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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 26, 2013 Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. RUTHERFORD B. HAYES DATE OF BIRTH: October 4, 1822 PLACE OF BIRTH: Delaware, OH DATE OF DEATH: January 17, 1893 PLACE OF DEATH: Fremont, OH SPOUSE: Lucy Webb PRESIDENT: March 4, 1877 - March 4, 1881 C.E.O. nineteen was Rutherford B. Hayes Attended Harvard College in his earlier days; Then to Ohio to practice the law, Business was so bad he wondered what for. In the great Civil War, held a General's commission, Then into politics with the Army" s permission Became a staunch Republican, wasn't easy in those days, Then awarded the Presidency through some questionable ways. He took the oath of office in a private hall, Canceled the parade and even the ball; He bravely faced his political nagging, Even did what he could to stop carpet bagging. The wisdom of his policy was by word of mouth, To end all the violence and bring peace to the South; Then to a hot issue, apolitical bomb, Just how to cope with civil service reform. Workers now slipped into emotional depression, Which was brought about because of economic recession; Financiers and bankers did not worry or fret, As long as payments were made against the public debt. In some respects he was quite a charmer, He showed little concern for the poor country farmer; With the railroad strike on and states bursting their babble, He sent Federal troops to the scenes of the trouble. After four difficult years, his position was firm, He declared that a President should serve only one term," At the time he left office his work was assessed, And they say that the public was favorably impressed. Lucy Ware Webb became Rutherford's mate, Like her husband she was also from the Buckeye State; A sweet-tempered girl just loaded with knowledge, She dated Hayes while attending Wesleyan College. With respect to competition, there just was no other, She had already been chosen by Rutherford's mother; Became the first First Iztcly with college degrees, Gave birth to eight children but had only two knees. With strong temperance convictions she banned liquor and wine, Nicknamed "Lemonade Lucy" and to her that was fine; For lasting contributions her was one of the best, She started the annual Easter egg rolling contest. Happy Anniversary & Continued Success/ STATE REPRESENTATIVE IsT SUFFOLK DISTRICT Publica by David Trumbull The Failure of Detroit and Why It Won't Happen Here A story is told that one day in the 1950s the Mayor of Detroit, the Governor of Michigan, and heads of the "big three" automobile manufacturing companies, and the President of the United Automobile Workers union, sat around a table in Detroit -- rather like the "board room" scene in the 1972 motion picture, "The Godfather" -- and decided how everything would run in the "Motor City." The story is apocryphal, but more about it later. So what about the Detroit bankruptcy? Many conserva- tive and Republican friends are indulging in schaden- freude over the failure of the experiment in liberalism that has been Detroit under the seven mayors, all Demo- crats, who have governed since 1962. Personally, I think it is in extremely poor taste to rejoice over the pros- pect that workers may lose their pensions, creditors will go unpaid, and basic public safety services are largely Democratic Mayor since 1930. Our political climate is at least as liberal as Detroit's. Ah, but the differ- ence is Detroit was depen- dent on one industry and when it declined, so did the city. But if that were the explanation, what about Pittsburgh. Like Boston and Detroit the city government is of the "strong mayor" type, and since 1934 those mayors have been Demo- crats. At 300,000 residents it's smaller, but, like Detroit, it was, for many years depen- dent largely on one industry, steel. When steel production declined, so did the city. How- ever, Pittsburgh is recover- ing, due to private industry and government investment in the core city. Three things differentiate Boston from Detroit. I. Race. Whites were leav- ing Detroit for the suburbs starting with the post-World War II suburban boom. After the Black riots in the sum- mer of 1967 White-flight accelerated. After 1967 much of the White population of Michigan was afraid to cross Eight Mile Road, the division between Detroit and the northern, White suburbs. By the 1980 U.S. Census, the population of Detroit was just 34 percent White. If White Michiganders had any interest in returning to De- troit, Mayor Coleman Young's response to the census num- bers made it clear they were not wanted. He declared White-flight a good thing, saying something to the ef- fect that the rest should leave too, because Detroit is Black city. Whites heeded the Mayor's advice. Detroit is now 11 percent White. 2. Sprawl. Boston has nearly the same population as Detroit, but Detroit is half- again as large, in terms of square miles, 143 square miles compared to 90. Even when Detroit, in 1950, had a population of 1.8 million, many of the residents lived in houses set on large lots (Continued on Page 12) suspended in a city of a 700,000 souls. 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