Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, December 1993,
December 1993
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By Jack Miller

The 15th annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival was host to 29 Hudsons on a warm and sunny Saturday August 21st. The three day festival draws over 250,000 people annually with Saturday being the biggest day with the 2nd largest parade in Michigan taking place in the morning. Jow Amman of Chesaning Michigan and Bob Elton of Ann Arbor showed off their sharp Hudson cars a 1928 Landau sedan and a newly painted two tone maroon 1950 Pacemaker sedan respectively in the parade.

HET members Chuck Foster and Bill Wilt of Monroe, Michigan arrived early Saturday to help Loren Hansen with the set up and display of our HET cars on Depot Towns Cross Street. Don Horner of Toledo got the award for the oldest Hudson with his 1927 seven-passenger and Dennis Pastor of Allenton finally got a oldest Terraplane award as Ric Pinder and family could not come this year with the 1933 convertible. Heritage Festival committee awards went to Leo Palowski's sharp ‘49 Super Eight club coupe and Joe Amman's beautiful ‘28 Landau Sedan.

Lunch at Miller Motors was ably handled by Hudson own Hudson owner Joe Mikulec of Max's Deli and Catering. The day was concluded with a traditional evening trip to Haabs an Ypsilanti landmark since 1934 for prime rib and steaks. About 50 HET'ers were greeted with the Haabs staff wearing Hudson pins and placemats with the Hudson and Home Chapter logo's along with Haabs menu. The festival actually began on Tuesday with HET member Jack Wiltse doing a super job washing windows, dusting, vacuuming and detailing all the Hudson cars that were on display at Miller Motors.

Please Be Seated

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, March 1992,
March 1992
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Sitting is an art that isn't getting passed along. People these days feel as though they have to be doing something. If they're not working, they're jogging, or playing tennis or golf, or taking courses to improve their minds and bodies or they're parked in front of the TV. Sitting in front of the TV isn't sitting-it's watching.

People used to sit a whole lot. You'd walk down the street or drive down the road, and there they'd be, out on the porch sitting. You could go down the store and sit on the bench out front in the summer or around the pot-bellied stove in the winter. There were sitting benches out on the court-house lawn. At the garage there were straight-backed chairs. There among the oil cans and windshield-wiper blades, you could kick back and sit.

Houses used to have sitting rooms, where the grownups would go after Sunday Dinner. Mom and Dad, Grandpa and Aunt Ruby would sit and digest the fried chicken and talk aobut Aunt Ethel's gallstones, and how good the preacher did today. Outside, the children would play, and the afternoon would drift by in a comfortable haze.

That sort of thing looks like doing nothing. A recharging battery doesn't look as if it's doing anything either. Sitting restores your soul. If you want to enjoy a truly full life, don't just do something-Sit There.

Leroy Powell “Out of My Head”

Reprinted from the Witch's Chatter, South Lyon Area Historical Society September and October of 1991.

Candy Cane Park

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, August 1991,
August 1991
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Author: Doris Milliman

This is a popular neighborhood Park on Roosevelt Boulevard between Mansfield and Courtland Streets. When the subdivision was plotted this area was left for Recreational Purposes and has now been developed into a well equipped park.

The South End, on Roosevelt, has an area for playing baseball and is a much used spot. The North end, off Collegewood has playground equipment and picnic tables. This is an attractive, well kept neighborhood park.

Ypsilanti Parks

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, June 1991,
June 1991
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Author: Doris Milliman

Edith C. Heflay Park

This neighborhood park on Elm street between Pearl and Grant Streets has long been a popular place for ball playing. It now contains a swing set and a slide for children.
The Ypsilanti Peace Fellowship dedicated the park in 1987 as the Edith C. Hefley Peace Park after the name of a Vietnam Peace Activist who lived in the neighborhood of the park.
Since the dedication, the Peace Fellowship has met on Mother's Day to set out plants and to picnic in the park.
May 12, 1991, the Peace Fellowship planted a tree in memory of Edith C. Hefley.

Peninsula Park

This park, off Laforga Road is part of the project included in the 1983 Huron River Master Plan which would link Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Ann Arbor by bicycle pathways, upgrading existing parks, and constructing new parks.
In 1986, the city was awarded a grant of up to $100,000 through the State Department of Natural Resources and the Water Conservation Grant Fund. The amount the city received equaled the value of the propery that was donated by Peninsular Paper, A subsidiary of the James River Corporation. Pollack Design Associates of Ann Arbor planned and did the work to develop the park.
The park now offers picnic tables a paved Parking lot, shelters, canoes, portages and a fishing deck. This area, along the Huron River has long been a favorite place for recreational activities.

Parkridge Park

This park has a very attractive setting, partly on a hillside back of the Parkridge Senior Center on Harriet Street at Armstrong Drive. One end of the park abuts Perry School. The park lacks equipment but a Grant has been applied for from the Department of Natural Resources for money to purchase equipment and to upgrade the park. This summer, there will be a playground program, a baseball league and other supervised activities.
This park has had a long history in the community and has been the site for the Ethic Festivals that have been held each year.

