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Albion 100 Years Ago - NOVEMBER 1913

Morning Star, November 3, 2013, pg. 9

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending November 6, 1913. "192 sheep in all were killed in the attack made by two dogs upon the flock of Albert C. Behling west of the city early Tuesday morning. The ownership of the two animals has been definitely established, according to the local officers, who say Clarence Green, 707 W. Cass St., and Joseph Brewer, 811 Cass St. owned the dogs. Both the animals were killed. As both men are laborers with limited incomes and have large families to support it is not likely that the city can or will get much from that source."

The work of two dogs

[NOTE: We wrote about this topic in the July 10 and 17, 1994 editions of this column, which are reprinted on the www.albionmich.com website. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a postcard photo from page 105 of my latest book "Albion [Postcards]" published by Arcadia Publishing. It shows the pile of dead sheep from that unfortunate event. Today this is the site of the Oak Meadows housing development.]

"The billboards on the Blakeley property at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Superior St. were taken down today. They interfered with the men at work on the excavation for the building being erected by Charles C. Blakeley."

Week ending November 13, 1913: "Henry D. Smith, aged 75 years, a prominent hardware merchant in this city for 20 years, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. M. Brown, 1107 E. Cass St. He was first employed with the Gale Hardware Company. Later he became interested in the firm of E. W. Hollingsworth and Company. In February 1880 Mr. Smith together with the late Charles F. Austin formed the firm of Austin & Smith, and started a general hardware store. The business was continued under that name until 1900. In 1901 Mr. Smith was elected city treasurer, the only public office he had ever held. He was one of the best known members of the E.W. Hollingsworth Post of the G.A.R."

"The greatest need of the city of Albion today is a competent policewoman, declared Dr. C. O. Mills, pastor of the First Methodist Church, in a stirring "Purity Sunday" sermon Sunday morning."

"The Homestead Building and Loan Association has given the Lake Shore people a deed for the little strip of property on the proposed federal building site abutting the railroad’s land over which there was so much litigation some time ago."

"About 15 of the ornamental brackets for the new Superior St. lights were put in place Friday."

"A meeting of the board of directors of the Paw Paw Grape Juice Company was held at the Albion House on Tuesday."

Week ending November 20, 1913: "Dragged Under Wagon; is Dead. His body caught under the wheels and forming an impediment to the progress of his horses and heavily loaded wagon, Charles D. Mallard aged 73, a well-known farmer living 1 ½ miles west of the city on Irwin Avenue, was so badly injured yesterday that he died this morning in the city hospital. The accident occurred about 4:30 yesterday afternoon on W. Porter St."

"Dairy Inspector Finds Dirty Milk. W. T. Hulscher one of the deputies of the Dairy and Food department of the state, was in Albion two days this week inspecting milk and the meat products of the local market. Mr. Hulscher said the milk sold in Albion is just about the dirtiest he has found. His method of procedure is to go to the milk depots and strain a can of milk through a piece of absorbent cotton. He brought several of these pieces to the Recorder office each showing the sediment taken from twenty quarts of milk. They show that the milk contained cow and mouse manure in excessive quantities. One test left the cotton such a dark brown color that Mr. Hulscher pronounced the milk as practically liquid manure."

"Big Eagle Fair Opens December 1. How many people know that there is a building going up in Albion now that will cost $20,000 when completed which will be within a few weeks. This is so, however, and the building is the Eagle Temple at the corner of Clinton and Center Sts."

Week ending November 27, 1913: "Owen Brownell of Battle Creek, former mayor and businessman of this city, was here Friday from Battle Creek. The bread wrapping machine in which he is interested is in great demand all over the country he said, and the Battle Creek factory is forced to work overtime to keep up with the orders."

"Three wagonloads of "Albion dug coal" were brought into this city Saturday morning from the coal mine north of Albion. The quality of the coal found at the local mine is said by those who have burned it to be equal to any bituminous on the market."

"Henry Baxter Armstrong, aged 20, a former student at Albion College and well-known as a local newspaperman, passed away at 6:30 Sunday morning at the home of his mother, Mrs. Albert Gale, 616 E. Erie St. He had suffered a number of months from an ailment."

"Albion will have another Chinese student, sometime this week, in the person of Miss Cadming Tsai, who is expected here soon."


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