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The Owosso American July 4, 1883

The Ann Arbor Courier Jan. 5, 1883
Mr. C. L. French has left the position of general manage and station agent of the Toledo, Ann Arbor and Grand Trunk road.

Pinckney Dispatch Feb. 1, 1883
The Toledo and Ann Arbor railroad Co. will soon commence the erection of a depot at South Lyon.

The Ann Arbor Courier Feb. 2, 1883
The car shops of the Toledo road which are located here employ eight or ten men. They are soon to be moved to Manhattan Junction near Toledo.

Pinckney Dispatch Feb. 8, 1883
The railroad interests through this place have been somewhat prevaricated by the officials of the road, and it must be remembered that the committee by whom the amount to be raised was pledged, have labored earnestly to meet their requirements, and a t present they report by $400 lacking. This includes a fair estimate on the right of way to be pledged through the village of South Lyon. [South Lyon Excelsior]

Only one train daily now between Ann Arbor and South Lyon. You can go to Ann Arbor, but you can't return the same day.

The Ann Arbor Courier Feb. 9, 1883 (originally from Dexter Leader)
We have it on good authority that the Toledo and Ann Arbor Railroad company will construct a road from Ann Arbor along the line of the Huron River, calling at Foster's Delhi, Scio, Dexter, branching hence to Dirkett's, Pickney, Howell, Bryon, Corunna and Owosso – crossing the Detroit, Lansing and Northern at Howell, the Chicago and Grand Trunk at Bancroft, and the Junction of the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee and Saginaw division of the Michigan Central Railroad at Owosso – thence into all the Saginaw pine country. The advantages of such a route are obvious. It would open up much new country, and connect towns and villages which never ought to be separated. One-half the cost of lumber freight would be saved to manufactures and dealers here, while competition would give us a double route and triple accommodations, besides immediately having the freight charges to Detroit by giving us a shorter route East by way of Toledo.

The Ann Arbor Courier March 2, 1883
Special train brought the Uncle Tom's Cabin troupe down from South Lyon Wednesday noon in time for them to give a street parade in the afternoon.

The Ann Arbor Courier Feb. 9, 1883
By the of one of the T. & A. A. R. R. cars last Friday it was overturned and Mr. Hamilton, who happened to be in it, was slightly injured.

The Ann Arbor Courier Feb. 9, 1883
The Toledo road was snowed in again Tuesday night and was opened Wednesday by a train of two locomotives and three cars which went north to South Lyon.

Pinckney Dispatch March 15, 1883
Ties are being distributed along the Michigan Air Line between Pontiac and South Lyon. They will be placed as soon as the weather will admit. [Excelsior]

The Ann Arbor Courier March 23, 1883
On account of a misplaced switch the south bound passenger train was derailed Tuesday afternoon at the Y on the Toledo road near the jail. The engine ran off, and it was not until early the next morning that the hands succeeded in getting it again on the track. In the meantime all traffic north on the road was suspended.

Pinckney Dispatch April 19, 1883
The railroad work on the M. A. L. has begun in earnest, gangs of men are scattered all along the line. Mr. Achley has commenced work with a corps of men in the village and will work westward to connect at Ata Washburn's with Mr, Reynolds who is also advancing with a corps. He is met at Weatherhead's mills by Mr. Williams. Another gang is at work near Whitmore Lake. A number of other companies are at work further on. S, Haywood with a strong force is engaged near Pinckney, marching this way with a resolute will.[Excelsior]

Meriden Daily Republican May 13, 1893
The End of the Strike Near,
New York, March 13,-- J. M. Ashley, Jr., vice president of the Toledo, Ann Arbor and Lake Michigan railroad, received a dispatch to the effect that the United States court has decided that all railroads in territory of the Ann Arbor road must accept freight from the Toledo, Ann Arbor and Lake Michigan, and that an order to that effect would be issued by the court to that effect would be issued by the court tomorrow morning. Another telegram stated that the strikers, through Chief Arthur, were willing to declare the strike off if the railroad officials would meet their employees as individuals and listen to their grievances.

