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Albion 100 Years Ago - August 1910

Morning Star, August 1, 2010, pg. 8

As the Rieger Park restoration project has commenced, I thought our readers might like to see a photograph from our Historical Notebook this week, of the original pond being dug in 1954—56 years ago. I‘ll write more about this park in a future edition of this column.

Digging the original Skating Pond in the mid-1950s

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago. Week ending August 4, 1910. "At a meeting of the school board of the Albion district held last evening, the trustees decided to build a six-room school house on the North Ward lot to replace the one now standing there. Further plans were also made for the work by the appointment of a committee on bonds. [NOTE: The new schoolhouse erected was the Charles F. Austin Elementary School].

"The death of Mr. Emilion Gretuk occurred at the Albion hospital August 2, after an illness of brain fever. The Malleable Iron Company has given him the best of care as he has been at the city hospital several weeks. Mr. Gretuk is a Russian and is survived by his wife.

"Charles Idle, alias Charles Vaughn was bound over Wednesday to the September term of the Calhoun circuit court on the charge of bootlegging.

Week ending August 11, 1910. "Letter from Irma Dorris. Claims he has never confessed to theft of two automobiles. Thinks he will be cleared. Dear Editor: I recently received a clipping from the Recorder and wish to correct a few statements therein, which I feel doing me injury and starting other rumors. That the officers obtained a full confession is false, for at home in presence of officers, family and others, I only said it was my fault. Very truly yours, W. Irma Dorris.

Week ending August 18, 1910. "Sucked gasoline out of red can. Little Lawrence Davis almost killed himself. Mrs. Lawrence Davis, who lives just west of Ann St., near Chestnut, thought that her 13 year-old boy was safe in the yard last Monday just before supper playing with her sister. However, as she turned around, there sat the little fellow on the floor sucking the gasoline out of the can. A moment later the mother ran crying to the neighbors with the child, and only quick work saved its life. One splashed water in the child‘s face, the first man to arrive at once secured some milk and soon afterward a physician was called.

"An Entire New Phone System. After many months of weary waiting and working, Manager Baldwin of the local Bell telephone exchange, is delighted new with the new central energy telephone system which was cut over to the new board, so that subscribers can already reach central without the usual turn of the crank.

Week ending August 25, 1910. "Will Try to Shut Off Student Vote. That the Democrats of this city have not yet given up the idea of ousting Mayor Adrian Cooper from office, because of the student vote which he received at the last election, was made known Thursday when Ex-Mayor Daniel McAuliffe told the Recorder that prominent Battle Creek attorneys were being consulted with a view to action. "The law practically puts the student on the same basis with a man in prison, said he.

"Architect E. W. Arnold of Battle Creek was in the city Monday to submit plans for the proposed new building for the North Ward.


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