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NOVEMBER 1905 - ALBION 100 YEARS AGO

Morning Star, October 30, 2005, pg. 8

For the historical record, the Wright Schoolhouse located just east of town at M-99 and Comdon Roads, was dismantled the past two weeks by the Eaton Rapids Historical Society. They will be reassembling it as part of an historical village they are constructing. Although we are sad to see another country school go, we are at least glad to know that it will be in good hands. It is just too bad the schoolhouse was not maintained through the years so it didn’t have to come to this. For information about the history of this schoolhouse, consult my book “A History of the Albion Public Schools,” which is available at the Albion Chamber of Commerce.

This month we congratulate the local Hannah Tracy Grant Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on their 100th anniversary, as we continue with our theme of “Albion-100 Years Ago.”

Week ending November 2, 1905: “Tuesday, Dayton Cranson accompanied by his little son and Andrew Sanford brought a couple loads of beans to Springport, belonging to Thomas M. Cranson of Onondaga, receiving $243.06 for the same. After getting their hands on the money they proceeded to skip the country, hiring a rig at Dean’s Livery to drive them to Albion, where they took the train west and were arrested at Chicago, Mr. Cranson having telegraphed ahead for that purpose. Deputy Sheriff Perry left Wednesday to bring the two men back.”

November 16, 1905: “Union Steel Screen Company. R.F. Agnew the former secretary is now the head. The new industry will move from Jackson to Albion at once. The new company was brought to Albion largely through the efforts of Mayor Brownell. The Union Steel Screen Co. are manufacturers of heavy steel screens and netting, special steel, copper and brass wire goods.”

“Pioneer Gone. James Foskit was born in Cortland Ville, N.Y. in 1821 and died at his home 818 N. Clinton St., November 9, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Foskit came from Randolph, N.Y. 50 years go to Albion, where they have since resided. Mr. Foskit being a carpenter has helped erect many of the buildings in and around Albion.”

“Hannah Tracy Grant Chapter. D.A.R. Organized Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Harry Parker. The formal organization and naming the Albion Chapter DAR was perfected yesterday. 23 ladies were enrolled as charter members. The officers elected are Mrs. A.J. Brosseau, regent; Mrs. Harry Parker, vice-regent; Mrs. Frank Irwin, registrar; Mrs. Goodrich, historian; Mrs. Rex Kennedy, secretary; Mrs. Clara Peabody, treasurer.”

“Electric Pump is a Winner.” The new electric pump which the city is giving a trial was started Saturday evening. Sunday Mr. Evert filled the standpipe nine times and each time the new pump did the work in from 23 to 30 minutes. The pump is just a big dynamo which turns a wheel 1700 times per minute. The 34,000 gallons which were pumped into the standpipe just before noon was used in just one hour and five minutes.”

November 23, 1905. “Have Leased Factory Building. The Union Steel Screen Company of Jackson Will Move at Once. H.R. Stoepel, of Detroit, and Messrs. Brundage & Lester, of Jackson, were in the city Friday and closed a deal whereby the factory building [NOTE: Southwest corner of N. Clinton and W. Michigan Sts.] near the Michigan Central station goes to the Union Steel Screen Company. Several families will move from the prison city to Albion as a result of the change and other workmen in this factory will eventually make this their home.” [NOTE: They did. Union Steel Products was one of Albion’s main employers for many years]. This week we present a photograph of the original Union Steel plant in Albion, which later became the site of the Albion Chemical Works. The land is now owned by the City of Albion


The Original Union Steel plant in Albion
Southwest corner of N. Clinton and W. Michigan Sts.

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