Author Douglas Scott Brookes

Book details the lure, history of Michigan's beaches to St. Louis residents

For Michiganians, it’s all too easy to become almost immune to the charm of vast stretches of lake and sky and a brisk, watery breeze.It takes someone from a landlocked state to remind us why people would travel for days in sweltering trains, trams and steamers to bask on one of our lakes in the … Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving at great-great-Grandma's house

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 →

Travel by Erie Canal

How one bad review delayed the settlement of Michigan

By Bill Loomis / Special to The Detroit News At the end of the War of 1812, Congress authorized bounty lands to be awarded to soldiers, to compensate them for their service. Each man would get 160 acres in the Old Northwest Territory, which included present day Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and a portion … Continue Reading →

The Wolverines' legendary Tom Harmon

Tom Harmon, the University of Michigan’s “old 98,” is chased by Ohio State defenders in Harmon’s last game as a Wolverine in 1940. In three games against Ohio State, Harmon scored five touchdowns, kicked seven conversions, and rushed and passed for 618 yards. By Pat Zacharias / The Detroit News When they wrote the song … Continue Reading →