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On Nov. 20, 1951, the Traverse City Record Eagle printed a front-page story about how 39-year-old Margaret Ealy wanted "a husband who will be a good father" to her 5-year-old son, Jamie.
A large caption underneath a large photo stated that Ealy wasn't picky about a man's age, but would prefer a "Protestant college graduate." The man liking children was a necessity. Ealy had been a department store employee until she was stricken with pneumonia five months earlier and her illness made it difficult to raise her son alone.
The story was picked up newspapers around the country and by the next day she had three calls from suitors. The resulting flood of publicity was speculated by the Record Eagle to bring "a multitude of offers by phone, wire and mail." It may also have been the country's first personal ad.
Ealy married William Colteson six months later. It's not clear whether she found him as a result of the ad.
Michigan Every Day
New Way to Find Husband, Ludington Daily News, November 21, 1951.
"Whole Nation Interested in Husband Hunt Request of Local Woman for Mate", Traverse City Record Eagle, November 21, 2014.
Houdini in Michigan
As a young performer struggling to make a name, Houdini visited Grand Rapids in 1897. His impressive, well-publicized handcuff escape at the police station brought large crowds to the evening theater show. A Grand Rapids newspaper reporter wrote that he was cuffed “until the blood stopped circulating and the veins stood out in knots on his arms.” He also did his “Metamorphosis” trick in which he locked his wife in a trunk, then traded places with her.
Between 1898 and 1926, Houdini performed at Smith’s Opera House and the Empress Theatre in Grand Rapids and at the Temple Theatre, Grand Theater and Garrick Theatre in Detroit. To get publicity for these shows, he performed special escapes. For example, on November 27, 1906, wearing two pairs of handcuffs, he jumped 25 feet from the Belle Isle Bridge into the icy cold Detroit River.
Harry Houdini staged one of his most dramatic escapes in Grand Rapids during a 1916 appearance at the Empress Theater. This is how the Grand Rapids Herald described it on November 20:
Houdini, Hanging by Feet High Above Ground, Wriggles Out of Straight Jacket
Several thousands of gasping Grand Rapids citizens watched Harry Houdini, the escape king, writhe free from a police strait-jacket and hand cuffs while suspended by his feet from the new Grand Rapids Savings Bank building yesterday.
Monroe and Ionia avenues were jammed for two blocks by an audience that watched nervously every move of the Empress star. With his feet securely bound, wrists handcuffed and his arms and abdomen cased in a strait-jacket Houdini was pulled from the pavement up to the fifth floor, and there held
stationary, a cross arm on the rigging preventing tangling of the rope.
Writhing backwards and forwards, lifting his head and abdomen by sheer strength up to his feet, twisting and turning and all the time whirling about in the air, Houdini first removed the handcuffs from his wrists. Then he writhed without great effort from the straitjacket, and in one minute and fifty-five seconds after leaving the pavement the straitjacket dropped to the sidewalk, and his arms swung free.
A simultaneous cheer arose from the crowd as he was lowered back to the ground. It was one of the largest crowds that ever has gathered in the downtown section for any sort of an attraction, and as a
thriller, Houdini’s feat has never been excelled in this city.
Source: Excerpts from Escape With Houdini/ Magic in Michigan : Michigan Time Traveler Kid's History, October 9, 2002.
Cotter Scolds Skillman Foundation On DPS
House Republicans on Thursday criticized comments from the president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation who said a better use of its money would be for student services following a Detroit Public Schools debt solution rather than putting up some of the $715 million Governor Rick Snyder and others are seeking in state appropriations.
Calley Sidesteps Questions On Syria Refugee Program
A whiff of 2018 gubernatorial politics has cropped up in Governor Rick Snyder's now suspended efforts to bring more refugees from Syria to Michigan. Mr. Snyder was the first governor to declare he would halt state work to aid refugees in locating to Michigan, declaring that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Lebanon, he wanted the federal government to review its procedures for vetting refugees.
U.S. Economy Continues To Grow At Faster Pace
The U.S. economy will grow more quickly than it has in the last decade in 2016 and 2017, economists said Thursday at the University of Michigan Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics.
