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January 3, 1906

The Christmas services held by the Sabbath School at the M. E. Church on Friday evening, were among the best ever held. The cantata entitled "In Winterland" with its melodious music was pleasingly rendered and the decorations were in excellent taste.

Mr. S. A. Marting as "King Winter," Ney Smith as "Jack Frost," [...]the Painter," Harold Jacobs as "The North Wind" and Dr. Wicks as "Santa Claus" rendered their parts with good taste. Misses Gale, J. Campbell, L. Washburn and Mrs. E. S. Stacks and S. J. Alcox who supervised the rehearsal are certainly to be commended for the success attending their efforts. At the Sunday services the choir rendered in the morning the beautiful anthem "Hark What Means Those Happy Voices" and "Fear Not." In the evening Dr. F. H. Wilkson sang a solo. A quintette sang an anthem, "O Little Town of Bethlehem."


January 3, 1906

Old settlers are always glad to learn of the prosperity of a Northern Michigan boy. A recent number of Harper's Weekly illustrated several table groups of literary people who were honored by being present at the New York banquet to Mark Twain on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Among them was Rex E. Beach of Chicago, now recognized as a shining light in the field of literature.

The stories of Mr. Beach have appeared for several years in McClure's and other leading magazines and have marked their author as a writer of superior ability.

Rex Beach was born in Antrim county, between Antrim City and Atwood, about forty years ago. His parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beach owned a farm there adjoining the farm of the late Richard Knight. Rex was one of three brothers, and the writer of this remembers them as small boys.

Elmer and Raymond, his two brothers, are lawyers living in Chicago also.


January 17, 1906

Site for Water Tower, Park Avenue Residence Lot With High Bluff

The Board of Public Works last week closed a deal with Chas. Noyes, at Ludington, whereby the city acquires the ownership of the Noyes residence property on Park Avenue, with the high bluff in the rear overlooking Lake Michigan. The property was recently purchased by Mr. Noyes from J. L. Hurd of Chicago. Alderman Rose went to Ludington last week and made the deal. The consideration was $1,600.

The property is an ideal one for the purpose for which it was bought. It not only affords elevation desired, but is one of the best residence locations on Park Avenue. The house is an old one, but with some repairs can be made a very comfortable residence. As it will probably be occupied by the superintendent the city will have a steady and certain tenant.


January 24, 1906

A telegram from our friend Brayton Saltonstall, of Cheboygan announces the arrival of a son, at his home. Congratulations.


Allie Moore, the champion roller skater, has opened a roller rink in the Lewis Opera House, to be open every afternoon and evening.


A Sugar factory, a cement factory, a seed warehouse, and a creamery, they all spell permanent prosperity, the sort of prosperity that continues after the forest disappear, which argues that here is a good place to invest your money in farm and city property.


February 7, 1906

A Notable Nuptial Event

One of the happiest and most elaborate weddings in the history of Charlevoix occurred at the northside home of Mrs. Charles Levinson Tuesday noon, when Mr. Adam Goldman of St. Louis was united in marriage with Miss Minnie Levinson.

The ceremony was of the orthodox Jewish ritual and was performed by Rabbi Rapaport, of Petoskey. The parlors were tastefully decorated with potted plants and cut flowers. Mr. Sam Goldman of St. Louis was best man, and Miss Sarah Levinson, a sister of the bride was bridesmaid. Chs. Levinson of Petoskey was master of ceremonies.

A large number of guests were present, embracing relatives and friends from St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, New York and other cities. Following the ceremony a banquet was served.

The wedding presents were many and beautiful.


February 21, 1906

The mail with a pony team started out from St. James last Monday morning for Cross Village. They succeeded in getting as far as the head of Hog Island that night, where they remained until morning. Tuesday morning the blizzard prevented any further progress, and after waiting there all day, and the feed running low, the outfit returned to St. James. They expect to make another start tomorrow.


S. M. Rose is getting the U. S. fish hatchery in shape for the annual hatch. The eggs are expected here next week, and the work will last until navigation opens.


March 6, 1906

The council should pass an ordinance prohibiting skating on Round Lake. There is nothing so deceptive as the ice of Round Lake. Where it is safe today it is unsafe tomorrow, owing to the shifting current which cuts the ice from below. One day last week Winnie Weaver broke through and was extricated at considerable risk. Keep off of Round Lake ice at all times.


