Museum News

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, February 1974,
February 1974
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Publisher: Ypsilanti Historical Society

Sunday, February 17, Mr. Alister MacDonald will talk informally about Antique Furniture, specifically about our Museum pieces.

Sunday, March 17, Mrs. G. L. McPeek of Ann Arbor will demonstrate bobbin lace making. Hopefully Mrs. McPeek will be able to show us how to use our 1903 loom and bobbins.

And don't forget the Museum “Treasures Galore” Rummage Sale from 9:00–5:00, May 18 at the Carriage House behind City Hall. You may call Miss Milliman 483-3236 or Mrs. Walton 482-8354, for information if you have items which you wish to donate for the sale.

We hope that all who contributed so generously to the front hall redecoration fund are as pleased as are all of us at the Museum. Funds for this project came from many sources; personal contributions, organizations, and contributions in memory of Mrs. Mabel Stadtmiller. Aside from our thanks to all involved, we owe much to Mr. Lynn Holly for his advice, long hours and most especially for his patience. Do stop in to see the results!

LaRea Swarts
At the February General Meeting of the Society the following were elected to the Board of Directors: Mrs. Arthur J Howard (2nd term), Miss Doris Milliman and Mr. Thomas Tobias, Jr.
At the Board meeting following, Dr. William Edmunds was re-elected President and Dr. Elizabeth Warren, Vice-President.

The Board members are: Dr. Edmunds, Dr. Warren, Mr. Carl Scheffler, Mr. T.Tobias, Mr. Alan Stewart (former President), Mr. James Westfall (Treasurer of the Society), Mrs. Howard, Miss Milliman and Mrs. Ward Swarts, Museum Director.

January-February 1974
A most cordial welcome to our new members-

ANDERSON, Wendell G. & Family 1139 W. Huron River Belleville
ANGELOCCI, Angello 963 Sherman
ARDIS, Evart 505 Fiarview
BINDER, David A., Mr & Mrs. 1014 Nash
BIRD, Paul George, Mrs. 1302 Collegewood
BUTLER, Gerald 1930 Roosevelt
CICARELLI, Suzanne 1001 Washtenaw
COX, Joe H., Mr. 1215 Pearl
DIEBOLD, R.J., Mr. & Mrs. 479 Dougls
HOLLOWAY, Amy 1806 Whittier
HARRIS, John 1824 Roosevelt
HARRIS, Victoria 1824 Roosevelt
HARRISON, Albert G. & Family 214 W. Forest Avenue
HEFLEY, Theodore & Family 1005 Grant
JACKSON, Frederick & Family 312 W. Ainsworth
KIRKENDALL, John 1407 W. Cross
LAMMING, Dorothy 775 Washtenaw Apt #6
Chaffing, David, Mr. & Mrs. 2165 Midvale
MAY, George, Mr. & Mrs. 1480 Collegewood
MILLER, Jack C. 206 Middle Drive
MORTIMORE, J.A., Mrs. 420 N. Huron
OBERMEYER, Maxi A., Jr, Mr & Mrs. 1344 Arroyo
POITRAS, Warren E. 2696 Lowell Rd. Ann Arbor
SMITH, Herbert C., Mr. & Mrs. 1318 Collegewood

SPRATT, O.B.,Mrs. 213 Oak Street

Mrs. Fred Dieterle

Mr. Martin D. Opem
Eighteenth Century U.S. Naval Coat

Mr. Ray W. Binns
Antique wooden mail box

Miss Evangeline Lewis
“Sigma Nu” Spoon & pin

Miss Gertrude Murray
Black fur cape, sewing baskets, Valentines, lace & embroidery pieces, “Almanacs” (1896–1911), high' buttoned shoes, 3 pictures

Mr. James Westfall
Photographs of G.A.R. encampment Ypsilanti 1911

Mr. Vann Seiber
“Bank of Ypsilanti” five dollar note, dated 1839

Reverend Elton Weatherly
His hand painted mural of “Old Depot”-given to Museum last summer but until recently in Sesqui centennial Hall.

Dr. & Mrs. George May
Three pair of long lace curtains for second floor windows.

Mr. James Weir Ann Arbor
Old lithograph of G.Washington greeting Mary. McKinley's Spanish American wartime cabinet (Photograph). From estate of late Mrs. R. E. Weir

Mr. Jerome Lamb
Old photograph of Alice Gilbert taken along Huron River. Copy of obit. of C. K. Lamb.

