Fishing anyone? Lillian (Hammell) Jansen, Walter Jansen and Agner (Jansen) Krienitz try their luck at Harris Lake in Hagar Township. Date unknown. Do you have any stories to share on them or fishing memories? Please, contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 269-468-3330, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by Tues-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma
The Paw Paw River Journal
The Grand and Glorious We’ve not had American bloodshed on American soil in a war since the 1860s. That was what we call the Civil War. Down south they have called it The War between the States. By whatever name you use, it was a horrible bloodletting. It proved true the old saying, “the worst fight is a family fight!” And we are still in the process of healing from it. Our founding fathers said at the time of our separation from England that the land of freedom has to be watered from time to time by the blood of patriots. We have certainly done that. All over the world we have cemeteries, beautiful park like places where are buried American soldiers who died there. Their bodies are also in the depths of the oceans and in high mountain passes where their airplanes crashed. But since that Civil War, which wasn’t very civil, we have not fought and lost any patriots in this land where we live. We don’t realize how lucky we have been! We fought a lot of wars, but always in someone else’s country. And we don’t realize fully how those people must feel. Not long ago I watched a program on TV. It was about how Russia is surviving today. We’ve had a lot of disputes with them and we still are right now. A few years back they lost face when dealing with the nations of the world. I don’t think they’ve gotten over that! And we are still butting heads with them over a lot of things. No one can dispute that they have lost their share of citizens in fighting wars. That country has seen its share of bloodletting. The narrator of the TV show was taking us (and the camera) on a tour of Russian parks. He said, “It’s a warm day and people are out in the sun. Notice that all the old ones are women! Where are the old men? They all died in the second world war! Russia lost over 1,000,000 men… practically a generation!” How would we feel if that were in America? It could’ve been! And the fact that it wasn’t, I believe, has made us complacent. We are getting now so far away from the founding fathers and the trials of revolting against England that it no longer seems real. If you have visited any of those Revolutionary War battlefields, have you noticed how park like they are? It’s almost hard to imagine the clash of steel against steel, the bodies, the gore, and the sense of loss for all of those beautiful young men who would now never return to hold their loved ones, or cradle a new baby. Was it for nothing they did that? They watered the soil with their blood all right. And we have reached a point so distant from that. The arguments we are having in our government now are sometimes as meaningful as discussing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin! That brings me to the main point of this Independence Day celebration in my mind. How stands the Union now? Are you happy with the way Congress is running the country now? Yes, they are supposedly running it. They have 1/3rd of the responsibility for the direction this country takes. The other two thirds of responsibility are shared by the President and the Judicial Branch. How has Congress been doing? Recent Gallup polls show the approval rating for Congress in the last 8 years has been right around 20%. In fact, a good part of it has been below 20%! That means the other 80% of people either don’t care or disapprove… probably mostly disapprove! I’m not surprised because when the topic comes up in our social conversations most friends seem to think that Congress is really doing a poor job. How can that be? We elected them! They are there because we put them there. Could be that we think our own Congressmen and Congresswomen are doing a good job because we elected them! We are the reason they are there doing or not doing what they’re supposed to do! How could we have such a lapse in judgment as to elect someone who would not do a good job? Have you stopped to think that perhaps something happens after they are elected? They get appointed to cushy committees and have control of huge amounts of money I have heard a few fiery speeches by young members… they are going to clean up! But something happens. The most alarming thing to the old-timers that I’ve heard recently is about draining the swamp! And a shudder has gone through the whole swamp. It does not want to be drained! I’ve known quite a few who gave their lives protecting this country. They did it by going to the trouble spots and fighting it out right there. They had been wealthy beyond imagination, those who lost their lives in wars… or in peacetime service. They had been wealthy beyond imagination, living in the best country in the world! All they wanted was the chance to have a family and a life that so many would fight to have. Look at how people are clamoring to get into the United States! Our lost heroes will never get their share now! They died so we could have ours. Would they be ashamed to know what is happening as we still try to weave golden threads into the tapestry of our lives in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River?
Coloma Library News Family Movie Matinee There is a family fun movie showing of Disney Pixar’s WALL-E on Monday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Take snacks and a blanket to sit on. Nerf Mobile Games On Tuesday, July 9 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., youths ages 10 and up are invited to the Coloma Public Library to dodge, dive, and blast the competition all while navigating through a challenging obstacle course. Nerf blasters and darts are provided. The program is free, though prior registration is required due to space limitations. Kids Yoga with Vicki Shoemaker Wednesdays July 10 through the July 31, kids ages 7-12 can get free yoga instruction from instructor Vicki Shoemaker. The sessions are from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Preregistration is required due to space limitations. Call 269-468-3431 or see staff at the front desk to register. Storytime Experience Out of This World Storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers on the following Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.: July 11, 18, 25, and 31. Book Club The Coloma Public Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal.
Watervliet District Library News UFO’s Over Michigan Monday, July 8, 7–8 p.m. Michigan has some of the biggest UFO cases on record. Join Bill Konkolesky, the State Director of the Michigan Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, as he tells all about it. Sensory Bin Blast Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The perfect time for a perfect mess! For 0 – 5 year olds & their families. SUMMER READING PROGRAM Thurs. July 11, 11 to noon Rocket Launch: Afterwards there is free lunch for kids & teens. In Stitches Knitting Group Friday, July 12, 2:30 – 4 p.m. Take a current project or interest; they’ll help you get started! Limited supplies are available for beginners. Third Monday Book Club July 15, 7 – 8 p.m. Great books, fabulous conversation! This month: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Yoga Mon. 9 a.m., Wed. 7 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga – Wed. 6 – 6:30 p.m.
