In the years before the Emancipation Proclamation, a wagon full of what looked to be free black laborers would on occasion pull up to Mariners’ Church at its old location on Woodward Avenue close to the Detroit River. The group would dismount and start carrying goods back and forth from the wagon into the church … Continue Reading →
Stories and photos about people, places and events from Michigan's past
By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News “It is always the big thief who shouts the loudest about the little thief.” — Hazen S. Pingree In the book “The American Mayor” published in 1999, Hazen S. Pingree was identified by U.S. scholars as one of the Top 10 mayors in U.S. history. … Continue Reading →
By Arthur Herman / Special to The Detroit News On May 28, 1940, the phone rang in Bill Knudsen’s office in the General Motors Building. Knudsen, a Danish immigrant who had made parts for Henry Ford’s Model T in a bicycle factory in Buffalo before working his way up to become president of GM, heard … Continue Reading →
Waiting for a haircut in the 1960s, Gene Zorn read a magazine story about the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping that stirred a childhood memory. Had Zorn grown up with someone involved in the abduction? The thought nagged him for the rest of his life so, before his death in 2006, his son vowed to look into … Continue Reading →
For nearly 50 years, Jenison Field House was the site of hundreds of basketball games. It was home to some of Michigan State’s greats. But on one March night in 1963, it was the site of a game that turned out to be so much more.
The holiday tradition in Michigan started in 1824, when the turkeys were wild and small and the day started with church services By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News If you had the opportunity to invite your great-great-grandmother over for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s likely she would feel right at home with what you … Continue Reading →
It’s now Roosevelt Park,, but once it was home to a lively Detroit working class community, pushed out to make way for the train station
Liquor played a large role in the city’s history, from fur traders and Indians to Carrie Nation’s temperance campaign and 13 years of Prohibition By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News The furious tug of war between liquor and temperance began at the very founding of the tiny settlement on the Detroit River. … Continue Reading →
The first time that Michigan took on a powerhouse from the South was 78 years ago, and it was most certainly the worst day in Michigan football history.
By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News In a way, it’s good that almost nobody knows much about the War of 1812. Detroit played a significant role, and it was not the city’s finest hour. Poor leadership, outnumbered and inexperienced troops, limited supplies, a fierce cannon bombardment and the imminent threat of an … Continue Reading →