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Chronology 1877

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January 6
Mr. Herbert Sweet has been chosen Superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School. S.M. Cutcheon has been re-elected by the Presbyterians and Charles I. Sweet will continue in charge of the High Street School-5th. Ward.

Our School Board has elected Miss Mattie Holbrook to fill the Vacancy at the Union School, caused by the resignation of Miss Hattie Weed.

After long service as teacher of the First Ward School 9 Mr. L. Burdine steps down and out, and Miss Susie Gorton takes his place.

The Suspended Banking Firm-Statement:
To Creditors of Cornwell, Hemphill, & Co.


The Ypsilanti Paper Company offers to pay any liabilities of the Bank in Preferred Stock, to be issued by the Ypsilanti Paper Co., with a guarantee of dividend of 8% per Annum-Signed Thomas Ninde and S.M. Cutcheon, as signees.

D. Lowe-Died of pneumonia at the residence of his father in Augusta Township on the 6th of January, Age 23. Mr. Lowe was a member of the Senior Class in the Michigan State Normal School. He was a fine student and exemplary Christian.

January 12
The Public Exercises of the Normal School Pleiades occurred Friday evening, January 12. Several sketches and essays were given:
Essay “Remembering” by Annie Lambie, Ypsilanti ‘Sketch and Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ by Louise M. Cutcheon Prof. Pease presided over the singing.

January 13
Died of typhoid fever, January 11th, Col. Darious Williamson, age 60 in Ypsilanti. Colonel Willaimson has been for a number of years Superintendent of the Indians in Wyoming Territory. Almost his entire life has been spent on the frontier. He leaves a wife and five children.

January 27
Married, January 21st., by Rev. J.S. Boyden, Enoch White and Jane L. Miller, all of Ypsilanti.

February 3
Died, Hannah Ferrier, age 89 years and 11 months, at the home of her son, Philo Ferrier, River Street.
Mrs. Ferrier was the wife of William Ferrier, a well known citizen of this City for many years. They came to Ypsilanti in 1838. She has been a member of the Methodist Church for 35 years. Philo Ferrier lived at 301 North River Street and the house still stands.

March 3
Last Saturday, a large volume of smoke was seen coming from the rear of Congress Street (Michigan Avenue) in the 200 block. It was the building occupied by the Ypsilanti Whip-Socket Co. The fire was from an explosion in the oven, while japaning the sockets.
The man working barely had time to escape. Mr. C.N. Webb lost an overcoat, two undercoats, a vest, and a watch(his fellow light Guards have since given him a new watch). Capt. Newell had stopped and taken off his coat to help; he is thus minus a coat.
If the Fire Engine had been in working order, at least $1500 could have been saved in stock and the east side of the building. Had it not been for favorable circumstances, Joslyn & Whitman's office, McAndrew's Cabinet Shop, and other buildings, if not the entire south side of Congress Street would have been consumed. Mr. Sam Post owned the building.
J. Bickford, S. M. Cutcheon, and Sam Post comprised the company. They will immediately rebuild.

The Markets:
Chickens dressed-7c lb. Live 5c lb. Eggs 10 and 11c a dozen. Onions $2 a bushel Turkeys, live 8c lb.

Died-Mrs. Sarah B. Markel, Carey, February 24, at Fair Oaks Prof. Carey will be remembered as a Professor for many years at the Normal School.

Michigan Legislature: The House passed the Senate Bill incorporating Clam Lake into a city named Cadillac.

April 7
At the Light Guard Hall, the Ypsilanti Ladies Temperance Union had prepared a banquet that Angels might feast on. A dozen tables were set up, supplied with dainties and flowers Mrs. Alva Worden had furnished at her own expense.
Mrs. Laible and Mrs. D. Mcdowell had tables of beautiful flowers. Every table had some momento of the gladsome reform that has dawned on our city.

Mr. Hayes could have hardly selected a more unexceptional gentleman for the office of United States District Attorney, than Mr. Sullivan M. Cutcheon, whose appointment was announced yesterday.

