Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Garage robbed of accessories

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, November 16, 1934.

Articles valued at approximately $150 were taken when the garage at the Benjamin Stevenson residence, three miles west of Ypsilanti, on Washtenaw Rd., was broken into early this morning and two autommobiles and a house car trailer stripped.

Three tires, two wheels, a radio, automobile tools and supplies, gasoline from both machines, and linen and towels from the house trailer were the articles missing this morning when an investigation was made by Trooper William Barry of the local state poplice post.

It is believed that the garage was broken into some time between midnight and 6:30 this morning. Mr. Stevenson discovered the loss when went to the garage preparatory to leaving for his work in Detroit.

Tire tracks, apparently from a truck, were discovered in a field near the garage, where the thief or thiefs turned their vehicle around.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Officers resort to guns in raid at Plamer home

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, October 1, 1929.

Frank Palmer, 45, and his wife, Vina Palmer, 44, were held in county jail today awaiting trial in circuit court on a charge of violating the prohibition law. They were taken into custody late Monday evening in a raid on their place at 616 Jefferson Ave., conducted by Deputy Sheriff Lynn Squires, Chief of Police Ralph L. Southard and other officers.

A small quantity of alleged moonshine liquor was confiscated in the place by the raiding officers, who found it necessary to chase Palmer across several fields in back of his place before he was arrested. When the officers entered, Palmer jumped through a window and attempted to flee in his bare feet with officers in pursuit. Several shots were fired into the air in an attempt to halt the man before he finally stumbled and fell to the ground cutting himself about the head and face.

Palmer again attempted to fight his way free after the officers pounced upon him. He was handcuffed and his head was bound in an impromptu bandage before he was taken to county jail. A pair of brass knuckles and a pistol were taken from his person and a loaded shot gun—also taken from the house.

Returning later to the house, officers found seven pocketbooks in different places, containing a total of about $40 which they believed might have been taken from unwary visitors to the place.

Palmer was expected to be given a stif jail sentence by Judge George W. Sample when he appears in circuit court. He was already on probation from a similar charge which resulted when local police raided his place recently.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

An evening blaze

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, October 1, 1909.

Fire Thursday evening destroyed two houses at Lowell. (Lowell was a village to the north and west of Ypsilanti, where the Edison station is now.)

The blaze was first seen in this city about eight o’clock and the reflection from the fire led people to think that the power house situated there was burning to the ground.

Many people gathered in the streets watching the reflection of the blaze. The local fire department started for the scene of the conflagration but returned to their house after going only as far as the Peninsula Mills.

Chief Babcock decided that he would not be justified in leaving Ypsilanti with insufficient protection.

The blaze is thought to have been started by tramps. A large boarding house and a house directly across the street were burned to the ground. Neither was inhabited.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Seroiusly hurt in Run-away

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, September 25, 1919.

Monday morning at about 10 o’clock Mr. Lewis Batterson, aged 66 years, was seriously injured in a runaway while driving one of the dray teams of his son, Vern Batterson. He was at the Lewis Geer Manufacturing company, where he had gone for a load of small wagons that his company manufactures. Some of these became loose and fell down on the horses’ heel, which caused them to start. Mr. Batterson was standing on the loading dock at the time and spoke to the horses and they stopped. It is thought that he then got down and went in behind the horses when they started again, and that he was caught in the whiffletrees. He was dragged across the Michigan Central tracks and when, assistance arrived was lying unconscious in the road. He was taken to the Beyer hospital, where it was found that his jaw was broken in three places, his little tow on his right foot pulled out, bruised about the head and hips and had suffered internal injuries.

His relatives were ntified, and a brother, Henry Batterson, and wife of Kansas, arrived, as alos three sisters, Mrs. M. Ferguson and Mrs. Curtis and Mrs. Alton Batterson, of Bronson.

His son, Vern, for whom he was working, had tried to have his father quit sever times, as he thought the work was too hard for him, but each time the father refused, as he liked to work, and wanted something to do. His injuries are of such a nature it is hard to judge what the outcome will be.

Steals revolver and then seeks to shoot up town

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, September 25, 1909.

Louis Dinnie, an Italian section hand on the Michigan Central railroad, entered the Ypsilanti Hardware Co.’s store Friday evening and asked to see a revolver.

Mr. Reynolds became suspicious of him as he acted in a queer manner. While Reynolds back was turned Dinnie picked up a gun and left the store.

A few monuments before this occurrence, fellow workmen heard Dinnie making threats as to what he would do to a certain laborer employed by that company.

The police were notified by the hardware firm and Dinne was found in his bunk in a freight car, caressing the gun and muttering Latin curses.

He was taken to the city jail and arraigned before Justice Gunn this morning. He was sentenced to 90 days in the Detroit House of Correction.

Deputy Sheriff Charles Hipp took him to Detroit this noon.

Two dance halls closed by raids, six under arrest

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, September 23, 1929.

Justice Bert Fry this morning fined and gave alternate jail sentences to three disorderly persons taken in raids near Ypsilanti by sheriff’s officers Saturday night and still has three more cases to hear, two on a charge of violating the prohibition law and the second fro operating a dance hall without al license. Two dance halls, Lowell Beach and Gleaner’s Hall were closed.

Six months of investigation by the sheriff’s department culminated Saturday night when the remodeled schoolhouse now operated as a store in Ypsilanti Township on the Townline Road was raided by Deputies Andres, Dailey, Schulpe, Withrow and Dunstan.

About a gallon and a half of alleged moonshine and wine were found and the proprietor, Frank Wyncky, was arrested on the liquor violation charge. His wife, who could not be located Saturday night, this morning was arrested when she came to the county jail to visit her husband.

Benny Kidowski, 4787 Cecil St., Detroit, found in the store, was held on a disorderly count to which he pleaded guilty this morning. He was fined $25 and given a sentence of 30 days in county jail in case of non payment. The same sentence was meted out to Louis Slovak, also held on a disorderly charge.

While officers were still at the store Daniel Alesuk, R. F. D. 2, Belleville, drove into the yard entered the store with a practically empty bottle which officers say he apparently intended to have filled. When he noticed the men form the Sheriff’s department there he stammered out a request for two loves of bread.

He was arrested for driving while intoxicated and this morning vigorously denied being inebriated. When the not guilty plea was entered a trial was held testimony of Deputy Dailey taken. Alesuk protested that he couldn’t have been drunk because he had milked cows until 8 o’clock and had then spent his time in getting dressed up for th evening. When he first began establishing his defense he stated that he never saw the bottle mentioned by Dailey. Later however he recalled that he had been given the container to get vinegar and explained his failure to get it where he brought the bread by saying he intended to proceed to Belleville to make the purchase.

He was found guilty and fined $100. If the money is not paid he is to serve 90 days.

James Cummins, proprietor of the Lowell Beach dance hall which he admitted this morning was operating without a license, was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay $10 a month until a fine of $50 was paid. In commenting on the case Prosecutor Carl H. Stuhrberg pointed out that immoral conditions in the county were in many instances the direct result public dance halls in the country districts. Cummins was given this lenient sentence because he has a large family and is in straitened circumstances. He also stated, in entering his plea of guilty, that he had been lead to believe that a license was not necessary for the hall he operated.

The second hall which officers entered was on Pontiac Road. The proprietor, Joe Bergl, is to appear later today.

Woman, most of them from Detroit, who were found in the halls were not taken into custody.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Burglars ransack Adams St. house and then set it on fire

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on September 20, 1909.

Thieves this morning fired the home of Mrs. Minnie Milton, 618 N. Adams Street, after ransacking the entire house from cellar to attic.

Mrs. Milton has been visiting at Armeta Lake with her son Claire for the past six weeks and the house has been closed during that period.

On the arrival of the fire department, which was notified of the blaze at 8:50 by neighbors who saw smoke issuing from the windows in the second story, it was necessary to break in the windows to gain access to the house. Dense clouds of smoke and flame were issuing from the upper windows and the efforts of the firemen to gain a fighting hold in the house were futile for some time.

While the blaze did comparatively little damage the fire attacked the bed and dry goods in one of the bedrooms and the combustible material fed the flames.

Within thirty minutes after the alarm was turned in the men had succeeded in checking the flames and were able to fight the blaze from a more advantageous point.

While this fire was at its height, an alarm was sounded from 317 South Huron street, the home of Mrs. H. H. Goodison.

Chief Babcock ordered one wagon back to the barn and the second hose cart was sent to the ire on Huron street.

When the fire men gained entrance to the house on North Adams street it was apparent at once that the blaze was the work of an incendiary.

After the fire had been subdued, Chief Babcock notified the police department and Officer Tom Ryan immediately began an investigation.

Officer Ryan made a thorough examination of the house. He discovered that the burglars had gained entrance through a cellar window, the screen covering the aperture being torn open and footmarks of the intruders being found in the dust of the cellar.

It is not known whether anything of value has been taken.

The window is exceptionally small, possibly 15 inches square, and it is Officer Ryan’s opinion that either boys or small men entered.

The police theory does not include tramps as those who set the house on fire, as many suits of clothing belonging to Claire, the twenty-three year old son of Mrs. Milton, was found undisturbed on hooks in his room.

Drawers were torn from the bureaus, turned upside down and the contents dumped on the floor.

The fire was confined to one or two rooms upstairs and the work of the department was without fault.

The second alarm was the result of alleged carelessness in holding a lighted match near drygoods stored to the attic of the home of Mrs. H. H. Goodison on South Huron street.

The fire did little damage and was easily extinguished by the use of the chemical extinguisher.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New grocery for Ypsilanti

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, September 7, 1909.

Ypsilanti is to have a fine new grocery when the store recently occupied by Mr. Schultz next door to the First National bank on congress street (Michigan Ave.) is opened Wednesday. Mr. Nissly has very successfully conducted a grocery business in Saline for some time past and the many friends who support him there signify the honest business methods which he proposes to follow in Ypsilanti.