Challenge of the 80's

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1981,
October 1981
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Leisure World's men golfers have taken up the gauntlet and accepted the challenge of the 80's.

Now in golf that could mean they have all broken 80, and indeed the four duffers have, more than once, but their challenge involves the age of 80 and more.

The challenge came about because one young golfer, Al Hally, was sent a newspaper article from a friend back east, who presumably wanted to taunt Hally with a story about four golfers, playing together as a foursome, who have a combined age of 333.

The article to a Leisure World golfer was like a red cape in front of a bull. It teed Hally off. Somewhere, he figured, within the men's Golf Club in Leisure World, there had to be four golfers whose combined ages could top that. And not only was he sure their ages could be bettered, he knew darn well so could the scores.

Hally knows the Country Club of York, Pa. well. He has played on it many times. He also knows at least a couple of the foursome who claim combined ages topping 333. He knew he could easily find four fellows who were both older and better.

So recently Hally lined up four elderly duffers, for a combined age of 341 years and scores that often even their individual ages or less.

DR. LLOYD OLDS is the oldest golfer at 88. Dr. Olds has been playing golf since 1915 and within the past five years at Leisure World he has scored his age or less more than any other golfer of any age.

But age, score and handicap are only part of the challenge to golfers from all over the country.

The four men believe in the adage that great golfers make great overs. They have been married a combined total of 225 years, each of them presumably only once.

OLDS again leads the pack with 63 years of married life.

So egged on by Hally, the golfers have both taken up and issued challenge. And the challenge is not only to other men golfers. They wonder if the women can get together a foursome of older 80ish players who are still swinging…clubs that is.

Pictured at far left is DR. LLOYD OLDS

William Lambie Diary, July-December 1894

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1991,
April 1991
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July 1.
Wife, Mary and I went to Church, went round by Mr. GReys with Belle-few farmers in Church.

2. Brother Robert brot papers and a letter from the Oak-early potatoes, small but good for food.

3. Robert mowed the hay north of our house, rather find hay-days cool, breezes like Scotch weather.

4. Quite a cool day, wife want to Azros and came round by Belles-she picked Cherries and the girls Currents-Holly hocks in bloom-picked peas for dinner.

5. Clear cool morning down to 50 at sunrise-John and Fox drew hay into our barn. Robert mowing-got a paper from Washington Birds.

6. Raked stones off the road. Roberts man drew 2 more loads of hay into the barn.

7. New potatoes small but better than the old ones for use. Robert has 2 teams drawing hay. a strike on central R R-men burned property.

8. Wife, Ann, Mary, Belle and I went to Church. Cool healthy breezes.

9. Robert mowing for Mr. Martin-his men puting green on and the potaotes hoed in the garden-got 4 bushels of corn on the ear from Frank for hungry hens-girls picked goossberries-potatoes and corn like to wither in the dry westher-Harry James got Roberts reaper.

10. Dry but good harvest weather-Frank and Robert working long hours in the hay fields.

11. Riots and rebellion by the strikers in Chicago-Soldiers sent to restore order.

12. Frank and Robert have the hay nearly in. Robert Campbell came and requested me to write a paper regarding G. Campbells sick-nass after the war so that he might draw a pension.

13. Went to Town then to Mr. Greens garden adn he filled up the paper asking for a pension to Uncle Gabriel. Robert cultivater corn-Soldiers putting down the rebellion in Chicago-a little shower for another day.

14. Watering pants and flowers, Anns, Mary, Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and Harris had a ride in the surry round by Franks farm last night. Robert cultivated corn-his man got the big weeds out the potatoes.

15. Wife, Mary, Frank and I want to Church-A sermon on Riots.

16. Clouds in the West for showers of blesaings. Wife went to Azros and Willie and Harris stayed here-Robert had tow hoeing potatoes-90 in the shade.

17. Robert cultivating corn-Wife at Azros-94 in the shade. Thumb got a big load of old hay-Anna and Mary wnet home with Harris.

18. Azros called and told us all a little boy was born at their home. Wife, Ann and Mary went over. Anna, Willie, Harris and Tilly came back-no rain-heat intense-100 inthe shade. Went to Roberts-Robert cultivated-Hattie picking berries.

July 19. Oppressive hest-100 in the shade-Anna and Mary took their Mother to Azros in the morning and brot her back at night-Corn, Oats and potatoes drying up in the heat.

20. It looks as if the rain had came in answer to prayer. This afternoon it poured down abundantly.

21. The sky blue the grass reen and the air purs-Ann and Mary went to Azros for Mother.

22. Fine summer Sabbath day-Wife, Ann and I went to Church.

23. Dug potatoes and hoed corn-Robert went to Franks to reap oats, Wife and Anna went to Azros.

24. Wife took Ann to Bells, we called at Uncle Roberts. Robert reaped all FRanks Oats.

25. Brother Robert called with reading-Wife brot Ann home from Belles and called on Mary and Harris and Mrs. F. Roberts wife and daughter sailed for Deluth.

