News of

October 17, 1879

Morrissey's block is up.

Murphy's Lecture tomorrow evening.

The Board of Supervisors is now in session.

C.B. Lovejoy called at our office yesterday.

J.W. Fearns returned from Chicago last friday.

Mrs. O. D. Glidden is visiting friends in Paw Paw.

L. Campau returned to town last MOnday evening.

A.S. Hobart went to New York last week to buy goods.

Jas. N. Decker, of Sylvester, was in town last MOnday.

Mrs. E.G. Haney will soon return home with her eye entirely cured.

Hood, Gale & Co. expect to start their mill in Colfax, in about thirty days.

Mrs. R. B. Hughes who has been visiting here several weeks, returned to Bellevue last Friday.

Mrs. M.P. Gale returned to town last week after an extended visit to friends in New York state.

Calvin P. Price and Rev. H. Lamont started for Battle Creek last Monday morning to attend the Synod in that city.

FATAL ACCIDENT - Our Stanwood correspondent writes us the particulars of a frightful accident that occurred near that village last Monday. A Mrs. Potter, who lives in the town of Austin, was coming to Stanwood on a load fo shingles, carrying a two months old babe in her arms, when the wheels on one side of the wagon dropped into a rut, throwing her off the load. In the fall, she dropped her child; it fell under the wagon, and a wheel crushed its head, killing it instantly. Within a quarter of a mile of the point where the accident occurred, lives a Mrs. Carmes, aged 93, who is remarkably hale and hearty for a person of her years, doing housework for a family of three - her son, grandson and herself.

Our young friend H.G. Lazell tangled himself up in the matrimonial knot yesterday with Miss Edna McNutt, of Fremont Ceneter. Sensible to the last.

Hector McNeal, of the township of Chippewa, has lost five children during the last two weeks, from diptheria. Other children in the neighborhood are dying with it.

Rev. H. Lamont will not officiate at the Presbyterian Church next Sunday. He will deliver the sermon at the installation ceremonies of Rev. C.H. Foote, at Ionia.

D.D. Cooper, the champion of Greenbackery in this city, had his black flag out yesterday afternoon, and last evening spouted Dennis Kearney lunacy at the Pacific House corner.

B.F. Graves, formerly of this city, but now of Adrian, is counsel for Lawrence and Armstrong, two of the men arrested on a charge of manslaughter growing out of the recent grand stand dead-fall disaster in that city.

October 23, 1879

S.F. Aspinwall, of Grand Rapids was in town yesterday.

J.H. Simmons, of Newaygo, was in the city last Tuesday.

A.S. Hobart returned from New York last Monday morning.

A drunken man will become sober in due time, but a fool never will become wise.

The new G.R. & I telegraph line is being put up this week. It has reached a point near Cedar Springs yesterday.

If anybody has Mrs. R. White's upper teeth, which were lost at the fire, they will confer a favor by leaving them at this office.

Elder Munn exhibits a potato raised on his farm in the township of Big Rapids, which weighs 3 pounds 2 and 1/4 ounces.

Repairs on the Pacific House block, American Express office, and the other buildings immediately south, commenced last Monday morning.

September 20, 1880

Dr. Eldredge returned from the State of New York last Wednesday evening.

Miss Josie Wagener is visiting Miss Jessie Osburn and other friends in Grand Rapids this week.

F.O. Vandersluis and Charlie Gay returned from the funeral of Geo. A. Phillips last Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Robinson, who came from Ottumwa, Iowa, last week, to attend the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Stephen E. Bigelow, started back Wednesday morning.

There was a scrub race between David Burns' colt and R.A. Griffin's pony at the Fair Ground last Tuesday afternoon, in which the former was declared the winner.

Charlie Persons, who lived in this city when he was a boy, was married to Miss Ida Andress, of Petoskey, one day last week. His friends her wish him much luck.

Elder H. C. Peck, who once lived in this city, but now resides in Hanover, Jackson County, and who was suspended from the ministry for whacking an insolent young man over the head with a cane some months ago, was tried and found guilty by the Methodist Conference at Muskegon last week, and sentenced to be suspended from the ministry for a year - in other words, they gave him a furlough for twelve months.

Millbrook Items

Miss Augusta Ginzer, of Grand Rapids is visiting friends in this place for a few weeks.

