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Albion 100 Years Ago - JUNE 1911

Morning Star, June 5 2011, pg. 4

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending June 1, 1911: "R. Cascarelli Threatened. For the past several days Under Sheriff Mallory has been inquiring about two letters received by Robert Cascarelli, who runs a fruit store in Superior St. and signed by the "Black Hand." They asked $2,000 of the local man or they would blow up his place of business which is situated on the corner of Superior and Center Sts. On Monday May 22, a letter was written from Ann Arbor to Mr. Cascarelli in Italian and threatened his place. Again on Wednesday he received another letter in Italian and signed by the "Black Hand" stating that if he did not walk down Superior St. Friday afternoon May 26 at 3 o’clock with $2,000 and hand it to a representative of the organization, his store and family would be the victims of a dynamite bomb." From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Mr. Cascarelli’s fruit store as it looked in this 1910 postcard.

Mr. Cascarelli’s fruit store in 1910

Week ending June 8, 1911: "Mr. George Stone of Lansing, an old Albion boy who as a lad of 13 years enlisted from this city as a drummer boy in the Civil war, is mentioned as a candidate for Department Commander of the Michigan G.A.R. when it holds its next meeting at Ypsilanti."

"William Eckmeyer was creating a disturbance in Talmage & Bauer’s meat market Thursday afternoon and refused to desist."

There was another small uprising in the foreign settlement in the northwestern corner of the city Tuesday afternoon when Mike Kutas grabbed Helen Karpuck by the throat, threw her to the floor and for some reason best known to himself, proceeded to kick her viciously…Again Monday evening Kutas became abusive in the Klimkiewicz boarding house and Frank Klimkiewicz gave Kutas a number of vigorous muscular applications and as a result was ordered to appear before Justice Watson Tuesday afternoon."

"The Theatorium, Homer’s five cent theatre was closed Thursday evening at the insistence of the Light & Power Company, and its proprietor, W. T. Bolger, given a strong hint to leave the village, without needless delay, which he did."

Week ending June 15, 1911: "Tuesday, Robert Clyde Gildart, the Albion boy who four years ago outdistanced all his competitors in the examinations for a West Point appointment, and was appointed by Congressman Gardner, was made a second lieutenant of the United States Army. Lt. Gildart, son of editor Gildart of the Albion Leader, is 23 years of age and graduated from Albion High School in 1906." [NOTE: Gildart was subsequently killed in World War I].

"Rev. W. T. Jaquess of Detroit, former pastor of the local Presbyterian church, is not required to make his pastoral calls via the pedal route this year as his congregation took up subscriptions this spring for several hundred dollars and presented him with an automobile in which to make his calls."

Week ending June 22, 1911: "Grandma Cady Passes Beyond. With the tolling of the 11 o’clock bell of St. James’ Church Sunday morning, Mrs. Harriett Cady, known to Albion citizens more familiarly as "grandma Cady," passed away. Mrs. Cady was born near Utica, NY on March 1, 1816, and came to Albion with her husband, who was a shoe cobbler, in 1861. She was the granddaughter of Gen. Peter Multer, who served in the Revolutionary War under George Washington, and her grandmother was scalped by the Indians in the early days while caring for the wounded in a block house."

Week ending June 29, 1911: "Moses Zabell, proprietor of the Zabell summer resort at Duck Lake died Friday night after an illness of several months. He was 55 years old and had always resided on the resort homestead where he died."

"George W. Stone, a resident of Albion when the Civil War broke out, was chosen department commander of the Michigan GAR in Ypsilanti. Mr. Stone enlisted in Company D, First Michigan Sharpshooters at 13 years of age and served with distinction throughout the War."

"Eckford is to have a doctor. The township has been without a physician since Dr. G. B. Gesner removed to Marshall. Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs have purchased the Arthur Doolittle place and have taken possession. They come from Detroit."


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