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Albion 100 Years Ago - AUGUST 1916

Morning Star, August 7, 2016, pg. 9

From our Historical Notebook this week we present another photograph of the Gale Manufacturing Company when it was located on S. Superior St. and W. Cass St., as featured in last week’s article. This view is taken of the workers and foundry along W. Cass St. where today’s City Hall is now located.

Gale Manufacturing Company, in the 1880s

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." Week ending August 3, 1916: "No action was taken last evening by the school board upon the bids for the new Dalrymple School building." "The bankruptcy sale of the property of the Calhoun Coal Mining Company, which operated the mine on the Boyd farm four miles north of Albion, was held Wednesday in Battle Creek." "It was announced Tuesday that the first of the series of concerts to be given by the city band will occur Thursday evening at 7:30 at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Superior St. Director Bohm said that his aggregation of musicians would have a program of unusual merit for the opening concert."

"The store at 215 S. Superior St. became vacant this morning after having been the interurban waiting room and offices for half a decade and more. The new depot in the building recently erected for the Michigan Railway Company and the Consumers Power Company on E. Erie St. is modern in all of its appointments."

Week ending August 10, 1916: "Five new sanitary drinking fountains have been received by the city and will be put into place this week." "The barbers of this city at a recent meeting decided to make a new schedule of prices to go into effect August 21, which will include several increases. Haircuts have been raised from twenty-five to thirty-five cents."

Week ending August 17, 1916: "The Boy Scouts of the city are enjoying a camping expedition at Swain’s Lake near Concord. Accompanied by their Scoutmaster, Harry J. Pattison, they hiked to the lake yesterday morning." "The Moose of this city are planning on building a Moose temple in the spring and the first plans were made last evening at the regular meeting of the lodge."

"A fight at a house in the foreign settlement Sunday night, in which a beer bottle was used with telling effect upon the head of Elia Karafilloff, so that he was badly cut up and bruised, resulted in the arrest by officers Miller and Stoddard of two foreigners, Waleda Ednato and Sam Comeniki." "Levi S. Warren received word today of the death of his brother, Robert L. Warren in Ann Arbor today. Robert L. Warren is well known to the older residents of Albion, as owner and editor of the Recorder."

Week ending August 24, 1916: "Henry Conant was on the street Saturday night wearing a vest which he said was over 70 years old. The garment which is of black satin, has been in his possession ever since it was given to him by the man who adopted him and brought him up."

Week ending August 31, 1916: "The City Council at a special meeting held for the purpose Monday evening declared the office of city manager vacant, thereby letting out Roland Remley who has been the manager since January, having been appointed only a few days after the manager form of government went into effect. The Council’s action which was the outcome of several disagreements and misunderstandings between its manager and some of the other city officials which culminated Saturday night in an altercation between Manager Remley and one of the night policemen, was very brief and not accompanied by anything of a sensational nature."


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