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Morning Star, March 15, 1998, pg. 2.

During the next few weeks I’ll be featuring the Gale Manufacturing Company in this column which was in existence here from 1864 to 1968. In the mid-20th century from 1935 until his death in 1953, president of the firm was Burnett J. Abbott (1894-1954).

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a special photograph of Gale Supervisors and Foremen, taken at a Christmas dinner gathering at the Parker Inn around 1948. Notice the rabbits on the table. These are not Easter rabbits, but were table settings president Abbott had prepared and cast there at the Gale foundry for the event. Special thanks to Ralph E. Locke for supplying this week’s photo.

Front row: (Note: the first three men were not from Albion but were guests of Burnett Abbott): 1. Edward Bouchard; 2. Frank Alich; 3. Robert Guy Robinson, a World War I Marine flyer who received the Medal of Honor. For the record, a bottle of "A-1" Steak Sauce is sitting on the table in front of him. Looks just like today’s bottles of the stuff. 4. Burnett Abbot, president; 5. William A. Comstock, vice-president; 6. Chester L. Shepherd, secretary-treasurer; 7. Karl H. Miller.

Center row: 1. Unidentified; 2. Art Ford, personnel manager; 3. Robert Abbott; 4. Carl Lamphier; 5. Al Hollibaugh; 6. David Turnbull; 7. Frank Goll; 8. Lloyd Wilson; 9. Rex Humphrey; 10. Leon Poirier; 11. Harold Kreger; 12. Robert Shepherd (in back, partially hidden); 13. unidentified; 14. Norman Murray, production manager; 15. Don Barlond; 16. Arthur E. Thunold, foundry superintendent; 17. Elijah Payne; 18. (up) Ed Grabbert; 19. (down) Rollo Hastings.

Top row: (Note: the first two men were guests of Mr. Abbott): 1. Dr. Frank Llinn, local optometrist; 2. Richard McAuliffe, local businessman; 3. Lochland Currie; 4. Ralph Houghton; 5. Julius Rutz; 6. Al Fierke; 7. Ralph E. Locke; 8. Louis Heisler.

The Gale Supervisors and Foremen.


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