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Albion 100 Years Ago - August 1899

Morning Star, August 1, 1999, pg. 22

We continue with our theme of "Albion 100 Years Ago This Month" as we approach the year 2000. Local news, week ending August 3, 1899: "Never was the community more shocked and saddened than on last Friday evening, when word was passed from mouth that the body of Dr. Elizabeth Palmer had been found in Brockway’s Woods on the eastern outskirts of the city. Mrs. Palmer left her home on W. Erie Street at about 7 o’clock on Thursday evening, purchased some strychnine at one of the city drug stores, and was seen to walk east on Porter Street and then to the gate leading to the woods mentioned above..." From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Dr. Elizabeth Palmer, Albion’s first woman school board member. Brockway’s property is now Victory Park and the Albion College Athletic Field.

"While blasting stumps on the farm of T. W. Austin, near Rice Creek, Tuesday afternoon, Will Stockfish and Claude Lounsbery met with a terrible accident, which resulted in almost instant death for Stockfish and a serious injury to Lounsbery. Both of the boys are about 20 years of age and reside near Springport, where they are well known. It is thought it was through the carelessness of Stockfish, who was preparing a fuse while Lounsbery was drilling a stump, that the dynamite was ignited with its fatal results." "On several Finley families living in our city and vicinity, to the number of 130 assembled at the grounds of the Albion Fair Association to exchange social greeting and renew the ties of kinship. The family is descended from Charles Finley, who fought in the War of the Revolution...Of his grandchildren, those living in our midst are Messrs. Silas and Theron Finley; and Mesdames Mary Thompson and Elizabeth Lofthouse."

"A specimen of gold ore from the claim belonging to the Albion Mining and Milling Company at Cripple Creek, Colorado , was brought to the paper office yesterday morning."

"A wonderful woolly girl held forth from a covered wagon at the corner of Erie and Superior Streets last Saturday and attracted the usual crowd of curiosity seekers."

Week ending August 17, 1899: "Mr. B.C. Allen, of the firm of Hill & Allen, returned last Friday from Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado, where he and Dr. I. C. Foster have been spending a fortnight. These gentlemen are interested in a company known as the Albion Michigan Mining and Milling Company, which owns some rich claims in the vicinity of the cities mentioned above."


Dr. Elizabeth Palmer

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