One Hundred Years Ago
Charlevoix Sentinel - July 2, 1903
Local News: Supervisor W. J. Gallagher of St. James, was
here this week on official business.
Rev. Fr Zugelder, of St. James, was in town yesterday,
on his way to Grand Rapids.
Beaver Island News: Large quantities of wet corn from
the wreck of the steamer Craig, stranded on Simonds Reef, is coming
to this port.
There was a big excursion from Harbor Springs Sunday on
the Silver Spray and a large number of former Beaver Islanders
came over to visit friends, including W. F. Gill and wife, Mrs.
Robert Rowe and daughter and Wm. Gibson.
Rev. Father Zugelder will go to Grand Rapids this week
to attend the ceremonies of commemorating the Cathedral in that
city, at which the papal delegate will officiate.
Patrick D. Boyle, an old resident, died at his home Sunday
morning. Deceased came to the Island in 1859. He had been blind
for some years.
Fishermen report the catches are improving very materially,
and a good seasons business is looked for.
Rev. A. F. Nagler of Charlevoix is visiting here this week,
looking after the interests of the church society recently organized
Geo. Burns was here last week selling agricultural implements
for Ward & Ward of Charlevoix, with good success both here
and at Garden Island.
Wm. Coon, of Harbor Springs, has sold several reapers and
mowers and is setting them up.
The married ladies society will give an entertainment at
Gallaghers Hall the 4th, all day and evening, for the benefit
of the Catholic Church.
What is the matter with that proposed new school house
for the harbor?
Gus Kitzinger, of Manistee, head of the Beaver Island Lumber
Co., was here several days last week. The mill and shingle mill
are both running, and work will soon be resumed on the railroad.
Crops are all looking finely through out the Island, and
farming interests are looking up. Farm machinery is being distributed
in greater quantities than ever before.
Theodore S. Stephens, Rupert Stevens and Dr. F. W. Heyselt,
of Fremont, Mich., spent last week at St. James,
July 16, 1903 Beaver Island News: Farmers about here have
not yet begun haying.
Business is booming on the Beavers this year.
Miss Engelman of Chicago, is stopping at the Hotel Beaver.
Capt. John Johnson is very low with tumor of the brain.
Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens, of Manistee, are spending a
few days at the Beaver Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. McDermott, of New York
City are guests at the Beaver for the summer.
The pea crop is doing finely - the best crop and largest
acreage ever on Beaver Island.
The Rev. Fr. Zugelder returned after a 10 day absence on
the Friday boat, making Grand Rapids and points east.
The companys new mill was compelled to shut down
last week for one day in order to put the men to doing some necessary
There are ten building(s) in process of construction about
the harbor now, and carpenters and masons can not be had in sufficient
Mr. and Mrs. Tilly are entertaining friends from Northport
this week. Among their guests is one little lady who does not
hail from Northport but gets the lions share of attention.
She arrived Monday last and weighs eight pounds. The same day
and same hour Dr. and Mrs. Wilkinson received a caller. It is
of the same size, color, sex and came by the same route as the
new resorter at the Tilly home. They are stars among Beaver Islands
bunch of summer girls and have already made quite a sensation
by their beauty and vivacity.
July 30, 1903 Beaver Island News: Rev. Fr. Hugh Logue of
Pennsylvania is a guest of Fr. Zugelder.
Capt. John McCann is enjoying a visit from relatives in
the Northern Peninsula.
Dr. F. N. Wilkinson is here doing dental work, and has
his office with his brother, DR. A. M. Wilkinson.
Mr. John Donlevy of Chicago surprised his brother and wife
Mr. and Mrs. Jas Donlevy on the Friday boat. He will remain for
a few days visit.
The Union Sunday School of St. James is building a hall
for an assembly room and on Saturday evening, Aug. 1st the ladies
of this organization will give an entertainment and ice cream
social at the new house of Mr. John Stevens. All are invited to
Dr. C. E. Ruth and Mesdames Pond and Ricks, all of Keokuk,
Iowa, are summering on the Island. The Doctor is superintending
the construction of a cottage on his lot near the site of the
old Strang house. The Doctor is one of the leading surgeons of
the country, having the largest clinic west of the Mississippi
River, and the Island people are greatly pleased to have him spend
his summers on the Island.
Capt. John Johnson of this place died at his home Tuesday
evening, aged 52. His death was the result of a blow received
two years ago while running a cork lathe. The blow was received
on the right side of the head and left him in a semi-conscious
condition for ten days. He never entirely recovered from the injury.
The last six weeks of his life was marked by a rapid mental and
physical decline. A little over a fortnight before his death the
left side became gradually paralyzed together with other vital
functions till on the Saturday before his death is was evident
that he was in a dying state. A consultation of physicians was
held Saturday evening resulting in the decision that the case
was hopeless in his present condition. Operation was favored however
as the only possible shadow of a chance for the patients
life. This the family decided to avail themselves of on Monday.
Operation verified the previous hopeless diagnosis and death resulted
on Tuesday evening. The Captain leaves a wife and six children
to mourn his loss. As a neighbor and friend he was universally
known as the best, always holding himself ready to help any one
in distress. The remains were interred Thursday morning in the
Holy Cross cemetery.
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