Mr. Don C. Batcheldor has sold his marble works to Mr. George Voorhees. Mr. Batcheldor has built up one of the most popular and successful monument factories in the state.

April 14
Mr. A. Williams has, after five years as Superintendent of the Methodist Church Sunday School, declined re-election. The new officers are: E.M. Comstock, Superintendent; H.A. Weeks, Assistant; Will J. Clark, Secretary; Miss Martha Barnard, Assistant; George Shier, Librarian. The Sunday School is in a very flourishing condition.
Married by Rev. O.J. Perrin at M.E. Parsonage, April 12, Mr. Elijah A. Darling and Miss Lovina Bordine, both of Augusta Township.

Married by Rev. C.A. Lamb at his residence, April 8th, Morris Crawford of Ann Arbor and Miss Vennie Truss of Ypsilanti.

April 21
Nine hundred and ninety one in the Prison at Jackson; the greatest number ever confined there.

Capt. Newell has secured an important position in connection with the State Reform School at Lansing. He is fully competent to manage the boys there. He was a good soldier and a good citizen. He has been the efficient organizer and Captain of the Light Guards, and served the City as Marshall for two years.

Married at the residence of the Bride's father, Mr. Evan Begole, on the evening of the 18th, by Rev. John M. Richmond, Mr. Hadley H. Webb and Miss Della Begole.

Advertisement: Amanda Conkling, M.D., and a graduate of the Ann Arbor College of Medicine and Surgery, will tender her Professional services to the citizens of Ypsilanti and vicinity after April 25; office residence of D. McDowell, corner of Washington and Ellis (Wastenaw), 23 North Washington. S.W. Baldwin, Dentist-Rooms over the Post Office on North Huron Street-First class work and best plates $15.

Real Estate: Bejamin Day to Horace Aray, 70 acres in Section 24, Pittsfield Township, $4000.

May 19
“An Honest Man” poem on front page of Commercial by William Lambie.

June 2
Died-William Geddes, May 21, 1877, in Pittsfield Township, age 78. Father Geddes bought the homestead in Pittsfield in 1826. Moved on the place in 1845. Two brothers and one sister survive him.

June 15
Miss Anna Ganson is remembered by many. She married a man named Lewis and moved to Iowa City, Iowa. It is with sorrow we announce her death. She was a teacher in the Union School for several years.

The African Methodist Church will hold a State Convention at the Church in Ypsilanti and continuing for two days.

At the 20th Annual meeting of the Ypsilanti Home Association, the following officers were elected:

Mrs. John Gilbert

Vice Presidents:
Mrs. E.W. Follett Mrs. Putnam

Mrs. H. E. Dickinson

Mrs. L. Shier

Total amount of distributions to relieve 72 families during the past year-$544.61. A legacy of One hundred dollars to be paid in ten annual installments, was the last gift of our late president, Mrs. R.B. Norris.

June 23
The handsomest specimen of pulp we ever saw for paper manufacturer, was handed to us by Mr. Cornwell and manufactured from Poplar trees at their Jackson Mills. It is very firm, makes strong pure white paper. It is to be made in the Cornwell mills here.

The large pulp mill of the Ypsilanti Paper Company at Jackson, manufacturing the nicest pulp in the West, was burned Tuesday. It was owned by the Cornwells.

Married at the residence of the Bride's father, on the 20th., by Rev. John A. Wilson, Mr. Ira Sylvester Younglove and Lizzie Quirk of Ypsilanti, Daughter of D.L. Quirk.

Died-Mrs. Henriette Henchel, on the 12th of June, age 48 years. She was a native of Germany and came to this country some years ago. Married, and soon after, Mr. Henchel made a visit to his native land in search of health, but died during the voyage, and was buried at sea; Mrs. Henchel succeeded in rearing her family. Her funeral took place from her residence on Washington Street, and was attended by a number of citizens. The service was conducted by Rev. Perrin of the Methodist Church and Rev. Miller, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, of which she was a member.

