Grace Smith Rushton Scrapbook Collection

Grace Smith Rushton kept a scrapbook by pasting newspaper clippings into a jewelers hardbound catalog in the early 1900s. Most of these articles are from the Central Lake Torch and cover over 65 years. The scrapbook was handed down to her daughter, Corene Rushton Johnson Empey and she passed it to her daughters, Esther Johnson Dewey Novotney of Eastport and Ardith Johnson Spoelman of Muskegon.

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Give Lives For World Liberty
Two more of "Our Boys" Die in Battle

Andrew Welch and George Mack Die in Cause that is Most Glorious.

Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Welch, living at Cook's corner received news form the battle front conveying the sad news that their son, Andrew, was killed in action October 13.

The news was not in the form of an official notice from the War Department, but came in a letter from the nurse who attended him, following his wound during action. She stated in her letter that the wound, while serious would not necessarily have been fatal could medical aid have been reached him at once; but before he could be taken from the field to the hospital he was so weakened from the loss of blood that medical science was of no avail, and he will rest on foreign soil, together with the thousands of other heroes who have given their lives in the awful struggle against the inhuman brutes of Germany.

The name of George Mack has been published in the casualty lists as having been killed in action some time ago, the exact date being September 30.

The young man was a son of Cornelius Mack and a brother of Mrs. Frank Cromp of this place. He grew to manhood and was well known in this community, having resided with his father on a farm some eight miles north of Central Lake.

He was brave and fearless as a lad, and as a soldier was all that hsi superior officers could desire, giving his life freely for the cause for which he engaged in the war.

In honor of these boys the National and the service flags were draped at half mast during the day.

While the sorrow and anguish which follows death is apparent in instances of this character, yet the fact remains that these boys gave their lives for the salvation of world liberty-a privilege that is both an honor and a glory; and their names will be revered by the generations to follow.

In Memory of Andrew Welch

Composed by
Casper Varney Smith

Today as I went to the city
I saw by the flag, hanging nigh,
That another dear son of our country
Had gone to his home in the sky.

Andrew fell in the midst of the battle,
And died with Jack Brown at his side.
What a thought , what a grief, what a sorrow,
Jack breathed as he scribed.

The very last day that we saw him
His young heart was full of delight,
And the green fields were scented with roses,
And the night birds were calling good night.

How he smiled and tried to be merry,
When he kissed his poor mother at home,
And whispered a word to his sweetheart,
The girl he had took for his own.

At last he went down to the depot,
And boarded the great southern train,
And arrived where the bullets were flying,
Like hail in the tumult of rain.

How cold and sad seems the message,
That o'er the wire has flown,
And brought the news from our hero Jack,
That our dear boy is not coming home.

We sat him a plate at the table,
On the glorious Thanksgiving day;
But he never came to use it,
From that land, o'er the dark blue sea.

How we long for him back at the fire-side,
Like the days that have been long ago,
Or that manly, friendly greeting you feel,
When he's say "Hello."

But at last we shall bow down in sorrow,
For the Angel of Fate has been here,
And said that the snow flakes, fell gently,
And covered our loved one so dear.

And the little flag o'er him is waving,
And we should all honor and pray,
For our brave, noble boys that have fallen,
In the land where the kaiser held sway.

Grange News

A large crowd gathered on June 17th at the Grass Lake Grange hall to hear Dr. Sheets, who gave a very interesting and entertaining talk on agricultural questions of the day and also stressed the beauties of the farm home and home life. Ten Granges from Antrim and surrounding counties were represented there.

Features added to the evening's entertainment were some fine pictures taken by our county agent, Mr. Kirkpatrick, also some fine numbers by the Jay Mudges and Mr. Austin on this zither and singing by children from Torch Lake Grange and Pete Youman of Greenwood Grange, followed by dancing and a bounteous potluck lunch.

Everyone went home feeling enriched by the evening. Come again, Dr. Sheets.

Probably 1906

Misses Cecil and Grace Richardson daughters of Mrs. and Mrs. Al Richardson, formerly of Eastport but now living on Lincoln street, Traverse City, were poisoned last Thursday evening, and the attending physician stated that the cause was some canned tongue that the young ladies had just eaten. The Traverse City Daly Record says: Immediately after eating the tongue, they were taken suddenly ill and were in acute pain. A physician was summoned and after some efforts managed to relieve their sufferings. Today they are both out of danger.

