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Albion 100 Years Ago - September 1899

Morning Star, September 5, 1999, pg. 9

We continue with our theme of "Albion 100 Years Ago This Month" as we approach the year 2000. Local news, week ending September 14, 1899: "Ever since the middle of last June when the members of the Class of ‘99 of Albion College received their sheepskins and degrees and took their departure from their Alma Mater, that part of our city near the college has been a deserted village. But with the coming of the cooler breezes from the northland, signs of activity have prevailed about the campus, and as we go to press and for several days to come, the baggage man, the cook and the housemaid will be kept busy attending to the wants of the young army which is about to invade our city."

Week ending September 28, 1899: "Albion may truly be called a town of bridges, as the river winds its sinuous length through our city in a way to render a bridge upon nearly every principal street a necessity. Indeed some streets claim two or even three, and the sum total of them is all an even dozen which includes no foot bridges except those on Porter Street. Is it any wonder that, in order to keep these in a usable condition the city is obliged to indulge in a new structure semi-occasionally? The bridge being erected just at present is on Clinton Street, the substructure of which is now being laid by Schumacher & Sons at a cost of $1,080.

Ora E. LaDu, of Battle Creek, formerly of Albion, it is feared will be taken to the insane asylum. From what can be gathered from her conversation it is thought the cause is some terrible grief over her children, which are with their father at Albion."

The new dry goods store of V. S. Wolcott was opened for business last Saturday. Mr. Wolcott carries a choice stock of staple dry goods, rugs, draperies and oil cloths. He has engaged as his assistants M. J. Rowley and Mrs. G. L. Estabrook. Mr. Wolcott will also be in the store and hopes to see all of his friends."

On Monday morning a stranger purchased an overcoat suit and satchel at F. F. Hoaglin’s clothing store, presenting in payment a $100 bill which he took from a large roll of money. On Tuesday morning Deputy Sheriff Graham was on track of the man, who had stolen $1,200 from the Commercial Hotel in Homer. The thief is alleged to be Mervin Thompson who was employed in the hotel as a man of all work."

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