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PAGE EIGHT THE LUD1NGTON DAILY NEWS, LUDINGTON. MfCHIGAN UNMARKED GRAVE — Mitchell grandfather. C h i c f Colimoosa, Membcrto, left, and his cousin , "great' 1 chief of llu- Ottawa* \vlio Henry Negake stand beside nn- j migrated to Occana county 100 marked grave of their great • year.s ago. Asks Increase of Gas Rates LANSING iyp) - Michigan Consolidated Gas Co., citing rising costs, has asked the State* Public Service Commission for permission to boost its rates by IS'/i million dollars a year. Company President Henry Tuttle told the commission Wednesday the increase would boost the gas bills of the firm's 850,000 customers an average of ll'/n percent. Tuttle disclosed for the first time a specific figure in the company's move to win higher rates since a hearing on its request opened last August. Heretofore, it had asked only for "a fair return on investment." Tuttle suggested the proposed increase be spread in this man•ner: 1. Increase all gas charges a flat SV:t percent, thus boosting revenues by 10 million dollars. 2. Eliminate the three percent discount for prompt payment of bills, adding three million dollars. 3. Raise the minimum monthly charge from $1.25 to $1.50, bringing in another 2M> million. in? on here, France's Parliament was preparing for a vote of confidence demanded by Premier Felix Gaillard on a partial home rule bill for Algeria. King Mohammed V of Morocco and President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia issued a communique ! last Friday offering their help to ! France and a nationalist organi- '• zalion, the Algerian Front of Na| tional Liberation, for negotiations toward a "just solution" based on the sovereignty of the Algerian people and safeguards for French interests. 1958 Centennial Planned to Honor Chief Cobmoosa By LEONORL F. WILLIAMS There is promise of a very unusual celebration in Occana county during the summer of 1958. This celebration would mark the 100th anniversary of the mass migration of 1,300 American Indians from their homes in Southern Michigan to a new reservation in Occana and Mason counties. It would honor especially the memory of Cobmoosa, great chief of the Ottawas, and would bring together for a gigantic family reunion at some designated place in the county his many descendants now living in Michigan and in other states of the midwest. Moved Indian Band A century has passed since Cob- moose moved his Indian band in company with other Ottawa, Potla- wattomic and Chippcwa from their homes in the Grand river valley to settle in the virgin forests of Elbridge and Crystal townships in Oceana and Eden and Custcr townships in Mason county, set aside for them by the federal government, Cobmoosa, who died in 1866, lies buried in an unmarked grave in Elbridge township. Only a few descendants of hi.s Ottawa band still remain in Oceana county. Yet the fame of Cobmoosa, (he great leader of his people, lives on in legend and history—to this great forebear his numerous descendants today point with pride. Cobmoosa, "the great walker," was born in an Indian village at the Rapids of Grand river in 1768. His father was a Frenchman from Montreal, Canada, named Antoine, of whom Cobmoosa said, "At an early period of the Revolution my father espoused the cause of liberty with the Americans and remained firm to the end." Cobmoosa grew to be a man of gigantic stature and the long strides with which he w ilked gave him the name he bore. He was second in command of the Flat river bands of Indians in 1833 when a colony of 63 persons from Eastern New York arrived to found the Village of Ionia. Needing shelter for their women and children while they erected log cabins, the white men bought the wigwams of the Indians, the latter moving three miles down the river to establish a new •village. Here Cobmoose lived with his squaws (he had four wives) and their numerous children. For a time he conducted a trading post at the mouth of Flat river. He rapidly grew in power as a representative of his people and earned for himself another title, "great speaker." Among both whites and Indians he was known as a man of. sterling character, of great dignity, eloquent and impressive. By 1836 more white settlers had arrived and now the government sought to negotiate a treaty with the Indians for more lands, in 1836 Cobmoosa with 24 other chiefs traveled to Washington to confer with the president. At this time a treaty, ceding all of Michigan north of Grand river to the government for the sum of $620,000, was agreed upon, Henry