Spring Membership Meeting

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, Spring 2005,
Spring 2005
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Author: John Pappas

What is an Interurban?

To find the authentic answer to this question and much more, you are invited to attend the Spring quarterly meeting of the Ypsilanti Historical Society on Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. The featured program is on a fascinating topic that is not only related to the history of Ypsilanti, but greatly impacted its growth and development.

Our speaker is Richard Andrews, a noted authority and lecturer on the Interurban. Mr. Andrews' interest in rail transportation began during his childhood and has become a lifelong passion. He has assisted in the creation of several books on the subject of the Michigan lines. More recently he has helped develop two books on Detroit Street Cars and four books on the Detroit United Railway System.

Mr. Andrews was employed by AAA of Michigan for 32 years in the Travel Department and is a member of several local and national railroad clubs. Please mark this date on your calendar-Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 2:00 pm. Bring a friend and enjoy this interesting and informative oral history and slide presentation. And as always, there will be delicious refreshments and a chance to visit with our speaker following the meeting.

See, hear, feel and live a part of the rich history of Ypsilanti.





Ypsilanti Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, Summer 2004,
Summer 2004
Original Images:

September 20, 2004

The September Annual Membership meeting program will be given by Bob Zaetta. He will speak on "Women of the Civil War" with a slide presentation demonstrating the range of women's involvement in the Civil War as nurses, spies, warriors and other diverse roles.

Mr. Zaetta earned a BA degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and a MA degree from Michigan State University. He has lived in Plymouth, MI since 1972 where he has been active in the Plymouth Historical Society and other organizations. He is a member of the four Southeastern Michigan Civil War Round Table's and has served as president of the George W. Lee CWRT in Howell. Until Mr. Zaetta's retirement in 1998, he has been a teacher in the Redford Union School District for 34 years teaching both junior and senior high school classes. He completed his career in public school by teaching the last seventeen years both U.S. (and Advanced U.S.) history and Michigan history. He has lead tour groups (including one-day field trips by his history classes) to the Gettysburg Battlefield and Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Mr. Zaetta considers himself a “serious student” of the Civil War. He has tried to blend his hobby of photography with his love of history.

Remember to mark your calendars for September 19, 2004 at 2 p.m. in the Museum.

taken from….

ROSES and BLUEBIRD VERSES of Frederick B. McKay 1968

(QUOTE)

“We strive until our goal is gained, Then look for one still unattained; For hope springs not from what we've done, But for the things we've just begun.” p.53

Growing Up In Ypsilanti

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, Spring 2004,
Spring 2004
Original Images:


Author: John Milford

I truly had a charmed life growing up in Ypsilanti. My father was a physician and Ypsilanti supported our family for over four decades. He was the only doctor to serve on the staffs of all three Beyer Hospitals. When I was five years old, my mother was elected to the Ypsilanti Board of Education where she served as the only woman. She won three consecutive four-year terms and served as the first woman president. Later, she served twelve years as an Eastern Michigan University regent.

When I had the flu, the owner of the Ypsilanti Dairy would bring ice cream to the house with our milk order. In addition to owning the Ypsilanti Dairy, Fred Peters served with my mother on the Ypsilanti Board of Education. Ice cream had a better effect on my well being than the penicillin shots my father gave me!

Riding our bicycles was our great entertainment. We also had a basketball hoop on our garage that was usually busy with neighborhood youngsters. People were always coming and going at our house. I remember all of it as such a happy, happy time.

Doug Tripp was my classmate and one of my best friends. On Doug's birthday his parents would give me a gift too. During the celebration of one of Doug's birthdays, his dad took the two of us to see a Red Wing hockey game. I remember it as such an exciting event. His mother loaded us up in their station wagon and the two of us would sit in the rear seat looking backwards. During one of these trips, she took us to a carnival. Another time, we went to Newport Beach at Portage Lake. Together, his parents took us to the Michigan State Fair in Detroit. I loved spending the night in the new addition at Doug's house. Doug, his bother, and his sisters were always gracious hosts.

Mr. Tripp was a very prominent Ypsilanti attorney. Fortunately, Doug and I never got in trouble so we did not need his professional services. Both of our fathers were Rotarians and each year they had a beautiful Christmas luncheon for the children of Rotarians. Doug and I were glad to miss two hours of school on that annual happy day. Each of us walked away with a present wrapped from Santa.

