For – OFF THE PRESS 1926 – 90 years ago

From the Lake County Star February 19, 1926 AND February 26, 1926 Editions

1.     A definite proposal to extend the line of the Michigan United Light & Power Company to Baldwin for $2500 was made Friday by F.A. Swanson, resident superintendent at Ludington . . . The proposal met instant approval here, and proposals have been already advanced to the Pere Marquette ry. To share the cost of the extension. The United proposes to extend its line from Custer to Baldwin, sending in power and light circuits at 13000 volts, to be transformed here to 110 volt, 60 cycle three-phase alternating current, the standard city lighting and power current. It the deal can be closed within 30 days the company can be operating here by fall . . .

There are many distinct advantages in the current the company will furnish . . . Washing machines, ironers, stoves, curling irons, toasters, percolators, and the like are supplied in 110 volt wiring as standard equipment. Alternating current motors are cheaper, wear longer and require less attention than direct current and have the additional advantage of variable speeds.

The company proposes to run two three-wire circuits here, one for light and one for power. Lighting rates will be form 11 cents down to 5 cents per kilowatt-hour, the average rate on house lighting being about six cents. Power current will be supplied at 4 cents and heating current at 4 cents. Separate, tested meters will be used on each kind of power . . . The United wants a list of all the homes in Baldwin that will put in lights if them come here, as well as all present users who will take their current. The Star is printing in this issue a questionnaire to be filled out and returned at once, to compile this information.

2.     Lake County farm has cut quite a figure in dairy circles since starting its blooded dairy herd, and last week again let the Osceola testing association with the best herd and the send best cow. The herd is mixed Durhams and Guernseys, all grade cows. The cow running second best in the association was the farm’s grad Durham, and she produced 57 pounds of butter fat during the test month.

The Lake County Superintendents of the poor George Angell, George N. West and F.D. Randall, began two years ago to raise the quality of the herd by getting grade cows and a tow year old full blood Guernsey bull. The farm is being seeded to alfalfa and will be run more as a dairy farm than for diversified crops.

3.     E. H. Thieman has a curiosity in a wooden, hand carved snow shovel which he found in a pit in the cellar of the Ebmeyer store, and which is all of 50 years old. The shovel is the size of an ordinary scoop shovel, with a notch for the fingers at the handle end, and the bowl is whittled out like a spoon. It is made of bass wood, is exceedingly light and in fine condition. He has been offered a good price for it by relic fanciers, but has not sold.

4.     J. L. Bantom, of Idlewild, has applied (for patent) a new device to the elevating of ice from the lake to the ice house. At the exposition in Chicago ten years ago he exhibited a patented automatic self-locking milk bottle holder, from which he sold tow attachments to other patentees.

5.     The W. L. Messenger store building and fixtures will be sold at auction at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 4, the successful bidder to take the stock at inventory price. The ice house on Lot 4, Block 1, filled, will also be sold and the Lot I in the rear of the Fenner Hotel, adjoining the store lot as well.

6.     Commissioner Baird lived up to his word in altering the fly fishing order relative to the Pere Marquette River, but not far enough to please the majority of the sportsmen who fish this famous trout stream. The final order issued by the Conservation Commission, restricts fishing to flies only on the Pine River and on the Pere Marquette from the forks of the Middle Branch and Little South branches to the Mason County line. . . The order is to be in place for two years. It is intended to determine the conservation value of restricted fishing, and as such should be accepted by the public. There are theories on both sides, but actual data can be procured only by limiting and observing a stream commonly fished with both bait and flies.

7.     Elgar W. Bradford who retired from social and business activities four weeks ago to devote his attention to personal matters, resumed his social rounds Monday by paying the Star a call. He looks so well it is difficult to convince people that he has been sick. His second call was at the barber shop and he says if he had been sick a week longer they would have pinched him on suspicion of being King Ben.

8.     1-Weed Specials in Box Candies.

Aunt Molly’s Peanut Brittle, Regular 39 cents pound, this week . . . 35 cents

Aunt Molly’s Assorted Box candy, reg. $1.00 box . . . . 90 cents

Lowney’s Assorted box candies, Regular $1.25 values, one week . . . $1.00

A large supply of Golden Fluff candy this week at lb. . . . . 36 cents

Valentines and Valentine Candies – A large Assortment

The Baldwin Sweet Shop. L.R. Bradford, Proprietor

9.     A lesson in preparedness was inculcated by the ice shortage at Idlewild last season ad this year will see all the cool comfort needed by the summer population. James Brown has put up 236 tons in one house alone, and a number of smaller houses have been filled. Mr. Brown plans to deliver ice during the summer to cottagers and has already listed a number of patrons. The Idlewild winter colony has taken up the task of preparing for the needs of the summer colony along lines that can be attended to only by those who remain there the year round. Often these services are performed at a loss until they become general, but they are designed for the comfort and convenience of the summer population, and should be accepted with due regard and allowance for difficult conditions.