One August day in 1998, Timothy Boomer of Roseville fell out of his canoe on the Rifle River and was issued a ticket for cussing in the presence of women and children, his wife and children. On July 5, 2002 the Michigan Court of appeals agreed that cussing was protected speech by the 1st Amendment and overturned the charge.
Source : Michigan Every Day
The downtown is awash with signs of the 150th birthday, including a large banner spanning Ludington Avenue welcoming locals and visitors to the bash.
Some storefronts, like LaPorte’s Studios, have decorated their windows with displays and historic mementos while residents such as Teresa Ross are showcasing their spirit in other ways. Ross put together two quilted wall hangings on display at the East Ludington Gallery with one featuring an 1871 map of Escanaba and the other showcasing 18 images from historic postcards.
When the first permanent settler, Louis Roberts, came to the area with his wife in the 1830s, he settled on the banks of the Escanaba River. From that point forward, the area’s rich, natural resources played a significant role in its growth. In 1863, as the country was wrestling with the Civil War, Escanaba was officially born.
A list of events for Escanaba’s sesquicentennial celebration can be found at http://www.esky150.org
For the full article, see Sam Eggleston, "Escanaba celebrates past, uses its lessons to fuel progress", Detroit News, July 6, 2013.
Acting on orders from Washington, Hull crossed the Detroit River on July 12 without opposition and established a base at what is now Windsor, Ontario, with plans to attack British-held Fort Malden at Amherstburg. By early August, however, with British and Indian forces rumored to be approaching, and concerned about the dependability of his volunteer troops, Hull abandoned this plan and returned with his army to Detroit. The British, under the aggressive command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, followed them and began to bombard the city from the Canadian shore. In an effort to draw reinforcements, Hull sent four hundred of his troops to make contact with the American forces on the River Raisin. Unfortunately this information was intercepted by the British and Brock, now aware of the Americans' reduced strength, crossed the river on August 16 and attacked Detroit directly. Outnumbered, with supplies running low, fearing a massacre of women and children, and unsure of the reliability of his remaining fighting force, Hull surrendered Detroit to the British without opposition. While historians now disagree as to the extent of Hull's responsibility for the debacle, his reputation was ruined. Sentenced to death by a court-martial, he was granted a reprieve by President James Madison on account of his distinguished service in the Revolutionary War and spent the remainder of his life attempting to clear his name.
Source: Historical Dates in Michigan's History, Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
"Michigan at War: The Struggle for the Old Northwest, 1812-1815," a documentary produced by the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, has been posted for free access on MI Streamnet through a partnership with Wayne Regional Educational Services Agency.
Winifred Quick Van Tongerloo, Michigan's last survivor of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic, died on July 4, 2002. She was ninety-eight years of age and had lived in East Lansing for the past six years. Winifred was eight years old when she, along with 704 others, survived the sinking of the White Star liner Titanic. She was the last person in the world who could tell of the event from her own memory; the three survivors still living were too young at the time to form memories of the disaster.
Source : Silence on the ocean: Michigan's last Titanic survivor, Michigan History Magazine, November 1, 2002.
On Independence Day in 1977, Diana Lewis signed on to be the co-anchor of Action News at 5:30 p.m. Since then, Detroiters have relied on Lewis to guide them through the events and issues that impact their lives and community.
Lewis was Bill Bonds’ first female co-anchor and within a year, WXYZ-TV was the second top television station in the United States in local viewer ratings, attributed by many to ABC’s prime-time ratings dominance and the success of Channel 7 Action News.
As a writer, reporter and announcer for the past three decades, Lewis has been at the forefront of many “firsts” and never turned her back on the uncomfortable, but important, stories. For instance, in 1978, Detroiters listened to Lewis’ prose and narration while watching one of the nation’s first visual stories on childbearing. She also returned viewers to the 1967 Detroit riots, weaving a story of unrest, violence and abuse through her interview with a woman who was there.
Just recently, Lewis completed a series on Detroit’s history of housing and race, focusing on the wall that separated black and white neighborhoods and featuring the people within the communities it touches.
In another first, on Mother’s Day in 2004, Lewis departed her weekday schedule so she could co-anchor with her daughter, also at Channel 7—the first mother-daughter TV news pairing in the nation’s broadcast history.
Lewis has received local and national accolades for her journalism: the Media Award for objective reporting and community involvement from the Michigan Business and Professional Association, The Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, the Silver Circle Award, two EMMYs and many more.
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