William Lambie Diary, 1878

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1985,
April 1985
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January 2- Saw a great light in the sky at 3 in the morning. The boys and I went down and found the farmers store burning and 5 others-a sad sight-this store 3 times robbed and now burned-we will lose by it-Robert did not get home until 9.

January 3- The boys helped get the safe out of the Farmers store-Insurance $10,000 on $15,000 goods.
4 bags of Clover seed from Thrashing-maybe 5 bushels and more than we expected.

January 8- Went to Ann Arbor to the meeting of Washtenaw Mutual Insurance Company and saw part of the new Court House-Boys sold Pork.

January 15- Paid Rexford $5.50 for Church seat rental-middle of winter and living on buckwheat cakes and pork-Robert's old black sheep died.

January 17- Wife and I to Pittsfield and met John Campbell and his bride and a party of intelligent friends-a double feast-took Mrs. A. Campbell home and left wife to take care of sick Mrs. Wm. Campbell. Gave Julia Camp an order on Wm. Campbell for $40.

January 19- Farmers store to get $11,000. insurance.

January 25- Follett decamped with $1,900.

January 31- More snow and the last of January and near zero.

February 1- Snow very deep-Paid Goodspeed $20 for teaching.

February 9- Went to Farmers store meeting and it was decided to close the store and settle accounts in 90 days.

February 14- Wm. Campbell paid L.H. Graves interest etc. $46.33 was glad to get it-I had doubts I would ever get it.

February 16- Paid Frank Smith $2.40 for the Interior and $1.40 for the Tribune.

February 18- Frank, Jerome and T. Casey killed 4 swine-Frank sold 4 hogs-902 lbs at 12 ½ = $37.20-He got his wages and I got 10¢ for my share.


February 22- Frank does not come home at night. Robert rode thru rain, snow and sleet and got the papers.

February 23- Frank got back not finding a better place than home-Walked to town with 7 dozen eggs the old way.

February 26- Got our checks on the Farmers store marked by Lawyer Crane-At Depot saw some ill looking ponies from Texas.

March 3- Sacrament-wet and muddy-only 3 new members and Jannett Waterbury one of them. Our old friend John Geddes failed to appear. Wm. Campbell took his place passing the Bread and Wine.

March 6- Went to Pioneer Meeting in Baptist Church-read a paper before full house.

March 8- Mary and I went to Pittsfield-found Mrs. L still lame and using crutch. Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Campbell came at night from Mr. Auld's funeral and we heard of the death of Mr. Loveder(?) age 91.

March 9- Stayed over night at Mr. Clarke's until near noon looking over his beautiful home-his well kept farm and fine flocks and herds.
Called on Mr. Sanders-the poor fellow will have a sad time lying on his back 3 months till his broken leg gets well.

March 11- Robert's birthday-15 years-May blessing and felicity ever hang around his pathway.

March 15- Went to see old friend Casey-Paid Elizabeth $10 I owed her. Sold butter and eggs to Roberts old store. Mr. Campbell gave Mary a note on Mr. A. Campbell for $62.

March 23- Sold eggs for 7 cents-bought Timothy Seed $1.75. Paid Goodspeed $16 for teaching.

March 27- Took 4 bags feed and 1 of wheat to the Mill. Paid Frank $10-I seem to do the savings-he the spending. Wife and I went down for the Grist-

April 1st- Bell, Robert, the big Dictionary and school bell, 3 of T. Casey's children, 2 of Mr. Fletcher's with books and dinner pails started for Bell's summer school. Frank went to a Town Meeting.

April 3- Wife and I had tea with Brother-a cold reception-Bell has 16 scholars.


April 5- 39 years since we left the old stone house in Strathavens and came to America-Got $20 from Wm. Campbell-R. Campbell came and got trees.

April 7- At Church, A. Campbell's class discussing the Catholic question.

April 10- Too wet to plow-Walter Campbell came.

April 12- Elizabeth to Pittsfield to her School, Mrs. L and Robert going with her.

April 13- Mr. Campbell came. Wife and Mary went with him, Mary to her School.

April 15- My Birthday-57 years of my life past-3 girls teaching, I learning-Frank at the Oak to see sister Isabell-Robert and I had dinner alone. Bell has 20 scholars.

April 22- Now have 9 lambs-Paid $1.50 for cleaning school-$2 for improvements-Robert and I spreading manure and filling woodchuck holes.

April 27- Fields green and wet. Frank fishing-Jones helped dig big stones. Robert and Hiram Camp fishing.

April 30- Went to visit old friends Mr. & Mrs. Voorhees, visited Bell's School and found her doing her duty as usual-Walked around past the old Moon farm where the band that sailed and suffered and rejoiced together first pitched their tent in the wilderness in the woods and wilds of great America.

May 1st- Boys plowing and shooting Woodchucks. Mr. & Mrs. Clarke came with their new team-24 lambs.

May 4- Went to the meeting to close the Farmers store after getting 20 percent for 6 years we now get 45 percent of what we paid in.

May 5- Walked to Church-John Geddes son dead, age 35-John left.

May 8- Heavy shower. The boys caught two big strings of fish-Got two bags of wheat ground for bread and 2 for feed-39 lambs.

May 11- Have “Rural Notes” in the Tribune-Received $30 out of the bank.


May 15- Wife and I to Augusta-pleasant visit with old friends-Frost-Walked with Mary to her School. Came home at noon.

May 16- Cut lambs tails-38 in all-19 Ewes-19 Rams. Rats cut a hole in our cake safe.
Boys were displeased because I would not buy a new wagon-have little wheat or oats to sell-Market low-The old wagon is stronger than my purse.

May 20- Went to Detroit-Called on Mr. Inglis (David?) took dinner with brother Frank-Called on Mother in Windsor-was not well treated-stayed over night with my friend David Inglis.

May 21- Went out to Rogers(?) Station and was kindly treated by my old friend John Camman-looked over his farm.
The boys washed the sheep in my absence.
Mr. Camman and I drove 10 miles to sister Isabell-pleasant memories of pleasant former days-Mr. C drove me to Detroitmet old friends and brother Frank and James and heard distressing news about John-returned home.

May 24- Sold butter for 11¢ lb and eggs 10¢ a dozen.

May 28- The boys and I went to Mr. Tifleys(?) raising-the biggest I ever saw being 36 × 100.

May 30- Drove the sow over to R. Fletchers. John Campbell and wife came.-Walked to Church at night to hear—on education. Anna among the Graduates-Last of May-worked on the road-Paid Frank $10.

June 1st- Robert has 15 ducks-John Gilbert paid $30 for our 6 shares in Farmers store.

June 12- Corn has to contend with cold, grass, chipmunks and worms. Roberts bought Frank's watch.
Letter from brother Frank about John's sad failure-Wife, Anna and Robert went to Mr. Campbells.

June 21- Robert and Anna went to Pittsfield for the closing of Elizabeth's School.

June 26- Robert and I working in the corn-he rode the mower for the first time-looks like an iron chariot. Have “How to keep the Boys on the Farm” in the Tribune-Bell's School closed-Jerome paid $3.50 for 1 1/4 lb wool on the 10 sheep-Paid him $15. for painting and fixing the wagon-he helped rake and cock the hay Robert cut.


June 30- John Miller helped and we got in 7 loads of hay-hard work and great heat.
Wife's Birthday-Ben Voorhees came looking for Fred who had run away-95 degrees in the shade.

July 1st- Hope to get in all the Hay-Dan Miller helping with 10 loads-Rain at night-up to 98 at noon.
Frank sent a Postal from Burlington, Iowa where he is harvesting.

July 3- Cleaned up 10 bags of wheat-Kept the cows in the stable, they vex us breaking the fences.

July 4- Wife sick in the night-Robert went to town to see the celebration-had new potatoes and peas for dinner.
Mrs. L and Elizabeth went to Augusta late.

July 5- Mary and Elizabeth came home at 10-Robert mowing with machine in Clover Field and Dan mowed with the synthe-Sold 21 bushels Wheat for $21-Was up at 5 and worked 17 hours.

July 6- Dan, Robert and I built a hay stack-the barn was about full of hay. Paid Dan $5.

July 10- Clark and I bought a cradle for $2.75-Colored man and Robert hoed and I set up around new apple trees. Sold the wool-481 lbs-1/3 off on the Rams fleeces and 10 heavy fleece at 22¢-whole amount $135.36–30¢ lb for 370 lbs. Two men in the barn to work but too wet. Paid Clar $2.

July 12- Fearful thunderstorm last night and the Brook running in the cornfield and on the Oats. It seems Nature was waring against the farmer. Many willing to eat but not to work.
Pumray and Eban worked-Paid each 50¢ and later $1 and $5 for all the harvesting.

July 15- Wheat looks good-Harry's sheep trampled and hurt the Wheat-Too heavy to enjoy the Harvest.
July 17-Hot again-102 in the shade.
Pumray cut last of Wheat and broke the old cradle-Drew in Wheat all day-Paid Faithful August $5 and Pomray $2. Anna had a letter from Mr. Stafford about the School.
Robert, Lizzy, Bell and I got in all the Wheat-Pomray sick, August helping Voorhees-Hear Mr. Chidester's son drowned.

July 22- Much cooler-56 degrees-Got in all the rakings cleaned Wheat and drew Manure-Days getting shorter-Robert and Pomray helped Voorhees thrash. He paid about 16 men and a steam thrasher-had a pleasant visit with brother Robert.


July 25- Sold 18 bushels of old Wheat for 956 and 46 bushels of Oats to D. Wise for 26¢ per bushel-very cheap Oats.

July 27- $13.60 for Oats. Saw the Show come in on the railroad-Robert and Pomray went to see the Show.
Had 2 colored men harvesting-paid them $1.50.
Visit from D. LaFurge.

July 29- Frank came home before daylight from harvesting in Iowa-A wet cloudy day and Eclipse not seen.

July 31- Hauling Manure-Wife and I went to Belleville to Ann Campbell's funeral-A great display of grandeur in the house of the widow and fatherless-It must be difficult for them to meet expenses-
Called on I. Phillips and sister.

August 1- Wife and I to Mr. Clarke's-he is not well-Very pleasant to wake up in Mr. Clarke's fine home.
Robert and I bound Oats-Paid Pomray $2.

August 5- Willie and Frank built an Oatstack before barn-Mowing machine working well-Frank cut all oats machines could not. Began to plow again for winter wheat.
Elizabeth and Mary brought up brother Robert's horse and Wagon.

August 8- Robert raked the Oats with T. Casey's wheelrake.
We stacked all the Oats.
Thrashers came at 10-got 84 bushels of Oats and 160 of Wheat.

August 12- Heard of death of Mr. Swift-Finished thrashing had 247 bushels-expected 300-Some had twice as much to the acre and did not work their land any more carefully-Anna went to Manchester-Wife taking care of Fletcher's sick child-Eclipse on the Moon.

August 13- Wife and I went to Mr. Swift's funeral.
Paid Pomray $2 and he left. The Fletcher child died in the night.

August 18- Drew $100 out of Bank-Went to Fletcher's little boys funeral.


August 24- Boys drew sand from Fifeleys-Bell and I went to town and thru the new Normal building.

August 28- Robert sprained his ankle and now uses a crutch. Took Anna and her trunk to the Depot-she is going to teach in Manchester.

September 2- Frank and the Mason working on the wall of the barn. Robert drawing stones. Built fire to try to crack big rocks.
Went to School meeting-very few attended-Voted $40 for incidentals.
The Mason brought a jackscrew to raise the barn.

September 3- Gabriel Campbell came and stayed over night he seems to be one of the lights of the world.
Finished the barn wall.
5 of us went for a grand picnic party under Wm. Campbell's apple trees. it was like Eden and Paradise restored.

September 8- Willie Campbell helped dig potatoes-went in town to Farmers picnic on the Fair grounds-

September 11- The Jones Boy helped Robert and I cut corn-Frank getting a field ready for wheat-he sowed 12 bushels-

September 13- Wife and I went to the closing of Bell's school-her little pupils acquited themselves very well.

September 16- Got 440 from Wm. Campbell.

September 17- Wife, Robert and I went to the State Fair in Detroit-Great crowds of strange faces, stayed over night at Agnes' beautiful home-
Robert and I went over the Blue water of the Detroit river to see Mother, and 2 sisters vexed me. James was not manly I had no reason to be proud of Canada. Had pleasant dinner with brother Robert in Frank's home-called on David Inglis and saw the babe.

September 23- Had Ague-sick and sad hearted-
Very weak and could not accept brother Roberts dinner invitation.
Dr. Ashley Came to see me-the first time a Dr. has come to help restore my health since I was a wee boy.

September 27- Rested andd took 11 pills before bed time. Old Mrs. Voorhees was buried without my being able to pay last respects.


September 30- Some better and could eat breakfast.

October 2- Sold 3 barrells of Pippens for 75¢ per barrell-

October 7- Picked Russet and bellflower apples. W. Smith helped in the afternoon.

October 10- Apples plentiful and cheap. receive $36.85 for them from Ainsworth-54 barrells.
Sent 5 barrells to sister Agnes.

October 14- Pomray husking-Frank drew lumber from the Dentons. Sold 40 bushels cider apples to Burt $4.
Sent a barrell of apples to Anna in Manchester.

October 17- Brother Robert brought sister Agnes and her son James, his wife and her Mother.
We went to Roberts for fine dinner. Agnes and James came comforted communing with them.
Frank brought all the framing timbers for the barn addition from Dentons.

October 19- Agnes and I walked to the old farm.

October 21- Sold 32 bushels cider apples at 10¢ paid Denton $33.50 for framing timbers.
Gathered some nice Baldwins-Frank helping D. Wilber to thrash-Two Pomrays and Robert husking.

October 24- Received a fine letter from Kate Inglis.
Corn a good crop.

October 26- Owe Frank $24.39-He received $50 from Wm. Campbell. Sick again-Food won't digest.

October 28- Mrs. L and I both sick but improving.
Paid B. Thompson $4 for fixing two wheels on the buggy.

October 30- Sold 7 sheep (culls) to B. Voorhees for $10 and two calves for $18-Killed a sheep for Mutton.


November 1st- Had some of the neighbors help lay the barn sills and sleepers-heavy work.
Paid Dr. Ashley 5 for coming to see me 3 times he did little good-too much medicine-for payhe offered to take 2 swarms of bees-one was enough. Paid Pomray $4-Frank and Carpenter and Dr. all to pay.

November 4- Robert and I went to Rawsonville with 7 bushels Wheat and got a grist-Old Sally the horse I plowed with 25 years died. We buried the old willing beast in the orchard beside her mate-I got her from Father when she was a foal.

November 7- About 20 men came to raise addition to the Barn. The Carpenter Frank hired made a botch of my nice lumber and we had to cut the top of a post after it was raised-The rafters another blunder-16 men for supper who were friendly.

November 8- After hard work we got the rafters in order and the plates bolted and part of the building boarded up Samson sold us 33 lbs nails for $1.00-Republican victories in the elections-Frank got $75 of Marys Money from Wm. Campbell.

November 11- Article in the commercial about the new railroad-Settled with Frank-Owe him $10.

November 15- Wife and I went to her Fathers-Mr. & Mrs. Clarke came to dinner at the old Campbell Home-made each other glad.

November 16- 29 years since we married-how fast time rolls on.

November 21- Mr. & Mrs. Clarke came have been down to the trial of Mr. Murry, the minister-a bad woman accusing him of immoral conduct.

November 26- Frank, Dan and I took the hay out of the old barn an tore it down.
Rain came right after we got the stalks and Hay in the new barn.
Paid Frank $31 for wages and shingles-all I owe except to owe Dan Miller $7.50 for work.

November 28- Thanksgiving-Wife and I went to Clarkes for fine dinner and pleasant party gathering-
The Glasgow Bank Failure and the Murry scandal threw a shade of sorrow over our Thanksgiving and Scotch feelings-
Wife came with Wm. Campbell to J. Tailers child's funeral-
Ann and Elizabeth came home with me.


November 30- Paid Dan Miller $5.50-Mrs. L and Robert going to see Mrs. Camp-Anna to her School in manchester.

December 2- Robert and Elizabeth started at daylight for her School in Pittsfield-
Set up stanchions under new barn and got the cows stabled-

December 3- Walked to town-letter from Isabel from the Oak.

December 4- Heard the sad tidings that our good friend Mrs. John Clarke died suddenly last night. Mrs. L went with her brother Robert Campbell to sympathize the afflicted over in the beautiful desolate home.

December 5- Frank and I drove over the rough road to the Stoney Creek church.

December 7- Paid $1.80 doe Insurance.

December 10- Killed 3 spring pigs-pork 42.75 cwt-Food abundant-Bell to the Normal again.

December 13- Anna's Birthday-our home is not so poor and desolate as when she was born-Went to old Mrs. Hamilton's funeral.
Frank paid our taxes $26-heavy Taxes and low Markets

December 20- Wife and I went to Pittsfield-found Mr. Clarke dejected-had pleasant visit with the Robert Campbell's.
Eliza and I went to the Saline Junction to meet Anna but she did not come-
Mr. Clarke did not ask us to stay and we came home after dark.
(Mrs. Clarke was Elizabeth Campbell, sister of Mary Campbell Lambie.)

December 21- 3 Went to the Depot in the cutter and brought Anna home-Frank go the School Money $224.83.

December 22- Mr. Richmond's babe died last week and there is sickness in his family.

December 25- Comfortable under the barn and in the house-two below outside.
Christmas and 10 years since Father died. Wife and I went to Episcopal Church. Our old friend asked us to commune with them. Received a nice box of presents from dear Sister Agnes-Willie Campbell came up with us for dinner and the youngsters sang with glee.


December 26- 8 went to Mr. Campbell's in the long sleigh and left me alone. Paid Miss Crippen $20 for teaching. Had 2 teeth pulled-a sore job-Frank loaned $100 to Mr. Thorne-Wm.
Campbell collected all Mr. Crane owed med.

December 31- Last of 1878-Robert drawing wood.

Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, 1879.

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Chronology 1881-1883

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1881 The Ypsilanti Commercial

January 4- Civil War Soldiers:
Spencer, Clinton-Enlisted May 1st, 1861, as Private Co. H Michigan Infantry (for three months) made 1st Lt. February 22, 1862; wounded at Gettysburg losing right leg ad disabling left arm. Discharged May 16, 1864.
Shier, Henry-Enlisted October 8, 1861; Sgt. Battery C 1st Light Artillery, made 1st Lt June 30, 1863. Mustered out December 19, 1864.
Skinner, Prescot M.-Enlisted July 22, 1862, Sgt. Co. B Michigan 20th Infantry, made 1st Lt. May 12, 1864; became Capt. april 5, 1865, Mustered out October 30, 1865.
Stanway, David-Enlisted July 5th, 1861, as Sgt. Co. A Michigan, 1st Infantry, made a 2nd Lt. March 10, 1863; became Capt. January 1st, 1864; wounded at Battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864; disabled and mustered out October 4, 1864.
Thomas, John-Enlisted July 31st, 1862 as Sgt. in Commissary of Michigan 20th Infantry; made a 2nd Lt. March 11, 1865, mustered out May 30, 1865.
Van Cleve, Augustus-Enlisted as 2nd Lt. Michigan 20th Infantry, July 29, 1862; made a 1st Lt. October 14, 1862; Capt. November 28, 1863; mustered out January 12, 1865.
White, Nathan F.-Enlised May 25th, 1863 as 2nd Lt. in Michigan 27th Infantry, mustered out April 22, 1864.
Whittlesey, Franklin M.-Capt. Michigan Infantry (three month enlistment) May 1st, 1861; became Major 1st Michigan Infantry August 10, 1861; Lt. Colonel August 30, 1862; he was killed at Bull Run August 30, 1862.
Wise, David A.-Enlisted as 1st Lt. in 1st Michigan Infantry May 1, 1861; Lt. Quartermaster August 17, 1861; mustered out May 15, 1862.
Wortley, Clark S.-Enlisted August 4th, 1862 as Sgt. Major Michigan 26th Infantry, made a 2nd Lt. March 5th, 1863; 1st Lt. November 29, 1863; Quartermaster, July 20, 1864, mustered out May 30, 1865.

1881- The Ypsilanti Commercial

January 22- Died, Mrs. Letitia Martin. She was born in Romulos county, New York, February 8, 1799. March 7, 1818 she married James Martin. In 1885 she she came to Michigan Territory. They left Detroit taking the Saulk Trail, walking most of the way, until they reached Ypsilanti, or Woodruff's Grove as it was called then. There was only one building in Ypsilanti, The Godfroy Trading Post on North Huron Street. They bought a farm on the Chicago road west of Ypsilanti, the farm later was owned by Evan Begole.

March 26- Ad: Shimmel & Draper Grocery and Crockery, 208 Congress (Michigan Avenue) Union Block.

April 2- Ypsilanti to have the benefit of a Telephone Company, through the efforts of E. B. Greene and others, arrangements have been made to connect up Ypsilanti with the Telephone Company of Detroit.
Dr. McVicar has rented Mr. Bickfor's residence; House, Barn and 4 acres for 3 years at $250.00 a year.

April 16- The 72 Committees, and 22 Township Committees appointed by the Pioneer Society to revise and correct the huge manuscript of the forecoming History of Washtenaw County, have at last finished their labors. Messrs. Chapman and Co., with their able historians are preparing 1500 pages of manuscript.

May 21- Died in Pittsfield Township, Catherine Aray, age 71 years, may 15th.
On this date appeared a Poem by William Lambie entitled “Spring”.
A letter from Edward Batwell, to the City council about the condition of variou City Cisterns; the Ellis (Washteanw) Cistern has been filled 6 times since April 11th and now has not enough water for use by the new Pumper. The Cistern at the Depot has but a foot of water but the Stand Pipe of the Michigan Central Railroad can be utilized in case of fire. The Cistern on Cross Street east of the Depot is always full. The Reservoirs back of the Seminary, Ferrier, Fifth Ward School and those on Congress Street are all in good order.
AD: NEW GROCERY STORE-3rd door south of the Post Office (Pearl Street at North Huron Street) Charles Ely, Owner.
There appeared a listing of the Ypsilanti Men who were in the Civil War:
Daniel Kellogg, Capt. 3rd Calvary, enlisted September 7, 1861, Discharged June 21, 1862.

1881 The Ypsilanti Commercial
John S. Maltman, Enlisted August 4, 1862, Sgt. Co. E 17th Michigan Infantry. Became 1st Lt. June 30, 1864. Mustered out June 3, 1865.
James H. McCormick, Enlisted September 12, 1861. Sgt. Co. D 3rd Calvary, became 1st Lt. November 14, 1864. Mustered out February 12, 1866.
Samuel C. McQuaid, Enlisted August 21, 1862, as Principal Musician 27th Michigan Division.

May 22- Died April 23, 1880, Mrs. Ruth A. Freeman, age 77. Born in Massachusetts but moving with parents to Caledonia, New York. Came with her widowed mother and brother to Michigan in 1824. Seven days it took them to get from Detroit to Ypsilanti where they settled in Woodruff's Grove. She was engaged by Mark Norris to teach school in the District whose home she was living in. After teaching two or three years she married David Freeman who was in the boot & shoe business with his brother Louis. In 1837 David died and in 1843 Ruth married his brother Louis. Again she was left a widow in 1867. The freeman's lived on a farm east of Ypsilanti.

October 15-The old Catlin House opposite the Union School on Cross Street at Washington, has been remodeled by Mr. Varney, the Detroit Architect.
Hay & Todd are employing 45 hands, up to the full capacity of the factory. They use an average of 1500 pounds of wool daily.

October 29-S. W. Pattison, M.D., died in this City October 23, 1881 in his 85th year. Born Samuel Warren Pattison, in Kingsbury, Washington County, New York, June 28, 1797. (Long history of this man on the front page of the Commercial.
There are three stores in Willis, including two in teh eastern part of the town formerly called Eaton Mills where there is one of the best School Houses in Washtenaw County having two rooms and a belfey.
Paint Creek Post Office is no more, having been remove to Newcomb, one and a fourth miles East. People is eastern Augusta have gotten their mail there for 40 years. Aaron Childs was the first Postmaster. Eaton Mills is only a fraction over half mile from the Willis Station.
Malcolm MacVicar, Principal of Michigan State Normal College resigns after one year in October 1881 to become a member of the Faculty of the Baptist college at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Daniel Putnam has been appointed Principal.

1881 The Ypsilanti Commercial

November 19- The County Clerk has purchased 80 Tons of coal at $6.25 per ton fo the Court House use. There are 75 cords of wood to be used also.
Died-Jonathan G. Morton, oen of the Pioneers of Washtenaw County, died November 21, at his home in Ypsilanti, in his 80th year, having resided here 57 years.
Morton was born in ware, Massachusetts, March 22, 1802. Father was Thomas Morton. At age 17, Jonathan drove a Horse and Wagon to Michigan, selling ‘Notions’ on the way. Arrived at Ypsilanti in August 1824 and in 1825 kept a General tore in a log structure at the NW corner of Pearl and North Huron Streets. It was the First store in Ypsilanti. In 1826 he married Alvira Gorton. He was one of the first Supervisors for Ypsilanti which then included Pittsfield Township.

December 3- The removal of the Detroit, Hillsdale & South Western Shop from our City to Elkhart, Indiana is not calculated to make us feel very pleasantly.

1881 The Ypsilanti Sentinel

May 21 List of Civil War Veterans:
Samuel McQuaid, enlisted as Principal Musician, August 21, 1862, 27th Infantry, made 2nd Lt. November 17, 1864, Discharged March 14, 1865.
Peter E. Mead, enlisted as 2nd Lt. 1st michigan Colored Infantry (102nd U.S.) December 2, 1863. Made 1st Lt. November 16, 1864. Discharged September 30, 1865.
David L. Northland, enlished July 1, 1862, Sgt. Co. H Michigan Infantry. Made 1st Lt. May 26, 1865. Discharged June 3, 1865.
Cicero Newell, enlisted May 1, 1861, Sgt. Co. H Michigan Infantry, made Captain, April 1, 1862. Made Major 10th Calvary August 19, 1862. Wounded at Clifton, Miss., February 10, 1863. Discharged January 10, 1865.
Marvin Parks, 2nd Lt. Michigan Infantry May 1, 1861, for 3 months. Taken prisoner at Bull Run, July 21, 1861. Exchanged and mustered out January 21, 1862. made 1st Lt. and Quartermaster 26th Michigan Infantry.
Charles Perry, enlisted as 2nd Lt. 1st Michigan Infantry, August 17, 1861. Mustered out August 8, 1862.

