From Frank Passic, Albion Historian

900 S. Eaton St., Albion, MI 49224

These resources make great gifts and are excellent mementos of your Albion heritage. Bring back memories of your hometown and share them with others!

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2005 Riverside Cemetery Tour. By Frank Passic, Albion Historian.
The 2005 tour was entitled "The Terrace View of Riverside Cemetery," and covers the hilly section located to the left of the main entrance road, above the large letters "RIVERSIDE" on the side of the hill. We visited the gravesites of such persons as: The inventor of the commercial bread slicing machine; an "Orphan Train" child; an early settler of Spring Arbor whose writings helped inspire the Falling Waters Park there; the grandson of the famous 18th century clergyman Rev. Jonathan Edwards; and, yes, Martha Stuart. The event was sponsored by the Albion Public Schools.
$2.00 plus $1.50 p & h.

2005 Riverside Cemetery Tour

Extensive Local History Research Materials

1873 Atlas of Calhoun County. 2004 REPRINT Compiled by Frank Passic, Albion Historian. 8½ x 11 size, soft cover, comb bound. 66 pages. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h. This atlas has plat maps of all the townships, street maps of the villages and cities, and originally was color-coded showing the rural country school boundaries. The compiler has traced the boundaries and placed them in the back of this atlas. Also found are business notices for merchants and farmers, U.S. Census statistics for the county and township for 1870, an "air distance" table showing the distance between communities in the county; and a listing of post offices.

1897 City Directory
Albion 1897 City Directory REPRINT; with Numerical Street Directory by Frank Passic (2003). Soft cover comb binding, 8½ x 11” size, 50 pages. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h. This city directory was printed just prior to the massive immigration of persons from Europe which occurred in the early 1900s. Included are names of streets and their locations, the normal name/occupation directory, and a classified business directory. At the end is a special street directory prepared by Frank Passic showing who lived at each address by street.
Jackson County 1874 Atlas Map Reprint of Map Portions (2004). Soft cover, comb binding. 8½ x 11” size, 41 pages. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h. This is an excellent resource for those wishing to research “Albion area” people who lived “over the line” into Jackson County, particularly in Concord, Springport, and Parma Townships. All townships of Jackson County are included, showing the names and locations of landowners, as well as street maps of the cities and villages.

Jackson County 1874

1916 Calhoun County
1916 Calhoun County Atlas REPRINT of Map Portions (2004). Soft cover, comb binding, 8½ x 11 size. 62 pages. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h. This was the last of the trilogy of big bound atlases of Calhoun County (1873, 1894, 1916). This plat map atlas is an excellent resource of the early 20th century! All the railroads are there, including the interurban tracks. Two years later the abandonment of many railroads began. This atlas also shows the Rural Free Delivery mail routes the carrier took each day! There are plat maps of each township showing the land owners and various features, and street maps of the communities. This atlas also gives the business names of the farms on the plat maps in addition to the owners, such as “Oak Grove Farm,” etc.
1894 ATLAS OF CALHOUN COUNTY (REPRINT). (2002, reprint compiled by Frank Passic, Albion Historian).This is the 8½ x 11" size map section version of the huge 1894 Atlas of Calhoun County. It is 40 pages long and contains only the plat maps of each township, and the maps of the villages and cities found in the original book. This is a "user-friendly" version for historians and genealogists who want to take this resource with them or place on their library shelf for handy reference. $15.00 plus $3.50 postage and handling.

1894 Atlas

ALBION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (REPRINT), By Frank Passic. (2002, REPRINT with updated corrections). A 128-page pictorial published by Arcadia Publishing . This book features photographs from the personal archives of Albion Historian Frank Passic. “This is a people book, there are lots of group photographs of factory workers, officials, clubs, churches, and other organizations--all identified. Many family names will thus be represented in this book.” It has an index you can have for free, available separately on the internet. You can download the index in RTF format , which seems to work okay with most word processing programs. Bonus promotional page too.
$20 plus $5 p & h.

A HISTORY OF THE ALBION PUBLIC SCHOOLS, By Frank Passic. (1991). Hard cover, 263 pages. A comprehensive history of our local school system, plus the rural country schools that were annexed to the Albion system. Contains over 250 photographs. Every graduate of Albion High School and the Adult Education through 1991 is listed in this book, including YOURS if you graduated! Numerous topics and themes are covered in this book, including the elementary schools, athletics (over 30 pages), faculty, publications, activities, and much more. Must reading for anyone who attended the Albion Public Schools. $20 plus $7 p & h.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, By Dr. Elmore Palmer (1908, 1986 REPRINT). Soft-cover, 41 sketches. Includes name index by Frank Passic. Dr. Palmer grew up in Albion during the 1830s-1850s before he left for the Civil War. He kept a diary which he used when he published his memories of his boyhood days here in the Albion Mirror in 1908-09. Learn first-hand about the Albion Hermit, Jesse Crowell, Tenney Peabody, William V. Morrison, Augustus P. Gardner, and many other pioneers who settled at "The Forks" of the Kalamazoo River. This makes a great reference book on Albion's early history. $15 plus $3.50 p & h.

