Short News Items from 1931

Mrs. M. Hixson entertained at one o’clock dinner for the pleasure of Mr. Bartlett Thompson on his birthday and the 20th wedding of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick, of Morenci, Mich. Covers were laid for 20 guests. The table was decorated with deep pink carnations and ferns and on each side were two large cakes, with white icing and in the center a small vase of red roses, the other was white with pink roses and green vines made in the icing. A three-course dinner was served. After dinner a program of music was given: solo by Mr. Thompson, recitation by Mrs. Bernard of Bryan, and concluding with singing by all. The guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bonner of Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick of Morenci, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Ceaser, Toledo, Mr. and Mars. Marion Riffner of Fayette, Mrs. Marjorie Thompson of Columbus, Mrs. Jesses Allison of Reading, Mich., Misses Bertha Thompson and Betty Ceaser of Toledo, Miss Lillian Riffner of Bowling Green, Miss Frances Rorick of Ann Arbor, Miss Mary Thompson of Bryan, Misses Margaret and Leila Rorick, Caspar Rorick jr., of Morenci, Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Hixson. (Archbold Buckeye, March 11, 1931)

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FIRES (excerpt)

A Serious Blaze in P.A. Billings’ Mantel Store Yesterday Morning—Other Fires

The store of P.A. Billings, dealer in mantels and grates at No. 176 Woodward avenue, was discovered on fire about 6 o’clock yesterday morning. The flames originated in the cellar and rapidly shot upwards through a hatchway in the rear. An alarm brought out the Fire Department in short order, and the building was flooded with water. Smoke issues from every window in the different stories, which made it difficult to at first to locate the fire. The flames were speedily extinguished, but not before the contents of the building had been soaked, which caused most of the damage. How the fire caught is a matter of conjecture, different theories being advanced. It is, however, believed to have been caused by a gas explosion. The mantels in the cellar and the stock in the show rooms on the upper floors sustained serious damage. On the fourth floor was a quantity of stock belonging to Mills & Barker, furniture dealers, but it escaped injury. Mr. Billings’ loss is thought to be over $8,000; covered by insurance. The building is owned by Alanson Shelley and was damaged about $700, which is protected by insurance. The store of Jacob Weiz, hardware dealers at No. 174 Woodward avenue, was damaged about $250 by water. Lieut. Conklin, of Chemical Engine No. 1, had his right foot cut by glass while breaking in the front door of Billings’ store.

Source: Detroit Free Press, October 17, 1884.

Short News Items from 1930

Miss Belle Beardslee has returned from Ann Arbor after spending the winter with her sister, Mrs. Carrie Larned. (Clarkston News, May 16, 1930)

Miss Marian Beardslee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Beardslee, of Clarkston, a pupil in the Pontiac High School, was recently award a gold medal for having done the best work in the fourth year Latin class. Members of the class elected Miss Beardslee for the honor and the medal was presented by James H. Harris, superintendent of schools. (Clarkston News, June 6, 1930)

Friday evening the members of the eighth grade surprised their classmate, Miss Lillian Beardslee, with a pot-luck supper and later served ice cream and cake. (Clarkston News, June 20, 1930)

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Untitled (Pulaski A. Billings)

P.A. Billings, whose stock of mantels, grates, tiles, etc., is made up of the most elegant designs and richest goods procurable, is a gentleman whose reputation for doing good work and honestly filling contracts is such as to commend him to all in want of anything in his line. He possesses facilities for supplying any demand, and in consequence enjoys a large and desirable patronage. In competition with others it has been remarked that Mr. Billings’ goods, by virtue of their superior style and quality, give the best satisfaction. Being the only exclusive dealer in the city in mantels and grates, he devotes to the business his entire time and study, which undoubtedly accounts for his uniform success. The visitor to the warerooms on Jefferson avenue will see much to admire. Mantels are shown at all prices from $25 to $500 each, and adapted for all rooms. Among the grates shown by Mr. Billings is the famous Peerless radiating and shaking grate, which has met with a remarkable sale. He is also agent for the Fire on the Hearth Stove, a most convenient and useful article for heating and ventilating purposes. Its construction is something similar to an open grate stove, but it is built into the mantel as any grate would be, and affords considerable more heat than an ordinary grate. The almost endless variety of tile in stock is largely upon daily by artists and others for decorative purposes, and in fact is one of the finest assortments in the West. The brass goods and other articles constantly on hand are such as to make sales positive and numerous.

Source: Detroit Free Press, November 6, 1881.

Short News Items from 1929

Several charming luncheon parties were held at the Samovar Friday, March 8. Mrs. G.H. Milne of New York City has as her guests Dr. Rorick Bennett, Mrs. George Rorick Clarke and Mrs. S.K. Porter of South Pasadena, and Mrs. Willard O. Waters of San Marino. (South Pasadena Foothill Review, March 15, 1929)

Eugene Groover, of Lapeer and Glenn Groover were down Sunday to eat dinner with Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Kessell and to help little Marshall Eugene Groover celebrate his birthday. He carried his cak[e] to the table with three lighted candles on it. Mrs. Groover returned home with them feeling much improved. (Oxford Leader, March 29, 1929)

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Death of Mr. Ruff

At the home of Olney Burt near Paskenta, on Tuesday last, Mr. Marshall Ruff died from the effects of a peculiar growth on his neck which began more than two years ago. Mr. Ruff was the father of the late Millard Burt and had lived with his daughter at the home of the Burt brothers for some time. He was in his 66th year. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Burt, and a son, Lee Ruff.

The funeral took place Wednesday and the remains were laid in the cemetery at Paskenta.

Source: Red Bluff Daily News, August 30, 1903.

Short News Items from 1928

Mr. and Mrs. Manley Brodt, of Marlette, are spending the week with their son, Grant Brodt.  (Oxford Leader, January 27, 1928)

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Brodt, Mr. and Mrs. Manley Brodt attended the auto show in Detroit, Monday.  (Oxford Leader, January 27, 1928)

Edward Lee Porritt had the misfortune to have a car door fall on his feet, Thursday, where he was working at the Fisher Body Factory, in Pontiac.  He is improving slowly.  (Oxford Leader, February 3, 1928)

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A Quiet Wedding

Charles W. Adams of the Diebold Lock and Safe Company, was married Saturday evening in Reno to Miss Marie Kemble of Redding, Cal. The ceremony was performed at the Methodist parsonage by the Rev. Dr. Phelps. The wedding was a very quiet one, only a few friends being present. Dr. Roscoe gave the bride away and Miss Webb was a very pretty bridesmaid.

Mr. and Mrs. Adams leave this morning for Salt Lake on their wedding trip.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, September 22, 1902.

Power Plant Hurts Angling

A.F. and Mrs. Dobrowsky spent Sunday fishing at Battle creek. They report the same success as all the fishermen so far this season. The Battle creek waters are too riled to allow of successful angling. Mr. Dobrowsky thinks that possibly the riled condition of the creek is caused by the work in progress farther up than they fished, in the installment of the Shannon power plant.

Source: Red Bluff Daily News, May 16, 1901.