Mrs. C.H. Clement, having a cancerous tumor on one eye which had become quite troublesome, left for Rome, N.Y. last MOnday to have it operated upon.

R. Harrington, who lives about a mile and a half from this village, sells at public auction next Wednesday, his stock, farming implements, etc., and will move to this place. He has the contract to build the addition to the school house.

Enoch Bartlett has a contract to furnish ties for the Detroit and Butler Railroad and has a full force at work.

Mrs. T.J. Holcomb is again on the sick list.

Mrs. R.T. Capen, who has been dangerously sick for some time, is better, and hopes are entertained of her recovery.

Marion Griffith has purchased Cyrus Capen's house and lot on Mill Street, which would seem to indicate a sort of matrimonial inclination on the part of the purchaser.

Mrs. S. P. Ellsworth is visiting relatives and friends at Three Rivers, this state.

Cyrus Capen is again on the sick list.

L. Flowers is building a new dwelling on Main Street.

M.E. Church Appointments

The Methodist Conference at Muskegon adjourned last MOnday night. The following are the apointments for the Big Rapids District, as reported in the Post and Tribune.

A.J. Russell - Presiding Elder
Aetan - J.F. Wallace
Benona - M.E. Bacon
Big Rapids - L. Masters
Big Rapids Circuit - To be supplied
Clare - J. Lulick
Crystal Valley - To be supplied
Rustville - F.E. Sanders
Evart - J.C. Floyd
Fremont Center - J.N. Dayton
Grant - A. Busbee
Hart - W.L. Tilden
Hesperia - W.W. Lamport
Holton - G. Varion
Howard City - To be supplied
Isabella Indian Mission - To be supplied
Leavitt - To be supplied
Ludington - W. Mooney
Manistee - J.K. Stark
Mecosta - J. Hills
Millbrook - To be supplied
Mt. Pleasant - I.H. Allenbeck
Morley - D.W. Smith
Pentwater - Geo. Donaldson
Pierson - C.G. Thomas
Riverton - A. Potter
Reed City - W.H. Thompson
Riverton Indian Mission - to be supplied
Sears - C.F. Allen
Shelby - A.A. Rolfe
Whitehall and Montague - H.R. Hawley

Petit Jurors

The following named persons have been drawn to serve as jurors at the next session of the Mecosta Circuit Court, which commences on Tuesday, October 5th.

George P. Hopkins
John Osterly
Nelson Ganong
Richard S. Becker
James Hullinger
William Flynn
John Rentz
Henry Eastman
John Banfield
Benson McDuffie
Miller J. Raub
George A. Roff
Edward W. Hudnutt
William Van Loo
Harry Courtwright
John Eaton
John M. Turk
William H. Hicks
John Bright
Hugh Maguire
L.M. Frink
Daniel Bromley
Robert Rafferty
Thomas Hall

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September 24, 1880 - Millbrook Items

E.H. Kendrick, wife and daughter, have gone to the southern part of the State for a week's visit.

Miss Lillie Bartlett has gone to Newaygo to attend school.

Theo Horton smiles - over a boy.

T.C. Gardner's matched black horses didn't gill the conditions upon which they were purchased, and he returned them.

On the 23d, Goodson McCabe of Roland, lost a child about a year old, from summer complaint.

Dr. Hawkins is not entirely well, but he attends professional calls occasionally.

We understand that Postmaster Brown is to remove his office and stock of books and stationery to the Grange block, where he will have more room.

Mrs. Dr. Tucker and Mrs. Staley, who have been sick with diptheria, are reported better.

Miss Mary Hinn had gone to Grand Rapids on a visit.

Mrs. Martha Pillsbury recently went to Kalamazoo to visit her unfortunate husband, who is an inmate of the Insane Asylum.

Rev. J. Marzolf, who has filled the Methodist pulpit here for a year and a half past, goes to Elm Hall, and Rev. J.W. Steffe comes here.

September 1880 Brevities

Mrs. J.E. Persons, late of Petoskey and Mancelona has returned to this city to live.

A Sachen returned last Thursday evening from Europe, materially improved in health.

Mrs. J.H. Kilbourne and children have recently been visiting relatives and friends in Lansing.

Miss Ida Watson returned Thursday evening after a year's sojourn in the State of New York.