26. Robert begun to reap the Oats by G. Allens-helped to set up a few stocks.

27. Robert reaped the Oats I brot up-2 dozen sheaves in the surry to feed the horse and hens-Robert brot about 10 bushels of corn borrowed from Azro-warm night.

28. Robert resped for Mr. Martin-Oats, Wife and I went to Town.

29. Wife, Ann. Belle and I went to Church. Mr. Vrooman gave us a good sarmon and devotional prayer.

30. Pumped water out the well to make it purer-Robert and Ring drew in the Oats, warn and duaty.

31. Robert halped Frank to thrash-kind brother-Robert brot us all a generous presant.

August 1.
Wife and I went to Azros and sew Mrs. Fletcher and the wee boy, Bells came, Robert reaping Oats and put his reaper in the barn.

2. Cold morning mercury down to about 55. Wife brot Anns and Mary homs.

4. Wife, Mary and I went to Town-Called on MrLaidlaw-found him quite sick-sent Harper to Mr. Naismith.

5. Mr. Fairfield preached well-brother Robert and I rode round by the Crippen farms and talked of by gons days.

6. Wearying for rain-Wife want to Azros and bells-Robert got in the Oats. J McDougal payed his nots.

7. Frank went to Ann ARbor-

8. Robert brot the buggie with the tires set. Went to the old homs with Robert and was glad to see so many Apples on the Orchard trees.

9. Belle came and Mary went home with he-Clouds but no rain.

10. Went to Azros with Robert and a cow. Wife, Mrs. Flatcher and Mrs. A. Campbell went to Frnaks farn in the Surry.

11. Wife walked down to Roberts-Wife, Mary and I went to Town-a few drops of rain-

12. Wife, Anna, Mary, Belle and I went to Church-Mr. Roack preached-went home with Belle at night.

13. Wife want to Azros. Ann and Mary to Roberts-Hoed and watered Peach trees.

August 14.
Robert and Fox repatned the clatern pump-Wife, Ann, Mary and I want to see the fine flowers in the Depot garden.

15. Ann, Mary, Mr. Fletchar and Harris what to Town. Wife kept the was babs, Went down to Roberts-Cannot find my pocket book. Brother Robert celled with a black horse-his old one being deed. Cool north wind.

16. Robert and Fox drawing manure-Ann went to Azros for Mary.

17. Robert, his wife, 2 children and my wife and Ann went to John Campballs.

18. Robert and I looked over the old home farm. Wife, Ann and Mary went to Town.

19. Wife, Ann, Mary and I want to Church. Mr. Cook preached.

20. Robert took down the hind wheale of the Surry to gat them set. Anna and Mary went to Azros.

21. Wife went to Balls, Mrs. Fletcher, Willis and the babe came. Robert got the Surry repsired.

22. Took our dinner under one of Roberte apple trees, about 16 of us. Frank want on Excursion.

23. Mrs. L took Ann and Mary to the Motor going to Uncle Williams

24. Put a little water wheel on the brook at Roberts. Bells, Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and the was babs called. Went the wrong way at night to meet the giris and almost mist them.

25. Wife, Mary and I want to Town. Robert brot 10 bushels of Whest.

26. Wife, Ann, Mary and I went to Church-Robert and his family and old Mr. Crippen came than Azro and his—and Belle to.

27. Wife, Ann and I called at Roberts and than at Mrs. Strange. Mat Uncle Andrew he had been at Mr. Kimbals funeral.

28. The pockst book was found in the coat all right where I thought I had left it. Wife and I went to Town and brot up Ann Todd.

29. Smaky and dry-picked same fine peaches. Ann, Mary and Ann Todd want to Azros and then to Roberts.

30. Soes one stols some of our large peaches. Wife and I went to the Depot with Ann Todd-Called at Roberts. Robert gathered the ripe peaches and bot Fox is pige.

31. Robert took Ann to the Depot on her way to Elkhart on the last summer day. Wifs, Mary, Willie and I wnst to Church meating.

September 1.
Wife and I went to Town. Went to Azros at night for Mary, the little babe was good-looked at the new bridge on Norton's brook.

2. Sacraments day-vary warn and duaty-93 in the shade. Prayers for rain see to be in vain.

3. Mrs. Fletcher, Willis and the babs came in the morning. Robert and Hattie went to Mrs. Crippen's funeral.

4. Wrote lines praying for rain-Wife helped Robert and I walked home. Sell came-her and Mary went to Nortons.

5. RAIN, RAIN on the roof at night and a refreshing rain in the morning to revive the withered grass and drive away the smoke and dust-like an answer to prayer.

Septamber 6.
Wife want to Town for Mrs. Wm. Campbell and daughter-Frank halped Robert to thresh after noon, about 200 bushels of Oats. Belle came.