July 2- President James A. Garfield was shot by Jules Guideau who is said to have been in Ypsilanti, coming by train and then walking to Ann Arbor where he intended to enroll in the University of Michigan.

July 20- Sitting Bull shot and killed by his guards.
Booker T. Washington founded Tuskegee Institute for Negroes.

October 1- With pleasure we announce the appointment of Professor Gabriel Campbell to the Chair of Mental and Moral Philosophy at Bowdoin College, the leading College in the State of Maine, and is the best Chair. It is the Alma Mater of Longfellow, Hawthorne and along line of worthies.
Helen Hunt Jackson published “A Century of Dishonor” about the mistreatment of the Indians.

1882 The Ypsilanti Commercial

January 7- Cornelious Cornwell gives W. D. Hewitt $1,875 for a lot, corner of Huron and Ellis (Washtenaw), 5 rods front and 100 rods deep. He proposes to build a palatial residence in the Spring.

January 28- Died January 22, 1882, William Cross in his 87th year. He was born March 9, 1805, in Honeyeye Falls, New York and coming to Ypsilanti in 1824. He owned the land on which the Michigan State Normal College stands. Bounded by Cross Street, Brower and Forest Avenue. He also owned the land on which the Fairgrounds were located on Congress Street which is now Recreation Park. He married Mary R. Hammond. He was a Presbyterian and he gave $750 toward building the Church.

January 30- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Was born.

March 18- The Jamestown ‘Alert’ reports: Mr. Colby informs us that a party from the East will soon be here to make arrangements for building a Grist Mill at Ypsilanti, the new Town recently started on the banks of the James River, North Dakota, and 13 miles below Jamestown.

March 24- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died.

March 25- Senior Class Officers at the Noraml: William A. McAndrew, President; Hattie McElcheron, Vice President; Nellie McIntire, Secretary; and Frank Wells, Treasurer.

April 27- Ralph Waldo Emerson died at his home in Concord, Massachusetts.

April 29- Died, Lydia Gorton Comstock, born March 28, 1809, New Lisbon, New York. Married Nathan Comstock April 24, 1828. Came to Michigan in 1850 and settled on the Samuel F. Allen farm and then to a farm owned by the Moore Estate in Augusta Township. Nathan Comstock died in 1866.

May 8- Peter J. McGuerl proposed a Labor Holiday which is now observed as Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

June 17- Died Phoebe Samson, June 4, in her 86th year.
Almond Vedder, Augusta Township, June 14, age 33.
Lucius Browning, June 15, Stoney Creek, age 65.

July 22- Long article by Philo Parsons about Pioneer Days: The first sermon he heard in Michigan was preached by Rev. Page in 1826 in an unfinished building at the corner of Congress (Michigan Avenue) and South Huron Street.


October 7- Report of Congregational Church Organization which was organized October 4, 1881.

Number at Organization

Added by Letter

Added by Confession

Removed by death


Total present

Died, Alanson, Ambrose, age 80.

November 8- Died, Honorable J. Webster Childs, age 56.
W. Edwin Willits, selected as Principal of Michigan State Normal College.

November 12- Died, George McDougal, age 81. The last link of the 13 who composed the Presbyterian Church of this City at its organization.
Born Mohkton, Ayrshire, Scotland on November 22, 1801. Came to America in 1828 and that fall to Michigan and Ypsilanti. Helped raise a millframe for Woodruff & Hardy-19 men came from all over the County for the raising. This was the first frame Mill in Ypsilanti and had two runs of stone grinders. He ran the Mill for 25 years when it was owned by Norris & McIntire. In 1853 he bought 80 acres in Section 36 of Superior Township on what is now Ford Road. In 1828 in Rochester, New York, he married Mary Muir, sister of Anne Muir Campbell.

December 19- Died, Job Gorton, born February 22, 1804, Otsego, New York. He came to Michigan in 1827. Married Eliza A. Comstock November 8, 1828. He was a member of Friends Church.

1853 The Ypsilanti Commercial

February 2- Died, John Starkweather, age 75. Born in Renselear County, New York, July 24, 1807. His father, Donald Starkweather, became a Captain in the War of 1812 and married Fanny Godfrey. They had 14 children. John married Mary Ann Newberry, daughter of Elisha Newberry. “The prompt payment of the Civil War Debt of Ypsilanti was mainly brought about by the influence of John Starkweather and Ezra D. Lay.
Ad: W.W. Worden-House and Sign Painting-Graining, Paper Hanging, Decorating of all kinds. Huron at Congress (Michigan Avenue) N. W. Corner.
Alva Worden & Bros. Mfg. Whip Sockets-37 South River Street.

February 17- George Moorman has purchased the Follett House Hotel as a speculation.

March 3- New Book Store-George W. Hough, Worden Block.

March 6- Mr. & Mrs. Phio Parsons will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
The purchase of the late Colonel Lee residence on Huron Street for $6,250 by William Deubel is a fine value. The property has a very fine front and reaches to the River. 212 N. Huron Street.

April 4- Henry R. Scoville elected Mayor of Ypsilanti a second time.

April 21- Died Timothy Sherman, born April 25, 1796, in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York. Enlisted in the Army near the close of the War of 1812. In 1815 he married Eunice Jones-She died in 1862. He then married his wife's sister. He came to Ypsilanti, May 5, 1834.

May 5- Capt. Wallace, C. M. Harris, Ean Begole and Henry Glover left for the Dakotas. Truly Ypsilanti is a beehive of speculators.

May 8- Articles of agreement between George Moorman and Clark Cornwell, partners of the first party, and Issac N. Conklin, Robert Lambie, Daniel L. Quirk, and Charles King, partners of the second part. Moorman and Cornwell agree to erect a bathing house on the East side of North Huron Street to contain 48 bathhouses with Cornwell Mineral Water in the baths.

May 11- Buffalo Bill opened at Omaha, Nebraska his ‘Wild West Rocky Mt & Prairie Exhibition.’ Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull toured with the show, which was a great attraction universally. Buffalo Bill died January 10, 1917.

1883 The Ypsilanti Commercial

May 19- A visit to the Seminary: ‘Miss Elizabeth Lambie, the teacher in 4th grade with 41 pupils in attendance-age 9 to 11, Cornell's Geography and Olney's New Series Arithmetic-A good teacher makes good learners and here we certainly have it.’

June 9- Ashes of John Howard Pan, composer of ‘Home Sweet Home’, placed in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

June 18- Susan B. Anthony fines $100 and costs for voting in the Presidential election of 1872 at Rochester, New York-she never paid the fine.

June 30- Ads appearing: Soper's Bazaar, opposite Joe Sanders Clothing Store. Comstock and Ebling-Hewitt Block. Alban & Clark-Ready made men's clothing. Drury & Taylor-Paints. A. A. Graves-Grocer, 5 Congress Street (Michigan Avenue). Carson & Howell-Newest Grocery in J. C. Haven's old stand-17 Congress Street.
A petition appeared to place Marcus Woodruff's publishing business in Receivership.
Ypsilanti population 5,137; Ann Arbor 8,061.

July 21- Death of Charles Straton (Col. Tom Thumb) 46 years old. P. T. Barnum introduced him to the Public, December 8, 1842 and paid him $3.00 per week and then advanced it to $25.00 as Tom Thumb was such an attraction.
398 Students in the Michigan State Normal College.

August 28- Meeting of ‘The Old boys in Blue' at Capt. Allen's office where they voted to organize a Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. 25 signed the petition.

October 22- The Metropolitan Opera House opened in New York City.

December 22- Ads appearing: Buckwheat Flour-Whitmore & Bess, West End of Follett Block.
Thorne Bros. (E. W. and W. D. Thorne) Tobacco, Cigars, Candies-7 Union Block-Congress Street.
N. Corday's Packing House-Meats-Near Iron Bridge, Congress Street.

William Lambie Diary, 1877

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January 1- Wife and I, William and Mrs. Campbell, Clare and wee Sarah went to Mr. Clark's in the cutter-a very pleasant time.

January 2- Frank took Bell and Robert to School-Mary and Elizabeth took provisions to Anna at her boarding house.

January 3- Wife and I went in the cutter to Mr. Miller's pleasant home-Frank took 30 bushels of corn at. 30¢ to the German Mason.
Some young folks came in the evening and had a jolly time.

January 5- Wife and I went in the cutter to see our old friends the McDougals-they seem well for their age but passing little by little.

January 6- Elizabeth's birthday-her 20 years seem to have passed away like a dream.
Mr. Smith asked me to read a paper before the Farmer's Institute.
January 8-Robert and Elizabeth started in the cutter before daylight for Pittsfield-Bell waded to school in the deep snow-8–15 below zero.
January 10-Shelled corn-Milder-Wife and I called on Mr. Richmond-had supper with brother Robert.
Paid Frank Smith $1.25 for the New York Tribune.

January 13- Cold and more snow-winter reigns supreme.

January 15- Mild-2 lambs already-Went to Mr. Campbell's.

January 19- Bought new pants $3.00-Mr. Yost offered.33¢ for wool

January 24- Wife and I went to Farmer's Institute and spoke in the evening before a large crowd.

January 25- Robert Burns Birthday-born 1759.

January 28- Milder, snow going away-Wife and I went to Augusta in the buggy.

January 30- Mr. Campbell and I went in his cutter and visited Mrs. Hewens-David Gardener's big house and great Barn-The Gardener's glad to see us as old friends. Mr. Gardener has seen 4 score and may not see many more. Gave William Campbell 3 of Crane notes payable to Robert Campbell, notes put in one for $463.33.


February 1st- Wife and I went to call on old friends; Mr. & Mrs. John Geddes-Father always looked on him as salt of the earth.

February 3- Mr. Clark and wife, Sara and our Elizabeth came to dinner-left Frank and Dr. Hogarth letter with brother Robert-bought 4 tin pails for $1.00.-Shoes for Bell and broom for the School.

February 8- Looks like spring-hens beginning to lay-Wife went to see old Mrs. Morton-bought 251b tallow from Howland $2.00.

February 13- Mr. Clarke and I went to see Robert Campbell-he has made a fine improvement elevating his Barn. Next went to Elizabeth's School and heard her scholars sing and like it.

February 14- Valentine Day 16 below zero. The Saw Mill burned yesterday.

February 18- Mrs. Blackman died.

February 20- Full accounts of unveiling of Burns Statue in Scotch Papers.

February 22- Washington's Birthday-Robert and I went down ans saw the Light Guards and several hundred Temperance Men with red ribbons on their coats in the procession.

February 28- Wife and I went to visit Ben and Mrs. Voohees-Frank went to Hall's Sale.

March 1st- Mary and Robert went to Pittsfield-Frank to Kellog's Sale.

March 3- Grant's term expires-Frank bought a crosscut saw and cut down a big tree.

March 9- Last day of our school.


March 10- Hayes takes his place as President-Democrats prevailing at last.

March 11- Robert's birthday-14 years old.

March 13- Had a pleasant visit from Mrs. A. Campbell, Robert, Daniel and Catherine-Bell started at Normal School.

March 16- Bell walked to Normal and is to be admitted without going in the Model like her associates.
A letter in the Tribune “Honest Farmers”-Skinned a sheep-

March 18- Dan Yakley died-lots of snow. Rabbitts barking-Young apple trees bad.

March 21- Great snow storm last night-The black sow had 13 pigs last night.

March 30- Frank Fletcher, T. Casey and man, B. Roberts and Miller and 6 horses sawing wood with a buzz saw in our grove-Frank, Mary and Elizabeth went to another Midnight party at Miller's. I did not want them to go. Gave Crippen an order on William Campbell for $75.25.

April 1st- Town Meeting Day for Citizens-Frank went to Mrs. Gage's Sale.

April 5- 38 years since I left Straven and the stone house where I was born. If I could have foreseen the toil and disappointments awaiting me in great America I would not have left the land that bore me.
One of Mr. Norman's boys shot his brother.

April 7- Mrs. L and Eliza started in the mended buggy-E to her school-Mrs. L to see Mr. Clarke in his sickness.

April 11- Plowing and repairing fences-Frank working for brother Robert.
Walked to town and got $10.00 from William Campbell.

April 13- Walked over to see brother Robert plowing with one horse-he is dejected and in poor health-the vigor of youth is over.

April 15- My Birthday-56 years gone by-I have to yield to the inevitable and believe boyhood and youth are past and I am an old man-my body failing and my eyes grow dim but I think my spirit has not failed me.


April 18- Frank and Jerome killed 2 pigs and sold them to Lucken (Lucking) 281 lbs at 6 1/4 cents $17.50.

April 24- Russia and Turkey going to fight-Wheat up to $1.90. Sold two pigs to B. Voorhees $5.00-Sold two loads wheat at $2.00 bushel-6 cents less than $100.00.

April 26- Mr. Fletcher bought 5 bushels wheat $10.00-Robert went fishing-came home empty and tired-the 3 Grays came took a bushel of potatoes to Mr. Graves $9.00-bought single harness from Mr. Yost $25.00-Frank paid me for wheat $99.96–3 pigs $7.50.

April 28- Sold two small loads oats-John Campbell and Joe took away the yearling bull-turned cows out to grass.

May 1st- Willows green-had asparagus for dinner-left $80 with William Campbell-sold more potatoes to Mr. Graves store. Paid $1 for Commercial.

May 3- Went to Mr. Pecks, Swifts and Caseys-hitched up the new horse in the new harness-he went well-

May 7- Jones sowed plaster on the 2 clover fields-
Taylor bought 2 pigs $4.00.

May 10- Wife has Ague-Lucken bought two yearling sheep at $2.50-Went to see sick neighbor Mr. Casey.

May 15- Bought seed corn from A. Leach and B. Voorhees-

May 18- Frank and Jerome built a dam in the creek and we washed the sheep.

May 21- Went to Detroit and Canada-I thought my sisters and Mother treated me unkindly claiming my money I received from Uncle James years ago but they did not give me a double portion of Father's Estate. Mr. Inglis and I visited old Mr. McClelland-called on brother James and wife-David Inglis played and sang for us.

May 22- Mr. Inglis and I went to the Oak in David's buggy-was kindly treated-

May 23- Mrs. Inglis and I planted flowers on Father's grave-Came home-

May 24- Frank and Jerome painting the house-Mr. Lucken got 2 pigs-helped my Mary wash blankets-Wife and I called on Anna, Mrs. Campbell and our sick friend neighbor Swift.


May 26- Wife, Robert and I went to Augusta-Bell was rejoiced to see us-she was homesick, I think she is treated like a servant and not like a daughter-My poem Auld Lang Syne in the Commercial.

May 28- Frank and Jones replanted corn-then Mary, Robert and I went fishing for a rest.

May 30- Mrs. L, Frank and Robert started for John Clarke's in the early morning.

May 31- Last day of lovely May-Frank received $32 from Lucken for 3 pigs-he helped B. Voorhees shear sheep and had the Ague.

June 1st- B. Voorhees, Hiram and Frank shore all the sheep-Rams wool average 12–13 lbs.

June 2- Paid Frank $20 for wages and painting the house-Out of Oats and Pork money-had $50 left to buy a wagon-Robert away with his new dog.

June 3- Sacrament-horse sick-My old friend John Geddes walked 4 miles to dispence the elements and communion with the disciples of Christ-Mr. & Mrs. McDougal were present-the first members.

June 6- Mrs. L and Frank started for Mr. Campbell's sheep shearing.

June 10- Robert at Fletcher's-Have a letter in the Interior-A free concert.

June 12- Mrs. Hiscock paid $15 for the Bull-Frank went to Ann Arbor-Good crop of strawberries but we have few pickers and dull sale at 8¢-Abundance for home use and free feast for friends.

June 13- The Church was full last night hearing Bethune Duffield and Stalker on Sunday Schools, Temperance and red ribbons. Frank fishing-Mary, Robert and I picked 16 quarts strawberries-First swarm of bees-put them in Willie Campbell's hive-Mr. Crane paid $9 for the pig-Sold a fat sheep to Fowler at Stephensons for $3.50-took berries to town.

June 16- Robert Campbell and wife and girl, our Lizzie and Sara Clarke came and we had a pleasant time in the strawberries

June 18- Robert cultivated corn with the colt and did not vex me like Frank. Young Jones forked up the manure-Robert paid $1 for his dog.
Picked 20 quarts strawberries-sold for 6¢-too cheap for any profit.


June 20- Sowed buckwheat where the corn had failed 3 times-Big swarm of bees, 5 new ones.

June 21- Robert and I had a nice ride to Rawsonville and exchanged wheat for 38 lb of flour, 12 of bran and 2 of midlings for each bushel.

June 23- Light frost hurt several acres of corn on the low Marsh ground-had never had corn frosted before.
Frank bought a Buckeye Mower from Thompsons and had buggy repaired.

June 24- Mr. Swift says my family will scatter money faster than I can gather it. Strawberries plentiful and selling cheap-wool selling at 35-
Man in town selling Patent Medicines from a 4 horse carriage.

June 25- A new swarm of bees, now have began to cut clover with new mower and it working well. Robert and I met Father Campbell at the Depot and went to Ann Arbor and heard H. McDougal in University Hall-Saw the Museum in afternoon-Our friend A. Campbell selling wheat by the car load.

Juen 28- Robert took the 2 Mary's and I to the Depot and to the Normal closing where we heard good address and sweet music.

June 30- Frank received $40 from Wm. Campbell to pay for his Buckeye Mower. Gave Julie Camp an order on Wm. Campbell for teaching at $40.00. Anna came home-Elizabeth came home from her school-Mrs. L's birthday.

July 3- Sold 3 clips of wool to Rogers-1032 lbs at 36¢ $382.68-We were pleased with the price and weight-Paid Frank $200, all I owe him.

July 4- Bell would not come home until she comes for good-helped Mr. Campbell turn the hay-At night Mary, Lizzie and I rode to town to see the Archers play and the crowd. The boys waited for the fireworks-getting home late.

July 6- Good Hay day-Frank mowed for Voorhees until 9 o'clock warm and weary-now have 21 swarms of bees.

July 7- Robert borrowed Mr. Gray's horse and Stevenson's sulky rake and raked all the hay in the meadow and we got it all in the stack-Willy helped-New potatoes very good-weak and weary.


July 9- Wheat fields ripe for harvest-Frank, Robert, Willy and I harvesting-a good day-too weary to be grateful-38 years I began under the warm Michigan skies-My younger brothers all left it years ago-James to Canada-they have gone to Scotland (Frank), the Sea (Robert) for his health and Niagra and I toil on in honor if not increase-
Wheat not so good as last year and the clover nearly a failure-Went to see neighbor Fletcher's self binder.

July 12- Frank went to mow for Swift-Robert and I sowed plast in the south field-Robert, Alford Gray and I got in 3 loads of wheat.

July 14- Frank and I drew in all the wheat, I settled at the Farmer's store-$310.15 due to us to June 30-Mary $66.
“Life on the Farm” in the Commercial.

July 21- Wife and I went with wool above Ann Arbor-the colt was afraid of the railroad cars-called on John Geddes.

July 24- Wife and I called on brother Robert. Mr. Crane that owes us, doesn't manage very well.

July 26- Strikes and bad riots on the railroad.

July 28- Mr. Campbell came-brave active in his 76 years and Mrs. L went with him to help with the thrashing.

August 1- 92 degrees-sick last night-Frank, Robert and the German binding oats.

August 3- Paid Mr. Leash $70-Went to Alfred Allen's child funeral and to Mr. Pattison's daughter next.
Mrs. L came back-800 bushels of wheat at the Father's.

August 6- David Inglis sent us his wedding cards Saturday. Old Bill the horse we have driven 20 years died last night. The trees, the animal and ourselves are fading away-Fletcher's boys helped bury the old horse.

August 8- Frank and Jerome drove George's 10 sheep over to John Miller-Sold the cow that liked to jump over fences to Mr. Crane for $40.

August 9- Mary and I went to see the School Director in August had dinner at Mr. Campbell's with old Mrs. Gardener aged 82 wh had walked over thru the woods. Bell was cheerful and rode with us to “Luckets”.


August 10- Very dry, hardly enough water in the Huron to turn the Millstones.

August 14- Robert went with Mr. Campbell-Mr. Crane paid $10 on the cow-A grand shower at last.

August 22- Drew out straw and manure-Robert came back from Augusta-a darkie helped out in the afternoon.

August 25- Clare came to hold his Birthday-Mr. Crane paid $5 on the cow. Paid Abbly or Alhlay for Medicine. J. Willy slept in the Barn-Frank, Robert, Willy and I drew manure. Sold 3 yearling sheep to Martin $15.

August 28- Gabriel Campbell came and we had a pleasant evening. Great storm in the night-Mr. Tifley's Barn struck and burned-600 bushels of wheat burned.

August 29- Wife and I rode to R. Campbell's and had a grand dinner with a select party, it being 16 anniversary of their wedding-stayed overnight-At J. Clarke's fine home our friends tell of their great crops of wheat but a wee crop have I. Wife and I had a pleasant ride to our wee farm and humble house.

September 1- Robert Wiley drew manure-Paid him $4.50 for the week's work.

September 4- Bell came up the lane rejoicing us all after being away 4 months with $40 for her summer's toil and glad to get home.

September 5- Annual School meeting-A. Leach, Chairman and is to furnish the wood. T. Casey elected Director. $10 voted to M Knapp.

September 7- Mary, Eliza and Robert went to Augusta to see the school-sowed 9 bushels of Casey's wheat.

September 10- Frank and I went to old Mrs. Swift's burial-wet day-finished writing on Labor Questions-Robert went to Mr. Camps-Mr. Crane paid $13.32 all he owed on the cow. Henry Backus took Mary and E. to Uncle Andrews.

September 13-T. Casey and I sowed about 14 bushels Clawson W on the Northwest Field.

September 14-Went to Augusta with Mary to commence her school o-stayed overnight and saw the new house and great wheat.


September 15- Sent away my essay on the labor question.

September 18- The Thrashing machine came at 3 and got out 95 bushels of corn by sundown.

September 19- Took Mrs. L to Wm. Campbell's at sunrise-finished thrashing at noon. 270 bushels of Oats and 115 of wheat-paid $10 for thrashing. Paid T. Casey $33.80 for seed wheat-Received $30 from Wm. Campbell.

September 20- Frank, Bell and I went to State Fair at Jackson. A great crowd of well behaved people-good exhibits-30 years since I had been there last and all was changed. Bell and I had a fine ride home but could hardly get on the train for the pressing humanity.

September 21- My old friend John Camman I had not seen in 20 years came with his wife-pleasant time-went to the Depot with them.

September 22- Took Anna and her provisions to her boarding house. Her and some others found fault with me for not doing enough for them. I have worked from 12 years old till now-I am old and weary and she is going to school at 27.

September 24- Raked up clover we cut for seed with Thompson's steel rake-Paid Hindricks $3.50 for cutting corn.

September 28- Frank's birthday-We all went to the Fair-Did not wait for the races. Boys came home at night.

September 29- Wife and I to Chauncy Knapp funeral-a sad ending.

September 30- Robert took us to Church-Minister found fault with his hearers for not giving enough nor doing enough-If I had received $1800 for a years work I would have at least expressed my gratitude.

October 1st- Went to Church meeting-liked what Dr. Rexford said-Most of hearers paid more than us-would like to give more. Daughter Bell worked at the rate of $100 a year, Every time she got $1.00 Richmond got $18.83.

October 3- Mr. & Mrs. John Geddes came-had a fine visit. Father thought John some of the salt of the earth-his life has been a long incentive to virtue, a sermon in favor of truth, rectitude and honor.
Wife bought a bedstead, extension table and rocking chair.

October 6- Robert paid $3.25 for new boots-Bell and Mrs. Warts party gathered nuts.


November 16- 28 years since we were married-Mary had 10 teeth pulled-painful and expensive-bought a suit of clothes for Robert $10-Frank got a barrel of cider. Wife and I went to see our old friends G. McDougal. Put the Rams with the ewes-Frank working for Fletcher.

November 20- Wife and I went to see her parents-was kindly received-They have fought the battle of life long, bravely and well-Came home before dark-3 funerals in town.
Dr. Ashley wanted to buy 4 swarms of Bees for $12.
Robert and Crealman to shoot against my wishes.

November 24- Mary got false teeth-Frank did not get home till very late and Robert never came at all, alarming us as so many are hurt with guns.

November 25- Frank walked to Crealman's and brought Robert home.

November 29- We all had a grand dinner at Mr. Wm. Campbell's along with Mr. Richmond.

November 30- Mary's health failed and she was not able to go back to her School-Mrs. L and Bell went to Augusta-Bell intending to continue Mary's School if she could qualify.

December 3- Frank went with Elizabeth to the Depot to see her on the cars to go to her School in Pittsfield (the Huckleberry to Pittsfield Junction).
Walked to town to get mail and papers-Schribners sent back my piece about Husking corn.

December 9- Great fire at night-Robert and I went down and found it was the Seminary-A great pity to see so much property consumed in a few hours-$60,000. loss with $27,000. insurance.

December 10- Brother Robert and wife came to tell us Willie Todd was very sick.

December 11- No word from Detroit-$32,700 insurance on the Seminary-J. Campbell says Bell got a certificate and is teaching but lacks experience for so large scholars but is doing bravely.

December 12- Sister Isabelle was married 27 years ago to Frank Todd-A grist to Rawsonville-sold sheep skins to J. Holland (Howland) $2.


December 14- Wife and I to call on our old friends, John Geddes, and very pleasant visit-Roads bad-Robert went to Rawsonville but could not find his dog.

December 15- Paid our taxes $21.60-Mr. Swift carried me up to see his stock-his farm and farm animals looked well but he is feeble.

December 18- Mr. Bemis came to thrash the clover but the rains came and we could do nothing. R. Fletcher got 9 pigs $14-Mr. Luken the white heffer $25.