Millbrook Items - January 4, 1881

Ed Harmon went to Big Rapids yesterday on business.

Grome Stanton, of Grand Rapids is visiting his folks here for a short time.

Mahlon Carman and wife, of Altona, were in town last Sunday, visiting their folks.

Frank Pierce, who has been in the employ of Stephen Chapman for the last four or five years, and who went on a visit to Pennsylvania a short time ago, returned last week with his bride.

Johnson Wood was married here last Saturday, to a daughter of Clark Allen, one of the merchants at Blanchard. Justice J.D. Clement performed the ceremony, after which Jack slung the cigars around quite freely.

Two other couples were marrried here last Sunday by Rev. J.W. Steffe. They hailed from Mt. Pleasant, and returned immediately after being spliced.

James Kirstead, of Morton, was also married to Alice Kempton, of Sylvester, last Saturday. Thus endeth the matrimonial exercises at this place to date.

The young man Whiton, who was injured at Moile's camp a short time ago, and brought here for treatment, died last Wednesday. His remains were taken to Ithaca for interment.

The Methodist folks of this place are talking fo building a new church, which no doubt will be a success, for it is almost impossible to ascend the hill when icy, to the one which they now occupy.

Paris Items - January 5, 1881

By the burning of the depot here on the 19th ult., S.F. Judkins, station agent, lost about $40 worth of furniture, books and other valuables. E.F. Davenport, who occupied the south half of the depot, as a wareroom, had about $175 worth of goods destroyed, on which there was no insurance. M.S. Elwood, Town Clerk, had his office at the depot, and lost all the township records, and quite a number of his own papers and books. The chattel mortgages and bills of sale on file with the Clerk, happened to be in Davenport's store, where the Clerk's office had formerly been held, and hence were saved. The G.R. & I. Company will commence the erection of a new depot next week. There will be a donation party in Paris next Friday evening, for the benefit of W.H. Thompson, S.F. Judkins, our genial station agent, who has been ill for some time with lung fever, is able to be around again, and has taken charge of the railroad office, which is now located in Davenport's store.

Dr. I.J. Leggett has purchased Davenport's stock of drugs, and will remove them to Fisher's old building which he has bought and is fitting up for a drug store.

J.G. Morton, a former resident of this place, but now baggage master on the F.&P.M.R.R. is visiting with friends and relatives here.


At the residence of the bride's father in this city, Dec.29th, 1880, by Rev. L. Master, George Potts, of Cedar Springs, and Miss Carrie M. Bickhart.

At the residence of the bride's father in this city, by Rev. L. Master, Dece. 30th, 1880, Franklin H. Ridenour, of Knox Co., Ohio, and Miss Ida L. Whitney.


In this city on Sunday, December 26th, 1880, of diptheria; Percival Roger, aged 2 years and six months; and on MOnday evening, January 3d, 1881, of the same disease, Isabel, aged 14 years and four months, being the only son and youngest daughter of William T. and Jane A. Bliss, and grandchildren of the late Roger Collingwood.

Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, and their only surviving child - a daughter of fifteen - are certainly entitled to the earnest sympathy of everybody, in their great bereavement. It is but seldom that Death reaps such a harvest in one family in so short a time, as it has done in that of Mr. Bliss, taking two out of the five in a period of only eight days. The decease of their daughter was inexpressibly sad. She was a bright girl and was conscious to the last, realizing for hours before her death that the end was near. She calmly talked of death, and gave directions concerning the distribution of her toys and juvenile treasures. The bereaved parents desire us to say that they fully appreciate the kindness of Rev. E.W. Miller, A.F. Markham, and their neighbors of the Catholic faith, more especially of the Mother Superior of the Sisters of Mercy Hospital, for services kindly rendered in the great affliction which has fallen upon them.


Remaining Unclaimed in the Post Office at Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan, January 6th 1880. [Would assume 1880 is a printing error and should have been 1881.]

