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On February 9, 1942, the last car was produced in Metro Detroit for the civilian market during World War II. From there on, we focused making Detroit the "Arsenal of Democracy."
Eighty years ago today was the coldest day ever recorded in Michigan history, according to the National Weather Service. It was 51 degrees below in Vanderbilt in Otsego County, on Feb. 9, 1934.
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "You haven't lived here until... you complain about Michigan's winters", Detroit Free Press, February 9, 2014.
George Armstrong Custer, the famous Army general who grew up in Monroe, married Monroe native Elizabeth Clift Bacon on Feb. 9, 1864.
Bacon, known as Libbie, was the only surviving daughter of an important local judge who initially opposed the marriage, according to the book “Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth” by Shirley Leckie. The couple had met at a party in November 1862.
Once married, Elizabeth Custer tried when possible to stay with her husband during encampments and posts. After she was widowed at age 34, she worked tirelessly to polish her husband’s posthumous reputation. Her constant portrayal of him as a war hero and national martyr angered his detractors, yet many reserved their criticism of him until after her death in 1933.
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: George Custer marries Monroe native Elizabeth Bacon", Detroit Free Press, February 9, 2014.
In one of the Civil War’s great prison escapes, William McCreery of Flint was one of many Union officers who tunneled their way out of the famed rebel prison. McCreery, who entered service in May 1861 as a sergeant in the Second Michigan Infantry, eventually resigned his commission on account of the many wounds he received during the war.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
On this day, Dutch immigrants fleeing religious persecution and economic distress followed their leader Rev. Albertus Van Raalte to West Michigan and founded Holland.
Zlati Meyer, "City of Holland Founded by Dutch", Detroit Free Press, February 3, 2013.
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