The Herald-Press from Saint Joseph, Michigan on December 31, 1940 · 120
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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Tuesday, December 31, 1940
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PAGE EIGHT THE HERALD-PRESS, ST. JOSEPH, MICH. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1940. JANUARy- New Years Brings , First Auto Fatality The New Year arrived promptly at the stroke of midnight and within IS minutes Benton Harbor bad it first fire of 1940, and Berrien county ru lint auto death or the year. The home of A. Neumann at 216 Lake avenue, Benton Harbor, was threatened by fire at 1:15 a. m. New Year morning. Before daylight on New Year's day Henry Snoeyink, 38-year-oia Benton Harbor factofy worker, died from Injuries sustained when he was truck down by a car driven by a tipsy driver. A coroner's Jury whitewashed the case two days later. A man dressed as a Roman Cath olic priest, Howard A. Moore, was apprehended by twin city police on January 11 for passing bad checks An Investigation showed a long record and the fact he was wanted by two other states for forgery. Francis J. Plym, 70, of Niles, publisher, and president of the Kawneer company, died. John O. Cox, nine years secretary of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, resigned on January 10, to take a similar post at Danville, Va. Despondent over the death of his wife prompted Edward Stratton, 38, Hartford, to kill himself with mon oxide gas in his car parked at lonely Hagar park on January is. On January 17, It and 19 Ber-ren was gripped by sub-zero temperatures that kilted peach buds, euttmg the 194 crop in half. Millard Wilson, a colored foundry worker and Benton township home owner, was fatally injured when knocked down by a car near his home on January 20. A bearded, unkempt man with the skin of a dog on his feet was found January 30 in a crude cave in a hillside near Lake Michigan beach. He had lived there for five months and was P. A. Devo, a war veteran. AY-eat f timaUd at 1400 persons in behalf dlde to at (ate Beaten Harbor Naval of the JtepttUieM Preatdential can-'armory, hands of a friend on April 16. Ific crash on US-31 on April 21. - Oeorge D. Burdlck, 29, of Chica-I Charles R. ' Wlghtman, former go; and Alva F. Curtis, 29, of Lone Benton Harbor city engineer, died Rock, Wis7 died as a result of a traf-'at his home. FEBRUARY- Bainbridge Father Accidently Kills Son MAY- Select Three Rivers Girl Blossom Queen Two persons were killed during February on Berrien's highways which were covered with snow and Ice during much of the month. Those killed were John Thomar DouRherty. of New York City, hit while crossing a Benton Harbor street: and Jack L. Jervis, 22, son of a New Troy pastor. Harry Steele, 52, and Mrs. Alice Meyers, 58, died February 2 in a fire which destroyed the hut in which they lived on the edge of Niles. Nine-year-old Harvey Fisher, f Bainbridge, was fatally shot by his father who was loading a rifle on their farsa. Frank KeiMe, prominent Democratic leader, banker, and city official, died February I at hit home la St. Joseph. Within an hour after the morning service on February 11, the 81 -year- old Church of Ood in Buchanan was destroyed by fire. Seventy-one persons were admit ted to citizenship by Circuit Judge Fremont Evans on February 16. On February 22 two men held ud the Fred Standard filling station at Buchanan and fled with $200. Find T MARCH n . t i ' i wo onot lo ueath in Four persons lost their lives in two accidents with trains, and eight other persons died from traffic accidents In Berrien during May, one of which was a head-on collision be tween two trucks in which both drivers were burned to death and a third man died without regaining consciousness. Those who died from accidents with trains were William Cereskie, 24. Mrs. Vivian Cereskie, 23, and Victoria Brown, 18, all of Harbert hit by a Pere Marquette freight train on Mav 14: and Edward K Marks who was hit by a Miichigan Central train at a crossing near his home in Buchanan on May 17. Those who died from auto crashes were Edward Warren, of