Ypsilanti Gleanings
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"Ypsilanti Gleanings" is the official publication of the Ypsilanti Historical Society, featuring historical articles and reminiscences of the people and places in the Ypsilanti area.

Click on the issues listed below to open a pdf version of the issue:

Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Spring 2013 Summer 2013 Fall 2013 Winter 2013
Spring 2012 Summer 2012 Fall 2012 Winter 2012
Spring 2011 Summer 2011 Fall 2011 Winter 2011
Spring 2010 Summer 2010 Fall 2010 Winter 2010
Spring 2009 Summer 2009 Fall 2009 Winter 2009
Spring 2008 Summer 2008 Fall 2008 Winter 2008
Spring 2007 Summer 2007 Fall 2007 Winter 2007
Spring 2006 Summer 2006 Fall 2006 Winter 2006
Spring 2005 Summer 2005 Fall 2005 Winter 2005

The following is a bibliography of the major articles of all past issues of the Gleanings.

2014 Fall Terror in the Streets: Fred Thompson writes about the hot rodding that occurred in the streets of Ypsilanti in the 1950s.

2014 Fall A View from Olive Street: George Ridenour interviewed Alice Follett Uhl who grew up in Ypsilanti and now resides in Cross Street Village.

2014 Fall The River Street Saga Continues - The Story of Edwin and Alice Follett Uhl: Jan Anschuetz continues her coverage of the families who grew up on River Street in Ypsilanti.

2014 Fall The Other "Real McCoy": James Mann recounts one of the other possible sources for the statement "The Real McCoy."

2014 Fall Volunteers Receive Service Awards: The YHS Board of Trustees presented Gerald Jennings Service Awards to James Mann, George Ridenour and Lyle McDermott.

2014 Fall Finds - The YHS Archives: Gerry Pety describes some of the paper currency that has been donated to the YHS Archives.

2014 Fall An Ypsilanti Landmark Centennial: Peg Porter covers the history of the Ladies Literary Club building.

2014 Fall Controversy on the Michigan State Normal Campus: James Mann reports on an early professor at the Normal College who got in trouble for slapping her maid.

2014 Fall Professor Phelps and the Teaching of Sex Hygiene: James Mann writes about the controversy created by Professor Phelps related to her ideas about teaching sex hygiene to children.

2014 Fall Chautauqua at the Riverside: Val Kabat outlines the program planned for this year's "Chautauqua at the Riverside."

2014 Fall Snapshots of Ypsilanti: The two interns who work in the YHS Museum and Archives conduct a photo identification activity at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

2014 Sum The Damoose Family in Ypsilanti: Naseeb G. Damoose was hired as the first Ypsilanti City Manager in 1947. Alvin Rudisill points out the many contributions Damoose made to the City of Ypsilanti and other cities in Michigan.

2014 Sum The River Street Saga Continues - Benjamin and Elvira Norris Follet: Jan Anschuetz provides another family story related to the history of River Street.

2014 Sum Norval Hawkins - The Greatest Salesman in the World: James Mann writes about Norval Hawkins, reportedly the greatest salesman in the history of Ford Motor Company.

2014 Sum The History of the Peck Street Primary: Jan Anschuetz covers the history of the Peck Street Primary School located on the back of their property on Forest Street.

2014 Sum Ypsilanti in the 1940s: Jack Minzey recounts the 1940s when the businesses in Ypsilanti were the gem of Washtenaw County.

2014 Sum Paul E. Hubbell - Professor, Pacifist and Poet: Peg Porter writes about Paul Hubbells career which began at Michigan State Normal College in 1923.

2014 Sum Gertrude Bennett Went Missing: James Mann writes about the elopement of Gertrude Bennett in 1938.

2014 Sum Artist Lays Down His Brush: George Ridenour writes about Ed Thompson's contributions as an artist in Ypsilanti.

2014 Spr The Parents of Depot Town - Mark & Roccena Vail Norris: Janice Anschuetz points out all the contributions that Mark and Roccena Vail Norris made to the development of Depot Town in Ypsilanti.

2014 Spr Early Physical Education in Ypsilanti Public Schools: The author of this article is unknown but it appears to have been written in the 1940s or 1950s and covers the development of physical training in the Ypsilanti Public Schools.

2014 Spr A Great Lady is Gone: A tribute to Kathryn Howard, a long time member of the Board of Trustees of the Ypsilanti Historical Society, by Nancy Wheeler.

2014 Spr Saturdays at Vic and Mac's: Fred Thomas tells about how Vic & Mac's Mobil Service station became a destination for teenagers in the 1950s.

2014 Spr Legend of the Smeet Frog: James Mann covers the story of the Smeet Frog and the mysterious marker that appeared on the tridge, the three way walkway under the Cross Street Bridge.

2014 Spr John Challis - The Musical Maverick Who Revolutionized the Harpsichord: Jan Anschuetz tells about the manufacture of harpsichords in Ypsilanti and the contributions that John Challis made to the design of this musical instrument.

2014 Spr The Mansion House - A Lost Landmark: James Mann describes the Mansion House, a farm house built about 1842 for the family of Grove Spencer.

2014 Spr Early Soapmaking: Laura Bien covers the trials and tribulations of early soap making in the Ypsilanti area.

2014 Spr Characters: Peg Porter describes the memorable character, Susanne Stinson, who was a master teacher in the Roosevelt laboratory school at Michigan State Normal College.

2014 Spr The Soldiers Monument at Highland Cemetery: The history of the Soldiers Monument in Highland Cemetery is described by James Mann.

2014 Spr Chicago Road Marker: James Mann covers the history of the Chicage Road Marker at the junction of Michigan Avenue and Congress Street.

2014 Spr Case of the Missing Ring: It was in 1922 that a ring went missing and a couple ended up in court. James Mann describes the events.

2014 Spr Students Saved from Jail by College Officials: James Mann describes the events following the stealing of flowers from a city park in Ypsilanti.

2013 Win Ypsilanti Players: The Ypsilanti Players were started in 1915 by Daniel L. Quirk, Jr. This article was originally published in the 1976 issue of the Gleanings. The Ypsilanti Players group was the third community theater in the United States, following Boston and Chicago. The article was written by Eleanor Meston.

2013 Win Lovely Model "Shot" in City Park: George Ridenour reports on a police training exercise that was reported on in the Ypsilanti Daily Press on April 30, 1948.

2013 Win Walter Owen Briggs: Jan Anschuetz was surprised to learn that Walter Briggs was born in Ypsilanti on North River Street, close to her current residence. In 1937, Briggs donated funds to build and equip a new field house on the Eastern Michigan University campus.

2013 Win Ypsilanti Children Share Many Connections with Walter Briggs: Eric and Robert Anschuetz share memories of the Detroit Tigers baseball games when they were growing up in Ypsilanti.

2013 Win The Ladies Buy a House - A Centennial Celebration: Peg Porter provides details of the purchase of the Grant property on Washington Street by the Ladies Literary Club.

2013 Win The G.A.R. Hall: James Mann provides a history of the G.A.R. Hall at 110 Pearl Street in Ypsilanti. The national Grand Army of the Republic was formed in 1866 to perpetuate friendships, revive memories and provide mutual support and assistance.

2013 Win "Cub" Berdan: George Ridenour reports on an article about "Cub" Berdan from the October 17, 1901 issue of the Ypsilanti Sentinel - Commercial.

2013 Win The Saga of the Men Behind "Ralphie" Parker's Coveted Red Ryder: Bryce Ford reports on the business activities in Southeastern Michigan of a number of his relatives including the Michigan Crown Fender Company and the United Stove Company, both located in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

2013 Win Mark Jefferson - Glass Plate Negatives and other Wonderful Things: James Mann describes the discovery of several hundred glass slides from the late 1800s and early 1900s including a series prepared by Mark Jefferson, Professor at the Michigan Normal College.

2013 Win War of the Clothesline: James Mann describes an extended fight by neighbors in 1922 over the use of a clothesline.

2013 Win Balloon Ascension: In 1859 a balloon ascension was scheduled to take place in Ypsilanti. James Mann discusses all the problems that were encountered the day of the ascension.

2013 Win The Vietnam War Memorial: The Vietnam War Memorial in Washtenaw County was dedicated on November 10, 1991. James Mann describes the dedication including the keynote speaker, General William Westmorland.

2013 Fall The Dynamics: In the 1950s a music style called the rhythm and blues was making its way across America. In Ypsilanti a local group called the "Dynamics" were very popular with teenage audiences. Authored by Fred Thomas.

2013 Fall Ypsilanti History on the Internet: Melanie Parker describes the many Internet sources for Ypsilanti history on the Internet.

2013 Fall Ypsilanti's Dutch Town: The "Dutch Town" area of Ypsilanti in the 1930s and 1940s is described by Doreen Binder.

2013 Fall An Ypsilanti Childhood...My Father, John Bogan Shepherd: The Shephards lived in Ypsilanti from the early 1900s to 1956. These remembrances were written by John D. Shephard.

2013 Fall First Prize to Ypsilanti's Neptune No. 1: In 1959, the Ypsilanti Fire Department took home first prize in a competition with other Michigan fire departments. Authored by James Mann.

2013 Fall Ypsilanti's Own "Legend of Sleepy Hollow": Peg Porter describes the area and events associated with Ypsilanti's Sleepy Hollow.

2013 Fall An Artist at the Bomber Plant: Don Choate's niece, Pam Shepherd, describes the life and works of artist and activist Don Choate who worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

2013 Fall The Search for Anastacio Cardenas: George Ridenour describes the research and findings related to the drarf, known as General Cardenas, who lived in Dexter for 17 years.

2013 Fall First Free Church of Michigan: A description of how Superior Township recently acquired the historical site on which the First Free Church of Michigan was located. Authored by Karl Williams.

2013 Fall Case of the Lost Hand-Bag: James Mann describes a mysterious event the occured in Ypsilanti in 1913.

2013 Fall Wanderer Arrested - Charged with Arson: In 1913, a man was accused by the police of setting fire to a stack of straw on a farm just east of Ypsilanti. Authored by James Mann.

2013 Fall Wiskey was the Antidote: James Mann describes how a man recovered from a suicide attempt because he washed the poison down with whisky.

2013 Sum The Gilbert Family - Part II: This Part II of The Gilbert Family in Ypsilanti starts with the death of Major John Gilbert in 1860. Authored by Janice Anscheutz.

2013 Sum Gilbert House Boys Club - Memories from the 1970s: Robert and Eric Anschuetz relate all the good times they spent in the Gilbert House Boys Club.

2013 Sum Ypsilanti History in the Detroit Historical Museum: Tom Dodd describes the displays in the Detroit Historical Museum covering Elijah McCoy and the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

2013 Sum A Sleeping Lamb for Winnifred: James Mann explains how a lamb was often used to mark the grave of a child and covers the gravesite of Winnifred Watling.

2013 Sum The Saga of the EMU Hurons: Jack Minzey discusses the drawn out events that occured during the change in sport symbols at Eastern Michigan University.

2013 Sum The Washtenaw County Clash of 1930: Erik Pedersen describes the big game between the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan in 1930.

2013 Sum Tom Dodd - Community Leader and Activist: Al Rudisill provides information about the life and times of Tom Dodd who passed away on May 12, 2013.

2013 Sum The Green Book: George Ridenour covers the use of The (Negro Motorist) Green Book that provided travel information in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

2013 Sum Ypsilanti - Named by Woodward: The influence that Augustus Brevoort Woodward had on Ypsilanti and Detroit is discussed by Tom Dodd.