Pinckney Dispatch May 10, 1883
A T. A. A. & G. T. engine collided with a box car in the yard Monday, while switching, and both thrown from the track and the cab of the engine bruised up somewhat, but nobody was injured. [Excelsior]

Pinckney Dispatch May 17, 1883
The T. A. A. & G. T. R. R. Co. are ornamenting their line with a wire fence.[Excelsior]

A special train went from last night on the T. A. A. & G. T. road. It was chartered by the I. O. O. F., who when to South Lyon to institute a lodge in that town. [Ann Arbor Courier]

Pinckney Dispatch May 24, 1883
Mr. Ashley, of the Toledo and Ann Arbor road was met at Ann Arbor, Saturday last by delegations from this vicinity, Plainsfield, Pinckney and Unadilla being represented. As, a result of this interview, Mr. Ashley visited this place yesterday, where he was again met by various delegations from neighboring towns, Howell being included. While no definite proposition was made by parties on either side, Mr. Ashley stated that the extension of the road was an an assured fact, and the location of the line would depend upon the chance of local business and other encouragement that could be offered. The company already have a line built to South Lyon, and unless substantial aid is offered for another route, the extension will undoubtedly be made from that point northward. A large delegation of Howell business men were here yesterday, and and the interest at that point is undoubtedly very strong. If the “middle route route” is adopted, Howell, Pinckney, Birkett and Dexter will be obliged to raise a bonus to compensate in some degree for the abandonment or disposal of the line from Ann Arbor to South Lyon. Mr. Ashley drove over the line from Dexter to Pinckney, yesterday, in company with Mr. Birkert, and seemed favorably impressed with the scope of the country which would be traversed by the proposed line. It is probable that a preliminary survey will soon be made, and then a definite proposition can be offered by the company.

Pinckney Dispatch May 31, 1883
Condemnation proceedings have been commenced to secure the right of way across the lands of Geo. VanAtta and Mrs. Soper, for the G. T. R. R., and also against O. J. Goodspeed for land adjoining

the railroad which is wanted for grading purposes.[South Lyon Picket]

Pinckney Dispatch June 14, 1883
J. M. Ashley, Jr., came to Howell again last Friday, this time to lay before our citizens the proposition referred to in the public meeting reported one week ago, with authority from the directors of the T. A. A. R. R. The proposition is substantially this; – The road will be build if the the people along the route will buy bonds issued by the company to the amount of $5000 per mile upon these conditions, namely:-- $30,000 worth shall be taken up by subscribers, on the completion on the road built to furnish iron, rolling stock, and build depots, ware houses and other equipments. Mr. John Weimeister began the work here by subscribing for $5,000 worth of bonds, at the same time pledging himself to tale $5,000 more more if necessary. Wm. McPherson and Sons then subscribed for $10,000 worth, but a few forcible words from Mr. Ashley persuaded that energetic firm to double that amount. The committee appointed to solicit the subscriptions then went to work and canvassed the work before them. They show $40,000 in subscriptions as a result of the few hours actual solicitation up to the time of this writing (Tuesday morning).[our Correspondent]

Pinckney Dispatch June 21, 1883
The T. A. A. & G. T. have now put on two trains daily each way which makes it convenient.[South Lyon Picket]

Pinckney Dispatch June 28, 1883
The piles are being driven for the foundation of the turn-table and Wm. Groig has th the job of putting it up.

Nineteen cars of steel rail arrived at the depot last Saturday, for the G. T. R. R., which means that track -laying is to be commenced at once.[Picket]

The Owosso American July 4, 1883
The Howell Democrat reports $8,300 additional railroad bond sales, making a total of $54,200. The second list shows one subscription of $1,000 (A. D. Kneeland) and the remainder is made up of sums from $500 down to $100. The Democrat is informed by Mr. Ashley that the company has engaged a corps of engineers to commence surveying, July 15, either the Howell or Hartland route.

Byron had another railroad meeting last Saturday which was quite well attended and a great deal of enthusiasm was manifested. Hon. Mr. Ashley was present. The difference between stock and bonds was explained to those present in such a way that your correspondent wondereth why bonds go begging with so much idle capital as there is in the country at present; but they gave the people here their choice between taking $30,000 in bonds or donating $15,000 in cash when the road should be completed and a depot established within half a mile of the city, and as the people of Byron and vicinity are noted for their liberality they choose the latter, believing it to be more blessed togive than to receive (Railroad bonds). And now, Dear Press, we feel that we are plenty old enough (if not very large) to have a railroad, and we think our past experience combined with our age will cause us to put forth a big effort to raise the required ducats.

Pinckney Dispatch July 5, 1883
It having become indisputably established that Gov. Ashley is financially a bankrupt, no steps have been taken to raise railroad money here. [Dexter Leader]

Pinckney Dispatch July 19, 1883
Owosso votes $20,000 for the T. A. A. and G. T. Railroad.