R. Schoolcraft signing for the government and the chiefs for their people. The terms of this treaty were never earned out however, the Indians refusing to comply when they learned they would have to travel so far from their homes. New Treaty Signed In 1855 a new treaty was signed at Detroit by which the Indians accepted thelands in Oceana and Mason counties for their new reservation along with annuities amouting to $540,000 in money and goods to ,be paid during the following 10 years. Cobmoosa was one of the 54 chiefs signing this treaty. Cobmoosa himself is supposed to have remained for a time in the vicinity of Grand Rapids after his people came;north in 1858 though he made frequent trips to Oceana county exercising his rights as theic,_ ehieftan. Eighty acres of land were alloted to him in Sec- Uon 26, E^bridge township, on the banks of a bueautiful small lake whicl) still bear.' his name. Here tfee government built a log cabin - hopie for the chief and it was here Atjioi *t an advanced a«e in 1866. He hud spent the later years of hi.s life alternating between the homes of two of his daughters, Scsagua and her husband Joe Bailey, who lived in Cobmoosa's cabin, and Wassia and her husband Jerome Ncgake, who had a farm a short distance away on the opposite side of Cobmoosa lake. "The old chief died from what I suppose would be called a heart attack today," said Henry Ncgakc of Roscommon, 72-year-old great grandson of Cobmoosa. "He went out into the chipyard along side the house in the morning to gather chips to build a fire and there he fell over dead." Henry Ncgake came back to Occana coualy this fall to visit his sister, Mrs. Julia Lewis of Hart. They are the children of Rodney Negake, a son of the chief's daughter Wassia and Jerome Ne- gake. It was during his visit here that the idea of a Cobmoosa descendants' reunion had its start. Accompanied by his 77-year-old cousin, Mitchell Mcmberto, another Cobmoosa great grandson who still lives in Elbrigdc township, and an old friend of baseball days, Gordon Osborn of Hart, Henry made the rounds of his boyhood haunts in Elbridge. They visited Cobmoosa's old log house, still standing but now used for farm .storage by Ed Werrick present owner of the land, from there they journeyed about a half mile north to stop on a knoll a short distance off, the highway on land now owned by Carlton Hills of Chicago. It is here that Ncgake says Cobmoosa lies buried. Father Showed Him Site "My father brought me here in 1924 and showed me the spot where the old chief was buried," he declared. "He was than the only man alive who knew. He told me how they took his body in a one-horse wagon from the log house down the road and up to this knoll for burial." While talking Negake was standing near two small stones in the middle of a clearing sheltered from the road by a small stand of scrub timber. Earlier he and Mr. Osborn had been out there and had prodded the ground with a long plumber's rod until they found a place where the rod dropped into a hollow spot at a depth of a little over four feet. They had placed the stones to mark the spot until such time as some more lasting monument may be secured to designate the grave of the Indian leader. Next slop was a short distance further north at the intersection of two county highways. Under a large spreading maple tree on this corner there stands a monument erected to honor the memory of Chief Cobmoosa. It is erected on ground where stands another old building, the schoolhouse built by the government for the Indians when they first, moved to the reservation. The main building once was the school with a lean-to attached as living quarters for the teacher. This building, now empty, had at some time been remodeled into a dwelling house by later owners of the property. The monument, a large boulder standing on a broad cement base, bears the inscription: "Ottawa Indian Chief and Great Speaker of the Tribe. Born at the Rapids of the Grand River, 1768. Died on this reservation, 1866. "Tablet placed by the Steven Thompson Mason Chapter of the D.A.R. of Ionia, Michigan. Cob- moo-sa was chief of the last Indian village there which left May 28, 1833." About 1,000 people, many of them Indians, attended the unveiling and dedication of this monument in June, 1927. During the ceremonies Henry Negake and his sister Julia played and sang while two other great granddaughters of the old chief, Margery Mary and Emerald Elizabeth Dempsey of Mt. Pleasant, removed the American flag which covered the monument. Now ' Henry and other descendants of Cobmoosa, together