THE MICHIGAN D AILY
Le nd Of Ancient Windull A
StoryOfRomance And Tragedy
(Continued from Page 1) beautiful valley of the Huron, beck-
thbat Gabrielle and Herman met night oned on by the great hills which
'fter night. Each evening Gabrielle-
*ould steal away from her father's
house and climbing the creaking steps Clipping Shows Prorni
of the mill, await her lover on the
balcony to which the circular stair-,
Way led. And here, in the shadow of
the windmill, and with its moans and
creaks rendering the sound of their '
voices inaudible to any chance pas-
sers-by, the two lovers met and told , kib. z
their secrets, secure in the friendly
watchfulness of the old mill, which
seemed to them the one benign ally
which had not been estranged by the
terrible war which swept about them. a
And finally, it was to the old wind-k
mill that Herman fled to escape the
soldiers who came for him, and for
three days he lay benath the floor ofy
the mill, sustained by the food which
Gabrielle was able to carry to him.
At length the soldiers gave up the
hunt and went away, and in the eve-r
ning when the long shadows of the
great Stuttgart hills cast their friend-
ly curtain over the windmill, Ga-
brielle climbed the steps to the bal-
cony where Herman awaited for her -
their last meeting.
Plan For Future
Long into the night they sat on the -
balcony of the old mill and planned
their lovers' plans, and the friendlyz
creaking of the mill wheel seemed
to them a good omen. Their plans
led far into the future, when Her-
man should cross the seas to Amen-
ca, and some day come back for her. "
Bewitched by the enchantment of.
their love ,so closely bound up with
the old windmill of her father's, they '
sat on and on, building their castles
which were to become so much more
than air' in the happy days when they
should go to their new home in Amer-
ica. Clouds arose and covered the
moon, and of the stars Vega alone
was visible. And he pointed it out
to her, and told her that it was to
watch over her while he was away,
and 'that some day it was to bring s ;
happiness to both of them, for it was
to be under the same star, Vega, that
he would return to her. Far away in
the distance a whip-poor-will sang
his farewell song ,and when the last.
'notes died away Gabrielle stood alone
on the balcony of the old mill of
stuttgart. The Detroit News-Tribune for
On many other nights, after Her- trations with a story of the legend
man went away to America, Gabrielle was a story about the Ann Arbor 0
climbed to the old trysting place and law, and a story in which the Ger
'earched the heavens for the star
Vega. But it never brought to her sinking of the Lusitania.
the happiness they had planned.
Arrives In America reminded them of their homes in the
Herman arrived in America with- Fatherland.
out money and without friends. He Herman left for the South less
struggled along for ten years, by than a year after the completionof
Which time he had become rather the mill, and word came back to the
well known asa builder of houses. In owner that he had died in a little
the year 1835 he received news of house which he had built for himself
Gabrielle's death. A few years later in Mobile, Ala. But still the old wind-
he appeared in Ann Arbor and formed mill stands on the hill, so like the
a fast friendship with the owner of a Stuttgart mills that Herman loved
large estate on the edge of the Ger- so well. And though the wheel i
man settlement. almost gone, the mill still stands, it
When this owner desired a windmill doorless balcony a tribute to th
to pump water to his house Herman beautiful Gabrielle, and dreams which
'tenbach was put in charge of its never came true.
Constrction. He made of it an Thus runs the legend, as it was
exact model of the old Stuttgart mill, printed in the old Detroit paper of
reproducing the balcony high up on 19 years ago.
the sides of the tower where he had Perhaps the rest of this story
pledged his troth to Gabrielle on that shouldn't be told. Maybe those of
last summer night before he left Ger- you who would rather preserve the
But there was one detail in which
this mill differed from the Stuttgart
original. When Herman built his mill,
he made no doorway to the bal - y,, s
coiy; But the owner never under- T a ModBTes
stood this lack of foresight in his PAT O'BRTEN
friend, and passers-by often wondered "OIL FOR THE'LAMPS
at the quaint old mill with its bal- OF CH INA"
cony so unattainable. The wander- GUY KIBBEE
ing Herman built many other struc- "GOING HIGH BROW"
tures during his stay in Ann Arbor, and "ROBBER KITTEN"
and some of them still remain, quaint silly symphony
old landmarks which cause the older Every Day Until 6:00 - 15c
settlers to harken back to the days After 6:00 - 25c
when they were first lured into the
beautiful tradition intact might stop
here, while the rest of us reluctantly
do a bit of debunking.
The story is not true. There seems
to be no basis for any bit of it. Fur-
thermore, there seems to be no clue as
to its possible origin.
For the true origin of the mill, we'll
Cnene Of Old Legend
have to do a bit of genealogical de-
tective work; we'll have to find out
who did build it, and why, and when;
we'll have to have all the old settlers
in town dig :out their albums and
memory books to see whether perhaps
there might have been some grain of
truth from which the legend sprang.
The property on which the mill
stands, covering in all about 14 acres
around it, was called "The Gray
Gables," and belonged about the
middle of the last century to "Judge"
Wheeler, who was no judge at all,
but merely a highly respected cit-
izen. By his first wife, the "Judge"
had several children, among whom
was a daughter, Christine, who mar-
ried a man named Lilly, a missionary
in Japan who sold Bibles to the
heathens. This is important because
when Christine and her husband died
in Japan, their daughter, also named
Christine, was sent back to this
country to her grandfather and his
second wife, and though she was very
young at the time, she remembered
no mill on the property and in fact
nothing but logrcabins where the
court house now stands on Main
Street. This was about the time of
the Civil War.
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Next we have to go to Mr. Titus
Hutzel, who tells us that about the
time when he was chairman of the
Ann Arbor Water Board, the city put
some wells out Washington Street
to supply the city with water. This
was in 1895-96. Unfortunately, when
the wells were put in, all the wells
belonging to the citizens out that way
went dry, and the stream and pond
which irrigated the beautiful gardens
and the park of the "Gray Gables"
left but an arid bed.
The second Mrs. Wheeler thereupon
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city fathers, threatening law suits and
divine retribution, but she finally
ended up by commissioning a local
carpenter to build a water mill on
her property to irrigate her garden.
This was our old friend the mill,
and since the Washington Street wells
were installed in 1896, the mill must
have been built in 1897, for we have
above a picture showing the mill as it
appeared in 1898. What makes this
picture particularly interesting, is that,
we notice several of the Wheelers
standing on the balcony, and behind
them a door - thus ending the legend
of the "sacred untrammeled bal-
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and why, and when, and know that
the date and the doorless balcony of
the legend are false; but we ought to
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the actual building, lest Herman
Stenbach be among them.
He was not. The building was done
by three men: the two brothers All-
mand, respected citizens who lived out
that way for many years, now dead,
and by Olin Shaffer, who now keeps
a summer resort at Gun Lake, Mich.,
has a wife, married children, and
who never heard of the name Sten-
Our work of destruction is finished.
Once again, perhaps there are among
you some who would rather forget
this last bit of the story and choose
to believe instead in the truth of the
legend. Let the truth be what you
choose to make it.
From the Story by
EDGAR ALLEN POE
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ommn Councilireealing the curfew
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