George E. Palmer / Old Newsboys

George E. Palmer / Old Newsboys (HM1YNQ)

Location: Lansing, MI 48933 Ingham County
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N 42° 44.043', W 84° 33.033'

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George E. PalmerGeorge E. Palmer (1862 - 1944) served Lansing as a truant officer, police officer and superintendent of buildings for the Lansing Public Schools. Beginning in 1900 as a truant officer, Palmer worked with students who were not attending school. He determined that absenteeism was often caused not from disinterest, but because children lacked proper footwear. Around 1910 Palmer founded a charity with his own salary: the next donation was a fifty dollar gift from Metta Olds, wife of auto entrepreneur Ransom Olds. Mrs. Olds later became president of the Palmer Shoe Fund. Schoolchildren also contributed nickels and dimes to purchase shoes for needy schoolmates. Shoes were distributed to children upon the recommendation of teachers.

Old NewsboysThe Lansing tradition of raising money to provide shoes and boots for needy schoolchildren began around 1910 when truant officer George E. Palmer established the Palmer Shoe Fund. In 1924 the Old Newsboys Association, led by its first president R. Guy Brownson, was organized to assist in the efforts begun by Palmer. The Old Newsboys cooperated with The State Journal and the Lansing Capital News to publish and sell a spoof newspaper during a one-day fund-raising drive. Clergy, educators, businessmen, politicians and other citizens joined in the effort.
Since 1932 The State Journal has printed the humorous tabloid annually hawked by Old Newsboys on area streets. During the 1990s the paper's one-day circulation reached over 100,000 copies. The Old Newsboys' mission remains to provide shoes and boots for needy schoolchildren.
Year Placed1994
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Date Added Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 700514 N 4734191
Decimal Degrees42.73405000, -84.55055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 44.043', W 84° 33.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 44' 2.58" N, 84° 33' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)517, 989
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 N Grand Ave, Lansing MI 48933, US
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