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Gabriel S. Sanchez, "There’s more to conservatism than genuflecting before ‘free markets’" : For such a religious place, West Michigan could stand to turn its eyes away from the cash register from time to time.
John Schneider, "A helping hand with a business card might beat a handout for some" : Lots of us struggle with how to respond to people who panhandle on street corners. This Volunteers of America of Michigan executive has his own idea.
Detroit Tiger Max Scherzer is only the third Major League Baseball pitcher to go 19-1 to start the season. And he hit a double in the game against the New York Mets.
Scherzer (19-1) becomes the third pitcher, along with Rube Marquard (1912 New York Giants) and Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees) to reach that mark.
Source : Rod Beard, "Max Scherzer hits RBI double while earning 19th win", Detroit News, August 24, 2013.
On Aug. 24, 1998, the Michigan State Fair unveiled a refurbished gigantic stove that represented Detroit's claim to fame before automobiles came around. Detroit, formerly, was known as the stove capital of the world.
In 1893's World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Detroit was represented with a stove that weighed 15 tons and stood 25 feet tall. After its display at the Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Building at the fair, the stove was broken down and reassembled next to the Michigan Stove factory at Adair and East Jefferson in Detroit.
The giant stove was moved up Jefferson Avenue just west of the Belle Isle Bridge in the 1920s. It was moved to the Michigan State Fairground in 1965, where it was put in storage in 1974 because it was rotting. In 1998, the state fair raised money to restore the stove and the refurbished one was unveiled on this date 14 years ago.
Source : Michigan Every Day
For another article, see "Detroit: Stove capital of the world", Farm Dairy, August 30, 2001.
On August 24 1969, Victor Jackson, of East Lansing, landed near Manitowac, Wisconsin, after completing a 14 and-a-half hour trip across Lake Michigan in a bathtub. The 32-year-old father of six made the 65-mile journey in a household-type tub welded to a frame supported by four 30 gallon oil drums and powered by a 20-horsepower outboard motor.
"Man Sails Bathtub 65 Miles", Newburgh, N.Y. Evening News, August 25, 1969.
There was a time when Michigan was anxious to claim loot from Washington, D.C. According to the Detroit Free Press, the U.S. Senate raffled off 150 obsolete cannon from the nation's arsenal on August 24, 1912. Senator William Alden Smith helped Michigan claim three, with carriages and cannon balls, for Ann Arbor, Hillsdale, and Jackson for the price of freight.
Senator William Alden Smith earned fame earlier in the same year by presiding over the Titanic Inquiry.
Source : "Senators Hold Cannon Raffle : Michigan Draws Three Out of Total of 150 Distributed. Favored States Merely Have To Pay the Freignt". Detroit Free Press, August 25, 1912, p. 4. For more interesting information from yesteryear, check out the online Historical Detroit Free Press, 1858-1922, in the MSU Main Library.
Wade, Wyn Craig. “The Senator and the Shipwreck.” Michigan History 63 (November/December 1979): 10-19.
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