Traverse City Record-Eagle

News From 100 Years Ago

April 16, 2012

News from 100 years ago: 04/16/2012

• Marie Witte, aged six years, daughter of William Witte of Washington Street, died suddenly last night. In answer to the summons that the child was dying, the physician on his arrival found her dead. It is alleged that on her head was a recent cut while her general appearance showed other bruises that excited suspicion. On a thorough examination, a mass of bruises and burns were found from head to foot. The coroner was notified and this morning a jury was impaneled.

• The most successful good roads convention ever held in the city had its closing session this morning. The number in attendance showed how much interest all the road builders are taking in such meetings. Good roads will increase the productivity of the land and will lead to an increase in population which will benefit farmers and merchants.

• William O. Foote, for more than a quarter of a century a resident of this city, died at his home, 618 West Front Street this morning. He had been in poor health for a number of years. Mr. Foote was employed at the age of seventeen by G. R. & I. Railroad company at Manton. In 1883 the family came to Traverse City. Although his education had been limited to two terms of schooling, his great natural ability, keen insight and observation made him independent of schools while energy and perseverance gave a good measure of success.

• The meeting of the Brotherhood of the Congregational church held in the church parlors last evening has been pronounced today the best held since the brotherhood has been organized. About a hundred people were present and gave a good applause to the speakers on the topic, "Educational Needs of Traverse City".

• The civic improvement committee wants to be remembered by those who are thinning shrubs, vines and all perennial plants. No matter what ward one lives in, send or call up Mrs. A. W. Peck, Mrs. W. H. Umlor or Mrs. C. S. Vader.

• The first of a two-day series of parties given by Mesdames O. C. Moffatt, A. F. Cameron, W. J. Hobbs and Miss Billings occurred in the Moffatt home yesterday afternoon when they entertained about sixty guests at cards. It was one of most charmingly appointed parties given in the city during the spring season which has just formally opened.

• Thousands of citizens across this country and around the world will be saddened by the death of Miss Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross Society. Miss Barton died at her Glen Echo, Maryland home, aged 90. Although she had been in failing health for some years, her death came without warning.

• The fifty-ninth year of happy wedded life was rounded out by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Thurtell, 510 West Ninth Street last Saturday. The event was marked by perfect simplicity and quietly at home with their family of boys and girls around them. Mr. and Mrs. Thurtell have been in the city about nineteen years during which time they have won many friends who will extend congratulations and heartfelt wishes for many more years.

• J. Bracken has returned to Grawn from Florida where he spent the winter. Mr. Bracken enjoyed the winter climate and was free from asthma. While there, Mrs. Bracken stopped off at Allegan, Michigan for a short visit with Miss Beth who is attending school there.

• The regular meeting of the Kasson Center grange was held at the Hall last Tuesday. A class of five was initiated in the third and fourth degrees. At noon all sat down to a fine dinner prepared by the ladies.

• Married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baatz, their daughter, Mauded to Fred Bohlk by Rev. C. W. Williams on Sunday. Attendants to the couple were Henry Bohlk, brother of the groom, and Mrs. Henry Bohlk, cousin of the bride.

• Advice on deportment. Words reveal our refinements; they tell the discerning listener of the company we have kept; they are the hallmarks of education and culture.

• Medical advice of a century ago. All warnings of weakness or oncoming sickness or decay should at once be noticed by the aged and due precaution and proper treatment instituted at once.

• Best buy of the week. Horse or Sheep Clippers, $7.50 at The Hannah & Lay Mercantile Co.

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