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Morning Star, April 20, 2008, pg. 2

While looking through my collection of photographs recently, I came across this downtown scene which I’d like to share with our readers this week in the Historical Notebook.

This photograph shows a group of Albion businessmen standing in front of the Merit Shoe Store, 225 S. Superior St. Judging from the stores in existence in this photo, it appears to have been taken in the early 1950s. In the distance moving from right to left, is Vaughn’s Women’s Store, Cartwright’s Shoes, and Mitchell’s Confectionery on the far left with it’s Soda/Coca Cola sign.

There are eleven men standing on the sidewalk. The first is unidentified. Who is it? The second person is R. D. Davis, proprietor of the Morning Star shopper! The third person is Addison Sigsworth, who served on the Albion Police Department. Number four is Bob Geyer from the Albion Lumber Company. Number five is Herman Zick who worked at Seelye’s Clothing. The sixth person of course is Charles “Bob” Young, owner of Young’s Men’s Wear. The seventh person is Howard Spencer, a clerk at Vaughn’s. Following Howard is Jim Frye of Albion Hardware. Number nine is King Cornell, former manager of the local JC Penney store. Number ten looks like it might possibly be retired Albion Public Schools superintendent Donald Harrington. The last person is insurance agent and real estate agent Charles Krebs.

Does anyone know the specific purpose, occasion or reason for this gathering and the date? If you do, please let me know, and I’ll share it with our readers.

Albion Businessmen on Superior Street, ca 1950


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