December 22- Received of G. Ruthruff, Township Treasurer $1,116.30 of School money. Left $100 with Wm. Campbell-Paid A. J. Leetch $16.90 for wood-
Bell came home from her School in Augusta and Elizabeth from hers in Pittsfield.

December 24- Church decorated with evergreens-took biscuits and apple to the Church Festival, Wife and 3 girls and Robert went there at night.

December 25- It is nine years since Father spoke to me for the last time on earth-if there is no future reunion why are we full of such endless longing.
Frank got $10 from R. Fletcher for pigs, $10 from G. Fletcher for wheat reducing what I owe him for wages to $30.

December 27- Clover thrasher had been waiting for a week to get a dry day-Robert has exchanged his gun for a fiddle-I doubt he paid too much for it.

December 28- Heard of J. Campbell marriage-Paid F.B. Goodspeed $28 for teaching.

December 31- Received a paper containing account of death of David Inglis' Minister Bracklin-Last day of the year.

Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, 1878.

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Chronology 1877-1880

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January 5- Fire at the Depot. Four wooden stores were destroyed, for a loss of $28,000. George Carr's building and Saloon-$2000. William L. Grossman's restaurant-no insurance. S.Y. Wright's building-$2000; William Grossman's Drug Store-$1200; J.H. Samson-$2500; Farmer's Store $12,000, loss $3000. Dr. Parminio Davis store and goods-$3500, loss $2000. The McRoberts House, Martin and Cramer removed their goods.

January 19- The first rail on the Ann Arbor & Toledo Railroad was laid at Dundee Saturday. The spike was driven by Capt. David Van Pelt, a veteran of the War of 1812.

Five months before it was coming due, William Deubel paid off the $25,000 mortgage that was on the Mill purchased by him at Ypsilanti from E.B. Ward, some three years ago.

February 8-Died, Abiel Hawkins, ago 80, father of Walter H. and Frederick W. He was born in the State of Massachusetts. Came to Ypsilanti in 1834. In that same year he bought a frame structure at the corner of Congress (Michigan Avenue) and Washington Street and rebuilt it into a hotel-tavern. Operated it for 4 years and then removed to the Depot where he was manager of the National Hotel, built by Mark Norris on the triangle of land just East of the railroad station. Mark Norris decided to abandon that hotel and use the bricks and other materials to build several brick buildings on the south side of East Cross Street and also the big brick Barracks at the NE corner of River Street and East Cross.

In 1859 he took charge of the Follett House for 3 yea He had married in Batavia, New York. Mrs. Hawkins died in 1874, age 79 years.

Advertisers: H. P. Glover-Dry Goods and Carpets. A.A.Bedell-Detroit Boot & Shoe Store, East Cross opposite the Depot.

Spencer & Fairchild, “First Class Meat Market” Pioneer Drug Store-Fred Ingram-Opposite the Depot. Martin and Cremer-Boots, Shoes, Gent's Furnishings-Follett House Block.

Easterly & Leonard-Groceries & Crockery-Congress Street near Washington.

Charles E. Samson-Piano & Organs. Peoples Drug Store-Huron Street-Fred W. Johnson R.C. Hayton, Gun-Smithing, Sewing Machines. South Washington Street Mrs. M.S. Davis-Millinery, Ladies Underwear-Opposite the Depot. W.R. Davis-Men's Wear and Ladies Boots and Shoes. Congress Street. Parsons' Bros-Lumber, Lath and Shingles, Doors, Blinds et Henderson & Sweet-Lumber, Lath and Shingles. J.H. Wortley's Crockery Store, South Huron Street. Frank Smith-Drugs, Wallpaper, Paints, Glass-North side of Congress Street. E.B. Jackson-Jackson's Dining Hall-North Huron Street single meals. 25¢

March 2-Warren F. Pattison, son of the Editor of the Commercial has gone to the Agricultural College at Lansing, carrying first class testimonials of his standing as a student.

March 5-Died, Clement Loveder, age 91 years and 5 months. He was born in London England, September 27th, 1786, His family left England in 1820. Clement married Ruth Beagley in 1817 and they landed first in Virginia in 1821, then to Charlestown, Massachusetts. In 1826 they came to Michigan and settled on a farm a few miles South East of Ypsilanti. Moved into town in 1858

C. R. Pattison, Editor of the Commercial, called at the office of Cornwell and Co., Paper Mill office and heard Clark Cornwell phone their mill at Lowell. The telephone line was installed by Robert H. Wilson. The first telephone service in Washtenaw County. By year's end, the line was extended to the Mill at Ge

March 6-C. R. Pattison returned as Editor and Publisher of the Commercial agter being in poor health.

The First Baptist Church is planning for a new House of Worship to be built on the side of the present edif.

Henderson & Sweet, lumber merchants, have dissolved partnership. The business will mow be carried on by Sweet Bros.

March 15-The remains of Mrs. W.S. Crane, who deceased the 24th of last month will be brought to this City for Internment. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Fairchild.

March 15-Hoyt of the Dexter Leader who had worked for Pattison 6 years, visited Ypsilanti and was given a tour of the new Opera House by the builder, Albert Stuck. Mr. Chevalier the Detroit artist is still at work there. By his kindness we had a view of the drop curtain, a marvel of beauty.

Good! After several weeks of being shut down the Woolen Mills are going again.

March 27-C.S. Pitkin and family will bid farewell to Ypsilanti and take up residence in Detroit.

Will Carleton, Michigan's famous farm ballad poet, will come to the Washtenaw County Historical Society meeting March 29th and April 2nd.

April 6-A portion of the wooden awning on the front of the Follett House has been removed.

May 25-On Sunday morning last, six converts of the A.M.E. Church were baptized in the river below the lower dam at the southern limits of the City.

June 1-Anna Lambie awarded Diploma from the Language Course at the Michigan State Normal College.

Azro Fletcher graduated from the Michigan State Normal College with a Certificate for the Common School Course.

June 12-William Cullen Bryan died.

June 30-William H. Vanderbilt has secured control of the Michigan Central Railroad. A special train containing the great magnate passed thru here last Tuesday bound for Chicago.

August-The Ladies have organized the Literary Club.

October-The Steeple painter departed without saying Good Bye to Mr. A.P. Bucklin, Proprietor of Bucklin House where he boarded or to Mr. Frank Smith where he obtained his paints. Those gentlemen with the Sheriff went to Detroit looking for him but did not find him. Total Loss $50.00.

Mr. Edward Thompson, son of O.E. Thompson has developed a wonderful talent for drawing. He has just been the recipient of a $25 draft from the Thomas Rake Company as an advertisement at the State Fair. They were so pleased with the picture, they not only sent the money but they also intend to use the cartoon at the Indiana State Fair, the St. Louis Exposition and the Shanandoah Valley Fair.

December The salaries of the State Prison employees will be reduced next month. The Keepers who received $720 per Annum will be cut down $20, and that of the Guards $600 to $500 per Annum.

Ad from the good old days: ‘Reflect that in every cemetery 1/2 of the silent tenants are victims of neglected coughs and colds, and if you are thus afflicted, avoid their fate by resorting at once to Hale's Honey of Horehound and Tar, an immediate and certain means of cure. Sold by all Druggists. Pike's Toothache Drops cure in one minute.’

December 28-Married at Galesburg on the 13th of July by Rev. Joseph Estabrook, Samuel B. Laird of Newaygo and Ida Cogswell of Galesburg.


January 18-The First National Bank elected officers as follows: President, I.N. Conklin; Vice President, D.L. Quirk; Cashier, F.P. Bogardus; Directors: I.N. Conklin, D.L. Quirk, L.A. Barnes, E. Bogardus, E.F. Uhl.

Died-Hugh Boyle, age 78 years, one of the oldest inhabitants of this City.

January 14-James Arnold, age 74 years.

January 15-Andrus Watling, age 65 years.

February 19-Phonograph patented.

February 22-F.W. Woolworth opened his first store in Utica, New York.

Ethel Barrymore was born.

W.C. Fields was born

Sydney Greenstreet was born

Frank McIntire, born in Ann Arbor.

Mrs. E. B. Dunham, who came to Ypsilanti in 1871, was an Artist. She was hailed by Prof. Estabrook as the first Kindergarten teacher in America and the best primary teacher he ever knew.

By this time there was a First Ward, 4th Ward and 5th Ward School. The First Ward was entirely colored children. The 5th Ward was the largest with 4 teachers.

September 9-Born-Cyril Roderick Tyler who became a World Famous Boy Soprano.


William W. Phillips-August 1st 1861-Sgt-Major 14th Infantry. 2nd Lt. March 30, 1863. Mustered out June 4, 1863.

Delos Phillips-August 4, 1862 Sgt Co.E 17th Infantry. Brevet 2nd Lt. October 17, 1862. 2nd Lt. December 6, 1862. 1st Lt. March 3, 1863. Captain October 19, 1863. Taken Prisoner at Spotsylvania, May 2, 1864. Escaped May 24, 1864. Lt Colonel 28th Infantry August 15, 1864. Declined and out October 22, 1864.

William H. Randall, Pittsfield-May 1, 1861 Private Co. C H, 1st Infantry (3 months). Private Co.D. 1st Sharpshooters November 15, 1862. 2nd Lt October 3, 1863. Captain April 11, 1865. Out July 28, 1865.

January 27-Electric Light patented by Edison.



C. S. Wortley & Bros. Congress Street (Michigan Ave)

James H. McKinstry-Meercham, Briar and Fancy Wood Pipes next to Hawkins House

Ingram The Druggist-14 Congress (Michigan Ave) J. F. Sanders-The Old and Reliable Clothier-No. 1 in Union Block (200 W. Michigan Ave,)

Grand Opening-H.A. Weeks 25 Congress-Cutlery & Clocks Boots & Shoes-Fred Crich shop in Crane's Tannery Building Three-Horse Whiffletrees-Lang & Martin at the Depot. Wagons and Buggies.

April 10-Death report of Samuel Y. Denton, born September 23, 1816. In 1841 he married Maria Gould of Milan. Came from Northeast Pennsylvania to Michigan about 1837. Worked in a sawmill in Ypsilanti but lived in Saline. Moved to Ypsilanti where he lived for 5 years and then bought farmland in South Plymouth as it was called in those days. His land bordered the Michigan Central Railroad and he engaged in the lumber and mercantile business. Other families joined him and the small community was called The Dentons. He died in March 1880 in his 64 year.

May 1-Edwin J. Mills-for years a resident in the firm of Mills & Camp Hardware. He sold out and bought the Mills at Geddes. Disposing that property he went to Reading, Michigan. A fine musician, he led the Presbyterian Church Choir. Died April 27th, age 53. Born August 1, 1827. Came to Ypsilanti in 1850 and taught one year in the Union Seminary

Lewis C. McLouth married Cornelia A. Howland, daughter of the late Deacon John Howland.


May 15-Professor Joseph Estabrook has received a call from Olivet College at a salary of $3000.

Advertisement-P.T. Barnum's GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH at Ypsilanti May 26th.

May 22-Professor Joseph Estabrook will take charge of Olivet College in September. A pity the State can't pay as much as a private institution.

June 5-The work shops of the Detroit, Hillsdale & South West Railroad Company are to be located in Ypsilanti between Lowell Street and Ann Street. There will be room for 5 engines and there will be a turntable. Hillsdale offered $2000 to have the Shops located there.

June 12-Ypsilanti has a beautiful Cemetery. The Association is putting up two very tasty buildings. On the south side of the entrance a dwelling and on the north side an office. (The Entrance must have been north of the present on) An Iron gate will be swung between the buildings. They are being built on the Swiss plan and the artist who designed them is Mr. Hess of Detroit. The house will be occupied by the keeper of the grounds.

June 26-Joe Sanders has put up a wooden awning in front of his store. Sanders Clothing store was on the corner at 202 West Congress (Michigan Ave).

George W. Cady is fixing up the stand occupied during the winter by Mr. Swaine as a store room. Cady intends the winter by Mr. Swaine as a store room. Cady intends opening a Saloon, East Cross Street opposite the Depot.

July 24-Among the recent Graduates from Michigan University was Mary H. Graham, colored. She prepared at Flint and stood well in her class and now goes to teach at Lincoln University at Jefferson, Missouri. Age 22 years.

August 9-Died-Rev. William Platt, age 62 years 9 months

August 12-Casper Max, cancer, age 75 years.

August 20-McPherson, age 85 years.

August 21-Died on August 12, Mrs. Armin Gage, age 58 from Cancer. August 14-Jesse Newton, age 88 years. August 20-John M. Cutler, age 67 years. He was born in Sudbury, Mass. Came with parents to Michigan and was a Saline resident in 1854, moving to Ypsilanti in 1862. In 1837 he married Fanny Bishop. He was always in the Tavern-Hotel business.

August 24-Bridget Cooney, age 80. August 30-Mrs. Elizabeth Noble, wife of A.N.Noble, age 60. Funeral from St. Lukes Church.


September 11-M. McVicar, Ph.D. LL.D. the popular Principal of the Pottsdam Normal and Training School, New York, has been selected to succeed Prof. Estabrook at a salary of $3000. Dr. McVicar is a Baptist.

Died September 7, 1878-Joseph Wyckoff, born in Seneca County, New York June 25, 1793, came to Superior Township 1828.

September 18-Died September 11-Mrs. Marcia Cook, age 74-She was born in Wallington, Vermont in 1806. Became a resident of Ypsilanti in 1830. United with the Presbyterian Church but trouble sprang up in that Church in regard to the resignation of Rev. I.M.Weed Both she and her husband were confirmed in the St. Lukes Church, February 15, 1848.

October 9-The Canadian firm that has purchased Mr. Gilbert's factory in the 5th Ward, goes under the name of McPherson, Glascow Co. They have two institutions for manufacturing Thrashing Machines. One at Fingal and the other at Clinton in Ontario. Their machine is called the “Climax”. A circular of P. Ferrier & Son's Farm ‘Monitor’ Steam engine fell into their hands. They were so pleased with what they read, the elder McPherson came to Ypsilanti to see it.

While here he mentioned his son would like to engage in the manufacture of their Thrashing Machine in the States and they bought the John Gilbert factory.

October 9-The people of Michigan are to vote in November upon an amendment to the State Constitution authorizing the City of Detroit to build a railroad bridge across the Detroit River.

The old Hewens homestead in Augusta, a nice frame house, burned October 8. William and James Hewens occupied the house. 1000 lbs of wool burned up. Insurance $1500.

November 14-Ads: Littlefield & Weeks-Crockery, China & Glassware. 4 Union Block (200 block N. Michigan Ave). Ypsilanti Steam Dye Works… Fred Savile & Co. Norris Block. 1st door north of the Knitting Factory

November 27-C.C. Chapman of Chicago, one of the Publishers of ‘The History of Washtenaw County’ was in the City. We like the plan he has for this monumental work. The Historical Committee of the Pioneer Society had already given the project their endorsement.


November 27-Ad: G.A. & T. Neat & Co.-Variety Store-all kinds of Goods, Groceries, Clothing, Well & Cistern pumps, tin ware, boots, shoes etc., at the Depot on East Cross.

December 4-We are printing a 24 × 36 sheet four page folio for the world renowned Thrashing Machine manufactured by Edward D. McPherson in this City.

Died-December 27, Mrs. Almira Morton, wife of Jonathan Morton, at age 73. She was the daughter of Job Gorton who came to Ypsilanti with his family in 1825. Job was one of the first Supervisors when the County was organized.

Almira was born in Libon, New York State. Married in 1826.

December 20-Brush system of Electric Lights using alternating current lighted Broadway.

Memories of Growing up in Ypsilanti

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

Author: Ruth M. Allen

Father was in town on business, and when he came home he brought me the most beautiful pencil box. It had flags and E. Pluribus Unum on it. I was so proud. It was the prettiest one I had seen; then and now. He also brought a slate, tho' we had some, from the family and a reader. I was ready to start School.

It seems to me that the Teacher was Miss Mabel Cross. I could be wrong. My Father was quite active in many things. I think he was on the School Board for this school. He used to go to meetings over there with other men. One year the Teacher lived with us. She would go away Friday night and return Sunday night. It happened that she could not find a place to stay. That was the way things were a-way-back-when. Not too many will remember those days.

I have found a paper, “Farmers' Vigilance Association”.

Four townships were covered. I don't know just what they did: I know that a call would come and Father would saddle a horse and take off. Sometimes he would take a gun. I'll make a guess, maybe some farmer's animals got away, or there may have been a wild animal giving trouble. any one know?

Every summer, Father used to let the Signal Corps take a couple of horses. Generally it was Jack and Barney. They used the horses for several years. I was told that Father belonged to the Light Guards, from Ypsilanti. He did not re-enlist in 1898, because they were expecting a child.

Our neighbors were all fine, and tho' we didn't get together too often, all were ready to help each other, two or three times a year, there would be dinners and many would attend.

I do not remember all the places we would go. They would hold them earlier in the afternoon, so the men could get home early enough to get the night chores done. Those were very busy times. There were rare occasions. And it was fine for the children and the folks all had a fine time.

With summer over and preparations made for the coming fall and winter, I looked forward to Halloween. the older children would come by with their pumpkins. When I was old enough to go out that night, I had a tin pumpkin on a stick and Father would take me around to a few homes. The tin pumpkin had a candle in it to light.

the Grandparents. It was fun to get together then.

Next was Christmas. We always had a tree. There were cookies, in different shapes, made and tied to the tree. All kinds of ornaments and strings of gold and silver, for the tree. Each year there would appear a new ornament. We sometimes strung popcorn, to put on the tree. On Christmas morning, the tree would be lighted, for a short time with candles. Father always had a pail of sand and some pails with water, in case we needed it for fire. We were fortunate and never had trouble. I hung a stocking and found some fun taking the little things out of it.

I remember going in to the tree, which was in the parlor, or front living room and there was Polly sitting in her rocker, (both are now in the Ypsilanti Historical Museum) and there was a doll buggy for her and cradle. I was busy putting her to bed and wheeling her around the house. I could sit in the rocking chair and rock her. She was a little big for me to handle, but we had fun. I slept with her for a long time. My two Grandmothers had made her clothes and one made a quilt which I still have.

Along the line, I had a red table and 2 chairs, but finally they broke up. As I received other dolls, I, one time had a high chair for one. I had a rolling pin and potato masher, child size and other toys. There was always a new book or two each year.

The Christmas of 1900; I received Polly. A picture was taken of Polly in her chair and I am standing beside her. The date on the back is January 1901. I had a little tub, maybe 4 or 5 inches wide, or less and a stand with a wringer. My small doll clothes, I would wash in it. I had all kinds of little dishes, as all children have. I have 2 cups, from different sets, that just fit over the end of my finger, now. I still have a vegetable dish, gravy boat and platter, from one set. A sugar, creamer, and butter dish with it's top or cover, in glass, is in my little cupboard. And when the folks went to the State Fair in Detroit, they would bring things home. I have some tin trays, that I used to play with.

One Christmas, I got a sled. I wasn't too old, and Father used to pull me around on it. Many a spill, I took, off the sled. But it didn't hurt, the snow was soft, the sled is in Ypsilanti, too.

The Christmas of 1903, when I went out Christmas morning, and Polly was sitting in her chair, as I had left her the night before to look for Santa. And with her was a beautiful new big doll in a new carriage. There in front of Polly, was a large table and a china cupboard, which Grandfather Trim had made. And a box to unpack, with care, I was told, and it had a new larger set of dishes. So the new doll was to be Helen and her buggy are in Ypsilanti in the Museum. There was a larger doll trunk. Helen had quite a few clothes, so I had plenty to do, and it was so much fun. I had my picture taken with her.

Father made a box, about 18 or 20 inches square and high. I used to keep blocks and toys in it. I could hammer tacks into it and I did like to do that. I put pictures on it with tacks. When in the mood to fix something, I would put tacks in the box. I used it a long time and just where it went or what happened to it, I do not know.

Memorial Day, there was a parade. Many of the children would beg and collect flowers, to pin on the Veterans in the parade. Early in the morning, the ladies would make them up, in time for the parade. Grandfather Trim was always there as long as he lived. One thing I must tell, when Grandfather was near his home, one could always tell, because he came down the street whistling, “Marching Thru Georgia”. He was taken prisoner during the raid on Macon, Ga.

Of course, we had Valentines Day. Then St. Patrick and the wearing of the green. Easter, never on the same day, but a very important day. And the Memorial Day as I have mentioned was a big day and had a great meaning, too. Then July 4th. And another big day.

Speaking of Easter, I have the amber glass hen that I have had for so long, that I can't remember when I got it. A few years ago, I saw one in an antique shop. It looked just like mine, but it had something extra on it. Mine was plain around the nest, this one had small glass circles and I said to the clerk, I have one, but it doesn't have this on it. Oh, she said, yours must be quite old and this is new. Yes, mine is quite old.

Sometime during the summer our Sunday School would have a trip to Belle Isle. We would take the electric car to Detroit and the car would take the track to Jefferson Street and let us off right at the bridge. We would have a fine time. By the time we were ready to go home, we were a tired and weary bunch.

In the summer of some Sunday afternoons, there were horse races at the Fair Grounds. We would drive up West Congress, and at that time it seemed a long way. We would drive the horse up to the fence and watch. There was a grand stand, too, for those who wanted to use it. Pop Corn and pop was sold.

On South Washington Street there was a place where they made and bottled pop. I can't think of the man who had it.

There were Bank concerts, too. They were in Prospect Park. We would drive up and try to find a place in the shade for the horse. Minnie would just stand and the music didn't bother her. It was the same if I drove my pony, Billy.

In the summer, we always put a fly net over the driving horse. This helped to keep the flies off. After the horse was hitched to the carriage, the net would be arranged over the horse. On returning to the barn, it would be carefully removed and hung in the barn.

We had a surrey with the fringe on top. The first one that I remember, was cut up under the front seat and the horse could make a sharp turn and the wheel would go under the front seat. Then we had a top buggy. This had one seat. In the warm weather we took the side curtains. off. We could roll up a small window in back, We could put the top back in a fold, too. Now if it started to rain, it was a scramble to get the curtains on and the robe protector out. This protector would fit over the dash board and hang over the side of the buggy and we could put it up around us. It was material that shed rain or snow. We used it with the surrey, too. The back seat would be alright, because it was protected with the side curtains. We had a “run-about”. It was a one seat carriage with rubber tires. It had no top. Only in warm weather did we use it. Sometimes we would put up an umbrella, if the sun was too hot. We always had one in the run-about.

Someone was in town every day, or just about, and in the warm weather we would take Ice home, our last pick-up for the day. We had a good size ice-box. It had 2 doors under the ice compartment. We had to have a pan under it, to catch the water. (we used the ice box, until sometime after we moved to 119 N. Adams Street.} Shephards Ice Company filled it. And after I was married and needed it, it was sent to me and we used it for 3 or 4 years.

I have mentioned a “spring wagon” and I will explain that. It is about the size of the surrey, but no top. One horse can pull it with no trouble. It had 2 seats. The front and the back. Both of these seats could be removed. When we had a man, with a family, this is the wagon he would drive when he had to go to town.

We had a cutter, for the snow-time. The horse is hitched, in front of one runner, so that it can travel in the sleigh track. After my Brother Joe, was with us, he couldn't stand so much exposure, and we rarely used the cutter. Father got runners put on the buggy too, in place of wheels. There were runners for the light wagon, too. In the winter, not so many trips were made and heavier loads were on, Father drove two horses on it. My pony cart had runners, too. The pony grew such a heavy coat that he looked more like a big bear. His harness would sink into his coat and one could hardly see it. When we were at Brookside, I didn't drive him too far. After we moved nearer to Ypsilanti, I drove him into town very often. The farm wagon had runners, too.

A very important thing for any one to do, during the cold weather, was to carry horse blankets. Any time the horses were to stand, they had blankets put on them and they were tucked in around the harness' to keep them from blowing up in the wind. We also had a “soap-stone”, which we heated and put in so that we could keep our feet warm. We usually had it on one side of the register, and it was warm enough to be comfy, but not hot enough to burn anything.

Yes, at Brookside, we had a furnace. It burned wood. There was plenty of wood cut, from our woods, and it lasted all winter. We also cooked with wood. Most everyone had a “woods” and used it as did we.

Speaking of “woods”, some where back, possibly in my Great Grandfather Timothy McIntire's time, there must have been much wooded land. When my Father, C.L. McIntire passed, 1944, Mother had a letter from a classsmate of Father's. Mr. James Fuller and Father kept in touch, over the years. Mr. Fuller wrote that he and Father were in school and had been friends since they were 10 or 12 years old. He said that when school was in a church, on the corner of Congress and an alley, they were often kept in at recess, for being disorderly in school. the McIntire wood yard was across the street. He was glad that the Cleary College was built there. When I was in James Breakey's office on Huron Street, corner of Washtenaw, he had an old map of Ypsilanti, and we looked at it and it showed the McIntire wood lot, or yard. Mother said she had heard about it. Until I came on to this letter, I had forgotten just how I had gotten this idea. I expect that others sold wood there, too.

Father never knew his Grandfather or Grandmother McIntire. His Grandfather had a 2nd wife. He passed in 1854. I have his key winder watch. My Grandfather used it too.

From what I gathered, Grandfather J.T. McIntire was born in Augusta Township. At one time his Father, Timothy had a large track of land and some small houses in Ypsilanti. Father said that his Father kept selling off land and kept just enough to be able to take care of it himself. I remember that a man came in and paid Father some interest and payment, on land that Grandfather had sold.

The road to the farm was a beautiful drive. On the west side of the road there were rows of big trees. Father said that his Father (J.T.) told him that the Indians used to go past the place where he was born. His Mother let them get drinking water from their well. They were friendly. But his Stepmother had nothing to do with them.

Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother were buried at Stoney Creek, south west of the farm where there were 2 churches, towards Milan. After Grandfather McIntire passed. Father moved his Mother to Highland, beside his Father. She was at Stoney Creek. I think there was a general store across from the churches, or near by. We used to go over that way to spend the day with Uncle Hiram Thompson. He married Grandmother McIntire's sister Adelia, but she had passed away years before. He had a fine housekeeper, Mrs. Coe, a widow, from Milan. He never remarried.