7. Wife and Mary want to Wown with Nrs and Miss Campbell-Mary walked to Azros-Harvey came with the Engin about 4 and thrashed over 90 bushels of Oats.

8. A shower in the night-Mrs. John Campbell and Ann called and brot a basket of Peaches-Called on brother Robert, Mary had headach at Azros.

9. Wife and I went to Church-Belle called, Mary came at night.

10. Good showers in the night. We think it will be easier, cheaper and safer to stay at homs than go to the State FAir. Fox began to cut corn for Robert.

11. Picked grapes, Roberts girls went to school. CAlled on Lidalaw and Mrs. Taylor and got the harnass repaired.

12. Wife, Mary, Mrs Fletcher, Harris and the babe went to Town. Went down and wandared on the old farm. Had a pleasant walk with brother Robert to Frank's farm.

13. Frank and Robert left for Royal Oak with a genarous pressent from brother Robert for the friends there. A t morning.

14. Mary went to help Hattie and Robert came back from the Oak at night.

15. Picked large peaches and tomstoss-the fields with the rain green again-Frank got back from the Oak.

16. Wife, Belle and I went to Church-pure air and cleared sky. Mary over at Azros.

17. Wife took Lash to School and then drove to Azros.

18. Mrs. Fletcher, Mary, Harris drove to Town and saw Linglin-Great show of horses, men, Lions and elephants. Robert plowing for wheat and has two men culling corn.

19. Brother Robert came and brot papers-dug all the potatoes south and the garden-went to Town.

20. Dug potatoes north of the house-Mary wnet to Roberts.

21. Wife went with Mary to Azros-then to Belles-Dug potatoes and carried them down cellar and was weary.

22. Dug potstoss again-Robert aowed wheat by Nortons corner.

23. Wife, Mary, Belle and I went to Church. Mr. Fairfield preached The driving wind slamed the door of Mr Hunters horse shed and shut his in.

24. Mercury down to 44 cool breszes-Want down and saw Robert plowing amoung stumps, brush and thistels.

25. Wife, Mary Mr. Flstcher and Harris went to Town almost ice.

26. Thin ice like paper-Want with Mrs. L to the Motor-And she went with Mrs. Campbell to Ann Arbor Fair.

27. Rods with Robert His wife and family to Ann Arbor fair fine day-a crowd and a good Fair.

28. Franks birthday and Ex Governor Falch as well. We sold a live Ruster to a padler at 7 cents par pound.

29. Mist-daw and sunshins-dug potstoes-Wife and Mary and I went to Town afternoon.

30. Mr Morey away-Mr Gallap preached but did not uplift us.

October 1.
Mary walked to Mrs. Fletchers-Wife and I went to A. McMicls got Quinces and flowers.

October 2.
Helped Robert to gether cider apples-Had a fine ride with brother Robert to Franks farm.

3. Rain in the night-Wife went to Bells-went to the old home Robert has two men picking apples.

4. Mrs. Fletcher, Harris and the babe came in the morning. Wife and I drove up to Mr and Mrs Smithe and spent a happy day with them and good sister Agnes.

5. A wet morning-Robert has two men picking apples and is drawing cider apples to Uords (?).

6. Received a Post office order for $18 from Robert Campbell.

7. Mr. Morey preached-Wife, Mary, Bell and I went to Church.

8. Fox begun to dig Robert potatoss-Robert Robian and Fox geting cider apples-Roberts man went away.

9. Put straw in the barn-Belle gathering apples.

10. Still pitching straw in the hen house-Walked to Town after dark in the storm and read about Burns to the Ladies Society.

11. Wife and I went on the Moter to Ann ARbor and had a pleasant visit with Uncle Robert Campbell and family.

12. Wife went to Mrs Fletchers helped to gather apples-Robert has 3 or 4 men picking hers-Robert was offered $125 for his apples.

13. MIld and damp-too wet to pick apples-Wife and Mary and I went to Town-got pictures from A. McNical-wet coming home.

14. Mr. Morey spoke of Farmers and the beauty of Nature.

15. Had to break the ics with my heal-the ground hard over the potatoes-Robert sold apples-Brother Robert came-Wm Campbell came.

16. Golden October-Wife went with Mary-Roberts team-Fox and Hamilton working on the road-Robert took apples to Woolsey Robert helped to get the stove in the kitchen.

17. Helped Robert to get in 3 loads of potatoes-3 men digging potatoes-Wife went with Mrs Fletcher, Willie, Harris and the babe to her home in the City.

19. Wife walked to Roberts-A. CAmpball came-the trees like great flowers-gathered late peaches. Robert got all his potatoes in the caller-Brother Robert, wife, daughter and I drove in the Orchard-Mary what to Mrs Flatchers and then to Roberts

20. A thunder shower at morn-Mr & Mrs Smitth and two girls came-Wife and Mrs Smith went to Mrs. Fletchers. Mr Smith and I gathered apples-Belmy day-

21. Wife and Mary and I went to Church-the beautiful leaves falling fast.

22. Damp. mild Morning-Ware sorry to learn that Mr. Calhoun that owed Mrs L $275 was bankrupt-Wife met J Campbell with the remaine of his little boy at the grave. Mary and I gethered apples-Robert brot up a load of apple barrels.

