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Freshmen are also invited to attend important meeting by Major Gerald Peterson.
In the same issue, the lead article says FDR asking for draft of 18 and 19 year olds for war effort.
Source: Front Page and Sports News, Michigan State News, October 13, 1942, page 1 and 3.
Stage and screen star Dorothy Gish stopped by the St. Francis Orphanage in Detroit to deliver the world's largest lollypop.
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On October 13, 1853, Amelia Bloomer, originator of Bloomer undergarments, lectured at Detroit's Firemen's Hall on the subject of "Women's Rights."
Source: Mich-Again's Day
For more information about Amelia Bloomer, see "Amelia Bloomer : Women's Rights Activist, Publisher, Journalist (1818–1894)", Bio
Douglas Houghton, the state geologist who mapped much of Michigan, drowned in a storm on Lake Superior, near Eagle River.
His association with the Michigan Territory began in 1829, when the city fathers of Detroit took their search for a public lecturer on science to Eaton, who strongly recommended the youthful Houghton. He was enthusiastically received in Detroit and rapidly became one of its best-known citizens, with the young men of his acquaintance soon styling themselves “the Houghton boys.”
Houghton quickly was selected by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to act as physician-naturalist on expeditions through Lake Superior and the upper Mississippi valley in 1831 and 1832. On these trips Houghton did extensive botanical collecting, investigated the Lake Superior copper deposits of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and provided medical services to the Indian tribes they encountered.
In 1833 he married his childhood friend Harriet Stevens, with whom he had two daughters. The establishment of a flourishing medical practice in Detroit earned him the affectionate designation, "the little doctor, our Dr. Houghton," but by 1836 he had largely set aside the medical profession to concentrate on real estate speculation. His scientific interests remained strong, however, and as Michigan achieved statehood in 1837 he returned again to public life and his love of the natural world.
One of the first acts of the new Michigan state government was to organize a state geological survey, following a pattern already established in other states. Houghton's appointment as the first state geologist was unanimously hailed, and he occupied that position for the remainder of his life.
In 1839 he was also named the first professor of geology, mineralogy, and chemistry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, but he continued to reside in Detroit. He and his survey assistants spent many weeks in the field each season, mapping and evaluating Michigan's natural resources, and his personal influence with state legislators kept the project moving in the face of many financial difficulties. His fourth annual report, based on field work done in 1840, appeared February 1, 1841. It helped trigger the first great mining boom of American history, and earned him the title of "father of copper mining in the United States."
He was a founding member and treasurer of the Association of American Geologists and Naturalists (the predecessor of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) and served on several of its committees. A lifelong Episcopalian and staunch Democrat, he was elected to a term as mayor of Detroit in 1842, apparently against his wishes, but his competent administration raised the possibility of higher political office, perhaps governor.
The city of Houghton, Houghton County, Houghton Lake, the largest inland lake in the state, and Douglass Houghton Falls, southeast of Calumet are among many Michigan features named in his honor, as is Douglass Houghton Hall, a residence hall at Michigan Technological University. A plaque commemorating Houghton is at the entrance to the Department of Geological Sciences (now Earth and Environmental Sciences) at the University of Michigan. A plaque embedded into a stone monument was erected in the town of Eagle River, just a few miles where his boat went down. He and three other professors are also memorialized by a monument near the University of Michigan's Graduate Library that features a broken pillar symbolizing lives cut short. In 2006 the University created the Douglass Houghton Scholars Program, designed to encourage students interested in careers in science. There is also a plant named after him: Houghton's Goldenrod, a variety he discovered in 1839 along the southern shore of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A portrait of Houghton hangs in the chamber of the Michigan House of Representatives.
September/October 2014 Michigan History magazine.
The EM Law And Flint: A Dispute On Its Role
The Flint water crisis has caused the debate over Michigan's local financial emergency law to roar back to life with considerable fury emanating from Flint that the law's focus on bringing a community's finances back into balance played a major role in the actions that led to using the Flint River as a temporary source of drinking water. A lack of sufficient corrosion controls in the water pumped from the Flint River allowed lead from service lines to leach into the water, leading to lead levels in some spots well past federal limits and rising levels of lead in children's blood, prompting a frantic effort in the past two weeks to get filters to Flint residents and businesses, and switch back to Detroit water until a new pipeline to Lake Huron serving the city and counties to the east is finished.
Moody's Report Raises Concern About School Credit Ratings
In a report that focuses on the Holland School District, a top Wall Street rating agency has determined that problems the district is facing due to enrollment are indicative of problems that many districts across Michigan are facing.
HP Returns To State To Aid With BAM Project
While the Department of State and Hewlett Packard await continuation of a court hearing on their dispute over how they managed the Business Application Modernization project, HP has returned its workers to the state, a department spokesperson said.
Consumers Projects Lower Heating Costs For Winter
Consumers Energy on Monday projected lower heating costs this winter for its natural gas customers, with savings of more than $100 for an average residential customer depending on weather and actual usage.
Several Cities Still Showing Double-Digit Unemployment
Michigan's statewide unemployment rate matches the federal rate of 5.1 percent, but estimates by the state show that in four cities unemployment is still in double-digit figures.
State Provides Water Filters For Flint Child Care Facilities
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Monday that any registered child care facilities in Flint can receive free water filters.
Motor Carrier School Opens
Twenty-one recruits have begun training to become Department of State Police motor carrier officers. They will receive instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, precision driving, commercial vehicle law and commercial vehicle inspection procedures. Those who graduate will conclude the program in February.
Prevailing Wage Challenge Deadline
Challenges to the proposal to repeal prevailing wage are due October 26 at 5 p.m., the Department of State announced Monday. Sample petitions used to review the submission by Protecting Michigan Taxpayers were released Monday. Requests for copies of the petitions can be made to the Bureau of Elections at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 373-2540.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 202, October 12, 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.
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