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Albion 100 Years Ago - AUGUST 1914

Morning Star, August 3, 2014, pg. 10

We continue with our theme of "Albion—100 Years Ago." Week ending August 6, 1914: "Swimming Pool Being Prepared. Any person in the city who doubts that the municipal swimming pool is a sure go should take a peep at the condition of things near the Hannah St. bridge, where a scene of unusual activity will greet their sight and also dispel their doubts. Work on the bathhouse was started Monday."

"Don Bennett took a number of views of the Starr Commonwealth Friday morning. The pictures were taken to give people a better idea of what the Commonwealth really is, a good many Albion people being ignorant of the existence of the place."

"There is no Russian-Austrian dissension in Albion. In fact a Russian-Austrian alliance was entered into Sunday when Steve Denichuk, a former resident of the Czar, and Miss Anna Fediw, a one time resident of Emperor Joseph’s domain, both members of the local foreign settlement, went to Detroit where they were married by a priest of the Greek Catholic Church. Returning here Sunday afternoon they were the center of attractions at a big celebration of the marriage in one of the houses of the foreign settlement."

Week ending August 13, 1914: "At least one Albion man is glad he is a citizen of this country and that he came to America in time to avoid being mixed up in the big European war. He is Norman H. Wiener the local junk man. Mr. Wiener says that the fighting is now going on within four miles of his former home in Russia. The country is also thickly infested with soldiers about the city of Warsaw, where are the mother and sister of the Rosenthal brothers of this city. The Rosenthals are very anxious over the fact that their loved ones may be in acute danger, no word having been received from them for some time."

"A representative of the Michigan State Telephone Company will probably appear before the common council next Wednesday night, the old problem of taking away the unsightly poles of the company from the business section of Superior St. being still a moot question with the common council."

Week ending August 20, 1914: "The Eckford Improvement League has made arrangements for a big gala day celebration in that village Friday of this week. There will be a ball game, automobile race, egg and spoon race, horse race, hitching race, tug of war for ladies, running race for girls, running race for boys, and a farmers’ fat man race."

Week ending August 27, 1914: "Ernest W. Cutting of Eckford, a graduate of the Western Normal at Kalamazoo, has been hired to take charge of the Manual Training department for boys of the Albion High School. Mr. Cutting has had two years experience as a teacher and comes highly recommended by President Waldo of the Western Normal."

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