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March 6
George A. Neat's Ypsilanti Grocery at 18 and 20 East Cross.

George H. Hann, Pastor of the A.M.E. Church has a long quote in the paper.
Married by Rev. S.G. Betts, Mr. Insley LeFurge of Superior and Miss Eunice Scofield of Ypsilanti, March 3.

Concerning Women:
Miss Ada Sweet, Pension Agent in Chicago, receives the highest salary paid to any female employed by the Government.

Peoria, Illinois can claim to having a woman made a Director of a bank in that town. The first in the United States.

A Quote:
Reference to a Doctor of Divinity—“I cannot praise the Doctor's eyes, I never saw his glance devine, He always shuts them when he prays And when he preaches he shuts mine”.

Central Flour and Feed Store of D.A. Wise, 11 Congress (Michigan Avenue)
Harrison A. Weeks and James E. Lawrence: Weeks is getting out and C. Homer Cady is taking his place, located south side of Congress Street (Michigan Ave.) Weeks now joins E.M. Comstock in his store.
C. R. Champion has sold his Drug Store to John Belcher from Mississippi.

March 10
Salaries paid the Teachers for year of 1874:

Joseph Estabrook, Principal (10 months)

Daniel Putnam, Director of Training School

Lewis McLouth, Art and Drawing

F. H. Pease, Music

J. P. Vroman

A. Lodeman, German

Bernard Bigsby (8 months)

W. Warren (2 months)

Ruth Hoppin (10 months)

Anna M. Cutchen (10 months)

Mary Rice (10 months)

Alice Barr (10 months)

Helen Post (4 months)

Samuel B. Laird (1 month)

All on the Faculty of The Michigan State Normal College.

March 14
Married by Rev. J.F. Sutton, Mr. F. H. Hutchinson of Ypsilanti and Miss H.C. Finch, Rawsonville.

‘Mrs. J.V. Cooke, Clairvoyant and Electrician for the cause of chronic diseases, at her residence, Forest Avenue near Perrin.'

The State Treasury paid out the following to Educational Institutions:

University of Michigan

Normal School, Ypsilanti

Agricultural College

Paid to Reformatory Institutions:

Jackson Prison

Reform School

March 20 Ad:
H. Vinkle and George McElcheron having formed a partnership, are carrying on Furniture and Under-taking Business at the old stand of D. Coon and will at all times be prepared for Undertaking calls, and having a fine hearse, we also have a full line of Burial Robes and Shrouds, etc. Try us before purchasing furniture elsewhere…

March 24
Married at the house of J. Webster Childs, by Rev. W.S. Osborn, Mr. J. Selwyn Childs and Miss Charlotte A. Smith, all of Augusta Township.

April 3
Prof. J.M.B. Sill has entered upon his duties as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Detroit; he has been the popular President of the Detroit Female Seminary for years.

Died— Frances B. Shelmire, wife of B.F. Shelmire and daughter of Abram and Elvira Brumfield, age 36 years. In early life she embraced Religion and

April 3
united with the Presbyterian Church of which she was a worthy and consistent member until death.

April 17
Died, Mrs. Catherine Miller, age 67 years, wife of Peter Miller, at their home on Huron Street. She died March 29. April 9, Peter Miller died, age 72 years. Mr. Miller was an early settler in Michigan having come to the State in 1830. Except for 3 years in Detroit he has always lived in Ypsilanti. He was a mason by trade and built the second brick building in the City. He built the Moorman Block on North Huron Street and the store occupied by Sherwood Bros.
The Millers were faithful members of the Methodist Church.

May 1
Fifty years ago next May, Rev. Elias Pattee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, came to Ypsilanti and preached the first Gospel Sermon ever preached in all of Washtenaw County. He did it in Woodruff's Grove. The Methodist Church proposes to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the occasion by religious and social services to be held May 26 and 27. All former Elders, Pastors and members now living are Charles Shier; J.N. Wallace; and E.M. Comstock. Signed S. Reed, P.E. and J.M. Fuller, Pastor.

