Oldtime Area Newspaper Clippings
The nervous portion of our community began to shake in their boots last
Saturday afternoon at a rumor which was being circulated in reference to
someone who had come to the village from a southerly direction, and who it
was taken for granted was therefore just the subject to expose all our good
people to the small pox. In fact, the rumor was that a young lady had come
to town who had been living at Mr. Halladay's in Sebewa, and who had
therefore been exposed to the small pox.
January 21 1873
New telegraph operator at the office at this place. We can't keep track of
all their names, they change so often.
February 11, 1873
The wife of William H. Howland of this village has gone to Nebraska to live.
Her father is Ben H. Brown.
March 4 1873
With the disappearance of sleighing, it is to be hoped one nuisance will be
abolished. We refer to the prevailing practice of whole loads of young
people out pleasure riding Sunday evenings filing into a church about the
middle of a service to get warm.
March 11, 1873
Birth--in Sebewa to the wife of J. C. Olry, a daughter
March 18, 1873
Death--George F. Northrup aged 40 years, 6 months, and 13 days.
June 10, 1873
Grove Meeting-The spiritualists of Sebewa and vicinity will hold a Grove
meeting near Sebewa Corners on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 1873.
Let all spiritualists and friends of liberal thought consider themselves
cordially invited to attend. Preparations will be made by the friends of
Sebewa to entertain all strangers from abroad. A basket picnic at the
Grove. Come one, come all, and let us have a feast of reason and a flow of
soul. Able speakers will be in attendance to address the meeting.
Mrs. Ellen Reeder, Sec. and P. G. Cook, Pres.
June 17, 1873
We hear it stated that a pugilistic encounter occurred near Sebewa Corners
one day last week, in which three women figured conspicuously, but have
learned no particulars except that the affair resulted in the victory of one
female against the other two, and that tranquillity again prevails in the
July 8 1873
Married , Mr. Charles Kelly to Miss Elsie VanHouten, both of Sebewa
July 15, 1873
Partners from Sebewa were in this vicinity "cooning" last week, but were
unsuccessful, it doubtless being too early in the season for this kind of
sport, fact six of our honored citizens decided that they have no cause for
Aug 5 1873
Henry Mapes of Sebewa died of intemperance. He was a blacksmith-Coroner's
jury-"that the deceased came to his death by convulsions of alcohol and
other intoxicating liquors".
Sept 2 1873
We have just learned that the Carter Sawmill in Sebewa was destroyed by fire
sometime week before last.
Nerve-- The Ionia sentinel of last week has he following; The best exhibit
of nerve lately heard of is Merrit Brindle, of Odessa, who some weeks ago
came to a doctor of this city and wanted a finger re-amputated. It seems
that in skinning some anima, he had cut his finger and poisoned the wound at
the same time, that dry gangrene set in, and he amputated the finger at the
first joint with a jack knife. This did not arrest the process of
decomposition, and his had presented a terrible appearance. The doctor told
him the better way would be to cure the disease before performing the
operation, and if he would place himself under his charge, and with security
for pay, he would fix him all right. Brindle went away without making any
arrangement. Yesterday he was in town again, with his wound all healed. It
seems he went home on the previous occasion, and tore the flesh from his
finger with a vise, and then sawed off the bone with a handsaw. It's a
rough, homemade job, but it didn't cost a cent.
3 March 1874
Very often from twenty to fifty persons, women, children babies and if the
weather is too cold for them to stay out doors, men and unruly boys are
crowded into a twelve by sixteen room (Portland depot), which it is
impossible to keep free from tobacco spit and tobacco fumes, to await the
arrival of trains.
10 March 1874
The people of the township of Berlin and some parts of Orange, Sebewa and
Campbell, who have been in the habit of going to Ionia to sell their produce
and do their trading, are every year put to a great inconvenience by being
shut off from that place from three to six weeks in each year. This year
they have been shut out by high water at least two months.
17 March 1874
Messers Pierce & Co. of Sebewa have rebuilt their sawmill, destroyed by fire
about seven weeks ago, supplied it with new machinery, much better than they
had before, and have already commenced operations. They will do an
increased business, and make up for lost time.
5 May 1874
That Syrup--Mr. Sam Brigham of Sebewa, placed upon our table a few days
since a can of maple syrup, which, for clearness, purity and good flavor
cannot be excelled, It was manufactured by Meyers & Brigham, who have made
quite a large quantity of it this season and find a ready sale for it at
$1.25 per gallon.