Cleanliness and enterprise will be the watchwords of the new store and a fine line of staple and fancy goods will always be on hand. Accommodations for the stock are unique. A sanitary fruit case will keep seasonable vegetables and fruit in first class condition and a large refrigerator of the latest design will hold dairy produce and several kinds of cheese.

A specialty will be made of tea and coffee. A select line of cooked meats will also be carried.

Mr. Nissly announces that business at his store will be conducted on an absolutely fair basis and that perfectly sanitary conditions will be maintained throughout the store at all times. Added to this important phase Push and Enterprise promise to make Mr. Nissly’s undertaking a success. He has this morning requested a regular space in The Daily Press for the purpose of giving local residents correct news from the grocery world every day. Mr. Nissly’s first announcement will appear in this paper tomorrow.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pours gasoline on fire, burns result in death

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, September 2, 1934.

Burns received Saturday afternoon when he poured gasoline on a rubbish fire, proved fatal Sunday morning to Louis A. Wilson, 54, 6477 Bingham Ave., Dearborn, manager of the newly opened service station at Michigan Ave. and Ballard St.

Mr. Wilson died in Beyer Hospital from severe burns about the chest, face and arms after he was burned, Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mr. Wilson stood over the smudging fire and poured gasoline on it, according to R. C. DeNike, who with Robert Walders, both of this city, are attendants at the station. Before he could jump back the flames struck Mr. Wilson in the upper part of his body. Fe fell to the ground and the attendants put out the fire with an extinguisher. He regained his feet and walked to the ambulance, which had been summoned, although blood was trickling freely from his body.

Mr. Wilson, who was born Aug. 22, 1880, had operated a gasoline station for the last 32 years. He had owned a station on Schafer Rd. near Ford Rd. in Detroit before opening the one here. Work on the local station has not yet been completed, although the pumps are in and gasoline has been sold for seven weeks.

He is survived by his wife, Lulu, and a daughter, Lucile, who is a teacher in the Dearborn public schools. There are also several brothers and sisters living. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in Coldwater.

Dr. E. C. Glanzhorn, county coroner, was called but attributed the death to an accident and will not hold an inquest.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Scour country for abducted 19 year old girl

Three men are today scouring the country in an effort to discover the hiding place of Miss Mildred Burdette, 19 years old, the fiancée of Cyrus Turner of Witherford, Ohio, who Mr. Turner alleges, has been abducted and kept under lock and key in some farm near Whittaker.

The members of the party consist of Rev. James Derrick, Joseph Richardson, Henry Miller and Turner, who came from Ohio Monday to claim his bride, intending to be married Wednesday.

At 10 o’clock Turner accompanied by Richardson sought the assistance of Justice George Gunn, asking for a search warrant. In order to procure a search warrant, it would be necessary to swear that the girl had been abducted.

Law books were then consulted to see whether or not a writ of replavin would enable the men to take the girl if found, but a writ is not broad enough, and as Mr. Turner is unwilling to swear that the girl is being kept by force, no warrant was sworn out. Later, about 1 o’clock this morning, they awakened Deputy Sheriff Charles Hipp, asking him to accompany them to the locality where they believe the girl is hidden.

The name of the farmer near Whittaker is mentioned in connection with the alleged abduction and it is possible that a warrant will be sworn out late today.

Turner intended to secure a marriage license today and be married Wednesday. He arrived in Ypsilanti and immediately went to the home of his fiancée. There he was told that she had not been at home for several days and that they did not know where she had gone to.

Friends had not seen her, and no one could tell the anxious lover the whereabouts of his sweetheart.

It is feared by friends of Turner, that if the girl has been bound or harmed in any way he may seek vengeance on the person responsible for the ill treatment.

The farmer who is suspected, is a former resident of the Ohio city where all three lived at one time, and is said to have followed the girl to this city, being madly in love with her. The girl is said to have repulsed him several times, and it is thought that he realizing that he could not gain the girl by fair means, adopted the other.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ypsilanti plane bids submitted

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, August 18, 1934.

The Hammond Aircraft Corporation of Ypsilanti was one of 13 airplane manufacturers whose bids for the sale of 25 airplanes to the U. S. Commerce Department were announced today at Washington.

The Safety Air Transport Company, of Indianapolis, Ind., was lowest with a quotation of $750 a plane and the Church Airplane Company of Chicago, was second with a bid of $1,695 each. The Hammond Corporation bid $3,190. The highest was $6,695 each made by the Amphibians Inc., of Roosevelt Field.

Secretary of Commerce Roper, who opened the bids, observed that the prices were comparable to those of automobiles.

Dean R. Hammond of the local corporation left Washington today after submitting blue prints of the plane on which he bid. He is expected home Wednesday morning.

The model of the proposed ship has been tested in the wind tunnel at the University of Michigan and found to be satisfactory. This model is made of wood and resembles a very advanced type of bomber. It is a monoplane with twin tail structures and is streamlined in every detail.

Typhoid claims last of once notoriious Kozaks

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 28, 1929.

There was a simple funeral in Wyandotte this afternoon. A few flowers, a song, a sprayer, then they carried Irene Walling Smith to a little cemetery near New Boston and buried her besides her mother, Nettie Walling.

There were few left of Irene’s friends to form the funeral cortege which accompanied the body to its final resting place. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leonard of Rawsonville were there: the Leonards are loyal to their own. Her little son, Earl Smith, is ill in Children’s Hospital, Detroit, with typhoid, the disease which claimed his mother.

Irene’s heyday passed three years ago. The girl for whom one man was ready to kill his pal, the girl on whom he spent ‘ten grand,’ the ‘queen of the Kozak gang’ was working in a boarding house in Trenton just before she died.

There was a time when Irene Walling Smith did not have to work. Shorty Kazak’s gang knew where the money was, knew how to et it and how to spend it, and Irene was the banit queen. That was in the days when the Michigan Central safe in Ypsilanti, stores and oil stations here and in Ann Arbor as well as Detroit were yielding rich harvest and the gang was planning to venture into richer, if more dangerous field of bank robberies.

Then Frankie and Jimmie quarreled over Irene, and Frankie fled to Canada, fearful of his life, for Jimmie had already killed Patrolman Rusinko in the course of a Hamtramck ‘job.’ Jimmie, brains of the Kozaks, had become a killer.

Hard days followed—anxious days, bitter days. Trailed by police of two nations, the Kozak gang was brought together again at the bar of justice. Shorty first, then Frankie, were sentenced to long terms in Marquette for robbery armed.

“They’ll never get Jimmie—not alive,’ Shorty had said.

But they did, and Jimmie stood before the judge without a friend to help him, without means to gage an attorney and deserted by the girl he had loved.

Irene could not stand a killer. She did not question the source of the wealth which they showered upon her, but when they killed she fled. So the judge sentenced Jimmie to life in Marquette and the Kozak gang passed from the front page into the archives of Detroit’s criminal history.

Queen no longer, Irene returned to her girlhood home in Rawsonville, and has worked since the glamorous days of the Kozaks to support herself and her child. In February her mother died. She cared for her during her last illness, then found work again, in the Trenton boarding house. It was here she and the little nine year old boy contracted typhoid. Monday, in the eerie hours before the dawn, she breathed her last, gone after 27 years of life.

The child will recover, physicians have told the grant-grandparents. His father, who lives in Chicago, has been notified of the tragedy and may come for him; if he does not, the aged couple, both past the allotted three score and ten, will carry on.

The Leonards are loyal to their own.

Visit store nine times

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 28, 1909.

If there was to be a general cry of burglars some night through the town everyone, no doubt, would start for the Hutchins five and ten cent store—that is, providing they had a desire to see burglars at work—for this particular store seems to hold attractions for burglars that no other store in the city can lay claim to, for the reason that the burglary Sunday night of this store, or early Monday morning, makes the ninth time that the Hutchins store has been broken into since it has been in the city.

Late Sunday evening, but in all probability nearer 2 o’clock Monday morning, the night watch found a small back window in the east end of the Hutchins store on Washington Street open. Immediately he had the police gongs started to summon help, and upon entering the store found that the thieves had gone and about $50 worth of hosiery was gone also. Mr. Hutchins found that the safe had been opened and $239 and a few cents were missing. There may be other articles taken, but in a store of this kind it is hard to tell exactly without careful investigation.

It is thought that the ones who did the job were old hands at the business, for the reason that they got the combination on the safe, took out the money and then closed it up again. That there were several in the party and were to keep tab on the night watch is likely because the window through which they entered is directly under an electric light and the (word missing) have been pulled off while he was in another part of the business section. No track of the goods or the parties doing the work has been found up to the present time.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pleasant Impression of City Given M. C. Patrons

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 22, 1929.

Pleasant memories of Ypsilanti linger with 80 and 90 travelers daily—fragrant memories of fresh flowers from the gardens at the Michigan Central depot.

The greenhouse and garden spots were established in Ypsilanti fully 40 years ago and have since been maintained here by the railroad. In addition to the pleasing landscape effect which passengers enjoy while the trains stop here, small boutonnieres are made up daily at the greenhouse and distributed to the patrons of the road. L. B. Moore has charge of the gardens and Malcolm Laidlaw makes up the nose gays, an average bouquet consisting of a rose geranium leaf, a blue scabiosa, a gaimardia, a pink and some mignonette.

Flowers during the winter are grown in the green house and the supply is enhanced by the use of blooms grown in the summer time and cured, such as the brilliantly purple everlasting clover and the variegated straw flower. These little bouquets are distributed each day on trains 13, 15 and 23 which arrive at 9 a.m., 2 o’clock and 3.33.

There are 12 plots or ornamental gardens at the station with one spelling “Ypsilanti.” Each bed is surrounded by a close clipped, thick turf, kept velvety and green in spite of the extremely dry summer. At the top of the slope above the green house is a garden plot in which thousands of flowers bloom from early spring to frost time.

