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Morning Star, June 4, 2006, pg. 18

We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” Week ending June 7, 1906: “Modern Woodmen Must Pay Up. The case of the Modern Woodmen of American verses Melvin Day and Mabel Day of Albion has been settled. Melvin Day or solicitor gets $100, the court cost is to be paid, and D.C. Salisbury is allowed at $25 solicitor’s fee for the plaintiff, and the balance of $1,000 goes to Mabel Day.”

Week ending June 14, 1906: “An injunction was served on the school board Saturday, restraining them from proceeding with the contract let to a Kalamazoo contractor for the building of an addition on the central school building. Since the election by which the voters of this school district decided to have built an addition to the central building, there has been considerable discussion as to the wisdom of expending the money in remodeling the old building.”

Week ending June 21, 1906: “Monday afternoon little Miss Gwendolyn Dew celebrated her 3rd birthday with the assistance of 30 of her little friends. The invitations read ‘in the shade of the old apple tree’ and sure enough the picnic dinner was spread under the apple trees at Gwendolyn’s home.

Week ending June 28, 1906: “The cannon and shells secured by Congressman Washington Gardner for C. Colegove Post, G.A.R. [Note: in Marshall] arrived today from Waterveliet, NY. It is now up to the GAR to have the cannon mounted. It will be placed in the park near the GAR Memorial hall.

“Sunday afternoon, some of the Russians who live in the Malleable addition, lost control of their fists and a free-for-all ensued. “Mike” Beliska and Vodo Denski with by an interpreter, appeared Monday before Justice McCutcheon and were given small fines. Too much ‘red eye’ was the cause.”

“Ernest Kusrow, a moulder at the Malleable Iron works, was the victim of a bad accident Monday. He was carrying a ladle of hot metal and when walking behind a man at the furnace, the ladle was struck by a poker, tipping the metal onto his leg. His left leg and foot was badly burned and he will be laid up for repairs for several weeks.”

Our theme this month is “Summer Fun.” Next week: Dutchtown. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the opening of Dutchtown for the 1954 season (June).

The opening of Dutchtown for the 1954 season

Next: DUTCHTOWN, Part 2

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