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A former mulatto Civil War soldier was lynched in Mason on this day, accused of attacking a local farmer's female relatives with an ax in a dispute over wages.
Lynching beyond Dixie [electronic resource] : American mob violence outside the South / edited by Michael J. Pfeifer. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2013. See pages 212-215.
Abraham Lincoln only once set foot on Michigan soil when he visited Kalamazoo on August 27, 1856 to campaign for Presidential Candidate John Charles Fremont. His connections to the state, however, go beyond this one visit. For more information, see Bob Garrett, "Abraham Lincoln’s Michigan", Seeking Michigan, Archives of Michigan, August 24, 2010.
The text of Lincoln’s Kalamazoo speech had seemed lost to time. Then, Tom Starr, a Lincoln enthusiast from Royal Oak, Michigan found it. In 1930, Starr discovered a bound volume of 1856 Detroit Advertiser issues. The volume had fallen behind the shelf at the Detroit Public Library. While paging through it, Starr discovered that the Advertiser had published a verbatim transcript of Lincoln’s Kalamazoo speech! In the speech, Lincoln talked at length about slavery and sectional tensions. Lincoln's Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 27, 1856
Source : Michigan History, July/August 2011.
On August 27, 1818, the Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes, arrived in Detroit. She was owned by the Lake Erie Steamboat Company and ran between Buffalo and Detroit, with additional stops in Cleveland and Erie, PA.
As she passed Amherstberg, the Canadian shore was thronged with bug-eyed Indians amazed by the smoke-belching monster that moved against the current without the aid of sails. Cracker barrel wits solemnly assured them that the vessel was being towed by a school of trained sturgeons, an explanation willingly accepted.
Lacking a whistle, the Walk-in-the-Water signaled her approach to Detroit by firing a small four-pound cannon carried on her forward deck. Everyone in town turned out to greet her as she headed into her berth
Michigan Historical Society
All Our Yesterdays: A Brief History of Detroit by Frank Bury Woodford, Arthur M. Woodford, pp.130-131.
State Prevails In Juvenile Prisoner Case, For Now
The Court of Appeals' ruling Wednesday dismissing the closely watched lawsuit from seven juvenile prisoners alleging the Department of Corrections failed to protect them against sexual assault from other inmates and departmental employees gives the state an important victory, but the plaintiffs vowed to appeal and a federal case remains pending as well.
Energy Optimization Standard, Net Metering Continue As Issues In Senate Energy Debate
After more than four hours of testimony, utilities and environmental interests continued Wednesday to wrestle with whether certain provisions of a Senate proposal on clean energy and energy efficiency were fair to consumers, companies, both, or neither.
Bolger Lambastes Courser, Gamrat
Former House Speaker Jase Bolger skewered embattled Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat on Wednesday, saying he expected they would be out of office by the end of the year, while a letter from Ms. Gamrat had been circulated to at least some House members on Wednesday apologizing for drawing such negative attention to the chamber.
Survey: Local Leaders Growing Worried About State
In a sharp turnaround of their feelings on how well Michigan is doing, a survey released Wednesday found fewer than half the local officials who responded thought Michigan was headed in the right direction.
Clover Adams: Relations With China Warming, But Still Some Pitfalls
Chinese officials and businesses understand Michigan is serious about trade with them, and about developing the relationships needed for trade, but there are still areas where Michigan farmers and processors need help to be sure their products actually make it to Chinese markets, Agriculture Director Jamie Clover Adams said Wednesday from her third trade mission to the Asian nation.
Appeals Court Rules Man Must Be Resentenced For Sex Abuse
A man who sexually abused his step-daughter many times over several years has to be resentenced because his conviction was based on one incident and not the whole history of abuse, a divided Court of Appeals held.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 168, August 26, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
The agents of student-athletes will have to be licensed in order to work in Michigan under new legislation proposed by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker).
Student-athletes would also receive a number of protections under the bill, designed to protect the player's eligibility through measures such as a requirement to notify the student-athlete's educational institution of a contract between the athlete and an agent, in addition to the ability of the student-athlete to void the contract up to 14 days after signing it.
"The universities are worried about their programs. They're also worried about their athletes, that they could inadvertently lose their eligibility," VerHeulen said. "And so we want to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect them from an unscrupulous actor."
The bill, entitled the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, would be almost identical to similar laws already enacted in 42 other states requiring student-athletes' agents to register with the state.
For the full article, see "Athlete Agents Would Require Licenses Under Bill", Inside MIRS Today, August 26, 2015.
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