Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.
Morning Star, June 19, 1994, pg. 3
Thorough the years Albion has had a handful of persons who have been interested in preserving its history, and have devoted their time and efforts into seeing that Albion’s rich heritage was preserved. One such persons was Miriam E. Krenerick (1882-1957), who was active in the early 20th century promoting Albion history. Krenerick was the author of the 1932 book Albion’s Milestones and Memories which is a valuable reference source to those wishing to learn about Albion’s history today. She also served as the chairperson of the 1935 Albion Centennial program, a gala extravaganza which involved hundreds of Albion residents and attracted thousands of persons. She also helped revive the Albion City Band in 1934 after it had been discontinued for several years, and served as its business manager.
A native of Battle Creek and a teacher by profession, Mrs. Krenerick was a very determined person. As one editor once wrote, “she was vitally interested in nearly every phase of the community’s best interests. She was an excellent organizer, a tireless worker, and a first class executive. Whatever she started, she completed.”
Through her efforts, a local “Three Quarters Century Club” was formed, consisting of people who were at least 75 years old. Mrs. Krenerick was very much concerned with the preservation of historical buildings in Albion, as well as old photographs and documents. At the time of her death in 1957, there were calls for a “Miriam E. Krenerick Memorial Historical Museum,” although those plans were never realized.
From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Miriam E. Krenerick.
Miriam E. Krenerick
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