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Fall 1916

A watermelon social was held at the Baptist church Tuesday evening which was greatly enjoyed by a large crowd.

     Frank Shelly, Mart Rohrer, Floyd Mellencamp, Harry Worden and Walter Clark motored to Detroit Wednesday and saw the great game between Detroit and Boston

Six teeter-boards and six swings have been added to the play-ground equipment on the school grounds. The grove resembles the “Midway” for an hour after school at night.

Will and Ben Maurer two young men from Clinton, have opened a garage in the Teuful shop just south of the News office and are finding lots of work to do. They are expert automobile men and expect to build in the early spring a new garage on the site of the old shop.

The modest editor of the Grass Lake News has some reason to be proud of his family just now. Two are members of President Wilson’s cabinet and one is managing a presidential campaign. Hon. Josephus Daniels, secretary of the navy; Hon. William C. Redfield, secretary of the department of commerce; and Hon. William R. Wilcox, chairman of the Republican national committee who has charge of the Hughes presidential campaign, are all relatives of Dr. C.B. Wilcox. Hon. Josephus Daniels opened the political campaign for the Democrats in Michigan, Monday evening at Kalamazoo and many from here went to hear him at Jackson, Tuesday evening.

To escape the “fuss and feathers” of a large wedding planned by relatives of the bride for Oct. 8, Miss Margaret Bell and Mr. Williard Rohrer quietly slipped out of town Monday morning and went to Blissfield where they were united in marriage at noon by Rev. H.R. Beatty.

Shrouded in deep mystery, a murder was discovered at 11 o’clock Tuesday forenoon when the body of Roy Bassett, a taxi driver, was found covered with grass by the road side between Michigan Center ad Jackson. There were two bullet wounds, showing that one shot had been fired from behind and one from in front. Not much is yet known except that Bassett had been hired by a man and a woman who had a steamer trunk to take them in the taxi to near Rives Junction for $8.00. They did not stop at Rives and the fact that the trunk is missing from the auto which was left standing in the road near the scene of the murder gives rise to the belief that the trunk contained evidence of another crime, a knowledge of which caused Bassett to be shot from the rear seat of the auto by the interested parties. Evidently they believed that a dead man tells no tales.

Waterloo—There will be a box social at the home of Fred Prince on Friday evening, Oct. 6, for the benefit of school district No. 7 of which Miss Vera Prince is teacher. Everyone is invited. The proceeds will be used to purchase a bell for the school house.

Francisco Village—Herman Bohne has purchased an Oakland touring car. The purchase was made in Jackson one day last week.

Sharon—David Raymond, J.E. Irwin, C.C. Dorr and Fred Lehman attended the reunion of the 20th Michigan at Lansing last Wednesday.

Prospect Hill—Miss Musa Mackey, who has been confined to her home for several weeks with a sprained ankle, was able to commence school this week.

Clare Bostedor, who has been with the party showing the herd from the Village Farm at the State fairs in many states, has returned home..

100 Years Ago is gathered by Linda Lockwood Hutchinson.

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