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Carl Stafford Examines Iron Casket Found In Ypsilanti Store Basement, July 1952

Carl Stafford Examines Iron Casket Found In Ypsilanti Store Basement, July 1952 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, July 3, 1952
Caption
NO MUMMY, THIS: This is not a mummy - it's a cast iron casket more than 100 years old. It was discovered this week in the basement of Mack & Mack, the furniture store at 211 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti, which is being remodeled. Proprietor Atwood R. McAndrew, jr., believes it dates back to the mid-1800's when the present store housed a business which manufactured its own coffins. Earliest records indicate the store was taken over in 1840 by Daniel Coon, who operated an undertaking parlor and furniture company. In 1872, Harrison Vinkel of Dexter and George McElcheran bought the business, and Vinkel sold out to his partner. Thomas W. MacAndrew, grandfather of the proprietor, became a partner to McElcheran in 1876 and the pair founded the firm, Mack & Mack, a contraction of the two surnames. Holding the casket in this picture is a store employe, Carl Stafford of 1286 Danvers Ct., Willow Village. Designed for a deceased child, it features a hinged iron plate over a glass plate, permitting a view of the cadaver's face. The iron caskets were used before modern embalming skills were known.

Mellencamp's Mens & Boys Wear - 122 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, June 1984 Photographer: Rick Lieder

Mellencamp's Mens & Boys Wear - 122 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, June 1984 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, June 21, 1984
Caption
CLOSING - Ypsilanti government and business leaders were expressing regret today over the imminent closing of Mellencamp's Men's and Boy's Wear, Ypsilanti's longest continuously operating downtown store. The store, founded in 1868, has been recognized by the Michigan Historical Society as a centennial business. In a press release, City Manager Matt Hennessee said the store will be "sorely missed." Mellencamp's owner, Al Walton, refused to comment on the closing, saying that "nothing definite" has been decided.

Mellencamp's Mens & Boys Wear - Michigan Centennial Business Certificate, June 1984 Photographer: Rick Lieder

Mellencamp's Mens & Boys Wear - Michigan Centennial Business Certificate, June 1984 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, June 21, 1984
Caption
CLOSING - Ypsilanti government and business leaders were expressing regret today over the imminent closing of Mellencamp's Men's and Boy's Wear, Ypsilanti's longest continuously operating downtown store. The store, founded in 1868, has been recognized by the Michigan Historical Society as a centennial business. In a press release, City Manager Matt Hennessee said the store will be "sorely missed." Mellencamp's owner, Al Walton, refused to comment on the closing, saying that "nothing definite" has been decided.

Old Cubbyhole Changed

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Parent Issue
Day
11
Month
June
Year
1977
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