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Morning Star, November 26, 2006, pg. 3

How about giving my latest book, “Growing Up in Albion” as a Christmas gift this year? It is filled with memorable photographs of Albion people, places and events that you can discuss together as you read through its pages. Copies are available at the Albion Chamber of Commerce, or from yours truly.

We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” Week ending December 6, 1906: “Nicholas Plough one of Albion’s pioneers, died Sunday, December 2 in Detroit at the age of 74. His remains were brought here Tuesday morning for burial. He was for many years one of the prominent men of Albion, a member of the council, a leader of the Democratic party, and one of the organizers of the ‘Alert:’ a volunteer organization which disbanded when Albion became large enough to own a steamer.”

“Evangelist David E. Reed of Albion is coming to our town to conduct a series of revival meetings. Mr. Reed is known as the ‘Sunshine Man’ because of his happy spirit.--The Concord Independent.” “Miss Milda Pittelkow returned from Marshall Friday, where she attended the wedding of her cousin, Miss Rose Reichow to Mr. Richard DeKay of Lansing, Thursday.”

“McDonald Model Laundry closed its doors Tuesday. Saturday Mr. McDonald sold the business to Mrs. Baum and she sold to Carty and Abbott. This last sale, however, fell through sometime between Saturday and Monday and the business was hampered somewhat by the removal of the plumbing fixtures. It is not known just what disposition will be made of this new laundry business.”

Week ending December 13: “Because of the Canadian tariff imposed on spring goods, the National Spring and Wire Works of this city has decided to open a factory in Canada. Messrs. Otis Leonard and Elmer Jacobs are superintending the installing of the branch factory in St. Catherine, Canada.”

Week ending December 20: “Tuesday night a council meeting it was decided that all slot machines must go. This order did not include the gum and weighing machines, but all slot machines of a gambling nature.”

“Another Strike is Declared. Following the instruction of their union, the steel men, who are employed by the Forest City and Cleveland Construction Company, on the erection of the large new building at the Malleable Iron Works, quit their jobs Wednesday. The trouble is over the refusal of the contractors to work four men on each riveting machine. They want to use only three and the union men declare this is prohibited.”

“Death of Mrs. Arthur Dew. After a sickness of several months, Mrs. Jettie E. Dew died Wednesday morning at 6:30 o’clock. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson. [NOTE: Jettie was the mother of the famous reporter-writer-photographer Gwen Dew].”

Mr. Ernest Boldt, who has the reputation of breeding the best game chickens in southern Michigan, sent to fine pit cocks to Traverse City Monday. Mr. Boldt sends eggs and chickens all over the United States.”

As Mr. Cuatt was leading a Christmas beef to market Saturday, it became frightened at some children on E. Cass St. and in trying to break away, injured itself and it became necessary to kill it. The Howard Meat company wagons took the beef away and the report was circulated that the beef would be sold in Albion. This is not true, however, as Mr. Cuatt shipped the beef out of the city. Local butchers say that the beef was better than any in the markets at present but that it was killed in the road causes talk.”

Week ending December 27: “Moulder’s Strike is Settled. The trouble at the Malleable iron company was adjusted Saturday in a satisfactory way to both the company and employees. By the settlement the management agree to put no more Italians at molding, retaining those who are there at present. The company reserves the right when these leave to replace them with men of any nationality other than Italians on molding machines or molding. The men will be returned to work Wednesday morning.”


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