Crawfords-ville, Ind., DeRoy Caveanous and Delmar Burkhart, of Metropolis, 111., Orlo E. Maxson and Gordon. L. Mitchell, both of Buchanan; Roy Smith, of Buchanan, William Lewis, of Watervliet. and Mrs. Walter Clark, of South Haven. Miss Frances Forburger was chosen Benton Harbor queen on May 1 and on May 3 Miss Esther Klann was selected as Miss St. Joseph. From Three Rivera on May came Miss Joan Payne, 19, selected as 1940 Blossom Queen. An estimated 200,000 persona attended the Blossom parade on May 11, and in the evening hundreds went to the armory In Benton Harbor to hear Dr. F. E. Townsend speak on the Tows end plan. Fred P. Rosback, Jr., banker, Industrialist, and former Benton Harbor mayor died est the morning of May 29. Unofficial census returns on the 1940 federal count-of-noses gave Berrien county's population of 88,- 8B2, a gain in 10 years of 7,416. Other census figures announced for units of the county were: Benton Harbor 16,593; St. Joseph 8,885; Buchanan 4,055; Niles 11,630. To tal population for Benton Harbor and St. Joseph 25,478. -JUNE- AUGUST- Heart Attick Kills Bo.rd Chirm'n Two persons, both farm laborers, Ind., for the acceptance speech of met death from traffic causes in Wendell L. Wlllkle on August 17. Berrien county during August, although two murders were uncovered during the month. Those killed in traffic mishaps were James Lake, 57, and Abe Hughes, 78, both Itinerants. Thirteen-year-old Kurt Holm qulst, of Buchanan, won the soapbox derby at Rocky Oap park on August 1. Clarence W. Barta, 44, former chairman of the Berrien board of supervisors, was stricken wUh a heart attack and died almost Imaiediateiy at his farm home In Lincoln township on August William Ruth. 90-year-old Benton Harbor pioneer, died on August 10. Benton Harbor police swooned down on gambling spots, rounded up eignt men wno peladed guilty and were" fined in court on the 13th. Republicans from all Darts of Berrien were a part of the huae motorcade that went to El wood On the same day Murray D. Van Wagoner, who later became gover nor, paid the twin cities a visit, . The badly decomposed body of Steve Chepregl, 68, was found on August 17 in the shed on his farm. He was victim of a murder that still Is a mystery. Reynolds Marks, 22, of St. Joseph, was drowned Just outside St. Joseph harbor, when the speedboat in which he was riding capsised on August 18. On the 2trd death took Bar. win B, Sutherland, former Benton Harbor mayor, alderman, ' and three tames c e mih-sioswr. Nine persona were Injured, none seriously, when two Chicago autos crashed head-on at Stanley's curve near Twelve Corners on August 24. me body of Walter Ebelina. 31. New York City theater manager,! was iouno near Berrien Sennas. ine two men who murdered him in Indiana and planted the body were sent to the Indiana penitentiary. -NOVEMBER- Berrien RoHi Up Republican Majority - Election day, Nor. B, Berrien roll ed up a heavy majority for the Re publican ticket, from President down to coroner. The entire Re publican county ticket was elected, headed by Al Hastings, candidate ror sheriff. Probate Judge Malcolm Hatfield, running on a non-partisan Judicial slate, was re-elected for a third term, the first time a probate Judge In Berrien waa ever elected for three consecutive 4-year terms. willkie carried Berrien, the first time since 1928 that a Republican candidate for President had carried the county. Among the county officials elected was Don Pears, as county clerk, Congressman Clare Hoffman was re-elected to hie fifth term from this district, by his big gest majority, over 30,000. Thlrteea-year-oM SCsHm Marti u was fatally shot est Nov. 19 at ktt hoaae m Pair nit AeWian ' 7 On November 10 MUHwf, wnlek'r has no Are protection, was swept byl ta-? i t Six Killed During Month In Berrien .ar Only one traffic death occurred in Berrien county during March, but one murder and three suicides figured in the news. The lone auto death was Mrs. Frances LaLena, of Chicago, killed on TJS-12 north of Sawyer on March 31. Howard J. Westfall, for nine years In charge of the county infirmary, resigned to go to Three Rivers. Forrest Brant, of St. Joseph, took his