Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 7, 2012

News from 100 years ago: 05/07/2012

By Emma Jane Muir
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---- — • Two young Traverse City women who pitted their strength and cunning in a frail canoe against the swollen rapids of the Grand River at Lansing, paid the price of the game with their lives last week. Miss Josephine Richardson, aged 26, and her sister Cecil, aged 21, the victims of the tragedy, had purchased the canoe recently and had been warned of the danger, but paid no attention.

• The Friends held their annual quarterly meeting at the Long Lake church Saturday and Sunday. Rev. Fred Carter preached Saturday morning. The business meeting was held in the afternoon. There was a large crowd present and a fine dinner was served. A load of fifteen young people from the Friends church of this city drove out Sunday and stayed to attend the evening session.

• A consignment of three carloads of trees for customers at the point were received today from the Monroe Nursery Company by their agent, T. W. Richie.

• One of the saddest deaths in the city for some time was that of Mrs. A. J. Dragoo, who died very suddenly Thursday afternoon while in attendance at a banquet which followed the regular meeting of the Auxiliary of the B. of L. E. in their lodge rooms in the Masonic block. After sitting down, she announced that her head felt queer, then reeled and fell to the floor. Within fifteen minutes she had passed away.

• Miss Faye Norton returned to Bellaire this afternoon where she will resume her duties as school teacher. She has been visiting in the city for a week.

• E. J. Warren of the Grand Traverse Fruit Company passed through the city a few days ago on his way to Empire where the company's lands are located. He says that 6,000 fruit trees will be set out at that place this spring.

• The five varieties of apples which are the most profitable to grow in the Grand Traverse region, according to Edward Payson are the Jonathan, Delicious, Wagner, Rome Beauty and Winesap. Mr. Payson has been studying the question of varieties in connection with our climate, soil and markets for three years.

• The relatives here of Robert R. Case who now lives in California, have received word that he is very low. He has not been well since leaving here last fall. About six weeks ago, he injured his side trimming fruit trees. He has had three doctors attending him.

• Mrs. Thornberry closed a very successful year of school at the Will schoolhouse Friday in Kasson Center with a literary program. Several visitors called to listen to the children and fell well paid for their time. Mrs. Thornberry has been retained for another year.

• Sergeant Herbert J. Downer of the 131st Company Coast Artillerymen of Fisher's Island, New York, is home on a three months' furlough. He is visiting his mother, Mrs. Frank Bixby of 1223 Garfield Avenue.

• Dr. J. B. Martin, who has been quite ill at his home on Washington Street is much better today and expects to be able to be in his office within a few days.

• Advice on deportment. Do not neglect little things if they can affect the comfort of others.

• Medical advice of a century ago. One of the rules of diabetic treatment of the aged is to give food at frequent intervals in small amounts.

• Best buy of the week. Ladies' Serge Dresses, $5.25 - $10.75 at The Barney Co.