By Grace Shackman

Twenty-five years in the past Grace Shackman started to record the heritage of Ann Arbor’s constructions, occasions, and folks within the Ann Arbor Observer. quickly Shackman’s articles, which depicted each point of lifestyles in Ann Arbor in the course of the city’s previous eras, grew to become much-anticipated commonplace tales. Readers grew to become to her illuminating minihistories once they desired to find out about a specific landmark, constitution, character, association, or company from Ann Arbor’s past. Packed with photos from Ann Arbor of yesteryear and the current day, Ann Arbor saw compiles the easiest of Shackman’s articles in a single ebook divided into 8 sections: public structures and associations, the collage of Michigan, transportation, undefined, downtown Ann Arbor, activity and tradition, social cloth and groups, and structure.  For long-time citizens, Ann Arbor expatriates, collage of Michigan alumni, and viewers alike, Ann Arbor saw offers a unprecedented glimpse of the bygone days of a city with a wealthy and sundry history. Grace Shackman is a background columnist for the Ann Arbor Observer, the neighborhood Observer, and the outdated West facet information, in addition to a author for collage of Michigan guides. She is the writer of 2 earlier books: Ann Arbor within the nineteenth Century and Ann Arbor within the twentieth Century.

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If it was a hot day, they’d put up umbrellas. The curb market, as it was originally called, was started in May 1919 by the Community Federation, composed of representatives from several women’s organizations. The group believed it could cut food costs by eliminating the middleman. In fact, several grocers, fearing the competition, went to the common council to object to the plan. They were overruled, and the council and the board of public works approved the federation’s request to let the farmers sell from the streets adjacent to the courthouse.

During the food shortages of World War II, the market was busier than ever. Mildred Parker remembers customers lining up five or six stalls back to buy her chickens. ” From its inception through the 1960s, market stalls were in great demand. “Quite a few [growers] would stay all night the night before to get a preferred spot,” Alex Nemeth remembers. Bob Dieterle, who still works the family farm near Saline, remembers that his mother used to go at 2 AM and park across from the armory to make sure she’d get a stall.

46 Ann Arbor Observed Kelsey was born in 1858 in Ogden, New York, and educated at the University of Rochester. Early pictures show a dark-haired, serious young man, but most surviving photos show a graying, bearded gentleman, dressed formally even on archaeological sites. “He had a heavy beard and rode a bicycle,” recalled the late Charles A. Sink in the book Our Michigan. Sink and Kelsey worked closely over the decades when Kelsey was president and Sink the administrator of the University Musical Society.

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