Pinckney Dispatch July 19, 1883
About 20 rods of iron has already been laid in the village on the G. T. and camp three of the iron gangs will be here in a few days when active business will begin.[

Ann Arbor Courier July 20, 1883

Apropos of the contemplated extension of' the Toledo road northward the Free Press says : " Mention has been made of .1. M. Ashley's plan of soliciting ald for the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Railroad, which he is endeavoring to have extended northward through Livingston, Shiawassee and Gratiot counties. Mr. Ashley asks no subscriptions for stock, but sells to contributors at par first mortgage six per cent. twenty-year bonds of the road. The bonds are to be a int Hen on ' all the property now owned' and that may hereafter be acquired by the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Railroad, and shall ' also be a second mortgage on all property now owned or shall hereafter be acquired by tlie Toledo, Ann Arbor & Grand Trunk Railway Company.' The issue of the bonds is limited to $20,000 per mile of new road to be constructed- of which $5,000 per mile is offered to subscribers along the line, and it is 'expressly stipulated that the remaining $l0,000 per mile shall only be issued in amounts of $90,000 on the completion of each six miles of road.' The bonds to the amount of $5,000 per mile are to be paid for in installments of twenty percent., on the 8th of each month, the mileage to be based on the certificate of the Chief Engineer of the company rendered each month."

Pinckney Dispatch July 26, 1883
A new platform will be built at the depot of the D. L. & N., 56 x 14 ft., for better accommodation of a freight. Lee Waring is the builder.[Picket]

Pinckney Dispatch Aug.2, 1883
The Grand Trunk Railroad have an arrangement by which they will enjoy the right of running cars or trains over the Toledo and Ann Arbor line from South Lyon, so that when the Air Line road is completed to Pinckney our people will have the choice of Toledo or Detroit as a market for their produce which they can ship to either place out transfer or change of cars.

Pinckney Dispatch Aug.2, 1883
The crossing of the new Grand Trunk with the F. & P. M. R'y. Was effected Sunday, and track laying is being rapidly pushed toward South Lyon.Pinckney Dispatch Aug. 9, 1883

Pinckney Dispatch Aug.2, 1883
Owosso's $20,000, voted by the city for the T. A.A. & G. T., is a bonus to be paid on the completion of be road, not for investments in bonds, as stated.

Pinckney Dispatch Aug.2, 1883
The Air Line Road was completed to South Lyon Tuesday, and a very generous reception was accorded to the iron gang and other railroad employees on the arrival of the first train.

Pinckney Dispatch Aug. 9, 1883
Owosso's $20,000, voted by the city for the T. A.A. & G. T., is a bonus to be paid on the completion of be road, not for investments in bonds, as stated.

Pinckney Dispatch Aug. 9, 1883
The Air Line Road was completed to South Lyon Tuesday, and a very generous reception was accorded to the iron gang and other railroad employees on the arrival of the first train.

The Ann Arbor Courier Aug. 10, 1883
The surveying party on the proposed extension of the Toledo road reached Pinckney Wednesday night, on their way towards Ann Arbor. Mr. Birkett of Dover is piloting the survey party from Pinckney to Dexter.

The Ann Arbor Courier Aug. 10, 1883
The Toledo road is doing a heavy freight business this summer and the side tracks here are of insufficient length to accommodate the cars. 140 car were side-tracked between Saturday noon and Tuesday. A large portion of the freight is coal, direct from the coal fields of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Its affairs in Ann Arbor have never been so well looked after as since Mr. Phillips took charge of them.

Pinckney Dispatch Aug. 16, 1883
The bridges for the Air Line are all complete between South Lyon and Hamburg village and the bridge builders are working this way with a large force of men. The bridge across the sink hole in Green Oak is about 400 feet in length and is said to be a fine structure. Timber is rapidly placed on the ground for the bridges both east and west of this village.

Pinckney Dispatch Aug. 23, 1883
Pursuant to the published notice, a meeting in the interest of the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Railway was held at the Monitor House, Friday evening last, Mr. Ashley being called to Owosso, telegraphed his inability to be present. But through Dr. Haze offered to the people of Pinckney a new new proposition to be substituted at their option for that previously made. This proposition was that Pinckney raise a bonus of $10,000 to be paid when the road is completed to this place, and free right of way through the territory embraced for the bonus. Mr. Birkett was present and and made a brief but telling speech, advising the acceptance of the bonus plan, and the benefits to be derived from a completing line. Others spoke in encouraging terms, and it was finally voted to accept Mr. Ashley's proposition to raise the bonus, and the following committee appointed to canvass for subscriptions: Dr. C. W. Haze, Thompson Grimes, F. Reason, Wm. Hendee, J. C. Dunn. Dr. C. W. Haze immediately forwarded to Mr. Ashley a card informing him of the action of the meeting and asking for blanks with which to begin work.

The conditions upon which subscriptions will be asked are that the road run within three fourths of a mile of the center of the village and that it be completed to this point inside of two years from date of the note.

Pinckney Dispatch Aug. 23, 1883
A monstrous water tank is being erected by the G. T.

