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The Toledo Bee Jan. 2, 1900
The New Year Started Off With Four Fires, None Very Serious

At 9:30 last night a frame oil house and a box car at Manhattan belonging to the Ann Arbor railway were burned. The loss is $500, mostly on the car. The blaze started from an overheated stove in the oil house. The round house was threatened for a time, but the department confined the flames to the oil house and car. The oil made a brilliant fire and lighted up the skies for some distance, attracting many people.

The Evening Argus Jan. 2, 1900
Algoma, under lease of the Ann Arbor road, has arrived at Menominee in command of Commodore Robinson. She will make daily trips to Sturgeon Bay, Wis., to keep the channel in Green Bay open all winter. The bay is entirely frozen over and car ferry Ann Arbor No. 1 encountered eight inches of ice off Sherwood point.

The Evening Argus Jan. 12, 1900
Ann Arbor ferry No. 2 had a bad accident while crossing Lake Michigan a few days ago. Ice stove a hole in the boat and water stood several feet in the hold. Hard at the pumps prevented any fatalities.

The Evening Argus Jan. 16, 1900
H. R. Looker, foreman of the blacksmith department at the Ann Arbor shops, today finished the forging of a 1700 pound anchor for one of the company's boats. It was the first large anchor made in the Owosso shops.

The Toledo Bee Jan. 25, 1900
Railroad Commissioner Kayler was busy yesterday in Columbus hearing the matter on the Toledo & Monroe Electric railway, which seeks to under the tracks of the Michigan, the Lake Shore and the Ann Arbor railways by means of sub-ways. It appears that all the roads except the Ann Arbor have granted the request.

The Owosso Times Feb. 23, 1900
The Ann Arbor passenger train south was over an hour late Tuesday morning because of a slight accident at Ashley.

The Owosso Times Feb. 23, 1900
From present indications a new brick passenger station for the Ann Arbor road is among the possibilities for the coming season, while it is still more likely that the grades will be separated at the Main street cross road.

The Owosso Times March 23, 1900
An Ann Arbor freight was ditched near Carland by spreading rail Sunday.

Ludington Daily News April 12, 1900
The car ferry, Ann Arbor No. 1 arrived at Sturgeon Bay Monday with the Algoma in tow. The Nos. 2 and 3 continued on to Menominee to load cars after releasing these steamers. While entering Sturgeon Bay the No. 1 lost her port shaft and wheel and was compelled to make her way to with one wheel. The steamer has been in the ice nearly two months.

The Evening Argus April 16, 1900
W. L. Fauser, foreman painter at the Ann Arbor shops, with a force of six men, leaves for Milwaukee tomorrow, where they will paint car ferry No. 1. The men will be gone about ten days.

The Evening Argus April 16, 1900

Excellent sport is reported from all along the Ann Arbor road. Major Letiet's minnow farm on Ten-Mile creek is repeating a harvest as the result. Every morning wagon loads of minnows are shipped down the Ann Arbor to various points along the road. Major Lefoet estimate that he has two million minnows in his big pond. Fishing is fine in Zuke and Crystal Lakes and will be until about June 1, when the fish take a vacation for several weeks.

The Evening Argus June 1, 1900
A washout on the Ann Arbor road, near Ann Arbor, yesterday afternoon delayed for over two hours the train which usually arrives here at 7:20 in the evening.

The Evening Argus June 1, 1900
The gang of men men working on the Ann Arbor steam-shovel expects to finish up tomorrow and will take the outfit into the shops at once for repairs. The men will then go to Chilson and draw gravel to this city, grading up the big cut they have made beyond the West Main street crossing. Eighteen inches of gravel will be laid. The grade has been lowered from a point one half mile northwest of the crossing, extending east to a point about 175 feet from the crossing. The improvement is a good one.

The Owosso Times June 1, 1900
The Ann Arbor Ry. Has been improving the appearance of its station platform and walks recently and now plans to fill in the space between the passenger station and the freight house and beautify the same wit flower beds, etc.

