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 85 years old, and come from the April 15, 1932 edition of the Star.

Death takes pioneers. The ranks of the Lake County pioneers were still further thinned last week when William Kadwell, of Chase, and Homer Robinson, of Dover, were laid to rest. Both had resided in Lake County since 1868. Mr. Kadwell came to Michigan with his parents in 1868 and soon after his marriage (to Catherine Kuhns) bought the home near Chase. The farm was virgin forest, and the family experienced all the hardships of pioneer days while he was clearing the land. . .  Mr. Homer Robinson came to Dover Township in 1868 with his parents George and Lucinda Robinson, and had made his home there ever since. . . Brought up in the days when Lake County was virgin forest, Mr. Robinson was a woodsman both by training and preference. He was widely known for his ability in hewing timbers, and many a barn in the northeastern Lake County is framed with timbers of his handiwork. He was held in esteem by those who knew him, as a willing worker, and one who was strictly honest in all his dealings.

With snow gone and the wind and sun drying out the woods, the fire organization is in trim for the season’s work and fire towers were all manned the last of the week. The first Lake County fire of the 1932 season was reported Saturday in the Peacock territory but the woods are still too damp to let the fire burn deeply or get much start. . . The Lake County crews are on their toes, and plan to hold the loss down this year if it is humanly possible. Despite the lack of snow last winter, the woods are still in fair shape, for the heavy rains of the fall and early winter soaked the ground so that conditions are far better than a year ago. Given a normal amount of rain this spring the boys should be able to hold down the losses in good shape.

Bernard Bromley suffered a broken collar bone while practicing football at Big Star Lake Saturday, when a tackling dummy gave way and he fell heavily. Glenn Brott took him to Scottville, where Dr. Spencer attended him.

Birds that spend their summers in Baldwin ought not to lack for shelter. A number of the boys in town are building bird houses, and Robert DeLong and Bryce Bradford are going into the bird house business in earnest. They have sold a number, and are hustling for more orders. The boys make the houses any size and any style, and are reported to be experts at the trade.

Breaking a window leading to the loft at the rear of the Caplan Baldwin Department Store Saturday night, a lone thief made away with forty cartons of cigarettes and two pairs of sox, making his exit by unbarring the warehouse door. Difficulty of access and ease of egress left the sheriff a most valuable clue to the marauder. He used a ladder to get to the window and break the pane. The opening, however, was too small, so he took off his coat and hung it on the corner of the Weavers Market next door. After emptying a sack of onions and using the bag to hold his loot, he stepped out through the side door and forgot his coat. It is a black coat with a grey shadow thread, with the right side pocket torn at one corner and clumsily stitched. Papers and medicines in the pocket gave an excellent clue which Sheriff Misteli is following and expects to have a suspect in jail momentarily.

Ray Merrill of Webber Township and Miss Mary Plato gave their friends and even relatives a complete surprise this week by announcing their marriage Saturday. They drove to Fountain where they picked up George and Margaret Canfield and proceeded to Bachelor, where Justice Brandenburg tied the nuptial knot hard and fast. Their many friends paid them in full for the surprise Monday night with a cowbell serenade that beat all the static the radio could supply but the young couple responded gracefully and received many congratulations and good wishes.

The Birthday Club was pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. Bertha Chant Saturday evening. Games were played, and several contest added to the interest of the evening. Mrs. W.R. Potter won the first prize for the shadow photograph, with Mrs. Peck second. Mrs. Pearle Thompson won first prize in a guessing contest, the Mrs. E.C. Bartenbach placing second. Refreshments were served to sixteen ladies. Mrs. Chant received many beautiful gifts.

The Conservation Commission, by the authority of Act 230, P.A. 1925, hereby orders that for a period of five years from the first day of May, 1931, it shall be unlawful for any person to take, catch, or kill, or attempt to take, catch, or kill any brook trout in the rivers and streams of the State, excepting those rivers and streams designated or to be designated by the Conservation Commission.

Luther Agricultural School ranks above the average in many subjects, according to the results of the achievement test recently completed there. In mathematics, science and social studies the rank was well above the average, while language and literature marks compared favorably with city schools. The tests given are standard achievement tests prepared by specialists in education. . . In the Luther School the test in Mathematics show that out of 64 students 20 were Superior, 28 Above Average, 15 Average and only one Below Average. . . The record as a whole is remarkable and one of which the Luther Agricultural School may well be proud.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bertucci, Mrs. Carl Wolgamott and Mr. and Mrs. John Capanella were in Grand Rapids Saturday. Mr. Capanella went on to Chicago, where he will be employed for the summer months.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duffing have moved into town from Marlborough and are occupying the Brott house across the track.

Edwin F. Basford, who has been with the conservation department at the Paris hatchery the past year, has returned to Baldwin to take charge of the Baldwin Rearing Ponds. It is a nice assignment and Mr. Basford has had the experience that will enable him to render a good service.