Historical Albion Michigan
By Frank Passic

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Albion A Century Ago
as seen in the Morning Star

This is a monthly series, the other weekly articles can be seen on the regular Historical Notebook table of contents.

August 1914 Published August 3, 2014; Swimming Pool Being Prepared; Don Bennett took a number of views of the Starr Commonwealth Friday morning; There is no Russian-Austrian dissension in Albion; At least one Albion man is glad he is a citizen of this country to avoid being mixed up in the big European war; The Eckford Improvement League has made arrangements for a big gala day celebration in that village Friday of this week.

July 1914 Published June 29, 2014; The church-yard of St. James Episcopal Church was wired today for electric lights; Notice to Fishermen, fishing from any of the city bridges is strictly prohibited; Albion Boy Saves Lives of Showmen; Municipal Bath House for Albion; Ministers’ sons are no good as husbands.

June 1914 Published June 1, 2014; The quarantine has been removed from a home on E. Cass St. after an attack of diphtheria; Disregarded city ordinance- A Greek ice cream peddler was arrested; Riverside Abbey, Albion’s new mausoleum, was dedicated on Decoration Day; Louis Croning was charged with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder for using an axe and a revolver in threatening to take the life of Mr. McGuire.

May 1914 Published April 27, 2014; Representatives of the Aunt Ellen Pickle Company were in the city yesterday; Mirror Company Moves to Kalamazoo; Auto and M.U.T. (Michigan United Traction Company) Smash at Newburg; Albion Boy has a Narrow Escape, Henry Asaro, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Asaro, will never go fishing again on a railroad bridge, he was caught in the middle of the Lake Shore bridge by a passenger train (he sustained minor injuries).

April 1914 Published April 13, 2014; Photograph of the 1914 Washington Gardner GAR Badge Hon. Washington Gardner, commander-in-chief of the G.A.R. passed final judgment Monday on the design for badges for the delegates to the national encampment; Tuesday, March 31, was a big day at Bullen’s Big Busy Store, the 20th anniversary of the entrance of George T. Bullen into Albion’s business circles; Democrats take all but three city offices; Albion Churchmen are Wage Earners.

March 1914 Published March 2, 2014; Casket Company May Come Here; A Kentucky cardinal presented a concert Tuesday; Albion Coal Mine Idle at Present; A hunt is being conducted for a former section man on the M.U.T. who left his wife and child at their Center St. home, saying he was going downtown to pay the grocery bill, and has not been seen since.

February 1914 Published February 2, 2014; Superior St. Needs Repaving; All Albion Went to Church Sunday. The Everybody-go-to-church plan; Lincoln’s birthday was not observed in any special way in Albion; Income Tax Man Visits Albion; Phone Company Simply Bluffing.

January 1914 Published December 29, 2013; Albion Getting Too "Wide Open," Albion is getting a name about the state; The Russian Christmas is being observed by the members of that nationality in the local foreign settlement; The Bijou Theatre was packed Monday afternoon during the showing of a series of films illustrating the making of wire fence; Are You Going to Church Sunday?

December 1913 Published December 8, 2013; Photograph of the Eagle Parade; Ducking Costs Them Dear; Floyd Starr’s home at Mt. Calm Lake, filed articles of association with County Clerk Cady; Fred Wojnovich playfully tapped Peter Kedo over the head with a beer bottle Christmas day.

November 1913 Published November 3, 2013; Photograph of the Sheep Massacre; The greatest need of the city of Albion today is a competent policewoman; Dragged Under Wagon; Dairy Inspector Finds Dirty Milk; Big Eagle Fair Opens December 1; Albion will have another Chinese student.

October 1913 Published October 6, 2013; Photograph of the Remodeling the interior of the Bohm Theatre; The Albion Oxygen Decarbonizer now being manufactured here; The Albion Chemical Works is being moved to the new quarters; City May Have Splendid Park (eventually will be known as Victory Park).

September 1913 Published September 1, 2013; Photograph of a crack in the base of the flagpole near the Band Shell in Victory Park; Grand Army of the Republic members gather here for the annual encampment; Post Office Site is Re-Adjusted; New Boys Home at Mont Calm Lake (eventually will be known as the Starr Commonwealth).

August 1913 Published August 4, 2013; Work on Albion's mausoleum, which is to be erected at Riverside Cemetery, was started; The swimming-pool committee, together with the public grounds and buildings committee held a conference Friday, with the result that it was decided to finish off two or three of the new city sheds in the market place for a bath-house.

July 1913 Published July 7, 2013; Centennial Farm photograph; Water Supply Not Adequate; Albion Theatres Need More Exits: the Airdome, the Princess and the Bijou; the tragic death of Mrs. James Clifford Smith; Miss Jeanette Timberlake of Aberdeen, North Dakota, is visiting her parents.

June 1913 Published June 2, 2013; A ten-year contract with the Commonwealth Power Company; Mrs. Edward Knickerbocker died at Eckford station; Elmer Juckett bitten by a rattlesnake; Wesley Irma Dorris of Detroit drove to Albion in his his newly invented "Cyclecar"; All persons having weeds on their premises are requested to get them cut at once.

May 1913 Published April 28, 2013; Photograph circa 1950s of a Centennial Farm; George Dearing Gets Five Years in the house of correction for abstracting funds from his father’s bank at Albion; Born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Starr, a daughter, Margaret Louise; Walter Grant has an interesting display of photographs of the members of the local GAR post; Albion came in for a write-up in the Christian Science Monitor, the great Boston daily.

April 1913 Published March 31, 2013; A very pleasing recital was given in the college chapel last evening by Miss Nema Phipps; George V. Dearing Found Guilty of misappropriating funds; The Parma creamery burned to the ground Sunday; A decision of the attorney general will decide whether Calhoun County is to be wet or dry these next two years; America has been losing ground for the last 25 years on the subject of Sabbath Observance; Albion probably has well over 8,000 people today.

