06-20-19 Tri-City Area History Page

Delivery of milk may be coming back in vogue. In 1908, Andrew Grahn and his daughter Ruth are out on deliveries from the North Shore Dairy. Have any information or memories of receiving deliveries, contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 269-468-3330, office@northberrienhistory.org, or stop Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., they would love to hear your stories. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma

The Paw Paw River Journal

Last one in’s a rotten egg

Something about summer and swimming held an endless fascination for us as kids. We couldn’t wait! And we were just lucky that our folks liked to go picnicking down at Lake Michigan. Hagar Park was the place we always went, and the first time for the season we would run to get in the water, yelling, “Last one in’s a rotten egg!” It’s been my experience that the Big Lake is seldom up to swimming temperature before July 4th. So this time of year if we went down there we were pushing the edge a little. We wore our swimming trunks under our clothes, so as we ran for the water we were stripping off our outerwear. And the water was cold! I can still hear my mom calling down, “You sure it’s warm enough?” “Oh yes,” we called back with blue lips and chattering teeth… we were swimming! And that was the official start of summer! I’m so glad our folks enjoyed doing that. Well actually for two reasons. They liked to get out and who doesn’t enjoy eating in the fresh air? It also got them away from their greenhouse business for a little while. My Dad enjoyed being the grill master. He always did the cooking outside. We had a grill in our backyard and would sometimes eat there. I can remember one time when I was but a wee nipper we had a back yard supper. He had gotten a string of hot dogs from Ollie Salnave’s meat market. They came that way fastened together in a long string. Fire going in the grill and the hot dogs lay beside it, ready to be put on. The family dog sat there on his haunches, salivating, and looking at that string of heavenly pieces of meat. It got the best of him! He made a grab for the hot dogs and took off running, my dad waving his spatula and following. He actually reached the dog, brought him down, and grabbed the hot dogs back. He took them over to the outside faucet and then put them on the grill. Of course we kids were stifling our laughter. The dog, now properly chastened, sat at the edge of the yard probably wondering how defeat could so easily be snatched from the jaws of victory! Back then Hagar Park was a popular family picnic place. We would see other people from Hartford whenever we were there. Shady trees, picnic tables here and there, and a long stairs down to the beach. We would start picnics when warm weather came and continue on through until autumn winds made it necessary to stretch a tarp between two trees to keep off the chill wind. For our favorite meal my dad would grill burgers and also have a kettle of potatoes boiled with the skins on. They tasted different that way! All the adults would bring things to eat and we often picnicked with the Kime family. We had become friends when they lived for a time in the rental house across the street. They had a son and daughter about our age, Russell and Laure. They were friendly people and sometimes stayed with us and tended the greenhouses when my folks wanted to go somewhere. We called them Pop and Lollipop, and the name stuck. If we had a stubbed toe or cut finger we could always go to Lollipop and have it fixed! I know my mom appreciated having someone to watch over us with the same careful concern she had! When the Kimes moved into the house across the street, it was the beginning of my friendship with Russell which was to last for years. Many of our adventures came through picnicking at Lake Michigan. I’ve already written about how we camped there. Russ and I would run through the surrounding woods, and we found something neat. Many of the trees were festooned with wild grapevines. These grew up from the ground and intertwined with the tree branches. I think eventually they would choke the trees. We would take with us a hatchet, up and down gullies until we found the right grapevine. It had to be intertwined with a tree growing on the hillside. Hacking off the grapevine at the ground we then had a perfect way to launch our self out into space. We were practicing our Tarzan yells… Tarzan the Ape Man was popular at that time. Johnny Weismuller was the actor who portrayed him in the movies. He was my absolute hero! So, with a newfound swinging vine we could take turns launching ourselves out into space over the gully and practicing our best Tarzan yells! I hope the trees we thus saved from being strangled were properly thankful for a new lease on life. Of course, it meant the end for the grapevine. We had so many adventures picnicking at Lake Michigan back then. In later years for a period of time Hagar Park was sort of neglected. It became a place for young couples and romantic entanglements. A little story will illustrate what I mean. A mother was lecturing her teenage daughter on getting into trouble with boys. Shaking her finger in her daughter’s face, she said, “You know where bad girls go!” The daughter answered, “Yes, they go to Hagar Park!” Since that time the park has been refurbished and is now a venue for family picnicking again. And I can only wish we could go back there and have some of the good times we had in those days. Simpler! Life didn’t seem quite as complicated as we were weaving golden threads into the Great Tapestry of Life in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River.

Coloma Public Library News

Summer Reading Program Coloma Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program is off and running! They have exciting programs for all ages this summer. Kids, teens, or adults can sign up and pick up a packet today. Online registration is available on their website, www.colomapubliclibrary.net. Royal Story Time Join the Blossomtime Festival Royal Court for a special family story time on Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. There will be stories, crafts, and photo opportunities. Costumes are encouraged though not required. Book Club The Coloma Public Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” by Patti Callahan. The book club regularly meets every other Thursday. New members are welcome. Learn Your History Research family tree for free with Ancestry Library Edition, an online database with genealogical records dating back as far as the 1400s. Patrons can access census data, birth, marriage, death, and military records using the database within the Library.

Watervliet District Library News

Teen Table Projects: JUNE Do-it-yourself for teens at the library! All supplies provided. This month vote for the best or least worst answer to crazy questions! Make-it-Mondays June 24, 1 – 2 p.m. K-6th graders & families: This week – To the Moon & Back Pinteresting June 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Arts & crafts for grown-ups: This month – Scrap-bag Flag Wreath Read to Fabia Thursday, June 27 – 10:30 a.m. Fabia, a labradoodle, loves to be read to. Children can practice reading with her. Summer Reading Program June 27, 11 to noon Dynamic Duo: Universe Rocks. Afterwards there is free lunch for kids & teens. Yoga Monday 9 – 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 – 8 p.m., Friday 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga – Wednesdays 6 – 6:30 p.m.


