‘Cardinal Charlie’: Revolver-toting unruly youths complained about in 1876Published 10:49pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Here are a few more things I’ve found in a bunch of old newspapers.
“Unruly youths,” April 27, 1876. This complaint appeared i the old Cass County Republican published in Dowagiac.
One of the teachers has complained to us that several of the village boys are getting extremely unruly and make a practice of carrying revolvers upon their persons for the purpose of frightening the young pupils.
Mr. Sherwood (C.L. Sherwood drug store) also informs us that this class of boys make large purchases of dime novels and such trash for their own reading.
Parents, see to this immediately, and to conquest the disposition; furnish your children with pure, healthy reading matter.
Stay home and muse them evenings, and see that they are faithful in their attendance at school.
Some of our worst boys have fathers who make a practice of staying downtown every night playing cards and loafing about when they should be at home with their family.
Something I found of interest.
We had a touch of summer in April 1930 (the year I was born).
There was unusual warm weather from April 10-12 — 86 degrees — but on the 12th it hit 90 degrees.
These were record highs that still exist today.
I don’t know who wrote this article, but it wasn’t me:
Dear Son: As long as you live in this house, you will follow the rules.
When you have your own house, you can make your own rules.
In this house we do not have a democracy.
I did not campaign to be your father.
You did not vote for me.
We are father and son by the grace of God, and I accept that privilege and awesome responsibility.
In accepting it, I have an obligation to perform the role of a father.
I am not your pal. Our ages are too different. We can share many things, but we are not pals. I am your father.
This is 100 times more than what a pal is. I am also your friend, but we are on entirely different levels.
You will do in this house as I say, and you cannot question me because whatever I ask you to do is motivated by love.
This will be hard for you to understand until you have a son of your own.
Until then, trust me — your father. Feb. 12, 1931.
A girl and two boys were taken off the front of the engine of a Michigan Central train at Lawton by Undersheriff Lacey Bale.
Each of them were about 19 years of age.
They had ridden on the “cow-catcher” from Battle Creek.
They were charged with vagrancy before Justice Ola Killifer and the boys were sent to jail for 10 days and the girl for five days. Each must pay a fine of $5.75 and costs or spend five days longer in jail.
“Cardinal Charlie” Gill writes a nostalgic weekly column about growing up in the Grand Old City. E-mail him at email@example.com.