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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for December 2020: Martin interviews Graydon M. Meints, author of Pere Marquette: A Michigan Railroad System Before 1900.

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 8:25am

The Pere Marquette Railroad has not one but two histories—one for the twentieth century and one for the nineteenth. While the twentieth-century record of the Pere Marquette Railroad has been well studied and preserved, the nineteenth century has not been so well served. Pere Marquette: A Michigan Railroad System Before 1900 is the latest book by railroad aficionado Graydon M. Meints which aims to correct that oversight by focusing on the nineteenth-century part of the company’s past, including the men who formed and directed these early roads, and the development of the system. 

The Pere Marquette Railroad was formed in 1900 by a merger of three Michigan railroad companies and lasted forty-seven years, disappearing in June 1947 by merger into the maw of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Prior to the 1900 merger, the Pere Marquette Railroad’s predecessors made up a motley collection of disconnected and unaffiliated short, local rail lines. After the financial panic of 1893, and with some commonality of ownership, the companies worked together more closely. Before the end of the decade, the three main railroads—the Flint & Pere Marquette; the Detroit, Lansing & Northern; and the Chicago & West Michigan—had decided that the only way to maintain solvency was to merge. 

Using a plethora of primary sources including railway timetables and maps, this work lends insight into the little-known corporate business history of the Pere Marquette Railroad.

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Laith Al-Saadi Shreds on a Commie High Cigar-box Guitar

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:59pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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Community High School Mock Trial Team 2017

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:54pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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Judith's Quilts

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:48pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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Spork Game

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:45pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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Welcome to Commie High - Why Commie High?

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:01am

Deleted scene from Welcome to Commie High about Community High School's "Commie High" nickname featuring Rachel DeWoskin, Davy Rothbart, Malcolm Tulip, and Neda Ulaby.

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Welcome to Commie High - Culture

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:01am

Deleted scene from Welcome to Commie High about Community High School culture featuring Francisco Fiori, Rachel DeWoskin, and Marci Woolson.

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Welcome to Commie High - Boundaries

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:01am

Deleted scene from Welcome to Commie High about Community High School boundaries featuring Malcolm Tulip,  John Sherman, Eva Rosenwald, and Bianca Price-Wallace.

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Welcome to Commie High - Community Resources

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:01am

Deleted scene from Welcome to Commie High about Community High School community resources featuring Laith Al-Saadi, Davy Rothbart, Marci Woolson, and Elmo Morales.

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Welcome to Commie High - First Names

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:01am

Deleted scene from Welcome to Commie High about Community High School use of first names featuring Bianca Price-Wallace, John Sherman, Malcolm Tulip, and Neda Ulaby.