Ann Arbor Argus February 3, 1888–Fire, Fire, I’m in the water, says a drunk guy and the cororner takes off

Some weird shit happenin’ in the old Ann Arbor town!

  • Mascot Bailey of the 5th ward went home “three sheets in the wind” and, well, it’s a little confusing. He made a fire at his house and then went to the spring for some water. He then thought it best to start yelling, “Fire! Fire! I’m in the water!” over and over again. He was taken out, says the Argus, but after a week the spring still isn’t providing palatable water. So…did he forget he made a fire and think his house was burning down? Did he drop a load in the spring? What?
  • Dr. O. C. Jenkins, one of our coroners, done took off. He has been in financial messes and his whereabouts are not known and he is not expected to return. The Argus then goes on to slam the doctor, saying he never should have been elected in the first place and was only on the ballot because no one wanted the job. Day-um.

But it’s not all weird…there is a chance of a post office going up! I must confess some confusion here because there is a picture of a beautiful post office at the corner of Ann and Main dating from 1882. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bhl/x-bl000931/BL000931?from=index;lasttype=boolean;lastview=thumbnail;med=1;resnum=1;size=20;sort=relevance;start=1;subview=detail;view=entry;rgn1=ic_all;q1=ann+arbor+post+office. 

(Sorry for that long link…I don’t want to take a picture from their site without permission and I wanted people to be able to see it. It is so gorgeous!)

Does anyone know anything about this?

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