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Cardinal Charlie: Round Oak closed for months during 1897

Published 12:14am Thursday, August 11, 2011

In the local brevities of the 1897 paper, an ad, try one of Hamel’s Apple Blossoms because it is the flower of cigars.
Also, an ad in 1897, Allegrette is a delicious chocolate cream candy at Lewis Drug Store.
1897: Round Oak stove works resumed work last Monday after being closed more than two months.
When running full force, more than 350 men find employment.
1897: There will be a masquerade ball at Round Oak hall Feb. 12. Music furnished by Mrs. Stolley.
1897: G.R. Ross of Muskegon had charge of the interior decorating of the Gardner mansion on Green Street. It was the finest finishing work he had ever done (for many years I have admired this place, especially the interior).
Do you know that the Dowagiac Daily News had a 500-percent price increase on its 75th birthday from 1897 up to 1972?
No date on this, but I read of Old Dutch Mary. She lived out of town about a mile near the railroad tracks.
She walked with a long staff and kids through she was a witch and were afraid to go near her.
One time she sold Bill Jones grocery store a lot of ragweed plants for tomato plants.
Roley Morse grocery store, corner of Front and Commercial (old Farmers Insurance), had an ad, crackers for eight cents a pound or three pounds for a quarter.
That was his joke, cheaper to just buy one pound at a time, huh?
I read where it took 20 men on each side to pump water on the old horse-drawn Dowagiac fire department’s pumper.
1912: November was the grand opening for the Coliseum Roller Rink, just across from the Michigan Central depot (10 cents admission, skates 15 cents).
1913: Jules Shanafelt, 15 months old, was trampled by a horse.
1934: Ensign Herschel Smith was a member of the U.S. wrestling team at the Olympics in Paris.
1944: June 6. Sugar stamps will be valid on June 16 for five pounds of sugar for an indefinite time.
1948: Lincoln School was built.
1946: “Spry” came in a can and was pure vegetable shortening (Like Crisco was, I guess).
1935: Ad for Wrigley’s spearmint gum, five cents a pack of five sticks.
I read in a magazine where kids used to take burlap bags (gunny sacks) out into the fields and pick the pods from milkweed plants.
They were told they used the silk from the pods to make parachutes.
I never heard of them being used in chutes, but I know they were used in life preservers.
We kids used to get milkweed caterpillars, let them turn into a crystalis and then a monarch butterfly.

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