Sunday, November 26, 2006

Building and Improvements

The following story appeared in The Ypsilantian of Thursday, November 26, 1891.

Trim & McGregor are building a large house upon their lots in Scovill and Tuttle's addition, on the east side of Adams street extended. This is the first house in that addition since it platted

Broad walks of sawed flag stones are going down in front of the Post stores on Huron street, replacing the last of the rough planks on that block, and on the south side of Congress (Michigan Ave) street eastward from Mack & Mack's. Mr. Loughridge dose the job.

C. D. Bassett is putting a spacious porch across the east and south fronts of his residence at the corner of Washington and Ellis(Washtenaw) streets.

Prof. George has completed an extensive remodeling of his residence on Normal street, placing it on a higher foundation nearer the street, and adding to its size. It makes a very handsome appearance.

The incandescent Lights

The following story appeared in The Ypsilantian of Thursday, November 26, 1891.

The Ypsilanti Elecric Company works are running successfully, with 250 lights now connected, and 80 or 100 more to be added this week. The Hawkins House is now being wired and will be lighted by electricity in a few days. The dynamo is now run only until midnight, but Mr. Rorison expects the business will next week justify running all night, and that within thirty days he will be suppling current for 450 lights. The engine takes steam from the Ainsworth & Cole's boiler. The incandescent lamps furnish the best light in the world.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Runaway horses

This story was published by The Ypsilantian on Thursday, November 12, 1891.

tuesday forenoon, while Mr James Wile of Sheldon, who own a beautiful black team of spirited breed and frisky age was unloading his produce near Harris Bro.'s grocery on Washington street, the horses suddenly took fright and lit out at a tearing pace. Near Mr. Peter Carpenter's residence they collided with an elecric light pole and the light pole came out second best. It was broken in two pieces and the stump was pulled out bodily. The neckyoke was broken, and the tongue dropping plowed up the ground at the team continued to run, till it finally ran under the cross walk at the junction of Huron and Washington streets where the wagon became detached. The team with the air of horses returning from a fire, was finaly caught and brought back, none the worse for their exercise. No one was hurt and very little damage done.

Monday, November 06, 2006

It might have been terrible

This tory appeared in the Ypsilanti Commercial of Friday, November 6, 1891.

What might have been a terrible affair occurred Wednesday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emerick, corner of Cross and Huron strets. They started a coal stove for the first time that evening, and the family and roomers, some eight or ten in all,retired as usual supposing all was right. But it seems that the chimney was stopped up, and all night the stove emptied the poisonous coal gas into the house. In the morning the first to awaken found it almost impossible to get to the doors and open them, but it was done, and a physician at once summoned. He found six of the inmates of the house nearly asphyxiated, but careful treatment has assisted nature, and all are now out of danager.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Quite a Nap

The following story appeared in The Ypsilanti Commercial of Friday, November 6, 1891.

The curiious case of Miss May White, a former student of the Cleary College, who has slept continously for the last 127 days, has attracted national attention. In reply to numerious inquiries the editor of the Stockbridge Sun visited Dr. Brown at whome hame Miss White is staying, and October 22, reports the following:

Much has been said by outside papers as to the case of Mis May White, who as slept now over 127 days, and who os still sleepin; the majority of teh said reports, however were erroneous and false. Having received requests from several of the large daily papers of the state for full particulars, a representative of The Sun called upon Dr. Brown yesterday and learned the following facts.

Miss May White is 23 years of age and is the youngest daughter fo Mr. Palmer White of the town of Ingham who is a farmer and also keeps a general country store. Miss White is the youngest of three childern and has a brother and a sister, the latter now attending her. In 1890 Miss White was taking a course in bookkeeping and shorthand at Cleary's Business College, Ypsilanti, and only had a few weeks to complete said term when she was first taken sick of Nephretis on the 4th of August. While there she received an injury by falling on a slippery pavement, which caused an abscess in her side and she returned home. This Nephretis and abscess healed nicely after treatment, but in about three months there developed Hustorq Epilepsy and she would have from one to fifty convulsions in twenty-four hours, which twisted the nerves in all shapes. These convulsions she continued to have for about two months. The doctor had been driving over to Ingham, which is about two miles from this place to treat her twice a day during all this time, and when it had almost used him up he concluded to have her moved to his house in this village, where he culd devote more of his time and attention to the case.

About the middle of July last, she was removed to Dr. Brown's residence in this village, where she now is. About the 20th of last June she fell into this slumber and has been sleeping now 127 days. No one has ever succeeded to awake her excepting the doctor, although several have tried to do so. It took over five hours for his to awaken her the first time; she had then been sleeping twenty-six hours. The average time it now takes to awaken her is twenty minutes. The shorest period tha efforts have succeeded to keep her awake was twenty minutes and longest six hours, which was a few days ago. Today (Wednesday) she has been awake four hours thirty minutes. She has lost over seventy pounds in weight, and last time only weighed fifty pounds. However, she is now gaining flesh, the doctor says, and his opinion is, therefore, that she wear the sleep out and recover. As to nourishment, she is given ordinary diet twice a day. The doctor awakens her three times a day, viz; at 8:30 A. M. 2:30 P.M. and between nine and ten P. M. she will awaken easier if awakened at regular hours. When sleeping she is rigid and if not awakened would die of exhaustion.

When awake she recognizes all and has full power of her senses and spends most of the time reading books and newspapers, until she falls asleep; awakening she will pick up the book and continue to read from the place she was reading from when she fell asleep.

Miss May White is a young lady of sterling character and before going to Cleary's Business College taught several very successful terms in the district school near home and also in Mt. Pleasant schools.

No doubt this is one of the most singular cases on record and it is being talked about all over the world. Sketches have appeared in papers published in Germany, and also other countries in the world. Dr. Brown receives letters of inquiry from all directions, which if all answered would keep a few men busy.

Building and Improvements

The following appeared in The Ypsilantian of Thursday, November 5, 1891.

Harlow Wells has his handsome new house on Cross street enclosed

Geo. M. Gaudy has the foundation walls of his house at the corner of Pearl and Ballard completed.

The Henderson house on Huron street north of Cross is being improved by porch in front.

The Peninsular Paper Co. are putting in the city water for fire protection, connecting with the main at the corner of Huron and Ann streets, and carrying their pipe across the river to reach the north mill. (This did not do them much good, as the mill on the north side of the river burned in 1898.)

The new proprietors of the Hawkins House are putting in steam heating apparatus.