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2018-02-07 / Columnists

TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME

by Caroline Diem

From the Newberry News of February 3, 1893

A Narrow Escape

Last Friday the mail carrier between Newberry and Deer Park was caught in one of the wildest blizzards that ever visited his section and came near losing his life on the lonely road.

When he left Newberry early in the morning the storm had been raging for some time and he found the road in a very bad condition. Late in the afternoon he crossed the Two Heart river and entered the open county through which the road runs the balance of the way to the Park, and after a vain attempt to urge his exhausted team through the snowdrifts, he unhitched the animals and left them at liberty to care for themselves.

Shouldering the mailbag he started for the Park afoot, but between the storm and the darkness that settled down upon him he lost his way and strayed from the road. Meantime, a rescuing party, fearing that something had happened to the stage, had left Deer Park and fortunately discovered the mail carrier just as he was about to succumb to the elements and lay down and die.

He clung to the mailbag all through the trying ordeal and, helped by the search party, finally reached the Park in safety.

One of the horses also found its way home, but as the other has not turned up, it is supposed that it got into some swamp hole and, being unable to extricate itself, was frozen to death.

Local and County News

—Edward Brown, who was hurt at Ryland’s camp by being crushed between some logs he was helping load onto a sleigh, died last Saturday at the Hotel Murphy. The body was forwarded to the relatives of the deceased at Grand Rapids on Sunday morning.

—John Ferguson, a woodsman, was arrested last Saturday and bound over to the circuit court on a charge of forgery. He had been working in the woods and was paid off with a check for $7, drawn on Mr. Gates of Bay City.

This he raised to $70 and transferred it to F.L. Harris, who advanced nearly $60 on the check before he presented it to the bank for payment.

—A fight to a finish took place between Joe Lucas and Joe Pool last Saturday at the home of the latter. At the close of the engagement, which is said to have lasted about two hours, Lucas left his opponent on the field in what had the appearance of being a dying if not dead condition.

When Joe landed his last back-hander and sprang to his feet, the visitor, Pool, had the appearance of a man who had been drawn through a pool of brown paint. It is said to be next to impossible to kill a Pool, and Joe is on a fair way to recover.

Lucas languishes in jail, but consoles himself every now and then by remarking that he licked his Josey good anyway.

From the Newberry News of February 1, 1918

No Ice Famine Here

Owing to a decrease in the ammonia supply caused by the demands of the war, attention is being called to the fact that an ice famine is staring the residents of many places in Michigan next summer.

Whatever the conditions may be elsewhere, there will be no shortage of congealed aqua pura in Newberry next summer, and the people may rest easy in the knowledge that they will be provided with the cooling mixtures (intoxicants excepted) in the sweltering days to come.

George McDonald, the city’s ice man, has already begun his annual harvest, which will be fully as large as in the past years, notwithstanding there will be no saloons to supply.

He has a considerable space cleared of snow on the river above Dollarville and has been hauling for a week or more.

The ice is of unusual thickness and is of good quality.

From the Newberry News of February 8, 1968

Annual Report of the Elks Lodge

The annual report of community activities was presented to Newberry Elks Lodge 1905 on February 1 by A.P. Vescolani, secretary.

The major projects for crippled children, local chairman Fred Hunter said, will spend some $6,000 this year on six local children for special work.

This money comes from the state major projects commission, which has spent more than $150,000 for crippled children in Michigan.

Annually the Elks send a high school boy to Boys’ State, where he studies the workings and function of state government. Flag Day, June 14, is observed each year with a special program open to the public.

One of the Elks projects is assistance to the Goodfellows, who help the unfortunate each year at Christmastime. Other activities sponsored by the Elks are the Boy Scouts and Little League hockey.

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