Paths of Destruction - The Story of West Michigan's Worst Natural Disaster: The Tornadoes of April 3, 1956 with DVD

by Ernie Ostuno

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ISBN: 0961770635


April 2021 marks the 65th anniversary of one of the most horrific natural disasters to hit West Michigan. Author Ernie Ostuno, an employee of the National Weather Service, collected material which includes: a narrative of the events that day through newspaper headlines, maps, and photos with over 100 personal remembrances and a DVD including interviews with witnesses and footage...

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Strike! How The Furniture Workers Strike of 1911 Changed Grand Rapids

by Jeffrey Kleiman

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At the beginning of the 20th century, furniture factories dominated the physical and economic landscape of Grand Rapids.  More than 60 factories employed more than 5000 workers making it truly the “furniture capital” of the nation. The workers were asking for a nine-hour day, a 10% raise, and the abolition of pay based on piecework.  Factory owners refused to make concessions...

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