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2018-03-07 / Columnists


by Caroline Diem

From the Newberry News of March 10, 1893

Local and County

—The proposed new township of Culhane compromises the following territory, viz: Towns number 47, 48, 49 and 50 north of ranges 8 and 9 west. The bill for its formation has been introduced, but has not been brought up for consideration.

This should not pass. There is not a settler on the territory described and there is not likely to be for years to come.

—C.W. Metcalf left for Gulliver, a station on the Minneapolis & Soo line on Wednesday, from which point he will proceed to Seul Choix Bay to locate some land for the P.L. Co.

He will be followed by superintendent H.L. Harris next week, who will look after a prospecting party who are in search of marble in that neighborhood. Drills will be sunk and specimens of the marble secured, and if, as is confidently expected, marble in a paying quantity can be found, a quarry will be opened sometime in the near future.

—The ladies of the Presbyterian church will give a “contest” social Friday evening, March 18, at the residence of Dr. A.W. Nicholson, the proceeds of which will be used for procuring new lamps for their church. Come prepared for the contest .

—There is a brand new baby girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Holland of Lakefield. The arrival took place two weeks ago, but the snow was so deep and the roads in such poor condition that no one could get out to report the interesting event earlier.

—This country is threatened with the cholera epidemic as soon as the cold season is at end, which will only be delayed a few weeks longer, and it would be well for people to be prepared to keep the dread disease from getting a foothold by making an early start to clean up their backyards and removing all the winter’s accumulation of filth.

Cleanliness is the best safeguard against all forms of disease, and the authorities should see that the people comply with the law in its strictest sense this season.

From the Newberry News of March 8, 1918

Breaks into Garage

Suffering from the DTs and fighting like a fiend, it took the combined efforts of three husky men to overpower a Finlander who had gained access to the Newberry garage Sunday morning and was doing his best to wreck the place.

The fellow gained entrance to the building through a back door that had been left unlocked by the workmen. Proceeding to the front part of the building where the accessories and repair parts are kept, he began hurling them about the room.

The racket awakened John Brabant, who lives in the rooms above, and calling C.C. Vardon, who was staying with him overnight, the two proceeded to investigate.

Before entering the building they called John Garland to their assistance, and the three men then broke in the door and rushed their man. The fellow took refuge in a small room used for charging batteries and, seizing an iron bar, he aimed a vicious blow at the first man who approached.

It took the combined efforts of the three men to overcome the fellow and this was only accomplished after he had been clubbed into partial insensibility.

The fellow had evidently been armed to the teeth, a big knife and a razor being found on the floor of the grate afterward.

The crazy man was locked up in the county jail and kept confined until he had regained his right senses and then released.

From the Newberry News of March 7, 1968

Firm Buys U.P. Land

Bethlehem Steel Corp. has acquired or obtained options on 12,000 acres of limestonerich land in the Point Patterson area along the top of Lake Michigan in Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties.

While Bethlehem said in a statement it has “no specific plan for the development of these properties,” limestone deposits from them could be used by the Bethlehem steelmaking complex to be completed in 1970 in Burns Harbor, Ind.

Limestone, or dolomite, is an ingredient used in blast furnaces for manufacture of pig iron, which in turn is utilized in steelmaking.

Quarries already are operated in the Upper Peninsula by Inland Steel at Gulliver, about 10 miles west of Point Patterson, and by U.S. Steel at Cedarville and on Drummond Island.

Stewart E. Earle of Hermansville, former owner of Blaney Park resort, said he had sold 4,400 acres to Bethlehem in the Point Patterson area. Bethlehem has been core drilling and doing other exploratory work in the area since 1966. Point Patterson is approximately 10 miles south of Gould City on the Lake Michigan shore of the Upper Peninsula.

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