March 1913 Published March 3, 2013; Photograph from the Flood of 1908; Albion Boy Saw Inauguration of Woodrow Wilson at the national capitol Tuesday; East-bound Michigan United Interurban car jumped into a horse while traveling full speed between Marshall and Albion; Frank E. Nowlin celebrated the opening of his new elevator, the biggest jollification for the farmers of this vicinity in years; A terrific wind storm, which struck the city early this morning, caused damage which will easily amount to $10,000.

February 1913 Published February 3, 2013; House and Senate bills provide against the union of whites with negroes or Mongolians; Mrs. Albert Pahl was instantly killed by the southbound train on the Lake Shore; Mrs. E. A. Ismon was struck by a Michigan Central train; Charles Calhoun Blakeley was badly injured some time ago when an elevator in which he was a passenger broke loose and fell several stories.

January 1913 Published December 30, 2012; Photograph of 1967 construction of Burger Chef, currently location of new business Biggby Coffee shop; new bakery opens on West Porter Street; David A. Garfield returns to Albion State Bank; Charles X. Guyselman will start the practice of Chiropractic; Albion Malleable Iron Company now pouring over 80 tons of iron every day.

December 1912 Published December 9, 2012; Growing Up In Albion book cover; Mass meeting of depositors of Albion National Bank to meet at Opera House; Daniel W. Connors passed away; Sheriff gets call about dead young man found some weeks ago (October 1912); Sad Christmas for one Albion family after daughter falls under wagon; one-legged man arrested for begging; Robert Wiener of Odessa, Russia, arrived in Albion, brother of Norman Wiener.

November 1912 Published November 11, 2012; Book cover Growing Up In Albion; Albion National Bank failure emerges; Miss Ethel Bedient addresses National Progressive meeting at Sonoma; coal mine resumes active operations four miles north of Albion; Daniel McAuliffe returns to Albion for a surprise visit after 25 year absence; Foreigner Tried to Leave Albion.

October 1912 Published September 30, 2012; Photograph of Charles and Bessie Taylor, 50th Wedding Anniversary; former Mayor Owen Brownell was in the city concerning the manufacture of bread wrappers for large bakeries; unidentified dead young man found at Grover Depot (SE of Homer); First Bull Moose Rally in Albion; Cook Manufacturing COmpany settlement reached.

September 1912 Published August 26, 2012; Photograph of 50th wedding anniversary couple Charles and Nettie Brownell; Two more teachers for the public schools are made necessary by the increased attendance this year over last; Noted Wrestler Coming to Albion. Manager George Hahn of the Wolverine Athletic club, has been in communication with Burt Ribbey, one of the best known middle-weight wrestlers in the middle west; New Building for the College.

August 1912 Published July 29, 2012; Photograph of 50th wedding anniversary couple George and Luella (Clawson) Deyoe; Mrs. Apolona Amaluk, by name, came running downtown Tuesday afternoon, her infant in her arms and tears running down her cheeks. She went into the Rosenthal store, and weepingly stated that the baby had been killed, the infant, which had only been unconscious, was restored to consciousness; Miss Addie Hollon, completed her term of four months in the Detroit House of Correction.

July 1912 Published July 1, 2012; Photograph of 50th wedding anniversary couple Bernhard "Ben" and Bertha Kabel; To Consider the Oiling of Streets. Common Council will investigate matter of dust abatement at suggestion of civic league; Library Closed for Two Months due to lack of funds; Black Ditch Sewer Well Under Way; According to farmers in the immediate vicinity of Albion, the peach crop this year is a total loss. Heavy frosts and a late spring are said to be the cause of the big loss.

June 1912 Published June 3, 2012; Photograph of 50th wedding anniversary couple Amelia and William Moss; Harry Ellerby, of this city, will play third base for the Springport Shamrocks this year, as he has done for several years past, Clem Frye and Dean Thompson, two Albion boys, had a very narrow escape Sunday when riding their bicycles to Homer; Civic League Against Spitting. Mrs. Walker, the speaker of the evening, laid great stress on the necessity of enforcing the anti-spitting ordinance as a preventative of the spread of disease.

May 1912 Published April 29, 2012; Ex-Mayor Tired of Paying Alimony, asks court to relieve him from paying $2 weekly to ex-wife, improper Conduct alleged; President Taft May Pardon Miss Hollon. President Taft will be asked to pardon Miss Addie Hollon, for her part in the failure of the Albion National Bank; Max Rutz was completely surprised when his friends and neighbors stepped in Saturday evening to help him celebrate his birthday anniversary; Albion Boys' Art Atracts Attention: Lynn Bogue Hunt.

April 1912 Published April 1, 2012; Photograph: The house at the corner of W. Erie and S. Albion; Theodore Roosevelt stopped in Albion for about one minute Saturday, Dearings Sentenced to Five Years at Leavenworth Prison, Year in Prison for Miss Hollon, Another Farm Residence Burns, Jury Acquits Frank Darrow, Trees in front of Central School to be cut.

March 1912 Published March 4, 2012; High School Boys Knife Instructor, Gas Company to Enlarge Plant, M.U.R. Becomes M.U.T. Company, Receiver Garfield in Full Charge, Orlando C. Gale Died Thursday Night, Homer C. Blair sells drug Business, Mark Merriman Buys Prouty Plant, 1,500 People Visit Mounteer Bakery, A jury will hear the case of Thomas J. Short of Convis verses William H. Hakes of Eckford.

