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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


Local and Personal, January 1914 The Grass Lake News

Close up of 1874 woodcutting J. Clark Farm, Grass Lake Michigan.
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Local and Personal, January 1914
Letter from J.E. Kalmbach, January 1914
From Castle Rock, Washington.  Gentlemen: Please find enclosed one dollar bill for renewal of my subscription.  We are all getting along nicely and like it very much in Washington.

I bought twenty-five cords of wood from a farmer last month, and I asked him how many trees it took to produce that many cords. His reply was one tree. Grass is green and the cows are still running out but they need some extra feed. Apples are still hanging upon the trees and make fine food for Eastern hoboes, who flock this way in the winter to escape the cold of the East. Scores of them pass through our city every day, Sincerely.

A Plea For the Out of Works, January 15, 1914
It may be of interest to the farmers who need men for cutting wood or other farm work, to know that they can get help at the office of the Jackson Organized Charities at the Courthouse building, or with the Michgian Free Employment Bureau. There are a great many men out of work and the severe winter weather finds them in want. While it is true that many of these are unworthy and would spurn farm work if it were offered them, yet, there are some who would be glad of an opening of this sort. It is for the sake of these and their children, that this notice is inserted. No greater work of charity can be done than to help those who are willing to help themselves. It is to be hoped that farmers who have winter work to be done will make themselves known at once.
Sincerely, W.A. Cutler, Pastor Congregational Church

Obituary —  Alfred A. Brower, January 8, 1914
Alfred A. Brower was born in Cayuga county, New York, February 12, 1833 and died in Grass Lake, Mich., January 1, 1914, aged 80 years, 10 months and 19 days. Together with his parents and family he came to Michigan when about five years of age and settled with them in the vicinity of Manchester where he lived until 1880 when he purchased the large farm three miles east of Grass Lake where he resided until he retired from active farm work and took up his residence in town.

He was married to Mrs. Mary Allen of Manchester, July 4, 1863, who preceded her husband in death on January 8, 1909. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church about forty years ago. He was a man always interested in the affairs of the day and was with few exceptions found on the right side af all public questions. He was present at the memorable “Under the Oaks” gathering at Jackson and was one of the founders of the Republican Party. He was a familiar figure at all gatherings and will be greatly missed. He is survived by one brother, Porter Brower of Manchester, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Cora Stough of Toledo, a nephew and four nieces and a large circle of friends. The funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal church Monday. Internment was at Manchester.

Thanks a ton to
Linda Lockwood Hutchinson

State Could Lead Nation in Aquaculture

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The Michigan Aquaculture Association’s (MAA) 2014 Annual Meeting, Jan. 23 in Tustin, focused on growing the sector to assert the Great Lakes State as a contender in national seafood production.

More than 90 percent of America’s seafood supply is imported from beyond our borders, adding up to an annual seafood trade deficit exceeding $12 billion.

With its unique natural resources and prudent investment in their conscientious use, Michigan could be poised to become a national leader in fresh water aquaculture.

The association’s new growth agenda commanded center stage during an informational session that day at the Kettunen Center in Tustin.

“This plan is the result of a two-year effort by Michigan aquaculture producers working with Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University, Michigan Farm Bureau and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center,” said MAA President Dan Vogler, whose family operates Harietta Hills Trout Farm in western Wexford County. Read More

Area Businesses Sweep Chili Cook Off Awards

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The fourth annual Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off held at the high school on Saturday, January 25, 2014 awarded top prizes to familiar faces. Winning the Peoples Choice award was Greg Cagney of B&G Landscaping (and snow plowing!). The Grass Lake Chevrolet team won the Judges Choice award.












Award winners     2014 Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off

From left: Cevin Miller, Cevin’s Collision, Greg Cagney (First Place winner) B&G Landscaping,  John Allen and Ryan Keiser (First Place winner) of Grass Lake Chevrolet, Scott Parowski of Swift Catering, Alex and Dane Weddon, The Grass Lake Times.

Sixteen Fish Net Men Over $20,000

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By Jeff Steers
Brooklyn Exponent editor

It was ironic that on a day with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills up to 10 degrees below zero, a pair of Kalamazoo area fishermen had to sweat it out at the Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament at Brooklyn, Mich.

Marc Melson of Gobles and Joe Thornburg of Vicksburg, Michigan, took home the top prize of $20,100 at the annual event. The two-man team was competing in the event for the first time and had to sit and watch as 141 other teams had their fish weighed.

“The anticipation was high . . . we knew some of the guys who were ahead of us,” Melson said. “We were skeptical that 7.99 lbs. would hold up.”

The tournament was fished by 150 two-man teams at Wamplers Lake near Brooklyn. Anglers competed to catch the most weight of eight bluegills and eight crappies.

Melson said they pre-fished Thursday through Saturday and found a couple of good spots.

“We found some fish with our cameras and got to one of our spots first,” Melson said. “We went old-school today using long poles and no shanty.”

Thornburg said he fishes as many as five times per week. He was a bit taken back by the weather during the pre-fishing.
“Friday was just brutal for fishing,” Thornburg said. “We didn’t have a lot of faith that we were goinIceFishersWin530g to win going into today.”

The fish were weighed at Columbia Central High School. A new format for the tournament featured former champions and the top 20 finishers from 2013 being weighed last.

“It didn’t start kicking in that we might win until the last 10 buckets,” Thornburg said. “I am going to pay off some bills with the money.”

Melson has other thoughts for his portion of the winnings. “I told my wife that we were going on vacation if I won,” Melson said. “I may possibly buy a boat.”

USA Ice Fishing team members Mike Boedeker of Lansing and Myron Gilbert of Brooklyn finished second with 7.83 lbs. of bluegills and crappies. The two-man team earned $3,500 for their efforts. The duo helped the United States win a world ice fishing championship a couple of years ago. Read More

In Focus Pictures

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Got a favorite season picture? It could be next week’s featured color photograph in the Grass Lake Times newspaper!

If you snapped the shot, shoot the .jpg to

for January 30, 2014 we used Margaret Fifer’s photo of cardinals on the fly in the snow. Thanks Margaret!

Joy for Kindle Readers

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EBook cover for Alex Weddon's "Close Calls on the Farm"

EBook cover for Alex Weddon’s “Close Calls on the Farm”

“Close Calls on the Farm: A  Sampler” is available for 99 cents from as an ebook.

February is Tech Month at Career Center

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Over 4,000 eighth and tenth-grade students will come out to visit the Jackson Area Career Center Feb. 3-7 to celebrate the start of Career Technical Education (CTE) month and to learn more about the programs of study available at the Career Center. The month will close out with the Career Center’s annual Open House on Feb. 27.

February has been proclaimed “CTE month” by Governor Rick Snyder and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). This year’s ACTE theme is Celebrate CTE Superheroes, which is encouraging students to explore and learn more about the accomplishments, achievements, and contributions of CTE professionals and students. Read More