Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New Plant at Geddes

The Daily Ypsilanti Press published this story on Wednesday, August 30, 1916.

     Plans are well under way for a new power plant at Geddes. The present building, which for years has been a landmark, is to be replaced by a new and modern plant, the entire building, machinery and dam being replaced by new structures. Permanent camps which will accommodate 50 men are now installed at Geddes with electric lights, hot and cold water, talking machines and every modern convenience. Several carloads of machinery are now being unloaded on the site, and within a couple of months a new plant will replace the one which for years has been one of the landmarks of the Huron River.
     Originally, the plant was a pulp mill and was taken over by the Edison company. The engineer of the plant was on the job when the construction of the original plant was in progress, and the story of oh his life is the story of the changes, which have taken place at Geddes.

     The river at this point is practically dry, stated one of the local officials, and were all the water to be let out at one time, absolutely no damage would result. Of course this step is not contemplated and the water will be let out in the usual manner, the Superior dam catching what little is not backed up by the Geddes dam,

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Robbery Foiled by Local Clerk

The Ypsilanti Daily Press published this story on Tuesday, August 25, 1936.

     A man who gave his as George Lawtter, no address, and who was declared, by Dr. Bradley Harris, city health officer, to be under the influence of narcotics, was locked up in city jail after an attempt to rob the Nulan Hardware Store at 26 North Washington Street this afternoon.
     After taking $30 and other articles from the safe and depositing them in a handbag, he escaped into the street but was collared on Pearl Street by Larry Wren, who works in the store and was the only person in the place at the time.
     Entering at about 112:30, Lawtter asked Wren for a piece of glass and some wire, and when the latter went into the basement for the articles, he proceeded to loot the safe, which he had found open. When Wren returned upstairs Lawtter was in the act of running out of the store.
     After Wren captured him, he was taken back to the store, where the police were called to place him under arrest.
     Lawtter was found to have over $98 in his possession when searched.

     Arraignment will be at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning before Justice Vandersall. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thieves Again Visit Temple

The Ypsilanti Daily Press published this story on Monday, August 11, 1941

     City police today are investigating a burglary at the Masonic Temple. Attempted entries into two gasoline stations and the theft of a pocketbook containing $70 this week end.
     Harry L. Smith, Masonic building caretaker, told police today that the recreation room had been ransacked during the weekend and an assortment of cigars taken. A window latch on the north side of the building had been broken
     This is the second time this month that the Temple has been entered. The first entry was made the week end of August 3. Two dollars, cigars, cigarettes, confections and a camera were taken at that time.
     Entry was attempted into a gasoline station at Huron St. and Monroe Ave. Friday night. A rear window pane had been removed. Two small window panes at the rear of Chipman’s station, North Adams St. were broken Saturday night, but nothing was disturbed at either station.

    Mr. Florence Winslow, 203 South Adams Street, told police that her pockbook containing $70 was taken from the shelf of her car Sunday morning. Mrs. Winslow had been at the Idle Hour Tavern and had driven away from the Tavern when she discovered the purse was missing.    

Clothing Stolen by Fake Roomer

The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 13, 1936.

    Police today are seeking clues to the whereabouts of a man giving his name as Fred Childs who rented a room at the home of Miss Mareia V. Hall, 201 North Hamilton St., and disappeared with seven suits and miscellaneous articles stolen from other roomers in the house Wednesday
     The theft, which was not discovered until the roomers, Leo Darling, and Lewis and Ralph Meyers, retuned from work Wednesday afternoon, probably occurred between 7 and 9 a. m. according to Miss Hall. Fingerprints were sought by police, but all upstairs rooms had been cleaned between the time of the theft and its discovery.
     The man, about 40 years old, five feet eight inches tall, 150 pounds, paid 50 cents down for a room Thursday night, promising to pay the remainder on receipt of his pay check Wednesday. He carried a large black suitcase, the same in which it appears, he placed the stolen goods Wednesday morning after the roomers had left.

     Items stolen from Mr. Darling were an oxford gray suit, a ray summer suit, a blue serge suit, two white shirts, a white gold watch chain, $7. 75 in cash and an Eagle Lodge pin. Lewis Mayes Meyers reported he lost a light gray suit, a dark brown suit, a blue suit and a wrist watch. Ralph Meyers lost a gray suit.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Got What He Deserved

The Daily Ypsilanti Press published this story on Friday, August 11, 1916.


