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Ann Arbor Train Depot at Beulah

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John Charles Underwood replaced Paul Barnes as the station agent on September 9th, 1910. About 4am that morning, lightning followed the telephone wire into the depot, setting fire to papers and a desk. Bert Lee discovered the fire at 6am. Fortunately the office was tightly closed, preventing any draught from fueling the flames and avoiding heavy damage. [1] At the end of that month, Herbert Haywood replaced Clyde Mertz as the baggage man. [2]

In April 1911, ice from Crystal Lake was driven up over the banks of the shore by 30 mph winds. Six to ten feet of ice, rock, and driftwood buried the Ann Arbor railroad main line, which extended for a mile along the lake shore. Work train crews worked tirelessly to clear the ice and debris. This disruption occurred during the reconstruction of the Ann Arbor depot, which involved breaking down the waiting rooms into one large area. William Benner was appointed as mail messenger between the Benzonia office and Ann Arbor depot around this time as well. [3]

The following month Miss Mae Haver resigned her position as a telephone operator and was hired as Agent Underwood's assistant at the A. A. station. A few days later marked the first time an electric car passed through the Beulah station. The car was on its way to Cleveland, Ohio, but a similar model was scheduled to be run in Benzie County beginning in June, with a new station established at Case's mills and passengers taken on at almost every country cross road. [4]

On May 18th, 1911 the northbound train ran off the track a few miles below Beulah, which disabled the engine. Fortunately, nobody was injured and no great damage was done by the train. May 21st marked the first Sunday Excursion of the season from Beulah to Frankfort. A special train left at 11:33 a.m. and returned at 5:50 p.m. for a round trip total of 25 cents. [5]





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