Eastpointe was first settled in the early 1800s by Irish and German immigrants, who had traveled to a new country to find a better life. The inherent values of strong education, hard work, and love of home and family have continued throughout the city's history into modern times. In the past 200 years, many locals have become legendary as they strived in various ways to pursue excellence. As notable as the achievements of hometown hero astronaut Jerry Leninger and the athletic power of All-American Ron Kramer, there are also the stories of unsung heroes, which are now told.
Author Bio: Suzanne DeClaire Pixley has collected previously unseen images from residents and the East Detroit Historical Society files to tell these stories. Historical research and interviews with longtime business ownersand residents have contributed to these stories of individuals who make the backbone of the Eastpointe community.
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