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Albion 100 Years Ago - SEPTEMBER 1902

Morning Star, September 1, 2002, pg. 19

We continue with our theme of Albion 100 years ago. Week ending September 4, 1902: “Owing to the very high price of provisions, several of the college boarding clubs have decided that it will not be wise to charge less than $2.50 per week right at the beginning of the term. They are certain that it would soon be necessary to raise to that price, and it will be easier to start in at that figure than to advance the price a little later, after the students had paid the lower price for a time.”

“Some Coldwater boys had a lot of fun one day last week blowing paper wads at passers by but they made a bad mistake in one case. One wad struck a woman in the face and she immediately gave chase to the boy that blew it. When she caught him she sat right down on the sidewalk, took the youngster over her knee and gave him just what he needed then and there.”

“It has long been a mystery to the uninformed what disposition was to be made of that big pile of telegraph or telephone poles on Monroe Street near the old college bell house. For several days men and teams have been hauling them to different points beyond the city where they are to be used in the construction of a through long distance telephone from Detroit to Kalamazoo.”

September 11, 1902: “A gang of 60 laborers were at work Tuesday morning over that portion of the Michigan Central track which lays just west of Superior St. The main track was moved to the south so as to connect with the new track that has been laid in front of the depot. The object in the change is to take out some of the curve at that point. A similar change will be made near the Erie St. crossing.” “A new barber shop has been opened in the room at the rear of the new Hurley block on the north side, facing the Michigan Central tracks. It was until recently used as an office of W. E. Tench & Co., contractors on the Michigan Central double track.”

September 25, 1902: “A farmer living near Concord reports having seen a meteor pass across the sky a few mornings ago at about 5 o’clock. It left a streak of light in its path, which lasted 12 minutes and gradually disappeared as if it had burned out like a skyrocket.” “Dorothy Dew, the little two and one half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dew, died at 4 o’clock Sunday morning after a very severe ten days’ illness. The final illness was cholera infantum in its most violent form.” “The second track of the Michigan Central was laid across Superior St. Monday. This track is now nearly completed through Albion.”

“As is his custom at the beginning of the college year, President Dickie took about three-fourths of the first recitation hour after chapel services Wednesday morning, to give the students some fatherly advice and some official warning concerning their conduct while students at Albion College.”

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