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Morning Star, October 26, 2008, pg. 8

We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” Week ending November 5, 1908: “Frank J. Day, who is in the employ of the Wilder Lumber Company, surprised his friends and family, by slipping off to Jackson last Saturday, having secured a leave of absence from his employers, and taking with him, Miss Ethyl Lehman, of Grand Haven, a student in the College Conservatory here. They were married Saturday afternoon.”

“Large registration in Albion. 1,428 voters registered in this city Friday and Saturday. The largest registrations in the history of the city was the result of the two days’ work of the various boards.”

“Donald Bullen walked backwards into the hole in front of the National Bank Monday and received a severe blow to the head. The spring water in this hole in the walk is appreciated by many but the hole is dangerous nevertheless.”

“Paul Greenman, an employee at the Gale factory, was injured Friday morning by a flying section of an emory wheel.”

Week ending November 12, 1908: “There was great excitement on S. Ionia St. Monday evening. A beautiful little black animal with a white strip down its back and a bushy tail, was the cause. This species of the American musteline carnivores happened to be one of the genus Mephites and besides all this he happened to be in the cellar of Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth Tibbets home.”

Week ending November 19, 1908: “Mr. Romondo Davis informs us that the sale of the Bath Mills property was made by him, he having purchased the mill and the surrounding property of Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGuire. Mr. Davis retrained the house and the two acre lot across the road from the mill, and also 10 acres and the store room and barn at the mill. The main mill building went to Mr. Carl Harton and the flowage rights were purchased by the farmers owning land which was overflowed by the back water.”

“Seven farmers who own land adjacent to the Bath Mills back water, have bought the property, and will tear down the dam. They are: Walter Ray, Charles Schultz, J. A. Richards, L. W. Humphreys, Henry Bain, Ab. West, and Percy Chapel.”

“Emil Haeske is on the night police force in officer Riker’s place. Mr. Riker is on the crippled list with a sprained ankle.”

“United States mints are coining new $5 gold pieces with the design and inscription indented instead of raised on the surface. It is not said they will be any easier to get than the old ones.”


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