23. Misty mild morning-Mary drove over to Mr Fletchers-wet most all day. Walked to Roberts who had 3 huskers till it rained-Brother Robert came.

October 24.
Sunahine after the rain-Mrs L, Mary, Mrs Fletcher, Willie Harris and the babe want to their new home near the cresmary.

25. Wife and I went to Ben Voorhees, took a few apples. Wife and I went to Mrs. Fletchers new home and brot home Mary.

26. Wife went to help Hattie and Mary-went to Belles-Robert and Fox took apples to Town-Sunshine in afternoon.

27. Mist and clouds-Robert took 3 loads of packed apples to Jansen-Wife, Mary, Belle and I went to Town before Belles horse in the surry.

28. Mr. Morey preached about our daily bread-Mr. Fletcher and family and Frank came. Mary want with Mrs. Fletcher.

29. Grand golden October day-Robert took a barrel of apples to brother Robert, Mr. McNicol and MR. Morey-gathered apples in the Orchard and Robert brot them in.

30. Wife want to Mrs. Fletchers and got wet-too wet to work out doors-wrote lines for Mr and Mrs. Holbrock golden wedding on Wednesday.

31. Dark morning-Robert getting in apples.

November 1.
Fine sunny day-Went to J. Hamiltons and then to Mrs. Fletcher and we missed each other. Robert raised his corn crib.

2. Robert and Fox put 3 good loads of corn in our crib and 3 in Roberts-helped them all day.

3. Too blustry for hoaking-surly blaste.

4. Mrs. Fletcher, Willie, Harris and the babe came. Mr. Moreys sermon on Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

5. Wife went to Azros last night-only Mary and I left. Robert sent 2 barrels of apples to Ann-I washed the stable.

6. The first snow shower-the ground white at morn. Mary went to Mrs Flstchera and her Mother came back-Brother Robert and daughter called.

7. Snow and rain-dark and damp-too wet to get in corn or apples Frank adn Robert called.

8. More snow-wife went to Mrs. Fletchere and found her unwell. Robert and Fox brot in the Coal stove-Brother Robert and daughter came.

9. Mild and dark-Robert came throught the snow storm and sat up the pipes on the Coal stove that made the damp room comfortable.

10. Some sunshine after 3 stormy days-Robert and I drove through the snow and mud to Mrs Flatchars and found them all well and glad to see us-Borrowed $50 from Unice for Robert.

11. Wife and I went to Church-cold and cheerless-Mary and Harris came in the afternoon.

12. Robert took 2 loads of apples to the cider mill-Frank came to supper after dark.

13. More snow-mild and damp-pasted paper on the han house.

14. Wife, Belle and I carried the apples from the barn to the cellar-Wife and Belle went to Mrs. Fletchers.

November 15.
Beautiful day-Wife and I went to Church-Mary walked from Azros and came home with us. FRank came-mild and sunny all day.

16. Beautiful sunny morning like the day we were married 47 years ago. Mrs. Fletchers boy were not very well-Wife, Mary and I were there for dinner-balmy breezes.

17. Robert selling cider apples to Harvis James for 8 cents a hundred-Wife went to Bells-Brother Robert and Mr. Harlan the minister called-split wood.

18. Bland breezes-Mary went to Bells-Mary and Bell went to Mrs. Fletchers for dinner-Robert drawing apples-split wood till my arme were sore.

19. Wife and Mary went to Mrs. Fletchers-cold winds.

20. Wife exchanged corn for meal-Robert geting in corn.

21. Wife and Mary want to Mrs. Fletchers-cold rain.

22. Sunny day-Wife, Mary and Mr and Mrs Fletcher and the 3 boys and I at Church. Wharton told us what he wanted us to do

23. Wife want to Bells-3 teams drawing gravel on the hill. Helped to spread some.

24. Mild some rain at night-Wife, Mary and I went to MR. Fletchers vary muddy and mild-brother Robert brot papers.

25. Wet morning-Robert sold a cow to the butcher-Frank came.

26. Thanksgiving, Mild like a May morning. Mr & Mrs Fletcher and the boys came to dinner-pleasent party.

27. Hoed some in the garden-Wife and I went and visited our old friends Mr and Mrs B. Voorhsea-Robert drew gravel on the road.

28. Cold morning, the pump froze-Wife walked to Roberts-Wrote to Mr McConchie-to cold to go to Town.

29. To cold and sayed the Sabbath at home. Frank came then brother Robert his daughter Unice and Agnes Ingals.

30. Snow showers-John K. Campbell came-Mary came back.
December 1. Cold blasts 14 above zero-Frank came

2. Eight above zero-Wife went to Bells-Robert brot a grist to us and his family. Bright sunshine-Frank brot a load of wood.

