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The Manchester Visit

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Parent Issue
Day
9
Month
December
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

The Detroit business men visited Manchester Thursday. The Detroit ourual thus describes the yillage and lie visit : On arrival at Manchester the Detroit isitors were overwhehned with cotirtsy, taken tip town in caxriages and ïospitably entreated. The population f the thriving village was out, the treets ware liued with farmers' veïicles. Manchester had something of a Germán aspect, showu by the signs over business houses and in the characteristics of the people. It is a place of considerable wealth. The visitors were conducted to the shoe store of William Baxter, the oldest inhabitant, and paid their respects to hini. Mr. Baxter is 88 years old, sonnd, hearty, clear-headed and active. He has been in business here on the same site of ground for 61 years. He bought a bilí of goods frorn A. C. MöGraw & Co. , in 1833, when that flim began mannfactnring in Detroit. In 1853 the whole town of Manchester burned down, but it was soon rebuilt. The Detroit Evening News has the f ollowing description of the visit : Another place where the party had a specially good time was Manchester. They were taken np town in carriages, and Mat. D. Blosser, proprietor of the Enterprise, gave each Detroiter a copy of the Enterprise containing a long ed itorial headed "Our Detroit Visilors. ' Among other things the article said : "A good deal of Manchester trade, as well as Brooklyn and other towns, might go to Detroit if we had better railway accorumodations ; but siiice the Lake Shore leased the Ypsilanti & Hillsdale road onr connection with Detroit is very poor. It is only 54 miles by way of Ypsilanti, yet we are compelled to travel and ship our goods nearly 100 miles, going by way o Monroe. This the business men of Detroit should attempt to rectify, if they expect to get onr trade. Toledo is 50 miles away, and passenger and freight conuections are good. ' ' W. S. Crané, ex-president of the Chamber of Coinmerce, wrote a verse of poetry thanking Mr. Blosser for his editorial, and Secretary Campbell wired it f rom the next station on behalf of the Merchauts&Mamifr.eturers' exchange.