Thursday, September 29, 2011

Storm hit hard near Ypsilanti

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, September 27, 1911.

Considerable damage was done by the heavy rain and electrical storm which visited this vicinity between four and five o’clock this morning.

A barn containing between six and eight tons of hay on the Watson Barr farm at Stony Creek was struck by lightning and burned to the ground before sufficient help could be secured to quench the flames. There is a possibility that some of the cattle may have been killed as not all have been located since the storm. Some harness and farm tools were also destroyed.

A shed on the farm of Frank Begole, who resides about three miles west of the city on the Saline road, was struck at the same time and was burned. A hog pen near by was also struck and a peculiar feature of the affair was that he pen where the hogs were was strewn in splinters but not an animal was injured. The shed which was burned was filled with straw and it was only the prompt assistance of the kind neighbors and friends that saved the adjoining barns. Not only the men but the women joined in the bucket brigade and saved the other property.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Three Damsels Find Selves All Dressed Up, No Place To Go

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!”

Friday, September 2, 2011

Jewelry theft discovered here

The following story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, September 2, 1931.

Police have been asked to investigate the disappearance of jewelry valued at $1,035 from the home of Mrs. George W. Hand, 303 Hiawatha St.

Mrs. Hand told officers that the articles had been taken from the dresser drawer of a second floor bedroom sometime between Aug. 18, when she last noticed them, and Tuesday noon. She reported the loss of pearl beads valued at $150; a rhinestone bag worth $35 and a watch, with diamond and onyx border, which she values at $850. She also misses one set of bronze and one set of cut steel slipper buckles. All were insured.

The onyx section of the watch was broken and she had gone to get it to send to a relative, who is a jeweler, when she discovered her loss.

Since Aug 18, no signs of the house being ransacked or of a window or door being forced open have been noticed by members of the household, officers were told.

Mr. Hand, who is a salesman, is to return her Friday, and has not been informed of the loss. He and Mrs. Hand moved here from Chicago early this summer.