Charlie Gill1918: Report cards for the seventh and eighth grades at the Dowagiac school showed there were seven students on the honor roll.

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“Cardinal Charlie” Gill: Seven made junior high honor roll in 1918

Published 10:05am Tuesday, September 15, 2009

One of the students, Devere Wade, who had five A’s, is one I have written a column about recently.

Extra special at the Beckwith Theatre, Theda Bara in “Salome,” a 10-reel production.
1919: Cooper Underwear Co. was dismantling the factory and would finish by Saturday.
April 1920: The big Heddon “Flying Fish” will make their graceful ascensions and landings west of the city. The first will be here the latter part of next week. The announcement comes from the Heddon Aviation Co., of which Charles Heddon is president. He reports that a lease for the rental of 40 acres of land just west of the city formerly known as the Harmon farm and now owned by James Delaney has been executed. Workmen were immediately sent to the land by Henry F. Fawcett, who is general manager of the Heddon Aviation Co.

1924: Lisle Stevens sold a Maxwell club sedan to Earl Van Antwerp of Decatur.
Earl Whitmore also has a new Maxwell.

1928: Floyd Probst, who worked for the city, was found dead beneath a large pile of gravel as he was loading his truck.

1928: Col. Irving Phillipson was grand marshal of the parade honoring the crew and passengers on the Graph Zeppelin in New York City.

1929: You can get a Pontiac Big 6 for $745.

1930: There were just two comics in the paper in the early ’30s – Big Sister and Etta Kett.

1932: Walt Taberski says his Polish baseball team will soon have a fine diamond on which to play. It is just east of Premier Furnace Co. This field used to have carnivals when I was a kid.

1934 ad: Pure Ice Utility Fuel and Sales Co., 108 Beeson St.

Joe McArthur of Heddon’s caught a 6 1/2-pound brown trout and Day Armstrong one just a bit smaller.

Charles Mosher and sons Herbert, Chick and Sidney made a big catch of 24 brook, rainbow and brown varieties.

Notice of mortgage sale: Charles A. Hubbard, a widower, as mortgagor to Dowagiac National Bank, $3,513. (just like the ’09s, huh?) This was Sid Mosher’s uncle Hub, who had an ice business, I think on Penn Avenue, where Wayne Clark once had a Texaco gas station in the late ’30s or early ’40s.

“Cardinal Charlie” Gill writes a nostalgic weekly column about growing up in the Grand Old City.
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