2013 Spr We've Been Down This Road Before: Tom Dodd takes us on a trip down Michigan avenue from the time Mastondons traveled the trails until the present day highway.

2013 Spr Cruisin' Ypsilanti: Fred Thomas takes us Cruisin' through Ypsilanti in the 1950s describing the various stops made by the teenagers at the time.

2013 Spr Some Call it Y-Town: A Discussion about how Ypsilanti got it's name and other names of villages and towns throughout the United States.

2013 Spr An Exciting FIND of Ypsilanti Railroad History: Gerry Pety describes some files found in the Archives that include MCRR payrolls from the mid 1800s.

2013 Spr How Did it Get There?: Fred Thomas describes the B-24 "Liberator" bomber that was on display on Michigan Avenue from 1946 to 1950.

2013 Spr Historic Choir Sings of WWII Heritage: Val Kabat invites the public to the 30th Anniversary Concert of the Ypsilanti Community Choir that is to be held on May 2, 2013.

2013 Spr Jean-Baptiste Sanscrainte's Story: Michael Van Washnova describes research he has done on the Jean-Baptiste Sanscrainte family and the influence of the family in the early development of this area of Michigan.

2013 Spr Donald H. Porter - Craftsman and Artist: Peg Porter describes the many creations produced by her father while she was growing up.

2013 Spr Hebe Fountain(s) Found (but not in Ypsilanti): Tom Dodd adds some additional intrique to the mystery of the missing Hebe Fountain donated to the City of Ypsilanti by Mary Ann Starkweather.

2013 Spr Are You Smarter than an Eighth Grader?: An 1895 eighth grade final exam from Salina, Kansas illustrates just how good those one-room schools were back in the 1800s.

2013 Spr Horse Thieves at Work!: James Mann describes a series of episodes of horse thievery from the early 1900s.

2013 Spr The Gilbert Family - Part I: Janice Anscheutz describes the historical relevance of the Gilbert family's contributions to the enrichment of our Ypsilanti community.

2013 Spr The Skeletons of Bell Street: James Mann describes the discovery of human skeletons by the City of Ypsilanti Water Department in 1933 while digging a trench on Bell Street in Ypsilanti.

2013 Spr The Farm Gate Controversy of 1878: Local farmers were approached in 1878 by a law firm demanding money for copyright infringement on a patent for a farm gate that was commonly used in this area.

2012 Win Ypsilanti's Natural Crowning Jewel: Janice Anschuetz provides some insight into the background of the Camperdown Elm tree and its introduction into Ypsilanti.

2012 Win Climbing Camperdown: Robert and Eric Anschuetz describe growing up in Ypsilanti and climbing the Camperdown Elm tree on the family property.

2012 Win Civil War Marker: Michael VanWasshnova describes the dedication of the Civil War Marker installed in front of the "Thompson Block" in Depot Town.

2012 Win Peter B. Fletcher: Al Rudisill provides some insight into the life of Peter Bacon Fletcher and his many contributions to organizations in the Ypsilanti area.

2012 Win The Union School Buildings: James Mann discusses the four buildings that housed Ypsilanti High School.

2012 Win Frankie Ford Finds the Future: Tom Dodd provides some historical fiction based on actual mid-century events.

2012 Win I Might Have Played in the NBA: Fred Thomas discusses some "might have been" dreams after he learned how much professional basketball players earn.

2012 Win A Taste of Beekeeping History: Roger Sutherland describes how Michigan was the center of honey bee rearing in the United States.

2012 Win The "Buzz" About Bees or "Beeing" Aware in Ypsilanti: George Ridenour covers the current honey bee activity within the city limits of Ypsilanti.

2012 Win Our French Connection Memory Bank is Still Growing: Tom Dodd provides additional informtion about the early history of Ypsilanti.

2012 Win Our Mysterious Tunnels - Again: The mysterious tunnels under Depot Town are again explored by James Mann.

2012 Win Ypsilanti's "King of Hamburgers": The many business ventures of our local "King of Hamburgers" are described by George Ridenour.

2012 Fall Samuel Post - Ypsilanti's "Squeaky-Clean" Politician: Janice Anschuetz provides some history about a prominent local politician and business leader.

2012 Fall The Contagious Hospital: James Mann provides a brief history of the old city hall and jail located at 6 East Cross Street.

2012 Fall Controversy at Ypsilanti's Nickelodeon: Laura Bien provides some details about Ypsilanti's first movie theater.

2012 Fall The Morris Mausoleum at Highland Cemetery: James Mann provides information about a small mausoleum of simple eloquence hidden among the trees and pathways at Highland Cemetery.

2012 Fall Craig Porter - Freestyle Champion: Peg Porter covers some of the exploits of Ypsilanti Roosevelt's outstanding swimmer.

2012 Fall Robert's Corner: James Mann outlines the background of Robert's Corner, a popular stage coach stop for whisky and popcorn.

2012 Fall Have No Fear! J.B.Sanscrainte Was Here: A lighthearted look at the history through the eyes of Tom Dodd.

2012 Fall Interurban Bridge Build in 120 Hours: A remarkable accomplishment in 1918 was the building of an Interurban Bridge in just 120 hours by Wystan Stevens.

2012 Fall 19th Century Solarium Creates Cozy Respite: Lauren Carpenter describes a unique feature of the Dow House, the solarium that contains exotic plants from around the world.

2012 Sum Bob Arvin - An Ypsilanti Hero: Bill Nickels describes the life and heroism of Bob Arvin, a local hero.

2012 Sum The Days Before Godfrey: James Mann provides a history of the Ypsilanti area before the arrival of Godfroy.

2012 Sum Walter H. Hewitt - A Success Story Worthy of Dickens: Janice Anschuetz pays tribute to Walter Hewitt, one of Ypsilanti's most important business, political and cultural pioneers.

2012 Sum A Cow for All Ages: Laura Bien provide information about the prominent Holstein lines developed in Ypsilanti and the State of Michigan.

2012 Sum Warren Lewis and His Auction Sales Pavilion: James Mann provides a look at Warren Lewis and the Auction Sales Pavilion he operated in Ypsilanti.

2012 Sum House Tour Guide: Tom Dodd discusses house plans and how interior designs have evolved and devolved over the years.

2012 Sum Ypsilanti's Hardware Man: Marilyn Miller provides information about her father, Carl Furtney, who worked in the hardware business in Ypsilanti.

2012 Sum Discovering Adan Freeman - Family Patriarch: Margaret Freeman provides information gleaned from research about her family background.

2012 Sum Chautauqua - An Attempt to Put the Heritage back into Our Festival: Tom Dodd describes efforts to put historical information and activities back into the annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

2012 Spr World War II, 11 May, 1945 - Austin Norton Remembers It well: Phil Barnes interviewed Austin Norton to get the story of the explosions and fire aboard the USS Bunker Hill.

2012 Spr It's a Test - Timeless Apothegems: Peter Fletcher challenges readers to complete historical quotations.

2012 Spr 50th Anniversary of Moving Archives: Gerry Pety provides some history of the YHS Archives.

2012 Spr Water Street Auto Dealers: Bill Nickels provides some history of the many auto dealers located on Water Street.

2012 Spr Ypsi's Role in the War of 1812: James Mann provides the details of how Ypsilanti was involved in the War of 1812.

2012 Spr Archie Foster - Class of '88: Laura Bien provides information about the first black graduate of the Normal College.

2012 Spr Settler's Family Still a Presence: The history of the Harwood family is written by Janice Harwood, Virginia Davis-Brown and Tom Dodd.

2012 Spr Frederick H. Pease, A Man For All Seasons: Jan Anschuetz provides the background of the naming of Pease Auditorium on the Eastern Michigan University Campus.

2012 Spr The Twin Towers House: James Mann describes the historic twin tower house that once stood at 725 East Forest in Ypsilanti.

2012 Spr Before the Grove: Important dates in the development of Ypsilanti are presented.

2011 Win Claude Willbanks: Tennis Coaching Legend: Phil Barnes recalls Claude's tennis coaching days at Ypsilanti High School.

2011 Win 1929 Train Wreck: George Ridenour relates the train wreck of 1929 when the Sidetrack was damaged by a train car.

2011 Win Joe Thompson's Early Depot Town: The recollections of early depot town by Joe Thompson.

2011 Win Ypsilanti's WW I Hero: George Ridenour covers the death of Houston "Leroy" Harrington in WW I and the return of his body from Europe to Ypsilanti.

2011 Win Ypsilanti History - It's a Test: Peter Fletcher provides another one of his tests on people, places and things in Ypsilanti History.

2011 Win How Clark's Lake Sank: A republication of an article about Clark's Late that was published in the April 22, 1871 issue of the Ypsilanti Commercial.

2011 Win Unique Grave Markers: Another installment relating to the unique features of Highland Cemetery.

2011 Win Search for W. H. Worden: Carolyn Griffin discusses the search for Ypsilanti gunsmith William Horace Worden.

2011 Win The Second Wife: Janet Buchanan covers some intriguing tales about Brooks Bowman Hazelton and the events that occured after hos death in 1899.

2011 Win Skating: Peg Porter remembers growing up in Ypsilanti and skating at Frog Island Park.

2011 Win Archives Film Production: The City of Ypsilanti has been the site of several motion picture productions during recent years.

2011 Win Tax Credits for Old Cars: HVA group seeks to extend National Historic Preservation Act to cover vintage automobiles.

2011 Win Panorama Views: A review of artist panoramic views of Ypsilanti that show forgotton details of the city.

2011 Fall "Keep Smiling" Brown: James Mann covers one of the many early characters that made Ypsilanti their home.

2011 Fall The Friendly Feud: The "Ypsi" and "Annie" poem that appeared in the Ann Arbor Courier in 1891.

2011 Fall Ypsilanti History - It's a Test: Another test on the history of Ypsilanti by Peter Fletcher.

2011 Fall The YHS Family Bible Collection: Sally Whiting describes the bible collection in the YHS Museum.

2011 Fall The Mystery of Civil War Blood Vials: Laura Bien points out that somewhere on the EMU campus should be artifacts dating back to the Civil War.

2011 Fall The Ypsilantis - Constantine, Alexander and Demetrius: Peg Porter discusses the Ypsilantis brothers and their various contributions.

2011 Fall Cemeteries Found on the EMU Campus: Laura Bien discusses the human remains recently found on the EMU campus and the cemeteries that once existed on various parts of the campus.

2011 Fall Ypsilanti History in Photographs: Debi Hoos-Lemke describes the Digital Photo Archives Project - a cooperative project between the YHS and the U of M Library System.

2011 Fall Abortion for Wicked Purposes: George Ridenour covers a story from the mid 1800s related to the use of a fungus from the rye plant that was used by physicians to treat various ailments.

2011 Fall Ypsilanti Songs: Alvin Rudisill discusses a number of songs written about Ypsilanti.

2011 Fall A Story of Broken Dreams: Janice Anschuetz relates stories about the Peck Family in Ypsilanti.

2011 Fall Highland's Brayton Mausoleum was the First in Washtenaw: James Mann covers another one of the unique features of Highland Cemetery, the Brayton Mausoleum.

2011 Sum Civil War - Comrades in Arms: Margaret Freeman relates the story of four sons of Ypsilanti pioneers who served in the Civil War.

