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The Flint Journal is the only major daily newspaper in Flint, Michigan. It serves Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee Counties. The paper is headquartered at 200 East First Street Flint, Michigan. The Journal has a daily circulation of 83,814 with daily readership of 174,620 and a Sunday circulation of 101,590, with readership of 227,679.

 

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Vernors ginger ale shares the title of America's oldest surviving soft drink with Hires Root Beer. It was invented in 1866 by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist.

 

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In 1932, sign painters John Gonsowski and Keith Martin, working for General Signs, painted a three-story advertising mural for Vernor’s on the north wall of the Sharp Hardware & Implement Company building next door, later known as the Peerless Mattress & Furniture Company building, which faces the Vernor’s sandwich shop.

 

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Mr. Gonsowski was born in Poland and came to Michigan in 1913. He showed his European sensitivities in regard to his painting style.

 

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He painted smiling Vernor’s gnomes working out of a castle, stacking oak barrels which say "flavor mellowed 4 years in wood" on the mural. Gonsowski painted other Vernor’s advertising signs throughout the Flint area.

 

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In 1951, Vernor’s moved the oak barrels from the site and James Vernor II sold the sandwich shop to Bill Thomas, the manager of Kewpee Hamburgs, a downtown Flint fixture since 1923. Vernor’s took down the pouring bottle sign and Bill Thomas erected a neon Kewpee sign with the kewpee doll logo. So on May 12, 1967, the Flint Kewpee restaurants were renamed Bill Thomas’ Halo Burger restaurants.

 

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Flint, Michigan

Flint is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is located along the Flint River, 66 miles northwest of Detroit. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 124,943, making it the fifth largest city in Michigan. It is the county seat of Genesee County, which lies in the Flint/Tri-Cities region of Michigan. Genesee County is also the entirety of Flint's metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan. Flint is the largest city in the United States with a one-syllable name. Flint is most known for being the birthplace of the General Motors Corporation, and the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37 that played a vital role in the formation of the United Auto Workers. It has also become a symbol of the decline in the auto industry - Flint area native Michael Moore's 1989 documentary film Roger & Me deals with the impact that the closure of several General Motors manufacturing plants in the late 1980s had on Flint's population.

 

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