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Ionia Standard Friday, July 30, 1886

Lake Odessa Wave-Times Friday, April 16, 1920



Professor J.B. Steere of the State University is expected home about August the first.

"Gene" Thayer is reported a little better this evening though still very low.

Geo. Prankard is still in Ionia with his sick mother, who, we understand is barely alive.

Mrs. Wm. Garrett and children start to their home in Traverse City the first of next week.

Mr. W. H. Slocum died at his home on the Plains on Tuesday morning at 2 o’clock, and was buried this afternoon – Wednesday – at the North Plains burying ground. The pastor of the Disciple church at Muir officiated at the funeral.

Chauncey Talcott attended the state Prohibition convention at Lansing.

The ice cream social given by ladies and society of the M.E. church was a very pleasant affair though there were not as many in attendance as usual owing no doubt to similar socials having been had too lately. Receipts about $9.00. (L.D. Clark)



Correspondence of the Standard.

Our farmers are thankful for the nice shower we had on Monday.

Potatoes will not be one-fourth of a crop in this vicinity.

Our fall term of school commences on Monday, with C.S. Sanborn as the teacher.

Mr. Oren Staples returned home from Dorr on Saturday.

The officers of the amateur literary society, have postponed the night of meeting until Tuesday, September 21st.

Mr. John High was in Kalamazoo last week on business. (Cora)



Mr. George Ingersol of Marshal, a director of the M. & O., Mr. Geo. L. Bradbury of Toledo, receiver of the same road, and Mesers. John H. Fisher and H.K. Southwick of New York, capitalists interested in the road, were in town to-day on their way northward inspecting the country in the interests of the northern extension of that road. They are being piloted through this section by Mr. B. H. On(?)win of Ionia. If the report of these gentlemen should be adverse to the project we may as well bid good bye to a railroad in that direction and turn our attention elsewhere. Of course they are not prepared to give any idea as yet as to the nature of their report. It is settled that the inducement to build, if any, must come from north of the crossing of the D. L. & N at Portland

A number of Indian mounds near the wintergreen patch, half a mile south of here, have been opened the past week and some interesting remains brought to light. The only relic found was in the case of one old chap, who probably forgot to take his pipe out of his mouth before burial, as it was found sticking between his teeth; having laid there a few hundred years the tobacco was all burned out. The bones of one infant would indicate burial with its mother before birth. As in the case of the Duck Lake find, the Indians were all dead.

Messrs. Holmes & Son, having nearly completed the repairs we spoke of last week, started up the grist-mill Wednesday afternoon and they are now prepared to attend to the wants of their former customers, and as many new ones as may favor them with a call.



Died – In Portland, Monday, July 26th, 1886, Mr. Joel L. Whitlock, aged (68) 88 years, 4 months and 10 days. Mr. Whitlock is one of our oldest settlers, he moved to this township 40 years ago, and during his long residence here has made many friends by living an honest and upright life, always doing unto others as he would have them do to him.

Newman and Rice have just had a patent flour chest put in their mills, the same being made by E.B. Powell. Its capacity is about 3,000 lbs., and is filled by pipes connecting it with the main elevator on the 3rd floor, and can be filled in a very short time. 100 lbs. Sacks can be attached to this chest and filled in 30 seconds, and one day last week, Allie Newman put up a grist, of 10 bushels in 4 minutes.

Last Friday afternoon, Leroy Howell and Herb York were shooting birds on Chipman’s flats, when the latter received a charge in the foot by the accidental discharge of Howell’s gun. Observer.



L.M. Lester of this village made an assignment to Leroy C. Hunter last Tuesday. Mr. Lester has made a strong effort to keep up but the turn of the tide was against him. The affairs of the old firm of Norton & Lester, of Otsego, which Mr. Lester supposed until very recently were fully settled in such a way as to relieve him from any responsibility, had taken a turn wholly unlooked for, and which so affected Mr. Lester as to make him responsible in a measure for the debts of the old firm.

