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Albion 100 Years Ago - January 1900

Happy New Year!

Morning Star, January 2, 2000, pg. 6

This was the big week we all were waiting for as we entered into a new millennium. "19" now becomes "20" in our checkbooks, and on a whole host of other documents. In this column during the past several months weíve been featuring "Albion 100 Years Ago" leading up to this big event.

In Albion 100 years ago, how did we begin the new century? That answer is found in the Saturday, January 6, 1900 issue of the Albion Leader newspaper, edited by William H. Green. No mention is made anywhere of the "new century" as New Yearís was not celebrated as it is today. Here are some excerpts from some of the articles:

The big frame building on Clinton Street owned by J. C. Rousseau and occupied by the Manning Harness Company burned early Saturday evening. The fire is supposed to have caught from the stove on the 2nd floor...The Manning Harness Co. gave employment to about 40 hands. The wholesale department of the business was established in 1888 by the Rousseau Harness Co. whom the Manning people succeeded in February 1895."

Public Market Goes. Offer of Wilder & Son is accepted. Electric light matter still holds fire. Superior St. bridge discussed, taxpayers protest. At the regular meeting of the city council Tuesday evening, after the usual routine business had been disposed of, the matter of a public market, as embodied in the proposition of Samuel A. Wilder & Son again came up." [NOTE: This is the Farmerís Market which will be 100 years old this year]

Looking for his Wife. A citizen of Homer arrived in this city (Battle Creek) last evening and enlisted the services of the police in endeavoring to locate his wife, who so he said, had departed his home with another man and he had the best of reason for believing that she was with the fellow in Battle Creek, hiding in some part of the suburbs. The officers very willingly lent their assistance to the Homerite, but although they worked for a number of hours with him, they were unable to locate the pair. The husband stated that yesterday morning, his wife left Homer for Albion, and was accompanied by a notorious gambler of the former place. He gave chase and tracked them to Albion but they had left that burg and were supposed to be on their way to Battle Creek. However he was obliged to return home empty-handed as he had not found the least clue to his wifeís whereabouts nor to her unlawful consortís."

Mr. John L. Boyd and Miss Cora Geiger were married Wednesday at noon, at the home of the groomís father, William Boyd, on Maple Street, Rev. W. T. Jaquess officiating. Large number of relatives were in attendance, among whom were many relatives of the bride from Elkhart, Indiana. Miss Geiger has been the teacher of the Boyd School five miles north of the city for a number of years."

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