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1866 Ypsilanti Commercial Notes

Posted by ppna on March 4, 2008

Dates are the date of the paper not necessarily the date of the event. Things in italics are my comments. If you have any information on any of the houses mentioned or news items please comment.

1866 Ypsilanti Commercial
Jan 13

Improvement – Mr J.F. Smith added another story on house corner of Congress & Normal replaced frame addition with one of brick moved frame to adjoining lot built another house suggest Mr. Klock ‘go and do likewise.’

Jan 20

Mr. S. Post owner of building with post office revised post office. 2 Entrances one Dimick & Lay’s Store & Dwight’s Jewelry store. One side Smith & Bros Book & ? store on the other. 36’ x 40’ indebted to postmaster D.B. Greene who spent $600.00 of own funds government wouldn’t assist.

Boys grabbing wheels & sticking wagons, throwing snow balls at teams of horses

Circuit court – 15 criminal cases 6 divorces  — Divorces aren’t a modern thing, of course Ypsilanti was known as a city of drunks which might be why there were so many divorces.

Jan 27

Letter Protesting Havilands defense for her actions and protecting John Leonard’s reputation.

John Leonard late husband to Mrs. Haviland now of battle creek. She left and he kept the kids. She killed kids (poison) on account of their showing propensities which she says they inherited from their father and she expected they would lead them to commit crimes like their father.

C.L. Yost house and lot on Oak to John Drake $2600

Jun 22

Council – James Arnold petition to erect a blacksmith shop on River south of Congress

Feb 10

Real estate-

Mrs Caroline Whittemore to Wells Burt Esq. House & Lot on River st. $10,000

Feb 17th

Bank – Cornwell, Hemphill & Co Established banking office corner of congress & Huron “mormon block”

20 below zero – trains couldn’t run because of drifts and they couldn’t get water (frozen)

Feb 24

10 Yr old stole $10 he and other boys spent it getting drunk at Schades hotel gave $1.00 tip per round.  I wonder how much drinks were?

March 3

Corner cross & river “Norris Block” – Ypsilanti Wood Manufacturing Co. Mathews & Batchelder proprietors occupy 2 main rooms from the basement to the loft. 30HP engine in basement makes 8000 spokes a week, 1000 ax-helves, employ 12 export to Chicago, ohio, NY, Ind, and Penn.

New Sash and Blind Factory located nearly opposite wood manufacturing Co, bought building from John Kennedy? Long occupied by N. Philips as carriage & Wagon shop plan to enlarge it, Use a 4HP engine

March 10

Common Council – Ald Babbit reported O.E. Thomson would fit up a room under his shop on Cross sufficient to receive the Engine and Hook & Ladder truck for $80.00yr for 3 years (accepted)

O.E. Thompson owed $33.00 from city  for painting street labels

March 17

Wagon & Carriage establishment of Batchelder & McIntosh firm originally Rich & Ostrander – Ostrander & Shutts – Rich & McIntosh. Located on Washington 66’x99’ Ironing shop in back 14employees 115 Wagon & Carriages Year

Real Estate

John Gilbert 3 lots on Prospect to W.M. Heurtt? $750

March 24

Mr. David Coon – 20yrs engaged in chair & cabinet manufacturing business. 7yrs ago he purchased Cook Foundry & Machine Shop whole building. Machine shop, chair shop, cabinet shop, and pump factory carried on by son J.F. Coon 50’ x 90’

Produce 1500 chairs, $1000 worth of coffins along with bureaus, bedstands, what nots, lounges etc. Also produce 1000 pumps 12 employees

April 14th

Article explains steps of wool in woolen mill read paper to understand all about the woolen mill.

May 5th

McAndrews & Stanway furniture sellers southside of congress – furniture manufactured on Huron.

“Black Valley Railroad”

May 12

Mr Mason Hawkins accidentally shot by Mr. Gustavas Cross & killed

May 26

River st. leading to highland cemetery is being graded down, and a culvert has been put in at the deep gully, making it safe. Get a sidewalk up the street and nice shade trees on either side and it will become the most desirable location in town.   I like how things come true.  Those shade trees that grow along the fence of the old motor wheel parking lot certainly make it the most desirable location in town.

June 9th

E.G. Boyce Boot & Shoe importer and manufacturer 8-12 employees

Baseball Match Defiance Base Ball Club from Ypsi against the University Nine from Ann Arbor, A2 won 43-16

Newell Block to be auctioned June 16

July 7

Resolved vacating of Summit St Cemetery, Repair Fence around Western Cemetery.

