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2019-01-09 / Columnists


by Caroline Diem

From the Newberry News of

January 12, 1894
Lost in the Woods

Robert Besley, shoemaker, and Fin Clark of the American House, left town last Saturday morning with a dog team, intending to make Ryland’s camp the same evening. They reached Smith’s old camps about mid-afternoon, where they took lunch and rested.

They then set out on their journey, but in place of following the old tote road they started on a shortcut, hoping thereby to reach their destination earlier.

On and on they plodded, but in place of leading them to camp the trail they followed led them through seemingly interminable swamps until finally they lost the trail and then the weary travelers made up their minds that they were lost

They camped for the night and made themselves as comfortable as possible, and early Sunday morning after eating the last crumb of their scant supply of food, they again started on what they thought to be the right direction to Ryland’s. They walked all that day, and night again overtook them without anything to eat and lost in the woods.

On Monday morning they concluded to backtrack, but even this was no easy job, as in many places the drifting snow had covered them up and night again found them in the woods and shelterless.

Early Tuesday morning, weak from want of food, weary and exhausted and suffering from frostbite in their feet, and just about giving up the struggle, they stumbled upon a road leading to Ferguson’s camp. They reached the camps about ten o’clock after being without food or water some fifty-five hours. At this point they rested until a cutter arrived from Newberry to take them to their homes.

On their arrival it was found that both men had their feet badly froze, Besley’s being the worst of the two. Their dog team gave out on Monday and they unharnessed them and left the toboggan in the woods. So exhausted were the poor animals that they could hardly keep up with their owners, and finally one of them dropped down in his tracks and he was no doubt frozen to death.

Both men declare that was the most trying experience they ever had, and at one time they thought they could never get out.

Local and County News

—Some persons in this town are mean enough to say that Besley eat the “yaller” dog .

—If you relish a “drop o’ the craythur,” call on Ed. Ryan. He has a supply of genuine imported old Irish potheen.

—The two school marms, Miss Boice and Miss Horner, returned from the lower peninsula on Sunday, looking well after their two weeks’ vacation.

—Treasurer Henderson reports taxes coming in very slowly this year. The fact of the matter is money is a very scarce article, particularly with some of the small property owners just now, and if it is possible to do so the time should be extended.

—A one-legged thief by the name of O’Neil was arrested at Seney last week, charged with stealing a sum of money from the person of a Fin. He had his examination and is now in jail at Manistique awaiting trial at the next term of court. O’Neil is credited with other escapades of a similar nature.


Two young buds fully charged with laughing gas awakened the echoes by numberless explosions last Saturday night, as they cut pigeon wings with snowshoes upon the drifts that line our village streets. They appeared to be having heaps of fun and were determined to let everybody know it.

George Himmelspach had a severe tussle with a barrel of cider while sliding it down the cellar stairs of the two Macs grocery store last Tuesday. George was greatly astonished at his inability in handling such a small barrel, for he had handled barrels twice as big in Canada, but claimed he always got outside of the contents first.

From the Newberry News of

January 10, 1919
Popularly Priced Shop

The new popular priced barbershop to be opened to the public tomorrow by its proprietors, Londo & Mangus, is to be a model threechair shop in every particular. The following schedule of prices will prevail:

Shave 15¢, haircut 35¢, massage or shampoo 25¢, tonic 10¢.

Thursday night will be ladies’ night for those who wish work done. Public patronage is solicited, the proprietors promising courteous treatment and the best of service.


—A new drink has made its appearance in Michigan since the state went dry. It is known as “Honey Syrup” and is said to be composed of rainwater, honey, brown syrup and yeast cakes and contains nearly seven percent of alcohol. It is described as being very sweet and smooth while being imbibed, but the “kick” comes a little later.

—A woodsman with a patent medicine jag was picked up on the streets by Sheriff Turnbull Monday and given a free lodging overnight. He was released the next morning.

—The Newberry High School debating team will go to the Soo next week Friday to participate in a debate with the Soo “Hi.” The Newberry team is being coached by principal Densmore.

—Other towns in the peninsula are reporting heavy falls of snow, but in this necko’ the-woods autos are still in use and it is possible to drive considerable distances over the county roads.

Tuesday evening, Wm. Hanson, superintendent of the Hendricks Quarry, drove from Newberry to the Quarry, a distance of nearly twenty miles, in his Buick Six, making the trip without any trouble.

From the Newberry News of

January 9, 1969
Newberry Store
Closes Doors

Tom’s Department Store, at the corner of Newberry Avenue and West Helen Street, closed its doors Tuesday night after more than 30 years in operation. The closing came with the retirement of its owner, Mrs. Undo (Ruth) Immonen. Mrs. Immonen began as a bookkeeper when Thomas P. Burns managed the store 35 years ago, and then purchased the stock from him when he retired in 1962.

Also retiring this month is Mrs. Immonen’s husband, Undo. He has been with the Mobil Oil Co. here for the past 18 years and has been the company’s consignee for the past 10 years.

The couple has no immediate plans for the future, but is maintaining their summer home on the lake.

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