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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


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Cannon in Prospect Park

Posted by ppna on December 25, 2007

Prospect Park CannonSister Cannons at Ft McClary

The site History of Fort McClary states that this 10-inch Seacoast Parrott rifle was sent to Ypsilanti in 1892 from Fort McClary in Maine. I have the date of 1902 in my notes. I’m going to have to check with the Ypsilanti Historical Society to find out more information. I’ve lost my original notes on the Cannon but I believe I read it took a special act of Congress for us to get the Cannon but this was done because of Ypsilanti’s help in the Civil War. Don’t worry I’ll get the truth.

I received this email as a reponse to an inquiry to the canon/gun/rifle

Based on your photo, the gun was made in 1865 at either Watertown
Arsenal, Mass., or West Point Foundry, New York.  It's hard to tell
from the markings.  Serial number looks to be #1.  I'll have to ask
around for sure.  It was a 10-inch rifled gun (the rifling sleeve is
still visible in the throat).  Very powerful gun for the day.   I was
not aware of the gun numbers for the Parrott guns used in Kittery (I
assume it is the same gun that was once in Maine), and it's good to see
one of the guns still exists and wasn't caught up in the 1940s scrap
metal drives.  Give me a week or two to find my files and I'll get back
to you.  To answer one question, it was never fired in anger, only
practice shots (at least while it was used in Maine).

As a side note: In 1976 Mrs. Clarke’s 6th grade class from Adams Elementary buried a time capsule alongside the cannon. The capsule contained items donated by the class. What is in the capsule and exactly where it is is not known. We do know, from an Ypsilanti Press article from the time, that it is buried close to the cannon and about 3 or 4 feet down.

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