Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Candy-Man's "Shotgun Divorce"

The tale of thwarted love between a 32-year-old Ypsilanti Italian immigrant and his teenage love, complete with a secret plan to elope on the interurban that was sadly quashed.


Building Place said...

OK Dusty Diary,

Give it up. Your readers want an explanation. Is there collusion going on between Ypsilanti's history writers? Are you and James Mann indulging in insider trading or something?

How did it happen that you both end up publishing articles on the same subject this week??????

Dusty D said...

Hi Building Place,
Hmm? First I've heard of it...I have been working on and researching this story for the last few days. I did not know James was writing about it. I don't see it on his blog; where is it published, pray?

Dusty D said...

Oh, I see, it's over on Here's your chance, readers, to compare 'em.

Building Place said...

What I like best about this circumstance is that James Mann centered his story around the Dad while you centered yours around the daughter.

Great stuff from both of our Ypsilanti historians!

Dusty D said...

Thank you for your kind comments BP, and thanks for reading.

Once I found out Andrew was a recent immigrant, I wondered if that was the reason for the dad's disapproval (if he were prejudiced).

Or was it because he was 32 and Carrie only 18?

Andrew disappears from city directories pretty soon after, hopefully to a successful future with his new wife Evelyn.

By 1920, 26-year-old Carrie with her 32-year-old husband Fred Woolsey, her 3-year-old son Edwin, and her 69-year-old dad lived at 615 Adams.