09-17-2020 Tri-City Area History Page

This image is a tintype. Do you have any tintypes in your personal collection? Which of your dolls was your favorite? Did your parents allow you to be photographed with your doll? If you have a story about your favorite doll contact North Berrien Historical Museum at info@northberrienhistory.org or 269-468-3330. North Berrien Historical Museum is open for private tours, Tuesday through Friday 10-4. Stop in for a tour, we have some dolls on display. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma

Beyond Shingle Diggins

By Dorothy Stark Cannell

April 30, 1994 Tender memories of trip to Moscow One picture remains with me from President Clinton’s recent trip to Moscow and I believe it was not photographed, just described. The reason it stays so vivid is that it brought back two tender moments from my own memory bank, one in Moscow and one at my grandfather’s house on Hagar Shore Road. The president was visiting a Russian Orthodox Church and knelt quietly, lighting a candle in memory of his mother, who had so recently passed away. Two years ago in April, I had the good fortune to visit Moscow with the Friendship Force from Atlanta. We each took with us 100 pounds of donated food to give the Russian family with whom we were to stay. On the last day, three of us were taken by the hosts of our two ex- tended families on a tour of some of the sights we had missed. They had taken the day off work, borrowed a car (Valerius worked as a garage mechanic), and while the women, two sisters, Tamara and Tatania, worked at their jobs and prepared an evening good-bye feast for us, the men escorted us around. One of our destinations was this famous, now-functioning Orthodox Church, even though it had been pretty-well established that they had been raised as unbelievers. As we guests stood silently, admiring its beauty and the lovely icons and the parishioners lighting candles and praying, Valerius and Genji stepped up to the table, purchased three candles and three small icons and presented them to us, expecting us to go through the ceremony. So it was that one Baptist, one Lutheran and one Methodist, encouraged by two Communist nonbelievers, lit our candles, knelt and prayed in one of the most impressive worshipful experiences of my life. My prayer was that our Russian friends could find their own version of religion without too much interference from overzealous Americans who are sure they have the answers for others. My Grandfather Branch, who farmed 40 acres on Hagar Shore Road in North Watervliet, was a happily religious man and we often heard him singing the old hymns as he worked or rested. I have watched him in that magical performance of milking, with his head against a skittish cow’s belly, humming a tune. Words could be distinguished occasionally, like “Peace be still … Wind and waves obey Thy will … Peace be still …” And almost in rhythm would come streams of milk pressed by Grandpa’s gnarled but gentle hands, from the cow’s udder into the bucket. Once, a cow kicked the bucket and spilled some milk. The singing didn’t exactly stop, just became more vehement- “Obey Thy will! Darn you, Flossie. Obey Thy will!” Best of all, when the chores were finished, Grandpa would prewash at the pump, leave his work shoes on the porch, and come into the living room in stocking feet to sit in the corner beside the pot-bellied stove and sing while waiting for supper. The stove we named Hirschvogel, after the one in our fourth-grade reader, in which the boy hid because he couldn’t bear to part with it, a symbol to him of warmth, security and happy family times no longer available to him. The only thing our Hirschvogel had in common with the other was the see-through door through which we could watch the flames flicker and dance as we sat on the couch listening to “Beulah Land” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. Later, when Grandma laid stricken with her last illness and grown-up children had taken on the role of managers, relegating Grandpa to status of looker-on, family overflowed both living room and parlor. Others had even occupied his “chimney corner” for the evening. The flames still flickered through the isinglass door and I felt one of those worshipful moments that lasts a lifetime. Finally, relatives had dispersed. I had crept downstairs for a drink from the kitchen water pail and, as I passed through the living room, there was Grandpa at last in his favorite corner, singing in quiet desperation, “Peace be still. Peace be still.”