own life on March 9 by diving Into Lake Michigan from the south pier. On the same day Peter Mares, 20, an immigrant from Bohemia, shot himself to death In a barn near Stevensville. Ed Wallace, 21, of Denver, shot to death his 19-year-eld estranged wife, Pearl, and then killed himself ia a' ear on Eastman avenue, Benton township. Charles K. Farmer, 79, former Benton Harbor postmaster and organiser of the local Naval Reserves, died in a Veterans' hospital la the East, en March 15. Thomas Conkey, 21, was crushed to death in a Niles freight elevator. C. B. Holmes, 93. Benton Harbor Civil war veteran and the last com mander of the local O. A. R. post aiea Marcn 31 at the home of his daughter in Bloomlngton, m. APRIL- Unknown Sets Home Of Doctor Afire Three new faces were put on Benton Harbor's city commission, and upsets that were unexpected placed live new men In Berrien's political arena on the county board of su pervisors at the general spring elec tion, April l. Elected to the Benton Harbor city commission were Thomas Oreen, William J. Cleary, George Culver-house, Elmer Ormlston, Myron Becker, and Charles L. Peapples. Elected from the city to the board of supervisors were Stanley Stock, William Weber, Ray Neary, and E. P Barry. The latter was a new member who Joined four other new supervisors, Norbert Hutchlns, of Watervliet; Herman Gnodtke. of Weesaw; and Mrs. E. B. Storms and Miss Anna McBrlde, both of Niles. The roster contained 27 Republican supervisors and 12 Democrats. On April 13 'a mysterious fire ef Ineendiary origin threatened the North Shore drive home of Dr. and Mrs. Boston Sowers and " Its occupants. The mystery was never unravelled. Floyd Sampson, 17, of Niles, was fatally shot by a rifle held in the Death stalked the highways in June and six persons lost their lives in Berrien. One of them was George Beahrens, Kalamazoo truck driver, who burned to death in the cab following a crash on US-12 south of the twin cities on June 11. Other June auto death victims were Richard Condon, of South Bend; Robert Magnuson, of Ann Arbor; Duane Hardke, of Benton Harbor; Anton Shtukas, of Buchanan: and Miss Betty Whitcomb, of Evans ton. 111. On the morning of June 1 a lone bandit held, up the Black Eagle service station in Benton Harbor and fled with $446. The 21st annual encampment of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars opened in Benton Harbor on June 20. JULY- Gn Blast At Reiori Kills Three SEPTEMBER- Hitins Win. Hit Sheriff. Rice July wrote the most bloody traffic record of any month In 1940. Death came to 10 persons during that month on the county's high ways. Those killed included Ber rien's drain commissioner, William Heyn, whose car was Involved In an accident on the 31st. Others who met traffic deaths during July were Edward Barry, 66, of Cleveland; Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Hough, of Chi cago; Miss Ida B. TurnDuil, of Chi cago; John Payne, of New Troy; Wm. J. Johnson, of Tennessee; David Stringer, 53, of Detroit; Sam Schultz, 79, of Bridgman: and Wm. Delllnger, 72, of Three Oaks. Other headline July news events were: George Hayden, colored Benton Harbor factory worker, stabbed his estranged wife to death and within a few hours confessed the murder on July 2. A barn, tools and livestock valued at more than $15,000, were burned up on the Albert Veeder farm In Sodus township, also on July 2. When his boat capsized in Paw Paw lake, Sylvester Sackowtzz, 26., of Indiana Harbor, was drowned on Independence Day. The second Paw Paw lake drowning in eight days occurred at 4 a. m. July 12 when Leonard Truhn, 21, of St. Joseph, tipped a fishing boat over. Three persons died from borne and five others were put in Mercy hospital on 'July 25 ae a result of gas tank explosion at the Flo-Ruth resort in Beaton township. The dead: Mrs. Clara Schwartz, 52, wife of the proprietor; Henry Kading, 37, of Cassopolis; and Mis Pauline Luban, 50, a cook. July brought the death, at Marquette prison, in the upper penin sula, of Berrien's most famous convictFred (Killer) Burke. Burke, a member of the Al Capone gang of Chicago, was serving a life sentence for the murder