21 Divorce Cases in Court Calendar, June 1946

The May term of circuit court for Antrim county convened. Monday morning, with Judge Earl C. Pugsley of Hart presiding. By the time court convened, the calendar contained three more divorce cases, or a total of 26 cases. 21 of these being divorces, an unprecedented number.

The two law cases were both continued, that of the petition of Fred Voss, Bertha Voss and James D'Arcy until the July term and that of Milton Molitor, administrator of the estate of Nelson L. Bard vs. Peter Burns, originally Berrens, for trespass on the case, was continued until a later date.

On Monday decrees were granted in the divorce cases of Ellorne Boggs vs. Marshall E. Boggs; Estella Herman vs. Harold J. Herman; Velma Brownell vs. Frank H. Brownell; Henry Bos vs. Marjorie L. Bos; Bernard W. Best vs. Shirley J. Best; Loretta Louise Peirce vs. Len Peirce Jr.; Leo L. Parker vs. Ida Alice (Martha) Parker; Hattie Arnold vs. Norman Howard Arnold; Jeese H. Lively vs. Hazel Lively; Flossie A. Quance vs. Kenneth Quance; George T. Rohde vs. Captola Rohde; Robert Johnstone vs. Mildred Johnstone; Florence Sizemore vs. Willard Sizemore and Wm. H. Conway vs. Alice Conway.

The divorce cases of Irenen Fraley vs. William Fraley was dismissed. The divorce case of Helen Jeanne Meyers vs. Louis S. Meyers was adjourned over the term, as was that of Max LeRoy Montanye vs. Helen R. Montanye.

The no-progress divorce case of Mary Francis Cummins vs. Charles Edward Cummins was dismissed.

Assembly President is Guest Speaker

Mrs. Louvia Fox of Grand Rapids, President of the Rebekah Assembly of Michigan, gave a very appropriate and interesting address as guest speaker at the 50th anniversary celebration of Central Lake Rebekah Lodge No. 341, held at the school auditorium Friday evening.

Nearly one hundred people were present to hear Mrs. Fox commend the local lodge for its fine work as a community organization, also the notable work of all Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges in Michigan. In addition to local member present, Elk Rapids, Traverse City and Bellaire were represented at the event.

Mrs. Catherine Letherby of Traverse City, Assembly President last year, very capably acted as toastmistress and she, too, in a few well chosen remarks, complimented of the Central Lake order for their advancement in the work of Rebekah-oddfellowship.

A special guest for the evening was Mrs. Helena Zarn of Grand Rapids, who, as a member of the Bellaire lodge, helped institute, and was the first district deputy president, of the local order.

Other honored guests were Mrs. Grace Rushton, who joined the lodge 50 years ago next February and who gave a brief and interesting history of the first years of the organization, and Mrs. Clara Loper, a member here for more than 40 years. Mrs. Martha Smith 94, another 40 year member, was unable to be present, as was Mrs. Mary Watkins. Mrs. Rushton also read letters from Mrs. Alice Newcomb of Aberdeen, Idaho, who also joined the lodge 50 years ago, and Mrs. Anna (Boyce) Kirbyson of Port Huron, who was a charter member of the order.

The address of welcome was given in a gracious manner by Mrs. Altha Drogt. The invocation was given by Miss Hildred Stafford and the toastmistress was introduced by Mrs. Naomi Carney.

District officers who were introduced were the vice president, Gladys Burnett of Central Lake, and Verna Bussa of Elk Rapids.

The musical part of the program was especially enjoyable. Central Lake's Rocky Mountaineers delighted the audience with several selections. A special anniversary song, written by Mrs. Paul Burnett, was sweetly sung by Eloise Drogt and Patsy Burnett and Sylvia Mawdsley rendered two beautiful piano solos. Group singing of specially written numbers was also enjoyed.

Bouquets of large gold dahlias centered the tables. Gold and the lodge colors, pink and green, was the color scheme carried out for the event. She was capably other decorations.

A very delicious dinner was prepared by members of the PTA and served by the girls of Mrs. Betty Huntly's home economics class.

Praise for the success of the occasion is due Mrs. Flossie Bulock, general chairman, who worked untiringly in preparing for the event. She was capably assisted by the following committee members, Mrs. Doris Dawson and Mrs. Iva Hesser, Noble Grand and Vice Grand, respectively, Mrs. Grace Rushton, Mrs. Kate Cornett, Mrs. Gladys Burnett, Mrs. Hazel James and Mrs. Naomi Carney.