Died in Augusta, June 7th, Esther D., wife of Alverson Drury, age 56. Married 34 years, leaving him three sons and two daughters. She was a consistent member of the Methodist Church. The Rev. Perrin preached the funeral sermon.

July 7
Advertisement-For Sale-The beautiful residence of E. Laible on East Forest Ave. With beautiful grounds and shrubbery. Over 1000 trees adorn the premises. Ten acres of land-200 apple, 50 pear, 30 cherry, 50 peach, 20 plumb, and 300 fine bearing grapevines; also raspberries, strawberries, and red and white currents. Two greenhouses.

July 14
Detroit has 127,500 people in her Corporate limits.

July 21
Is there any remedy for the stealing of plants and the breaking off of slips by persons visiting the Cemetery? It is getting to be a common occurrence and nearly everyone who has set out plants on their lots are continually annoyed by finding them broken or taken away entirely.

The annual announcement for the Medical Department of the University states, that the course has been extended to three years, with nine months in each year. (sic-the course and the University were not named).

July 26
Married July 18th, at the residence of J.W. Babitt, George W. Babitt and Jennie S. McRay. On this day, Dr. Babitt celebrated his 75th. birthday and also the forty fifth anniversary of his marriage. His son George very sensibly took into his head to be married on that day. And so he and his bride came from Jackson to our good City and the wedding and birthday were gleefully celebrated at one time.

July 28
The agony is over. The Railroad strike seems to have come to an end. Jackson is the only City in the State where the trains were stopped. Thursday was the most quiet day known for years on the Central. Only the passenger trains going west passed our City, The Jackson rioters have come to time. The Chicago trouble seems to have been exaggerated. It is too early to give causes for the strikes. The slaughter of human life and destruction of property at Baltimore, Pittsburg, Buffalo and other places are not meaningless or without food for reflection.

Last Sunday afternoon was one of special interest to the A.M.E. Church Sunday School. Mr. Richmond opened the exercises with. The elder pupils recited pieces in an impressive manner, showing great improvement. Remarks were made by D. B. Greene, Rev. Hardy, C.R. Pattison, Rev. Hawkins, and the Pastor, Rev. Bundy, interspersed by singing led by Miss Wortley. Mr. Hawkins has been a Disciple of Christ for 50 years. Fifty years ago, he was a slave in Alexandria, Virginia, and had been whipped for reading the Bible.

August 2
Samuel Williams of this City, who expects to enter the University this Fall, will be the first colored man to enter the Literary Department of that Institution. He accompanied Capt. Lang to our city of Ypsilanti after the War, and has won the esteem of our entire community by persistent and well directed effort to obtain an education (Lapeer Clarion).

September I
Died-August 24, in Ypsilanti, Esther Simons, wife of Rev. George Simons, age 49. Esther Clark Simons was born in England, November 4, 1827. She joined the Primitive Methodist Church in her native country in May of 1840. She united with the Methodist Church in Ypsilanti in 1851.

A grand excursion by the A.M.E. Church to Saline last Thursday. A handsome sum was realized for the Pastor of the Church, Rev. Jason Bundy, who labored with great faithfulness. The Ypsilanti colored Cornet Band accompanied the excursion and on their return gave our citizens some fine music.

The worshipers at St. Lukes will be glad to get back to their Church again. Under the supervision of Q.E. Thompson and George Amsden, the Artist and decorator of Churches, few houses of worship present a more beautiful appearance.

Died-Charles Howe Wallace, August 29, in Ypsilanti. He was born February 11, 1812, in Thetford Township, Orange County, Vermont; he was the son of Daniel D. and Abigail Howe Wallace. Charles's first marriage was January 24, 1853, to Eleanore Chushing. Eleanore died September 1, 1861, and Mr. Wallace married Jennie Rice of Saline, September 18, 1862. The Wallaces lived in Saline until 1869, when they moved to Ypsilanti. Charles was successful in Real Estate and Insurance, and he also served sixteen years as Justice of the Peace, while living in Saline. He had come to Saline Township in 1832 from Livonia Township, Livingstone Co., New York. His home in Saline was three miles west of Saline on the Chicago Road. He lived at forty seven West Cross in Ypsilanti, which is in the present four hundred block.