February 1912 Published February 12, 2012; Photograph: Tombstone of Mary Russell Warner at Riverside Cemetery; The Albion City Council last evening absolved City Treasurer W. J. Morse, E.J. Moon, father of Louis Moon of this city, passed away, the ancient Williamson Blacksmith shop went up in flames Wednesday night, James T. McGuire is to be with the Detroit Tigers.

January 1912 Published January 8, 2012; Austin School Admirable Building, Missing Albion Student Re-appears, Charles Calhoun Blakeley is the recipient of a handsome gold headed cane by "The Travelers of the West," A marriage license has been issued to Henry Rutz and Floy Brandt, both of Albion.

THE 1912 ALBION NATIONAL BANK FAILURE Published December 31, 2011; Picture: Headlines of the Albion Evening Recorder, January 2, 1911; It was exactly 100 years ago this month that Albion was shocked with the worst financial disaster in its history: the failure of the Albion National Bank at 12:15 a.m. on Monday, January 1, 1912.

December 1911 Published November 27, 2011; Photograph: unidentified 50th wedding anniversary photo from probably the early 1960s (subsequently identified as Floyd W. (1884-1971) and Ethel (Murray) (1889-1971) Dean); A monument to the memory of Honorable Jesse Crowell was completed, A.J. Brosseau has purchased the Hartung farm, Homer's new water system is in the courts already, The Hotel Albion was sold Saturday, The annual reunion of the Adams family was held Christmas day, U.S. Bank Examiner Herbert E. Johnson, in a routine inspection, uncovers a $325,000 forgery scheme at the Albion National Bank instituted by the cashier, Henry Montgomery Dearing.

November 1911 Published October 30, 2011; Frank Darrow has perfected a folding reel for drying fishing line, Two marriage licenses in which the girl gave her age as 16 were secured at the county clerk’s office in Marshall on Wednesday, Passing of Albion Pioneer: Mrs. Julia (Peabody) Crane, The Albion City Hospital will not close its doors.

October 1911 Published October 2, 2011; The Unidentified 50th Anniversary Couple turns out to be Clement and Susan (Wood) Scribner; The ghost of the old Albion-Duck Lake electric railway is still haunting the community, The school at Duck Lake known as the north brick school will probably have to be closed.

September 1911 Published August 28, 2011; Photograph of Pre-Historic Megalodon Shark Tooth from Wilmington NC, Coal Mine Near Albion, Sons of Veterans Will Organize, Albion Woman Killed at Petoskey, Wanted: Bright, intelligent girls for Albion City Hospital Training School, Arrested Duck Lake Gamblers, Little Robert Dearing fell from the porch of the home of Robert Baldwin, Stores were visited by burglars.

August 1911 Published July 31, 2011; Photograph of Nikodemas "Mike" Kulikauskas, Cleaning Works a Total Loss, Albion Post Office Site Chosen, Training School at City Hospital, Foreigner Mangled by Two Trains, The fire department has a new member.

July 1911 Published July 3, 2011; Friday evening was the date set for the hearing of protests against the paving of Michigan Ave. from Superior to Mingo Sts. with macadam and the construction of the combined curb and gutters therein, Sealed proposals for heating and ventilating of the new Charles F. Austin School, These scorching days cause large demands to be made upon the city waterworks, Albion people see coronation, While at work scalding hogs at the Talmage & Bauer slaughterhouse east of the city Monday afternoon, Frank Trunzer slipped and fell backwards into a tank of boiling water.

June 1911 Published June 5 2011; Robert Cascarelli received another letter in Italian and signed by the "Black Hand" seeking protection payments, The Theatorium, Homer’s five cent theatre was closed Thursday evening, Robert Clyde Gildart was made a second lieutenant of the United States Army, Grandma Cady Passes Beyond, Moses Zabell, proprietor of the Zabell summer resort at Duck Lake died Friday night.

May 1911 Published May 1, 2011; McGuire Resigns from Cleveland American League Baseball club, The Albion School Board voted to name the new North Ward School building the Charles F. Austin School, Benzine Buggies on Exhibition, Wolverine Train Stops at Albion, Unknown Man Attempts Assault on College Girl, Photograph of accidental electrocution of John I. Miller, a lineman in the employ of the Commonwealth Power company, Charles R. Mains Still Held in Asylum, Every member of the G.A.R. who desires to be remembered after final muster out is requested to be at Riverside Cemetery at promptly 10 o’clock a.m. Saturday.

April 1911 Published March 27, 2011; Photograph of Albion Water Warriors posing at Gangs Lake. Dead Man Drawn on Jury, Aeroplane Factory Near Albion, About thirty-three from this city saw Billie Burke at the Athenaeum in Jackson Tuesday night, Albion’s first annual automobile show, Lee, the mysterious proprietor of the Chinese Hand Laundry on W. Cass St. is on the rampage again.

March 1911 Published February 27, 2011; Grandma Cady is 95 years old today, Eagles Serve Muskrat Dinner, pastor of the Wesleyan church placed a large chain and padlock on the church and refused to allow L. E. Stewart to speak at a local option meeting, The Albion Socialists met in caucus in their hall over the Howard Meat Company market Tuesday.

February 1911 Published February 6, 2011; Photograph of ducks inspecting bridge to Riverside Cemetery. Is prohibition the remedy for the liquor evil? The formation of the Albion Business Men’s Protective Association, a wild pig chase on Superior St. Tuesday -- A sleek young porker broke loose.

January 1911 Published January 2, 2011; Big Explosion at Gas Works; Arthur Wheat, a mere boy of 17 years is alleged to have passed forged checks to the amount of $40; Could Have Started a Store. Young Arthur Wheat, check forger, was a purchaser of a healthy layout for himself and sweetheart; With the excavating for a cellar under the Albion National Bank building [Note: the north half of Fedco], the workmen are bringing bits of ancient history to light, solid oak logs, the last relics of Albion’s first industry.

