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ALBION 100 YEARS AGO—FEBRUARY 1918

Morning Star, February 11, 2018

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago."February 1, 1918. "Albion is about to have a chop suey restaurant. American Lee, Chinese laundryman of this place, and two of his countrymen from Detroit, have rented the rooms in the Perkins block, over Van Gorden's drug store, and will make extensive alterations. They will open in two or three weeks.""According to the word just received from the federal government, all German enemy aliens living on the rural routes running out of Albion must register with Postmaster Noyes, instead of with the chief of police."

February 3, 1918. Officers Make Big Booze Raid. "A spectacular booze raid was pulled off yesterday at the home of Joe Kowalski, 712 N. Albion St. The net result of the raid was the securing of 244 bottles of beer and a gallon jug of whiskey…Kowalski is a former molder but hasn't been working for a few months. He is reported to have some other means."

February 5, 1918. "The supply of fuel at the Central School building is entirely exhausted and arrangements were made today to draw two loads a day from the Albion mine to keep the plant going."

February 6, 1918. "The Albion coal mine strike is still unsettled. The local miners met this forenoon and held a conference and resumed their sessions this afternoon. No definite action has been taken to get the men back to work, except that the federal and state authorities have been informed of the situation and asked to intervene."

February 7, 1918. "Postmaster Noyes registered eight German enemy aliens from the rural routes yesterday. Two of these were father and son, Carl Kaiser and son William, of Jackson Rd. William is 17 years old and came with his parents to this country in 1904. The father has a brother fighting in the ranks of the Kaiser, also two brothers-in-law. Jacob Geyer of Sheridan Township has a son fighting for Uncle Sam and a nephew with the German forces.

February 20, 1918. "One of the very earliest residents of our city has recently passed away, James Champion Eslow. Mr. Eslow had been a Republican since at the age of 18. He attended the first Republican convention under "The Oaks"at Jackson in 1854."

February 28, 1918. "The Albion mine strike nears the end of its fourth week with nothing definite accomplished in the way of a settlement."

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