Wm. Greig has roundousetaken the job of building all the passenger depots from New Hudson to Stockbridge on the G. T. R'y. And will begin the one at this place at once. It will be a depot used in common by all the railroads and will stand at the junction of the G. T. and D. L & N. so that the GG. T. will run on one side and the D. L. & N. on the other. As the T. A. A. & G. T. will continue to use the D. L. & N. side they will of course use the same building. It will only contain a telegraph office, waiting rooms, baggage room, & etc, while the D. L. N. will use use their present building for freight and the G. T. and T. A. A. & G. T. will built a freight house to be used in common by them.[South Lyon Picket]

The Ann Arbor Courier Aug. 24, 1883
E. B. Hall and brother have filled in dirt along the Toledo road track for a considerable distance in the third ward, and have put up extensive coal sheds.

The Ann Arbor Courier Aug. 24, 1883
Welch Post, G. A. R., of this city, have made arrangements for the first excursion over the T., A. A. & G. T. railroad to Orchard Lake, which will probably take place on or about September 10th.

Pinckney Dispatch Sept. 6, 1883
A round-house which will accommodate two engines has been build by the G. T. near the turn table.[Picket]

Pinckney Dispatch Sept. 13, 1883
The crossing of the Grand Trunk road was laid across the T. A. A. road at this place on Sunday[South Lyon Excelsior]

Pinckney Dispatch Sept. 27, 1883
The new depot building is enclosed and looks better as it progresses. With a good coat of paint to cover the knots it will be something of an ornament.[Picket]

Hamburg – The bridges over the mill race and over the creek on Mr. Bell's march are both finished and the bridge gag have gone back to finish the one over the sink hole in the McDonald farm, in Green Oak.

Pinckney Dispatch Oct. 4, 1883
Iron is now laid about four miles out from from Jackson.

The G. T. turntable was put in position on its well prepared circle, Sunday. A long piece of side track is being put down for the G. T. between the depot and water tank.[Excelsior]

The grading of the Ohio & Michigan railroad has been completed between Dundee and Britton. The track is laid for two miles between the two places, and when completed the the connection with the Toledo & Ann Arbor railroad will be made, and the trains will be enabled to reach Toledo from all points on the line.

The Ann Arbor Courier Oct. 12, 1883
The Toledo road now has Grand Trunk connections at South Lyons, both east and west.

Pinckney Dispatch Oct. 18, 1883
All the graders and bridge builders had orders to work last Sunday, and most of them did so. The tracklayers had overtaken them at Hamburg, and had to wait for the grad to be completed on the “Ball marsh.”

The Toledo, Ann Arbor and Northern Railroad has made a Trust Deed to the Central Trust Company of New York as security for money to be advanced on bonds to equip the road.

Passenger trains are now running regularly over the Pontiac and South Lyon section of the Air Line Road.

The gravel train train of the Air Line will commence work this side of south Lyon next week.

Pinckney Dispatch Nov. 1, 1883
Tracks are in Pinckney with a side track and a depot under construction, tracks need to have gravel installed (ballast)

Pinckney Dispatch Nov. 8, 1883
Train service now in Pinckney.

Pinckney Dispatch Nov. 15, 1883
The State Commissioner of Immigration has printed in his map the line of the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern as extending from South Lyon by way of Harland and Byron to Owosso. This should be a relief to that Howell man who was alarmed at the prospect of it running right through his bay window. Did that bay window throw Mr. Ashley 10 miles out of line, or has he been “codding” the Commissioner of Immigration?

The track of the Air Line Railway was connected at Stockbridge, Monday afternoon.

Pinckney Dispatch Nov. 29, 1883
The Toledo, Ann Arbor and Northern railroad has constructed twenty-two miles of road during the past summer.[Ann Arbor Register] – Where?

The Ann Arbor Courier Aug. 24, 1883
G. T. running two passenger trains a day [Picket]

Pinckney Dispatch Dec. 13, 1883
First car load of wheat shipped by Tompkins & Ismon today

The first passenger train arrived at Pinckney Monday afternoon last. It was met at the depot by the Pinckney Cornet Band and quite a delegation of citizens, who were treated to a complimentary ride for several miles out toward Hamburg and return. One mixed train now runs to Pinckney, arriving about three o'clock p. m.

The T. A. A. & G. T. Ry. Have their new Engine house nearly completed, and will hold two engines. They have also put in a long side track commencing north of Greig's mill and running to engine house.[Picket]

Pinckney Dispatch Dec. 20, 1883
Brighton hopes to raise money enough to secure the extension of T, A. A. & N R'y. Though that place.

On and after Monday next Grand Trunk will run two passenger trains to Jackson each day, also a mixed train will run each way daily.