09-24-2020 Tri-City Area History Page

What a ride! A group of young women on an outing… Halloween hay ride? Church group? If you have any information about this photo, contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 269.468.3330, info@northberrienhistory.org. North Berrien Historical Museum is open for private tours, Tuesday through Friday 10-4. Visit them for a tour. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma

The Paw Paw River Journal

January 30, 1985

Truckin’ in the fast lane We have done quite a bit of traveling. It can be a way of life and a great adventure. Many times Marion; my sister, Wilma; brother-in-law, Ron; and I would hit the road. Now that we have lost Ron, the three of us still travel, a little more lonely, but we do travel. I call those girls the Gold Dust Twins, and they both have the spirit of adventure that makes it fun. There is a whole different world out there. I’m not talking about going to Kalamazoo for an afternoon’s shopping. I mean driving for days on the great interstate highways of this country. It is the world of professional truckers, and I try to approach it carefully and with respect. For about 10 years I have had a C.B. radio. To use one of them, you need a “handle” other than your real name — not too long, easy to say and hear, and having a nice sound. At first our kids wanted me to call myself Doctor D, or Doc D, which is what my students sometimes called me. But that sounded too formidable, so I became Double D. That has been my handle ever since.

In the first years, C.B. radio was a marvelous toy, and everyone wanted to use it. Many people thought it was cool to get on the C.B. and chatter away. We are sort of getting away from that now, and it is a good thing. Truckers always did resent us civilians intruding ourselves rudely into their world. We were doing it just for fun, but to them it was often deadly serious, because they are professionals. The radio is a tool they use to check road conditions, weigh stations (chicken coops or just coops), smokeys with a camera, and most of all to stay awake during the long hours. Much of the time they don’t act serious — in fact, they talk in a pretty offhand manner, the same way pilots used to talk about dangerous missions during the war — keep it cool, don’t be hysterical, etc. They remind me some of the guys I used to fly with in the Air Force. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I get such a kick out of talking to them.

First of all, you have to learn their lingo. Radio chatter changes so quickly that last month’s catch phrase will now betray a 4-wheeler’s ignorance. I try to talk to them in their terms. Sometimes Marion will say to me, “You know, you sound just like those truckers, and I can’t understand half of what they are saying!” But I can, and they can, and even though you are driving a 4-wheeler, if you respect their world, and don’t act like a nerd, they will usually talk to you – especially at night, when they have a long haul and the highway is pretty quiet. I can remember talking to an 18-wheeler one night on 1-94. We were in a horrible snow storm. The trucker said, “Looks like someone has been picking chickens out here!” “Yeah,” I replied, “But I don’t pay it no mind. I’ve got my cap pulled down over my eyes and my feet up on the instrument panel. Just don’t look out the window and it won’t bother you.” He laughed, and we went on talking. The road was bad, we both knew it, and we were both being careful. Watervliet District Library News Watervliet District Library has added additional evening hours on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. This continues the library’s staged reopening procedures; details are posted on the library’s webpage (www.watervlietlibrary.net). Appointments are recommended; walk-ins are allowed while occupancy numbers are within the accepted range. Visits are limited to 30 minutes, at this time. Current hours: Mon–Sat 10-2, and Monday and Wednesday evenings, 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. September events 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. The September Pinteresting program (craft packets for adults) features all of the fixings for mini-pumpkin makeover. Each participant will receive two pumpkins, paint, instructions and plenty of “bling”. Sign-up is required, and registration is limited to thirty. Contact the library to sign up and receive your packet. Packets are available for pickup the last week of the month. 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. Lastly, Banned Book Bundles will be available to check out. The bundles will include information sheets about the title and its history. Check the library’s Facebook page or website for more details.

Coloma Public Library News Library hours of service Open hours for Coloma Public Library are Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for curbside and by-appointment services. Saturdays, curbside service only is available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To make appointments on the spot, patrons should go into the lobby or call from the parking lot. The library can be reached by email at readcoloma@gmail.com, calling 269-468-3431, or messaging through Facebook. Get “counted” Help support the Coloma Public Library by completing the Census today! While supplies last, families that go to the library to complete the 2020 Census can choose a gift card or stuffed backpack. For anyone that has already done their civic duty, there is something for them too! Simply stop by the Library and put your name in a drawing to win a gift card or backpack. Drawings will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays while supplies last. 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. Contact library staff for more information. Job searching and resume help The library can help anyone looking for a job. They offer access to one-on-one job tutors who can help with resume advice, job searching, interview tips and more. Little Free Carts The Little Free Carts are still outside for patrons who want to browse and select materials without going into the building. On rainy days, the carts are in the lobby which remains open. Materials are swapped out regularly. “Check out” what’s there and grab a freebie or two!


