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Albion 100 Years Ago - APRIL 1911

Morning Star, March 27, 2011, pg. 27

Last weeks article about the Albion Water Warriors brought back some fond memories. From our Historical Notebook this week here’s another photo of the group, posing at Gangs Lake. Left to right: Gary Sadger, Wayne Proudfit, Art Veramay, Jim Hart, Mike Sadger, Sue Sadger, Shirley Kabel, Richard Johns and his neighbor friend.


Albion Water Warriors posing at Gangs Lake

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending April 13, 1911. "Dead Man Drawn on Jury. Joseph M. Kelner, of Marshall, who recently died, was the name of the first talesman drawn by Sheriff Fonda Monday to sit as a juror at the May term of Circuit Court."

"Aeroplane Factory Near Albion. Mr. Ray Wilcox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Zerl Wilcox east of the city, states that he will build aeroplanes and aeroplane engines to order and is installing his shop at the home of his parents east of the city."

"The local Arie of Eagles have purchased the Hall property at the NW corner Clinton and Center Sts. preparatory to building a lodge temple. The purchase includes the house now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Green which will be moved before building operations are commenced. The Eagle Temple will cost in the neighborhood of $7,000. [Note: this same building later became the Masonic Temple.]"

"Mrs. Clara Peabody, formerly of Albion, was elected last week as a member of the park commission at Ontario, California."

Week ending April 20, 1911. "Wallace French, the [Albion] College student charged with illegal voting in the 3rd Ward, was bound over to the May term of Circuit Court by Justice Watson Tuesday morning. The question to be decided in the Circuit Court seems to be whether a man attending an educational institution shall be disfranchised entirely or shall have a right to vote where he is attending college."

"The Boy Scout entertainment at the High School Saturday evening was well attended, the receipts at the door reaching $30."

About thirty-three from this city saw Billie Burke at the Athenaeum in Jackson Tuesday night. Arrangements were made with the M.U.R. to hold the 11 o’clock car until the theatre was over but the order was apparently disregarded, much to the inconvenience of the Albion party and they were forced to wait until the 12:47 on the Michigan Central."

Week ending April 27, 1911: "A large street banner was hung between the Howard block and the Stone Mill on Superior St. this morning announcing Albion’s first annual automobile show on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The local dealers are making efforts to have the first show one of the finest in this part of the state. The Albion City Band will furnish the music."

"Lee, the mysterious proprietor of the Chinese Hand Laundry on W. Cass St. is on the rampage again. His doors have been closed for some time and customers have not been able to secure their work. Lee mutters to himself constantly and sometimes raises his voice into an Oriental shriek or howl. It would appear as though the man was mentally unbalanced and should be taken care of."

"Word has been received from Texas that George Mindeman is in Adrian, Texas trying to sell the road bed of the proposed electric line between Charlotte and Albion. Mindeman was the man who tried to put this line through and painted things with brilliant colors and was subsequently arrested for the larceny of some diamonds belonging to Mrs. Gilson E. Murdock of this city. Mindeman was convicted and appealed. A new trial was granted and the jury disagreed."

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