My neighborhood friends were Tom and John Dusbiber whose parents owned Shaefer's toy store. That was a perfect arrangement for our childhood. We always had toy cars to play with in little toy neighborhoods we built in the Dusbiber backyard. Mrs. Dusbiber's violets were dug up and became bushes in the toy neighborhoods. The Dusbiber apple tree was also great for climbing. When my bicycle broke down, Mr. Dusbiber gave me a Schwin demonstrator bike. Schwin bicycles were the best bicycles available and I felt like I rode the fanciest bike in town.

I later went on to Ypsilanti High School. Each year I was a class officer and part of student government. I was elected from Ypsilanti High School to the All City Student Council. My friend Doug Tripp was elected from Roosevelt High School and another good friend Tom Daniels was elected from Saint John's High School. Willow Run High School also had representation. I nominated Doug for president during our junior year and I was president during our senior year.

Later, my participation in student government at Eastern Michigan University increased my interest in politics. Eventually, I served as a Delegate to the National Republican Convention and served eight years on the State Committee. I was the first person elected to the State Committee from Ypsilanti in over thirty years. Ypsilanti candidates were usually overwhelmed by votes for candidates from Ann Arbor. I was fortunate to win with the support of Ann Arbor voters.

I am very proud of the way people got along in the city and in high school. I never noticed one iota of racial tension. Everyone got along and considered each other friends and equals. Everyone was considered on the same level and everybody was rated on his or her own merits. I cannot imagine being raised in a better community than Ypsilanti. Everyone was so kind and interested in the well being of one another. Ypsilanti was a close knit and beautiful place in which to live. Those were happy, happy days.


Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what order the ltteers in a word are, the only iprmoetnt thing is that the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can still raed it wouthit porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.

Amzanig, huh?

Ypsilanti Spells Trouble in Many Ways

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 2002,
April 2002
Original Images:

Ypsilanti, Mich., Sept. 15, ?

More than most states, the State of Michigan has some strange sounding places.

They range from the Village of Aloha, in the un-Hawaiian setting of Cheboygan County, to Zilwaukee, no relation to Milwaukee, Saginaw County.

But of all of the Michigan's towns there isn't one that has a more abused name than the thriving city of Ypsilanti. Most persons can't pronounce it, let alone spell it.

To make it easier to follow this story it's ip-si-lanti, not yip-si-lanta!

Employees of the local post-office once kept track of the free-wheeling spellings of Ypsilanti on letters. During a six-month check they found 65 variations!

There was the phonetic speller who wrote it “Ipsalantie.” And the traditionalist who preferred it, “Ippes Landing.”

One spelled it “Sypsssil-lianty,” and another, “Wypsorlanter.” A most amazing effort was “lep Lantice.

Others wrote:

Epsolynny, Epcilantia, Eplonsay, Epoilante, E. Ypcaluntia, Eyspiallanti, Ebsalanda and Eybaylandy.

Still others stuck with “Y”, thus

Yulomtice, Ypseylantia, Ypsi-I-Landdtine, Yeplanpha, Ypt-zy-lantia, Ypslanty, Tpssyllanti and Ypisylvania.

A THIRD school preferred the “I” introduction:

Ipsileindi, Ipsloty, Ipislanta, Ibcelandie, Ippslanty, Ippsylanta, Iipslinta, Ipsolanty, Ipbseliny, Ipcliontia, Ibselandie, lepcilunta, Isscpylanti and Ippssalantia.

A few favored “L” as in-Lpseland, Lipslantic and Lpsylanta.

One correspondent chose Whipcalentia, Several kindred came up with other “W” variations such as Wipsilanti and Wippislandus.

There are times when postal employees wish the town had been named Woodruff's Grove, Waterville or Palmyra. Those were names suggested at the time the community was founded.

But the town was named, not for an Indian chief, as many think, but for the Greek general named Demetrius Ypsilanti.

Last year a language-teaching outfit came up with a survey that grouped Ypsilanti with four other cities as the “worst-speaking” cities in the nation.

To which this cities Mayor, Dan T. Quirk, Jr. responded: “At least we can pronounce Ypsilanti!”

Begole School Skit

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, August 2000,
August 2000
Original Images:



This article was a skit that was played at Begole School in the early 30's.

Judge: It has been a great pleasure and as you will see later, a rather sad session for me to be here. I have been requested to put before the people of this community the wonderful advantages which all of you have here, in the Begole School, you have one of the best of Rural Schools in Washtenaw County, as Miss Haas states. “We are noted for our cooperative spirit, and a smooth running school district is a striking example of the broad mindedness with a slice of educated people who are alive to the growing needs of the times.

