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Albion 100 Years Ago - MAY 1919

Morning Star, April 28, 2019, pg. 7

We continue with our theme of "Albion, 100 Years Ago." May 1, 1919: "Hotel Albion Changes Hands. An important deal was completed yesterday whereby a change is made in the management of Albionís only hotel, the Hotel Albion. A lease of the hotel property owned by C. A. Beardsley, has been secured by W. H. Gawy, who has been proprietor of the Colonial Hotel at Norwalk, Ohio."

May 2, 1919. "Rev. Wight Leaves Under a Cloud. At the unanimous request of officials of the Baptist Church, Rev. W. E. Wight has tendered his resignation as pastor of the church, effective immediately."

"Crowd Pleased at Moose Hall. Excellent Boxing and Wrestling Matches Staged by Wolverine Athletic Club with Local Talent. Harry Williams and Eugene Long, two young lads, started the ball going with three two-minute rounds and were about even. Edwin Cooley and Floyd Dean next went to the mat for a couple of encounters which were over with almost before they had started. Dean entirely outlasting his opponent and winning two straight falls in jig time."

May 3, 1919. "Returned Soldiers, attention: The Union Steel Products Co. will give employment to all returning soldiers who want work. Painters, machine hands and general labor. Can use 100 men at once."

"Mrs. Austin Beebe and little son Austin, Jr. have arrived here from Detroit and will make their home with the formerís mother, Mrs. E. F. Beebe, 603 Perry St. until Mr. Beebeís return from overseas. He is with the army of occupation in Germany and was recently promoted to Sergeant." "Zulus Jazz Band at the Eagle Temple tonight."

"A 14-year-old foreign boy living on Austin Avenue, who has been giving his parents and the police considerable trouble, confessed yesterday to Chief Stoddard and Deputy George McCarty that he stole the rubber from the Michigan Railway freight house last week, afterwards selling this by forging an order. The boy may be sent to the industrial school at Lansing."

"Mayor Eugene F. Hoaglin was authorized to issue a proclamation making Tuesday, May 13 the day for Albion Clean-Up Day. That will be the day to have your barrels and boxes of rubbish out by the curbing, waiting for the clean-up wagons."

May 9, 1919: "Ed Gilmore, colored, will erect a two-story frame building in West Cass St., in the second block beyond Albion St. The lower floor will be used for a store and the upper as a lodge room and dance hall. The contract has been given to O. J. Teller & Co. and work started the moment this was signed."

"Three brothers, Oscar, Iva, and Frank Face of Eckford Township were before Justice Walter M. Watson yesterday on a charge of attempting to dynamite fish in the St. Joseph River in Clarendon Township, on Easter Sunday. They pled guilty but due to extenuating circumstances were let off with a $20 fine each."

"Pennies are more in demand than dollars in these days of soda water taxes. Since May 1, when the taxes were into effect, The U.S. mints and sub-treasuries have been flooded with orders for millions of one-cent pieces and they have supplied banks by bushels."

May 17, 1919: "Several of the farmers in Albion and Eckford townships are forming a co-operative bull association. This association proposes to buy two or more pure-bred short-horn bulls to be used co-operatively."

"Church of God. No meeting Sunday at G.A.R. Hall, as the Albion congregation are invited to attend the meeting in Jackson, where E. E. Byrum, of Anderson, Indiana, is expected to preach." "C.F. Baldwin, for ten years and eight months Superintendent of Riverside Cemetery, last night handed in his resignation to Mayor Hoaglin, to take immediate effect."

May 23, 1919: "William J. Porr, who has been spending six weeks in the city looking after his property here, left yesterday for Cochecton, N.Y., his birthplace which he has not visited in 53 years."

May 27, 1919: Five Men Caught Spearfishing Fish. Frank Heisler, Jud C. Peek, Charles Moss and John and William Schmidt, Clarence Township farmers, were nabbed at Bell Lake about daybreak this morning on the charge of spearfishing fish. The party had taken quite a number of fish. The total number was estimated at close to 100 fish. In addition to the fines paid, the jack, spears and equipment of the men were confiscated. The fish were given to the city hospital."


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