December 1910 Published November 28, 2010; The Gay School district gave a surprise party Monday evening to Julius and Donald Rutz who are moving from the neighborhood; George Cutting and Roy Hoffman of Eckford were arrested on a charge of digging muskrats out of a bank, changed their plea and each paid a fine and costs of $5.75; Opera House to be Remodeled; A committee of citizens met in the Leisure Hour club Thursday evening and discussed the Boy Scout situation in this city.

November 1910 Published November 7, 2010; Residents on W. Erie are complaining of a general spirit of vandalism on the part of the younger generation in that neighborhood; New Postmaster Started Tuesday: Dr. A. D. Bangham declares that Albion’s public buildings are in good condition and commends the city upon its thriftiness in general; Clarence W. Sellers of Battle Creek now proposes to raise muskrats, and for this purpose has fenced in a pond with a close meshed fence and placed 100 muskrats in the enclosure.

October 1910 Published October 3, 2010; Clarence Township (Duck Lake) Death: Was it murder or was it suicide? There is no direct evidence against anyone; Gas Plant employee suffered a severe burn on his face; Editor Sibley of the Springport Signal suffered a slight stroke of paralysis yesterday; There are 55 non-resident pupils in the public schools.

September 1910 Published September 5, 2010; City Will Experiment with Oil Furnished by Dr. Samuel Dickie, Albion Boys Have Organized Scouts, I.O.O.F. Temple to be Dedicated, The entire city of Albion should be taxed for a new hospital, wife of a well known and well-to-do farmer residing in Clarence Township, committed suicide by taking Paris green Sunday afternoon, L.B. Wickham has decided to add a fourth chair to his barbershop and expects the new member will be installed by Monday.

August 1910 Published August 1, 2010; Digging the original skating pond photograph, Charles Idle charged with bootlegging, Irma Dorris claims confession about stealing two automobiles false, 13 year old boy almost dies from sucking gasoline from red can, new phone system, Democrats attempt to shut off student vote.

July 1910 Published June 27, 2010; Irma Dorris, charged with taking two automobiles, demanded an examination in Detroit; Delta Tau Delta fraternity has rented the new Wilder house; two foreigners with unspeakable names were slightly injured at the Malleable works this forenoon; Mrs. Fisher, who resides at 503 W. Chestnut St., is wondering where her son John Fisher has gone, and local officers rather believe that he is following after Robinson’s circus.

June 1910 Published May 30, 2010; Farmhouse Burns Near Duck Lake; Jess Tuthill found in Montcalm Lake late Saturday night; Pardon Signed for Charles R. Mains; Albion to get new post office; Marshal Cooper has two gangs of men at work on the streets of the city; Battle Creek. Free Methodist or Baseball Fan?

May 1910 Published April 25, 2010; Photograph of the new Gwen Dew engraved brick at Veteran’s Memorial Stage at Riverside Cemetery. The Clarendon Post Office was discontinued by the post office department; The next fad of the Calhoun County hunter will be fox hunting unless the pests are thinned out some other way; Mrs. Myron Sine and children left yesterday for their home in Jamestown, North Dakota after a visit with Albion relatives.

April 1910 Published March 28, 2010; Albion Boy an Inventor: Irma Dorris, an Albion High School student; Bullen's Big Busy Store's Annual Opening Sale of Ladies' Muslin Underwear will begin Saturday Morning April 16; Next Friday, the 15th, Uncle Sam will begin the numbering of children in preparation for the 13th Census; Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Kabel of Hartwell St., April 19, a daughter.

March 1910 Published February 28, 2010; Photograph of bridge by Union Steel; New Fire Gong, progress in struggle against Scarlet Fever; Albion Man Wants Adrian Wife; Ex-Postmaster Drops Dead, Prominent Democrat of Springport Dropped dead this morning. Was 71 years of age; Something Doing in Quiet Parma at the Opera House; Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dmetrik, of the Malleable Russian settlement, March 18, a boy.

February 1910 Published February 7, 2010; Admission cards have been issued to candidates for the positions of census enumerators in this vicinity; Friday evening a party of high school students from Homer came to Albion via a bobsled and enjoyed the evening at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Harmon Eslow; Albion May Have New Arch Lights; Mr. Laurence Wiederwax of this city, and Miss Tina Wilbur of Homer were united in marriage Thursday, February 3 at the home of Rev. C. E. Huffer.

January 1910 Published January 3, 2010; Questions of Census Man: "Are you married? Have you any children? Is your mother-in-law living with you?" A Lake Shore railroad crossing between this place and Condit was very nearly the scene of a tragedy last Thursday.

December, 1909 Published December 6, 2009; Photograph of cast from the 1941 thespian play entitled "The Imaginary Invalid," held at the high school auditorium. Henry M. Dearing went to Jonesville Friday, Floyd Trine found guilty, Sudden Death of Marcellus Warner, May Bring Down Federal Wrath, Michael McClaska brought to justice.

November, 1909 Published November 1, 2009 Frank's surprising Divi Divi adventure, Marengo Students Prefer Albion, Wife deserter gets two years, Man Falls from Electric Bridge, Three Russians with unpronounceable names left between days, Homer Man is Convicted of option law for riding with Albion colored girl.

October, 1909 Published October 11, 2009 A Dream that is Shattered: the fairgrounds property sold, Albion Firemen Proud of Horses, Albion Man Fell 30 Feet, bicycle riders agitated by the poor condition of the streets, Fortune May Await Albion Man, Broom Factory Starts Work, Mains May Get Pardon.

September, 1909 Published August 30, 2009; Mr. Otto Pahl has traded his home for a farm, the new West Eckford Methodist Church has been completed; Devereaux has taken a boom; the Coliseum Skating rink will be open for skating season; the case of the people Vs. George Mindeman went to the jury late Monday afternoon; can a man be a Victor and a victim at the same time?