“The Advisor” Ann Arbor
Inside pictures of Museum taken last summer at time of Sesquicentennial.

George Edmunds
Illustrated chart showing the development of Colonial candlemaking.

Mrs. A. D. Allen Bay City, Michigan
Plate racks to be used for display purposes

Miss Eileen Harrison
Old valentine-phtograph of Marna Osband, Postal card of old Prospect School and many negative of the disasterous “Ypsilanti Press” Fire

Mrs. Walter E. Tubbs (from the estate of the late Mrs. F. S. Leach)
Two wooden bowls, vegetable chopper and butter mixer which came from the hardware store of H. C. Stoddard, Mrs. Leach's father, in Reed City, Michigan and are at least 110 years old.

SPRATT, O.B.,Mrs. 213 Oak Street


Mrs. Albert Walton (estate of Mable Stadtmiller)
Large crockery churn used by Mrs. Stadtmiller's mother-Over 100 years of age. Identification tag-Civil Defense. Mrs Stadtmiller's letter of resignation as City Treasurer-1951.

Mrs. John Pappas
Advertising card from “H. Hutchins & Co 5 & 10 Store” Ypsilanti from 1923

Miss Donna Baker
“Ypsilanti Centennial Clippings” scrapbook June 1923-given to Miss Baker by 1973 Centennial Committee

Mrs. Lorenz Kisor
Formal suit once belonging to H. P. Glover-Mrs. Kisor's grandfather. Two pocketbooks purchased in Paris in 1923 by Mrs. Kisor-one containing quaint cigarette holder. Beeded purse belonging to Mrs. Kisor's mother-containing her calling cards. Various types of hand-made lace

Mrs. James Weir Ann Arbor
Gold headed cane given to Mr. Don Louis Davis by his mother, Mrs. Parmenio Davis. Don Louis Davis' maternal Uncle, Delos Showerman was Village President 1852, his father, Dr. Parmenio Davis was Mayor from 1861 to 1870 and he was Mayor 1898–9

Miss Doris Milliman, Museum Director for the last three years, has resigned her position. Much was accomplished at the Museum during her tenure. We know that she will continue her interest for at the February General Meeting of the Society she was elected to the Board of Directors. Mrs. Ward Swarts, already an active worker at the Museum, has taken over as Director.

The Museum Christmas Party was so well attended that we are already making plans for a bigger and better one for 1974.
If you remember the overwhelming success of the Children's Heritage Day last July 3rd, you will be interested to know that Mrs. Albert Barrett and her co-workers have done it again with a Childrens' Valentine Making event on Saturday, February 3rd. We wonder how many of those cherished “originals” will find their way to future museums.
On Saturday and Sunday, January 19–20, Mrs. Jorge Calzado skillfully demonstrated the craft of ceramic painting, using the fascinating Beatrix Potter characters. Mrs. Calzado and her daughter also displayed many of her beautifully painted ceramics.
The Antiques Group of the faculty wives of E.M.U. visited the museum on Thursday, January 29 with Miss Doris Milliman as hostess.
Mrs. Robert L. Isaacson will bring her Cub Scouts to see the Museum exhibits on Thursday, February 8th.

News from the Museum

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, February 1973,
February 1973
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The "Christmas in Williamsburg" program at Ardis School on November 14 sponsored by the Presentation Committee of the Museum was an unqualified success. The day was a typical November one-miserable-but plus all of the tickets sold ahead of time over 96 were sold at the door. Well over $500 was made by this venture. The Committee wishes to thank everyone who so willingly helped.

The All City Christmas Tree Trimming Party on Sunday afternoon, December 10th was also most successful! Over one hundred people came-greeted friends-saw slides of our historical homes-laughed at the old magic lantern slides-sang Christmas carols and brought lovely tree ornaments. The Committee wishes to thank all who made this affair a success and a special thanks to all the ladies who donated such delicious Christmas cookies. If you went to visit the Christmas Around the World display in the Old Greystone Hotel over the holidays we are sure you were impressed by the panorama display “First Christmas in Ypsilanti” seen there. Our display was made by our members Miss Eileen Harrison, Miss Betty Tunnicliffe and Miss Tunnicliffe's father, Karl Tunnicliffe.