with numerous interested residents of Oceana county, would mark the Tunisia Urges UN Negotiations UNITED NATIONS. N. Y. I/R- Tunisia pressed an Arab country campaign today to urge the U. N. General Assembly to call for negotiations between the French and the Algerian nationalists to settle their three-year war in Algeria. An Arab diplomat also said an Asian-African resolution for such negotiations probably will be introduced Monday in the Assembly's 82-nation Political Committee. Mongi Slim, Tunisian ambassador to Washington and the U. N. was scheduled as the first pro- nationalist speaker in the com- milcc's debate on Algeria. French Foreign Minister Christian Pincau opened the debate Wednesday. He pleaded with delegates to steer clear of "internationalization of the Algerian conflict" and let France go on seeking a "peaceful, democratic and just solution" by crushing the rebellion and introducing electoral reforms Io benefit Algerian Moslems. In a vague resolution adopted last Feb. 15, the Assembly expressed Jiope that "a peaceful, democratic and just solution" would be found in conformity with U. N. Charter principles. While the U. N. debate was go- Cobmoosa gravesite to the south with some suitable stone. This was discussed during Mr. Negake's recent visit to Hart and may be realized if descendants of the great chief meet in that proposed family reunion next summer. Those interested arc asked to communicate with Henry Negake, his address being Hoscommon, Mich. Former Baseball Pitcher Henry will be remembered throughout Western Michigan by baseball fans as a pitcher for Muskegon in the old State league and for Ludington in the Central league of the early l!)20's. He later played in the Western league and for a time traveled with such famous company as the great Jim Thorpe when both played ball for (lie Carlisle Indian school at Carlisle, Pa. Henry and Mrs. Lewis have a brother, Frank Ncgake, living at Higgins lake. William Negake post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at Hart is named for their brother William who gave his life for his country in World War I and now lies buried in the Polar Bear cemetery at Detroit. Henry's only son. Henry Lcrou Negake, 18 years old his last birthday, is now a member of the US Air Forces and stationed in London, England. Besides this son he has eight daughters, Mrs. Isaac Gcneraux of Lansing, Mrs. L. J. Rittenhouse, Hart; Mrs. George Hinman and Mrs. Roy Antcliff, Bay City; Mrs. Henry F. Kraus, Lansing; Mrs. Bill Ncimann, Roscommon, and Edna and Linda Ne- gake. who attend high school in Lansing. Attacks Choice of Williams LANSING iff, _ House Speaker George M. Van Pcursem (It-Zealand; today charged Gov. Williams "apparently" has turned over control of the State Labor Department to United Auto Workers President Walter Rcuther. "The governor may have accomplished the replacing of John Reid, who has served honorably and well as state labor commissioner for the past eight: years, with an official of Rentier's union," Van Peursem said. Reid was succeeded two ueeks go by Russell White, head of Mdsmobile UAW Local 502 in Lansing. Van Peursem cited published reports quoting Reid as saying of his dismissal: "The real truth is thai the UAW wanted to use the safety inspectors of the Slate Labor Department to harrass employers. I wouldn't go along." Williams c 1 a i m c d someone younger than the 74-year-old Reid was needed for the position. The report, also quoted Reid a.s saying the CIO wauled confidential reports from the labor department, for its own use, Van Pcursem said. "There is apparently no way of the people knowing what secret agreements may have been reached or may be reached for the use of the labor department's authority under its new administration," Van Pcursem said. Estimates State's Population to Hit 10 Million in 70 EAST LANSING W — A Michigan Stale University statistician estimates Michigan will have a population of 10,2(50,000 by 1970. Dr. John F. Thatlen said his estimate represented a projection of the stale's average rale of growth between 1910 and 1956. The United States Bureau of Census estimated Michigan had a population of 7,694,000 as of July t, 1956. Dr. Thatlen said Michigan has been the second fastest growing state in the nation percentagewise. Since 1950 Michigan has increased by 19 per cent compared with a 27 per cent population increase in California. "Michigan is experiencing n healthy and well balanced growth," Dr. Thaden said. "It is not like any of the five skates—Arizona. California, Delaware, Florida and Nevada—in which migration contributed more than natural increase to the stale's growth." Ranking seventh in population, Michigan has a balanced industrial and agricultural economy arid is strategically located with respect to many large consuming markets, Dr. Thaden declared. Camping Trailer Not Mobile Home LANSING I/?'