At present one may see about 600 variegated asters, every plant stroog and healthy; patches of three kinds of geraniums, the dusty miller, two kinds, for use in borders; straw flowers and everlasting clover for curing; phlox, zinnias, 450 carnation plants; helio trope, seabiosas, calendulas, 600 gladioll plants, Jerusalem cherry plants, Martha Washington geraniums, umbrella plants, trailing colus, ornamental grass, hardy pinks, mignonette, bachelor buttons, vinca vina, lobelia, myrtle, primulas, cineraria, aifnantha, old hen and chickens, dahlias, goldenglow, spider lily, Japanese daisy, vinca plant and numerous shrubs including licacs, Japanese plums, rubber plants, palms, spirea dns roses.

Other garden spots at the depot are now aflame with the brilliant cannas, there being five varieties diaghn, President, yellow king, Humbert and red king Humbert. Salvia, also bright red and cox comb may be seen in addition to a variety of other unusual plants. Seven kinds of hardy peonies appear in a single bed where cosmos and nicotine plants also are frequent.

Besides proving flowers for three trains stopping here daily and for the ornamental beds, the local greenhouse supplies decorations for the Detroit depot on holidays and with a similar institution at Niles, under John Gipner, chief gardener of the road, furnishes plants and shrubs for depots throughout the state. This spring two car loads were sent out from here.

In the winter activity is transferred from outdoor work to the greenhouse where plants are stored and cared for. New clippings are made in the fall and set out each spring. Tiny clippings from rose buses received only tow weeks ago are already in bloom, having been grafted into roots. Nearly 200 new ferns have been started and carnations are to be removed soon to make roof for new clippings

Inside the greenhouse is a jasmine tree, whose flowers smell extremely sweet and which can be used in the manufacture of perfume. The tree is not hardy enough to survive out doors in this climate so it has been carefully nurtured in the glass house. It has been pruned closely in order to keep it from interfering with the entrance.

In addition to making ready for the fall work which consists of potting and caring for plants which are now out of doors, Mr. Moore is having the paths which wind between the flowers beds filled with clean crushed rock and is arranging to have a new boiler for the heating system installed.

Five Ypsilanties hurt by auto crash

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 21, 1919.

Five Ypsilantians figured in a serious auto accident early Wednesday morning between Sheldon and Wayne. Herbert Smith, who lives on Cross street and operates a meat market in Dearborn, his sons, Cyril, aged 20, and Carl, aged 13, a nephew, Robert Barnes, Jr., and Wm. Dusbiber were all injured when a large truck belonging to the Wilson Packing company backed directly in the road of the Smith truck from this city from behind an embankment. The road was such at this point that nothing could be seen of the Wilson truck, which was heavily loaded, until it backed squarely into the road and with a crash collided with the Smith truck.

Robert Barnes suffered a broken leg, besides minor injuries, and is now in Beyer hospital. Herbert Smith is a mass of bruises and cuts filled with glass from the windshield. His sons, Cyril and Carl, are also bruised and cut from the flying glass. Wm. Dusbiber was cut and bruised and received a blow on the dead that rendered him unconscious. He did not recover until they were bringing him into Ypsilanti. The Smith family are all at home resting as comfortably as possible under the circumstances.

All five of those injured are employed in the Smith meat market at Dearborn.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Parents keep tots behind barred doors, fearing "nice man"

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on August 18, 1909.

“Mother and fathers of Ypsilanti who reside on the east side and near the beautiful east side playground, Prospect park, are keeping their children within their homes, forbidding them even to venture forth for provisions or candy at the stores,fearing that they may be snatched from them by an old man, who it is declared, has been endeavoring to seduce children with tempting offers of candy, ice cream, automobile rides, and other things dear to a child’s heart.

It is said that this old man, who is a stranger in this city, has endeavored in every possible way to secure the friendship of the children in that neighborhood, and many of the little tots have gone to their homes, dazzled, yet afraid to accept, by the offers of the ‘nice stranger.’

‘Why mamma,’ said one little girl, ‘that nice man offered to get all the candy and fruit and ice cream I could eat, and take me for an automobile rede and everything—but—I didn’t like his eyes when he said that, and so I told him I was mother’s little girl and that she would give me all the goodies I could eat—and besides an automobile was liable to hit something.”

A communication from an anxious mother is printed below:

“Is our beautiful Prospect park to be made an unsafe playground for our girls by the continuous presence of a repulsive old man who persists in talking to the innocent little ones and offering candy, ice cream, automobile rides and other inducements?

Cannot something be done to clear away this nuisance before it is too late?”

A Fourth Ward Parent

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Two girls frighten away burglars

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, August 14, 1919.

Last Friday night while Mr. and Mrs. Luis Kuhl, of Superior Township, were attending the Redpath Chautauqua in this city, two men tried to break into the house, but were frightened away by the determined efforts of two daughters who were left at home. The men were discovered by the girls trying to gain an entrance through the cellar, but concluded that they were up against the real thing, as they evidently did not expect to have to dodge bullets. As soon as the girls saw them they sent in a hurry-up call to Miller’s taxi service with instructions to go to the Chautauqua and call Mr. Kuhl and get out there as soon as possible, and then grabbed the gun and fired a few shots, which aroused the neighbors, but on their arrival the burglars had flown.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Holsten Asso. hold picnic

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, August 14, 1919.

Monday the Holstein-Fresian association of this county held their first annual picnic at Recreation Park. A fair sized crowd was in attendance, and after enjoying a picnic dinner President Aitkin of the state association was present and gave an address on the Holstein, laying particular emphasis on their good milk qualities and meat value.

After the address a Holstein calf from the Shady Knoll farms was auctioned off to the highest bidder, and John Bazley, who bid $500, became the owner of the calf. A curtis plane was on the field to deliver the calf to the owner’s premises, but whether the owner got cold feet or the birdmen thought the load a little heavy for the machine, we are unable to state; but after the claf had been led to the Warner barn to be fixed up for his flight through the air the plans were changed and a bag of straw was substituted and placed in the plane. Some say the calf objected so strenuously to becoming a birdman, and as the crowd was patiently waiting to witness this part of the program, something had to be done, and this was the only way out—so the straw calf.

As things turned out the calf was right; he just knew that the “darned” thing was a flivver, and that he wasn’t going to trust his valuable carcass to no such contraption. The start was made and the crowd hollered “There goes the calf,” but it was evident that something was wrong—not with the calf, but the engine. It was flying low and turned and headed back across the field, and in attempting to light caught in the top of a tree, turned partly around and crashed into another tree and then crashed to the ground. Fortunately the pilot or the passenger with him were not injured in the fall, but the machine was badly damaged and will have to undergo extensive repairs before it can return to its home anchorage at Thompson field, Detroit.

So ended a perfect day.

George Grimston found guilty

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, August 14, 1919.

George Grimston was found guilty by a jury in Justice Stadtmiller’s court. Grimston was accused by Mrs. Ruby Miller, a neighbor, of harboring three loud barking, yelping dogs. The dogs that figured in the suit were just common dogs—black and tan—but they had names that would make an ordinary dog green with envy. The old dog aged 13 years, was named Teddy, after our great ex-president, Roosevelt; and the other two dogs, offspring of Teddy, were named Hans and Fritz, after the Katezen-jammer kids of Sunday newspaper colored comics fame. Most of Grimston’s neighbors had been subpoenaed to testify against him and those who were not volunteered to do so.

The dogs were accused of doing everything but robbing a bank. Witnesses testified they barked loud and long at nights, making it impossible to sleep; that they stole milk bottles and robbed hen’s nests and sucked eggs. Another witness testified the dogs dug holes in the park, and another that they chased automobiles and bicycles. Still another testified that the dogs had bitten her brother, and ex-Street Commissioner Crossman.

Grimston testified that he was keeping the dogs for his brother-in-law, Eugene Matthews, who was doing military duty in France. Testimony was brought out that when Matthews left there was only the old dog, and that three months after he left Matthews’ wife notified the dog catcher to come and get the dog and kill her. Grimston was fined $5 and $15.15 costs, which he paid

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

House robbed during the day

This story was published by The Daily Ypsilanti Press on Monday, August 11, 1919.

“Come quick! Burglars have locked your wife out and the baby’s asleep in the house.”

This is the message tha reached Carl Stockdale when his sister-in-law, Mrs. Bert Leader appeared at the Peninsula Paper Mill at exactly noon today. Jumping into Mrs. Leader’s car Mr. Stockdale was rushed home where he found the door still locked. Applying his own key the door was opened and they found, first of all, that the baby had slept through the entire incident.

Further investigation resulted in only two pocketbooks being missed. Both were empty of money, but it is a little embarrassing that Mrs. Stockdale’s should have contained her key. Mr. Stockdale’s purse had been in the hip pocket of his trousers which lay over the back of the chair. They had been thrown down on the seat of the chair.

Mrs. Stockdale had had a visit from Mrs. Anthony Meyers who lives above her at 124 North Washington, telling her that on Saturday, while they were away, their house had been thoroughly ransacked. Later in the morning (the Meyers family were away at this time) Mrs. Stockdale saw three men prowling around and presently one of them came to the door and asked for Mrs. Meyers.

A few moments after this Mrs. Stockdale went into the yard to spread some washing on the grass and upon going upstairs to her apartment found herself locked out. At that moment she saw her sister, Mrs. Leader, passing in her machine so they drove up to the Peninsular for her husband.

A robbery at high noon on a principal street in the down-town section of the town is something that will call for a little extra caution on the part of citizens.

Chief Cain has a new problem

This story was published by The Daily Ypsilanti Press on Monday, August 11, 1919.

Chief of Police Cain is confronted today with a new and exceedingly difficult problem. It is to prevent the theft of parts from automobiles. To find stolen machines is child’s play as compared with the work of finding parts taken from a Ford car, for there is usually no mark on such parts to identify them or, if you there are marks, most car owners do not know what they are.