2011 Sum Local Historic Districts: Michael Newberry recommends that four additional areas of the City of Ypsilanti become official Historic Districts.

2011 Sum Ypsilanti Train Flower Girls - Can Their Spirit Move Us Again: The gardens of the Ypsilanti train depot were considered to be "...the prettiest on the road."

2011 Sum General on Display: The portrait of Demetrius Ypsilanti painted by Edward L. Thompson once hung in the Huron Hotel.

2011 Sum Whooping Cough Prerequisite of Birthday Party: A 1939 birthday was held where a prerequisite for attendance was that you had to have had whooping cough.

2011 Sum Sarah Santure Went Missing: Thirteen year old Sarah Santure left home in April of 1936 but didn't arrive at the home of relatives in Detroit.

2011 Sum Sister Mary Theodosia (Mug) - Touched by a Miracle: A story about how Sister Mary Theodosia, who passed through Ypsilanti, was touched by a miracle.

2011 Sum Community Groups Focused on History: Jane Schmiedeke describes the focus of the three Ypsilanti groups focused on history.

2011 Sum George Hammond and the Simmocolon Stock Farm: The Ypsilanti area was once the home to very elegant farms with a variety of animals and a regulation mile long horse racing track.

2011 Sum Ypsilanti History - It's a Test!: Peter Fletcher provides another one of his tests about the history of Ypsilanti.

2011 Sum A Picnic in the Park: A Snapshot of Ypsilanti Family Life in the 1950s: Peg Porter points out how different family life was like in the 1950s.

2011 Sum Yard Sale Saga: Bill Nickels provides the details of the record setting Ypsilanti Historical Society yard sale.

2011 Spring Education Night at the Archives: A list of the educational programs in the new "Joe & Mae Butcko Theater."

2011 Spring Lost Businesses of Ypsilanti: Peg Porter provides information about early Ypsilanti grocery stores.

2011 Spring Voice of America visits Ypsilanti: Sean E. Liu from the China Branch of Voice of America visits several loctions in Ypsilanti.

2011 Spring George H. Jackson: George Jackson built many structures in Ypsilanti including the work on the Water Tower.

2011 Spring Demetrius! Where Are You: James Mann provides information about several portraits of Demetrius Ypsilanti.

2011 Spring An Automobile Trip - 1915 Style: A narrative of a 1915 automobile trip covering 1635 miles was found in the YHS Archives.

2011 Spring For the Sake of Progress: Derek Spinei covers the loss of many historically significant homes on West Forest Avenue.

2011 Spring Charles Stewart Mott Stained Glass Portrait: A stained glass portrait of Charles Stewart Mott has been added to the entrance of the YHS Archives.

2011 Spring Ypsilanti History - It's a Test: Another test on the history of Ypsilanti compiled by Peter Fletcher.

2011 Spring City Council Budget Battles of the 1920s: According to Laura Bien a "Rest Room" was the center of a City Council budget battle in the 1920s.

2011 Spring Two Killed by Interurban: In 1904 two people were killed in a collision between a horse and carriage and an Interurban railroad car.

2011 Spring The Humble Hobby Shop: In the 1940s Terrence Vincent's Hobby Shop was one of the tiniest businesses in Michigan.

2011 Spring The Bomber Restaurant: James Mann provides a brief history of the Bomber Restaurant.

2011 Spring Ypsilanti Patents: George Ridenour identifies some unique patents from Ypsilanti inventors in the 1800s.

2010 Winter An Odoriferous Education: The unique smells of our early schools are described by Tom Dodd.

2010 Winter Early Settlers of Augusta and Superior Townships: Augusta Township counted as very early settlers the Muir and McDougal families arriving from Scotland in 1828.

2010 Winter Scraps of History from the Scrap Heap: A test provided by Peter Fletcher, fourth in a series, on the history of Ypsilanti.

2010 Winter Zwergel's on West Cross Street: Peg Porter describes the regular visits that MSNC Roosevelt students made to Zwergel's, at the Normal.

2010 Winter When Women Won the Vote: The Women's Suffrage Exhibit opens on January 8, 2011 at the Museum on Main Street in Ann Arbor.

2010 Winter The Farmer and the Poet: Laura Bein provides the life and times of William Lambie, the Ypsilanti poet farmer.

2010 Winter Ralph Garfield Ridenour: George Ridenour's Uncle Ralph was born in Ypsilanti on Railroad Street and spent his life in the area.

2010 Winter Local Education and History Collaborate: The partnership between the new Ypsilanti Tech High School and the YHS is described by Mark Salzer.

2010 Winter The Visit to Ypsilanti by George Francis Train: George Francis Train, candidate for President in 1872, arrives in Ypsilanti by train.

2010 Winter Family Photo Pageant: Several examples of the photographs in the Archive Photo Album Collection are displayed.

2010 Winter Among the Rocky Mountains in Colorado: Florence Lizzie Swaine (1875-1960) describes a trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in c1902.

2010 Winter Winter on the Banks of Sneak-a-Leak Creek: George Ridenour spins another one of his tales about growing up in Ypsilanti.

2010 Winter Strange Story of a Nine Year Old: A young girl named Mary is discovered on an Interurban car at one o'clock in the morning.

2010 Winter And We Still Live!: The world survived even though three women actually voted in Ypsilanti on September 11, 1875.

2010 Fall "Lost Restaurants" of Ypsilanti: Readers share their memories of restaurants that were once part of the town's business and social life.

2010 Fall Dining in the Museum: The YHS Museum was recently the site of a gala dinner cooked by John Kirkendahl.

2010 Fall Marilyn Begole Chose Love: Marilyn Begole declined an invitation to go to New York and pursue a career in dancing.

2010 Fall Reed Organ Donated to the Museum: A beautiful 1907 Ferrand reed organ was recently donated to the Museum.

2010 Fall River Street Neighbor's Gossip and the Hutchinson Marriage: A story about the troubled marriage of Clara and Shelby Hutchinson.

2010 Fall Back to the Future: The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra concert on October 3, 2010, will celebrate Ypsilanti's history through music.

2010 Fall Book Review - Wicked Washtenaw County: James Mann's new book includes strange tales of the grisly and unexplained.

2010 Fall Portrait in the Library: J. Willard Babbitt is today all but forgotten but was one of the great men of Ypsilanti.

2010 Fall Finding the Home of Benjamin Schofield: Michael Newberry describes the research he did to locate Benjamin Schofield's home.

2010 Fall Plenty of Elbow Room: An article about how mid-century architecture is often overlooked and easily dismissed.

2010 Fall The Ypsilanti Phantom Prowler: Between 1935 and 1940 there were 61 prowler incidents and 141 burglaries in Ypsilanti.

2010 Fall Larmar Kishlar - Blondes Beware: Larmar Kishlar had a brilliant, inventive mind but may also have been somewhat of a comedian.

2010 Fall Ida Bourgdoff Goes Missing: On the evening of October 28, 1905, a young 13 year old girl went missing in Ypsilanti.

2010 Fall YHS Archive Postcard Collection: The collection includes photos and illustrations of the natural and built environment of Ypsilanti.

2010 Sum Peckville: One hundred years ago anyone in Ypsilanti could point the way to Peckville.

2010 Sum Laura Bien and "Tales from the Ypsilanti Archives: A brief background on Laura Bien, author, blog writer, archives assistant, poet, and researcher.

2010 Sum On the Banks of Sneak-a-Leak-Creek: George Ridenour provides an insight into memories of bygone days and years growing up along West Clark Road.

2010 Sum 126 North Huron Street: James Mann describes why a historic Ypsilanti house was demolished in 1935.

2010 Sum The Chautauqua Movement - More of the Story: Jack Minzey provides some additional information about the Chautauqua Movement and his involvement with monitoring Michigan institutions of higher education.

2010 Sum Cemeteries, Kaiser-Frazers, a Japanese Opera and More: Maureen Kerwin describes the YHS online digital photo archives project.

2010 Sum Polio, Iron Lungs, Cereal and K-Rations - The Life of lamar Kishlar: Lamar Kishlar was born in Ypsilanti in 1894 and later became well known for his inventions.

2010 Sum On Old Girl Comes Home: Lyle McDermott describes how he stumbled upon an early black powder muzzle loader made in Ypsilanti.

2010 Sum The First of August Celebrations: For many years the African-American po;ulation of the nation celebrated the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on August first.

2010 Sum The Florence Babbitt Collection: The Eastern Michigan University Archives has placed their Florence Babbitt Collection on permanent loan to the YHS Museum.

2010 Sum Scraps of History: A test on Ypsilanti history by Peter Fletcher.

2010 Sum YHS Postcard Collection: Two samples of postcards from the YHS Archives Postcard Collection.

2010 Spr Book Review: James Mann provides details about Laura Bien's new book titled "Tales from the Ypsilanti Archives."

2010 Spr It's a Test! Peter Fletcher provides 20 test questions on "Little Known Facts About Ypsilanti History."

2010 Spr Fatal Accident Followed by Tragedies: A series of tragedies that began on August 5, 1934, when Adam Filant was killed when struck by an automobile.

2010 Spr Enlightened Ypsilanti: The social phenomenon of Chautauquas came about in the late 19th Century as a way to bring knowledge and culture to isolated communities.

2010 Spr They Called Him "Yip." More information abour a little known ball player from Ypsilanti named Frank Malcolm "Yip" Owen.

2010 Spr When Lions Stalked the Streets of Ypsilanti: On August 1, 1949 the Detroit Lions reported for training camp at a new location, Michigan State Normal College.

2010 Spr Rest at Ease Mr. Opem: Martin Opem, a life-long resident of Ypsilanti, died in 2009 at 63 years old and left a collection of military uniforms to the Ypsilanti Historical Society.

2010 Spr The Famous Ypsilanti Fence Trial: A 1920 court case that is typical of the frequent claims that have existed among farmers for the damages to property by neighboring stock.

2010 Spr Ward G. Swarts (1906-1979): Ward G. Warts, local architect, designed over fifty residential houses in southeast Michigan from 1939-1959.

2010 Spr The 1944 Christmas Eve Air Plane Crash: "Ellie" Rose now lives in the old Ypsilanti High School but clearly remembers the Christmas Eve back in 1944.

2010 Spr The Swift House: James Mann provides a history of the Swift House which was located where the Gilbert Residence exists today.

2010 Spr Harvey C. Colburn: Peg Porter provides details about the life and times of the author of "The Story of Ypsilanti."

2010 Spr Eph Thompson - Elephant Trainer: A little known story about a world renowned elephant trainer born in Ypsilanti.

2009 Win The Thompson Block - Then and Now! The Thompson Block was originally constructed in 1861 and was originally referred to as the Norris Block in honor of its builder, Mark Norris.

2009 Win Ypsilanti Christmas in the 1950s: Peg Porter recalls Christmas in Ypsilanti stores and homes in the 1950s.

2009 Win Austin George: Ypsilanti's "Normal" Guy: Austin George was a prominent figure in education in Ypsilanti in both the public schools and Michigan State Normal School.

2009 Win The Orange Lantern: The Orange Lantern was a polular neighborhood bar that opened in 1933 and closed in 2000.

2009 Win I say "Nauplion" you say ?????: Much like the ancient Greece itself, Ypsilanti's sister city status with Nauplion was established, lost, and later rediscovered.

2009 Win Childs Cemetery - A Peaceful Resting Place: Brian Shelby has provided leadership in the rehabilitation of Childs Cemetery in Augusta Township.