The Owosso Times June 8, 1900
The steam shovel which the Ann Arbor Company has had at work cutting down the heavy grade running out of the city to the north has finished its part of the work at this place and been run into the shops here for repairs. The cut has still to be graveled, and as soon as the shovel receives some needed repairs it will be taken to Chilson from which place gravel will be drawn to this city to be used in ballasting the new roadbed.

The Evening Argus June 20, 1900
About 120 cars of gravel pass through this city daily from Chilson to points north on the Ann Arbor road, where the road bed is being improved.

The Evening Argus June 20, 1900
An all night office is being maintained at Elsie during the weeks while the gravel train is being worked on the Ann Arbor road. Will Delong, night operator, was in the city last evening.

The Evening Argus July 5, 1900
Friday evening Ann Arbor train No. 3, engine No. 7, was derailed at Shepherd by a tree fallen across the track. The engine, tender, mail car and one day coach were badly wrecked. The were brought to the shops today.

The Owosso Times July 13, 1900
Floyd Bailey has been transferred from the position of operator at Cadillac for the Ann Arbor Ry. to the Owosso station station and Victor Allmandinger takes the former's place at Cadillac.

The Owosso Times July 13, 1900
Miles Trumble is back at his post in the Ann Arbor freight office and is able to perform the greater part of his duties in spite of the loss of his right hand.

The Toledo Bee Aug. 7, 1900
Fred Basey, of the Ann Arbor auditor's office will leave soon to spend a few weeks in Chicago.

The Toledo Bee Aug. 7, 1900

The Ann Arbor freight house men are laying a home made pavement at the side of the house, for the benefit of the heavy trucks.

The Toledo Bee Aug. 7, 1900

Business in the freight house occupied by the Ann Arbor, Cincinnati Northern and Pere Marquette roads, is keeping the men, both clerks and handlers, as busy as they care to be kept.

The Toledo Bee Aug. 7, 1900

Herman Duvendack of the Ann Arbor spent Sunday at Clark's Lake.

The Toledo Bee Aug. 7, 1900

Charles Slapman of the the Ann Arbor, who has been ill for the past eight weeks, will return to work next Monday.

Courier-Register Aug. 15, 1900

Every gravel train owned by the Ann Arbor railroad is now employed on the 100-mile stretch between Mt. Pleasant and Copemish in the work in the work of re-ballasting the roadbed with gravel. This is but one feature on the many improvements that are constantly being pushed forward by the management of that prosperous road. The work of placing gravel ballast is not to stop with the section referred to, but will kept up until the entire roadbed from Toledo to Frankfort has been treated in like manner, and when the task is completed, the Ann Arbor will will have a roadbed equal to the best line in the United States.

The Evening Argus Aug. 13, 1900
Will Comstock, of this city, brakeman on the Ann Arbor road, had a finger on his left hand cut off yesterday while coupling cars at McBain. He is now at home waiting for his injuries to heal.

Escanaba The Iron Port August 18, 1900
Wednesday, August 29th, the Ann Arbor Car R. R. wil1 sell excursion tickets from Menominee to Toledo and return at $8.00 for round trip. Ann Arbor Ferry No. 3 will leave Menominee at 11:30 p. m. connecting at Frankfort with Ann Arbor train for Toledo. Tickets will be good for return until Sept. 14th.

Escanaba The Iron Port August 30, 1900

Thursday, August 30th, the Ann Arbor Car R. R. wil1 sell excursion tickets from Gladstone to Toledo and return at $8.00 for round trip. Ann Arbor Ferry No. 3 will leave Central Ave. dock at for round trip connecting at Frankfort with Ann Arbor train for Toledo. Tickets will be good for return until Sept. 15th.

Escanaba The Iron Port September 1, 1900
A party of about twenty-five business men of Menominee made a trip on the Ann Arbor car ferry No. 3 last week, touching at Frankfort and Gladstone, and returning home Sunday morning.

The Owosso Times Sept. 7, 1900
Byron – Mr. R. E. Smith, station agent, has received a position which brings a larger salary and Mr. Occambough, of Ann Arbor, succeeds him in the depot and telegraph office here.

The Owosso Times Sept. 21, 1900
Chas. D. Stewart was on Friday elected one of the directors of the Ann Arbor Ry., to succeed William McClure, of New York City.