That there will probably be a considerable amount of this work to do is evidenced by the masterful beginning some made Saturday night. The job was discovered Sunday when Chief Cain was notified that a machine had been stripped and abandoned at King’s flats south of Ypsilanti. By the term “stripped” it was concluded that the tools had been stolen and perhaps an extra tire. To his astonishment the chief found upon investigation that not only tires and tools were gone but that the top and wheels and even the fan had been taken. (Words can not be read) indicated that work had been commenced to take the engine.

By the license number it was found that the machine belonged to William Hazen, Novi Township. He was notified and stated that his Ford was taken from his garage late Saturday night.

That the work was done by someone in this vicinity seemed quite probable on account of the fact that few strangers would be able to find their way to so secluded a place as that in which the machine was found. Chief Cain will appreciate information of any kind that may aid him in checking thefts of this character.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Women and childern placed in peril by reckless driver

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, August 6, 1909.

A party of women and children consisting of Mrs. James Hart, wife of James Hart, conductor of the Hart Band, her two children Jewell and Noel, Mrs. George Jackson, of Ann Arbor and Miss Jessie Hart was placed in extreme peril as a result of a collision between a light buggy which Mrs. James Hart was driving and a large double seated rig, driven by several men, who were apparently the worse for liquor.

The party was on its way to the Arbeiter grove and had turned south on Grove street from Congress Street, (now Michigan Ave.). They were on the right side of the road, but about two blocks south of Congress Street, Mrs. Hart noticed the reckless driving of the person with the approaching and directed the horse she was driving far into the ditch, so as to avoid them. With seeming recklessness and an almost criminal desire to smash the rig driven by Mrs. Hart, the driver of the team turned toward the rig in which the women and children were seated and collided with them, throwing the lighter vehicle several feet and smashing the front wheels.

Mrs. Hart children screamed as the buggy was hit and the entire parity was considerably jarred.

They were able to proceed slowly toward the Arbeiter grove and the rig was then returned to the home of William Maubetsch to whom it belonged.

The driver and his companions were not recognized but the police are endeavoring to find the men today.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mother's complaint results in warrants for saloon men

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 5, 1909.

Justice George R. Gunn today issued warrants for the arrest of Frank Bowerman, proprietor of the Hawkins House bar and William Moore, proprietor of a saloon at 309 East Congress Street, (now Michigan Ave.) on the charge of selling intoxicating liquors to a person who is a habitual tippler and drunkard, and for whom notice has been served prohibiting the sale, giving or furnishing of intoxicating liquors.

The complainant is Mrs. Clara Reed of Jarvis street, who signed the complaints in behalf of her son, Embert, 23 years old, who it is alleged, purchased liquor in both resorts on the 27th of July.

Reed was arrested and arraigned before Justice Gunn in a sworn statement he is said to have implicated the two saloonkeepers or their bartenders for whom the warrants have been issued.

One of the features which has developed since the arrest of Reed and the swearing of the complaint, is the alleged reticence of Chief of Police Milo E. Gage and his subordinates to become involved in the matter.

According to a statement made by a republe lawyer today it is the duty of the police to gather such information as may be necessary to issue a complaint and then sign the complaint.

No action however has been taken of Chief Gage, why, is open to conjecture.

Several men, it is declared were in the saloons at the time that the liquor was sold to Reed, and in the statement made to the Municipal justice, the names of these men were revealed.

These men, it is said will be called in the examination which will be held in the local court room, and strenuous efforts will be made to refresh their memory concerning the time, when it is alleged, Reed purchased the liquor.

Another interesting development in the case, will be the prosecution under the personal supervision of County Prosecuting Attorney Carl Storm, who will handle the cases himself and push them to the limit in an effort to secure a conviction.

Every saloonkeeper in the city of Ypsilanti has been served with the notice forbidding the sale of liquor to Reed and the majority of them have complied with all such notices and have evinced their willingness to do so.

The alleged excuse given by the proprietors of the two bars, for whom the warrants have been issued, is that they are new men in business in this city.

Interwoven with the issuing of the warrants and what will be the subsequent arrest and prosecution of the men alleged to have sold liquor to Reed, is the story of drink tragedy that is replete with pathos, hardship and endurance of mother love.

Reed, who is but twenty three years old, several years ago developed a passion for intoxicating drink, which has caused Mrs. Clara Reed, the mother, many sleepless nights, her mind fraught with anxiety for her absent son.

In the past if has been almost a farce to attempt to convict liquor dealers of Ypsilanti for any offense they were alleged to have committed, but with the presence of Prosecutor Storm in the case it promises ill for them for whom the warrants have been issued, if a scintilla of evidence is found that will warrant the men being bound over to tcircuit court.

Although the majority of the saloon men are obeying the law in this respect, alleged offenders will be harshly prosecuted, as Mr. Storm is hoping to make an example for others to take heed of.

Frank Bowerman, of the Hawkins House bar is the nephew of Mr. Joseph Burchill, the proprietor of the hotel, and it is said that Mr. Burchill is conceded to be the owner and main stay of the baddet

These cases will undoubtly bring forth a determined effort from the saloon interests in an effort to prevent prosecution and conviction, and it is acknowledged on all hands that Prosecutor Storm will have a hard fight in the prosecution of these cases.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Two Ecorse men, walking tracks, killed by train

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 2, 1934.

No inquest is planned by Dr. David Robb, coroner, into the death of two Ecorse fishermen who were struck and instantly killed by an east bound passenger train neat Superior Wednesday evening about 6 o’clock.

The two men, Sam Dalton, 25, and Doc Hollis, 28, Negroes, both living on Thirteenth St. Ecorse, were members of a party of six who were fishing in the Huron River near the Superior Bridge. The two victims with a companion, Stillmore Murdock, 3919 Thirteenth St., Ecorse, were walking toward Ypsilanti at the time of the mishap; both Dalton and Hollis were on the eastbound tracks while Murdock was walking along the side of the rail. A west bound freight which was passing at the time made so much noise that neither of the tow men heard the approaching train, although Murdock shouted to warn them.

The engine threw one of the men clear of the rail killing him instantly, while the other was dragged several hundred feet and mangled almost beyond recognition.

The passenger train was in charge of Conductor J. E. Every, Detroit, and Engineer Bert Conklin, Jackson.

Glider starts 150 miles trip

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 1, 1929.

The first glider ever to take off from Ypsilanti Airport on a test flight left there at 11:20 this morning, towed behind an airplane, bound for Akron, Ohio, where it was expected to land by 2 o’clock this afternoon.

The engineless plane is one of practically all-metal, taper wing construction which is built by Prof. R. E. Franklin of the engineering and mechanical department of the University of Michigan and his brother, Wallace, a former student in the department, and was piloted by the latter. Piloting the Waco 220 plane which towed the glider was Hugh Robbins, Waco distributor in Akron.

It is the first glider attempt of any distance on record in this vicinity, and if successfully completed will be one of the longest on record in this country, according to fliers at the airport. A glider in California recently completed the longest flight in tow when it traveled practically from the upper to the lower end of the state.

About 60 miles an hour was expected to be the average speed of the flight to Akron and the distance by air was estimated at approximately 150 miles. The fliers expected to complete the jaunt therefore, in about two and one-half hours.

A local test flight to the east of the field an hour before the final take-off for Akron proved one of the prettiest sights ever seen on the field here. As the plane taxied across the field, the glider was first to rise, and as the pilot began his ascent the glider dipped perfectly, relieving the upward pull on the tail of the plane to allow both to sail into the air as smoothly as an unhampered plane.

After rising to a height of several hundred feet, to the east of the port and circling to return the glider was cut loose and the pilot brought it to a landing as graceful as that of any plane at a speed of probably between 30 and 40 miles per hour.

The take-off was equally perfect when the plane and glider left for Akron, soaring bird-like, through the atmosphere and out of sight of the small group of spectators, in a southeasterly direction.

Prof. Franklin has experimented with a number of gliders for several years and has completed a number of machines which have proven highly satisfactory in various test. The present machine he has just returned from the East where he obtained excellent results in various types of flights.

In appearance the glider is an exact duplicate of a plane, with the exception of the noticeable lack of motor and propeller. The pilot sits at his controls in the forepart of the machine, just in back of which is the single landing wheel, balloon tired and the average size with which planes are equipped.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Orvill Mathias Killed Wednesday

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, July 31, 1919.

Orville G. Mathias, aged 51 years, well known farmer, was instantly killed near Burrell switch, three miles east of Ypsilanti, Wednesday afternoon by an interurban car running east at a fast rate of speed. His body was hurried 60 feet in the air across the cement pavement that runs near his home, and was picked up by neighbors who saw the accident. The deceased was getting ready to thresh and had hitched up his team of horses to the wagon to come to Ypsilanti to get coal and groceries. He saw the car just as it rounded the curve, which is obstructed by a grape vine. He stood up in the wagon and started up the horses, but the car struck the wagon and broke it to pieces. The team of horses escaped with a few scratches. His wife, who was near the barn, heard the car whistle and warned her husband by screaming as loud as she could, but he failed to hear her in time. She exonerated the motorman from all blame, stating that he had whistled before he came to the curve. The wagon was thrown 100 feet down the track and the car ran approximately 80 rods before it was stopped. Deputy Sheriff Dick Elliott happened to be on the car and took charge of the body and notified the coroner. The deceased is survived by his wife.

Homer Willetts, motorman, and Dan McHargey had charge of the car.

Kidnaping note baffles officers

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, July 30, 1929

Police and sheriff’s officers today found themselves practically at a standstill in their efforts to trace the author of a mysterious note tossed Monday afternoon from a passing automobile on the Saline Road west of Ypsilanti by a woman who indicated that she was being kidnapped.

The note printed in pencil in a manner which led officers to believe that it had been done under a handicap, possibly in concealment, such as beneath a coat or other garment to avoid detection, said: “Dear Girls: I am being kidnapped. Look for the number 64-109 (Michigan). My name is Patsy Rym.” The word “Mother” had originally been printed in the salutation, but the work “Girls” substituted. The paper on which the note was penciled was folded several times and on the outside was written in several places: “Look at this—please hurry.”