August, 1909 Published July 26, 2009; Robert Weiderwax served papers for serving beer, Mrs. Henry Norris shot by William Hoy, annual reunion of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry will be held at Albion, a cement culvert to be built across the ‘black ditch" on the Dalrymple Boulevard, new reservoir for the city pumping station on Cass St. is nearing completion, city scales have been declared out of order.

July 1909 Published June 28, 2009; Alderman Conrad recommended that the old fountain in front of the National Bank be raised to the sidewalk level and the hole filled in, Former Albion Man Suicides, Albion is to have an Airdome, funeral services of Mrs. Rose Shuart, the first white child born in Marengo Township.

June 1909 Published June 7, 2009; Homer Doctor Not Guilty of arson and insurance fraud charges, Lee Jue is improving from a wound in his arm and will soon be able to resume work, the new city directories are out and the population is placed at 5,999; Prof. Floyd Langworthy, who has been teaching at Burr Oak for several years, has secured a position as science teacher in Albion High School.

May 1909 Published April 26, 2009; Liquor Dealers Soaked; William Leonard, charged with running a blind pig at Duck Lake; Mr. C. M. Bacon of Bemidji, MN, is visiting with old friends in this city; "boyish pranks”

April 1909 Published April 5, 2009; Hospital Assured for Albion; Ed Lewis, the biggest man in Michigan, was in the city Tuesday; Hahn Brothers are now prepared to shine shoes for ladies or gentlemen

March 1909 Published March 1, 2009; Half a Century in Insane Asylum, Emily Pierce of Marengo is Dead; the people vs. Fred Bertwaldt, of Clarence, charged with using profane language in the presence of women and children, was dismissed; Springport Bank Will Be Reopened

February 1909 Published February 1, 2009; L.B. Wickham is moving his barber shop, slight explosion at the college chemical laboratory, muskrat larceny, undersized perch condemned at market; Seth Hyney, who has been connected with the First National Bank and later with the Albion National Bank, as assistant cashier for nearly ten years, has tendered his resignation

January 1909 Published December 28, 2008; Photograph of the Cascarelli children ca. 1910, business opens in new location; Russian Christmas celebrated by 60 Russians and Poles at the Albion Malleable Iron Company; West Eckford Methodist Church Burned to the ground; Homer Doctor is Arrested for arson of his wife's millinery store; Parma Bank short $30,000

December 1908 Published November 30, 2008; Many Marriages, including Klimkiewicz and Romanowski, Gardner and Kerr, Kregar and Hahn, Murray and Dean; Russians Get Into the retail liquor Game; The Coliseum Roller Rink opens, featuring Richardson ball bearing skates; Springport State Bank Closed - former cashier arrested.

November 1908 Published October 26, 2008; Large registration in Albion. 1,428 voters registered in this city Friday and Saturday. Donald Bullen walked backwards into the hole in front of the National Bank Monday and received a severe blow to the head. A beautiful little black animal with a white strip down its back and a bushy tail was the cause of great excitement Monday evening.

October 1908 Published September 28, 2008; Photograph of the 2008 A-Maizing Corn Harvest Pin; Rev. Irl Hicks has just handed out his bunch of weather for October. Albion Hotel man guilty of selling liquor without a license, a test shows soft drink "Malt Mead" contains alcohol. A small lake is being built in the Riverside Cemetery by Sexton Otto Pahl. Two hoboes broke into the Babcock School house Sunday night.

September 1908 Published August 31, 2008; Jesse Crowell Memorial Meeting. Smoke Cloud over City. Parma Bank Closes Doors. Pickpockets Make Good Hauls. WANTED: Women to pick beans, start picking Thursday. FOR SALE: A single buggy harness nearly new. BOARD AND ROOM. Home cooking.

August 1908 Published August 3, 2008; At the Free Methodist conference at Ypsilanti, the report of the committee on reform declared against Sunday desecration by excursions, baseball games and Sunday papers, the open saloon, low necked and peek-a-boo waist dresses and also recommended that the churches pay better salaries to the preachers; Farmer's Picnic A Big Day.

July 1908 Published July 6, 2008; Mad Dog Scare. Large Dog Bites Several Others; Next week the dog warden will call on the owners of the canine and demand the annual tax, Albion post office will have their annual salaries increased by $100 beginning July 1.

June 1908 Published June 1, 2008; Two Russians were arrested on a charge of disregarding our marriage laws, Gypsy Tribe Visits Albion, The Misses Maizie and Georgia Goodenow will entertain with a weekend party at the Goodenow cottage at Gull Lake.

May 1908 Published May 4, 2008; Endurance Run Passes Through City, Mayor McAuliffe Roughly Handled, Mayor McAuliffe Under Arrest: "I'll admit I did use some strong language, but I did not use the words cited in the complaint, and I'll fight the case to the Supreme Court before I plead guilty,” Russians Again Break Loose.

April 1908 Published April 6, 2008; Digging for gold in Albion, Albion Saloon Man Arrested, Sheriff Graham states that he deems it necessary to put a check on the abuse of the privilege of visiting prisoners at the county jail

March 1908-THE GREAT FLOOD Published March 2, 2008; Photograph of the east bridge on E. Erie St., four buildings go to ruin; the story of Tom McAuliffe's narrow escape; Bob Cascarelli, the Fruit Store Man; Superior St. over the sunken bridge presents a busy scene.

February, 1908Published February 3, 2008; The electric road has been badly tied up this week by the heavy snow (60 inches); Murdered in the South: Colored College Student's brother victim of Race Prejudice; Frank A. Kulp of Battle Creek spoke on the principles of Socialism at The Socialist Hall.