2009 Win A Man Lives as Long as He is Remembered: The headstone of Private Barlow Simonds, who served in the Civil War, was found and repaired by Brian Shelby.

2009 Win Louis Golczynski - The Rest of the Story: A follow-up story related to "Uncle Louis Golczynski."

2009 Win Death by the Depot: James Mann provides details about a terrible accident involving a train and horse and carriage in 1909 at Cross and River Street.

2009 Win Hugh Davidson Muses about His Relative, Thomas Edison: A local Augusta Township resident discusses his relative, Thomas Edison.

2009 Win Pumping Station: Bill Nickels tours the Ford Plant and discovers an early Ypsilanti "Pumping Station."

2009 Win Jennings Receives Award: YHS volunteer Jerry Jennings is awarded the "George F. Hixon" award by the Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti.

2009 Win "Gleanings" Receives State Award: The Historical Society of Michigan selected the YHS "Gleanings" for their statewide award in the area of "Communications: Newsletters and Web Sites.

2009 Fall The Sidetrack Bar and Grill: Ted Badgrow interviews Linda French and provides a unique insight into the history and operation of this historic edifice.

2009 Fall From Ironwood to Ypsilanti: An interview with Jim Soraruf who served our country in World War II.

2009 Fall "Cash for Clunkers" in the 1930s!: The current "Cash for Clunkers" program had a predecessor in the 1930s.

2009 Fall Ypsilanti History - It's a Test!: So you think you know the history of Ypsilanti! Peter Fletcher provides some thought provoking questions about historical events.

2009 Fall Early Ypsilanti Manufacturing: Veronica Robinson describes the manufacturing that took place in Ypsilanti long before the existence of the automobile.

2009 Fall "Uncle Louie" Golczynski: This is a story about Louis Golczynski who made home grown penicillin in Roosevelt High School, as told by George Ridenour.

2009 Fall First "Govenor" Not Well Received Here!: Tom Dodd provides some insight into the mood of the people of Ypsilanti when John Scott Homer was appointed acting govenor of the Michigan Territory in 1835.

2009 Fall Bridge Under Water: James Mann describes how a bridge that was built in 1885 ended up submerged under Ford Lake.

2009 Fall Ypsilantis Yonder: Derek Spinei provides information about two other communities in the United States that bear the name "Ypsilanti."

2009 Fall Pettibone Cemetery: James Mann provides some background about the long abandoned "Pettibone" or "Cross" cemetery.

2009 Fall The Sidetrack - A History: George Ridenour and Lyle McDermott relate some of the history of the building at 56 East Cross Street as well as some local legends, lores, lies and possibilities.

2009 Fall The Roosevelt HS Class of 1959!: Peg Porter, a member of the 1959 class at Roosevelt High Schooll, describes "the way we were" back in the late 50s.

2009 Sum R. S. Gerganoff: An Architect for the 20th Century: According to Peg Porter, if you are interested in architecture and the history of Ypsilanti, R. S. Gerganoff is a man worth getting to know.

2009 Sum Our Gal Rosie: Michelle Kirwan-Woods provides details of Ypsilanti’s own “Rosie the Riveter,” Rose Will Monroe, who worked in the Willow Run Bomber Plant during World War II.

2009 Sum The Cannon Caper in Prospect Park: Harold Britton recalls an incident in Prospect Park in 1941 that resulted in his being “shot” out of the cannon.

2009 Sum YHS Goes Online: Laura Bien provides information about the online programs now available on the Ypsilanti Historical Society website.

2009 Sum Wolverine Grill: The Wolverine Grill has been around forever. Jeff Davis provides some background information about some of the people who have made it so successful.

2009 Sum Radio in Ypsilanti: Early radio in Ypsilanti, according to historian James Mann, was made possible by a group of young men known as “The Owl Club.”

2009 Sum The Chick Inn: The Chick Inn has been around since 1953. Derek Spinei explains why this drive-in has remained so popular to people of all ages.

2009 Sum Out First Bicentennial: Jeff Davis describes some of the circumstances surrounding the construction of “Godfroy’s Trading Post on the Pottawatomie Trail.”

2009 Sum The Pioneer Life of Roccena Norris: Veronica Robinson provides details of the life of an early pioneer of the City of Ypsilanti.

2009 Sum Ghost Hunting in the Museum: James Mann serves as host to three groups visiting the Museum in search of paranormal activity.

2009 Sum Ypsilanti’s Checkered Past: Laura Bien tells about the scrappy little checker club that was the pride of Ypsilanti in the 1930s.

2009 Spr The Gilbert Mansion: Michelle Woods fondly remembers growing up in Ypsilanti and hanging around the Gilbert Mansion with her friends.

2009 Spr Diploma Received Sixty-One Years Late: A single book report prevented David Cummings from graduating with his class in 1942. However, sixty-one years later he received his diploma.

2009 Spr A Horse Named "Ypsilanti": The YHS Archives received a request for information related to a horse named "Ypsilanti" that won several races in England in the early 1900s.

2009 Spr Former Neighbors Discovered Hiding Out in Apartments: James Mann describes how architect Ralph Gerganoff turned old homes into apartment buildings on North Washington Street.

2009 Spr They Called Him "Yip": Frank "Yip" Owen was an Ypsilanti boy who made it big in baseball with the Chicago White Sox in the early 1900s.

2009 Spr 1909 - A Look Back in Time: Peg Porter provides some examples of what was going on in Ypsilanti and our nation in 1909.

2009 Spr Charles McKenny Union - An EMU Icon: Michigan State Normal College was the first state teachers college in the country to have a student union on campus.

2009 Spr Nothing Less Than a Miracle: In 1934 Ivan Galpin invited the Patrick family to share their large farmhouse at 6820 Plymouth Road. The result was four long and storied marriages.

2009 Spr Gone but Not Forgotten - Ypsilanti Area Dairies: Out Interns provide a glimse of the dairies that existed in the Ypsilanti area until the middle 1900s. According to the 1923 Washington Post forty-two different milk dealers supplied Ypsilanti with milk and other dairy products.

2008 Win John Burton, One of the First African American Mayors in Michigan: Ypsilanti's John Burton made history in 1967 when he was one of the first three African American mayors elected to office in Michigan.

2008 Win Gone but Not Forgotten: Our Interns provide a glimse of some of the historical information and photographs in the collections housed in our Archives covering Mack & Mack Furniture, Cornwell Paper Mill, Dixboro General Store, The Ypsilanti Hay Press Company, and the Ypsilanti Reed and Fibre Furniture Company.

2008 Win An YPSIAEROTROPOLIS: Tom Dodd and James Mann discuss some of the visionaries of the past ant the Ypsilanti area airports.

2008 Win The Ypsilanti Community Band - The First 30 Seasons: Dr. Jerry Robins, Director of the Ypsilanti Community Band since 1998, provides details about the history of this musical group.

2008 Win Historic Buffalo Street Property Awaits New Inhabitants: Jeff Davis,a regular volunteer in the Archives, provides a brief history of Buffalo Street property currently "For Sale."

2008 Win The Circus Train: Peg Porter shares a picture of a hand crafted circus train that her father made for Bill and Mary Claire Anhut.

2008 Fall The Schmidt Family Antique Business: Jean Schmidt Magee provides an inside look at the Schmidt Antique Business that has been around since 1911.

2008 Fall Is Elijah the "Real McCoy": Pamela German and Veronica Robinson provide information about Ypsilanti's Elijah McCoy.

2008 Fall "The Real McCoy" Origin owned by Ypsilanti (and others): Tom Dodd provides information related to the many claims on the origin of the phrase "The Real McCoy".

2008 Fall Shoe Store Buddies Thrived on Success: Ellis Freatman describes his early contacts with George Allen, graduate of Michigan State Normal College and NFL Hall of Fame football coach.

2008 Fall Peninsular Dam and Power Plant: The Peninsular Dam and Power Plant is again in the news because of renewed interest in the production of electricity and the historic significance of the structure and sign.

2008 Fall Attempted Murder, Suicide and Rabies: George Ridenour provides information and raises questions regarding an attempted murder and suicide in the early 1900s.

2008 Fall The Huron Hotel: James Mann provides information on the original planning and design of the Huron Hotel and on the purchase of the hotel by Bill Anhut in 1963.

2008 Fall Vajen-Bader Smoke Protector Loaned to Firehouse Museum: An 1890s fire fighter smoke protector found in YHS storage has been placed on permanent loan to the Firehouse museum.

2008 Sum Highland Cemetery - The Gates: Margaret Freeman provide some history regarding the donation of the Highand Cemetery gates by Lois Leech.

2008 Sum The Ypsilanti Water Tower: The Ypsilanti Water Tower was built in 1890 at the highest point of elevation on Summit Street. In 2003 Cabinet Magazine conducted a world-wide contest to identify "The World's Most Phallic Building" and the Ypsilanti Water Tower was declared the winner.

2008 Sum Cruising Down River Street: Joe Butcko provides a narrative while driving down River Street. His parents owned a four-acre truck farm at the site of the original Ford Starter and Generator Plant in Ypsilanti.

2008 Sum "Let's Play Two!" Patrick Dignan's Twenty Years as Yssi's Baseball Coach: Phil Barnes indicates that Patrick Dignan's string of successes as the Head Baseball Coach at Ypsilanti High School is unparalled in Washtenaw County.

2008 Sum An Ypsi Kid was the Catalyst for the National Mall in Washington D.C.: The article describes the significant influence that Ypsilantian Charles Moore Jr. had on the development and construction of the National Mall.

2008 Sum The Daniel Quirk Jr. House and Gardens: The house at 206 North Huron Street, now the home of Manchester and Associates Law Firm, was once owned by Julia and Daniel Quirk, Jr.

2008 Sum Base Lake, Uncle Spen and "The City of Ypsilanti" Tugboat: Margaret Porter provides a follow-up to the tugboat story that appeared in the Spring 2008 Issue of the Gleanings.

2008 Sum How I Was Found in the YHS Archives: George Ridenour provides some historical information about the "Alfred E. Neuman" caricature.

2008 Sum Gabriel Godfrey Wasn't the First: Karl Williams provides information about the Ypsilanti area prior to the arrival of Gabriel Godfrey.

2008 Spr Brooks Food Center - An Ypsilanti Institution: The Brooks family food center in Ypsilanti was in its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s but the connection of the Brooks family to the food business started much earlier.

2008 Spr Washtenaw Community College - In the Beginning: Guy Hower describes the first few months of the start-up of Washtenaw Community College back in 1966.

2008 Spr History of the Doctoral Degree at Eastern Michigan University: Jack Minzey provides a detailed history of all the efforts that were made to develop and implement the first doctoral degree offered at Eastern Michigan University.

2008 Spr The "New" Old West Side: Margaret Porter describes the development of Ypsilanti's "West Side" during the mid 1900s.

2008 Spr Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show Comes to Ypsilanti: George Ridenour's research indicates that Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show visited Ypsilanti twice in the early 1900s.

2008 Spr Highland Cemetery - The Beginning: This is the first in a series of articles that will be published in the Gleanings about a valuable local treasure - the Highland Cemetery.

2008 Spr The "City of Ypsilanti" Tugboat: A tugboat named "The City of Ypsilanti" was recently sighted on Portage Lake. Further research revealed some of the history of this craft.

2008 Spr How Times Have Changed!: A 1927 Grace Hospital bill for the labor room and hospital stay of Marilyn Freatman (Begole) reveals how times have changed!

