1899-05-19; Clare Sentinel
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EHTIHEL Established 1878. CLARE, MIOH., FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1899. New Series: Vol. V, No. 25. Z3^-^sssMsssssssssss,-sssssmtimm 3LE6AIXY BEAD, Legislative Meredith Village, by Eoaetment, Joins the Army of teens Interesting Story of the Town's Career,"Plug Tobacco Deeds. A bill which originated in the senate, and which, with the affixing of the governor'ssignatuie.has just become a law, provides tbat the abandoned village of Sieredlbh, thirty-five miles north of Clare and adjacent platted Idnds Shall be legally vacated and the territory attached for governmental purposes to the township. The story of the events which made this measure necessary may now bo told says the Lansing correspondent of the Detroit Journal. The great gift scheme has worn itself out, ail the legal fees have been collected which it will ever be possible to collect, and the local tax officer tires of assessing the platted lots of an abandoned village from which no revenue can be extracted. Several years ago when tbe Wilson & McCally Tobacco Company platted the sand plains adjoining Meredith, many persons wondered. The land was purchased at 50 cents an acre and the platting went on until several thousand village lots were staked out. Part of the property was in Gladwin county and part in Clare county. Fifty cents an acre is a price that wasn't always accepted for real estate in Meredith's vicinity. Back in the early seventies the village was one of the most prosperous of lumbering towns. It boasted of a population of 2,500, of five busy sawmills, of one paved street, of an opera bouse and of a mile of business blocks and residences. It was a hummer, and the Flint & Pere Marquette railroad drew away from there a million dollars' worth of lmnlur. It was Incorporated as a village in 1872 and put on airs over the possession of a paid fire department while Detroit still retained some vestiges of the old volunteer system. It was designed to be tbe metropolis of northern Michigan, but the mills moved on fresh, -northward as the timber was cut off, •Sand with the mills went the population. 000 village lots were given away to lucky tobacco-chewers. Oyer half of these sent their deeds to be recorded. The proper officer in the counties of Gladwin and Clare did a land office business for several years recording these Instruments. They got from 73 cents to $1 for recordlug each deed, and to save work had special forms printed. The man who originally drew a lot did not always keep his property. Ownership was transferred from one to another for a consideration, especially in Indiana and Ohio. This made more work for the regerestcrs of deeds. At one time, a certain man made a deal whereby he acquired six of the lots and he came to Michigan to 'build on them for rental. At Clare he found he would have to walk 35 miles to Meredith ana was notlongin discovering that the village was a deserted one. The gift scheme has now played out and the county records are lumbered up with tbe record of delinquent taxes against the holders of lots who failed to pay their taxes. The supervisors urged that the whole plat be vacated and that the village site revert -back to the township organization. Many of tbe holders oflotshavecon- tinued to pay their taxes and Ib will undoubtedly be a great shock to them to learn or the (Senator A, G. Smith bill, No. 370, which wines oub a village which long ago was practically deserted. „..._ Memorial Order. Spring time, never more we'eome than this year, brings with its advent our sacred Memorial Day, May 30. And while tbe day reminds us of our approach to a final farewell, we take a more than ordinary pleasure in being permitted to show our respect for the memory of those who once were in the line with us, shoulder to shoulder at our country's call. New made graves mark the resting places of may a hero who responded to the call of our country in our last war. The deep sea covers the form of many a brave bluecoab of our navy. Letibbe our desiie to see thab tbe memory of these brave boys be kept Meredith's downfall was slow but sure. It was in 1886 tbat thelast mill was dismantled. Soon afterward the tracks of the spur railroad were taken •up aud the few citizens leffe in the place were cut off from the outside -world. During 1898 the population could be counted on the fingers of the two hands. Today only two families live in Meredith. The long-row of business houses is deserted by all except the bats. The -window lights long ago disappeared. The people who lingered toward the last, though they did not remain until the final obliteration of She town's legal existance, were accustomed to move first into one dwelling and then another, seeking the one the least iu need of repairs. The children played uudesburbed in bhe grand opera house. They rolled their marbles on j»-?ainy days in the structure which once was celebrated as containing the largest bar in Michigan—a bar which would accommodate 100 thirsty pa- O trons at one time without crowding. For a time the tenants paid rent. Later they moved into another house U an owner tried to make a collection, Houses being