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Morning Star, November 10, 2013, pg. 11

As we observe Veteranís Day this coming week, we are reminded that the ranks of Albionís World War II veterans are dwindling fast. During that War, Albionís young men were drafted into the service, and women took their places in local factories. Factories switched over to War production, and they produced various parts for the War effort, working Ďround the clock.

Union Steel Products on N. Berrien St. was especially involved in the War effort. They won numerous awards for their efficiency and other accomplishments. Their monthly publication, the Union Steel Messenger, regularly contained news about their servicemen and their families. They even came out with some special editions during those War years. These are collectorís items today and valuable sources of Albion history.

One way everyone was encouraged to support those in the military was by purchasing War bonds. This week from our Historical Notebook in recognition of Veteranís Day we present a classic Union Steel Messenger front cover from World War II. Dated November 1944, it features longtime worker Ross H. Bramble (1894-1968) holding $100 War bonds, showing his support. In the background are imposed various military activity photos, such as a landing craft, a plane, a jeep, and an amphibious vehicle.

The caption on page 2 for this cover states, "Ross Bramble is the War worker on the cover of our Messenger. Ross has four sons: John, Howard, James and Clarence in the service at the present time and those War bonds he is holding are just one way he is backing them."

Does the veteran in your family have an engraved brick on the Veteranís Memorial Stage at Riverside Cemetery? If not, they should. Many people enjoy reading the names of Albionís veterans there throughout the year. Our local American Legion is now taking orders for bricks which will be placed on the Stage next year. The price is still $50, with the check made out to our local post. Contact John Geyer at 1010 S. Eaton St. or call (517) 629-5821 for ordering information. Happy Veteranís Day, Albion veterans!

Union Steel Messenger, November 1944 cover featuring Ross H. Bramble


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