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Morning Star, October 1, 2006, pg. 9

Here’s another identification to add to my book, “Growing Up in Albion.” On page 32, the top photo features a line-up of members of the Albion Junior Chamber of Commerce standing behind a table. The second person has been identified as Darrell Pollard, who taught history and political science at Albion College.

The death of football Hall-of-Fame coach Frank “Muddy” Waters (1923-2006) on September 20 reminds us of his one year as Albion High School’s football coach. Frank came here from Walled Lake along with Walter Krueger for the 1952-53 school year. Muddy stayed only one season before moving on to coach at Hillsdale College. He is pictured on page 127 in my book “A History of the Albion Public Schools.”

I hope you are making plans to attend my annual guided tour of Riverside Cemetery on Sunday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. This is always an enjoyable family event for all who come, and there are descendants driving in from some distances to honor their ancestors. We’ll look forward to meeting them and hearing what they have to say about their relative when we come to the gravesite. The tour will begin from the Cemetery office. Extra copies of the tour programs will be available at the Albion Chamber of Commerce beginning the day after the tour.

The section along M-99 on the large hill overlooking the Kalamazoo River contains the remains of many of Albion’s Civil War veterans. One of those veterans, Hiram Herrick (1843-1927) is interred here. Hiram served in Company K of the 40th New York Infantry, and was involved in the Battles of: Bull Run, Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Chantilly, and St. Petersburg.

Hiram was captured at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May, 1863, and was held as a prisoner in the Confederate Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. This former tobacco factory housed several thousand Union soldier prisoners. He was released as part of a prisoner exchange after four months time.

Following the War, Hiram came to Albion where he worked as a mason during the time when the building trade was booming here. His sons Frank and Fred, likewise were in the building trade. Hiram lived at 913 S. Superior St. with his wife, Sarah (1841-1905) until her death. Following the death of his wife, Hiram lived with his son Frank at 517 Mechanic St. Hiram was active in the local E.W. Hollingsworth (another person we will be featuring) Post No. 210 of the Grand Army of the Republic, and held various offices in that once-prominent organization here. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Hiram Herrick, one of those whom we will be featuring at my Riverside Cemetery Tour on Sunday, October 8.

Hiram Herrick (1843-1927)


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