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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

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