3. Some snow, piled up wood-Wife walked to Roberts, Robert and 2 man drew in stalks, Wife and Mary went to Mrs. Fletchers.

4. Snow in the night-Brother Robert brot us papers-Sent a letter about apples.

5. Wife and Mary went to Town-Frank came.

6. Wife, Mary, Bells and I went to Church and Mr and Mrs. Fletcher and the 3 boys-Harris said the Lords prayer along with the minister when 4 years old-same like a summer day.

7. Mild and pleasant-Wife want to Mrs Fletchers, Clare Campbell came then Frank.

8. Dark misty and mild-Wife went to Bells for dinner. a pleasan meeting-muddy roads.

10. Mist and then sunshime-Wife and Mary want to Mrs Fletchers-Wrote to Ann-got a paper and pictures from Australia.

11. Beautiful morning-Wife, Mary and I went to the Church meeting.

December 12.
Went to Town and Mrs. Fletchers-beautiful winter day. Sacrament-Church well filled-Annas Birthday. Brother Robert and Eunics came-Mr and Mrs Fletcher and family came at night.

14. Wife went to Bells, Mary to Roberts, Frank came back from the Oak.

15. Snow nearly all day-Wife boiling cider-Robert brot a barrel last Saturday-Frank learned while at the Oak that James Lambie paid a good sum of money to Wm. Todds family that he got from the Estate Brother Frank left.

16. Mary hitched up the horse and Wife drove through the snow to Belles than Mary and Her Mother went to Mrs. Fletchers.

17. Sawed wood-Mary at Mrs Flatchers.

18. Robert came for his Mother before breakfast and there was another little girl at Roberte home. The thrashers engine came at night to thrash beans.

19. Moonlight and sunshine-The thrashers got our 81 bushels of beans for Frank and 45 for Robert before dinner. Robert and Mary to Town at night and brot Ann home.

20. Mrs L, Mary and I and Mr and Mrs Fletcher and 3 boys at Church-Mr and Mrs Fletcher and Frank came.

21. Mary and Anna want to the Motor with their Mother to go to Uncle Wms birthday-Sunny day.

22. Shortest day-snow nearly all day-They buried John Gigian in a snow storm.

23. Belle came-Robert and Ann cut a green tree-Rexfords man brot a load of coal-Ann, Mary and Belle went to Town, others went home with Bells.

24. Four below zero-pure sunshine-puresanow. Too cold to go to John Campbells party.

25. Christmas 28 years sincs Father died-Had a grand Turkey dinner, a green tree, presents and happy party of old and young from morning till night-10 above zero.

26. Frank came-Wife went to Belles.

27. Brother Robert came. Ten above zero-Mr. Whalton preached about Christens.

28. Robert came for Mary and then took Ann and Mary to Mrs. Fletchers.

29. Sent a paper to Scotland and Australia-received a card from Mr and Mrs Cowan, Parth, Scotland.

30. Drove to Roberts with Ann and Mary and saw Hattis and the babs. Bark, mild and damp.

31. The last day of 1894 gone away on the records of time.

Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, January-June 1895.

View a photo of the the Lambie family in our Gleanings image gallery.

Ypsilanti's Parks

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1991,
April 1991
Original Images:

Author: Doris Milliman, City Historian

Along with spring to make us think of outdoor activities, comes the though of Ypsilanti's Parks. Work is being done to upgrade several of them to make them more useful.

One that is receiving extensive renovation is the Waterworks Park On Catherine Street where a new parking lot is being made, the ball diamond is being improved and a good clean up of the area is being done. This park, at one time, was the site for carnivals sponsored by the American Legion. A newspaper article in the Archives at the MUseum shows that the area was once used as a Tourist Park, where travelers might pitch tents, or park trailers while they visited the area. One Historical Society member, Arthur Howard, confirms that statement and says the north and of the park was utilized that way.

At the south and of the park area where there was a Dam near the former Factory Street Bridgs, were 2 red buildings. Beneath one of them was a fish ladder to help the fish to get over the Dam. Note the picture from the Archives. Now a footbridge scross the river connects Water Works Park with South Park Street, at the rear of the former Flea Market Building on East Michigan Avenue. That area is the site of the former Gilbert Park.

Recreation Park on Congress Street, a seven acre tract, was originally the Fairgrounds of the Ypsilanti Agricultural Association. There was a Race Track that ancircled an athletic Field. The grove of Oak trees in the park provided a cool spot in summer for meny celebrations and picnics. The Semi-Centennial of the city was celebrated on July 4, 1874 with a parade, oratory and singing. At the Fair Grounds was the Speakers platform on which was an Heirloom Table from an earlier celebration.

Recreation Park now contains a swimming pool, ball fields, a picnic area and the Senior Citizens Center. The Normal Park Subdivision has plans to help the city clean up the park this spring and make the area more attractive for families to use.

