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Morning Star, November 2, 2014 pg. 10

Be sure to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 4. Your vote can make a difference in tight local elections—recent elections show that. It was 60 years ago that Albion voters went to the polls in November, 1954 to elect a new City Council and Mayor. This was during Albion’s boom years when the city was burgeoning with new residents and there was a housing shortage.

The Albion Citizens League held a rally at Washington Gardner High School on October 29, 1954 on the behalf of the eight City candidates they endorsed. One-hundred persons attended the forum. There each candidate gave his (sorry ladies, no "hers") views and positions on various topics. Candidate for Mayor, Charles E. Hughes, stated, "I am here because I was drafted by others. I believe the office should seek the man and not the man the office." There were two other candidates for Mayor that election, namely C. Sam Harding, and W. H. McKanic, but they were not invited to the event. Instead, local radio station WALM broadcast the latter’s campaign talks.

From our Historical Notebook we present a photograph from October 29, 1954 showing the eight endorsed candidates for City Council, Justice of the Peace, and Mayor. From left to right are: Jasper Scott, Paul Hawes, Frank Costello, James McIntosh, Gardner Lloyd, Arthur Maase, Donald Harrington, and Charles Hughes. How many of our readers voted in the November, 1954 Albion City election?

The Albion City Council, Justice of the Peace, and Mayorial Candidates of 1954


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