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Lonier died inand Hoffer in People still talk of the second huge fire which destroyed the mill in Robert Mahrle, the nightwatchman, discovered the fire Sunday evening, July By the time the alarm was turned in, flames were shooting through the sides. When the floor burned, the safe and desk tumbled into the flume. Later they were rescued by workmen. The papers were soaked but legible. There was a good breeze blowing from the west. All attempts to save the building were futile. Flames leaped across the river and threatened Mary Swift's millinery shop now Knouase barbershop.
But the building escaped with little damage. Across the street to the north several stores were threatened, including Wm. Holt's confectionery, Gauss' barbershop and the G.
The plate glass windows in the Union Savings Bank were broken by the intense heat. Even the windows at Mrs. Conklin's across the river were broken. Several others on Exchange Place and Railroad street were damaged. Burning brands, carried by the wind, were reportedly landed on roofs as far as three blocks away. A paper reported, "A considerable number of young men were attending a dance at Wampler's lake. Nisle and asked him to send them home.
It didn't take many minutes for them to get here. Blaess became the owner inand he sold to E. Today the mill is operated by Willard and Earl Mann, known as the E. Three water wheels were installed before The one being used today was installed in and came from Springfield, Ohio, manufactured by Leffie Mfg. The wheel is 5. Twelve years ago there were a couple of dozen water generated mills but the others have changed to electric power.
The grain elevator was added in and over 5, bushels of grain can be stashed away in huge bins. Later it is ground, mixed, and such things as protein, minerals and antibiotics added to make a complete balanced feed for livestock, hogs and poultry.
Bulk trucks, distribute the feed to farmers specializing in big time operations. The 50' x 50' mill has galvanized steel siding.
It opens its doors at 7: Saturday the four workmen finish at noon. During wartime the mill worked on a 'round the clock basis. Five years ago a second feeder grinder was installed to speed production. Now the time is cut in half and the volume of business doubled.
Part of the power is generated by electricity but at least half is water power. When the water has been very low the gates have been closed so that by morning there would be enough water to turn the water wheel for at least a half day.
The mill grinds feeds for farmers for their use and also buys from those who want to sell. This gives the mill needed grain for their custom business with the bulk trucks. Van Duyn, vice president. On the board of directors were: Hewitt was named lawyer for the bank. On February 10,the directors of the bank approved the purchase of the Jno. On the night of October 10, the bank was robbed. Inasmuch as the criminals were never caught, the local folks decided that the James boys must have been the culprits.
The first lodge meeting was held Dec. All the Masonic meetings in the village have been held on the third floor of whatever building the Masons were using at the time.
Gilman was the first worshipful master. Chandler for making the lodge emblem. The same emblem is used in the lodge hall at the present time. On March 30,the lodge was consecrated, The Masons obtained a meeting room on the third floor of the Union Savings Bank inits present meeting place.
This has not changed. In October,the announcement that the Union School would be open on November 4th of that year was received with enthusiasm. Olney was to be assisted by Eugene C. It was pointed out that a Union School is systematic and orderly. Children do not go to school under the direction much less whims of parents—only in so far as they coincide with the principal and teachers. The new Goodyear Hall in the Goodyear new brick block was dedicated Nov. The size was 50 x 80 feet with a large stage and beautiful scenery.
The building was owned by Henry Goodyear. Professor Beck's band played and a supper was served at Exchange Hotel. These were the times that S. John Schaible, uncle of the late Arthur Jenter, and the horse drawn hearse in front of the Geo. Fine calicoes brought 10 cents a yard, ginghams, a shilling, fine black all wool doeskin brought eight shillings and a person could get enough heavy all wool beaver for an overcoat for five dollars-and a hoop skirt sold for 6 to 8 shillings.
About people greeted the New Year at the biggest party ever held in the community when they gathered at Goodyear's hall, A vast amount of snow fell during the winter of This was followed by heavy rain.
Old inhabitants of the area recalled that they could not remember of so much property being destroyed. The continuous rains caused the ice to break in the upper pond and it floated down against the Brewery bridge, sweeping it away on Sunday. On the next Wednesday, the Tannery dam gave way as did the dam at Clinton. The water gushed on, ripping out the Tecumseh Red Mill dam and the bridge on Ridgeway road, on March 11, The Methodist Church purchased a new bell that weighed pounds and it called the congregation to worship for the first time, Sunday, May 3, Kirchgessner started in the bakery business in June ofin the building which had been occupied by Rose and Rothchild.