We have now glowing examples of men and women who as children, has a good foundation which was laid in their early years in the Begole School. Other advantages is our nearness to both the State Normal College, Cleary College, and University of Michigan and the young people can go forth and receive an advanced education and still remain under the parental roof, which in these times is something to be considered, you may give the home training at the most impressionable time of their lives.

I wish also to call to your attention the new improvements which the building has undergone and this without any added expense to the tax payers, as the expense of remodeling came from a surplus of delinquent taxes and other sources, perhaps many of you are wondering why this was not done at a previous time, but by the school law any new building is built from a blue print sent from Lansing and under a committee appointed for that purpose.

The questions before us now is, are we, as modern and up to date as our school buildings! Do we shine not with varnish, but a cooperative feeling and willingness to do our duty in the P, T. A.'s, are we willing to give the teachers the benefit of a doubt, when our angel child comes home with a tale of woe and the school board how about your mistakes? Do you or do you not?

Judge: (Sounding gavel on table) Meeting called to order.

Address: I have been a Judge for many years and have had valuable experience in many trouble's which have been set before me to settle in my time of the bench, and therefore I have been called upon to settle some noise some gossip which has been making the rounds in this community for quite some time, My advice is always to face scandal, therefore it is with pain and tears that I am obliged to call in to this courtroom some of my dearest fiiends(weeps is handkerchief and drinks water)

(Clerk enters: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Court of the Begole School is now in session “Judge charges to the Jury” “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury” if at any time you think I am too severe, either in jail sentence, bond or fines, will you please see me at court:

Recess;

Judge:

The fines are to be paid to the clerk as your case is dismissed. We know you will not feel that they are excessive, as the refreshments are free this evening. The amount collected will be turned over to the P.T.A. treasurer.

Judge: Duane Crittenden we understand that you are a Market Gardener, and for several years have been holding the office of treasurers of the Market Gardeners Association of Washtenaw County. Now then as a member of such an organization can you keep your standing when it has been called to our attention that you are guilty of such measures as selling to innocent people, the vegetable known as Endive for their rose gardens, a bushel of onions you sold to an Ann Arbor woman who cried over them for a week. Of course she could nave been making pickles. Explain to this court, how you came to have friends among Chinamen, Japs and Greeks. IS it because you are entangled with the European Countries in some way unknown to the U. S. A. Government? The last and most serious count against you is that your were seen carrying packages into the back door of a spooky looking house in Ann Arbor called the Haunted Tavern. We feel that a case as unusual as yours should be investigated further. We find you 15 cents or 10 days in jail. Fine paid.

Judge: What is your name?

Mrs. Charles Heimeringer

It has been called to our attention that years ago, when you were a small girl, your Sunday School teacher gave to you the Ten Commandments, since living in this community you have been trying to give them to Mrs. Mort Crittenden, but she refuses to accept them for she knows full well, that if you cannot keep them it would be entirely useless for you to try. Therefore you are fined 15cents. Case dismissed.

Judge: What is your name?

Fred Bailey

You are called before this court charged with smoking while on duty. It is not so much the act of smoking as it is the brand of tobacco you use. We think it must be this weed Marijuana, that makes you do things that your wife says she could never get you to do for her like sweeping and dusting. My only wish is that other men could profit by your example to be so helpful that the wives could spend more time at the 10cents store. The most serious charge against you is that you do not punch the electric clock in the Primary Room, for if it has been exchanged for a new one it would have been punched with an ax a long time ago. On hearing you are a weak man and a valuable asset to the neighborhood we are loath to fine you, but as a case of duty, it will be.15 cents.

Case dismissed.
Judge: Your name please.
Helen Harwood

I am hardly experienced enough to pass on a case like yours, it is very out of the ordinary. You have a garden on Michigan Avenue?

Yes.

It has been charged that even though you have your children with you, you wave at the drivers going by. You are warned to desist and are fined.10cents. Case dismissed Judge: Your name

Paul Slusser

I am not sure that I am within my legal rights in bringing you in this court, but as your misdemeanor occurred in this district, we will accept the money from a fine imposed on you without protest. You are found guilty of wasting your working hours, by running around in the neighborhood and also by staying out too late at night. With the exception of these two bad habits, you have proved you are a very agreeable addition to our community. Your fine will be 20cents or 10 days in jail Fine paid Case dismissed.