Fred H. Stowe has been troubled for some time with a tumor which was forming on one of his cheeks. Yesterday afternoon he had an operation performed and the tumor extracted. Drs. Power, Jones and Gesler performing the operation without the use of anesthetics, although it was very painful.

Richmond & Ferreo have dissolved partnership. Mr. Ferreo retains the mill property and Mr. Richmond goes back to his farm. (Local)



Stevens & Hawley purchased 2,500 bushels of new wheat last Wednesday. Already they have shipped fourteen carloads. What little town has a better report to make?

While out hunting a few days ago, L.W. Newhouse shot an ugly looking snake that was coiled around the limb of a tree, in the act of charming some birds. The reptile was fully six feet in length. (Tribune.)



Mrs. Daniel Lepard committed suicide Wednesday morning of last week by taking morphine. Mrs. Lepard had been an invalid for the past eight years, and at times her mind was unsettled, and it is thought that during one of these attacks of insanity she committed the rash act. (Local)



Bradley Pullman, an only son of Leroy Pullman and a nephew of N.B. Hayes, died on Friday of rheumatic fever with which he has been suffering for some weeks. The funeral was held Sunday at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the burial taking place in the North Plains Cemetery.

 (the rest of the articles are miscellaneous ones, no origin of township was available)



A murderous assault was made on a young man named Silas Dunn by two tramps near Clymers’ station. Dunn is sixteen years of age and his home is in Ionia, Mich. Ten days ago he came to this county to visit his uncle, Mr. Robert Reed of this city and his aunt, Mrs. David Clymer

Tuesday afternoon young Dunn started to walk to Clymer’s station. About dark he reached the cut on the Vandalia road, just this side of the station, when he came face to face with two tramps. He stepped to one side of the track to let the fellows pass, when they stopped and asked him if he had any money. He replied in the affirmative, but supplemented the reply with the statement that the money was for himself, and no one else. Dunn states that at this juncture of the colloquy both of the fellows came at him. He struck one of them under the jaw and knocked him over to one side, when the other scoundrel drew a revolver and fired directly at his head. He threw up his left arm to protect himself and the bullet took effect in the muscles of the arm, between the shoulder and the elbow, struck the bone and glanced to the opposite side. One of the thugs then caught him and held him while the other went through his pockets and robbed him of every cent he had on his person – between fifteen and twenty dollars. They then released him and continued their journey toward this city. Dunn proceeded to Clymer’s and related his experience, but darkness had set in and but little attempt was made to track the scoundrels.

The wounded man was brought to this city and his wound dressed by Dr. M.A. Jordan who located the ball and removed it. He passed through the painful ordeal without wincing, displaying wonderful nerve. He returned to Clymer’s station on the eleven o’clock Wabash train.

Dunn is a fine looking young fellow, unusually large for on of his years, and is built like an athlete. He was inclined to laugh at his experience and while his would was being dressed cracked jokes and related his experience as if it really didn’t amount to much. The wound will prove a painful one in time. It is to be hoped the highwaymen will be hunted down. (Logansport Ind. Journal)

 L.F. Wheeler, an artist from Tecumseh, is making some admirable photographic views of scenes of interest about Ionia, including churches, public buildings, etc. Mr. Wheeler appears to be an artist of no mean pretentions. Several fine specimens of oil paintings, his handiwork, are on exhibition at the bookstore of Smith & Smith.

 The Detroit, Lansing & Northern railway company are fitting out a coach with the Janney coupler to run over the Grand Rapids & Indiana road on the Petoskey train. That road uses the Janney coupler instead of the Miller.

W.W. Williams has removed his harness stock to the store recently vacated by Maul’s T. store in the Commercial block. He is handsomely and pleasantly located and tomorrow will have a grand opening with music by Hosford’s kid band.

