1886 - 1898

By dhowell - Posted on 02 January 2008

April 8, 1886. The roads were blocked with snow which was considered the worst of the season with some roads so drifted that they will be impassable for days. The Tuesday train on the Jackson Branch arrived here Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. On the north side of Exchange Place there was a snow drift six foot high and Davis took some pictures while the clerks were shoveling.

The big snow of April 7, 1886. In the distance right is the hotel. On the left is Rehfuse & Kapp, John Mills Grocery, Gwinner store and the old Baptist Church. Note the hitching posts and kerosene street lamps.

April 22, 1886. The city fathers talked of erecting a village hail. There was $2,500 in the treasury and a like amount was possible from the saloon tax.

May 31, 1886. A bottling works for lager beer, export beer and ale was planned for the rear of Lehr's store until better quarters could be obtained. Special bottles were ordered from Pittsburgh.

June 3, 1886. The first canopy top carriage built here has been finished by George Nisle.

September 2, 1886. George Nisle moved his building from the lot sold to the village for a council building to the corner of Exchange and Clinton St.

September 9, 1886. New Industry. Valentine and Town of Rose, New York have rented the rink and are planning to evaporate fruit by the Rose Process. The plant will run at capacity (350 bushels) day and night through February. Forty or fifty people, mostly women will work for 50 to 75¢ a day. The firm wants 40,000 bushels of apples that drop from trees (not cider apples). They are paying 10¢ a bushel.

September 23, 1886. Ground was broken Monday for the Council Chamber and the dirt is being used to raise the grade on Main Street.

October 7, 1886. People have the impression that the building on Clinton Street is to be a town hall. Others think there is to be an amusement hall in the building. Neither are correct. The village is to erect the building and pay for it out of the village treasury. It will be used for an engine house, jail, and a place to store tools belonging to the village. The second floor will be used for a council chamber, clerk's office, etc. The latter will be provided with a fire proof vault in which to keep the books and papers of the village. (At that time the council room was over Baxter's store with meetings the 1st and 3rd Mondays.)

November 11, 1886. The street sprinkler is working. Strawberry and raspberry bushes are in bloom. Fifty citizens went to council to see what to do about the new bridge. Mr. Burtless talked with the state agent of the bridge company at Charlotte and he plans to come Friday to set up the bridge.

November 18, 1886. The citizens "who pecked away" and asked questions have brought to light some valuable secrets which had been hidden. The town board had borrowed of B. G. English $2,400. The note was for 3 years. They intended to use some of the money to pay for the iron bridge but the committee made it so warm that they returned the money to English and now it is likely that our taxpayers will have the great satisfaction and pleasure of paying the whole sum by way of taxes this year. The Board acted unwisely but they intended to make it easier for the taxpayers.

November 25, 1886. The Bridge was thrown open to the public Monday and it was a great relief. Some people complained because it should have been wider—others said it was just right. All in all, we think the bridge is sufficient for our needs and will be a joy forever.

December 2, 1886. Council is asked to repair the wooden sidewalks. Many places are not safe and when covered with snow will be dangerous. The approaches at each end of the Exchange Street bridge are dangerous and the planks are slanting and slippery. Proper officers should see that they are made safe at once.

April 28, 1887. The Bottling works has been sold by W. H. Lehr to Wurster Brothers and will be moved to the Southern Brewery where John Koch will set up the machinery and Wurster will do the business.

May 5, 1887. Cows are beginning to roam the street and council will have to take action as the boys who herd the cows are saucy and they, and the cows, should be off the streets.

July 21, 1887. The little building on the corner of Exchange Place and Clinton Street used by George Nisle as a trimming shop has been moved to the rear of the Gwinner Block. Reichert intends to move the building in which Nisle lives to the corner lot.

February 17, 1887. Rha Conklin bought the old cooper shop building at the corner of Jackson and Union street and moved his broom factory there.

February 5, 1889. The village bought a fire bell. Later this bell was used to call the council meeting until the practice was abolished in the early 1900s.

March, 1890. An ordinance was adopted prohibiting trains to travel more than 6 miles an hour in the village. Fine $50.

[DH & I railroad depot on Ann Arbor Hill. Note Blacksmith Shop and Union School in the background.]

April 24, 1891. Council ordered the windmill on Exchange place to be painted ... Later in the summer council approved locating a tank or reservoir to be placed on the west side of South road 22' from the L.S. & M.S. railway near the spring. It was 12' in diameter with a capacity of 225 barrels for fire protection . . . cost $42. Another reservoir was placed on E. Main Street near the Frank Spafard residence.

[DH & I railroad depot on Ann Arbor Hill, showing the freight depot.]

August 7, 1891. Council approved the German Day Celebration set for August 19, 1891. Committee for arrangements invited council to participate in the grand street parade and gave permission for the celebration committee to erect several arches across the streets of the village. Six special policemen were to be on duty August 19, and council ordered the village hail be decorated in honor of German Day.

Dutch Day, August 19, 1891, was a Silver Anniversary.

Jan. 29, 1892. We miss the street lamp that stood in front of the Goodyear House. Why don't the city fathers erect a tallow candle on Ann Arbor Hill and illuminate the whole town... The People's Bank received two sacks of small coins. They are one, two, three and five cent pieces and are for general circulation.

November 22, 1895, A. Freeman, who owned Goodyear House, asked council to remove the windmill (which he called barn yard fixture) from in front of Goodyear House. He offered to move the windmill to the rear of Goodyear House and said he would pipe the water from the well to a stone watering trough similar to those in other towns. He also offered to keep the windmill in repair as long as it was worth repairing.

December, 1897. Saturday being Christmas, the banks will be closed all day and will not be open Saturday evening. The post office will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and after 4 p.m. Some of the stores will be closed Saturday (Christmas) afternoon but doubt if any will be closed all day. Lewis Kueblet bought the brick store recently vacated by Lynch & Co. and will move his tin shop there. John Kensler moved his beanpicking establishment next to Amsdens—where the post office used to be located... The Stevens farm, about two and a half miles west of the village, which has been owned by Walker Bros. of Rochester, N.Y., was sold by their agent, T. J. Farrell, to Wm. H. Buss of Rogers Corners, Freedom. The place consists of 160 acres, 40 acres of which lies about a mile farther west. Selling price $40 per acre....

February 10, 1898. Rowe and Smith were advertising milk at 30 quarts of milk for $1.00, after that the price will be 4 cents a quart.

March 14, 1898. Box rent at the post office increased: after April 1st call boxes will be 20 cents a quarter, small lock boxes will be 35 cents, medium 40 cents and a large drawer fifty cents.

November 24, 1898, Manchester has eight firms selling dry goods, boots and shoes, ten selling stationery, 15 selling tobacco and cigars and 12 selling groceries.