of Policeman Charles Skelly of St. Joseph. Burke died of a heart attack, his death closing the career of one of the most notorious gangster killers who came out of the prohibition-rum running and bootlegging days of the hectic 1920's. Three auto deaths, the primary election, two major thefts, and ' a campaign visit of the : Republican presidential candidate, Wendell L. Willkie, figured prominently in Berrien county's news during November. Those who lost their lives on the highways were John Horvath, of SOuth Bend, and Mrs. Kenneth Griffee, of Niles, killed on different days while crossing US-31 In Nile; and Herman Stark, Jr., of St. Jo seph, whose car hit a blinker light in Edgewater. On September 9, 200 strikers at the Kawneer plant in Niles were dispersed by 75 police. Ringleaders were later fined. In a hot primary doe on Sept. 10, for the Republican nomination for sheriff, County Clerk Al Hastings captured the nomination from Sheriff Charles L. Miller, running for his fifth term, by a majority over the sheriff of upwards of 800. Four hundred dollars worth of cigarettes ' and liquor were stolen from the Griffendorf drug store in Benton Harbor on September 11. After killing his wife, Elba, during; a family quarrel, Owen E. Bell, of St Joseph, turned the shotgun on himself inflicting fatal injuries on September 32. Governor Luren D. Dickinson ap pointed Berrien's draft board, con ststlng of B. T. Foley and Solon Emery, of Benton Harbor, and Les ter Neuman, of St. Joseph, on Sep temper 26. A balloon ascension and other events attracted hundreds of per? sons to the Farmers Fall Festival at the Benton Harbor fruit market. On Sept. 30 Wendell Willkie, Republican candidate for President entered Michigan 'or a 2-day tour of the state. His first stop was at Niles and 5,000 Berrien Republicans turned out to hear the O. O. P standard bearer make a 10-mtnute talk. a fir that destroyed a service tlon and a blacksmith shop, A windstorm of cyclonic' proportions rocked the county on Novem-: ber 11 and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage wm done to buildings, trees and signs. Like the start of the Chicago fire, a cow kicked over a lantern In the bam at the Gustave Rosencreter : farm at the edge of Baroda and the building was destroyed with a $4,000 loss. Only two Berrien auto deaths were chalked up during November. On November 14 Franklyn Bradley.- of Chicago, was killed when his car skidded on M-80 into the path of a truck. Joseph Nurkowsky, of South Bend, was fatally injured when the car in which he was riding with a; companion ran Into another ear north of NHml DECEMBER $50,000 Fire In Benton Harbor OCTOBER- Berrien's Fighting Man Power Enrolled Three auto deaths figured prominently in Berrien's news during October. Arthur Pischke, St. Joseph youth, was knocked off his bicycle and fatally injured October 8, near his home; Emmerson Miller, a Grand Rapids truck driver, was killed on October 17 when his truck crashed into a tree on US-12 south of St. Joseph; and on October 26 George King, 55, of New Buffalo was killed instantly by a hit and run driver on US-12 in that village. Despondency prompted George J. Tanczyn, 56, to hang himself in the garage of his farm home on Napier avenue, Fair Plain, on October 5. While crossing a Held near her farm near Galien during a storm on October 6, Mrs. Emma Striding, 32, waa struck by a bolt of lightning and instantly killed. The body of John J. Polerecky, 43, Chicago tailor, was found hanging from a tree near Union Pier on October 10. He was a suicide. On October 16 some 12,000 Berrien men between 21 and 35 registered at polling places for compulsory military training service. Arthur H. Vandenberg, Michigan's senior senator, spoke to a crowd es- -JANUARY- Frank Murphy Appointed To U. S. Supreme Court APRIL- Jaa iires, one auto death, and a nve-year-oid murder mystery was reopened in Berrien county during December. The Herman Horace restaurant at Niles was gutted by fire with an estimated loss of $9,000 on December 7. Oa the 19tk the Hall block hi Beaton Harbor was wept by aa early morning fire that gutted the building with a Iom of mere than $50,909 and drove saore than a half doaen busineusee late other quarten. Guy Tyler, former Berrien county clerk, was appointed to the three member Berrien County Social Wei fare board to replace W. T. Parks of Benton Harbor, on December 10. A lone bandit held up and robbed the Producers Creamery company in Benton Harbor of $929.90 on De cember 10. Leo K. Reier, 43, of Dayten, Ohio, slipped while hoboing on a Pere Marquette passenger train at St. Joseph and sustained the lose of both feet on December 15. Sam Tomasello, 30, of Benton Harbor, and Joseph Neuff, 29, of Chicago, were charged with the murder of a Millburg farmer, August Gagliano. In February of 1935. The men were arrested De cember 16. Neuff confessed. Fletcher Thompson, 59, drore hb ear onto the Michigan Central tracks a mac west of Niles and waned the arrival of the streamlined train, Mercury, which killed him Instantly. It happened December li. Twenty-one of the larger fruit glowers In Berrien went on record December 19, as opposing the fed eral government's plan to construct two county migrant labor camps at a cost of $400,000. Roman I. Jarrie, Sr., former . Benton Harbor postmaster and for 00 years a leading figure n Berrien's Democratic politics, died In his 89th year. From the White House came a wire ef condolence to the family. The annual Benton Harbor Ex change club's newspaper sale netted $1,000.14, the largest on record. The money went to bring the Benton Harbor Good Fellow fund to i2.435.37. Clyde H. Young, 52, Beu Claire gasoline station operator, was shot in the back with a gun held by his wjf while they were hunting rab-! bit on December 21. Miss Jocelyn Nolan, 22, Bridgman, died December 21 of Injuries sustained when the car she was driving crashed Into a tree on US-12. south or St. Joseph, two days before. Twin city industrial and bust- nees firm paid out more than 1100,00 In Christmas bonuses te their employes, and other gifts including turkeys. December 24, the day before Christmas, was a busy one with Benton Harbor Elks entertalnina 1,100 kiddies at their annual party at the Liberty theater. Twelve hundred Christmas baskets were distributed to needy families by welfare and religious agencies and the Good Fellow fund. , Woodward's pavilion, oldest amusement place on Paw Paw lake, ana a mecca for pleasure seekers since 1897, was sold on December 26 to Joe Krenek who plans to move it from the lake front to the high way where it will be made into a recreation hall. Mrs. Constance Wells, 22, of Mon- mouth, 111., was fatally injured December 26 on US-12. six miles east of Benton Harbor, when her husband, Ray, attempted to pass a car and crashed Into an oncoming milk truck in a fog. After-Christmas political announcement oame from two Benton Harbor attorneys, for- f mer Prosecutors Charles W. Gore and E. A. Weetin, saying that they would be candidates for circuit Judge in the February non-partisan Judicial primary. Circuit Judge Evans will be a candidate alao, asking a second term, r As December ended, 590 eases of measles were reported in St. Jo seph. . Preparing to leave the sheriff's of fice after serving for eight years. Sheriff Charles L. Miller was ac corded a farewell party by hia friends, on Dec. 27, and presented with a gold watch. t.ri Former Detroit Mayor Indicted By U. S. Jury Ex-Governor Frank Murphy was appointed an associate justice of the United States supreme court, taking office at the age of 46. Petitions were circulated In Ber rien and Oakland counties request ing Attorney General Thomas Read to start proceedings to dissolve the Michigan apple commission. Four Detroiters, including Wil liam B. Maycock, pilot, died in an airplane crash near Casey, I1L Michigan and Wisconsin state officials signed a motor vehicle pact granting full reciprocal privileges to licenses of both states. 