On motion of Attorney Floyd E. Daggett the case of David Moncrieff versus Lloyd Sparrow was discontinued Thursday by Justice M. B. Staddtmiller. Moncrieff and Sparrow had a fight in Caldwell’s saloon about two weeks ago. Witnesses who saw it say Moncrieff was the aggressor and that he got all he deserved—a sound thrashing at the hands of Sparrow, who is only a boy

     Both are mutes. Moncrieff tried to obtain a warrant for Sparrow but was unable to do so, then he brought the action for damages. Attorney Daggett who appeared for Moancrieff stated that he had no case and refused to go ahead.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mother of Charles Holmes Called

The Daily Ypsilanti Press published on Tuesday, August 10 1926.

     Mrs. Amanda G. Holmes, nearly 95 year’s old, pioneer resident of this vicinity, died of old age at the home of her son, Charles M. Holmes, 512 West Cross Street at 5 o’clock this morning. She had been confined to bed since December. She would have been 95 September 1.
     Mrs. Holmes will be buried Friday afternoon in Highland cemetery beside her father, mother, sister, and husband. Services will be from Mr. And Mrs. Holmes residence where she died at 2 o’clock.
     Mrs. Holmes was born on a farm on Packard Road, now owned by Mrs. Jams Beakey, Ypsilanti, near the city limits. When she was six months old, her father and mother, Mr. And Mrs. Jonathan G. Morton, moved to a farm two miles south of Ypsilanti. In 1824 Mr. Morton opened the first store in Ypsilanti, located where the Ypsilanti Press now stands.
     On the farm south of the city, Mrs. Holmes spent the rest of the life, except the last four years during which she lived with her son in Ypsilanti. She was married nearly 55 years ago to James R. Holmes, whose father owned he farm adjoining the Morton farm. Charles M. Holmes was their only child.
         Mr. Holmes was active during the Civil War, making first aid material for use in caring for the soldiers.

     Deceased is survived by her son, one grandson, Glyn Holmes, Ypsilanti, a nephew, Frank Sessions, Detroit, and two nieces, Mrs. Helsel and Mrs. Oursler, Odeholt, Iowa. Her husband, James R. Holmes, died four years ago last May, at the age of 85 years.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Knifing victim Badly Injured

The Ypsilanti Daily Press published this story on Saturday, August 9, 1941

     Sylvester Coleman, 442 Hawkins St. was in serious condition at Bayer Hospital today from loss of blood due to a stabbing Friday night. Coleman had wounds in the neck and right hand.
     Willie Morgan, 330 S. Adams St. was arrested by city police for the alleged attack in front of the Northern Lights Tavern. Police were called to investigate the stabbing when Coleman was entered at the hospital. Morgan was not at his home but was found by officers walking on S. Washington St.
     The knife, with which the wounds were inflicted, was not found.

     Prosecutor George Meader said today he would come to Ypsilanti to interview both Morgan and Coleman before he determines what charges shall be placed.

Killed? No; Just Drunk

The Daily Ypsilanti Press published this story on Wednesday,
August 9, 1916.

     Two tramps, evidently stupidly drunk, and attempting to get more so, were sitting on the M. C. track Tuesday evening near the Shepherd Ice Co.’s house, when they were given a not very gentle awakening. The east bound Michigan Central train which arrives here a few minutes after five o’clock came along and the men rolled off the track and down the embankment. The crew supposed at least one had been struck and the train was backed up and the man was placed on a stretcher and taken to the depot.
     He immediately revived after being taken from the train and was able to walk away. Instead of being struck he was simply hurt from a rough roll down the stony incline from the track. He was convinced that he really was the victim of a train accident.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Air Leak Found, Well Repaired At Water Plant

The Daily Ypsilanti Press published this story on Tuesday, August 3, 1926

     With the main air leak at the city water works plant discovered, and closed, Monday, City Engineer Older anticipates little further trouble in supplying the city with water sufficient to meet all needs, he said today.
     It has been possible to keep the tower filled with water the past several days, as residents cooperated in curtailing sprinkling, and with the main leak closed and other smaller air leaks being rapidly taken care of, the water department in hand. Five air ejectors are still on he main line, but it is possible the number can now be reduced.
     In addition to air which has been seeping in through small crevices in pipe connections, engineer Older in testing wells discovered that the casing on one of the wells has rusted through, just below the line which led to the main water line. Here a large quaintly of air was coming into the main line. The well, which is one of the drilled wells was shut off, and a new six inch casing inserted inside the eight inch pipe. Hot lead was then turned in between the two pipes to a point below the leak, closing it securely. The work was completed Monday night and today the well is again in service.
     Another well which was giving trouble, as the pipe line had crumbled, was shut off a week ago. A new well was drilled back of it, and new connection laid to the main water line.

     With these two sources of difficulty eliminated, and workmen tightening all pipe line connections at the plant, Mr. Older believes no further serious trouble will be experienced.