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Morning Star, July 5, 1990, pg. 2

Fifty-five years ago from July 1 to 7, 1935, Albion staged the most spectacular celebration and pageant in its history, as our community celebrated its centennial. There were numerous special events, displays, and programs, which drew thousands of persons from across Southern Michigan. Included in the events were: window displays, sports contests, airplane stunts over Victory Park, historical homes tour, parades, carnivals, sporting events, a "Parade of the Century," and a special centennial edition of the local newspaper.

Most prolific of the Centennial celebration was a spectacular historical pageant involving hundreds of Albion residents. Produced by the John B. Rogers Producing Company of Fostoria, Ohio, this massive endeavor consisted of fifteen episodes, culminating in an all-cast "Wheel of Life," with everyone singing "The Star Spangled Banner." Thousands of persons swarmed into Albion to view this entertainment spectacular which has seen no equal to this day.

This week we present a memorable photograph of the Wheel of Life, concluding the Albion Centennial Pageant. How many persons still living were in this? Do you remember?

In the pageant, pioneers were played by various local individuals. We list a few: Tenney Peabody played by Richard Wheeler; Wareham Warner played by Stuart Noakes; Jesse Crowell by Stanley Noakes; George Hannahs by M. A. Pahl; William H. Brockway by Fred Carnell; Mrs. Juliet Calhoun Blakeley by Mrs. Stanley Noakes; Augustus P. Gardner by Clyde Emery; James W. Sheldon by Harley Transue; Samuel Dickie by Ralph Clark; and Washington Gardner by R. G. Spencer.

Centennial Pageant 1935


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