In the same year, the city fathers approved building cross walks so that according to the Manchester Enterprise "we will be enabled to cross without danger of having our heads kicked oft, or getting in the mud. After one year of publishing the local paper Geo.
Spafford sold to Mat Blosser who began publishing on November 26, Houses were in great demand. A foundry and machine works was one of the early industries of the village. This was owned by A. Dickerson and was located in the eastern part of the village. It commanded one of the finest water sites of the area on the east bank of the Raisin.
Champion and Curtis plows were manufactured along with corn cultivators and other farm implements which were shipped to other parts of the country. A shingle machine was also located in the establishment and more than shingles were sawed in a couple of months. There was also a blacksmith shop in connection with the factory, making new parts and repairing old.
On June 17,Mat. Blosser interviewed some of the older people of the community who remembered when Manchester was young—some forty years before. These veterans remembered when the area was a vast wilderness. They were the people who should be credited with the development of civilization and wealth of Manchester more than the tradesman and statesman who followed them.
He decided to stop here, not only because of the fertility of the land, but because, even then, the flour mill stood on the bank of the Raisin. The mill and two other buildings, Union Hall and another building owned by Chas.
Gwinner, were all that marked the inroad of civilization. Southern Washtenaw Mill on Main Street. Note the wooden bridge. They had the satisfaction of seeing the community thrive. From a sturdy forest which afforded shade for the wild beasts and a hunting ground for the uncivilized Indian they watched a village flourish and develop into one of the most beautiful inland villages in the state.
From the brick buildings on the Main Street could be heard the roar of the water as it tumbled over the falls, sweeping through field and forest as it swept along toward Lake Erie.
By there were three dams and the river afforded unlimited resources for manufacturing. Reynolds kept the mill in operation night and day turning out an average of barrels of flour per day. The Woolen Mill across the street deserved equal mention. Other enterprises and manufacturing indicated that Manchester, Michigan, was indeed destined to symbolize the great manufacturing and commercial city in England from which she derived her name.
The same energy that puts forth its strong arm in battle for wealth had not been forgotten in the early days when education took its footing beneath the roof of the rustic log school house. Just how they valued their school and education was shown by their crowning effort—the erection of the Union School. The six churches in were ample to meet the needs of the community. Each pulpit of the churches had ministers of ability, men whose Bible study placed them high in the rank with the noble soldiers of the Almighty.
At that time one of the largest and finest hotels in the state was the Goodyear House with a fine location near the depot. A stroll around town would satisfy the most fastidious, that in the construction of private residences, the citizens displayed a degree of taste and refinement difficult to rival.
A long row of fine brick homes on Ann Arbor Street overlooked the Raisin. The railroad through the village afforded the facility for getting produce into the large markets of the east and south. Manchester was the hub for all the immense quantities of all kinds of produce which the rich plains afford.
There is an old saying that "what has been done once can be done again". With this in mind some were giving thought to a second railroad for Manchester. There was the Central which started in Detroit and on to Chicago. The other, the Southern, started in Toledo and also terminated in Chicago.
The two vast facilities, with their cargo of rolling stock, was insufficient to meet the increasing demands. At this time another road was being planned from Detroit to Ypsilanti, Manchester, Hilisdale and also to be terminated in Chicago. Instead of being the victim of a monopoly these railroads would serve better because they would be operating on a competitive basis. Money was beginning to circulate more freely with the wool crop coming into market.
Local buyers, with strict orders from the east, were paying as high as 35 to 40 cents. Gillett of Sharon received recognition for raising Saxton sheep, which European fairs were still hailing as a "best of breeds.
The shop was on Railroad Street and the owners came from Ypsilanti. The marble was from the celebrated quaries of Vermont. Monuments were sold to residents in many of the surrounding communities and an impressive one is on the grave of Lawson W. Leap in Oak Grove. As the wheels of time rolled on vast changes were taking place.
Work shops were springing up in every direction and the clang of the anvil and the sound of hammer and saw were heard from early morning to late at night. It was no longer necessary to go to Jackson or other places for wagons that would withstand the wear and tear of the hilly country roads with heavy loads of grain or merchandise.
Comfortable carriages were manufactured here, too. Vreeland and Company had the reputation of manufacturing some of the finest wagons and carriages in "the west. The iron work and painting was done on Water Street. Seven men were employed with others working part time. Time Changed - Ford Plant This chapter division has been created for online presentation purposes and does not appear in the original.
