From the Newspapers

Gertrude March Sutton, who became part owner and the manager/editor of  The Hillsdale Leader  in the early 1900s

Gertrude March Sutton, who became part owner and the manager/editor of The Hillsdale Leader in the early 1900s

1876 was a leap year. The Hillsdale Standard  published a list of marriageable men "for any lady so unfortunate as not to get a catch."

In the early part of the century, within the City of Hillsdale the quality of one's outhouse was reflective of the quality of one's home. It was said that the houses on Broad Street were held in higher regard, since their outhouses were often built of brick.

In 1920, a gentleman known as the "Human Fly" attracted a large crowd and much media coverage with his climbing of the Hillsdale County Court House building.

When the "new" jail on the Courthouse square was near completion in 1881, the Hillsdale Herald described the architecture as "a novel form of the composite—a union of an art gallery, a church-yard vault and a country livery stable, with some ragged features which suggest that the whole has made a pitiable attempt to withstand a hurricane of an earthquake."

In 1915, Alice Duer Miller wrote:

Why We Don't Want Men to Vote

Because man's place is in the army.

Because no really manly man wants to settle any questions otherwise than by fighting about it.

Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them.

Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms, and drums.

Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them unfit for government.


Carol A. Lackey