- March 27, 2009
Scrip solves jobs, cash problems
The local public works project-scrip program solved two problems in 1933. It gave local unemployed workers jobs in the months before New Deal programs got rolling, and it solved cash flow problems for local governments, merchants and businesses.Continued ...
Traverse City weathers Great Depression
The October 1929 crash came at a time when economists, President Herbert Hoover and the American public brimmed with optimism and confidence in prosperity and the U.S. economy. Traverse City weathered the Great Depression-era of the 1930s better than many places, for several reasons.Continued ...
- March 8, 2009
Loraine Anderson: Knickers raise eyebrows
Women's History Month is upon us. Here are two stories from the Record-Eagle History Project bound to raise eyebrows, elicit chuckles and increase 21st century awareness about how growing freedoms for women played out in more than voting booths.Continued ...
Suffrage had loyal activists in TC
The Library Hall in Traverse City "was crowded as never before," on March 7, 1879, when Susan B. Anthony stumped here for giving women the right to vote -- what then was called women's suffrage.Continued ...
Manistee publishers hosted suffragists
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, second only to Susan B. Anthony in women's suffrage fame, also came to and campaigned in northwest lower Michigan.Continued ...
- March 7, 2009
- Michigan suffrage timeline: 1846-1922
- February 23, 2009
TC contingents fought in Civil War
It all happened so fast for Curtis Fowler, after the Confederates bombarded Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteer troops three days later. Grand Traverse County resident Fowler answered, enlisting in the 1st Michigan Infantry, the state's first regiment. Its 10 divisions were made up mostly of trained and practiced men from independent military units in the state.Continued ...
- February 22, 2009
Two Northern Michigan Men, Two Destinies
Two men from two worlds -- one dawning, another disappearing. Charles H. Holden and Garrett A. Graveraet were two lieutenants who helped recruit northwestern Lower Michigan's largest contingents of soldiers during the Civil War.Continued ...
Excerpt: 'Their war whoop rang out...'
This excerpt from "Michigan In the War," an 1882 state report by Adjutant Gen. Jonathan Robertson, describes a May 1863 battle at Spotsylvania, Va., between the Confederates and New York and Michigan infantries and Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharp Shooters. Second Lt. Garrett Graveraet's father, Henry Graveraet, was one of 17 sharpshooters killed that day.Continued ...
Northwest Lower Michigan in the Civil War from 1861-65Continued ...
Breakdown of area soldiers by unit
Here's a breakdown of units that included large numbers of soldiers from northwestern Michigan and Pentwater along the mid-Michigan shoreline. Soldiers from both areas were recruited at the same time for these units.Continued ...
- February 9, 2009
Loraine Anderson: Erasing hatred, bigotry
The 1924 Ku Klux Klan violence in Traverse City has been the biggest surprise, so far, in researching and writing stories for the Record-Eagle's 150th Anniversary History Project. Local history writer Richard Fiddler tipped me off to this story in late 2007. His account of that Aug. 9 "night of terror" is the first chapter in his book.Continued ...
- February 1, 2009
Ku Klux Klan terrorizes TC in 1924
The city never had a large black population, but it did not escape a visit from the Ku Klux Klan during a frightening night of downtown explosions and cross burnings on Aug. 9, 1924.Continued ...
- January 31, 2009
KKK was active in early '20s
The 1924 bombings and cross burnings in downtown Traverse City were not the first Klan activity in northern Michigan.Continued ...
- January 25, 2009
American Indian found after serving U.S.
Isaac Pabo pinned a note to his World War I uniform and lay down along the road to die -- too sick to walk to his home in Northport, too tired of living.Continued ...