Time Changed Time changed—back in —same as today. How did anyone know the exact time? The telegraph operator at Cleveland would telegraph the time to all operators at 12 noon on Sunday and clocks were set. Marcius Simons was the telegraph operator here and "Manchester was connected with the whole world and part of Soulesville by the telegraph.
Also in September, E. Completion date was November 1, Total enrollment in the Union School was in September, The Flag It was generally believed that the Republicans of Manchester in s had one of the best campaign banners in the state in the early days.
The size was 45 feet long by 10 feet wide. On one side of the banner was a beautiful scene on the Mississippi River with a fort on the bluffs, gun-boats and General Grant in the foreground. On the other side was a battle scene with the General on horse back ordering the Reserves to the front. It was reported that pedestrians passing along the street were continually colliding with each other while gazing at the gorgeous flag. With this in mind, it was ordered that it be displayed only on Saturdays.
Unterkircher one half on the east side, in March of The Goodyear block had three stories, which was singled out as a brick structure of architectural beauty and would have been a credit to a much larger town. On the first floor were two stores, one hundred feet from front to rear. The other was the dry good store of the Wastell Brothers. The second floor had numerous offices including the Manchester Enterprise newspaper office.
The third floor was the Goodyear hall-one of the best in the country. Union Savings Bank A. Waters and Walter Mack were the two men who spent long hours canvassing prospective subscribers by horse and buggy in their successful efforts to raise money for the foundation of The Union Savings Bank. The prospects of starting any new business didn't appear to be very bright.
There had been a nationwide panic in and banks had closed doors, railroads were going into receivership, and business houses were crashing. Coxey's army of unemployed marched on Washington. Money was scarce, although Manchester didn't seem to suffer as some parts of the country. The first director's meeting was held on the third floor of Arbieter Hall on June 30, Kapp, 2nd Vice President; Edwin E.
Root, Cashier; Arthur J. Waters, John Wuerthner, John M. Mack, Fred Breitenwischer, and Arnold H. The Union Hall was taken down and a new three-story brick building was constructed and open by early winter. Root, cashier, was the only employee. These were the days of the plank sidewalks, cobblestone gutters, and hitching posts along Main Street.
And the bank paid its share for having the dirt streets sprinkled to lay the dust. This was the beginning of the electric lights on Main Street, for on February 10,the village council gave J.
Kingsley the franchise for supplying the village with electric power and street lamps of the kerosene variety were on their way out. The three-story Southern Washtenaw Mill was doing big business in State Seal flour, across the street from the bank. Ed Root arrived at 7: Banking hours were nine to four and many a night he had to work after supper to keep the books up to date.
Elwin English joined the staff a few years later as a part-time employee. Horning peddled his bike eight miles each way to help out at the bank. Horning died in and he was succeeded by John M. The same year Bennett C.
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Root graduated from high school and joined the bank. In the bank had difficulty in finding enough cash to do business during its second national panic. Farmers were shipping livestock and coming to the bank to cash checks. Correspondent banks refused to part with large sums of cash. Instead of asking for large sums the Union Savings Bank asked for smaller amounts and kept enough money on hand to meet the demand—and the bank remained sound.
Merchants also helped during this panic by using railroad pay checks for currency. The checks were in five and ten dollar amounts. Merchants kept them and used them as money. InJohn M. Horning, the bank's second president, died, and Dr. At his death inEdwin E. Bennett Root became cashier in InEdward R. Kirk joined the staff and inLeRoy A. Marx went behind the counter. More than one bank failed during the depression of but the Union Savings Bank came through with flying colors, stronger than before.
The Union Bank building was a temporary makeshift school facility while the modern new school building was under construction in Classes were also held in the Village Hall and the Sloat Building. Also inthe bank and community lost a friend.
Waters, who laid the foundation for the bank and influenced its growth, died. But he had taught well and the bank continued to grow. After 49 years of service to the bank, Edwin E.
Root retired as president and became president-emeritus. But retirement didn't mean that he didn't keep in daily contact with the institution. He passed on inat the age of 89, just a year after he retired. Hendley was elected to the Board of Directors in January,and was named to the vice presidency in January, ; inhe became president of the bank, a post he holds at the present time.
On October 1,Dan J. He is executive vice president and cashier at this time. An extensive remodeling program was carried on at the "Bank on the Corner" during and '59 and the bank carried on its business across the street in the building which had housed the Peoples Bank. The remodeled facility includes space formerly used by Walsh's Restaurant and Sutton Insurance Agency. The Fire - Manchester has never forgotten the fire which nearly wiped it from the map.
