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Albion 100 Years Ago - JULY 1916

Morning Star, July 3, 2016, pg. 10

From our Historical Notebook this week we picture the Albion Board of Education at their final meeting on Tuesday, June 21 in the school library. Left to right: Michael Bearman, Shane Williamson, Vivian Davis, Nels Christensen, Sonya Brown, and Kevin Metz. Behind Nels is a sign that ironically states, "History Books." Yes, how true. Welcome Marshall Public Schools as we move forward together.


Albion Public School Board on June 21, 2016

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending July 6, 1916: "At a short session of the city council held Wednesday night, the claim of Mrs. Jennie Wadkins for $800 damages was referred to the city attorney. On May 7th, Mrs. Wadkins, a she was returning home from church, was injured by a fall, caused by a defective sidewalk between the Methodist Church and the parsonage on E. Erie St."

"Detailed plans and blueprints of the new school building, including the much discussed fresh air room, were laid before the school board at its regular meeting last evening."

"Dynamiting Done Tuesday Night. Palisi Family, on Albion St. Are Victims of Dynamite Plot. Their Home Badly Damaged, and Two Members of Family Injured by Explosion. About 11:30 Tuesday night the house at 706 N. Albion St. was dynamited and damaged to the extent that all of the windows in the house were smashed, a part of the north wall of the house, which is constructed of cement blocks, was torn out and the beds and furniture in the house were partly demolished and practically all of the windows in a brick house next door were broken…The officers believe that there is some connection between this affair and the Imperalio murder a few months ago."

Week ending July 13, 1916: "Harry L. Casper, aged about 70 years, was killed about 1:3 Monday afternoon near Devereaux by New York Central freight train No. 5763. Casper was well known in this section. He had traveled from town to town as an umbrella mender…The body was taken to Springport where it awaits being claimed by relatives. Deafness is thought to be the real cause of the accident."

"Word received from the American LaFrance Fire Apparatus Company in Elmira, N.Y. is to the effect that this city’s new automobile fire truck will be completed by July 14 and delivered here soon after that date."

"A city tennis club, with a permanent organization, is to be organized within the next few days among players of the court game residing in the city."

Week ending July 20, 1916. "Mrs. Mike Dubina, in an attempt to master the art of driving the Dubina automobile, Friday evening, had a little misfortune which nearly resulted in a neighborhood racket of big dimensions. She inadvertently steered the machine into a neighbor’s yard, going over a baby-cab with fortunately no baby therein, however, and ending up by smashing into a pump. The police were called by the people upon whom Mrs. Dubina had made her unexpected call and officers Schwer and Stoddard made the trip to the foreign settlement in the "Black Maria." It was not found necessary to make any arrests, however."

"Work was started Monday on installation of the new cement "silent policemen," four of which will be placed on Superior St. at corners where there is much traffic. They are of white cement and will have signs instructing all drivers of vehicles to keep to the right, with a large red light over all for use at night. Someone ran into the "old policeman" at the corner of Austin Avenue and Superior St. Saturday night, partly demolishing it."

"The Albion Holding Company which took over all the old milling company’s property, will erect in the near future a two-story brick store building fronting on Superior St., to take the place of the old brick mill office which now stands just north of the new Commercial & Savings Bank. [NOTE: Today this is the Albion Community Foundation building].

Week ending July 27, 1916. "City to Have Band Concerts. Beginning with the first week in August and continuing through the first week of September, Albion will be favored with six band concerts, according to action taken by the City Council at its meeting Wednesday evening. The total cost for the six concerts will be ninety dollars."

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