Ferris State University opens as Big Rapids Industrial School
September 1 @ 12:00 am
William Nathan Ferris and his wife, Helen, opened the Big Rapids Industrial School in temporary quarters in the Vandersluis Block building in Big Rapids on this day in 1884. It would later become Ferris State University. W. N. Ferris went on to serve as governor from 1913-1916 and as a U.S. Senator from 1923-1928.