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Morning Star, September 6, 2009, pg. 9

Yours truly will have his Albion History booth in front of Citizens Bank at the Festival of the Forks on Saturday, September 19. Be sure and drop by and see me. I’ll have copies of my latest book, “Albion in Review” to sign, as well as some of my previous works and a variety of items.

I really like the Festival theme this year of Albion music. Albion has had some great musicians in its history, some who have even played professionally. Back in 1999 my Riverside Cemetery tour was entitled “A Musicians Tour of Riverside Cemetery.” I featured several persons who either sold, wrote, played, taught, or sang music locally. I guess we here in Albion have a lot to sing about. Of course Albion’s “claims to fame” are “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi,” and “The Old Rugged Cross,” both composed locally.

My favorite, however, is the 1912 ditty composed by Albion High School student Wesley Irma Dorris. Irma, as he was known, was the son of Methodist minister J.C. Dorris. Irma’s song was entitled, “Hang Your Hat in Albion.” The chorus goes like this: “Hang your hat in Albion, Albion, ‘Just right.’ It’s a happy little college town, growth and business all around. Population on the bound. That’s the place to build your nest. So get in line with all the rest, and hang your hat in Albion.”

From our Historical Notebook this week we present the cover of “Hang Your Hat in Albion.” This sheet music was reprinted locally a decade or so ago, and copies can still be obtained. How many of our readers have ever played this song on their keyboard or guitar?

Hang Your Hat in Albion sheet music


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