The sleeping village was awakened at 6 a. Sunday, May 1,by the sound of burning timber as flames leaped from the flouring mill on Main Street known as Exchange Place. The wind spread the fire to the opposite side of the street and before it could be brought under control 14 business houses and one dwelling had burned. The entire business section up to the hotel which stood where Grossman-Huber Station iswas left in ashes.
The villagers labored for hours to save the village west of the hotel. As the townspeople began the work of rebuilding, they talked of the growing tension between the North and South. The white colonial styled house on Adrian Street, now owned by the Briggs family, became an underground railway station which played an important part in smuggling slaves into Canada.
The company was made up of 57 men under command of Capt. Comstock with Isaac Clarkson, 1st. Major; Chauncey Walbridge, Commissary Sgt. Commander and Oscar Lechheagle. The Comstock Post No. The charter members were: Logan, James Kelly, A. Whitmoore, Thomas Rushton, Joseph E. Burch, William Freeman, Sam R. Williams of Jackson mustered the men, according to the Manchester Enterprise of May 20, There was entertainment and refreshments at Goodyear hall.
James Kelly of Manchester organized the men and they marched to the Lake Shore Depot to meet the Jackson and Napoleon posts and paraded down town. Installation took place behind locked doors with the following officers elected: O'Neill; Officer of the Day, G.
Sherwood; Officer of the Guard, H. Among those who are buried at Oak Grove or St. Mathews, Philander Millard, Geo.
Bailey, Addis Gillett, Harvey D. Holloway, James Kelley, William J. Nisle, Daniel Burch, Alfred A. World War I claimed two from Manchester.
Emil Jacob was killed in the battle of the Argonne in October, The Legion Post is named in his honor. Ehnis died in France on January 31,of pneumonia.
Manchester had casualities in World War II. Brazee and Richard Seckinger. Those who gave their lives in the Vietnam conflict were: The tiny Main Street riverside park with its memorial stone made way for the expansion program for a parking area at the corner grocery; The memorial stone was moved to Wurster Park in front of St. Mary's Church and the Library. Richard Lord's Gravestone A small rnetal plaque at the base of his gravestone now cites Richard Edwin Lord as a soldier of the American Revolution.
The grave is located in Gillett Cemetery in Sharon Township about five miles northwest of Manchester. DAR members placed the marker at the grave in time for May 30,memorial services. Records are not clear but Lord apparently moved to Ann Arbor in June, He brought his wife and three small children with him. A married son, David, had moved to this area a year earlier. Nellie Ross of Grass Lake, Lord's great-great-granddaughter, was present at the cemetery when the marker was placed on the grave by the Plymouth-Northville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Other great-great-grandchildren living in this area include William F. Shaler and Clair Shaler of Bellevue and Mrs. Lois Schlotteman of Grass Lake.
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Schools When the Civil War ended the village perked up and started to engage in business of various kinds and new business houses were built. At that time there were two school districts. The first was District 1 in Soulesville, named for the man who built the dam on the Raisin River and erected a saw mill.
This place continued to prosper even after the other two dams were built farther up the river. A brick school stood on the hill on what is now the Lepshis farm. When a ladle of stock is absorbed, and the bottom of the pan is easily visible, add another ladle. Continue until all stock is used or until risotto is just cooked with a small bit of al-dente texture left. Stir in peas and finish with cashew cream and salt to taste. Top with roasted carrots, tomatoes, and mushrooms as well as arugula salad dressed with lemon vinaigrette.
Find the best tables and private rooms in the region. BISTRO 82 One of the only destination dining locations in downtown Royal Oak, their menu features French onion soup dumplings, steak frites, daily selection of oysters and cinnamon sugar coated beignet.
Table seven, a round table that seats up to eight people. Window tables with a scenic view of the train tracks. The menu also boasts variety, offering dishes such as duck ravioli and barbequed ribs, flavored with orange molasses and vinegar. Entrees include roasted semi-boneless Cornish chicken.
Originally located in Detroit. Eight seats at the bar. Located in a high-profile part of the restaurant, these tables are highly requested. Under the outdoor gazebo or, if you are looking to see or be seen, table 30 or 31 in the center of the dining room. Both tables seat five to six people.
