Ypsilanti City Hall Marker - 1860
(6 West Cross Street)
Ypsilanti Press – July 8, 1976: DAR dedicates Marker – The Daughters of the American Revolution, Ypsilanti Chapter, in a Monday afternoon service dedicated a bronze marker to be placed on the city’s first city hall building at 6 W. Cross St.

Conducting the dedication were Miss Doris Milliman, chapter regent, and Mrs. Hugh Kellas, Chaplan.

Foster Fletcher, city historian, told of the significance of the building, constructed about 1860 and used as city hall and a small jail until early in the 20th century. He said that most of the jail’s occupants were vagrants picked up at the train station located east of the building.

The marker was presented to Mrs. Nathalie Edmunds, city council member, who accepted it for the city, mayor and city council. She then presented it to John N. Pappas, present owner of the building.

Pappas is a sculpture now on leave from Eastern Michigan University art department.

Among those attending the dedication were representatives of the Sara Caswell Angell DAR Chapter of Ann Arbor.

Notes from the YHS Archives: The commemoration by the Chapter was due to the suggestion of Mrs. Richard Warner, a past regent and member of the City’s Bicentennial Commission, and of Mr. Foster Fletcher.

The committee in charge was Mrs. Alan Stewart, Mrs. Jack O’Neill and Mrs. Virgil Tecoma.

Members of the Sara Caswell Chapter from Ann Arbor who attended the ceremony were: Miss Anna F. Earl, regent, Mrs. Gerald Dykstra, Mrs. Marguerite Lambert, Mrs. James Mesrobial, Mrs. Wallace Holcombe and Mrs. John Oncley, Vice regent. Mr. Guernsey Earl and Dr. John Oncley accompanied the chapter members.

Ypsilanti Chapter members present were: Mrs. Charles Parsons, Vice Regent, Mrs. Alan Stewart, Mrs. Daniel McGuire, Mrs. Richard Warner, Mrs. Loren Brown, Mrs. Henry Deering, Mrs. Clayton Hoop, Mrs. Hugh Kellas and Miss Doris Milliman. Among the other guests were Mr. Henry Deering.

Notes from the YHS Archives: The First City Hall – A good location was selected between the east and west sides of town, just west of the present Cross Street Bridge. It was built in 1860 and used as the city hall until 1903. Council met on the first floor, and a jail was in the basement. The jail usually held vagrants from the railroad – one or two at a time. Chauncey Joslin was the second mayor. The east and west sides of Ypsilanti had just voted to join forces before the second mayor, Arden Ballard, was elected.