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Newspapers 1890 on pre-Ann Arbor RR

Owosso The Times as of Jan 1st T., A. A. & N. M. has no advertisement listed.

Owosso The Times Jan. 3, 1890

Miss Lulu Angell has taken a place as clerk in the office of Supt. Conners, of the T.& A.A.

Beginning with Jan 1, the superintendent, master of transportation, car accountants and train dispatchers of the T. & A. A. railroad commenced work in Owosso, the office having been moved here. This is certainly a good thing for Owosso as it brings about twenty people to the city and also makes the headquarters of the road here.

Owosso The Times Feb. 14, 1890

E. F. Dudley and Albert Todd have formed a partnership under the firm name of the Lake George Ice Co. and have enter into the ice business, intending to supply both the wholesale and retail trade. Tuesday morning they sent a gang of twelve men to Lake George, eighty-eight miles north-west of Owosso on the T. & A. A. R:y. To begin the erection of a house to hold six thousand tons, and in a few days another gang will be sent to help cut the ice. The firm has already received inquiries from this and and adjoining states for several hundred carloads of ice. This enterprising firm intends to supply the local trade here next summer.

Owosso The Times Feb. 21, 1890

The T. & A. A. R:y hired four extra engines Monday to help them out until their present run of freight business lets up.

Owosso The Times Feb. 28, 1890

C. A. Sharp is the station agent at the T. & A. A. depot now.(Corunna)

A special car attached to the morning train south on the T. & A, A. road passed through Owosso, Tuesday morning with a large number of people from Gratiot county who are going to the new state of Washington. The car was gayly decorated with flags and bunting.


Two Freights Co11ide – One Man Ki11ed. and. Three Injured

At Ithaca at about 5 o'clock this morning the caboose of freight No. 18 of the T. & A. A. was run into by another freight train going in the same direction and Conductor Euright, of this city, killed in the wreck. Fireman Will Farrell was injured, but how badly we are unable to learn. Mrs. Reading, wife of the conductor on the colliding freight and 'Miss Farrell, sister of the Injured fireman, left this morning for the scene of the disaster. Other employees are supposed to be injured, but any particulars whatever, inc1uding the cause of the unfortunate accident, we are unable to learn from the officials, who appear particularly anxious not to "let anything out." It is reported, however, that the accident is worse than supposed, and the extreme reticence of the railroad officials lead to the conclusion on lie part of some that the company is to blame for the disaster. Conductor Enright leaves a family to mourn his loss.

Later -- A telephone message from the Ithaca Journal gives us a little more definite particulars of the terrible accident.

The conductor, .James Enright, had both legs taken off at the knees and was otherwise badly mangled, death being almost instantaneous.

Wm. Farrell had his jaw broken in two places and was injured internally. Is in a critical condition.

Geo. Reading was injured about the head and one side.

Chas. Lonhy was badly bruised. One engine and caboose are a total wreck. Three cars caught fire from the engine and with their contents were burned up. Most of the cars were thrown off the track. The injured men are being cared for and everything will be done to make them as comfortable as possible.

The two freight trains were both extras rolling from the north. One was at Ithaca on the track when the other train, heavily on the track when the other t rain, heavily loaded with ice, came and as the grade there is heavy it is supposed the engineer was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident. It is said that, the injured men had all been working over-time and were probably worn out.

Dr. J. Perkins, the road surgeon at this point, has gone to Ithaca.

Conductor Enright was a resident of this city, having married Miss Moriarity, who with one child survive him. He came from the G. R.. & I. road to work on the T. & A. A. His mother lives in Grand Rapids. His age was about 35 years.

Farrells mother lives in Caledonia town.

THE TIMES appreciates the courtesy of Assistant Superintendent of the T. A. A. & N. M. Ry, who when authentic information of the sad accident at Ithaca this morning was asked, told his employee, who was willing to give the desired information, to keep his month shut. Such men deserve a leather medal with a mule's head as the insignia.

Owosso The Times March 7, 1890


We held our forms open this morning later than usual in order to give a summary of the testimony taken at the coroner's inquest held in Ithaca. For the report we are under obligations to the Ithaca Journal. The injured men are all doing nicely and have been brought to their home in this city.