Through the auspices of the Display Committee local artisans will show and demonstrate their skills at the Museum. Our member Mr. Gordon Struble demonstrated the art of spinning on January 20th and 27th. Future craft demonstrations will be, quilting, candle making, Easter Egg decorating, the art of needlepointing and doll making. Please watch our local papers for further information about these demonstrations.

Recent Acquisitions

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, February 1973,
February 1973
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Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lee
SMITH'S GEOGRAPHY for 1850 curved hoof knife (on loan) sheep shears-Michigan corn husking knife-draw shavepig scraper-2 “clevis”-corn husker (hand) implement to take “never slip” clips from hooves in winter.

Mrs. Olin II. Wyman

Lovely parasol-once owned by Goldie Belle Shephere 1902–03 Ypsi. State Normal.

Mrs. F. Albert Walton

Books-old bottles-spice containers-cosmetic bottles-1920 ballot form-mason jar lids-legal forms-city maps-Christmas cards-old news-papers-diary of Aretas A. Bedell-souvenir folders-legal form made out by late Judge Stadtmiller.

Marian Peebles
Calendar-from the year 1776 to 1978

Mr & Mrs Charles Roberts
easel-newspaper article on Roberts School-copy of Civil War letter.

Miss Jane Foreman
three bouguets of dried flowers 2 in the parlot-one in the hall way.

Mr & Mrs Howard Woodruff
red plush trolly seat from old inter-urban line portrait-Great grandma Cheeseman portrait-G.A.R. reunion in Detroit-Great grandpa Cady in picture-3 books

old fashioned egg carrier (kitchen upstairs in Museum


brown earthenware crock (kitchen)

James & Mary Westfall
Rawsonville School bell used by Joel Barlon who died in 1852 Board of Health, 1918 notice-“Persons suffering from Colds are asked to Withdraw, by order of Bd. of Health”

Mrs. J. Don Lawrence
Hand made mouse trap-in upstairs kitchen

Mrs Buelah Hankinson Foster & Miss Lucille Hankinson

2 piece dress and a jacket once belonging to Kate Arnold Hankinson-their mother-photo album-“Souvenir of Ypsi” booklet

Miss Winnifred Elliott
2 brass trays-brass inkwell-brass candlesticks

Mrs. Alan L. Moore
two white woven bedspreads string of old-fashioned Christmas tree lights

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Meyer
Large metal lard can “Home Rendered Lard-Alban & Augustus, Ypsilanti, Michigan”

Mrs. Howard Wanty

“Souvenir of Ypsilanti” booklet

Miss Fannie Beal
China plate with lithograph on it of First C, urch in America-formerly owned by Mrs Harvey (Everett) Klemmer of Ypsilanti

Mrs. Effie L. Warren
Brown pointed shoes worn by Mrs. Warren's mother about 1900

Mr. Wayne H. Predmore, Sr.

Japanese Tea service-in upstairs kitchen cabinet

Mrs. Casmir Bobinski
Large package of “lamp black” from Michigan Ladder Co-Ypsi.

Mirss Elizabeth Warrell

Newspaper articles-souvenir folders and programs from 1949 E.M.U. celebration

Mrs. Hazel Culluis
small straight wooden chair-black jewelry box inlaid with mother of pearl-wall mirror-100 yrs old with hand painted on glass picture at top.

Mrs. Robert R.Anscheutz
kitchen “pie chest”, 2 children's books-canvas folding portmaneau-3 Persian rugs (on loan basis)

Mr. A.F.Sith

Blue spot light to be used for display exhibits

Mr. Ralph Smallidge
Metal shelving to be used for display and storage purposes.

Mr. Foster Fletcher
Boxes of Christmas balls and other Christmas decoration.

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Chapman
Boxes of Christmas balls and Christmas window hangings.

Mrs. Lorne Kennedy, Jr.
Hand knit baby sox-flannel petticoat for baby-black and white waist-navy sun bonnet

Miss-Lillian Ashby
Bone glove stretcher-button hook with semi-precious stone handle from England-“Song Knapsack”-school song book-Sections from N.Y. Times on 1932 World's Fair

Miss Betty Tunnicliffe
small pottery pitcher for Children's room-collection of Cappaign buttons from 1896 to 1972-1972-1972 Presidential campaign material.

Miss Jane Foreman
“Nature” wreath made by Miss Foreman and others of the Ypsilanti Garden Club.

