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Morning Star, December 11, 2011, pg. 4

There are still copies of my books "Growing Up in Albion," and "Albion in Review" available at the Albion Chamber of Commerce. These would make great Christmas gifts.

Continuing with our Overland automobile story from last week, in 1917 the Albion Garage Sales Agency moved to its new building location at 302 N. Superior St. The firm continued to sell Overland automobiles.

In 1918, a group of 17 Overlands arrived in town, and a panoramic photograph was taken by local photographer B. C. Tuttle in front of the new Albion Garage Sales Agency building. From our Historical Notebook this week we present the center portion of this photograph, courtesy of Tom Richards. We'll post the full photograph on the www.albionmich.com website when this article is placed there. Notice that this building was right on the corner of N. Superior St. and E. Michigan Avenue. There is a gas pump on the far left, and on the far right. The price is "19c," meaning 19 cents a gallon!

Also in 1918, Harry Richards, Sr. bought out his partners, and the corporation was dissolved in 1920. The Albion Motor Sales was organized in 1921, and it was at that time the dealership switched to becoming a Ford dealership. Also new partners with Mr. Richards were W. E. King of Homer, and banker Byron Doolittle of Tekonsha. Richards subsequently bought them out in 1922 and reorganized the firm, adding his sons Max and Harry Jr, and others to the partnership. Albion Motor Sales moved across the street to 110 E. Michigan Avenue in 1934. The N. Superior St. building was then demolished to make way for a Hi-Speed service station, which during the 1960s was the Pure Oil service station.

Albion Garage Sales Agency building, Full Panoramic Collage





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