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The Owosso Times Jan. 2, 1903

The Pacific Express Company began doing business in Owosso yesterday. The first shipment was a tub of Connor's ice cream for M. D. Fohey, of Durand.

The Owosso Times Jan. 2, 1903

The transportation department of the Ann Arbor railroad has been moved from Durand to Toledo. Supt. W. F. Bradley's office goes with it.

The Desert News Jan. 3, 1903

Frankfort, Mich., Jan. 3 – The Ann Arbor Car Ferry No. 1 was brought safety into harbor here last, after having been ashore on the rocks at Manitou island. The ferry boat had 22 cars on board and some anxiety was felt for her safety. It is not known how seriously her hull is injured.

Benzie Banner Jan. 8, 1903

Eight of the new coal kilns at Homestead are completed and six have been fired up.

The Owosso Times Jan. 9, 1903

Ann Arbor car ferry No. 1 got on the rocks at South Maniton Island, Lake Michigan, Lake Michigan, Last week, and was somewhat damaged. The boat had a cargo of twenty-two loaded cars, and was bound for Frankfort.

The Owosso Times Jan. 9, 1903

A Wabash engine, the first ever sent here, is in the Ann Arbor shops for general overhauling. The engine is No. 765, and is of large size.

The Owosso Times Jan. 9, 1903

Ann Arbor Engine 41, with a heavy train, had considerable difficulty in reaching Carland Sunday evening. Broken couplings caused delay.

The Owosso Times Jan. 9, 1903

The Ann Arbor Railroad has engine 45 hauling coal on the Hocking Valley line between Columbus and Toledo. John Scott, Of Durand, and Benjamin Priest, of Owosso, are the engine crew.

The Owosso Times Jan. 23, 1903

The taking of the Ann Arbor road road by the Wabash undoubtedly means more work in the railroad shops in Owosso. – Alma Record.

The Pittsburgh Press Feb. 4, 1903

Toledo, O. February 4 – With the completion of the new $5,000,000 belt around the city, the Gould interests, controlling the Wabash, Ann Arbor and Wheeling & Lake Erie lines, have purchased property through the heart of the city will they will develop terminals to the cost of $10,000,000.

It is the intention of the Gould interest to lay a four-track road on this property, connecting their diversified interests in the city by this means with the terminals. The right of way passes within a square of the court house, high school, Central Congregational Church and two other public school buildings, and is without exception the highest priced property in Toledo.

The Owosso Times Feb. 6, 1903

The Ann Arbor Engines.

Ann Arbor Engine No. 40, which has been doing the belt line switching at Toledo, has been brought in for repairs by Engineer William Farrell and Fireman Thomas Maroney, of Durand. Engine No. 48 is on the belt line.

Ann Arbor engine No. 45, Engineer John Scott and Fireman Benjamin Priest, is hauling coal over the the Hocking Valley in Ohio for the Ann Arbor. Wabash Engine No. 765, which has been in the the shops here for repairs, has been sent back to Toledo. Wabash No. 63 has arrived here for general repairs.

The Owosso Times Feb., 13, 1903

The Ann Arbor yards will be remodeled this spring and new sidings put in to increases the capacity. The Ann Arbor Milling Co. and Todd's hay-house are Ann Arbor land and will have to be be moved.

The Owosso Times Feb., 20 1903

The Ann Arbor railroad owing to a large increase in traffic, is temporarily employing two switch engines.

The Owosso Times Feb., 20 1903

The Ann Arbor interlocker gang of five men is at work in Toledo.

The Owosso Times Feb., 20 1903

The Ann Arbor Railroad has received two more fine engines from the manufacturers. They are Nos. 49 and 50, and and are duplicates of 47 and 48.

Ludington Daily News Mar. 5, 1903

All summer resorts hotels are not Klondikes, at least they are not every season. The following from the Frankfort Express in regard to the palace erected by the Ann Arbor road at Frankfort bears out the statement: “The dailies announce that Hayes & company has commenced suit against the Ann Arbor R. R. Co., to make good their loss in running the Royal Frontenac last summer. The damage is placed at $8,000.”

The Owosso Times Mar. 13, 1903

Ann Arbor Engine 48 has been turned over to the Wabash, and will run on the main line between Montpelier and Detroit.

The Owosso Times Mar. 13, 1903

The Ann Arbor wrecking crew was at Mt. Pleasant this week picking up a wreck.

The Owosso Times Mar. 20, 1903

The Ann Arbor work train was fitted up here Wednesday, and sent out to Ann Arbor, where the yards will rearranged. Engine 40 drew the train.

The Benzie Banner April 9, 1903

The new hotel at Frankfort will be operated this year and Beulah will not become a flag station.