Under local matters; Footrace to be held between U.S. Champion sprinter, Ed. Morton and local colored boy named Oscar Parker at 100 yards.

May 8
From the Dexter Leader— Ypsilanti is the home of a nest of Quacks who pretend to be able to cure Cancer and chronic diseases. They are spreading their advertisements over the State and people should be on their guard against them.
Somehow these Cancer Doctors seem to have very good success. How they came to concentrate on Ypsilanti has been somewhat a wonder to us. From the Ypsilanti Commercial Editor.
There is a 12 inch single column Ad listing the names of people who have testified to the cure of cancer by Dr. H.S. Thomas and Co. However, most of the names are those people from Ohio and New York State.

November 27
Smith and Fairchild Meat Market, two doors west of King and Son Grocery.

November 27— Ad:
Clark S. Wortley's New Clothing Store— in the store formerly occupied by D.B. Greene as clothier.

Married at the residence of the Bride's father, Gilbert P. Woodruff, Wednesday, November 24, 1875, by Rev. O.J. Perrin, Miss Emma E. Woodruff and Madison S.V. Cook.

From the Detroit Post: “Samuel Post, United States Pension Agent, has an office in Kanter's Block, and being a consistent advocate of Women's Rights, 6 of his 7 clerks are of the fair sex.

McAndrew and King Dealers in Furniture. Custom Work of all kinds solicited. William McAndrew and William King, South Huron Street, opposite the Engine House (23 South Huron).

December 4–Ad:
J.F. Sanders, former partner with Clark S. Wortley, now at the old stand of Sanders & Wortley, No. 14 Congress Street (Michigan Avenue).

Brick Yards and Meat Market opposite Farmers' store Charles McCormick.

December 7
Married William H. Deubel and Mary A. Voorhees, Ypsilanti.

December 18
The Ypsilanti Home Association entering its 18th year, report: “At our last meeting, our worthy President, Mrs. R.B. Norris, who has worked assiduously for the Association for the past 15 years, felt obliged to decline a re-election on account of increasing age and infirmities, greatly to the regret of all connected with us.” With winter at hand, and scarce $5.00 in our Treasury… we feel we will be unable to meet calls upon us.

December 18
“We the undersigned Merchants of the City of Ypsilanti, agree to close our places of business on Saturday the 25th of December, 1875, and January 1, 1876 at 10 A.M. and remain closed until the next business day.”

C. King & Son
Babcock & Harris
Lawrence & Cady
J. A. Williams
John Cody
George Moorman
George W. Jones
A. Y. Jenkins
Easterly & Ford
C. M. Harris

Sometime ago, an intelligent colored gentleman was elected to Congress from Alabama. His reception in Washington lacked somewhat in cordiality. Inquiring about the cause, he was informed by some young men that Masonry was the Key that unlocked all hearts at the Capitol—that everyone would clasp his hand if he should give the Master Mason's Word. He desired to join the Order, applied and was regularly entered and raised. If anyone wishes to know how “twas done”, let him go to Light Guard Hall next Tuesday evening. Admission 25¢.

Wallace & Clark successors to McAndrew & Co. Furniture and Undertaking Dept. “Night calls attended by Mr. Clarke, residence next door south of the Episcopal Church; or by Mr. Wallace, residence East Congress (Michigan Ave.) and Prospect.”

“The building of a fine brick schoolhouse is being contemplated by the Catholic Congregation in this City. Through the earnest labors and efforts of the Pastor, Rev. Mr. Murray, the Church is now nearly out of debt. The Sisters of Charity are to take charge of the school.”

December 25 Ad:
National Dining Oysters & lunch
126 Jefferson Avenue— Detroit

Single meals

Four Meal Ticket

21 meal Ticket

No intoxicating liquors


January 8
“Yesterday we were shown an Invention we think will baffle the most experienced burglars… It can be seen at the First National Bank and is pronounced the best electric burglar alarm in existence. It is so arranged that after banking hours it cannot be molested without alarming the officers of the Bank at their residences.
There is no way the burglar can prevent the alarm. This is the invention of W.D. Greene of this City.”

