1926: Off the Press

For – OFF THE PRESS 1926 – 90 years ago

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

1.     Chief game warden W. C. Kidder has served notice on dog owners to keep their dogs at home or they will be shot at sight if caught running in the woods. An outbreak of deer-running is responsible for the order in the vicinity of Luther. Several instances have also been noted in the Sweetwater region and wardens are under instructions to kill at sight any dog found running the woods. With the hunting seasons closed there is no valid excuse for a dog being in the woods at this season. Though the wardens have been shooting dogs occasionally when encountered in the woods, the order to hunt them down was not issued until last week when a magnificent doe was found entangled in a woven wire fence north of Luther with her leg partly chewed off. She was carrying three twin doe fawns, so the toll was three lives with the capacity for reproduction. Luther called to arms Saturday after a second doe was found killed at the Armstrong place, at the edge of town. The dogs are not harming the buck deer and when they encounter one, unless he feels like taking a little constitutional, he will not run from them. Frequently the situation is reversed and the dogs will flee in a panic from the sharp hoofs. But with does it is different. They are heavy with fawn and even though they escape the teeth of the dogs, they die from the results of their exertions, or kill their offspring unborn. Probably 25 does have been killed in this manner according to dependable estimates.

2.     The Pere Marquette (railroad) has served notice that it will discontinue its Big Rapids – White Cloud branch today and offers its rails for sale for not to exceed the junk price.


•     Fred H. Webster and Felix Boadway of Wolf Lake snowmobiled in Tuesday on business.

•     R.A. Lau motored to Grand Rapids Tuesday. He went by way of M13 and Reed City, making the return trip in four hours, but spent an hour and a half between Reed City and Baldwin. This is the result of not being started at (snow) plowing at the beginning of the winter.

4.     IDLEWILD. The present winter has tested the grit of the Colonists severely, but it has developed not “quitters”. It has been a healthful season and through it has curtailed the usual activities, the leisure has not been a leisure of inaction. The Friendship sewing circle at a banquet given, the men folk displayed several quilts of beautiful design and superb handiwork, beaded purses and woven rugs, wihc will be exhibited and sold at the August exhibit.

5.     It is reported here that the Ludington Shirt Company is in financial difficulties entailing heavy losses to several investors from Baldwin. The details have not yet been made public, and it is hoped that some way out will be found fo save their investment. The company was presumed to be doing a fine business and to be in excellent condition.

6.     Jupiter Pluvious, the rain-god, who disappeared October 19 and spent the winter at points south, made his spring debut Friday, just five months later and demonstrated his ability to muss up ball games, picnics and fishing trips by converting the roads into roily torrents. But, owing to his prolonged absence, he was welcomed with open arms, for he brought with him a hint of the southland and a promise of spring.

7.     Bids on material and labor have been called for by the village council on the construction of the grandstand in Hollister Park, and it is planned to have the stand ready for the bulk of the coming season, if not for the opening. Present plans call for a stand 40x18 feet, which will permit of wings being added at any future time, if occasion demands. The new stand will set in the middle of Maple Street at the regulation distance back of the home plate, which will enable the pitching fan to get a line on the hurlers, will do away with ground rules at home plate and eliminate the glare from windshields which is a drawback to nearly every game, the reflection from the sun getting into the players’ eyes. The grandstand is to be 12 feet high at the eaves, with 8 double rows of seats, one tier on each side of the central entrance. The seats will be built of two inch planks and be approximately two feet wide. The roof overhangs the front will be protected with wire netting. A dressing room will be built in the north end and the south end will be made into a concession stand, which will be leased. It is the present plan to make a small charge for the grandstand privilege, which will go into the fund for its construction. Cars will be provided a parking space will be set off at the sides and rental charged. The problem is to make the stand pay for itself, as much as possible, and it will require the co-operation of the fans. The stand is needed and with the spirit and interest manifested in base ball here, its construction should be an easy matter without financial help from the village, although the village will build it.

8.     Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Kleiner, of Harrison, Mich., announce the engagement of their daughter, Marie, to Kenneth U. Blass of Detroit. The wedding to take place June 16. Miss Kleiner is a former teacher in the Baldwin schools and it was here that she met Mr. Blass, who is a Baldwin boy, now a mail carrier in Detroit. Both have scores of warm friends here who will be greatly pleased at the consummation of the romance that had its inception here.

9.     R.S. Woodbridge got himself very much kidded when he returned to his Grand Rapids circles after spending a few days at G.A. Hendrick’s Octagon Castle and reported that it was 25 below zero the night of March 12. Bob’s friends need not question his veracity, for the mercury was tickling minus 26 here in Baldwin at the same time. And to cap the climax, next morning at eight o’clock it was up around twenty above.

10.     More than a quarter million brook trout fry were planted the last of the week by a crew from the Paris hatchery, assisted by Game Warden Vandenberge and others. The fry were trucked here from Paris in fine condition and were planted in only the small nursery streams which are free from freshet water owing to the melting snows. The Danaher, Jenks, Blood and other tributaries of the Pere Marquette were planted and another consignment will be planted in the Big Bear Swamp as soon as roads permit. The truck went into Luther and reached portions of the headwaters of the Baldwin from the north, beside planning the Little Manistee and Pine watershed.