The Montreal Gazette Apr. 10, 1903

A special to the Toledo Times, from St. Louis, says “Rumors were current on the Stock Exchange and in the banking circles on Saturday, that control of the Ann Arbor Railroad, of Toledo, had passed from the Gould people, and that it would no longer continue as a part of the Gould system. It was later learned, on excellent authority, that the rumor was well founded and that the deal for the sale of the property was practically closed. The Ann Arbor Railway is worth $13,000,000, the brokers say. A bonded debt of $7,000,000 stands against the property, and the purchasers are understood to have paid $5,200,000 for control of the road, and car ferry system. It is said that neither the Great Central or interests closely allied to the big Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton - Pere Marquette combination are interested in the purchase.

The Benzie Banner May 7, 1903


Sleeping car service between Toledo and Frankfort, Mich., via the Ann Arbor R. R. will resumed Monday, May 11th on trains leaving Toledo at 3:30 p.m. and from Frankfort at 9:00 p.m.

The Benzie Banner May 14, 1903

The passenger trains on the Ann Arbor changed time Monday, and now the morning train going north passes Beulah at 7:18, and the the evening southbound train at 9:22.

The Benzie Banner May 28, 1903

The Grand Trunk and the Ann Arbor railway will give $5,000 each for a R. R. Y. M. C. A. building in Durand.

The Benzie Banner May 28, 1903

{Benzonia} The Ann Arbor R. R. depot was moved across the track to its new quarters today. There is a homesick looking spot now where the building former stood.

The Benzie Banner June 11, 1903

Wreck on Ann Arbor Road

An obstinate cow was the cause of a serious wreck on the Ann Arbor Railroad about three miles miles north of Milan, Wednesday morning. As a result, D. J. Gepson, of Toledo, conductor on the extra No. 45, was, seriously injured, and Jack Scott, engineer, and Edward Everett, both of Durand, were slightly hurt. The cow was killed instantly, and the engine, which was the largest on the road, was completely demolished, and about seven cars damaged.

The Benzie Banner June 11, 1903

The Western Union telegraph office is to be place back in the Ann Arbor depot in a short time.

The Owosso Times June 12, 1903

Frankfort and Crystal Lake Hotels

The “Royal Frontenac” hotel at Frankfort, Mich., will open for business Sunday, June 27th, under the management of Mr. C. A. Brant. The new hotel “Windermere” at Beulah, (Crystal Lake) will open on Monday, June 29th, under the the management of Mr. O. L. Bristol. For railroad rates to Frankfort and Beulah apply to any agent Ann Arbor R. R. and for rates at the “Royal Frontenac” and “Windermere” hotels address managers named above.

The Owosso Times June 12, 1903

Ann Arbor Engine 44 has been sent out of the shops here after general repairs.

The Owosso Times June 19, 1903

Ann Arbor Engine No. 3 has been repaired and turned out of the shops here. It will be on the observation run this summer between Frankfort and Crystal Lake.

The Evening Argus June 23, 1903

The Ann Arbor and Wabash

The Wabash railroad has made arrangements with the Ann Arbor to run freight trains over the latter's tracks into Toledo. The connection will be made at the junction at Milan, and beginning July 1 a train will leave Detroit every evening at 8 o'clock. This route is much shorter than the regular Wabash line, and it is claimed that trains will make as good time as over the Lake Shore. The Wabash will use its own engine and cars, and increase the service as fast as the business warrants. – Durand Express

The Ann Arbor and Wabash make a general interchange of freight at Milan. This has resulted in a material decrease in the amount of east bound freight heretofore given to the Grand Trunk at Durand.

The Pittsburgh Press June 28, 1903

The Wabash has opened from Toledo to Detroit. On July 1 freight service will be inaugurated. Just when the passengers service will be put on has not been announced, but it is said that it will be at the same time that the Pittsburgh line is opened. Wabash trains will run out of Toledo over the Ann Arbor to Milan and from that point to Detroit over the Wabash tracks.

The Owosso Times June 26, 1903

Ann Arbor engine No. 45, recently damaged by a wreck on the south end, is of Owosso shops, fully repaired.

The Benzie Banner July 2, 1903

The Ann Arbor people are putting in a covered walk between the depot and baggage room at Beulah, making a fine station. Cement walks wills will add to the beauty of the place.

The Owosso Times July 3, 1903

Ann Arbor engine No. 48 will be out of the Owosso shops this week after receiving repairs.

The Owosso Times July 3, 1903

There was a small switching wreck in the the Ann Anbor yards, Monday. A flat car was smashed and two box cars some-what damaged, no trains were delayed.

