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Albion 100 Years Ago - OCTOBER 1902

Morning Star, September 29, 2002, pg. 2

I hope to see everyone at my guided tour of Riverside Cemetery this coming Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m. The theme will be “The Other Pioneers of Albion,” and the two-hour tour will begin at the Cemetery office. Extra tour programs will be available beginning the day after the tour at the Albion Chamber of Commerce, 416 S. Superior St.

We continue with our theme of “Albion 100 Years Ago.” Week ending October 9, 1902: “Last Sunday in a downpour of rain, half a hundred or more Italian laborers effected a connection at this station of the tracks running west to Marshall and east to Jackson on the Michigan Central. The trains east and west will have separate tracks and the long waits at stations will be avoided.” “Mr. and Mrs. Homer Pennell and son Henry left Wednesday for Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they will make their home in the future. Their many friends in this city will regret that they have gone from their midst, but will wish them success in their new home.”

October 16, 1902: “Charles Shuppel of Cleveland, Ohio who is in the employ of the MCRR at Marengo, has a most unique anatomy. His heart is on the right side instead of the left. His liver is on the left instead of the right, and spleen on the right instead of the left. His stomach runs from right to left instead of from left to right. He has appeared before the classes of a number of medical institutions and will visit the sanitarium at Battle Creek this month. Mr. Shuppel is a pleasant and genial gentleman and bears every indication that his health is on the right side.” “The cider mill in Albion will run every day until further notice--Silas Pardee.”

October 23, 1902: “Street rumor has it that the Electric Light company, or Mr. Foote, or the Electric Railway company, or somebody, has purchased the brick mill, including all the water power of the stone mill.”

October 30, 1902: “The big bridge for the electric [note: Interurban railway] is now so nearly completed that it can be seen as it will appear when finished. It will, however, take about three weeks yet to do the riveting and painting of the steel work. It is an imposing structure, spanning the Kalamazoo River, Michigan St., the tracks of two railroads and considerable intervening distance. The total length of the bridge is about 700 feet. At its greatest elevation it is 35 feet high. The aggregate weight of the steel used is 154 tons. The longest span is 135 feet. From the railroad tracks to the top of the bridge is 24 feet. The structure was built and erected by the American Steel and Bridge Company, the gang of about a dozen skilled bridge builders having come here from Sault St. Marie, where for two years they have been employed in building bridges over the new Sault water-power canal just opened.” From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the massive Interurban bridge that was erected 100 years ago this month. Note: It was demolished in 1941.

Interurban Railway Bridge

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