surely something of note happened between 1858 and 1967 in ypsi

I’ve probably looked at the “Ypsilanti” entry on Wikipedia a few dozen times before, but it never struck me until this moment that, in the “History” section, there’s a 109-year gap when nothing of note seems to have happened. Worse yet, when something does finally happen, in 1967, it’s a serial killing spree. It goes right from the 1858 reincorporation of the city to the murder in 1967 of John Norman Collins’ first co-ed. I don’t have time right now, but I’m kind of hoping that someone out there might take it upon him or her self to stick something in there between the two about Iggy Pop, Preston Tucker, Winsor McCay, James Mann, the construction of the water tower, or anything else. I don’t like to think that my home town can be boiled down to these seven bullet points. It kind of freaks me out.

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5 Comments

  1. mark
    Posted October 26, 2006 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    So, does no one else find this freaky, the fact that our history can be boiled down to the French-Canadian fur trade, the signing of a few incorporation documents and the murder of 8 young women?

  2. ol' e cross
    Posted October 27, 2006 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Let’s see…

    In 1926 there was a train wreck in Depot Town, and…

    In 1939 there was a train wreck in Depot Town.

  3. ol' e cross
    Posted October 27, 2006 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Let’s see…

    In 1926 there was a train wreck in Depot Town, and…

    In 1939 there was a train wreck in Depot Town.

  4. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted October 27, 2006 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    According to an episode of Unsolved Mysteries, a man was snatched form his workplace on Michigan Avenue one day (I believe in the early 80’s). Two men just came in, grabbed him, threw him into a van and drove off. He was never heard from again. No one knows why it happened.

  5. schutzman
    Posted October 29, 2006 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I vaguely recall some sort of war in the 1940s, which caused- I think his name was “Fnord”- to make flying machines, with the employees of said factory filling every square inch of available land in town, living in trailers and tents.

    I believe Phyllis Diller was involved, as well as a great number of midgets.

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