Michigan State University
January 28, 2018 - 4:04:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Winfield Scott Gerrish opens the 7.1-mile-long Lake George and Muskegon River Railroad in Clare County. Following a warm winter that seriously hampered logging activities, Gerrish moved 20 million board feet of logs to the Muskegon River. The next year, he increased his output sixfold. Though Gerrish was not the first to build a Michigan logging railroad, his operation was well-publicized and successful. It revolutionized lumbering in Michigan. By 1882, 32 narrow-gauge logging railroads operated in the state.

January 27, 2018 - 1:20:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, higher

During a 20-minute Saturday press briefing, Attorney General Bill Schuette promised an "independent, thorough and prompt investigation" of Michigan State University's handling of the 20 years of abuse Larry Nassar perpetrated on on at least 160 young women and girls.

“It's abundantly clear that a full and complete investigation of what happened at MSU from the president's office on down is required,” Schuette said. He warned that “no individual and no department is off limits. I've instructed my department that this is priority one.”

January 27, 2018 - 4:57:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

President Barack Obama this morning announced at the University of Michigan (U-M) a $1 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) for higher education.

"How can we make sure that everyone gets the education they need to personally succeed, but also build up the economy?" he said at the Al Glick Field House at the University of Michigan. " . . . The bottom line is that an economy built to last demands we keep doing everything we can to bring down the cost of college."

January 27, 2018 - 4:56:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Animals, History

Photo of Gray Wolf, courtesy of  Wikipedia Commons

The Michigan Gray Wolf's long journey back from near extinction is hailed as one of the greatest wildlife survivial stories in U.S. history -- flourishing from just six animals in 1973 to nearly 700 today in Michigan alone.

Believe it or not, but the 9th law passed by the State of Michigan was a law establishing a bounty on killing wolves.

January 27, 2018 - 4:52:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day in 1967, 24 inches of snow were on the ground by noon in Lansing and the U.S. Weather Bureau was predicting from two to four more inches before night. Lansing Mayor Murninghan declared a state of emergency. He urged all residents to stay in their homes or work in their neighborhoods to shovel out fire hydrants and move stalled cars from the streets. He asked all businessmen to close their businesses today, except those whose services were considered vital.

Various roofs around town collapsed due to the weight of the snow.

January 27, 2018 - 4:46:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

With the Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37 four weeks old and workers refusing to leave General Motors' Fisher Body plants, GM President Alfred P. Sloan took his case directly to employees 75 years ago today.

In a full-page Flint Journal advertisement on Jan. 27, 1937, Sloan said the company had "earnestly striven to do everything possible to develop negotiations with the group that has attacked us" and said idled workers had been "deprived of the right to work by a small minority who have seized certain plants and are holding them as ransom to enforce their demands."

January 27, 2018 - 4:32:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The first electric lights in Michigan were installed at Metcalf’s dry goods store in Detroit. This triggered demand for the new invention, as neighboring downtown businesses clamored for Thomas Edison's new lights.

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page

Historical Society of Michigan

January 27, 2018 - 4:23:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Photo of Adam Crosswhite, courtesy of  Seeking Michigan, February 2, 2010

January 27, 2018 - 4:09:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, Native Americans

Isaac McCoy (June 13, 1784 – June 21, 1846) was a Baptist missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. He also played an instrumental role in the founding of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Kansas City, Missouri.

January 27, 2018 - 4:01:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History
On Jan. 27, 1859, Jesse Eugene Tenney became Michigan's state librarian. A native of Vermont, the well-travelled Tenney, a lawyer by trade, came to Michigan in 1854. He served as Marshall schools' superintendent prior to being the state's librarian, a gubernatorial-appointed position he held for 10 years. His wife, Harriet Augusta Edgerton Tenney, succeeded him in the post.
Later in life, Jesse Tenney served as acting Lansing Mayor, Lansing recorder's court judge and state Board of Education member.


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