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The Centennial Celebration explores "Art and Music" in the month of September

By 1914, the world of visual art had been undergoing a change as well. Expressionism, cubism, abstraction, futurism were les modes des jour as represented by such artists as Henri Matisse, August Macke, Clara Birnberg, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt and company. Shockwaves were sent through the entire art community that year when no less than twelve works of art were destroyed or badly damaged by suffragettes attempting to bring attention to their cause.

Jazz, blues and ragtime were fresh on the music scene of 1914. Composers as W. C. Handy, Irving Berlin, Fields and Donovan, and others brought us such memorable tunes as “St. Louis Blues,” “Play a Simple Melody,” and “Aba Daba Honeymoon.” Music lovers everywhere would have played the recordings of such artists as Enrico Caruso, the Peerless Quartet, Geraldine Farrar, Charles Harrison and Grace Kerns on their Victrolas, or purchased sheet music of these tunes to play on the family piano.

Music was an important part of local culture in 1914, so much so that a Mrs. E. Gerts was willing to exchange property in Ludington for “a good organ,” while blueprints for new homes included “space for a piano.” There were eight music teachers in town; music was a required course at the high school; and music appreciation clubs like “the B Sharps,” met weekly in private homes. The Tuesday Morning Musicale provided regular entertainment performed by local talent; band concerts were held in Central Park and Highland Park all summer long; and several area venues engaged artists from around the country among them, the Maurer Sisters, and the Serenader



A Step Back in Time Sunday Concert presented by the Grand Haven Women's Club, Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 pm 

In a re-creation of a 1914 era Women's Club gathering, Ron Hlebinski, the organist at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven will be playing ragtime music of the era from Scott Joplin and others; Dr. Wallace Ewing will offer vignettes and glimpses of life in Grand Haven during the same time frame--the beginning of our modern library; and The Grand Haven Women's Club will provide a lovely tea for all attending to round out the afternoon.

Sounds of the Times: Jazz and Ragtime, Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 pm

Presenter Brett Billedeau will bring to life the music and culture of the 1910's, focusing on jazz, blues, and trivia. He will offer samples of music from some of the most influential musicians and composers of the era.


100 Years Ago in Grand Haven


1 – Death in Traverse City of Lloyd A. Witham, former Nunica resident.

2 – Rose Mortensen gets judgment of $5,000 in damage suit against Capt. Hugh Bradshaw of Holland.  Physicians of G. H. and S. L. give smoker in honor of Dr. Wm. DeKleine.

3 – Sentence day in circuit court.  Dick (???)iman of Zeeland wife deserter, gets year and a half; Henry DeHuis, concealed weapons, gets 6 months; Joe Krozenki, for stealing suitcase, (???)s to Jackson for two years; (???)m Reed. for same offense, (???) over four years.  Mary (???)ub arrives home from Europe (???)r startling experiences in the war zone.  Jacob Consaul, years ago a Grand Haven contractor, dies in Cadillac.

4 – Death of Mrs. John Richardson.

5 – Death of Mrs. Peter VanWeelden.

7 – Season cups awarded by the S. K. Yacht Club.

8 – Gerrit J. Diekema presides at Republican convention.  First day of school.  Michigan classis of Reformed church in session there.

11 – Farewell banquet to Dr. DeKleine by the Commercial Association.  Joseph Worms (Little Joe) old time Grand Haven merchant, commits suicide in Rochester, N. Y.

12 – John Botbyl, Jr., drops dead from his dray on Second street hill.  Over 60 witnesses are subpoenaed in the Hilderink-Story & Clark assessment valuation case.  Marriage of August Rank and Elsie Burnhouse.

13 – Death of Peter Kruggel.  Steamer Liberty, chartered by Crosby line, arrives with first fruit cargo from Saugatuck.

14 – Relatives and friends assist Mrs. John Baker in celebration of 80th birthday.

15 – Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Gustafson.

16 – Marriage of Bert Singerling and Florence Bolt.  Marriage of Amy Dickinson and Thomas Cox of New York.  Death of Elmer E. Bryce.

17 – Death in Holland of Rev. Wm. Moerdyk. Father of Mrs. H Harmeling(?).  Marriage of Terna Wierenga

18 – Dedication of the First Reformed and Kerrit Knoll.  Church edifice.  City band gives excursion to Holland.

19 – Weather warm and bathing good at park.  Death in Dudsonville of Rev. Harley A. Lewis.

21 – M. E. conference returns the Rev. I. W. Minor to Grand Haven.

23 – Opening of Akeley Hall for the year.  Marriage in Muskegon of Helen Perry and William Bush.  Death in Grand Rapids of Peter VanderVeen, former resident.

24 – Public opening of the new Maurer glove factory building in Spring Lake.  Many Grand Havenites attend Directum-William race in Grand Rapids, the latter horse winning.  Living model show conducted by the Addison store.

25 – Death of Charles L. Kohlof.  Death in the township of Mrs. Fred Berg.

26 – First real heavy frost of the autumn.  Death of Mrs. Cornelius VanZanten.  Death in Grand Rapids of Mrs. Rosetta Gihula, formerly Rosetta Westover of Nunica.  High school defeats Sparta 34 to 6 at football.

27 – Death in a Chicago hospital of Joe Metzler.  Death in Holland township of Mrs. Harm TenHave, sister of Klaas Brouwer.

29 – Weather unusually dry and roads very dusty.

30 – Peter Spoelma of Spring Lake suicide.

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




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