January 1908 Published December 30, 2007; Photograph of Linden Avenue during the 1908 Flood; Fred Colmenter's horse ran away Saturday morning; Mrs. Lua Miller has purchased the Temple Theatre; Nine New Cases of Small-Pox Reported at Marengo Today.

December 1907 Published December 2, 2007; Hoss Case Holds Interest: Must a man tell the truth and nothing but the truth in a hoss trade? Accidently Shot by Neighbor, while hunting on the Ball farm south of the city; George Mitchell played the part of the true Santa Claus during the Christmas time this year.

November 1907 Published November 11, 2007; Eagle Lodge Plans Benefits, Springport Post Office Robbed, Morris Richardson ran away with a band of gypsies this last summer, Another Homer sensation has flattened out: The jury in the case of Henry Rogers vs. Fred Mayer decided that there was no cause for action.

October 1907 Published October 14, 2007; Photograph of 2007 A-Maize-ing pin; Albion Woman Selling Liquor; Man pleads guilty to running a slot machine in his Duck Lake resort; Albion is not a sympathetic place for tramps; Burned by Exploding Oil; Olivet 73, Albion 0

September 1907 Published September 2, 2007; Grover Cleveland takes first prize for his cucumbers, one weighed two pounds and was a foot long; Peacemaker Russian Woman prevents a deadly beating; Iron Hand Reaches Duck Lake.

August 1907 Published August 5, 2007; The Dog Pound is Established; Long Suffering Residents Along the Black Ditch Take Hope Again; A fire alarm was sent in from Hurley Austin's property, a bucket brigade of the Italian Band which plays for the Carnival this week had the fire under control.

July 1907 Published July 1, 2007; Official MDOT map at the Marshall rest stop; Daughters of Africa and Italy fall and Break Left Arms; a Russian at the Malleable Iron Tried to Run Over the Interpreter; W.W. Osmun has sold his milk business; Cement Sidewalk damaged, Clews left in cement; Wicked Marshall.

June 1907 Published June 3, 2007; George Mindeman Aluminum Token; Railroad promoter is arrested; New Malleable plant open; Young man suddenly dies; Motion Picture Co. vs. the Methodist church; assault and battery, will be careful in the future how he tosses his fellow men around.

May 1907 Published April 29, 2007; Rev. Shannon breaks down, Nervous Strain Too Much; Clean Up Day A Success, Albion is a Spotless Town Now; Albion Pioneer Passes On, Charles Dalrymple; Roosevelt in Albion.

April 1907 Published April 1, 2007; Two Albion Boys are Successful appointees to West Point; A special Lake Shore depot train will leave for Springport with 75 full-fledged Eagles on board; The peach crop may be safe, but the recent cold spells have utterly shattered all hope of even an average frog crop.

March 1907 Published March 4, 2007; Photo of Clarence Township Dog Tag 1903; Augustus J. Gale moves to California, Arthur H. Dew expands floral business, James McGuire joins the New York Americans baseball team, new music store opens, trouble at the Malleable.

February 1907 Published February 4, 2007; Photo of The Key to the City of Albion; Coach Brewer Raps Albion, new business: The Albion Elastic Caster Company, liquor law violations, Willie wailed and Winnie wheezed while wintry winds whined weirdly...

January 1907 Published December 31, 2006; Killed by the Electric, Street Car Statistics, Stole from Countrymen, Escape from County Jail, First Case Against Saloonists, New Railroad Taking Shape.

December 1906 Published November 26, 2006; Evangelist David E. Reed of Albion is coming to our town, McDonald Model Laundry closed its doors, Another Strike is Declared, Death of Mrs. Arthur Dew, a Christmas beef became frightened and injured itself.

November, 1906 Published October 29, 2006; New flowing well in the Market Place completed, Albion-Charlotte railroad proposition revived, Dr. Dickie Gives Address and Saloon keepers violate law, Albion High Defeats Marshall: A Fast Snappy Game Played on Winter-Lau Field

October 1906 Published October 8, 2006; Busy month: divorce, murder trial, death of Mrs. Stone, illegal muskrat trappers arrested on Spectacle Lake, new downtown bowling alley, water cure for insanity, flowing well in Market Place planned, dog overturns duck hunter's boat

September 1906 Published September 17, 2006; Brutal Deed of School Boy, John H. Wiselogel has invented a machine to cook pancakes and ice cream cones, study the peculiar habits and infant life of the mosquito on W. Porter St.

August 1906 Published August 6, 2006; Photograph and obituary of George Hannahs, Central School building unsafe, The Flying Order of Ducks may Erect a Club House at the Lake, Union Steel Screen Trouble, Woman Falls and Cuts Wrist

July 1906 Published July 2, 2006; The case of Sylvanus Soules, Smoking Among Boys Censured, Sea Serpent at Duck Lake, Dog Warden Frank Hoyt shot and killed Molly Chatfield's dog Friday

June 1906 Published June 4, 2006; Photograph of the opening of Dutchtown for the 1954 season, Modern Woodmen Must Pay Up, Miss Gwendolyn Dew celebrated her 3rd birthday, cannon and shells for C. Colegove Post arrived today, bad accident at Malleable

May 1906 Published on May 7, 2006; Aid sent for San Francisco earthquake recovery, Warrant out for Pastor, Benjamin Baxter Bissell laid to rest, health advice for long life

April 1906 Published on April 2, 2006; 1954 photograph of Bob Abbott at his desk; Man Killed by Live Wire, Burglars At Work Again, Mystery of Land Sale, E.P. Burrell Dropped Dead, Several Albionites in California, escaped injury from earthquake

March 1906 Published on March 5, 2006; Photograph of the old Eaton Street bridge plaque, new downtown buildings, new high school plans, modest thieves

