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Albion 100 Years Ago - July 1899

Morning Star, July 18, 1999, pg. 19

We continue with our theme approaching the year 2000 with our series entitled "Albion 100 Years Ago This Month."

Week ending July 6, 1899: "On last Saturday the ordinance regarding the use of bicycle bells and lamps went into effect. On Saturday evening some of the fun loving youngsters of the town afforded themselves a great deal of amusement by attaching hand lanterns, jack lanterns, gongs, cow bells and sleigh bells to their wheels and parading down Superior Street, making the night hideous with their clamor."

Week ending July 13, 1899: "The foundation for a dwelling for Adelbert Culver on the corner of Center and Eaton Streets is now laid, and work will begin at once on the walls, which will be of brick. A large circle porch has been added to the residence of Reinhold Schumacher on North Clinton Street, as well as to the residence of Dr. W. G. Dunham, on Perry Street. The Catholic rectory on Cass Street adjoining the church is being rapidly pushed. This is a frame dwelling of modest proportions and when completed will present a tasteful appearance."

Week ending July 20, 1899: "At 10:35 o’clock last Sunday evening, the Honorable James Monroe died at his home in Kalamazoo...For some years Mr. Monroe made his home in this city, and was connected with its business interests. When a youth he learned the molder’s trade, and in 1846 built a machine shop and foundry here, which he carried on until 1867. His foundry occupied the ground now covered by the Brockway and Sutherland blocks, the latter being a part of it and used as a warehouse. The molding room was on the spot where Cass Street now joins Superior Street, and Blair’s drug store occupied the site of the blacksmith shop."

"That women are born bargain seekers and that nothing appeals to the feminine heart so quickly as a tempting "removal sale," has been evinced during the fortnight just past. The removal of George T. Bullen into his newly finished store, and the business change and removal which A. T. Richter is about to make, has set the ball rolling among our merchants and has caused the dry goods counters to be so thronged that one might easily imagine that the holiday time was upon us, instead of the season when the usual mid-summer lethargy is expected."

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