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The World in 1914  

Panama Canal at opening in 1914The US construction of the Panama Canal was completed, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail, and the response to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie, escalated into a world war. While the United States declared neutrality, many Grand Havenites were adversely affected by the war in Europe. Daily news updates told of locals who had traveled overseas and were caught in the conflict. Several area men, including Forrest Ira Worthington, were on the front lines in the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico. 
1914 was also the first year that citizens were required to file federal income tax returns and include photos with their passport applications. Flags were ordered flown at half-mast in Grand Haven and around the country at the passing of first lady Ellen Axson Wilson in August. Naturalist John Muir, inventor and engineer George Westinghouse, Pope Pius X, and entrepreneur Richard W. Sears were also among those who passed away in 1914. 

100 Years Ago in Grand Haven


1 - Body of Capt. John Walker of the ill-fated Annie Peterson found near Grand Marais.

2 – Marriage of James Bosma and Barbara VerDuin.

3 – Body of Capt. Walker arrives here from upper peninsula for burial.  Death of seven-year-old Harold F. Maile.

4 – Co. F wins opening basketball game, defeating Muskegon Chronicles 19 to 13.

6 – Elks memorial at Presbyterian church.

7 – Death of Mrs. Martha Raak.

8 – Death in Grand Rapids of Mrs. A. Fliestra.

9 – Pere Marquette freight cars wrecked at Ferrysburg.  Great echo meeting in First Reformed church.  Death in Robinson of Frederick Moll.

11 – Declamation contest in high school is won by John Stap.  Death of John Staple of Spring Lake.

12 – Old boys of Grand Haven Club hold annual banquet in Chicago.

13 – Death of James A. Keeler of Spring Lake.

14 – Eagles celebrate their tenth anniversary.  Opening day of shop early week.

15 – Death of Andrew J. Emlaw.  Sudden death of Mrs. William Engel.  Marriage of Mrs. Addie Melnotte and J. D. Proudlove in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

16 – Unusual cold snap.  John B. Hancock, son of old time Grand Haven people, killed in hunting accident in Arizona.

17 – Lewis VanDrezer and Leon Duzenberry are brought to New York as witnesses in famous Ortel case.

18 – Death of William Duzenberry of Spring Lake.

22 – Ice blockade in the harbor, one of the very earliest in years.  One of the coldest Decembers to date in the history of the weather bureau.

23 – Great holiday weather and the merchants do much business.

24 – Story  Clark Piano Co. announce a close down until the first of February.  Grand Haven’s first municipal Christmas tree a grand success and a magnificent spectacle.

25 – Beautiful Christmas day in Grand Haven.  Marriage of Florence Reed and Joe Erickson.  Herman Frees, well known old time German resident of the city, dies in Milwaukee.  Death of Mrs. Della DeGroot of Ferrysburg.

26 – Marriage of William Warber and Gusta Gross.

28 – Load of hay belonging to Samuel Dell of Nunica burns in city market.  Tom Mahan, for mutilating Turk Allison of Nunica, is sentenced to Ionia prison for a term of one to ten years.

29 – Sensation of the year created when Sheriff Hans Dykhuis is arrested charged with adultery with Mrs. Thomas Mahan.  Fred Allison and Mrs. Mahan are also arrested charged with adultery.  Harry Ritzema of Ferrysburg dies in Hackley hospital, the victim of a shooting accident.  He was accidentally shot at by his brother Ben.  Charity Ball at the armory.

31 –Arbeiters have great annual gathering.

--Research by Elizabeth Potter, Loutit District Library Local History Department




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