Coloma Public Library News Library hours of service Currently, open hours for Coloma Public Library are Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for both curbside and services by appointment. Saturdays, curbside service only is available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To make appointments on the spot, patrons should enter the lobby and staff will assist them through the interior set of doors. Patrons can also reach library staff by email at readcoloma@gmail.com, calling 269-468-3431, or with a message through Facebook. Get “Counted” Every Michigan resident who is counted in the Census is worth around $18,000 of funding for public libraries, schools, roads, and so much more. Community members can help support their public library by completing the Census today! While supplies last, families that come in to complete the 2020 Census at the Coloma Public Library can choose a gift card or stuffed backpack. Free online tutoring In support of their families, the Coloma Public Library offers Tutor.com. Tutor.com provides online academic tutoring, homework help, and test preparation for kindergarten through 12th grade students, plus early college students, and adult learners. Any Coloma Public Library card holder can connect with an expert tutor in a safe and secure online classroom. Call the library for more information.

Watervliet District Library News Third Monday Book Group “Radium Girls, The dark story of America’s shining women,” which covers the history of radium poisoning in the U.S., is the topic of the library’s Third Monday Book Group meeting Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Author Kate Moore describes the devastating impact radium had on the lives of young women employed in production factories across the US. At the time, the chemical was touted as a wonder drug and healthful elixir, with opinions slow to change even as young women became critically ill. Books are available at the library for anyone wanting to join the group. Contact the library for location details. Library Card Sign-up Library Card Sign-up Month celebrations are in full swing during September. Anyone requesting or holding a library card will receive a mini-yard sign with the slogan, “Library Card Holders Live Here,” upon request. The yard signs can be picked up at the library or delivered to your home, as preferred. Banned Books Week Banned Books Week, honoring the freedom to read, will be observed Sept. 27 – Oct. 3. The library is holding a virtual read-out throughout the week, inviting readers to share a few of their favorite lines from any banned book through Facebook. There will also be questions and trivia posted online each day, and a guessing jar contest. Check the library’s Facebook page or website for more details in the coming days. Hours The library is open for appointments Monday – Saturday 10-2, and Wednesday evening 4-7. Curbside pick-up is available for all of the above hours plus 4-8 on Wednesdays. Requests can be made through Facebook, email (info@wdlib.org) or phone 269-463-6382.


100 years ago – 1920 Every available man and automobile is engaged in hauling ice from Brown’s big ice house to the Pere Marquette. A total of 204 cars of peaches have been loaded, packed in ice, over the past ten days. The Redpath Lyceum Bureau has been contracted for a course of entertainments during the winter. Season tickets will be sold for $2.00. The Coloma Theatre features a Standard comedy – “Go West Young Woman”. Admission 18 cents – war tax 2 cents. 60 years ago – 1960 A juvenile code and curfew ordinance was passed. Youngsters 17 and younger must be off the streets at midnight unless accompanied by an adult. Mr. and Mrs. William E. Davis have sold the Coloma News Agency. They have owned the business for six years. Previously they operated the Coloma Poultry Farm. Thomas J. O’Toole graduated from the Michigan National Guard Officer Candidate School. Four teenagers were picked up while siphoning gas from a school bus. They also stole diesel fuel from Alden “Chum” White’s gravel pit. Fines and jail sentences were given. The State Bank of Coloma – 3% interest paid on all savings accounts. 30 years ago – 1990 The Little Paw Paw Lake Community Association has donated $500 to the Coloma Ambulance Service. The scheduled workshop resulted in looking at revising the present charter for the Ambulance Service. A Spaghetti Supper will be held at Riverside United Methodist Church on Fikes Road. This all you can eat dinner is priced by donation. The Coloma Lions Club will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Doug Heminger. Mr. Heminger was injured during the Glad-Peach Festival fireworks display. Classes of 1944 and 1945 hold reunion. Some in attendance were: Virgil Umphrey, Fred Munchow, Lois Wolff Smith, James DeField, John Alwood and Wendell Smith. Submitted by volunteer Sandi Musick Munchow at Coloma Public Library from the Coloma Courier newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Special Access Services are Mon-Fri 12-6 by appointment; Curbside Service only, Sat 10-2. Phone: 269-468-3431


