Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 23, 2013

News From 100 Years Ago: 12/23/2013

BY THE HISTORY CENTER OF TRAVERSE CITY

— - Battle Lines Forming For Fight Against Telephone Company — appeal made to citizens. Last evening a representative gathering of citizens was held for the purpose of making a protest against the raising of rates by the Citizen’s Telephone Company and to devise a line of action in order to protect the public and compel the company to live up to the franchise under which they are operating. The sentiment was unanimous in favor of taking up the question immediately in whatever way is deemed the best to meet the existing crisis. It is an assured fact that subscribers are not getting adequate service and an arbitrary raise in the face of this condition is more than people are willing to bear.

- Doctor Sent Check — Believes in mission of Development Bureau. He is interested in getting Hungarians located on farms in Michigan.The Western Michigan Development bureau is in receipt of a letter and check from Dr. Arpad M. Barothy of Chicago, both coming unsolicited, and as a testimonial of the work of development which is being done for this part of the state. The letter says that the doctor is greatly interested in what is being accomplished and wishes to lend financial as well as moral support to the campaign. The doctor is interested in getting people of Hungarian extraction from the crowded city upon the open fields, believing that there they will have a better opportunity to realize their full possibilities. The doctor is also somewhat of a fruit grower, having imported 15 different varieties of grapes from Hungary and Russia, with the hope that some of these varieties will produce more abundantly than the varieties grown here.

- The Pere Marquette railroad put on extra coaches to care for the heavy holiday travel this morning.

- Apples and Potatoes displayed in Illinois

One hundred boxes of fancy Western Michigan apples and 50 boxes of fine potatoes have been on exhibition the past week at the University of Illinois where the annual meeting of the Illinois State Horticultural Society has been held. The fruit growers attending this meeting were both pleased and surprised to see the Michigan display. The apples attracted particular attention and called for much explanation as to the character of the country in which they grew, its climate, its soil and its facilities for marketing crops.

- Mrs. Mary Richter of West Tenth Street, has some very nice chickens and some miscreant stole four of them Saturday night. Several people will be deprived of their Christmas dinners.