100 Years Ago: Youth in court for stealing Manistee orchard apples

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News 100 years ago and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum.

July 28, pg. 1

“The request of Campaign Manager Borgen of The Salvation Army that the Red Cross and Social Welfare League withdraw from the field and leave all local social welfare work to The Salvation Army met with a cool and negative reception this morning at a joint conference of the two bodies held at Salvation Army headquarters in Elks temple. 

“The conference ended without any positive action being taken, but it was made plain by Red Cross and Social Welfare League workers that the organization will stay in the field…

“The conference started under unfavorable auspices.  Miss Marion H. Larsen, Red Cross worker, called Mr. Borgen to account for his statement that she had informed him that the Red Cross and Social Welfare League would disband if The Salvation Army campaign is successful. 

“Mr. Borgen replied that there must have been some misunderstanding.  A spirited argument followed, Miss Larsen insisting on a public retraction, while Mr. Borgen urged that the matter was not material to the discussion. 

“Among the others to speak on the question, Dr. L. S. Ramsdell was first.  He divided equally his praise of the Social Welfare League and The Salvation Army having had experience with both.  He expressed himself in favor of The Salvation Army taking over the work because of its wider facilities and experience in relief work.  By this he did not mean to criticize the League, for so far as he knew it had done highly efficient work, but he thought perhaps the officers would be willing to relieve themselves of the burden.  

“Sec. J. C. Beukema pointed out that the important thing…was for The Salvation Army to show that it could do efficient and effective work in Manistee at less than what it costs at present…

“The suggestion was at last given that each organization go ahead with its work, The Salvation Army to prove in the next year what it can do locally. 

“An Explanation.

“Through an unfortunate misunderstanding an intimation was made in last night’s issue of the News Advocate…that in case The Salvation Army succeeded in its campaign for funds… the Social Welfare League would discontinue its activities…The officers of the Social Welfare League stated…that the Social Welfare League had not contemplated and do not contemplate giving up its work until some other organization shall have proved that it was better equipped to take care of the work more effectively and economically. 

“To Stick.

“‘The Social Welfare League wishes to call the attention of the Public, its hundreds of supporters, and its various volunteer workers, to the fact that no change or plan of work has been entered into by this organization.  The society is incorporated and will continue its regular program until the last of November, when a drive will be put on to continue the work for another year. 

“‘Manistee by uniting all welfare work and by a system of close co-operation has built up in the last few years a social welfare program surpassed by no other city of its size in Northern Michigan. 

“‘We ask the continuance of your co-operation and your support, thereby making possible the carrying on of this most essential and necessary work in our city.’ 

Pg. 3

“As a result of the committee meeting held today…at the Elks Campaign Headquarters of The Salvation Army, a distinct understanding between the two organizations of The Salvation Army and the Social Welfare (League) was accomplished.

“The Salvation Army is to have its intensive campaign for $3,000…and to follow out its original program of permanently establishing its activities in Manistee. 

“The Social Welfare League is to likewise continue in activities, but The Salvation Army will be in close contact with the organization to avoid duplication of relief. 

“Unusual interest has been shown in The Salvation Army by Manistee civic leaders and support has been pledged.  

“The Salvation Army…appears before Manistee in the spirit of service, and will endeavor to do the class of work…to merit the complete confidence of all…

“‘We’ll Prove Ourselves to Manistee’ is the slogan. 

“Beflagged and dusty, six new Studebaker touring cars containing a troop of 21 Boy Scouts and officers of South Bend (Indiana)…pulled into the city at noon today and immediately headed for First Street Beach for lunch.  In the motorcade was also a Reo Speedwagon containing the cooking and camping equipment…

“On arriving at the beach…details were assigned for the regular work and the rest of the boys were allowed to swim.  The lake…appealed to the boys, who were begrimed and warm.  With the visitors were also a dozen Manistee scouts, who acted as hosts. 

“...the boys were called ashore for ‘chow.’  This fare, while not elaborate, was substantial, produced by an agreeable…cook, who was familiarly known as ‘John.’ The boys, lined up, were served cafeteria style.  On each plate was a large helping of salmon salad, a slice of bread, an onion and apple butter.  Drinking cups were filled with lemonade.   

“When the meal was finished a near riot was created by the announcement that ice cream was the last course.  This was given by the Board of Commerce.  Cones were dished up at the pavilion. 

“Soon afterward the ‘hikers’ departed, carrying with them a fine impression of Manistee.  They will pitch camp tonight at Traverse City.

“As Noah Heap puts it:  Lots of houses are fitted with modern inconveniences. 

“The longer ago a woman was born, the easier she can forget to remember when it was. 

