Saturday, June 23, 2012

Superior Residents Have Narrow Escape

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, June 22, 1912.

Mr. and Mrs. John Van Buren of Superior Township had a narrow escape from serious injury Friday evening about six o’clock when the horses they were driving became frightened at the D. J & C car (interurban) and ran away.

They were driving on East Congress Street (Michigan Ave.), when they reached the power huse the horses became frightened at a passing car and started at a rapid gait down the street. They had gone but a short distance when the leather on the neck yoke broke allowing the tongue to slip through the yoke and the tugs to become unhooked. The light double buggy to which the two horses were harnessed ran onto their heels adding to the excitement and one of the horses began to kick.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Van Buren were thrown out. Mrs. Van Buren was dragged for a short distance under the buggy and was kicked by one of the horses but escaped in a miraculous manner with only a few severe bruises. Mr. Van Buren received only slight injuries. Both were taken into the home of Dan Dolby and a physician called. The only injury to the buggy was the broken dashboard and Mr. Van Buren so far recovered himself that he drove the horses home. This morning both went to Detroit.

Friday, June 8, 2012

$1,000 damage in Ypsilanti Blaze This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, June 9, 1932. Damage estimated at possibly $1,000 resulted Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock when fire destroyed a portion of the residence at 102 E. Michigan Ave., which is owned by Mrs. Genevieve Perrine, S. Huron St. The blaze, which is believed to have resulted from children playing in the house, which is vacant, burned a large portion of the rear of the dwelling and the roof. There were no furnishings in the house. Ypsilanti fire department played two water lines in the blaze to bring it under control and traffic on E. Michigan Ave., was halted temporarily. The loss is covered by insurance.
Old Ainsworth property sold This story was published by the Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, June 8, 1922. Wednesday one of the largest real state deals in the county was consummated by five Ann Arbor men, who call themselves the Ypsi-Ann Land Co. when they purchased the old Ainsworth property on the Washtenaw Avenue road, just west of Ypsilanti. This property consists of 200 acres and the price paid was approximately $100,000. It is said that 50 acres of this property will be sub-divided into lots and sold for resident property. Work will start at once and engineers and landscape architects will be employed to put the property up to the highest standard and make it an ideal place for homes. The men responsible for the deal are Bernard E. Harkins, Roscoe Bonisteel, William N. Benge, J. Carl Malcolm and Charles A. Sink. Te deeds were drawn by Attorneys Bonisteel, of Ann Arbor and Lee N. Brown, of Ypsilanti. The purchase was negotiated by Harkins & Son, of Ann Arbor, through William N. Benge. This is one of the prettiest pieces of property lying anywhere near Ypsilanti and with these men behind it, will become a fine addition for homes.
Fire Destroys Ackerman Barn This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, June 7, 1932 Fire Monday night destroyed the large barn and two years crops of alfalfa hay on the John Ackerman farm, five miles southwest of Ypsilanti near Stony Creek road. The building which was of substantial construction was about 50 by 30 feet in dimension. An old hen house, which was near it, was also destroyed but neighbors, by forming a bucket brigade, were able to save three other structures. The residence was not endangered. Cause of the blaze is not known as members of the Ackerman family were not at home when the fire started. There was no electric wiring in the barn. The building caught fire at about 8:45 and burned past midnight.