District officers who were introduced were the vice president, Gladys Burnett of Central Lake, and Verna Bussa of Elk Rapids.

Edyvean-LaParr [1906]

Married at the home of Mr. And Mrs. N. Newcomb, Thursday afternoon, April 4th, by Rev. Jas. Leitch, Mr. John Edyvean, and Miss Christina E. LaParr. Mr. ;and Mrs. Edyvean have taken rooms and gone to housekeeping on the second floor of the Roman black, and The Torch hopes they will be as happy and as comfortable as it is possible for human beings to be.

Well-Known Young People married at Flint. (1918)

Married-Wednesday, October 9, at the home of the brides parents at Flint, Mr. Hugo Sanford and Miss Gladys Upthergrove.

Mr. Sanford is a son of Mr. And Mrs. George Sanford of Lansing, and is employed at the Reo Motor Co.'s works, in that city. The family is well and favorably known throughout this community, where they formerly resided and visited here for several weeks during the past summer.

The bride is a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Upthergrove of Flint, and they too were residents of this community. She is greatly admired for her charming personality, both having a host of friends who will wish them every possible happiness and prosperity in the years to come.

They will reside in Lansing.

W. H. Smith, March 8, 1906

Whenever W. H. Smith come to town and forgets to watch his wagon, small articles disappear therefrom exactly as if someone were stealing them. Just why Mr. Smith's rig should be selected in preference to that of others is not understood; but it is doubtless on account of his known opulence and habitual good nature. But Mr. Smith, like the rest of us, knows when he has had enough of a joke, and last week he left his dog to watch the wagon. When he returned to it, the animal and a medium sized boy were in the wagon enjoying a very business-like mix up. Not that the boy wanted to stay. He was willing to go, but the dog wouldn't let him-had him by the trousers, and hung on. After a time the cloth gave out, and during the rest of Mr. Smith' s stay in the village, Towser had to content himself with a mouthful of jeans as a memento of his share in the fracas. Next time such an occurrence takes place the culprit will be handed over to the village marshal.

A Correction .March 15, 1906

Editor Torch: I would like to correct your mistake in saying that W. H. Smith's wagon is the only one from which articles have been taken. John Cawood came to town one night and bought a hunk of butter and a Sunday shirt, and he hadn't much more than stowed away the bundles before somebody hawked them out of the buggy. W. H. Smith thinks it was the same man that stole the big carrot from his farm last fall.



Visitors last Sunday at the Ver*** Carpenter home were Clarence Deforest and daughter, Lousie, of this place, also his son, Pvt. Ziba Deforest of Selfidge Field, Mr. and Mrs. James Chisholm and son, Mrs. and Mrs. Rance Halladay and children, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason and children of Kewadin, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McWaters and children of East Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Peck and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Everts of Three Rivers.


The Yellow Jacket soft ball team lost to the "Y" boys at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha last Friday night in a thrilling game that left the camp team victors 9-8.

The Yellow Jackets took a four run lead in the first inning, following which no scores were make until the last of the fourth when the camp team broke loose for their nine runs. The local team got 2 more runs in the 5th, 2 in the 6th but failed to score in the seventh inning. The teams are playing here tonight (Thursday).


In recognition of ten years of faithful service, C. D. Edson, agent for the Standard Oil company at Ellsworth, Michigan has received a gold service pin from the Standard Oil company and a complimentary letter from L. J. Tompson, the company's manager at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As a result of his associations in this vicinity, Mr. Edson has a large acquaintance in Ellsworth and surrounding territory, and is also well known to a wide circle of Standard Oil company employees.

The pin awarded is a neat emblem bearing the company's monogram and the inscription "Recognition of Service" and stars indicating the length of time employed.

Snowflake November 18, 1918

Pretending Joy Riders, Take Notice:
Previously on different times, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights, always about the same hours, from 8 to 9 o'clock-special and watchful care as to who they were.

Again last night, the gate being chained and locked, was opened , and in they came, turned their car so the headlight was in line of my window, turned off the light, and the giggle commenced. How easy to dematerialize a chain. Almost immediately the seance commenced in the right light of a full moon.

A ghost appeared and began asking questions as to who they were and their purposes there at that time when there was no entertainment going on. It is no wonder they took fright and struck out for town on the high speed gear.

