12-13-2018 Tri-City Area History Page

The Paw Paw River Journal

Outside our window I’m sitting at my desk in the TV room at our new apartment. And it is an apartment. I look out at the courtyard and snow is sifting down quietly, quietly. A peaceful scene and we are getting used to the place. It’s bigger than our former residence. We have three rooms… entrance and on the right is the kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. Straight ahead our dining area. To the right our bedroom, bath, and closet. To the left our TV room where I am now sitting. The Chief Accountant is tipped back in her lounger… diligently watching the back of her eyelids! Our former residence had more emphasis on medical treatment and care. Here the emphasis is on living, with assistance available at all times. Marion is now in the process of bonding with the girls who provide our care. They seem to have more experience, and that does inspire confidence! At this time there are only 10 residents (with more coming in all the time), so plenty of help. When I took my first shower, three girls helped me. I felt like an oriental shah with his harem! I told them this little story: When I had my knee replaced about 20 years ago. First post surgery day this squatty little girl came in, bar of soap and washbasin, towel over her arm. I said, “Whaaat?” She said, “I’m here to give you a bath!” I said, “First we’ll wash up as far as possible, then we’ll wash down as far as possible… then I’ll wash the impossible!” She said, “I’ll even do that, if you want me to!” And I was thinking, hah! That’ll be the day! First morning we were here they wheeled us down to the dining room. It is huge with windows on three sides. There are three chefs who work in rotation. They asked us what we would like. I said, “What do you have?” “Eggs any style, bacon and sausage, pancakes, French toast, fruit, juices, and coffee.” I said, “Yes!” But I lived to regret that! I ate so much (eggs over medium) that I was not hungry all the rest of the day. And I have learned now to be more selective. I kept asking when we were going to have cheeseburgers. Finally pried one out of them, and it was delicious! For lunch we usually have soup and sandwiches. They make a terrific hot ham and cheese! Then for supper we have a regular meal again. This is the schedule on which we have always lived, and I like it that way. Needless to say, I quickly made an acquaintance with all the kitchen people. I know which side my bread is buttered on! And the maintenance guy, Jim, was very good about helping us with our furniture and hanging pictures. We have a pendant on a necklace, and when we punch the button, one or two of the girls arrives quickly. I said to them, “When you get more people here, it will probably take longer.” She replied that they will just be hiring more girls! At our former home a lot of the girls who cared for us were relatively new to the healthcare business. The Chief Accountant bonded with them, and while they were caring for us she was carrying on a dialogue about health care. She has a wealth of nursing experience, and they seemed to appreciate the tips she would give them. The lady who manages the place told me she appreciated that. Well, the downside is we miss all of them. And friends there too. We had regular places at the dinner table, and got to know the people with whom we ate. It’s no secret that broccoli and I are not good friends. So every time broccoli appeared as our vegetable, I’d ham it up… exaggerating of course. One of the other ladies at our table disliked peas. So when one or the other was served, we would put on a little show. Of course there is always payback! The first night we were here guess what we had for a vegetable. Yup, it was the dreaded broccoli!!! Other than that, no complaints. And I think our friends in the kitchen are going light on that side dish, because I was so dramatic vocalizing my dislike. One of the girls said, “I’m not so sure how much you really like most green vegetables!” All in all, we are pleased to be here. We are now residents of Texas Corners. A small community on the west side of Kalamazoo, it is only about a mile from daughter Becky and Jim. We have the same email address. Had a little trouble getting this atomic age confuser (computer) hooked up. But I have resumed taming my Dragon! We now hope to be weaving more threads into the golden tapestry of our lives in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River.

Watervliet Library News Teen Table Projects – December Book-parts ornaments; yeah they’re messy! Do-it-yourself projects at the library for teens; all supplies provided. In Stitches Knitting Group Dec. 14, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Bring your current project or your interest – they’ll help get you started. Parents’ Night Out Dec. 14, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Hard working Moms & Dads: the Library has an early Christmas present for you! Sign up to register your little ones for lots of fun games, crafts and activities while you take a well-deserved break. FREE but space is limited. Snack donations are appreciated. Volunteers are needed for this special evening! Third Monday Book Club Dec. 17, 7 – 8 p.m. Great books, fabulous conversations! December – The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde; ask for a copy at the desk. Book a Social Work Intern! Thanks to an LSTA grant through the Niles Library, Watervliet Library is sharing an intern. Need help with on-line applications, unemployment or housing? The intern can help with questions or problems. Story Hours Picture books, crafts and fun designed to inspire the love of reading! Wednesdays 10:30–11:30 a.m., Thursdays 1:30–2:30 p.m. for ages 3 – 5. Library Garden Park Purchase a Legacy Walk brick and celebrate a memory! Bricks are $75; 13 characters, 2 lines. Pick up a form at the library. Yoga Mondays 9–10 a.m., Wednesdays 7–8 p.m., Chair Yoga Wednesdays 6–6:30 p.m. Call 463-6382 with questions on any Watervliet Library activity.

Berr. County 4-H Robotics Club kicks off Dec. 16 The Berrien County 4-H Robotics Club will be hosting its first meeting on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Berrien County MSU Extension Office in Benton Harbor. The Berrien County 4-H Robotics Club is open to youth 5 – 19 years of age. Youth will be introduced to the engineering process and mechanics of simple machines. Additionally, youth will gain knowledge in programming and building robots to perform simple tasks. This club is a great opportunity for youth to learn about science, technology, teamwork and problem solving through robotics. Any youth interested in joining the Berrien County 4-H Robotics Club can register by calling the Berrien County MSU Extension office at 269-927-5674 no later than December 14, 2018. There is a $20.00 participation fee for each youth joining the club. For more information about Berrien County 4-H Youth Development program, please contact Kelly Stelter at 269-927-5674 ext. 4015 or via email at grandtke@.msu.edu.