Theodore Clark, 15 year old son of Willis Clark, residing on the Saline Road, was working on an automobile at his home as a machine which he described as a closed car, passed going west and a woman’s arm appeared for a moment out of a window, dropping the note into the road. The youth and his sister, Dorothy, 13 rushed out to examine the paper and at once Deputy Sheriff Fred Babcock was called.

Patrolman Cay Rankin, also a deputy sheriff, telephoned officers at Clinton and Tipton to be on the lookout for the machine bearing the license number described, while Deputy Babcock went to the Clark home and obtained the note.

Records of the license bureau of the secretary of state’s office reveal that the license mentioned in the note was issued to a roadster owned by Wilfred LaSonde, 1340 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, which conflicts with the Clark’s youth statement that the machine from which the note was thrown was a closed car, leading officers to believe that the plates had been transferred from one machine to the other as a protective measure by the kidnappers.

Another theory is tha the whole thing may be someone’s idea of a joke, although that belief is not being credited until further efforts are made to determine facts pertaining to the license plates. Detroit police, when informed of the matter, could furnish local officers with no information concerning reports fo missing persons, which might fit the case, and officers at Tipton and Clinton reported no signs of the machine passing.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pittsfield Farmer Found with Head Blown Off

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, July 28, 1909.

Ann Arbor, Mich., July 28—Godfrey S. Paul, forty-two years old, a prominent farmer of Pittsfield Township, Washtenaw county, has killed himself in his home, seven miles southeast of Ann Arbor.

His body was found standing erect, with the head almost entirely shot off, in his bedroom by his housekeeper at 3 o’clock. From appearances, he had placed the muzzle of a single barreled shotgun against his mouth and pressed the trigger with his foot.

Brooding over the death of his wife, who passed away six years ago, and pains from a nail scratch four weeks ago that, it is believed, affected his mind, are attributed as the cause.

Monday afternoon he was at the farm of his brother, Henry, helped him work and left for home, saying that he felt badly, but would held him again the next day. Tuesday morning he telephoned Henry he was going to Ann Arbor, and the two brothers planned to make the trip together.

Shortly before 3 0’clock Frank drove into his brother’s yard and asked the housekeeper to call him. She called several times, received no reply and started an investigation.

Coroner Johnson, who is a relative by marriage of the man, impaneled a jury. Four children ranging in age from seven to fifteen years are left.

During the morning Godfrey was about the house, though he complained of a severe headache. About half after two he said to his housekeeper “I am going to lie down till Henry comes, be sure and call me as soon as he gets here.”

Then Godfrey went to his room and about a quarter to three Henry came. After talking with the housekeeper who was in the yard for a minutes, it was proposed that she call Godfrey so that they might get an early start. After calling three or four times, without getting any response, she called Henry, and they went to the door. Opening it, they looked in upon an awful sight.

Six years ago Mr. Paul’s wife died and hardly had he recovered from that shock of that, when he scratched his hand on a wire nail and shortly afterward blood poisoning set in. This illness nearly cost him his life, in fact so ill was he that the doctors held out no hope for his recovery and several times it was reported that the was dead. But he recovered, except that frequently he suffered severe pains in his head that drove him almost frantic with the agony. It is thought they grew more and more severe and tha tat last they drove the man to the step he took yesterday.

Mr. Paul was one of the most prominent farmers in this section. He lived seven miles from Ann Arbor in Pittsfield township. He was related to many of the oldest German families in this county.

Four children, whose ages range from seven to fifteen, his immediate family survive him.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Michigan Central Worker killed by fast train

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, July 27, 1929.

Jack Platten, 25, a section worker on the Michigan Central Railroad, was killed instantly shortly after 8:30 this morning when he was struck by a fast westbound passenger train. The accident occurred directly in front of the Peninsular Paper Co. plant on the north side of the city.

Platten, who was not married, came to Ypsilanti last spring from his former home in Canada, according to acquaintances who arrived at the scene of the accident, and has made his home since that time with a married brother, Harold Platten, and his family on Newton St., not far from the place where the fatality occurred.

According to other members of the section crew and foreman, Platten was working on the west bound main line as the passenger, No. 17, on a fast run from New York to Chicago approached. An east bound freight train was passing on the other track as the passenger approached, and it is believed that the rumble of the heavy cars drowned the warning cries of other workmen and the signal of No. 17 as it bore down upon him.

Platten continued working tightening burrs on a switch, according to witnesses, until it was too late to jump from the path of the oncoming locomotive. He was thrown several feet to the right of the track, his entire face torn away so that he was totally unrecognizable. Teeth and portions of the man’s head and jaws were strewn along the track as police and Coroner Edwin C. Ganzhorn and a local undertaker arrived to take charge of the body.

The passenger train, in charge of Conductor William Chapin and Engineer W. Wallington, both of Detroit, stopped and backed up to the scene of the accident and remained until police arrived. Their statements bore out those of others to the effect that Platten continued working in spit of all attempts to warn him and that it was impossible to stop the train, which was gaining speed after passing through the city, in time to avoid hitting him. No. 17 is a through train that does not stop here.

Robert Blackmer, foreman of the crew of men with which Platten was working, said that Platten had been warned several times to be more careful of approaching trains and declared that he and several of the other workmen who saw Platten’s danger shouted warnings and ran toward him, unable to make him hear because of the passing freight. A similar statement was made by Lon Blackmer a brother of the other, who had charge of another crew working on a road crossing within a hundred yards of where Platten was struck.

Coroner Ganzhorn, who arrived from Ann Arbor shortly after the accident, viewed the body and questioned witnesses, following which he announced that no further inquest would be necessary.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Aeroplance club to be organized

This story was published by The Daily Ypsilanti Press on Thursday, July 24, 1919.

An aeroplane club was inaugurated in the city on Wednesday, under the title of the Ypsilanti Aero Club. Present plans include the purchase and maintenance of a plane in the city for commercial and advertising purposes.

This action is the result of the enthusiasm which was aroused by the presence of the two army planes from Selfridge Field and the commercial plans of the Thompson Aerial company, which visited Ypsilanti Wednesday to open the field recently established west of the city. A very large gathering was present during the afternoon and the exhibition of flying and the stunts performed in the air proved highly attractive and entertaining. The visitors arrived at about 12:30 and left at 5. The first event was the luncheon tendered the visitors at Staib’s café, by the Board of Commerce. About 25 were present upon this occasion, which was strictly informal, no speeches being made. Everyone was in a hurry to get at the real business of the afternoon, the flying. Several citizens of Ypsilanti enjoyed the sensation of an ascent. Those who were the guests of the Thompson Company were Fred Gallup, James Warner, Rev. Berton Levering, L. O. Nye and Miss Mildred Chase who was given the delightful experience of a double loop in the air.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Old landmark at Denton lost by destructive fire

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, July22, 1929.

“Ted,” brindle bull dog which was adopted 12 years ago by the R. J. Merryfield family and which has watched their property since that time; Saturday at about 6:30 remained faithful to his charge dying in a fire which destroyed every building but the house on the William Suggitt farm near Denton.

The dog was safely outside the burning buildings but returned to the barn where he had been accustomed to stay and refused to be coaxed out.

Buildings which burned included the barn, tool shed, hen house, woodshed and corn crib. Seven tons of hay, the entire first cutting on the farm this year, was lost. A truck, harness, scales, corn binder, drag, and other smaller tools, were destroyed and a few chickens were also caught by the flames.

Nearly 100 neighbors aided in bringing the fire under control and in saving the house, from which they carried all the furniture. Efforts to save other buildings were soon found to be futile and all water was drained from the well to keep the house from burning.

The barn was a landmark in the community, having stood there for 70 years.

The fire is believed to have been started from a spark from the chimney of the house, carried to the woodshed where it ignited a pile of shingles.

Loss is estimated between $1,500 and $2,000.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rig smashed by car; three women injured

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, July 21, 1909.

Miraculously escaping the grim reaper, Death, by a hair’s breath, three young women Tuesday evening were thrown several yards when a rig in which they were riding, was struck by a Detroit, Jackson &Chicago interurban United States Express car at Harris’ crossing.

They are:

Miss Ruth Baushke, Ypsilanti, assistant in the Normal (EMU) gymnasium bead and shoulder badly bruised. Unable to be moved from the Reed farm on account of shock.

Miss Ethel Childs, 21, Ypsilanti, drawing teacher at Normal college, head and shoulder badly bruised. Taken to home on East Forest avenue.

Miss Leta Rains, 21, Detroit, guest of Miss Childs, foot wrenched and shoulder hurt. Taken to Miss Childs home.

The three girls were driving through the country and approached the tracks at about 7:15 p.m.

Miss Childs, who was driving the surrey, noticed the approach of the car when it was but 300 feet distant. She hit the horse with the whip, and the animal instead of jumping forward, stopped and the girls sat in the rig and watched the car bearing down upon them.

Miss Childs recovering quickly from her fright of the moment, again struck the horse and as he bounded across the tracks, the car struck the rear end of the surrey, smashing the rig into splinters and throwing the girls a distance of several yards.

That they were not killed instantly is considered miraculous.

The motorman stopped the car within fifty feet of where the rig had been struck.

It is said that Miss Childs was struck by the hoof of the horse which was making frantic efforts to free itself from the wreckage.

The three young ladies were removed to the Reed farm and a physician dressed the wounds of the party.

Miss Childs said this morning: “As I started across the tracks I noticed the car bearing down upon us and struck the horse with the whip, thinking that he would leap across the space. Instead he stopped short, and there we were, watching the car coming straight for us. One of the other girls screamed and I brought the whip down across the horses back The animal plunged forward as the ship cut him, but it was too late as the car struck the rear of the rig and tipped us all over in the ditch. I cannot realize that we were so near death.”

