Historical Albion Michigan
By Frank Passic

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Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.


Morning Star, June 23, 2002, pg. 20

The word is spreading about my new book “Albion in the 20th Century” which is available at the Albion Chamber of Commerce and from yours truly. These make great gifts, so be sure and let your relatives across the country know about it. If your high school class is having a reunion this summer, pick up a couple of copies to bring to your event. As a reminder, a complete 10-page index to the book is found on the www.albionmich.com internet site. There you can find out whose names and photographs are found in the book along with the page numbers.

A special thanks to everyone who came out for my book signing this past Tuesday at the Albion Volunteer Service Organization. Thank you also to those persons who have provided me with photographs, documents, city directories, atlases, school yearbooks and newspapers, and other historical materials about the Albion area over the past ten years. Your support helps make these articles, as well as my book, possible. When you are ready to part with such materials, give me a call first at: (517) 629-5402.

Our Albion Recreation Department summer program is now in full swing, under the direction of Rod Ferguson who has a full schedule lined up for the entire family. I encourage you to contact the department at 629-5535 for a free brochure listing the events going on this summer. There are some wonderful opportunities here you can be involved in!

One favorite pastime in Albion’s history of course is the summer baseball program. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the 1947 Albion Recreation Department “A” team, one of several that year. This photo is courtesy of Steve Mills, and appears on page 64 of my new book “Albion in the 20th Century.”

The team that year won 1 game, and lost 3 that summer. From left to right (front row) appear: Leonard Kracko, Harold “Jim” Sayles, David Mills, David Veramay, Frank Paniccia, and Tom Wallace. Back row: Frank Clark, Jim Bommarito, Phil Murran, Jim Shepherd, Ted Gibbs, and Clarence Torrey.

1947 Albion Recreation Department “A” team


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