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By Frank Passic

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


Morning Star, November 14, 2004, pg. 13

What an election we just went through! Here in Albion people voted in record numbers and the lines were long--at least at Crowell School they were where yours truly worked as an election inspector. Perhaps you, too may have noticed a “trend” that has developed in our local elections, with just one major exception. There seems to be no one challenging incumbents, who are easily re-voted into office for another term with no opposition. Such was not the case years ago when many persons in town aspired for political office and there was always a full slate of names to choose from.

In any case, our local newly-elected and re-elected City Council and Mayor will be sworn in for their new term which commences at the start of December. I encourage our readers to visit one of our local city council meetings and express your opinions during the “public comment” portion. Isn’t it great that we can view the proceedings live on our local cable channel 21?

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the Albion City Council from 50 years ago which began its term in December, 1954 as attested by the calendar in the background. Front row, left to right: Mayor Charles Hughes; George Kracko representing the 1st precinct; Edwin Williams from the 4th precinct who passed away in August 1955 in the midst of his term; and Lyle Johnson from the 5th precinct. Lyle would subsequently serve as an Albion Mayor in 1964-65.

Back row: James McIntosh representing the 2nd precinct--he was Albion’s first black city councilman; Gardner Lloyd representing the 6th precinct; and Karl H. Miller from the 3rd precinct. All of the men in this photo have since passed away with the exception of Gardner Lloyd, who was an executive at the Albion Malleable Iron Company [Postscript: He passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2004]. How many of our readers remember these men and their positions in the community?

1954-55 Albion City Council


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