The first witness sworn was E. L. Kymes, who testified substantially as follows:

I reside in North Star: was acting as fireman on a freight train on the morning of Feb. 28th; understood the engineer to say he orders meet engine No. 28 at Ithaca; about two miles out of Ithaca the engineer told me he wanted to go slow into Ithaca station as there were, or might be, cars on the track; that he expected to meet 28 there; the engineer got his orders at Clare, I believe; about 4 o'clock in the morning we pulled slowly into the yard and stopped; we laid in the yard on and a half or two hours; did what work I had to; then took a seat in my box and soon fell asleep; the first that I knew after that was that I Changed ends; I said to the engineer, “ What are you doing?” he replied, “ I guess the have run into us;” the brakeman fell down over me and the engineer said to him, “ You had better go back there and see if you can help them any;” I did not see the deceased until sometime after the collision; he was the lying in the baggage room; I knew the train that run into us was following, but did not know how close.

Chas. Lonsby -- I reside in Owosso: am a brakeman by occupation; have been braking on the T. & A. R. R. about three months; was braking on an extra going south on the morning of Feb. 28; think the train I was on arrived in Ithaca about 4 o'clock a. m. ; we laid there quite a while, an hour or hour and a half; I asked Mr. Enright, the deceased, if I should not go back and flag the extra that was following us; he said no, that we were inside the switches, and they had the same orders we had and would come on slow, and there would be no need to protecting the hind end of our train more than with our red lights, which, which were already out; that was all that was said between us; I remained in the car with hime; he lay down on one of the car and went to sleep, and I dropped down on the other side; I dozed but but did not get sound asleep; I was in the rear end of the train, on way car No. 1; perhaps 20 minutes after we had this conversation, I heard an engine whistle off brakes, and before I could raise up off my seat we struck; the car was smashed all to pieces; I crawled out and met another brakeman off from the train that struck us; I said to him, “ Where is Jim?” meaning deceased; he answered, “I don't know;” he then went looking for him, going back toward the train; I think some one else found deceased first, as the first I saw of him he was lying under a car; I met two or three men and said to them, “For god's sake take that man man out from under that car before he burns up;” I think they took him out; think the decease was asleep when the engine struck our car.

Eugene Brown – Resides in Owosso; am a brakeman on the T. & A. R. R. at present; have worked for the company since last Thursday; this is the first braking I have done for 8 years; I know we run into a train of here at Ithaca; I do not know how it happened; I asked the engineer what next stopping place was, and said Ashley: think we saw this train last at Shepherd; the engineer and conductor compared order there; did not see thee the orders; I was on the the first box car back or next to the to the engine when we struck this train; our our engineer whistled down brakes brakes just as we come over the the grade about three fourths of a mile out; brakes were set when they were called down; there were two brakemen on the train; we were running very slow when we came over the grade, not than five or six miles an hour; I could have stepped off very easily; I don't think there was any possible chance to have stopped the train I was on before it run into the train ahead; he whistled off brakes just before we came around the curve and put on steam at the same time; the brakes were were taken off when he whistled for them off; my letting off the brakes and the engineer putting on steam increased the speed almost immediately; I could not see the red lights; the smoke come came into my face so that I could cont see any thing; think we were 10 or 12 rods from the train run into when off brakes were whistled; I was thrown off the the train over a a box car that was standing on a side track; I met Mr. Lonsby; he asked me where Jim was, meaning deceased; I saw a man setting under a car; he said, “ For God's sake take me in for I am going to die;” I took it to be the deceased; I did not go to him; he looked as if he was sitting outside of the rail next to the track. John Day, another brakeman, was the next witness to testify, but as his evidence brought out nothing new, we, we omit it.

