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Stock of Michigan Railroad Shows a Heavy Advance

Reports that the Ann Arbor Railroad Company has passed to control of individuals identified with another and larger road, and that announcement of the actual passing of control of the road will be made within the next few days, were current in the financial district yesterday in explanation of the advance of the corporation's stock during the last three days. Common stock sold at $10 a share one week ago and closed yesterday at $20. The preferred sold at $29 one week ago and closed yesterday at $41.

The road is approximately300 miles in length and operates between Toledo, Ohio, and Frankfort, Michigan. Its financial structure is $4,000,000 of no-cumulative 5 per cent preferred stock and $3,250,000 of common, of $100 par value.

Cadillac News by Chris Lamphere Feb. 25, 1922

The Ann Arbor Railroad had its lines open from Toledo to Mount Pleasant. An engine and caboose are off the track at McBain. Conductor Bereus walked the Cadillac and reported this accident and a relief train was sent down to clear the track and restore service. Conditions to the north are unknown as here has been no train movement since the passenger became lost somewhere north of Boon. A man walked in from Boon and reported that relays are being sent north in an effort to locate and extricate the stalled train. The condition of the roadbed on the Ann Arbor is deplorable. In some places 2 feet of ice cover the rails and has to be picked out piece by piece. It required four hours to go to Lucas, distance of 7 miles. The division office at Owosso got in touch with Agent B. F. Mooney by sending a messenger around by the G.R. and I. And the condition of the Cadillac station was reported by sending the messenger to Big Rapids where wire communication was resumed. Baldwin still is the “farthest north” point on the Pere Marquette, as is Cadillac on the Pennsylvania and Mount Pleasant on the Ann Arbor, After several feet of snow is removed, crews must chop through several inches of ice, as much as 14 at Kaleva, to get to the rails. Thus it will be a long, long time before train service is opened to the north, it is feared, although big forces are at work there now and will be increased as soon as the companies get their wires working so operation is safer on portions of the lines now open.

The Owosso Argus-Press March 15, 1922


The locomotive department of the Ann Arbor car shops, which has been virtually closed down for several weeks, will re-open Thursday morning. Approximately 130 men who have been idle, will go back to work. The car department will remain closed for the present.

Dundee Reporter May 12, 1922


While crossing the Ann Arbor trestle near Monroe street last Saturday afternoon Mrs. Edward Francisco, age 56, was struck by the northbound passenger train No. 50, of the Ann Arbor railroad, and was instantly killed. The body was hurled from the trestle into the ravine below.

Mrs. Francisco had started to cross the bridge from the north side of the river and was nearly across when the northbound Ann Arbor passenger train, due at Dundee at 3:448 p. m., suddenly came into view around the curve from the south.

The unfortunate woman evidently became confused when she sighted the approaching train, for instead of completing the distance across the bridge, she turned and started back.

According to s statement made by Engineer D. Davis of the train, owing to the curve in the road approaching the trestle, he did not see her until about train lengths away, and then he quickly applied the air brakes and did all in his power to bring the train to a stop and avert the tragedy.

Deputy Sheriff Henry Waterstradt and Justice Fred B. Carr were soon on the scene of the accident. Just Carr impaneled the following jurors: Earl Stowell, H. G. Haines, William Schrader, John Reum, James Vance and C. B. Dean. The verdict returned absolved the railroad company from all blame.

Mrs. Francisco leaves a husband, one brother and two half brothers.

The funeral was held at the Fred Moser undertaking parlors at 1:30 p. m. Monday afternoon with Rev. Mr. Purdy of the M. ad. Church in charge.

April 26, 1922 The Ann Arbor and Pennsylvania Railroads agree to operate their parallel lines between Galena St. in Toledo OH and Alexis Junction on the north side of Toledo as a single, double track railroad.

The Owosso Argus-Press June 14, 1922


Locomotives Wrecked and Five Freight Cars Demolished at Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant, Mich., June 14 – Five freight cars were demolished and their cargoes thrown about, one engine was completely wrecked and another badly damaged as a result of a collision about 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon of freight train No. 92, southbound, and a switch engine of the the Ann Arbor railroad near the edge of the switching yards here.

The cause of the accident is said to be the failure of the brakes on one of the locomotives to hold. Members of the train crews escaped injury by leaping from the cabs as the engines collided. Two cars were entirely derailed.

Ludington Daily News July 9, 1922

Despite Notice That Strikers Must Appear or Br Dropped, None Returns.

OWOSSO, Mich., July 10 – Despite the fact that notice was given last week by E. F. Blomeyer, vice president and general manager of the Ann Arbor railroad, that all shopmen then employed by the road, and who were either on strike or furlough, must return to work this morning or be dropped from the rolls, none of the men returned.

Pickets on duty around the shops said that none of the men would go back until the strike was settled nationally.

The first disorder, growing out of the strike here, occurred Saturday night when Harry Clarke was attacked as he was going to work. He did quit work with the other men a week ago, and Saturday night was called to do some repair work.

Clarke says his assailants were strikers. The strikers, however deny any knowledge of the affair and assert that, I Clarke was attacked, it must have been by sympathizers.

Officials of the road said Monday that they were putting men at work every day and now had about 20 employed about the shops. They said, however, that because of their dwindling coal supply, it was probable they would have to curtail train service the latter part of the week.

The Toledo News-Bee Sept. 26, 1922


In response to News-Bee stories calling attention to the inconvenience which will arise if the viaduct over the railroad tracks at Riverside Park is raised, Councilman Northrup on Monday night introduced a resolution in Council to halt the work.

