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Albion 100 Years Ago - MARCH 1909

Morning Star, March 1, 2009, pg. 16

I’m looking for a photograph of the Star Bakery at 620 Austin Avenue, which was operated in the 1920s by Greek immigrant Trayan Branoff. In the late 1930s it was known as the Vienna Bakery and was operated by Joseph Giluk before closing around 1938. It was situated just west/left of the Russian Baptist Church (the church building later became Union Cleaners). Years after being demolished, “Gambles Finer Foods” restaurant was erected on the former bakery property in the 1960s. Does anyone have a photo of the Star Bakery?

We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” Week ending March 4, 1909: “Half a Century in Insane Asylum. Emily Pierce of Marengo Oldest Patient at Kalamazoo is Dead. Emily Pierce, who was sent to the Kalamazoo insane asylum from Marengo Township in July 1856 the year in which that institution was opened, and had the distinction of being the oldest person in the asylum both in point of years and length of time she had been confined there, died Saturday afternoon. She was unable to preserve a continuity of thought, after her mind became deranged. Religious excitement is said to have unbalanced her. The remains were taken to Chelsea, her girlhood home, for burial. Miss Pierce was the daughter of Nathan Pierce, one of the pioneers of Marengo who came from New York State with his family in the early ‘30s and acquired 1200 acres of the finest land in Calhoun Co.”

Week ending March 18, 1909: “Mr. Frank Neitzka, who has worked several years for the Gale works, recently purchased the Jeffry’s farm north of Marengo village and has just moved in.”

“Floyd Loder has contracted with Owosso Sugar Beet Co. to grow ten acres of sugar beets at $5 per ton, flat, at Albion.”

“The case of the people vs. Fred Bertwaldt, of Clarence, charged with using profane language in the presence of women and children upon complaint of Mrs. Eli Hudlemeyer last fall, was dismissed in Justice C. J. Lane’s court in Marshall.”

Week ending March 25, 1909: “Springport Bank Will Be Reopened. The doors of the Springport State Bank will be thrown open again next week and business will be resumed with all the energy that characterized the institution up to the time it was closed at the order of the state bank examiner. “Mr. Fogelsang, his relatives and the stockholders have deposited enough money to make good for the shortage and more besides,” said Attorney Miner, counsel for Fogelsang.”


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