WCRI: States With Fee Schedules See Lower, Slower Growing Prices For Medical Services
The prices paid for medical professional services for injured workers were lower and growing slower in states with price regulations in the form of professional fee schedules as compared with states that do not have them in place, a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute has found. -- Prices paid for a similar set of professional services varied significantly across states, ranging from 33 percent below the 31-state median in Florida to 124 percent above the median in Wisconsin in 2013. Growth in prices paid for professional services also had much variation across the states. -- But medical professional prices in states with fee schedules were relatively lower, as the prices paid in states with no fee schedules were between 27 and 139 percent higher than the median of the study of states with fee schedules.
PSC Authorizes Increase For Consumers Energy Company Electricity
The Public Service Commission on Thursday authorized Consumers Energy to increase its electric rates by $130 million annually, effective December 1, due in part to the company's retirement of seven coal plants in Michigan.
Michigan Delegation Splits On Refugee Bill
While the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act garnered some Democratic support when it passed the U.S. House on Thursday, the bill to put a hold on refugees from Syria and Iraq saw a party-line vote from the Michigan delegation.
Homelessness In Michigan, Except For Veterans, Falls In 2015
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released on Thursday the latest national estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation even for veterans, but in Michigan, veteran homelessness was the one statistic that increased between 2010 and 2015.
Brandenburg ‘Buying Time' On Congressional Bid
Sen. Jack Brandenburg on Thursday maintained he's "about right there" on whether he run for the 10th U.S. House District seat opening up due to the retirement of U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, but he still has not made up his mind, he told Gongwer News Service on Thursday.
Study Shows Benefit To Agriculture From Natural Gas Pipelines
Farmers will benefit in reduced costs and will not see losses in property values if new natural gas pipelines are built through Michigan and Ohio, a report released Thursday by the Ohio State Grange showed. The report, by Gary Wolfram and Charles Steele with Hillsdale Policy Group, said farmers can expect to face declining commodity prices, so their best route to continued profits is to reduce costs. Building the pipelines would reduce natural gas costs both as direct energy use and as components of other agricultural needs.
Report Shows Government Subsidizing Lake Erie Polluters
The farms contributing to nutrient loads in Lake Erie also benefit from substantial federal subsidies, the Less=More Coalition said in a report released Thursday. The group found that subsidies to confined animal feeding operations outpaced fines for pollution violations, though pollutant levels in the western Lake Erie Basin increased. The report, Follow the Manure: Factory Farms and the Lake Erie Algae Crisis, showed there are 48 CAFOs in the watershed receiving federal farm subsidies. Of those, 30 had federal Clean Water Act violations, but only nine were fined for violations.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 229, November 19, 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.
Gov. Rick Snyder started at one place in his Detroit Public School (DPS) reform package, but since he needs Democratic votes, he is being pushed to move toward a different place as it relates to the governance piece of the plan.
Snyder wanted to create a new DPS school board with mostly appointees and two members elected by the public.
Over time his original blueprint called for the gradual phase-in to a full board elected by Detroit voters for the new school district being created under the plan. He's being urged to give on the phase-out option and move toward a public elected school board from day one, according to information collected by MIRS.
"Why should we wait six years?" one source wondered.
Also, Snyder's proposed Detroit Education Commission (DEC) was going to have three persons appointed by the administration and two from Mayor Mike Duggan. That's being reversed as the Detroit Mayor would get three seats and the Governor two.
The Governor has given ground on his separate Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), created as an experiment to offer Detroit schoolchildren a different learning experience. However, the EAA may end up being folded into DPS or may need to be abolished completely, according to two insiders with knowledge of the negotiations (See "With DPS Legislation Ahead, EAA Seen As In Jeopardy," 11/16/15).
For the full article, see "Snyder Bending In His DPS Plan To Get Lawmaker Votes", Inside MIRS Today, November 19, 2015.
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In time for the holiday giving season, the Michigan attorney general and some of the biggest charitable organizations in the state have released a guide for making donations safely and effectively.
Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday announced the release of the "Giving Wisely" guide, compiled with the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Michigan Association of United Ways and the Council of Michigan Foundations.
The guide can be downloaded at Michigan.gov/AG. It advises givers to research the organizations they to which they wish to gift, to protect their personal information, to give online only cautiously and to be wary of phone scams. It provides links to websites with additional information and resources.
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "Michigan 'Giving Wisely' guide released", Lansing State Journal, November 19, 2015.
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