Remarks by Judge: We were intending to use our school garage as a jail, but some miscreants have broken out the windows, but we know full well that not any of our children are guilty of this act of destruction.

Your fine will be 20cents or 10 days in jail. Fine paid.
Judge makes loud noise with gavel on table.
Judge: What is your full name?
Margaret C. Miller

You are called here to explain, when and how you obtained all of the canned fruit in your basement this year with a scarcity of all kinds of fruit. We have heard from a very reliable source that you have over 200 quarts more than last year and to settle over doubt that your neighbor has as to where you obtained it.

We felt it the duty of this court to keep up the moral of the younger mother of the neighborhood. Several of your neighbors have been finding foot prints in their gardens, and the latest stories is that Mt. & Mrs. Munger or George B. Miller drive a car for you in the early weary light of day when all working people are in bed. My advice as a Judge is that you be sent up, but feeling the disgrace on your parents and family, I shall impose a fine of. 15cents. I am showing you this leniency on behalf of the ladies of the Pittsfield Aid who feel so badly as it is now. Your case is dismissed.

Judge hits gavel on table.
Your name please.
Alden Day

Judge: You are brought before me for traffic violations and obstructing in a serious manner. You sped up and down on Michigan Avenue with a little red wagon filled with bootleg gasoline. You have been escorted to your home by State Police on several occasions

Considering you hold the office of Director on the School Board which is the most distinguished position, you should set an example for the other members and be able to have given them helpful advice when needed. You are fined 25cents or 10 days in jail.

Case dismissed.

Judge Your name please.:
Mrs. Shepperd

We understand you live on Michigan Avenue. You are charged with being seen in your front yard mowing the lawn dressed in your old wash dress and apron, for this you will be fined 10cents, not for wearing your old clothes but for mowing the lawn, this is a man's job.

Case dismissed.
Judge: Your name please.
Floyd Budd

You are called in this court, charged with smoking cigarettes, also for trying to induce Max Miller, an exemplary young man to do the same for adding to the delinquencies to a young man. We fine you 15cents.

Your case dismissed.
Judge: Your name please:
Fred Parsons

You are brought before this court for misrepresenting apples you have been selling on the Ypsilanti Market. You told a customer “That Green apples were sometimes Red and Red apples were sometimes Green:,” where upon the woman got into an argument with you and you became very disagreeable. Mort Crittenden who has been on the Ypsilanti Market told you that the customer is always right. I advise you to be more careful and less noisy in the future and I am obliged to find you.20cents.

Case dismissed.
Judge: Your name please.
Sarah Parsons

You are called before me not to be charged with Misdemeanor, but as a strong supporter of the Begole School and Sunday School. That you have been very faithful in your position as their leader for the past 5 years of this Sunday School which is held, in this building, you with many other leaders are an untold benefit in the community. The mothers and fathers should be more than anxious to avail themselves of the advantages of the S.S. We have heard many times from the Scriptures. Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

We Thank you.
Judge: Your name please.
Clifford Reynolds.

You are called here because of traffic violations, speeding on Michigan Avenue and turning into your driveway on two wheels. Far be it from me to care how you drive, but as a member of the School Board you are a bad example to the young people, almost equal to the senior member of the Board. Your case is dismissed with a small fine of.25 cents. I only wish it were in my power to make it.25 dollars.

Case dismissed.
Judge: Sounds gavel: Your name please.
Beatrice Crittenden

Judge: sounds like an Indian Name to us!

It has always been a problem how you happened to be living in this neighborhood-Oh–You married a young man named Duane Crittenden while attending Normal College. The young man in question, has my heart felt sympathy as you coming from the upper peninsular, where Bear and Deer and other wild animals are so numerous, have completely changed his life. You have set forth to make a Hunter and Fisherman out of him and now—where he would be so very happy sitting by the fireside, smoking his pipe with Kentucky Club Tobacco, looking at seed catalogs. Telling how to raise seedless water melons as large as washtubs. You drive him forth to hunt in the land of your ancestors. You are fined 15cents.

Case dismissed.
Judge: Your name please.
Mort Crittenden.