As you see, one thing reminds me of another…The McIntires were from York, Maine.

I have mentioned that Mother's sister, Helen Trim, married W.S. Carpenter, son of the Peter Carpenter's of Ypsilanti, Michigan. They had a son, Sprague Fenton Carpenter. When he was 4 1/2 years, his Mother died. Sprague then went to live with the Carpenters. Of course we were together many times. He would, as he was older, bring friends to Grandmother Trim's and she always had bread and jelly for them. Carpenters lived about 2 blocks south on Adams and I think the house was on that street and about 2 houses off Adams street. It was a large house. Later the Carpenters moved North on Adams Street across from the Congregational church.

By that time, Sprague was old enough to have a pony, and there was a barn in back of that house. So Sprague and I grew up together. He was 2 years older than I. He would drive down to the Brookside farm. He would have one or two friends with him. Three could get into his pony cart. Father would go out to the barn and let us play on the hay. Trixy would have a feast and rest up for the trip back.

Sprague would bring spears, some times. Oh, Me. the boys would spear frogs. there were a lot along the creek. They would spear the frogs and I had to take them off and keep them in a pail. Grandfather Carpenter did like frog legs. I had trouble keeping them in the pail, tho' I had a grainbag over the pail.

Sometimes we would take our shoes and stockings off and wade in the creek. It was an order that we never went bare-foot around the farm. So after wading, we dried our feet and put our shoes and stockings back on. Father was afraid of nails, and many other things that could cut our feet. There were burrs and pickery weeds, and stubbles that were hard to see. As far as I can remember no one was hurt around our farm. All who came there enjoyed it enough to follow the rules.

Do you remember the men who used to drive the country and buy rags? I guess they were called Rag-pickers.

They would weigh the rags and pay for them. And there were men with their wagons that used to sell things, through the country. Pots, pails, pans and other tin things. Of course these same men went around town, too. Some would sell rugs and silk things, table runners, bed spreads and the like.

Now back to Brookside: I mentioned the Hereford cattle and the feeder cattle. I remember two cattle buyers, Mr. Spencer and Mr. Horner, after the steers were properly fed out and ready for market, Father would call these men and a date for taking them into town to their sale pens, was set, providing the day was good. They would always have a good day, even if they had to put it off for a day or two. One time they were short a man, to go horse-back and Father rode horse back and a neighbor rode a horse and I drove Minnie, to bring up the rear. Nothing bothered Minnie. Either Mr. Spencer or Mr. Horner would lead the way. I think it was Mr. Spencer that day. The men on horseback would keep the cattle from turning the wrong road, and street, after we arrived in town. I had gone with Father, several times, in the buggy, so I had the general idea. It seemed, as Mr. Spencer rode ahead, that the cattle got the idea of following him. Then with buggy behind, it all worked pretty well. The men on horses were quite busy. We drove them down Huron Street to Cross and somewhere around the Railroad station, were the pens. After all was in place, Father and the neighbor got in the buggy and lead the horses back to the farm.

Should a pig go to market, they were taken in large crates. This was also used for calves. Chickens were transported in crates too. We also took eggs to sell at the stores. It was surprising how many groceries we could trade 12 dozen eggs for.

Father was very particular about everything, the harnesses were in good repair. He would mend them himself, the wheels on all carriages and farm equipment were carefully greased. In the fall, all things that could be put away for winter, had a good inspection, and were made ready for spring use. All the horses were properly shoed, or shod. In the winter, all horses that were driven on the carriages, had sharp shoes, because of the ice. I have seen horses slip and fall in the harness, but I never saw one of ours fall, tho' at a time it was very slippery. In bad weather we only drove when very necessary.

In the winter, Father and his helper would go to the woods and cut trees. After the trees fell they would trim them and saw them in the length they wanted. Some trees were very large and they used a long saw, with a handle on each end, because it took two men to do it. And of course, the saws had to be sharpened.

So Father would sit on the grinding seat and pump the grinding wheel. I often watched him and the sparks did fly. the wheel was quite large, when he did the big saw, (I think they call it cross-cut saw) he had saw horses on each side to hold it up properly. The buck-saw was entirely different. He used one of those in the wood shed. The wood-shed was in back of the kitchen and under the same roof as the house, the unfinished room up stairs was over the wood-shed and kitchen. I still have the old lamps that were used in the wood-shed. The blue paint is nearly worn off, they had tin reflectors.

The lamps in the kitchen were iron brackets and had mercury reflectors. I have one of those, and my grandson has his name on that, so he will have it. The original reflector is with it. I have the dining room hanging lamps. The shade of one is broken, but I still have it in place. There are 2 lamps in that. It was very pretty. I have the iron hanger and the 2 holders, but the holders or cups are broken off. The parlor hanging lamp had 4 lamps, but I don't know what was done with that. The hall lamp is gone too. I have the piano lamp, original globe, but it is made into an electric light. Father gave this lamp to Mother the Christmas before they were married, 1891.

Of course there were many lamps used every night. And the next day, they were collected, to be filled and the wicks trimmed, and the glass chimneys washed and polished, and returned to their place to be ready for use. This was some job. And the day we had to get the 5 gallons of coal oil or kerosene I sure didn't like. We put something like oil cloth over the can to sit on and fold up around it, while it was in the buggy or carriage. And the barn lanterns were taken care of, just as the lamps were. We had little finger lamps to light and carry to where we would light the light for the room. The handle had a hole in it and one would put a finger through it to carry it. There was no lighting of matches to find the way to the lamp to be lighted. The lanterns for the barn were lighted outside of the barn. Fire was always on everyone's mind back then.

The surrey had lights outside on both sides of the front seat, these held candles. One couldn't see much, but could be seen when about to pass another on the road. Then the oil lamp came out and we had one. It was fastened to the right side of the carriage, and you could see the side of the road. It was up to the horse to follow the road, when very dark. this side light was a big help.

Later we had a car. We had side curtains to put on. After parking on the field, in the cold weather, we took off the side, so Joe could see out. We had a heavy blanket to put over the engine. We didn't have anti-freeze. Each time we put the car up, we had to drain the radiator, and fill it when we took the car out again. Then, if we drove at night, we had to turn on the tank of gas and run quick and light the head lights…the man at the garage told me just how to do it. If there was a building near, he told me to have the bright light just so high. Hard to explain, but I sure remembered it. Then every now and then we had to take the tank in and get another.

We always had self starters put on, but sometimes they didn't always work. So it was crank, and pull a wire to give a little more gas to start on. It was bad if we flooded it. Each time we changed cars, they called and we could have the one “Ruth” can crank. There were some…very hard to crank. And some could break your arm, by a kick back. Can't think of just what they called it.

Thank goodness I learned, before I was married (1920). and I have driven all kinds of roads, you name it, I've been thru it. When we were in Auburn, the road to Bay City, would be full of holes, so pull the throttle down and just hit the tops. And don't forget, before we had snow tires, we drove with chains in the winter snow.

William Lambie Diary, 1876

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1984,
October 1984
Original Images:


January 1-The beginning of another year with pleasant day-some snow on the ground, mist and clouds overhead-If life is spared, I hope to do more good than any previous year of my existence. America's Centennial year.
Bell helped take care of the stock-the others came home from Sarah Clark's dinner party after dark. Frank over at Roberts.

January 2-Mr. Tindell gone and Duffield preached a long sermon. All went but Mrs. L. 3 went at night.

January 3-Wife took Anna to her boarding house. I cleaned the stables.

January 4-Ground frozen hard. Bell milked before day-light. Robert home with a cold. Went to prayer and conference meeting, spoke when called on and thought I did more harm than good.

January 5-Went to Detroit and Canada-the sun gleamed on the waves of the River like a summer day. Took dinner with mother and found her well and cheerful in her old age. Had supper and stayed overnight with sister Agnes in Detroit. A grand family in a stately home but the Master spirit comes no more back to earth. Called on brother Frank in the evening.

January 6-Went to see my old friend William Adair, a very pleasant visit and a walk through his four green houses blooming like summer.
Went with David Inglis and saw his brick house on Woodward Avenue, worth $12,000 and Frank's lot worth $3,000.
Over the river again and stayed overnight with mother and sisters and had a long talk regarding the past and the future. Read a chapter and saw part of Father's mantle but not him.

January 7-After breakfast, Mother conveyed me to the corner and waved adieu. Called on Brother James. He told me of his losses and seemed glad to see me and wanted my friendship and prayers. Went to the cemetery and saw the Inglis monument with sister Agnes-a grand tribute of respect to departed. The sun shone bright and beautiful like a summer day as if to mitigate the sorrows of the mourners and the sad hearted.

January 8-Ordered 30 apple trees from Elwanger and Barrie. Took down corn to grind for feed. Heard of Mr. Morton's death.

January 10-Great change in the weather-cold and blustery. Ice in the water pail in the house. Makes us shiver-walked to town and called on brother Robert-his eyes are better.

January 11-Frank drew up a load of wood for our stoves. Wife and I went to the Morton funeral in the afternoon. He has left all his wealth. His body was placed in a metal coffin in a vault. The world looked bleak and desolate and cold after coming out of a house warmed with a coal stove.

January 14-Good winter day-feeding stock and cleaning stables. Cornwell's steam boiler burst and some lives lost. Sold 4 lambs to Luckin $10.00. Returned his buffalo robe.

January 15-A beautiful moonlight morning. Mary and Bell washing. Robert drawing up wood for the stoves. Lambs not thriving so put them with the old sheep.
Walked to town and saw the wrecked Cornwell Mill. The engineer was blown clear over the mill yard into a field. His body awfully mangled.
Called on Joe Stephenson. He and wife sick and feeble.

January 19-Went to union meeting in Methodist Church. Mary carried edibles to Anna and Elizabeth. Sold a pelt $1.25.

January 21-Was not very well last night. The Haggis was too rich and did not digest well.

January 22-Paid Fredrick Goodspeed $25.75 for teaching school. Received 3 Scotch papers, one of them giving an account of my cousin William Lambie of Hallburn receiving greeting from a number of friends. Also a timepiece and a check for 30 lbs. sterling. His wife getting a gold watch and chain and my good old Aunt Kate, who was so kind to me in boyhood, got a pair of gold spectacles.


January 22-Old Scotland beats great America again. Cousin William seems to have gained more friends, wealth and honor in native Scotland than I have after sailing 3000 miles from the old home of childhood.
Father's idea that coming to America was a mistake seems to become more and more conclusive.
Called on Brother Robert. If he is rich in material things, he is not rich in brotherly kindness.

January 25-Frank and Jones killed the two pigs. Burns Birthday. Frank thought the buckwheat too damp to thrash, the soft corn about fed out.
Read the Hamilton papers that Sir William Wallace's mother was a Strathaven woman. Why did I leave the friendly early days to live far away-toiling and saving, receiving little wealth on the misty marsh at Ypsilanti?

January 26-Sold a pig to Luckin-248 at 8¢-16 cents less than $20 and a good price. Gave Bell $2 for feeding and Mary $2 for housework. Frank salted pork and Mary took provisions to Arena.

January 27-After feeding stock went and saw friend Ben Voorhees and the boring for coal on his land. It looked rather hopeless to me.

January 28-Dark wet morning. Eliza went to the Normal and Bell and Robert to our school (Bennett School).

January 29-Received an “Interior” containing my letter on farmers and farming.

January 31-Pancakes and fresh pork for breakfast.

February 1-Cut and burned willows. Wife and I went to Church meeting. Spoke a few words hardly knowing whether they were words of wisdom.

February 2-Cold snowy morning. Ice in the kitchen. Fed all the soft corn and two stakes of stalks.


February 3-Doing what is called menial work. Wife went to meet her brother John from New York and took food to Anna.

February 6-Walked to Church in the snow. Mr. Chatterton who sat beside me in Church meeting last week, went out before six o'clock with a lantern to his barns. Neighbors saw the barn burning and found his body burned among the ruins. A shocking death, a great calamity for his family.

February 7-Almost Springlike. Ben Roberts helping Frank saw trees. Wife and I went to Mr. Campbell's in Augusta. Mild and muddy. Stayed overnight. Visiting seemed to be a mutual benefit all around. We think we strengthened each other and made this life grander.
Sent a letter to brother Frank and the Editor of the “Citizen”.

February 8-Went with Mr. Campbell to see Mr. Hewens. He looked feeble.

February 11-Wife and I went to Farmer's Institute in the forenoon and in the afternoon. Frank, Elizabeth, Mary and I went in the evening. Very entertaining.

February 12-Attended the Farmer's store meeting. A good deal of wrangling. Some wanted to close the store. About $1600 lost from fall in price of goods. Was in favor of persevering and trying to do better.
Letter from the Trust Society with a dollar for a letter I sent. The first money I every got for writing. A pleasant surprise, entirely unexpected.

February 13-Rode in mud to Church. 300 in Sabbath School. Bell and I came home after Mary and Elizabeth stayed over-night at Anna's room. Robert unwell-a red rash on his skin.

February 19-Paid Goodspeed $25 for teaching school.

February 21-Wife started for her fathers. Frank and I cleaned the pig pen. Humble life…“he went to a far country to feed swine”. Frank got $20 from Wm. Campbell.


February 22-Frank, Robert and I bought a sow and 7 pigs from Norton's paying Mr. Ambrose $25 for them. Wife stayed at Wm. Campbells. Two boys and two girls went to a Festival in the Presbyterian Church.

February 23-Robert brought his mother home. Wm. Cambpell paid $10 on Mr. Crane's note.
February 24-Wife and I went to Mr. Clark's (sister of Mrs. Lambie). Received a kindly welcome and stayed overnight in their fine home.

February 25-Left 3½ bags of buckwheat at Farmer's store. Wife stayed to take care of Clare Campbell.

February 26-Our old friend Chidister going to leave the Farmer's store. Had a letter from Tribune about Good times.

February 27-Wife, Mary, Eliza and I walked to Church in a snow storm. A fine gathering into the Redeemer's Kingdom. Mayor Barnes, John Boyce, Lee Hendriks and a fine array of young people joined the Church.

February 29-Settled with Wm. Campbell at Farmer's store-$81 cash due us and a due bill for some $10.
Brother Robert told me of the death of Mr. Hart's daughter. Frank and Jones thrashed buckwheat.
Harper's Magazine sent back my letter about Drumclag.

March 1-Went to Pioneer meeting in Batchelder's Hall (North Washington). Interesting hearing of early settlement of Washtenaw County. Saw a variety of Indian hammers and arrowheads. Had dinner under Baptist Church. Friend John Geddes the oldest there.

March 2-Wm. Hart's daughter brought here for burial. Sold the old horse to Luckin for $20 and a black wedder for $5.

March 4-Wife and Robert to Augusta. Mary Eliza and Bell went to Andrew Campbells (Platt Road) with the Bacon youngsters in a long bobsled. I was left alone.


March 6-Wife and I went to George McDougal's (on Ford Road). Pleasant visit but roads very muddy like the slough of despond. Paid King $8.60 for bushel of clover seed.

March 7-Mr. Luckins paid $19 for the wicked heifer. Frank helped take it to town. Borrowed Robert's horse. Took 12 bushels buckwheat to Mill and got 12 bags (25 lbs.) flour. Left them at Farmer's store.
Road deep with mud-like to be beat going up the hill of difficulties.
Have a letter of mine in the American Messenger, a paper well filled.
Paid King $8.60 for bushel of clover seed.

March 8-The song sparrows sang this morning. First good walking. Frank working for Ben Roberts.

March 9-Went with Bill and Robert to Mr. Voorhees. They are two old people in the borders of fourscore. Looked at a colt George has for sale.

March 10-Blue birds singing under a blue sky. Roger Pettibone was buried.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarke came at noon. Like a summer day.

March 11-Robert's birthday–13 years since his birth. Some have passed a way since then. Time changes and we change with time.
A shower made it muddy again.

March 12-Snow storm from the North–bleak and weary. Mary and Elizabeth walked to Church. Robert went at night feeding hungry cattle in storm and mud.

March 13-Frank, Robert and I cleaned buckwheat. The big sow and pigs outside.
Went to Baptist Church and heard the Evangelist Graves. Did not like his style of preaching as well as some. Four went to Church in the evening.

March 14-Frank went to qualify himself for voting. Something I never did. 37 years an alien. I go back to Scotland in thought but never in reality and sadly in my dreams. We seem to need discipline and sorrow.

March 16-Anna and Elizabeth went to the Normal and Bell to her school in the rain and ice.

March 17-Brown got 2 bushels buckwheat. Frank bought a Berkshire hog for $12. The heifer Cherry had a white calf.

March 18-The young cow sucks bad when milked. Mrs. L took Anna to her boarding house.

March 20-Frank plowing buckwheat stubble. Planting and trimming grapes. Went to Lighthiser sale.
Cold snowstorm. Gave Jerome $4 for Frank. Cattle, sheep and pigs feel snug under barn.

March 22-Drew corn stalk stacks off Brother Robert's land. Robert drew up wood on the sleigh. Frank sold 2 pigs to Harry.

March 23-Bonnie spring morning. Goodspeed gave us a new Insurance policy.
Mr. Adair sent Normal School Certificates to the girls. Ever kind and faithful.
Mr. Campbell came (father-in-law). Wife and Robert went home with him. He would not buy Mr. Crane's note. Hoped I wouldn't lose it.

March 25-3 or 4 inches of snow in the night. Wife and Robert came back. Sent $2.50 for the Interior, a Poem to Scotland, a letter to Wm. Adair.
Mr. Platt paid Wm. Campbell $150. Glad I won't need to borrow at present.

March 26-Three girls and Robert and Mrs. L fed the stock and rested. Robert and Bell drew up wood on the sleigh.

March 28-Eliza started to the Normal in the storm.

March 29-Snow 8 or 10 inches deep and drifting. Mary has toothache.


March 31-Went to town in the sleigh. Looked at Mr. Grave's horses. Called on John Mann and sick Joseph Stevens. Bad going. Frank went to Woodruff's sale.

April 1-Enchanting sunshine on the pure white snow. Eliza walked home in the snow. Wife and Robert went to town and brought Mrs. Campbell (Mrs. Wm), Clare and the Babe (Sadie).

April 3-Town meeting Day. Frank went to vote. Loaned George McDougal $100.

April 4-Rhubarb bursting through ice and snow to celebrate Spring. The Bees look well after mild winter.

April 5-High winds. Wrote about Straven Castle. 37 years since I left the stone house in native Straven. Two-thirds of my life has been spent in America. We know something of the past but the future clouded in mystery.

April 6-Two men came and offered to bore for coal on our farm giving us ¼ of the profits if good coal was found. Went to town to talk about coal. Took tea at G. Allan's. Looked for a horse.

April 9-Robert and I sorting potatoes. Looked after coal mines and horses. Swift has 3 to sell. Coal interest very uncertain.

April 10-Bell and Robert joined the Church with about 100 others. Red Cow had a calf. Swift came to sell a horse. Frank began to plow in new orchard. 2 girls came to visit Bell. Wm. Campbell marked $150 on Platt note.
John Campbell came. Mrs. L went home with him.

April 14-Frank and Bell went to a party at Mr. Camps.

April 15-My birthday–fifty-five years of life passed. Gave L. Allen three apple trees in memory of the Centennial Year. Two went to Bacon's to eat maple sugar.

April 18-Frank finished plowing new orchard. Fed out all the corn stalks. Have not fed ½ ton of hay all winter. Brother Robert setting out pear trees on his land.


April 22-Replaced bridge over creek. Gathered stones in north field. Man came again about boring for coal. Smith's horse we talked of buying for $125 sold for $145.

April 23-Mr. Putnam preached. Two of the girls went to Uncle Andrew's on Platt Road. Saw a light moving along the Creek. A puzzle to us. Frank thought it Kimel spearing fish.

April 25-Darin got seed corn and told us where to find water by peachraft.

April 26-Drew out manure. Took down a grist and received $10.00 from Wm. Campbell on Crante's interest.

April 27-Robert and I went to Detroit to see Mrs. Inglis and her family, Wm. Adair, Mother and Sister, Brother Frank and Jamie. Went to Father's grave.
Mother cheerful and intelligent in her old age. Thought Mary and Catherine unkind to me.

April 28-Mother walked to the corner with me and it was hard to part with me-Walked through the streets and to a picture gallery with Mr. Inglis and then home. A strange mingling of joint sadness-(No mention of how he crossed Detroit River or got home. Must have been train).

April 29-Willow trees beginning to look green-

May 1-Cold ice on wash basin-Mary commenced her summer school-Robert went with her-sold small load of oats at 30¢-Got 30 apple trees from Elwanger and Barrey-paid them $7.50-Weary and depressed at honest labor.

May 2-Helped brother Robert plant more pear trees and Frank plowed.

May 3-The cow Dainty had a calf-No lambs yet and rather surange-Frank paid Davis $3.75 for Tribune & Farmer. Planted potatoes-bought ½ ton of plaster.

May 6-Frank started for Pontiac with Hiram Bacon-wife took food to Anna-bought seed corn from Conklin.


May 9-Cut asparagus for dinner-paid $2.00 to fix clothes wringer-Clark took a load of rails from us.

May 11-Have 3 lambs at last. Paid T.B. Goodspeed $26.25 for teaching.

May 15 Mary has 20 scholars at her school-A sick sheep drowned-pulling the dirty wool off a dead sheep is not very conducive to poetry. 5 lambs. Frank and the old horses did wonder well reclaiming the land that produced so little into a fertile field-14 lambs-Robert had 3 young doves-one flew away-Frank shingled the stable.

May 22-Mary's birthday. James came to sow plaster.

May 24-Queen's birthday-Frank sold 26 bushels of wheat at $1.15. Took wheat to Rawsonville to get $1.25 but got only $1.15. Bought shoes from J. Boyce $4.18.

May 26-Bell and I went to see the show come in but were too late-received big bundle of Evergreens from William Adair-Mr. Campbell came. Wife and Robert went home with him.

May 27-Planted green trees-Frank dammed the Creek-Howard left his law books and helped us wash the sheep. Sheep very heavy and made my back ache-20 lambs long way behind time. 24 lambs-3 went to P. Miller at night.

May 31-If I was not so weary working it would be more delightful. May be it is better to be worn out than rust out. Cultivated corn any way.

June 2-Bees swarming-stung Bell and me-did my best to hive them but they went away. Robert (brother) brought us the sad news of Brother James' sons death by drowning at St. Thomas, Ontario. A boy of 11 years lost to this life-James has sorrow and sorrow.

June 3-Wet morning-4 were at Normal last night. Wrote a letter to Brother James regarding his son's death-Two brothers drowned in Huron.


June 6-Butter $2.80-hived swarm of bees-bought wool twine. Sold 30 bushels oats 28 cents-Frank and Ambrose shore 47 sheep.

June 10-Finished shearing the sheep-70 in all-Mr. and Mrs. Clarke (Elizabeth, sister of Mrs. L.) came with their young horses-took Anna and her room mate to town.

June 12-Cultivating alone-Frank shearing for Hiscock. Mr. Campbell came. Mrs. L and Frank went to his sheep shearing after supper. Had buggy wheel repaired.

June 13-Summer heat-Corn growing and chipmunks digging it up. Some ripe strawberries.

June 14-Bell took Mary and Robert to school-Pods on early peas. 31 lambs.

June 16-Bell getting 14 pans of milk daily. Had straw-berries for supper.

June 17-Bell and 2 girls went to get a ride at sunrise.

June 18-Went to Mr. Fisher's funeral-(relative of Andrew Campbell's wife).

June 19-Bell's Birthday-cold, a great change from last week picking strawberries-20 quarts-Mr. Voorhees and wife found a dull market for them at 10 cents.

June 21-Sold 16 quarts to Mrs. Childs-Paid G. Stephenson $17.36 for seed wheat we got last fall.

June 22-Hived 2 swarms of bees-took down a grist and got a beehive from William Campbell-sold 19 qts. strawberries.

June 23-Mr. Voorhees helping to pick berries-Robert put paris green in potatoes-Rain almost every day. Sold 40 qts. berries at 8¢. Very warm again.

June 26-Frank began to mow, riding round the luxuriant field in his chariot. A new riding mower.

June 27-Wife, Mary, Liza, Ann, Robert and I went to the closing Commencement of the Normal.


June 29-Brother Frank did not come.

June 30-Last of Bonnie June-Wife's birthday-Brother Robert brought his wife and Aunt Ann-straw-berries and cream. Have poem in Hamilton paper about Avondale.

July 1-Strawberries failing-William Campbell paid me $10. Wool selling 25 cwt.

July 2-Fine crop of grass-hay.

July 4-Centennial Day-A great day for America. Not much greatness came to me-Frank and I went to Detroit and saw the great procession-took dinner with mother in Canada-called on Frank Ingliss and brother Frank and got home before dark. Frank stayed with Frank Inglis to see the fireworks-great crowds of people. Cannons, pistols and fire works bring no joy to me-Beer and tobacco were well represented, and the city soldiers looking very old.

July 5-A strong wind blew down some hives and fence-Frank came home at noon-drew up sleepers for the barn floor. 4 went to Bacons. Wife took butter to town putting floor in hay barn.

July 7-Asa Brown cleaned the well-glad to get good water-Frank and I drew in hay-like to faint in the heat of noon-Girls cleaning and papering. Mary had a vacation, 3 weeks.

July 8-Looked like a good day but no help came-Frank, Robert and I built a hay stack in intense heat a good crop of hay.

July 9-Jones helped and we got 4 loads in a stack-and then heavy rain-we had put a tin roof over hay-Mr. and Mrs. Clarke came-Lizzie went home with them.

July 14-Almost to weary to rejoice-got all the wheat in stacks at sun down and several loads in the barn-paid Jones $2.00 a day. The German $1.75 and Willy Smith, $1.50.

July 17-Morning clear & cool and delightful-some are going to the sea for their health (his brother Robert) new potatoes-selling better for 13¢.


July 22-Gabriel Campbell and family arrived.

July 26-Days a little shorter and fields begin to look like Autumn.

