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2018-01-10 / Columnists

TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME

by Caroline Diem

From the Newberry News of January 13, 1893

Local and County News

The Newberry “bloods” will amuse themselves by tripping the light fantastic in the bank hall this evening.

Joseph Gill was in from Lakefield on Tuesday. He reports the roads in bad condition for travel since the heavy snowstorm of Sunday and Monday.

Some rascal entered the home of a widow at St. Ignace and stole two newly slaughtered pigs and $14 and some cents in cash, all the woman had in the world, and her chief dependence for her winter’s living.

A terrific snowstorm visited this district on Sunday and Monday and added at least two feet of snow to the original pile. On Sunday but few persons left their homes and the churches were poorly attended.

Every now and then we read of the death of some child by being run over by sleighs. The practice of jumping onto sleights is a very common one in this town, and although no fatal accident has occurred so far, the chances are, if the practice persists, that some of the small boys will get dangerously, if not fatally, hurt. Parents should keep their children off the streets or at least teach them the danger incurred in catching onto sleighs when in motion.

Said a businessman to a News reporter the other day: “It beats all the gall some young men possess. They will walk into a store and help themselves freely to candy, nuts, fruits, etc., the same as though they were in a saloon with a free lunch counter attached.

“The candy fiend is the worst specimen we have to contend with. He evidently thinks that candy costs nothing and considers it a favor rendered the storekeeper to consume some of his or her wares. In many cases it is done through thoughtlessness and with no dishonest intention, yet it is a form of theft which those who are in the habit of practicing should give up at once.”

From the Newberry News of January 11, 1918

Thanks for Christmas Box

Judge Fead, chairman of the Luce County Chapter American Red Cross, has received the following letter of thanks acknowledging the receipt of one of the numerous Christmas boxes sent out by the local chapter.

December 21, 1917.

Dear Sir: It is with a feeling of deep gratitude that the writer addresses these few lines to you. I sincerely thank you for the splendid little Christmas box I received from the Luce county Chapter of the Red Cross.

My thanks, of course, extend to the entire chapter. In a concentration camp, far from family and friends, it was a big and joyful surprise to find so many useful things in my “surprise package.”

The Red Cross has made many hearts happy among the boys clad in the “Olive Drab,” and I am more than sure that my sentiments are but an echo of them all.

Sincerely, E.A. Carroll.

From the Newberry News of January 11, 1968

Shoulder Harness Now Mandatory

All new automobiles rolling off assembly lines in the United States since the first of the year had two new items: mandatory shoulder harnesses and higher prices.

Shoulder harnesses became mandatory under new federal safety regulations. Price hikes generally range from $23 to $32, or what the automobile industry had been charging for the harness as optional equipment.

Henry Ford II, chairman of the Ford Motor Co., terms the new shoulder harnesses “very effective,” says he uses them and that “people are stupid if they don’t.”

On the other hand, Ford says “I think people are going to hate them” and an auto stylist says “they look lousy.”

One Chevrolet dealer was quoted as saying that “the average guy isn’t going to pay for these belts if he has a choice of a car without them.” Thus, the dealer said he anticipates his inventory of some 300 cars built last year will sell quickly.

Apparently fearful some dealers might snip out the new harnesses that strap down across the driver’s chest, the General Motors Corporation sent a warning letter that if dealers remove harnesses for any reason, they, and not the corporation, will be liable in any lawsuit that might result.

The straps will be the most obvious of all the new federally ordered safety devices, and Ford originally opposed them as “improper and ill advised,” saying they “often prove awkward and uncomfortable.”

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