2008 Spr Wayside Signs and the Historical Museum: Bill Nickels has coordinated the design and installation of a new MotorCities sign that will be placed along the front sidewalk entrance to the Museum.

2007 Win Dick Ouellette...An Ypsilanti Basketball Icon!: Phil Barnes indicates that Dick Ouellette may arguably be the best basketball coach ever to come out of Ypsilanti.

2007 Win Home & The Handy Store - The Village Core: C. Tino Lambros describes his experiences growing up in Ypsilanti focusing on Edd Dykman's Handy Store.

2007 Win We Remember Our Neighborhood Stores: Tom Dodd describes the demise of the neighborhood store and indicates only two currently exist in Ypsilanti.

2007 Win Dad Shot Down Lindbergh, Phyllis and Fang Diller are Sleeping in Dad's Apartment, the Tomahawks Can't Climb, and it's All Henry Ford's Fault!: A story by Dennis Baer about the early years of World War II and the accidents of history that changed Ypsilanti.

2007 Win Jack Looks at the "Time Pieces" in the Museum: Jack Livisay provides a tour of the time pieces on display in the Museum.

2007 Win Minerva Visitations!: George Ridenour wonders what goes on at 220 North Huron Street when the lights go out and darkness surrounds the house.

2007 Win Veteran Series: Bill Nickles provides us with information about the military service experiences of Charles "Chuck" Brown and Charles Kettles.

2007 Win General Grant in Ypsilanti: The Ypsilanti Commerical reported that General Grant stopped in Ypsilanti on August 19, 1865.

2007 Win Newton Tombstone Returned to Canton: A Civil War veteran tombstone has been returned to Canton where is was originally located in Cherry Hill Cemetery.

2007 Fall Mellencamp's - The Center of My "Village": C. Tino Lambros describes the impact Mellencamp's Clothing Store had on him and others while growing up in Ypsilanti.

2007 Fall The John N. Goodsman Family: John Harold Goodsman provides a family history and describes many places and events that occured since the family moved to Ypsilanti in the early 1900s.

2007 Fall Margaret Ryan Butman, In Her Family's Words: Family members describe what it was like growing up in the Gene and Margaret Butman home and the unforgettable "Irish eyes" and the "lilt of Irish laughter" of Margaret Ryan Butman.

2007 Fall The YHS Archives - You Will Never Know What You Will Find!: Katie Dallos provides a brief look at some of the information in the YHS Archives related to early Ypsilanti streetlights and moon towers, Ypsilanti mineral waters, and inventor Elijah McCoy.

2007 Fall World War II Veteran Series: Veterans included in this issue of the Gleanings are Frank Kildau, Joe Salcau, Ellis Freeman, and Gordon Cahours.

2007 Fall Jack's Marvels of Extraordinary Oddities Around the Museum: Jack Livisay provides pictures of artifacts in our museum collections including a Civil War officer's desk, bird collection, and figurines.

2007 Sum Museum Treasurer: Jessica Williams reports on how the Tiffany window has been restored to its original beauty and is a treasurer that many future citizens of Ypsilanti will enjoy.

2007 Sum Ypsilanti Dairies: Tom Dodd reports that over the years there were many dairy industries in Ypsilanti but in today's Yellow Pages none are listed.

2007 Sum Emmanuel Lutheran Church: Jason Birchmeier begins his article on the Emanuel Lutheran Church with the early German Lutheran families that immigrated to Washtenaw County in the early 1800s.

2007 Sum The Many Lives of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum: Laurie Turkawski reviews the various owners of the Museum house from Asa Dow who built the house in 1860 but only lived in it for four years before moving to Chicago.

2007 Sum Scent of Minerva: George Ridenour spins a story of Minerva Dow who some say still resides at 220 North Huron Street.

2007 Sum History Changes Hands: Over 165 years ago a small boy seized a piece of cloth in Philadelphia and saved it from disappearing from history. Marcia Phillips tells how the "Harrison Banner" was sold by the Society.

2007 Sum World War II Veteran Series: Philip Barnes and Daniel Maloney interview three World War II veterans (Ower Koch, Austin Norton, and Joe Butko.

2007 Sum Ypsilanti Rocks and Rolls: George Ridenour reviews documents that reveal that earthquakes were felt in Ypsilanti as early as 1638.

2007 Spr Charles Stewart Mott: Jack Minzey describes the many associations between C. S. Mott and Eastern Michigan University.

2007 Spr Dolls in the Dow House: Reprint of an article about the YHS doll collection that was initially published in the Doll Castle News.

2007 Spr St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Ypsilanti - 1830-2007: A history of St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Ypsilanti including bricks and mortar and works of art.

2007 Spr Recollections of James Harland Fuller: James Gooding has transcribed the recollections of James Harland Fuller of York Township about the 1832 to 1842 period in Washtenaw County.

2007 Spr Was That You, Minerva?: George Ridenour describes a "sighting" in an upper window of the Dow House and also provides historical information about Minerva Miles Dow.

2007 Spr How Did the States Get Their Names?: John Salcau reports on the research he did concerning the origin ot the names of the states.

2007 Spr Richard Streicher Murder: Researchers are somewhat baffled by the lack of information available related to a 1935 murder in Ypsilanti.

2006 Win Barney and Friends - Profile: Bernard (Barney) Hughes: Barney Hughes is known as a master raconteur with a rich background of first-person history or stories just for the sake of entertainment.

2006 Win Michigan Ladder Company: The Michigan Ladder Company will celebrate 105 years of operation in Ypsilanti this month.

2006 Win First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti - 1827-2006: The First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti dates back to 1827 when Ypsilanti was only four years old and services were held by two visiting ministers.

2006 Win "Telling Stories and Swapping Lies" with the Ypsilanti Morning Coffee Group: The Ypsilanti Morning Coffee Group has been meeting regularly for over 75 years in various locations in and around the city.

2006 Win Buried Water: It's a classic American story, domination of the elements, and the action has been most ruthless and visionary and violent when the main players come upon water.

2006 Win The Perfect Underwear for Progressive People: For over 50 years in the late 1800s and the early 1900s the Ypsilanti Underwear Company was located along the banks of the Huron River near Forest Avenue.

2006 Fall Company Coins From the 1800's: Company coins were used widely as a medium of exchange during and immediately after the Civil War.

2006 Fall Ypsilanti High School Boys Band and the Ypsilanti Community Band: The Ypsilanti High School Boys Band dates back to 1925 when Professor John F. Barnhill visited Ypsilanti High School and recruited "any boy who can whistle."

2006 Fall Gleanings - Where Did That Name Come From: The "Ypsilanti-Every-Morning-Since-WW11-Coffee-Drinkers-Group" comes up with some information about where the word "Gleanings" comes from.

2006 Fall Jacob Thumm - Indian Artifact Collector of Ypsilanti: Jacob was a first generation American and a collector of Indian artifacts that are now on display in the YHS Museum.

2006 Fall The Roman Catholic Church Here Has Almost No History: The Roman Catholic presence in Ypsilanti dates back to the early 1800s when LaSelle and the French fur trappers traversed Washtenaw County with the Jesuits.

2006 Fall EMU Intern Agreement Implemented: An agreement between the Ypsilanti Historical Society placing two graduate interns in the Museum and Archives has now been implemented.

2006 Fall Tubal Cain Owen and the Healing Waters of Ypsilanti: Between 1880 and 1900, Ypsilanti became known far and wide for its mineral water enterprizes.

2006 Sum Stark Funeral Service/Moore Memorial Chapel: Brad Stark provided much of the information about the 108 year history of the business in Ypsilanti.

2006 Sum Sidetrack Bar and Grill: Tom Dodd provides a history of the "Sidetrack" bar and grill including the train wreck that removed the attached building.

2006 Sum The 50's: Rec Sports Were Prime Time: Phil Barnes describes recreational sports in Ypsilanti when they were in their "heyday" in the 1950s.

2006 Sum Yankee Air Museum Celebrates 25 Years - 1981-2006: Dave Steiner describes future plans and the past history of the Yankee Air Museum.

2006 Sum The Ypsilanti High School School Girls Drum & Bugle Corps 1935-1978:Lois Katon provides a history of the Ypsilanti High School Girls Drum and Bugle Corps, the "Pride of Ypsilanti."

2006 Sum A Love Story - Joe and Catherine Sesi:Covers the lives of Joe and Catherine Sesi including their early years.

2006 Sum Ypsilanti, Basketball's Gateway to the West:The first game of basketball played east of the Allegheny Mountains was played at the Michigan Normal College. Rick Pedersen describes how Ypsilanti was involved in the early days of the sport of basketball.

2006 Spr The Norton Family - 142 Years in Ypsilanti: Diaries written by Sara Jane Knapp Norton beginning in 1864 provide insight into the early years of life in our city.

2006 Spr Lost Ypsilanti - The Malt House: At the beginning of the Twentieth Century the Malt House was the tallest structure on the city's northeast side.

2006 Spr Interesting Facts from the Prohibition Era: Michigan was one of the first states to vote in prohibition and Detroit was the first major city in the country to go "dry."

2006 Spr Community Education at Eastern Michigan University: Faculty at Eastern Michigan University played a major role in the development of community education programs in the United States.

2006 Spr Patrick Roger (P.R.) Cleary: P.R. Cleary was only 25 when he arrived in Ypsilanti in 1883.

2006 Spr Ypsilanti Tot makes a "Friend" of His Hero: Bob Willoughby meets his hero, Thomas Edison, at the "Light's Golden Jubilee."

2006 Spr Finds: The Fletcher White Archives: Mr. Russell Steere took this interesting picture of the house at 219 South Huron Street over 60 years ago.

2006 Spr Edd Dykman and "The Handy Store": Everyone in Ypsilanti shopped at "The Handy Store" and all the patrons knew and respected Edd Dykman.

2005 Win Ypsilanti Speaks - The Starkweather Fountain: This article covers the speculation regarging the disappearance of this fountain which was donated to the City of Ypsilanti in 1889.

2005 Win Lucy Osband - The Forgotten Lady: Lucy Osband and her husband William "..influenced the life of this part of the country for half a century."

2005 Win Preston Thomas Tucker: Preston Tucker lived the "American Dream" and spent many years in Ypsilanti.

2005 Win First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti: Provides a history of the First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti dating back to 1828.

2005 Win Phyllis Diller's Time in Ypsilanti: Several Ypsilanti residents remember Phyllis Diller when she lived in Ypsilanti before she achieved stardom.

2005 Win The Campbells - Jewels and Insurance: Bill Nickels reports on the history of Betty and Jim Campbell in Ypsilanti and their many contributions to the community.

2005 Fall Dedication of the Dr. William P. Edmunds Ypsilanti Room: Describes the dedication of the Ypsilanti Room in honor of Dr. William P. Edmunds. The article includes the City of Ypsilanti Proclamation.

2005 Fall One Hundred Eighty One Years of Methodism in Ypsilanti: Provides a history of Methodism in Ypsilanti dating back to the early 1800s.

2005 Fall The Willoughby Family: Bob Willoughby describes the history of the Willoughby family in the City of Ypsilanti.

2005 Fall Lost Ypsilanti Speaks! The article provides a history of the City Hall building located at 1 South Huron Street.

2005 Fall Mary Ann and John Starkweather: Provides a brief history of the family and the house at 1266 Huron River Drive.

2005 Fall Starkweather Memorial Chapel in Highland Cemetery: Bill Nickels describes efforts underway to restore the Starkweather Chapel.