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The Chestnut Farms rotisserie chicken is a house favorite. If you are looking for privacy ask for the Stave Cave, which seats up to 20 and has curtains that can be closed. The Sonoma and Napa rooms, which hold 25 and 15 people, are the most requested part of the steakhouse.
The chef emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. The plush red Gotti booth is a customer favorite, but for more privacy the board rooms seats Other popular areas of the restaurant include six rooms for private dining, serving and glass-stained Room 11, which includes a flat screen TV and a fireplace. Owner Sameer Eid selects the finest cuts each morning, using them in specialty dishes such as the baba ghanoush and hashwi with lamb confit.
Booths 1, 2, and 21 are popular for meetings. The two most private booths can seat up to six people and are located beside the wine cellar. If you are looking to maximize privacy, the Paul Smith room has its own private entrance. Located in the center of the restaurant, this table seats up to eight people and offers views of the entire restaurant and the wine wall. Table is also highly requested for a more private setting. Table 40 is at the center of the restaurant near a fireplace.
With a low wall to one side and a high wall to the other, this secluded table offers ample privacy for a group of eight. Tables on the patio are the most requested. Table 14 is tucked away and by a window. A corner table by the patio that seats up to eight people and offers plenty of privacy. The Michigan Room can seat up to 20 people, is very private, and can accommodate computer, television, or other media use.
It has all the ambiance of an upscale steakhouse. Table 36 is nestled in the corner next to the fireplace and with a view of the woods. A round table in the center of the room. Pair their fresh gnocchi with the house special pancetta and mushroom sauce.
Accommodating up to 90 guests, the elegant Galleria offers plenty of privacy for meetings both small and large. Meals are prepared in a wood-fire oven and served small plates-style in shareable portions.
The eatery offers meals such as seasonal flatbread, grilled trout, and charred octopus, as well as local brews and craft cocktails. B, L, D Sat. The restaurant offers contemporary American food, small-plates style, along with craft cocktails.
The opening menu offers nine plates and three desserts, which change with the seasons. The table seats a minimum of five people and a maximum of eight, comfortably. All ingredients are locally sourced and butchery is done in-house. This allows the chefs to work with different cuts of meat.
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There are two royal blue celebrity booths that are highly requested. There is also a private table behind the booths, centered around a 3-piece mural of Detroit. The restaurant also prides itself in using as many Michigan products as possible, such as the Michigan rainbow trout in their Detroit fish and chips. A window table overlooking the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit River.
Table 15 or 16 are on the old porch overlooking Lothrop Street. The Sewing Machine Table is in a corner that overlooks the entire restaurant and seats up to four people. A table in the main dining room, next to floor to ceiling windows with views of the river, the Riverwalk, and Windsor. Also harkening back to the original restaurant, the new establishment serves old favorites like the veal chop Oscar. Booths 1, 2, and Any table along the riverfront provides a wonderful view for guests.
For privacy, there are enjoyable booths behind the bar. For a more scenic view, sit next to the windows that look out onto Washington Blvd. Any table that overlooks the front window provides a view of Greektown, as well as a gentle breeze to those dining.
Tiered seating on three levels offers the best skyline views. Table 28 sits in the center of the bay window area and overlooks Woodward Ave. The table seats two and is surrounded by a garden and a wrought-iron fence. A garden provides fresh ingredients like arugula, basil, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes for the Northern Italian cuisine. When weather permits, the ideal table is one by a fireplace, on the patio with a scenic view.
Tables in the Red Room or the Champagne Room are fantastic and private. The middle booth 21 is also a great option. Table one and 27 are recommended for business meetings because of their intimate and private ambience. For entertainment, table four offers an up close view of the live music, but for a quieter and secluded setting, the Board Room is a private room with a inch screen and speakers that allow guests to see and hear the band, yet still conduct a private meeting.
Table 64 seats up to eight people and is convenient for a private lunch-in. Fireside booths, with their elegant mahogany leather, offer an impressive and an intimate setting. A table in the main dining room, next to the reserve wine room with more than bottles.
Seven Mile, Northville,L Mon. Table seven is located in a second dining room and is near the salad bar. There is also a private dining room that seats up to 30 people. Any of the over-sized luxury booths. The perimeter tables offer the most privacy. D Daily Brunch Sat.
A private dining room is available that can extend near the fireplace. With its doors shut, the private dining room holds approximately 26 people. Entree selections include Piedmontese filet mignon, Norwegian salmon, and spring vegetable risotto. A table by the window overlooking the park for a quieter dinner, or a table in the back corner.