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Albion 100 Years Ago - November 1909

Morning Star, November 1, 2009, Pg. 5

I've just returned from a week-long scuba diving vacation on the island of Bonaire, located in the Netherlands Antilles just north of Venezuela. Several persons from Calhoun County went on the trip, sponsored by Sub-Aquatic Sports in Battle Creek. Something unexpected occurred on October 22 when were preparing for our second morning dive. A small Divi Divi Airlines "island hopper" twin engine plane loaded with 9 passengers plus the pilot crashed in the water off Klein Bonaire a half mile in front of our dive boat! Our boat sped to the scene, and four of us were quickly assigned to rescue whomever we could. Fortunately, the passengers had life vests on and all were bobbing in the water by time we arrived and jumped in with full scuba gear. The pilot, unfortunately, was killed and the remains of the plane sank to the abyss. It was an experience I will never forget. From our Historical Notebook this week we present yours truly at the wheel of the shipwreck "Hilma Hooker" in 80 feet of water on the southern end of Bonaire. This photo was taken by my underwater photography class instructor Rick Sass, the leader of our group.

Frank visiting a shipwreck near Bonaire

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending November 4, 1909: "Marengo Students Prefer Albion. Marshall Chronicle thinks many students come to Albion from Marshall territory. Under the above head, the Marshall Chronicle gives expression to the following reasons for the fact that the Albion schools attract many country students. Under the leadership of Superintendent McKone the schools of Albion rank with the best in the state and the country student naturally chooses the best. The article states: "It is singular, but nevertheless true that many students from Marengo township, who should be attending the Marshall High School are enrolled in the Albion High School."

"Wife deserter gets two years. William Pelky, a wife deserter, was arraigned before Judge North in the circuit court Wednesday morning and sentence of two years at Jackson was handed out to him."

"Man Falls from Electric Bridge." About 10 o'clock Saturday night the authorities were called out to look after a man who had fallen off the south end of the big M.U.R. trestle that spans the Michigan Central tracks. The unfortunate man proved to be Emmet McLaughlin, residing at 315 W. Cass St. An examination was made, but no broken bones were found."

"Clarence Skinner plead guilty to forgetting to settle his board bill at the McAuliffe restaurant last Friday, and Justice McCutcheon suspended sentence when he settled the bill and paid the court costs." "Mr. Louis J. Collins, a printer, plead not guilty to jumping a board bill at the McAuliffe restaurant Saturday." "August Zeuhlke, a farmer in Sheridan Township is another early trapper who has felt the hand of the law. Saturday Deputy Game Warden Frank Austin arrested him for having five muskrat skins in his possession."

"The little four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Shedd of Tekonsha, died late last night from the wound received Tuesday afternoon from a gun in the hands of his older brother. The larger boy was loading the gun, unmindful of the fact that it was pointed at the youngster, when it discharged, the bullet passing through the lad's body."

Week ending November 18, 1909: "Three Russians, with unpronounceable names, who have been working at the Malleable Iron Works became tired of their jobs yesterday and left between days. It is now thought that the trio took a quantity of goods and chattels with them. Anyway the other Russians now find that besides their three comrades there is missing one brown suit case, five shirts, two suits of underwear, three pairs of shoes, a gold watch and chain, and some money."

Week ending November 25, 1909: "Homer Man is Convicted. The case of the people vs. Oscar Prahl of Homer, charged with violation of the local option law went to the jury at 1:20 pm. Tuesday. Mr. Prahl is charged with having violated the law by giving Miss Alice Richardson, a colored girl of Albion a bottle of beer on Sunday July 21st, while out riding with her."


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