News from the Museum
Do you ever wonder about Ypsilanti's History?
Perhaps the Archives of the Historical Museum might be able to help you. We have helped many people. If the Archives are not open when you visit the Museum ask a Museum Guide for the form on which to write your inquiry-and be sure to give us a little outline of your own history.
Visitors from England have registered in the Museum in September and many have been with us from California, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Virginia.
Four packs of Cub Scouts toured the Museum this last month and two more are on the schedule for November. If you have a group wanting to visit the Museum, phone Ethel O'Connor at 482-7952, our very competent Chairman of the Scheduling, for a date.
There is a dogwood tree in memory of our departed member Mildred Harris, planted on the south side of the Museum, supervised by Arthur J Howard. The donors were; Grace Thompson, Josephine Calkins and Hazel Davis. The Charles Haglers gave the dogwood on the north side of the Museum in memory of Mildred Harris. Again, it was planted by Arthur J Howard.
Thru the interest of the Ypsilanti Rotary Club, the State Historical Marker #237 was moved from the closed I-94 Rest Stop south of Ypsilanti, by the State Highway, and installed on the front lawn of the Museum.
More than eighty members enjoyed the October Historical Society meeting at the home of Grace and Herbert Cornish on Clark Road.
They have refurbished the Jeremiah Newton house, filled it tastefully with antique furniture and fascinating clocks ranging from a 1790 magnificent Grandfather's clock to the small perky Coo Coo. No speeches or reports. Each clock had a typed explanation and date.
On the dining room table was a large bowel of hot flavored with home made spices; a variety of cookies and sweets, everything furnished by the Cornishes. The cider was served by Ethel O'Connor and Paula Riccobono with Merry Maude Wallace passing plates of cookies and doughnuts. A truly unique and inspiring Society meeting.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is seeking information on all Major League players. Ypsilanti had two Major League Baseball players. One was Archie McCarthy who was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1902; the other way Frank Owen, also a pitcher, with Detroit in 1901, and then with the Chicago White Sox for seven very successful years.
We were able to furnish the vital statistics for Frank Owen but only the birth date for Archie McCarthy.
Jim Mathias, McKenny Hall Manager, very graciously set up a table for us to sell commemorative plates in McKenny Hall the time of Eastern Michigan's Homecoming, October 7th. Katharine Philbin, Dorothy Disbrow, Carl Scheffler, Arthur J Howard, William Riccobono and Foster Fletcher managed to create a lot of interest in the plates and sell 25 of them.
And now before year end, will all you forgetful people who have not paid your dues, please send your payment to James Westfall (Box #336). Don't leave us, we need your support more than ever.
We are pleased to have Flossie and Roe Bennett as our new neighbors at 213 H. Huron. They plan to refurbish the old Deubel place and make their hone there.
Mary Wier gave many interesting things from the Deubel house. One item was a very large buffet-sideboard which was carried across busy Huron Street by City Firemen Dan Tooman and Karl Jurgenson. It is a handsome interesting piece of furniture and is nicely situated in our lower level rooms.