Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fire trap found in Mills’ barn

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, December 14, 1931.

Deputy State Fire Marshall Peter B. Karns and officers of the sheriffs’ department are today conducting an investigation into the attempted burning of a large barn on the farm occupied by Frank Mills, two and one-half miles north of Ypsilanti.

Mr. Mills discovered the “fire box”, the work of a professional, Sunday morning at 7 o’clock while securing feed for the stock. At that time the candle which had been ignited so in time it would burn to oil-soaked contents, was out.

The fire trap, an ordinary square box, cleverly arranged for starting a blaze, was packed with excelsior and manufactured kindling. The contents were soaked with oil and four pieces of pitch were placed in the box. The candle was placed so that it would burn to the contents and give the person lighting it, ample time to escape,. Although given proper ventilation the flame on the candle had gone out.

Mr. Mills is certain the “fire box” was planted in the hay mow Saturday evening as each morning he secures feed there, and it was placed in such a spot that he could not have escaped noticing it, had it been there Saturday morning.

Investigators are of the belief that it was a “fire bug”, who makes practices of such acts, as Mr. Mills stated he has had no trouble recently.

United Stove Company planning new building

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, December 12, 1936.

A new factory building costing $42,000 which will be erected by the United Stove Co. at the rear of its plant on Huron St. is the third addition to be built by the company this year. This brings a total of almost $100,000 spent by United Stove on new buildings here during the past six months.

The application granted Friday by the city specifies a building 29,000 feet square, to be located along the Lowell ST. line south of the Michigan Central Railroad tracks. The foundation wall will be of concrete, and the flooring of concrete and wood. Brick construction will be semi-fireproof.

Two other building permits were also signed by Fred Older, city engineer, Friday. One is for a two story building to be erected on Block No. 31, Grant St. by Ray L. Leever. A. B. Curtis was also granted a permit to build a 1 half story house at 905 Pleasant Drive in Woods subdivision.

One in custody following raid

This story was published by the Daily Ypsilanti Press on Saturday, December 12, 1931.

Harold Lucas, 612 Monroe St., is in custody as result of a raid conducted by local police shortly after midnight.

Officers were delayed in entering the building by a system of locks and chains on the front door but broke down the back entrance.

In the meantime, their report states, three gallons of moonshine had been poured down the soil pipe of the kitchen sink. A search of the building revealed a half pint concealed in the table drawer.

Five other persons in the building at the time were released. They were Minor Foley, 303 Harriet St., Sherman Morgan, same address, Arthur Starks, 309 Catherine St., Joseph Reed who is staying at the Byron Tanner residence on Hawkins St., and Carrie Palmer, 325 Watling Blvd.

Agatha Bingham, sister of Lucas, was informed of the raid by officers so that she could watch the house which was left open when officers broke the door.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Girl ‘policeman’ gets both men

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, December 8, 1936.

When times comes for a police woman to be added to the law enforcement organization of Ypsilanti, Miss Audrey Riggs may be offered the position. She proved her mettle as an efficient worker Monday afternoon when she brought two offending motorists into court.

According to her story to the judge, Miss Riggs, with her mother, Mrs. Mabel Bryant, who resides at 501 N. Washington ST., was returning from Detroit Monday afternoon when they saw a car approaching along a more of less winding trail. She tried to avoid an accident, but failed. Owning to her caution the collision was not serious, but in her judgment the condition of the offending driver was. She decided to do something about it and summarily ordered him out of the driver’s seat while she took the wheel of his car and drove him and a companion to Ypsilanti for an accounting.

The driver was Lester C. Darling, 723 McKiney Ave, Ann Arbor, and his companion was Oscar Weinman, 104 Hill St., also Ann Arbor.

At the station of the state police she stopped and reported her mission. Officers conducted the case from that point and placed the two gentlemen in the city jail for a night of relaxation.

This morning they were arraigned before Justice Arthur M. Vandersall. To Mr. Weinman he read the sentence, “10 fine or 10 days in the county jail,” and to Mr. Darling he imparted the information that his bad driving would cost him $50 and that failure to pay would call for 60 days of enforced retirement, the charge being operation of an automobile while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. And as a matter of further protection to other motorists, the judge ordered Mr. Darling’s license revoked for one year.

Court evidence revealed that Darling was already on probation for a previous traffic offense.

Mrs. Durham killed by M. C. Train

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, December 6, 1911.

Mrs. Frank Durham of 226 Prospect Street was struck by an eastbound M.C.R.R. freight train this morning at 9 o’clock and instantly killed. She was attempting to cross the tracks at Grove Street when the gate keeper, it is claimed, warned her to wait for an eastbound train that was approaching. She did not heed the warning, however, and went in front of the closed gates. The train which was going almost at full speed threw her fully 30 feet, breaking nearly every bone in her body. The body was taken to the M.C. baggage room and Coroner Burchfield summoned. An inquest, however, was considered unnecessary.

Just who she did not heed the gate man’s warning is not known but it is thought, that she was under the impression that she could cross before the second train pulled in. Mr. Durham is working in Detroit and she had left her two small children at home with her husband’s brother and was hurrying home that he might take the next train for Detroit.

Packers outlet store to open

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, December 1, 1936.

Announcement is made today of the opening of a complete food market at 27-29 E. Michigan Ave., by Packers Outlet. The new store carrying all food products and operating on a self-serve basis will open Wednesday.

Groceries, meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables are included in the stock. The Packers Outlet are owned by a Michigan wholesale grocery firm and are located in Detroit, Redford, Royal Oak, Pontiac and Ann Arbor. There are nine stores in Detroit and one in each of the other cities.

Guy Primeau, Pontiac, has been selected to manage the Ypsilanti store. He established the first self-serve store in Michigan and has been identified with this style of merchandising for many years.

This store will employ many local people.