Historical Albion Michigan
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1913 TORNADO AT THE MALLEABLE

Morning Star, June 21, 2008, pg. 8

Again a friendly reminder that my latest book “Growing Up in Albion” would make a great addition to your Albion High School class reunion this summer as a door prize or just to have at your event for people to read. If you are on your class reunion committee, why not suggest getting a copy? FYI: I am currently working on another book. It will not be ready until next year, however, because I am still in the process of gathering photographs. I’ll let you, my readers, know when it is ready.

The recent possible tornado in the vicinity of Albion College and the Five Points area reminds us that Albion has been fortunate in its history to have been spared major disasters from tornadoes. There have been some that tore up portions (mostly trees) of Riverside Cemetery and in Victory Park. Others missed the city and struck in neighboring rural areas.

One exception was a tornado that struck our town on March 21, 1913. This twister hit the Albion Malleable Iron Company. The pattern room was destroyed, as well as a few nearby railroad cars which were crushed.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present two postcard views of the damage from the Malleable Tornado.


Two postcard views of the damage from the Malleable Tornado of 1913

Next: ALBION 100 YEARS AGO--JULY 1908


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