The matter was referred to Committee of the Whole, and Council members will accordingly visit the park at 2 p. m. on Sunday, to view the viaduct and endeavor out work out a better plan.

Northrup told Council that the Ann Arbor and Pennsylvania railroads intend to raise their tracks opposite the park, and this will necessitate the heightening of the viaduct. A steep flight of stairs already leads to the viaduct, and with three and a half feet added, the climb will be made impracticable for women and children.

City officials already have given permission for the change in the viaduct, it was said, and therefore quick Council action is necessary. The committee of the Whole is expected to reach its decision on Sunday, and the matter probably will go before Council at its next session.

The Toledo News -Bee Oct. 5,1922


Welfare Director Newcomer was called before Council Committee on Railroads and Telegraph on Wednesday night to explain why he had given permission to the Pennsylvania and Ann Arbor railroads to raise the viaduct at Riverside Park.

Newcomer said that he was only following precedent in the matter by allowing the company to proceed with the work by by giving his approval to a plan that had been submitted to him.

Councilman Dalkowaki said the raising of the viaduct is a matter that should have gone before the Council, and on his motion Newcomer was instructed to notify the railroads to stop work until permission of Council is received. The clerk was instructed to notify the railroad officials to appear before the grade separation before the grade separation committee on Saturday afternoon and submit their plans for the improvement.

The Toledo News-Bee Oct. 26, 1922


The Ann Arbor R. R. will run two trains to Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Illinois game on Saturday. The 7:45 a. m. train will arrive at Ann Arbor at 8:10 central time. The 11 o'clock motor car will be converted into a steam train on this date. It will arrive at Ann Arbor at 12:01 central time. The latter train will stop at Ferry Field. The 4:30 train leaving Ann Arbor at 4:30 will receive passengers at the field. It is due here at 7, Toledo time.

The Toledo News-Bee Nov. 22, 1922


Toledo Not Listed As Third Rail Center

Lee G. Macomber, Chamber of Commerce traffic commissioner, has filed protest with the Railway Bureau of Economics, Washington, D. C., for failure of the bureau to include Toledo as the third railway center of United States, in a report recently submitted.

The report places Chicago first, with 33 railroads, St. Louis second, with 20, and Kansas City thrid, with q4. Macomber contends that Toledo,with 15 roads, should have third place.

Macomber ha asked in a letter if there was an error in the report and then requested that consideration be be given Toledo as a railroad center.

Claim by Macomber that Toledo should be third is based on the fact that Toledo has the following railroad, whose systems represent 13 per cent of the United States railway mileage: Big four, Ann Arbor, Pere Marquette, Shore Line, Michigan Central, Clover Leaf, Wabash, New York Central, B. & O.,Cotton Valley, T. & O. C., Pennsylvania, Wheeling and Lake Erie, D. T. & I., Toledo, Angola and Western, and two city switching lines, the Toledo Terminal and the the Bay Terminal.

The Toledo News-Bee Dec. 7, 1922


Council Gives Approval To Separation Measure

First step of councilmen to force separation of dangerous and inconvenient grade crossings in North Toledo was taken on Wednesday evening when a grade crossing separation ordinance, introduced by Councilman Northrup, was approved by the Public Improvements Committee.

Northrup's ordinance requires the Ann Arbor, Manufactures, Wheeling & Lake Erie, Shore Line and Terminal railroads to co-operate with the city engineer and submit plans and specifications for for separation of grades at Summit, Cleveland, Erie and Chase streets.

The ordinance, according to Northrup,is meant to further the plans of S. P. Jermain of converging all railroads over Summit and other north Toledo streets so that they would follow the route and cross all streets at the same points. It is said that Jermain's plan would save the city and railroads hundreds of thousands of dollars when the grade crossing program is put thru in North Toledo.

Councilman Dennis cast the only negative vote.

The Toledo News-Bee Dec. 7,1922


Ann Arbor Claims Move Will Aid Traffic

Ann Arbor Railroad Co. wants the right to lay an additional track in the North-end so as to facilitate train movements over it tracks and provide for the Pennsylvania R. R. and other tenants that it has or may enter into contract with.

So declared witnesses for the railroad company in Probate Judge O'Donnell's court late on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning, in an effort to win a suit instituted to compel the city to permit the railroad to lay an extra line of track with its present single track across Summit and several other streets, against the city ordinance providing that no more tracks may be laid on Summit st.


One of the first witnesses called was E. F. Blomeyer, vice-president and general manager of the company. Blomeyer said the additional tracks would not make crossing any more dangerous. He said the tracks would not be cluttered with trains as they are now, due to the inability to move them fast enough over the present track. He added that pedestrians and traffic would not have so long to wait at crossings.

Blomeyer declared the Ann Arbor has a contract to the effect that the Pennsylvania line will increase its train service over the Ann Arbor tracks to and from Detroit on Jan. 1. He said that with the present facilities these extra trains could be accommodated.


The company has expended thousands of dollars in anticipation on laying this extra track and already has entered into negotiations with other companies to become tenants over its tracks, Blomeyer asserted.

The city, in its testimony will attempt to prove that the extra track is not essential. If they can do this, Judge O'Donnell says, the railroad company will lose the case.

Dundee Reporter Dec. 12, 1922


While crossing the Ann Arbor Trestle near Monroe street last Saturday afternoon Mrs. Edward Francisco, age 56, was struck by the northbound passenger train No. 50, of the Ann Arbor railroad, and instantly killed. The body was hurled from the trestle into the ravine below.

Mrs. Francisco had started to cross the bridge from the north side of the river and was nearly across when when the northbound Ann Arbor passenger train, due at Dundee at 3:48 p. m., suddenly came into view around the curve from the south.