2005 Fall Finds - Fletcher-White Archives: Gerry Pety provides information about early lotteries and an 1815 New York State lottery ticket that was discovered in the Archives.

2005 Sum The Glover House:Steve Pierce and Maggie Brandt describe the unique history of the Glover House on 118 South Washington Street and their experiences during rennovation.

2005 Sum Lloyd Olds - An Ypsi Legend:Rick Pedersen provides a history of the Lloyd Olds era at Eastern Michigan University and describes the many contributions he made to intramural sports.

2005 Sum Interurban Days: Milton Barnes, a blind linotype operator, wrote about the Interurban for an Ypsilanti newspaper called "The Press."

2005 Sum Really...Again!: Gerry Pety describes how cemetaries in the City of Ypsilanti have changed locations over the years.

2005 Sum Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County: Marcia McCrary, President of the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, discusses how researchers can locate genealogical information.

2005 Spr History of the J.D. LaRue Insurance Agency: A history of the LaRue family and the J.D. LaRue Insurance Agency in Ypsilanti. The article was written by Barry LaRue.

2005 Spr The Fullerton House at 111 East Forest: Marcia Phillips provides an interesting and informative history of the "Sears Roebuck and Company" house at 111 East Forest which was purchased by her family in 1999.

2005 Spr Name it What?: James Mann provides a brief history of the naming of Ypsilanti starting with the original name "Woodruff's Grove."

2005 Spr My Memories: The Dawson family located in Ypsilanti in the late 1800's and John Dawson's memories of family activities and his experiences growing up in Ypsilanti provide interesting reading.

2005 Spr Broken, Obsolete and Wildcat Banknotes: The Michigan General Banking Law of 1837 provided opportunists with an opening. Gerry Pety has gathered information related to the possible involvement of Ypsilanti personnel in these money schemes.

2004 Win In Memoriam - Dr. William P. Edmunds 1925-2004: A tribute to Dr. Edmunds written by Kathryn J. Howard.

2004 Win Beyer Memorial Hospital: Marilynn Woodside provides a history of Beyer Memorial Hospital dating back to the first facilities dedicated in June of 1918.

2004 Win Henry R. Scovill: Henry Scovill was born in 1843 and influenced Ypsilanti socially, financially and politically during his Ypsilanti years.

2004 Win Really! Cemetaries and Graveyards in Ypsilanti: Gerry Pety describes the many locations where cemetaries and graveyards existed over the years in and around Ypsilanti.

2004 Win A Christmas Surprise for Grandma: Gloria J. Shuttleworth spins a story about her grandparents.

2004 Spr History of Dentistry in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County: A history of Dentistry in Ypsilanti what was originally published in "The Ypsilantian" on February 1, 1900.

2004 Spr Growing Up in Ypsilanti: John Milford provides details about growing up in Ypsilanti. His father was a physician and was the only doctor to serve on the staffs of all three Beyer Hospitals.

2004 Spr Congressional Medal of Honor: The article describes the Metal of Honor in the Museum that as awarded to Sgt. Robert Gardner.

2004 Spr Ypsilanti Dairy: Marcia Peters provides details of the Ypsilanti Dairy founded in 1930 by her grandfather, Fredrick J. Peters, Sr.

2003 Win Michigan Biography - The Quirk Family: Traces the history of the Quirk family including those family members active in the Ypsilanti community.

2003 Win My Memories as an Ypsilanti Press Carrier During the Early 50s: Bob Mayo discusses his experiences as a paper boy in Ypsilanti during the 50s when the paper cost 24 cents per week.

2003 Win The Hole in the Bag: A Christmas story taken from the book "Our Boys and Girls." The story was written by Julia P. Ballard.

2003 Sum The Dred Scott Decision: In 1820 Congress took possession of Missouri from France and Missouri was admitted to the Union as a slave state. Dred Scott was born in Virginia in 1799 as a slave of the Peter Blow family and remained a slave for most of his life. Dred Scott filed a suit to obtain his freedom which he won. However, in 1852 the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri overruled the decision. Written by Lyman D. Norris.

2003 Sum Memories of Lifelong Ypsilantian - Lois Hopp Katon: Lois's story begins with her parents, Clayton J. Hopp and Ruth McAllister, who were both born in 1904. She tells of growing up in Ypsilanti and attending Michigan State Normal College.

2002 Win Memories of the Kitchen Stove: Virginia Harwood Davis-Brown tells of growing up with the big blue and white kitchen stove that now is proudly displayed in the YHS Museum.

2002 Win Recipes of Olde: Several recipes are listed that were originally published in "The Home Guide or A Bood by 500 Ladies" published in 1877.

2002 Win Carrie A. Hardy Diary 1919: Excerpts from the December of 1919 Diary of Carrie A. Hardy.

2002 Spr Beginnings of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum: A narrative history of the YHS Museum at 220 North Huron Street in Ypsilanti written by William P. Edmunds.

2002 Spr Ypsilanti Thrift Shop Celebrates it's 60th Year: The Thrift Shop Association of Ypsilanti began it's year-long celebration of 60 years of dedicated service to the City with a special luncheon at the Ladies Literary Club House.

2002 Spr Brise Fans: Brise fans were popular in Europe since 1680 but became the rage in the eighteenth century when Madame de Pompadour became fasinated by the small ivory fans. The fans displayed in the Museum came from Grace Cornish's collection.

2002 Spr Ypsilanti Spells Trouble in Many Ways: Employees of the local post office once kept track of the free-wheeling spellings of "Ypsilanti" on letters. During a six month period they found 65 variations.

2001 Fall The House at 220 North Huron Street: When Judge Augustus Brevoort Woodward plotted the village of Ypsilanti in 1825, he intended for Huron Street to be the "Gold Coast" of the community. The house at 220 North Huron Street certainly conveyed that message. Written by James Mann, Museum Historian.

2001 Fall The Beginnings of the Ypsilanti Historical Collection: A narrative history of collection of materials about Ypsilanti that started with a photographic collection by Lewis White, photographer. Written by William P. Edmunds.

2000 Aug Background on Bob & Otto-Standard Gas Station at Washtenaw and Owendale:The article descrives the history of the Standard Gas Station in Ypsilanti.

2000 Aug Memories of the "Early Depot Town": Joseph H. Thompson describes the early history of Depot Town after 1900.

1999 May Jack M. Wiltse Recollection of Willow Run: Jack M. Wiltse wrote about his memories of Willow Run in the early 1940's.

1999 May Hawkins House: Doris Milliman briefly describes the Hawkins House which is known as a "first class" house.

1998 Dec Handy Store - Fine Foods for Fine Folks: A story about Edward Dykman, the "Handy Store," and Ed's contacts with Phyliss Diller.

1998 Aug The Torch Murder Case by Judge Edward D. Deake: Judge Deakes provides details of the torch murder case and the lasting effects this case had on the Ypsilanti area.

1998 Aug Clocks and Inkwells: An article written by Doris Milliman describing the ink wells owned by Janes and Mary Baker and unusual clocks attractively arranged by Jan Carpenter on display in the Museum.

1998 May Part 4 - Ypsilanti: An account of the life and service of the Greek Patriot, written for "The Ypsilantian" by W. A. McAndrews. See the June-1997, Sept-1997, and Nov-1997 issues of the Gleanings for other articles about the history of Ypsilanti.

1998 May Eileen Harrison: Billie Zolkosky writes about her friend, Eileen Harrison.

1998 May Ypsilanti 1898: Doris Milliman describes events in Ypsilanti in 1898.

1997 Nov Part 3 - Ypsilanti: An account of the life and service of the Greek Patriot, written for "The Ypsilantian" by W. A. McAndrews. See the June-1997 and the Sept-1997 issues of the Gleanings for other articles about the history of Ypsilanti.

1997 Sep Part 2 - Ypsilanti: An account of the life and service of the Greek Patriot, written for "The Ypsilantian" by W. A. McAndrews. See the June-1977 issue for Part 1 of the series.

1997 Sep A Maize and Blue or a Green and White Wolverine: Written by John W. Milford. With another football season upon us we thought some of you might enjoy this true story involving our state's mos celebrated gridiron clash.

1997 Jun Demetrius Ypsilanti - Our City's Namesake: An account of the life and service of the Greek Patriot, written for "The Ypsilantian" by W. A. McAndrews.

1997 Mar Queen Anne Soap Revives Memory of Old Ypsilanti: Two letters written by former residents are crowded with memories of Ypsilanti and Ypsilantians at the beginning of the century.

1996 Aug An Ypsilanti Automobile Driver: This is an interesting article about the history of Ypsilanti. The material was compiled by children in the Ypsilanti Schools in 1982 for the Ypsilanti Community History Project.

1996 Mar Chios - Grand Island of Greece: The article briefly describes the early history of the island of Chios in Greece.

1996 Mar Ypsilanti Man Famous in Kentucky: Byron M. Cutcheon, an early Ypsilanti resident and his part in the Battle of Horseshoebend, Kentucky is being recorded in a book written by Mr. Ed Cahill.

1996 Mar William F. Ealy: Billie Zolkosky writes about her friend, Willian F. Ealy.

1995 Oct Memories of Growing Up in Ypsilanti: "Memories of Growing Up in Ypsilanti" is a talk given by Ruth McIntire Allen in 1974. She describes the early 1900's as seen through her childhood, and family.

1995 Oct E. S. George School: The article briefly describes the history of the E. S. George School a 1076 Ecorse road.

1995 Jul The Hillside Farm - Our Agricultural Heritage: This article, written by Edward D. Deake, describes the agricultural traditions of his ancestors.

1995 Jul roosevelt High School: Doris Milliman briefly describes the history of Roosevelt High School of Eastern Michigan University.

1995 Apr Erastus W. Basom 1909: This narrative refers to the early settlers of Ypsilanti and the surrounding country in Washtenaw County, Michigan, since the year 1823. Basom is the author and writer of this narrative in the year 1909.

1994 Nov Masonic Temple: This article describes the Masonic Temple. This article was published in the May, 1955 issue of the Phoenix.

1994 Nov Adams School: Doris Milliman describes the history of Adams School at the corner of Prospect and Oak streets.

1994 Nov In Memory of James Westfall: Doris Milliman describes James Westfall who died April 26, 1994. Before Westfall moved to Florida, he was the Treasurer for the Ypsilanti Historical Society for many years. He made many contributions to the Museum, including three early American Chairs for which he made Needlework seats.

1994 Apr Diary of Lottie F. Warner: Excerpts from the diaries of Lottie F. Warner - 1892. See the December 1993 issue of the Gleanings for other excerpts from these diaries.

1994 Apr Fletcher School: Doris Milliman briefly describes the history of Fletcher School.

1993 Dec Diary of Lottie F. Warner: Written by Martha Woods Rhudy. This article is just what the title indicates; the experiences of Lottie F. Warner going back to when she attended Michigan State Normal College in 1892.

1993 Dec Ypsilanti - 50 Years Ago: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Louis White.

1993 Dec Ypsilanti Heritage Festival: From "White Triangle News" compiled by Jack Miller.

1993 Jun Jacob Thumm Indian Exhibit: Jacob Thumm describes the collection of Paleo Indian artifacts, numbering approximately 600 pieces. Thumm gave this remarkable collection to the Ypsilanti Historical Society in 1966.