The examination of Mrs. Anna Cowen, charged with burning the Waldron barn was completed last night. Little new evidence was introduced. No defense was made. She was bound over under $1,000 bonds.

 Rev. J.C. Higgins, who conducted the revival in this city last winter made us a pleasant call on Saturday. He was on his way to Sheridan where he will conduct a series of meetings this week or next.

 Mrs. C. Rowley, Mrs. R. Fleming and Mrs. O. North went to Otisco on Saturday to celebrate the 80th birthday of their mother, Mrs. E. Green, who resides with Mr. Albert Rowley of that township. 

John Hempenstall escaped from the state house of Corrections on Tuesday. He was employed on the (?) outside the walls. This makes three escapes during the past week.

The Greenback city caucus will be held on Wednesday evening next, to elect delegates to the county convention. A union meeting of all the wards will be held at Fireman’s hall.

 J.E. Parkhill, who has been visiting Mrs. Julia Parkhill has returned home at Buffalo, New York.



 What Are the Benefits of an Enlistment in the United States Army

(Third Prize – Grade)

The qualifications of any young man wishing to enlist in the American Army are: He must be a citizen of the United States, or have legally declared his intention to become a citizen; he must be more than 18 and less than 41; he must be unmarried, able-bodied, have good character and temperate habits.

It is a benefit because there are so many branches of service he may enter: the Infantry, Cavalry, Field Artillery, Coast Artillery, Engineers, Signal Corps, Medical Department, Quartermaster Corps, Ordinance Department, Construction Division, Tank Corps, Chemical Warfare service.

They have a good chance to travel, as we have men stationed in France, Germany, China, Phillippines, Hawaii, Alaska, Panama, from Maine to California, from Canada to Mexico.

A young man may enlist by applying at Army Recruiting Station, Army Camp, any Post, Fort or Station.

The army helps develop their body. Physical training, regular habits, regular eating, clean sleeping places and plenty of work. It helps them to keep well for medical care is given free. Dental care is free. Illiterates may learn to read and write, for many foreigners are in the army. They may go on with the higher education such as science, higher mathematics, general history and modern languages.

Travel helps to educate a person, and the army goes to all parts of the world to protect colonies, to show the strength of the United States, as the fleet sailing around the world.

Many of our great men have gotten their start through war, as a great number of our presidents have been military men: as Washington, Grant, Roosevelt. Men of war control the country as the civil war veterans controlled elections for years.

The army is a chance to start business life. Soldiers can save money easily for the government has established banks for soldiers to save money. They can learn and gain much experience. The army is the place for promotion. A soldier may by hard work gain admission to West Point and become an officer. Congress is raising the pay of soldiers. Burton Valentine



 Will the person who borrowed the books of me some time ago, among which was "William Green Hill and Mrs. Minerva" please return same. There is also another book,"Minnie Herman" missing from my library.

It would be well if everyone would go over their books and return borrowed ones. Come, let us return the "forgettables". There are some ladies quartette books which are laid away in some home that should be unearthed. Please leave these at the Wave Office. Mrs. A.J. Dann



Dormant Spray for San Jose Urged by M.A.C. – Apply Before the Buds Open

That San Jose scale is still quite prevalent in Michigan, in spite of the belief that it is about cleaned up, is the opinion of Prof. Halligan, head of the horticultural dept. at M.A.C.

Samples coming in from all parts of the state show there is need for spray treatment to control this orchard pest.

"A dormant spray for apples should be made now before the leaf buds open," says Prof. Halligan. "We recommend a lime-sulphur solution for this work.

"The unusually cold winter two years ago reduced scale in Michigan considerable and it was not bad last year. For this reason many growers have reached the conclusion that it is no longer necessary to watch their spraying closely. To overlook spraying now, however, would be a serious mistake. Scale is still prevalent, and, and it is important that growers make a dormant spray as a preventative, in order to hold it in check."

