Twenty-Five Million Women

TWENTY-FIVE MILLION WOMEN VOTERS WILL HAVE INFLUENCE ON POLITICAL CAMPAIGN OF 1920

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Of Twenty-Two States Ratifying Suffrage Amendment Eighteen Are Republican, According to Executive Committee Chairman

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“I am optimistic enough to believe that there will be 25,000,000 women voting in 1920,” is the declaration of Mary Garrett Hay, chairman of the Republican Women’s National Executive Committee, given out in Washington.

“There are already 22 state ratifications of the suffrage amendment. Of this number 18 are Republican states. I think there is a sense of gratitude that the suffrage amendment became a law on the strength of the Republican party vote.

Nearly 15,000,000 women are now qualified to vote, and this tremendous influence, under efficient organizations, will swing the next election and force a party platform that will embody constructive legislation in its planks.

“It is our right to select the good men for public office and to support them when elected.

On High Plane

“Naturally the women in any campaign will want it waged on a high plane of constructive policies and not personalities. They can have what they demand, and it now becomes necessary for them to study the issues before the country today and to insist that the political parties with which they affiliate shall frame and support those social and industrial improvements.

“The stress of war brought our women into every branch of the service, and they became more interested in the big questions of life than they ever had been before. They ceased to think locally and began national and international study.

“Henceforth any man ambitious for the presidency of the United States must actually co-operate with the progressive views of the women who devoted their efforts to alleviate the woes of humanity during this fearful war and who will continue to fight for the betterment of mankind.

“The new platforms must carry such sincere issues that they will make a direct appeal to the sympathetic understanding of the women voters.

Child Labor Restrictions

“They will be directly interested in the subject of child labor and its abolition, and will naturally have faith in the Republican party to support this plank, for it was under the administration of President Taft that the children’s bureau was inaugurated.

“Women will work for all laws that will ameliorate the condition of working women, for maternity legislation and for equal pay for labor regardless of sex.”

The Big Fire of 1893

The Big FireThere has been mention of the big fire that happened in Schoolcraft in 1893 (the Great fire happened in 1879) taking out several buildings south of what is currently the Loving Ewe. It burned with such intensity that it blew out windows across the street, and yet, miraculously did not harm the fan-shaped window that still exists. Here is the article from the Schoolcraft Express dated December 8, 1893. Ironically, this did not make the front page of the Schoolcraft Express and ran on page 4. Paragraphs created for ease of reading and were not provided in the original article.

AMONG THE RUINS!

OUR VILLAGE VISITED BY A SEVERE FIRE.

ASSEMBLYY (sic) HALL WITH THREE OTHER BUILDINGS COMPLETELY WIPED OUT.

The Total Loss Reaches About $6,000, Partially Covered by Insurance–E.L. Brown and A. L. Campbell the Heaviest Losers–Explosion of a Kerosene Stove Supposed to Have Caused the Fire–Good Work Done by the Fire Fighters in Checking the Progress of the Flames–Other Incidents of the Big Fire.

The most destructive fire that has visited our village since the great fire of 1879, when it will be remembered five of the main business places on the west side of Grand street, just south of the late fire were wiped out, broke out in Assembly hall building shortly before four o’clock Monday afternoon. The entire lower floor of this building was occupied by the grocery store of A. L. Campbell, while the upper floor was used as a public hall.

The fire is supposed to have started in the basement of the building by the explosion of a kerosene heating stove, which had been placed there to keep the potatoes from freezing. When discovered, the fire had gained such headway as to make it impossible to enter the basement and a very few moments later the whole building was one mass of flames. Owing to a failure to get the fire engine in working order and a lack of water in the cistern at the corner of Grand and Cass streets, made it impossible to do much toward stopping the fire with the engine and soon the flames spread to adjoining buildings on the north, consuming the one story wooden building of Lewis P. Bell and occupied by Henry I. Allen, Justice H. P. Smith and the National Express Company’s office.

Just north of Assembly hall and west of the Bell building stood an ice house, owned by Mr. Bell, which was also consumed. Almost at the same time that the buildings on the north caught fire, the flames spread to the barn of Chas. Underwood, on Hayward street, only a few rods west, and which was also burned to the ground. At this stage of the fire, with four buildings in flames, it looked as though other buildings on the north would be doomed to the fate of the raging flames, but by hard and persistent fighting the brick store of W. W. McLeod on the south, and the meat market building of Lewis P. Bell on the north and the residence of Chas. Underwood were all saved, although it looked at one time as if it would be almost an impossibility to save the two latter.

The fire engine did good service in saving Mr. Underwood’s house for without its use the building would surely have been destroyed. All through the fire, which lasted about two hours, the fire fighters fought bravely and unceasingly, and their efforts were rewarded by saving thousands of dollars worth of property which at one time it looked as though it would be an utter impossibility to save from being wiped up by the fierce flames.

The stock in the harness shop of A. D. Chapin was all moved from the building, the meat market fixtures and stock of W. R. Arthur in the Bell building were moved into the street, and all of the household goods of Will Smith, who occupied the Cooper house on Hayward street were removed. The wind was blowing from the southwest and for a time matters began to look serious for the east side of the street, the restaurant building of Aaron Burson being somewhat scorched, but by good work was kept from taking fire.

THE LOSSES

Assembly hall building, which was owned by E. L. Brown and valued at about $3,000 was insured in the Hartford Insurance Company of which Henry P. Smith is local agent, for $1,600. A. L. Campbell’s stock of groceries and fixtures were valued at about $2,000, and on which he carried but $800 insurance in the Fireman’s Fund, E. W. Bowman, local agent. A portion of Mr. Cambell’s stock was saved and are now in the Troxel building across the street. L. P. Bell’s loss on the frame building and ice house $500, not insured. Mr. Bell’s brick building occupied by W. R. Arthur as a meat market was somewhat damaged by heat; his loss on this building is covered by insurance in the Aetna, H. I. Allen, local agent. The stock goods of W. R. Arthur and A. D. Chapin were damaged considerable by being removed; the latter’s loss is covered by insurance in the Aetna company. Chas. Underwood’s loss on barn and contents, $200, not insured. On house and contents he carried an insurance in the Phoenix which is represented by Abram Gardner as local agent. Mr. Underwoord’s household goods were all removed, and somewhat damaged on which he will receive insurance. W. W. McLeod’s brick store on the south was somewhat damaged by the heat, fully covered by insurance. Nearly all the windows in buildings on the opposite side of the street from the fire, were broken by the intense heat. Mr. Troxel’s loss in this direction is covered by insurance. Other slight losses are reported, the American Express Company losing a few packages.