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Morning Star, April 6, 2008, pg. 9
We note the passing of one of Albion’s accomplished musicians, Vera Reed on March 24 at the age of 108. She taught piano for 81 years, from 1920 to 2001! Yours truly was one of her piano students in the 1960s for a year or two after my original teacher, Miss Nema Phipps suffered a stroke. Vera was an inspiration to us all and even in her elderly years continued to serve the Albion community in a number of ways. A memorial for Vera is posted on the www.findagrave.com website, where you may leave “virtual flowers” and notes. She is interred in Wisconsin.
We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” Week ending April 2, 1908. “Obituary. Harriet Finch [died March 29,1908] was born April 1, 1822 in Monroe Co, NY and came to Michigan with her parents in 1834. They came directly to Albion, at that time called “The Forks.” Her father built the first house west of the River, a log house at what is now the corner of Center and Clinton Sts. In 1838 she married Alonzo H. Colby, and to them 4 children were born. After the death of Mr. Colby she married Charles Diffenbaugh in 1856.”
“At 5 o’clock this afternoon at the Priestly home in North Adams, Miss Kate J. Priestly was united in marriage to Frank J. Graves.”
Week ending April 9, 1908: “Digging for gold in Albion and especially in the heart of Superior St. is indeed an unusual thing. But this was the case Saturday when a workman examined all of the dirt and wreckage in the ruins of Church’s jewelry store in the River in quest of lost articles. A large crowd gathered on the bridge to watch the project, and a comparatively large pile of rings and trinkets were unearthed in a few hours time.”
“Sheriff Graham states that he deems it necessary to put a check on the abuse of the privilege of visiting prisoners at the county jail. He says that relatives of many of the prisoners visit them so often and bring them so many delicacies that their prison term is little less than a happy holiday. The law provides that no prisoner shall see his relatives unless he is sick or on matters of important business and then in the presence of an officer.”
Week ending April 16, 1908: “Albion Saloon Man Arrested. Darwin C. Smith, Landlord of Commercial Hotel in Trouble Again. A warrant charging the sale of intoxicating liquor was served on Landlord Smith of the Commercial Hotel Friday.”
Week ending April 23, 1908: “Eckford. James Failing of Flint, has been visiting his comrade Mr. Joseph Ruff and family in the past week. They were together in the same company and regiment as commissioned officers and served over four years in the Civil War. Lieut. Failing was a prisoner taken at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862 and was held nearly a year. Mr. Failing and Mr. Ruff spent Saturday in Devereaux where they visited with Mr. George Weldon who was in the same company.”
Week ending April 30, 1908: “The firm of Franklin & Davis has ceased to be and Mr. Ben Franklin again retires from the grocery business. Mr. Meno H. Davis will continue in the business under the firm named of Davis & Metz. The name Davis is one which is kindly remembered in the grocery life of Albion by many as Nathan Davis conducted this same store for years. The new partner in the firm is Edward Metz.”
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