Mrs Lawrence Klatt
Notebook-”A Selection of Historical Homes in Ypsilanti-Photographs and Information” Prepared in partial fulfillment of a course at E.M.U.

Mrs. E.S. Bnrkhejser

two photographs-one of Rosalee Clifford-one of her home-one Military button

Charles K.Bohn
Many photographs of New York Central train wreck at Ypsi.

Dr. Harry Smith
Slides of Wm. Post Home (2) Jeness House, Mansion House at Willow Run-Kiser Home-Breakey Home.

Mrs. Otis A. Tooze
1844 Poll book of Ypsilanti Township and Ypsilanti City

Mr. Elmer Wisner
Victorian wicker rocking chair in Museum “parlor”

Mrs. Laura Kerbyson
1923 clipping from Ypsi. paper giving important dates and events prior to Centennial

Mr & Mrs John Elwell
“Eastern Echo” August 1972-Screen for projector

Mr. James Westfall (found in attic of Episcopal Church)
original charter of “Degree of Honor Protective Asso”

Jothan and Aurilla Stevens Goodell

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, December 1973: Pioneers of the Ypsilanti Area,
December 1973
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Author: Rilla Dunlap

Date: 1931

This reminisce was written in 1931 by Rilla Dunlap, neice of Aurilla Goodell, for a Goodell family reunion and a copy of the original article was recently given to the Museum Archives by Mr. J. Williams of Owosso, Michigan.

“Aurilla Stevens Goodell was my mother's sister. My mother died when I was eighteen months old. My father broke up housekeeping to go to California to work in the gold mines. I was taken to your grandmother's with an older sister when nearly three, raised with and as one of the family.

Aurilla Stevens was born in the town of Painted Post, Steuben County, New York State, the oldest of a family of four. She came to Michigan with some neighbors when a young woman, leaving her father, mother, brothers and sisters. Quite an undertaking I should say. From Detroit she rode an Indian pony to what is now Ypsilanti, following an Indian trail of notches cut in the trees.
At that time Ypsilanti consisted of one large log house, termed Woodruff's Tavern, and some half-dozen smaller cabin homes.

She hired out to Woodruffs to card and spin. In those days people had to spin and weave cloth for their clothing; cloth made from flax or woven from wool, whichever they were fortunate enough to have. How much later her parents and family came, I do not know, but they settled about Cheasening and St. Charles.
Now here is where your grandfather Goodell appeared upon the scene. One year after her coming to Ypsilanti, he came. I do not know just what part of New York State was his home. At that time he was a widower and left three children back there with friends, Joel, Ancel and Ambrose. His work at that time was what they called making shake, using them to roof their homes with. After cutting legs the right length and splitting them as thin as possible, holding them on a wooden business they made called a horse, with drawing knife they were shaved down thin enough to use.

After being acquainted one year, Aurilla Stevens and Jothan Goodell were married, (1826 at Woodruff's Grove), came out about five miles northeast of Ypsilanti, bought the eighty acres of land later owned by their late grandson, M.Austin Kanouse, buying it from the government at one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, where they lived their remaining years, died and were buried from their old home.

Their first home was a one room log shanty they built after chopping a clearing for it. A fireplace was built of stone and mud in one end and that was where they did their cooking. Their floor was boards split from logs as thin as possible. Their first meal was eaten sitting on what floor was lain with their dishes and food between them, their feet resting on the ground. Their dishes consisted of a few cracked plates, old knives and forks given them by the Woodruffs where she worked.

Their first bed was built with holes bored in the logs, poles put in with legs fastened in, strips of Basswood bark peeled from trees lain on, their blankets lain over them. I have heard her say for three years to keep hot warm when she went out was a square of flannel for a shawl.

Bears, wolves, and wild turkeys were plentiful, and Indians but friendly. Your grandfather was quite an expert in curing the hides of animals he killed, which helped them out. Their first brooms were made from a hickory stick, selecting a smooth stick, of the right size, peeling the bark, then placing one end of it in warm water, holding it in the vice with his foot, he would peel down little fine shavings, leaving them fastened near the end. When this brush was large enough, he would tie them tight over the end with a leather thong, then shave off the upper part for a right sized handle for a broom.

