Traverse City Press in Traverse-City, Michigan
20 Apr 1917

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20 Apr 1917

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Traverse City Press (Newspaper) - April 20, 1917, Traverse City, Michigan Circulation in grand traverse Region s Home newspaper single copy 2 cents City by year traverse City Mich. Apr 20, 1917 by mail year vol. 21 Public Forthm the press get together department no article exceeding 300 words in length unless of unusual importance can be accepted for the forum column. The press can pay no attention to com i that t in conditions May be remedied if i it is quite evident that the canvass being made is not carried on with a View to giving everybody a Chance. I have called attention to these things merely Mun cations not accompanied by the name of. The author As a guarantee of Good Faith and in Case of criticisms of individuals the writer s name must he printed with the answer to chamber of Commerce by. I i. Coxe it is said that the chamber of com Merse wants to know what has become of the surplus labor and Why there is a shortage at the present time for the Industrial plants now in operation Here. Any school boy or girl who has kept track of events Here for the past eight Een months Tan answer questions but just As a reminder to those who want to writer merely desires now be stopped because these people Are continually writing Back to friends that conditions Are so much better else where that it is a crime to Force their children to live on the food and Wear the clothes that traverse City wages will buy. There is that part of the Case in a nutshell and to try to it up is not Only unfair but is also a men Ace to the City As a whole. No town can live and Prosper without getting Down to brass tacks finding the difficulty and then remedying it. To try to cover it up is cowardly and. The really to jog Flie convenient and Short lived big Man will Iio attempt to do so but memories of those who ask the ques j will on the contrary open his eyes from tons by recalling a few matters that ithe rip Van Winkle sleep and get Busy Are on record in the news paper files Jin an Effort to overcome the Handicap of the City publications. Land will do it without seeking for sex in the first place the chamber of Commerce is an organization that has been in Active operation almost fifteen months. When it was first born As the result of the Active brain Power of prolific and efficient promoters there was blowing of horns and tooting of whistles and theoretically traverse City was on the up Grade and the visions of smoke stacks filled the optics of those who believed in the City and its future. Shortly thereafter announcement was made that a thoroughly capable efficient and competent Secretary was to be employed and he soon up in the person of one 0. A. Charles. Just a Little later a Public mass meeting was called at the City opera House with this same serf tary occupying the Center of the stage and we Learned .9 from him. That traverse City was too far from the main track lines to get factories but had a magnificent future As a summer resort. A e already knew this and while we appreciate and de sire All the resort traffic and business we can get yet Perso Tilly i am positive thit traverse City is too Large a town to live off of the resort and farm bus with other.1 cases to bolster up a losing cause. 1 am simply trying to answer the quest ions the chamber of Commerce is said to have asked. I am aware that i Haye been dubbed a consistent Knocker and that the columns i am using Are said to Knock anything and everything but i am thoroughly convinced that the policy that has been de will have to be changed and i assert most positively that it is a paper other than the press that is doing the knocking and it is those who formulate its policies and the others who follow them that Are the real knockers who some Day will see the error of their ways and realize that weekly meetings pursued along wrong lines Arnot succeed arid Only results in greater injury to the City and further Lack of Confidence on the part of. The people. All that is required is re Moval of scum from the eyes Clouds from the brain and gum from the ears and the trick is done. I have taken the trouble to go this matter pretty deeply and 1 did not Stop with the Story i got from one faction i have listened to nil sides and herewith is part of Inhat i Why a Man was to hand dope we already just a Little after this opera House became known thai there was a surplus of labor about town and much suffering to Many families were in evidence. So a Campaign to i ind a place for this labor was started through the chamber of Commerce and right Well i at least remember the glowing press reports of the number of that had been shipped to Pon Tiac and elsewhere through the Agency of this chamber of Commerce. There is where the exodus of labor started. It has continued Ever since and will until living wages arc paid to or in traverse City and Bear in mind that it was actual conditions that forced the chamber of commerse. To get these outside jobs and this exodus cannot Home guard meeting quite a Large and enthusiastic crowd of citizens assembled in the armory thursday evening for the purpose of arranging for organizing military company to be known As the Home possible and in order to be certain this is in line plan the exodus of labourers was still in Sleeper. J. V. Mclntosh rese i called up a Man who crates furniture previous to its being s elected and e. A. Secretary. Several patriotic and he informed me that since april of speeches were made and 48 applicants he had crated goods for shipment rented themselves for membership the plan is to have ready a trained for seven families with destinations As to Charlevoix one to Man Tori two to Detroit one to Ann a Jar one to grand rapids one to South line and that one other family occupied the same car to this latter place whose goods he did not crate. He further stated the one to grand rapids and the two to Detroit went for higher wages one. Left on account of health one to a farm and the other was just moving goods to Charlevoix where he has been for so a Tima. My inform ant also said that there were undoubtedly More leaving win could not afford o pay for crating others who took a whole car where crating was not Nec Essary and Many who sold their per Sonal belongings before they left. In addition to this this paper published letters from people who have left for other climes because wages were better and who Haye stated Over their signatures that living is no higher there than Here with the exception Uttof. The rent. Besides this a paper Puj listed in town other than the Pohls once upon a time and not so very Long ago published a comparative rate pc the Price of food stuffs in Chicago Ai traverse City and Chicago people we at the time paying less for the necessaries of life than were tray City residents. In the face facts it Avo july appear that what ing is done comes from than this and the Only excuse t be offered is that their Merpi and that they Are mistakes so often that Day to Day what has not believe that thei Tenti Natly done Anythia truth and. Since Force to take the place of the National in its absence at the front and to have these men in shape in Case other and More troops Are needed. It is expected that the City opera House will be secured for a big rally to be held tuesday night and further applicants accepted. Anybody wishing to join or secure information regarding same May Calpon or phone the Secretary or. New ton who will gladly furnish All inform Tion. Cla Meteer nuptials at six o clock wednesday evening a very pretty wedding was solemnized at the evangelical Church parsonage. The contracting parties were or. A. J. Clark and miss Ada Meteer the former employed As an attendant and the latter As for lady in the laundry of the state Hospital. Rev. E. A. Pen one officiated and the bridal couple were attended by or. George Esther Rheinhart. Swinston and the Bride mass was i ice out of Bay Friday the ice in the Bay notion to. Make a real Start and noon had gotten out of sight the Island. This is one of the took a before beyond surest harbingers of Spring and while a change in the wind might drive some Shore there will be no further solid body to obstruct All Nav action. Org shoe company suspends morning the doors of the shoe manufacturing comp d not open owing to a Lack continue the business. A appointed trustee and Ere yesterday notified of me showing Wilities of amount of 11000. T he rms nobody of h or m eth or prominent physician the Oiher Day i was told that he was interested in what the chamber of Commerce was loing. I told him that they had Hac several prospects that were the biggest traverse City had Ever seen but that they could be secured because a sufficient amount of Stock Cou id not be disposed off Here to meet with the requirements. He answered that i could not show him where there h

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