The statue of St. John is to be placed in front of St. John's Church inserted in a niche. The Pastor Rev. Mr. Murray is a worker. His congregation as well as others in the City, is being awakened to the importance of greater religious effort.

January 15
Died— Eurotas Morton, January 7, 1876 of dropsy of the chest, age 70 years. He was born in Hatfield,

January 15
Mass. While a young man he went to Georgia to manage a mercantile business and was there 8 years. At age 30, he married Miss Maria White and she survives. In 1838 they moved to Michigan, settling in Rawsonville. A merchant there until moving to Ypsilanti in 1850. Formed a partnership with Cicero Millington in the Banking business and when The First National Bank was organized, he became one of the Directors and continued until his death in 1876.

January 22
Messrs. Hay, Wing & Co. expect to close the Woolen Mill for two weeks to clean up and repair the machinery.

Clarke, the Photographer, is putting up a small frame building on the corner of Cross and Huron Street next to the Commercial.

The funeral of John Max occurred last Sunday afternoon. The German Laborer's Association turned out, and with a long line of carriages, constituted one of the largest funerals we have ever seen.

The new organ has arrived at last and the members of the St. Lukes Church announce a grand opening con-cert Thursday evening the 27th. The object is to raise funds to pay off the balance due on the instrument.

The big explosion occurred on Friday, January 14, 1876 about half past 12 o'clock at the Cornwell mill south of Ypsilanti. The time seemed providential as nearly the entire force of 30 hands being home at dinner. Austin Burbank and Edwin Warren were in the machine room. Burbank was in-jured but not seriously. John Sanders and John Walker were in the engine room. John Max, the fireman, had just begun his day's work at 12 noon and Charles Otto, a young man who had drawn a load of wood for the Mill, were in the boiler room.
Max was literally blown to pieces, one portion being found nearly a hundred yards away. Young Otto was struck in the head and died instantly; John Farmer also a wood drawer, was outside the building but was struck by flying debris and scalded by escaping steam. The wounded are receiving the best medical attention and are doing well. The loss $13,000.

January 29
Walter B. Hewitt & Co., the old reliable standard firm of a quarter century, has dissolved. Mr. E. Hewitt, silent but really the active partner most of the time, has formed a new partnership with C.R. Champion to become Hewitt & Champion.

February 5
Died— Ypsilanti Township, January 30, 1876, Mrs. William Emerick, age 57.

Aray, at his mother's residence, near Ypsilanti, January 5, 1876; Mr. Eglon Aray, age 31 years.
He was the late efficient and popular leader of the Coronet Band of this City, and was for some years connected with the St. John's Manufacturing Co. A steady, industrious workman.

February 12
Died in Ypsilanti, February 6, of heart disease, Mr. D.S. Chatterton, age 58 years.

Died in the City, February 6, 1876, John Greton age 80. Resident of Ypsilanti more than half of his life as a stone mason.

February 16
Married at the Methodist Parsonage by Rev. Perrin, Mr. Edward Thumb and Miss Louisa Grebe, both of Ypsilanti.

February 18
Died— Mr. Daniel W. Bowen, age 65, at the residence of his son, E.W. Bowen.

March 1
At the Pioneer Society meeting, it was proposed that the Pioneer residing longest in the County should carry the flag leading the procession to the Vestry of the Baptist Church. Ypsilanti.
Quite a contest sprang up as to whom the honor belonged. An old gentleman, Benjamin F. Knapp, who stated he was at Woodruff's Grove in 1820 (there was no Woodruff's Grove until April 1823) claimed the right, but he was only on a Prospecting Tour and never a real resident of the County, and now living at Brownsville, Wayne Cty. Robert Geddes rightly has that honor. It gave Mr. Knapp the opportunity, however, to get off a speech, much to the gratification of the hungry company. The Pioneers still relish a good dinner, but much more a tale of former years.