A. L. Remington – Resides at Owosso; my occupation is that of an engineer; have been an engineer since 1881; I was here at Ithaca this morning; my train was loaded with lumber and ice; had been here about 2 ½ hours when the other train struck me; I had orders to stop at Ithaca; Mr. Connor is superintendent of the road; I do not know much of the accident; I was on the head engine asleep, and first I knew of it I felt the jar when it struck us; as soon as things got quieted I came back to the hind end; when I got to the depot I saw some men carrying a man on stretcher; I asked them who they had and the said they did not know; L looked at the body; I knew it was Enright by his clothes; I went back to the to the engine and blew the whistle to bring the fire department out; I left Owosso Wednesday at 11:55 a. m., and have not been to bed since..

Peter Milne – Residence in Detroit; am a conductor on the T. & A. R. R. R.; have worked on this road since Nov. 1st, last; have been a conductor 15 or 16 years; was here at Ithaca this morning; was running extra No. 18, the rear train; my train was made up at Marion and Clare; Left Marion at 3:30 yesterday, the 27th; was aware there was a train ahead of me; I saw it at Shepherd; if left about 20 minutes ahead of me; had orders to pass a train at St. Louis; was flagged by the first train to wait at Alma for the second train, which I did; I did not see the the train run into by my train at Ithaca after I left Shepherd; I did not know the train that I run into was at Ithaca station; I was in the way car when my train struck the train ahead; I could not see the signal lights displayed at the rear end of the first train; I knew the engine whistled, but what whistle he blew I do not know; was running 8 or 10 miles an hour; I know the brakeman went out to set the brakes; I did not hear the engine call for relief of brakes; the train did slacken her when when the brakes were set; I knew we had struck something; came tight down to the front end of the train; met the rear brakeman; asked if any on was hurt and he said he didn't know; I looked in the engine but could see no one in there; I came up to the end of the platform at station house and found the engineer; I assisted him to the house where he now is; I asked him where the fireman and Enright was; he said his fireman was being taken away to another house; then I went to look for Enright, and some parties had pulled him out from under the wreck; some parties carried him into the baggage room; he was dead when I came to him; I did not intend to stop here at all; had nothing to do and did not intend to stop until I got to Ashley; I do not know what his train stopped here for; it was the duty of the conductor on thee first to have sent a flag back, but he did not; could not see a train more than four lengths away; when a train is inside the switches she has the right to the yard, and all trains must come in prepared to stop; when lights cannot be seen, as in this case, a flag should have been sent back.

John B. Connor – Resides at Owosso; am superintendent of the T., A. A. & N. M. R. R.; in e the evidence given here so far it has been taken to show that the accident was due to a sim-understanding of orders, which I will endeavor to show had nothing to do with it. The rights of the two trains to the main track at Ithaca wass governed by rule 97, page 27 of this book (holding a book in his hand) of rules, within it states “that the track between the extreme switches at any station will be considered the station limits. Freight trains can use use extreme switches at any station regardless of trains of the the same or inferior class. Freight trains will approach all stations under full control, expecting to find trains using main track within station limits.” This is the rule governing both trains to this track. It is evident from the testimony taken here that the conductor of the following train, with the assistance of his brakeman, complied with the terms of this rule, entering the yard under control, but was unable to see the lights on caboose of first extra on account of cars until with 4 or 5 rods of caboose.

Q. How long since you have had an operator here at Ithaca station?

A. Since we the freight office up town.

Q. Had there there been any operator here at this station, would the conductor Enright, have known any more in reference to trains than he did with operator at up town office?

A. I consider it Mr. Enright's duty to have went to the other office when he found he was delayed. We have no operator between Ashley and St. Louis.

In addition to the above, three train orders were produced by Mr. Connors. Two of these agreed and were the orders to the conductor and engineer to wait at Ithaca for an extra from the south. The third was was a later order to Enright to pass the special at St. Louis. Mr. Connors said that according to established rules, the conductor should have relied upon the last order.

This ended the testimony and the jury retired. After deliberating a short time, a verdict was agreed upon and rendered, to the effect “that Jas. Enright came to his death by being killed by a railroad collision be cased by negligence or misunderstanding of orders of said Jas. Enright.”

The jury was composed of the following named gentlemen:

K. P. Peet, H. B. Smith

W. H. Beasley, Fred Best

B. Vandeventer, Fred S. VanBuskirk

Egbert Allen of this village was the coroner in charge of the inquest.