July 27-Excursion to Put-in-Bay for $1.25 would like to go but money scarce-Anna, Mary, Elizabeth, Frank and I had a fine sail to Put-in-Bay. 60 miles in Lake Erie-pure lake breezes and beautiful islands, some were sea sick-longest sail I have had in 20 years.

July 28-Traveler resting today-William Campbell paid $115.00-sold some butter-Bennett girls came.

July 31-Mary reopened her school-Robert went with her.

August 1-Ground very dry-hoping for rain-the colored man's day of Freedom-Bell and I went to see the Celebration in William Cross Grove at the Fair Grounds-The dark Beauties rigged out in white, red and blue and a feast of good things. Apples 75¢ a bushel.

August 2-Mr. Campbell came for Mrs. L and Frank to help with the thrashing.

August 9-Frank & Jones getting out the manure, cleaning grainery-took a grist-2 bags wheat and 3 of feed-picked a bushel of nice astrakand apples and in town got 30¢ for them.

August 11-A refreshing rain-corn good to eat after boiled-A. Knap came to sell a horse.

August 12-Brother Frank's Birthday-the day we used to go to the Brauncastle and Hallfied among the blooming heather, whirring foul, and dining on curds and cream in life's morning. Brother Robert, Frank and Bell drove round by the old “Moon farm” where we settled in 1839. Went to Roberts for dinner. Was in the crowd of the raising of the Republican rally-speaking, music and 7 bonfires.

August 15-Put the wool over the wood shed-lots of apples under the trees.


August 17-William Campbell, Willy, Clare & the Baby and the dog came to visit and then Robert Campbell and his wife in a grand new top Buggy.

August 19-Joe Peck came and set up his thrashing machine before dinner. Had 158 bushels oats and 140 bushels wheat-plenty of help and all went well.

August 24-Another $10.00 from William Campbell-paid F. Smith $6.00 for pew rent at church and 50¢ for hymn book-Kate Inglis and Helen Todd, Mr. and Mrs. Clarke came to see us. Sold 2½ bushels apples-Elizabeth at Mr. Tailors.

August 26-Hauled sand from Mr. Fletcher's hill and stones for this barn wall. The black sow had six pigs. McDonald offered 30¢ for wheat but wanted to deduct ¼ and we did not want to sell the hay.
august 31-Wife not well-went to consult Dr. Kinne-Farmer's store broken into again-loss about $200.00. We saw 5 elephants and the show came.
September 1-Mrs. L. medicine doesn't seem to help her. Gave Mary my note for $64 teaching.
September 2-Lawyer Allen and not A. Campbell nominated for Representative. John Geddes, A. Thomason and Mr. Holland went with the bread and wine at church.
September 3-Brother Robert & wife went to Eaton Rapids I brought up their horse and carriage from the Depot, Bell took me to the school meeting-I was elected assessor for 3 years-Mary to keep school for another month. Mr. Miller to furnish 10 cords wood.
September 6-Frank took back Robert's horse and carriage.
September 8-Heard of Mrs. Batchelor's death.
September 10-Went to church in the rain. Heard that the Rev. G.L. Foster was dead, did not go to Mrs. Batchelor's burial.


September 12-Five men working-2 masons and Frank tending mortar and 2 dark men-wife and I went to Rev. G. L. Foster burial-his body was left in the vault to take to Jackson.
September 14-Farmer' excursion to the Centennial-would like to see the Falls of Niagara and the Mountains but my means are limited.
The masons finished the barn. A grand improvement but expensive-sold 4 lambs to A. McCormick for $10.00-glad to get some money.

September 16-Frank and the German cut all the corn-Received $20.00 from William Campbell-paid the Masons $17.00.

September 17-Mr. Putnam preached. Had a chill in the church, walked home and lay on the Buffalo robe the the stove.

September 18-Frank took corn and oats to Rawsonville and got it ground for feed-I took quinine. State Fair time-Have ague. Took apples to Mrs. Warts & Taylor-Frank & H. Bacon. Frank and H. Bacon went to State Fair.
September 21-Rested all day and no ague. Mr. Knapp came for the School report-Sold 24 bushels corn to a German-wife took Anna flour, apples and potatoes to her boarding house.

September 24-Received kind letter from friend Adair with school appointments for the Girls, after Bell getting hers. The State paid teachers don't admit her.
September 26-A company of our friends going to the Centennial received 10 apple barrels from Ainsworth. Brother Robert loaned Frank $60, to go to the Centennial at Philadelphia.

September 28-Frank started for Centennial on his Birthday.


September 30-Mary and Elizabeth went to Pittsfield-Elizabeth to start her school.

October 1-Got 10 apple barrels-picked and headed 4 barrels Baldwins-took off 8 boxes of honey.

October 3-Mrs. L. and Robert took provisions to Anna and brought home a grist-picked two barrels steel reds.

October 4-Bell & I went to the Fair (State or County?) great display of horses, cattle, sheep and swine. Mrs. L., Mary, Robert and William Campbell family went to the best day at the fair.

October 6-Mary's school closed-Bell went with Robert's carriage and brought Mary's books home. Read of my Uncle Archibald Hamilton's death in the Scotch paper. My old friend that was so kind to me in my boyhood has gone the way of all.

October 9-A long fruitful year-first post this morning. Good crop of Apples-few pickers at 60 or 70 cents per bushel, we will not make big wages. Picked and packed spy apples-sent a letter to mother about Uncle Archibald's death. Took 20 barrels apples to Ainsworth-got 10 empty ones-makes 40 in all.

October 16-Picked about 14 barrels in the new orchard-a great wrestler, Mac, beat Ypsilanti Champers in New York. I get enough wrestling in the apple trees and got a fall hurting my back, no honor and no money.

October 18-Frank sold a load of cider apples for 9¢ a sent 8 barrels to David Inglis and 2 to Brother F killed the coarse wooled Ram-apples to Traverse and Muller.

October 20-Still suffering from my fall. Sold 40 b of cider apples for 9¢-gathered Russets & B in new orenard.

October 23-Lucken agreed to pay $24 for 10 lambs and $30.00 for the 2 steers-Frank & Jerome killed 2 ne-hand dirty disagreeable work. Sold the pork 500 at nearly 7¢. $46.00 a good price. Ainsworth paid for the apples-80 bushels at 60¢ only $48.00 for our toil, a third less than they were last year.


October 26-Took apples to Wiards and got barrel of cider. Wife and I plunging through the mud to Augusta. Met Mr. and Mrs. Clarke and A. Campbell-they talked of the Centennial but I was not there and the vote coming but not for me.

October 28-Woke up in Mr. Campbell's mansion. Have two article in one Country Gentlemen.

October 30-Wife and I went to Mrs. Norris's funeral who was a very prominent useful woman in her day.

October 31-Big torch light procession in town but too weary to go.

November 2-Elizabeth and Robert went in the rain to Pittsfield for her school. Frank making stanchion in the barn.

November 7-Election Day to decide who will be President: I am not a voter-Frank went to vote.

November 8-Paid Frank $43 wages. Mrs. L. went with William Campbell to Marvin Miller funeral. Crane bought the two steers for $90.00.

November 10-Have nearly 1000 bushels corn. Frank took a load to Rawsonville to have ground for feed.

November 12-Mrs. L. Went to stay with her sick Aunt McDougal-sat at our cottage door reading and heard the Light Guard playing over the grave of Henry Frane, Mohn McDougals mother very sick. Mary, Bell and I got in the cabbage from Brother Robert's land.

November 16-27 years since we were married. How fast time rolls on-bought suit, boots and cap for Robert. John Campbell came and Mrs. L. and Robert went away with him. Called on Brother Robert-a great contrast between his home and mine.

November 17-Went to Detroit. Visited with Mrs. Inglis and mother. She will be 80 if she lives until the 20th of February. Stayed overnight with Agnes. (his sister) in her grand home with her fatherless family.


November 18-To brother Franks for dinner. Had a pleasant talk. Went over to see mother, sisters, (2) unfriendly. Called on brother James.

November 19-Mrs. Inglis & I heard Mr. Pearson in the Opera House (Detroit) morning and evening. A wonderful, grand building and a great audience. Rode with Mrs. Inglis and James to Elmwood and saw the monument and flowers blooming on the grave.

November 20-Returned to my humble home. Crane paid $25.00 on steers, Anne, Mary, Robert, Frank and I went to the installation of I. Richmond-good preaching and good supper. Keef looked at wool.

November 22-Mr. Lucken paid $24 for 10 lambs-wife walked hom from her brothers (William Campbell lived on E. Michigan beyond R.R.). Bell and Robert going to Mr. Crippens school.

November 23-Started to go to Mr. Herven's funeral-roads very bad-wife rode in her Father's buggy and I came back.

November 27-Robert's young fox ran away-time to house the sheep and feed them under the barn-got the black sow from Bacons-Robert's fox came back and killed 5 chickens and Frank shot him.

November 28-Mary, Robert and I walked to church and saw pictures presented by Magic lantern.

November 29-Had dinner with I. Campbell at William Campbell's.

November 30-Thanksgiving-heard Mr. Richmond in the Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. William Campbell, Willie, Clare and Wee Sara had dinner with us, very pleasant company. We had cause to be thankful to the giver of all good-Mr. Crane paid $25. all he owed for steers.

December 1-Elizabeth and Mary went to the church meeting-cows and sheep all snug under the barn-a land flowing with milk and honey to the prudent farmers. Brother Robert brought his horse for us to keep a while.


December 3-William Campbell installed as Church Elder.

December 4-Mary & Elizabeth went away in the Buggy to Pittsfield before daylight. Anna at the Normal-Bell and Robert at the district school. Frank off with the gun.

December 5-Cleaned a bag of buckwheat-Frank took down fox and sheep skins in Brother Robert's rig and also took Buckwheat to Rawsonville.

December 7-Wife and I went to Mr. Fletcher's for dinner-a turkey feast, joking, talking and smoking. Frank brought a grist from Rawsonville leaving 18 bags at the Farmer's store.

December 9-Bitter cold blasts ice on the water in the house and the milk even froze.-John Campbell brought us a quarter of beef and got his ear frozen. Frank paid our taxes to Mr. Packard, $17.73. 14 below zero-brook frozen solid.

December 13-Daughter Anna was born 26 years ago in the wee house 16 × 12 when we were cold and lonely. All our potatoes froze. Sister Isabell was married 20 years yesterday. Brook water flowing above the ice-a slight thaw and almost like spring. Brother Robert hearing Moody and Sanky. Wife went in the buggy and found Aunt McDougal better. Paid church seat rent to young Rexford, $5.50. Frank and Asie killed 3 swine-sold them for 6 cwt. Frank got $28 to apply on his wages-I got 26 cents. Mary and Frank went to the Normal.

December 16-Brother Robert taken sick after hearing Moody in Chicago. I went to see him and found him better. Mr. Packard gave Frank the school money $256.64. Paid Mary $65.00 for teaching-paid John Miller $22.50 for wood and left $168 with William Campbell. Settled our account at the Farmer's store-due us $76, Anna $79.

December 18-Five years since my friend D. Inglis died. Snow over a foot deep-Frank took Bell and Bob (sic) to school in the old long sleigh and my youngsters were displeased because they thought too old and shabby. Worked all afternoon in the deep snow feeding the hungry stock and putting the hen house in order. Took a ride through the snow to make a track for the scholars-Mr. Fletcher paid Frank for seed wheat-my share $5. Have paid Frank $120. for wages-$20 for interest and $100 a note on G. McDougal.

December 21-Made track in deep snow to the barn. Took buggy to brother Robert and got his cutter-Mrs. L. went to Augusta with John in his sleigh. Heard Cornwell and Hemphill Bank had failed.

December 22-Frank went in Robert's cutter to Mr. Clarkes and brought Elizabeth home. Mrs. Inglis sent us a box of Christmas presents-Robert brought Anna home and took back Robert's cutter. Paid $4.08 insurance to William Campbell.

December 25-Eight years since father died. All went to William Campbell's for dinner-very pleasant time with friends.

December 26-Waded through the deep snow to water and feed stock. Skinned a frozen sheep. Conrad Wilson's statement regarding our corn crop is in the Christian Union and Michigan Farmer.

December 27-Wrote a letter to mother-4 of us formed a joint stock company and bought a gray horse giving William Campbell $100 note and Mr. Crane to pay Mr. Barr. Got the horse home.

December 30-Young folks started for Augusta in the long sleigh the two boys on the front seat and the 4 girls under the Buffalo robe in the bottom.

Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, 1877.

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Chronology 1839-1912

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1984,
October 1984
Original Images:

This short Chronology was assembled from old newspaper in the Archives. Some items may be duplicates but of interest.

1839 Ypsilanti Republican

April 10-Young Ladies School-Miss Thomas having been a teacher for 3 years had opened a School for Young Ladies-Instruction will be given in all common branches of Education together with Music, French, Drawing and 3 styles of painting.

Julius Morris and Co. Agents for the New York and Michigan line for produce, grocery and staple goods. Julius Morris, S. C. Hammond Ballard, Edmunds and Co. Forwarding and Commission Merchants.

For Sale: A good yoke of Oxen. Six years old and good size. John Watling.

Died-In this village, on the 9th instant, Mrs. Ellen C. consort of James M. Edmunds. Friends are requested to attend her funeral from the residence of A. H. Ballard on the 11th.

Administrators Sale-Notice is hereby given that by the virtue of license to me granted by the Honorable R. S. Wilson, Judge of Probate of Washtenaw County, to sell all the real estate belonging to Noel Moon deceased in the town of Superior on the 20th day of April-The West ½ of the North East, ¼ of the N.W., ¼ of Section 33, containing 112 3/4 acres. Given under my hand the 20th day of March 1839. Nancy Moon, Adm. estate of Noel Moon. (Francis Lambie bought this farm).

Franklin Cowdrey-Notary Public

S. Salisbury, Jr. Physician and Surgeon-Office over store of McAllister and Moore.

G. Spencer-Attorney-Huron Street.

M. & C. Lane-Attorneys and Councillors-Marcus Lane-Chas. W. Lane.

Gridly and Skinner-Attorneys and Councillors-Office in the building of the Post Office, Huron Street. G. Thompson Gridly, George N. Skinner,

Dr. J. C. Allen, Druggist-Huron Street, 2nd door from Congress St.

Nov. 28- Buck & Stuart-Dry Goods, groceries, Hardware.

J. Vibbard & Co. Merino Shawls-just received Rob Roy Shawls.

A select School for young men. A. Melvin has now in operation on the East Side of the Huron River a Select School for young Men.

1839 Ypsilanti Republican

H. H. Ballard and R. E. Fleming asking debtors to pay the Estate of Robert Fleming, deceased.

Lyman Graves advertises that he will pay no debts contracted by Apprentice William Sabins, Age 18.

Shawls! Shawls! Shawls! Shawls! Chenille, Rob Roy, very heavy Merino and Thibet wool shawls. E. Molleson.

Books-School and Devotional-Carpets-Crockery-A. Thompson.

Nancy Moon, Administrator for Estate of Noel Moon, to auction 112 ½ acres in Superior.

E. & P. Hascale. House, Sign and Carriage Painting-Gilding, Glazing, Graining, Paper Hanging.

R. D. Brower, Jr. All kinds of fancy yard goods.

S. P. Fuller, Attorney.

Estate of John Terhune-James Martin, Exector.

Estate of Abel Millington-Grover Spencer, Administrator.

A. S. Salisbury, Jr. Physician and Surgeon-Office over McAllister and Moore.

1844 Ypsilanti Sentinel

May 9-Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware, Crockery and full assortment of Drugs and Medicine. Teall and Allen, Corner Congress and Washington.

W. A. Buckbee, Attorney.

Godey's Lady's Book for 1843. Price $3.00 in advance.

David Coon, Cabinet maker and old furniture repaired a few doors west of the Larzelere Brick Store.


June 23- Elias M. Skinner, Daniel B. Greene, Attorneys.

Ad: Improved Grain Cradles by T.H. Rogers, Northside of R. R. Depot.

Paints and Oils, Millington and Dimick, Medical Hall also full line of groceries.

Empire Foundry in full blast. We are prepared to do all kinds of castings. A. B. and S. W. Shafer.

Weidenfeld and Brother have just received from New York, Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots and Shoes.

Valuable farm for sale-the beautiful farm with new brick dwelling house of two stories and out buildings complete. Situated in Superior containing 110 acres in high state of cultivation. Possession may be had on the First of April, 1853.

Francis Lambie, Superior June 1, 1852.

W. R. Port, Dealer in Hats, Caps and Clothing-

Pure Sperm Oils, Whale, linseed, boiled, castor and olive oil. Millington and Dimick.

Boots and Shoes, Lowridge and Camp.

Fruit trees and shrubbery-E. D. Lay.

New Establishment, Hardware-S. Ostrander.

1859 The Ypsilanti Herald

July 2-Ad: The Old Ypsilanti Market near the Depot. G. W. Washburn

Best Harness-also repairing on short notice-C. L. Yort at the Depot.

Leather Belting of any width-John Howland & Co.

Pure Milk, undiluted with water from cows, well shingled, fed on clover seed. We will furnish milk at prices which defy competition. Two Milk carriages to serve you. S. M. Cooke.


City Lots for sale: 25 large City Lots-Price low and terms easy. Convenient to the Normal and the Union School. Also 5½ City Lots in the Norris and Cross addition. Near the Depot together with the National Hotel which is to be torn down and moved off the lots. Mark Norris.

New Grocery and Provision Store: Bradley and Brooks. Just opened in the former store of Gort, Tisdal & Co. Packages delivered in any part of the City free. O. B. Bradley-Myron H. Brooks.

Their stock of Fancy and Staple Dry Goods, all new, and located in the store formerly occupied by J. M. Chidester & Co.-Cicero Millington-J. M. Chidester-store on Congress Street.

I. N. Conklin, D. Showerman, B. Follett, Merchant Millers-we have 150,000 feet of Pine now in our yard and good assortment of white wood, ash, oak, black walnut and butternut. 1,000,000 feet of logs wanted for which cash will be paid.

Hardware-Stoves, tinware, etc. “One door east of Lambies” (Robert Lambie-124 Congress St. Michigan Ave.)

Alphonso Platt, Grocery-Congress St. (Michigan Ave.) opposite Kinne & South.

The Economist Cooking Stove for wood or coal for sale by E. J. Mills.

The Ypsilanti Herald is published every Saturday by W. H. Jones & Co., in Follett Block, E. Cross Street.

Attorneys: Joslyn & Blodgett (C. Joslyn. A. C. Blodgett). James R. Cook-Office over J. O. Cross store near the Depot; D. R. Greene, Spencer Block; Lyman D. Norris and Thomas Ninde.

Jewelers: M. A. Parks; James A. Dwight, in the new store of Samuel Post & Co.

Dentists: Barr & Baldwin in the Larzelere Block; G. F. Tucker, rooms over Worden Store.

Dr. F. F. DeDerky, Homeopathic Physician and Surgeon has removed his office over S. Post & Co., store. Entrance west of Kinne & Smith's.


October 10-Ad: Pumps of all kinds-shop on Huron St. near the Bucklin House-Merrill & Allison.

S. M. Cutcheon-Attorney-Office in Hewitt Block.

News Depot-South side of Congress Street opposite Park's Jewelry Store-Books and latest periodicals.

Benjamin Follett (Successor to Conklin, Showerman & Co.) Merchant Miller-Doors, Sash and Blinds-few tons of plaster on hand. On Huron River north of Follett House.

AD: Ferris & Crane-Book and Drug Store at the Depot. M. W. Ferris-J. M. Crane.

Sewing Machines-Grover and Baker Machines, Prices from $30.00 to $50.00. Joseph Hand, Agent near Union School, east side Adams between Emmet and Cross.

J. A. Watling, D.D.S. office in the Larzelere Block with Dr. A. F. Barr.

City Grocery Store, corner Cross and Huron Streets. A. Henry and Son.

A. H. Sweet Family Groceries at the Depot.

J. F. Raymond, Photographer-new arrangement for making Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes. Mr. Raymond also tunes and repairs accordions and melodians. North side corner between Huron and Washington.

1861-Ypsilanti Sentinel

April 10- Died in this City, on the 6th last, Peter Cook age 85 years.

Ad: Worden and Bro. dealers in Clothing, Hats, Caps, Robes, Furs and Boots and Shoes.

Yost and Ferris-Chester Yost and M. W. Ferris Commission Merchants.

Furniture, Chairs and Cabinets-Undertaking, burial cases and a hearse in readiness. R. M. Kame.

1862- Ypsilanti Sentinel

November 5-Property Owners Protect Yourself.

Good Insurance-Lyman D. Norris, Agent.

“Firm As A Rock” Phoenix Insurance Co., R. W. Hemphill, Agent.

S. H. Dodge (successor to M. A. Parks) dealer in Watches, Clocks and Jewelry. Congress Street.

Threshing Machines-Nichols and Shepard, Battle Creek. W. C. Tinney, Agent at Ypsilanti.

500 Tons, Fresh Ground Plaster for sale at the Plaster Mills of B. Follett.

Norris & Ninde, Attorneys at Law-Lyman D. Norris, Thomas Ninde.

Home Insurance Company-Joslyn & Blodgett, Agents.

1864-Ypsilanti Sentinel-C. Woodruff

May 24-Ready Made Clothing-S. Hesslein & Co., North side Congress between Huron and Washington.

Edwin Uhl, Attorney office in Follett's Block, formerly Norris & Ninde.

Hides Wanted-Cash paid for finest at his Tannery on Congress Street two doors from Washington Street.

E. G. Boyce & Co., have removed to the rooms formerly occupied by the News Depot, two doors south of the Post Office on Huron Street.

300 acre Farm for sale-4 miles south of Ypsilanti. Joseph T. McIntire.

1881-Ypsilanti Sentinel

June 15-E. Lynn Dimick-Diamond Pharmacy-Huron Street.

Chas. McCormick Meat Market at the Depot.

Ypsilanti Telephone Exchange-Ed. C. Cornwell, Manager.

Lots of Hotel Property lying round loose. The Biddle House, Detroit; Follett House, Ypsilanti; Gregory House, Ann Arbor.

Robbins & Klein, 25 Congress St., Groceries and provisions.

Mower or Reaper-the best is the Davis Reaper. H. A. Boutell & Son, Agents, and the Ligot Toledo Mower.

1885-Daily Ypsilantian

August 13-Four Hundred fifty tons of coal is what the State Normal School burns. It took 3 weeks to make delivery and store it in the basement.

August 14-Long Article: “Ours Batchelors” Who they are and where they may be found-

Ed Thompson, E. H. Jackson, John Ressler, Jacob Forester, John Martin, John Miller, Fred Lamb, John Smith, Arba S. VanValkenburg, Henry Hall, Dr. James, Frank Whitman, Walter Thorn, Bert Ely, Frank Burbank, Edward Carroll, Charles Killian Benjamin Kief, Angus McFarland, Jerry Ryan, James Crombie, Max Pease, Yee Mong, Joseph Manning, J. J. Gibson, Henry Samson, Adelbert Nicole, George Key, Fred Showerman, Andrew Springstead, Edward Rorason.

More Batchelors: Jabez Bartholomew Wortley, John Bacheldorn, John Bennett, Harry Camp, Hiram Camp, P. R. Cleary, W. A. McAndrew, Ed. Cornwell, Harlow Wells, Chas. W. McCorkle, Frank Bailey, Walter Fuller, Fred Witmire, John Stiller, Donald Frazer, Douglas Harris, John Goodspeed, William Fell.

August 14-The six weeks term at the Normal has ended. There have been over 50 students in attendance.

Ad: The Beehive-No. 2 Union Block (204 W. Michigan) Special Sale on Yard Goods.

Norval Hawkins of East Saginaw is in town visiting his parents.

Population: 5303 1244 Families

Half Page Ad: Ypsilanti Mineral Water-Buy it and take it hom home or visit the Ypsilanti Mineral Bath House, North Huron Street. Helen McAndrew, M.D. offers mineral baths, pleasant rooms and rational treatment, 105 S. Huron.

1890-The Ypsilanti Sentinel

March 9-Ad: W. H. Tousey-Tobacconis-Smokers articles of all kinds-21 Huron Street next to Dimick's Pharmacy.

Master Cyrille Tyler sang a solo Sunday evening at Grace Church, Detroit.

West Side Pharmacy-E. R. Beal-

Math Stein, Agar Manufacturer, 25 Huron Street.

The Grove Brewery-Pure Unadulterated Beer.

Charles Stanley, living near Rawsonville died Friday, Age 74. He lived in Section for 40 years.

Col. George H. Burroughs, a pioneer of Belleville and father of S. W. and George Burroughs, died last Friday, age 83 years. He had settled in Belleville in 1845. He won his title in the Mexican War.

Brown & Mason, Machinists, removed from Saline and are in the old McCullough Bros Shop at 4 East Congress (Michigan Ave.). The McCullough Bros will continue operating the foundry.

1892 Ypsilanti Sentinel

November 9-Died in Superior, Philip Vought, October 30, 1892, Born in New York 10–2nd-1816.

Married Eliza Robinson of Saline who died Jan 9th, 1890.

Farmer Green, born at Eye, Northampton, England in 1825. Married Elizabeth Cooling. Came to America in 1851. Died Nov. 1, 1892 age 67.

On October 26th, Elmer W. Bowen of Ypsilanti, commanding the First Infantry, to his oath of office as Brigadier General of the State Troops.

General Bowen was born April 8, 1846. Came to Michigan with parents in 1854. Enlisted at age 16 in Ninth Michigan Calvary Co., B. In 100 battles and mustered out July 21, 1865. Engaged in the manufacture of brooms and in 1888 appointed Mail Agent on the fast mail between Detroit and Cleveland. Married in Chicago in 1870 to Nellie L. Dow of Adrian. He is a member and past Commander of Carpenter Post No. 180. In December 25, 1872 he became a member of the Ypsilanti Light Guards.

Ad: Huron Street Hardware: Taylor & Lefurge.

1893-The Ypsilantian

April 13-Ad: Franklin I. Carpenter-Hardward and Stoves. 124 Congress-successor to Robbins and Edwards-

Photographers, Gibson and Straights.

Columbian Meat Market-Geraghty and Griniston, Dolson Block, N. Washington.