The dinner was magnificent and in front was a beautiful cake. The young ladies asked permission to present it to the best looking pioneer gentleman. The happy recipient of the cake was Mr. Fountain Watling, who the girls chose as their beau ideal of good looks.

The only persons present at the dinner who had been in Washtenaw County over 50 years were Robert Geddes and E. C. Peck.

March 4
The Malt House in the Fourth Ward on E. Forest at River Street, now owned by F.J. Swaine, contained more Malt than the eight inch wall was intended to hold. Tuesday night, last week, during the high wind, a large section of the north and west walls fell letting out an immense pile of Malt. The ground being frozen, nearly all the grain was saved but it will cost about $1000 to replace the wall and to make it 16 inches thick.

March 11
If coal is found on the Voorhees farm (Clark Road west of LeForge Road) where men are now prospecting, a second Lowell on the Huron is in prospect.

March 18
The rebuilding of Hillsdale College, destroyed by fire about 2 years ago, is in promising condition. The plan involves the erection of a group of buildings, one of which is to be named “Griffin Hall” after Prof. Charles Griffin, whose prompt and liberal gift of money is thus properly recognized.

Orrin Olmstead has sold his farm to George Moorman. He will sell 22 milk cows, 4 work horses and other farm tools. He goes to California next June.

S. H. Wells, the colored Juror from Ypsilanti, served for the first time in the Circuit Court on Tuesday last, in the case of Douglas, Mallory & Co. vs. Lyon. Mr. Wells makes a very intelligent Juror, and Ypsilanti may well be proud of him. (From the Ann Arbor Courier).

Sanford H. Wells, in the 1873–74 City Directory and the Commercial says: S. H. Wells, the oldest barber in Ypsilanti, has sold out to his partner Mr. Butler and leaves next week for California, however, he went to Toledo and Lima, Ohio. His Barber Shop was in the lower level of the Worden Block, N.E. corner Congress (Michigan Ave.) and North Huron Street. He lived at 176 Congress.

March 20
Now that Spelling Bees are getting so popular every-where, Ypsilanti has caught the fever. Last Wednesday evening, there was a large attendance at the house of Mrs. C.D. Bassett. There were 15 and 16 chosen on each side. The house was crowded with people, including many from the Normal College and the Union School. The following are instances of failure: Miss Weed on Berylline; Miss Lizzie Tindall on Hautloy; Dr. Kinne on Planetary; Mr. Whitman on Predatory; E. Samson on Medullary; Mrs. Lucy Hewitt on Ptyalism; Miss H. Cutcheon on Gallicism; Mrs. Bellows on Corollary; Mrs. Finley on Avarxious, etc. and Prof. Bellows on Ipecac.

The following are the officers for the Arbeiter Verein:

John Terns

Vice President
Christian Rossine

Rec. Secretary
Christ Wagenbach

Corr. Secretary
Raphael Kopp

L.Z. Foerester

Charles Seigmond

March 25
J. W. Babbitt, M.D. will sell his house at 41 River Street for $1200. one third down.

Golden Wedding— Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan G. Morton, Township of Ypsilanti. They were married at Ypsilanti in 1826 and resided in the township ever since.

W. H. Yost advertises: For a fine quality of fresh BUFFALO ROBES— “Call and examine before purchasing. West end of Congress Street Bridge.”

The great wrestling match— Jake Martin of Ypsilanti vs McLaughlin of Detroit, “World Champion”… seemed to be a draw with two thirds of the prize to McLaughlin and one third of “more than $800 to Martin”.

Died— In Pittsfield at the residence of her son-in-law, Randall Boss, March 14, 1876, Mrs. Mary Lytle age 86 years.

In the City, March 13, 1876 of cancer, Mrs. Hiram Cady age 70. Her husband died 1852. She has lived in the City with her son Homer Cady for five years. Mrs. Cady became a resident of Pittsfield Township in 1835.