plentiful. It was about the time of the proclamation of emancipation from rent, and of defiance to the land laws bhat the tobacco company bought and platted the lands adjacent to the vilhige. Beautiful lithographs in green, blue aud black, gave a view of the hustling Village of Meredith. The last cencus yeport, showing that Meredith had a •population of 2,500. was printed in large type on the lithographs. A certain brand of chewing tobacco was put, t n the market and every purchaser of a 10-cent plug stood a chance of drawing a village lot ia Meredith, in tQsry caddy of the tobacco was a numbered tin tag. On tbe inside of one _»Iece of tobacco was the same number. Tha lucky cbe.wer who bought the piece got the bag and sent it to the main olilce, from which he was for- "■ yarded a deed to a village lot. It seemed jusb like fludlng!B50 to the Hiaa who secured the deed. The poorest lot adjoining- a village of 2,.")00 mulitt to h& worth at least $50. Wifcli judicious advertising, the gift cctioine iwked like a charm in Ohio, I'oaE&ylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky. Indiana and Illinois, Nearly 16,- ■^v*9*****y'9'B',a*^©-*J^'B-*3^'i}-,r*'©-*a*»-©<k-*) 0 © Arrangements are completed for a union memorial service to be held in the opera house on Sunday, May 25, at 10:30 a. m. All soldiers both of the war of the rebellion and the war with Spain, are requested to meet ab the Post room at nine o'clock from which place they march in a body On Tuesday, May 30, all soldiers are asked to meet at Post room ab 7:30 a. m. A delegation will go to the Wood cemetery in Vernon and decorate, instead of Vernon as herebofore. Ab 1:30 p. m. a line of march will be formed at Post, hall and proceed to Cherry Grove Cemetery. The post will hold their regular service and there will be speaking and singing. We earnestly invite all citizens and societiss to join with us in decorating, and also invite the school to help form the line of march. Ib is also requested that all business places be closed from twelve m. to four p. m. W. S. Hancock Post. Clare, May 17,1899. . The Fire at the Hotel Windsor, Words and music by Brennan and Story, the great song writers. This song is making a big hit and the sale since its publication has been many thousands. The title page has some good pictures of this disastrous con- | Snter^JLaken, ©.<^©'-^-,s*Q'>-***©-*2*^<s<^©.<a-<--ey©--**>e Tbe Ann Arbor railroad v.*iil bave to pay $n,175,G5 more taxe9 this year than lasb and the F. & P. M's increase will be S12.082.66. The Jeff Arnold farm house In Granb township was struck by lightning and considerably damaged. Forbunabely bhe house did not take flre. Thos. Mai toy has been appointed posbmaster at Crooked Lake. He was in Clare Tuesday arranging some of the preliminaries to his taking the office. Gratiot records show that during the past year farm mortgages have diminished over twenty-two thousand dollars in that county and that the farmers thereby save almost $5000 in interest. Wm. H. Browne & Oo. is the name of a new grocery firm who have re cently opened a store in Harrison. W. H. Browne, the senior member of the firm, has fitted up suite rooms m the second story of the buildine as a aw office. Supervisor Montney of Granb township hascomplebed his assessment ahd bhe Senti**Cel is informed thab ib is a good job. The new land in the norbh- west part of the township, much of which went in last year at $20 a forty is considerably raises this year. There is a half-mile of road on the line between Sheridan and Arthur townships bhat the Arthur people say belongs to Sheridan to take care of aud they ask the Sentinel to agitate the matber a little so bhab the Sheridan authorities will do the necessary work. Ib is said to be a matter of great importance to bhe Arthur people. Ib is said thab uuder the new system of train orders and signals on the F. & P. M., it will be nearly impossible to make mistakes in timing trains. M. A. Palmer, chief dispatcher of the F. & P. M., accompanied by D. C. Crom- ble, car service agent recently went the entire lengbh of tbe road, by special train, introducing the new system and explaining it fully to tbe agents. Representative Wayne ot Midland county, has succeeded in getting a bill through the house to provide "for the laying out and establishing of a sbate road on the meridian line in the counties of Midlancl,and Gladwin, and opeDing the same." There is a lot of machinery provided fpr in the bill and some of the Midland people are protesting, evidently thinking tbat an African is concealed somewhere in bhe woodpile. Lightning struck the house of Philip VauKoughnetbab Dover, Tuesday morning. The chimney was torn bo pieces and the bolb then went on down into the house, ripping out the partition, sebting the carpet on fire and then on into the cellar, where it proceeded to wear Itself out on the canned fruit. In the contest the canned fruit came out se°cond besb. None of the inmate of the house was injured bub all were badly frightened, of course. Miss Katie Macdonald who teaches the school ab Dover and a young lady friend were sleeping in a bed the head of which sboodrighb against the partition dowo which the bolt of lightning came, bub they escaped injury. 