Traverse City Record-Eagle

News From 100 Years Ago

May 2, 2011

News from 100 years ago: 05/02/2011

• It is only a few days ago that the idea of paving East Front Street was conceived by the property owners of the Fifth Ward. An active canvass was commenced at once and Monday a majority of the foot frontage has been secured in favor of the project from Wellington Street to Garfield Avenue.

• Sometime before noon last Thursday, while Agent F. D. Bright of the M. & N. E. railroad was away and his helper was at dinner, someone opened the ticket window in the depot and pried open the money drawer. Twenty-one dollars was taken of which six dollars was in the form of a check. Suspicion was directed toward Frank Skillet, who had been seen around the depot and a search was made. Later, it was found that he had gone to Interlochen and cashed a check at that place. This morning he came to Traverse City and was arrested.

• A fire on Wednesday morning totally destroyed the big barn and adjoining sheds on the farm of William G. Tompkins, a prominent fruit grower on the peninsula. With the exception of the team and one buggy, the entire contents of the barn and sheds were consumed, including nine cows, two horses, the farm machinery and implements, wagons, fruit ladders, hay and grains.

• A jolly crowd gathered at the home of E. Koan near North Paradise Saturday evening. Dancing began the festivities and at the hour of twelve a fine lap supper was served consisting of assorted cakes and pickles.

• George Humes has returned to the Canadian northwest after spending the winter near Cedar R. F. D. No. 2. His spare moments will be occupied using his new Eastman Kodak camera.

• All the local real estate men are experiencing a busy season taking care of the inquiries that are coming in for desirable tracts of land. While a few important sales have been made so far this season, the individuals are waiting for the roads to get dry so they can get a better view of the properties which interest them.

• Mrs. Lee Swan died suddenly at her home on North Elmwood Avenue Wednesday morning at the age of 35 years, death being due to dilation of the heart. Mrs. Swan had been in good health up until midnight when she became unconscious after an attack and remained so until death. She leaves behind her mother and husband, two sisters who reside in California and a brother at Benzonia Academy.

• This is the busy season for the local nursery agents as a good share of the stock that is shopped here for sale has arrived and is being sold out and delivered. Apple and cherry trees seem to be the most in demand but there is also a good sale for peach, pear and other varieties of fruit that thrive in this area.

• The regular meeting of the P. O. Circle of the First Methodist Church was held last Monday evening at the home of Miss Jennie Anderson on South Union Street at which time the annual election of officers took place. There was a large attendance of members and after the regular business meeting, a social hour followed.

• Dr. Swanton has returned from Dr. Peterson's private hospital at Ann Arbor where he underwent a successful operation for appendicitis. He was a patient at that place for one week and will continue his recovery at his home in this city under the care of a special nurse.

• Hiram Burrows is visiting his brothers and other relatives at Grant Center this week. Hiram is a conductor on the interurban between Kalamazoo and Detroit. He met with a slight accident which shook him up somewhat, but he is recovering all right.

• Advice on deportment. If a person crushes or crowds you and apologizes, accept the apology with a cold bow.

• Medical advice of a century ago. In removing bedclothing, underclothing, handkerchief, etc., from the sick room they should be put in a bag soaked in a carbolic acid solution.

• Best buy of the week. Leather davenports, $16.89 at J. W. Slater.

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