1850 Sons of Temperance
Sault Ste. Marie Oct. 8th, 1850
The following gentlemen were elected, and duly installed as officers of Algic Chippewa Division, No. 107 of the Sons of Temperance, on Monday, October 7th, for the ensuing quarter:
Abraham Daffayette, W.P.
Alex Richardson, W.A.
Dr. L Mott, R.S.
F. B. Madison, A.R.S.
Charles Fisher, F.S.
Daniel Parker, T.
Henry Ulrich, C.
J. Piquette, A.C.
George C. Godfrey, I.S.
Charles Worch, O.S.
For some time past the work of our Division has gone in harmony and with great prosperity. The determination of our devoted "Sons" has to a great degree overcome the obstacles which opposed us and we are confident of future success. Our number though not so large as some; I trust, is composed of men that know the importance of the obligation they are under, and knowing will do their duty like men.
The Division meets regularly every Monday, evening, and brethren who may be in our village from abroad will be sure to find a pleasant room and a cordial welcome.
1850 Temperance Movement in the Saut
Lake Superior Journal 10-2-1850
Within the past week the temperance cause has received an impetus such as was never before given it in this community. Sylvester Larned, Esq. Of Detroit at the solicitation of the Sons of Temperance, commenced the good work, by giving to a few of our citizens, who had assembled for that purpose, a lecture on the subject. An interest was at once created in the glorious cause and three nights in succession he spoke, and most cloquently, to large audiences.
Mr. Larned is a lawyer by profession, and without making any pretentions as a lecturer, he is certainly a most eloquent and powerful advocate of the temperance reform. He was joined the last evening, by J. D. C. Emmons, Esq., of Detroit, in an exceedingly interesting address on the subject. These two young and talented lawyers never plead in a better cause, and their efforts, seconded by their friends of temperance, were crowned with great success, over 80 persons signing the pledge.
We hope the good work will no be suffered to stop here, and that the monster evil of intemperance, the greatest stain and reproach upon the fai name of the place, may be speedily and completely washed out, and no longer set the pure, crystal waters of Lake Superior be drugged with Log-wood and whiskey.
1850 Semi-Monthly Mail To The Saut. In Winter
Lake Superior Journal August 28, 1850
A Petites for such mail has been circulated among our citizens will be sent forward the first opportunity to the Post Master General. Such an alteration in our winter mail arrangements has become absolutely necessary in order to forward to Mackinac and this place the large and increasing quantity of mailable matter. The mail carriers coming from Saginaw but once a month find it impossible often times to bring all the accumulated mail at that place; and we understand that a portion of last winter’s mail that should have reached here early in the winter, was not received, on that account, till the opening of navigation. It frequently happens that a part of the mail is laid over from one month to another, being an actual injury to Government, as it prevents much mailable matter being sent, and a great injury and annoyance to the citizens of this isolated region.
We have here a Garrison, a military post of considerable importance, and a village of a thousand inhabitants, and it is important that we should have a mail as often, at least, as twice as month. In a military point of view such a mail is ol’ considerable consequence. On the opposite side of our river is a British Military post and, although their mail is not a fourth as large as our own, yet our neighbors are favored with a semi-monthly mail in winter. This consideration alone, it might be supposed, would be sufficient to warrant our Government in establishing such a mail. We notice that a semi-monthly mail has been ordered to La Pointe, at the head of Lake Superior, where there is not a twentieth part of mailable matter that there is on this route.
We hope our neighbors of Mackinac, who are equally interested with our own citizens, will attend to this important matter at once and forward a Petition to the same effect. Such an improvement in our mail facilities is of so much importance both to the Government and the people of the section of country, that we believe it will be only necessary to state simply that facts set forth in our petitions in order to secure such an alteration in our mail arrangements for winter.
1850 Meeting Of The Sons Of Temperance
Lake Superior Journal 8-24-1850
The Division of the Sons of Temperance located in this place had a public meeting at their Hall, last Thursday evening, which was well intended, not only by the Sons, but by the citizens generally. There was a very appropriate address delivered by Rev. L. Smith Hobart, of Ann Arbor, and a few remarks by Rev. H. D. Kitchel, of Detroit. The Division, though small, are united, and steadily progressing; there is a field for much labor here, and it has been thought by many that is it almost surprising that a well-organized and well-regulated institution of the kind could be maintained here, where almost all of the business men are engaged in the vending of alcoholic drinks. It si a lamentable fact that almost all the suffering and misery in our country is caused by this hydra-headed monster. Not only do we feel the deplorable effects here, but it is felt to a greater or less extent, throughout the whole length and breadth of this our beautiful country. Almost every day, accidents occur which may be traced directly to this perfidious destroyer, and yet men little heed them. Half of the wretchedness and misery which afflicts the human race might be spared were men what they ought to be, and we hope that long the time may arrive when vice and immorality and intemperance will not so abound in our midst.