COMMENTARY ON THE 1830s PLAT MAP OF CALHOUN COUNTY, with both the 1835-40 the 1844 maps. By Frank Passic (1997). Want to know who the original land owner of your property was, or how it looked in the map in the late 1830s? Well, this book is for you. Soft cover, 27 pages. Arranged alphabetically by township, with commentary, and a copy of the original hand-written maps. $10.00 plus $3.50 p & h. 

1858 PLAT MAP OF CALHOUN COUNTY. Soft cover, 54 pages. Learn who owned property in each township, where the roads and other physical features were back then. Village maps of Albion, Homer, Battle Creek, Marshall, Marengo, Tekonsha, Ceresco, Partello, and yes, even Harmonia are included. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h.

1906 PLAT MAP OF CALHOUN COUNTY. Soft cover, 24 pages. (1995 reprint). This relatively unknown map shows the owners of land in all of the townships of our county. A great reference source for turn-of-the-century researchers. $10.00 plus $3.50 p & h.

1869 ALBION VILLAGE DIRECTORY By E. G. Rust. REPRINT. Soft cover, 33 pages. Includes early history written by Alvin Billings, and a reverse street directory by Frank Passic. Excellent early reference source. $10.00 plus $2.00 p & h.

1866 BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF ALBION, By Albert Ruger. Art print REPRINT. 24" x 30" on acid-free heavy paper. This professionally reproduced view of our community in 1866 is excellent for framing. Blue and silver tint color, beautiful. $15.00 plus $5.00 p & h. (will be sent in a tube).

KEY TO 1866 BIRD's EYE VIEW OF ALBION, By Frank Passic (1993 reprint). Soft cover, 52 pages. Want to find out who lived in your house in 1866? This book dissects Albion block by block, and house by house. It is highly illustrated, and makes an excellent reference source to accompany the actual art print. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h.

A SHORT HISTORY OF ALBION, MICHIGAN, By Mary Reed Bobbitt (1990 revised 3rd edition). Soft cover booklet, 8 pages. A great overview of our community's history. The cover depicts an 1869 map of Calhoun County. $1.50 plus 75¢ p & h.

PRESENTING 25 YEARS OF THE ALBION CIVIC FOUNDATION, By Frank Passic (1993). Founded in 1968, the Albion Civic [now Community] Foundation has funded numerous projects in the Albion area, which has enriched the lives of us all. Learn about its history, and read of some of the projects that it has funded. $7.00 plus $3.50 p & h.

ALBION'S HISTORIC WALKWAY. This fold-out map leads you on an historical tour of the downtown Albion area, plus includes old 1890s era photographs of downtown buildings on the back. $1.00 plus $1.00 p & h.

HANG YOUR HAT IN ALBION sheet music reprint. "...It's a happy college town, growth and business all around..." Every piano student should have a copy of this ditty authored in 1912 by Wesley Irma Dorris. You can even sing along. $3.50 plus $1.50 p & h.

A HISTORY OF RIVERSIDE CEMETERY IN ALBION, MICHIGAN by Frank Passic (1998). This 27-page booklet contains the historical text researched and written by the author which was submitted to the State of Michigan for nominating Riverside Cemetery as a State Historic Site. Did you know that over 20,000 persons are buried here? Learn about the original land owners, how the cemetery came to be, and famous people buried here. $10.00 plus $2.50 p & h.


By Frank Passic.

These tour booklets contain approximately 30-35 selected interment sites featured in this historian’s annual October tour of Albion's Riverside Cemetery. Learn of the famous, infamous, poor, rich, and interesting interments found here. Lots of "ordinary folks" have been featured in these tours. All portions of the Cemetery have been covered.

These tour programs have proved to be quite popular. Each contains a numbered map you can use to take the tour yourself. These especially make great inexpensive historical gifts. Price: $2.00 plus $1.50 p & h. YEARS AVAILABLE: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. The 2005 tour booklet is at the top of this page.

