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Morning Star, June 7, 2009, pg. 16

We continue with our theme of “Albion--100 Years Ago.” Week ending June 3, 1909: “Homer Doctor Not Guilty. After being out less than half an hour this afternoon, the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty in the case of Dr. John Kiblinger of Homer. Kibling was charged with setting fire to the building in Homer occupied by his wife’s millinery store in order to get the insurance. The fire occurred in February, 1909.”

Week ending June 10, 1909: “Lee Jue, the genial Chinaman who purchased the hand laundry of Lee Joy some months ago, is improving from a wound in his arm and will soon be able to resume work. In the meantime he has engaged a fellow countryman who is doing the heavy work. Lee Jue keeps his accounts on a bead rack and talks pigeon English, but he is there with the polish on the “melican” man’s shirts.”

Week ending June 17, 1909: “The new city directories are out and Mr. Bert Spafford, who compiled them, is busy distributing them. The population is placed at 5,999, and it seems a shame that the extra one could not have been found. Mr. Spafford will have a number of copies for sale.”

“Mr. and Mrs. Roy Robertson, who live in the Panama Canal zone, where Mr. Robertson is an engineer on the big government work, are visiting with relatives here. There will be a family reunion and a picnic dinner at Spectacle Lake today for the Robertson clan. Clarence Robertson, a brother, who has been in China for seven years, will also be present.

Week ending June 24, 1909: “Suit has been filed in the circuit court by Olive Starks of Duck Lake, verses the First National Bank of Albion and an injunction has been issued by Judge North to prohibit the defendants from foreclosing a mortgage.”

“Mrs. George [Bessie Redfield] V. Dearing left Monday for Kalamazoo to attend the 26th annual convention of the Woman’s Relief Corps. Mrs. Dearing is a member of the state executive board and president of Edward Pomeroy Relief Corps at Jackson.”

“Prof. Floyd Langworthy, who has been teaching at Burr Oak for several years, has secured a position as science teacher in Albion High School.”


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