—A camping trailer, the two wheeled rig made so it can support one end of a sportsman's tent, is not properly considered a mobile home and thus not taxable as such. Atly. Gen. Thomas M. Kavanagh so advised Secretary of State James M. Hare Monday. "The camping equipment, including (he tent carried on (he trailer, is the load and the vehicle should be registered as a trailer," Kavanagh held. State Traffic Deaths at 12 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Traffic accidents claimed at least 12 lives in Michigan over the 30-hour Thanksgiving Day holiday. In addition, 4hrcc members of a Michigan family were killed in a two-car collision near Ft. Wayne Ind. Carl R. Herby, 2\, of Ponliac, was injured fatally Thursday night when hi.s car ran into a ditch seven miles southwest of Pontiae. Two women died Thursday in a two-car collision at a highway- intersection at Wood bury in Barry County. Dead arc Elizabeth G. Brunson, 42, Route 1. White Cloud, driver of one car, and Mrs. Jennie La Fleur of Detroit, riding in a second car. Allen Lewis, 23, Lake Linden, died Thursday near Houghton when his car left a highway and plunged into a svatcr-filled ditch. Raymond Skvarcc, 18, of Detroit, was killed Thursday when his car hit a tree in Detroit. Walter McClymont, 16, of Erin Township near Detroit, died Wednesday night after hi.s motor scooter collided with a car near Mt. Clemens. Edward A. Hulke, 4G, Detroit, was killed Thursday after his car rammed into a parked truck. Stephen J. Setusic, 50, Port Huron, was killed Wednesday night when struck by a car while walking on U.S. 25 four miles m.rlh of Port Huron. Mrs. Francis Sullon, 22, of Sault Ste. Marie, died Wednesday night in a two-car collision eight miles south of Sault Ste. Marie on U.S. 2. Archie Parks, 76, Detroit, was struck by a car and fatally injured Wednesday night as he walked across a street on the outskirts of Detroit. Thomas Dennany, .VI. of Kala- ma/oo, was killed Wednesday night when struck by a car while crossing a street in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Gertrude Giesey. 70, of Detroit, was killed Thursday in a head-on collision on U.S. 112 near Ann Arbor. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER XL, ORDER OF MICHIGAN CONSERVATION COMMISSION REGULATING PISHINS IN TROUT POND , Thr Conservation Commission, by «u I thority of Act 230. P. A. 1925, ?•• amend fd, hereby order-- that, for fiv- >"ar» from January first. i955. it shall" b'e'ur- • lawful io (skc ar attempt to tak<- fi.«?i I ay ?ti\ mcars wilhin fivp hundred fp?t ! of the electric weir on Lincoln River i Section 1. T i8 N, R 13 Y. Mason | County Approved September twentieth. !!>57 -Nov. 22 & 29, Dec. t A MUSICAL PROGRAM—was presented Tu.sday evening, Nov. If), at FrecMjil ;-clirx>l auditorium v, iih Maurice Styles, band and dioru.s director, in charge. Band members presented a Lawrence \Vdk Show. Shown ; ( ro girJ.s who look the parts of the Lenin si.ster.s. From left to right in flic back row they are Nor ma Tyler, Marlenc ' Backing and Shirley ll'.qo-ki and in front is little Pamela Styles. | Melvin Carey i:- shown a.s Mr. jWelk. Sealed at the electric oryan ! is Su/i Styles, who played the part | of Jerry Burke. Linda Styles, \vho j played I lie role of Alice, may be 'seen in the background. Miss Her'• nita Eddy took the picture. Jasper Fuller. Mr. Stickncy enjoyed deer hunting, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Taylor and j children Leonard and Betty of jScotlvillc and Lee Fuller of Bloom; ington, Ind.. were dinner guests I of Arthur Fuller Sunday. Lee Fuller is .spending a few clays with hi.s father. Mr. and Mrs. John Kirwin and children Roger. Sam and Su.san of Walkcrviiie and Clarence Ifendrix- on and son John of Rothbury were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jasi per Fuller Sunday. j Master Sam Kirwin of Walker| ville was an overnight guest of !