New “Red Star Cash Grocery” 209 Congress, Geo. A. Kenny, Mgr. Dr. R. H. Kestell, Veterinarian, Surgeon, 13 N. Washington.

Hotel for Sale-The “Ypsilanti House” and barns.

1893-Ypsilanti Commercial

April 14-

Ad: Ernest Hutchinson's Shoe Store-Gilbert Block at the Depot.

Gus Fingerle-The Leading Merchant Tailor-

Latest styles shown at my place over C. King & Co., store (101 W. Michigan).

Harvey S. Day started up his cheese factory last week in Whittaker.


May 29- Unveiling of the Soldier's Monument in Highland Cemetery.

Ad: Fresh Taffies-Bread, Cake, Pies-Fletcher Cash Grocery, 308 E. Congress.

May 29- Ad: Kief & Meanwell Grocers, 19 Huron Street.

Clocks-The Best Alarm Clocks $1.00

F. H. Barnum & Co., Jewelers, 129 Congress.

November 29- Ad: Ike Davis, solo agent for S.S. & T. Kerosene and Gasoline. Kerosene wholesale 5½ cents, Retail 7 cents. Gasoline wholesale 6 cents, Retail 7 cents.


A. A. Graves-The Grocer, 105 Congress (Michigan Ave.) Lamb, Davis and Kishlar.

Alban & Johnson-The Popular Clothiers.

Kief & Meanwell-Grocers-19 Huron Street.

The Palace Meat Market-F. C. Banghart-207 Congress (Michigan Ave)

Died James Finley Seeley, December 17th, age 77 years. He was born July 18, 1819 in Orange County, N.J.

1897- The Ypsilantian

June 24-Died John Knight, age 82 at his son's home in Pittsfield Township, June 15.

24 in the graduating class of Ypsilanti High School

1898- Ypsilanti Sentinel

March 23-Gem Laundry-14 East Cross Street. Mrs. M. Coquillard, Prop.

J. E. Engel, Promptness and neatness delivery of coal. 11 S. Huron Street.

Wanted Experienced girls on Lamb Machines, also strong girls to learn-Hay and Todd Mfg., Co.

1899- Ypsilanti Sentinel

July 7-Ad: Chicago Shoe Store-107-108 W. Congress.

White Laundry-Lace Curtains laundered to look like new, 15¢.

T. S. Whitford-17 E. Cross Street. Hardware and Gasoline Stoves.

1899- Daily Telegram

December 15-Ad: Ammerman & Scott-Grocery, 228 Congress.

G. W. Densmore-Men's and Boy's Clothing-Washington and Congress.

Bert H. Comstock-Ladies Jackets and Furs, 128 Congress.

Brabb the Jeweler-Hand painted Haviland China.

Jansen's Pianos-Guitars-Sewing Machines-509-511 W. Cross.

1901 Ypsilanti Sentinel-Commercial

April 25-It is reported that Frank Owen the young Ypsilanti Pitcher who is being “tried out” for the Detroit team, has been offered $1,500.00 by the Brooklyn National League team to jump his contract.

Exercises in honor of laying the corner stone of the new 5th Ward School will occur April 26th at Eleven A.M.-Architect Edward C. Van Lyen.


May 10-Ad: Jake B. Wortley-Men's Clothing-18 N. Huron.

M. A. Willis-Sanitary Plumbing, 22 Congress Street.

Sullivan-Cook Company-Men's Clothing, 114 Congress.

Webster, Cobb & Co., Sash, Doors and Blinds-Yards also at Eaton Rapids, Charlotte and Olivet.

Groceries at Phillips Bros-27 Cross Street at the Depot.

May 10-Ad: Davis & Hopkins, Depot.

Davis & Co. Grocers, Uptown.

Stumpenheusen and Seymour Grocery, 13 N. Huron.

Pure Food Store-G.H. Harper, 35 N. Huron.

S. H. Dodge and Son Jewelers.

Hubbard and Morrison-Wall Paper and Paint, 7 S. Washington.

Ammerman and Scott-Groceries and Baked Goods, 228 Congress.


H. A. Palmer-The Depot Hardware-35 East Cross.

C. H. Crane Grocery-33 N. Huron.

M. J. Bliss-Boots and Shoes-234 Congress (Michigan Ave.)

C. C. Deuress-Teas and Coffee-19 East Cross.

O'Connors Specialty Shoe Shop-121 W. Michigan.


July 18 George W. Kishlar, died July 13, 1907-born Greece, N.Y., Oct. 27, 1826. In 1850 married Lydia A. Miller and they came at once to Ypsilanti.


March 5 Ad: H.A. Palmer-Hardware, 35 E. Cross. Last rites for I. Newton Swift-the Pall Bearers were of his classmates at Yale.

1908 The Ypsilantian

March 5 Arbeiter Verein have elected the following officers: President, L.Z. Foerster; Vice Pres., J. Miller; Secretary, William Dusbiber; Treasurer, George Witmire. A concert will be given in the First Methodist Church, corner of Ellis (Washtenaw) and Washington Street, for the benefit of the A.M.E. Church who are struggling with a big debt, Friday evening at 7:30. Admission 10¢.

Ad: Stitched Canvas belting-Ypsilanti Hide and Leather Co. 25 S. Huron.

Winter Stock of Trimmed Hats, ⅔ off. The misses M. & E. Simpson-110 Congress (Michigan Ave.). Buy your Drugs at the Depot Drug Store-R. H. Kilian and also your shoes!


Feb. 27 The School Board endorsed Supt. Arbaugh's action in suspending Harry Wood, Harold Crossman and Howard Cooney, who are charged with daubing paint on the Central building.

Ezra Hathaway, veteran, died in Soldiers Home in Grand Rapids.

Mrs. Jerome Rawson, Age 84 died.


March 5-Ad: H. A. Palmer-Hardware, 35 E. Cross.

Last Rites for I. Newton Swift-The Pall Bearers were 7 of his classmates at Yale.

1908 The Ypsilantian

March 5- Arbeiter Verein have elected the following officers: President, L. Z. Foerster; Vice President, J. Miller; Secretary, William Dusbiber; Treasurer, George Witmire. A concert

A concert will be given in the First Methodist Church, corner of Ellis (Washtenaw) and Washington Street, for the benefit of the A.M.E. Church who are struggling with a big debt, Friday evening at 7:30. Admission 10¢.

Ad: Stitched Canvas Belting-Ypsilanti Hide and Leather Co. 25 S. Huron.

Winter Stock of Trimmed Hats, ⅔ off. The Misses M. & E. Simpson-110 Congress (Michigan Ave.)

Buy your Drugs at the Depot Drug Store-R. H. Killian and also your Shoes.


February 27-The School Board endorsed Supt. Arbaugh's action is suspending Harry Wood, Harold Crossman and Howard Cooney, who are charged with daubing paint on the Central Building.

Ezra Hathaway, Veteran, died in Soldiers Home in Grand Rapids.

Mrs. Jerome Rawson, Age 84 died.

Diary of Lottie F. Warner

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1994,
April 1994
Original Images:

After dinner Joe & I went for a ride to Papa's and Anna Goodrich's. Mable, Minnie, Ardis, (??) Will Davis, Allan Paton, Joe & I took lunch at O Henry's, and all went to prayer meeting afterwards. Joe and I sat up to talk after Grandma and Grandpa went to bed.

Monday July 4, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Joe and I went for a ride. Aunt Lizzie, Harry & Uncle Dick were up here for dinner also Henry Paton, Mabel and her friend Carrie over after dinner and we all went to work to plan a picnic.

Joe and I went to Papa's and he talked business to Papa while I went in the house.

After tea O Henry, Will D, C.H.S, (Could be Charlie Stanting,) Mabel, Minnie, Joe & I went to Mannie's to help her freeze ice cream for the picnic. We staid in the kitchen and made things lively for the family.

Tuesday July 5, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Henry, Joe, Allan P., (??) C.H.S, Mannie, Mabel, Minnie & I went to Lakeville. We started about 9:30. We got over to Deer Point in time to eat our dinner. I had a splendid time to visit with Joe, we went off for flowers but brought back but few.

We had a delightful ride home in the moonlight and got home at eleven o'clock. Minnie caught two fish 5 3/4 & 2 3/4 lb.

Wednesday July 6, 1892 Almont, Michigan

We spent the morning riding, visiting & calling. We took dinner at Aunt Lizzie's and afterwards took Uncle Charley's (James Findley Ferguson's older brother Charles born 1847, died 1923.) horse & surrey to take Joe to Romeo. Henry drove for us. O how hard it seems to leave Joe after having such a nice time together! There's a good time coming.

I called on Meta Gray (??) & Marie Brewer (??) while waiting in Romeo.

Mabel, Minnie and Henry were here a little while in the evening.

Thursday July 7, 1892 Almont, Michigan

It seemed strange to-day to not see Joe around. I worked around the house all morning and in the afternoon, went to Mabel's to tea.

I walked down town with Mannie and C.H.S came back with me to eat some of his Lakeville fish.

Friday July 8, 1892 Almont, Michigan

After staying down town the most of the morning, I came home to dinner and started to Imlay City in the afternoon. I tried to find a place to live next year but did not succeed and had a talk with Mr. Broesawlae. (??) Tilla (??) and Anna Stewart (??) were with me & we staid to Kittie Bartlett's (??) to tea. Carrie home at ?????????? with a headache.

Wrote to Joe. It is very strange that he has not written to me since he went back.

Saturday July 9, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Worked some and fooled the afternoon away. Minnie Ardis, Mabel and Henry were here. In the evening there was a crowd of us out serenading Robert was in the crowd. He appears terribly hurt at the way I have done, but how was I always to have his attention. I must stop it some place. I think as much of him as ever and value him as a most excellent friend.

No letter from Joe. What can be the matter?

Sunday July 10, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Attended Sunday School & church. In the afternoon several of our C. E. went to the Rider district (??) to organize a C. E. I staid away from prayer meeting and wrote to Joe. I am afraid when he gets it, he will think my heart almost broken.

Tom Paton, (Tom later became an M.D. and practiced in Ypsilanti, Mi.) C.H.S. Minnie, Mabel & I went to church together.

Retired early.

Monday July 11, 1892 Almont, Michigan

I have actually worked hard to-day. I did the house-work and helped wash besides picking pease.

I went to Aunt Lizzie's to tea. Mabel, Minnie & I had ice-cream with C.H.S. & H.W.B. (??) after having had some fun with the rest of the folks at Nellie's.

I had a nice long letter from Joe to-night. His hired man went away & he has been awfully busy since he got home.

Tuesday July 12, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Ironed some in the morning and went to the farm (??) twice. In the afternoon I went to the farm again and did some errands.

Towards evening I helped pick peas and currants. Had a letter from Carrie & from Joe. He is going to make up for previous lost time I guess. I wrote to him this afternoon.

Wednesday July 13, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Allie McH Helped Grandma some to make her jelly and it was awfully warm. I wonder how I will like it to be in a hot kitchen to get my own fruit put up.

I have begun some more linen work. How Joe dislikes to have me do it. He says it hurts my eyes. (The rest of the page is torn out.)

Thursday July 14, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Covered up the jelly & did some little odd jobs for Grandma in the morning. In the afternoon Mabel & I made a very unfashionable call on Belle Robertson. After tea Nellie, Mabel & I called on Mrs. W.J. McKone, (??) Myrtle King (??) & ?????????? & Mrs. Merriam. (??) (The rest of the page is torn out.)

Friday July 15, 1892 Almont, Michigan

I did a good deed for myself to-day in mending up my old clothes and looking over them to see what was needed.

In the afternoon I cleaned and mended the skirt to my black dress. Mabel was over a little while in the evening. I have actually staid at home all day. What will be the result?

Saturday July 16, 1892 Almont, Michigan

I did some house work and by various things managed to keep busy until afternoon when I hitched up and Grandma & I went to the farm. After I brought her home Nellie & I went for a ride.

After tea Gertie Harris (??) called and then I went to the farm for butter and did not get home very early.

I wrote to Grandma C. and Ada Card. Began a letter to Joe.

Sunday July 17, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Attended church and Sabbath School and after dinner I went to the Sunday School up west with James Taylor. (??)

I came home and led the prayer meeting and attended evening service. C.H.S. (Could be Charley Stanting.) walked home with me and R.A.R, (Robert A. Robertson) with Mabel.

“It made me laugh.” Every spare moment I used in writing to Joe and sent home a letter long enough to make him want a lunch before he finishes it.

Tuesday July 19, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Show in town Irene & Robbie are down (Her half brother and sister lived in Imlay City.) Parade-balloon ascension-Take the children home. Didn't go to the show but wanted to very much.

Thursday July 21, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Well I have sewed a good deal to-day. After tea I went for a little ride but more to talk to Nellie. Received a nice long letter from Joe, the second one this week. I have written three letters to him. I think of him so much more than I ever thought I would of anyone but-it's different again.

Friday July 22, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Sewed some in the morning, wrote to Joe. After dinner took a nap and went to Aunt Lizzie's to tea. Grace Hall is visiting Mary Bishop and staid all night with me.

We of course, had to talk for awhile. Got a box of pansies from Joe.

Saturday July 23, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Grace and I drove to see Annie Paton and Tom came back with us. Uncle Charlie's folks were here to dinner and tea. After tea I took Grace to Mr Bishop's. Hugh Mair went along and I had company back. In the evening Belle, John, Robert, ???? were at Nellie's. The band played.

Letter from Joe. Hugh begins to Sh??k thew frequent. That is alright. It makes no difference to Hugh.

Sunday July 24, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Church & Sabbath School in the morning, Helped to get dinner. Mary (May have been someone hired to help around the house.) went home for a week. Wrote to Joe and how I did wish that he was here.

Wrote to Blanche Fray. (??) It was awfully warm. Attended church and prayer meeting.

Monday July 25, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Up at 5:30 and had my mornings work done at 9:30. Sewed some and got dinner.

Mabel Taylor was in a little while after dinner. Went to the farm immediately after supper for milk and butter.

The prayer meeting committee met here in the evening.

Tuesday July 26, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Arose at 5:30 again and had my work done at 8:30. Whew! How Smart! Had a letter from Joe and Grandma C.

Was at Nellie's a few minutes in the evening. Very Tired. Wrote to Joe. I was tired.

Wednesday July 27, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Didn't get up quite so early but I had my bread mixed and breakfast ready at seven. I had more to do to-day and didn't get my work done so early.

But it is so warm these days that I am nearly played out. Attended prayer meeting & C.E. business meeting. Hugh Mair walked home with me.

Thursday July 28, 1892 Almont, Michigan

A little bit cooler to-day and after my dinner work was done I had ambition to change my dress and go down town.

Went to the church to supper. Will Matthews and I went for a ride after tea after which Nellie & John, Mabel and Robert came up as far as my porch and spent the rest of the evening.

Ada Card-19.

Friday July 29, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Work again! I am beginning to get used to it now. I believe house work will not be so bad after all, if I ???? get used to it but school-teaching.

Was down town in the evening. Hugh Mair walked home with me. Got a letter from Joe.

Saturday July 30, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Worked pretty hard all day. Had very good success with my baking so I guess there is hope for me yet, that I may become a decent housekeeper.

Called on ???? in the afternoon. Mabel and I went down town in the evening. I didn't get a letter as I expected.

Sunday July 31, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Attended morning service & Sabbath School. After doing up the dinner work I wrote to Joe. Mabel was over here and so was Henry.

Attended prayer meeting and service in the evening. Myra True was there and a few of us staid to talk with her awhile. C.H.S. walked home with me.

Monday August 1, 1892 Almont, Michigan

I helped Mary until the dinner work was out of the way. I then put frosting on my cake for the social. Changed my dress and went to Nellie's. On my way back had quite a talk with Will Matthews. After we had our tea Uncle Sandy came with a friend. Helped get them ??? then st??? with the girls for a lawn social at Evart Ferguson's. (??) It was a little cloudy but the band was out & we had a good time. Robert R-walked home with me. A letter from Joe.

Tuesday August 2, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Ironed some and about eleven o'clock took a ride bringing Myra True home to dinner with me. She went back home in the afternoon and I went to the train with her, afterwards came and took Grandma to Aunt Lizzie's, meeting (??) & Rose McKay (??) coming to see me. After tea I took Will Mathews for a little ride & got Grandma home. Had a nice big letter from Joe and one from Blanch Fray.

Wednesday August 3, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Ironed quite a while in the morning. Afterwards made button holes in an underwaist so that they are all done now. Attended prayer meeting but, disliking to listen to J.H Paton, I did not feel very well while sitting there. O, that I might get over feeling so hard against some people because they have their own personalities.

Met Mr. Gibbons, Uncle Dick's new jeweler.

Thursday August 4, 1892 Almont, Michigan

I did some errands in the morning and went to Aunt Lizzie's to dinner. Aunt Belle (Could have been Lottie's mother's sister.) came home at noon and I took her home with Uncle Charlie's horse. Levi Moore (??) was here to tea and after amusing Grandpa and him with some Scotch airs. (Grandpa was born inn Scotland.) I took a ride, coming home a little after eight.

Read awhile but retired quite early. Received a letter from Frank McHardy. (??) (Must be related to Lottie's Grandmother Charlotte McHardy Ferguson.)

Friday August 5, 1892 Almont, Michigan

I intended to go to Rome to-day but the forbidding looks of the sky kept me at home from there at least although I was down town twice in the morning and part of the afternoon. I had Dr Price pull a tooth for me and it hurt but-I kept quiet.

Called at Aunt Jennie's a little while in the evening met Mabel and all Saubon (??) ??????? with us after we had been in the drug store awhile. I had a letter from Joe, and he has hurt his foot with a nail. Nettie Sauford 23.

Saturday August 6, 1892 Almont, Michigan

After doing up what little work falls to me I hitched up, got Aunt Augusta (Was most likely a Carpenter relative.) and went to Romeo to spend the day at Hovey's. We had a very pleasant visit and got home about six o'clock. I was at Nellie's a little while in the evening. Tom Paton was there and walked home with me. It is a beautiful moonlight night.

Sunday August 7, 1892 Almont, Michigan

My face is swollen from the effects of having my tooth extracted and I didn't go to church. Attended Sunday School.

In the afternoon took a nap besides writing my letters. I wish that I might have Joe here to talk to this afternoon. Attended prayer meeting and church in the evening.

Monday August 8, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Did up the morning's work while Mary washed. Busied myself about several odd jobs this morning. After resting awhile after dinner I tore off skirts for two night-gowns and went to work. Aunt Lizzie came up and I gave her a ride home about five o'clock. I gave Mr. Gibbons, a little ride. Had a nice long talk with Nellie after tea and we both got frightened at two dogs chained together. It threw me down.

I received two nice letters from Joe to-day. How I do wish that I could see him! I'll wait as patently as I can.

Tuesday August 9, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Pressed out my brown dress and ripped up part of another dress ready to have them made over for a school dress. I took Grandpa down to the Bank after dinner and sewed up the skirt of my night dress. I do wish that my sewing was all done for vacation is nearly over and I have some work to think of yet.

Was down town, Nellie and I had a little ride with John Robertson. (Could be Robert Robertson's brother or cousin.)

Don (Could be Don McHardy Ferguson SR 1880–1915. He was the third child born to Charles R. Ferguson, Lottie's father's older brother.) is here to stay all night. Wrote to Lotta Mills.

Wednesday August 10, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Pressed out some more old cloth to-day and out of it I'll soon have a new dress. Sewed some. George Wilcox (??) cut the oats and was here to dinner. Called on Grace Townsend (??) in the afternoon. (The rest of the page is torn out.)

Thursday August 11, 1892 Almont, Michigan E.A. McHardy-25 (??)

Drove up to Aunt Bell's in the morning with Aunt Lizzie. Sewed all afternoon. Rec'd a letter from Eva.

Was down town in the evening and (The rest of the page is torn out.)

Friday August 12, 1892 Almont, and Flint, Michigan

Up at four o'clock. Will M (McHardy) drove to Imlay City with me so as to bring my horse back. I got to Grandma C-(She lived in Flint, Michigan a very large town 36 miles northwest of Almont.) about noon and was so tired that I actually went to sleep in the afternoon. Visited all evening and retired about 9:30.

Saturday August 13, 1892 Flint, Michigan

Up early in the morning and did nothing much but talk all morning and in the afternoon I enjoyed a ride in the woods. It was delightful. I do wish that Joe might have been there with me.

Sunday August 14, 1892 Flint and Almont, Michigan

Arose about six o'clock, making a long morning until ten when I started for home. In Lapeer (A small town 19 miles east of Lapeer.) I met Tom Taylor.

I took dinner at the Bancroft House in Imlay City. (A very small town 12 miles east of Lapeer.) Met Florence Ames, (??) Sheldon Youngs, (??)

Homer Ferguson, (??) and Walter Abbs. (??)

Grandpa came after me, got home about four o'clock. Found Mrs. Mckoon (The seamstress) at work for me. Mabel & Walter King came to call. After tea I went town town met Nellie with John and had a great time with them. Two letters from Joe.

Thursday August 18, 1892 Almont, Michigan

All went to Stag Island (??) for a picnic. It is about seven miles up the St. Clair river. (A large river 29 miles east of Almont. The river is a natural border between Michigan and Canada.) Got home about 7:30 and we girls took the boys and treated them to ice-cream.

I didn't enjoy myself very well in the evening.

Friday August 19, 1892 Almont and Yale, Michigan

Drove over to Yale (A small town 26 miles northeast of Almont. Aunt Mi, Lottie's great Aunt or Cousin lived in Yale.) with Maude Paton. Had a rainy time of it.

Saturday August 20, 1892 Yale, Michigan

Aunt Mi took us for a drive all around Yale and enjoyed it much. Had a fall from the hammock and nearly broke my neck.

Met Mr. Phillip Doelle (??) in the evening, and Stella Darcy (??) called with her sister.

Sunday August 21, 1892 Yale, Michigan

Attended church both morning and evening and wrote a couple of letters-Blanche and Joe.

Monday August 22, 1892 Yale and Almont, Michigan

It was a most awfully dusty time and we drove home-26 miles. I didn't enjoy that quite so much and I didn't get home until nearly nine o'clock.

Tuesday August 23, 1892 Almont, Michigan

After doing quite a few odd jobs in the morning I went down town and did some errands. Received letters from Eva, Joe and Ada Card.

Met Eva at the evening train and was wonderfully glad to see her.

Wednesday August 24, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Henry, Eva & I went for a ride in the morning. In the afternoon it rained and Mabel & Henry were here to tea and staid most of the evening. We did not go to prayer-meeting and retired early.

Thursday August 25, 1892 Almont, Michigan

We went to Imlay City if it did rain. We engaged a boarding place.

Had dinner with S.B. Young (??). After dinner we went to Mr. Brosawlcs' and to the schoolhouse. Started for home about two o'clock and drove around where I used to seach. (??) Mannie & Mabel call in the afternoon. Henry, Hugh, Eva & I went to Aunt Lizzie's in the evening.

Friday August 26, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Eva & I went for a drive in the morning and then went to Aunt Lizzie's to dinner. Eva went home at noon and then I didn't know what to do with myself.

Went home & wrote some letters. Mabel & I went down town after tea and when we were with R.A.R. and C.H.S., who should I see but J.M.R. (??)

How strange I feel when I see him. I pray that I may never dread the sight of Joe as I do of him.

Sunday August 28, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Attended services at the Baptist Church in the morning but feeling too much under the weather, I did not go to Sabbath School. I came home and lay down.

Aunt Lizzie's and Uncle Charlie's (The only Aunt Lizzie I know of is Elizabeth Ann Ferguson Bowman, a sister of Lottie's father James Findley Ferguson. Her husbands name was H. Dexter Bowman and I don't know if they called him Charlie or not.) folks were here in the afternoon.

Wrote a big, long, letter to Joe. Attended prayer meeting. Joe Gibbons went to the Baptist Church (I don't know why the Baptist Church, the Ferguson's always attended the Congregational Church in Almont.) with me and had quite a little visit with me after church.

Monday August 29, 1892 Almont, Michigan

After helping with the house-work in the morning I had several errands to do. Baked a cake helped get dinner. After dinner I went down town, spent part of the afternoon at Maude Washer's. (??)

Was at Nellie's in the evening. Didn't get a letter from Joe. What can be the matter?

Tuesday August 30, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Went to bed so sleepy last night that I scarcely was able to wake up this morning. Took Aunt Lizzie, Harry and Grandma to Aunt Belle's and were all there to dinner. Grandma and I staid to tea. The more I see Louise, (??) the more I realize her worth.

Letter from Joe and how I do wish he was not so busy so he could come out but then to I'm glad he is busy. Went down town with Henry in the evening.

Wednesday August 31, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Aunt Lizzie came up and I took her for a ride. Margaret Kidder, Nellie and Louise took tea with me. We enjoyed the afternoon and after tea Nellie, Louise and I went to prayer meeting. Louise staid all night with me and we had a nice long visit when other folks slept.

I had a nice letter from Joe. I did hope he could come out again to see me but he must wait awhile now.

Thursday September 1, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Took Louise home and brought Aunt Belle down town. Grandma and I spent the rest of the day at Papa's. Waited for Grandpa to come to tea and in the meantime I took Will Mathews for a ride.

Hugh Mair went with me to a party out at Fred Churchill's. (??) Nearly thirty were present and had a splendid time. We got home about one o'clock.

Friday September 2, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Have done but little work to-day. Mary came up and had quite a visit with me this morning. In the afternoon I went to a ball game-the Republicans and Democrats.

Tom and I had tea with Lucy and Mary. (Mary Thurston, I think.) They have such a pleasant home. Had a pleasant time in the evening, seeing so many of the young people. Mr. Gibbons came home with me. How thankful I am that my home is cast among so many kind people and such kind, good parents (She is referring to her Grandpa and Grandma Ferguson.) to care for me.

Saturday September 3, 1892 Almont and Imlay City, Michigan

In the midst of my packing, Grace Townsand and Marie Brewer call, a little later Lucy Thurston, and Mabel Taylor was in too. After dinner I did some errands down town, then after talking to Grace a few minutes Papa came and we started for Imlay City.

