Arborland Opening Draws 2,500
Two Women Slightly Injured As Crowd Battles For Football
An estimated 2,500 persons were on hand this morning for the opening of the Montgomery Ward store in Arborland Shopping Center. It is the first store to open in the new shopping center.
Two women received apparently minor injuries in a scramble for a souvenir football kicked into the crowd to signal the beginning of business.
Mrs. Christine Butler of 2036 Weldon Blvd. was treated at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after she was pushed to the pavement.
Also hurt was Mrs. Thelma Dillon of 1472 Borgstrom Ave., Ypsilanti township. She complained of shoulder and hip injuries.
The football had been signed by members of the Michigan football team.
Making brief remarks at the opening were Ann Arbor Mayor Cecil O. Creal, Ypsilanti Mayor John Calder and S. D Ward, north-central regional manager of Montgomery Ward.
Creal commented that the store and the center constituted a “major step in the growth of Ann Arbor.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured Mrs. Leila Masson of Detroit, Mrs. Michigan of 1961.
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