Ann Arbor News, May 22, 1959
Smaller-Car Factory Site: This is an aerial view of the new, multi-million dollar General Motors Corp. plant at Willow Run. An announcement from GM today was expected to end widespread speculation for the past 13 months that the auto firm would make a small type car, and that it would be produced at Willow Run east of Ypsilanti. The new assembly plant (1) is directly east of and connected to the former Chevrolet Truck Plant (2). A railroad siding (3), expanded at a cost of nearly $300,000, will service the new plant and now has a capacity for storing up to 125 box cars. GM's "first" plant at Willow Run is the former Ford Bomber Plant (4) which General Motors purchased five years ago for its Detroit Transmission Division.
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Audrey Monagan was born in Ann Arbor in 1941, and grew up in a close-knit, predominantly black neighborhood on North Fifth Ave. She remembers attending Bethel AME Church with her grandparents, spending time at the Dunbar Community Center, and helping raise her younger siblings. She attended Jones School and Pioneer High School before working for General Motors, where she was an inspector for eighteen years. Mrs. Monagan has been married to her second husband, Philip, for 48 years.
Ann Arbor News, September 2, 1963
FUN AT GRANDPA'S HOUSE: Rebecca Jane Habel, 3 1/2, and her 4 1/2-year-old brother, Dan Michael, find it is great fun when grandad fires up his antique model steam engine. Grandfather is O. William Habel, 64, of 1060 Chestnut Rd., general manager of the General Motors Corporation's Detroit Transmission Division at Willow Run. Habel acquired the model in Ohio. His interest in it stems from his boyhood on a farm when threshing machines were powered by engines of this type. The children's parents are Dr. and Mrs. Dan W. Habel of 721 Hutchins Ave.
Ann Arbor News, September 11, 1997
Greg Goss (right) came to the University of Michigan in 1981 and never left. His brother, Tom, is the new athletic director at U-M. 'Ann Arbor's been the place,' says Greg. 'As you know, it's a pretty nice town.'
Ann Arbor News, December 21, 1982
TOYS FOR TOTS -- Workers at the General Motors Assembly Plant at Willow Run have given time and money to gather 1,500 Christmas toys worth $10,000 for underprivileged children in Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The toys were turned over to the U.S. Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" program in a ceremony at the plant Monday. Among those taking part were (clockwise from left): Bill Moon, shop chairman for UAW Local 1776; Barbara Burton, co-leader of the project in the plant; George Francis, personnel director; Sue Jackson, the other project co-leader; Santa Claus; Marine 1st Sgt. Eugene Owens; plant manager Frank Faga; and Marine Staff Sgt. Booker Young. Toys for Tots was founded in Los Angeles in 1947 by Marine Maj. Bill Hendricks and it has spread around the nation since. It goes through social welfare agencies to distribute the toys.