“The old-fashioned campaign cigar is going out.  Cheap cigars are poor advertising, and good cigars are too expensive, politicians say. 

“Katz’s Musicians will repeat their recent visit to Manistee at a dance to be given Tuesday night in the Ramsdell.  A diamond ring will be given to the best lady dancer. 

“The pavement dance last night, which was well attended, was marked by the singing of D. L. MacDonald.  This was a novelty to a good share of the public that had not heard him at the Beach pavilion. 

“Many a girl who looks like a peach is a lemon in disguise. 

“Most of us can make a little truth go a long way by stretching it. 

“‘Civilization is on trial,’ declares a speaker.  Why doesn’t it plead guilty, pay a fine and have the matter done with. 

“The government is said to believe the time is approaching for drastic action in the strike disputes.  The time is not approaching:  it is already here. 

“‘Never,’ exclaims the Grand Rapids Press, ‘has Michigan seemed more beautiful in mid-July, the recent rains having freshened up every tire advertisement by the roadside.’ 

“About 45 children and young peoples workers of The Salvation Army enjoyed a picnic yesterday at Orchard Beach.  The day was spent in games and races, for which prizes were given. 

“Considerably reduced in weight but declaring himself a new man, Sidney O. Kann, Maple Street, returned home this morning from Waukesha, Wis., where he received medical treatment for the past month at Spa sanitarium.  

July 29, pg. 3

“After six weeks of steady work, the restringing of the high voltage electric power line between Junction Dam and Manistee, a distance of 26 miles, is completed. 

“...three large and more durable cables…will double the horse-power capacity and minimize interruptions by sleet storms. 

“Manager C. S. Kressler of the Consumers Power company stated…‘The feature of the job…was the fact that the crew was always working alongside dangerous, hot wires.’

“Mr. Kressler was particularly pleased with the attitude of the public during these operations. 

“‘Our consumers,’ he said, ‘were patient and courteous while power was shut off Sundays to expedite this work, and we hope to repay them with continuity of service in the future.’

“Campaign manager Borgen of The Salvation Army acknowledges his error in attempting to switch interest from the Social Welfare League.  He stated that he did not realize the highly organized condition and the intelligent way in which they were conducting their work. 

“In the greater majority of cities, he states, are found welfare organizations that are not working up to scientific lines, and it was on this conclusion that the attempt was made by The Salvation Army to take over the load and wage it according to their training.  ‘Manistee has reason for congratulating themselves on their Red Cross and Social Welfare League.  They are really operating along intelligent lines and for the betterment of Manistee,’ he said. 

“It was further stated that The Salvation Army would affix their quota minus the relief item, and would turn this work over to the Social Welfare League and Red Cross…(keeping) in close contact…with the Welfare (League) to avoid duplication. 

“...The Salvation Army will therefore continue its campaign August 7 to 10 minus the relief item.  They will make their quota $2,500 and lay heavier stress upon work among boys and girls, young men and women, (and) police work and lay an intensive campaign for Christian furtherance and (reaching) unchurched and delinquent masses…

“The Salvation Army state rescue and maternity homes, camps, hospitals, industrial homes, etc., are placed at the disposal of Manistee county through the medium of the Red Cross, Social Welfare League and The Salvation Army itself…

“The Salvation Army campaign committee will go ahead…and it is felt that with this co-operation with the present facilities of the city and the constructive work The Salvation Army will accomplish, the (funding) appeal will be met with good spirit and liberal response.

“Announcement is made today that Miss Belle M. Morgan, formerly of Allegan, Mich., has taken over the hat store on River Street of the late Mrs. Emma S. Peterson.  

“Miss Morgan is an experienced milliner, and she assures the same high standard of service that was pursued by Mrs. Peterson.  

“In announcing the sale of several local residences, Stacy C. Thompson, real estate dealer, stated today that activity in property transfers continues briskly….

“There is no need to worry over the local gas supply, said Manager C. S. Kressler today. 

“By purchasing coal and other materials in large quantities several months ago he was able to lay in a supply that will last at least 60 days more….

“Noah LIttle says:  Success depends upon backbone, not wishbone. 

“The new fall styles are coming out.  Well, some of them can’t come out much farther.  

“As Noah Heap puts it:  Many a man is in a great hurry, considering he don’t know where he’s going. 

“The most cruel punishment is in store for the flapper.  One of these days she’ll wake up to find that no one is noticing her. 

“Mrs. Lydia Arkin announces her candidacy for the nomination of Register of Deeds on the Democratic ticket, at the primaries in September. 

“Water in Lake Michigan has reached a temperature making it just right for swimming purposes.  Quite a number of bathers have been out during the last few afternoons. 

