- July 21, 2009
TC's Titus swayed public opinion on forests
Sometimes it takes a gripping novel to change things. "Uncle Tom's Cabin," for example, made the world aware of the injustices of slavery. For Michigan's environmental ruin following the lumber era, that book was "Timber," written by Traverse City native son Harold Titus.Continued ...
- July 20, 2009
'Timber' -- the plot and review
"Timber" is set in the barren pine wastelands of northern Michigan near an imaginary town called Pancake.Continued ...
A 'Timber' excerpt
An excerpt from the book "Timber," by Harold Titus.Continued ...
- July 18, 2009
A reforestation timeline 1887-2009
Here's a brief history of the state's reforestation effort that started before lumbering died.Continued ...
- June 1, 2009
Loraine Anderson: News, community, history
Features section editor Jodee Taylor asked me last week what people would learn if they came to the Record-Eagle's exhibit celebrating its 150-year history in Traverse City. It opens today at the Grand Traverse Heritage Center and will run through July. I stood speechless as 15 decades of life in Traverse City reported by the Record-Eagle and its forerunners scrolled through my head.Continued ...
- May 29, 2009
150 years of the Record-Eagle on display
An exhibit celebrating 150 years of the Record-Eagle opens at the Grand Traverse Heritage Center Monday. "Once you've gone through the exhibit," said Loraine Anderson, coordinator of the Record-Eagle's history project, "you'll know the history of the paper, understand the history of journalism and know about press and photo technology."Continued ...
- May 4, 2009
Loraine Anderson: Reading between flu lines
It's amazing how one small personal common detail can link past and present. Ralph Guido Wallace is my connection to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and World War I. He lived in my neighborhood. I know nothing more about this local soldier other than what I read in a 1918 Record-Eagle. He died Sept. 28, 1918, of Spanish influenza, seven days after he became ill in a New Jersey hospital.Continued ...
When Spanish flu came to TC
A lot has changed in Traverse City over the last 91 years, but not the threat of worldwide influenza pandemics. From 1918-1920, Spanish influenza infected 1 billion people and killed an estimated 25 million to 100 million people worldwide, or 2.5 to 5 percent of the human population. Spanish influenza showed up in Traverse City in 1918 when 14-year-old Smith Bright died in mid-October. By year's end, influenza and pneumonia had killed 34 local residents -- 31 in December alone.Continued ...
- April 6, 2009
Loraine Anderson: Newspapers face change
This column is, in part, a request. The Record-Eagle is preparing for its Grand Traverse Heritage Center exhibit in June and July, part of a year-long celebration of our 150th birthday. This column also is a commentary on newspapers today and predictions of their doom. It's true that the newspaper industry faces serious challenges today, but I don't believe the forecasts.Continued ...
- April 4, 2009
Assassination spurs heated response
The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, was at least as shocking then as John F. Kennedy's murder almost a century later. But in Civil War-era northern Michigan, most residents probably had few, if any, details for a week.Continued ...
- April 3, 2009
Editorial reflects nations anger
Merritt Bates retired from his pulpit in 1862, during the second year of the Civil War, but the twin brother of Grand Traverse Herald founder Morgan Bates never gave up his strong anti-slavery views. His editorial on the Lincoln assassination reveals more than his strong sentiments.Continued ...
Murder was 'most horrid wickedness'
Excerpts of an April 28, 1865, editorial in the Grand Traverse Herald, penned by retired abolitionist minister Merritt Bates, brother of the publisher.Continued ...
- March 31, 2009
Sea monster allegedly spotted in bay
No one called it Nessie, but reports of a sea monster in Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Ann had folks on the lookout in 1907.Continued ...
- March 28, 2009
More than 100K men join CCC
From 1933 to 1942, more than 100,000 young men in CCC crews at camps across northern Michigan planted 484 million trees, spent 140,000 days fighting forest fires and constructed 7,000 miles of truck trails, 504 bridges and 222 buildings.Continued ...
- March 27, 2009
TC hosts 'hobo' roundup
On July 10, 1933, city, county and state police rounded up 200 men from the 'haunts of hobos' around Traverse City with the help of American Legion volunteers.Continued ...