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Morning Star, November 30, 2008, Pg. 9

The U.S. Census Bureau is now gearing up for the big decennial count of the nation in 2010. There will be lots of temporary Census jobs available for the preliminary operations in 2009. If you are interested, call (866) 861-2010, or the recruiting department in Detroit at (313) 263-4515 for further information. What will Albion’s population be in 2010? We were 9,144 persons in 2000 (that figure includes the Albion College students who lived here).

We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” We begin our column with some marriage announcements. From December 17, 1908 comes this memorable wedding announcement: “John Klimkiewicz and Miss Ludwika Romanowski of Albion who were married last Saturday [December 5] by justice Hayes in Marshall may be married again. Both are Catholics and it is against the rules of the church to be married in advent or lent. Advent began Nov 30 and expires with Christmas. The couple could not wait till Christmas and consequently had the knot tied. Another wedding may occur after Christmas. Mr. Hayes did not know they were Catholic until after he had married them. They are legally married as far as the state is concerned. The church however recognizes no marriages not performed by the priest.”

Week ending December 3, 1908: Marriages. “At high noon Thursday, Miss Lucy Reid Gardner, daughter of Congressman Washington Gardner was married to Mr. Charles Kerr of Chicago.” “The Marriage of Miss Anna Kregar to Mr. Richard Hahn, was solemnized in Marshall Wednesday [Nov 24, 1908] afternoon. The groom is associated with his brother in the shoe business.” “The home of Mr. and Mrs. Monford B. Murray on Irwin Ave was the scene of a pretty wedding Wednesday evening when their daughter Ethel M. was united in marriage to Mr. Floyd Dean of this city.”

December 3, 1908: “Russians Get Into the Game. This afternoon a complaint was made signed by Deputy Sheriff Mallory, against Helen Karpuk and Antone Rycombel charging them with selling the stuff that cheers to their fellow countrymen at the Malleable Iron Works. Helen and Antone have neglected to take out a license from either Uncle Sam or the State of Michigan. To the simple Russian mind it is doubtless puzzling to know just what to do when they want to engage in the retail liquor business. They hear that the temperance people claim it is a crime to sell liquor with a license and now they are to learn that the state thinks it is a crime to sell without a license.”

“A straw vote taken on the Superior St. bridge reveals the fact that the round cement pillars for the Parker building have the approval of nearly every passerby. It is argued that being round no rubbish or ice cakes can find lodgment, in case of high water.”

December 10, 1908: “The Coliseum Roller Rink. This is the name of the big roller rink to be opened here December 12th. The Hurley brick block is a busy place just now. The management has ordered a fine Wurlitzer orchestra which will furnish some of the best of instrumental music. The skates used will be the famous Richardson ball bearing, and everything that can be done to bring the rink up to the highest mark of perfection will be done.”

December 17, 1908. “Springport State Bank Closed.” Cashier Foglesang Has Been Missing Since Monday. Thursday was an exciting day in the village of Springport and rumors that the State Banking commissioner Zimmerman expected to close the doors of the Springport State Bank were rifle. These rumors were verified when a notice was posted on the door of the new bank building at 5 o’clock in the afternoon and the doors were not opened for business this morning. Mr. Henry Foglesang, the cashier, has not been seen since Monday, when he left the city and his whereabouts are not known. His wife and mother who reside in the village do not know. UPDATE: Henry P. Foglesang, the former cashier of the Springport State Bank, for whose arrest Sheriff Bean of Jackson Co. offered a reward of $400, was arrested Monday at 7 o’clock on his arrival in Jackson from Toledo. He declared that every dollar missing from the Springport Bank had gone to finance hay dealer Charles Young’s deals, and that he (Foglesang) had been sweating blood for more than two years trying to make good Young’s overdrafts.”


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