Beaver Island Mail Friday

On Friday morning last the tug Parmalee left this port for St. James with twenty sacks of mail. She arrived at the point dock and exchanged mail at noon returning safely without encountering any ice.

This is the first winter in sixteen years that the Islanders have received no mail by the Cross Village route and the first time that the mail was ever delivered at the Island by boat in February.


April 17, 1906

The Charlevoix County Bank people will, about May 1st, begin work on the reconstruction of the opera house. The foundation will be thoroughly inspected and strengthened. The present brick front will be removed and a new and better front built. Inside, a new and modern ceiling will be put in, and the place thoroughly overhauled. Metal ceiling men are expected here soon to take measurements. The entire premises will be transformed into a sage and neat place of amusement, and it will be maintained at that standard.


Public library books will not be issued until May 1st, to give opportunity for relisting them. All having library books are requested to return them at once. The library will be open every Thursday and Saturday for that purpose.


March 13, 1906

Thirty Seven Years

Thirty seven years ago this week, the old hand-press and a few boxes of type that constituted the Sentinel outfit arrived in the little Charlevoix settlement from Traverse City by way of the Emmet and Grand Traverse State road. The publisher, but a few months more than twenty years of age, followed it on foot a few days later.

Thirty seven years ago! Then the nearest railroad was Grand Rapids, and the mail was brought to Charlevoix twice a week by a one-armed Indian. Then the Traverse City papers were the only publications north of Osceola county. Then there were no farmers in Charlevoix County; they were but "homesteaders" and squatters on railroad reservation lands. About every rod of land between this point and Bear Creek (now Petoskey) was Indian reservation. East Jordan and Boyne City were not then on the map. Charlevoix had a harbor only for fish-boats. Of white men who secured the Indian vote gained the election to a township office at $25 per annum or a county office at $100.

The new generation may not care to read of these pioneer conditions, but the pioneer cannot forget them, because they were days that tried a man's soul. For more than a decade of these early years the Sentinel climbed steep, rocky hills, and passed through dark valleys, along which, at times, it could hardly see its way clear, to emerge into the sunlight.

In all these years the Sentinel has been unwavering and unremitting in its championship of Charlevoix and Northern Michigan. The burden of its song has always been Charlevoix. For thirty seven years it has labored to have Charlevoix and its beauties and advantages known to the world, and as its publisher passes along down into the valley he cannot discern, in the retrospect, any spot in the long journey where he has faltered, altho he may have, now and then stumbled.

We are aware that the new generation of men know little of the difficulties encountered by the Sentinel in the early years of its life, and many of them care less. The milestones are now hidden by the hilltops. Perhaps some day the view backward will be clearer, and teach its lesson.

The Sentinel has richly earned the considerate regard of the people of Charlevoix County, and for the few years that its publisher remains to guide its destiny he will continue the good work he began thirty seven years ago.


April 3, 1906

An Artistic Gateway to be Built at the West Entrance

To mark the dividing line between the city proper and the grounds of the Charlevoix Summer Home Association, there will, early this summer be erected at the west line of the grounds on Newman street, a most beautiful gateway. As a matter of fact, the portal will be a gateway, "constructively" only. "Gateway" implies possible exclusion; this structure is but the ornamental suggestion of a gateway and is only intended to mark the entrance to the grounds.

The project was conceived last season and a committee was appointed to carry it out. This committee is composed of Calvin M. Christy, and Louis Rosenbaum, of St. Louis, and T. H. Carruthers of Cincinnati. Mr. Thomas L. Fekete, of East St. Louis, has given the committee very valuable assistance.

The gateway, a correct representation of which we print on this page, will be constructed of broken granite boulders, on a foundation of concrete.

The base and coping will be of cement construction. On each of the columns flanking the driveway, will be a beautiful bronze lamp, to be fitted with electricity, the wires to lead through under ground tubing and up through the center of the column. On the west face of each column will be a bronze name plate, bearing "Entrance Charlevoix Summer Home Association." The Architect is Charles F. May of St. Louis.

The Charlevoix Summer Home grounds constitute one of the most attractive resorts in Michigan, and its hotel, the Belvedere has, under the management of R. P. Foley, acquired a reputation second to no summer hotel in the north.