Plums, peaches and pears should also be sprayed for scale. Full information may be obtained by writing to R.B. Shaw, director Experiment station, East Lansing for bulletin #92, "Spray and Practice Outline for Fruit Growers."



Word comes to us just before going to press that Mrs. Clark Rogers died in Detroit Wednesday morning following an operation. She leaves two yourn children. Mrs. Rogers was Miss Edith Ketcham, a daughter of Mrs Chas. Buche. The body is expedted to arrive Thursday evening.



Familiar Figure Succombs to Appoplexy, Hale Old Age. Death Comes Quickly. Large Family of Relatives His Gift to This Vicinity

The village was greatly shocked last Saturday noon when word was passed around that Daniel Lepard had passed away. While he had been gradually failing all winter, he had been around and only on Thursday had made his usual trip to town. He was stricken Friday evening with apoplexy and the children hurriedly called home. All that loving hands could do was done, but to no avail.

Mr. Lepard was one of the early pioneers of this country. He came from Ohio in 1861, buying eight acres of wild land in Odessa township. This he set abut to clear, a part of which he still owned at the time of his death. He lived in a shanty near by until he had chopped and hewed timber enough for a house of his own that he completed by the following spring. He then began clearing the land for crops, but this was slow work as he had to take jobs of chopping for others by the day to earn enough for his daily needs. At the end of five years he had cleared 22 acres and yb hard labor in time cleared it all and today it is one of the best farms in this part of the county.

At that time the nearest market was Saranac where he used to drive with his ox team.

The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 p,m, from the Congregational church, the pastor, Rev. Las(?) officiating. Mrs. Harley Owens and Mrs. A.J. Dann accompanied by Mrs. Leon Gilson furnished the musid.

A grandson, Walter Wortley, Undertaker, conducted the funeral and six other grand sons were pallbearers.

He was laid to rest inlakeside cemetery. Those from away in attendance were: Ira Lepard, Mr. And Mrs. A. Hull and Mrs. Emma Meyers of Attica, O.; Wesley Lepard of Charlotte and Shirley Lepard of Grand Ledge.



Daniel Lepard was born May 27, 1830 in Seneca County, Ohio and died at his home in lake Odessa, April 10, 1920, aged 89 years, 10 months, and 14 days. He was united in marriage to Margaret Parmeter, March 23, 1855l.

To this union were born six sons and three daughters, all of whom are living except one son who died in infancy.

In the year 1861, he, with his family came to Michigan, settling inOdessa Township. In the spring of 1895, he was agin united in marriage to mary Ann Green, who died January 19, 1917.

There are left to mourn eight children, 22 grand children and 20 great grand children, besides a host of other relatives and friends.



We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to thos who sent flowers, for the words of comfort, to the singers and the minister for his works of comfort. The Children


A large crowd of Odd Fellows was present Friday evening. The greater part of the evening was given to practice drilling for our degree work at Belding

Bro. Ransom Reynolds of Lansing paid a visit to his home lodge last Friday Evening.

Emerson Hinderleider and Avard Earle served lunch after lodge closed. Bids will be taken for a new janitor next Friday evening. Ben Depue who was our former janitor is managing the water works which takes his whole time.

Both the first and second degree will probably be conferred next Friday evening.



The Women’s club met last Friday at the home of Mrs. James Fellows. It was open day and the committee for the day was Mrs. Florence Dann and Mrs. Walburga Morgan. The committee had arranged with Mrs. J.C. Nicholson of Grand Rapids to give an address. Mrs. Nicholson gave some good pointers on the prospect for club work for the coming year. Discussion followed.

Mrs. Thomas Johnson and Mrs. A.J. Dann sang a duet.

Ice cream and wafers were served. Mrs. Fannie Weber was present and gave an interesting talk on censordhip of motion fiilms. The next meeting will be held April 16, with Mrs. Nettie Shellhorn.