Ladies List

Bennett, Mrs. E.G.
Ball, Miss Laura
Bouchore, Mrs. Mary
Brown, Mrs. Maria M.
Ellsworth, Susan
Jarvis, Mrs. Sarah
Lord, Mrs. Hannah
Schaus, MIss Cenie
Westergren, Miss Anna
Wood, Mrs. Adison J.
Wilkinson, Mrs. Susan

Gentlemen's List

Allison, O. Benhatt
Brownell, Giles 2
McCormick, L.
Colton, W.H.
Convene, Ruben
Curly, John
Carlton, James
Cernon, Fred M.
Caufield, A.B.
Diamond, Alix
Freeman, Thomas
Flinn, Edward
Jones, W.A.
Jias, Johney
Jennie, Daniel
Lyon, F.A.
McCroy, P.
Morrisey, Timothy
Mauron, Andrews
Palmer, John
Reed, George
Rowland, Frank
Robinson, C.E. Sorensen, Johannan 2
Stahl, Rudolph 2
Sharp, Chauncey C.
Smith, James
Tuell, W.S.


T.C. Gardner of Millbrook, made us a brief call last Saturday.

Elder Lamont will preach on "Matrimony" next Sunday evening.

Sheriff Shwa has made Col. Vincent his Under Sheriff - a good appointment.

Dr. Whitney has a challenge in to-day's Pioneer Magnet. See our special notice column.

Mrs. J.H. Palmer is spending the week in Grand Rapids. She went there last MOnday.

Judge Brown is now settled in his new office, and is ready to do business for those who want to pay for it.

City Attorney Thrall is enjoying a visit from his mother, Mrs. Ollie Thrall, whose home is in Allegany county, New York.

Quite a party of Big Rapids ladies and gentlemen went out to Phippen & Carwford's lumber camp to dinner last Friday.

C.H. Wagener is nicely settled in his new quarters in Vanloo's brick block. He now has a parlor drug store, and "no mistake."

The Board of Supervisors last week authorized a $450 addition to the County Jail, and a new building to cost $500 at the Poor Farm.

The Presbyterian social, appointed to be held at the home of Mrs. Calvin Price last evening, was postponed until Thursday evening of next week.

P. Walt, the boot and shoe man, has purchased and will shortly occupy the store on the east side of Michigan Avenue recently vacated by P.H. Brown & Co.

Master Harry Clark, son of E.P. Clark, of this city was appointed one f the messenger boys of the Michigan House of Representatives by Speaker Moffatt last Friday.

Sheriff Shaw's wife returned last Tuesday from Grand Rapids, where she had been for three weeks under treatment of Dr. Shepard. She returns much improved in health.

Mrs. Capt. McDaniel, Mrs. Piper and Mrs. Allen E. Williams returned last Friday from Hot Springs, Ark., where they had been sojourning for six weeks. Mrs. McDaniel returns somewhat improved in health, but not so much as she and her friends had hoped.

Mrs. Laur now has the Butterick pattern agency in this city. See her announcement in our special notice column.

We are informed that Mrs. T.D. Stimson is going to Hot Springs, Ark., before long, to try the curative properties of the waters there.

NEW JUSGE - Gov. Jerome has appointed Hon. Fred J. Russell, of Hart, Circuit Judge to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Judge Brown. Judeg Russell is reported to be about forty years of age, a man well versed in the law, and of good sound judgement. He has been Judge of Probate of Oceana county for eight years past.


KILLED - Samuel Friar was instantly killed last Friday afternoon at Grandell's lumber camp, some three or four miles northeast of this city. He was driving past where choppers were at work, and the topmost end of a falling tree struck and crushed him into a shapeless mass. His face and head were not mangled nor bruised, but almost every bone in his body below the neck was broken. The team was not injured, neither were the sleighs broken. Deceased was driving one of Anderson & North's teams, and had been thus employed since early in November last. He was an uncle by marriage of R.H. Anderson, of this city; was about 48 or 50 years of age, and leaves a wife and one child - nearly grown up - whose home is at York, Ontario. Mr. Anderson left for Canada with the remains last Monday morning.


MILLBROOK, Jan. 11th, 1881

Sheriff Vincent is in town to-day on official business.

Mrs. Enoch Bartlett has gone to Sylvester on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Eben Knight.

Chas. Tiffany and family have removed to Blanchard, where he is employed in a mill.

George Precious has recovered from the injury received some time ago, and is again on duty, driving 'bus.

O.M. Hoysington and wife of Harrison, but formerly of this place, are in town on a visit to their friends, and relatives.

Dr. Hawkins, who has been confined to his bed for some time past from severe illness, which he has been troubled with for the last six months, we are pleased to say, has so far recovered as to be out once monre.

