This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, September 4, 1936.
All dressed up and no place to go was the sad plight of three young women locked in a beauty parlor on N. Washington St. Thursday evening
After giving Miss Florence Hess, Ann Arbor, and Miss Ruth Gander, 11 N. Hamilton St., hair treatments, Mrs. Sara Yedley, proprietor of the shop, left instructions with the third member of the party, Miss Ellen Rowden, 1436 N. Prospect St., to comb their hair out when it was dry. Having left minute instructions, Mrs. Yedley left at 7 o’clock, intending to return at 8 to make sure that the building was locked.
Another occupant of the building, Dr. Howard Meritt, also entertained a sense of social responsibility and carefully proceeded to lock the building thoroughly when he left a few minutes later.
At 7:30 when the trio was ready to leave, lo! There was no way of exit except through the second story window. After telephoning in a vain effort to locate business occupants of the building, they called the police, who obtained keys from Joseph Fortunato, owner.
As the rescued damsels rushed past the officers, one sighed remorsefully, “And I had a date!”