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Morning Star, October 6, 1996, pg. 22

I do hope you are planning to attend my “Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery” next Sunday, October 13 at 1 p.m. We’ll meet at the cemetery office, and then trek through the length of the eastern edge of the cemetery. These contain the ethnic sections of the cemetery: German, Catholic, Black, and Russian.

This is a family event, so bring the kids and let’s have an enjoyable afternoon together. I’ll have my Albion history books on hand, plus a tour guide booklet at a nominal price. You’ll definitely want a copy. If you cannot attend, you can obtain a tour guide booklet at the Albion Chamber of Commerce.

The subject of Albion’s ethnic history is a topic that needs to be greatly explored. The influence of the Albion Malleable Iron Company and the company housing it erected, the churches that were formed, and the businesses that operated in the Austin Avenue-N. Albion St. areas were all part of the life of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and the “Deep South” who lived here in the early 20th century. On our tour we’ll explore some of these features as we move along, and share some interesting stories. Again, make an effort to come to my tour on October 13. You’ll be glad you did.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a 1920 map of Albion showing the “foreign settlement” houses just north of the Malleable, now the site of McAuliffe Park. Here is the listing of the residents who lived in those dwellings, as found in the 1917-18 Albion City Directory. The spellings are atrocious, but we know who these people are. The number corresponds to the house number they lived in, some more than one family in a house.

1. Mike Messina. 2. Mike Bohukalitz. 3. Joe Dimagio. 3. Vido Asaro. 4. Jacob Signorella. 4. Louis Signorella. 5. C. Cignorella. 6. Vacant. 7. Jos Kochuk. 11. Steve Stock. 11. Paul Zatolak. 12. John Scalski. 13. Fred Damski. 13. Paul Lasenewitz. 14. Dom Evala. 15. Jos Bomorita. 16. R. Goliga. 17. Mrs. E. Sowchuk. 21. Jno Mimokod. 22. Harry Swedonowicz. 23. Tony Stahoski. 24. Mrs. Mary Mikkido. 25. Harry Veremy. 26. Mic Budka.

1920 map of Albion


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