SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily | The Daily News

2021-12-23 07:49:32 By : Mr. Yung Chiu

Since 1854 — News from Montcalm County and Ionia County, Michigan

By Sandy Main | on December 22, 2021

“New name: Belding” — Belding, formerly called Patterson’s Mills, six miles south of Greenville, manifests increasing enterprise with its new name. The one and a half miles of railroad to Kiddville is nearly completed, two bridges having been built across Flat River and the road bed nearly graded. Thirty-three village lots have been sold lately, at least one-half of which are to be built upon next summer. The village now has one grist mill and a shingle mill. A large saw mill is now being built.

“Bushnell prosperous” — The township of Bushnell is enjoying its usual prosperity with few exceptions. In the north part of the township, the lumbering business is being carried on quite extensively and the indications now are that an unusual amount of lumber and shingles will be manufactured this winter.

“No early closing” — The eight o’clock closing of stores rule was not generally observed and hence soon died a natural death.

“Failure to dim lights causes accident” — A Hudson touring car, driven by a man who gave his name as Perry Arnold, Edmore, ran into Theron Richmond’s Hudson sedan which he uses in the Richmond autourban service. The drivers stated that they were blinded by one another’s lights, which resulted in the accident. Richmond’s car had the tire carrier demolished and both front and rear left fenders crushed. The other car suffered the same fate, with the additional fact that the steering gear and one wheel locked, so that the car could not be steered. The bus carried eight passengers and the touring car three. None were injured.

“Grandma provides Christmas tree” — Mrs. Wm. Backus received word from her grandson, Commodore Jesse Backus, who is stationed in San Francisco, Calif., that they were well supplied with presents for a Christmas tree but had no tree to put them on, so Mrs. Backus expressed them a small tree last week taken from her lawn on West Cass street.

“Monday a legal holiday” — Next Monday, Dec. 26, is to be observed in this city as a legal holiday. The banks are to close, both refrigerator factories are suspending operations and a majority of the stores will not open. Moore Plow and Implement company have already closed and will remain so throughout the holiday season. Grocery stores report they will not open their doors.

“Shoppers to hear Christmas tunes” — Shoppers will hear strains of Christmas carols as they scurry from one store to another in quest of that one particular gift they have in mind. Edwin Petersen will play on his electric organ in the Daily News office, songs appropriate for the Christmas season. The music will be broadcast over a public address from 2:30 to 4 p.m.  and 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Monday and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday (Christmas Eve). Because there will be no awards made for Christmas decorations, the Greenville Garden club is using that money to sponsor the music.

“Skaters to use parking lot” — Councilmen Wednesday night decided to follow the annual custom of converting part of the parking lot on Franklin street into a skating rink for the children. The disadvantages of using the lot for such a purpose were discussed, members pointing out that the parking meters, soon to be installed, will send many motorists to the parking lot. However, it was agreed that one end of the lot could be used for the rink instead of the center, as had been the custom in the past, still leaving room for many automobiles to be parked.

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