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Albion 100 Years Ago - MAY 1916

Morning Star, May 1, 2016, pg. 11

"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again."

---Mother Goose.

Every registered voter in the Albion Public School district, whether you live in the city precincts, or in the Calhoun or Jackson County townships that are part of the Albion district: Albion, Sheridan, Parma, Concord, Marengo, or Eckford Townships, or Amberton Village, (whether you’ve been sending your kids to Homer for years or not) really needs to vote in our special May 3 annexation election. Why let "George do it" again this time? You may not like how George votes. Don’t stay home this time as usual, instead: VOTE! Exercise your voting right on Tuesday. Your one vote may just make the difference, and it probably will.

We continue with our theme of "Albion—100 Years Ago." Week ending May 4, 1916. "The St. James’ Episcopal Church has a comparatively small membership, but what the members lack in numbers, they make up on courage and work. They have paid every cent of indebtedness on their church property, and now they are planning a parish house to be erected on their lot adjoining the church."

"The laying of the brick on the new Brown business block on S. Superior St. was commenced this morning." [NOTE: Here in 2016 that is the building that presently houses our Secretary of State office].

"In the circuit court Monday Florence Keefer of Albion was granted a decree of Divorce from Howard Keefer on the grounds of extreme cruelty and non-support. She resumes her maiden name, Florence Baker."

"The drinking fountain for horses located at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Superior St. has been moved to N. Ionia St."

Week ending May 11, 1916: "Two Assyrians living on Charles St. had a fistic argument at their place of residence Thursday afternoon and as a result one of them, Abdulfitas Abelen, made complaint against the other, Abraham Culver, alleging assault and battery. Culver appeared before Justice Watson Friday and pleaded guilty. He was dismissed upon the payment of $2 and costs."

Week ending May 18, 1916: "Homer people have daily for years been walking past a house in that village wherein the neat sum of $20,000 has been tucked away and haven’t known it. The residence in question is the late home on E. Main St. of Mrs. Hannah Bowen and Mrs. Julia Stevens, both recently deceased. The administrator of their estates in going through the house recently , found the following in various resting places in the old dwelling: $5,480 in currency; $1,000 in gold; $11,000 in mortgages; $1875 in bank check and $10 in loose coin. The administrator claims that there is still a $1,000 government bond that he has as yet failed to find and the search is being continued."

Week ending May 25, 1916: "The city council sitting as the municipal health board at its regular weekly meeting last evening unanimously endorsed the establishment of at least one fresh-air room in the new school to be erected this summer on the Dalrymple property."

"A fire at House No. 25 in the foreign settlement at 1 o’clock this morning partially destroying the dwelling, occurred under such suspicious circumstances that without a doubt it was incendiary in origin. All the doors leading from the structure were barricaded from the outside, evidently by someone having a grudge against some of the inmates, as the latter all had to escape through the windows."

The War hasn’t prevented John Koseneski, age 23, and Rose Pinezuk, age 20, from marrying. John is a Russian and Rose an Austrian. They both live in Albion and neither can speak English. An interpreter was necessary before John could get his marriage license at Marshall."

"Mike Dubina, owner of a store at the corner of Albion St. and Austin Ave, was arrested Saturday afternoon…on the charge of selling liquor, contrary to the state local option law."

May 27, 1916: "Chief of Police Greening brought Stanley Pitkitcz, the 10 year old Russian boy who broke into the Austin School Thursday night and stole a bunch of keys and $3.31 in money, back from Hague Park near Jackson Friday afternoon…Stanley admitted taking the money from the school building and Superintendent McKone has taken the matter up with the county authorities in an effort to have the boy sent to the industrial school at Lansing as he has proved several times that he is an incorrigible. Three boxes of snuff were found upon Stanley, who said that he was addicted to its use, having stolen it from boarders at his parents’ home in the foreign settlement."

Dalrymple School Annexation Sign, April 5,2016


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