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Morning Star, December 25, 2011, pg. 12

A very Merry Christmas to all my readers of this column! It's an awkward position to be in this Christmas, which falls on a Sunday this year: Do you go to church at 10 a.m. (or 11), or do you stay home and open presents with your family? Even if you play keyboard? Anyway, thank you for your support of this column during the past year by supplying me with old photographs and historical information. This has provided our readers with some interesting topics. My historical Albion articles are republished on the www.Albionmich.com website. Look through some of these 500-plus articles while you are sitting around at your computer waiting for Christmas dinner to cook.

I see that some work is being done at the former Ivanski Tavern building at 702 N. Albion St. across the street from the old Albion Malleable Iron Co. location. I'll write about that building in a few weeks.

Every year at this time I dig through my archives and try to find an historical winter scene photo for Christmas. This week from our Historical Notebook is a postcard circa 1908 which I'd like to title "Digging Out." It pictures downtown Albion following a snowstorm. Were snowstorms worse 100 years ago than they are today? The workers are shown shoveling a walkway across W. Porter St. using small shovels. Otherwise, downtown Albion looks bare of shoppers.

In the distance is a snow-covered electric Interurban car sitting in front of the passenger depot on S. Superior St. (the small building just south of where Fedco is today). Just to the left at the rear of the Interurban is a sleigh. In the distance of course is the landmark Stone Mill (presently Citizen's Bank), and the Albion Elevator just to the north of it, which was later moved back into the Market Place.

Downtown Albion following a snowstorm ca. 1908


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