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Goorge G. Van Alstine, a resident of Port Huron, started about the flrst of the present month for a trip to Mexico, and during his absence, both his wife and little child have died of scarlet fever. All efforts to find Mr. V. and apprise him of the sad intelligonce have proven unavailing.' The liabilities of Root, Strong & Co., the Detroit firm that recently failed, figure up $700,000 with assets of $600,000. While the Rev. Mr. Church was discoursing to a Methodist congregation at Waterloo on Sunday, a large stone carne crashing through an opposite window, scattering f ragm.ents of glass o'er the congregation and narrowly missing the dominie's head. Saginaw saw-mills are getting down to business and will hump themselves for a big season's cut of pine. Cornelius Austin, a Walled Lake farmer, died recently at the age of 97 years. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, aud had been a resident of Michigan nearly sixty years. The Michigan Central will invest $30,000 in a new depot at Bay City. Notwithstanding that everybody knows it's not conducive to great longevity to attempt the boarding of moving railway trains, many people seem to think the sport offsets the danger. But the Pewamo man who tried it and feil beneatb. the cars, the flange of the wheels shaving his scalp, but not crushing it, has that he's had enough of that kind of fun. The assooiation business is bound to eventually take in all classes of people. Even the ministers over in Lenawee county are g'oing to have a little organization of their own, and will get themselves together next month for that purpose. Grand Rapids' new cable road, the only one we believe in all Michigan, will soon be in operation. The testimony in the famous Clay case, taken in the Grand Rapids probate court, has been forwarded to Governor Luce for his decisión. Port Huron people believe in giving the boys a chance. Her newly elected mayor is but 26 years old. "Wheeler, a Gratiot county burg, is having an epidemie of measjes and brand new babies. A couple of Torch Lake chaps cut and put up an average of nearly seven cords of wood daily for sixty -one days. Chopping wood seems to be getting somewhat of a dangerous avocation. A White Oak man tried it and dropped dead before the job was finished. But heart-disease waslingering around the sap bush. The remains of a child that were buried twenty years ago at St. Clair were unearthed the other day and the features found to be as natural as they were before burial took place. Since November last the Elk Rapids Iron company has purchased wood which, if placed in a continuous pile, f our feet in height, would string out seven miles in length. The largest funeral ever held in Lake county was that of Hon. George Oviatt, at Chase, there being some 3,000 people in attendanee. George Payne, a Cheshire citizen, was somewhat pained by a 50 fine for indulging in a little pounding spree of his wife. An explosión of gas in the Jackspn corset steel works damaged the factory $2,500 worth on the 16th. The explosión of a gas-meter in the Battle Creek Methodist church on Sunday made hustling times for a few minutes. One man had a hole cut in his scalp by a flying piece of metal. Those who take kindly to strangers are said to often entertain angels unawares. We have noticed, however, that some people don't flnd it out, as in the case of a Kent county farmer one day last week. The stranger ate a hearty dinner and departed, as-did also the farmer's pocketbook containing $50. For injuries received while in the employ of the Brush Electric Light company Almeron Kratz, of Detroit, has been awarded $10,000 damages. A Croswell dudé recently invested in $42 worth of collars and euffs. The picnic season is approaching. Bam Clay, the same Sam who has the ability to keep all Grand Rapids in hubbub, announces another $50,000 lawsuit against Ènos Putnam for alienating his wife's affections. Sam bas pluck, if not discretion. A Hancock man with a crooked name, landed a cup of hot coffee plub into the face of a neighbor whom he didn't like, but it cost him $10.95 for the sweet revenge. A Fallassburg man named Koster has just contracted his first illness and doctor's bill, although past 82 years of age. The Germán lady, of East Saginaw, who sent a package of cáncer cure to the Germán emperor some months ago at a cost of express charges, has jnst been notified that the medicine isn't wanted. Repu blies it seems are not alone ungrateful. Gladstone will make some fellow a present of a little patch of land, provided he's plenty of cash in his pocket, and the inclination to use $25,000 of it in the building of a brick hotel. A Varmontville boy got a nice little hole in his arm while making the acquaintance of a toy pistol. At the age of 48 a Varmontville lady is the mother of fourteen children, the youngest of which is a babe a few days old. Her husband, contrary to the usual custom in large families, is wealthy. A Casnovia woman bas brought suit for divorce f rom her liege lord . in the ground that he's only bought her $6.50 worth of clothing in the last three years. Under the circumstances, the