1939 Off the press

Editors note: This article is part of Off The Press, in which the Lake County Historical Society shares stories and other details from previous editions of the Star. These points of interest are 75 years old, and come from the June 30, 1939 edition of the Star.

  •  On June 21, the new law advancing the cost of an automobile operator’s licenses from $1 to $1.25 went into effect. The period of validity of such licenses is three years.
  •  The 1940 wheat allotment for Lake County is 426 acres, according to an announcement made this week by Mr. Pepper, Chairman of the Lake County Agricultural Conservation Committee. The Lake County basic wheat loan rate for farm storage of the 1939 wheat crop was also made known this week. The basic rate of Red Winter, Hard Winter and Soft Winter Wheat No. 2 grad with a maximum moisture content of 14 percent will be 6 cents per bushel. Crop insurance on wheat planted this fall will be available to those farmers who planted within their 1939 wheat acreage allotments.
  •  A public library has been opened in the Foster Garage on Elm Street, Luther. Miss Phyllis Foster is librarian. There are now 257 volumes in the library but Miss Foster expects to receive several hundred from the state library.
  •  Death struck twice in the vicinity of Baldwin Sunday when Dr. Frank H. Escher and Edwin A Strumbles died within a few hours of each other after an illness following their strokes. Dr. Escher was along in his 70’s and was a character as such go, in the community. The world came to his door and received treatment at a dollar each, with medicine. The Michigan Medical Society sought to have him barred but he fought his way through and kept up his service. Mr. Strumbles, an Englishman by birth, an architect and an American by adoption,selected a site some years ago on the shore of Big Star Lake and built a cottage which was the nucleus of a group (of cottages).
  •  A well has been put down and other improvements made in the Tourist Park here (Luther). Electric lights will be added soon.
  •  General improvement in sanitation of rural and resort areas of Michigan was predicted today by the State Dept. of Health as a probable result of the enforcement of Act No. 273 of the 1939 legislature. The new law becomes effective in 90 days. Designed as a means of preventing the spread of typhoid and dysentery, the new act outlaws “any outhouse unless the same shall be kept at all times in a sanitary condition, and constructed and maintained in such a manner as not to injure or endanger the public health”.
  •  Mr. B.J. Deling is doing some interior finishing on his new gas station this week and expects to be open for business this weekend.
  •  FIRST TELEVISION PICTURE. New York: Amos ‘n’ Andy, famed blackface comedians made television history at the New York World’s Fair when they played the stellar roles in the first experimental television pickup of a commercial radio program.
  •  As reported in the Star’s column “Turning Over An Old Leaf”: Thirty years ago – (1909) Volney Blass and Henry Rouse returned for a day from their whisker farm in “L” Lake and contracted the season’s output to the Grand Rapids Plaster Company. The promise is for a splendid yield.
  •  Miss Olga Trucks has a teaching position in the Custer high school for this fall.
  •  WANTLETS: LOST – early in spring. Red Steer without horns. $1 reward for return alive and some reward if found dead. Walter Strygas, Irons.
  •  An Advertisement from Michigan Bell Telephone Company: Choose Michigan for your children’s vacation. To them, it will prove a State of Fun . . . and you’ll see improve their State of Health! •It’s a comfort to know that home and family can always be reached quickly by telephone.