19 May 1874
Mr. M. M. Lunger of Sebewa, writes that one of his sheep was delivered a
lamb, having two faces, eight legs, two bodies as far as the abdomen and
three ears. One face was round resembling a human face, and the other
resembled that of a lamb. It was dead when found.
26 May 1874
Frank cook, of Sebewa, formerly a student in our Union School, has during
the past eight months passed through a siege of small pox and a half dozen
other malignant diseases, and is now but a shadow of his former self. He is
23 June 1874
We learn that a little son of a Mr. Sayers, living in the north part of
Roxland, came very near losing his life on Monday of last week through the
treachery of an old log building which had been allowed to remain to tumble
down by itself. He with several other children were playing around the
building when it suddenly fell, and the boy was caught beneath its pile, a
portion of the wall, several logs high, resting upon his neck and crushing
his head and neck into the ground. The accident was witnessed by the boy's
mother, who sat in the door, but being a cripple, she was unable to get to
him and was only able to give the alarm by shouting to the men-folks, who
were at a neighbor's. They came as speedily as possible and it took four of
them with the aid of pries to raise the logs from the child. He was taken
out, we are informed, after having been under the logs at least ten minutes,
and was supposed to be dead, but restoratives were tried and in a few
minutes he commenced to breathe and has continued to improve so he is now
able to be about. The numerous accidents continually happening from
leaving old buildings to rot down, should be a warning to people to remove
them as soon as they are of no further use or become dangerous.
30 June 1874
Married at the Baptist Church in Sebewa on 28th inst. By Rev. Mr. Niles, Mr.
Chavney Gillott to Miss Alice Clark, both of Sebewa.
21 July 1874
This obscure corner of the township of Danby, although usually serene and
free from excitement, has occasionally a ripple one night during the recent
hot weather, the air being oppressively muggy and mosquitoes very thick and
hungry, a lady not many miles from Danby arose about eleven o'clock in the
evening. Her husband asked her what was the matter, she said it was so warm
and the mosquitoes so thick she could not sleep. He asked her where she was
going and she said she was going into the kitchen. She lit the lamp but
instead of going to the kitchen, she went to the barn as we suppose, for the
purpose of getting where it was cooler and to get away from the mosquitoes
so she could get some sleep. Whether she had been asleep or not we do not
know, but she had not been long at the barn before she called to her husband
who was asleep in the house. He ran out to the barn and asked her what was
the matter. She answered in the wards of the immortal chandler, "I've got a
baby." Moral for ladies--Never sleep in the barn.
28 July 1874
Married by Rev. L. P. Spelman, on the Sabbath of July 26 at Sebewa Corners,
Mr. Hiram Reed of Portland and Miss Parmelia H. Holmes of Sebewa.
04 Aug 1874
James Crowell, a young man of 17, who has been living with his parents in
Sebewa, was arrested Sunday eve for attempting to steal from the barn of H.
Knox near the M. E. Church where Knox had some of his old stock stored.
Crowell was found to be 15 and was sentenced to reform school until he
should become of age.
13 November 1874
Nancy Green, better known as Green Nancy, a young girl, fourteen or fifteen
years of age, was arrested in this village one day last week on a charge of
vagrancy. Her examination comes off on Friday.
17 November 1874
Nancy Shaw, the young girl mentioned in our last, has been found a home in a
respectable and well to do family in Sebewa, who, we are informed, will give
her proper care and training and a good home.
8 December 1874
Week before last, a stranger passed through the townships of Sunfield and
Sebewa, stopping at several houses along the road. Calling at the residence
of Jonas Carpenter, he found the family, absent, and this apparently suited
him, he broke open the back door and helped himself to Mr. Carpenter's over
coat and a few other articles, after thoroughly ransacking the house. He
then proceeded tot he house of John Betts, who was also absent with his
family. The thief effected an entrance by raising a back window, and at
once proceeded to get various articles together and was in the act of tying
them in a bundle, when Mr. Betts drove in the front yard. The thief, thus
surprised, tool French leave, leaving his bundle on the floor and carrying
nothing with him but Mr. Carpenter's overcoat, which he had put on. By a
short cut to the woods, he made his escape, and although Mr. Carpenter
traced him as far as Woodland Center, he could get no further trace of him
and the stranger will probably never be seen in that neighborhood again.
15 December 1874
A resident of Sebewa informs us that among the late accessions to that
village is a saloon. One saloon in the county burg like Sebewa, will
counter act the influence of three or four surrounding schools, and we
advise our Sebewa friends not to tolerate such an institution in their midst
a day if they care anything for the morals of their boys and young men. The
laws, if executed, will wipe but that saloon so effectively, that another
will never attempt to open in the place.
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