“Girl we know in a downtown office is peeved because the new city directory has her listed as a stenographer, when she says she really is a secretary.  She says she just told her young man friend that she was indispensable at her office and now when he sees her he will not believe it. 

“Of all habits formed by ex-service men, wearing of wrist watches is lasting the longest. 

“Assertions by physicians that persons do not drink enough water might be remedied by a law prohibiting the use of it. 

“In the old days after a man saved his first thousand dollars he prepared to get rich.  Now he buys an automobile and remains poor. 

“If congress stopped passing new laws until enforcement of Volsteadism were 100 per cent effective, what a long vacation congress could have. 

“Several youngsters appeared in Justice Greve’s court this afternoon and were reprimanded for stealing apples from one of the orchards in the city, the owner of which did not wish to prefer a charge against them. 

“Mrs. Ed. Hansen, Sibben Street, was pleasantly surprised this week by the visit of her brother Capt. Conrad Mathison, of New York, whom she had not seen since she left Norway 30 years ago.  With Capt. Mathison was Rudolph Olson, a nephew, son of Mrs. Hansen’s sister.

July 31, pg. 1

“Julius Nims, pioneer resident of Manistee and Civil war veteran, died yesterday morning at 10:48 at his home, 903 Maple St., after having been confined to his home for the past two weeks following a stroke of paralysis. 

“He had a similar stroke three years ago, which is thought to have resulted from a brutal assault by robbers at his store at 1009 Maple St., which he had conducted for the past 18 years. 

“Mr. Nims was 73 years of age….

“With the breaking of ground and awarding of contract for construction of the new paper mill, the big expansion project of the Filer Fibre company becomes a concrete actuality instead of an abstract possibility. 

“...The contract has been awarded to J. J. Olson & Son of Muskegon, the lowest bidders…

“...it is a stipulation of the contract that preference will be given to Manistee labor when available.

“When completed the plant will employ 100 men, mostly skilled workmen, in addition to the fibre company’s present force of 130…. 

Pg. 3

“Inability to hit safely in emergencies, bunched errors and a muffed foul loft back of the plate yesterday caused Manistee to feel the sting of defeat for the first time in its last nine starts…so the hardest-fought game of the season on the Sands park diamond ended with the count 7 to 5, with Grayling on the long end of the reckoning…

“But anyway, the game was the most interesting seen here this season.  

“The Grayling team was accompanied by a delegation of about 50 rooters, who gave them splendid vocal support.

“The afternoon also featured a side-line scrap in which a disorderly spectator assaulted Special Officer Lewandowski and, in attempting to make a getaway, ran into a straight right punch from another spectator….

“Mrs. Arthur Mahlgreen, living on a farm on the river road, died last night at 9:30 from convulsions.  She was 16 years of age and had been married only 3 months…Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.

“Dr. J. L. Sweetnam has picked his third crop of Loganberries from cultivated bushes at his home on Third Street.  The berries are chiefly interesting for their size, about the size of walnuts. 

“Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Bauman of Grayling spent the week-end as guests of Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Schnorbach.  Incidentally, Mr. Bauman’s fervent rooting for the Grayling team in Sunday’s baseball game is credited with having contributed very materially to the local defeat.  He is a 33d degree fan and his yips of encouragement to the players from his town could be heard all over the park. 

“‘Flivver finger’ is the latest digital peculiarity noted.  In manipulating a certain make of car, controlled by a gas lever under the steering wheel, the tendency is to push the lever upward with the side of the knuckle of the third finger.  Some nervous motorists are constantly jiggling this lever, with the result that they get a thick callus that finally forms a bump on the side of the finger. 

“When the old-fashioned girl was jilted it affected her heart.  When the modern girl is jilted it affects her trigger finger. 

“Thompson’s Auto company garage on Water Street was broken into early Sunday morning, the rear door of the place having been found open at 1 o’clock after having been securely locked at midnight.  Nothing was taken. 

“Even if the government hasn’t accomplished a single helpful thing in its handling of the rail and coal strikes it is only fair to admit that no one in this generation has witnessed a greater demonstration of rolling up the sleeves.

“Filling stations and tire repair shops did the biggest day’s business of their history yesterday.  Everyone who had the first requisite was awheel, and the fusilade of exploding tires along the roadside was sweet music to the tire man’s ears.  

Aug. 1, pg. 3

“Following a conference between Campaign Manager Borgen and Capt. Youngman of The Salvation Army and Chief of Police Grady, an agreement was reached whereby The Salvation Army will cooperate with the police department in doing street work.  Chief Grady expressed himself highly in favor of the plan and gave assurance of his support. 

“This will replace the relief work of The Salvation Army’s program, which has been turned over to the Social Welfare League.  The organization will assist in apprehending and looking after loose young people on the street.  Several cases have already been taken under advisement. 