22 Chase S Osborn, former governor of Michigan, observed his 80th birthday. - FEBRUARY Michigan Republicans Hail Vandenberg For President Michigan Republicans launched Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg as a promising candidate for the promising candidate for the party's Presidential nomination. Governor Luren B. Dickinson refused to remove Wayne county prosecutor Duncan C. McRea, indicted for an alleged baseball pool conspiracy. ' Claude S. Carney, prominent Kalamazoo Democrat and member of the state liquor control commission, died at the age of 61. MARCH- Gov. Dickinson Suspends Wayne County Prosecutor John Kasap and John Kurzaw, held In Detroit, confessed the slaying of Dorsey E. Bowman and Philip G. Loyst to secure money from the sale of their cars. Fire and explosion destroyed the New York Central railway station and the Allegan County Farmers Co-Operative at Allegan. Grand Jury warrants issued In Detroit involved former Mayor Richard W. Reading in a corruption conspiracy charge. The Michigan Merit Svstem au- ciation took the first formal step in a campaign designed to write civil service into the constitution. Forty residents and euesta es caped from the Hotel Chief Tecum-seh, when the hotel was destroyed by fire. MCKAY INDICTED MAY Ford Declares He Can Make lfiOO Planes Daily order received from the National Defense Commission, "We are not doing business with the British, or any other foreign government. Reuben Smith, former Detroit policeman, a fugitive from the Pontiac asylum, slashed his wife to death in Marine City. JULY Killer Fred Burke Dies At Marquette State Prison Governor Luren B. Dickinson suspended Duncan C. McRea, Wayne county prosecutor. Gus T. Hartman, state budget director, rejected a $50,000 request from the Michigan Tourist and Resort associations. More' than 800 licensed drinking places faced automatic loss of state permits, due to delinquent taxes or unsavory reputations. Naval Reserve officials and police investigated the death of Mi-s Charlotte Cranson. following an unauthorized visit aboard the U. S. 8. Dubuque at Detroit. The Detroit Free nreu was aiilrl by its owner, E. D. Stair, to John S. Knight, publisher of the Akron, O., Beacon-Journal and the Miami. Fla., Herald. Detroit business leaders estimat ed $50,000,000 worth of orders for defense eauiDment to rtonr into Michigan manufacturing centers. warren uunes site in Berrien county, was listed to receive a portion of the S2.000.000 annrnnrintinn for state park development. suspected Fifth Column" activity was blamed for the fatal shooting of Orman HeDDenstall nv rivrie Bittenbender, chief pattern maker in a sparta lactory. Henry Ford declared the Ford Motor company could nrodnee 1- 000 planes daily within six months, aaaing mat -government meddling ' be forbidden. June Gov, Dickinson Decides To Make Another Campaign Investigators In Port Huron and Canada sought solution of a suspected case ol sabotage of airplane motors consigned from an American manufacturer to a Canadian aircraft firm. Governor Luren B. Dickinson announced his candidacy for a second term, and petitioned the War department to allocate a complete regiment of coast artillery and anti-aircraft unit to be established in Detroit. Henrj Ford stated, regarding an United. States and Canadian of ficials began rigid enforcement of new immigration restrictions at border ports. Fred (Killer) Burke, gangland desperado, slayer of Policeman Charles Skelly of St. Joseph, died in Marquette prison of a heart attack. The WPA in Michigan, in line with extensive Army plans, was notified to begin construction work at Camp Custer to accommodate most of the Army's fifth division. "Giant? Robert Wadlow, 22, 8 feet 94 inches tall, died in Manistee as a result of a foot infection while on a tour. Petitions in Michigan's guberna torial race were filed by Attorney General Thomas Read, Melville B McPherson, O. S. Smith, Chares Renaud, Governor Luren B. Dickinson, State Treasurer Miller Dunckel, Ernest T. Conlon and Roscoe Conkling Fitch. Henry Ford, on his 77th birthday July 30, said, "I waa never more confident than I am today that '.he future will bring happiness to our people." . Two training airplanes collided In the air over Detroit, killing John W. " Stevenson, instructor for the Civil Aeronautics authority. William W.Potter, one of the best known members of the Michigan supreme court, died on July 21. Death resulted from injuries received In an automobile smashup. Justice Potter was one of Michigan's best known lawyers. Three years ago he suffered a severe heart attack, but recovered to return to ilia " n wii iiic m-iivu, ill; n no a' I en a state funeral at Lansing, JUSTICE POTTER DIES f MI!itlllB i. yf V 1 m LATE JUSTICE POTTER Member of the Michigan supreme court and one of the state's widely known lawyers, Justice Potter died in July from injuries received in an automobile wreck. berg touched off the Michigan campaign in Lansing for the elec tlon of Wendell L. Willkie, who de feated him for the Republican Presidential nomination at Phila delphia. 