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Local 4911 Financial Secretary Charlene Watson
Updated On: Jul 03, 2024

June 2024

Hello brothers and sisters!

I am sure most of our readers have heard about, formed their opinions, and acknowledged the merger between Sparrow Hospital and the University of Michigan. 

I, for one, am hopeful that the merger will continue to help Sparrow grow into the best Mid-Michigan healthcare facility, one that is convenient (right in the heart of Lansing), offers good paying jobs, expanding its wide range of excellent services, and continues to gently care for all the residents in the Mid-Michigan-Lansing area.

We are lucky to have U of M Sparrow and plants of the Big 3 in our town as a place to work, so we can all make a decent living and life for ourselves and our families, for many years to come.

We live in a great state and a beautiful city, with a great history and a hopeful future. Enjoy! 😊

Did You Know?

Sparrow Hospital was founded in 1896, when the Women's Hospital Association supported one doctor and one nurse out of a rented house! In 1910, Edward W. Sparrow donated land on East Michigan Ave.  and $100,000 to help build the hospital. ($100,000 in 1910 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $3,287,705.26 today). 


1837-Michigan becomes the 26th state in the union.

1847-48 Lansing, Michigan, our great city then known as Michigan, Michigan becomes the capital of Michigan.

1855-Michigan State University is founded as the agricultural College of the State of Michigan, becoming the first land grant university in the United States. The Industrial School for Boys, also known as the Boys Reform School, is created by Legislature.

1872-Construction of the Michigan State Capitol begins.

1874-The new Lansing High School opens, later known as Old Central.

1880-The Michigan School for the Blind opens in north Lansing. Fact: Stevland Hardaway Morris, better known as Stevie Wonder attended in the 60’s.

1897-The Olds Motor Company is formed in Lansing.

1905-The REO Motor Car Company is established in Lansing by Ransom Olds.

1912-Sparrow Hospital opens.

1928-Eastern High School opens.

1934-Everett High School opens.

1934-The Kern’s Hotel in downtown Lansing burns. (It remains Lansing’s deadliest fire.). A plaque commemorates the historical site and fire at the 100 block of N. Grand Ave.

1937-Knapp’s Department Store opens their new building in downtown Lansing.

1943-Lansing Sexton High School opens and the Spartan Sculpture on MSU’s campus is dedicated.

1951-The Michigan State Football team wins the national championship, thank you Clarence "Biggie" Munn, and it does not stop there…worth the google! 😊  (go green).

1957-Lansing Community College is founded. Also, the Michigan State Football team wins yet another national championship….. I told you it was worth the google 😊!

1960-Lansing’s population tops 100,000 for the first time! Thank you, Mary and Larry Watson, for helping make this milestone possible with me! 😊

1972-The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is founded.

1979-Michigan State men’s basketball team, led by local Lansing athlete Earvin “Magic” Johnson, wins the NCAA Championship. FYI. Earvin went to Lansing Everett High School. I watched him play our school, Harry Hill, many times 😊!

1987-On January 26th, Michigan celebrates 150 years of statehood.

1996-Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team begins playing in Lansing.

2001-GM opens the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, which builds the Cadillac CTS, STS, SRX and V-Series. The architecture of the assembly plant resembles a high-tech research facility instead of a traditional factory.

2002-Michigan elects its first female governor, Jennifer Granholm (D). about time!

2004-The last Oldsmobile is made in Lansing. ☹

2006-GM opens a state-of-the-art facility in nearby Delta Charter Township. As with the 2001 assembly plant built in Lansing, the Delta also resembles a high-tech research facility and not a traditional factory.

2009—Lansing celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150 years).

Whew, how about a little relaxation? Check out this free music schedule!  

Every Wednesday, starting June 12th, 2024, you can enjoy a FREE concert in the park. The parks will vary, and the music will vary. Do I have your attention? For the full free music in the park series, go to:

Just click on Other Things to DO for more ideas!... You’re welcome! 😊

Make those precious memories and always stay safe UAW brothers and sisters everywhere!


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