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CHRISTMAS TURKEYS

Morning Star, December 23, 2007, pg. 11

A very Merry Christmas to all my readers of this column. Be sure and let your visiting relatives know that these articles are republished on the www.albionmich.com website where you may enjoy them all year long. If you still need one of my Albion history books for that “last minute” Christmas gift, they are available. Give me a call at (517) 629-5402.

During Albion’s boom years of the 1950s, the Albion Malleable Iron Company used to give out turkeys or hams to all its employees at Christmastime. This was a special time which everyone looked forward to and appreciated. For the record, employees were polled, and preferred the turkeys over the hams. As part of the season festivities, the Malleable would hold a family Christmas party in which numerous gifts and prizes were awarded to the kiddies. The Company also would donate $100 to every church in town.

In 1955, the turkey distribution occurred on December 23. That day, the Company gave out over 5˝ tons of turkeys, plus 950 cigars. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a couple of sample turkey distribution photos taken that particular day. Our first photo (L-R) shows Richard Dobbins, followed by Robert Damron and Worley Ousley with their turkeys. The boxes read “Brooks Extra Fancy Turkey.” Our second photo shows Charlie Hayes and Leroy Miller walking out of the plant towards home with their hands full.

Does your employer give out Christmas turkeys? Again, Merry Christmas, everyone!


Richard Dobbins, Robert Damron and Worley Ousley


Charlie Hayes and Leroy Miller

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