Owosso The Times March 14, 1890

A $10,000,000 mortgage on the Toledo, Ann Arbor & North Michigan railroad was filed in Wayne county yesterday.

Owosso The Times March 21, 1890

Holly Advertiser: Harry Voorhels has resigned his position as night operator for the D., G., H. & M. R. R., and goes to Owosso to accept a similar position on the T., A. A. & N. M. R. R.

Owosso The Times April 25, 1890

The T., A. A. & N. M. R. R. has filed an application in the circuit court for Washtenaw Co. to have that portion of their road between Leeland and South Lyon abandoned. The company claim that it is unproductive. The hearing will be some time in May.

Owosso The Times May 2, 1890

The T., & A. A, car shops are over run with work all the time.

The T. & A. A. has finished remodeling one of the mail and express cars used on their road, enlarging the part used for mail so as to accommodate the increased amount of mail carried over their road. Superintendent Pepper, of the postal department, was here a few day since to inspect the car and pronounced it one on the best in use in Michigan. The car is certainly a model of convenience, allowing two men plenty of room to work. The wood work was all repainted, presenting a beautiful appearance.

Benzie Banner May 8, 1890

The annual report of the “T. & A.” railroad, recently published, shows the total earnings of the road during the past year to have been $1,014,308.98 of which there was left, after paying operating expenses, $328,105. The “T. & A.” has a plan of sharing all profits with employes who have been in service for five years or move. Hereto-fore the surplus has not been very large, but for the past year, it is said, the profits to be divided will amount to more than thirty thousand dollars. [New and Express]

Owosso The Times May 23, 1890

Thursday was payday at the T. & A. A. The amount paid out in Owosso was nearly $10,000.

Owosso The Times May 30, 1890

A law of this state requires that on and after January 1, 1891, all freight cars shall be equipped with automatic couplers, and managers have agreed that as fast as new cars are built or old ones repaired they will fit them with these automatics.

Owosso The Times June 6, 1890

The T. A. A. Co. is grading up around its depot.

The employees at car-shops are to be congratulated on the fine appearance they presented in the Memorial day parade. Over 100 strong, each wearing a twig of lilac, marching under charge of Master mechanic Galloway, they won applause from all citizens.

A branch of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, Ann Arbor No. 420, was was organized in Owosso last evening, with 20 charter members.

Owosso The Times July 4, 1890

The T., A. A. & N. M. R'y is putting in a new turning table, manufactured in Philadelphia. The cost was $1,800.

New York Times July 12, 1890

A most disastrous fire raged in Ithaca, Mich., Thursday night, and twenty-nine buildings were burned. Ithaca is the county seat of Gratiot County, on the Toledo and Ann Arbor Road, with a population of 2,000 people. The town does considerable manufacturing, has several woodworking institutions, and is a prosperous place. The loss is $28,500; insurance, $5,600.

Owosso The Times July 18, 1890

The Owosso City council granted the Owosso Street Railway Co. a 30 year franchise for an electric street railway line.

Jos. Taylor has gone to work near Toledo for the T. & A. A. R. R. He shipped several teams and grading machinery last Monday and expects to be gone for some time.

Owosso The Times July 25, 1890

The T. A. A. & N. M. shops are now running some of their departments until 10 o'clock p. m. The business of the road is certainly increasing and the shops are crowed to their utmost capacity.

Owosso The Times August 1, 1890

Eugene Huntington has got a a position as locomotive fireman on the T. & A. road and will move to Owosso.

The T. & A. Ry. Gave a free excursion to its Owosso employees and their families to Toledo and Presque Isle on Saturday. Nearly 300 took advantage of the generosity of the company and had a splendid days outing.

Owosso The Times August 8, 1890

State Republican: Messrs. Hollister, Kkinner and L. S. Hudson, the gentlemen comprising the Owosso electric railway company, will soon begin work on their Owosso road. It is estimated the line will cost them $7,200 per mile.

The employees on the T. & A. A. trains are now paid for for over time.

Immense quantities of ice pas through Owosso daily over the T. & A. road.

