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Morning Star, January 31, 2010, pg. 9

You probably know by now that the U.S. Census Bureau is actively recruiting for Census takers here in eastern Calhoun County for work this spring. They will be well-paid, too. Call 1-866-861-2010 for further information. A Census jobs practice test is available for easy download on the www.2010Censusjobs.gov website. What will Albion’s official 2010 population be? Any guesses?

One hundred years ago in 1910, Albion ended up with an official population of 5,830 persons. Here is the then-published list of area persons who were hired as Census enumerators for the 1910 Census. In the City of Albion, 1st ward, Henry D. Keck; 2nd Ward: Burton E. Ross; 3rd Ward: Samuel M. Reed; and Ward 4: Rex. B. Kennedy. Note: Before 1915, Albion was divided into wards rather than precincts. That is how the “Ward” schools got their names, i.e., “West Ward School,” etc.

For Albion Township: C. F. Godfrey. Sheridan Township: Herbert G. Bliss. Other areas: Athens Township: James Carl Gaw; Clarence Twp: Howard V. Allen; Clarendon Twp: Curtis Roe; Convis Twp: Miss Ada S. Templeton; Eckford Twp: Lewis D. Sackett; Emmet Twp: Mrs. Frank J. Schmidt; Fredonia Twp: Alva A. Good; Homer Twp: Lesley R. Shear; Lee Twp: B. J. Milburn; Marshall Ward 1: Will R. Lewis; Ward 2: George S. Woosley; Ward 3: Mrs. Harry R. Perkins; Ward 4: Miss Donna B. Marshall. Marshall Twp: Charles C. Day; Pennfield Twp: Alson F. Mead; and Tekonsha Twp: William A. Howard.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the official 1910 U. S. Census enumerators badge which these Census takers wore back then as they enumerated Albion and the surrounding area. The badge measures 44 mm. long and is 30 mm. It is made of pewter, giving it a shiny silverfish color. (Today, the badges are rectangular and made of plastic). The badge is shaped in the form of a shield, with an American eagle on top. The text states, “UNITED STATES CENSUS 1910.” How many of our readers have ever worked as a Census enumerator before?

1910 Census Badge

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