The Rapidian

Glance at the Past

Glance at the Past - Pottery Works

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Submitted 09-26-2011 under NONPROFITS

John Lipzinski made a lot of pots in his facility which stood at the city limits of Michigan and Eastern in 1876.  He used an old fashioned hand press for flower pots and a more modern press for molding pots.  The hand made pots were used...

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Glance at the Past - McGeorge Bundy

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Submitted 09-15-2011 under NONPROFITS

McGeorge Bundy, lawyer, diplomat and grandfather to his namesake, the National Security Advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

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Glance at the Past - Raising Canal Street

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Submitted 09-08-2011 under NONPROFITS

In this episode of Glance at the Past, Grab Corners, now known as Campau Square, was the first S-Curve of Grand Rapids. A steep grade difference forced the Common Council to raise Canal Street four feet. A hotel downtown remained open while being...

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Glance at the Past - Prohibition

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Submitted 08-29-2011 under NONPROFITS

Michigan followed Maine's idea for prohibition in 1853, but, it was found impossible to do enforce this ideal in Grand Rapids. By 1870, Grand Rapids housed 58 saloons and five breweries. Women's organizations for prohibition, were an...

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Glance at the Past - Cigars

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Submitted 08-23-2011 under NONPROFITS

At the turn of the 20th Century, cigars were the tobacco of choice among Grand Rapidians.

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Glance at the Past - Wealthy Theatre

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Submitted 08-05-2011 under NONPROFITS

Wealthy Theatre was first opened in 1911.  It has seen it's share of ups and downs over the last 100 years.  This episode of Glance at the Past takes you through it's history of closures, imminent demolition, and its glorious...

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Glance at the Past - Gerald R. Ford

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Submitted 07-07-2011 under NONPROFITS

A brief history of "Grand Rapids' favorite son," Gerald R. Ford.

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Glance at the Past - First Woman Doctor

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Submitted 06-10-2011 under NONPROFITS

This episode of Glance at the Past shares the history of Grand Rapids first women doctors. Frances Armstrong Rutherford was the first to achieve "regular" medical training. She was also the first in Grand Rapids and in the United States to...

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Glance at the Past - Apple Smorgasbord

by (WYCE)

Submitted 06-03-2011 under NONPROFITS

West of the Grand River was home of the Peach Ridge Growers Association formed in 1928.  Farmers found the peachy soil to be just right for growing apples.  The first apple smorgasbord was held in 1951 to build community through a growers...

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Glance at the Past - Electric Light Baths

by (WYCE)

Submitted 04-15-2011 under NONPROFITS

In this episode of Glance at the Past, learn about the Electric Light Baths used to make people feel frisky and tan. John H. Kellogg first developed this idea to be used in his sanitarium.

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