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Morning Star, March 28, 2010, pg. 9

We continue with our theme of “Albion—100 Years Ago.”

Week ending April 14, 1910. “Albion Boy an Inventor. Irma Dorris, an Albion High School student, has long been interested in automobiles and has spent much time in figuring out improvements of various kinds. He took it into his head to present one to a Detroit factory this week, and has spent several days in that city. The result was that he disposed of one improvement to the Ford Company, which immediately wired to Washington for patent protection and received in reply that favor under No. 9,987. The improvement is an air circulation in the cylinders, through spiral tubes, one for each cylinder, thus doing way with water cooling attachments. Mr. Dorris received for this improvement a 1910 $1,200 machine, and is happy indeed. He will continue to study other improvements which he believes will be more valuable than this one disposed of yesterday. Mr. Dorris is the son of J. C. Dorris, who is the Methodist minister at Sanford, Michigan. [NOTE: Irma Dorris was also the author of “Albion’s theme song (1912) entitled “Hang Your Hat in Albion.”]

Advertisement: Bullen’s Big Busy Store. Our Annual Opening Sale of Ladies’ Muslin Underwear will begin Saturday Morning April 16, and last until the following Saturday night, April 23rd.”

“On next Friday, the 15th instant, a host of 10,000 interrogators, men and women, white and colored, will be turned loose in pursuit of the people of the United States. On that day Uncle Sam will begin the numbering of children in preparation for the 13th Census.”

“The new Masonic Hall in the Kessler-Parker Block is about ready for occupancy, the interior decorating being almost completed.”

“The many friends of John Raftery will be grieved to learn of his death which occurred last Friday about 7 o’clock at his home in Chelsea after a prolonged illness.”

Week ending April 21, 1910. “Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Kabel of Hartwell St., April 19, a daughter.”


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