Conceived and instituted a quarter of a century ago by a few Baptists of Kalamazoo, it was for many years known as the "Baptist Resort." While the association still numbers among its members many very estimable Kalamazoo Baptists, it has long ago outgrown its original environment, and has broadened into an undenominational, but carefully guarded membership.

Every year brings improvements in the way of cottages, and every year some detail of beautification is carried out. Its shapely natural terraces, its array of beautiful cottages; its secluded walks amid the trees and shrubbery; its wooded and open parks; its magnificent Pine Lake, all combine to make this resort a veritable summer paradise.

The editor of this paper entertains a peculiar affection for this beautiful spot, from the fact that thirty-five years ago the coming summer, he lived in a log house on the spot occupied by the Bardeen cottage, just south of the Belvedere.

We congratulate the Association on the happy inspiration that gave birth to the beautiful gateway.


April 10, 1906

Historical Society Banquet

The banquet of the Charlevoix Historical Society last night at Bank Hall, was a most successful and happy event. Over one hundred people were present. After an hour of social intercourse the company assembled at the banquet tables, which were elaborately decorated with flowers.

At the close of the banquet came the program as follows: Report, Miss Clarke. Music, instrumental, Duet, Miss Mattie Bedford and Jeanette Campbell. Toast, Charlevoix Historical Society, "Past and Present," E. H. Green. Music, Solo, Mr. W. E. Jacobs. Toast, "Should Charlevoix Have a Carnegie Library?" Rev. H. A. Putnam. Music, Ladies Quartette, Misses Cross, Harsha, Johnson, and Cross. Discussion of the Carnegie Library Question, Volunteer Discussion limited to two minutes. Music, Duet, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Marting. Reading, Mrs. W. H. Woodley. Music, Solo, Mrs. A. L. Coulter. An Item of Local History, Mrs. F. H. Hubbard. Music, Male Quartette, Messers. Jacobs, Kirby, Wicks, Fitch. Music, Violin Duett, Clyde and Clare Coulter.

The first meeting for the purpose of organization was called by Willard A. Smith. The meeting was held at the Sentinel office Nov. 24, 1879. There were present at that meeting John S. Dixon, Richard Cooper, O. F. Wisner, and W. A. Smith. The following officers were elected: President, John S. Dixon; Vice President, Richard Cooper; Secretary, W. A. Smith; Treasurer, F. W. Mayne; Librarian, Albert E. Mason. The next meeting was held a week later at the school house.

The Charlevoix Historical Society existed for 27 years, and is a healthy, permanent and useful organization.


May 1, 1906

The Current Events Club will meet Thursday evening May 10, with Mrs. Harrison Bedford.


The Charlevoix State Savings Bank has recently installed at great expense an electrical system of protection against burglary. Believing that every citizen of this town and county, must be interested in such matters, the company that makes these systems has arranged to give a public demonstration next Saturday, May 5, Mr. C. D. O'Kieffe representing the factory. The American Bank Protection Co. will be at the bank all day and the working of the entire system will be shown to all who call.


May 29, 1906

An Eventful Trip

Mrs. P. D. Campbell returned from the West Saturday. It rarely falls to the lot of one person to have a more interesting and eventful experience than has Mrs. Campbell since she left here March 5th. The journey was made to visit her son Ira, who is a Seattle attorney. Soon after her arrival the young lawyer was called upon to make professional trip to Juneau, Alaska, and he asked his mother to accompany him, to which she readily assented.

Up through the inland route sheltered by the mountainous islands amid the magnificent scenery of that far north region. The trip alone was an event long to be remembered, but Mrs. Campbell little thought what was yet in store for her.

Returning to Seattle with her son, she remained a short time, and left for Santa Cruz, Cal. to visit her mother and sister. Having a cousin in San Francisco, she stopped there a short time, and proceeded to her destination, Santa Cruz, sixty miles south of San Francisco.

She had been in Santa Cruz but four days when the earthquake occurred. She will all the other occupants of the house were awakened on that terrible morning, when the horrible convulsion of nature destroyed a great city and brought sorrow to many homes.

Mrs. Campbell's description of the quake is very vivid. To quote her words: "The sensation was as if I were in a boat laboring in a heavy sea. When the rolling ceased, it seemed as if the boat while under full speed ahead had suddenly backed [up] with all steam, producing a violent tremor."

