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MOUNTEER BAKERY

Morning Star, July 29, 2007, pg. 18

Heads up: Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 14 at 1:30 pm. That will be the time for my annual Riverside Cemetery Tour. This year’s tour is entitled “The Catholic Section Tour of Riverside Cemetery.” I am now in the process of putting together the tour booklet. If you have photographs/information/obituaries you’ve promised me, please call me at (517) 629-5402 as I will need them soon for space layout in the program. People we will be remembering on this years tour include: Patrick Leo Hanlon (1894-1918); Daniel Connors (1865-1912); Leo Mollica (1898-1930); William Slowey (1845-1922); John Callahan (1864-1922); John Klimkiewicz (1883-1953); Frank Calvaruso (1889-1923); Anthony Caminita (1914-1915); Onofrio Imperiale (1881-1916); Sophia (Skalski) Kurpinski (1918-2005); John Kita (1888-1964); Daniel McAuliffe (1875-1964); Solomon Raftery (1867-1919); William Walsh (1836-1896); Charles X. Guyselman (1854-1920); Robert Cascarelli (1856-1932); Bernardo Paniccia (1891-1945); Vincenczo Bommarito (1863-1955); Francesco Domingo (1894-1966); Theodore Ivanski (1877-1956); Mike Kulikowski (1890-1975); Frank Sibal (1915-1997); Lester Blaisdell (1888-1982); Harold Driscoll (1909-1997); Linda Kochinski (1947-1999); Howard Bradley (1906-1981); Vincas Simaske (1920-1992); and Andrew Jaskiw (1957-1999). If you are related to any of these, please let your relatives know about this tour so the whole family-clan can be present to say some nice words to the crowd when we honor your ancestor.

How would you like to have your business so prosperous that you had to have two locations just a few doors away from each other in order to keep up? That’s the way it was for Albion’s popular baker, Edwin M. Mounteer (1871-1942) in the early 20th century.

A native of Dresden, Canada, Edwin came to Albion in 1899 and opened “Mounteer’s Sanitary Bakery” in the Peabody Block at 400 S. Superior St., now the site of Lautenslager-Lipsey. He also sold confectionary items at his establishment, and it proved to be a very popular place for those who lived in Albion in the 1910s and 1920s.

This was a “full service” bakery where cakes were decorated and made-to-order. The original location proved to be too small to handle the bakery equipment, displays and merchandize, so Mounteer expanded to 408-410 S. Superior St. just a few doors away for much needed bakery equipment space. His son Carl Mounteer (1896-1968) joined him in the business in the early 1920s.

Edwin was very active in Albion, and served as a director of the Commercial & Savings Bank. He was a member of the Albion Chamber of Commerce, the Boosters and Knockers Club, and other organizations.

The bakery closed in December, 1934, because of ill health, and Edwin subsequently retired to his home at 110 W. Erie St., as well as to his Duck Lake cottage. He died at home in September, 1942, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a 1911 photograph of Mounteer’s Bakery on the corner of Superior and Erie Sts. The sign painted on the side states, “E.M. Mounteer. Bakery. Sanitary Bread Machine Made. Sweet and Wholesome.” In front the awning reads, “Superior Bakery. E.M. Mounteer.” The overhead sign above states “Mounteer’s Sanitary Bread.”


Mounteer’s Bakery 1911 on the corner of Superior and Erie


Edwin M. Mounteer (1871-1942)

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