Prospect Park

In 1892, the Park Improvement Society, a group of public minded Women, decided the run down and unused cemetery at the corner of Prospect and Cross Streets would be a good place for a public park and the city agreed. Arrangements were mads, bushes uprooted, and the plot was cultivated for two years to get the land in shape.
The Society raised $1,400 to goods the area and walks and drives were put in. There were many pretty trees in the park and the Society set out more of them.

Mr. E. N. Colby secured the cost of constructing a crescent shaped pond which the suggestion of a woman who lived in the area, Mrs. Lucy Osband, was named “Lune Lake”. The plot was turned over to the city in 1894. A Bend Stand and a Dancing Pavilion were added and later, a City Commissioner, Mr. Edward Thompson had a picnic tables set up in the park. Mr. Laidlaw, Head Gardener of the Michigan Central Railroad submitted a landecaps garden plan which was accepted by the Department of Public Works which authorized the Park Improvement Society to procsed with the plans.

A quote from an article in The Commercial, August 18, 1893 states “It (the Park) will supply a long felt want in our City, one that will be thoroughly appraciated by young and old”.

In following years. a Bendetand, a Dance Pavillion, more Picnic Tables, and Swan Boats were added to the Park. Many of these didn't last, but as time has passed, this popular park had been renovated with the help of The Historic East Sade Association and is now a neighborhood place for fun and pleasure.

November 30, 1983, the Michigan Historical Commission of the Michigan Department of State designated Prospect Park as a Michigan Historic Site. A marker at the southwest corner of the park tells a brief history of it. This is the only Ypsilanti Park so designated and it is due to the continued interest of the concerned citizens.

The Children's Room

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, March 1990,
March 1990
Original Images:

Author: Marjorie Gauntlett

This is the first of a series of articles written for you to read and enjoy and perhaps to learn a little more about your City Museum. This house museum is a wonderful example of the Victorian home. It exudes warmth and charm and gives one the feeling it might still be occupied, particulary at special times when the house is filled with people who care.

In the Gleanings this month I am describing the Children's Room which is upstairs in the northeast corner of the house. Future articles will be written about other interesting areas of this house. Through these articles we hope to renew your interest and motivate you to visit us more often. Life in the Victorian Era was interesting and often exciting.

This particular article will tell you a little about the children's room or day nursery. Here the children of the family played and were allowed to be noisy and move about freely. The rocking horse was popular, playing games was fun and dolls were wonderful! with the dolls serving as their “children”.

There are many toys in the room. The shelves in one corner hold games and books which were popular. Some games are called Grandma's Riddle, Dominoes, Puzzles, Grandma's Useful Knowledge, Flags and Crandall's Expression Blocks.

Books and games were treasured by children of this are and were treated with care and respect. They were not easily obtained for all children. Much of the content of early books was concerned with moral teaching, religion and etiquette until 1865 when Lewis Carroll introduced his book Alice in Wonderland. In 1876 Mark Twain published Tom Sawyer followed soon by Huckleberry Finn. These books introduced a new concept of children's life and were the precedent for fun and nonsense. A few examples of our books for children are: Round About Tales, Wee Girls and Boys, Teddy Bears, Mother Goose and Chidren At Home.

At the far and of this pleasant room the “nanny” or children's nurse is sitting in a rocking chair where she can watch over all activites. She is a Martha Chase manikin as is the life size baby doll she holds in her lap. Martha Jenks Chase was the daughter of a physician. She created dolls beginning in 1889 from stockinette and cloth and painted them in oils. Some dolls were fully painted and washable and some were designed for use in hospital training programs. The children's nurse was very important in the Victorian family. She was responsible for much of the children's training especially in large families.

The dolls in the children's room are reminiscent of the late 1800's and early 1900. WE are fortunate to have several china head dolls. The heads were made of glazed china with painted hair and faces. The hair style of these dolls often helps to identify the approximate year they were produced. The bodies were of cloth or leather and the limbs of china or leather. The earliest china dolls had brown eyes. Blue eyes were popular later.

Our doll collection also boasts some lovely dolls with heads made of bisque (unglezed china). These dolls have wigs and open-close eyes and leather bodies. Many of these dolls were first made in Germany and imported by the United States. Some began appearing about 1860. At first these dolls were made in Germany in homes with the whole family involved. This was later expanded to a cottage industry where one family painted faces, another made bodies, others stuffed and sewed, while another family costumed the dolls. Eventually factories opened employing the hometown specialists. Patents were obtained and competition grew. In our children's playroom the dolls are having a tea party with tiny cups and saucers of china made aspecially for their little hands.

We are also fortunate to have Flossie in our doll family. She was made only in the year 1873-1874. She was created of hard rock maple, has mortise and tenon joints and metal hands and feet. She is dressed appropriately according to the late 1800's.

There are several items of doll furniture to help a little girl play house such as a Schoenhut piano introduced about 1872, several doll cradles and a dresser with a mirror.

