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Morning Star, March 9, 1997, pg. 6

In Albionís history there have been numerous candy and soda shops, particularly in the early 20th century. Many of these bore an ethnic flavor, being owned by immigrants from such countries as Greece or Russia. These were often social meeting places after school events, and each had their own particular specialities which attracted the youth of Albion.

One place that was popular during the 1930s and 1940s was the Koroluk Confectionery, located at 610 Austin Avenue. Operated by Paul Koroluk (1888-1967), those persons growing up on the West End enjoyed frequenting this establishment. It was known for its particular brand of candy which he sold, as well as providing a place to sit and talk while enjoying a soda or an ice cream sundae.

Koroluk also sold groceries at this establishment, which reminds us that the subject of neighborhood grocery stores around Albion is certainly a topic which we should explore in this column in the future. Koroluk lived in the rear of his establishment, and was single.

Koroluk was a native of White Russia (now Belarus), and as was the case with several Albion families, was a native of the Grodno area. After coming to America, Paul first lived in Pennsylvania, and then came to Albion in 1927. He operated his store until his retirement in 1948, at which time he sold his business to his cousin Russell Krusik.

Paul was a member of the Russian Ascension Orthodox Church. He met an untimely death in 1967 following an evening service, while crossing Austin Avenue in front of the church to enter a waiting car on the other side of the street. He was struck by an eastbound car and hurled 108 feet to his death. At the time of his death he was survived by his three cousins: Russell and Stella Krusik, and William Lazarchuk.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photo from the early 1940s showing Koroluk at his soda fountain, with the "Artic Ice Cream" sign behind him. How many persons remember going to Korolukís? What was the name of the special candy he sold?

Paul Koroluk at his soda fountain


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