April 8
A depth of 64 feet on the Voorhees farm north of the City has brought up nicer coal than has been found anywhere else in the State. A layer 3 feet in thickness is the first fruit of the enterprise.

May 19
Died in Augusta Township at the residence of her brother, Watson Barr, Mrs. James M. Stitt, age 70. A resident of Washtenaw County for 50 years and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ypsilanti.

May 20
Fred Smart has opened his skating rink at Light Guard Hall and roller skating is the rage among the elite of our City.

Married— May 17 at the residence of the Bride's father, by Rev. Joseph Estabrook, Alpheus A. Graves and Etta M. Todd.

May 3 at the residence of the Bride's father, by Rev. Joseph Estabrook, Lafayette Peet of Iasco and Miss Eunice Ann Minor, for some time a teacher in the Union School.

May 13 by Rev. J. S. Boyden, James F. Godfrey of Ypsilanti and Mary E. Shekell of Augusta.

Died— May 11— of Liver Complaint, Henry Gage, age 70. He moved here with his family in 1850.

The Annual Report of the Inspectors of the State Prison— “Under the most adverse circumstances the Prison has been self-supporting the past year. Our County, Washtenaw, furnished 5 in-mates during 1875. The number from the entire State 391. Only one School Teacher. One bank cashier, one journalist and one preacher.

May 21
At Troy, N.Y., at the residence of Rev. T.S. Hamlin, Frank M. Bacon, age 25. He had graduated from Michigan State Normal at age 18 and since then has been teaching half time and also in business. Two years ago consumption began its work.

Died— May 21, Mrs. Alice Samson, wife of Charles E. Samson, age 26. May 12 of Quick Consumption J. Henry Bogardus, son of E. Bogardus, age 37. Mr. Bogardus was born in Salisbury, Connecticut. In 1863, he married Rachal Amsdell. He had been a bookkeeper in the First National Bank since its organization in 1863.

May 21
Died April 30, Permelia Jones, age 67 years. mother of Mrs. J. S. Wilcox of this City.

May 30
Married in Ypsilanti by Rev. Samuel D. Breed, John E. Whitmarsh and Hattie Kilborn, both of Augusta.

Repeated several weeks: Brick yard and meat market on East Cross Street opposite the Farmers' Store, Charles McCormick.

June 21
Died-Mrs. Laura A. W. Brown, relict of John Tucker Brown, previously deceased, Mrs. Brown was 31 years of age. Mr. Brown died from the same disease.

June 26
Mr. Clark Cabray, age 66 years. in 1864, Mr. Cabray moved to Ypsilanti from his farm near Rawsonville. After the death of his wife in 1866, his daughter kept house for him and since her marriage to Clark S. Wortly, he made his home with them where he expired after a brief illness of 12 hours.

July 8
General Custer, hero of 100 battles, is killed by the Indians. His two brothers, nephew and brother-in-law are all killed in the same battle with 315 of his men. 17 Officers were killed.

Article in Commerical-“The Ypsilanti Cornet Band (colored) led the Ypsilantians. The Band won laurels all day, July 4.

Died-June 30 of heart disease at the residence of C. M. Hubbell, Mrs. Elizabeth Metherall, age 62, mother of Thomas Metherall.

Married-In Augusta, July 4, at the Parsonage of Rev. Osborn, William Moffitt and Ida Vandeweker. Married-June 30-by Rev. J.S. Boyden, W. L. Tenney and Flora Lake.

Married-July 19 by Rev. J. S. Boyden, Thomas G. Switzer of Howell and Agnes Dole of Ypsilanti.

Agents wanted-a rare chance to make money. Address J. D. Kellogg, Battle Creek, Michigan.

July 8
Killed at Wiard's Crossing-William M. Gage.

August 5
Big article about “Emancipation” celebration on August 1 and why it is celebrated August 1.

Died-July 25, John Clark. father of William B. Clark, age 82 years. Father Clark, came from England 18 years ago. Member of the Baptist Church for 65 years.