0 avy <5c Compa ny. SILKS. Our silk stock offers are extraordinary value in a new line .of plain taffetas in 10 ofthe season's leading shades. Placed on sale this week—per yard 75C , .; Black Satin Waists, corded front and ba?k $6.00. Heavy Black Taffeta Waists, corded frant and back - $5 OO IVARD'winbE- PERCALES." e Fine Fabrics, fast colors, fifteen new choice designs, pr yard, ' *T ]_ Qr> LIGHT COLORED OUTINGS. ^One case heavily fleaced outing, equal - to the usual 9c quality at speoial price of... 5 7 U2c yd. HOSIERY. Your hosiery needs are well looked after in this store. Never before has this line shown so many attractive values- Ladies' Fast Black Hose of heavy soft finish yarn, with double heel and toes, per pair jq^ Ladies' Fine Black cotton hose, ribbed or plain, extra value at 15c Ladies' Yery Fine Hennsdorf Black and White soles, spliced heel and double ooles 25c. Misses Heavy Ribbed Hose fast black or tan, double knees, per pair, 10c Misses extra heavy, fast black, double knees per pair, + £» PARASOLS. Artistic effects in white and fancy colors, tastily-trimmed with ruffles and * • net, all new designs, $1.00 and $3.50 LADIES' BELTS An extensive line of leather-.belts'"in,-, black ahdpopular colors, new style bucket extra value at ■ MEN'S NECKWEAR. Received this week, newest shapes and colorings in tecks, bows, puffs 25c and 50c Men's Leather Belts, 25c and 50c CARPETS The carpet stock ha* been replenished by the addition this week of several new designs and the best all wool ingrains at 60c and 65c Cotton warp ingrain in very desirable colors and patterns 39c Two styles of Best Grade All Wool Ingrains, the 65c quality to close at 50c yd. One style all wool ingrains to close at 45c, Rag carpet, good qualities, 25c and 29c- Specials in Smyrna Rugs, heavy fringe choice colorings $2.00 Moqueete Rugs Si. 00 to $4.00. Spring Roller Shadea ladies' Underwear in Light Weights, sleeveless and with sleeves, 5c, 10c, 15c, 25c. Ladies' Summer Weights, ribbed un- 25C derwear long sleeves Ladies' Fine silk vests, sleevless Infants fine cotton hose black 50C. or tan IOC New designs in steel and enamel 25c, 29c Belt Buckles, gilt, , 50c. Felt Water color Oil Opaques 9c each 25c each 39c each DRAPERIES. New and desirable styles in tapestries, chenille, and Lace Curtains, plain and fancy curtain nets and curtain muslins. Special values in lace curtains-1-00 to 5.00* : : shoes" ~ ~] ~~ Three special drives in Misses shoes. Misses fine Dongola, lace shoes, spring- heel, patent tip and lace stay sizes 11*2* to '2 85c . Misses heavy oil grain, button, heel, sizes 11_* to 2, worth $1.00 at 89c Misses Kangaroo calf, spring heel lace shoe, sizes Hi to 2, worth Si: 25 at $1.10. iJrij Soocisj Clothing Skoe^j Carpets. flagration besides the words aud musfc which are very fine. The publishers will fill orders for the next thirty days for 20c per copy in stamps. As the regular price is 50c this is quite a good offer. Address all orders to Groene Music Pub. Co., 32 E. Fifth street, Cincinnati, O. _____ Grant and Sheridan school report for the month ending May 12: Number of days taught 20. Number enrolled. 30. Average daily attendance, 25. Names of those who have not been absent a day: Floyd, Walter and Archie Archamboult, John. Murphy, Frank Carrier, Earle and Clyde Cunningham, Erwin and Grover Terry, Katie and Mary Kurz, Clarence, Dora aud Pearl Adams, Glen Feighner. Names of those who have been absent but one day: Walter Carrier, Henry McfCinley and Florence Archamboult, Myba HoDKHraoN-, Teacher, Will Parrish has recently added a double-seated surry to his livery outfit and some good driying animals to his stock. When in need of anything in his line alye him a call. Fishing parties will be .given prompt atten tion. Deaths. Mrs. Havea Colburn, wife of J. Col- burn of near Dover, died Tuesday, a cancer bein;;* the cause of her death. Mrs. Colburn's sefterings have been of a short duration, considering the nature of the disease. She leaves a husband and two sbns,Eugene and Frank, together -with a host of friends, to mourn her departure. On Tuesday occurred, tbe death of John Liese at the home of his parents on State street, the immediate cause being an abscess on bhe brain, though for tiyo weeks he had been suffering from an attack of grip. John was a well respected young man twenty-one years of age, steady, Industrious and obliging, with bright prospects for a long life. The funeral will be conducted from the home this afbernooh ab two o'clock, Rev. Eobittson officiating, and the remains laid at rest in Cherry Grove Cemetery, This bereavement is a sad blow to his parents, who, in their riper years, need that comfort a dutiful son alone can render, them. The SENTiNisr,, wibh hosts of friends, extend sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.
|Title||1899-05-19; Clare Sentinel|
|Publisher||R.G. & F.A. Jefferies|
|Description||Friday, May 19, 1899 issue of the Clare, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1896. Previously known as Clare Sentinel and the Democrat-Press.|
|Subject/Keywords||Clare (Mich.) - Newspapers; Clare County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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