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Albion 100 Years Ago - December 1900

Morning Star, December 10, 2000, pg. 10

A reminder that the Historical Notebook is now on the internet at www.albionmich.com. Click on the Albion History Directory and then choose the Historical Notebook. You can choose from dozens of my past articles and read them along with viewing some spectacular photographs. Also, drop by the Albion Chamber of Commerce to look over my Albion history books and materials which would make great Christmas gifts this year to your friends and relatives.

We continue with our 100 years ago this month theme. Week prior to December 6, 1900: "Fred Erhardt, an eccentric old character about 75 years of age, who lives alone near Newburg Mills, was the victim of a dastardly deed by robbers Tuesday evening, being bound and tortured during an unsuccessful attempt to secure the savings which they believed him to have hidden about his home. They left after five hours, leaving him bound and it was not until last evening that he was discovered unconscious by Merton Holt, who is employed upon a neighboring farm.

Mr. Erhardt lived with Zeph Luce for some time prior to the latter’s death a few years ago, and is a familiar character about the streets, gaining a meager livelihood by keeping chickens and selling cracked nuts."

Week prior to December 20: "The remains of Moses Blakeley were brought to Albion Tuesday evening from Chicago for burial at Riverside. The deceased was 62 years of age and had been a resident of Albion at various periods for many years. His mother, Mrs. A. Blakeley, who lives on W. Cass St., and a brother, Charles Blakeley, survive him."

Week prior to December 27: "Several chickens were taken from Mrs. Frank Cooley’s one night last week. Strict investigations by the officers followed and met with such success that on Thursday evening Deputy Sheriff Graham was able to surprise a crowd of seven young fellows who were participating in a chicken feed. An unpleasant time for the parties ensued, but an adjustment was finally reached without arrests."

"There were 51 deaths in Calhoun County during the month of November as follows: Battle Creek city 22; Albion city 9; Marshall 2; Lee, 5; Bedford, Marengo, and Pennfield, 2 each; Athens, Clarence, Eckford, Emmett, Fredonia, Athens village, and Homer village 1 each."

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Frederick Erhardt (1827-1912) (courtesy of the Albion Public Library), who conducted an undertaking business here in Albion from 1854 to 1872. His wife Louisa (1830-1881) was a sister to the Zeph Luce mentioned in the article.

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Frederick Erhardt (1827-1912)

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