I found Ada Card and Nettie Sanford there before me. We went to the train to meet Eva and after tea we all went to meet Mary Lovell, Stella Taylor went with us and Walter Abbs and his wife were there too. I think I am going to like my work but I am not “stuck” on our boarding place.

Sunday September 4, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Nettie S & I went to the Cong. Church while Eva and Ada went to the Methodist Church. We talked in the afternoon awhile and laid down.

I wrote to Joe and not a very short one either. We all went to prayer meeting and church. I think there are some pleasant people here.

Monday September 5, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

First day of school over and I have really enjoyed every moment of the day. At noon I received a letter from Joe and how glad I was to get it not one of the girls knew.

Only taught half day, had teachers' meeting in the afternoon and did some work. After tea we all went to do some errands and Blanch Slaevau (??) and Ermma Bubby (??) came back with us. We girls laughed nearly all evening long.

Tuesday September 6, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

I got along very will for the second day. Got a letter from Joe and it does seem so good to have his letters. Our board here is simply miserable and I cannot endure it unless it improves.

After tea Eva and I were down town and had quite a long talk with Mr. and Mrs. Holden (They ran the drug store in Imlay City.) and Caude Drake. (??) Went to bed quite early but was very tired.

Wednesday September 7, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Board has been a little better to-day. Board met with us teachers to-night and I know I am going to dislike some of them. Work has gone over just as if it had been going a week.

Fred Churchill, Alex Mair and Tom Poston called on us girls this evening and it does seem so good to have the boys come in but they will soon be away.

Thursday September 8, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

After a long day we had a little pleasure in the evening. Nettie, Ada, Eva, and I went with Mate Lovell over to Mrs. Eldredge's (??) to see a Night Blooming Cereus. (A house plant.) It was beautiful.

Friday September 9, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

I feel so unsettled, being so dissatisfied with the place where we are just staying. We were all down town after school with Mrs. Holden and she took us to the Johnson house to see about boarding and found it cheaper than private house $3.00.

We had a pleasant time in the evening in the back part of Mr. Holden's Drug Store. Another letter from Joe.

Saturday September 10, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

We left Mrs. Messer's (The place they had been boarding for the past week.) and have taken up our abode at the Johnson House.

In the morning, I went with the rest of the girls and worked at the school house. After dinner I took my bath and wrote in my class record while Eva went to the school-house to do some more work.

We all went to Mrs Tom Taylor's to tea and enjoyed ourselves very much, getting “home” at just a few minutes after nine.

Sunday September 11, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Mary May Leland. Three Rivers. (Three Rivers is 20 miles south of Kalamazoo, this girl may have been a friend she met at The Normal.)

Attended church and Sabbath School. While at dinner rec'd a telephone message that I would have two callers from home.

Wrote letters in the afternoon to Blanch and Joe. Fred Morton and Allie Sauborn took tea with us and attended church with us. We had a pleasant little visit on the veranda after church.

Monday September 12, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Another week begins! I worked at the school-house until nearly 5:30. It seems to me that it is hard work and little pay.

After tea I bought a pair of Indian Clubs and we girls swung clubs in the dance hall.

Eva was out all evening and I read most of the time. Had a letter from Joe.

Saturday September 17, 1892 Almont, Michigan

At Home! How good it seems! Took dinner with Aunt Lizzie. After dinner I went home and took Grandma out for a ride. Mary had to go home to-day on account of her mother's sickness. I spent the evening at Mary Thurston's. Had a pleasant time. Nellie and John (??) came home with me.

Sunday September 18, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Mary Thurston 21

Thursday September 22, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Helen A. Norton-24

Well there are nearly three weeks gone and it has been school to me. I have enjoyed my work quite well. Sometimes things go crosswise but I try to keep as good natured as possible.

Nettie, the Misses Johnson and I went to prayer meeting and afterward to Mrs. Abbs' (??) and staid awhile. We have pleasant times here but sometimes I am afraid they are too pleasant.

Wednesday October 5, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Had a telegram from Joe said he would be here tomorrow night. We girls spent the evening at Cora Dodge's (??) with our work.

Thursday October 6, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Worked all day in anticipation of getting a reward at night. I went to prayer-meeting expecting to go to the train afterwards but before meeting was over I was called out and there was Joe. OH!

Well, I just was glad and I could not tell how I felt to see him. I had but little chance to see him that night; for there was so many around and there we had to retire early but-well I felt happy.

Friday October 7, 1892 Imlay City and Almont, Michigan

Joe went to school with me in the morning but didn't spend the entire morning in my room and I was glad.

Maude Paton SR. came after us at night and I was glad to get home for more than one reason. We called on the Thurston girls in the evening.

We had quite a visit after Grandma and Grandpa went to bed. I am glad that they seem glad to see him, for it seems a pleasanter condition of affairs.

Saturday October 8, 1892 Almont, Michigan

A.L.G.-22 (???) Joe went down town with Grandpa while I had some work to attend to. In the afternoon he helped put up some window shades.

We took tea at Aunt Lizzie's and I felt so miserable that I was at last persuaded to go to the doctor.

I really do feel worried once in a while about my feeling but still I suppose of I take care of myself I need not worry.

Sunday October 9, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Well morning came and I didn't feel about to go and so Joe wouldn't go. I wonder if it will always be so in the years to come.

Aunt Jennie's and Aunt Lizzie's families were up in the afternoon and I sat up then. After they left Joe and I went to Papa's and spent the evening and had a nice ride home in the moonlight.

We sat up quite late at night to visit-the last time for sometime. O dear! He is so good to me and he is so thoughtful.

Monday October 10, 1892 Almont and Imlay City, Michigan

Up early inn the morning and John (??) brought Joe and I to Imlay City. How I dislike to bid him good-bye. When night came I couldn't help but think of him.

Tuesday October 11, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan G. W. Paton-24.

Thursday October 13, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Mr Johnson (The girls boarded at the Johnson House.) took Lu, Nettie, Ruby J, Eva and me to Lapeer. There was a big Republican Parade there and it was quite a sight. We got home before ten O'clock.

All the girls but me rode on the merry-go-round. Saw John Sutton.

Saturday October 15, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Moved to no 4 for sitting room and no 6 for bedroom. We had them fully initiated before morning. Such a noise as we did make was enough to drive anyone mad.

Thursday October 27, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan C.L. Watson-25

Friday October 28, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan Margaret Kidder-22

Tuesday November 1, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan H.W. Paton-26

Friday November 4, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan Louise-28

Saturday November 5, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan H.M. Brauer-27

Wednesday November 23, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Came Home. Miss Lovell with me.

Thursday November 24, 1892 Almont, Michigan Dinner at C. R's (??)

Tuesday November 26, 1892 Almont, Michigan At Father's, Aunt Lizzie's.

Friday December 2, 1892 Imlay City, Michigan

Fred Morton came after me. (Fred probably took Lottie home to Almont.)

Friday December 23, 1892 Imlay City and Almont, Michigan

The last day of the term and I cannot say that I am sorry for I am already for a rest and a good time. Fred Morton came after me and I was not long in getting ready to go home. I was down town in the evening and to Aunt Isabel Morton's. I felt tired enough to go to bed but had some work to finish hence staid up. Saw Fred Churchill to speak with him but a moment.

Friday December 24, 1892 Almont, Michigan

We had our Christmas dinner to-day and it was as they usually are-a big one both in number of people and in the amount of food eaten.

I felt rather tired from the amount of running around that I did. At night I went to meet Joe. The train was two hours late and I spent my time at the church where the Y.P.A. was having a reception. Many old friends were there. I was glad, indeed, when the train came in and I was beside Joe again. He gave me a diamond ring. It made my gift to him seem insignificant.

Sunday December 25, 1892 Almont, Michigan

“A Merry Christmas.” Joe and I attended church and Sabbath School. Mabel Taylor came home to dinner with us and staid until we went to Aunt Lizzie's where we staid until time for prayer-meeting. We attended Prayer-meeting and church service. A. W. Sauborn, (??) J.B. Gibbons, (??) and Mabel Taylor confessed Christ. I pray thee, O Father, help me to assist them by a loving consistent life.

Joe and I talked until quite late. It does seem so peaceful and good to have him with me. He is very urgent for me to consent to hasten the time when we may live together.

Monday December 26, 1892 Almont, Michigan

We didn't arise very early and I helped with the work. Joe and I went to Aunt Jennie's a little while after dinner.

Anna Goodrich called to see me. She noticed my new ring and of course, made many remarks.

We spent the evening at home. I wish that I might always feel as peaceful and happy as this night. Joe, Grandma and Grandpa beside me.

Late again before retiring but it seems that we can never talk and visit enough.

Tuesday December 27, 1892 Almont, Michigan

We went to Papa's for dinner and staid until nearly tea time when we went to call on Anna Goodrich. After tea we went to prayer-meeting.

Prof. Estabrook (Prof Estabrook was the pastor of the Congregational Church from 1892–1895, and the pastor who would perform Lottie and Joe's wedding.) is conducting a series of meetings at our church. They certainly are good but I have a little dislike for the excitement. I hope the good done now may be lasting.

Another night of late retiring but, it is still the same reason-Joe has many reasons to offer for our marrying soon. He thinks I am worrying over my work, I guess he is right.

Wednesday December 28, 1892 Almont, Michigan

Joe, Bissee A, (??) Wilber, (??) Maude and I took dinner at Uncle Alex's. (Charlotte McHardy Ferguson's brother, Lottie's great Uncle.)

Will (Will McHardy is Uncle Alex's son.) is home. We had a good visit and a very nice dinner.

Mabel came over immediately after tea. We went down town and Mr. Gibbon and all of us came back together. I received a picture of Linus Fowler. (??)

Joe and I had a little disagreement but I guess it was a good thing. Father, help me to control my temper better-that I may show forth a better disposition.

Thursday December 29, 1892 Almont, Michigan Alex Mair-23

The hired-girl went home last night so I had to hurry around a little. Mabel, Joe and I went together to Gertrude Harris' wedding. Mr. Radcliff certainly hasn't a very strong bride.

Friday December 30, 1892 Almont, Michigan J.M. Reid-26. What memories!

I had work to do and Joe took Louise home. We had a five o'clock dinner at Uncle Charlie's and afterwards attended a concert in the M.E. church by the Garieson company. I could imagine myself back at Normal Hall, with Joe as it was last winter. I retired early for a wonder.

Saturday December 31, 1892 Almont, Michigan

I was rather busy in the morning and didn't realize all day that it was the last of 1892. I was very tired at night but Joe and I attended prayer meeting, where I saw Brownie Kelly (??) and her mama also Alice Donaldson. (??)

Joe and I had a long talk together and didn't get to bed very early. Sometimes I cannot help but wish that we might be together all the time but not yet. God help us to be true to one another, and live as thou wouldst have us live!

The following was printed in the back of the diary on pages marked memoranda. These may have been books Lottie read or used for school.

“How Plants Grow” Prof Asa Gary M.D. Academy
Mrs. Y?????? First Book of Botany Journal of Ed.
Brooks Philosophy of Auth Ed.review
School Master “How to Get Strong” Blaker
Teacher's Echo Moderator Ladies' World 24 Park Place, New York

The following may be a list of Christmas presents Lottie presented to members of her family on 25 December 1892.

Mother (Margarete Cochran, Lottie's step mother.) 2 white tray cloths.


Aunt Liz-robe basket

Grandma-Yellow Tray cloth

Aunt Jen-round doilies

Aunt Mi-

Irene-button hook



Mabel-y. photo holder



Mary-crochet mat



The following is a list made on the same page as the former list. This is most likely an inventory of all the gifts she had to give.

Crochet mat

Yellow photo holder

Yellow tray cloth

2 white tray cloths

two maple leaf doilies.

robe basket

round yellow doilies

case for Joe

button hook

The following is a list of incoming money she acquired.

Sept 21 Rec'd $30 Oct 19 Rec'd $30

Listed below are Lottie's recorded expenses for the year.

January Item Cost
3 postage .02
5 postage .04
beads mended .10
9 postage .10
10 collection .06
13 rubbers .50
heal protectors .15
stationery .35
14 hosiery 1.75
lyceum .05
C.E. .50
17 collection .02
18 postage .10
19 yarn .45
24 col (collection) .02
28 stationery .80
perfume .40
twist .05
lyceum .10
guild .10
29 low shoes 1.75
to Ypsi 2.88
drays hack .75
paper .02
blue dress from Father 25.00
30 tuition 5.00
hair pins .20
lab fee 1.50
book fee 3.00
pens pencils .15
lecture course .50

February Item Cost
3 postage .02
4 tablet .10
5 record book .25
postage .10
Our Times .25
6 board 1.85
rooms .75
8 wood .50
gaiters 1.25
11 postage .10
12 washing .34
oil .05
13 board 1.90
rooms .75
15 S.C.A .25
16 postage .02
19 postage .02
20 rooms .75
board 1.85
oil .10
23 from Father 20.00
25 book gym .75
24 tablet .10
wood .50
washing .30
board 1.85
room rent .75
dates .10
yarn .10

March Item Cost
4 staw?? .25
tablet .10
ink .10
5 board 1.85
rooms .75
oil .05
tablets .10
6 col .05
12 s?ap .25
12 tablets .25
dates .10
board 1.80
rooms .75
washing .30
17 paper .20
wood .50
postage .58
board 1.95
col .01
25 washing .30
26 board 2.00
rooms (2) 1.50
hair dresser .35
oil .05
col .05
31 from Father 10.00
milk .05

April Item Cost
2 board 2.05
doctor .50
medicine .45
dropper .05
washing .23
chimneys .13
matches .05
??????? .05
rooms 1.50
board 1.70
9 R.R. fare 4.40
dray .25
10 col. .02
8yd br cloth 2.00
5 skirt lining braid .08
thread .15
10yds ging 1.25
2 twist .05
thread .10
2yd farmers satin 2.00
shoes 3.00
hdkfs .60
skirts .60
hose .50
18 R.R. fare .60
20 postage .10
Henry for morter board, etc 2.00
21 oil .05
gray dress gray hat 3.04
black lace hat 1.40
17 col .05
from Father 20.00
21 postage .10
dates .10
marshmallows .08
ink .10
23 board 1.25
rooms 1.00
cards .10
stationery .85
28 postage .24
towel .25
30 board 1.90
rooms .50
silkoline .06
ribbon .02
embroidery .07

1 On hand 12.46
col .03
4 dep for photo 1.00
macaroons .20
7 R.R. fare .75
silk .47
gloves 1.75
flowers .25
macaroons .10
street car .05
board 1.90
8 col .03
washing .50
7 coat 10.00
10 Sr dues .50
9 room rent 2.00
11 post .03
14 oil .05
Normal News .25
board 1.95
pens .05
book .25
envelopes .10
stamps .10
15 col .03
21 oil .05
from Father 25.00
on hand 25.15
postage .20
???? & sugar .13
board 1.85
rooms .75
laundry .25
????? flower .15
postage .26
col .06
26 photo 4.50
28 washing .45
lent Carrie 1.00
A.A.Y .30
29 col .01
30 curling iron .15
hair pins .16
soda .05
board 1.90
rooms 1.50
on hand 11.48
club picture .75

on hand 10.73
3 evel .55
to Carrie 5.25
washing .18
board 1.95
Carrie returned paper .25
to Joe .05
on hand 8.50
11 board 1.95
rooms .75
grad dress
13 mitts .25
tie .25
soda .05
15 oil .05
diploma fee 2.00
soda .10
book fee return spelling 3.05
16 cards .10
stamp .20
invitations 2.60
18 board 1.95
17 bread .05
jam .05
18 room rent 1.00
20 washing .16
21 recd from papa 15.00
soda .05
dray .20
R.R. 1.80
to Romeo .35
to Almont .66
banquet 1.50
express 1.00
class pic 1.00
photo 1.00
bread .10
braid .08
board 2.00
class .25
col .02
Lakeville .35
3 col .02
2 Romeo hostler .15

2 hostler .15
3 col .02
8 Imlay hostler .25
10 col .04
12 postage .10
silk & ribbon .40
brass rings .08
dinner Detroit .20
stationery .35
17 col .07
18 stamps .10
cloth .50
24 col .15
26 stamps .20
28 Guild .10
thread .05

envelopes .10
5 10yds cloth 1.10
2 embroidery .25
JFF tread .05
buttons .14
7 col .01
9 postage .05
12 R.R.C.?.? .48
M.C. .30
15 postage .02
16 tread .05
dress stays .15
17 dress maker 3.00
21 col .06
22 postage .02
23 ribbon-lace .38
postage .04
hostler .25
18 ice cream .20
25 candy .15
stationery .65
26 brass rings .04
postage .30
28 col .02
27 beads mended .15
31 pens .05
pencil .05
postage .07

3 postage .10
4 col .16
from Father 5.00
5 cret??? .18
towling .22
6 ink .05
7 oxalic acid .10
pe??? tablets .02
10 Mrs Messer board 3.00
12 indian clubs .40
11 col .06
14 postage .10
18 col .15
19 postage .02
20 postage .06
21 hairpins .20
paper .01
23 rubbers .50
peanuts .05
20 from school 30.00
in bank 15.00
26 board to Oct 7.50
pitcher .30
doilies .28
silk .35
rings .05
postage .12
hose .50
gloves .40
postage .14
box-rent .10
dates .10
express .06
draw date .10

3 webbings elastic .23
4 hat 1.00
tablet .25
7 telephone .30
postage .10
Mrs McKoon .50
watch mended 1.00
9 col .02
10 envelopes .10
court plaster .05
crochet silk .35
16 col .13
paper postage .10
20 flags .04
doilies .10
ribbon .13
tread .15
gone .02
from father 25.00
on hand .43
20 from school 30.00
board to 21st 8.50
shoes 2.50
hdkfs .70
bread .08
beef .18
15 envelopes .10
26 Y.P.S.C 1.00
paper .10
in bank 10.00
livery .40
dates .05
postage .10

3 yarn & ribbon .48
postal cards .05
4 postage .02
telephone .30
waist 1.00
elastic flannel .97
lights 2.00
6 col .01
express postage pictures 2.50
doilie .30
stamps .10
stamps .10
21 from school 30.00
board to 27th 13.50
paper .10
????????? 5.35
Hopkins waist 1.13
E.T.C. book Mrs McKoon 1.00
green dress 4.00
gloves dyed cats & cotton .16
postage .10
staw?????? .25
col .02
postage .04


3 comb diary
4 col .02
5 frame 2.50
on hand 2.19
recd for E.T.C. .03
silk .35
tray cloth .30
tray cloth .45
rope .20
11 col .11
silk .01
board to Jan 11.00
dress & hat 13.19
tights 2.00
rubber .05
ribbon .51
col .02
institute fees .50
brass rings .05
postage .10
silk tread .10
rubbers .30
button hook
book for Robbie

This list was written on the back cover of the Diary:

January 28th

Mabel Taylor

Nellie Jenness

Lottie Ferguson

Will Seibert

Fred Morton

Robert Robertson

Temperance meeting of the High School Lyceum.

Diary of Lottie F. Warner

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, December 1993,
December 1993
Original Images:

We are going to go back in time with Lottie F. Warner when she came to Ypsilanti to attend Michigan State Normal School in 1892. Her great grand-daughter graciously is sharing the experiences when she came to Ypsilanti from Almont, Michigan. She married Joseph E. Warner in 1893, he ran a dairy here for several years then became a Republican Legislator for Washtenaw County in the Michigan House of Respresentatives. They had 4 children Edwin, Josephine, James and Alice. Her gradchildren in the area are Dr. Scott Woods and Barbara Weiss.

Almont & Ypsilanti

January 29, 1892. Was around town on a few errands and bid my friends good bye. Started for Ypsi on the Noon train, arrived in Detroit about 6:30 where I had to wait until 8:30 and was in Ypsilanti at 9:45. Joe (Warner) met me at the train. Henry was at Carrie's (Carrie Hardy was Lottie's roommate and good friend) room waiting to see me. The boys staid a little while then we girls Carrie, Florence Boals and I had a great time before we got to sleep.

January 30: After a short night's rest we arose went to the Shankland Club (The students lived and boarded in what were termed clubs) to breakfast where I am going to board. I am going to room at Mrs. Gallops's (This boarding house was near Forest Ave North of Pease auditorium) with Carried Hardy. Martha, Joe's younger sister died and Florence Warner called in the morning then I was at the Normal to be classified, Meeting many of my old friends. In the afternoon Joe, H.W. (Carrie's boyfriend) Florence, Carrie and I had our pictures taken. Went for a little ride with Joe.

January 31: I didn't really feel able to go to Church this morning but staid home, wrote to Grandma Carpenter then dressed for dinner. I was invited to Florence Warner's (The Warner Farm was just west of the City of Ypsilanti on what is now Michigan Avenue) to dinner and Joe drove up after when Sunday School was up to take me out there. Enjoyed a pleasant afternoon and was back here to see Ivah McHardy, Tom and Miss Buck. Joe and Henry took church with Florence, Carrie and I. Joe escorted me to church but didn't stay after church. We all retired early that Florence might get her rest.

February 1. First day back at Normal (In 1837, John D. Pierce, Michigan's first Superintendent of Public Instruction, urged the legislature to establish a school for the professional training of teachers. On March 25, 1850 an act provided that the school be organized. The first Michigan State Normal School building was dedicated on October 5, 1852. Professor welch was the first principal of the school. (Today Welch Hall on Cross Street bears his name.) Work! I bid Florence Boals good-bye after Chapel and went to work. My work wasn't very hard but was nervous and worked myself up to a first class headache.

My class that I taught was drawing in 5A Grammer Dept and has also to observe there all afternoon. Had letters from Mabel, Anna & Robert.

February 2, Beginning of the duty rounds again! I was very busy all afternoon and didn't get away from the Normal until after five o'clock. After tea Joe called for a short time. Wrote to Aunt Lizzie. Did not work to hurt myself in the evening but I do feel weary all the time unless there is something special to???me. The work has hardly regularly begun yet but I hope by next week to be thoroughly at work. Father has been married twenty-one years. (James Findley Ferguson married Alice Carpenter on February 2, 1870 in Flint, Michigan. Alice died September 11, 1873 in Almont, Michigan of Typhoid Fever.

February 3: Two recitations in the morning & the rest of the time for preparation but it is no long since I have studied that I find it hard work to apply myself to work as yet but I pray to my Father in Heaven to give me clear thoughts. I was very late in getting through with the afternoon work. Attended S.C.A. (?) prayer meeting after tea at 6:30. Worked afterward at my physics work. Haven't heard from home.

February 4. A regular round of duties had begun again but am I going to like it or am I not? I wasn't through my work until very late then hurried down town on some errands. After tea I did some work then attended a Lecture by C.H. Cateu(?) on “Willington and Napoleon”. I then sat upon until nearly midnight to work. Wrote to Papa.

February 5. Chapel exercises this morning were in honor of Hon. J.M. Ballow. (Could have been a Professor at Normal.) Miss King (The Dean of Women at the time began her service to the Normal in 1881 teaching history. King Hall now stands on Eastern Michigan University Campus.) Prof. Putnam (A professor of Latin came to the Normal in 1868). Putnam Hall also stands on the campus today. They gave a very enjoyable talk on the purity of women. Carrie had her hair cut short and really looks nice but-Oh My! I attended the Lyceum (In 1853 the teachers and students came together to consider forming a society for the literary improvement, the Lycem was born at the Normal. Professor Welch was the first president, and among the early members were C. F. R. Bellows, Julia King, and John Goodison. Buildings on campus bear these names today. Public-“The Comedy of Errors”-with Joe. He is very kind to me and is very gentlemanly.

February 6. We didn't get up very early and after breakfast went immediately to work. We cleaned the rooms and I took a bath before dinner. Emile Comstock called in the afternoon. Henry and Carrie went to a reception and Joe came after me but he went with me over to the wash woman's then staid until they came home when I had to study.

February 7, I didn't go to church in the morning but wrote letters. Jennie Bishop called. Joe and I attended Miss Kings talk at the Conservatory. (A building on the southeast corner of campus that was the home of the Training School at the time.) and how it did rain! Joe brought milk down (His family ran The Warner Dairy for many years.) and Henry and Carrie, Joe and I had bread and milk for lunch. Joe and I went to church at the Presbyterian Church (I don't know why they attended the Presbyterian Church. A Congregational organization was developed on Oct 4, 1881 and the first building was built in 1883 on the corner of Adams and Emmet Streets. The Presbyterians & Congregationalists do enjoy close denominational beliefs.) but he didn't stay but a few monents to get his milk cans.

February 14. Snowy stormy Sunday. Ed. Stone and his sister Marie called here in the afternoon and made such a lengthy call that we most heartily wished them some other place. Carrie didn't feel very well. Joe was here and Henry, Carrie so that we had our Sunday night lunch, as usual.

February 17. Worked quite hard all day, at least I worked plenty hard enough to get all tired out. Carrie & Henry were out in the evening again as they have been before for two nights but I was not alone this (end of written text).

February 20. 2 pr. stockings Under drawers & wrapper Towel 2 drawers 6 bdkfs & wash ???

Attended an entertainment in Cleary Hall (Across Michigan Ave from Ypsilanti Savings Bank.) with Joe, Herbert Sprague spoke. O Pshaw! My valor is oozing out at the palms of my hands.

February 22. Tom Paton-23. Mr. Nicolson and Miss Stuart, Mr. Burr and Miss Norton, Joe & I went to Ann Arbor. (a large City west of Ypsilanti). We heard Grover Cleveland (the twenty-second and twenty-fourth president of the United States 1885–1889 and 1893–1897.) He must have been campaigning for his second term.) speak in the afternoon; We went to the Cook House for supper and afterwards to the reception for Cleveland at the court house. We got home about 11:30 and I was very tired.

March 1. Fisk Jubilee Singers with J.E.W. (Joseph Edwin Warner)

March 13. Heard Elder Venning(?) preach in the morning and Rev. Putnam in the evening. Joe, Ivah McH and I were together in the evening.

March 22. Sick and at home all day. I hardly sat up at all. I feel all played out. Joseph Cook lectured at the Normal, Carrie & Henry went but I didn't. I sent my lecture course ticket to Joe and he wouldn't go because I was sick.