1993 Jun Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1897. See the Jun-1993, Feb-1993, Nov- 1992, Jun-1992, Mar-1992, Oct-1991, Aug-1991, Jun-1991, Apr-1991, Aug-1989, Apr-1988, Jan-1988, Oct-1988, Jul-1988, Nov-1987, Apr-1987, Jan-1987, Oct-1986, Jun-1986, Apr-1983, Jan-1983 and Mar-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1993 Feb Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1897. See the Jun-1993, Feb-1993, Nov- 1992, Jun-1992, Mar-1992, Oct-1991, Aug-1991, Jun-1991, Apr-1991, Aug-1989, Apr-1988, Jan-1988, Oct-1988, Jul-1988, Nov-1987, Apr-1987, Jan-1987, Oct-1986, Jun-1986, Apr-1983, Jan-1983 and Mar-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1992 Nov Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1897. See the Jun-1993, Feb-1993, Nov- 1992, Jun-1992, Mar-1992, Oct-1991, Aug-1991, Jun-1991, Apr-1991, Aug-1989, Apr-1988, Jan-1988, Oct-1988, Jul-1988, Nov-1987, Apr-1987, Jan-1987, Oct-1986, Jun-1986, Apr-1983, Jan-1983 and Mar-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1992 Jun First United Methodisy Church: An article about the Centennial of the First United Methodist Church building at the corner of North Washington Street and Washtenaw Avenue.

1992 Jun Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1897. See the Jun-1993, Feb-1993, Nov- 1992, Jun-1992, Mar-1992, Oct-1991, Aug-1991, Jun-1991, Apr-1991, Aug-1989, Apr-1988, Jan-1988, Oct-1988, Jul-1988, Nov-1987, Apr-1987, Jan-1987, Oct-1986, Jun-1986, Apr-1983, Jan-1983 and Mar-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1992 Jun Ypsilanti - 1892: An article about the Depot Gardens that was written in the Commerical, the newspaper of the period.

1992 Mar Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1897. See the Jun-1993, Feb-1993, Nov- 1992, Jun-1992, Mar-1992, Oct-1991, Aug-1991, Jun-1991, Apr-1991, Aug-1989, Apr-1988, Jan-1988, Oct-1988, Jul-1988, Nov-1987, Apr-1987, Jan-1987, Oct-1986, Jun-1986, Apr-1983, Jan-1983 and Mar-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1992 Mar A Brief History of Ypsilanti from Colburn's Book: A brief history of Ypsilanti and the surrounding area in the 1800s and the early 1900s.

1991 Dec American Shelf Clocks: Herb Cornish discusses early American clocks made between 1700 and 1725.

1991 Dec Part XXIII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1896. See the August-1991, June-1991, April-1991, August-1989, April-1988, January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1991 Dec Cass Park: Doris Milliman describes attempts to beautify Cass Park, the triangle of land in front of the railroad depot.

1991 Dec The Tower: Doris Milliman briefly describes the history of the Crossing Guard Tower at River and Cross Streets.

1991 Oct Renwick-Rorabacher Bird Collection: The article describes the mounted bird collection donated to the Museum by Carroll E. Caldwell.

1991 Oct Part XXII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1896. See the August-1991, June-1991, April-1991, August-1989, April-1988, January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1991 Aug Part XXI - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1895. See the June-1991, April-1991, August-1989, April-1988, January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1991 Aug The Soldiers' Monument in Highland Cemetary: Doris Milliman provides a brief history of the monument's history.

1991 Aug What a Reunion Means: Leslie Feret describes the reunions of a Michigan Scottish Clan and the memories they trigger of early family activities.

1991 Jun Part XX - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1895. See the April-1991, August-1989, April-1988, January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1991 Jun Part II - Ypsilanti Parks: Doris Milliman describes rennovations to several Ypsilanti parks.

1991 Apr Part XIX - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1894. See the August-1989, April-1988, January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1991 Apr Henry P. Glover - Mayor of Ypsilanti 1891-1893: From "The Mayors of Ypsilanti" compiled by Foster F. Fletcher, City Historian.

1991 Apr Ypsilanti's Parks: Doris Milliman describes rennovations to several Ypsilanti parks.

1990 Nov Part XVIII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie (hand written) - 1894. See the August-1989, April-1988, January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1990 Nov The Huron Mill: Mr. Webb Harwood provided a copy of the daily account book of the Huron Mill.

1990 Nov Letter from Henry Buck: Letter from Henry Buck of Ypsilanti to "Cousin Sarah" describing events in Ypsilanti in 1859.

1990 Aug The New Block: Excerpts from the scrap book of Esther Henninger. The article describes plans by architect Marsh of Detroit for Washington Street.

1990 Aug Part II - Sheldon Crittenden: Duane Crittenden writes about his Grandfather, Sheldon Crittenden, and other members of his family who first settled in Ypsilanti in 1840.

1990 Aug The Spice Box: Joan Carpenter desribes the "Spice Box" in the museum collection and traces it's history back to France.

1990 Aug Oil Lamps: An article written by Grace Cornish describing the lamp collection, loaned by Betty Kerr, on display in the Museum.

1990 Aug Fourth of July - The Day at Ypsilanti: For the first time in many years the people on the east side of the river observed, in an appropriate manner at the depot, the "Fourth of July."

1990 Aug The Light Guard: The Ypsilanti Light Guard Company was formed by a group of citizens and was one of the first companies in the state to offer itself for service in the Civil War.

1990 Jun Fans: All about fans that may be considered frivolous, delicate, whimsical, dainty, implements and even weapons. Written by Grace Cornish.

1990 Jun Sheldon Crittenden: Duane Crittenden writes about his Grandfather, Sheldon Crittenden, and other members of his family who first settled in Ypsilanti in 1840.

1990 Mar Philo Ferrier: Provides a brief history of the Ferrier Machine Works, a company that manufactured a corn sheller. The factory was located near the railroad at 308-312 River Street.

1990 Mar A Scrapbook History of Linbcoln Consolidated (The Building): Describes a scrapbook collected and assembled by David S. Flower related to the history of Lincoln School.

1989 Aug Part XVII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1893. See the April-1988, January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1989 Aug Markers on Cross Street Bridge:The markers on the Cross Street Bridge stand as memorials to the men of World War I.

1989 Apr Part XVI - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1892. See the January-1988, October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1989 Jan Part XV - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1891. See the October-1988, July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1989 Jan Toll Gate - Summit Farm:Doris Milliman writes about the tablet marking the site of the Summit Farm toll gate on the Detroit-Saline Plank Road

1988 Oct Part IVX - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1890. See the July-1988, April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1988 Oct The Ypsilanti Nomads 1955-1965: Dedicated to safe driving and to courtesy on the road, the Ypsilanti Nomads were organized by Mr. Harold C. Foster, a member of the Ypsilanti Police Force, and Mr. Emil Susterka, Chief of Police in 1955.

1988 Jul Part XIII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1888. See the April-1988, January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1988 Jul Historical Marker: The marker on the lawn of 220 North Huron Street is one of those chosen by the Michigan Historical Commission and commemorates Michigan's Interurbans.

1988 Apr Part XII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1886. See the January-1988, November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1988 Apr Historical Markers: There are two stone markers on Huron Street that are seldom noticed. One is in front of the former Ladies' Library and marks the Ypsilanti Area Sesquicentennial 1823-1973 and the other is in front of the former City Hall at 300 North Huron Street in memory of the Grand Army of the Republic.

1988 Jan Part XI - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1886. See the November-1987, April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1988 Jan Michigan Avenue - Old Chicago Road Historical Marker: A stone at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Congress Stree marks an important time in the development of Ypsilanti - the laying of the old Chicago Trail which is now Michigan Avenue.

1987 Nov Part X - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1886. See the April-1987, January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries. Comi

1987 Nov Ypsilanti Electric Light 1887: Exactly one hundred years ago, Ypsilanti took a giant stride forward into the new world of technology and turned on its first electric street lights.

1987 Jul Reverend D. Pierce Marker: The marker at the northwest corner of Ballard and Emmet Streets marks the site where once stood the home of the Reverend John D. Pierce, founder of the Public School System in Michigan.

1987 Apr Ypsilanti and the Historical Cannon: The old landmark on the east side in Prospect Park is an ancient coast defense gun from Fort McCler, Kitterly, Maine.

1987 Apr Part XI - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1885. See the January-1987, October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1987 Jan A Tribute to Phoebe M. Miller: Phoebe, a friend to, and of, many people in the area died October 28, 1986 at the age of 84. She began life in Sumpter Township on May 17, 1902 and lived in the Ypsilanti area most of her life.

1987 Jan Part VIII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1884. See the October-1986, June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1986 Oct Part VII - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1883. See the June-1986, April-1983, January-1983, and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie Diaries.

1986 Jun Part VI - Coming to American: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1882. See the April-1983, January-1983 and the March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie diaries.

1986 Feb Chronology 1888: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Foster Fletcher.

1985 Oct Part V - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1880. See the August-1985, January-1983, April-1983, and March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie diaries.

1985 Oct Chronology - 1887: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Foster Fletcher.

1985 Aug Demetrius Ypsilanti: Hero of the Greek War of Independence whose valor and whose ideals of freedom provided inspiration for a pioneer Michigan settlement.

1985 Aug Part IV - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1875. See the January-1983, April-1983, and March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie diaries.

1985 Aug Chronology 1884-1886: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Foster Fletcher.

1985 Apr Chronology 1881-1883: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Foster Fletcher.

1985 Feb Chronology 1878-1880: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Foster Fletcher.

1984 Jun Chronology 1877: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Foster Fletcher.

1984 Feb Vett Noble of Ypsilanti (A Clerk for General Sherman): Sylvester Nobel of Ypsilanti, Michigan was a lowly and sometimes impudent clerk in the Union Army. He served as one of the few headquarters clerks for William T. Sherman during his campaign in the Carolinas in 1865. Edited by Donald W. Disbrow.

1983 Oct Chronology 1875-1876: A chronology of events in and around Ypsilanti compiled by Foster Fletcher.

1983 Apr Part III - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1875. See the January-1983 and March-1978 issues of the Gleanings for other excerpts from the Lambie diaries.

1983 Jan Part II - Coming to America: Excerpts from the diaries of William Lambie - 1872-1874. Excerpts form the 1864-1871 diaries appeared in the March-1978 issue of the Gleanings.

1982 Oct Part IV - The Mayors of Ypsilanti 1858-1981: All research presented is the work of Foster Fletcher, City Historian.

1982 Oct Part I - Coming to America: William Lambie, Foster Fletcher's Grandfather wrote in 1870 about coming to America. William was born April 15, 1821 in Strathaven, Scotland and died on April 25, 1900 in Ypsilanti Township.

1982 Aug Part II - Early History of the Town of Lima: Samuel Clements, Sr. was born August 12, 1780 near Seneca, Ontario County, New York. The Clements "took up" about 640 acres in Section 12 of Lima Township.

1982 May Part I - Early History of the Town of Lima: Written by Samuel Clements. A paper prepared for the Washington County Pioneer Society and read December 7, 1874. Samuel Clements, Sr. came to the territory of Michigan in 1825. He died on June 16, 1866 and is buried in the Parker Cemetery in Lima Township.

1982 May Part III - The Mayors of Ypsilanti 1858-1981: The first article in this series appeared in the October, 1981 issue of the Gleanings.

1982 Feb Part II - The Mayors of Ypsilanti 1858-1976: In 1976 the Ypsilanti Archives and Historical Society compiled a booklet of the Mayors of Ypsilanti. The book contained photographs of each Mayor and the dates of his term in office. Research by Foster Fletcher, City Historian.

