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Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.


Morning Star, September 14, 1997, pg. 3

We all look forward to this Saturday, September 20 for our annual Festival of the Forks. Yours truly will be in front of Citizens Bank with his Albion History Booth, filled with interesting materials for you. If you have any old Albion photographs you are welcome to bring them. I will have my camera ready and I can copy your photo right there on the spot for use in a future article here. I am also looking for Albion City directories up though the 1950s for my research collection, and other materials. If you have these items that you donít want and arenít using, they would be a welcome addition to my library.

Donít forget, if you want an official form to send in to find out what ship your ancestor came over to America on, Iíll have them for free on a first-come, first serve basis until I run out.

The Festival of the Forks is more than church bake sales, a crafts show and large flea market. It has been designed to celebrate Albionís ethnic diversity which helps bring our community together as one. In trying to think of an "ethnic" photograph this week, I immediately thought of the 1938 photograph taken by the Ludwig Studios of the First Russian Gospel Singers. It was part of the local Russian Baptist Church Mission, located at 614 Austin Avenue. The choir was first organized in 1935 under the direction of Mary (Prigodich) Felisky. The costumes were made by the parents of the choir members. The choir made recordings for short wave radio stations which transmitted behind the Iron Curtain during the era of Communism. The choir was in existence until 1959. Special thanks to Tim Felisky of Orange, California for submitting this photo.

Front row, left to right: Joseph Veramay, Stella Elushik, Esther Veramay, Mary Felisky, Naida Lazarchuk, Leada Brankovich, John Harry. Back row: Sophie Grenevich, Victor Nesterenko, Russell Elushik, John Veramay, Steve Veramay, Katherine Veramay, Helen Elushik.

Russian Church Choir 1938

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