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Morning Star, March 4, 2018, pg. 11.

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." March 2, 1918. "Albert Adams succeeds Frank E. Peters as manager of the elevator at Eckford station. The elevator is owned by Frank E. Nowlin of Albion, who will install some coal bins and Mr. Adams will also handle coal. Frank E. Peters will continue as agent for the Battle Creek-Moscow division of the Michigan Central. The depot and elevator were side by side until the new depot was erected last fall. While only two trains are run daily over this railroad the freight and express business has increased to such a large scale that it requires the attention of one person constantly."

"Emery Mercer is Springport's first soldier boy to die while in the service of his country. He died at the hospital at Camp Logan, IL from an attack of scarlet fever, complicated with pneumonia, and pleurisy. The deceased had enlisted only a few weeks ago on January 4, 1918 with the navy, and died at the age of only 24 years. After his marriage to Miss Lillian Sebastian he lived in Albion for a short time and later went to Springport where he resided with his mother. The funeral was held at Springport Tuesday."

March 6, 1918. "Schneider Clothing Store is Sold. One of the landmarks of the business ward of Albion changed hands today when G. W. Schneider, for 31 years a merchant in Albion, sold his clothing business to J. D. Torrey of Manchester and Lester Blaisdell, clerk in the store for the past year."

March 7, 1918. "Albion Mine Strike Settled. Albion Miners Given Raise of 20 Cents a Ton at Conference Yesterday at Lansing."

March 14, 1918. "John Klinkewich, a Polish citizen of Albion, is in receipt of a letter from three Polish friends who formerly lived in Albion but who recently enlisted in a Polish unit, that while crossing the Atlantic they were just ahead of the Tuscania and were missed by a torpedo only by a matter of a few feet."

"The police were called about 8 o'clock last evening to the corner of Maple and Division streets, where it was reported that a demented man was wandering about."

"Residents on E. Erie St. are making efforts to oust the junk shop which has been established on the Porter St. extension, south of the Farmer's sheds. They claim it constitutes a nuisance."

March 16, 1918. "A number of the children of the city are unable to go to school on account of not having shoes. The social service committee has undertaken the work of finding shoes for such and can make use of any kind or size of shoes for children."

March 23, 1918. "Mrs. Happy Decker died yesterday at the state asylum at Kalamazoo. The remains were brought here today and the funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist Church."

March 29, 1918. "Oscar Crampton of Marengo was arrested yesterday on complaint of Deputy Game Warden Huber, charged with setting traps on top of muskrat houses. He pleaded guilty in Justice Miller's court and paid $14.80 fine and costs."

"It is very evident that a property settlement has been perfected between Mrs. Harriet Starr of Fenton, and her husband, Floyd Starr of the Starr Commonwealth…As stated last week, it is expected that Mr. Starr will not contest the granting of the divorce decree asked for by Mrs. Starr now that a property settlement has been effected."

"A pretty sight this morning about 8:30 o'clock was a string of about 38 Oldsmobiles streaking south down Superior St. and out W. Erie St. The machines arrived here last evening and were stored at local garages, the drivers stopping at the Hotel Albion."

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