Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.
Morning Star, December 24, 2017, pg. 9
A very Merry Christmas to my readers of this column. Thank you for your support and for getting to me old photographs, directories, yearbooks, and other Albion history items which I use in my research. With all of the building construction going on in downtown Albion this past year and continuing, I'd like to present an article I prepared a year ago but couldn't "fit it in"at the time.
Occasionally in my research I'll come across something out-of-the-ordinary. This week I'd like to present a poem I came across. In 1916, the 1845-built 3 ˝ story landmark Jesse Crowell Stone (flour) Mill in downtown Albion was extensively reconstructed into the Commercial & Savings Bank, 207 S. Superior St. The latter opened on January 1, 1917. [Note: Today it is the Huntington Bank]. Local newspaper Albion Leader editor William B. Gildart (1848-1918) composed and published a poem as part of an "obituary"for the Mill. We are republishing it here. From our Historical Notebook this week we present an 1857 drawing of the Mill, shown on the left. The original Mill office (present-day site of Fedco) is on the right. Enjoy, and again, Merry Christmas!
We have no strange or mystic shrines,
Man rears a solid work of rock
Within those gray, protecting walls
That tide was but the living blood
The purring wheels begin to turn;
That din was heard through three score years;
A city from a hamlet grew
But Time no temp'ring mercy knows;
‘Twas so with him whose fertile brain
The Stone Mill, first a Fancy thought,
Albion's Stone Mill in 1858
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