Cole has held the following: President.of the village of Davison one term. Member of the village council seven years. Treasurer of the township of Davi son four terms. At present on his fourth term as a member of the Board of , Supervisors, and chairman of that body. In asking the support of the electors Mr. Cole comes without any frills, und asks that his future performances be judged by his conduct in the past. He has always tried to work for the best interests of his constituents, and he is willing to have his past record closely scrutinized, having nothing to his cred of which he is ashamed. His boyhood, youth and manhood have been spent in the township of Davison, but ho is well and favorably known throughout the county and is well qualified to fill the office to which he aspires. There is none to deny his fitness to the office and the work of the Treasurer will be well looked after if placed in his charge. The intelligent voter, and that means a big magority. will vote for Ira W. Cole for County Treasurer, knowing that this important place should be filled by a man of ex perience, who does not aspire to the office on an empty record, but one o which shows many years of honest and efficient work in responsible positions. Political Adv. Davison Index. Here's another pattern for the wheat raisers: Threshers report 160 bushels of No. 1 white wheat from four acres on the farm of Col. E. L. Powers. The whole amount has been contracted by farmers for seed. Mt. Morris Theatre Next Saturday's bill will be a "bling er." The Play will be "The Hopper." , in five reels, and deals with the kid j napping of "Peaches" Jackson, a love ly little girl, by "The Hopper," a re formed safe blower. The kidnapping of "Peaches," however, is only inci dental to the rivalry of two old million aires, whose principal hobby is the col lecting of curios and antiquities. The son of one and the daughter of the other elopa, are married, and both are promptly disowned. A daring burg lary brings about a reconciliation among the whole bunch. The play abounds in thrilling climaxes and is filled with heart interest from start to finish. Saturday's comedy, "A Safe Disaster," will give you a sense of the funny side of life that will last for a week. Sunday's bill will feature "Real Folks," in five reels, a play dealing with with quaint and homely folk, which is always so interesting. It will be sure to please you, especially as J. Barney Sherry is the star. The come dy will be "A Game Gambler" and in it we can promise you a treat. Shows begin at 7:30 and 9:00; admission 10 and 15 and war tax. Try making this theatre one of the incidents of your evening auto ride. Adv. To Raise More Rye East Lansing, Mich. Not more wheat, but more rye is what the gov ernment is asking of the farmers of Michigan for next season, according to the department of farm crops of M. A. C. The farm crops' office of the college is in receipt of a commumication from the United States department of agri culture suggesting that Michigan grain growers increase their rye acreage about 20 per cent this fall and plant only the same amount of winter wheat as was put in a year ago. Other states can produce the wheat, it is explained, but Michigan is outstandingly superior as a producer of rye. Michigan, Mortality Important causes of death in the state were as follows: Pulmonary tuberculosis 222; other tuberculosis, 38; typhoid fev er. 18; diphtheria and croup. 46; scarlet fever, 6; measles, 19; wooping cough, 35; pneumonia, 107; diarrhea,' enteritis under two years, 179, meningitis, 21; influenza, 13; cancer, 241; violence; 311. Among the deaths reported from vio lence were 21 from railway accidents, 20 street car; 21 auto; 3 homicides; 29 suicides, and 62 drowning. These statistics apply to the month of July. To the Voters of Genesee Co. In view of the approaching Primary Election, it seems proper that I should make a brief statement concerning my candidacy for re-nomination to the office of sheriff on the Republican tick et. I have said a "brief statement,' and it shall be brief. I believe I am safe in trusting to the judgment of the people of the county as to the gen eral character of my services and my conduct of the sheriff's office for the past two years. For myself, I can honestly say that I have tried Vt alt times faithfully to discharge every trust reposed in me. It is true that I have not sought, as a matter of first importance, to make the jail a favorite place of resort for idle and criminal characters. I do not believe the people of the county wish the jail to be made popular as a resting place for chronic loafers, but, on the other