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2018-11-07 / Columnists


by Caroline Diem

From the Newberry News

of November 10, 1893
Reception to Mr. Case

On his return from Lansing via Detroit last Saturday, Mr. C.W. Case, chairman of the local committee appointed by the citizens of Newberry and Luce County to look after their interests in the matter of the location of the Upper Peninsula insane asylum, was met at the depot by a large gathering of the business men and people of Newberry and vicinity, under the leadership of Mr. J.A. Shattuck, to tender him their thanks for the good work he had done on their behalf.

A battery of forty guns gave him a royal salute upon the arrival of the train, and after a general handshaking by the appreciative people, he was conducted to a carriage in waiting and followed by a crowd of people in carriages and on foot, was conveyed to the bank hall where the reception proper took place.

The meeting was called to order by Attorney S.N. Dutcher, cashier of the Newberry Savings Bank. In his usual felicitous manner Mr. Dutcher explained the object of the meeting and congratulated Mr. Case and the property owners of Newberry upon the happy issue of the struggle of the location of the asylum, dwelling largely on the benefits that would accrue from the placing of the institution here.

Congratulatory and eulogistic speeches were also delivered by Messrs. W.L. Ducey, Geo. W. Sharp, C.W. Bertch, Alex Main, J.A. Shattuck and Mr. Peters, to all of which Mr. Case made a fitting reply.


The organ association held an entertainment in the Fuller School house Friday evening. There was a very large attendance. The program consisted of singing, recitations, dialogues and magic lantern views. Messrs. Kavanaugh and Russell furnished excellent violin music.

After the entertainment was a basket social at which J. Holland very ably filled the position of auctioneer. The baskets sold for $18, one belonging to Miss M. Baker bringing $2.50. The money was to finish paying for the organ, which has been placed in the Fuller school for Sunday and day school purposes or any other services.

From the Newberry News

of November 8, 1918
Flu Epidemic Is on

The influenza epidemic has shown a big improvement during the past week with a great reduction in the number of new cases occurring, and the doctors in full control of the situation.

Although the city hospital is still crowded with cases, a goodly number of these have been brought in here from outside points, and all are reported to be making favorable progress toward recovery.

The number of deaths occurring in the county during the past week from influenza is placed at nine, four of these being Indians employed at Grondin’s camp.

While the situation in the city has almost passed the epidemic stage, the situation in the lumber camps and in the outlying districts is not so reassuring.

Seven persons ill with influenza were brought to Newberry Sunday from Soo Junction for treatment, and the epidemic is said to be prevalent at Hendrie, Hendrick’s Quarry and other points, all adjacent to Newberry. The disease has also secured a foothold in the surrounding lumber camps. Nurses and doctors are being sent to the camps.

If the conditions continue to improve it is now thought it will be possible to lift the ban on the schools and churches within another week. Care will need to be exercised, however, to guard against a recurrence of the outbreak by a too early lifting of the quarantine.

Difficulty has been experienced in securing a sufficient quantity of influenza serum needed by the doctors in their work here. For several days the doctors were entirely out of the serum and therefore unable to administer it to those applying for the treatment. A new supply has now been received, sufficient, it is thought, to meet all requirements.

Dr. Perry, health officer, states that conditions at the emergency hospital and throughout the county generally have improved greatly during the past ten days. Since the opening of the emergency hospital Oct. 18, up to and including November 7, 187 patients have been admitted. Of these 102 have been discharged as cured and 35 have died.

In speaking of the deaths occurring at the hospital, Dr. Perry states a number of the patients were brought there in a dying condition, who would have been just as well at home during their few remaining hours. Six pregnant women were admitted, all of whom gave birth to premature babies and died in a few hours as a result of the complication.

From the Newberry News

of November 9, 1968
Fire Destroys Resort

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the building housing the store and living quarters of the Northmere Resort Monday afternoon. The building and all contents were a complete loss.

The Northmere Resort is located on the north shore of Muskallonge Lake and the shore of Lake Superior in northern Luce County, some 31 miles from Newberry, the nearest town. The fire was first discovered by someone in the store part of the building, who investigated and found the rear of the building aflame.

The Newberry fire department was called, but owing to the great distance from the scene, little help could be given, the building being flat on the ground upon arrival of the fire equipment.

The Northmere Resort was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Preschel, who had assumed management only a short time since, and had just completed preparing for hunting season business this month.

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