The Owosso Times July 3, 1903

Ann Arbor Engine 3 and the observation car Crystal Lake have gone north for the summer.

The Owosso Times July 17, 1903

A broken journal box derailed two cars at the Chipman street crossing of the Ann Arbor, Saturday night, and the cars, load with iron ore, rolled into the front yard of Mrs. Catherine Phillips. The track was blocked for a few minutes only.

The Benzie Banner July 30, 1903

Frankfort is again having hard times this year, some of the quests being less than the employees. The proprietors are certainly entitled to a lot of sympathy and if there is any way for the county to help them out in the way of taxation it ought to be done. A great amount of money has been spent in getting the grounds in shape and the building erected, a great deal of which went into the pockets of Benzie county people. The location of the hotel in Frankfort stimulated building interests and helped bring much more money to the county. The farmers, teamers, lumbermen, merchants, and in fact, every line of industry has benefited by the location of the Royal Frontenac at Frankfort. On the other hand, the county is not out a cent by the the presence of the buildings there. The Hotel has to make its money, interest, taxes, insurance, and profits, besides running expenses, all in three months time, and ought to be full of guests to do it. Here this last week in July, right in the hot part of the season season, the reported number of guest is only about fifty, while the the capacity of the institution is 400. If the hotel owners were enjoying a good run of patronage we would say, let thru be be assessed full value, but with two years of losses we think they are entitled to a great deal of sympathy.

The Owosso Times Aug., 7, 1903

The Ann Arbor railroad has given up its options on the car ferry Manistique, which operated on the lakes out of Frankfort. Plans for a new boat are being drawn.

The Owosso Times Sept. 4, 1903

The Ann Arbor tracks have been raised to the new level of Washington street, and the concrete stringers for the street car line have been put in.

The Owosso Times Sept. 25, 1903

Ann Arbor Engine 43 has been brought to the shops here for repairs. Engine 48 replaces it on the north end.

The Benzie Banner Sept. 17, 1903

The “ping pong” train service between Frankfort and Beulah is discontinued.


October 1, 1903 Durand Union Depot is dedicated

The Owosso Times Oct. 2, 1903

The new Grand Trunk depot at Durand – one of the finest in the state – was formally opened lasted evening by a banquet and dance. A number number of Owosso people were present.

The Owosso Times Oct. 23, 1903

Ann Arbor engine 47 has been sent out of the shops repaired. Engine No. 3 has been sold to the K. C. & M. W. railway.

The Owosso Times Oct. 23, 1903

An 800 light dynamo will soon be in operation at the Ann Arbor shops, and all the lighting will done by electricity at the plant.

The Owosso Times Oct. 30., 1903

Several box cars were ditched near Clarence, on the Ann Arbor road, Tuesday, and the evening passenger train was considerably delayed.

The Owosso Times Nov. 6, 1903

Missionary Car

The “Herald of Hope” a chapel car which is the property of the American Baptist Publication Society, and travels through northern Michigan doing missionary work, is at the Ann Arbor shops here for repairs.  It is 70 feet long, finished in quartered oak, heated by a hard coal stove, and beautifully fitted up with seats for 93 people, a brass pulpit, aa blackboard and a book case. This care and similar others are transported by the railroads free of charge.

The Owosso Times Nov. 6, 1903

The Ann Arbor has distributed 75,000 oak ties along their line to be put in next season. The use of cedar ties has been discontinued and as fast as the new one in use give out they they will be replaced with the oak material.

Benzie Banner Nov. 12, 1903

The sidetrack back of the stores at Beulah has been torn up and a new one put in past the warehouses east of the depot.

Ludington Daily News Nov. 19, 1903

Accordingly the Lake Michigan car ferry fleet will consist of 11 carferry steamers of which eight are steel boats. Three of these, two wooden ferries and one steel are owned by the Ann Arbor railroad and trade between Frankfort on the Michigan shore and Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Green Bay ports on the Wisconsin shore. The Manistique & Northwestern Railway company also owns a modern steel carferry which will run between Northport and Manistique. The Crosby Transportation Co. has one carferry steamer trading between Milwaukee and Grand Haven. The remaining six ferries in the Lake Michigan service will run between Ludington on the Michigan shore and Milwaukee and Manitowoc on the Wisconsin shore. Thus it will be seen that the carferry business is developing with amazing rapidity and it is while doing so exerting a most noticeable influence on marine commerce in general. The carferries have come in competition with lumber barges and package and grain freighters in such a manner as to threaten the ultimate extermination of such craft.

Benzie Banner Dec. 17, 1903

C. W. Reemteen has succeeded Mr. Chapin as agent at the railroad depot. Mr. Chapin has been transferred to Clare. Mr. Reemteen has move into the Noah Moore house.