On March 27, 1960, the last regularly scheduled passenger train powered by a steam locomotive pulled away from the Grand Trunk Western Union Depot in Durand. The depot was once the largest in rural Michigan and one of the biggest in a small town anywhere in the country. It featured a large waiting room, a dining room and a lunch counter.
Source: Michigan Every Day
On March 27, 1946, Walter Reuther was elected president of the UAW. Actively involved with the Flint Sit-down Strike in early 1937, Reuther also gained recognition when he was beaten by Ford security guards at the "Battle of the Overpass" in 1937. He served as UAW's president until his accidental death in 1970.
Source: Michigan History
The Snell Joint Resolution adding the Woman's Suffrage Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the Michigan Senate and sent on to the House for consideration.
"Senate Votes To Submit Woman Suffrage Plan", Detroit Free Press, March 27, 1912.
Note : The Main Library now provides the MSU community online access to the historical Detroit Free Press through 1922.
On March 27, 1871, Amanda Sanford received a Doctor of Medicine degree and Sarah Killgore a Bachelor of Law degree, becoming the first women to graduate from the University of Michigan. One year earlier, when the college first allowed women, both women transferred from other schools to complete their education.
Source: Mich-Again's Day
Hit the road, Nain, and don’t you come back no more! Loyal Detroiters will unite Sunday to do their civic duty by driving the nasty Nain Rouge from the city for another year. The mythical red dwarf has been associated for centuries with doom and gloom in the D, and he’s both celebrated and scorned at the annual MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE in Midtown. The festivities start at noon at the corner of Cass and Canfield. The parade down Cass kicks off at 1 p.m. and ends at the Masonic Temple, where the Nain will tease and taunt the pro-Detroit crowd before he’s banished.
Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga “Legends of the Fall,” has died at age 78.
Spokeswoman Deb Seager of Grove Atlantic, Harrison’s publisher, told The Associated Press that Harrison died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, Arizona. Seager did not know the cause of death. Harrison’s wife of more than 50 years, Linda King Harrison, died last fall.
Despite constant changes in the media industry, Richard Lee "Dick" Milliman never lost faith in journalism's power.
The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame member owned or started nearly 30 newspapers in the state over a 35-year span and believed it was important to teach new reporters at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University how to pursue careers.