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Albion 100 Years Ago - SEPTEMBER 1917

Morning Star, September 3, 2017, pg. 9

Yours truly will have my Albion history booth at the Festival of the Forks on September 16 in the Market Place along with everyone else this year due to the Superior St. reconstruction project. I will be located in front of the Albion Health Care Alliance building as part of the "River Trail Vendor Area" on the wide sidewalk along the river wall. Note: Across the river is the Morning Star. My location will be between posts numbers 9 and 10. Come see me, as I will have copies of my books "Albion in Review," "Growing Up in Albion," and Gwen Dew’s memoir entitled "My God, a Woman!" available for sale as well as other materials.

We continue with our theme of "Albion 100 Years Ago." September 1, 1917: "Patrick Cusick was arrested yesterday by Chief of Police Fred Hubbard on a charge of drunkenness and was arraigned in Justice P. D. Wright’s court, and sentenced to pay a fine of $5 and costs or spend 15 days in the county jail. He chose to pay the fine."

September 4, 1917: "Michael Magnotta and Nicholas Sorros have purchased the Keith Bottling Works formerly located in Lansing and have moved the plant to Albion. They will be located in the old post office building, corner of Clinton and Porter streets. They will conduct a wholesale business." From our Historical Notebook this week we present an advertisement from September 23, 1917 of the Albion Bottling Works.

Advertisement for Albion Bottling Works

September 18, 1917: "The telephone poles near the Albion House and at the corner of Superior St. and Austin Avenue have been painted to show the Detroit-Chicago Road, being marked out by the Auto Club of Detroit. The sign consists of a broad band of blue bordered by two six-inch stripes of white, on the poles ate each turn in the road."

September 19, 1917: "Last night, Joseph Scender, 720 Albion St, was instantly killed when he fell and struck his head on a cement floor and fractured his skull…He leaves a wife in Austria, a daughter in Detroit and one in Chicago."

September 26, 1917: "M. A. Magnotta of the firm of Magnotta & Sorros, proprietors of the new Albion Bottling Works, went to Battle Creek today to take out his final naturalization papers. Mr. Magnotta is very proud of becoming an American citizen. He was born near Naples Italy, has lived in the United States 14 years, and has a wife and 5 children."

"The Boy Scouts of Troop No. 2 of Albion rode their bicycles to Marshall Saturday afternoon, where they played a game of football with the Marshall Scouts. They returned about 8 o’clock in the evening."

Headline: "Albion May Face a Fuel Famine. No Coal Coming to the City and Stock on Hand Will Last Only a Short Time. No Relief in Sight."

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