“Both Capt. and Mrs. Youngman are trained and qualified for this work.  In addition, Salvation Army state institutions have been placed at the disposal of the police department–rescue missions, maternity homes, two fresh air camps and hospitals….

“There is an epidemic of summer colds exceedingly prevalent just now. 

“And here’s August!  Soon be time for Chautauqua!

“As Noah Heap puts it:  A doctor has a hard time curing a man that hasn’t got anything the matter with him. 

“No pavement dance will be held this week.  Because of the decreasing amount in the resort fund it has been necessary to give the dances less frequently in order to have them continue to the end of the season. 

Aug. 2, pg. 1

“RADDECK, Nova Scotia, Aug. 2. — Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and one of the country’s most distinguished scientists, died here today at the age of 75. 

“Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, March 3, 1847.  He was graduated from several European universities and came to Canada in 1870, leaving there and settling in Boston one year later.

“He concentrated on his work on the telephone while a Professor at the Boston University, and received a patent on the telephone in 1876.

“The scientist was the recipient of many honors…The governments of France, England and Belgium decorated him in recognition of his achievements. 

Pg. 2

“After a close contest, Miss Emily Koglin, of Onekama, with A. Schlief as her partner, won the diamond ring given away at the dance last night in Ramsdell hall.  At the close of the dance the judges were undecided between Miss Koglin and Mrs. Robert Mauzy.  (In a dance-off) Miss Koglin received the loudest applause from the spectators, and…was awarded the prize….

“Proof that Manistee climate and location favors the growth of a variety of garden flowers and plants will be furnished at a ‘Flower Show’ arranged for next week, Tuesday and Wednesday…in the Congregational church parlors…In connection a food, jelly and jam sale will be given….

“A reception of Dr. and Mrs. Homer A. Ramsdell Saturday afternoon, honoring Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop R. Scott, home from Paris for a summer vacation, was a delightful affair, attended by a hundred or more guests.  Dr. and Mrs. Ramsdell, their guests of honor and Mrs. Winnogene Scott, mother of Mr. Scott, were in the receiving line.  

“Mmes. Lucy Ramsdell, H. W. Marsh, L. S. Ramsdell and J. L. Sweetnam presided over the refreshment table, two being seated at the end of a long table pouring tea and coffee.

“Mrs. Sherwood Baker sang several charming selections and Miss Hester Johnson furnished piano numbers.  Mrs. Marie Andersen was accompanist. 

Pg. 3

“The first automobile theft to occur in Manistee for some time was perpetuated during the night when a Ford coupe belonging to the Crane company of Grand Rapids and driven by one of its salesmen, F. Gleeson, was stolen from in front of the Hotel Chippewa, where it had been left for the night.

“The theft was discovered this morning.  The police and Sheriff Hallock were immediately notified, but up until noon they were unsuccessful in their search…

“The car can be easily identified, as it has the name of the company painted on both doors. 

“‘It isn’t how loud you speak, but how distinctly,’ says a Manistee Telephone operator. 

“The ordinary voter is again enjoying the great admiration and high esteem of the candidates. 

“This is a patient country, but one of these days it is going to get tired of being pestered by reformers. 

“Householders who always dread the thought of carrying out the ashes now are dreading the possibility that there won’t be any to carry out. 

“The elderberry crop this season in Michigan will be one of the largest in years, we are promised, so there will be plenty for elderberry pie and–er–whatever else they make out of elderberries.  

“Trouble about being happy is that we do not realize that we were until we are not. 

“One difficulty of election to congress is that it cannot make a statesman of a politician. 

Aug. 3, pg. 1

“NEW YORK, Aug. 3. — Telephone service throughout the United States and Canada will stop for one minute as a tribute to Alexander Graham Bell at the hour when he is buried tomorrow, the American Telephone & Telegraph company announced. 

“The Manistee telephone exchange has no instructions yet as to what period service is to be suspended. 

Pg. 3

“Sheriff Hallock received word late yesterday afternoon from the sheriff at Ludington that the Ford coupe, belonging to the Crane company of Grand Rapids, and taken from in front of the Hotel Chippewa where it had been left standing Tuesday night by F. Gleeson, had been found in an alley at Ludington. 

“The car, it was said, had been standing there since 5 o’clock Wednesday morning making it obvious that the car was taken not with the idea of stealing it but only as a means of reaching Ludington.  No arrest has so far been made. 

“As Noah Heap puts it:  What passes for a sound argument often is only sound. 

“German marks are demonstrating how nothing can become still less. 

“One pleasing characteristic of the hen is that she doesn’t make a lot of noise until after she has delivered the goods.