1994 Tour. Covers the southern portion of the cemetery. Notable interments included James "Deacon" McGuire, Albion’s major league baseball player; Senator Warren G. Hooper who was murdered in 1945 and subject of the book "Three Bullets Sealed His Lips," and Warren S. Kessler, founder of the Albion Malleable Iron Company.
1995 Tour. Covers the old section of the cemetery featuring Albion's pioneers, and also the big Riverside Mausoleum. Find out about famous people who are buried in the "old grounds."
1996 Tour. "An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery." An important tour featuring European immigrants, blacks, and other minorities. 13 pages. Excellent for researchers.
1997 Tour. "An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery, Part 2." Due to the overwhelming response of the 1996 tour, we again stroll through the southern sections of the cemetery and focus on ethnic nationalities buried here. 18 pages. Anyone doing ethnic research about Albion needs copies of my 1996 and 1997 tours.
1998 Tour. "A Central Tour of Riverside Cemetery." A walk through the "gully" and hilly area overlooking the Kalamazoo River millpond. Includes David Duncan, the Albion Hermit.
1999 Tour. "A Musicians Tour of Riverside Cemetery." Many of the persons remembered on this tour either were musicians, taught music, sang music, or wrote music. Interesting theme.


The Millennium Tour of Riverside Cemetery (2000). Take this tour of the south end of Riverside Cemetery as we visit the graves of 30 different people whose interesting biographies are printed in this booklet. Includes Albion’s most distinguished citizen, the Hon. Washington Gardner who served in Congress, also as Michigan’s Secretary of State, and national Commander-in-Chief of the G.A.R; several members of the Wochholz family clan who were quite prominent here in the early 20th century; Edgar Steele, the father of Alfred Steele who was CEO of Pepsi Cola and married to movie star Joan Crawford; and Charles Quigg from the "old west," who rode shotgun on a stagecoach at age 16.
German Hill Tour of Riverside Cemetery 2001 tour. The German Hill Tour of Riverside Cemetery. One of Albion's major historic ethnic groups are the Germans, and this special tour focuses on two dozen or so German families representative of the hundreds who settled here. Included in the tour program is a map showing the location of the little towns where many of our German families came from, and street listings showing where many German families settled in Albion.
THE OTHER PIONEERS OF ALBION Tour of Riverside Cemetery. 2002 Tour. This tour focuses on other pioneers of Albion not covered in previous tours. The tour area is located in the vicinity of the "Old Grounds." Included are the parents of Ezra Cornell; Frederick Erhardt, Albion's pioneer undertaker; and the Levi Wild family after whom Wild St. is named. 33 stops.
2002 Tour Cover
Flagholder tour 2003
2003 Tour. The Flagholder Tour of Riverside Cemetery. 18 pages long! Learn about the symbols, markings, and meanings of the numerous flagholders placed next to graves by fraternal, masonic, insurance, military and other organizations. Lots of website references in this tour program, which is a reference source in itself!  $2.00.
2004 Riverside Cemetery Tour. By Frank Passic, Albion Historian. Entitled “An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery, Part 3,” this continues the theme of the 1996 and 1997 tours. This tour took place in Section 129 in the far southeast corner of the cemetery. This Section contains burials segregated by race, religion, and age. An emphasis is given upon the African-American community which settled in Albion and are interred here. Of special interest is the complete listing by-number and name of every burial in the so-called “Colored” and “Eastern Orthodox” sections here. Those with tombstones are printed with bold print, while those without stones with regular print, meaning you’ll be able to determine the burial location of a person whether or not they have a tombstone. This tour booklet is worth that listing alone! $2.00 plus $1.50 p & h.

2004 Riverside Cemetery Tour

The 2005 Cemetery Tour is at the top of this page because its the newest addition.


ALBION MALLEABLE IRON COMPANY "CIRCLE-A-TOR" monthly news magazine. Over 50 different issues from the 1950s and 1960s. Contains hundreds of photographs and information of the men and women who worked at this major Albion employer, including numerous immigrants and minorities. Excellent ethnic reference source. If you are looking for photographs or information about particular persons, please mention when ordering and we'll try and find them for you in these magazines. Please write first for availability of the number of issues and the months. $3.50 each plus $1.50 p & h.


"Around the World With Gwen Dew." By Frank Passic. This famous woman reporter and photographer was born and raised in Albion. Her story is featured in the March-April 1999 issue of Michigan History. This feature front-cover story is must reading for anyone from Albion. Call Michigan History at 1-800-366-3703 for ordering instructions, or write them at: 717 W. Allegan, Lansing, MI 48918.

"The Albion Bank Scandal." By Frank Passic. This incredible story about the 1912 failure of the Albion National Bank appeared in the January, 1998 issue of The Numismatist, published by the American Numismatic Association. Contains some great photographs of sheets of Albion banknotes in the Smithsonian Institute. Contact the ANA for a copy of this issue: or write them at: ANA, 818 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. 1-800-367-9723.

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