The Toledo Bee Sept. 26, 1900
Annual Report of the Ann Arbor Given Out
Gross Revenue Shows an Increase of Over 13 per cent Over That of 1898

The annual report of the Ann Arbor railroad company has just been issued and the history of the road for the year of 1900 is faithfully given, together with comparisons with statics of 1899.
The earnings for the year 1900 are $1,721,453.91, and operating expenses were $1,047,159.47, leaving an operating income of $674,294.44. Deducting from the operating expenses the amounts expended for new and additional property and the sum of $67,024.52 remains as the new income for the year.
The gross revenue as compared with the previous fiscal year shows an increase of $202,120 or 13.3 per cent.
During the year many new appliances have been added to the equipment of the road. There has been 5.47 miles of new main line constructed and 5.5 miles of siding.
The company's freight equipment of 2,035 cars has been replaced and maintained by an expenditure of $60,007.65 and the road has added 226 226 new 40-ton freight cars, at a cost of about $180,000.
The locomotive department has also been improved and two new freight engines have been placed in service.
The employes of the road have voluntarily organized the Ann Arbor Railroad and Steamship Employes' Relief association, and have entire control of it.
The property of the road is now in a condition which compares favorably, as to means of economical operation with competitors throughout the whole territory, and the road is in a state to begin a new year, with the brightest of prospects.

The Toledo Bee Sept. 29, 1900
Mr. Jermain Says the Manufacturer's Road Could Use Them

President S. P. Jermain of the park board in a communication to The Bee says that it is not necessary that the manufacturers' railway should be given additional right of way through Riverside park and adjoining the Ann Arbor railway track for the reason that the “State Line railway” franchise under the Ann Arbor operates provides that other roads may operate over the Ann Arbor tracks for fair compensation. The grant is 60 to 80 feet wide and gives room for additional trackage. Mr. Jermain says further:

“as a matter of bald fact the so called Manufacturers' Railroad company is not being blocked at all. They have, upon two occasions, been prevented

from doing work which was a trepass and would have ruined the park, but the legitimate and old establish highway has always remained open to them. This is the franchise which the Ann Arbor railway is operating under and is ample to accommodate all of the future railroad business coming that way. With reasonable effort they could have placed themselves in position to do business to a good advantage. As it is they have started 'a train of evil, freighted with crippled public honor and distorted ideas, the destination of which is all in the wrong direction. So much for starting on the wrong track. And why? Because they want an independent right of way, one which they own exclusively. They could not sell the other as private property. Neither could David Robinson sell the right which courts gave him to run his cars through Summit street over the Traction company tracks. But he 'did business' just the same and an immense amount of it, and helped Toledo so much that if these people do one fourth as much they will have done well.

“Every citizen should make it an important duty to see the councilmen from his ward between now and next Monday evening and and a good square talk with them. The parks belong to the people, purchased by their vote, and should never be sold unless the people vote to do so.”

The Owosso Times Oct. 19, 1900
An alarm of firs was given Thursday morning about two o'clock, caused by a slight blaze in the roof of a coke shed at the Ann Arbor car shops. The fire department responded at once and the fire fire was put out before any serious damage was done.

The Owosso Times Oct. 19, 1900
The Ann Arbor railway has placed a nice fountain in the entree of the lawn between the ticket office and freight office, adding much to the looks of the surroundings.

The Evening Argus Oct. 23, 1900
The new Ann Arbor engines Nos. 45 and 46 will arrive here today. Charles Pillans, of Durand, formerly of this city, will run one of them.

The Toledo Bee Nov. 1, 1900
The Toledo R. R. Sunday Train

Taking effect Sunday, November 4th, Ann Arbor railroad Sunday train will run between Toledo and Lakeland only, leaving Toledo 7:35 a. m., and leave Lakeland 5:25 p. m., arriving in Toledo 7:30 p. m., two hours earlier than at present. Fare 75 cents round trip.

The Owosso Times Dec. 14, 1900
Ann Arbor engine No. 21 was brought into the shops this week for repairs, the result of being run into by several cars pushed by a Grand Trunk engine in Durand Sunday.

