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Albion 100 Years Ago - JANUARY 1916

Morning Star, January 3, 2016, pg. 4

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending January 6, 1916. "Arthur Wheat of Springport was arrested at Jackson Thursday night for Ellsworth, Kansas officers on a charge of larceny and forgery. Wheat, who is 21 years old, has been before Judge Porter of this county in the juvenile court on a charge of truancy and he has served time in the state industrial school at Lansing."

"George Heels told the Recorder today that the deal whereby he was to have taken over the Charles Price grocery store located at the corner of Monroe and Pine Sts. had fallen through and he will not become the new proprietor of the place."

"Roland Remley is New City Manager. Three appointments were made Monday night by the common council. One of these was for City Manager, and the city dads voted unanimously to offer the position to Roland Remley of Chicago. Mr. Remley is at present the superintendent of construction of Albion’s new post office building."

Week ending January 13, 1916: "Superintendent McKone Asked to Resign. The long expected move of the anti-McKone members of the school board took place Monday evening at an adjourned meeting of the board, when Trustee Belcher moved that Superintendent William J. McKone tender his resignation at the next meeting of the school board. The motion was the culmination of a meeting devoted to the criticism of the methods of conducting the business of the schools in the past."

"Chicken Show is Big Success. The silver coup poultry show, the third yearly exhibition of the Albion Poultry Association, was an unqualified success at the Eagle Temple. Good-sized crowds thronged the first floor of the temple Thursday afternoon and evening."

Week ending January 20, 1916: "The city health authorities Tuesday leased the third story and the north half of the second story of the Sheldon Block for a temporary contagious disease hospital and are now fully prepared to handle any emergency."

Jackson Citizen Patriot: "Owing to the prevalence of smallpox in the neighboring city of Albion, Sanitary inspector J. V. Fink stated Saturday that local officials were going to play save in having the contagious disease hospital thoroughly renovated and prepared for any emergency."

Week ending January 27, 1916: "Quarantine to be More Strict. Persons Exposed to Smallpox to be Confined to Their Rooms by Council’s Orders. That the members of the City Council are of the opinion that the health officer should enforce a stricter quarantine upon smallpox patients and those exposed to the disease developed at last evening’s regular meeting of the councilmen."

"School Teacher Refuses to be Vaccinated. Mrs. F. Q. Murphy, who has been teaching the 6th grade at the Austin School, went to her home in Eaton Rapids today. Mrs. Murphy has refused to be vaccinated, announcing that she would give up her job first. The pupils of the 6th grade were recently exposed to smallpox."

"Russian Church to be Built Here. Rev. I. Salko, rector of the Russian Orthodox All-Saints Church of Detroit, was in Albion yesterday and closed a contract for the erection of a church edifice on the north side of Austin Ave. at the corner of State St. The building which will be of frame construction, 30 x 65 feet, will cost about $5,000. O. J. Teller, the local contractor, has the entire contract. Mr. Teller stated this morning that weather conditions permitting, the work will be started at once and the building rushed to completion."

"Fred Nass, an Albion youth, was arraigned before Justice Warson Monday afternoon on a charge of using indecent and profane language in the presence of a young girl. He pleaded guilty and as he was unable to pay a fine of $5 and costs was sent to the Marshall jail for thirty days."

"An alleged ‘blind pig’ was raided in the old Eslow house, 302 W. Erie St. Thursday afternoon, and the proprietor of the place, Thomas Brazell, was arrested, charged with the illegal selling of liquor."

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