100 years ago – 1918 The ravages of influenza have caused the death of many. Charles A. Pratt, a young farmer and Mrs. Robert Storick, former owner of Whip-Poor-Will resort, Mrs. Eugene Parks and Leo Edward Kreitner, sophomore at Coloma High School, all have passed from pneumonia. Lieutenant Stanley R. Banyon spoke comforting words to the ladies at the Benton Centre church during an all day gathering, “Uncle Sam is his usual efficient manner in looking after the boys… Now that the armies have quit fighting, he will see that they are just as well cared for.” 60 years ago – 1958 The Courier’s Giv-A-Way quiz winners are: Mrs. Wilbur Dorstewitz, Ted Soulard and Hertha Freier. Fikes Appliance provided the grand prize. The City Commission hired policemen Harold Nitz and Richard Muenchow. The two men will serve on a 30-day trial period. Quick action by the fire department saved a major portion of a downtown apartment located above Wanda’s Ready-to-Wear. During the Self Culture Club’s meeting, talks were given by Mrs. Charles Peterson, Mrs. Allen Stark and Mrs. Ray Kreiger. 30 years ago – 1988 Former Coloma wrestlers get together – Dick Becht and Al Johnson who currently are coaches, along with Dr. James Galles who started the wrestling program in 1961. Commissioner Pete Mestre updated the municipal board concerning the fire department’s disputes. He stressed, “We are still trying to work out an agreement that is legal.” Mayor Marvin Taylor approves of the current agreement. Sarett Nature Center Director Charles Nelson is leading a trip to the Virgin Islands. The “Miracle Mommies” of Washington Elementary accepted the challenge of decorating the school’s Christmas tree. These wonderful mommies are Tonda Rybarczyk and Linda Zandarski. 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 – 1918 The Hartford public schools opened Monday morning after being closed for a week because of the prevalence of influenza. It is hoped there will be no further interruption of the schools. Sexton George Kime and Arthur Gustine have during the past week set a number of maple trees in Maple Hill cemetery. A number of trees were set a year ago, but unusual weather conditions during the summer caused the death of several of them. 75 years ago – 1943 Presentation of the annual Christmas program will be Tuesday evening, Dec. 21, in the high school auditorium with the central theme of “Carols for Christmas,” emphasizing the familiar and more traditional Christmas songs. Music by the glee clubs, junior choruses and grade school children will be directed by Miss Ilah Decker, music instructor. A pantomime of the nativity will conclude the program. Christmas decorations of balsam and red berries, and the glow of candlelight amidst a setting of feathery juniper and pine cones greeted members of the Philharmonic Club as they gathered in the home of Mrs. Marion C. Mortimer on December 8. Mrs. Mortimer had offered to act as hostess when illness made it necessary for Mrs. Harold Haight to cancel her plans to entertain the club. Mrs. Floyd Lammon, president presided and Christmas poems were read by members in response to roll call. The Hartford Mother’s Club met at the home of Mrs. Leo Latus. During the business meeting it was voted to make a contribution to the Good Fellow fund. The program was in charge of Mrs. William Shoemaker. 50 years ago – 1968 Saturday will be Willis Dunbar day in Hartford. Mayor Arthur Hope proclaimed the event to honor a native son who has written a book exclusively about this community entitled “How It Was in Hartford”. Illustrated with pictures, provided by Miss Jeanette Manley, the book describes Hartford between 1900 and 1920, while Dunbar was growing up here. An art exhibit and concert by four bands will highlight a Festival of Arts sponsored by the high school art and instrumental music departments. 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 – 1928 Announcement is made that E.H. Gilman of Kalamazoo is to take over the superintendence of the Watervliet paper mills. Mr. Gilman will succeed C.L. Harter who has been in charge of the manufacturing operations for nearly two years. Watervliet has long been fortunate in having a local representative of the Pere Marquette railroad who understood railroading and could therefore give the town and the patrons of the railroad the best possible service. Agent N.R. Tillison received a prize award of $25 given for the highest station marking during the year. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sprague on Dec. 16, 1928. 60 years ago – 1958 Pvt. William Dienes is scheduled to arrive in Chicago for a 2-week leave from his duties at Fort Leonard Wood, MI. Mr. and Mrs. Earle Smith will observe their 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21, 1958. Mr. Smith is president of the Watervliet Board of Education and the couple have resided in this area all of their married life. Mr. and Mrs. Lucius T. White celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21, 1958.

30 years ago – 1988 John R. Collis, Watervliet, has been promoted in the U.S. Army to the rank of sergeant. Collis is a radio teletype team chief with the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion at Ft Hood, TX. Pvt. Robert J. Muske, Watervliet, has completed basic training at Ft Jackson, SC. During the training, students received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, first aid and Army History and Traditions. Congratulations are in order for Mark Lottridge. He has been selected as ‘Student of the Week’ by his teachers. Mark is an industrious young man who possesses a strong sense of duty and accomplishment. He is a self-starter and has the capacity to see task through to its successful completion. He is a member of the National Honor Society and works for the school system in the maintenance department. Upon graduation, Mark will pursue a career in aviation. 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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