The Toledo Bee Dec 17, 1900
Six Men Injured in the Ann Yards This Morning
Both Stuck to Their Posts and Faced Death Unflinchingly – Property Loss Heavy

The Frankfort mail, train No. 1, of the Ann Arbor railroad, collided with a Pere Marquette freight engine this morning at 7:50 o'clock on the embankment of the Ann Arbor tracks near Ten Mile creek. The injured are:
George Pulcipher, engineer of the Ann Arbor, shoulder dislocated, head smashed, hip bruised, and injured internally.
Thomas Elsworth, fireman, Ann Arbor, head bruised, nose broken.
William Troy, engineer, Pere Marquette, back broken, body badly crushed; not expected to live.
Arthur Marion, fireman, Pere Marquette, slight injuries sustained by jumping.
Daniel Pendregast, engineer, injuries sustained by jumping.
Fred Reinhart, brakeman, Ann Arbor, arm sprained.
W. Von Behren, Toledo, passenger, injuries of a minor nature.

The accident occurred within a few feet of the trestle over the Ten Mile creek, a short distance to the north of the Ottawa river yards. The Ann Arbor train left the Cherry street station exactly on time. It was proceeding at a rate of about 25 miles per hour, which is the usual speed in that vicinity, and had passed the tower, which is a half mile south of where the Ann Arbor track joins the main line, when the engineer, George Puicipher, first perceived the Pere Marquette engine.
The Pere Marquette engine No. 171, which belongs to the heaviest type on the road, was attempting to back from the main into a switch, where its train was awaiting it. Engineer Troy seeing instantly that he could not make the switch in time to clear the oncoming passenger train threw the throttle wide open he attempted to run away from the rushing passenger train. The attempt was in vain.
The heavy freight engine's wheels slipped under her and before she had attained a momentum of five miles per hour, the passenger train crashed into the rear left end of the Pere Marquette engine. The force of the collision was terrific. The tender of engine 171 of the Pere Marquette was hurled high in the air and struck the ground at the edge of the ice which covered the creek. Engine No. 7 of the Ann Arbor rebounded and with a mighty roar it twisted itself over and rolled down the steep bank to the ice below. The tender of the Pere Marquette engine became detached from the trucks, which sloughed into the ground, and the big mogul dug its tender out of sight in the ground and remained leaning over the creek at an angle of 45 degrees.
The Ann Arbor train was composed of four coaches. They were first class coach, No. 20; combination mail and smoking car, No. 202; baggage coach, No. 101, and chair car, No. 302.
The baggage car was attached to the engine and followed it in its mad flight down the perpendicular embankment. The combination mail and smoking car was also badly damaged. The other two coaches were uninjured, but the shaking up the passengers received was something terrible.
The trucks of the tender belonging to the Ann Arbor engine remained at the top of the hill, while the baggage car trucks lie half way down. The baggage car is almost totally wrecked, as the end is completely knocked out and the floor badly damaged. The air was filled with flying debris at the time and portions of iron and wood strewed the ice around the scene of the accident.
The tracks, which belong to the Ann Arbor, are torn up and twisted into a hundred shapes for 70 feet and the top of the embankment is filled with deep gashes where engines and coaches had ploughed.
The tender of the Pere Marquette engine is totally destroyed. The end is battered beyond recognition and the trucks which remained attached to the engine proper were one mass of twisted, broken steel.
The suddenness with which the entire occurrence was attended may be imagined from the fact that the throttle of the Ann Arbor engine was in a reversed position and the brake shoes tightly clasped the bent and battered driving wheels.
The trestle over the creek was removed but a few feet and it was very fortunate that the train did not jump the track at the point for in all probability every coach would have plunged into the creek and many lives would have been lost.
There are several versions of the affair. The brakeman on the Ann Arbor train, Fred Reinhart, who was injured about the shoulder, says that the train was proceeding at its usual speed and that the engineer of the Pere Marquette engine was well aware of the fact that the fast train was due at that time.
Other trainmen and employees who were about the place when the accident occurred say that Pulcipher, the Ann Arbor engineer, whistled four times.
The escape of Arthur Marion, the fireman of the Pere Marquette engine, was most wonderful. He says he saw that a collision was inevitable, and that he could do no good by remaining on his engine. It had just begun to gather headway to escape the passenger train when he jumped and rolled down the bank to the ice. The bank at the point of the accident is practically a sheer precipice and his descent was descent was in the nature of a fall.