They fenced a little yard around the house with bars to protect themselves. I have heard her say, in spending the evening at Pines (Benjamin Pine and his wife, Mary, were neighbors), the wolves would follow them home. Could see their tracks in the frost on the bars in the morning. In felling a tree, it struck one corner of the house, knocking their gun down and damaging it so they could not use it. A very large bear got in the enclosure. Jothan told her to watch it while he ran to Pines and borrowed a gun. She climbed a ladder and went on top of the house. It came and put its feet on the rounds of the ladder then went a little out of sight. She climbed down, grabbed an axe, got in and closed the door and said if it tried to get in the window she would chop its feet off. They did not get it that time, but did later. A very large bear. They had a trough with soap grease covered over. One night he came and they heard him. He got their soap grease and a small pig the same night.

With grease scraps and lye made from ashes they made their own soap. Years later they had a neighbor living across from them. I have heard your grandmother tell it many times. This neighbor had a nice long handled skimmer hanging up, bright, shining and new. She said she often wished she had one like it. Well they made a trough of soap, had it under a shed covered over. They went out one morning and found most of their soap was gone. But lying right there was the skimmer covered with soap. She took it in, washed it and hung it up in plain sight. No one came to claim it, so she had the skimmer.

In speaking of hard winters, I remember their telling at. that time they had gotten quite a start. A piece of ground cleared corn planted and a garden. At that time they had one cow and a heifer calf. There came a hard frost in July killing. everything. He had to fell trees for his stock to browse to keep them alive through the winter.

How long they lived in the log cabin, I do not know. My first recollections are of a frame house, old and weatherbeaten, two large rooms, one bedroom off the west room, a large pantry off the east, two large fireplaces, one in each room. The girls had the bed room, old people a bed in the west room. Mine was a little trundle bed, shoved under the bed in the morning, pulled out at night.

They were a hard working couple and frugal. He did not believe much in higher education, reading writing and arithmetic being the essentials. I think for years they made most of their money raising blooded cattle and horses. Always managed to have a farm for his sons when they married, daughters had money.

He was a great reader himself, as far as news of the times was concerned. He never went to church. On Sunday afternoon the Bible was the book they read the most. Never allowed any work done on the Sabbath except that which was essential. I do not think he ever had a law suit. His work was as good as his bond any time. I never remember his having any trouble with his neighbors. Never heard him use an oath, his loudest word when angry was “dum it”.

Eight children were born to them. Mary, who lived to be three, William, Hart, Aurilla, Pike, Harriett, Solon and Henry.

Jothan Goodell was born in 1798, died July 24th, 1871 aged 73 years.

Aurilla Stevens Goodell was born in the year 1803, died January 28th, 1880, aged 77 years and five months.”


When Jothan Goodell died the COMMERCIAL, July 29, 1871, made special mention of his passing:

Mr. Goodell was one of the first settler in the Township of Superior *. He lived on the farm he bought at Government prices forty-six years ago, and with his own hands he cleared the land, and made it one of the best farms in the County. Honest and industrious he went down like a shock of corn fully ripe.

The section of Washtenaw County where Jothan and Aurilla lived was originally called Panama Township. The WASHTENAW COUNTY HISTORY FOR 1881 says:


In the history of Ypsilanti it will be shown that the district now known as Superior formed a portion of that township. On June 30, 1828, the Legislative Council enacted: 'That from and after the passage of this act, all that part of the township of Ypsilanti lying north, including township numbered 1 and 2 south, range number 7 east, in the county of Washtenaw be, and the same is, hereby set off as a township, by name PANAMA, and that the first township meeting be held at the house of John McCormick; provided, that nothing of this act shall affect the assessment or collection of taxes heretofore assessed in the township of Ypsilanti.! This new division comprised the present townships of Salem and Superior. In 1831, under authority given by the act of the Legislative Council, the people of the southern part of Panama organized the township of Superior. Henry Kimmel gave it its present name.

John McCormick died in 1833. He came to Michigan in 1825 from Steuben County, New York. Henry Kimmel (1784–1865) came about 1825 from Stoyestown, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was a neighbor of the Goodell family. We do not know why Panama Township was so named-or who named it. Obviously, Henry Kimmel felt his township was ‘Superior'.


