Historical Albion Michigan
By Frank Passic

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PAPERBOYS

Morning Star, March 19, 2006, pg. 16

We continue with our theme this month entitled “Growing up in Albion.” Albion once had a multitude of newspapers that were delivered here, as that was a major medium of communication for our residents. Alfred J. Marble and later Oscar D’Haem operated a newspaper agency in the basement of 300 S. Superior St. for many years and carried several titles. The Battle Creek Enquirer once had an office at 112 W. Cass St. Of course the main paper in town was the Albion Evening Recorder at 111 W. Center St.

Newspapers were delivered daily by paperboys who each had routes all over town. Some of the papers being delivered here were: Jackson Citizen Patriot, Battle Creek Enquirer, Detroit Times, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press; the weekly national newspaper Grit (remember that?), and even the Jackson Blazer from the front doors of local grocery stores.

Newspaper routes were supposed to be geographically designed for easy, fast delivery. But there was always an “Aunt Martha” who wouldn’t subscribe to the paper unless her nephew “Johnny” delivered it, even though she lived across town. So with “Aunt Martha” added to a route, her location was passed on to the next kid months later (after Johnny quit) who wondered why he had to go way across town just to deliver one paper when his other deliveries were all in one section.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a real treat. It is a December, 1953 photograph of the paperboys of the Albion Evening Recorder. How many can you recognize? Front row, left to right: Harry Gamble, Robert Holland Jr., Graham Bryce, Jon Murray, Gary Nelson. Center row: Waldo Proctor, Fred Brown, Russell Wales, Russell Day, Ronald Rice, Pat Kirby, Pearley Wilder; and Robert Keifer who delivered in Homer. Top row: James Osburn, Fred Wilder, T.J. Layne, Peter Osburn, LaVerne Everett, Robert Powell, Leslie Fainter, Jon Hettinger, Richard Jacks, and Terry Manley.

How many of our readers used to be paperboys (or papergirls--sorry, there weren’t any in this photo) for the Albion Evening Recorder when they were growing up in Albion?


Paperboys of the Albion Evening Recorder in 1953

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