Cardinal Charlie: Women’s suffrage society organized in 1915Published 11:11pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012
1915: Dowagiac women have organized a suffrage society with Mrs. J.H. Jones as president.
Nov. 9 ad in paper: Round Oak Heaters have stood the test of time. Buy a Beckwith heater and live to wear it out.
1916: Nov. 16, Michigan goes dry. Prohibition has taken another great leap forward. Michigan has voted for statewide prohibition by 75,000 majority, thus 24 states out of 48 — half the states — have not declared for statewide prohibition.
1917: July 12, no more liquor advertising in dry territory. Anyone “knowingly” sending a liquor ad in violation of this Act of Congress, an ad of a newspaper or a liquor dealer or his agent is liable for a $1,000 fine and six months imprisonment.
1917: The county road commission said roads to be built in 1918 include: Dowagiac north to the county line; Pokagon to Dowagiac; Marcellus to Dowagiac.
September 1915: Herman Burns of Cassopolis has been chosen present of the Cass County Dry Campaign committee. Members are J.S. Harnes and Solon Straub, both of Dowagiac.
April 3, 1915: The new mammoth dance hall at Shore Acres on Diamond Lake, Cassopolis, opens May 31 with a big dance. Admission is 50 cents per person.
Vogue and Thorp livery will meet all trains (me thinks this was eventually Diamond Harbor Inn, one of my liquor store customers).
July 13, 1915: The case against the Indian Thomas Topash has been settled by his paying what was due the girl, whom he defrauded, and all expenses of the suit.
Topash was guardian for an Indian girl and absconded with her money.
He was located in Missouri, and Sheriff Reed and Prosecuting Attorney Huff went after him.
Jan. 24, 1918: On the pond at Howardsville, boys are finding it great sport to catch dog fish and throw them away. Tuesday night there were at least 500 dog fish lying on the ice.
1914: Floyd Brown met with the president and vice president of the Cass County Institute at Cassopolis Saturday.
The object of the meeting was to organize a boys corn and potato growing contest. All boys should get busy as some alluring prizes have been offered.
1909: Chicken thieves are reported as carrying on active operations in the vicinity of Fish Lake. Farmers thereabouts have prepared a warm reception for the thieves if so fortunate as to catch them visiting their hen roosts.
1911: Grover Kimmerle, who was the Ford salesman for Cass County, took a car to Marcellus to demonstrate it to prospective buyers to see how they liked it.
“Cardinal Charlie” Gill writes a nostalgic weekly column about growing up in the Grand Old City. Email him at cardinalcharlie@hot mail.com.
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