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Morning Star, June 5, 2005, pg. 10

We continue with our theme of Albion--100 Years Ago. June 1, 1905. “Tragedy at Duck Lake. At a barn raising on the Heisler farm near Duck Lake this morning, two men were killed and several others badly injured. The killed were William Roudenbrook and Gotleib Boldt, better known as “John” Boldt. William Goot, age 17 has his skull fractured and was also injured so severely that there is little hope of his recovery, and Frank Heisler had his leg broken in three places. The accident came about by the collapsing of the heavy frame work of a large barn which Frank Heisler, assisted by his neighbors, was erecting. Gotleib Boldt is an uncle of the Boldt brothers of Albion.”

“A Shocking Affair. Tuesday evening Fred Vosburg went to his home on W. Cass St. and being in angry mood started in to beat his wife. This procedure is not an uncommon occurrence, according to reports. The only son was present and he took his mother’s part against the father. He got a revolver and shot once at his infuriated father. The boy is only fourteen years old and he says he only shot to frighten his father. The neighbors interfered and Fred Vosburg was arrested and this morning fined $5 and costs.”

“The marriage of Warren S. Kessler to Mrs. Fannie K. Thomson, of Elkhart, Indiana occurred in Elkhart, Monday afternoon.” “A writ of attachment has been filed in the circuit court against A.A. McConnell of Homer, proprietor of the large department store recently opened in the new opera house block. Mr. and Mrs. McConnell have neither of them been seen since Saturday and the store is in the hands of the sheriff. Mr. McConnell’s liabilities are supposed to be quite heavy.”

June 8, 1905: “William Green of Albion pleaded guilty to violating the liquor law by keeping his saloon open on Labor Day, September 5, 1904. “The case of the City of Albion vs. Frank Nowlin, a well known horse man, charged with running a disorderly place on the fair grounds in Albion was finished this morning and the defendant found guilty.”

June 22, 1905: “Albert Porr, a tiner who has been working in Kalamazoo, returned home Friday and has developed a case of the smallpox. The case can be traced to Grand Rapids, as Porr’s landlady in Kalamazoo was exposed in Grand Rapids and she and her baby were taken sick.” “The salary of Postmaster W.H. Arthur of Marshall has been reduced from $3,400 to $3,200 per year to take effect July 1st.”

June 29, 1905. “Dalrymple Resigns. The following resignation was received this morning by president Schneider, of the School Board: ‘To the honorable board of education of the public schools of Albion: I hereby tender my resignation as a member of said board to take effect at once. Thanking the public for the confidence reposed in me during my service on said board continuously since 1866. Signed, Charles W. Dalrymple, Albion, Michigan, June 28, 1905.”

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Charles W. Dalrymple, the longest serving Albion school board member (39 consecutive years), who also served as Mayor of Albion in 1900. Dalrymple School, which operated from January, 1918 to June, 1982, and Dalrymple Street were named after this prominent Albion citizen.

Charles W. Dalrymple


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