Sunday, March 24, 2013

Warm Weather brings Fighting

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, March 23, 1938. Early spring weather brought thoughts of love and fishing to youths in this area Tuesday, and resulted in two fights. One here involved six men on the banks of the Huron River and one in Milan 28 men near the railroad tracks. Hospitals received three from the local fracas, and one from Milan. Police said the fight here started when Cyril E. Kennedy, 11 South Grove Street, disturbed three men who were fishing on the river bank near the water works, and when told to go away, refused. The trio, Emerson Golden, 19, Elijah Thompson, 17, and Kenneth Walker, 21, then knocked Kennedy on the head with a piece of pipe. At this juncture, Edward and Thomas Riley jumped into the fray to aid Kennedy, and were hit over the heads and dumped into the river for their pains. Police who pulled the Rileys out of the river called an ambulance for them and for Kennedy and took the fishermen to the station but did not hold them. They said the three who were taken to the hospital precipitated the battle. Stitches were taken in the scalps of the Riley’s , and with Kennedy they were later discharged from Beyer. Burt Bolster, 22, Dundee, was treated at Mercy Hospital, Monroe, for a fractured jaw he clamed he sustained in a free for all fist fight among 28 young men in Milan Tuesday evening. Bolster told sheriff’s officers he was having an argument with another man over a girl when four cars drove up and and youths jumped out and began fighting. Deputy Sheriff Charles Blanck was called but they drove away before he could question them.

House Struck by Lightning Burns

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, March 23, 1938. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Brace and infant son, located at the corner of Bemis and Crane Roads burned to the ground about 11:30 Tuesday night after it had been struck by lightning. Loss which was estimated at $2,000 was not covered by insurance. Mr. and Mrs. Grace and son were visiting at the home of her patents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Estermeyer, Ypsilanti, when the tragedy occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Grace, who live east of the Albert Grace home, heard the bolt and travelled three miles to report the fire as telephone wires in that area had been affected by the storm. The house had been a street car which had been converted into living quarters. Neighbors and a group of people at at party at the Oaklawn School rushed to the fire but were too late to save the building or its contents. The pet dag, “Babe” and four pigs in a pen at the north of the house were saved. Mr. Mrs. Grace are staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Estermeyer at present. They may rebuild in the summer.