08-15-2019 Tri-City History Page

The kaleidoscope of my mind It looks like a telescope, is called a kaleidoscope. Almost everyone has seen one, but in case you haven’t… it looks like a telescope but it is filled with shards of colored glass. Look through it and turn the barrel… the colors combine in beautiful designs. My mind is sort of like that… only I have these images (memories) that keep running through it. I can’t turn them off, so sometimes I write about them. Today I’ve been thinking about people we met over the years. Hundreds and hundreds of them! Sometimes I think of someone that hasn’t come to mind for such a long time. Today it was camping memories. We met so many nice people over the years of camping. There was the couple from Indiana, camping with a pickup truck. In the back they had a large dog cage in which a huge hunting dog was sitting at ease, nose up, and just sniffing all the sights and sounds that go with a campground. He was gorgeous, some sort of retriever. I talked with the couple, and we were getting acquainted. In fact, we later became friends and even visited them at their home near Indianapolis. I wrote a letter to them which they had read at their 50th wedding anniversary! He was an avid hunter and outdoor sports person. She wrote for a hobby, and I even used one of her stories in my column later on. It’s about running into an unfriendly bear! As we talked, leaning against the pickup, I noticed the dog watching me. I reached over and held my hand against the bars of his cage. He delicately sniffed and sniffed, probably reading my personality. Then he looked up at me, and I swear he was smiling! Now that was a dog to be reckoned with! Another time we had just a couple of campsites away a young couple from the Detroit area. I noticed they were sitting around the campfire on homemade chairs of an odd design. I stopped and introduced myself. He told me he designed the chairs to be made out of two wide boards that fit together and together made a neat chair that could be assembled quickly and easily. He probably should have had it patented! The young man was of Native American heritage. I found him to be most interesting. His tribal name translated into English was, “He who sneaks up on from behind”! I hope he had his chair design patented and made a million! Although, I’ve never seen any around in our camping. We used to camp spring, summer, and fall… any time the weather was nice and we could get the time off. One year we were fall camping right up at South Haven’s Van Buren State Park. It was not crowded because of the lateness of the season, so there were plenty of empty sites. A little ways away from us were two couples, each with their own tent. Young, attractive, and I’m quite sure they were not married. The guys and their girlfriends were celebrating. The two guys especially were enjoying some sort of liquid Torpedo juice. After a while, probably thinking of the approaching Hallowe’en season, they decided to give the campground a thrill. One guy on the other’s shoulders and with a sheet over them, they went running through the campground making weird ghostly noises. All went well until the guy on the bottom stepped in a fire pit at an empty campsite. Did they go down? With a bang and rolling across the ground. From a distance I was laughing so hard. Then I thought, I better go and see if they are all right. By this time they were nowhere in sight. The girls were doing dishes and getting ready for the next meal. I looked around and said, “Where are the guys? Are they all right?” One of the girls said disgustedly as they went on with the dishes. “Oh, I guess they are all right… they’re in the tent licking their wounds!” And probably thinking maybe after all that wasn’t such a good idea! Many more people from our camping days are crowding in my mind. So many years, so many good times, with tent, trailer, and motor home! All wonderful memories trapped in my mind like a fly preserved in amber. You know it doesn’t cost much to go camping. We started out the first time with a borrowed tent. And, after that over the years, all different kinds of camping. I think my favorite was a converted Dodge Maxi Van. It was called a Roadtrek. But it was all fun and all threads we have woven into the Golden Tapestry of Life in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River!

Coloma Public Library News End of Summer Reading Party! The 2019 Summer Reading Program will officially wrap up on Friday, Aug. 16 with a special party for participants from noon to 1:30 p.m. There will be fun activities and prize drawings. Please call 269-468-3431 or visit the front desk for details. Book Club The Coloma Public Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. The book club regularly meets every other Thursday. New members are welcome. Learn your history The Coloma Public Library offers Ancestry Library Edition, an online database with genealogical records dating back as far as the 1400s. Library patrons can access Census data, birth, marriage, death, and military records for free using the database within the Library. Stop by and they will show you how to start learning your history today! DIY Car Repair Save money by repairing your own vehicle. The Coloma Public Library can help. They provide free access to Auto Repair Source, an online service with repair information including diagrams, step-by-step instructions, service alerts, and recalls. Thousands of domestic and import vehicles are included. Michigan Activity Pass There’s still time left for summer fun! Get free or discounted admission to hundreds of Michigan’s beautiful cultural and natural destinations including state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, and more using your Coloma Public Library card. Visit the link on the Library’s website and follow the prompts to print a pass.

Watervliet District Library News Third Monday Book Club Monday, Aug. 19, 7-8 p.m. Great books, fabulous conversations; ask for a copy at the desk. This month’s book: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Teen Table for August Steve Skelton’s Tooniverse puzzle, “School Cafeteria Extreme” – Spend a little time in the relaxing world of puzzles, and connect characters with their favorite school lunches in the always intricate and silly cartoon scenes. Watervliet walks around the moon throughout August Feel like taking a stroll? The moon’s diameter is 6,783 miles. At 2,000 footsteps per mile, how far around it can we go? Pick up a tracking log at the library and get started! Book Sale, Aug. 26 – 31 The library’s “always on” book sale will be expanded the last week of the month to include many more items, genres and formats than are usually available. Special deals will be available throughout the week. Pinteresting Monday, Aug. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. Free arts & crafts for grown-ups, held the last Monday of the month. This month’s project: button bouquets. All supplies are provided; sign-up is required. Call or stop by the library for more information, 269-463-6382.