March 26. Chrissie Paton, Grace Bitherford and Mary Bishop came from home today. Grace is with Miss Dawson, Chrissie is here.

March 27. I heard Rev. Bradshaw of Ann Arbor preach in the evening. He preached about things on “What ever things are good, think on these things”, and I enjoyed it. I would like to see Mr. DeBar(?) before he goes to Albion. It may have been a college town in those days, as it is today, but am afraid I'll not be able to.

March 31. Alex Mair and Lucy Thurston came today. They have been to Grand Rapids to the convention of the Y.P.S.C.E. (Young Peoples Society of Christian Endeavor). We had quite a party at Mr. Warner's and Martha Marth Gill Warner. They were the parents of Joseph Edwin warner. Chrissie, Grace, Lucy, Helen, May, Carrie, Florence, Martha, Lottie Miss Warner, Miss VanDusen, Mr. Curtis Norton, Mair, Tom, Henry, Joe. We had a pleasant time.

April 1. Lucy went to dinner with Miss Graves and was with me all afternoon and to tea. We went to the Normal Public in the evening. It was the temple of fame. I enjoyed it but would have felt better if I had not been obliged to wear my eye in a ???? for it is very sore. O Father in Heaven! I need thy help constantly to keep my temper sweet and amiable. Keep my tongue from cross words, I pray thee.

April 2. All our folks went home today. Shall be lonesome without Lucy every so short a time as she has been here. Joe and I went to Ann Arbor in the afternoon. We called on Mr. DeBar & Miss Connor and were back at tea-time. My eyes pained me greatly all the time.

April 3. Unable to go to Church my eyes felt so badly all the time. Joe came in the afternoon as usual, and we four (Lottie, Joe, CArrie, and Henry had our regular luncheon. I shall miss them when we have them no more.

April 6. Aunt Lizzie, Aunt Jennie & Grandma each sent me a dollar for birthday and Carrie gave me a photograph of a painting.

April 8. A great many of the students were home today but I had to stay on account of my work. Joe was up in the evening.

April 9. Started for home, Almont, Michigan at 6:30 A.M. and got home on the Noon train. I went to Aunt Lizzie's to dinner and afterwards up home. Everyone seemed pleased to see me.

Lottie remained at home in Almont until April 18 returning to school.

April 19. I did my work in the morning, attended criticism, as usual in the afternoon. Joe & Henry were both up in the evening.

April 20. I went down town in the afternoon, Florence Boals was with me, and we called at Henry's room to get a book of mine. Florence and I attended the Bernhard Listeunann(?) concert in the evening. I didn't enjoy it as much as I might.

April 23, Went out to make a few calls in the afternoon but was laid up in the evening, quite played out and had to go to bed.

April 24. Staid in bed for breakfast but felt better and at night even went to church, but I did not walk.

May 4. Carrie went away early in the morning to Gregory to attend a Baptist Convention. Eva Jamieson stayed all night with me. Joe called for about ten minutes on his way to a meeting. We went to bed quite early and were quiet for two girls staying all night with each other.

May 5. Harry & Genevieve's birthdays.

May 6. Just about the same round of duties each day. After dinner I cleaned the bedroom then went to read in the Library a little while. After Criticism, I went to my room to work a little. there was no “conversation” today. After tea I wrote a letter to Jennie & Mabel. Then at recess time went to Lyceum.

May 7. I went to Detroit in the morning and had my graduation waist fitted. After visiting with Anna and doing some shopping Anna went to the train with me and while we were talking we were much surprised to see Melvin Reid. He talked with us a little while before his train left. It does not seem possible that I could ever have thought of marrying him. He looks improved. I was home for tea and was very tired. Joe called to have me go for a ride but I was too tired and he staid a little while. I had a letter from Imlay City offering me the school, so did Eva.

May 8. Attended service at the M.E. Church that I might hear Mr. Henning but I did not really like his sermon as it held up f??m as very important in the church service and worship generally. Attended Sunday School and after dinner wrote letters. Tom & Joe called also a Mr. B?phrey. I was not at all flattered by his call. Joe accompanied Eva and I to church. There was considerable noise around the house but not from company of Carrie's nor mine. Mrs. G was very much put out but not more than I was. Father of Heaven help me to control my tongue!

May 9. Went to work at the usual time. Read some in the afternoon in the Library. After Criticism I went to my grade room to work. After tea I went to take my washing to Mrs. Nisely and went in to speak to Miss King a few moments. She gave me a bunch of pretty tulips and afterwards Will Davis gave me a bunch of Arbutus.

May 10. A drizzling rain was coming down when I first awoke and it has rained nearly all day. I prayed for strength this morning and I feel that I have been somewhat pleasanter all day. I have had a feal head-ache all afternoon and evening. Read in “Parker's Talks on Teaching” in the evening and found it rather dull especially when someone has company and is talking at the other side of the room. No letter from home.

May 13. It has rained nearly all the week now. I am glad that this is Friday. There was no Criticism no Conversation this afternoon. I attended the Normal News Oratorical Contest with Joe, Winnie Robinson and D. C. VanBuren won the prizes. Mrs. M. Adel Kazlett, Gov. Winans presented the prizes. The participant were Roy Williams, H.L. Vookers, Wm. Lightbody, Edith Stuart, Myra True, Francis McConnel.

May 14. Studied all morning and in the afternoon, after taking a bath, started out to walk and do some errands. In the evening Henry, Carrie, Maida Beal, Joe & I attended the University Minstrels at the Opera House. Enjoyed it real well.

May 15. Attended church and Sabbath School and after dinner wrote letters. I didn't go to prayer meeting-but Joe went home and I retired that Carrie might pleasantly have the parlor.

May 17. Eva, Joe & I went to an ME. Ice Cream social. (Eva, A school friend who would teach in Imlay City with me).

May 21. Went to see James Reilly in “The Broom Maker” with Joe.

May 22. Henry, Carrie & I went to dinner with Joe.

May 28. Carrie went away and the consequence was I was a little lonesome. I went to Ann Arbor in the afternoon and visited Ella Connor and Mrs. DeBar. Joe and I attended the Junior reception in the evening. It was as pleasant as such affairs generally are but Joe had a very hard headache and we didn't stay long.

May 29. Attended church but not Sabbath School. Joe came down in the afternoon and I kept from being “cranky” all afternoon. We attended prayer meeting but not church. We had a very good visit after prayer meeting. Martha & Florence were here. Helen & I staid at Warner's all night. Never-to-be-forgotten.

May 30. Came home from Mr. Warner's and didn't do much all day long. Fred Lipsy called in the afternoon. Joe & I went for a little ride in the evening. My graduating dress came. Joe came down so I didn't have to carry it up. He is so thoughtful.

May 31. School today again. Joe didn't go to Ann Arbor in the morning and at noon he came down to see if I didn't want to ride to Ann Arbor but I couldn't so we enjoyed a little talk all by “our lonesome”. There was a reception at Prin. Sill's in the evening and I wore my graduating dress. Joe brought me some lovely pink roses to wear. I wasn't in bed until midnight and so tired.

JUne 1. Work again but not very hard. Joe came down after that and staid until his sister's were ready to go home from the Reception at Sill's. He gave them roses to wear too which I think was very kind of him. It was more than some boys do. O so much rain!

June 14. Last day of recitation at the Normal. The Training School (The Training School opened at the beginning of the second term of Normal's first year in 1853. It was a regular gradedschool, K-8th grade with a full course of instruction. It's purpose was to give the Normal students, student teaching practice.) closed at noon and their Commencement exercises were in the afternoon. Joe was here in the evening.

June 15. We went up to Training in history class but Miss King just talked to us and gave us no exam. Attended S.C.A. Prayer meeting. Henry led it. I went down town and when I came back I was much surprised to see Joe here because he was here last night. There are not many more nights before I must go home.

June 17. I have done but little these last few days excepting to idle away the time in the hammock and read. Joe came down with horse & carriage in the evening and we went for a ride, taking his father to the train and going to the fire afterward.

June 18. I was up and swept the bedroom out before breakfast, and then the sitting room. After breakfast I went to a meeting of the Senior Class at the Chapel. Had a picture of our room taken. I did nothing all afternoon but lounge around. I met Perry Trowbridge who knew many Almont people. Joe was here all evening.

June 19. Joe & I took a long ride in the afternoon and had a pleasant time. We got back in time to go to the Baccalaureate address in Normal Hall which was given by Prin. Sill. It was on the subject of Memory as applied to Peter's denial of Christ.

June 21. Conservatory Commencement and Senior Clas day. Carrie's brother & sister & cousin came and Lotta Mills came to see me. Joe was down in the evening and took us for a ride. Joe framed my class picture for my Commencement present.

June 22. COMMENCEMENT, ALL MORNING LONG WE SAT WITH our good clothes on listening to the essays and orations before receiving our diplomas. I did not stay to the Alumni dinner but went to the Club. After doing some errands in the afternoon I was very near tired. Joe staid to dinner with “Sa???” and I. I had a pleasant good-bye visit with Joe while Lotta read a magazine.

June 23. Called on Rosalia Vroman in the morning. Henry, Carrie, Will Davis and I started for Ypsi at eleven, leaving Carrie at Wayne and Will came to Almont with Henry. Wilber met us in Romeo. The folks at home were all pleased and surprised to see me. I attended Commencement at home in the evening but was too tired to enjoy anything but the music.

June 24. After unpacking my trunk, I took a ride to make a few calls. I attended the alumi banquet in the evening and took Will Davis. All seemed to enjoy themselves. I got home just at midnight. I wish Joe might have been here instead of Will.

Lottie returned home to Almont after graduation.


I wish to thank my grandmother, Alice Ferguson Warner Woods, for the many hours of hard work she spent explaining the relationships of the people mentioned in the diary and how they impacted on Lottie's life. Without her efforts this work would merely be a copy of the diary and not a study of Lottie's life in 1892.

Martha Woods Rhudy, Capt.

We are very happy to welcome several new members to the Society.

Jack Harris, Ypsilanti, Mi.
R. Roberts, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Harold & Rosemary Hines, Jacksonville, Fl.
Mr & Mrs. T. McDonald, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Judith Morey, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Homer L. Wolford, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Catherine Hebert, Ypsilanti, Mi.
J. D. Leslie, Ypsilanti, Mi.
William & Martha Cline, Ypsilanti, Mi.
John & Kristine Dulapa, Plymouth, Mi.
Mr & Mrs W. Bryan, Ypsilanti, Mi.
H. Wadke, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Mr & Mrs K. Newman, Whitmore Lake, Mi.
Arlene West, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Helen Hazlett, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Mr & Mrs H. H. Miller, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Linda Randolph, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Gail Lobbestal, Milan, Mi.
Elaine Wolford, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Willard L. Otis, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Jerry Basler, Ypsilanti, Mi.
Mr & Mrs L. Basler, Ypsilanti, Mi.

Chronology 1877

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, June 1984,
June 1984
Original Images:

Author: Foster Fletcher

January 6
Mr. Herbert Sweet has been chosen Superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School. S.M. Cutcheon has been re-elected by the Presbyterians and Charles I. Sweet will continue in charge of the High Street School-5th. Ward.

Our School Board has elected Miss Mattie Holbrook to fill the Vacancy at the Union School, caused by the resignation of Miss Hattie Weed.

After long service as teacher of the First Ward School 9 Mr. L. Burdine steps down and out, and Miss Susie Gorton takes his place.

The Suspended Banking Firm-Statement:
To Creditors of Cornwell, Hemphill, & Co.


The Ypsilanti Paper Company offers to pay any liabilities of the Bank in Preferred Stock, to be issued by the Ypsilanti Paper Co., with a guarantee of dividend of 8% per Annum-Signed Thomas Ninde and S.M. Cutcheon, as signees.

D. Lowe-Died of pneumonia at the residence of his father in Augusta Township on the 6th of January, Age 23. Mr. Lowe was a member of the Senior Class in the Michigan State Normal School. He was a fine student and exemplary Christian.

January 12
The Public Exercises of the Normal School Pleiades occurred Friday evening, January 12. Several sketches and essays were given:
Essay “Remembering” by Annie Lambie, Ypsilanti ‘Sketch and Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ by Louise M. Cutcheon Prof. Pease presided over the singing.

January 13
Died of typhoid fever, January 11th, Col. Darious Williamson, age 60 in Ypsilanti. Colonel Willaimson has been for a number of years Superintendent of the Indians in Wyoming Territory. Almost his entire life has been spent on the frontier. He leaves a wife and five children.

January 27
Married, January 21st., by Rev. J.S. Boyden, Enoch White and Jane L. Miller, all of Ypsilanti.

February 3
Died, Hannah Ferrier, age 89 years and 11 months, at the home of her son, Philo Ferrier, River Street.
Mrs. Ferrier was the wife of William Ferrier, a well known citizen of this City for many years. They came to Ypsilanti in 1838. She has been a member of the Methodist Church for 35 years. Philo Ferrier lived at 301 North River Street and the house still stands.

March 3
Last Saturday, a large volume of smoke was seen coming from the rear of Congress Street (Michigan Avenue) in the 200 block. It was the building occupied by the Ypsilanti Whip-Socket Co. The fire was from an explosion in the oven, while japaning the sockets.
The man working barely had time to escape. Mr. C.N. Webb lost an overcoat, two undercoats, a vest, and a watch(his fellow light Guards have since given him a new watch). Capt. Newell had stopped and taken off his coat to help; he is thus minus a coat.
If the Fire Engine had been in working order, at least $1500 could have been saved in stock and the east side of the building. Had it not been for favorable circumstances, Joslyn & Whitman's office, McAndrew's Cabinet Shop, and other buildings, if not the entire south side of Congress Street would have been consumed. Mr. Sam Post owned the building.
J. Bickford, S. M. Cutcheon, and Sam Post comprised the company. They will immediately rebuild.

The Markets:
Chickens dressed-7c lb. Live 5c lb. Eggs 10 and 11c a dozen. Onions $2 a bushel Turkeys, live 8c lb.

Died-Mrs. Sarah B. Markel, Carey, February 24, at Fair Oaks Prof. Carey will be remembered as a Professor for many years at the Normal School.

Michigan Legislature: The House passed the Senate Bill incorporating Clam Lake into a city named Cadillac.

April 7
At the Light Guard Hall, the Ypsilanti Ladies Temperance Union had prepared a banquet that Angels might feast on. A dozen tables were set up, supplied with dainties and flowers Mrs. Alva Worden had furnished at her own expense.
Mrs. Laible and Mrs. D. Mcdowell had tables of beautiful flowers. Every table had some momento of the gladsome reform that has dawned on our city.

Mr. Hayes could have hardly selected a more unexceptional gentleman for the office of United States District Attorney, than Mr. Sullivan M. Cutcheon, whose appointment was announced yesterday.

Mr. Don C. Batcheldor has sold his marble works to Mr. George Voorhees. Mr. Batcheldor has built up one of the most popular and successful monument factories in the state.

April 14
Mr. A. Williams has, after five years as Superintendent of the Methodist Church Sunday School, declined re-election. The new officers are: E.M. Comstock, Superintendent; H.A. Weeks, Assistant; Will J. Clark, Secretary; Miss Martha Barnard, Assistant; George Shier, Librarian. The Sunday School is in a very flourishing condition.
Married by Rev. O.J. Perrin at M.E. Parsonage, April 12, Mr. Elijah A. Darling and Miss Lovina Bordine, both of Augusta Township.

Married by Rev. C.A. Lamb at his residence, April 8th, Morris Crawford of Ann Arbor and Miss Vennie Truss of Ypsilanti.

April 21
Nine hundred and ninety one in the Prison at Jackson; the greatest number ever confined there.

Capt. Newell has secured an important position in connection with the State Reform School at Lansing. He is fully competent to manage the boys there. He was a good soldier and a good citizen. He has been the efficient organizer and Captain of the Light Guards, and served the City as Marshall for two years.

Married at the residence of the Bride's father, Mr. Evan Begole, on the evening of the 18th, by Rev. John M. Richmond, Mr. Hadley H. Webb and Miss Della Begole.

Advertisement: Amanda Conkling, M.D., and a graduate of the Ann Arbor College of Medicine and Surgery, will tender her Professional services to the citizens of Ypsilanti and vicinity after April 25; office residence of D. McDowell, corner of Washington and Ellis (Wastenaw), 23 North Washington. S.W. Baldwin, Dentist-Rooms over the Post Office on North Huron Street-First class work and best plates $15.

Real Estate: Bejamin Day to Horace Aray, 70 acres in Section 24, Pittsfield Township, $4000.

May 19
“An Honest Man” poem on front page of Commercial by William Lambie.

June 2
Died-William Geddes, May 21, 1877, in Pittsfield Township, age 78. Father Geddes bought the homestead in Pittsfield in 1826. Moved on the place in 1845. Two brothers and one sister survive him.

June 15
Miss Anna Ganson is remembered by many. She married a man named Lewis and moved to Iowa City, Iowa. It is with sorrow we announce her death. She was a teacher in the Union School for several years.

The African Methodist Church will hold a State Convention at the Church in Ypsilanti and continuing for two days.

At the 20th Annual meeting of the Ypsilanti Home Association, the following officers were elected:

Mrs. John Gilbert

Vice Presidents:
Mrs. E.W. Follett Mrs. Putnam

Mrs. H. E. Dickinson

Mrs. L. Shier

Total amount of distributions to relieve 72 families during the past year-$544.61. A legacy of One hundred dollars to be paid in ten annual installments, was the last gift of our late president, Mrs. R.B. Norris.

June 23
The handsomest specimen of pulp we ever saw for paper manufacturer, was handed to us by Mr. Cornwell and manufactured from Poplar trees at their Jackson Mills. It is very firm, makes strong pure white paper. It is to be made in the Cornwell mills here.

The large pulp mill of the Ypsilanti Paper Company at Jackson, manufacturing the nicest pulp in the West, was burned Tuesday. It was owned by the Cornwells.

Married at the residence of the Bride's father, on the 20th., by Rev. John A. Wilson, Mr. Ira Sylvester Younglove and Lizzie Quirk of Ypsilanti, Daughter of D.L. Quirk.

Died-Mrs. Henriette Henchel, on the 12th of June, age 48 years. She was a native of Germany and came to this country some years ago. Married, and soon after, Mr. Henchel made a visit to his native land in search of health, but died during the voyage, and was buried at sea; Mrs. Henchel succeeded in rearing her family. Her funeral took place from her residence on Washington Street, and was attended by a number of citizens. The service was conducted by Rev. Perrin of the Methodist Church and Rev. Miller, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, of which she was a member.

Died in Augusta, June 7th, Esther D., wife of Alverson Drury, age 56. Married 34 years, leaving him three sons and two daughters. She was a consistent member of the Methodist Church. The Rev. Perrin preached the funeral sermon.

July 7
Advertisement-For Sale-The beautiful residence of E. Laible on East Forest Ave. With beautiful grounds and shrubbery. Over 1000 trees adorn the premises. Ten acres of land-200 apple, 50 pear, 30 cherry, 50 peach, 20 plumb, and 300 fine bearing grapevines; also raspberries, strawberries, and red and white currents. Two greenhouses.

July 14
Detroit has 127,500 people in her Corporate limits.

July 21
Is there any remedy for the stealing of plants and the breaking off of slips by persons visiting the Cemetery? It is getting to be a common occurrence and nearly everyone who has set out plants on their lots are continually annoyed by finding them broken or taken away entirely.

The annual announcement for the Medical Department of the University states, that the course has been extended to three years, with nine months in each year. (sic-the course and the University were not named).

July 26
Married July 18th, at the residence of J.W. Babitt, George W. Babitt and Jennie S. McRay. On this day, Dr. Babitt celebrated his 75th. birthday and also the forty fifth anniversary of his marriage. His son George very sensibly took into his head to be married on that day. And so he and his bride came from Jackson to our good City and the wedding and birthday were gleefully celebrated at one time.

July 28
The agony is over. The Railroad strike seems to have come to an end. Jackson is the only City in the State where the trains were stopped. Thursday was the most quiet day known for years on the Central. Only the passenger trains going west passed our City, The Jackson rioters have come to time. The Chicago trouble seems to have been exaggerated. It is too early to give causes for the strikes. The slaughter of human life and destruction of property at Baltimore, Pittsburg, Buffalo and other places are not meaningless or without food for reflection.

Last Sunday afternoon was one of special interest to the A.M.E. Church Sunday School. Mr. Richmond opened the exercises with. The elder pupils recited pieces in an impressive manner, showing great improvement. Remarks were made by D. B. Greene, Rev. Hardy, C.R. Pattison, Rev. Hawkins, and the Pastor, Rev. Bundy, interspersed by singing led by Miss Wortley. Mr. Hawkins has been a Disciple of Christ for 50 years. Fifty years ago, he was a slave in Alexandria, Virginia, and had been whipped for reading the Bible.

August 2
Samuel Williams of this City, who expects to enter the University this Fall, will be the first colored man to enter the Literary Department of that Institution. He accompanied Capt. Lang to our city of Ypsilanti after the War, and has won the esteem of our entire community by persistent and well directed effort to obtain an education (Lapeer Clarion).

September I
Died-August 24, in Ypsilanti, Esther Simons, wife of Rev. George Simons, age 49. Esther Clark Simons was born in England, November 4, 1827. She joined the Primitive Methodist Church in her native country in May of 1840. She united with the Methodist Church in Ypsilanti in 1851.

A grand excursion by the A.M.E. Church to Saline last Thursday. A handsome sum was realized for the Pastor of the Church, Rev. Jason Bundy, who labored with great faithfulness. The Ypsilanti colored Cornet Band accompanied the excursion and on their return gave our citizens some fine music.

The worshipers at St. Lukes will be glad to get back to their Church again. Under the supervision of Q.E. Thompson and George Amsden, the Artist and decorator of Churches, few houses of worship present a more beautiful appearance.

Died-Charles Howe Wallace, August 29, in Ypsilanti. He was born February 11, 1812, in Thetford Township, Orange County, Vermont; he was the son of Daniel D. and Abigail Howe Wallace. Charles's first marriage was January 24, 1853, to Eleanore Chushing. Eleanore died September 1, 1861, and Mr. Wallace married Jennie Rice of Saline, September 18, 1862. The Wallaces lived in Saline until 1869, when they moved to Ypsilanti. Charles was successful in Real Estate and Insurance, and he also served sixteen years as Justice of the Peace, while living in Saline. He had come to Saline Township in 1832 from Livonia Township, Livingstone Co., New York. His home in Saline was three miles west of Saline on the Chicago Road. He lived at forty seven West Cross in Ypsilanti, which is in the present four hundred block.

Died-Mrs. Richard Lowden on August 22nd., in Ypsilanti, age 84 years. Born in New Jersey in 1893; in 1820, She married James L. Lowden by who she had ten children. In 1834, She with her husband and children, came to Ypsilanti, settling on a farm in the extreme southern portion of the Township on Bemis Road on both sides of Stoney Creek Road.

Died-In Superior Township on the 24th of August, Ernest, youngest of the family of 12 children of William Roger Crippen, of dysentery.

September 22
Thursday, September 13th, Vannie Cutcheon, only son of Sullivan M. and Josephine Cutcheon, age 4 years, 10 months, and 23 days, died.

There are 120 colored persons living in and near Saline. Those good people can boast of having donated $300 to build an A.M.E. house of worship.

October 13
Died, in this City, October 6th., at the home of his father, Eddie H. only son of Joseph Kitchen, Esq., age 26 years and nine months. Eddie united with the Presbyterian Church in 1876. Prof. Joseph Estabrook preached the funeral sermon at the residence.

Died-September 26th. Mrs. Rebecca Brown, age 67 years. Mrs. Brown was born in Berks Co., Pa., and came to Michigan in 1836 with her father, Deacon Shelmire. In 1837 she married Deacon Tollman Brown who was a Deacon in the Baptist Church in this City.

October 20
Tuesday evening a bright light was seen in the sky. It proved to be the residence of Col. Childs on Forest Ave. The barn was connected with the house(sic). A kerosene lamp to light for evening chores flared up and caught a carriage cover on fire and then the hay until the barn was a sheet of flames. There ought to be a cistern in that vicinity. All the main part of the house could have been saved(sic).

October 27
Thursday was a famous day in Ann Arbor; the citizens saw the corner stone of a splendid Court House laid in position. It was too bad it made the old Court House ring it's requiem and the coming of the new.

November 3
The Board of Supervisors affixed the salaries of the County Officers for the current year:

Judge of Probate

Prosecuting Attorney


Sixty nine cents a day is what Sheriff Case is allowed for boarding the wards.

Died-Willie H. Lucking, son of Joseph and Ellen M. Lucking, November 11th. Willie was kicked in the forehead by a shying horse and lockjaw set in.

November 24
Died, Josephine A. Pease, daughter of Levi E. Dolson of Detroit and beloved wife of Professor Frederick H. Pease, November 19th. age 37 years. Mrs. Pease was married in 1859 having been a student at the Michigan State Normal School. She and her husband united with the Episcopal Church. She leaves five children, the oldest a daughter of 15.

Died-John Swaine, infant son of F.J. Swaine and Lizzie Swaine, age 5 months on November 19th.

Died-William Leach, November 18, 1877 of apoplexy age 63 years. Mr. Leach was born in Bedfirdshire, England and came to this country at age 19 and residing first in Ann Arbor and moving to Ypsilanti in 1864. He kept a Boarding House and Hotel at the Depot. A wife and two sons mourn his loss.

There are now 370 students in the Law Department of the University; Medical Department, 267; Homeopathic Department, 68; Dental, 44. The number of students in the Literary Department estimated at 350.

The high school building at Ypsilanti was destroyed by fire. It was one of the finest Public School buildings in the State. Insured for about half its value. Burned December 9th on a Sunday.

The fire engine used up all of the water in the cistern connected with the school and then drew water from the Ellis (Washtenaw) Street cistern.

December 25
Married on Christmas morning at the Bride's father's in Campbell, Ionia County by Prof. Joseph Estabrook, John Knox Campbell of Augusta to Miss Emma Jennings. Both graduates of the Michigan State Normal School, class of 1876.

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