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Albion 100 Years Ago - MARCH 1911

Morning Star, February 27, 2011, pg. 13

This week the demolition of the M-99 bridge by Riverside Cemetery is scheduled to commence. Which detour route will be shorter to get to the Cemetery: via Babcock or 29 Mile Road? Starting at the intersection of Irwin and Superior, driving west on Irwin to Babcock, turning left on D Drive South, then to Condit Rd, then to M-99 to the front Cemetery entrance is 6.1 miles. Coming back from there headed south on M-99 then turning left/east on gravel D Drive (the scenic route), then north on 29 Mile Road, turning left at Haven Road to River St., turning left on S. Superior St. to Irwin Ave is 4.4 miles. So it’s about a mile and a half shorter taking 29 Mile Rd. to get to Riverside Cemetery. Remember, you read it here first.

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending March 2, 1911: "Grandma Cady is 95 years old today. [INTERVIEW with Mrs. Cady:] "I remember when I was a little girl and lived in New York State, the fine horses they rode and how they played the tune on the fifes and drums "And We’ll Play the Fife all the Way to Old Quebec," and how I just had to sing it for joy." "Yes, my grandfather General Peter Multer, was under Washington in the Revolutionary War."

Eagles Serve Muskrat Dinner. Albion has now joined the ranks of those who favor the water-rat as a delicacy. Thursday night the Albion Eagles served a muskrat dinner to about 150 members. Great platters of fried muskrat, browned in butter, formed the piece de resistance of the dinner, and although there were plenty of other things to eat, the "water-squirrel" as some of the more fastidious called it, was the popular dish. Those that came to taste, remained to eat, although one guest, while admitting the he liked it, said he couldn’t stand the "rat" part of the name."

Week ending March 9, 1911: "There was great excitement at the Rice Creek Church Sunday evening when the pastor of the Wesleyan church, Rev. Eastlake, placed a large chain and padlock on the church and refused to allow L. E. Stewart to speak at a local option meeting. [Later article:] The Methodist church at Rice Creek and its pastor, Rev. Eastlake, who had an argument Sunday over the holding of a local option address in the church, are not connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church as some of the papers have stated but it is thought they are identified with the Wesleyan denomination. Rev. Eastlake resented the fact that the engagement for the address had been made without first consulting him." [Later article:] "Rev. W. J. Easterlake, pastor of the Methodist Protestant Church at Rice Creek has been requested to resign. The order was sent from Rev. Fred A. Perry of Lansing, president of the Methodist Protestant conference. Easterlake appears to be suffering from mental trouble and is apparently not responsible for some of the peculiar acts he has committed." [Note: This church was known as the Rice Creek Free Methodist Church from 1944 to 1963].

Week ending March 16, 1911. "The Albion Socialists met in caucus in their hall over the Howard Meat Company market Tuesday. The nominations results were as follows: Mayor: Dr. John N. Benedict. City clerk, August W. Kamp. Treasurer: John W. O’Dell. First ward alderman: James Douglas. Second ward alderman: W. W. Groff. Third ward alderman: James D. Warner. Fourth Ward alderman: Ward L. White." "Paul Omnenuk is seeking the whereabouts of his wife, Hollem who disappeared Wednesday with Peter Petreuczek, and also with $50 which the husband has been saving. All of the parties concerned are Russian Poles and live in the northwestern part of the city.

Week ending March 30, 1911: "New Ward Building Named. The memory of the late Charles F. Austin, father of Fred W. Austin and W. W. Austin of this city and Bert Austin of Chicago, will be honored when the new school building at the North Ward is dedicated. At a meeting of the school board Thursday it was voted to call the building after Mr. Austin."

"The question of students voting at the elections was presented by Daniel M. McAuliffe who stated that it was his firm belief that the college students could not legally vote in Albion and explained that the test case was not carried up last year for want of definite supporters from the democrats in Albion."

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