100 years ago – 1919 Coloma saw many men, women and children sitting in shady places stemming strawberries for the Friday Bros. canning factory. The berries came in so rapidly that many extra hands were needed. The reversion to pre-war rates of postage on all first class mail matter will go in effect June 30. The three-cent postage rate will be done away with, returning to the two-cent rate. The extreme warm weather made the bathing beaches quite popular. All those with automobiles were out with them trying to cool off. Many picnic parties were held at Thunder Mountain. 60 years ago – 1959 The citizens advisory committee and the board of education had much discussion concerning a new high school for the school children. A location discussed was along U.S.12 near the new gymnasium. An organized junior high school could be located in the present high school. Chuck Harbin, manager of Chuck’s Service station recently fired a 297 in the Hochstadter junior classic bowling tournament. He was top game score, collecting $1,000. M. Quigley, as reporting in his weekly Shingle Diggin’s column, wonders why the flags weren’t put up in the city on Flag Day, June 14. 30 years ago – 1989 The $9,000 goal for fireworks at the Glad-Peach Festival got off to a roaring start with a $500 donation from the State Bank of Coloma. Festival President Dale Stover receives a check from bank assistant cashier Sandy Kraemer. The Paw Paw Lake Area Rotary Club has donated $500 to Sarett Nature Center. Chuck Nelson accepts the check from Rotarians Scott Krenek, Steve Lemon, Walt Arny and Dr. Dave Moss. Angelene Spaulding and Nick LoPresti were recipients of the 8th grade American Legion Award. Bud Friesen of Friesen Photography received the Service Fellowship Award by the Michiana Professional Photographers.

Submitted by volunteer Sandi Musick Munchow at Coloma Public Library from the Coloma Courier newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Fri, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tue, Wed & Thu, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sat, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Phone: 269-468-3431


100 years ago – 1919 Giles Schultz is installing his new wagon shop in the C.E. Anderson store buildings, which he recently purchased. The water main was tapped Monday to furnish water for the shop. H.N. Robertson has purchased the small building just west of the Tedrick & Dowd store and has moved his jewelry repair shop there. Mrs. Robertson has rented his store building which he formerly occupied to Jack Meyers who has moved his tailor shop to that location. Dr. J.D. Parker, whose hobby is roses and who raises them in profusion at his home a mile east of Hartford, is happy for it is the month of June and roses are in bloom. 75 years ago – 1944 The Hartford Garden Club met at the home of Mrs. William Day with Mrs. Claude Simpson assisting as hostess. Mrs. William Philips and Mrs. Lucille Chamberlin read papers on lilies and peonies. German prisoners stationed at the Hartford camp at the fairgrounds have been a favorite topic of civilian residents since their arrival. In response to questions about how they live, Captain Homer Bowersock, commanding officer of the Hartford camp, has released certain non-military information. The prisoners receive copies of newspapers from surrounding communities, are allowed to listen to the radio during free time and participate in recreational activities include soccer, volleyball, ping pong and other sports. Prisoners may purchase cigarettes of every brand, magazines, candy, soft drinks and ice cream. Canteen checks are issued to the workers according to the amount of money they earn. No cash passes through their hands. 50 years ago – 1969 The Van Buren County Saddle Club will present its 22nd annual horse show on Sunday. June 22, at the club grounds two miles west of Hartford on Red Arrow Highway. The club which is one of the oldest horse clubs in southwest Michigan sponsors one of the best horse shows in Michigan. Horsemen from Illinois, Indiana and Ohio come to compete in the events. Submitted by Librarian Stephanie Daniels at Hartford Public Library from microfilm copies of the Hartford Day Spring. Hours: Mon, Tue & Wed, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thu & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 269-621-3408


90 years ago – 1929 Uriah Wood is observing his 88th birthday anniversary at his home with his children and grandchildren. Mr. Wood was born on the day that this country was celebrating the 65th anniversary of its birth. On June 6, 1929, fifteen boys and girls of this city sold Blue Bird tags, for the Girls Industrial School at Holland. Top sellers received prizes: Marlon Sterner won a fountain pen given by Nelson Bros.; Ferris Warman won $1 bill from Lewis Drug Store; Betty Gilchrist won a pound box of candy given by Wood’s Sweet Shop. Mark Woolcott, who is handling his father’s apiary in Watervliet, says this has been an unusual year for increases in swarms of bees. 60 years ago – 1959 Father’s Day 1959 will be long remembered by Henry Benjamin because on June 21 he rescued a ten-year-old Chicago boy from drowning in Little Paw Paw Lake. John Richard Rogers is Justice of the Peace of Van Buren City and Peter Alden Kove is City Councilman of Polk, a mythical “50th State” formed at the 22nd annual Wolverine Boys’ State. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Koshar are the proud parents of their baby boy Michael Anthony, born June 11, 1959 and weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces. 30 years ago – 1989 Printed on June 28, 1989: Did you know? That the little “seeds” in strawberries are actually called achenes? That strawberries are 90 percent water by weight? That a handful of berries have more vitamin C than an equal amount of lemons and more vitamin A than the same amount of raisins? St. Joseph School, Watervliet extended its Partners in Reading program to students from other grades. Having older students reading to younger ones contributes to the reading skills of both partners. The classes were taught by Cindy Baird, third grade and Deborra Haack, Kindergarten. Philip Gearhart, Watervliet, is among the entering freshmen who have been selected to receive a share of $1 million in academic scholarships from Western Michigan University. Submitted by Sally Q. Gonzalez from files at Watervliet District Library of the Watervliet Record newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Wed, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tue, Thu & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: 269-463-6382


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