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150 years ago

“Logs afloat in Flat River” — Logging on Flat River has been far more successful than anticipated, owing to the frequent rains in the past few weeks. All the logs to the head of the river are afloat and started down the stream, except it may be some in lakes which have not yet discharged themselves into the river. It is estimated that 80,000,000 feet of logs have already passed from Flat River into Grand River.

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150 years ago

“Improvements to dining rooms” — Edsall’s Dining Rooms have lately been reconstructed for the more perfect convenience of his numerous customers. The first floor with its gushing soda fountain is adapted more particularly to food lunches, the sale of confectionery, lemonade, oysters, etc. The second floor has been fitted up especially for ladies dining rooms and ice cream parlors.

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150 years ago

“Smyrna” — Reprinted from the Grand Rapids Democrat: This village, in the township of Otisco, Ionia County, contains a population of 600 people. Among the earliest settlers was a Mr. Dickinson, now one of the wealthy farmers of Grand Rapids township, who built a saw milk at Smyrna about 1845. When he came into Michigan his entire property consisted of an ax and a team, with which he aided in clearing away the woods, founded the village and gave the name it has since retained.

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150 years ago

“Cook’s Corners” — Cook’s Corners, sometimes known as Otisco, is situated in the township of the latter name, once of the most fertile in Michigan. It contains four hundred inhabitants. It has a number of fine stores, blacksmith shops, etc., and is destined to increase in wealth and importance with the advent of the railroad. At this point, Mr. R.R. Cook has in successful operation a cheese factory, 36×60 feet in size and three stories high. The milk from three hundred cows was made into cheese last year between the months of May and September, amounting to 18,000 pounds. The cheese was of a very superior quality, and commanded the highest price in Ionia and Greenville. — Reprinted from the Grand Rapids Democrat

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150 years ago

“Beneficial rain” — A heavy rain is visiting this section, which will no doubt raise Flat River and facilitate logging. Notwithstanding the long drought, it is reported that 30,000,000 feet of logs have already passed Greenville.

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150 years ago

“Fast trip from Grand Rapids” — From Grand Rapids to Greenville in less than three hours! Leaving Grand Rapids, Almy street depot at 2:10, Bridge street depot at 2:30, a passenger may reach Greenville via Howard at 5:00 p.m. The travel between Greenville and Grand Rapids, via the D.L.&L.M. and the G.R.&I. (rail)roads, is rapidly increasing.

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150 years ago

“Fire in the woods” — Fires are running in the woods and the air is full of smoke. Lumbermen are keeping watch lest the unbroken rollways shall take fire.

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The fire alarm on Thursday evening of last week was caused by the explosion or upsetting of a lamp. No need of ringing a fire bell and alarming the whole city. Do that only when there is need of assistance. Yet it is of no wonder that everybody feels so timid about fire. The city has no fire department, no fire engine, no hook and ladder company, no water tanks — absolutely no protection against fire except a few Babcock fire extinguishers distributed through the city.

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150 years ago

“Danish immigrants” — Sixty Dane immigrants arrived on Monday last and will locate in this vicinity and at the Dane settlement near Caywood. In the company are twenty-eight young men, four or five young women besides six families. They are valuable additions to our population.

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150 years ago

“Danish immigrants” — Sixty Dane immigrants arrived on Monday last and will locate in this vicinity and at the Dane settlement near Caywood. In the company are twenty-eight young men, four or five young women besides six families. They are valuable additions to our population.