NEWS FROM THE COLOMA COURIER
100 years ago – 1919 With this issue, The Coloma Courier enters upon its thirteenth year under the ownership of Fred W. Cochrun. When we purchased the business, the plant was located in the frame building north of the Methodist church. Now we are near the center of the business part of Coloma. Coloma will have no regular celebration of the Fourth of July. Plan on celebrating at nearby points – the matinee races at Hartford or the gathering of returned soldiers at St. Joseph. 60 years ago – 1959 Sergeant First Class Richard N. Morlock has been awarded proficiency pay by the U.S. Army. Sgt. Morlock is an Integrated Fire Control Area Instructor. Coloma High School graduating class of 1939 celebrated their 20th anniversary at Ed’s Café on Paw Paw Lake Road. Homara Umphrey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Umphrey was wed to Leonard Gess in a double ring ceremony. A reception was held for 70 guests at the home of the bride’s parents. Coming Soon… Our First Birthday Celebration – Fikes Appliance 30 years ago – 1989 Make Today Count will have a picnic at Randall Park. Bring a salad to pass and table service. Contests, games and fun await. Scholastic Honor Roll: Principal’s List 8th grade – Kristin Evett; 9th grade – Stacy Groth, Amy Mullauer, Kristin Oliekan. Now Open: Touch of Country on Red Arrow Highway in the old Lane Automotive building. Owner Susan Moore says the store offers handcrafted merchandise, wedding bouquets and accessories. Coloma Cub Little League was defeated by the Eau Claire Tigers. Nick Sempert and Scott Klotz were single hitters in the game.
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
NEWS FROM THE HARTFORD DAY SPRING
100 years ago – 1919 One of Hartford’s oldest landmarks – the tree in the road – a mile and a half west of the village – has fallen this week to make way for the onward march of progress and development. It crashed to earth leveled by the workman’s ax to permit the construction of the roadbed for the new concrete road that is being built across the township. For approximately a century this sturdy maple tree has been a familiar landmark to Hartford people and passersby. 75 years ago – 1944 Members of the Hartford Commercial Farmer Club will meet in the Methodist church for dinner and a program entitled “Hartford – as it used to be, as it is, as it can be.” Program committee members include Carl Miller, William H. Miller, and Walter McCurdy. A grass fire in lots behind Al Ishoy garage, called the Hartford fire department members to the scene of the blaze, Monday, where flames were apparently out-of-control. Fifteen minutes of work by firemen extinguished the blaze. Of unknown origin, the fire was the first to which Hartford firemen had been called for several weeks. J.C. Van Lierop has purchased the H.S. Scott home on South Center Street and plans to remodel it as soon as possible. 50 years ago – 1969 Members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church attended services for the first time in their building on N. Haver Street. Opening services for a new church on Pinery Road is set for July 19. Services will not be held for the next two weeks because many local members will be attending the 101st annual camp meeting of the church at Grand Ledge, Michigan. Dick Dunshee came away from the Hartford Motor Speedway $1,000 richer as he won the 100-lap, 50 mile feature race. George Malaski, speedway owner, presented Dunshee with a trophy following the race. Rick Seneker, the top qualifier, took the lead from the start but lost it after a mix up on the 12th lap. Bob Carnes then took over the lead and held it until the 89th lap when Dunshee came by on the inside. Carnes held on to the second spot and Gordie Vanderbeek came in third.
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
NEWS FROM THE WATERVLIET RECORD
90 years ago – 1929 A.A. Howard, on the staff of The Watervliet Record for 39 years, with the exception of 7 years that he served as postmaster under President Wilson, left for Chicago where he will join a delegation of newspaper representatives and members of the National Editorial Association leaving for Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the annual convention of the association will be held. Corlice Abbott will go to Fort Custer in Augusta MI, to attend the Soldiers’ Training Camp. Frank Breed has put a new foundation under his house on East St. Joseph Street and made improvements in the interior. 60 years ago – 1959 Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shimer will observe their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary at an open house at their home in Watervliet. Robert R. Rogers who has just completed his boot training at the U. S. Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA, is the recipient of the American Spirit of Honor Medal. An estimated 10,000 people, a record breaking crowd viewed a magnificent fireworks display, climaxing Watervliet’s annual Fourth of July celebration. 30 years ago – 1989 Trent Stanhiser recently attended the Summer Leadership Conference sponsored by Minnesota DECA – Distributive Education Clubs of America. Trent is the newly-elected Parliamentarian of Michigan’s Delta Epsilon Chi division of DECA. Kristin Scherer recently graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising. She also completed studies in English literature at Regents College, London England. While at Michigan State, she was a member of Phi Mu sorority and the skydiving club. She graduated in 1984 and was Miss Watervliet and Blossomtime’s Miss Congeniality 1984. Nilda D. Orzame, MD, has opened a medical practice in Watervliet. She is the fourth female physician to have an affiliation with Community Hospital. Dr. Orzame, an internist, has had three years of specialized training in internal medicine. 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