What were Ypsilantians up to according to the January 20, 1888 issue of the Ypsilanti Commercial? Well, the Women's Christian Temperance Union met at Mrs. Buchanan's house, a shipment of ice came in on the train, and it was a bit too slippery to safely walk around.
Without screens, radio, or even (for most folks) telephones, what on earth did people do to enjoy themselves and socialize during the winter? Sleigh rides are peppered all throughout the January issues of the weekly Commercial. For the less adventurous, euchre and pedro card games were popular.
And 1888 was a leap year. In reading the old Commercial, there are several references in the January issues to the fact that this apparently presents some sort of romantic opportunity to "the ladies." I get the impression that leap years were regarded as a sort of Sadie Hawkins year. Dusty D had never heard of this before--perhaps its a forgotten custom. Here the Commercial reprints some leap-year advice from the Ann Arbor Courier.