Ann Arbor Observed: Selections from Then and Now by Grace Shackman

By Grace Shackman

Twenty-five years in the past Grace Shackman started to record the historical past of Ann Arbor’s constructions, occasions, and other people within the Ann Arbor Observer. quickly Shackman’s articles, which depicted each point of existence in Ann Arbor through the city’s prior eras, turned much-anticipated typical tales. Readers grew to become to her illuminating minihistories once they desired to find out about a selected landmark, constitution, character, association, or enterprise from Ann Arbor’s past. Packed with photos from Ann Arbor of yesteryear and the current day, Ann Arbor saw compiles the simplest of Shackman’s articles in a single publication divided into 8 sections: public structures and associations, the college of Michigan, transportation, undefined, downtown Ann Arbor, sport and tradition, social textile and groups, and structure.  For long-time citizens, Ann Arbor expatriates, college of Michigan alumni, and viewers alike, Ann Arbor saw offers an extraordinary glimpse of the bygone days of a city with a wealthy and sundry history. Grace Shackman is a historical past columnist for the Ann Arbor Observer, the neighborhood Observer, and the previous West facet information, in addition to a author for collage of Michigan guides. She is the writer of 2 prior books: Ann Arbor within the nineteenth Century and Ann Arbor within the twentieth Century.

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Bob Dieterle, who still works the family farm near Saline, remembers that his mother used to go at 2 AM and park across from the armory to make sure she’d get a stall. Once they had secured a spot, many stayed up all night, or close to it, getting ready for the market. Dieterle’s wife, Luella, used to spend the night picking flowers, a flashlight under her arm. Esther Kapp remembers harvesting until 1:30 AM and then rising again at 4 AM for the trip to town. Her three brothers stayed behind on the farm on Northfield Church Road to continue picking; while Kapp and her mother sold, her dad would drive back and forth all day to pick up fresh produce.

While the turnaround is good news for the market, it also means that the two stopgap changes in the 1980s have become a problem. Pointing to their numbers, the craftspeople are lobbying for more space. “We set up Sunday for an artisans’ market, but they’d rather come on Saturday,” says Rosasco. And there is also friction among the growers themselves. The waiting list for produce vendors is surprising—after all, farming has only gotten tougher in the last decade, and farms around the city Public Buildings & Institutions 37 The Farmers’ Market in the 1950s.

When Dick Tasch was a U-M freshman, he and some classmates printed up broadsides taunting the sophomore class and pasted them surreptitiously on State Street buildings. “One night, about one AM, we put a whole bunch at Goldman Cleaners and Quarry Drugs,” Tasch remembers, “and were going around the corner when there was Red Howard standing. ” A local boy, Tasch was able to duck out of sight and escape, but the others were caught. Tasch drove by later and found his classmates carrying pails and scrub brushes, cleaning up.

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