February 1906 Published on February 5, 2006; Photograph of Ethel (Snyder) Tate, child rescued after her dress catches fire, broken pipe floods new area of saloon, gasoline not to be used in kerosine lanterns

January 1906 Published on January 1, 2006; Photograph of "Good for 5¢ in Trade" tokens, Davis 50th Wedding Anniversary, Baader buys out Wochholz, Mother & Son business results in mail fraud charges, The Breeze begins publication at High School

December 1905 Published on December 4, 2005; Mystery of Frozen Man, Springport explosion, Carverville school ma'am's leather whip not capable of twin's alleged wounds, Irish bulldog "William Pitt" poisoned by unknown person, Man Mangling Corn Shredder Claims Another Victim

November 1905 Published on October 30, 2005; Original Union Steel plant, Wright Schoolhouse, Hannah Tracy Grant Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Bean heist, Pioneer Gone: James Foskit

October 1905 Published on October 2, 2005; Gold Medal Flour, Jackson Battle Creek Traction Co., Examiners Report Unfavorably to Albion High Schools, marriage of Miss Lena M. Hunt and Minard E. Farley

September 1905 Published on September 4, 2005; The Waterfall at Victory Park Dam, Peeper, Divorce Docket, The Handy Baggage Truck Company

August 1905 Published on August 7, 2005; Accidental suicide (when fishing be sure to leave your gun at home), Doolittle family reunion, mail boxes in the city are now all painted green.

July 1905 Published on July 3, 2005; Photograph of old gravel road by Riverside cemetery; Electric road to Duck Lake, dog with bad reputation shot by unknown person, loneliness driven way at Stag Party

June 1905 Published on June 5, 2005; Tragedy at Duck Lake barn raising, shocking affair leads to $5 fine for wife beating, isolated incident of smallpox in Albion, photograph of Charles W. Dalyrmple

May 1905 Published on May 1, 2005; Tombstone of Dr. Isaac Grant, merchants downtown fishing, C.R. Mains convicted in Ketchikan, drunks convert to church workers

April 1905 Published on April 3, 2005; Another mad dog scare, Robert Finch returns from the 1849 Goldrush, Mary (Peabody) Sheldon-Ismon passes away, Bell house moved

March 1905 Published on February 27, 2005; Mitchell "not guilty" but fears mob violence in Springport, debased by cigarettes, Marcus Crane (pioneer) passes way, photograph of chickens floating on a doghouse in the flood of 1908

February 1905 Published on January 30, 2005; Mitchell Murder Case, lithograph of Charles R. Mains (murder suspect), mad dog scare, tragic spectacle of double funerals

January 1905 Published on January 2, 2005; Testing milk, trouble for Frank Nowlin, tales of Marcus Crane, death in Albuquerque, Rhodes v. Rhodes

December 1904 Published on December 5, 2004; Photograph of Santa in downtown Albion circa 1960s, 100 years ago: horse accident, fire boys called out, Jack Spratt arraigned, death of Charles Ensign

November 1904 Published on October 31, 2004; Photograph of Mrs. Peabody with Genevieve and Walter, 15œ inch apple pie found, mailbag hit by train, 50th wedding anniversary of the Foskits

October 1904 Published on October 10, 2004; Albion College football game with U of M freshman team 0-0, Afton A. Dibble moves his successful clothing store a few doors down the block

September 1904 Published on August 29, 2004; The Bar-B-Q-House, Robert L. Staples, the Shoe Man, moves into his new house, arrests for selling liquor on Labor Day

August 1904 Published on August 1, 2004; Albion Detroit sign, skull of Chief Te-kon-qua-shaw, C. K. Bliss reports a Duck Lake fishing decline

July 1904 Published on July 10, 2004; Sneak thieves visit Albion while citizens were at the Wallace Circus, Willoughby Hartung (33) killed by lightning while standing near his barn

June 1904 Published on June 6, 2004; The Great Wallace Shows, the Maccabee Hall escapade, photo of Wallace Brothers Circus Parade

May 1904 Published on May 16, 2003; A very sad drowning, one of the largest events in the history of the Albion Tent

April 1904 Published on April 4, 2004; Lady shootist scores highest at Gun Shoot, one abandoned child, religious leaders petition for regulation of saloons

March 1904 Published on March 7, 2004; The Hardy Case, Rev. John McEldowney passed away, Bullen's Opening, Bart Romans, bids for construction of city sidewalks

February 1904 Published on February 1, 2004; Duck Lake drain case, H. L. Cronin frog farm, Albion Lumber Company incorporated

January 1904 Published on January 4, 2004; Elsow Building photograph, The Uniformed Rank of the Albion Knights of Pythias, Sunday morning sermon of Rev. W. H. B. Urch

December 1903 Published on December 7, 2003; 1954 Christmas Parade photo, obituaries, links in the chain of communication

November 1903 Published on November 2, 2003; Phinneas Graves house update, railroad accident, public market, Duck Lake ditch

October 1903 Published on October 12, 2003; Big Fair, Baptist Ralley Day, Frank E. Steele, McGuire life sized portrait

September 1903 Published on August 31, 2003; Newell Harwood, Silas Pardee, James W. Peabody, Wells Smith

August 1903 Published on August 3, 2003; George W. Brail, Alderman White, Miss Lily Shafer, James A. Welton, Miss Lena Hunt, William B. Gildart

July 1903 Published on July 6, 2003; Mrs. Maria C. Blanchard, finest herds of cattle, Leman Lake, The Malleable Girls

June 1903 Published on June 8, 2003; Albion Malleable Iron Company baseball team, photo circa 1910

May 1903 Published on May 11, 2003; Burglars at Concord, The Big Mill Race, Major Frank Porter, Red Mill postcard

April 1903 Published on April 6, 2003; First electric car, Henry W. Crittenden, Newburg Mill Burned, Catcher Jim McGuire, Newburg Mill dam photo

March 1903 Published on March 2, 2003; Mrs. Herschell Stanley, Mrs. Melissa Morrison, Philo Clark, McGuire Bros. saloon

February 1903 Published on February 2, 2003; Mr. H. Kirke White, The Smallpox Scare, No Vacant Houses, Albion Handle Manufacturing Company

January 1903, Published on January 5, 2003; Joseph Bezke, Rev. W. T. Jaquess, Andrew Carnegie, Frank Beilfuss

December 1902, Published on December 8, 2002; Salvation Army Dinner, Jackson-Battle Creek Traction Company, Dr. Henry Van Ostrand

November 1902, Published on November 3, 2002; Red Mill, 21 divorce cases on the calendar, Fred L. Munger, National Spring & Wire Co.