From the Commerical: “Thirty years ago last winter, we taught the District School, two miles west on the Chicago Plank Road. The School House was then located a few rods West of Evan Begole's residence. (West Michigan at Hewitt Road). About a mile from the School on a cross road south, lived another family named Begole but not related. In that family, Milton Hatfield Begole, were four boys I had as stu-dents. All of them lively and intelligent-Robert Archie, Franklin Samuel, Roscoe Conkling and Philip Daniel. Franklin stayed to help man the 250 acre farm, sending his three brothers to get University Degrees.”

Mrs. R. B. Norris brought us a paper containing the obituary notice of Mrs. Sarah B. Bryon, whos son Alpha, was the first child born in Washtena County.

August 12
Advertisement: “University of Michigan-Department of Medicine and Surgery.

The 27th Annual Course of Lectures will commence on October 2.

Course separate but equal for women.

Matriculation Fees-Residents of Michigan $10. Non Residents $25.

Annual Dues-Residents $15; non-residents $20. Graduation Fee-For all alike $15.

Send for circular and catalogue A.B. Palmer, M. D. Dean, Ann Arbor, Michigan”

Western Lands-Homesteads-If you want reliable information, where and how to get a cheap FARM Government Homestead Free, send your address to S.J. Gilmore, Land Commissioner, Lawrence, Kans and receive gratis a copy of THE KANSAS PACIFIC HOMESTEAD.

September 30
Died-at the residence of her youngest son, Mrs. Sophia Peck, age 84. Mrs. Peck was born in Saulsbury, Connecticut in June, 1792. Married Joseph N. Peck in Otsego County, N.Y. in 1822. They came to Ypsilanti in 1824 bringing their possessions by boat up the Huron River from Lake Erie. The rest of the family came overland by team and wagon from Detroit-a journey of three days. Mr. Peck died in 1849.

October 25
Married in the City of Ann Arbor, October 23 at the Methodist Parsonage, by the Rev. R.B. Pope, Myron E. Knapp of Salem and Cornelia E. Stevens of Ypsilanti.

By Rev. L.C. York at the Parsonage in Canton, on the 25th of October, A.C. Barrowcliff of Sumpter and Eva R. Sweet of Ypsilanti.

November 11
Married by Rev. J. S. Boyden, J. S. Gridley and Minnie Palmer of Ypsilanti.

Married-November 1-by Rev. Wilson, Archibald VanCleve of Marinet, Wisconsin and Eugenia Van-Fossen of Ypsilanti.

November 25
Insert of death of Orange Risdon, the old surveyor-Died in Pittsfield Township, November 11, James H. Begole age 60. Mr. Begole moved from Wayland, Steuben County, New York to this State in 1866. He leaves a wife and 8 children.

Died-November 22-Jesse Hewens of Augusta, age 72 years.

December 9
J. H. Martin said after he returned from New York and was defeated by McLaughlin; “The cause of my defeat can be seen at home, sitting up night after night with a sick wife.” Her death soon after this was no surprise.

December 16
Died December 12, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Yost, wife of Francis Yost age 58 years.

A long obituary for December 8th death of Mrs. Ruth Gerry, M.D., age 49. Wife of S.A. Gerry, M.D., who survives. She was a Graduate of Women's Medical College, Philadelphia.

December 23
Announcement of the suspension of the banking firm of Cornwell, Hemphill & Co.

Died-December 12 James Horn-age 77 in Augusta Township

December 16-Mrs. Temperance Beach-age 76, born in Schoharrie County, N.Y. Moved to Michigan 1845. A Baptist.

Married at the residence of the Bride's father. Lyman Graves by Rev. B.F. Crocker, Rev. O J. Perrin and Elnora Graves.

December 30
Jake Martin, the professional wrestler, has gone back to his old trade: Keeping a meat market on Huron Street with his father. The family lived at 306 South Huron for several years.

“If you want to see the neatist little school-house in the Country, you will find it at Cherry Hill. A flourishing school under the supervision of Mr. Frank West of this City. The Schoolhouse was built recently at a cost of $1400.