Boys were interested in outdoor play and you can see examples such as ice skates and sleds. The skates were made of wood and leather. Toy Wagons, blocks, tin soldiers, a drum and some hand made marbles are also exhibited. Toy vehicles such as trucks and fire engines were made of tin and iron. Noah's Ark was a popular toy. We now have two on exhibit one from the late 1800 and another one early 1900.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the Children's Room in the Museum.

Come and visit us soon. See for yourself the wonderful artifacts we have accumulated within the Museum for you to enjoy.

Marjorie Gauntlett

Events at the Museum for February and March

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, February 1979,
February 1979
Original Images:

February 11th-at the Museum-two until four

Diane Anderson will hold a valentine making party which will be held especially for children--adults invited.

February 18th-at the Museum-three until five

At this general meeting of our society Ruth Reynolds will speak on and answer questions about--Victorian costuming throughout the day--what Milday wore morning, noon and night. Ruth will use as examples the clothes from our collection.


March 18th-at the Museum-three until five

At this general meeting the “SWEET ADELINE” singing group will entertain with a medley of early American songs for the first part of the program and a sing-a-long for the second.

March 25th -at the Museum-two until four

Esther Ensign, Jane Salcau and Jane Bird will demonstrate for all ages just how to decorate eggs for Easter.

Spotlighting Our Volunteers

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, September 1978,
September 1978
Original Images:

Ethel O'Connor-One who has been a faithful worker since our days in the present building is Ethel O'Connor who resides with her friend, Gertrude Murray. Ethel has been in charge of scheduling sixty volunteers for the past eight years, and has also arranged for special groups to visit the Museum. To save postage, the schedule is planned for six months and each volunteer receives a copy. She also acts as a hostess at least once a month, and frequently assists with special groups. Her assistance is invaluable and she approaches her assign-ments with interest and enthusiasm. Her activity in telling children about the Museum is similar to her activity as a “master teacher.” She is a most cooperative person, meets the public extremely well and is a highly valued volunteer.

Besides her Museum duties, Ethel assisto with Mass at the Parkview Nursing Facility once a week, for which she schedules helpers. She is a monthly worker at the Thrift Shop and has held office in that organization.

In April of this year, Ethel was given an an award at the annual meeting of the Michigan Federation of Women's Clubs for being “Miss Club Woman”.

She has been active, and has held offices in the Women's Study Club in this city.

All of these activities show what a worthwhile life Ethel leads in her retirement.

Ethel's garden is beautifully kept, too, which as any gardener knows requires time and energy.


We, at the Museum have found Ruth Reynolds to be an interest-ed and a knowledgeable help with the clothing. She does a fine job of mending and organizing our collection. As she says, she has the ‘expertise’ for doing the work. Ruth is also a very pleasant person and we are glad to see her come on Tuesday morning. She very kindly wrote the following brief article about herself for us.

Ruth Reynolds-Dorothy Disbrow asked me to write an autobio-graphy about one paragraph long. That will be a hard thing to do, to condense my long and active life into one para-graph. Therefore, I will tell some of the activities that have prepared me for the work I am now doing at the Historical Museum.

I lived in Plymouth, Indiana during my growing-up years. As a small lass of seven or eight years old, I remember sewing for dolls. We called them “penny dolls.” They were made of china, with movable arms, were about 2” long and cost a penny. I also learned to crochet about this time. In the 7th grade I was in the first sewing class in the public schools. The regular grade teacher knew very little about sewing, so we worked out the instructions together. During World War I I learned to knit. Up until I was through Bus-iness College and working, I had had one ready-made dress and one ready-made coat. All my clothes were made by my mother and some I made myself.

In due course I was married and had two girls to clothe. And as I had been taught I also made all their clothes, dresses, coats, hats, underwear, etc. Whenever there was a sewing class or a course in arts and crafts that I could conven-iently attend I did so, always wanting to learn more. Just this last winter I took a course in “Stretch and Sew”.

After my husband passed on I retired and moved from Somerville, New Jersey back to Plymouth. In order to have something to keep me busy I taught knitting in the local department store for about a year and a half. I also trained as a Laubach teacher and have taught this method of “Each One Teach One” off and on for twelve years. At the present time I tutor two pup-ils.

In 1957 I had the opportunity to travel to the Holy Lands by way of Egypt. Most of the momentoes I brought back were dress materials, linens and beautiful hand work.

About a year before I moved to Ypsilanti from Plymouth the R.S. V.P. gave me a job at the Marshall County Historical Society with the title of “Curator of Antique Costumes”. I thought I was just a “patcher-upper”. After moving to Ypsilanti a little over a year ago, the R.S.V.P. placed me in the Ypsilanti His-torical Museum doing the same kind of work. I serve three hours a week and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am still learn-more about sewing from these antique costumes. But I must admit I prefer modern clothing.

My mother often said: “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” I have endeavored to follow this advice in sewing and hand crafts.


NOTICE! Do you, or any of your friends or relatives have any hobbies or collections that you would like to have on display at the Museum? We would like to know about them. Please call the Museum: 482-4990 (mornings) or 483-3236

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