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Albion 100 Years Ago - OCTOBER 1915

Morning Star, September 27, 2015, pg. 17

We continue with our theme of "Albion—100 Years Ago." Week ending October 4, 1915: "No Water, House and Contents Burn. Lack of enough pressure to throw even one good stream of water, this condition being caused, it is said, by small sized mains, was responsible for part of the $3,000 loss sustained early Sunday morning when the old Mallory homestead at 726 Austin Avenue, owned by Mr. and Mrs. S. Buinowski, Polish people, burned to the ground together with its contents…Mr. and Mrs. Buinowski lost not only their house and most of their household goods, but the fire also destroyed $200 in currency which had been collected Saturday from their score or more of boarders. There were twenty-one roomers in the house and most of the personal property of these was burned also."

Week ending October 14, 1915. "Brothers Still Unreconciled. Frank Pasich of Jackson and Louis Pasich [NOTE: The latter was the grandfather of yours truly] of Albion, brothers, have had some differences of late and Frank came to Albion Wednesday accompanied by Frank Patrick, a friend, to try to patch up the trouble. They had an altercation at Louis’ rooming place on Carson St., when they went there to see him and after the two Jackson men had knocked Louis down with a club they ran away. Louis thought he was killed at first, but finally came to himself sufficiently to go downtown for a warrant for his brother. Frank was arrested for assault and battery, although Deputy McCarty had some trouble in apprehending him in the Young block where he had gone to hide. Frank tried to get out of a back window of the place but the officer got him before he could escape…Meanwhile the differences between the two brothers are as far from being settled as they were before, it not farther."

Week ending October 21, 1915: "Ground for the new Post Office was broken yesterday afternoon and the contractors have several teams and a large force of men on the job. R. R. Remley, in charge of the work, secured permission from the common council last evening to barricade the sidewalks on Superior and Michigan Sts., adjacent to the site of the new building from now until the building is finished."

Week ending October 28, 1915: "A special meeting of the common council was held Wednesday evening to pass upon several important matters relative to the erection of the new city water works. The council has at last decided to make the Albion St. plant the main works, which may mean that the Cass St. works will be done away with after the present proposed plant is constructed and in use."

Roy Armstrong is the first Albion individual to bring rat heads to the city clerk’s office for the five cent bounty a new state law allows in each head. Roy killed five rats and twenty-five cents looked like easy money to him. He presented them to City Clerk Smith and received and order on the County Treasurer for twenty-five cents."

"The Gales Make a Big Hit. Dressed in Indian costumes and surrounded by fine Indian stage settings, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gale gave one of the finest exhibitions ever given in the Methodist Churchy when they appeared there Friday evening. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gale are known all over the country as experts in the subject of Indian customs and music."

"The case against Paul Lohrke, charged with shooting some chickens in the foreign settlement, was dismissed Monday."

"Pagonio Kamenashko pleaded not guilty today in Justice McCutcheon’s court of shooting through a window of the residence of Mike Jarienski, 612 Albion St. Monday night."

"A foreigner whose name the officers do not yet know, made an attack on the home of Mike Stunteck on W. Cass St. near the Gale plant Monday night. The unknown, who was a boarder at the Stunteck home, became angry for some reason and displayed his choler by first smashing the glass in the front door of his boarding place and then shooting a revolver into the air a half dozen or more times. The third shooting occurred Monday in the foreign settlement and was done by someone who probably was trying out a newly purchased revolver. The officers are working on this case also. Many people, especially those from lands in which it is a common practice to carry a revolver on one’s person continually, are unaware of the fact that it is a felony to carry concealed weapons such as revolvers, and dangerous knives unless one has a license as prescribed by law."


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