The similarity of the accident Tuesday evening with the Culver accident near Detroit last Thursday was spoken of by many.

An X-ray examination was made by doctors at the University hospital in Ann Arbor Tuesday relative to Mr. Culver’s injuries and it was found that his right jaw-bone was spilt from the last tooth or near the ear clear down to the center of the chin. He has been able to partake of nothing but liquid nourishment since the accident , and it is possible that he will never be able to eat solid food again, on account of the peculiar way in which the jaw was injured.

Mrs. Culver arose from bed Tuesday for the first time since she was taken to her home the day of the accident.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Swarm of Bees Again Ivade Peppiatt Home

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, July 20, 1929.

A large swarm of bees arrived at the Charles Pappiatt home, 121 N. Huron St. the last week in May and took possession of the space under the south cornice, where for over 20 years bees have lived and worked, storing hundreds of pounds of honey in the apartment.

This swarm began cleaning tht old comb out but for some reason changed their plans and are now manufacturing and storing honey in cards under the eaves on the outside of the building. There are about 13 large cards to which the bees are daily filling with honey as they build on.

All the bees there about a year ago died so the sound of buzzing was missed until the present swarm arrived.

The comb, covered thickly with the bees, would about fill a bushel basket. About eight years ago the bees entered the garret and worked and from their labors the Peppiatts secured over 20 pounds of delicious honey. During extreme hot weather several time the honey has dripped from the cornice and dishes were placed on the roof of the bow window and much pure, clear honey was obtained.

Occasionally the bees have swarmed but as there has been plenty of space the new swarms have remained at the home. One swarm took possession of a tree at the Savoy several years ago when a bee man was notified and hived the insects. When the lights are on evenings the bees occasionally enter the rooms. The present swarm, as cold weather approaches, will be hived to prevent their death when zero weather arrives.

Pleased at Return

Dr. E. S. George whose offices are facing the Peppiatt home declares he was pleased when the bees returned as they form a source of attraction and interest to his patients while he is giving them service.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lightning hits interurban car during storm

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, July 18, 1919.

Poor old D. J. & C, car No. 7297, the hoodoo of this division, lived up to her reputation for getting into mix-ups when after dodging lightning flashes and the heavy rainstorm Monday afternoon she finally ran squarely underneath one of the most severe flashes and came to a halt, her front vestibule all afire and her crw and passengers scrambling for the exits.

Poor old 7292 struck her last nemesis, or rather was struck by it, just after she had rounded the Trowbridge curve shortly before 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. And to think that after she had buffeted the cloudburst for several miles that she should finally have to succumb to such a simple thing as a lightning flash.

Fortunately for her sponsors, the damage was confined to the motorman’s vestibule where after burning everything I sight that could be burned, the car remained peacefully at rest until Motorman Stephen pulled up from the rear and escorted the crippled 7297 to a berth in the Ypsilanti barns.

Crews who are ill fated enough to have the handle Old 7297 are hoping that Monday’s disaster to the fastest car on the line will prove the old saying of “three times and out” for this is the third time in the past two years that she has figured in events of entirely her own doing.

A broken axle at Inkster sent her on a hurried call nearly into a neighboring house. That happened about two years ago. About three weeks ago Old 7297 suffered another broken axle at Dearborn and Monday’s freak event happened just after she had been discharged from the hospital and was feeling more like her old self again.

One thing about Old 7297, however, no matter what kind of escapade she undertakes, she never forgets the safety of her passengers as in all three accidents in which she has figured no one has been more seriously injured than receiving a good scare.

Friday, July 17, 2009

First National Bank Building

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, July 17, 1919.

The Record believes that citizens generally are very much interested in building operations and especially those which pertain to their own city and town, and particularly those which will add to the attractiveness of the main traversed thoroughfares. While it is generally known that the first National bank is doing something in the building line, possibly few, if any, have taken the time or have had the opportunity of getting the information first hand as to what the building will be when completed or the furnishings and decorations. The Record this week is giving its readers this information and will also state the work is progressing rapidly under the direction and supervision of Mr. Thomas F. Ayling, superintendent of Hoggson Bros., contractors, of New York city.

Judging from the architect’s drawing on display at the First National bank building the work of modernizing and enlarging the banking quarters of the bank will be extensive. The plans and specifications call for a thorough remodeling, so that present needs of this constantly growing institution may be taken care of, to say nothing of future requirements incidental to attractive, up-to-date quarters.

The present home of the bank at the corner of Washington and Michigan Avenue will be entirely reconstructed, and additional space will be obtained by including the store adjoining the bank building on the east. This will result in quarters practically 50-feet wide by 80 feet in length. The basement of the present building, which has heretofore been used for storage purposes, will add an extra floor available for the bank’s activities. On this floor will be located the director’s room, a commodious meeting room for customers, and storage facilities. Locker and retiring rooms will also be installed in the basement for the use of the employees of the bank. An attractive feature will be a complete dining room and kitchen with all the comforts of home for the use of the employees.

The most notable change in the exterior will be the main entrance, which will be ornamental, with a heavy stone architrave, trimmed with deep stone parallel reveals, with a denticulate stone cornice of excellent symmetry surmounting it. The vestibule will be trimmed with a rich marble floor with a mosaic border. Double sets of doors will be a feature of the entrance.

The remodeled interior will reflect the dignity and air of solidity of the exterior architecture, and will be of ample size to accommodate the present needs of the bank as well as its future requirements. An abundance of light and air will be obtained through the immense windows which form the dominating features of the exterior treatment. A combination of rich Botticino marble wainscoting, plate glass and bronze all combine to produce an unusually attractive interior. The room has been scientifically planned with relation to the needs of the various departments and when completed will be fully equipped with modern time and labor saving devices so essential to present day banking business. The furniture and trim in the officers’ space and the private rooms will be of heavy, solid mahogany. Oak will be generally used in the rest of the rooms.

Realizing the growing importance of women in the industrial and financial world, the bank has thoughtfully provided for their feminine clientele a charming rest and retiring room, which will be decorated and trimmed in soft French gray enamel with a harmonizing color scheme. The furniture will be dainty and finished in French gray enamel with cretonne sections to give a pleasing tone to the room.

The new quarters will bespeak convenience of arrangement and equipment and will be a noteworthy addition to the civic development to Ypsilanti.

Worth visiting-Normal Gardens

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, July 17, 1909.

Possibly few beside college students know of the existence of the school gardens, which for several seasons have thriven back of the Normal science building. They are maintained that the students in subjects such as botany may have plants convenient for observation and experimentation.

The varied parterres are grouped about a central stone-rimmed pond, where gold fish and water-lilies find a congenial home. The flowers comprise pansies, nasturtiums, (of which twenty-seven different shades of color have been observed), poppies, both brilliant and delicate, cosmos, gay and stately hollyhocks, and larkspur in a purple cloud.

Not alone are there flowering plants, Sorghum, popcorn, Italian beans, Chinese soup beans, California beans, the flax with its dainty blue flower, alfalfa, barley, wheat, oats, corn of many kinds, also flourish here. Spearmint and the English peppermint add their pungent odor to the fainter one of the flowers. The onion and the carrot are not despised: potatoes and turnips are grown, and the variety of cabbages to be seen is a surprise to one not versed in garden.

One spot is called a nature garden, because it is entirely self-sown, and it has been extremely interesting and suggestive to observe which plants have most aggressively encroached upon this limited domain. At present, the garden is masterfully dominated by timothy and burdocks, though ragweed, mayweed, dandelions and clover are greatly in evidence. Beyond the grains are magpies, elms, pines, and catalpas growing, which when older will be transplanted for the adornment of the campus.

Several grades in the training school have little patches of ground which they themselves have cultivated, in that of the third grade, cotton and corn, oats and peanuts are impartially fostered, and one little girl confides that she intends to sell her peanuts and buy a doll carriage. The kindergarten have bachelor buttons, onions, carrots and popcorn to be proud of.

A very interesting denizen of these gardens is a little gopher, which in solitary state may be seen scampering about the paths.

The thrifty air of the gardens and the immaculateness of the paths in attributable to the unrelaxed care of the gardener, Mr. West, who makes also a capital conductor.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Any gambling?

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, July 12, 1909.

“Seben come a ‘leven.”

“Come on you bones.”

Completes were made to day to Justice George Gunn that gambling in the form of a “crap” game was going on in Second Avenue.

The person who made the report stated that one William Brown has been conducting the game in a barn in the rear of his home and that colored and white men make it a rendezvous every Saturday and Sunday.

It is said that large sum of money have been lost there but there has been no “kick” about a crooked game being run.

A letter was sent by the municipal justice to the alleged conductor of the gambling resort, notifying him to close up at once under penalty of a severe fine.

The city statute on gambling makes the penalty a heavy one, and Justice Gunn said this morning that he was determined to close up the place at once.

The great difficulty, it is said, in raiding a place such as Brown is alleged to have been running, is the fact that as soon as the police get within three of four blocks of the place to be entered, friends of the person wanted notify him and when the police appear, no one knows anything regarding “crap shooting.”

It is thought that the letter will be effective.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chicken thieves busy

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, July 8, 1909.

Many complaints are being made at police headquarters about what appears to be a systematic raiding of local chicken coops by a hen roost robbing gang.

Whether the culprits are white or colored the victims are unable to say, but one fact they are sure of and that is they rob the roosts, with consummate skill. No clue is ever found to whom they might be.

The farm of C. W. Mansfield was visited Tuesday night and a number of his choicest white and brown leghorns were taken.

Mr. Mansfield is in the dark as to the identity of the thieves but he asserts that a return visit from them will find a warmer welcome.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lumber stolen, truck robbed, in series of thefts

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, July 6, 1934.

Local officers were asked to investigate a series of thefts Thursday.

State police in the evening recovered 150 radio tubes which had been stolen from a truck in transit early Thursday morning. The three cartons of tubes were found at the side of the highway on Michigan Ave. near the intersection of Haggerty Rd.