What of that? Horses were let out on the railroad tracks and the lights frightened the old people I had for company and to care for my crippled wife, and disturbing the peace of all. Not knowing at first who they were, and knowing it was for plunder and injury and not for innocent fun. I think it my duty to inform against such a gang. I am here and can not get away so I will have to apply other remedies to protect myself and family. Anarchy and malicious intruders, who have no respect for others, claiming themselves and advocating the Golden rule.

So it is a duty of me to warn the public against fake mediums and tricksters who can dematerialize a chin or raise the dead. I don't know when the next seance will be, as I am afraid to leave the wife. I am compelled to be a figurehead when it does come off.

I will wait and see and report the case to some authority who will trace the villians to a public exposure.

The object of this is to apprise the public of the black-hands seen at Snowflake.


Sanford-Miller [1917 or 1918]

The many friends of Mrs. G. P. Sanford, formerly of this place but now residing in Lansing, will regret to learn that she was called to Shelley, Idaho, last Friday, on account of the serious illness of her brother, C. I. Miller. He, too will be remembered as having resided here several years ago, and was in the jewelry business.


New is Received of Death of Lee Gibbard in France.

This community was sadly shocked; one day last week, when word was received by Mr. And Mrs. Chas. Gibbard that their son, Lee, who enlisted in the army last fall, had met death in France on October 13. The manner of his death was not stated, and definite information has not been learned, but it is altogether probable that he was killed in battle, as a letter to a friend here, dated at about that time, stated that he was well and looking fine.

Lee was 24 years of age, and leaves his parents, three sisters, and three brothers. One brother, Leslie, is also in the service of his country.

The young man was born and raised in this community, was well-liked by all who knew him-a dutiful son, a loving brother, and a friend to everybody. Much sympathy is expressed for his aged parents, as he was the comfort of their old age. The blow to them is great.


In the passing of Mrs. Ella Wallbrecht, which occurred at the Munson hospital in Traverse City Saturday afternoon, Central Lake and the entire community mourns the loss of one of the most beloved and respected of the older citizens.

Mrs. Wallbrecht had suffered ill health for over a year but had been critically ill for nearly two weeks preceding her demise at the age of 68 years.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Frederick Peggs officiating, and burial was made in the family lot in the Southern Cemetery. The high esteem in which Mrs. Wallbrecht was held was exemplified in the abundance of beautiful flowers.

Mrs. Wallbrecht was a member of the Central Lake Congregational Church, being one of its organizers, and a faithful worker in it while her health permitted. She was also a member of the F. J. Lewis Chapter No. 213 O. E. S., a past president of the District Meguzee Association, and took an active interest in all civic organizations for the advancement of the village.

Besides the husband, A. F. Wallbrecht, the deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Martin G. Smith of Central Lake and Miss Helen of Radburn, New Jersey; two sons, Howard of New York City and Gus of Linden, Mich,; a sister Mrs. Jessie Lee of Statton Island, New York; a brother Loren Stevenson of Seattle, Wash. One. Son, Raymond, preceded her in death.

With always a cheerful and valuable work of encouragement for all, Mrs. Wallbrecht leaves a multitude of friends who will join the Torch in extending sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.


Mrs. Myrtle Cook, formerly Miss Myrtle Murray of Echo township, Antrim county passed away in Detroit July 24, 1934, at the age of 38 years.

Mrs. Cook graduated from the Central Lake high school. She was married six years ago last April to Oral Cook in Detroit where she has since made her home. Mrs. Cook had not been ill. She was here in June and visited her sisters and other friends. Death was caused by a blood ves- bursting at the base of the brain.

Besides her husband and a step-daughter, she leaves three sisters; Mrs. Ernest Russell of Pleasant Valley, Mrs. J. A. Brown of Onaway and Mrs. Oscar Larsen of Ellsworth.

Funeral services were held at a funeral home in Detroit and burial at Republic, Ohio.

Mrs. Forrest Dewey Answers Last Call [1946]


Mrs. Forrest Dewey, 46, passed away early last Friday morning at her home just south of Torch Lake village. She had been critically ill for several months but in spite of her great suffering she was patient and uncomplaining and she was tenderly and faithfully cared for night an day by her husband, assisted by members of the family.

According to her wishes, expressed before her passing, funeral services were held at the Central Lake Congregational church, with Rev. Glen Cornett officiating. The Atwood choir and Walter Shooks, accompanied by Mrs. Hans DeYoung, sang her favorite hymns. She was laid to rest in the Southern cemetery. The church was filled to capacity by sorrowing relatives and friends and this and the mass of beautiful flowers attested the esteem in which she was held.