24 Sault Ste. Marie, the coldest spot in the United States, recorded a temperature of 34 degrees. Infantile paralysis struck swiftly in the upper peninsula, with 11 cases reported within two days. Barry county authorities prepared to prosecute Calvin Wagner, tenant farmer, oh charges of murdering Mrs. Emma Travis Miller, Kalamazoo widow. SEPTEMBER Republicans Bolt Boss Rule At Fall Meet AUGUST Governor's Wife Dies; Strait 8 Bridge Approved Michigan's toll from heat and drownings during a 10-day heat wave, stood at 89. Locks at Sault Ste.. Marie closed to the public, on order of the war department. Congress approved legislation enabling Michigan to proceed with plans for a four-mile bridge over the Straits of Mackinac, at an estimated cost Of $26,740,030. 8 Mrs. Luren D. Dickinson, wife of Gov. Dickinson died at her farm home near Charlotte at the age of 79. The state moved to take over the $8,000 estate built up in prison by tne late rred Burke. U. S. Senator Arthur H. Vanden- 10 Governor Luren D. Dickinson and Murray D. Van Wagoner, state high commissioner, Won the Republican and Democratic nominations for governor with overwhelming pluralities in the primary election. Winners in the line-up for lieutenant-governor were: Dr. Eugene C. Keyes, Dearborn Republican; Frank Murphy, Detroit Democrat For U. S. Senator: Frank Fitzgerald, Detroit Democrat; U. S. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, Republican. Michigan stepped in its national defense preparataions by setting up a state-wide system of draft boards! Govern Luren D. Dickinson authorized 300 names for final federal approval on 196 Michigan draft boards. In their state convention at Grand Rapids, Republicans ejected the politically powerful Edward D. Barnard and denied Frank D. McKay, his ally, the right to Impose his will in shaping the ticket. Nominations were: Herbert J. Rushton, attorney-general; Harry F. Kelly, secretary of state; Vernon J. Brown, auditor-general; Senator Felix H. Flynn, treasurer; Emerson R. Boyles for short term as supreme court justice. Dr. Eugene Keyes, candidate for lieutenant-governor, was seriously in lured in an auto accident smith of Lowell. WTWT I LAJLu FRANK McKAY Political sensation In Mich Iran in 1940 was the indictment of Frank McKay of Grand Rapids by a federal grand jury on Charges alleging that he participated in a shakedown of commissions taken from firms selling liquor to the Michigan liquor commission. McKay, Republican national committeeman and long a leading figure in Michigan politics, was indicted with several others whose trials are scheduled for early in 1941. men of Michigan of the 32nd division were sent to Camp Beauregard, La. Representatives of Michigan members of the C. I. O. passed a resolution deploring John L. Lewis' endorsement of Wendell Willkie, and promised "every effort ' to reelect President Roosevelt. NOVEMBER Willkie Carries Michigan ; Van Wagoner Is Elected OCTOBER Michigan National Guard Called Out For Training Betty Wilson at a Willkie demonstration in Detroit received a fractured skull when hit by-a metal wastebasket thrown "in a spirit of fun" by Doris La Rue, employe of the Federal Housing administration. A state-wide police search for Common Pleas Judge Robert E. Sage followed a shooting in the Judge's Detroit office, which left two dead and one injured in an argument over a court decision. Sage's body was found in the Detroit river. Registration of young men eligible for the first peace time draft found thousands of men between the ages of 21 and 