100 years ago – 1920 Twenty-three cars went out from the Hartford Fruit Exchange yesterday. But that was only one wave in the flood. It does not include the immense quantities that are going through the canning factories or the shipments by independent buyers. Likewise must be added the truck loads that are scattering to the four points of the compass and the hundreds of bushels carried away by motor parties who have invaded the fruit belt to secure peaches for private use. After 38 years in the barber business, Rimer D. Conklin has sold his barbershop to J.C. Steinhilber. Mr. Conklin, born and brought up in Hartford, began learning the barber trade 38 years ago. Thirty-six years ago he acquired the shop which he has conducted continuously since that time. 75 years ago – 1945 A new household appliance store will be opened by Walter Bigelow and Alan Prouty. The store will be located at 37 West Main Street, a building formerly occupied by Glenn Beeny’s picture shop. Beeny has moved his shop to his home at 512 W. Main. The new store will handle national lines of radios, electric refrigerators, gas and electric stoves, washing machines, heaters and other major utilities. Mrs. Alice Hurry will entertain the Hartford Garden Club Friday afternoon, Sept. 20, at her home, at 22 Franklin. Mr. and Mrs. James MacLeod Jr. have sold their home on Linden to Henry W. Kerr, retired Chicago fire chief. The MacLeods recently purchased the former home of Mrs. Elizabeth Spaulding at S. Maple and South streets. A new record was set in Hartford school enrollment this week when registrations climbed to a total of 550 students. 50 years ago – 1970 The Hartford Jaycees are sponsoring a pancake and sausage breakfast Sunday at Fran’s restaurant. Consumers Power Company’s new mobile office will be in Hartford tomorrow. The trailer type office will make regular visits to Hartford as part of a Consumer’s program to offer better service to its customers. It will be located at the edge of the north parking lot next to First Savings Association. Submitted by Librarian Stephanie Daniels at Hartford Public Library from microfilm copies of the Hartford Day Spring. The Hartford Public Library is now open at 12 Church St. New hours are: Mon 10-6; Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat 10-2 Phone: 269-621-3408


90 years ago – 1930 On Sept. 26, 1930 there was a family gathering at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Rogers on Hill Street, observing their 25th wedding anniversary. The affair had been planned as a surprise for them, but they got wise to it and were prepared to welcome the members of their kin who came for the party. Jack Clark came home from Grayling to help his wife celebrate their wedding anniversary on Sept. 28, 1930. He left late that same night to return to his work with the Tri-County Telephone Co. at Grayling. Printed on Oct. 3, 1930: Scientists say that baring of the teeth in rage and the bristling of hair in extreme fear are proof of our animal ancestry. 60 years ago – 1960 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sieber, Watervliet, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 25, 1960. Their children will honor them with an open house. One hundred fifty friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Friske, in observance of their 25th wedding anniversary. Many gifts and silver dollars were presented to the honored couple. Army PFC James T. Simmons, 20, Watervliet, recently qualified as an expert in firing the 3.5 inch rocket launcher while serving with the 237th Engineer Battalion in Germany. A combat construction specialist in the Battalion’s Company B in Heilbronn, he entered the army in 1958 and arrived overseas in 1959. 30 years ago – 1990 Thelma and Roy Forrester, Watervliet, will be honored by their children at an open house on Sept. 29, 1990 in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Sophomore Amy Zandarski has been chosen “Student of the Week” by the staff at WHS. Amy excels in all academic areas, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She is presently involved in her 2nd season on the varsity basketball team and also varsity volleyball and track. She has been class president and is a member of the Student Council. Amy has also been a member of the band and served as MC of the Band Follies. On Sept. 26, 1990, Watervliet Mayor Robert Flaherty published a letter seeking community support in keeping the mill area neat and trim and offering assistance in the possible sale of the paper company. Submitted by Sally Q. Gonzalez from files at Watervliet District Library of the Watervliet Record newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Access hours by appt: Mon-Sat 10-2, Wed 4-7 and Curbside service: Mon–Fri 10–2, Wed 4–8, Sat 12–2 Phone: 269-463-6382


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