What Fourth of July looked like in Manistee 100 years ago

The following news items are reprinted from the Manistee Daily News for the week June 30 to July 6, 1922 and are compiled by Teena Kracht from the newspaper archives of the Manistee County Historical Museum. 

“The board of supervisors, not without some grumbling, yesterday allowed the third bill presented by Peter T. Glassmire for services as special prosecutor in the cases against Lauritz A. Larson and Charles W. Beatie, the first of which is now on trial in circuit court. 

“This bill, covering a period from May 3 to June 23, is for services mostly at a rate of $20 per day, to the amount of $467.35, and brings the total that has been paid Glassmire in the case up to $1,235.35, which, as one supervisor feelingly remarked, is more than the prosecutor’s salary for a year … On (April 17) $126.25 was also paid to Thomas Smurthwaite for special consultations in the case, making the amount already expended for attorney’s fees $1,361.60, not including any costs of the trial which began Monday, and into which additional legal help has been drawn. 

“Resourcefulness was shown by the board of supervisors today when, confronted with legal obstacles to borrowing funds to provide for current expenses until tax receipts are available, the committee on finance and special members to whom (it) was referred, hit upon the expedient of issuing orders paying a rate of interest 1% less than a bank loan would entail … .

“The region’s cherry harvest has begun … Plenty of sweet cherries are now on the market and more are coming … Farmers have been selling some of the early sour cherries from door to door.