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Albion 100 Years Ago - February 1902

Morning Star, February 3, 2002, pg. 13

We continue with our theme of Albion, 100 years ago. Week ending February 6, 1902: “College Crumbs. Dr. Dickie was confined to his home by illness the first of the week, thus keeping him away from his usual duties for the first time in 32 years. “The High School Opera. The Indian Opera will be a success. Michigan is getting pretty well acquainted with the opera “Powhatan.” Seats for the opera are now on sale at Sheldon’s drug store and are in good demand for Friday night.”

February 13, 1902: “The measles are spreading quite rapidly in this city and about 131 cases are now reported. The cases are mostly among children, and some are having the disease a second time.” “The big bridge for the electric road in the west part of the city will be built at the shops of the American Bridge Co. of Pittsburg, PA, and shipped here in pieces. It will be constructed in three spans, which with the approaches, will make the bridge 900 feet long.” “In the bowling tournament which closed Saturday night at the Leisure Hour Club house, Willard R. Noyes won first place.” “March 19 has been decided upon as the date of the dedication of the new headquarters of the Hollingsworth Post, G.A.R.”

“General Beadle, head of the South Dakota Normal school has been visiting friends in this city.” “Mrs. Cecelia Sheldon of Detroit returned home Tuesday after a visit with her brother, H. H. Sheldon.” “ Anthony Farley of Arkansas City, Kansas, was called to this city last week by the death of his sister Mrs. Cornelia (Farley) Ball. He is a brother of Horace B. Farley of South Albion.” “Prof. McClellan of Hillsdale, who at one time was superintendent of schools in this city, was in the city Monday.”

February 22, 1902: “The Riverside Elgin Creamery began operations in dead earnest yesterday. Milk will soon be collected on several different routes on which milk cans have already been distributed.” “James Watts, who worked for Mr. Chapple near Bath Mills, was killed Saturday by a load of logs rolling on him.” “For Sale. House nearly new for $1,100 also another at 803 N. Ionia St. for $450. Enquire at 909 N. Superior St.”

“Mrs. Rosanna DeReamer, formerly of South Albion, died in Jonesville Friday. The remains were brought to this city Monday afternoon and laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.” “There are a few cases of mumps in this city and several cases of chicken-pox, but the number of cases of measles does not seem to be increasing as rapidly as it did a few days ago.” “Railroad Jack was in this city a short time Monday. He visited the college and sold several copies of his paper giving the history of his life. He has discarded his blue jeans and dresses in good clothes now. He also rides on the inside of cars instead of on the outside as he used to do. He returned to Kalamazoo Monday afternoon.”

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