A little more about the Goodell family. In 1917 Solon Goodell, son of Jothan, wrote to Mrs. Patrick R. Cleary as follows:

…My father Jothan Goodell and grandfather Leyman Stevens came to Michigan in 1824 in the employ of one Godfroy. They helped pole a flat boat up the Huron River all the way from Lake Erie with a loan of goods and landed finally at a point about where an old tannery was built known as Howlands tannery… Father brought three small boys, son of a former wife and they stayed about one year and were sent back to Watertown (New York) where they came from. In 1848, they visited Michigan, grown men, one of them on his way to California, and the boys wished to see the place where they had landed on the Huron River. Father took them and the other family that he had acquired in his lumber wagon and drove to Ypsilanti and pointed to the place. I remember father saying, ‘there was no rail road bridge there, boys, when we came'. Then father drove to the place where he last camped. by the way they poled the boat by day and went ashore at night. The last camp was, as father stated, a place called Woodruff's Grove… I will say from memory that father continued in the employ of Mr. Godfroy for one year. Mother was employed by the Woodruff family as a domestic…

Solon Goodell (1840–1920) from Denton was State Representative and State Senator two terms each-and was also the grandfather of our member, Miss Ada Holmes.



William Watts friend and employer.
Came, with his family, to Ypsilanti in 1828. One of the first Trustees of the Village of Ypsilanti. Postmaster from 1829 to 1837.
“Mr. Norris was an enterprising and energetic man, and up to the time of his death, had probably bought and sold, built and improved, more than any man in Washtenaw County.”

fr. Washtenaw County History, 1881

She was going to cut the toes off a bear with her axe if the bear tried to get into her house.

Museum News

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1974,
April 1974
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…There are over 5,000. in the nation, and hundreds of thousands of Americans belong to them and participate in their programs… Almost all of them are small, quiet, unassuming organizations. Without much fuss, they perform a myriad of good works… Their collective achievements represent a remarkable record of success. Almost all of these historical societies operate on the knife-edge of starvation…How they manage to survive and perform so well has always mystified me.

Perhaps one of our bicentennial goals as a nation should be to strengthen our historical societies. It would be a wise investment in the future of America. The strength of this nation resides in strong communities, and no other organization makes a greater contribution to community life than our local historical societies.

May 12 (Sunday) 3–5 Open House General Meeting-at the home of Evangeline Lewis-415 N. Huron
May 17–18 Rummage Sale in carriage House back of City Hall
220 N. Huron
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
2–4 P.M.
Telephone 482-4990

New Members

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1974,
April 1974
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A most cordial welcome to our new members:

Baker, Donna I.
745 N. Mansfield

Burns, Joanne
2843 Golfside

Butts, Ward Judson & family
935 N. Prospect Street

Calkins Kingsley, Mr. & Mrs.
1327 Collegewood

Davis, Daniel James
E-6 Fine Grove Aportments

Gaudy, Harold, Mrs.
1439 Gregory

Graham, Scott, Mr. & Mrs.
121 N. Huron, Apt “2

Harris, J.J.
401 Lawrence, A.A. 48104

Miracle, Ernest Lloyd
306 N. Adams, Apt 4.

Swope, Barbara
105 N. Normal

Szabo, James D.
127 Best-E.M.U.

Turner, Robert H.
1725 Grogory

Wilson, Nina
1573 S. Congress, Apt A-5

Wood, Nelson
302 College Place

Worden, Frank, Mrs.
706 E. Forest

Recent Acquisitions

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1974,
April 1974
Original Images:

Mrs. Russell Watts St Petersburg, Florida
Doily belonging to her grandmother

Dr. George May
Postalcard (1913) Training School of Normal College

Mrs. O.B. Spratt
Photograph of float from 1914 Fourth of July parade.

Mrs. Glenn Seaver
Sheet music from “The Centennial”—“Corn Chant” and “Scalp Dance”

William B. Hatch Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.
Booklet on “Ypsilanti, Michigan” issued by Chamber of Commerce (undated)-Hatch letters.

“Willow Run Bomber Plant 1941–1945” research paper.

Mr. Phelps Crouse
“Star” family genealogy-Mrs. Star was P. Crouse's grandmother. Newspaper clippings concerning Ypsilanti events. World War One Detroit newspapers.

Mr. Worden E. Geer
Twenty-four folding chairs to be used at meetings.

Miss Ada Holmes
Two postals-“Congress Street” and street scene of Wayne.

Ypsilanti Postoffice
Framed montage of Ypsilanti Postmasters prepared by late postmaster Wesley Dawson.