Needed repairs have been done on the Congregational Church, which no doubt will please everyone, for it can now be made warm and comfortable. There will be a donation at Newman Capen's next Thursday night, for the benefit of the above named church. An oyster supper will be served, and a jolly time is expected to which all are cordially invited.

The young folks of this place have organized a dramatic company, with N.W. Burdick, manager, and they are now rehearsing the temperance play, "Fruits of the Wine Cup," which will be presented in about three weeks.

Henry Wood was severely injured while loading logs at H.B. Wolcott's camp last Friday. He is attended by Fr. Terrill, who reports him in a critical condition.


At a meeting of the Fire Department held Wednesday evening of last week, the following department officers were elected for the ensuing year: Chief Engineer, Eli Frederick; First Assistant, John Greenfield; Second Assistant, Fred Ford; Secretary, W.A. Cole.

Protection Hose held an election the same evening with the following result: Foreman, John Cooper; 1st Assistant, Geo. H. LIncoln; 2d Assistant, Harry Courtright; Secretary, W.A. Cole; Treasurer, C.A. Verity.


About one hundred and twenty five invited guests assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Haney last Friday evening, to assist them in the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding. It was a jolly crowd, and the evening passed very pleasantly. During the course of it, Rev. E.W. Miller treated the assemblage to a few remarks, spiced with humorous allusions to some of the gifts.. He closed by expressing the hope that long life and abundant happiness and prosperity were in store for the old time bride and groom, who had traveled the journey of life togetther for an even quarter of a century. Rev. H. Lamont followed with an appropriate prayer, after which refreshments were served.

The guests and other invited friends manifested their respect and esteem for Mr. and Mrs. Haney in the shape of numerous presents appropriate to the occasion. The gifts and respective donors were as follows:

An elegant water set, embracing five pieces, from Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Gill, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Tibbils, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Gouldsborough, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Haney, Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Laur, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wiseman, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Hendryx, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Frederick, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Morey, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Upton, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Dewey, Mrs. Dr. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Wakefield, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Hutchinson, Mr. and Mrs. F. Dumon, Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Beebe, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Bennett and Mr. and Mrs. D. McLellan.

A superb tea set of six pieces, and a napkin ring, from Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Crandell, Mr. and Mrs. S. Aldrich, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Lovejoy, Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Badger, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. JOhnson, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. JOnes, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wells, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Markham, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Price, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McCulloch, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Eldredge, Mr. and Mrs. C. Black, Mrs. H.S. Gilmer, Mrs. Eliza Clark, Miss Maria Brown, Hiram Honeywell and C.W. Doe.

A berry dish from Mr. and Mrs. Z.E. Bloomburg and Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Cunningham.

A cake basket, from Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Glidden, Mr. and Mrs. A.S. HObart and Mr. and Mrs O.D. Glidden.

A pickle castor, from Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Palmer.

A syrup tank, from Mr. and Mrs. J.G. McElwee.

A pie knife, from Mr. and Mrs. Morrisey.

An individual castor - embracing a pepper box, salt dish, butter dish and napkin ring, all arranged on a little platform mounted on wheels, from Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Winsor of East Saginaw.

A boquet and holder, from Mr. and Mrs. M. Rosenberg.

A butter dish from J.P. Underwood.

A pair of individual butter dishes, from Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ravell.

A celery holder from Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Vandersluis.

A pair of boquet holders, from Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Griswold, of Denver, Col.

A cream spoon and butter knife, from Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Hopper.

A card receiver from Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Owen.

A call-bell from Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ladner.

A set of nut picks and case from Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Baker.

A finger bowl from Mr. and Mrs. S. Barstow, Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Hudnutt and Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Hudnutt.

A spoon holder from Mr. and Mrs. A. Levy.

An ebony cane, with a masive silver head, appropriately engraved, from the PIONEER-MAGNET.

Edward G. Haney and Miss Joanna Tate were married at the home of the bride's father, George Tate, Esq., in the town of Grattan, Kent county, Michigan, by Rev. F.Van Earp, January 7th, 1856. They have had ten children - five boys and five girls, seven of whom - three boys and four girls are still living. The PIONEER-MAGNET closes its notice of the occasion - which was one long to be remembered - by expressing a hope that the future has in store for them many years of usefulness, with abundant happiness and prosperity.