\Ir. ' and Mrs. Jasper Fuller Saturday. Howard Baylc was an overnight guest of his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Grove 0. Taylor Saturday. Lyle Taylor of Scoltville was a dinner guest of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Grove 0. Taylor Sunday. Mrs. Ralph Fuller visited her son and daughter-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Fuller Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Byron Baylc and children Howard and Connie of Scottville and Mr. and Mrs. Don Stickncy and son Duane of Custcr visited at. the Grove 0. Taylor home Monday evening. CAUGHT DOUBLING BACK TOLEDO. Ohio i/l'—Fool patrolman Joe Haincs saw a motorist speed through a red light a block- away; arrested Carroll T. Armstrong of Conneaul on a drunk driving charge a few minutes later vhen Annslrong came back toward him going the wrong way on a one-way street. Elm Flats By Mrs. Charles Rusk Mrs. Lawrence Nelson, Mrs. Karl Goff, Mrs. Charles Falt.inek and Mrs. Agnes Peterson attended a party at the Raymond Cotnoir home in Cusler, Friday. Nov. 22. • Martin Loft us of Muskegon, Mr. and Mrs. William Mclntosli Jr. and -children and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Granger and son Greg were guests at the home of William Mclntosh Sr. Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lambert of Detroit visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rusk Sunday evening. Joey Falfinek was a guest of Cheryl and Aric Rusk Friday afternoon, Nov. 22. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Dereske a IK! children attended a chicken dinner, served at Bachelor church Friday evening, Nov. 21. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bates are parents of a son Joseph Robert, born Friday. Nov. 21, at Paulina Stearns hospital m Ludington. Mrs. Bates' mother, Mrs. Floyd McDonald of Hart, has been staying at the Bates home. Mr. and i\>s. Maurice Nicosia and daughter Louise were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roy O'Brien Saturday evening, Nov. 22. Ruby Creek By Miss Patricia Fuller Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Walunas and children Eddie and Annie Marie have returned to Detroit after spending two weeks with Mrs. Walunas' parents, Mr. and Mrs. drove 0. Taylor. Mr. Walunas hunted deer during their stay. Mr. and Mrs. Don Stickncy and son Duane of Custer spent their two-week vacation with Mrs. Stickney's parents Mr. and Mrs. Dogs in Stockholm, Sweden, arc taxed at the rate of 40 kroner (about $8.00) annually. Use The News Classified Ads. DANCING 10:00 p.m. — 2:00 a.m. Tonight The Rendezvous Saturday Nights! Auto Insurance at Its Finest Excel protection costs no more than ordinary insurance yet has a dozen Extra Protection features for you and your family CENTRAL INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE 110 $. JAMES — PHONE MO Moose Members and Guests! DANCE Saturday, November 30 9:30 until ? Orchestra! 0 _._ g| Cake walk and doll awarding by the Ladies of the Moose! 4-STAR * * THEATRE Scottville - Phone PLaza 7-2893 TONITE thru SUNDAY Shows at 7:00-9:15 FIRST SHOWING THIS AREA! Bob Hope Vera Miles IN t r Beau James" The Story of Fabulous Jimmy Walker . . the Play Boy Mayor of New York City (VistaVision and Technicolor) ADDED CARTOON - COMEDY Plan Your by Calling Party 62(i for Unusal Party Foods PARTY DELICATESSEN 308 W. Ludington Avenue Phone 1626 TODAY and SATURDAY 7:10 & 8:30 p.m. 2—TECHNICOLOR ACTION HITS—2 LVRIC — lUQINGTON - Pbon«234 fondolpk SCOTT in the mightiest role of t\is The Most Exciting Racing Story Ever Filmed I KAIMEIE- VALERIE FRENCH STARTS SUNDAY JACK LEMON — MRS. BING CROSBY In The Laff Riot of the Season! "OPERATION MAD BALL" SATURDAY 1 P.M. SPECIAL PTA 1 APPROVED KIDDIES MATINEE VICTOR MATURE in A Rousing Action Hit CHIEF CHARLEY HORSE PLUS Chapter 3 of the Thrill Serial "DANGERS OF THE CANADIAN MOUNTIES" — AND — 4 COLOR CARTOONS REASONS WHY 'You Should BUY A New MOBILE HOME! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 You can get « mobile home of the right size nnd layout f» fit your family, be i» large, small, or medium sized. It will fulfill your desire to own a "WORRY FREE" home of your own. You can be independent. You will NOT be discriminated against because you have children. You v/ill have privacy. A mobile home provides easy, comfortable, healthy living. You are paying for « mobile home, whether you own one or not, if you are paying rent to someone. There is « mobile home to fit your purse too! A mobile home i& complete with all modern conveniences and appliances, included in the purchase price. No "extras" to buy! All you need to set up housekeeping are linens and dishes. WATCH for more reasons why Modern Mobile Living is best for you. See December 13th issue of this paper. Jim's Mobile Home Sales E. LUDINGTON AVENUI AT JEBAVY ROAD PHONE 213) Open Evenings 'til 9:00 p.m.

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