George Pulcipher, the Ann Arbor engineer, is the oldest engineer on the road, and is considered as being careful and prudent in his business. He was scalded by the escaping steam and when found by the searchers he was half buried in the icy water. The man could not talk, and he was placed on board an engine and a number of his friends carried him to his home. It is thought that he will recover.
The Pere Marquette engine was attempting to hook onto its train, which is an extra train called the Plymouth extra.
Speaking of the latter train, one of the men who is employed in the Ottawa river yards says that the engineer of the Pere Marquette engine had no earthly reason for being where he was. There was no uncertainty about the matter, says this man. The train was due and on time, and the fact that the Pere Marquette was on the main line shows, it is claimed, that a grave mistake has been committed.
The two railroads connected with the affair at once wired for their wrecking trains. The one belonging to the Pere Marquette road will have to come from Saginaw, and the Ann Arbor train left Owosso. The trains were expected to arrive today but it is doubtful whether any trains will leave over the line before tomorrow noon. They will go out over other roads.
The passengers who were on the train when the accident happened were: Mrs. Ratliffe, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; Alexander McConnel, Columbus; E. D. Jacobs, Byran; L. Litman, Toledo; J. P. Schlachter, W. H. Roberts, C. J. Sievert, all of Toledo; Fannie Paul, Dundee; E. E. Petery, Cleveland; Harriet Davis, Saginaw; J. V. Howers, Middleton; Burt Karr, Akron; B. S. Berry and Charles E. W. Von Behren of Toledo.
The Ann Arbor train was in charge of Conductor Charles E. Holden.
A curious fact in connection with the case is the fact that the men in the shops were forced to work all day yesterday putting new wheels under the baggage coach. The men objected strenuously to the work, and today a number were ruefully gazing at their work, tangled up in an indescribable mass of steel.
The passenger were immediately taken to the roundhouse of the company and remained about three hours in the coaches. There was much quiet talk when the passengers had regained their equanimity, and all were pleased when it was determined to send them on their journey over the Michigan Central belt as far as Alexis. There they regained the Ann Arbor tracks and left the city about noon. The total estimate of the loss can not be determined until the engine and coaches have been examined which is impossible under the existing circumstances. Conservative figures place the loss at about $5,000 including the cost of replacing the engines, repairing coaches, locomotives and track, and incidentals which may accrue.
The scene of the wreck presents and interesting spectacle. The big Pere Marquette engine is fasten to the ground by 10-inch hawser, and is constantly sinking towards the creek. The trucks of the locomotive are anchored in the ground, but the heavy engine will most likely uproot then as she falls.
The Ann Arbor locomotive lies at the bottom of the incline with her drivers stuck up in the air, and the cab, and other outer works smashed to splinters. The two engines present a picture much like that of two old gladiators, the one victorious at the top of the hill and the other buried in defeat.
Coal and small articles are scattered over the white surface of the creek for yards around. Splinters from the coaches are buried in the ground and the rails are torn up and cut into small sections as with a knife.
It is presumed that the tracks will be repaired as the wrecking crew arrives. During the meanwhile all the traffic will be forced to go round by way of the M. C. belt, and it was said that the trains would leave from the Union depot until tomorrow.

General Manager Harry W. Ashley of the Ann Arbor made the following statement relative to the wreck to a reporter for the Bee:
“Our Ann Arbor mail train No. 1 left the depot on schedule time this morning. At the north end of the Ottawa River yards a Pere Marquette engine was out on the main line where it had no business to be. Our train came into collision with the Pere Marquette engine about 100 feet north of the yards and both engines were badly damaged.
“The Ann Arbor engineer, George Pulcipher, the oldest engineer on the road, was badly injured. I Understand, through I do not know, that the Pere Marquette engineer also was injured. One passenger, whose name I do not know, also claims to have been hurt. Our train was badly delayed, but not seriously wrecked, and the passengers were taken north by another route.”