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Morning Star, August 31, 2008, pg. 13

We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” Week ending September 3, 1908. “Boston, August 28. Jim McGuire, who has been manager of the Boston Americans since June last year, was relieved today of his managership duties by the owner of the Boston team...McGuire has been actively identified with the game ever since 1884, drawing prominence as a catcher on the Toledo club that season, going to Detroit for a year, after which he played with Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, then back to Detroit.”

Week ending September 10, 1908: “Jesse Crowell Memorial Meeting. The meeting called for the purpose of starting a movement to do something in memory of one of Albion’s pioneer citizens, Jesse Crowell, was held in the W.C.T.U. building Tuesday afternoon. Mr. George W. Stone, of Lansing, was present and is an enthusiastic worker in this cause. By resolution, the newly formed society will ask the common council to re-name the park [Washington Park], calling it Crowell Park.”

“Albion’s popular backstop who has been used in that capacity by the big leagues for 22 years, has turned down a flattering offer from Cleveland to finish the season. McGuire considered the offer, but finally decided in favor of Duck Lake and has now gone to his cottage on the shores of that famous resort.”

Week ending September 17, 1908: “Smoke Cloud over City. A cloud of smoke settled over Albion Friday evening. Many thought it was fog while others passed on the story of a cranberry marsh burning near Springport. According to telegraph reports the huge cloud of smoke has swept down over the lower half of the state from the head of the lower peninsula where forest fires have been raging for many days.”

Week ending September 24, 1908. “Parma Bank Closes Doors. Thursday State Bank Inspector Ayers dropped into Parma and visited the Farmers and Merchant’s State Bank. He found something of interest and remained until today. This morning the doors of the bank were not opened and the state examiner is in charge. Mr. Charles Bullen is president and W. H. Burleston is cashier. It is not thought the suspension of business will be permanent.”

“Pickpockets Make Good Hauls. Pickpockets mingle with jam at ticket window at grandstand at county fair. Much Jewelry taken. One man is under arrest. [Losses:] Patrick McAuliffe, Albion, purse containing $5; Ben Wheat, Albion, $6 and jury check for 50¢; William B. Gildart, Albion, pocketbook containing small change; Mrs. Fred Sebastian, Albion, $7 and purse. John Hurley almost caught one thief with his hand within three inches of his pocketbook. He felt the hand going into his pocket and grabbed for the thief but the man slipped away in the crowd. This occurred in the crowd around the M.U.R. depot in Marshall.”

“A liquor case that has hung fire for the last two years was a last disposed of in the circuit court. John Callahan, who formerly conducted the Albion House, and who was arrested at that time on the charge of violating the liquor law, yesterday afternoon plead guilty and was fined $50 and $15 costs.”

“The middle pier of the new Superior St. bridge is being built, and a score of cement wheelers are employed on the job.” “WANTED: Women to pick beans. Start picking Thursday.” “FOR SALE: A single buggy harness nearly new. Inquire of W. F. Budlong, 514 N. Division St.” “BOARD AND ROOM. Home cooking. Inquire corner Cass and Clinton.”

“The death of William Anderson occurred at his home near Duck Lake Sunday evening. Mr. Anderson is well known in Albion and has a host of friends who will mourn his sudden death.”

“Several Russians were in Justice McCutcheon’s court Monday evening. One, Ed Kanovicz charged John and Paul Lesnevicz with assault with intent to do great bodily injury. Ed had a cut on his hand and claimed the two brothers stabbed him. An interpreter gathered this much for the judge. It was also learned that Ed was drunk and ran through a barbed wire fence and in the opinion of the judge, he might have received his injury in that manner. The case was dismissed after the brothers paid the costs.”


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