DERBY INN COLOMA… The man is believed to be Mr. Craig. The restaurant was located north of Edgewater Bank. Anyone having information or stories of this eating establishment please contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 468-3330, office@northberrienhistory.org, or stop by Tue.-Fri. 10-4. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma


100 years ago – 1919 This weekend the Chautauqua will present a Japanese program. It will include songs, illustrating child life through costumes and a lecture on Japan. The Michigan State Horticultural society will take an inspection trip through the heart of Southwestern Michigan’s Fruit Belt. The party will stop at Woodward’s Hotel for dinner. The Friday Bros. Canning company paid $723 for the yield of black raspberries from one acre. The berries came from the Allen Fruit Farm at Forest Beach. 60 years ago – 1959 Packing of the 1959 peach crop started at the Coloma Fruit Exchange. Eighty-five employees are packing an average of 2,500 bushels a day. Four building permits were issued by Building Inspector Glenn Randall. Joe Nicoloso and Floyd Wallace, both on West Street, Charles Price, and F.W. Jackson on East Center Street each received a permit. Fred W. Watts Sr. quietly observed his 89th birthday with his daughter and granddaughter. He enjoyed a motor trip around Coloma, viewing recent changes, especially Highway 94 which runs close to his farm. The E.D. Foster Club held their annual picnic at Lion’s Park. Cora A. Furman was elected president. Mrs. Sadie Dalrymple recited her poem about Old Coloma. 30 years ago – 1989 The long search for city coordinator may be over. Two highly recommended candidates have been interviewed. Coloma High School may lose State accreditation. The violation continues to be the lack of a physical education program. The Board will hire an architect in this matter, reported Superintendent Clifford Tallman. Groundbreaking took place for the log cabin style building for the North Berrien Historical Society. Land donor Roger Carter, Society President Ed Dill, and many government representatives were on hand for this ceremony. Construction should begin this week. 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 Thirty-five farmers from Hartford and vicinity met at the town hall and voted to organize a co-operative stock shipping association. A committee consisting of James Stafford of Lawrence and Fred L. Simpson and Frank Bailey of Hartford was appointed to draft the articles of incorporation for the new organization. While the organization of the stock shipping association was originally mooted by the Gleaners, its membership will be open to all stock owners whether members of the Gleaners or not. The tentative plan of organization calls for a membership fee of ten dollars and it is predicted that from 300 to 400 members will be enrolled which will give the organization a working capital of $3,000 to $4,000. Shippers of stock will receive the market prices at time of shipment, and it is planned to apportion the profits and losses among the shippers at stated intervals. 75 years ago – 1944 More than a dozen Hartford servicemen home on furlough have been invited to attend the Commercial-Farmer club meeting tonight, as guests of the members. Program committee members who have arranged the evening’s entertainment are Carl Miller, Walter McCurdy and W.H. Miller. The servicemen will be asked to relate some of their experiences to the audience, and to describe the countries they have seen. Hartford’s fire department was called to a fire southeast of Hartford where a blaze swept through an apple orchard on the former John McLeod farm. The fire just south of Hilltop Orchards, burned dry grass over a five acre expanse. Two trucks from the Lawrence fire department were already battling the flames when Hartford firemen arrived. A spray rig from Hilltop was also used to bring the fire under control. 50 years ago – 1969 Friday night will be scout night at the Hartford Motor Speedway. All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies in uniform will be admitted to the race track free. The Watervliet Boy Scout drum and bugle corps, under the direction of Frank Simanton will perform between time trials and races. The Van Buren County Saddle Club will sponsor a quarter horse show at the club grounds on Red Arrow, two miles west of Hartford. Elinor Muhlbrat, show chairman, announced that papers must be shown to enter in all registered classes. Van Buren Sheriff’s posse will assist with parking of cars and trailers. 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 Once more the Congregational Church will have what has been termed “Glad” Sunday. This service will be held next Sunday morning. The first time such an event was undertaken by the local church was last year. This community grows such wonderful gladioli that a day was set aside last year to call attention to this flower; decorate the church with it and gives the same out to our many summer visitors. Our program will be the regular gospel service, but the interior of the church made more beautiful with an abundance of gladioli. Miss Emma Palmer and Mrs. G. Scherer is the committee to secure flowers and we have reason to believe that there will be flowers for all. 60 years ago – 1959 Some 300 people witnessed the second Dawn Patrol held at the local airport last Sunday morning. Two hundred guests were served breakfast. The Watervliet Airport Board was gratified with the response and interest shown by local residents. Severe fog and a 200-300 foot ceiling, made bad flying conditions and only 33 planes landed. It’s “hats off” to the local Civil Air Patrol for a job well done, this being their first attempt at bringing in planes. 30 years ago – 1989 Watervliet vocalist Teresa Saurbier will appear as a special guest at the First United Methodist Church in Watervliet Sunday morning. Teresa was selected first runner-up in the Miss Southwestern Michigan Pageant last month and won the talent division with her version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Miss Saurbier is a 1985 graduate of Watervliet High School, attended Lake Michigan College, and will return to Belmont College in Nashville this fall as a junior majoring in music education.

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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