1885 in Michigan

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Events from the year 1885 in Michigan.

Office holders[edit]

State office holders[edit]

Mayors of major cities[edit]

Federal office holders[edit]

Population[edit]

In the 1880 United States Census, Michigan was recorded as having a population of 1,636,937. By 1890, Michigan's population had increased by 27.9% to 2,093,890.

Cities[edit]

The following is a list of cities in Michigan with a population of at least 5,000 based on 1880 U.S. Census data. Historic census data from 1870 and 1890 is included to reflect trends in population increases or decreases.

1880
Rank
City County 1870 Pop. 1880 Pop. 1890 Pop. Change 1880-1890
1 Detroit Wayne 79,577 116,340 205,876 77.0%
2 Grand Rapids Kent 16,507 32,016 60,278 88.3%
3 Bay City Bay 7,064 20,693 27,839 34.5%
4 Jackson Jackson 14,447 16,105 20,798 29.1%
5 Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 9,181 11,937 17,853 49.6%
6 Muskegon Muskegon 6,002 11,262 22,702 101.6%
7 Saginaw Saginaw 7,460 10,525 46,322 340.1%
8 Port Huron St. Clair 5,973 8,883 13,543 52.5%
9 Flint Genesee 5,386 8,409 9,803 16.6%
10 Lansing Ingham 5,241 8,319 13,102 57.5%
11 Ann Arbor Washtenaw 7,363 8,061 9,431 17.0%
12 Adrian Lenawee 8,438 7,849 8,756 11.6%
13 Battle Creek Calhoun 5,838 7,063 13,197 86.8%
14 Manistee Manistee 3,343 6,930 12,812 84.9%
15 Alpena Alpena -- 6,153 11,283 83.4%

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Counties[edit]

The following is a list of counties in Michigan with populations of at least 30,000 based on 1880 U.S. Census data. Historic census data from 1870 and 1890 are included to reflect trends in population increases or decreases.

1880
Rank
County Largest city 1870 Pop. 1880 Pop. 1890 Pop. Change 1880-1890
1 Wayne Detroit 119,068 168,444 257,114 52.6%
2 Kent Grand Rapids 50,403 73,253 109,922 50.1%
3 Saginaw Saginaw 39,097 59,095 82,273 39.2%
4 St. Clair Port Huron 36,661 46,197 52,105 12.8%
5 Jackson Jackson 36,047 42,031 45,031 7.1%
6 Washtenaw Ann Arbor 41,434 41,848 42,210 0.9%
7 Oakland Pontiac 40,867 41,537 41,245 −0.7%
8 Calhoun Battle Creek 36,569 38,452 43,501 13.1%
9 Bay Bay City 15,900 38,081 56,412 48.1%
10 Berrien Niles 35,104 36,785 41,285 12.2%

Sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

American football[edit]

Chronology of events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

April[edit]

  • April 14 - A bill passed the Michigan Senate providing for the creation of the Michigan Mining School, later renamed Michigan Technological University. The bill became law effective May 1

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • July - A strike by mill workers in the Saginaw Valley shut down 98 mills, idling 8,000 men. The strike focused on demands for a 10-hour work day.[6][7]

August[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • December 1-2 - Police were called to restore order as parishioners at St. Albert's Polish Cathoich Church in Detroit protested the removal of their pastor, Father Kolaskinski, by Bishop Borgess. One man was shot to death on December 24 in continued unrest.[9][10][11][12]
  • December 3 - The Barnum Wire and Iron Works in Detroit was completely destroyed by fire, a blaze the Detroit Free Press called "the most dangerous conflagration that has occurred in Detroit for many years".[13][14]
  • December 16 - The murder of Frank Knoch and his family was discovered in the Springwells section of Detroit. The gruesome murders shocked the city and remained a focus of the news for days thereafter.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, Volume 1 Population. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1930. pp. 512–514.
  2. ^ "1885 Detroit Wolverines". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "2012 University of Michigan Baseball Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. 2012. pp. 22, 61. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  4. ^ 2012 U-M Baseball Record Book, p. 13.
  5. ^ "1885 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  6. ^ http://bay-journal.com/bay/1he/writings/lumber-strike-1885.html
  7. ^ http://www.michmarkers.com/startup.asp?startpage=L1413.htm
  8. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/14824926/for_the_glory_of_god/
  9. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5431184/polish_riots_and_lemke_family/
  10. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5982125/st_albertus_fr_kolasinski_and_the/
  11. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5431423/polish_riots_and_the_lemke_family/
  12. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5982287/st_albertus_fr_kolasinski_and_the/
  13. ^ "Ends In Smoke". Detroit Free Press. December 4, 1885. p. 1.
  14. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5982190/st_albertus_fr_kolasinski_and_the/
  15. ^ "Murder and Arson". Detroit Free Press. p. 5.
  16. ^ "Bullets In Their Brains". Detroit Free Press. December 18, 1885. p. 5.
  17. ^ "Justice Moves Slowly". Detroit Free Press. December 19, 1885. pp. 1, 5.
  18. ^ "Nothing Against Him". Detroit Free Press. December 21, 1885. p. 3.
  19. ^ "The Springwells Horror". Detroit Free Press. December 21, 1885. p. 4.
  20. ^ "Cut Into Bits". Detroit Free Press. December 22, 1885. p. 5.