Mrs. Campbell experienced much difficulty in getting away from California, and finally when she did leave, it was on a refugee train.


Work on the water tower is progressing rapidly. The towering iron frame which is to support the big tank is up, and work on the tank proper is now on. The expert bridge builders sent here by the contractors walk back and forth on the narrow girders 120 feet from the ground as unconcerned as they do on the ground. Monday one of them was on top of the gin pole, 130 feet from the ground.


June 12, 1906

Gen. New Dead
The Genial Old Charlevoix Summer Sojourner Has Passed Away.

Gen. John C. New, died at his home in Indianapolis on Monday aged about 70 years.

Gen. New was one of the most popular and regular of our summer citizens. His home on the north side was one of the most attractive in Charlevoix, a home which bought seven years ago from G. V. Nash, has been very much improved and beautified since its change of ownership.

The people of Charlevoix, with whom Gen. New was very popular will regret exceedingly the death of this genial old gentleman.


June 26, 1906

Hon. and Mrs. John Nicholls write home from England that their trip across was pleasant, and that "Dr. Jack" went out in the pilot boat at Plymouth to meet them. They are enjoying their visit and both are well.


The life saving boys, who have been scraping down the sand hills that lay between their grounds and the big sink hole under the bluff, uncovered many human bones, which seems to indicate that at an early day the place was an Indian burying ground.


June 26, 1906

U. S. Inspector, John L. Murray says: "Charlevoix is the most beautiful city of its size I have ever seen. The chief pride of Charlevoix should be its magnificent maples. The residence streets certainly have the finest shade I ever saw. You should certainly be proud of them." Another prominent man who echoes these sentiments is J. H. Robinson, chief of the U. S. Telegraph service. Mr. Robinson is enthusiastic over our beautiful maple trees.


In Attendance on the Dairy Convention Friday

Fred M. Warner, Governor of Michigan, will be in Charlevoix tomorrow, Friday afternoon, June 29th, in attendance on the meeting to be held at the Court House, under the direction of Mr. Colon Lillie, Deputy State Dairy and Food Commissioner.

The meeting will deal specially of the addition of a creamery to the industries of Charlevoix.


July 3, 1906

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Beamish, of Detroit, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Law, of Covington, Kentucky, with Mr. and Mrs. J. Milo Eaton. Of course, everyone knows that Clara and Lillian are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Eaton.


July 17, 1906

Three Mormon missionary preachers from Utah, held forth in the street Thursday evening. It was very hard to tell which was the worst, their singing or their theology. Both were very bad.


Death of Rev. C. F. Van Auken

Word was received here Monday by Rev. H. A. Putnam of the death in Florida, of Rev. C. F. VanAuken. While Rev. George W. Wood was the first missionary preacher here, and the pioneer in the movement, Rev. Mr. Van Auken was the first pastor of the Charlevoix Congregational Church as an organized religious body, and may be placed in history as the founder of that church.

He came to Charlevoix in 1882 as pastor and filled the pulpit for five years. It was during that period that the present church edifice was built. Mr. Van Auken was not only a forceful and able preacher, but was endowed with extraordinary business and executive ability. He was very much attached to the Charlevoix church, and severed his pastoral connections here because of an urgent call to assume a larger field in evangelistic and church extension work. Mr. Van Auken was one of four brothers who were congregational ministers. The three survive him.

The deceased clergyman was much beloved by his people, and was generally respected by those of other denominations.


July 17, 1906

"Bowery Bill," everybody knows him, Supervisor W. J. Gallagher, of St. James, Beaver Island. Well, Bill got his name from having been born on the Bowery, New York. When he was very young he came to Beaver Island when a "Broth of a Boy," and has been a factor in every phase of Beaver Island Progress ever since. Now "Bowery" is going back to the scenes of his childhood for a visit, accompanied by a daughter, left yesterday and will, while away, attend the Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order of Hiberians, which meets in Syracuse next week, as a delegate from the Beaver Island branch of that order. There is some fear expressed on the Island that the genial supervisor may get mixed up with New York politics while there and send for his family and effects.


One of the prettiest and best arranged "bazaar" stores in northern Michigan is that of W. C. Bellinger, of this city. This year the variety and quantity of novelties are greatly increased and the place is fast gaining an enviable reputation.


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