Mr. George Elliott
Packages of Ypsilanti Savings Bank Adv. “Your Heritage”-written by E. Harrison

Ann Arbor Bank
Three copies of 1895 Washtenaw County Map.

Mrs. Lorenz Kisor
Ecru corded satin, lace trimmed wedding dress worn by Mrs. Hal Glover in 1894 and by Mrs. Kisor (her daughter) in 1929. Wedding shoes, hose and gloves used by Mrs. Kisor

Mrs, Alex Fox

Ver old ladder back chair which came from the Henry Platt home on E. Cross Street-found there when Mr. Mrs. Fox purchased the home in the 1920 ties. 21 Civil War letters from a relative of Mrs. Fox's.

Miss R.L. Boughner
Civil war letters given to Miss Boughner by Miss Bessie Whitaker, daughter of the writer, Spier Whitaker, Confederate soldier from North Carolina.

Mr. James Cosgrove
“Mazda” incandescent light bulb made between 1925–1930.

Mrs. Albert Barrett
A Petoskey Stone-The State Stone of Michigan since 1965.

Mr. Carl W. Signor
2 ceiling fans & blades from an old ice cream parlor-marble top and back of bathroom sink-gandy-dancer pick head-old railroad car coupling-2 hand carved wooden spreaders for dressing meats.

Ypsilanti Historical Society Newsletter, January 1972

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Ypsilanti Gleanings
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Publisher: Ypsilanti Historical Society

Date: January 1972

Get PDF: ypsigleanings/1972-Jan.pdf

THE MYSTERY SOLVED-One day when Eileen Harrison was at the Museum Mr. Wayne H. Predmore, Sr., came in to give our Museum other items beside THS TOOL CHEST. (See acquisitions list). And so the MYSTERY of the donor of our fascinating gift is SOLVED. Mr. Predmore told Eileen that the chest was built by his Uncle, Mr. H.W. Predmore, a graduate of Michigan Agricultural College where he learned cabinet making. The uncle, Mr. Predmore and Mr. Predmore's father, all worked in Detroit making oak frames for early automobiles. Mr. Predmore recalls that they had two deers on the left and one on the right for the driver. This was when he was working for Overland Motor Company. The uncle also worked for C.H. Wilson body company. He was a photographic buff and did his own printing and developing. Mr. Predmore says most of the pictures in the caseare schoolmates of the Uncle.


We are pleased to report that Mrs. Sally Robinson is improving after her recent operation. However, we are sorry to report, that because of her ill health Sally will have to give up the position of Corresponding Secretary for the Society. We hope that she continues to improve and that even after she leaves Ypsilanti for as other city she will be able to come to our meetings.


Mr. Alan Stewart has in is possession a beautiful piece of cherry wood and from it he plans to make a base for our Congressional Medal of Homer-which will be one of the permanent displays in the Civil War Room. Mrs. Carl Miller reports that the Special Civil War cases, made by Mr. Lee Boatwright. Just need to be stained and should soon be delivered and set up in the Museum.


On Saturday morning, January 15th, Miss Doris Milliman and other members of the Daughters of the American Revolution moved the D.A.R. records from their vault in the Public Library to their new location in our Museum. We are very pleased and proud to have the records of this organisation, and other organisations as well, at the Museum.


On Saturday afternoon, January 15th, members of our local American Association of University Women, braving the sere temperature outside, (and the not too warm temperature inside our building), met and heard one of the Society members give a brief talk on Ypsilanti from 1824 until the present day.


On Monday, January 24th, a third grade classfrom Ardin School, with their teacher, Mrs. Audrey Sperling, (and her assistant), took a bus tour of Ypsilanti seeing our Historical spots and a tour of the Museum. Members of the Society acted as guides on the bus trip and in the Museum. This is the second time that Society Members have acted as guides for the local school children on one of their “field trip” and we hope that there will be many more such affairs.


Come in and see the tool chest and our other new acquisitions-and while hers sign up to WORK-there is much to be done still before evening date.