Hettie Mae Dawson was born March 27, 1900, in Central Lake, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dawson.

Following her graduation from Central Lake high school she attended the teacher's college at Mr. Pleasant, later teaching the Esseltine school near here and the Pleasant Valley school near Bellaire in Custer township. Before her illness last spring she taught the Eastport school for a month, ending the term.

On November 11, 1922, she was married to Forrest Dewey of Bellaire and to this union three children were born. The family resided in Bellaire, Flint and Charlevoix before going to Ellsworth where they lived for 17 years, moving to Torch Lake 2 years ago.

Mrs. Dewey, a true christian woman, was of the Baptist faith. She was also a member of the Central Lake Rebekah lodge No. 341 of Central Lake.

Left to mourn their great loss are the husband, three children, Mrs. Robert (Agnes) Anderson of Pontiac, Darrell and Mrs. Walter (Mildred) Drogt of Torch Lake; two sisters, Mrs. William (Genevieve) McGuire of Central Lake, and Mrs. Walter (Frances) Anderson of Kewadin; four brothers, Jasper Dawson of Pontiac, Harold and Versile, of Central Lake and Maurice, of Charlevoix; two grandchildren, Steven Lane and Sharon Denice Anderson, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Those from out of town who attended Mrs. Dewey's funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson and two children and Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Dawson of Pontiac; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Dawson, Charlevoix; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Anderson, Kewadin; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Fitzpatrick and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Dewey, Flint; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Sanderson and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Sanderson, Detroit; Mrs. Ad Billdeau Sr., Traverse City; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Dell Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dewey and Mrs. Elizabeth Dewey, all of Bellaire; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hardy, Boyne City; Mrs. Clyde Bailey, Mancelona; Mrs. Hiram Dawson, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Dawson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stoel, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edson and Mr. and Mrs. Henry VanderArk, all of Ellsworth, and many others.

Dies at Lapeer [1918]

Miss Elizabeth Jane Joynt of Lapeer and a former resident of this community, died last Sunday and the remains were shipped to Central Lake, reaching here Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted from the home of Dan McDonald, two and a half miles east of town, Wednesday morning at 10:30 o' clock, Rev. Chas. S. Jenkins officiating. Interment occurred in the Dunsmore cemetery, east of town.

Elizabeth Jane Joynt was born at Marlborough, Canada, on May 7, 1865. When five years of age she came to southern Michigan with her parents. Two years later they moved onto their farm in Echo township, this county, where she spent thirty-three years of her life.

Her mother, Ann Mackey Joynt, departed this life on May 20, 1902, and her father on October 1, 1905.

For the past two and a half years she has lived at Lapeer. She leaves one brother, Thomas Joynt, who with his family resides at East Jordan. There are several cousins---Mrs. Anna McDonald, Mrs. Margaret McDonald, and Elias Burns of Central Lake; also Roscoe Mackey and his sisters at East Jordan.

Memorial Service Held Honoring Soldier Boy's Demise. [1918]

Leland Max Gibbard was born December 14, 1895, on the farm where his parents now reside. He died in France October 10, as the result of Diabetis, after being in the hospital one day. He was called to Camp Custer on the thirtieth day of last January, and was sent to France during the month of August. Besides a loving father and mother, he leaves three brothers, one of who is at Camp Custer, three sisters, and a host of friends to mourn his demise. Memorial services were conducted in his honor at the Pleasant Valley school house, Sunday, November 17, at 2 o'clock, at which time Rev. Exner of Bellaire, delivered a very touching and appropriate address.

Local Boy Graduated At Fort Riley, Kans. [This is my Uncle]

7 June 1946

Fort Riley, Kansas, June 7-Pfc. Elmer R. Johnson, as son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Johnson of Central Lake, was graduated today from the advanced intelligence, course at the Intelligence School of the Cavalry School here.

Private first class Johnson, who served in Europe with the 69th and 29th Divisions, wears the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, the ETO ribbon with tree battle stars, and the American Theatre and World War 2 Victory Ribbons.

