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July's Centennial Celebration explores "Science and Technology"    

1914 photoDid you know that in 1914, both the blood pressure cuff and the "backless bra were patented? Also, the word “proton” was coined, the pH scale was popularized, the discontinuity between the earth’s core and mantle was discovered, and the unearthing of a “giganotosaurus” in East Africa prompted the search for living specimens.  

The increased availability of electricity in private homes spurred development of such household conveniences as air conditioning, refrigerators, washing machines, and the mechanical calculator. Strides in aviation prompted the US Weather Bureau to begin publishing daily reports. 1914 was the year in which the modern rocket, gas mask, and tank were patented as war broke out in Europe. In June of that year, the transcontinental telephone line was completed.                                                                 

Locally, eyes were turned skyward to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse in March and Delavan’s Comet in the fall. There was little coverage in the Tribune on the Trans-Antarctic Expedition but much ado made over the new pulmotor, an early defibrillator, to be supplied to the life-saving and fire stations which promised to save many lives. In 1914, there were eleven doctors in the area – one of whom was female – six dentists, four opticians, five nurses, three druggists and no hospital. An epidemic of measles resulted in several households being under quarantine that year, and the Medical Society’s picnic in Spring Lake was cut short when William Gassman fell from his roof while painting a cottage and required immediate medical attention. An automobile propelled the doctors quickly to Gassman’s aid; fortunately, he had suffered only a wrist sprain and a mild case of shock. 

The showcases highlight local healthcare practitioners, innovators, and inventions of 1914.


Astronomy in 1914 presented by Doug Furton, Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 pm in Program Room A

One hundred years ago, our view of the Universe was not nearly as clear as it is now. Astronomers had viewed galaxies through large telescopes, but could not decide if they were small and nearby or as large as our own Milky Way and therefore impossibly far away. Prof. Furton will talk about how our understanding of the Universe has developed over the past 100 years.

Bus Trip to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Wednesday, July 23, 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Bus trip to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. $70 registration includes bus fare, admission to both venues, and snacks and bottled water on the bus. Lunch and dinner are not included, but a variety of food options are available on site for lunch and we will be stopping at the Brighton Cracker Barrel for dinner on the way home. 

100 Years Ago in Grand Haven

JULY 2014

1 – Opening of the free bath room for boys of the city at the Highland Park.  Death at the county infirmary of Mrs. J. Seibert.

4 – J. N. Tubbs becomes justice of the peace, succeeding Justice D. C. Wachs.  Grand Haven enjoys a quiet Fourth, but hundreds of people spend the day here.  Gus Begen of the fourth ward nearly loses his life in the burning of his home.

5 – Farm home of Mrs. G. Pellegrom of the township burned.  Death of Mrs. Mary Slinger of Spring Lake.

8 – Death of Engelbert Pippel.

9 – Death of Leendert Kammeraad.

10 – Marriage of John H. Reichardt and Irma Lynn.

11 – Death of Mrs. Helen Owens of Williamsport, Pa.  She was formerly Helen Cross of this city.

12 – Warmest day of the summer to date.  Mercury at 89.  Athletics defeat Allegan at Jenison Park in first Sunday ball game ever played there.  Benny Jewell for Grand Haven makes five two-base hits and a single.

13 – Ed Moll, C. R. Shupe, B. P. Sherwood and Mrs. Elizabeth Nyland elected to board of education.  Dr. Harold H. Steere, whose first wife was a Grand Haven girl, is murdered in Chicago by an irate patient.  Hoboes have serious fight at Waverly and two are badly stabbed.  President William DeKleine of the West Michigan Pike tourists reach the city.

15 – Marriage in Chicago of Fred A. Zeldenrust and Rose Hobbs.

16 – Death of Edwin L. Milliman.  Marriage of Adriana Boone and Arie Foppen.

20 – Opening of the Moose carnival.

21 – Temperature at 89. The army worm invades this section.  Death of Mrs. K. Ryerson of Robinson.

22 – Death of Mrs. Otto Woltman in Spring Lake. Hottest day of summer with mercury at 90.

23 – Fire destroys the Grand Trunk elevator in early morning hours.  Fire loss is greatest since burning of school house thirteen years before.  Marriage in Grand Rapids of Manda Grootvelt of Grand Rapids and Archie Rice of Portland, Oregon.

24 – Nights are unusually hot.

26 – Athletics defeat Hastings 2 to 1 in season’s classic.

27 – Death in Toledo of Charles (Chauncey) Hallman.  Death of Samuel H. Case.

28 – Death of Wm. J. Damson of Holland.  In Spanish war days he was a member of Co. F. Death in Holland of Henry Grevengoed, a former alderman of Grand Haven.

30 – Marriage of Henry VerBerkmoes and Grace Mulder.

31 –Death of Gerrit Grooters of Grand Rapids, former old time resident.

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




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