An online subscription is required to access the content on this website.
SUBSCRIBE TODAY to have total access 24 hours a day to the Newberry News.
2017-08-09 / Columnists


by Caroline Diem

From the Newberry News of August 5, 1892

Local and County News

—J.L. Richardson has rented the store lately fitted up in what was known as the Club House building and will move his stock of boots and shoes there in the near future.

—Berry pickers are numerous at Au Train this season. Several Newberry families are among the number and, according to reports, are earning good wages.

—The band boys will erect a stand on the vacant lot on the corner of Newberry Avenue and John Street and will treat our citizens to an occasional evening concert.

—Two of our local sports loaded up a wagon with a tent, a case of beer and provisions enough to feed a small army and started on a hunting expedition in the woods south of the village last Wednesday morning.

Nothing of an exciting nature occurred until they reached the vicinity of the old shingle mill, when an enormous bear appeared. Seizing their rifles the sports sent a volley in the direction of bruin, one of the shots taking effect and grievously wounding the savage denizen of the forest.

A couple of men and a team of horses was more than bruin dared face, and he put into the woods as fast as his disabled condition would permit. Our bold hunter decided to follow him on horseback, feeling safer in the presence of their dumb companions, so they unhitched them and made after bruin at a full gallop, which they followed for several miles.

The bear finally disappeared, and when they thought it was time to return, they found they were lost. After wandering in the woods the remainder of the day and the following night they succeeded in making their way out where stood their wagon.

Their non-success with bruin took all the starch out of them and they sneaked into town Thursday morning in a very crestfallen condition.

From the Newberry News of August 3, 1917

Killed in Auto Wreck

Louis Chenard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chenard of Dollarville, was killed in Detroit Friday night when the automobile that he was driving was hit by an interurban car.

Young Chenard, another young man and two young ladies were in the car when the accident occurred. All four were killed. The body was brought to Newberry for interment, the funeral being held from St. Gregory’s church Monday morning.


Some hunter “shining deer” shot a two-year-old heifer belonging to Mrs. Pentland a few nights ago, mistaking it for a deer.

Woman Doctor Kills Herself

The body of Dr. Bertha S. Park, a prominent physician of Denver, was found in room 2034 of the Hotel Morrison yesterday. She committed suicide, but her name will go down as a martyr to the medical profession.

Dr. Park killed herself as the only escape from a dread disease contracted while assisting in an operation five years ago. Steadily, despite all her own medical skill and that of other doctors, the disease worked through her system.

Its ravages were becoming apparent to others. Other ailments complicated the case. She dreaded to attend patients lest they become infected. The pain became more than she could bear.

So yesterday she took a quantity of nitroglycerin, and then, to make death certain, saturated two towels with chloroform, stretched across her bed, placed the towels over her face and waited the end.

Dr. Park was a sister of the late Frank S. Park of this city. She spent several weeks here this summer visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. F.J. Park. She was on her way home to Denver when she committed suicide in Chicago.

From the Newberry News of August 3, 1967

39 Bears Live Trapped This Summer in U.P.

Thirty-nine nuisance bears have been live trapped in the Upper Peninsula this summer by Michigan Department of Conservation Law and Game personnel. These bears have been taken at state park campground areas, state forest campgrounds and U.S. Forest Service campgrounds near resort areas, etc.

These bears are released 40 to 50 miles from the place of capture in forested areas away from habitation. As many as possible of the bears are ear-tagged, weighed, etc., by game research biologists from the Department research station at Shingleton.

Eight bears were trapped in the Baraga District; 10 in the Crystal Falls District; five in the Escanaba District; two in the Newberry District; and 14 by game biologists from the game research station at Shingleton.

Return to top