As an old friend of mine and here to for a very reliable citizen, a member of this School Board for 38 years, it gives me great pain to have you brought before this court at this time, but no matter how much I suffer I will do my duty by law and order. (Uses handkerchief as tears flow)

You are brought before me to explain why you call on the teachers during school hours and spending long hours in the primary room where Miss Elesta Murray, teaches we would be willing to excuse you for this lack of dignity not becoming a member of the School Board. But your real crime is telling her Witty stories, over which she becomes so boisterous she laughs out loud which has never been known to have happened before. This upsets the pupils of the primary room, that one small girl fainted, another child was taken violently ill with nausea and Keith Miller who was asleep was awakened and yelled out FIRE—when upon Mrs. Graubner the Supervisory teacher dismissed the pupils for the day.

Mort Crittenden have you any remarks?

No.

You are sentenced to 10 days in jail or pay the fine of 25cents Fine paid.

Judge: Your name please.
Charles Heimerdinger.

You are called before this court as an example that other men in our community might do well to follow. Long before you came from your former home in Manchester we were informed that you would be a very valuable asset to this district in more ways than one.

WE KNOW, you to be a willing helper in the Begole Sunday school, WE KNOW you to be a friend to the needy. WE KNOW you never refuse help to any one in trouble.

But what WE DO NOT know and wish to know is where are you getting the chickens from that you are having for Sunday dinner?

Hoping you will see the error of your ways, I impose a find of 15cents. Fine paid

Case dismissed
Court is adjourned.

Grandma's Trunk

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, May 1999,
May 1999
Original Images:

Author: Joan Carpenter

“Look what we found in Grandma's Trunk”, is the theme of two of the showcases in the Ypsilanti Room.

The title was taken from a project, undertaken by the Ypsilanti Public Schools in the ‘70's, to help the students in the district understand what life was like in the 1800's.

A trunk was sent from school to school containing a variety of objects from the past. It was “hands on” and the students had the opportunity to see, first hand, why an iron was referred to as a “sad iron”, why men's heads always looked as though rigor mortis had set in from their necks up, why it took so long for a lady to get dressed and put on her shoes and what a “snuff box” looked like.

The toys that children found amusing in those by-gone years occupy the second case. When the trunk was circulating the students had the opportunity to try them out. They were, indeed, a far cry from the computer games of today!

A third showcase follows the theme of,” Life in the 1800s”. Pictures of buildings, events, and the way of life back then are on display.

These showcases should be of interest to young and old alike. How many of you remember the trunk, that building, that toy or game?

Stop in and take a short visit back in time to early Ypsilanti!


Joan Carpenter

School Tours

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1987,
April 1987
Original Images:

The Museum offers tours for school and youth groups from October through May. May is our busiest time because the weather cooperates and the school groups can often combine their visit with a walking tour of parts of the historic district of Ypsilanti.

Reservations for these tours must be made two weeks in advance. Contact 483-1876 or 487-5595. We have found that children profit most when a visit to the Museum coincides with their study of Michigan History, early crafts, clothing, furniture, schools, etc. Last year (1986) over 400 Children of school age toured the Museum. We have found that third grade children and beyond seem to be the most ready for our Museum experience. We are happy to make the Museum available as a source of enrichment for the school curriculum.









The Hillcrest

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, March 1997,
March 1997
Original Images:

FRANK FINDS EXPRESSION

BURKE

One promising shortstop named Burke.

A fate by some humorous quirk.

A sister did send

His return to attend

Each night when he finished his work.

MCKAY

An interesting fellow McKay!

To Ann Arbor he goes every day.

They say, “It's a girl.”

This reply he does hurl.

“She's mine and you'll please stay away.”

BLAIR

A red-headed young fellow named Blair,

For a girl with black eyes had a flair.

When her hand he did hold

He was frigidly told

His technique did not quite match his hair.

FRANKLIN

There was a young fellow named Franklin.

In assembly ‘was said he was prankin,

They told him he laughed.

He said, “Men, your daft,

T'was a siren that someone was crankin.”

MCKENNY

His age was known to be eighteen,

His habits far behind;

Always seemed to make Colleen,

Inquire about his mind.

However, this deficiency

Could never bother Bob,

For said he, “Tis the looks of me,

Not brains, that draw the mob.”

JUST THOUGHTS

Darn, it's too nice to stay in school.

Oh, I'm there sometimes, as a rule.

But, gee, today's a day

I've got to miss.

What, miss Biology?

Oh, what bliss!

You really can't blame me skipping away

In weather like this on a heavenly day.

CHARITY

L. Schnepf—I'd like to devote my last picture to a charitable purpose.

Vance C.—Why not give it to an institution for the blind?

