Monday, October 11, 2010

Coal Haiku

Falling leaves mean coal

after ages of pressure

Dad lights the furnace.

--ad from October 11, 1939 Ypsilanti Daily Press

Marsh and Son was a coal company that operated in what is now the Sidetrack's rear parking lot.

Five huge silos supplied coal to trucks carting it to private homes' coal cellars, or you could pick up your own.

Marsh & Son was in business as late as 1962 and possibly later. Those were sooty days in Ypsilanti...

To read the recollections of someone whose mom worked in the coal company office and who went out on coal deliveries to outlying farmhouses, look here.

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