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Albion 100 Years Ago - February 1915

Morning Star, February 1, 2015, pg. 11

We continue with our theme of "Albion—100 Years Ago." Week ending February 4, 1915. "If Jesus were an Albion Voter. There is no need for guesswork for we know absolutely what Jesus Christ would do if He came to this place…So spoke Dr. C. O. Mills in his sermon Sunday night at the Methodist Church."

"Fall Kills Aged Mrs. Sarah Sharp. Mistaking the door leading down cellar to the door opening upon the stairs leading to the second story Mrs. Sarah Sharp, aged 79 years, mother of Perry T. Sharp, a carpenter living at 102 S. Huron St., fell headlong to the cellar floor below and died less than ten minutes from the time of the accident."

"An attempt is being made to revise the Alumni list of the High School and have a complete record of the present name, occupation and address of every graduate," said Superintendent W. J. McKone today. The list contains several hundred names. Undoubtedly these persons are known to some of the readers of the Recorder through whose kindness we are permitted to ask for this help. If anyone knows of the facts concerning any of the following , we will appreciate it if they will call the high school office and inform us [then the list of names]."

"Frank F. Church, of Duluth, son of J. Frank Church of this city, who for some time has been secretary and credit man for the Northern Shoe Company of Duluth, has been advanced to the position of general manager."

Week ending February 11, 1915: "Albion-Charlotte Road Sold Today. A mortgage sale of the property of the old Albion-Charlotte railway, the grade for which was constructed a number of years ago, occurred this morning at 11 o’clock in the city engineer house for the sum of $8,500."

"Dr. F. C. Demorest’s Useful Life Ends. Saddest Tragedy of Recent Years is Disclosed by Finding of Body on Popular Albion Instructor in Cistern at His Home." One of the saddest events the Recorder has ever been compelled to chronicle occurred Thursday afternoon in the untimely death of Dr. Frederick C. Demorest, one of the most popular professors of Albion College and among the best known and most respected residents of this city. Dr. Demorest’s body was found…Thursday evening in the cistern in the basement of his residence in Brockway Place and a serious illness of a nervous nature from which he had suffered for the past two weeks is the reason ascribed for his death."

"The night school for foreigners which is being held Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at the West Ward schoolhouse are attracting from 25 to 30 men each session. Harry Brewer of the college is in charge of the work and is ably assisted by other college students. English is the only subject being taught and the foreigners who go soon acquire a vocabulary which grows rapidly after the first few lessons. A Sunday school is held every Sunday afternoon which is also well attended."

"John Martin [Martinoff], who operates the brick store at the foreign settlement was arrested Saturday by Marshal Winchell on a charge of violating the city ordinance relative to the running of punch boards, draw cards and other goods selling devices in which the element of chance enters."

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