07-20-2017 Tri-City Area History Page

Saint Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, Lake Michigan Beach

 North Berrien Historical Museum is always interested in photos, stories or information sharing.  The museum can be contacted at 269-468-3330 or by email to info@northberrienhistory.org.

From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum

300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma

The Paw Paw River Journal

More Chaff from the Internet

There’s a lot of stuff floating around out there in “the cloud.” That’s what they call the vast somewhere that all internet stuff goes to! Friends send me these little stories, and I cannot remember exactly who sent what. A few of my regular contributors are retired dental guru John Laman, golf pro Mike Hack, and retired Marine Dick O’Hara. So, here are a few of the gems I have been saving:

Story: His request approved, the CNN News photographer quickly used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport. Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger.

He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, ‘Let’s go.’ The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, ‘Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.’

‘Why?’ asked the pilot.

‘Because I’m a photographer for CNN’, he responded, ‘and I need to get some close up shots.’

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment; finally he said in a quavering voice, ‘So, what you’re telling me is. You’re NOT my flight instructor?’

Next is a story about churches having a problem with squirrels:

The Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrels. After much prayer, they concluded the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

At the Baptist church the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a water slide on the baptistery and let the squirrels drown themselves. The squirrels liked the slide and, unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.

The Methodist church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures. So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist church. Two weeks later the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water slide.

But the Catholic church came up with a very creative strategy. They baptized all the squirrels and consecrated them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.

Not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue; they took the first squirrel and circumcised him. They haven’t seen a squirrel since.

Now just a bunch of random thoughts, admittedly from an older person’s point of view:

Am I getting to be that age?

I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can’t afford one. So I’m wearing my garage door opener.

I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and calling it ‘Pumping Rust.’

When people see a cat’s litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?” Just once I want to say, “No, it’s for company!”

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency.  I think you should write, ‘An ambulance!’

The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have   gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble…

Did you ever notice: When you put the two words ‘The’   and ‘IRS’ together it spells   ‘Theirs…’

Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me. I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.

May you always have Love to Share, Cash to Spare, And Friends who Care.

And that, Dear Readers, is my contribution today of Chaff from the Internet.

Pokagon Fund supports the Hartford Public Library Card promotion

The Pokagon Fund realizes the importance of preparing our youngest children for their educational experience with the goal of overcoming the limitations caused by poverty.  The Pokagon Fund knows that the public library can play an integral role in the educational experience for children in our community. The Pokagon Fund is generously supporting the Hartford Public Library Card campaign. Children and parents with new library cards issued in June, July and up to August 7, 2017 and have borrowed books from the Hartford Public Library are eligible for the bus trip to the Potawatomie Zoo on Monday, August 15. The Hartford Public Library has a goal of registering at least 75 children for new library cards.

For information about our library programs, call (269)621-3408 or visit our website at www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org.

Watervliet District Library News

 LEGO donations needed – any and all LEGOS you don’t use anymore.  Bring them to the library.

Summer Reading Program members – don’t forget to come in and sign up for the Pizza party on July 27.

Summer Reading Program – Build a Better World: Thursdays for all ages and Make it Mondays for K-6 graders and their families.

The events for Summer Reading Program:

July 20 – Build a Better World with Music Lady

July 27 – Pizza Party

The events for Make-it Mondays:

July 24 – Inventor’s Box

This year, the library is pleased to partner with Watervliet Public School to provide free lunches for kids & teens, following each Thursday program.

Yoga – Monday, 9 – 10 a.m.; Wednesday 7 – 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Chair Yoga for people with limited mobility.

Coloma Library News

Joel Tacey “Book Builder Magical Comedy Show”

On Thursday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Gear-up for Reading with Engineer Joel as he brings eight builder-rific books to life! Featuring goofy gadgets, dazzling magic, wacky stunts, and lots of audience participation, this wholesome youth program will have kids and grown-ups laughing out loud and crazy about reading. This is a free program and no sign-up is required. All children must be supervised and accompanied by an adult.

Book Sale

The library’s annual Glad-Peach Book Sale will be Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The library will be CLOSED during the sale. Don’t miss out on this HUGE sale of gently used books, DVDs, videos and more!

Book Club

The Coloma Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, August 3 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “The Forgetting Time” by Sharon Guskin.  Generally, depending on demand there are titles available for check-out at the front desk. The book club regularly meets every other Thursday and is always looking for new members.

Story Hour

Story Hour meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Amy for a story, craft and song time. Story Hour is a free weekly program for toddlers and preschool-aged children, it does not require sign-up.


100 years ago – 1917

The village council received word that the county will continue with the brick pavement on E. Center Street. The brick pavement will be sixteen feet in width and extend to become part of the state trunk highway.

The Coloma theatre is dark: C.C. Alguire has closed the doors. Attendance at the picture house was not large enough to give a profit to the managers. The lease has been given up, which is owned by Dr. W.A. Baker.

