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2018-09-12 / Columnists


by Caroline Diem

From the Newberry News

of September 15, 1893
Local and County News

—The P.L. Co. threshed its oats the first of this week. The threshing showed a splendid yield.

—There is some talk of a woolen mill being started in Pickford, Chippewa county. It will be a great boon to settlers.

—E. Hollingshead, of Dollarville, is now running a carpet loom and has placed a sample of his work in Fred Fuller’s drug store.

—R. Dollar, of San Rafael, Cal., is in this district looking after his property interests. He was the guest of Alex Main the first of the week.

—George Pentland has filed suits against his father and two brothers, Isaac and William John, for burning a fence around his potato field and also for injuries to his crop.

—Somebody shot a heifer belonging to Tom Miller the other night, out near the wood camps. As there is good reason to believe the shooting was done intentionally, the case will be investigated and an example made of the guilty scoundrel.

—Ed. Swanson of Pentland township lost a horse this week. He took the animal to the watering through Wednesday morning, and after helping itself to the contents it dropped down and died. Several other farmers in the same district have suffered similar losses this season.

—The village should have street lamps this winter. It is a necessity, not a luxury, and if a little enterprise and push is shown by our citizens, no doubt the Council could be induced to move in the matter. The village can be lighted at a small cost. What say you, gentlemen of the Council?

From the Newberry News

of September 13, 1918
Woman Section Hand

Testifying to the 100 percent patriotism of America’s womanpower was the unique scene that greeted South Shore passengers as they waited for their train at Soo Junction. “The Kaiser can’t beat that spirit!” was the unanimous vote of the train passengers.

Mrs. Robert Hendries has taken her place alongside her husband and male members of the section gang. She was clad in overalls and went about the work with the intelligence of one who had performed the labor for years. The spectators had the opportunity during the hour’s wait to see Mrs. Hendries tamp ties and swing a heavy hammer in driving spikes.

The woman section hand is usually strong for one of her sex, and with a heavy tan accumulated during the summer she looks well able to defend herself if occasion should present itself. Tall and broad shouldered, she looks even more formidable when wearing feminine attire than in blue jeans.

The crew reported for work soon after the grain areached the junction, so the passengers had an opportunity to see Mrs. Hendries dressed as a woman and then as a man.

The section foreman declared Mrs. Hendries able to work day after day and not complain of fatigue. If he can find a few more of her quality, he is ready to add their names to the payroll.

Woman Fatally Burned

Mrs. Hattie McNamara, wife of Charles McNamara, was fatally burned Sunday morning from an explosion of gasoline that she was using to build the morning fire .

Mrs. McNamara arose before her husband and attempted to light a fire in the kitchen stove to prepare the morning meal. To hasten the fire she applied gasoline, and an explosion followed, which covered her with the burning oil. She was terribly burned, her nightdress in which she was clothed falling off her in a charred mass as she rushed screaming out of doors

The kitchen was instantly filled with flames, which communicated to the stairway. A brother of Mr. Mc- Namara and his two children, finding their exit cut off by means of the stairway, were forced to escape by means of an upstairs window, jumping on a shed roof and reaching the ground in safety.

The fire department arrived on the scene in a few minutes after the alarm was sounded and confined the fire to the back of the house.

Mrs. McNamara lived until two o’clock, when death mercifully relieved her of her sufferings. The deceased was aged 40 years. The body was taken to Vanderbilt for interment.

From the Newberry News

of September 12, 1968
Dedicate Air Field Sunday

Dedication of the Luce County Airport will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, with a large number of state fliers present, dependent, of course, upon the state of the weather, which so far this month has been highly uncooperative, but it is hoped will relent.

The day’s program will begin with a pancake breakfast for the visitors from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. At ten o’- clock ground transportation will be provided the visitors from Newberry to the Tahquamenon Falls for a color trip. At 12:00 noon CDT, a chicken barbeque will be served, and at 1:00 p.m. a drawing will be held for flying and non-flying entrants.

Dedication ceremonies will take place at 2:00 p.m., when live entertainment will be provided, with Air Force participation and exhibits on the grounds by local businessmen.

Work is progressing by slow stages on the airport in keeping with the master plan approved by the Michigan Aeronautic Commission for an orderly development of the airport. In this air age an airport is already a necessity for the development of our natural resources and for the industrial and commercial development of the immediate area.

Resigns Position

Robert McCraney has resigned his position as regional forester with the Kimberly - Clark Corporation and will expand his work in the production of cultured Christmas trees. He had been in the employ of the Kimberly Clark company since 1946, coming to Newberry in 1950, where he has been regional forester for the past 10 years.

In addition to expanding his own plantations of Christmas trees, he plans to lease from Kimberly-Clark for further expansion. His product is retailed largely in New Mexico.

McCraney said he also would be available for consulting and management forestry work in the area. He, his wife Margaret and their three daughters will continue to live in Newberry.

Replacing McCraney as regional forester here is Robert Adriansen, who has been district forester in Iron County. Adriansen, a native of Ironwood, joined Kimberly Clark 18 years ago at Marenisco. He, his wife, Audrey, and their four children have already moved to Newberry.

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