Extensive Two Weeks’ Campaign For New Members

Throughout the United States during the weeks of April 11 and April 18, the Women’s Foreign Missionary Societies of the M.E. church are conducting an extensive campaign for new members. The program that follows is being carried out in each city and village in this Christianized land of ours, where there is a society.

The campaign began here with a minute Woman’s Talk at the morning service last Sunday by Mrs. C.A. Lapo. In the afternoon a committee meeting was held and plans made to carry out as far as possible the prescribed program, which follows:

Tuesday, April 13 – Auxilary Day. House to house calls to secure auxillary members. Visit members of the congregation as well as church. Mrs. Walter Wortley and Mrs. Jesse Myers, committee.

Thursday, April 15 – Young People’s Day. Seeking new members for the Young People’s and Standard Bearers societies. Mrs. Nagler, committee.

Friday, April 16 – Children’s Day. Members for King’s Heralds and Little Light Bearere societies. Mrs. R.W. Knight, committee.

Saturday, April 17 – Day for home prayer.

Sunday, April 18 – W.F.M.S. collection and thank offering at morning servaice. Rev. Nagler to preach special sermon.

Monday, April 19 - Correspondence Day. Miss Goddard and Mrs. Lake committee.

Tuesday, April 20 – Literature Day. Mrs. Augst, Mrs. Braden and Mrs. Lawrence committee.

Wednesday, April 21 – Extension and Visitation Day. A trip to Freeport is planned to organize a Women’s Foreign Missionary Society there. Mrs. Lapo and Mrs. Kreiger, committee. Wednesday evening a banquet and reception to new members of all branches will be held at the church. Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Coykendall and Mrs. Showerman are reception committee.

Thursday, April 22, Conclusion Day. Meeting and report of committees.

Saturday, April 24, Victory Prayer Day at home.



Through an oversight last week the mention of a number of splendid remembrances at Easter time to Walter Decker, mail carrier, were omitted.

They consisted of a dressed chicken, roll of butter, maple syrup, maple sugar and apples, besides the eggs mentioned last week.



By Miss Trilba M. Dailey

Fanny Everett and Georgia Buche are still absent on account of illness.

The sixth grade is having a general revie of American history, having finished their text books on the subject.

Friday the third grade held a spell down of which katherine Runyan was the champion.

Louise Kart and David Smith returned to school Monday after a seige of whooping cough. Tuesday Alton Carter and Thelma Oatley came back after illness with the measles.

The kindergarten and first grade are taking great interest in the gardens on their sand table.

Friday night the Juniors held a party in the laboratory. Mr. Swift and Miss Clark chaperoned. Pickles, sandwiches and cake were served. Everyone had a good time, but they were a little hard on the school furniture.

The eighth grade is reading "Evangeline."

As a result of the two debates held by members of the tenth grade English classes, the sides "Slang is not worse than bad manners," and The Indian has been fairly treated," were the victors.

Herbert Dassell and Gayla VanHouten returned to school this week.

Wednesday Prof. Harvey, from the State Normal at Ypsilanti, gave a short lecture before the high school. His subject was "Making a Fool of Oneself." He said that without committing blunders no one ever learned.

Report cards were given out Wednesday. Parents are requested to examine them carefully.

The Y.M.C.A. will hold a conference Friday and Saturday at Portland. The following boys are expected to attend; Allie Trowbridge, Lloyd Reed, Cloise Tasker, Merle VanHouten, Vern Sexton, Victor Eckardt, Alton Klahn, Owen Barkdull, Noble Nagler and Kenneth Cummins.l

Monday assembly was planned by Coy james. The program was as follows: violin solo, Florence Urtel; reading, Bernice Scheidt, and vocal solo by Gwendolyn Tasker.

The first game of the season will be played with Ionia here Friday beginning at 3:30.

Correction: Two weeks ago in mentioning the seven honors given to the Senior Class, the name of the fourth honor, Class Will, was accidentally omitted. Gladys Miller is the student who gained the fourth honor.



