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Albion 100 Years Ago - December 1909

Morning Star, December 6, 2009, pg. 16

A reminder: My Albion history books and materials are available at the Albion Chamber of Commerce, now located next to Citizens Bank.

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending December 9, 1909. "Henry M. Dearing went to Jonesville Friday to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Louise Dearing. Her husband, Rev. Cornelius Dearing, was for years a resident of Albion, teaching in the schools of the city."

"Sheridan Taxes. I will be at home every Friday and at the First National Bank in Albion every Saturday until January 10, 1910, to receive Sheridan township taxes. James Elliott, Treasurer Sheridan Township.

"Floyd Trine found guilty. Burglary Charge against Albion young man is upheld by jury. The verdict of the jury was a surprise to the defense and a bond was at once filed either for a new trial February 1st, or an appeal."

Week ending December 16, 1909: "Sudden Death of Marcellus Warner. The death of Marcellus Warner occurred about 11 o'clock Monday at the Torrey farm just west of the city. He was moving his household goods to the farm from this city and died very suddenly. Mr. Warner went to the farm this morning with his grandson, Edwin Torrey, and while Edwin went to the barn he remained in the house. When Edwin returned to the house he found his grandfather dead on the floor. He was 83 years of age, and is survived by a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Torrey."

"May Bring Down Federal Wrath. Albion has a business of which she is unaware. She would not be especially proud of the success of the venture and would not crave for the particular kind of advertisements put out by the person who is conducting this industry. The following advertisement has been brought to our attention and it is rumored that it has also been referred to the notice of the post office department. Following is the advertisement as it appeared in the Police Gazzette: "Rich, racy postcards, the kind men want; 6 for 15 cents, 12 for 25 cents. Box 162, Albion." The same ad has been found in Vanity Fair."

"Michael McClaska, the Polish laborer at the Malleable who ran away recently with about $30 of his friends' cash, was brought this morning before Justice Finch."

From our Historical Notebook this week in reference to our Washington Gardner High School theme this month, we present a cast photograph from the 1941 thespian play entitled "The Imaginary Invalid," held at the high school auditorium. Seated left to right: Camilla Dubar, William Cavanagh, Joyce Morton, Jack Kellogg, George Hafford, Headly Rogers. Standing (L-R): Rosemary Torrey, Alice Allen, D. Kipp, Howard Sherman, Steve Maruin, Dorothy Beach, Betty Rumler, and Lyle Bornor.


1941 production of The Imaginary Invalid

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