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Albion 100 Years Ago - OCTOBER 1904

Morning Star, October 10, 2004 pg. 23

A big thanks to everyone who attended my Riverside Cemetery tour on October 3. It was a great success and it was wonderful hearing from many descendants talk about their ancestors. Copies of the tour program and also those of previous years are now available from yours truly, or at the Albion Chamber of Commerce. Be sure and obtain your copy for your own library. Some good news: My 2002 book “Albion in the 20th Century” which had been sold out, has just been reprinted by Arcadia Press! Copies are now again available from yours truly or at the Chamber. Be thinking about giving one of these as a Christmas gift this year.

We continue with our theme of “Albion-100 Years Ago.” Week ending October 6, 1904: “The first Republican Rally will be held next Tuesday night at 8 o’clock in the Opera House. The Honorable Washington Gardner, candidate for Congressman from the 3rd District, will address the meeting.”

“The regular meeting of the school board was held at the office of the Commercial bank last evening. The report of the Superintendent showed the schools to be badly overcrowded. At the opening, eight school rooms had more children than seats. Adjustment has made it necessary to send children long distances from their homes, in some instances right past one building to another half a mile away. The daily attendance for September was 43 more than for the same month last year.”

“The Albion College football team encountered the freshmen team from the U of M. Saturday on the Winter-Lau athletic field, and although the score 0 to 0 shows very little, the game was very satisfactory to Albion rooters. Albion’s defense was a surprise, Michigan being quickly held for downs almost every time she obtained possession of the ball.” “Aaron T. Bliss, popularly known among his friends as ‘Gov,” was elected captain of the football team to fill the place vacated by Lloyd Knickerbocker.”

October 13, 1904: “Last evening at the home of Mr. Charles Blakeley on Clinton St., occurred the marriage of his niece, Miss Carrie Lambert, to Mr. Willis Miller of Kalamazoo. Mrs. Miller is very well known and exceedingly well liked in Albion, where she has made her home with her uncle for a number of years.”

“Milton Evans of Albion, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Gibbs Thursday on a writ issued by Judge Lane. Evans is charged with neglecting his children, and taking them into saloons and houses of ill repute. The mother of the children died two months ago and since her death they have not received much care. The children will be given to a relative or taken to the state school in Coldwater.”

“The death last week of A. B. Cornell, ex-governor of New York, awakened remembrances among some of Albion’s oldest citizens. Mr. Cornell was a son of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell College. Ezra Cornell was president of the old Erie & Michigan telegraph company, established in 1846 and made his headquarters here in Albion. His father and mother are buried in the Wood lot in Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Orson B. Wood, who is a cousin of Ezra Cornell, has the original stock subscription book of the Company, with the signatures of the subscribers of stock. Such names as S. B. Morse, the Morse code man, and Amos Kendall, the famous lawyer, are attached.”

October 20, 1904: “A Successful Albion Man. Afton A. Dibble, who started in the clothing business in Albion six years ago, moved yesterday into his new store room, two doors south of the store he has occupied for five years.”

October 27, 1904: “City Treasury in Good Shape. Albion in Best Condition it Has Enjoyed for Many Years. Never before has the city been in such good financial condition. Too much praise cannot be given the present administration for the manner in which they have conducted the city’s business.”

“Married 63 Years. Mr. and Mrs. Marcus H. Crane Celebrate their 63rd anniversary of their wedding today. Mrs. Crane, who 63 years ago was Miss Julia Peabody, came to Albion with her family when she was 10 years old, 73 years ago. Their first house was built of logs, thatched with marsh grass, and had a blanket for a door. It stood where Dr. Marsh’s residence on E. Erie St. now stands. Mr. Crane is a staunch Republican, being one of the band of voters who met ‘Under the Oaks’ 50 years ago.”


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