The depredation occurred early Thursday morning. The truck driver left Detroit at 2:40 a. m. for Jackson and did not discover that the covering over the load had been slit and the goods stolen, until he had reached his destination.

Eleven other cartons of tubes, a moving picture machine and several electric refrigerator parts which were taken at the same time were not recovered.

A representative from the Jackson manufacturing concern, to which the tubes were addressed, was at the local post this morning and claimed the property.

City police officers Thursday were asked to investigate theft of lumber valued at $400 from Walter B. Orr, 310 N. Grove St. The missing materials consist of 4x4’s, 2x4’s and 1x6’s used for construction of forms.

It had been piled against a metal garage at the rear of Moorman’s warehouse, Water St.

Mr. Orr informed officers that the lumber was removed Saturday morning.

Miss Dorothea Edwards, 119 College Pl., Thursday evening left her purse in a parked car near Congress St. and when she returned discovered that someone had opened and rifled it of $2.50 and a green fountain pen.

Officers have been asked to investigate.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Two jailed and fined for fight

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, July 3, 1929.

Branding the promiscuous beating of persons as “serious business,” Justice Darwin Z. Curtiss today imposed a stiff sentence of 65 days in County jail and $25 costs on both Charles Long, 25, and Bert Goodman, 39, both of this city, who were charged with assault and battery by James Grinnage. They were given no alternative and were taken to Ann Arbor at once.

The alleged assault took place at the Grinnage home, 322 Chidester St., Grinnage charging that the two, with Theodore Baylis, whom police have been unable to locate since, appeared at the house and attacked him after he had refused to give them liquor. Grinnage was badly beaten, but the pair pleaded not guilty when arraigned Tuesday, changing their plea before Prosecutor Carl H. Sturberg today.

Francis Bushey, 15, and Floyd Haner, 16, charged in a complaint made by William E. Foy, city recreation director with stealing a pock book containing money from the clothing of William L. Foley, 312 Ferris St., while the latter was swimming in the Ypsilanti High School pool, were both bound over to circuit court and were taken to Ann Arbor by Prosecutor Stuhrberg, who expected both their cases might be disposed of this afternoon.

The boys admitted to police that they had taken the money $29.29 all but a small amount of which was found in their homes later, and told he prosecutor today that they did it because they “needed money to spend.” The Haner lad said that he wanted to buy some clothes. Both boys are members of large families.

Only recently the Haner boy was placed on probation by Judge George W. Sample in Circuit Court when he became involved with several other local youths in the robbery of the Elkskin Moccasin Co. plant.

Account book of 1825 in walls of ancient house

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, July 2, 1934.

A book which came to light quite recently reveals that back in 1825 the practice was already popular of taking an old account book and using it for a scrapbook. The lurid adventures of “The fatal marksman” were more arresting than the price of butter and the wage scale. This book was found in the walls of the Pettibone house recently acquired by Frank B. Wilson. The earliest decipherable date in the book is 1825, and it had lain between walls long enough for the color to change to a gray-brown-purple, for the leaves to curl and the edges to crumble. This moldy volume, six by eight, discloses that wages, entered a number of times, were $1.00 a day, a pair of shoes cost $2.50, a bushel of potatoes 58 cents.

The simple white farm house in which the book was found stands well back from the Whalen Road in Superior Township. Its gabled end is toward the road, and its turned-back eaves suggest venerable age. When on May 22, 1830, the house passed to Zalmon and Milton Pettibone, it had already been possessed by Daniel Richards, Jr, who took the land from the government. The house is believed to be at least 115 years old. Milton bought Zalmon out in 1831. At the death of Milton and Lyman, two bachelors, and their sister, Hannah, there were 260 acres in the farm, which went to 18 heirs. The farm has declined to 80 acres now. Lyman B. Pettibone and his wife, now living at 420 Campbell Ave., lived on the farm from 1882 to 1926.

Interest and even mystery are attached to the room at the rear of the house upstairs. Its floor boards are of whitewood 16 inches wide and so choice and desirable is this wood considered that a dealer offered to lay a hardwood floor in exchange for the whitewood lumber. Instead of a door knob the door has a delicate, graceful handle of brass. Right here is the mystery, a plastered-up closet. Curiously, one family lived in the house 44 years without ever surmising that this blind closet existed; but one has only to examine the house from the outside to realize that a certain space at the northwest corner of the second floor is unaccounted for. A six foot wide closet suddenly ends, and the wall is plastered up. What is within this walled-up area? Was a box, a trunk left negligently there when the passage was closed which could now possess some historic interest, or was it swept clean of every interesting souvenir?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

One drowning, cars damaged over week end

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, July 2, 1934.

One drowning and a (word missing) of automobile accidents occurred in Ypsilanti and vicinity over the weekend.

Jack Scott, 27 years old, 316 Monroe Ave. this city, lost his life Saturday evening when he dove off the railroad trestle a short distance east of Superior. Friends who were with him stated that he was a poor swimmer and it is believed that he was unable to out swim the current.

Assisted by Deputy Sheriff Richard Klavitter, Troopers Warren Hornibrook and Donald Hoadley recovered the body in about 20 feet of water after several hours of dragging with grappling hooks.

Scott was the father of two small children.

No one was injured in an accident Saturday night about 10 o’clock when a machine driven by August Markva, rout 3, Ypsilanti, went into the ditch on Wiard Rd. near the Wiard residence. According to Mr. Markva, he had the dim lights of his machine on at the time and ran into the ditch at a narrow point in the road.

Two machines were slightly damaged but their occupants were uninjured Sunday afternoon when a car driven by N. E. Teller, Lansing, collided with one operated by W. Keller, 439 Hawkins St., Ypsilanti. According to the report of state police who investigated the accident, Mr. Keller driving south on US-23 attempted to turn east onto Territorial Rd. when he collided with the Teller car which was traveling north on the main highway.

In an accident in the city, Sunday night at 10:30 automobiles driven by Joseph Markley, 7325 Wykes St. and E. M. Gray, 521 Forest Ave., both of Detroit, were damaged but no one was hurt.

The mishap occurred according to police report, when Mr. Markley ran into the rear of the Gray machine at the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Huron St. The report states that Mr. Markley stopped at the intersection to allow traffic to Cross on Huron St, and that Mr. Gray was unable to stop his car in time to avoid the accident. Both drivers were going east on Michigan Ave. The rear of the Markley machine and the front of the Gray car were damaged.

Dan T. Quirk received cuts about the face when the car which he was driving left the road east of the city and hit a tree. The accident occurred Sunday morning at 1:30. The front right fender was damaged.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Five thrown to pavement in runaway

This story was published byThe Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, June 28, 1909.

Five people were thrown int the street, and four injured in a runaway Saturday evening at 8 o’clock.

A horse attached to a runabout owned by Frank Shuda which was being driven by him and in which were his wife, Flossie and child, becoming scared at a passing automobile on Huron Street, pitched Mr. Shuda from the vehicle as it swerved, and a few moments later as it rounded the corner of Huron and Pearl Streets threw Mrs. Shuda and child out on the pavement

The horse continuing its mad flight, reached Washington Street, striking a team at that point, tipping the buggy over and throwing the horse to the ground. The result of this collision smashed the Shuda rig, and the horse freed of all obstacles excepting the pair of shafts, abruptly turned, dashing east on Pearl Street, turning south on Huron Street, and ran in to Congress (now Michigan Ave.) Street which was croded with farmer’s rigs. Here it overturned a buggy said to be owned by Frank Durham, an employee of the D. J. & C. and his two children were thrown on the brick pavement. The horse was stopped in its mad flight at this tiem and taken to Cook’s livery barn.

A physician was summoned to dress the injuries of Mrs. Shuda and the three children. By some miracle of fate, no one had been badly injured. Spectators, who saw Mrs. Shuda hurdled to the ground with her baby, declare that they expected to see the two instantly killed. Mrs. Shuda fainted from the shock. Great excitement was caused by the occurrence.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Workman hurt in strange attack

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, June 27, 1929.

A mysterious attack in which one employee of Golde patent C. suffered a flash wound is being investigated by police today, with little indication of a plausible solution, Chief of Police Ralph Southard admitted.

A missile, obviously not a shot from any type of firearm, was hurled through the window, cutting Howard Simpson in the side while he was at work about 2:30 this morning.

While Foreman Jorgenson was taking Simpson to the company physician, another missile was hurled through the window, and two other men narrowly missed being struck, they reported when the foreman returned.

Construction of the building makes it difficult to see how the weapon, what ever its nature, could have been thrown in, the chief stated, and no shots were heard by anyone. However, there was nothing inside the building which could have caused the wound, the chief was told.

It was thought some disgruntled employee; recently dismissed, might have been responsible, although there has been no labor trouble at the plant, the foreman said.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Makes early call; shot at

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, June 26, 1909.

“John, just as sure as your born, there’s a burglar in this house. John, I say, john, wake up, john, HELP JOHN, Wake UP.”

The above with a staccato accompaniment upon the ribs awakened “John,” who is known on Second Avenue, as John Perry.

Cautiously looking out of the bedroom window, or as he told Justice Gunn this morning, “it pays to be cautious, when you’re monkeying with death,” he saw the figure of a man entering the rear bedroom.

He lighted a lamp and hastened to that room. The man had one leg and his head through the window when John appeared on the scene.

In anything but polite tones, John asked the intruder his business. He shoved the lamp toward the uninvited visitor’s face. Startled by the appearance of the occupant of the house, the intruder started back the way he came, but slipped and slid down two tin roofs, falling fifteen feet to the ground.

Perry pursued the burglar, and fired one shot at him as he disappeared down First Avenue. Upon his return to the house he found his wife in “a state of hysterics” and to reassure her, loaded a 16-gage double barreled shot gun to the muzzle and waited for daylight. He declares he knows who the intruder is, and a warrant was issued for the man this morning.