Died-Mrs. Richard Lowden on August 22nd., in Ypsilanti, age 84 years. Born in New Jersey in 1893; in 1820, She married James L. Lowden by who she had ten children. In 1834, She with her husband and children, came to Ypsilanti, settling on a farm in the extreme southern portion of the Township on Bemis Road on both sides of Stoney Creek Road.

Died-In Superior Township on the 24th of August, Ernest, youngest of the family of 12 children of William Roger Crippen, of dysentery.

September 22
Thursday, September 13th, Vannie Cutcheon, only son of Sullivan M. and Josephine Cutcheon, age 4 years, 10 months, and 23 days, died.

There are 120 colored persons living in and near Saline. Those good people can boast of having donated $300 to build an A.M.E. house of worship.

October 13
Died, in this City, October 6th., at the home of his father, Eddie H. only son of Joseph Kitchen, Esq., age 26 years and nine months. Eddie united with the Presbyterian Church in 1876. Prof. Joseph Estabrook preached the funeral sermon at the residence.

Died-September 26th. Mrs. Rebecca Brown, age 67 years. Mrs. Brown was born in Berks Co., Pa., and came to Michigan in 1836 with her father, Deacon Shelmire. In 1837 she married Deacon Tollman Brown who was a Deacon in the Baptist Church in this City.

October 20
Tuesday evening a bright light was seen in the sky. It proved to be the residence of Col. Childs on Forest Ave. The barn was connected with the house(sic). A kerosene lamp to light for evening chores flared up and caught a carriage cover on fire and then the hay until the barn was a sheet of flames. There ought to be a cistern in that vicinity. All the main part of the house could have been saved(sic).

October 27
Thursday was a famous day in Ann Arbor; the citizens saw the corner stone of a splendid Court House laid in position. It was too bad it made the old Court House ring it's requiem and the coming of the new.

November 3
The Board of Supervisors affixed the salaries of the County Officers for the current year:

Judge of Probate

Prosecuting Attorney


Sixty nine cents a day is what Sheriff Case is allowed for boarding the wards.

Died-Willie H. Lucking, son of Joseph and Ellen M. Lucking, November 11th. Willie was kicked in the forehead by a shying horse and lockjaw set in.

November 24
Died, Josephine A. Pease, daughter of Levi E. Dolson of Detroit and beloved wife of Professor Frederick H. Pease, November 19th. age 37 years. Mrs. Pease was married in 1859 having been a student at the Michigan State Normal School. She and her husband united with the Episcopal Church. She leaves five children, the oldest a daughter of 15.

Died-John Swaine, infant son of F.J. Swaine and Lizzie Swaine, age 5 months on November 19th.

Died-William Leach, November 18, 1877 of apoplexy age 63 years. Mr. Leach was born in Bedfirdshire, England and came to this country at age 19 and residing first in Ann Arbor and moving to Ypsilanti in 1864. He kept a Boarding House and Hotel at the Depot. A wife and two sons mourn his loss.

There are now 370 students in the Law Department of the University; Medical Department, 267; Homeopathic Department, 68; Dental, 44. The number of students in the Literary Department estimated at 350.

The high school building at Ypsilanti was destroyed by fire. It was one of the finest Public School buildings in the State. Insured for about half its value. Burned December 9th on a Sunday.

The fire engine used up all of the water in the cistern connected with the school and then drew water from the Ellis (Washtenaw) Street cistern.

December 25
Married on Christmas morning at the Bride's father's in Campbell, Ionia County by Prof. Joseph Estabrook, John Knox Campbell of Augusta to Miss Emma Jennings. Both graduates of the Michigan State Normal School, class of 1876.