July 21

MI Central RR earned $301,070.94

Aug 4

Brick school house on River offered at Auction Highest bid $1125 by Mr. C. Woodruff

Aug 11

City Treasury exhausted issues warrant payable Jan 1, 1867.  City got rid of all Stands & Wagons selling all good from Huron & Congress  The Store owners were getting mad about people selling goods in the streets out of  stands and wagons.  

J.O. Cross retired company now in hands of Cornelius Cornwell.

Aug 18

Prof Estabrook resigned, now superintendent of public schools

Aug 25

W.M. Antisdel to Cutler & Williams the Follett house $12,000

John Cutler to Mr. Antisdel House & Lots on River st.

Mr. Antisdel to move to Detroit

Sept 8

President Johnson was in town with Generals Grant and Farragut. A fair turnout, Democratic president not really welcomed in Ypsilanti  Remember the papers were very politically biased so when a President or General are mentioned you can’t rely on the newspaper report.

Sept 15

“Birdseye View” map by Prof Ruger of Battle Creek $3.00

Hawkins House Mr. Bendle rented to Mr. A. Bently house worse for wear but still provides good meals and beds.

Sept 22

Vall & Hudson open an oyster room

Sept 29

Resolved Raise sum of $1260 (in addition to the $1500 already paid) to aid in finishing the Agricultural Museum building.

Nov 17

S.M. Loveridge sold his residence on Huron to J.S. Jenness for $9000. Jenness then sold to E.A. Clark for $9500 (on Nov 24)

Nov 24

Chas. Cady to Fletcher 30 Acres near Cemetery


4 Responses to “1866 Ypsilanti Commercial Notes”

  1. Schutzman said

    First of all, thanks for transcribing these, it’s a nice sampler of goings-on.

    The most surprising line, to me, was “July 7- Resolved vacating of Summit St Cemetery, Repair Fence around Western Cemetery.”

    I would have thought (by 1866) that the Summit St. cemetery would have long since already been vacated (to Prospect Park, which was itself then being vacated due to the recent creation of Highland). I’m also a little confused by the reference to a “Western Cemetery”- is that just another term for the Summit st. one, or do they give any other clues about its location?

    And my personal favorite line is actually ““Birdseye View” map by Prof Ruger of Battle Creek $3.00.” I’m a huge fan of Albert Ruger, and seriously, It’s both great to finally know how much he was charging for the map, and I also think it’s somewhat amusing he went by “Professor” as (based on the scant bios like this one that I’ve read) I don’t think he actually had any sort of degree; the funny part, to me, is that I’ve always looked at him a bit like the main character in The Music Man, who obviously adopted the same fake title.

    Was there any more information on that topic?

    Anyway, thanks again for the transcription. Great stuff.

  2. ppna said

    I took these notes over the summer and they were written just to jog my mind with the thought of going back to the paper and looking them up if I was interested in a subject later on which is why there isn’t much detail.

    If I remember correctly the July 7th resolution note came from a summary of the Common Council meeting and there isn’t much info given in the summary. I was going to post my own comment asking for information on the Western Cemetery my only thought was that they were referring to the original Catholic Cemetery which coincidently James Mann just wrote about and the timing would fit according to Mann’s article.

    As an expression of thanks, the men of the Regiment donated $500 for improvements at the church. This money was used in 1865 to purchase land for a cemetery, located where the Phelps-Sellers Residence Halls, the Dining Commons and part of Wise and part of Buell Residence Halls are now.

    In time, the site proved to be too small, and a new site for a cemetery was needed. For this reason, the church purchased a large plat of ground on North River Street, near Highland Cemetery in 1888. This is the present site of St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

    The map information came from an advertisement so that is all it had.

    I’m glad you are getting something out of these notes.

    FYI — I loved the Ypsilanti and Manhole Pins and Magnets I found at the Rocket — Good Item, they are every bit as great as the sexy water tower postcards.


  3. ppna said

    One other thing on the Original Catholic Cemetery — If you noticed in the 1865 paper notes there was mention of how they fooled the original owner of the property into selling the land. He wouldn’t sell it for a cemetery so they had someone else buy it from the owner then turn it over to the church — Those sneaky Catholics.

  4. Schutzman said

    The version I’ve heard of the catholic cemetery’s sale was slightly different, and suggested that the money was why they moved and not the other way around, but I’ll have to electronically dig up that information to verify it.

    The cemetery would have been westerly of highland, but if i was an ypsilantian in 1866 i would refer to its location as northern more than anything else.

    Tis a puzzlement.

    Thank you regarding the buttons, which I’ve yet to make much of a public mention of. They’re also being sold locally at Cafe Luwak and the Ugly Mug, and Bowerbird Mongo is carrying a different line based on my Highland Cemetery photographs. I’m going to post something about them later in the week, but ducks need to be gotten into their rows, you see, and other simultaneous projects have delayed that.

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