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July 2003
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4th of July Festivities

BITA - BIBCO Reach an Agreement

Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance on the Agenda

Vanishing Sturgeon

PABI's 1st Annual Goofy Golf Tournament

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Tara runs like the Wind

News from Beaver Island Hospice & Helping Hands

On This Date

Rutan Experimentals Fly-In at the Township Airport

Annual Firemen’s Picnic

Barry Pischner's New CD: Sailing On

The Island Welcomes New Sheriff Jim Campbell

The Bike Path: an Unqualified Success

Museum Week 2003 Schedule; Museums hold Open House

Some interesting occurrences at Meetings

A Solstice Celebration: The Second Annual High Tea

Whiskey Point Restoration; Rectory Auction

Camp Quality does Beaver Island

Charlevoix County Commission Meetings

Celebrating Flag Day

Charlie's Model A: on the way to the Shop

One Hundred Years Ago

The “Seven Sisters” Opens

BIRHC Board has Opening

Sunset Cruises available Once Again

Bob Hannon: 1950-2003

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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 season’s 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 here.”

“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 Gallagher’s 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 company’s new mill was compelled to shut down last week for one day in order to put the men to doing some necessary building.”

“There are ten building(s) in process of construction about the harbor now, and carpenters and masons can not be had in sufficient number.”

“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 lion’s 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 Island’s 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 be present.”

“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 patient’s 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.”

–Joyce Bartels

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