60 years ago – 1957

Joe E. Wells arrives at Ross Field as part of the civil defense alert exercise. He will survey the radioactive contamination in the area.

The Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club will host the Michigan Championship Star Sailing races. Twenty-five clubs have been invited. A dance and dinner also are being planned.

Construction will begin on Coloma’s new $30,000 post office, located on West Logan Street. The structure will be between the Coast-to-Coast Hardware and the Emma LaMotte home.

Swimming lessons were fun for many Coloma youngsters these past two weeks. The American Red Cross provided instruction and reports they were “very successful.”

30 years ago – 1987

Jacob Hogue will participate in the Sunshine Children’s Theatre. This is part of Lake Michigan College Community Center’s Little Theatre. Admission is free.

Days are growing short to elect your royalty with penny votes. Twenty-seven boys and girls are contestants. Vote boxes are placed in: Farmer Friday’s, Harding’s Market, Hilltop, Highway IGA Market and Rite-Aid Drugs. One penny = one vote.

Coloma Board of Education is looking into maintenance on the high chimney of the west wall at Coloma Middle School. The building was constructed in 1928. Also, the McDonald Dairy Company of Benton Harbor will supply white and chocolate milk for the school year.


100 years ago – 1917

Lightning during the severe storm of Sunday afternoon completely destroyed the large barn at the Dr. W.H. Fox farm. The horses were rescued from the structure and the vehicles were saved, but 125 chickens in the basement perished.

Dr. Fox was standing near a window in the barn watching the storm when the lightning bolt struck the building. He was severely shocked and describes the sensation by declaring that he thought that something struck him in the head. Alfred Howes, a neighbor, hurried to the scene and assisted in saving the horses and vehicles.

75 years ago – 1942

The Hartford Art Study group met at the home of Mrs. Alice Hurry, Monday afternoon. The members of the club were presented with copies of the new program, outlining the study of Russia and its art. The books are red and yellow, with a cover design of the Russian flag done by Mrs. J.H. Powers.

George F. Chamberlin, who is in the Air Corps Training Detachment of the Harvey Parks Airport, Sikeston, Missouri, writes that he has just been made lieutenant of his flight squadron.

The Stoddard Post of the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary, Hartford is actively participating in the national campaign sponsored by the Legion to collect phonograph records for the fighting men.

50 years ago – 1967

Mrs. Flora Morse was honored with a party and a cake recently at Burnette Farms Packing Co., where she has completed 20 years of service with the company. Her son, John Morse, is a foreman at the company and is in his 13th year.

The Modern Mothers Club will sponsor a pet parade the opening day of the Van Buren Youth Fair at the Hartford Fair grounds. Categories in which one can enter will be with dogs, cats, other pets, costumes in groups, individuals and small floats. No horses or ponies will be accepted for registration.

Mrs. Helen Holland was honored with a surprise celebration of her 80th birthday anniversary at her home by 80 guests. Mrs. Holland came to Hartford 21 years ago from Chicago with her husband, George, who died in 1952. She is a member of the Federated Church, Loyal Daughter and Women’s Council and a former member of Eastern Star and the Gleaners.


90 years ago – 1927

Mrs. Uriah Leonard celebrated her 89th birthday anniversary on July 13, 1927 on her farm in Watervliet, where she has lived continuously for nearly 58 years.

Dwight Boyer, pioneer citizen of Watervliet and prominent farmer, celebrated his 80th birthday on Aug. 8, 1927 in the hay field on his farm.

An 8-1/2 pound daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Clinard on east St. Joseph Street, July 29, 1927.

60 years ago – 1957

Midshipman 1/c Otto J. Helweg is on a summer training cruise aboard the destroyer USS H. Roan. More the 3,000 midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps of 15 colleges and universities are taking part in the first training cruise of the summer. While at sea they are receiving practical training in the duties and life aboard modern men-of-war.

Chester Pelton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pelton, gave a remarkable performance as the lead in “Three Men on a Horse” at the Sister Lakes Playhouse last week. A graduate of Watervliet High School, young Pelton attended the Michigan State College of Mines at Houghton. He will matriculate at Michigan State University, East Lansing for the fall.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reitman are the proud parents of a baby boy, Naron, born on July 21, 1957 and weighed 8 pounds.

30 years ago – 1987

Watervliet ‘A’ team made up of 7- to 10-year-old boys took second place in the Bangor Tournament. The team was managed by Bill Cartwright and coached by Jim Olmsted.

Watervliet ‘A’ team made up of 10- to 13-year-old girls took first place at the Bangor tournament. The team was managed by John Duncan and coached by Terry Gast, Claud Hobson and Dave Muth. This is the second straight year Watervliet has won this tournament.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Sanders were honored for their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11, 1987. The Sanders have resided in the Watervliet area since June 1948. Mr. Sanders owns the Sanders Motor Sales in Watervliet and Mrs. Sanders retired from the Watervliet Paper Company after 29-1/2 years.


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