complainant has shown great forbearance. A test case involving the validity of the local option election law will be argued before the supreme court on May 21. Calumet was illuminated by a $8,500 blaze on the night of the 18th; no insurance. Although putting in its best licks to catch up with its orders, the Morton Manufacturing company at Romeo has more work on hand than it can do for the next three months. Over a ton and a half of mail is handled daily at the Port Huron postoffice. Monroe has a pear tree that is nearly a century old. It is sixty-five feet in height, and the trunk, flve feet above the ground, is thirteen feet in circumference. This tree stil] bears anual crops of about fifty bushels of choice fruit. Professor L. H. Bailey, Jr., of the state Agricultural college, has suecumbed to the tempting offer of Cornell university of $3,000 per annum and a year's trip in Europe. The Presbyterian church at Negaunee is to have an imported parson all the way from Chicago. Stock's big roller milis at Hillsdale will use crude petroleum for fuel. A Unadilla couple have completed sixty years of married life, without even a thought of divorce. Well done, good and faithful servants. A A way back ác the sixties Daniel Leivingway, of Hun i lat' county, caught a bullet at Chancellorsville which he has since worn asa memento of his army experience. But lately the piece of lead hasnt agreed with his constitution, and the other day he had the university doctors cut it out from the hip in which it was loeated. The divorce business is likely to continue in Kent county, as over 500 marriage licenses have been issued by the county clerk in the past seven months. If there is anything about which people do not lie it's their money. A citizen of Gratiot county inforraed the assessor last spring that he had just $500 out at interest, but the new tax law showed the sum to be $13,000. A woman of the same county gave in the same amount, which turned out to be $6,000. The Eaton county circuit court is wrestling with a calendar of 117 cases, eleven of which are of the criminal class. Smith & Wilson, of Marquette, have been awarded the government contract f or the building of the new custom house at that place for 865,500. Some people are Tigorous kickers, but Henry Hill, of Olivet, who tried titles in that line with a horse, found it rather up-hill tvork. He won't try again, not until he recovers from his recent encounter. At the agricultura! college sale of blooded stock at Lansing, the highest price realized was &10. This hardly equals the efforts Of private partieswho of ten swap single animáis for cash that reaches into thousands. . A JHuskegon county lady nampd Bane deeded her son a $10,u00 farm on condition that she should be properly taken care of for the remainder of her natural life. Instead of this, she alleges that he has been the bane of her life, and now brings suit to recover possession of the farm. That Beuzie county folks are seeing sea serpents this early in the season may be attributod to the fact that the reign of local prohibition is so near at hand. As the season advances marvelous developménts may be anticipated. Swift and sure are the judpments of Judge Swift, who taxed a Detroit saloonist $108 for doing business on Sunday. East Saginaw's hea viest taxpayer, Michael Jeffers, who ofïered to sell his property at its assessed valuation, has concluded that the assessor wasn:t so far off after all, and has withdrawn the hasty offer. Fenton opens the season of attractions with a gilt-edged gypsy camp. If any town in the state would like to invest, however, Fenton folks will sell 'em cheap. Grand Rapids parties will handle dressed beef in bulk by the aid of a $6,000 refrigerator. Cleanliness may be next door neighbor to godliness, as has been intimated aforetime, but the practice of washing one's feet is said to be positively dangerous. An East Saginaw man tried it the other day, but died before the job was completed. It takes ninety-niné instructors to enlighten the 1.607 students at the Ann Arbor state university, and even then some of 'em come out without knowing anything. Not all the honest men, it seems. are outside the confines of the penitentiary. A Jackson prison convict recently found a nice wad of money that had been lost by a visitor at the institution, and promptly handed the bundle over to the keeper. A Caro feminiue, who had used diamond dyes to wash off the insidious encroachment of gray hair, mistook a blue package for black the other day, and now has hair of a shade unlike any other damsel in town. A Battle Creek citizen has been seized by an uncontrolable desire for gas, and has begun to bore for the stuff on his own hook and pocket book. But what puzzles us is the necessity of boring for gas during a presidential campaign when the surface supply seems inexhaustable. Michigan insane asylums are boarding 2,316 people who are more or less off their base mentally. The tendency to insanity seems to be steadily on the increase. Two hundred and eighty-one lady students are now tnmding the p's and q:s at the state university i


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