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Albion 100 Years Ago - May-June 1900

Morning Star, June 4, 2000, pg. 10

We continue with our theme of 100 years ago. Week prior to May 17, 1900. "Rural free delivery will commence June 1 from Springport. The area covered is 35 square miles, and the service will accommodate a population of 675 persons." "The three Harris brothers arrested some weeks ago on charge of burglarizing the White school district house north of this city were discharged this week and one of them re-arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property." "Clyde Juckett, age 15 was sent by Justice Smith Thursday to the state industrial school at Lansing until he becomes 18, because of the truancy and disorderly habits. The complaint was entered by his father." "Indications point to an early commencement of the ironing and equipment of the Columbus, Marshall & Northeastern railroad, the grading of which between Marshall and Olivet was completed last fall."

Week prior to May 24. "The city clerk has found it necessary to order purchased 150 more dog tags for the use of the dog warden in addition to the 100 previously ordered." "William M. Loder is building a two-story cottage at Spectacle Lake for his own use." "The ordination of Frank J. Osborn, a graduate of Albion High School, class of 1889 took place at Onondaga May 15. The council of the Jackson Baptist Association was called to order at 11:30 a.m. Sixteen churches being represented by 38 delegates present." "Work on the trenches for the new Perkins block was commenced yesterday morning. [Note: 100-102 S. Superior St.]."

Week prior to June 19: "Notice is hereby given that the city clerk of Albion Michigan will receive sealed bids for the construction of cement sidewalks...in accordance with specifications contained in an ordinance of the city of Albion...prohibiting the construction of other than cement or brick sidewalks."

Week prior to June 28. "An automobile, one of the first to pass through Albion, was in the city Tuesday morning." "Among the deeds recorded in the register of deeds office Tuesday was one from the Central Telephone Co. to the Michigan Telephone Company. It covers all the property of the former company in this county. This gives the Bell people full control of all the phones in this county."

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