VERY FREE VERSE

Upon a hillock as I lay: spread before me a vast expanse of beauty

Composed of mountains, purple in the distance, broad fields of grain and hay.

And living there, captive to the sweet, pure breezes,

I thought not of my duty.

But rather, dwelt in dreams of lands afar, of things which could not come my way.

When suddenly I was rudely shaken.

And, angry, I turned to find myself face to face with—who?

Miss Beal, who calmly said.

“My boy, your book is due.”

THE CORRECT RESPONSE

Mother—And is my boy really trying?

Teacher—Very!

“So you think he is a flirt?”

“Why, he can tell the owner of any lipstick in Senior High by simply tasting it.”

WELL-TRAINED

Helen—Is Clark intelligent, Doris?

Doris—Yes, very! When I say to him.

“Come here or don't come here, just as you please,” why he comes or he doesn't come, just as he pleases.

A MATTER OF NUMBER

Scott—My, Nan has a singular voice.

John—Thank the Lord, it isn't plural.

AGREED

Mr. Kennedy—The man who marries my daughter will want a lot of money.

Robert—Well, sir, no one wants it any worse than I do.

SPEED

She—Could you learn to love me?

He—It's a cinch. Why, I learned shorthand in three weeks.

DEPRESSION

Bridegroom—I thee endow with all my worldly goods.

His Father—There goes his bicycle.

UNDERSTANDING

Don (during a quarrel)—You talk like an idiot.

Sally—I have to talk so you can understand me.

These are some expressions that were in the “Hillcrest” They are from the Yearbook of 1932 from Roosevelt High.

I thought they were neat.


Billie

E S. George School

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1995,
October 1995
Original Images:

E S. George School, 1076 Ecorse Road

Built in 1951, this School was named for a Dentist, Dr. Edward Shutts George who was born in Ypsilanti in 1886 and lived here his entire life, until he passed away in 1949. He had been President of the Ypsilanti School Board from 1919 to 1933 and because he was a staunch believer in improving educational facilities, this school was named for him. Among other improvements in the local schools that he managed to achieve were adding a gymnasium to the High School, and an addition to Woodruff School. Prospect School was rebuilt and a new Harriet School was constructed. He directed each project, inspired by his belief, the Right of every individual to have an Education.

The school later had an addition to its facilities in order to meet the needs of an expanding community. This included more class rooms, a woodworking shop, a Home Economics Department and a Visual Education Room, as well as an Auditorium.

At the dedication of this addition, the President of the Ypsilanti School Board, Carl Johnson, had these remarks for the audience; “It is our sincere hope that this school will serve as an inspiration to the boys and girls of our community so they, in turn, will become better and more useful citizens through the educational advantages we provide. We are sure that our good friend, Dr. E.S. George who served many years on the Board of Education, and in whose memory this school was named, would be very proud to have seen the culmination of his hopes and dreams”.

The school had a proud tradition, and still serves its area well

Roosevelt High School

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, July 1995,
July 1995
Original Images:

Author: Doris Milliman

The Archives Department has received some interesting historical material about Roosevelt School from Mrs. Dorothy Brooks who graduated from the High School. She was one of nine class members who attended the school from the kindergarten through the 12th grade. The items she has given include (1) A Scrapbook which contains many pictures, newspaper bits and Programs (2) Scrapbook of reunions of the class of 1939, (3) a picture of 11 deceased members of the class of 1939, (4) a picture of the Training School pupils and Faculty in 1926.

Roosevelt High School of Eastern Michigan University as a unit began in 1900 with just the ninth grade and was part of the Campus Training School where prospective teachers got their training. The school met in the south wing of the Main College building where Pierce Hall now stands. It was originally called the Normal High School until 1925 when the name was changed and a new building was built.

By this time, too, the school had six grades (7–12). A staff of eight full time teachers and seven who were part time. Six elementary grades were housed in Welch Hall.

The school had a long and impressive history until it closed its doors, June 1969. It was decided, at that time, that it would be less expensive, as well as more practical, for Future Teachers to have classroom experience in the Public Schools in the area.

The material that Mrs. Brooks has given is an important addition to our collection of yearbooks and other memorabilia about Roosevelt High School. Any former pupil will be especially interested in seeing what we have about the school, and they, as well as others, are always welcome to visit the Archives Monday-Friday 9–12 noon.



ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL


Doris Milliman

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