100 years ago – 1920 Miss Martha Taube has accepted a position at the Baker-Vawter office as general office work. Coloma Lodge No. 162 meets Saturday evening on or before the Full of the Moon. Just received a shipment of New Perfection Oil Stoves and Ovens – Hill’s – the Store of Good Service Just arrived! A new stock of Linoleum and Congoleum. A smooth and sanitary covering for your dining room or kitchen. Homer B. Grant 60 years ago – 1960 The Coloma High School marching band will make its first appearance at the football game. Majorettes are Mary Johnson, Charlotte Martin, Maureen King, Pamela DeFields and Pat Bishop. The highway department will auction excess property located in Coloma. Mrs. Louise Alguire and her daughter, Mrs. Ethel Kilmark, were honored for their 46 years of owning the Loma Theatre. A banquet was held at Ed’s Café. Coloma Athletic Boosters have been busy installing a new electric scoreboard at McDaniels Field. Miss Jean A. Currie became the bride of William L. Chandler in a double ring service. Jean was Miss Coloma 1957. John is employed by Whirlpool Corporation. 30 years ago – 1990 John Hodges, City Administrator, explained the increase in the water bill is due to the budget not balanced. A special election will be held to determine if the City Charter is to be revised. August Pupedis, Finance Committee, reported there are not sufficient monies in the general operating fund. A study was done on the traffic flow at the three four-way stops. The conclusion supports these intersections are “well over traffic signal warrant”. Rodney Weir has been selected Drum Major for The University of Michigan Marching Band. He graduated from Coloma in 1988 and is majoring in microbiology at the university. 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 The end of the cement road near the county line, three miles west of Hartford, is a troublesome spot for motorists. A deep chuck-hole marks the end of the concrete and precedes the plunge into the sand where the roadbed has been graded. Yielding to the temptation to speed on the cement roadway cars plunge off its end at a dangerous rate. A potluck dinner was enjoyed by the peach pickers at the V.W. Olds farm southwest of town, 52 sitting down to the tables. The oldest person there was Mrs. Hamilton, aged 81, the great-great-grandmother of Mrs. Myron Copeland who resides on the Olds farm. 75 years ago – 1945 The Hartford High School band will play for the annual county 4-H club fair at the local fairgrounds. More than 250 Van Buren rural youths are expected to present exhibits at the one-day fair. A band concert and performances by “Brownie” the clown will highlight the afternoon program in which Alice Graham and Betty Austin, members of the Corwin Crackerjacks 4-H club, will give their state championship food demonstration. First meeting of the Hartford Mother’s Club was held at the home of Mrs. E.M. Smith. A chapter from the book, “As the Twig Is Bent”, which has been selected as a basis for the club’s child study program for the year, was reviewed by Mrs. Robert McConnell, program chairman. Philharmonic Club held its first meeting of the club year at the Hartford House for their annual dinner. Business meeting and program followed later at the home of Mrs. Marion Mortimer. Club officers for the year are Mrs. Leatha Combes, president and Mrs. Mortimer, secretary and treasurer. 50 years ago – 1970 Some 50 more pupils than last year have enrolled in the Hartford schools, nearly all of them in the lower grades. Supt. Gary Waterkamp reported opening enrollment figures as 680 students in high school and 1,017 in the elementary grades, for a total of 1,697. There are 162 first graders enrolled, compared to an anticipated 121, so an additional first grade teacher has been added and a portable classroom intended for a special education class has been diverted to first grade use. 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 10am-6pm; Tue-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm. Phone: 269-621-3408


90 years ago – 1930 Watervliet High School Band furnished the music for the Saturday night entertainment at the Hartford Fair. Professor Null, who is the band leader, and musicians were highly complimented by the Fair Management on the quality of their program. Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Hennesey were pleasantly surprised by about 30 relatives and friends at their home. The occasion was their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Refreshments of ice cream and cake were served and they were presented with a purse of gold. Mr. and Mrs. August Morlock took one of their fine Guernseys to the Guernsey Breeders Annual State Sale. There were 55 pure blood Guernseys sold, the highest price paid was $600.00. 60 years ago – 1960 There will be 1,000 young musicians in Niles participating in the Annual Fall Marching Festival sponsored by the Southwest Michigan Band and Orchestra Association. Class C bands from Watervliet, Hartford and others attended. The 10th annual reunion of the Charles C. Arent family was held at Hays Park. An “Open House” was held for Mr. and Mrs. George Spore in honor of their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Mr. Spore served in WWI and Mrs. Spore was an employee of Watervliet Paper Co. for 21 years. 30 years ago – 1990 Heather Yetzke, a junior at WHS, was the Senior Grand Champion in photography at the 1990 Berrien County Youth Fair. Heather’s photo of Bob’s Collectors Shop on Main Street was shot during the winter and included the street’s new light pole and Christmas decorations. On Oct. 7, 1990, Ewald and Esther Rodewald celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They have one daughter, Sherry, and three grandchildren. Ewald is a retired fruit farmer and retired mail carrier. The staff of Watervliet High School congratulates freshman Tom Britenfeld who has been selected Student of the Week. Even as a freshman, Tom has been recognized as an outstanding student. He is a member of the varsity football team and plans on continuing his basketball career that began in Junior High. The baseball coaching staff also anticipates his becoming a contributing member of that team. 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 and Sat 12–2 Phone: 269-463-6382


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