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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.
For more information, including videos, see Louise Knott Ahern, "The Rise of the Gray Wolf, special report from the Lansing State Journal, March 11, 2012.
High Noon for the Gray Wolf, Environment Studies Blog, January 18, 2015.
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.
State Police, National Guardsmen and Delta Township firemen were attempting to rescue 27 passengers stranded on a Greyhound bus at the Saginaw Highway and I-96 interchange since 11 p.m. Thursday. Passengers were carried to the fire station by snowmobile one at a time.
Source : Lansing State Journal, January 27, 1967
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."
Fifteen days after Sloan's message appeared in The Journal, GM and the UAW signed the first agreement between the two parties, and the company recognized the union as the collective bargaining agency for workers.
Source : Ron Fonger, "75 years ago today, Alfred P. Sloan Jr. told GM workers, 'We refuse to negotiate' with Sit-Down strikers", Flint Journal via MLive, January 27, 2012.
Slave catchers arrived in Marshall hoping to capture the Adam Crosswhite family who had escaped from slavery in Kentucky. Once they realized what was going on, the citizens of Marshall thwarted their efforts and helped the Crosswhites to flee to safety in Canada. The next summer, the Kentuckians filed charges in the U.S. Circuit Court in Detroit against some of the Marshall people who had helped the Crosswhites. The case is called Giltner v Gorham et al. A jury decided that the Marshall people had violated the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act. The court ordered the Marshall people to pay the Kentuckians $1,926. Angered by the efforts of Michigan residents to thwart slave catchers, the U.S. Congress also passed a more stringent Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 requiring harsh punishment for interference. Michigan would respond by passing its own legislation. In 1855 Michigan's first Republican-controlled state legislature adopted personal liberty laws, which prohibited state and local officials from cooperating with federal marshals in recovering escaped slaves. The 1855 Michigan Personal Freedom Act 162, Section 3 also allows someone “imprisoned, arrested or claimed as a fugitive slave” the right to appeal to the county circuit court for their release. Section 4 allows them to have a trial by jury.
Michigan Time Traveler Kid's History - February 2002, the Underground Railroad, including two newspaper articles about the Crosswhites.
Bob Garrett, Flight to Freedom, Seeking Michigan, February 2, 2010.
"The Crosswhite Family's Story" from the Michigan Time Traveler.
Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
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