October 1902, Published on September 29, 2002; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Pennell, Charles Shuppel, Interurban Railway Bridge

September 1902, Published on September 1, 2002; Some Coldwater boys, a meteor passes, President Dickie

August 1902, Published on August 4, 1002; Bloomerville Pit, Mr. Frank E. Nowlin beams, the Homer Index

July 1902, Published on July 7, 2002; Governor Aaron T. Bliss, James H. Cook, Willard M. Gardner, new pipe organ

June 1902, Published on June 9, 2002; Joseph Biske, James Lewis, pop business, Central Michigan Trap Shooters Association

May 1902, Published on May 12, 2002; George T. Bullen, Narrow twister near the Billinghurst School, Catcher Jim McGuire

April 1902, Published on April 7, 2002; Interurban Electric Railroad special feature

March 1902, Published on March 3, 2002; E. W. Hollingsworth Post of the G.A.R., Kurt Botsford, Elliott C. Gale, George Bullen

February 1902, Published on February 3, 2002; Powhatan, The Indian Opera, the measles, General Beadle, Railroad Jack

January 1902, Published on January 6, 2002; Freundschaft club, New Telegraph Poles, Hough, Brundage Manufacturing Company

December 1901, Published on December 2, 2001; The Litchfield Butter Co., The Fortnightly Club, Elisha Warner, Hon. William Jennings Bryan

November 1901, Published on November 4, 2001; The Divorce Calendar, College Crumbs, colored oleo margarine, Jack the Peeper

October 1901, Published on September 30, 2001; The Toledo & Northwestern railway, James McGuire, electric road, high school baseball suits, Coldwater's chicken ordinances

September 1901, Published on September 2, 2001; A Night of Sin, electric road, Mr. Thompson's milk wagon, Wellington Bidwell Crane

August 1901, Published on August 5, 2001; European Hotel, Charles Bell, Albion Guards, Godfrey family reunion

July 1901, Published on July 1, 2001; Deutscher Verein, Modesta Romero, Cook Gasoline Engine Works

June 1901, Published on June 3, 2001; George E. Dean-laid sidewalks, Calhoun County Telephone Company

May 1901, Published on May 6, 2001; Albion's first chamber of commerce, New Electric Road, Mrs. Van Atta, Albion's First Automobile

April 1901, Published on April 1, 2001; Palmer M. Dearing, Mike Vetskinski, Carl Schumacher photo, Commercial Hotel Closed

March 1901, Published on March 11, 2001; New Cigar Factory, miniature hurricane, Ira D. Sankey, Sophia Schuyler

February 1901, Published on February 11, 2001; Lewis Ransom Fiske photo, Miss Bessie Zimmerman's party, Senator Bangham

January 1901, Published on January 7, 2001; Frank Van Atta, Policeman Fred Hagerman, "Deacon" Jim McGuire photo

December, 1900, Published on December 10, 2000; Frederick Erhardt photo, Moses Blakeley, Mrs. Frank Cooley's chickens

November 1900, Published on November 5, 2000; U.S. Post Office photo, Central Standard time, Michigan Telephone Company, ELT Club

October 1900, Published on October 8, 2000; William Cullen Hakes, Williams Jennings Bryan, Diptheria

September 1900, Published on September 3, 2000; Diptheria quarantine, Miss Mary Robertson in China, missing library books

August 1900, Published on August 6, 2000; Assaulted the Dog Warden, Found the Money Drawer, Lynn Bogue Hunt photo

July 1900, Published on July 9, 2000; The Wochholz Twins photo, Charles Senter, Woman's Christian Temperance Union

May-June 1900, Published on June 4, 2000; Springport rural free delivery, Spectacle Lake, Central Telephone Co.

April 1900, Published on April 2, 2000; Winter-Lau Field photo, Orva Bronson, Fred Tichenor, Miss Ella Coffin

February 1900, Published on February 6, 2000; Bad Harris Brothers of Sheridan Township, Hurley block construction planned

January, 1900, Published on January 2, 2000; Albion Leader newspaper, Manning Harness Company, Samuel A. Wilder & Son

December, 1899, Published on December 12, 1999; The Single Spinsters' Literary Club, Ponto Sink Hole photo

November, 1899, Published on November 7, 1999; Mayor Loud, Hodge's Hall, O. H. Gale, smokeless gunpowder

October, 1899, Published on October 3, 1999; Miss Agnes Gorton, Mrs. Bertha Hadley, Ruth Wall, G. Peters

September, 1899, Published on September 5, 1999; College students return, town of bridges, V. S. Wolcott

August, 1899, Published on August 1, 1999; Dr. Elizabeth Palmer, Albion Michigan Mining and Milling Company

July, 1899, Published on July 18, 1999; ordinance regarding the use of bicycle bells and lamps, Adelbert Culver

June, 1899, Published on June 13, 1999; Dr. George C. Hafford thwarts burglers, Mrs. Elizabeth Squires mortaly burned in accident


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