Owosso The Times August 22, 1890

The T. A. A. & N. M. Ry. Co. have sold the line between Ann Arbor and South Lyon for $140,000. The Courier, of Ann Arbor, intimates that is a scheme to avoid operating this unprofitable branch.

Owosso The Times September 5, 1890

On and after Monday, Dept. 8, the trains on the Toledo, Saginaw & Muskegon Ry. No leaving Owosso junction at 6:30 a. Am. And arriving at 12:50 p. m. will discontinued. - S. Wykes, Agt.

Owosso The Times September 12, 1890

The T. & A. A. R'y shops waterworks have been connected with river. Heretofore the water was drawn from the creek near the shops.

New York Times Sept. 15, 1890


Detroit, Mich., Sept. 15 – A Grand Trunk official in Detroit who speaks by the highest authority stated today that negotiations for the transfer of the Cincinnati, Saginaw and Mackinac Railroad, the line running from Durand north to Saginaw and Bay City to the Grand Trunk, had been about completed. The documents for the transfer have been signed, and as soon as some minor details are settled the Grand Trunk will be ready to take possession of the Cincinnati, Saginaw and Mackinac. Reports that the Grand Trunk would extend the road north to Mackinac, the official stated, are as yet but speculations, although such an extension is among the possibilities of the future. Whether or not the Grand Trunk intends to further increase its system by the purchase of the Toledo and Ann Arbor from Durand to Toledo is not known, but their new purchase gives them a road to the Saginaw Valley, which will allow them a portion of the lumber and salt trade of that section. The Grand Trunk Line west to Chicago and east to Portland, Me.., runs through Durand, and thus it will be seen how available a feeder the Cincinnati, Saginaw and Mackinac will be to the Canadian system.

Owosso The Times October 24, 1890

(Vernon) J. L. Shults, operator on the T. & A. Ry. At this place, left last evening for St. Louis, where he will attend to the wants of the traveling public in the future. Grant Reed has been appointed as his successor at Vernon.

The T. A. A. & N. M. Ry. have arranged to pay all employees by checks payable at the 1st National Bank in Toledo or M. L. Stewart & Co.'s bank in Owosso. To accommodate the employees of the road who live in Owosso, the bank will be kept open on the evenings of the 21st and 22nd of each month, from 6 to 8 o'clock. This move will be a great convenience to all. The monthly pay roll now amounts to $10,000 and is steadily increasing. As the larger part of this money is spent in Owosso it would not seem as though any one could regret the expenditure of the money necessary to secure the the location of the car shops in our thriving city.

Illustration 1: Adv Michigan Argonaut 10-11-1890

Owosso The Times November 14, 1890

Call on Todd & Roper for prices for poles 3 inches and and up in diameter, four feet long on round, not split. Want 400 cords at once, delivered at T., A. A. & N. M. Ry.

Owosso The Times November 28, 1890

The T. & A. A. pay roll for the month ending Nov. 15 amounting to $112,000, which was paid at M. L. Steward & Co's bank Friday and Saturday.

Owosso The Times December 19, 1890

The (Owosso) T. & A. A. A. depot has been repainted.

The New York Times Dec. 24, 1890


Toledo, Ohio, Dec. 23 – A special to the Commerciat from Azalia, Mich., says: “At 1:30 this afternoon fire was discovered in the roof of J. Martin's home on the west side of town, and in a few moments, aided by a strong wind, the flames spread over the frame houses and the whole town was in flames. The wind was blowing a gale from the northwest and carried burning shingles over the town. There were no facilities for checking the flames,and the fire had to exhaust itself. Dr. Schuyler's drug store, E. L. Dunn's general store, and eighteen dwellings were totally destroyed, very little insurance being held on any of the buildings.
“The wires were down most of the night and particulars came in slowly. The loss is hard to determine, but nothing was saved in any of the houses. Azalia is a small town on the Toledo and Ann Arbor Road, twenty-seven miles miles from here.”

Owosso The Times December 26, 1890

Monday was pay day at the T. & A. A. shops – nearly $13,000 came to Owosso this time. The money will make Christmas happy in many homes.