Friday, April 18, 2008

The King House

This story appeared in the Ypsilanti Commercial of Saturday, April 18, 1885, and informed the public about the new house Julia Ann King had built. King Hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University is named in her honor. The King house still stands at 611 Pearl Street.

By the first of May, Messes C. S. Warner, and Charles Fleming will have completed their contract for building that handsome and convenient residence on Pearl Street, of Miss Julia A. King, preceptress at the Normal. The house is situated on south side of Pearl Street just above Perrin. It has a frontage of 45 feet and depth of 52 feet, two stories high all but the woodshed under one roof with four ornamental gables, entirely American in style.

The front entrance into the spacious hall is through a portico 7 x 20 feet. Rolling back the doors to the right, we find ourselves in a large, yet cozy appearing dining room with a register, and neat mantel piece, dish cupboard etc. This opens into a pantry, conveniently arranged, leading into the kitchen, which in turn opens into the woodshed. From the kitchen there is a back stairway, and also a door leading into a handy bath room which is connected with the bedroom situated on the east side of the house.

Going back to the front entrance and opening the folding doors to the left we enter the parlor, to be separated from the library by curtains, and from the bedroom before mentioned by rolling doors. In the library is a bay window and a mantel which for neatness is not often surpassed, the work of Mr. Fleming.

At the further end of the hall is winding staircases leading to a large hall upstairs where are found one double room, or suite of rooms and three single bedrooms, in al of which are arranged shelves and closepresses of ample dimensions. There is also a pump for raising water to the second story and a large tank which can be filled if desired.

The entrance to the cellar is through the kitchen. Here we find a Fuller & Warren hot air furnace which heats the entire house. Besides the division containing the furnace, and the coal room, there are three apartments, separated by brick partitions.

The house is finished after the latest and most approved patterns; on the first floor entirely in butternut, and above in butternut finish. The house is well lighted the panes of glass being of first class quality and good size gas pipe connections.

Mr. J. W. Martin drafted the plans for the house. The work has been done entirely by home parties. The mason work by Mr. Rob’t Curtis. Parson Bros. furnished part of the material for the house, and did the outside painting; the finishing work was made up in the house from planed boards. Mr. Chas. Hubbard of Amsdem & Hubbard did the inside painting and finishing. Mr. J. H. Sampson furnished the hardware and put in the hot air furnace, making the necessary pipe and connections.

For the present the ceiling and walls will be left in the white. Messes. Warner and Fleming have reason to feel gratified at so successful a completion of their contract.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Officer Tom Ryan is criticised

This story appeared in The Daily Ypsilanti Press of Wednesday. April 1, 1908.

Because Patrolman Tom Ryan took Alice Johnson, a 14-year-old girl from her home at a late hour of the night to the office of the chief of police and did not return her to her home until after midnight, that officer has been the subject of much criticism. Indignation is felt and has been expressed that Ryan should call in Jim Fulton, ex-bartender, at that time when the girl was placed in the sweat box. Chief of Police Gage says he was not notified that night.

Alice Johnson is the daughter of Mrs. Mae Johnson, the widow on Florence street whose three little children are objects of pity because of the awful condition of the home. Alice is confined in the Industrial School for girls in Adrian where she was sent by Judge Leland.

What Ryan said to the little girl and how he treated her the night he had in the Savings Bank Building (where police headquarters was in 1908) is told in two stories: Ryan says he was called by Mrs. Johnson who told him she couldn’t control the girl and that he took her to the office to frighten her, and did and said nothing that was wrong.

County Agent Childs, of Ann Arbor, who investigated the case, told the (words missing) said Ryan shook his fist in her face and swore at her. Mrs. Johnson states that Alice told her Ryan used vile and grossly insulting language to her.

Chief Gage says Alice denied in his presence and that of Ryan the stories she told her mother and others about the night Ryan had her out.

Judge Leland has promised that he will sent to Adrian and have the matron of the Industrial school question Alice closely concerning her experience with Ryan. As she will have no one to fear and no favors to expect, it is thought that she will make a frank statement of the whole affair.