December - January Acquisitions for the Museum

Donor Items
George & E. Mary Campbell 2313 Packard Road, Ann Arbor dell house & furniture
1880 Hammond typewriter
Child's blocks
black derby-fr. C.S. Wertley store
seven petticoats
two aprase
seven shirt waists
handmade hat
child's clothing
two piece navy blue dress
bureau scarf
Michigan Alumnus” 1924-
Illus. Price list-
Agri. Fair programs
“Life on Farm”-Wm. Lambio
A. A. railroad
adv. fan
old books
through Mr. E. Abbott from Wiedman
Automobile Agency-
Nine boxes letters and records
George Fox
3380 Pittsview Drive.
Ann Arber
Model (made by George) of Supreme Court
Building in Washington
Thrift Shop-through Mrs. Alan Stewart One coin silver napkin ring with legend
“H. P. Platt 1859”
Mrs. Wesley Dawsen
1587 S. Congress
“Aurora” for 1912 & 1913
Township plates of Washtenaw County
Standard Atlas of Washtenaw County-1915
A Friend partial brick-“original brick-Ladies”
Literary Club building
Dr. Wm. Edmunds
1303 Westmereland
Plaque formerly in front hall of Beyer
Hospital-“Federal Works Agency, War Public
Works, Philip B. Fleming, Major General, U. S. A.,
Federal Works Administrator, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, President of the United States
Ypsilanti Hospital 1944”
A Friend old fence wire
A Friend copies of YPSILANTI DAILY 1906 and
YPSILANTI EVENING PRESS 11/15/1904-1/8/1904
A Friend American flag with forty-five stars
Miss Eleaner Mesten
203 S. Huren
old books-including one “My First Book”
written by Miss Meston-letter from Miss
Meston to her sister describing 1922 trip
to French and Belgium battlefields
A “Friend” THE MILK INDUSTRY IN MICHIGAM AND AGRICULTURAL ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 1933 by Frederick J. Peters (term paper for History Class t E.M.U.)
Mr. Wayne H. Predmore, Sr.
4901 Merritt Road
Tool chest
Shee repair outfit
Heavy jack
Fender rasp
Flerible carpenter's tool
floor place
Sheep shears
Hinge measure
Angle place
Saw set
Cushioned chisel
Silver butter dish
silver plated tea pet, sugar bowl
small bowl
grass seed measure
a “Friend” wig for dress model
A “Friend” photograph-“Ray Battery Team”
Thrift Shop vest pocket dictionary-1893
(Through Mrs.Fred older)
Chandelier-for one of the rooms
Mrs. Clare Anderson
702 Pearl
Records & minutes of Senior Citizens when this group met at the Episcopal Church
Mrs. A. L. Moore
914 Pleasant Drive
2 old L. C. Smith typewriters (about 50 yrs)
Electric Board Teaching Machine-on Michigan
Biographical material on Charles Moore family

Ypsilanti Historical Society Newsletter, November 1971

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Publisher: Ypsilanti Historical Society

Date: November 1971

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A sincere welcome to all new members of the Society.

THANK YOU, AGAIN—Since January first of 1971 to the present time over 70 people have contributed items to the Museum and the Archival collection, These gifts have all been catalogued. We regret that space just does not permit the listing of each and every donor-but all gifts are appreciated. In the future we plan to list the name of each contributor and gift in this Newsletter.

THANK YOU, AGAIN—To the ladies of the Antique Group of Eastern Michigan University Faculty Women who have voluntarily given of their time and ability to start the arrangement of our many books in the second floor Library room of the Museum. Also THANK YOU, AGAIN = to the members of the Historical Society man and women = who have spent many hours scrubbing floors, walls, shelves, setting up cases, doing carpentry work and storing exhibit materials.

THANK YOU, AGAIN—Sometime in October a very kind person stopped in at City Hall, there was no one at the Museum, got the front door key from Roberta Miller and put up in the front room a most magnificent tool chest = first made in 1907 and “revised” in 1917. It is a most unusual item and one which will fascinate Museum visitors for a long time to come. UNFORTUNATELY-a slip of paper with the name of the donor has been “misplaced” (surely not lost). and we know not whom to thank. If anyone knows anything about this gift wen't you please contact us.

DID YOU KNOW That according to the “Market reports” listed in the “Commercial” for 1871 (November) butter was selling for twenty five cents a pound and eggs for twenty five cents a dozen.

DID YOU KNOW that we have an egg box from the Charles King Grocery store in the Museum? The King Grocery store in 1871 was at the corner (S.W.) of Congress (now Michigan) and Huron. Mr. King's residence was at the n.e. corner of Pearl and Adams.

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