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Albion 100 Years Ago - June 1999

Morning Star, June 13, 1999, pg. 17

Perhaps you’ve noticed that newspapers across the country have been running those "100 Years Ago" history columns on a weekly basis in preparation for the new millenium. I’ve decided to present our local version once each month for the remainder of this year. This will give our readers a glimpse of "what was happening" here in town during the waning months and weeks of 1899 on the verge of the 20th century.

Local news, week of June 1, 1899: "At about 2 o’clock Tuesday morning, burglars attempted to enter the residence of Dr. George C. Hafford at 209 Irwin Avenue. Mrs. Hafford saw men at the window and aroused the Doctor, but he thought that probably that men unfamiliar with the house had come to call him for professional services, and arising quickly he could see two men on the front porch. He dressed and went to the door, where he could hear the men whispering. When he opened the door both men fled so quickly that he could get very little idea of their appearance. They did not return, and in the morning, a long pole with grab book was found on the premises."

"Last Thursday afternoon about 4 o’clock the attention of Mrs. T J. Free, of 210 W. Mulberry St., was attracted by screams coming from the house of Mrs. Elizabeth Squires located at the corner of Mulberry and Clinton Sts. Before Mrs. Free could reach the house, Mrs. Squires had rushed into the yard and was trying frantically to extinguish the flames, which had gotten in her clothing and was rapidly gaining head way. It is not known exactly how the accident occurred. By Mrs. Free’s assistance the fire was extinguished, but not until the trunk of Mrs. Squires’ body had been burned into a crisp and her face and hands were severely blistered. Medical assistance was immediately summoned and everything was done to relieve the sufferer. The wounds, however, were so severe that she died Friday morning about 9 o’clock. Mrs. Squires was one of the oldest settlers of Albion. She was born in Onondaga County, N.Y., and in September would have been 82 years old. She came to Albion in her early childhood and has been a resident here ever since."

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