Nicole Garrett, Albion College Archives and Special CollectionsLook20
As the United States entered World War II, the US military needed weapons. Already well known for expertise in manufacturing, Michigan seemed the logical place to begin mass production of defense products.
On September 1, 1980, Emil and Mary Petri hosted a Labor Day picnic to remember. Their guests included Republican Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and Michigan Governor William Milliken. (That’s Mary Petri seated in the middle, between the two.)