Old News Beat : The Best of the Local News, 100 Years Ago

March 2014

Gera News : Sleigh Ride

Last Friday the teacher and school children of Dist. No 3, had a sleigh ride to Saginaw. They left at 8 o’clock and came in time to go to the Farmer’s Institute in the [Auditorium]. They say many things: silos, little chickens, apples, potatoes, corn, separators, automobiles, sewing machines, seed and so forth.
ALMA MEYER
(One of the children).[1]

WANTED

An experienced man to work on farm, one that can speek [sic] both English and German, and is good at handling horses. To be hired either by the week or month. Good wages. Gottfried J. Hubinger, Frankenmuth, Mich.[2]

Bridgeport Doings

Bridgeport has been described as the worst hell-hole in – – (no need to fill in the blank) each one can do that for himself. We sometimes wonder if hell-holes are not a condition of the mind. If we had a few more boosters in Bridgeport, and not so many people coming into town, looking down the back alley, and then rendering a verdict as to conditions, perhaps more people might seek our home town. Surely there is good most anywhere (if we are looking for it) and no one need come to Bridgeport to find all the evils that are known to all communities. [3]

Local Happenings

The annual meeting of the Union Cheese company was well attended by the stockholders. After hearing the happenings of the year, which were read by John Nuechterlein, Secretary. C. Schwartzkopf, manager and salesman read his yearly report, which showed that 2,583,709 lbs. of milk were received at the factory, of which 262,686 lbs. of cheese was made and the total amount received for cheese was $36,340.11, besides $1073.14 worth of whey cream was sold, which showed a total amount received for 1914, cheese and cream, was $37,413.25. Officers were elected as follows: President, Steven Knoll; Treasurer, Fred Nuechterlein; Secretary, John Nuechterlein; Trustees, John Bierlein, Geo. Bierlein, Leo. Grueber, Geo. Nuechterlein; Carl Schwartzkopf was reappointed Manager and Salesman, and Wm. Bluemlein Cheesemaker.[4]

Sources

[1]”Gera News,” The Frankenmuth (Michigan) News, 05 March 1914, p. 1, col. 4; digital images, The Frankenmuth Archives (http://www.frankenmutharchives.org : accessed 12 March 2014).

[2]”Local Happenings,” The Frankenmuth (Michigan) News, 12 March 1914, p. 4, col. 1; digital images, The Frankenmuth Archives (http://www.frankenmutharchives.org : accessed 12 March 2014).

[3]”Bridgeport Doings,” The Frankenmuth (Michigan) News, 26 March 1914, p. 1, col. 2; digital images, The Frankenmuth Archives (http://www.frankenmutharchives.org : accessed 12 March 2014).

[4]”Local Happenings,” The Frankenmuth (Michigan) News, 12 March 1914, p. 4, col. 1; digital images, The Frankenmuth Archives (http://www.frankenmutharchives.org : accessed 12
March 2014).

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Tombstone Tuesday : James Birbelmarsh

James Birbelmarsh grave marker, Frankenmuth Township Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
James Birbelmarsh grave marker, Frankenmuth Township Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

James Birbelmarsh (1847-08 March 1928) was the last Chippewa to live and die in Frankenmuth Township. He lived with his English wife in a “board and tar-paper shanty on the banks of the Cass River, about two miles downriver from Frankenmuth.” His funeral and burial took place on 10 March 1928 with Carl Nuechterlein, the local undertaker, officiating. The mourners included the family of William Zehnder, Sr.[1]

Source

[1]Bavarian Inn Lodge, Guestroom Family Histories: ”Indian Dave History” (Frankenmuth, Michigan: Bavarian Inn Lodge, n.d.).