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Albion 100 Years Ago - December 1901

Morning Star, December 2, 2001, pg. 3

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We continue with our theme of Albion--100 Years Ago. Week ending December 5, 1901: “The electric line west is graded to four miles out from Marshall. The steel is laid over the entire route between Marshall and Albion and the third rail has been delivered. It will be only a few weeks now before the electric line so long anticipated will be a reality.” “At the council meeting Wednesday evening the Erie St. sewer resolution was killed, and consequently no sewer is likely to be constructed there very soon.” “The Litchfield Butter Co. has bought the creamery at Albion. The Albion branch will be used as a skimming station and the cream sent to Homer to be manufactured into gilt edged butter for which the Homer creamery is famous.”

December 12, 1901: “Telephones must go. That seems to be the prevailing sentiment among Albion people. Business men are united. At a meeting held last Thursday night they voted unanimously to order their telephones removed...The merchants were all of the opinion that the Bell company should be rebuked for their method of doing business in this city.” “College Crumbs. Last Friday evening the married students of the college met at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Twemley, and organized a society called The Fortnightly Club.”

December 19, 1901: “A Pioneer Gone. Elisha Warner, one of Albion’s oldest citizens, died yesterday forenoon after a long illness. He came to Albion with his parents in 1834, and lived for a time in the first frame house ever built in Albion which is still standing on W. Erie St. [308].” “Mr. Munger, by means of arbitration with representatives of the American Express Co., has effected a settlement for injuries received several weeks ago in his efforts to get out of the way of the company’s runaway horse.”

December 26, 1901: “The committee just received word from the Hon. William Jennings Bryan that he can speak in Albion January 3. The date has been accepted and all arrangements have been completed.” “The old soldiers of Albion are making an appeal that should be heeded. They want a new building...They have been compelled for the lack of a more suitable place, within their means, to occupy the third story of a high brick building, thereby necessitating the climbing of two long flights of stairs to reach their room.”

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