35 lined up in Michigan. More than 7,000 National Guards- The Most Rev. Joseph Gabriel Pinten, bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Grand Rapida since 1926, resigned. Michigan went to the polls on Nov. 5 and gave its Presidential vote to Wendell Willkie, the first time since 1928 the state had gone Republican nationally. Willkie carried the state over President Roosevelt by a majority of 6,826, according to thcofficial count. The total vote was defeated by State Highway Commissioner Murray D. Van Wag oner, Democrat, by 131,291. Other state officials elected were: Attor ney General Herbert J. Rushton, Republican; S t a t e Treasurer Theodore I. Fry, Democrat; Auditor General Vernon J. Brown Republican, re-elected; Supreme Court Justice Emerson R. Boyles, Republican; United States Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, Republican, re-elected by 113,000 majority. Lieutenant-Governor Frank Murphy, Democrat. Michigan voters also adopted a constitutional amendment providing for a civil service system in the employment of employes In state departments. Grover M. Rouse . close political friend of Governor Luren D. Dickinson, died following the defeat both of the governor and of the bus referendum he championed. Trygve Berg Johnson of Grand Traverse county was given three years in federal prison by Federal Judge Fred M. Raymond, as Michigan's first draft dodger, on Armistice day. Violent winds uprooted trees. smashed buildings, swamped vessels on the Great Lakes aa freezing weather gripped Michigan In the most violent wind storm In many years. Sixty-five lives were lost on the lake, four ships sunk; five ships were grounded, five damaged. Clyde Cross, Pentwater s man who "fears no weather" rescued 17 crew members from the foundering Novadoc in his fishing tug In the storm. Governor Lurea B. DicUstaon, in order to test Michigan's laws of succession, appointed Mrs. Mathilda R. Wilson of Rochester lieutenant-governor. Frank D. McKay, Republican national committeeman and former state treasurer, was indicted by a special federal grand jury on the charges of an attempted $300,000 fraud in connection with a Grand Rapids bond issue In 1938. McKay called the indictment 'a' frame-up." Dr. John F. Thomas, president of the Michigan Education association died on Nov. 20 from injuries received in an automobile accident which took two other lives. When the Michigan deer hunting -season ended on Nov. 30 the Conservation department announced it was the worst in years from the ; standpoint of hunting casualties. -Twenty-nine hunters were killed and 66 wounded. The navigation season of 1340 ended officially on Nov. 30 on the Great Lakes, the Detroit river, the gateway to the Great Lakes, having seen one of the busiest seasons in its history. DECEMBER- Supreme Court Holds Peaceful Picketing Legal Under the revised apportionment according to the growth In popu-i latlon recorded by the 1940 census, Michigan gained one seat in the House of Representatives. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced to waterway conferenco in Detroit he would ask Congress to approve a treaty with Canada for completion of the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes seaway. Loss of more than $65,000 was Involved in the raging, uncontrolled fire from Michigan's deepest test oil well near Bay City. The Michigan supreme court brought state law into line with federal decisions, reversing its 42-year old verdict that peaceful picketing was Illegal. Lieut. Harold Mulbar, director of State Police investigation of sub- . versive activities, announced that industrial sabotage and espionage exists continually In Michigan and Is being investigated quietly by the State Police "fifth column" detail. GUS T. Hartman. Rennhltrnra state budget director, tendered his resignation to Murray D. Van Wagoner, Democratic governor-elect. Dr. Robert S. Shaw. nresfHpnt .,f Michigan State college, resigned. iiia sun-in-iaw. John A. Hannah was appointed to succeed him. Michigan's Christmas toll of violent deaths reached 14. Nine were traffic accidents. r

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