Art Campbell (April 8, 1924 - February 4, 2010 ) was a long-time Ypsilanti resident and landlord, with a portfolio that once totaled 102 properties. In recent years, Campbell had been selling off properties, citing his age as a factor, and, by late 2007, owned only a handful, including his own home and a few new-construction houses on Huron River Drive, around the historic Starkweather House.

Campbell's recent or pending sales as of late 2007 include,

  • MJ's Wooden Nickel, a bar on the north side of EMU's campus, destined to be overflow parking for the nearby Peninsular Place apartments.
  • The decrepit but historic Starkweather House, gifted to the City of Ypsilanti as a tax write-off. Campbell and his wife moved into the Starkweather House around 1950, and later used it as a rental property.
  • The Elbow Room bar in downtown Ypsilanti - bartender Andy Garris has purchased the business, and purchases of the liquor license and building are planned.

Sources: Ann Arbor Business Review, 20 September 2007, Demolition set for Ypsi's Wooden Nickel


Age 85, died on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at his home.He was born April 8, 1924 to Earl and Gertrude Campbell. Arthur graduated from Roosevelt High and attended Michigan Normal and Iowa State. He proudly served in the Pacific during WWII with the U.S. Navy aboard a landing craft operating near Okinawa, Philippines, New Guinea, and after the war,Japan. In 1950, Arthur married Marion Himmelspach and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Sylvia (Jeff) Bowman and Teresa (Mike) Squires; one granddaughter; Charlotte Squires; two step-grandsons, Charlie Squires and Conrad Bowman; his sister, Mildred (Ivan) Schairer Howell; two nephews, Rodney (Johnnie) Campbell and Paul (Sue) Campbell; and five nieces, Jean (Steve) Hornback, Janet (James) Taylor, Laurel Beyer, Mary (Duane) Bennett, Nancy (David) Rudolph, and Patricia Brown. He was preceded in death by his brother Noel. Art was in the coin machine business for many years, then branched out into real estate and his recent interests were the stock market and fishing. Contributions in Arthur's memory may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm, Sunday, February 7, 2010 and from 10am to 11am Monday, February 8, 2010 with funeral service to begin 11am Monday February 8, 2010 at the Nie Family Funeral Home, Carpenter Road Chapel, 2400 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Please visit Arthur's webpage to sign his guestbook or to leave a memory at