Levi B. Shearer [1918]

O. H. Sisson received a telegram Monday evening, announcing the death of Levi B. Shearer, which occurred at the State Hospital at Traverse City that evening. The deceased was about 80 years of age, and had lived in Antrim county for practically forty years, going to Traverse City some four years ago. He lived in the vicinity of Eastport for a number of years. The remains were brought here for interment, which occurred Wednesday morning at Bay View cemetery, where other members of the family are at rest. The deceased was an uncle of O. H. Sisson and Mrs. Gertrud Irey of this place, and of Mrs. H. L. Dawson of Eastport.

Letters From Readers

13960 Grandville,
Detroit 23, Mich.
June 11-46

Central Lake Torch,
Central Lake, Mich.
Dear Friends:

At the risk of being considered an "isolationist" I shall express my views on the proposed locks to make our lakes accessible to power craft.

According to an article in a last winter's number of a boating magazine, it is proposed to install these locks at Elk Rapids and Bellaire. At first glance, this seems like a very desirable project; but a more careful analysis will show that it can and probably will, do irreparable damage to our lake fishing; and after all, the fishing is the main tourist attraction.

While our lakes are heavily stocked with hatchery fish, their natural propagation is also highly important, and their greatest natural spawning beds, particularly of small mouth bass, is in the rivers connecting our chain of lakes. If these rivers are constantly agitated by propeller wash, as they most certainly will be if these boats come in, the dislodged silt will cover and kill not only the spawn, but the insect life upon which all fish, both hatchery planted and wild, are dependant for food.

We have had a similar condition on the lower sections of the Au Sauble for several years.

I am sure anyone who has lived where power boats are common will agree with me that most boat owners are good sportsmen, but there is also a considerable percentage who have little or no consideration for the people in rowboats.

It is true these boats will bring some business to the community, but in many cases the owners will live on the boats, and the money they spend will by no means match that spent by fishermen occupying cottages which pay local taxes; and if the fish go, the fishermen will go, perhaps to northern Ontario.

I sincerely hope the people of Antrim county will consider this question from all angels before sponsoring such a project.

Very truly yours,
Haze H. Sanford.

Joseph J. Devlin Candidate for Sheriff of Antrim County at the Democratic Primaries, September 11th. [1934]

I am a candidate not because everyone asked me to run, for it is my own idea, and during my campaign I positively refuse to kiss any babies that are not more than 16 years of age.

I was born and raised in Antrim County and was graduated from Central Lake High School, and I am the only farmer in the race. My parents are pioneers in this county, my father coming here in 1871 at the age of seven, 63 years ago and being a resident property owner and a Democrat for fifty years.

My mother formerly Ada Hollenbeck was born in Milton Township in 1880 on what was known as the Like DeRoche farm.

I advocate a new, more economical and more able Sheriff's Department.

I ask for your support at the Polls and if I am elected I will uphold the law with due consideration and good judgment.

Joseph J. Devlin


Mrs. Hiram T. Blakely of this place has just recently received a German helmet as a war souvenir from her son Howard, who is in France. When questioned as to whether or not the garment bore, any trace of violence she replied that here were no bullet holes in it, but that it looked as though it had been the victim of some mighty rough treatment.

Death of Civil War Veteran (1918)

Robert Summerville, aged seventy-five and for many years a resident of this locality, died at a Petoskey hospital last Friday as the result of an attach of appendicitis. His condition was most serious when he reached the hospital, and he died before he could be made ready for the operation.

Undertaker O. H. Sisson of this city, went to Petoskey, Saturday morning, returning that afternoon with the body. The funeral occurred Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home just south of town. Rev. E. C. Eldred officiating. The remains were placed at rest in the Densmore cemetery.

Mr. Summerville was a veteran of the civil war, and had spent some time at the Soldiers Home, Grand Rapids.

The family of the deceased are numbered among our best people, and they have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Carpenter Dillingham Wedding (1918)

A very pretty wedding ceremony was performed at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Carpenter, west of town, Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, when Rev. C. S. Jenkins spoke the words which united in marriage Ozro D. Dillingham and Miss Eloda Carpenter. Both the contracting parties have a host of friends who will wish them all kinds of happiness and prosperity.

Brunges Family Holds Reunion In Grand Rapids (Abt. 1946)

C. W. Brugnes and daughter, Mrs. Cr. R. Springstead and children went to Grand Rapids Saturday to spend the weekend with Mrs. C. W. Brunges and other relatives. There was a family reunion on Sunday, the first time in 16 years. Mr. and Mrs. Brunges and their eight children had all been together. Mr. Brunges and the Springsteads returned Wednesday.

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