The civics class or Class No. 11 of the M.E. Church held their regular meeting last Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Otis Miner. Michigan history during 1850’s and 1860’s was the topic. Mrs. R.W. Knight was leader.

The next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Florence Dann, Paril 26, and will be pot luck



About sixty American Legion and Civil War veterans enjoyed a chicken supper at the Board of Commerce rooms last Thursday evening.

The high school teachers were the waitresses. Eugene Stuber was the toastmaster and Dr. F.L. Morse, Dr. L.W. Elston, Eddie Torrey and Henry Hunter gave splendid addresses. (It has been hinted that the doctor will offer his services to the Chicago Lecture Bureau.) Stories, Jokes, reminiscences and prospects were the topic of toasts.

Ervin Howard was committee on arrangements and H.C. Lawrence donated cigars for the after dinner smoke.

The next regular meeting will be Thursday evening, April 22.



The employees of Smith Bros. Velte Co. enjoyed a maple sugar party given by Mrs. O.H. Coley at her home last Thursday evening.

About twenty-five were present and a miscellaneous program consisted of games, speaking and singing was greatly enjoyed.

The company presented Mrs. Cooley with a pyrex casserole.



Whose Death was mentioned last week.

Lloyd Carl, eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. Martin Euper was born in Woodland township, March 31, 1890, and passed into the greater life beyone Wednesday, April 7, 1920 at the age of 30 years and 7 days.

His illness was very short, death being due to measles, which rapidly developed into pneumonia.

At an early age he was converted in the U.B. church under the labor of Rev. Hoffman. Later on he was united with the Evangelical church of which he remained a faithful member until his death. He was a willing, earnest and cheerful worker in the "Star of Hope Bible Class" and the Young People’s Alliance.

He was a kind and loving son and thoughtful brother, always striving to do something to make others happy.

He was of a quiet disposition, and honest in all of his dealings with his neighbors and friends and all those with whom he dealt. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

There remains to mourn his departure, a loving father and mother, two sisters, Nellie and Hulda, one brother Theodore, and a Fiance. Ala Satterlee, besides a host of relatives and friends, one brother Clarence, for whom he has always mourned, preceeded him in death nearly two years ago. Now there will be a happy reunion where there is no sorrow. Our loss will be his gain.



Our fellow townsman, Loyal Davis is seriously ill in the Grand Rapids hospital where he went Tuesday for an operation. As we go to press we learn he has not been operated on being too ill to stand the shock. His many friends anxiously await a more favorable report of his condition.



The Lake Odessa Co Operative Association is ready for business and will whip every week on Thursday.

List your stock with the manager,Gus Mayer, Bell phone 286-F4. Please list as early as possible. Those shippoing will get all the stock brings, excepting actual expenses. The association has assurance from the Commission men that Co-Operation Associations will pay as much for stock as any individual shipper with exactly the same expense. All stock insured against loss. Gus Mayer, Manager



We wish to thank Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Wortley and daughters for the beautiful flowering Easter plant; the dear friends for the many beautiful Easter cards and for the packages and letter received in the past six weeks while in Detroit. They were very welcome. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Cunningham



We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us during our recent great bereavement in the death of our loved one, to the pastor for his comforting words, to the male quartette, and to those who sent the beautiful flowers. Your kindness will always be remembered.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Euper

Nellie M. Euper

Hulda M. Euper

Theodore R. Euper

Ala Saterlee



We wish to thank the many friends who extended assistance, kindness and sympathy during our recent bereavement. Also to the pastor, the singers, the Condensery and those who furnished flowers. Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Miller and Family



We wish to show our gratitude to the Y.P.A., the Star of Hope Bible class, the Cheerful Helpers club and all our neighbors and friends for the kindness shown us during our recent illness. Cornelia and Glendon Eckardt



Teachers’ examination will be held for all grades at the court house in Ionia on April 29 and 30 and May 1, 1920.




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