Thursday, March 10, 2011

Equipped with all modern machinery

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Wednesday, March 9, 1921.

Ypsilanti’s Farm Bureau elevator has taken form in an attractive two-story building with an 80-foot elevator all of reinforced concrete and equipped with the best and most modern machinery made for such institutions.

Already the warehouse is well stocked with seeds, fertilizer and flour and is receiving and caring for eggs assembled for the Washtenaw hatchery. A spur from the M.C. R.R. tracks is being built alongside the building and as soon as this is finished, which will be within two or three weeks, the association will begin shipping grain. Five carloads of wheat contracted for shipment await the completion of this spur, and it is anticipated that wheat shipments will keep the association busy once they are ready to handle them, as about 50 per cent of the wheat grown in Washtenaw county last year is still in the granaries.

Very soon too, the association will grinding feed—would be doing so now had the first grinding machine received proved satisfactory. The necessity of changing for a better machine has delayed this work.

Livestock shipments are being made by the association right along at the rate of about a carload each week. Several carloads of hay also have been shipped.

False teeth, glass eyes only articles not left in theater

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, March 5, 1931.

Glenn Harris manager of the Wuerth hasn’t found any false teeth or glass eyes in the auditorium of his theater, but almost everything else has been lost there. He makes a practice of keeping mismated gloves, neck scarves and innumerable other things in the box office for a 30 day period and then takes them to the basement for an additional 60 days. He is planning to very that practice however, with number of articles which have been unclaimed since the Christmas holidays and is going to turn them over to Miss Inez Graves, social service worker.

He has a box of hundreds of articles, most of which may be of use. Included in it are $50 worth of scarfs, gloves of every description, mouth organs, rubbers umbrellas, pocket books, cards, new handkerchiefs, belts, buckles, pins, neckties, hats, caps, and even plumbers’ supplies.

Mr. Harris has noticed that pictures which are sad enough or funny enough to change the mood of the onlookers result in more lost articles than less emotional films. During the stress of the play the audience forgets almost anything. Men have been known to leave their pipes and women their diamonds.

A not infrequent occurrence is the breaking of beads caused possibly by an unconscious twisting of the strand. These trinkets have been found in large quantities. Some difficulty has been experienced in recovering the complete assortment as sometimes they are broken at the back of the auditorium and roll down to the front, some lodging behind the chairs.

A man living out of the city was sent a pocketbook which had been found with his name and address in it and was apparently grateful to the theater for its consideration as a short time ago he was in the city and again patronized the theater. This time he left a check book.

Peculiar letter mystifies police

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, March 4, 1936.

Ypsilanti police today are puzzled over a letter addressed to ‘city trustees’, which contains no writing, but several figures, which may convey a message or merely be from a fanatic.

The letter was sent from San Francisco, Calif. and was dated Feb. 29, 11:30 p. m. It came ti the attention of Mrs. Mabel I. Stadtmiller, this morning, as the scrawled penciled writing of ‘trustees’ resembled ‘treasurere.’ Ypsilanti was spelled Y-P-S-A-L-A-N-T-I and apparently to ‘Miss,” instead of ‘Mich.’

There is not one word of writing in the contents, but it contained a short newspaper clipping of the sudden manner in which a clergyman died, a cartoon of a man reaching out for children, who are playing in the street, a top section of a woman with an apparent halo drawn in pencil above her head, and a cross or dagger also drawn below her left hand. From the elbow to the end of her hand it is drawn in pencil. There is also the head cut of a man, with the left arm drawn in pencil from the shoulder and the right hand clutching at the heart.

The only possible clue as to whom might be the sender is offered by three letters cut from newspaper headings and pasted on a heavy piece of paper. They are ‘U. S. F.’

In is not known whether the ‘letter’ had any connection with the slaying of Richard Streicher, Jr., whose body was found with 14 stab wounds under Cross St. bridge, one year ago next Saturday, but Chief Southard is studying it carefully in attempting to solve the ‘message or puzzle.’

Old Post House damaged today by fire in attic

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, March 4, 1931.

Between $3,000 and $4,000 damage was done to the home of Mrs. Mary Tuthill, 207 N. Hamilton St. when fire broke out in the attic shortly before noon. The flames had gained considerable headway before they were noticed by a passerby and an alarm was given.

Two trucks from the fire department responded to the first call at 11:40 and later the third was summond. Firemen played three lines of hose on the flames for nearly an hour and a half.

The fire was confined to the central portion of the house and the front and back parts were not damaged except for water and smoke. No furniture was burned though some was wet and suffered some smoke damage. Flames penetrated below the attic level, creeping through the walls.

The building is one of the oldest in Ypsilanti, having been originally the John Van Cleve property. It was used as a hostelry for many years and now is a rooming house, the property of the Samuel Post estate.

Origin of the fire has not been determined

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Deputy Cook arrests two rum runners

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Wednesday, March 2, 1921.

Saturday morning two rum runners were chased six miles by Deputy Sheriff Cook of Saline before they were willing to surrender to the majesty of the law. Not until the deputy had shot the rear tires of their machine were they halted in their mad flight to get away. The two men gave their names as Wm. Parker and Richard Wallace of Detroit.

Wallace made two unsuccessful attempts to escape. The first attempt was made when he jumped from the car and ran, but was captured and taken to Saline. He made the second attempt while waiting for the car to take him to Ann Arbor. He sent a boy out to get him a clean collar, and asked to go into another room, where there was a glass, that he might see to put on the collar. When he did not return the deputy went into the room and found that Wallace had once again made his escape through a window. Deputy Sheriff Dick Elliott of Ypsilanti was notified and shortly after picked up Wallace as he was getting out of a machine he hired in Saline to take him to Ypsilanti, where he said his wife was dying in the hospital.