hand, it has been kept in as cleanly a condition as circumstances have permitted, the food has been plain and wholesome and no prisoner who has behaved has been in anywise mistreated. The laws, so far as their execution has been in my hands, have been enforced without fear or favor and I can point with especiaJ pride to their effectual enforcement against numerous violators of the liquor laws, regardless of social or business standing, since I assumed charge of the office. It was, perhaps, inevitable that in the discharge of my duties I should have had some differences with various individuals, but I am confident the people of the county wiil not let such trivial matters adversely influence their judgment as to the really important question of the efficiency with which the sheriff's office has been conducted during my incumbency. It has been customary to accord a second term to county officers whose services have been meritorious. I believe that I am fairly entitled to the benefit of that precedent and I beg to say that I shall be duly appreciative for the kind con sideration of members of my party who may favor me at the primaries tp be held Tuesday, Aug. 27. Yours respectfully, John S. Chesnut. Political Adv. Sanford Reunion The third annual reunion of the San ford family was held at the beautiful new home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank San ford, of Richfield Center, Tuesday, Au gust 13. A potluck dinner was served at noon on the lawn, which was nicely arranged for the occasion, about 75 partaking of the feast, besides several invited guests. An exceptionally fine program was arranged, and many fine songs, duets, and instrumental selec tions were rendered by Mrs. Bcrnice Harrison, the Misses Dorothy Sanford and Louisa Wilbur, and two pretty songs by Margaret and Ercel Powers, and select recitations by the Misses Erma and Dorothy Knickerbocker and many other recitations by others pre sent. Remarks by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sanford. After the program a busi ness meeting was conducted. The offi cers for the ensuing year are: Presi dent, Wilbur Sanford; secretary, Er ma Knickerbocker, treasurer; Ezra San- ford. About twenty pictures of the different groups were taken, and the day will long be remembered. A rising vote of thanks was given Mr. and Mrs. Sanford for their hospitality. Friends were present from Sanilac Co., Detroit, Deerfield, Mayville, Flint, Thetford and Otisville. The next reunion will be held at the home of Ezra Sanford, near Columbiaville, the second Tuesday in August, 1919. New Serial Story Next week The Messenger will begin the publication of one of the most charming serial stories we have ever run. It is entitled "Caroline of the Corners," and is a story of a very lov able little girl who practiced the gospel of "looking up" and making things "a we bit better." It is a story that is guaranteed to make life brighter and to drive away the blues. And, while its heroine is a child, it is a story that appeals to grown- ups as well as child ren. Thank You I wish to thank all the boys and girls who have given me so many beautiful flowers, cards and ice cream, and thosa who brought story books for me to read. Sometimes I almost forget my leg is broken. . William Kenneth' Haven. M. E. Church Notes Class meeting, 9:30 a. m ; Sermon. 10:00 a. m.; Sunday school, 11:15 a. m.; Epworth League, 7 p. m. Sermon 8 p. m ; Dr. C. .W. Stepen- son will speak on "Harvest Time To day". The L. A. S. will meet in the church parlors next Wednesday. At this time will occur the annual election of offi cers. Card of Thanks To the kind friends and neighbors who were so generous with assistance and comforting with their sympathy during the illness and at the death of our beloved husband and father, and to the donors of the beautiful flowers, we would hereby make an expression of our deepest gratitude. Mrs. Chancy Bates, Miss Jean Bates, -Mrs. Clyde Rose. Announcement Clifton O. Wheeler, candidate for Register of Deeds, respectfully solic its your support at, the Republican. Primaries. I am not able at this time to get away from my work and make a campaign, so I am going to say "How Do You Do" to each and every ona through the columns of your local pap. er. Should I win the nomination and election this office would be taken care of in a very capable and efficient way. I wish to say that I have been a Repub lican all my life and on Primary Day you will not see any one stopping you on your way to vote with one of my cards. .1 thank you for your support at the Primary on Aug. 27, 1918. (Buy W. S. S. and Help Win tha War.) Political Adv.