1981 Dec Sketch of the Life of E. M. Foote: An interesting article on Ypsilanti's pioneer teacher of public school music, a man whose musical influence extended through many states. Written by Miss Abba Owen, the granddaughter of Professor Foote, herself one of Ypsilanti's favorite musicians and a teacher in the Normal College Conservatory of Music.

1981 Oct Part I - The Mayors of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti - It's Past, Present and Future: Mr. Fletcher's "Mayors of Ypsilanti," covers Ypsilanti's many leaders from Chauncey Joslin in 1858, Arden Ballard in 1859, Benjamin Follett in 1860, Parmenio Davis in 1861, Edward Allen in 1880, Henry Scoville in 1881, Chester Yost in 1884, Clark Cornwell in 1886, and Daniel Putman in 1889. Also includes the third and final part of "Ypsilanti - It's Past, Present and Future" by Charles Rich Pattison which was first published in the Ypsilanti Commercial in 1874.

1981 Jul Ypsi - It's Past, Present and Future and In Remembrance of Merry Maude Wallace: Continuation of Pattison's Ypsilanti History, covering the newspapers, societies and cemetary. He provides a good picture of the mills and manufacturing businesses from the cooper shops, novelty works, tanniers and whip-socket company.

1981 Apr Ypsi - It's Past, Present and Future, Naming the Streets, and Letters from George P. Becker: The History of Ypsilanti, written by the editor of Ypsilanti Commerical, Charles Pattison in 1874, and covering the early settlement, the churches and schools. The history of the street names provides interesting details, such as "...Race Street was derived from an early constructed race or ditch that brought the Huron River more directly to the mill. Also gives background on provious owner of the land and the platting of the farms.

1981 Feb Old School Essays, 200 Years Ago...It Wasn't Easy, and Continued History of Street Names: Three compositions written by high school seminar students in 1848 describing "...places I would like to visit, our school room, and home." A listing of Revolutionary War activities in 1781 and more background on Ypsilanti street names, like Water Street, was probably covered frequently with water, in times of high river.

1980 Dec The Remarkable McAndrews - Naming the Streets of Ypsilanti: What the title implies - (interesting story; heartbreaks, smiles, honest men and dishonest men during their journey from Scotland to Ypsilanti - via New Jersey, Baltimore, Md., and finally a water journey to Michigan.)

1980 Oct Reminiscences of Charles Fleming and Letter by David Gairdner: Charles Fleming wrote his reminiscences in 1907, but goes back to his father's arrival in Woodruff's Grove (Ypsilanti) - describes trials, privations, suffering of the pioneers. Gairdner writes to a Robert Campbell in Scotland describing the town, changes ("Now there is stores and groceries everywhere that luxury or fashion could think of") and describes his own farm.

1980 Jun Army Draft During the Civil War and "Old Days": In "My Live in Ypsilanti" by Genevieve Ward Williams, she warmly describes the early 1900's in Ypsilanti as seen through the eyes of a hard working black family. There is also a poem written by Mrs. Stadtmiller describing her childhood, and finally the order of 1865 and the way to increase the membership and efficiency of the Army.

1980 Apr Cronological History Following Civil War to 1880: Prepared by Foster Fletcher, City Historian. Continuation of article in the February 1980 Gleanings.

1980 Feb Chronological History Following Civil War Up To 1880: Prepared by Foster Fletcher, City Historian. Also some "tidbits" from the archives, e.g. "Please let the bearer, B. W. Noyes, have three dollars out of your store and charge to me."

1979 Dec Recipes, "Household" Hints and Histories: "Christmas About 1904" by Foster Fletcher; old recipes with histories of some of the contributors (1883). Also includes an article about the James M. Huestons, who lived in "the fine old Greek Revival Mansion at 125 North Huron Street."

1979 Oct Early History of the Banks of Ypsilanti: By Dorothy Disbrow - just what the title implies; also mention of the "Greenback Party," organized in 1876.

1979 Apr School History: Very interesting and detailed account of the early elementary and secondary school of Ypsilanti, written and researched by Dorothy Disbrow, Archivist for the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.

1979 Feb Letters of James Heron and Annual Report of the Museum Director: This issue has Mr. Heron's revolutionary letters containing war details, biographical information concerning the family of Joseph Thompson, and also bits and pieces from the archives.

1978 Dec Remembrance of Things Past and Florence Babbitt and the Babbitt House: Foster Fletcher discusses world events, robberies, businesses on Congress Street (Michigan Avenue) and the people who ran them. Arthur Howard shares his childhood memories of Florence S. Babbitt, 1847-1929. There is a brief biographical background of the Horatio Blackmore Lewis family.

1978 Sep The "Ypsilantian" 1889 and the Underground Railroad: Exerpts from the Ypsilantian (newspaper), Friday, March 6, 1885. Also, a story of the house at 220 North Huron Street. This issue includes the "Underground Railroad" of 1885 in this area.

1978 Mar Lambie Diary 1864-1871: A typical diary - exerpts from the diaries of William Lambie. May 3, ice in the water pails - cole, sad and weary;" July 17, "Jones cut the wheat - over 7 acres in 2 days - paid him $6." The Lambies were from Scotland, Mr. Lambie being forty-five when they came to the United States. The diary is more about their family than about the community, although people are, of course, mentioned.

1977 Nov Early Presbyterian Church Records and LaRea Swartz History: A few old 1832 to 1850 Church Session records - a bit amusing. The LaRea Swartz couple were members of the Ypsilanti Historical Society and this is just a little background on their family - they moved away from Ypsilanti in 1977.

1977 May "O Pioneers" and the Willow Run Settlement: "O Pioneers" is from the reminiscenses of Henry F. Horner as published in February 20, 1925 issue of Ypsilanti Daily Press. The "Willow Run Settlement" is by John McMath, who died in 1900. Detailed description of McMath settling in this area dnd the house (farm) they had - also other families and where they settled in the Willow Run area.

1976 Nov Ypsilanti Chronology 1862 - December 1866: This is the 3rd article by Peter Fletcher covering the review 1850-1860, the "great fire," the Civil War events and letters about it. There are many tidbits from the Lambie waste book or diary and from other people's lives.

1976 Mar Ypsilanti Cronology 1850-1870: By Foster L. Fletcher, City Historian - dedication of the Ypsilanti Normal Teacher Training School in 1852; churches organized; happenings around the U.S. are mentioned; histories of Ypsilanti families. Gives a list of first enlistment roll for the Civil War.

1976 Jan Ypsilanti Players from 1915-1957: Ypsilanti Players gave their first program on April 15, 1915 - the group was started by Daniel L. Quirk, Jr. Description of remodeling a barn, their first production, press coverage from Detroit papers (also the Christian Science Monitor). "Probably the most complete and charming "Little Theater" west of New York." Traces the history up to 1957.

1975 Nov Memories Mingle with the River & Elijah McCoy: The "Memories Mingle with the River" is a talk given by Foster L. Fletcher, Ypsilanti City Historian, before the Washtenaw County Historical Society in 1974. Elijah McCoy is the story of a young black inventor living in Ypsilanti about 100 years ago.

1975 Sep A Brief History of the Archives, Historical Society & Museum: "Archives date back to the year 1809 when there was no Ypsilanti." A true account of the very beginnings of Ypsilanti and how records were acquired and the Historical Society was organized.

1975 Jul A History of the Washtenaw Country Club 1899-1974: Written by Clark M. Greenstreet. Excellent, if you are interested in the golf history of the third oldest club in Michigan. (Most people think Washtenaw was the second oldest club in Michigan...not true.)

1975 Apr The Hammond-Movius Papers (Michigan Pioneers): Old papers found in the attic of the Shaefer Toy Store a few years ago describing the life of two pioneer families in about 1830.

1974 Dec Ypsilanti and the Automobile: Exactly as the title indicates - dealers and inventors in this area.

1974 Sep Chocolate Shop and Drug Store: Description of the Gaudy Bakery Shop "one of the hubs of city communication." Also, Weinmann-Matthews Drug Store, "...in addition to being a drug store, they handled paints, wallpaper...opened at 6:00 am to accomodate painters and decorators."

1974 Jul Memories of the "Early Depot Town": Written by Joseph H. Thompson. Description of the trains (contents), stores, ("...was a cigar store that was operated by Mr. Chris Duress. They called him "Doc" for he concocted a remedy that he claimed would restore lost manhood. He filled his window one day with this remedy and the sun came through the window pretty bright and the bottles exploded and blew out the front windows..."). This booklet is amusing and fun to read.

1974 Apr Lowell, The Ancient City: During the speculation of 1834-40 every important water course was seized and promoted back east. One of the best sources of water power was the site of Lowell, northeast of the Superior Road Bridge. A paper mill was projected, a flour mill was completed and ran for two years. But, as fast as it was promoted, it fell vacant until it was used for workers at the Cromwell Paper Mill.

1974 Feb History of the King and Lamb Grocery Store (1893-1970): The King & Lamb Grocery history begins in 1838 when Ypsilanti only had 120 houses and the store was located at 40-42 E. Michigan. The store relocated to 101 W. Michigan in 1858, and that became its permanent location. The store sold nearly everything in bulk, coffee was sold as a green berry, and cider was purchased in barrels and held until it turned into vinegar. Cornucopias (cone-shaped wrapping) were used in handling and packaging bulk goods. There was delivery service - boys went from house to house to pick up orders and then to deliver later in the day. The store was closed in 1942 after 104 years of service.

1973 Dec Pioneers of the Ypsilanti Area: A Mr. William Watts wrote a letter in 1836 to his family in England (from Ypsilanti). Hardships! "I left my family at Detroit about four o'clock in the afternoon, with a few pence in my pocket, intending to walk all night, but the roads was (were) so bad, which compelled me to stop at the tavern. They charged 3 d for my bed." Watts writes of work available and types of people found in this area at that time. Also in this booklet is a reminiscence of the Jothan & Aurilla Stevens Goodell family. "From Detroit she rode an Indian pony to what is now Ypsilanti, following an Indian trail of notches cut in the trees."

1973 Oct The Early Elementary and Secondary Schools of Ypsilanti: Dates, places, people & descriptions - "The teacher's salary was so very nominal and in not a few instances districts allowed their houses to be occupied by whomsoever would undertake to teach and for whatever he could obtain from his patrons. Such was the state of educational affairs in Ypsilanti from 1836 until 1848-49."

1973 Aug The History of Paper Making in Washtenaw County: Written by Daniel L. Quirk, Jr. A real history - "In 1690 the first paper mill was licensed to operate at Germantown, Pa." Follows paper making in this area to the present Quirk family enterprises.

1973 Jul History of Dentistry in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County (1842-1895): Written by Dr. John Andress Watling. Amusing in spots - "During the winter of 1856, Dr. A. F. Barr came to Ypsilanti. He had a kind of checkered life, being of a roving disposition." Nothing on the techniques, especially, but more of the who's who.

1973 Apr The Lady Doctors of Ypsilanti 1860-1899: In July of 1899 a govenment survey indicated there were 6,882 practicing women physicians in the United States. In Ypsilanti at that time there were three "lady" doctors.

1973 Feb Ypsilanti's Mineral Water Sanitariums: Between the years 1880 and 1917 there were two successful Mineral Water Sanitariums in Ypsilanti, each supplied with mineral water from local wells.