Perry said the reason for the man’s appearance at such an unconventional hour, was that he expected several hundred dollars life insurance within a few days.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Superior Farmers, with loaded guns hunt pyromaniac

This story was carried by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, June 24, 1909.

Farmers living in Superior Township are patrolling the roads, armed with loaded shot guns, searching for a pyromaniac who started two configurations Wednesday evening, and who is said to be responsible for several mysterious fires which have occurred in the last sixty days.

Wednesday evening about 9:45, fire was discovered in the barn on the H. S. Platt farm. The blaze was quenched, and neighbors were returning to their homes, when one of the farmers noticed the reflection of a conflagration in the sky. This time the barn of Mr. Geraghty, who lives about a half mile east of the Platt farm had been fired, and the blaze had gained great headway before being discovered.

The barn burned to the ground.

A few feet from the Platt farm, an earthen gallon jug was found, which at one time had contained kerosene. The taint of oil could be detected on the wood.

The Ypsilanti police were notified and three roads were watched until an early hour this morning. Farmers today are searching that country in an effort to discover the culprit who committed the deed. It is the theory of the police that it is the work of a pyromaniac.

Mr. Platt offers a liberal reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party or parties that set his barn on fire.

Three held for robbery here of Masonic Temple

This story was carried by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, June 24, 1929.

Police early this morning arrested three Ypsilanti youths and obtained confessions that they had robbed the Masonic Temple (now Riverside Arts Center) of $21.37 and two cartons of cigarettes. The three are held in city jail, and will be arraigned this afternoon following arrival of county Prosecuting Attorney Carl Stuhrberg.

Patrolman Herman Oltersdort first took Paul and John Smith into custody when he found them loitering in Edison Park (now Riverside Park), east of the Temple, at 3 a. m. After questioning them, he ordered them to go home, and continued his round. In Gilbert Park( Michigan Ave. and Park Street) he found two cartons of cigarettes hidden and suspicioning the boys, he and Patrolman Coy Rankin started in pursuit, overtaking them before they had reached home.

Confronted with the cigarettes, and questioned further, they admitted having climbed the fire escape of the Temple to the roof, broken the skylight had a door, and gained access to the building in that way. They involved John Leutsau in the robbery.

Leutzan who lives at the cornet of Hamilton St. and Washtenaw Ave., was taken into custody, and admitted his part in the robbery.

The three insisted the two cartons of cigarettes and cash were all that was taken, and Masonic Temple officials have found no other loss today.

The three are to be arraigned at 2 o’clock this afternoon, on charges of breaking and entering.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Son grasps gun, averts shooting

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, June 4, 1934.

Gus Sandusky, 50-year old farmer living north of Popkins School, believed driven insane by financial worries, Sunday afternoon was prevented from shooting Mrs. Sandusky with a shot gun and is now lodged in county jail until mental treatment can be provided for him.

Sandusky had managed to eke out a living through the long winter and had, with high hopes, planted his spring crops. Then the drought came and he watched the scorching sun burn the newly started grain. He could not pay his rent and, and as a last straw, the owner of the farm, Dr. Alfred Lauppe, started action to have him vacate the premises. Distraught at the prospect of losing whatever might remain of the crops, Sandusky began fingering his shot gun at odd moments and his family, fearful that he contemplated taking his life, obtained possession of it and concealed it form him.

Sunday afternoon he found the weapon and came stalking out of the bedroom door pointing the gun in the direction of Mrs. Sandusky when his son looked up in time to strike his arm and deflect the aim. The charge passed over the boy’s shoulder within an inch of the flesh, officers were informed.

Sandusky was examined by Dr. E. C. Ganzhorn, county physician, and was ordered incarcerated until he can be placed in the proper institution where a cure may be effected.

A hearing was held Friday before Joseph C. Hooper, circuit court commissioner, Ann Arbor, in the proceedings to have the Sandusky family removed from the premises. Dr. Lauppe, through his representative, offered proof that he had been very lenient in the case and had provided the family with financial aid and shelter. A decision on the hearing was expected this afternoon.

Groceries Discovered beside Road, may be loot from robbery

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, June 4, 1934.

Police are seeking ownership of a large quantity of groceries found beside a subdivision road between Washtenaw Ave. and Packard St. Sunday night. It is believed the merchandise which also included a victrola, was the loot from a grocery store robbery and had been piled at that place preparatory to loading it into a car. A check of grocery stores here failed to reveal a theft and no reports were received this morning indicating that the depredation had been in Ypsilanti.

There was a four pound box of tea, a large package of shredded cocoanut, a quantity of vinegar, boxes of marshmallows and cans of spinach, pineapple and tomatoes

Two killed wjen train hist auton at Whittaker Crossing

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, June 3, 1929.

Simon Stefina, 36, Milan. Rt. 9, and little three year old Margaret Mary Simons, Wayne, were killed late Sunday afternoon when their automobile stalled on the Wabash tracks in front of a west bound freight train at the Whittaker crossing. John Simons, 26, Wayne, the child’s father, who was Mr. Stefina’s cousin, suffered serious injuries, and is in Beyer Hospital.

X-rays and to be taken today to determine how serious his condition is. Hospital authorities were hopeful he would live.

The tow men were driving north, to the little store near Lincoln School. According to A. K. Wanless, 206 S. Huron St., who witnessed the accident. Mr. Stefina apparently did not see the train until he was on the tracks. He then stalled his engine, and before any of the three cold get out of the car, the train struck them. The machine was dragged about 50 feet down the tracks and practically demolished. Mr. Stefina was dead and taken from the wreckage and the child only lived an hour. She suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries. Simons has a crushed shoulder and badly lacerated side; there is possibility of internal injuries.

Funeral services for Mr. Stefina were tentatively set for Wednesday morning at the Whittaker Catholic Church. The services for the little girl will be held in Wayne, but have not been arranged. Her father has not been told she is dead.

Mr. Stefina is survived by his mother, Mrs. Anna Stefina, two brothers, Joe and Henry and one sister, Mrs. Julia Dabies. He was not married.

Coroner Ganzhorn was called after the accident, but has not decided whether an inquest is necessary.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dive into Huron fatal to Roosevelt student

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on May 31, 1929.

George Yates, 19 year old Roosevelt High School junior, was drowned while diving in the Huron River two miles north of here at 6 o’clock Thursday Evening—the first tragedy of the season in this vicinity. The youth dived from a railroad bridge and evidently was caught in an undercurrent which pulled him below the surface before a party of friends nearby noticed his disappearance.

There other youths were swimming with the victim, Donald Hathaway, 746 Lowell St., a graduate of Roosevelt High School and a former schoolmate, and two friends form Detroit.

They had been in the cold water for nearly three-quarters of an hour, parents of one of the boys said they had learned today and it was believed that the that young Yates was seized with cramps after he had dived into a strong undercurrent which pulled him under.

The other boys discovered him struggling in the water a few moments after he dived, and the Hathaway youth attempted to drag him from the water, only to have him swept away in the current as he struggled free from his rescuer’s grasp.

Deputy Sheriffs were summoned to the scene of the tragedy and formed a rescue party which finally recovered the body after it had been in the water one hour and 37 minutes. A huge crowd gathered on the banks of the river within a few minutes as the pulmotor, recently installed at the local fire station, was rushed to the scene to be put into use for the first time in attempts to resuscitate the youth.

Use of the pulmotor and artificial respiration methods were abandoned after nearly 45 minutes of effort under the direction of a local physician.

George was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Yates, 418 W. Cross St. Besides the parents, he is survived by two brothers, Samuel L. and Mark, both at home, and four sisters, Mrs. B W. Harris, Fenton, Mrs. Valda Lindke, Detroit, Mrs. Lyman Barkham and Miss Helen Yates, both at home.

Funeral services are to be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home and burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

'Got wrong girl' student told by assailant here

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Pres on Saturday, May 25, 1929.

A man who said he was looking for a ‘Miss Pennington’ who broke up his sister’s home in Wyandotte, is being sought today, following an attack upon Miss Mary parker, Normal College student, Thursday night.

Miss Parker was walking on Sheridan Ave., towards her rooming home on that street, when accosted by a man who first asked her to go for a ride, then searched her purse, and finding no money there told her to go, threatening to blow out her brains if she talked. According to Miss Parker, he was armed.

Although too frightened at first to talk coherently, Miss Parker was able to give a description of the man and his car, but she had not obtained the license number. Before he let her go, he told her he was sorry, that he had made a mistake, and was really looking for a Miss Pennington who had made trouble in his sister’s family.

The description of the man had car and the story he told has been sent to the Wyandotte officers, in an effort to obtain further information.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ferguson makes good carts

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, May 11, 1909.

One of the greatest and most talked about growing industries in this city is the manufacturing of the “Ferguson Cradle Cart.”

The Ferguson Cradle Cart is a patented invention of Mr. A. P. Ferguson and is an innovation in driving vehicles. Mr. Ferguson claims that it is absolutely free from horse motion and that it can be adjusted in one minute to any size horse.

Mr. Ferguson has never advertised his Cradle Cart, yet he manufactures every season more and more. He is now shipping through a New York jobbing house to many foreign points including France, Glasgow, Scotland, Lehtart, England, Madras, India, Sanitos and many South American and California points.

Mr. Ferguson has been endeavoring for some time past to have the city council give him a lease for ten years on some suitable building for manufacturing purposes, but this they refuse to do.

Mr. Ferguson is in receipt of letters from many rural mail carriers praising a buggy which he makes for them. Among the letters he has received is a joint letter from three of the rural carries in this city, L. M. Buland, F. T. Ostrander and A. A. Boutell.

Another recommendation comes from Wyoming, Del., from E. W. Evans, a rural carrier at the point.

One of the most popular sizes is his No. 306, the price with top and side curtains being $35.50.

It certainly seems that industries such as Mr. Ferguson and others are endeavoring to push should be encouraged with a good size bonus or a lease from the common council.