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Morning Star, July 29, 2018, pg. 13

In the early 20th century, the "horseless carriage"replaced horses as the main instrument of mobile transportation in Albion. The "switch-over"especially occurred in the 1910s. Liveries that were formerly used to provide transportation of some type by horse were replaced with "Auto Liveries."As people obtained automobiles, they discontinued using the Interurban rail system to travel between cities. The interurban was subsequently discontinued in 1929.

The 1913 Albion City Directory lists several auto dealerships in town: A. R. Austin (Overland) at 210 S. Superior St.; D. M. McAuliffe (Studebaker) at 105 N. Superior St; McCarty & Bealer at 130 N. Superior St; A.G. Noble & H. R. Richards at 112-116 E. Michigan Avenue; and Charles H. Osborn at 405 S. Superior St. The "Auto Liveries"were operated by C. B. Granger at 110 E. Michigan Avenue, and Herbert C. Nowlin at 613 Perry St.

In these early years there were numerous dealership changes, purchases and location changes as the use of the automobile in Albion became established. Some of these dealerships also dealt in bicycles and supplies.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a 1913 "generic"postcard promoting our town featuring an automobile theme. It shows a couple in a colorful car with the woman driving. The text states "I am putting on some speed in Albion, the Good Old Town."

Albion automobile postcard, 1913

Next: Albion 100 Years Ago - AUGUST 1918

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